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What’s the news? We are always eager to receive your news at the Magazine, care of the Class News Editor, University of Chicago Magazine, 1313 East 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637, or by e-mail: No engagements, please. Items may be edited for space. As news is published in the order in which it arrives, it may not appear immediately. Please specify the year under which you would like your news to appear. Otherwise, we will list: (1) all former undergraduates (including those who later received graduate degrees) by the year of their undergraduate degree, and (2) all former students who received only graduate degrees by the year of their final degree. .


60 James W. Knecht, SB’60, MD’63, and Judith Franzetti Knecht, SB’61, PhD’66, announce the June 25, 1998, birth of their first grandchild, James.

61 Phillip D. Kimble, DB’61, was reelected to the board of directors of the California Association of Nonprofits. A founding board member of the association, he has served 12 years as a board member, two of those years as president and six as vice president. Judith Franzetti Knecht, SB’61, PhD’66, see 1960, James W. Knecht.

62 College alumni—Mike Einisman, AB’62, MBA’63, and Judith E. Stein, AB’62, AM’64, write: Dear classmates, thank you for continuing to share parts of your lives with the rest of us. A. David Silver, AB’62, MBA’63, writes that his latest book on entrepreneurship—Quantum Companies II, published by Peterson’s—is his last. He has retired to become a winegrower in northern New Mexico, growing primarily Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. (Note: We’ll drink to that.) He has served on the Alumni Schools Committee since the mid-’60s and recently interviewed six candidates for the Class of 2002. James M. Krivo, SB’62, MD’66, reports that in recent times he has become more of a political activist. The most significant issue that he has been working on is “letting people know about Mumia Abu Jamal,” an African-American news commentator and journalist “who is currently on death row in Pennsylvania for a crime which he did not commit.” Jim invites those interested in this issue to call him at 516/481-3255. Fellow alumnus Edward Asner, X’48, is also an outspoken supporter of Mumia Abu Jamal’s innocence. And from the University of Oregon’s art history department, we have heard from Esther Jacobson-Tepfer, AB’62, AM’64, PhD’70, the Kerns professor of Asian art. Having “received my Ph.D. in Chinese art history (from Father Harrie Vanderstappen, AM’51, PhD’55), I began in that field...” she shared. “But over the years...‘recycled’ myself so that my major field of interest (research and related teaching) became the art and culture of ancient nomads and pastoralists of Inner Asia. The last ten years I’ve been conducting regular fieldwork in the Altai mountains of South Siberia; and the last five I’ve been working with Russian and Mongolian colleagues every year in the Mongolian Altai. We are documenting surface archaeology of the pre-Bronze, Bronze, and Iron Ages: large constructs like altars, standing stones, and very rich rock-art sites. Our work is located in the far northwestern corner of Mongolia—a magnificent and remote land. The long-range purpose of this project is to understand the cultural ecology of the ancient pastoralists and nomads of this region. One example: we’ve been documenting what may well be the largest and richest petroglyphic site in Central Asia/South Siberia.” Esther expects the full report to be published in 2001.

We hope the tax man didn’t take too big a bite this year. Please keep those cards, calls, and e-mails coming.

College alumni, please send your news to: Mike Einisman, AB’62, MBA’63, 477 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, IL 60035. Phone: 800/438-3901 (w). Fax: 847/433-5411. Or e-mail Judith E. Stein, AB’62, AM’64, at:

63 In June 1990, William A. Longacre II, AM’62, PhD’63, stepped down as head of the anthropology department at the University of Arizona and was named the Fred A. Riesker distinguished professor of anthropology at the university. Michigan Lawyers Weekly named Philip R. Rosi, JD’63, one of its 1998 lawyers of the year. He was highlighted for his work on behalf of the residents of Manistee, MI, against developers along the northwest Michigan shoreline.

64 The Class of 1964 celebrates its 35th reunion June 4–6, 1999.

In 1998, Jan H. Finder, SM’64, came out of retirement for eight months to be a race-car technician at the Skip Barber Racing school. He writes, “It was neat!” For three weeks in March, he visited the United Kingdom and Ireland to attend the British National SF Convention in Liverpool. In August, he will head to Australia for six months, beginning his trek by attending the World SF Convention in Melbourne. He writes, “I’ll be more than happy to share a cuppa with others from the U of C on my travels. My e-ddress is For ’99 and always may the best of the past be the worst of the future! Ciao and teggeddizzi! May the Great Wombat smile on you.” Michael E. Herman, MBA’64, president of the Kansas Royals baseball team, writes that a new owner of the Royals has been found. He reports, “As a result of the sale, the baseball team will remain in Kansas City and $125 million will go to local charities.”

College alumni, please send your news to: Iris Cleveland, AB’65, MAT’67, 464 Tahoe, Park Forest, IL 60466-2408. Phone: 708/748-4615 (h). E-mail:

66 James H. Bell, MAT’66, teaches in the education department at St. Mary College in Leavenworth, KS. He and his wife are enjoying their first grandchild. Mary McCullough Lingley, AM’66, came to Chicago in May to see her daughter, Kate, a U of C doctoral student in art history. Lingley writes, “It was very pleasant indeed to be on campus again. My years at Chicago were enriching, and it was very sweet to walk around the neighborhood and to recall.” The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans selected Joseph A. Pichler, MBA’63, PhD’66, to receive a 1999 Horatio Alger Award. The awards are given to individuals who “have faced and overcome significant personal adversity through hard work, integrity, determination, and a strong dedication to helping others.”

67 College alumni—Deanna Dragunas Bennett, AB’67, writes: All right, classmates. You’ve been highly communicative and supplied lots of news over the past ten Class of ’67 columns. Over 50 classmates have been featured. But suddenly the communication has stopped! Unless class members become more communicative, I’ll have to start filling the column with some really bad jokes. So please save yourselves by sending me, via e-mail or snail mail, news of your lives, travels, steps in self-discovery, and personal and professional victories, small and large. Just give me the info—I’ll do the wordsmithing. Special thanks for communicating to Thomas C. (“Tommy”) Smucker, X’67, who writes that this past spring he and his wife, Laura, celebrated 30 years together. Also, he recently marked 28 years as a technician at the phone company currently known as Bell Atlantic. Tommy says, “I’m proud to say that I’m the editor of the Local 1101 CWA newspaper and an elder at Middle Collegiate Church. I miss my friends and classmates George B. Walsh, AB’67, and Laurie A. Phillips, AB’67, both taken from us by cancer.”

College alumni, please send your news to: Deanna Dragunas Bennett, AB’67, 1622 El Tair Trail, Clearwater, FL 33765. Phone: 813/796-8807 (h). E-mail:

68 College alumni, please send your news to: Michael Nemeroff, AB’68, Sidley & Austin, 1722 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: 202/736-8235 (w). E-mail:

Other alumni news includes: Since 1986, George V. Pixley, AM’62, PhD’68, and his wife have lived in Managua, Nicaragua, which he describes as “poverty-ridden, hence disaster-prone, but with lovely, generous people.” In September, he finished a long-term project on the history of Nicaraguan Baptists. It aims to introduce Baptists to their role within their nation’s history and also introduce Nicaraguans to their Baptist fellow citizens. He reports that it will probably be issued in 1999 as a joint publication of the Baptist Convention of Nicaragua and Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua in Managua.

69 The Class of 1969 celebrates its 30th reunion June 4–6, 1999.

Carolyn Baker Bowers, AM’69, was made an associate of Architects Planners & Interior Designers LLP and works in the company’s Alexandria, VA, office. She is a member of the education committee of the American Society of Interior Designers’s Washington chapter. She also continues as secretary of her community civic association. Harold M. Nelson, AM’69, received the 1998 Distinguished Service Award from the North Dakota Council of Teachers of English for his “outstanding contributions to language-arts education in North Dakota during the last 30 years.” Nelson, a professor of English and literature at Minot State University, is director of the Northern Plains Writing Project and the National Writing Project Web site.

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