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1949 Gloria (Lou) Patchen Alexander (see ’50).

1950 Kenn Hubel rounded up some news from classmates. “Hoping that I might rouse some of the remaining 200 members of the U of R Centennial Class of 1950,” he writes, “I sent a ‘What’s up?’ message” to several classmates for whom he had email addresses. Kenn passes along the following news:

Mary Lee Monroe Birmingham reports that she was the first student from the University to spend a junior year of study abroad. The experience, in Lima, Peru, ‘changed (her) life.’ She is an avid genealogist and archaeologist and worked as a volunteer in studies of the Coconino National Forest in Arizona. She and her husband have six children between them. She is a member of the Red Hat Society, loves to play poker, and reads an average of 10 books a month. She writes: ‘I am still alive and kicking, enjoying my old age.’ She can be reached at or 1225 W. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526.

Marvin Mandell, a passionate egalitarian and socialist, died in March 2017 at age 90, writes his daughter, Charlotte Mandell Kelly. His obituary in the Boston Globe reported that he was a man ‘who believed that equality was more than just a philosophy. For him, it was a daily practice, a way of life.’ Marvin taught at Curry College in Boston. In the 1960s he launched the journal New Politics and remained an editor thereafter. Charlotte wrote that her parents ‘wanted everyone to be equal; they didn’t want us to think of them as authoritarian.’

“Mary Lee told Gloria (Lou) Patchen Alexander ’49 of my email, and Lou responded with a note. She writes that, following graduation, she earned a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and practiced and taught with various age groups and at several colleges. She married Bob Alexander in 1958. They are retired and living in Vermont. She welcomes mail at PO Box 363, Arlington, VT 05250 or email at”

Kenn adds that he will send more email requests soon. “Perhaps the appearance of some class notes from 1950 will encourage other classmates to reply.”

1957 Bill Anderson sends a note and photograph: “The Theta Chi Class of ’57 held its 60th anniversary reunion. This time it was aboard the cruise ship Regal Princess, traveling up the East Coast from New York City to the Canadian Maritimes in October 2017 (during Meliora Weekend). We visited Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John, New Brunswick, and Halifax. We became reacquainted at our 50th reunion in 2007, and a number of us have gathered in seven of the succeeding 10 years. This was our third cruise, along with various other reunion locations and activities. Out of the original 18, eight have passed away, and most of the others who were missing this year are no longer able to travel for various reasons.” Pictured from left to right are Ralph (Roy) Whitney ’73S (MBA) and Fay Wadsworth Whitney ’60, ’61N; Mark Sharnoff and his wife, Marcia Halio; Garrett Smith ’61 and his friend Maryanne Madigan; and Carol (Kay) Stiles Anderson ’59, ’59N and Bill. . . . Joan Coombs McKinley (see ’84).

1958 Harry McKinley ’58 (see ’84).

1959 Carol (Kay) Stiles Anderson ’59N (see ’57).

1960 Fay Wadsworth Whitney ’61N (see ’57).

1961 Garrett Smith (see ’57).

1964 Pauline deHaart Adams ’66 (MA) died in September, writes her son-in-law, John Countryman. Pauline was born in the Netherlands and moved to Rochester when she married Richard Adams, an American soldier who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. They had four children. She earned her degrees at Rochester after divorcing, and then moved to Washington state to take a registrar’s position at the Seattle Art Museum. Pauline was an active hiker, theater-goer, and painter of watercolors.

1971 Clayton Press, an art collector and consultant in New York City, recently joined as a contributor focusing on contemporary art’s creators, innovators, influencers, and entrepreneurs. Since autumn 2016, he has provided art criticism to, a British digital platform. He published two books in 2017: Robert Mangold: A Survey, 1965–2003 (Mnuchin Gallery) and Next to Nothing, Close to Nowhere: Kathleen Jacobs (Burckhardt Boles).

1973 Eileen Lewis sends a photograph from an October 2017 mini-reunion that Myra Hirschberg and her husband, Tom Calwell, hosted at their winter getaway in Asheville, North Carolina. Pictured from left to right are Andrea DiGaetano Turner, Myra, and Eileen. Eileen writes that she is anticipating many postretirement travels from Los Angeles; Andrea and her husband, Peter, have retired to Jerusalem, Israel; and Myra and Tom live in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. . . . Alan Levinson died in August, writes his wife, Micki. According to his obituary, after graduating from Rochester, Alan “had a few good years of hippying and travel that took him from inside the Iron Curtain to the driver’s seat of a taxi” before getting a master’s degree in industrial relations at the University of Wisconsin. He then settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, where “he began a career dedicated to workers and the public interest.”

1974 Carol Karp (see ’11).

1975 Catherine Coates sends a photo and an update. She writes, “In June 2017, I was ordained as an interfaith minister by the One Spirit Learning Alliance in New York City. An interfaith minister is open to people of any or no faith, without insisting on one way being normative.” . . . Howard Stein, a partner at Certilman Balin and based in the firm’s East Meadow, New York, office, has been named to the 2017 New York Super Lawyers list. Howard heads the real estate practice group. He is an adjunct professor of real estate law at Touro Law Center and chairman of the school’s board of governors.

1977 Peter Friedenberg was selected by the rating service Super Lawyers to be included in its 2017 rankings for Massachusetts. Peter is a real estate attorney with the Boston-based law firm Sherin and Lodgen. . . . James Holahan, an attorney in the Rochester office of Bond, Schoeneck & King, was named the lawyer of the year in Rochester in the labor law–management practice area in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list. . . . Judy-ann West ’82W (Mas) sends a photo and a note: “I traveled to Rio, Buenos Aires, and Santiago in October with my daughter. Rocky visited the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio as well as made it to the top of Sky Costanera, Santiago, the tallest structure in South America.”

1979 Steven Goldberg was named Best of the Bar 2017 by the Sacramento Business Journal. Goldberg is a partner at California-based Downey Brand. . . . Joseph Kubarek and Sharon Porcellio, both attorneys with Bond, Schoeneck & King, were named to the Best Lawyers in America 2018 list. . . . Tina Seelig’s book Creativity Rules: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and into the World (HarperCollins) was released in September. She is a professor of the practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, the entrepreneurship center at the university’s engineering school. She teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. . . . Carl and Sue White Vallarini ’80N send a photo (see page 53) from an “Alpha Delta Phi and friends birthday party reunion” in Half Moon Bay, California. “This is a long-planned trip, which was sidelined by fires and then re-orchestrated. We had so much fun! In the photo with Carl and me are Tom Ketterer, John Conway, John Mora, Van Battle, Tim Ruhland, Jean Merenda Conway, and Sandy Beback Ketterer. Notice the Yellowjacket.”

1982 Tom Murray (see ’90).

1984 Phil McKinley writes, “Attached is a photo with three generations of Rochester students taken in August 2017 at the home of Joan Coombs McKinley ’57 and Harry McKinley ’58 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. From left to right are Harry, Joan, me, and Alex McKinley ’19.” Harry and Joan are Phil’s parents, and Alex is Phil’s and his wife, Lisa’s, son. Harry and Joan are retired, and Phil is a staff engineer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts. Phil adds that “Alex’s sister, Sarah, is a senior in high school and evaluating college choices for next year.” . . . Darryl Powell wrote and illustrated Rocks, Minerals & Crystals: A Coloring & Collecting Book (Gem Guides Book Co.) for adults and youths.

1985 Caroline Yates (see ’88).

1988 Chris Carver died in July, writes Rob Park ’90S (MBA). “We lost our friend and brother Chris to a battle with cancer in July. The life of the former social chairman of Psi Upsilon was celebrated in Rochester, and more than 25 brothers and friends gathered from all over the world. Chris’s family and friends wish to thank the many wonderful people at Wilmot Cancer Center and the Palliative Care team at Strong as well as the folks at Hope Lodge.” Pictured are: (standing, from left) Eugene Smith, Mike McCarthy ’87, Sharone Lane Simone, Lisa Kronthal Elkin, Dennis Alpert, Richard Yates ’87, Caroline Yates ’85, Bill Theriault ’90, ’94S (MBA), Jeff Kroon ’87, Chris Lee ’87, Jay Ryan, Lynn Hallock Wasserman ’89, Gus Weigel ’89, ’90S (MBA), Greg Wasserman ’87, Pat Jeffrey, Rob, John Freedman ’87; (seated, from left) Andy Hall, Tom Canty ’87, Terry Travers ’87, Dan Rosenthal, and Gloribel Arvelo-Park ’89. Also attending, but not pictured, were Chris Thomas ’89, Alex Strasenburgh, Chris Giglio, and Brian Weinberg ’87. . . . Beth Fried (see ’90). . . . Sonia Gyan Pazak (see ’90). . . . Julie Falwell Weidner ’92M (MD) (see ’90).

1989 Brigid Brennan (see ’90).

1990 Carolyn Haberek Blanco-Losada sends a photo from the 30th anniversary celebration of Delta Gamma’s Zeta Delta chapter, held last Meliora Weekend. Carolyn writes that the celebration, which included current students and their parents, featured “a reissue of the popular Absolut shirts from the year the chapter was founded.” Pictured are founding sisters (back row, left to right) Susan Bishara Santarosa ’91, Colleen Farrell ’92, Tracey Planavsky Belsky ’92, Connie White ’91, Deanna Drzewiecki Deshpande ’91, Marlene Mourtzikos, Erin Allen ’92, Trish Murley ’92, Mamta Shah ’92N, Sarah Berger ’92, Allison Ault ’92, Loretta Santilli ’92; (middle row) Katie Keller ’93N, Karen Berman ’92, Nadia Malik ’92, ’94S (MBA), Anne Merton ’89N, Ashley Sartor McNamara, Nicole Kaplan, Penny Pearson O’Neil, Janice Gillman Greenberg, Jennifer Gordon Gross, Nancy McGhee Stevenson ’93, Carolyn; (front row) Lisa Weber ’92, Beth Fried ’88, Julie Falwell Weidner ’88, ’92M (MD), Brigid Brennan ’89, Janet Ramirez Glausier ’88N, Sonia Gyan Pazak ’88, Donna Schwind Border ’90N, and Liliana Alonso-Smith ’93. . . . Lisa Chapman Clay sends a note and photo from a mini-reunion: “Greetings. Please find attached a picture of Kappa Delta sisters and BFFs for the last 30 years having our annual girls’ weekend. We met in Boston in November.” Pictured are: (front row) Lisa Lim Mui, Nicole Schaeffer Orlov; (back row) Lisa, Erin O’Rourke Fuller, and Brenda Gingalewski Smith. . . . Bob Hartz ’98S (MBA) married Lauren Murray in Buffalo. Lauren’s father, Tom Murray ’82, sends a photo and writes, “On hand and in attendance were many Yellowjackets.” Pictured are (kneeling) Rowan Crawford ’95, Mike Rosato ’82, ’89S (MBA), Tom, Lauren, Bob, Griff Altmann ’90, ’91 (MS), ’01S (MBA), Mike Clark ’89; (standing) Jorge DeRosas ’92, Mike Dougherty ’91, Rich Harrison, Chuck Alf ’92, Jon Ty ’91, Paul (PJ) Scott ’92, Mitch Riesenberger ’95, Fred Falkowski ’91, Kurt Doyen, Joe Bailey ’97W, and Ted Sweeney ’84. . . . John Sotomayor, publisher of Elevate Magazine (formerly the Ocala Christian Advocate), writes that the Florida Press Club awarded work published in the magazine with first place in religion writing and second place in community news. The City of Ocala REACH committee presented the 2017 Mary Sue Rich Diversity Award to Elevate in October. “We are humbled and honored to be acknowledged with such high praise by both the City of Ocala and the State of Florida in our first year,” writes John.

1991 Deanna Drzewiecki Deshpande (see ’90). . . . Susan Bishara Santarosa (see ’90). . . . Connie White (see ’90).

1992 Erin Allen (see ’90). . . . Allison Ault (see ’90). . . . Tracey Planavsky Belsky (see ’90). . . . Karen Berman (see ’90). . . . Sarah Berger (see ’90). . . . Colleen Farrell (see ’90). . . . Nadia Malik ’94S (MBA) (see ’90). . . . Trish Murley (see ’90). . . . Loretta Santilli (see ’90). . . . Lisa Weber (see ’90).

1993 Liliana Alonso-Smith (see ’90). . . . Brian Laudadio, an attorney in the Rochester office of Bond, Schoeneck & King, was included in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list as the lawyer of the year in Rochester for the litigation–municipal practice area. . . . Nancy McGhee Stevenson (see ’90).

1997 Jody Kidney writes that she married Kirk Schmidt of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, “via Cincinnati, Ohio,” last July. “We were married on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario in Mexico, New York,” writes Jody. “Laura Bobis Olley was my best person, and Kirk’s best person was his sister, Sorien Schmidt. Many dear friends and family attended from near and far, and at the end of the day everyone ended up swimming in the lake, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying a beach bonfire. It was a lovely gathering of friends and family. Kirk and I own the Kraken, a historic roadhouse bar and music venue located on the outskirts of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We book and perform in a number of bands and regularly host charity events.” . . . Ronian Siew ’99 (MS) recently published Perspectives on Modern Optics and Imaging: With Practical Examples Using Zemax OpticStudio (Amazon Kindle Direct).

1999 Vince Mancuso ’10W (EdD) recently published Phenomena-Driven Inquiry: A Strategy to Explore and Explain Phenomena Using the POQIE Model (Planet Magic), geared toward in-service and pre-service science teachers of all grade levels. He teaches chemistry in the Brighton Central School District, near Rochester. . . . Aaron Olden ’10M (MS), medical director of palliative care for Lifetime Care Home Health Care and Hospice in Rochester, was selected as one of Rochester Business Journal’s 2017 “Forty under 40” honorees.

2000 David Viens sends an update: “I am excited to share that I have rejoined the law firm of Morrison Mahoney as a partner in the firm’s Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, offices. I will continue my practice focusing on business law and business/commercial and other complex litigation. I started my legal career at Morrison Mahoney as a law clerk and later returned as an associate. I am very happy to be back after nearly eight years at Bowditch & Dewey, where I was a partner in that firm’s Worcester office.”

2001 Lauren Gaffney Sternberg sends a photo and announcement: “My husband, Jeremy Sternberg, and I welcomed our second child, Lucy Alexandra, in December. She and her big bro, Connor, 3, are already BFFs.”

2002 Elizabeth Hakiel ’03S (MBA), vice president and senior wealth advisor for Tompkins Financial Advisors, has been named by the Rochester Business Journal as a 2017 “Forty under 40” honoree.

2004 Deepak Sobti ’10M (MD), an ophthalmologist in Texas, recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with three friends. “#TeamKili” and raised more than $21,000 for the Himalayan Cataract Project to fund more than 800 cataract surgeries.

2005 Matt Kelley ’08S (MBA) was hired by Tompkins Financial Advisors as the company’s first portfolio manager. He also will serve as an investment specialist for the business development team. Previously he worked for Morgan Stanley as assistant vice president of its Graystone Consulting unit.

2006 Dave and Meghan Mitchell Levi send a photo and an announcement. Meghan writes, “Our son, Jacob Avi Levi, was born in April 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dave currently works for Citrix Systems as a data analyst, and I recently started my own business, Achieving Expectations, an applied behavior analysis therapy company for children with developmental disabilities.”

2008 Tyler Stapleton writes, “Jackie Monaghan ’10 and I took a picture at our October wedding with our friends and relatives who are Rochester alumni. Although my wife and I did not meet at Rochester, when we did meet later in Washington, D.C., where we live, it was a great icebreaker that led to many dates and now our marriage.” Pictured from left to right are Erin Partin ’12, Julianne Nelson ’10, Emma Pollock ’16, Becca Hester ’10, Nicole Telleri Simpson ’10, Jackie, Tyler, Matt Fenichel ’16S (MS), Chris Bell ’10M (MS), ’15S (MBA), David Simpson ’10, and David Geisler ’88.

2009 Kristen DeCarlo sends a photo from her wedding. She and Bill Holdsworth were married in Clarence, New York, in October.

2010 Jackie Monaghan (see ’08). . . . Brad Orego writes, “I recently moved to New York City after approximately six years in Madison, Wisconsin. I’m currently living in Brooklyn and will be continuing to pursue both my tech career and my dance career.” . . . Patricia Dieter sends a wedding announcement and photo: “I was married to Daniel Taylor in Cape Neddick, Maine, in May 2017. We had many alumni in attendance, and we were thrilled to take a group photo.” From left to right are Kelly Sullivan, Caitlin Rioux, Anna Frenette, Amanda Palo, Patricia, Daniel, Kevin Dieter ’11 (MA), Shobha Kaushik Colon, and Hector Colon.

2011 Sarah Karp married Christopher Jory in July at the Boathouse in New York City’s Central Park. Sarah writes that her “mother and alumna Carol Karp ’74 celebrated with fellow trustee Kathy McMorran Murray ’74.” She sends a photo of herself with fellow alumni (left to right) George Barberi ’15W (MS), Palida Noor ’12, Sarah, Gregory Corrado ’14, Andrea Sobolewski, Frances Swanson ’12, and Matthew Myers. . . . Andrew Younger graduated with a PhD from Northwestern University’s interdisciplinary biological sciences program in June 2017. He worked for Joshua Leonard in the Laboratory for Cellular Devices and Biomolecular Engineering, and in 2012, at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard under professor James Collins. Andrew is a scientist for Zymergen in Emeryville, California.

2012 Andrew Cirillo sends a photo from his November 2016 wedding. He writes that he and Kaitlin Christ Cirillo were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clinton, New York, and the reception took place at Dibbles Inn Orchard & Estate in Vernon, New York. Kaitlin is an admissions event manager at the Simon School, where she is also working toward an MBA. Pictured are (front row, left to right) David Montenegro, Julie Czupryna ’04, Andrew, Kaitlin, Paul Kintner, and Maryann Olson; (second row) Jeffrey Benton ’13, Lindsey Markham, Matthew Metz ’13, Andrew Fleisher, and Jonathan Cyganik ’14; (back row) Daniel Lane, Jacqueline Lane, James Vavra, Brian Thomson ’11, ’12 (MS), and Craig Baumgartner ’11.