The University of Chicago Magazine December 1995
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Within Class News:

  • Art for all: Barbara Mirecki, AM'71 helped bring the Monet exhibit to Chicago.

  • Setting Sail: Ben Morgan, AB'92looks to the 1996 Olympic sailing championships.

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    Frederick F. Cohn, AB'60, JD'62, represented Beverly Heard in the sexual misconduct trial of former Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds. Melvin A. Edelstein, AB'60, a history professor at William Paterson College, won a Fulbright fellowship to research the beginning of democracy in France. Lois Mandel Libien, AB'60, writes, "I fondly remember when, as a fourth-year student in the College, I worked for the Magazine, writing the Class News and the obits. Mary Burkhardt [Marjorie Burkhardt Ellis, AB'56] was the editor then, and I recently saw her in her antique-filled home in Sandwich, MA, on Cape Cod." Arthur H. Peterson, AB'60, is the first Alaskan elected to life membership in the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Kerry J. Pataki, SB'60, extends greetings to the class of 1960 from the University of Papua New Guinea.


    Reunion 1996, May 31-June 2

    Margaret P. Ammons, PhD'61, lives with her 95-year-old mother and has a "quiet, pleasant life." Rochelle Berger Elstein, AB'61, AM'63, was a fellow this past year in the Northwestern University Center for the Humanities, writing a book on architect and engineer Dankmar Adler. John Mills, SB'61, is nearing the fifth anniversary of his emigration to Australia, and welcomes visits from classmates. He still enjoys doing virology research at the Macfarlane Burnet Centre; the fourth edition of the center's book on antiviral chemotherapy waspublished in the fall. Richard J. Osius, MBA'61, is in his 17th year as managing director and CEO of Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union, the credit union serving the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, AB'61, AM'63, PhD'66, recently published a new novel, The Golden Rope (Alfred A. Knopf). Charles G. Staples, AM'61, retired in 1993 after 27 years as a social worker in Chicago's inner-city schools. Since then, he and wife Joan have enjoyed traveling, including tours in South America, Indonesia, and Great Britain. They also keep busy with volunteer work and political and community involvements.


    Edith Hoshino Altbach, AB'62, MAT'64, is the managing editor of Educational Policy Journalat Boston College. Her husband, Philip G. Altbach, AB'62, AM'63, PhD'66, is a professor of higher education and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. He is also a senior associate of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Virginia Kennick Beattie Emery, AB'62, PhD'82, won second place in the International Psychogeriatrics Association's 1995 Research Awards in Psychogeriatrics competition for her paper "Reclassification of the Vascular Dementias: Comparison of Infarct and Noninfarct Vascular Dementias." She was presented with the award and delivered her paper at the seventh IPA Congress, held in October in Sydney, Australia. Betty Glad, PhD'62, is vice president of the American Political Science Association and was given the Ohlin P. Johnston chair of political science at the University of South Carolina.


    Karam V. Batra, PhD'63, retired in September. Jane Saxe Goodman, AB'63, an assistant professor in the leadership and counseling department at Eastern Michigan University, received an award for teaching excellence from EMU's alumni association. Kenneth W. Hendricks, MBA'63, retired from the Air Force and as materials program manager of Loral Missiles Division. He raises registered Charbray cattle in Texas. James A. Marino, AM'63, is vice president, dean of faculty, and a professor of English and psychology at Point Park College. Miroslav Synek, PhD'63, a member of the International Society of Poets, represents Texas on the American Biographical Institute's Annual Honors List. His poem "Melting Pot" was in Best Poems of 1995, and another poem appeared in A Sea of Treasures, both published by the National Library of Poetry. Juri E. Taalman, SB'63, has returned to the U.S. after two years in Estonia, where he helped found the Estonian Law Center, an education and training facility. He also was the American Bar Association's liaison to Estonia and worked as the ABA legal specialist in the National Court of Estonia. At the University of Tartu, he taught in the law school and the Baltic Center for North American Studies.


    Robert S. Baltimore, AB'64, CLA'71, writes that his youngest child, Rick, had his bar mitzvah in early 1995. In March and April, Baltimore was a visiting professor of pediatrics at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and he now continues in his 20th year as professor of pediatrics and epidemiolgy at Yale. Joel A. Shufro, AB'64, MAT'67, AM'68, executive director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, was honored by the Labor Research Association at its fifth annual Ernest Demaio Labor Award dinner. John M. Zeglin, AB'64, is president of BNA Communications, a subisidiary of the Bureau of National Affairs.


    John C. Hendrickson, AB'65, regional attorney in the Chicago office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, received the 1994 Chairman's Organization Performance award. Daughter Katherine appeared in Edinburgh's Fringe Festival with Chicago theatrical troop Level 6, while daughter Becky teaches in an elementary school in the Bronx. Samuel W. Norwood III, MBA'65, resigned as president, CEO, and director of Vista Resources in July. In his "temporary retirement" he is traveling, writing, and looking for a new executive position. Donald C. Rhoads, PhD'65, a senior scientist at Science Applications International, reports that the Remote Ecological Monitoring of The Seafloor technology (remots®) -which he developed-was recognized by the 1995 Computerworld Smithsonian Competition as a significant innovation in environmental-information technology. "This recognition is the culmination of my career (I am about to retire) and is of great satisfaction to me," Rhoads writes. More information is available at URL


    Reunion 1996, May 31-June 2

    William C. Buchanan, Jr., AM'66, see 1937, Mahanambrata Brahmachari. John C. Cooper, AM'64, PhD'66, read papers at the international Neo-Platonism and Thomas Merton Society conferences in May and in June. For the tenth year, he lectured to the annual summer conferences of the Metropolitan Lutheran Synod and the Upper New York State Synod. Cooper, who served with the Marines in Korea, attended the dedication of the Korean War Memorial and has written a novel about the war, Cast a Single Shadow. His poetry has appeared in two publications, The Merton Seasonal and Scripset. Duke Frederick, AM'50, PhD'66, has retired as a history professor at Northeastern Illinois University and now lives with his wife in Florida. They spend summers in Evanston to be near their three children and three grandchildren. Frederick teaches a course each fall at a lifetime-learning institute in Sanibel, FL. V. Valiska Gregory, AM'66, writer in residence at Butler University, spoke at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference in Fort Wayne, IN, and at the Illinois Wesleyan University writers' conference. Her newest book, Kate's Giants (Candlewick Press/ Walker Books), was published in five countries in September. Henry C. Krasnow, JD'66, presented part of his seminar, "Top Ten Ways to Get More from Your Lawyer for Less," at the Family Firm Institute's annual spring retreat. Krasnow is the senior partner of Chicago law firm Krasnow, Sanberg, & Cohen, which specializes in representing entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses.


    Robert W. Macdonald, MBA'67, is Twin Cities area manager for Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive-recruiting firm.


    P. Boon Chock, PhD'68, is chief of the biochemistry laboratory at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. In June, Vincent K. Pollard, AM'68, presented an analysis of changes in Japan's foreign-aid policy-making milieu at the annual conference of the Phillippine Political Science Association. He continues to do multimethodological comparative foreign-policy research for his dissertation. Allen M. Young, PhD'68, curator of zoology and vice president for collections, research and public programs at the Milwaukee Public Museum, is on the board of the Tirimbina Rainforest Center. The center owns and operates 720 acres of rainforest in Costa Rica, the site of Young's research on insects for the last 27 years.


    Ellen Becker Basso, AM'65, PhD'69, won the 1987 Chicago Folklore prize for her book on Kalapalo myth and ritual performance, A Musical View of the Universe (University of Pennsylvania Press).

    Within Class News:

  • Art for all: Barbara Mirecki, AM'71 helped bring the Monet exhibit to Chicago.

  • Setting Sail: Ben Morgan, AB'92looks to the 1996 Olympic sailing championships.

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