The University of Chicago Magazine

December 1997

Class News



60 Dennis J. Palumbo, AM'58, AM'59, PhD'60, the regents' professor of justice studies at Arizona State University, was elected president of the Arizona Evaluation Network, an affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. Louise Frankel Stoll, AB'60, AM'61, is the senior vice president and director of major transportation programs for the Dames & Moore Group in Bethesda, MD.

61 Harry C. Aldrich, Jr, AM'61, retired from teaching social work at Salisbury State University in Salisbury, MD. In October, at a conference on "Unity Through Diversity: Multicultural Education of the 21st Century" at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Roger W. Axford, AM'49, PhD'61, delivered an address to the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction. John B. Poster, AB'61, MAT'63, PhD'71, dean of the school of education at the University of Michigan at Dearborn, was elected president of the Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a coalition of 31 colleges. Robert J. Turek, MBA'61, sends the news that he is "still alive."

62 College alumni-Mike Einisman, AB'62, MBA'63, and Judith E. Stein, AB'62, AM'64, write: Classmates of '62: We are delighted that you have kept the cards and letters coming in to us, and a special thanks for the flurry of e-mails you sent. We apologize if your item doesn't get reported this time, but we have trouble convincing the Magazine to devote the entire section to our class notes. So if you don't see your news in this issue, look for it in the next.

Nathalie M. Ostroot, AB'63, AM'65, PhD'69, claims to have found the fountain of youth in Aix-en-Provence, France. "The minute my feet touch the streets of Aix, I feel 25 again," she writes. "But what's really rejuvenating is doing research in the French archives. My husband and I are like graduate students here, very engaged in our research, but without the stress of exams or deadlines." We wonder how they would feel about having visitors. Jane (Wilken) Kurtz Andringa, AB'62, took a sabbatical last year from Governor's State University in University Park, IL, to conduct a research project on parent perceptions of their interactions with their school districts. Maureen ("Miriyam") Segel Gevirtz, AB'62, has bought a home in Santa Rosa, CA, and is happily ensconced there. These days, she reports, her friends call her Miriyam. And so we shall. From Faye Burrage Takeuchi, X'62, we hear that she married Richard Takeuchi on May 9, and is continuing her "self-directed" improvement in the visual arts. Martin H. Israel, SB'62, a professor of physics at Washington University in St. Louis, has returned to full-time teaching and research after seven years as dean of the faculty of arts and sciences and three years as vice chancellor of academic planning. His current research is in cosmic-ray astrophysics, which he first learned about as a U of C undergraduate research assistant working with John A. Simpson, the Arthur H. Compton distinguished service professor emeritus in the Enrico Fermi Institute, the physics department, and the College. Joan Saks Berman, AB'62, is being riffed from her 17-year position as a psychologist for the Indian Health Service near Albuquerque, NM. She will open a private therapy practice and spend time marketing her photography. Last summer, she had an exhibit of her photos at the Roberto Lopez Gallery in Chicago's Wicker Park. Extremely active in the arts community and serving on various arts panels, Richard P. Martin, AB'62, directs the operation of McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University, where he programs a 20-event series. You can find the auditorium's Web site . Inquiring minds want to know what you do for entertainment, Richard. That's it for 1997. Have a healthy, happy holiday. And keep in touch-Mike & Judith.

College alumni, please send your news to: Mike Einisman, AB'62, MBA'63, 477 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, IL 60035-4935. Phone: 847/433-6101 (h); 800/438-3901 (w). Fax: 847/433-5411. E-mail Judith at:

63 The 35th class reunion will be held June 5­7, 1998. Thomas A. Borden, SM'63, MD'63, recently celebrated his 25th year as chair and program director of the urology division at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Except for nine years in Philadelphia, Shirley Doppelt Dry, AM'63, has lived in Vermont since 1963. Michael Ormond, AB'63, of the Ormond Law Office in Minneapolis was named a leading American attorney by the American Research Corporation, which surveyed Minnesota attorneys, asking where they would refer friends or relatives in need of specialized legal services. A member of the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1984, Ormond was an academy manager from 1990 to 1997 and recently completed a one-year term as president. Having retired as professor emeritus of art at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, Bela F. Petheo, MFA'63, now travels to Mexico, Italy, and France, concentrating on his painting. He also plans to continue researching Oskar Kokoschka's stay in Minneapolis during the 1940s and early 1950s. Barbara Burns Radin, AB'63, was appointed executive director of MetroPlus Health Plan in New York. Jean Maclean Snyder, AB'63, JD'79, joined the MacArthur Justice Center in Chicago, a public-interest law group focusing on criminal justice and human rights. "I am especially pleased," she writes, "because the job will enable me to work on public issues that I care about." Snyder's new position also involves teaching U of C law students who work at the center.

64 Jon R. Zemans, MBA'64, certified in nursing-home administration since 1984, was recently also certified by the American College of Health Care Administrators. Son Adam was accepted into Georgetown's law school; daughter Winter started school at SUNY­Fredonia this fall; and son Marshall, a high-school student, plays defensive end on his school's football team.

65 Charles A. Edwards, AB'65, writes, "Life has taken an exciting new turn with the arrival of my first grandchild, an engaging little boy," born in March 1996 in Rhode Island. Arthur Kaufman, AB'65, chairs the department of family and community medicine at the University of New Mexico. His son, Will, is now a freshman in the College, "bringing back a flood of pleasant memories."

66 Benjamin J. Cohen, AB'66, AM'68, is a computer engineer for Computer Sciences Corporation. Wife Patricia Cline Cohen, AB'68, the humanities dean and a history professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the co-author of The American Promise (Bedford Press), due out in 1998. Son Jeremy, 23, studies the Talmud at Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and son Daniel, 14, is in high school. Dana R. Lundquist, MBA'66, returned to his Hawaiian "roots," joining his family business, True Value Hardware Hawaii, as executive vice president.

67 College alumni-Deanna Dragunas Bennett, AB'67, writes: December greetings from sunny Florida! At this New Year's resolution/new beginnings time of year, I'm featuring mid-life career shifts. If you've made a similar leap, let me tell the rest of the Class of '67 of your entrepreneurship. First, belated thanks to Anthony J. Walters, AB'67, MBA'78, for excellent work chairing our 30th reunion last June. Tony got entrepreneurial a while ago. He left a 20-year career and a partnership at big-time accounting firm Arthur Young, spent a month in Australia with his family, then started his own accounting consulting firm for physicians' groups. He's still in Hyde Park with his wife and their two children. Inspired by the 25th reunion experience in 1992, Sally Pickhardt Duncan, AB'67, left a 20-year career in social-service administration and is now in a doctoral program in art history at Tufts University, just outside Boston. Clyde P. Watkins, AB'67, remains in the field of development (soft talk for fund raising) in the Chicago area. But three years ago, after 25 years of working for others, Clyde started his own consulting firm, which (he is happy to report) is thriving. He wishes he had done it ten years sooner. Clyde and his wife of 29 years have four children, the youngest of whom will graduate from college when he's 63. (That's Clyde, not the child!) Says Clyde, "Sin in haste, repent at leisure." Two years ago, the smell of the greasepaint lured Stephanie Abeshouse Wallis, AB'67, out of a long career in the computer industry into a "split career" she typifies as "computer dink by day and theater person by night." Steffi and a partner started their own theater company in D.C. last year and are into the business-and-producing end of the theater. Steffi affirms that now she really does believe in angels (those of the theatrical kind, at least).

College alumni, please send your news to: Deanna Dragunas Bennett, AB'67, 1622 El Tair Trail, Clearwater, FL 34625. Phone: 813/796-8807 (h). E-mail:

68 The 30th class reunion will be held June 5­7, 1998. Patricia Cline Cohen, AB'68, see 1966, Benjamin J. Cohen. Nina Coven Dorf, AB'68, AM'70, and Alexander Graubart, X'57, have begun a Chicago-based Jewish group, havura: A New Jewish Voice, offering religious school as well as informal classes for preschoolers and adults. They would love to hear from fellow alumni. Eva Frost Kahana, PhD'68, received a distinguished scholar award from the American Sociological Association on Aging and the Life Course. "After 22 years as a mom and community volunteer," Elaine Rohozka Miller, AB'68, "returned to the work force" as business manager and grants administrator for the human disabilities center at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Charles D. Patton, MBA'68, traveled to Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. The vice president of collections, research, and public programs at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Allen M. Young, PhD'68, is principal investigator for a new display to feature "the changing nature of biological diversity, and the role of natural history museums in exploring biological diversity."

69 Starters on the Maroons basketball team from 1966 to 1969, Frederick Dietz, AB'69, and Dennis C. Waldon, AB'69, have continued their winning ways as part of the championship three-on-three team in a 50-and-older basketball tournament held recently in Rockford, IL. The men report they have both played basketball continually since their days on the Midway, and plan to do so "for years in the future, interrupted only occasionally" by time spent pursuing their respective medical and legal careers. A partner at Thompson Coburn, a St. Louis law firm, David A. Lander, JD'69, received the Missouri Bar Association's pro bono publico award.


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