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University trustee Karen Noble Hanson was inducted into the Brighton, N.Y., High School Alumni Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Rochester on June 6.


Joan Lucks Feinstein writes that she has been elected mayor of the Village of Rye Brook, N.Y. Joan previously served for four years as a village trustee and has been counsel to the New York City and White Plains law firm of Wertheimer Fredman for 22 years.


Eric Lestin reports that he became managing partner of Lestin Partners in January. For almost eight years before that, he was a principal of Wulfe & Co. and a member of the firm’s executive committee. Eric is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee Business Advisory Board and a director and member of the executive committee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


Penny Drue Baird, the founder of Dessins, an interior design firm based in New York and Paris, will publish Bringing Paris Home (Monacelli Press) in October. The book focuses on French style and design.


Richard Hipolit writes that he was appointed assistant general counsel at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., in February 2005. He and his wife, Constance Asher Hipolit, live in Falls Church, Va. Their daughter, Melissa, a graduate of William Smith College, is pursuing a master’s degree in broadcast journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Their son, Andrew, is a senior at the College of William and Mary.


Phil Chrys sends a photo of a minireunion of Yellowjacket football alumni on April 17 at the Northside Inn in East Rochester. The gathering included their coach, Pat Stark. “One of the most storied coaches in Rochester’s long football history, Pat Stark is a member of both the University of Rochester and Syracuse University Hall of Fame,” Phil writes. Left to right: Dave Cidale ’71, Phil, Len Champion ’73, Pat, Paul Caputo ’73, Jim Juraska ’73, Roger Watts ’72. . . . The Force, a 1995 book by David Dorsey, has been selected for inclusion in The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, a book by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten of 800-CEO-READ, that is scheduled for publication in 2009. . . . David Edmunds Jr., attorney with Phillips Lytle in Buffalo, has been elected vice president for the eighth district of the New York State Bar Association’s executive committee.


Bruce Markowitz writes: “In early April I was stricken unexplainably with two blood clots in my left leg and foot. After being rushed into emergency surgery, I was operated on four times, utilizing laser technology, by an outstanding vascular surgeon at Shady Grove Hospital in Rockville, Md. This fabulous doctor saved my leg and refused to give up on my medically challenging situation. How grateful I am to fellow Rochester alum, Dr. Shan Haider ’96, who not only restored my leg to its previous good health, but did so with great care, skill, humanity, and humor. I am so proud to be a graduate of the same university that helped educated Dr. Haider, a hero to me and to my family. I am back working as general counsel of WEX Capital Partners and BetterWorld Telecom in suburban Washington, D.C.”


Steve Gunther was a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the year event, a national fundraising competition. This was Steve’s second consecutive run for the title; last year, he raised over $33,000 and was named the Man of the Year Runner-Up.