The University of Chicago Magazine October 1995
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Laurie Allen Gallancy, JD'90, began clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas this past summer. Diane A. Kelly, AB'90, and James L. Cambias, AB'88, celebrated their fourth anniversary in May. Kelly is working toward her Ph.D. in zoology at Duke. Kelly writes, "We recently reverted to some of our old college habits and organized a regional scavenger hunt sponsored by our local newspaper. We were very surprised when 133 teams registered and played." Sean W. Pascoli, AB'90, graduated from the Marine Corps Basic School earlier this year. This spring, Navy Lt. Robert T. Stengel, AB'90, completed a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf and Pacific Ocean with the destroyer USS David R. Ray. Eric J. Zylstra, AB'90, see 1991, Suma Jacob.

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Kenneth Y. Amano, AB'91, began the M.B.A. program at Columbia Business School in January. A finance major, he writes, "The workload has been heavy, but Columbia is no U of C. By the way, I believe 116th and Broadway is the one place on earth less exciting than Hyde Park." John G. Beadle, MBA'91, is corporate managing director of Julien J. Studley, Inc., a national commercial real-estate advisory firm. David J. Cohen, AB'91, was working for a Philadelphia law firm on a mass tort case in Florida. Scott L. Fast, AB'91, is an associate in the litigation department of the Philadelphia office of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis. Russell K. Hatch, AB'91, completed a second bachelor's degree in chemistry at Indiana University and began studies toward his doctorate in bioorganic chemistry at NYU in September. He hopes old Chicago friends will contact him.

Gilberto Heredia, Jr., AB'91, earned an M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in May and is now in the family-medicine residency program at Oregon Health Science University. Mong-Ha T. Hoang, AB'91, received a dissertation award from State Farm Companies Foundation for her research on merger-and-acquisition behavior in the biotechnology industry. Hoang also received a University of California mentored-research award in 1993. She writes, "My family and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary here in the United States. We left in 1975 from Vietnam; I was 5 years old." Suma Jacob, AB'91, and Eric J. Zylstra, AB'90, were married on September 17, 1994, at Rockefeller Chapel. In attendance were Jeffrey C. Boulden, AB'82; Eva Wojtan Volin, AB'89; Michael V. Volin, AB'89; Lisa Kyes Boulden, AB'91, AM'92; Linda P. Chang, AB'91; Alexander Seropian, SB'91; Laura Feddersen Seropian, AB'91; Natalie R. Hawkins, AB'92; David K. Mattingly, AB'92; Vanessa Francis Torbenson, SB'92; Chunwu Wu, PhD'94; James J. Hughes, AM'88, PhD'95; Alexander C. Mammen, MBA'95, Michael S. Torbenson, MD'95, and U of C students April S. Fitzgerald, Mark R. Fitzgerald, and Samuel Jacob. Suma intends to complete her Ph.D. in neurobiology and then finish her last two years at Pritzker. Eric is working on his master's in computer science at DePaul.

Nada Kojic, AB'91, received her M.B.A. from Dartmouth in June and married Christopher B. Wheelock, AB'91, on July 1. Meredith Wise Mendes, MBA'91, is vice president and CFO for Medline Industries, a health-care supply company. John M. Scalzi II, AB'91, married Kristine Ann Blauser on June 17 at the Vivian Webb Chapel in Claremont, CA. In attendance were Heather A. Bixler, AB'91; Daniel T. Mainz, SB'91; Joseph F. Schmitt, AB'91; and Shara R. Zoll, AB'92, AM'92. Scalzi is the film critic and a general columnist for the Fresno Bee in California; his columns and reviews are syndicated through the McClatchy News Service. He also writes a column for and maintains a forum on America On-Line, devoted to the World Wide Web and personal finance. He can be reached at: In August, Simon G. Soskin, AB'91, went to Calgary to run the anti-tank guided weapons division of the British Army training team. Before that he was based in London, where he spent a few months on Royal Guard duty and was aide-de-camp to a visiting U.S. Army general. Lisa A. Stegink, JD'91, see 1977, Michael W. Erickson. Karen G. Swoiskin, MBA'91, is assistant director of finance and operations for the Women's Business Development Center and the Chicago Institute for Economic Development. Ronald H. Wagner, MBA'91, has formed Wagner Marketing Communications, a strategic-marketing and crisis-communications consultancy, in San Francisco.

Sari J. Weissman, AB'91, and Michael J. Montgomery, AB'88, were married on May 21 in Grays Lake, IL. Bridesmaids included Jennifer Lynch Anders, AB'90, and Stephanie A. Cox, AB'90, AM'91. W. Andy Beecham, AB'88, was a groomsman. In attendance were Daniel P. Mass, AB'71, MD'75; Mary Ann Kalina Winkler, AB'89; Maneesh K. Arora, AB'90; Michelle Benig Arora, AB'90; Jill Olson de Jong, AB'90; Peter de Jong, AB'90; Kathleen C. Lin, AB'90; Jody Schermerhorn, AB'90; Jill Forcier Robinson, AB'91; Theodore W. Robinson, AB'91; and Prita Saikia, AB'91. The couple lives in Skokie. Sari is an attorney with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, while Michael is a product-marketing manager with Odesta Systems Corp. in Northbrook, IL. Ben Whitehouse, MFA'91, exhibited his work in the "Acts of Creation" exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center in March.


Kirsten W. Albrecht, AB'92, graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in June, and two months later began a clerkship with Justice Mary Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court. Next fall she will return to Chicago as an associate with the law firm Phelan, Pope, Cahill, Devine, and Quinlan. M. Craig Barnes, PhD'92, pastor of National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, is on the board of trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary. Jeffrey M. Bond, AM'81, PhD'92, see 1983, Donna Camloh Bond. In April, Timothy M. Brophy, MBA'92, unseated an incumbent council member to win a seat on the Joliet City Council. Brophy and wife Laurie operate Brophy Diversified Enterprises, a sales and distribution company; Brophy has also been vice president at Family Mortgage since January 1992. Paul Chuma, Jr., MBA'92, is vice president of Kiferbaum Construction Corporation. Alison R. Darnell, AB'92, and Thomas B. Hafner, AB'92, live in Washington, DC. Darnell, who received her master's in social work from the University of Michigan in 1993, is a hospice social worker with Hospice of Northern Virginia. Hafner is a health-care benefits consultant for the Wyatt Company. Raymond L. Gifford, JD'92, practices litigation in the Denver office of the law firm Baker & Hostetler. He coordinates continuing legal-education seminars for the Denver Lawyers chapter of the Federalist Society and was a researcher for the Colorado attorney general's recent successful reelection campaign.

In May, Ian H. Morrison, AB'92, received a J.D. with honors from Washington University in St. Louis. Robert M. Oboza, AB'92, has been promoted to Navy Lt. j. g. Eric S. ("Rick") Perlstein, AB'92, an editor for Lingua Franca magazine, lives in New York City and also contributes to The Nation, In These Times, The Boston Book Review, and The Baffler. He received a master's degree in American studies from the University of Michigan in 1994. He reports: "I attended the 25th birthday party of Samantha DiGennaro, AB'92, at a Greenwich Village pub. The place was packed; Sam knows everyone in Manhattan between the ages of 23 and 27." Also present was Meghan K. Twomey, AB'92. Walter P. Purio, MBA'92, and wife Fern live in New Hampshire with their six children. He is president of P and H Marine Associates, which helps businesses meet maritime safety and quality requirements. Rachael A. Simonoff, AB'92, AM'92, received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in May. While in school, she was named a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and published a note in the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. She will practice law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. Kristina S. Tzaneff, AB'92-who works with the Barents Group of KPMG, doing privatizations and investment transactions in Eastern Europe-moved to Bulgaria at the end of March.


Dean C. Chan, AB'93, is attending medical school at the Albany Medical College. He writes, "It's a solid program out here, but I have to say that I miss the tremendous resources, talented faculty, and intellectual stimulation of the U of C." Kathleen R. Degnan, AB'93, married John Krug, U-High'85, in July in St. Louis. In attendance were their parents, Helen and Philip Degnan and Kathryn Dunn Krug, AM'75, a senior manuscript editor at the U of C Press, and Leonard A. Krug, JD'61. The couple lives in Fairfield, CA. Michael C. Dodge, AB'93, entered Harvard Business School this fall, having left Procter & Gamble after two years in brand management. He spent part of the summer traveling throughout Asia. Emily S. Epstein, AB'93, is a graduate student in American history at Yale. Aram E. Fox, AB'93, see 1994, Demetrius D. M. Brady. Jennifer L. Hampton, JD'93, is an associate at the Atlanta office of law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. Susan J. Moore, MBA'93, is a quality-service consultant for ANZ Banking Group (New Zealand). Alumni may contact her via E-mail: or fax: 011-64-4-496-7615. Rahim S. Rajan, AB'93, lives in London and is pursuing a master's degree in philosophy at the Institute of Isma'i'li Studies, affiliated with Cambridge University. Tamara E. Rosenberg, AB'93, and Peter Stone, SB'93, were married October 30, 1994, on Long Island. Geoffrey A. Manne, AB'93, was the best man; Kathryn B. Cooperman, AB'93, and David P. Primack, AB'94, were also in the wedding party. In attendance were Leon J. Gross, AB'86; Maneesh K. Arora, AB'90; Jonathan M. Siegel, AB'91; Janet M. Jerrow, AM'92; Sharon Motzkin, AB'92; Scott D. McKinney, AB'93; Dwight C. Nelson, AB'93; Justin A. Nuccio, AB'93; Hugo Soskin, AB'93; Ben Begleiter, AB'94; Benjamin W. Friedman, AB'94; Rosemary Haefner, AB'94; Laura J. Pinnas, AB'94; and U of C graduate student Alex Lubkozsky. Tamara is working toward certification in elementary education at the University of Pittsburgh and teaching part time in the area. Peter is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Carnegie Mellon, where his project involves creating remote-control cars that can play soccer. John M. Schwartz, AB'93, see 1994, Demetrius D. M. Brady. Robert W.H.S. Yung, AB'93, currently working in telecommunications in the Far East, received an M.A. from NYU in May.


Rebecca E. Begelman, AB'94, works and teaches in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching program. She lives in a town with a population of 19,000, where she writes for a local newsletter, translates documents, interprets, and visits schools and kindergartens. Begelman plans to stay for one or two more years. Demetrius D. M. Brady, AB'94, writes, "Over a capricious, Bacchanic December weekend in New York City, a reunion of sorts, a meeting of the minds, was held." Besides Brady, Aram E. Fox, AB'93; John M. Schwartz, AB'93; Jonathan S. Novy, AB'94; Arun N. Ponnusamy, AB'94; and Benedict S. Robinson, AB'94, attended. Peter M. Chin, AB'94, has earned his black beret and is now an Airborne Ranger. April Finnila Henshaw, AM'94, see 1940, Thelma I. Hayes. In December, Jennifer Swift Kramer, AM'94, and her husband, Steven, launched the Picture Palace, a business that sells and provides information on tapes and other film-related media through an electronic storefront on the World Wide Web. Kramer also does freelance writing. Shobita Parthasarathy, AB'94, is a research associate with the President's Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments in Washington, DC. Michelle C. Wang, AB'94, studied Chinese at the Stanford center in Taipei this past summer and now studies Asian art at the University of Kansas. Her old roommate, Linda M. Eachus, AB'94, lives in Stockholm. Pejman Yousefzadeh, AB'94, is finishing his master's degree in international relations at the U of C.


Susannah A. Baruch, JD'95; Adam E. Gross, JD'95; and Miriam V. Hallbauer, JD'95, received three of 25 1995 fellowships from the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Baruch works for the Women's Legal Defense Fund in Washington, DC; Gross works for Business and Professional People for the Public Interest in Chicago; and Hallbauer works for Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing in Chicago. Michael P. Lemke, AB'95, was awarded a five-year fellowship to study for his master's degree and Ph.D. in medieval and Renaissance literature at Yale. Before starting this fall, he and three friends traveled to the United Kingdom.

Within Class News:

  • Preserving Camelot: Bradley Gerratt, AM'79, MBA'79 directs the John F. Kennedy Library.
  • Smaller, Freer, Better: Deborah Meier, AM'55 helped found a new inner city high school in New York.

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