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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    Peter Benedict, AM'64, PhD'70, is director for the Agency for International Development in Harare, Zimbabwe. He and wife Page recently adopted daughter Katharine in Kirov, Russia. Keith A. Joiner, AB'70, professor of medicine and chief of infectious diseases at Yale's medical school, was named a 1995 Burroughs Wellcome Fund scholar in molecular parasitology.


    Reunion 1996, May 31-June 2

    Brian R. Alm, AM'71, is editor-in-chief of Rental Management, a trade magazine for the North American rental industry. Ronald S. Calinger, PhD'71, edited and wrote the historical section and biographies for a new Classics of Mathematics (Prentice Hall). He also edited History of Mathematics: Sources, Studies, and Pedagogical Integration for the Mathematics Association of America's Notes Series of Books. Edward H. Comer, AB'71, is vice president for law at the Edison Electric Institute, a trade association representing investor-owned electric utilities before Congress and federal and state agencies. He lives in Bethesda, MD, with his wife, Joan, and 6-year-old son. Donald V. Coscina, PhD'71, chairs the psychology department at Wayne State University. Now also a psychiatry professor in Wayne State's School of Medicine, Coscina had headed biopsychology research at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto and taught at the University of Toronto. "Thrilled to be returning" to the U.S. after 25 years in Canada, he welcomes correspondence at 841 Balfour, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230 or at dcoscina<\@> Linda M. Fitzgerald, AB'71, AM'74, PhD'90, is in her second year as an assistant professor of early-childhood education at the University of Northern Iowa. Sara G. Hopkins, AM'71, is a voice instructor at Pennsylvania State University, State College. She will receive her D.M.A. in vocal performance from the University of Maryland in 1996. Anthony G. Hopwood, MBA'67, PhD'71, a professor of management studies at Oxford and deputy director of Oxford's new management-studies school, has been elected president of the board of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management. Mary Diederich Ott, SM'67, PhD'71, of Silver Spring, MD, received a 1995 distinguished alumnae leadership award from Seton Hill College. An education consultant for the past five years, Ott had been a senior research analyst for the Office of Institutional Studies at theUniversity of Maryland at College Park. Philip B. Stafford, AB'71, lives in Bloomington, IN, where he is director of senior health services at Bloomington Hospital. He recently received funding from the Retirement Research Foundation of Chicago for research on creating healthy urban environments for elders. InOctober, he chaired a seminar on nursing-home ethnography at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, NM. With research appointments in Indiana University's anthropology department and the Research Center for Language and Semiotic Studies, he is married and has two daughters, ages 11 and 21.


    Robert L. Blacksberg, AB'72, joined TechLaw Automation Partners as director of practice services in 1994. His wife, Teresa R. Novick, AB'73, practices law at Rohm & Haas. Personal computers occupy much of their time, especially Bob's professional life as "he guides law firms and corporate legal departments into this end of the 20th century. Sons Daniel and Aaron contribute vigorously, too." Thomas Blau, AM'68, PhD'72, has joined Warner, Blue & Mahan, a Washington, DC, consulting firm specializing in technology-based ventures. He recently published an article in the Asian Wall Street Journal on Asian government civil-aviation projects as industrial policy, and has an article coming out in Sea Power on U.S.-European defense industry cooperation. Theresa Campigotto Dunn, AB'72, MST'74, teaches sophomore English at Bowling Green High School. James F. Fisher, AM'67, PhD'72, has been named the John W. Nason professor of Asian studies and anthropology at Carleton College. After 20 years with Schiff Hardin & Waite in Chicago, Ann R. Heitland, AB'72, JD'75, has moved to Flagstaff, AZ, where "the hiking is great," with her life partner, Barbara, and opened her own law practice. She continues to emphasize trials, appeals, and civil litigation while branching out into buying and selling small businesses and writing wills. Peter A. Just, AB'72, an associate professor of anthropology at Williams College, chairs his department when not on field trips to Indonesia. He and his wife, Anne, have an 8-year-old son, Benjamin. Martin Kreiswirth, AM'72, a professor and associate dean of graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, coedited and contributed to Constructive Criticism: The Human Sciences in the Age of Theory (University of Toronto Press). Joan Reisman, AB'72, married Hal Gary Brill on August 27 in Levana, NY. Reisman is president of Reisman Communications, a healthcare communications firm in Manhattan, and her husband is a stockbroker with Stein Abbott of New Jersey and president of HB Associates, areal-estate investment and management firm in the New York area. Edwin M. Wiley, AB'72, MBA'74, is executive vice president for the New York advertising agency Ally & Gargano.


    Norman G. Jungman, MBA'73, is executive vice president of operations for Just Born, a candy-making company. Teresa R. Novick, AB'73, see 1972, Robert L. Blacksberg. Shimon Shetreet, MCL'71, DCL'73, Israel's minister of religious affairs, wrote Justice in Israel: A Study of the Israeli Judiciary. The book analyzes the process of appointment, judicial accountability, and standards of judicial behavior, paying special attention to judicial independence. Crispin B. Weinberg, SB'73, SM'73, and wife Deborah A. Levey, AB'73, of Brookline, MA, report that the whole family participated in the gala school play in May: Crispin and Miranda, 7, built a life-size prop horse; Deborah played accordion in two scenes; and Ariel, 13, and Jasper, 10, appeared onstage several times.


    Shirley Kistler Baker, AM'74, AM'74, is vice chancellor for information technology and dean of university libraries at Washington University in St. Louis. Victor L. Crain, AB'74, is director of research services for ronin Corp., a market-<\n>ing-research firm based in Princeton, NJ. He and wife Joanne have two children, Danny and Anna Marie, who went to Scout camps in the Adirondacks and New Hampshire last summer. Alston Fitts III, PhD'74, wrote an introductory essay on Reconstruction for a third edition of Richard Bailey's Neither Carpetbaggers Nor Scalawags. Roger G. Ibbotson, PhD'74, is founder and president of Ibbotson Associates in Chicago, which shut down for a day in July so that employees could spend time with children at Lawrence Hall Youth Services in Chicago. Vice president Mark W. Riepe, AB'86, MBA'91, was among the volunteers. Young-Kyung Lee Kim, SM'74, received the Army's Research and Development Achievement award for elucidating phase transition in starch systems using ESR and differential scanning calorimetry. Ellen A. Mazer, AB'74, assistant executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Federation, is the federation's first recipient of its annual Marilyn Shubin Professional Staff Development award. In January, Cleatrice Campbell McTorry, AM'74, was appointed the first African-American chief U.S. probation and pretrial-services officer in Tennessee. She and her husband, Charles, have three children, Charles II, 18; Caura, 14; and Chase, 10. McTorry is involved in charitable and church activities. Eugene Narmour, PhD'74-associate dean for the humanities and the Edmund J. Kahn distinguished professor of music at the University of Pennsylvania-is president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.


    R. Kelly Kleiman, AB'75, JD'79, reports that a group of actors performed her short story "Optical Illusions" in August as part of the Emerging Writers' Project reading series at Café Voltaire in Chicago. Kleiman held her own reading in October and will be directing a production of Prelude to a Kiss in February. Suzanne J. Melendez, AB'75, AM'75, reports that this year she and Margaret J. Finerty, AB'75, were sworn in as New York City judges by Mayor Giuliani. Melendez and Finerty were appointed to the city's criminal and civil courts, respectively.


    Reunion 1996, May 31-June 2

    Edward D. Bein, AB'76, recently earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and received a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University. David E. Bradford, AB'76, is on the Evanston human-relations commission and a candidate for a master's in public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Arlin T. Larson, TMN'69, DMN'76, was named South Central Campus Minister of the Year by the National Campus Ministry Association for his work at the University of Texas at El Paso. Larson is now chaplain and director of church relations at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA. Dennis F. Misurell, AB'76, MBA'78, runs his own marketing-consulting business specializing in qualitative research and client-agency facilitation. He lives 20 minutes from Snowbird and Alta in Utah and welcomes skiers. Eric Schiller, AB'76, AM'84, PhD'91, owns and manages Chessworks Unlimited, a software-development and chess-research association in El Granada, CA. The author of over 70 books on chess and linguistics, he is on the team developing Chessmaster 5000 and the second release of his Deja Vu Chess Library. In September Schiller was named the CalChess state chess champion; he was preparing for international title competition in November. His personal home page can be found via URL http://


    Eliasar ("Eli") Chaparro, AB'77, is an attorney adviser for the Social Security Administration in Little Rock, while wife Janice Sowell Chaparro, AB'77, is senior policy analyst for children and family issues in the Arkansas human-services department. Their son, Ramón, is 15. Patrick J. Doyle, Jr., MBA'77, is vice president and general manager of the U.S. baby-food division of Gerber Products. Sylvia J. Pozarnsky, AM'77, was promoted to partner at Ernst & Young, where she is the director of personal financial counseling. K. George Rabindran, MBA'77, is vice president of advanced product development at Bell & Howell DocuMail Systems. John M. Touhy, AB'77, and wife Judy have three boys-Andrew, 4, Matthew, 2, and Evan, 11 months-and live in an old house in the Sauganash neighborhood of Chicago. Touhy is a partner in the law firm Mayer, Brown & Platt, where he specializes in libel defense and commercial litigation.


    Brian H. Fluck, MBA'78, is senior vice president and CFO of AT&T Universal Card Services. He and wife Trudy live in Jacksonville, FL. Barry E. Friedman, AB'78, a Vanderbilt Law School professor, was reelected to the executive committee of the American Judicature Society. Francis B. Harrold, Jr., AM'74, PhD'78, is chair of the sociology and anthropology department at the University of Texas at Arlington. Geoffrey A. Lucia, MAT'78, announces the May 16 birth of son Michael Christopher. Lucia continues as mathematics instructor and summer-school director at Providence Day School, an independent school in Charlotte, NC. Lawrence D. Silberman, AM'78, is vice president and division head of LaSalle Bank Northbrook's commercial real-estate department. John R. Throop, AB'78, recently earned his doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He continues to serve as vicar of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Chillicothe, IL, where he lives with wife Cindy. Throop is also a management consultant and does freelance writing and reviewing. Karen Bang-Jensen Kepler Zumwalt, PhD'78, is dean of Teachers College, Columbia University, where she has been a faculty member since 1976. Eduardo R. Vidal, AB'78, JD'81, is a partner in the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he concentrates on corporate transactions in Latin America.


    Bradley F. Baker, AM'79, Northeastern Illinois University's librarian and media-services director, was named Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year by the Illinois Library Assocation and the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. Charles G. Curie, AM'79, is deputy secretary for mental health in Pennsylvania's public-welfare department. Landy Carien Johnson, AB'79, received a master's in public administration from Clark University in May with a concentration in state and local government. She quit her local government job and is pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at Clark, specializing in public finance and environmental economics. Johnson plans to continue on Clark's M.P.A. advisory board and the U of C's Alumni Schools Committee. Louis M. Liro, SM'79, has worked 16 years in petroleum research and exploration for Texaco in Houston. In that time he has written or presented some 30 professional papers. He and wife Kathleen live in Houston with their daughters Tina, 13, and Jenny, 9. Stephen E. Zalan, AB'79; Beverly Merrill Zalan, AB'79; and their children, Rachael, 11, and Daryl, 8, moved from the San Francisco Bay area to West Africa in August. The Zalans, both geophysicists, are working on a four-year assignment for Chevron Nigeria in Lagos. They can be reached c/o Nigeria Pouch Mail, P.O. Box 5046, San Ramon, CA 94583 or by E-mail: seza<\@> for Stephen and ebmz<\@> for Beverly.

    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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