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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. .


70 Robert D. Benne, AM’63, PhD’70, the Jordan-Trexler professor of religion at Roanoke College, was named the senior Lilly fellow for 1999–2000 in the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso University. The program aims to foster closer relations between church-related educational institutions and their religious heritages. As senior fellow, he will conduct research on faith and learning and work with six postdoctoral fellows who are preparing to teach in church-related institutions. The University of Maryland named Lawrence W. Sherman, AM’70, a distinguished university professor. This past fall, Frank A. Wilczek, SB’70, the J. R. Oppenheimer professor at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, joined the board of trustees of the U of C. His older daughter, Amity M. Wilczek, AB’95, is a graduate student in biology at Harvard, and his younger daughter, Mira, is a senior at Princeton High School.

71 In 1996, Sara Gilliam Hopkins, AM’71, received a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Maryland. She is currently a senior lecturer in voice at Pennsylvania State University and musical director at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. In July 1996, Gordon W. Lukesh, AB’71, formed Nukove Scientific Consulting. In September 1998, he and his partner presented a paper titled “Estimation of Laser System Pointing Performance via Statistics of the Received Signal” at the European Optical Society meeting in Barcelona, Spain. E-mail him at

72 College alumni, please send your news to: Dorthea H. Juul, AB’72, PhD’89, 1115 S. Plymouth Court, #302, Chicago, IL 60605. Phone: 847/374-4204 (w). Fax: 847/236-4304. E-mail:

Other alumni news includes: Peter M. Kranz, PhD’72, helps rural Maryland communities provide educational and economic opportunities using dinosaur tracks, bones, and teeth. He operates Dinosaur Fund, which produces dinosaur-themed birthday parties and hands-on fossil hunting programs for more than 50 schools. Dennis F. Miller, AM’72, was appointed vice chair of the literature and arts committee and chair of the subcommittee on major research issues in archaeology at the University Club of Washington, DC.

73 This past spring, Ann Cory Bretz, PhD’73, chaired her 50th reunion at the University of Indianapolis. An alumni trustee, she joined other trustees and the president in July for 10 days in Greece and Cyprus, where they participated in the commencements of the university’s colleges in Athens and Nicosia. In September and October, she taught the course “Psalms for Today’s Woman” for Women Aware, a continuing-education program; it’s the 11th year she has taught the course. In September, David R. Conradi-Jones, AM’73, returned from a trip to Kazakhstan, where he visited his son who works as a tax consultant for Ernst & Young. He reports that he had a wonderful visit and says that the people were “marvelous.” Gordon Hollis, AM’73, owns Golden Legend, Inc., a specialty bookshop in Los Angeles dealing with the history of performance. The store’s Web site is

74 The Class of 1974 celebrates its 25th reunion June 4–6, 1999.

Donald E. Fadner, AM’70, PhD’74, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, was elected to a three-year term as chair of the philosophy department.

75 Prentiss J. Jackson, AM’75, was elected president of the De La Salle Institute Alumni Association at the school’s 103rd annual alumni banquet. In October, Jeffrey S. Rasley, AB’75, went on his third Himalayan expedition but got altitude sickness while approaching the Everest base camp and was only able to climb one of the peaks he had planned. Wife Alicia Todd Rasley, X’77, is working on her tenth novel and teaching writing workshops around the country. Jeffrey adds, “I coached 10-year-old Andrew’s basketball team through an undefeated season last winter and have an undefeated season going for 12-year-old J. J. this season.”

76 In July, Reva I. Allen, AM’76, completed her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas’s School of Social Welfare less than a week after buying a house and moving. She is now a senior researcher at the Institute for Social and Economic Development, where she coordinates the Refugee Welfare and Immigration Reform Project. Stuart J. Sherman, AM’76, see 1980, James M. Schiffer.

77 College alumni—Tony Mayo, AB’77, writes: “There is a new arrival in the Mayo household. Sonja Hope Mayo was born on March 10, 1999. Everyone is healthy and doing well. Photos are at”

College alumni, please send your news to: Tony Mayo, AB’77, MBA’78, 10915 Thanlet Lane, Reston, VA 20190-3922. Phone: 703/855-6296 (w). E-mail:

Other alumni news includes: For the past two and a half years, Robert A. Gottlieb, MFA’77, worked on a series of conceptual sculptures based on the tallit katan, a Jewish ritual garment worn primarily by Orthodox men. The series, Tallitot K’tanot, was exhibited at College of the Atlantic in Bar Habor, ME; Cornell University; the Conference on Judaism in rural New England and southern Quebec; Maine Coast Artist Gallery; and Davidson & Daughters Gallery. In April, he is showing his sculptures at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago. Alicia Todd Rasley, X’77, see 1975, Jeffrey S. Rasley. Leonard R. Winogora, AM’77, of Princeton, NJ, was promoted to vice president for affinity lending programs for Sovereign Bank in Perth Amboy, NJ.

78 College alumni, please send your news to: Kent Maynard, AB’78, MBA’81, 2041 W. Dickens Ave., Chicago, IL 60647-4530. Phone: 773/342-5845 (h). E-mail:

Other alumni news includes: The board of trustees of the Urban College of Boston named Le Roy J. Hines Jr., AM’78, the school’s president and CEO. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named Mark H. Leff, AM’72, PhD’78, a 1998 U.S. Professor of the Year. He is a history professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

79 The Class of 1979 celebrates its 20th reunion June 4–6, 1999.

Steven B. Post, AB’79, writes, “Last year, as a result of a rare genetic liver disease, I had a liver transplant at the University of Wisconsin Hospital here in Madison. With the support of family and friends I made an amazingly quick recovery and have had the experience of getting younger over the past year. Other than taking 30 pills a day to prevent rejection, I’m in great shape right now. I’m always interested in hearing from old friends at”

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