The University of Chicago Magazine

October-December 1996

Class News

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Class News Highlights


"While cleaning closets in preparation for my golden wedding anniversary celebration, I ran across my 'C' sweater and 'C' blanket with gold star."

--James A. Conner, SB'26

"I have a once-in-a-career opportunity to influence the future of my field. I am pursuing it with vigor and joy."

--Leroy B. ("Lee") Schwarz, AB'63, MBA'67, PhD'71

"When I turned 55 and was informed by a local bank that I qualified for free checking, I was so annoyed that I went out and ran 3 miles in 19 minutes 10 seconds. Hrumpf, free checking indeed!"

--James F. Fisher, AM'67, PhD'72

"After years languishing in the existential torpor of Post-doc Hell, I have been appointed assistant professor at Columbia University."

--Vincent P. Ferrera, AB'83, PhD'89

"Between Kevin's new job and my
graduate-school schedule, we haven't had much time for keeping up with friends from U of C. Hi to all!"

--Gretchen Miller Neuman, AB'88, and Kevin M. Neuman, AB'85, MBA'89

"After lots of soul-searching, I have chosen to abandon the life of the mind and pursue a career in the glamorous field of advertising."

--Rebecca C. Wilson, AB'93

Within Class News:

  • Poetic Justice: Sylvia Major, PhB'34, became a poet in her 50s and started graduate school at age 69, pursuing her interest in peace, civil rights, women's rights, and ecology.

  • Ban the Box: Jean Lotus, AB'88, edits The White Dot, a newsletter about what it's like to live without a television.

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