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Medallion Reunion Alumni who graduated in class years before the Class of 1970—next fall’s 50th reunion class—are invited to take part in Medallion Reunion events during Meliora Weekend in October 2020. Visit

1941 John Manhold observed his 100th birthday late last summer with a celebratory dinner and other activities with family, friends, and special guests. The ceremonies included a compendium of John’s wide-ranging career as a dental scientist, author, veteran, artist, competitive shooter, and other endeavors (“Corroborative Evidence of a 100 Years Tale”) as well a commemorative coin struck for the occasion. The coin features John’s image on one side, and the flip side reads “Scientist, World Lectures, Sculptor, Author, USCG Captain & Master, International Sport Awards, WWII, Korea.” His centennial birthday was also noted in the Genesee Sig, the newsletter of Rochester’s chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He sends photos from the celebration, including one of him with his wife, Kit.

1948 Clifford Orman died in November; his daughter Ruth writes to fulfill his express wish to inform his alma mater. Clifford devoted his career to research and development in the semiconductor industry. Ruth writes: “My father was part of that generation of mid-century new-wave technology pioneers, a member of America’s Technology Highway in Massachusetts, devoting 40 years to semiconductor design and research. He never lost his exuberance in the quest for—and sharing of—that knowledge. He enjoyed the collegiality of his college days, both at Rochester and at Purdue, working with his classmates on the intricacies of P-N junctions, diodes, and all things physics. He carried that youthful enthusiasm throughout his entire life, taking on each project with quiet humor, determination, and grace.” Clifford retired in 1987 as product manager at Alpha Industries and moved to Maine with his wife, Evelyn. A craftsman, he built intricately detailed model boats for his family. He loved classical and jazz music and books—from sci-fi to the classics to spy thrillers. He and Evelyn, who survives him, were married for 66 years and had four children together.

1951 Mario Sparagana ’55M (MD) publishedPoems of a Wayfarer(Peppertree Press) last fall.

1952 Dave Freeman, a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park, died last October, his daughter, Katherine, writes. A chemist with advanced degrees from Carnegie Mellon and MIT, Dave once worked at the National Bureau of Standards, where he was recognized for establishing highly precise standards for isotope measurements. At the University of Maryland, he did pioneering work with ion-exchange resins, chemical and isotope micro standards, and new methods in liquid and gas chromatography. He used that expertise to study molecules in oils and ancient sediments and contaminants in the environment, including in the Chesapeake Bay. Dave was deeply involved with his church as well as in studio art, digital photography, downhill skiing, traveling, hiking, and sailing. He was married to his wife, Linda, whom he met while a graduate student at MIT, for 63 years and had four children and seven grandchildren.

1956 Arthur Miller was featured in the 2019 Thomson Reuters podcast series Wright and Miller’s Federal Practice and Procedure Marks 50 Years of Publication. Arthur, who holds the title University Professor at New York University School of Law, is a founding author, along with Charles Wright, of the enduring legal treatise. The series includes a conversation between Arthur and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, senior associate justice of the US Supreme Court, about their overlapping journeys in the law, first as classmates at Harvard Law School, later as attorneys arguing cases before the Supreme Court, and in their current roles. . . . Mary Paliani writes, “In 2019 I climbed 14,259-foot Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park by way of the technical North Face route. Earlier in the year I climbed the majestic Torres del Paine in Patagonia.”

1959 Lois Dennis Cohen’s husband, Kalman, writes that Lois “could not attend the 60th anniversary celebration for her class due to physical limitations.” He shares with Lois’s classmates “some of her many accomplishments from her long career as a nationally recognized educator.” Lois, who earned her degree in elementary education, “touched the lives of thousands of children with her creative ideas over a 40-year career in the classroom. While teaching at Melvin H. Kreps Middle School in New Jersey, Lois launched Kreps Kids Calling, a program where she brought via phone into her classroom unique speakers such as former President Jimmy Carter, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Senator Bill Bradley. In 1985, she created the Brown Bag Forum, a lunchtime program for her students to hear from a vast range of interesting community members, including a comic book artist, sled dog raiser, pizzeria owner and auctioneer, among dozens of others. By the time she retired in 1998, the Brown Bag Forum had spread to multiple schools, picked up newspaper coverage, and exposed a generation of students, to endless, exciting possibilities for their lives. She was invited to share the concept with others through presentations at events such as the New Jersey Educators Association Focus on Excellence Conference. In 1988, Senator Bradley presented her with a certificate of commendation for her efforts with the forum.” Lois was twice recognized as Mercer County Teacher of the Year (1985 and 1988) and was one of three finalists for New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. In 1993 she launched and developed An Apple from the Teacher, a pilot television program highlighting exemplary projects by other teachers in Mercer County schools. “Starting in 1986, Lois began spreading her teaching skills even further beyond her own classroom as a contributing writer for Junior Scholastic magazine. She authored an annual geography skills manual to accompany the World Affairs issue of Junior Scholastic, used by teachers throughout the United States. She continued contributing to the manual and to the magazine well after retirement. After she retired from public school teaching, Lois launched Lois Presents, through which she developed interactive programs on the Jewish experience in the United States. Classmates can read about them at, as well as about her extensive work, over many decades, for the Jewish women’s organization Hadassah. On a final note, Kalman adds that “Lois passed her love for teaching on to her daughter Rebecca, an art teacher, and Judy, a teacher of Hebrew studies.” . . . Karl Nelson died in November, writes his son, Keith, who adds that it was among Karl’s last requests to have the news shared with his classmates, along with a few of his sentiments about his time at Rochester. Karl treasured his participation in vocal ensembles, beginning with the Men’s Glee Club, which he joined his first year. “At the end of my freshman year, I was selected from [the club] to become one of the 12 charter members of a new men’s vocal ensemble to be called the YellowJackets. We celebrate a lot of history at UR. But to have been part of a history-making event which, by now, has a lifespan of 55 years,” Karl told Rochester Review in 2011, “truly makes me a part of that history.” He continued, “For the remaining three years there were many other memorable moments: two separate Glee Club performances with the Rochester Philharmonic—one conducted by Eric Leinsdorf, performing on the Ed Sullivan Show, touring Colorado, and many other faith-building experiences as a member and president of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.” Karl earned a master of science degree at Columbia University and became a nursing home administrator and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He was also a founding member of the University’s Wilson Society.

1962 Louise Kent Brinkman ’63 shares the news that Charles Brinkman “died at home in October after a long illness with mesothelioma,” a cancer of the tissue surrounding the lungs. Charles and Louise had four children together, as well as eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

1963 Louise Kent Brinkman (see ’62).

1964 Gary Tobey was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame in October as recognition for being “in the thick of aviation”—first as a Navy combat pilot and then as a Civil Air Patrol pilot and an advocate for aviation at many levels of government. Gary obtained his private pilot license through the Navy Flight Indoctrination Program while in his senior year at Rochester. He became a Navy carrier pilot in 1966 and flew from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the Tonkin Gulf during the Vietnam War. He flew the single-seat A-4 Skyhawk jet as an attack pilot in 188 combat missions over North Vietnam, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and 30 other service awards. He also flew combat cover in the rescue of seven airmen shot down in and just offshore of North Vietnam. After his military service, Gary attended law school and was in private practice in Denver for 45 years. He became part owner of a small aircraft and flew his wife and three daughters all over the country, including many trips back to western New York. Gary joined the Civil Air Patrol as a search-and-rescue pilot and mission-instructor pilot in the Rocky Mountains, often searching for missing aircraft and lost persons at up to 14,000 feet above sea level. He moved into command of the entire Colorado Wing of Civil Air Patrol and later the five-state Rocky Mountain Region. For 27 years, first as commander and then as government relations advisor, he visited the Washington offices of US senators and representatives from Colorado and other states to garner support for the Civil Air Patrol and aerospace education. He was a board member of Colorado’s Centennial Airport, the second-busiest general aviation airport in the nation, and served as president and in other offices of the Colorado Pilots Association. He has worked with multiple programs to provide grants and scholarships to bring young Americans into the aviation, space, and cyber worlds.

1967 Seth Hawkins, the son of Sherman and Anne Mitchell Hawkins ’78 (PhD) writes that his father, Sherman Hawkins, a faculty member in the Department of English from 1960 to 1965, died in December. He continues, “he became a titan in 20th-century Shakespearean scholarship and teaching and studied or taught with appointments at Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, and Wesleyan as well as at the University of Rochester. The University of Rochester is particularly special for our family, however, as it is where he met his wife and our mother, Anne, a member of the Class of 1967, when she was a graduate student at Rochester. His book Promised End, a wide-ranging study focused on the final scene of King Lear, was just published [in 2019] by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.” In addition to Anne—with whom he celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary last year—and Seth, Sherman is survived by two more children and five grandchildren. . . .Samuel Meisels received the Simms/Mann Institute Whole Child Award for Visionary Leadership at the institute’s Think Tank and Whole Child Award ceremony in Los Angeles in October. The award is considered one of the highest career honors given to early childhood experts. Samuel is the founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska. Before that, he served more than a decade as president of the Chicago-based Erikson Institute, a graduate school focused on child development. Prior to Erikson, he had a 21-year career at the University of Michigan School of Education as a professor and a research scientist at Michigan’s Center for Human Growth and Development. He is now a professor emeritus and a research scientist emeritus at the University of Michigan and president emeritus at the Erikson Institute.

1968 Fred Paillet ’74 (PhD) is coauthor of Ozark Forest Forensics: The Science Behind the Scenery in Our Regional Forests (Ozark Society). The book also includes illustrations by Fred. He writes: “Although I have coauthored specialized books on geophysics and geological engineering, this is my first publication without a single equation. Quite a feat for a [mechanical and aerospace sciences] department graduate.” Retired from the US Geological Survey, he is now an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas, where he conducts research and supervises student projects related to geophysics, hydrology, and paleoecology.

1969 Richard Brzustowicz writes, “At the time of the 2019 Meliora Weekend, my wife and I were in the middle of our pilgrimage walk around the island of Shikoku, which we completed by the end of October. Walking all day becomes habit forming.”

50th Reunion

Alumni who graduated in the Class of 1970 are invited to take part in 50th Reunion events during Meliora Weekend in October 2020. Visit . . . Joseph Adler, a professor emeritus of Asian studies and religious studies at Kenyon College, edited and translated into English The Original Meaning of the Yijing by Zhu Xi (Columbia University Press). The translation makes Zhu Xi’s commentary available in full for the first time in any Western language. Joseph’s introduction and translator’s notes offer intellectual and historical context to Zhu Xi’s writings. . . . Nancy Heller Cohen ’70N published A Bad Hair Day Cookbook: Recipes from Nancy J. Cohen’s Cozy Mystery Series (Orange Grove Press) in November. It features more than 160 recipes.

1972 John Newton has published Wilderness Nation (Resource Publications), a novel about a young frontiersman and a Lakota woman who marry and establish a trading post in northwestern Louisiana Territory during the mid-1800s. John is retired from Eastman Kodak Research Labs as a patent specialist.

45th Reunion

Alumni who graduated in the Class of 1975 are invited to take part in 45th Reunion events during Meliora Weekend in October 2020. Visit

1976 Howard Cayne writes, “I am a senior litigation partner at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC, which I joined in 1984, following a five-year stint as an enforcement lawyer for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. I joined the board of trustees of Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 and serve on the board’s executive, nominating and governance, and building and grounds committees. My wife, Caroline, and I live in Bethesda, Maryland; St. Louis, Missouri; and Highland Beach, Florida. We have three children and three grandchildren.”

1978 Michael Corp has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America list for 2020. Michael is a partner with the upstate New York law firm Hancock Estabrook in the tax, trusts, and estates as well as elder law and special needs practices.

40th Reunion

Alumni who graduated in the Class of 1990 are invited to take part in 40th Reunion events during Meliora Weekend in October 2020. Visit . . . Sue Eckstein Gaynor (see ’80 Nursing). . . . David Levine has released The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years (Globe Pequot Press). The book is a collection of magazine articles he has written over the past decade covering the Hudson Valley as a freelance writer and editor. He writes about lifestyle and general interest topics—from history and business to beer and baseball—as a contributing writer for Hudson Valley, Westchester, and 914Inc. magazines. David is the author, coauthor, or ghostwriter of six books about sports. He lives in Albany with his wife and daughter and adds that he’s scheduled to be in Rochester for a book signing at the College Town Barnes & Noble on Saturday, March 21.

1982 Ian Koenig published Diagramming Architecture: According to the Principle Based Enterprise Architecture Method (self-published) in November, a follow-up to Principle Based Enterprise Architecture: A Systematic Approach to Enterprise Architecture and Governance (Technics Publications), which came out last April. . . . Steve Mackie, owner of SSI, an IT services company that supports federal agencies, writes that in 2014, he moved his home-based business to a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) in Manassas Park, Virginia. HUBZone is a US Small Business Administration program designed to provide assistance to residents in economically depressed areas. SSI hired its first seven HUBZone residents, mainly tech-savvy high school students and local junior college students, and has been training and certifying HUBZone employees as Microsoft Office professionals to provide free basic IT skills, coaching, and job search assistance to local adults. SSI received a Corporate Citizenship of the Year Award from the National HUBZone Contractors Council. Steve writes, “It’s tremendously rewarding to watch young high school students who come to us barely able to have a comfortable conversation with an adult blossom into IT skills coaches who confidently teach their adult neighbors new marketable skills.” After graduating from Rochester, where he was president of Sigma Alpha Mu and a member of the Glee Club and YellowJackets, Steve served in the Navy for 20 years. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern New Hampshire in 1999. He writes that he is still singing—as a choir member at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia, where he also leads a job-seekers ministry and job-networking group. He also serves on the boards of two nonprofits and regularly travels to the Republic of North Macedonia and Albania, where he helps coach budding entrepreneurs as part of an economic development microloan program. . . . Jay Mazelsky has been appointed president and CEO of IDEXX Laboratories and was elected to its board. Based in Westbrook, Maine, IDEXX develops, manufactures, and distributes products and services for the veterinary, livestock and poultry, water testing, and dairy markets. Jay joined the company in 2012 as executive vice president. . . . Monika Springer Schnell ’85W (Mas) (see ’83).

1983 Rosie Zaloum Foster writes: “What began in 1981 as a simple spaghetti dinner at the Rochester apartment of Nancy Low, then area director for Susan B. Anthony Halls, and a few of her RAs grew into an annual weekend that has endured for 38 years,” writes Rosie. In November, former RAs Rosie, Christopher Daley, Jeff Frank, and Monika Springer Schnell ’82, ’85W (Mas) met in the Baltimore area with Eugene Schnell ’85, ’86W (MS), Larry Fisher ’97, ’98W (MS), Nancy Low, and spouses and partners for the annual “Spag” weekend. The group is so committed to the weekend that they celebrated the 25th reunion in 2006 together at a villa in Tuscany for a week, she adds, and are already brainstorming about the 40th event in 2021. “No matter what is going on in our lives, we always make time for Spag!”. . . Anna Meade wrote Cannabis: A Big Sisters’ Guide (Halo Publishing International) in answer to her sister and coauthor Mary Meade’s question as to whether cannabis could help Mary with her cancer treatment and pain management. Anna, an environmental engineer, managed radioactive and hazardous wastes and taught chemical safety for 20 years. Her work took her around the world, as far as the South Pole. She now lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where she writes textbooks and is a local leader in the cannabis industry.

35th Reunion

Alumni who graduated in the Class of 1985 are invited to take part in 35th Reunion events during Meliora Weekend in October 2020. Visit . . . Michael Livingston writes, “I recently was granted my third software engineering patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office, patent number 10,430,380.” . . . Eugene Schnell ’86W (MS) (see ’83) . . . Steven Spector , who transferred to the University of Wisconsin at the start of his junior year, writes that he now lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

1986 Randall Abate published Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources (Cambridge University Press). Randall holds the title of Rechnitz Family/Urban Coast Institute Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy and is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Monmouth University in New Jersey. He has published five previous books—and more than 30 law journal articles and book chapters—on environmental and animal law topics, with recent emphasis on climate change law and justice. . . . Mary-Frances Garber, a genetic counselor and president of the New England Regional Genetics Group, writes “it was wonderful to invite David Coppola to speak at the 2019 NERGG Annual Meeting on ‘A Surgeon’s Role on Communicating the Genetic Aspects of Breast Cancer.’ Never did I think 30-plus years ago in those molecular genetics classes at UR that we would share the professional stage together; what a rewarding experience this is.”

1987 Dan Harvitt sends a photo of himself with Judy Chun Hu ’13. Dan writes, “We recently got to see each other while attending the American Academy of Optometry conference in Orlando. Judy completed her doctorate in 2017 and is working at an ophthalmology practice in Maryland, while I continue to teach at UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry.”

1988 Allison Bauer has joined the Department of Health Sciences faculty of Bouve College at Northeastern University as an associate teaching professor. . . . Hany Farid joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley last June as a professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and the School of Information. Hany was previously on the faculty of Dartmouth College and is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

1989 Brigid Brennan (see ’90). . . . Kelly Kroll became a partner of Morris, Manning & Martin in January. She joined the law firm’s Washington, DC, office in 2018 to help start their government contracts practice. She’s active in the firm’s summer program and recruiting and is the Washington liaison for the firm’s Women’s Initiative. Kelly started her career as a paralegal and continued working while attending law school at George Mason University. . . . Andrew Rehfeld was inaugurated as the 10th president in the 144-year history of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC–JIR), the academic and professional leadership center of Reform Judaism, in October at Cincinnati’s historic Plum Street Temple. He delivered his inaugural address to international leaders of the Reform Movement; dignitaries from international academic institutions and organizations; communal and civic leaders of Cincinnati; and HUC–JIR alumni, faculty, and students. Former Rochester president Richard Feldman represented the University at Andrew’s inauguration.

30th Reunion

Alumni who graduated in the Class of 1990 are invited to take part in 20th Reunion events during Meliora Weekend in October 2020. Visit . . . Carolyn Haberek Blanco-Losada writes, “The U of R Delta Gamma Chapter had its annual reunion event in Santa Cruz, California, from November 7–10; 24 alums attended, spanning class years from 1989 to 1994:” Jennifer Luce Sartor ’91, Julie Peyton ’91, Penelope Pearson O’Neil, Jennifer Novell Miller ’93, Brigid Brennan ’89, Colleen Farrell ’92, Eileen McCarthy Cakouros, Janice Gillman Greenberg, Alissa Epstein Jankay ’94; Loretta Santilli Lang ’92, Erin Gibson Allen ’92, Diana Lozano Palacios ’90, Nadia Malik ’92, ’94S (MBA), Trish Murley ’92, Ashley Sartor McNamara, Donna Schwind Border ’90N, Tammy Noble Frankland, Mamta Shah ’92N, Maricar Pacquing Pfeister ’94, Karen Berman ’92, Beth Docteur ’93 (MS), Anne Wagner Merton ’89N, and Carolyn. . . . Peter Koo is the global head of asset management at Egon Zehnder, a management consulting and executive search firm. Before joining Egon Zehnder, he was a consultant with A. T. Kearney, based in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur, where he advised multinational and local financial institutions. He now works in the New York City office. . . . MaryAnn Cook McLean writes, “The women of Fairchild 410, Class of 1990, gathered in October 2019 in Fenwick Island, Delaware, to celebrate many years of friendship and amazement that next year is our 30th reunion. Seventy-two hours wasn’t enough time to share all there was to say about work, husbands, kids, pets, travels, retirement plans, and on and on and on.” Attending were Sarah Wood Sandler, Maria Dario Nizza, Alexandra Bodnar, Sumilu Cue, Julie Chang Poist, and Mary Ann. . . . Jason Osborne has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Prior to becoming Miami’s provost, Jason was the associate provost and dean of the graduate school at Clemson University.

1991 Robert Cepeda has written Your Journey Goes On: 25 Plus Years of Observations by a Financial Advisor (self-published). A certified financial planner, Robert is a cofounder and the managing partner of Quest Financial Services, an independent financial services firm based in New York state. He also serves as the firm’s senior wealth advisor. . . . Julie Peyton (see ’90). . . . Jennifer Luce Sartor (see ’90).

1992 Erin Gibson Allen (see ’90). . . . Karen Berman (see ’90). . . . Colleen Farrell (see ’90). . . . Loretta Santilli Lang (see ’90). . . . Nadia Malik ’94S (MBA) (see ’90). . . . Trish Murley (see ’90).

1993 Jeannine Williams Dingus-Eason ’94W (MS) has been named dean of education at Rhode Island College’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development. She previously served as an associate professor and the chair of the executive leadership doctoral program in the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. School of Education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Jeannine holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington in Seattle. . . . Eric LoPresti has been awarded a grant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to exhibit his first video installation, Center-Surround, in Japan this year. Eric holds an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is the founder of and director of user experience for Zoetrope Components in Brooklyn, New York. . . . Jennifer Novell Miller (see ’90).

1994 Alissa Epstein Jankay (see ’90). . . . Maricar Pacquing Pfeister (see ’90).

25th Reunion

Alumni who graduated in the Class of 1995 are invited to take part in 25th Reunion events during Meliora Weekend in October 2020. Visit . . . Jacqueline Cohen writes, “I married my fabulous husband, Dan Shaye, and became a ‘bonus mama’ to the most amazing kiddo, Gabriel. Living happily in Oak Park, Illinois.” . . . Matthew Blesso (see ’96). . . . Balaji Gandhi (see ’96). . . . Michael Kornbluth (see ’96).

1996 Michael ’95 and Jennifer Shweky Kornbluth send a photograph from their daughter’s bat mitzvah last August, which, writes Jennifer, “was a minireunion in Durham, North Carolina.” Attending were Jessica Shweky ’98, Matt Blesso ’95, Jennifer, Rosa Estrella, Balaji Gandhi ’95, Michael, Nate Holt, Jessica Gerrity ’97, Audrey Shweky Young, Carrie Schantz Illisie, and Kelly Ryan.

1997 Jessica Gerrity (see ’96). . . . Larry Fisher ’98W (MS) (see ’83). . . . Ronian Siew ’99 (MS) published Monte Carlo Simulation and Analysis in Modern Optical Tolerancing (SPIE Press) in October. The book discusses the role Monte Carlo simulations play in the analysis of modern complex optical systems. Ronian is an optical engineering consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1998 Kelly Koyama-Garcia joined Louis Vuitton Americas in 2019 as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Prior to her new position, Kelly held roles at Marc Jacobs for 10 years. . . . Jessica Shweky (see ’96).

1999 Jennifer Farmer sends news that she received a book contract for her manuscript, “First and Only: How Black Women Thrive at Work and Life.” The book will be published by Fortress Press in the spring of 2021. . . . Jeremy Schott translated a major work about the history of Christianity by the fourth-century scholar and author Eusebius of Caesarea. In The History of the Church: A New Translation (University of California Press), published in 2019 as part of the press’s new series World Literature in Translation, Jeremy provides essays and notes that offer context for the linguistic, cultural, social, and political background of the text. He is a professor of religious studies at Indiana University.

20th Reunion

Alumni who graduated in the Class of 2000 are invited to take part in 20th Reunion events during Meliora Weekend in October 2020. Visit

2002 Joseph Hamway and his wife, Jane, are “proud to announce the newest addition” to their family, Ivy Amelia. Ivy joins siblings Alexa, Lachlan, and Olivia.

15th Reunion

Alumni who graduated in the Class of 2005 are invited to take part in 15th Reunion events during Meliora Weekend in October 2020. Visit . . . Yvette Price and her husband, James Thomas, welcomed a daughter in November.

2007 James Johnson ’08 (MS) and his wife, Jennifer, send a photograph of their son Jacob Aiden, who was born last July. Jacob joins siblings Alina (13), James Jr. (10), Addie (8), and Avery (2). James is a senior electrical engineer at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. . . . Molly Williams ’15S (MBA) has joined Fox Rothschild in Warrington, Pennsylvania, as an associate in the corporate department. Molly advises clients on licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and data privacy.

2008 Allison Goldstein writes, “I have officially qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. I ran the Philadelphia Marathon in a time of 2:44:11 (the qualifying cutoff is 2:45:00) and placed fifth overall in the women’s field.”

2009 Cathy Fromen is one of 82 young engineers who have been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s 25th annual US Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Cathy is an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Delaware. In 2018 she was named to the inaugural early career editorial advisory board of the journal ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. She holds a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.

10th Reunion

Alumni who graduated in the Class of 2010 are invited to take part in 10th Reunion events during Meliora Weekend in October 2020. Visit . . . Elizabeth Gabster sends news that she has moved to the Netherlands, and she “welcomes connections with U of R alums in the greater Amsterdam area. Best wishes to the Classes of 2009 and 2010 for our 10-year anniversary.” . . . Amanda Gurin (see ’11). . . . Emily Wroczynski sends an update: “I moved to Houston in the fall of 2018, and I’m loving H-town. I work as a paintings conservator. I recently bought a condo, and my dog, Kudos, and I are enjoying it!”

2011 Christopher Young and Amanda Gurin ’10 were married last October in Richmond, Virginia, where they now live. Joining them were Al Vostal, Caleb Stoner ’12W (MS), Nora Graham, Michael Tichenor Vostal, Laura Vidler ’12, Christopher, Amanda, Juliet Berman Brender, Kelsey Griswold, Emily Rosen ’09, Serene Habayeb, Sara Shimmel ’12, Michelle Eglovitch ’13, Chris Bethmann ’13, ’15W (MS), and Owen Schochet ’12. Also in attendance were Le Doan ’10, Aaron Sperber ’11E, and Bobby Brown ’13.

2012 Conor Flynn was elected councilman in the Town of Orchard Park, New York, last fall. Conor is the first Democrat elected to the position since 2013, and the youngest in several decades.

2013 Thanh Hoang and Thomas Doser ’13E were married last June. Joining them were Shay Garrison Skobeleva, David Heid ’13E, ’15 (MS), Steven Conrad ’14, James Doser ’79E, ’84E (MM), Andrew Tran ’00S (MBA), Chris Doser ’14, ’14E, James Robbins ’11, Fr. Brian Cool ’06W (MS); Haley Dupree Mnatzaganian, Theresa Feeney ’11, Laurana Ryback ’11, ’12 (MS), Thomas, Thanh, Alexa Freedman, Victoria Le ’15, Mark Werner ’11; Emily Vreeland ’12, Aninda Mukherjee Cole, Miranda Johnson Kahen, and Thanh Huynh ’15. . . . Judy Chun Hu (see ’87).

5th Reunion

Alumni who graduated in the Class of 2015 are invited to take part in 5th Reunion events during Meliora Weekend in October 2020. Visit . . . Alexandra Poindexter writes that she moved to Guangzhou, China, in November to work as a foreign trainer for Disney English, a program designed by and for the Walt Disney Company. . . . Jessica Hart Wilbee ’15E writes that she and her husband, Aaron, welcomed their second child, Edmund Harris, in October. He joins big sister Esther.

2018 Hannah Geitner is an elementary special education teacher in the Bay Area. She sends a photograph of herself with students at Stege Elementary School in Richmond, California, wearing University of Rochester–themed T-shirts—sent by Alumni Relations along with other “gear”—on “college T-shirt day” as part of their spirit week. “My school is focusing on college and showing our students the options they have after graduation,” writes Hannah. “My students loved all the materials (especially the Rockys!).” . . . Delvin Moody was elected in November to represent the Fifth Ward (Cornhill neighborhood) on the Utica, New York, Common Council. He is a graduate student in religion at Colgate University. Also in November, Delvin was one of five honorees to receive the Student Star award from among the more than 2,000 students that On Point for College has served. On Point for College is an organization based in central New York and the Mohawk Valley that helps young, underserved individuals achieve education and career success.