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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. .


60The Mathematical Association of America awarded Judith Victor Grabiner, SB'60, the 1997 Lester R. Ford Award. The award, which acknowledges outstanding expository writing in mathematics, was given for Grabiner's "Was Newton's Calculus a Dead End? The Continental Influence of Maclaurin's Treatise of Fluxions," published in the May 1997 issue of American Mathematical Monthly. Stephen C. Maxson, SB'60, PhD'66, received the 1998 research excellence award from the University of Connecticut's AAUP and the 1998 Dobzhansky award from the Behavior Genetics Association for his outstanding lifetime contributions to the field. He researches the genetics of aggression in mice and sex differences in mammalian brain and behavior.

61 Roger W. Axford, AM'49, PhD'61, gave a talk titled "Androgogy: How Adults Learn"as the keynote speaker at the Arizona Adult Education Association's conference, which met March 7 in Yuma, AZ. He has written the book Adult Education: Open Door to Lifelong Learning and writes a column for the paper Arizona Senior World. Axford is also a consultant to BIOPLEX, an international corporation dealing with joint replacement, and is establishing the organization Seminars for Senior Citizens. In addition, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education invited him to present at the 1998 Annual Adult Education Conference, November 19-22 in Phoenix.

62College alumni-Mike Einisman, AB'62, MBA'63, and Judith E. Stein, AB'62, AM'64, write: Dear Classmates: As usual, you have been kind enough to fill this column with interesting notes and good news about yourselves. Michael C. Kotzin, AB'62, received the 1998 Chicago Human Relations Award, given by the city of Chicago's human-relations commission, for "building positive interfaith and inter-ethnic relations." Michael has been director of the Jewish Community Relations Council since 1988, and he serves as chair of Catholic-Jewish Scholars Dialogue of Chicago. A member of the visiting committee of the Divinity School, he also serves on the board of advisers of the Bernardin Center of the Catholic Theological Union. In June, Barbara Flynn Currie, AB'68, AM'73, was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Illinois Council against Handgun Violence. She continues to serve as the first female majority leader of the Illinois House of Representatives. Joan Saks Berman, AB'62, traveled in June with Albuquerque's mayor, James Baca, and his family to Ashagebat, Turkmanistan, a former Soviet republic, as part of the sister-cities program. Michael Edelstein, AB'62, AM'64, has just ended his six years as chair of economics at Queens College. He is returning to "the only good job in university life, teacher-scholar" and tells us he is still trying "to answer the questions posed by Gerhard Meyer and his reading list in Soc. 2 and 3. Hopefully, daughter Zoe will find someone as brilliant and challenging as Meyer at the U of C with the Class of 2001." From Philadelphia, where she now resides, Diana Slaughter-Defoe, AB'62, AM'64, PhD'68, reports that her e-mail address is Her new home page is She would especially love to hear from classmates out East, from Boston to Washington, DC. Deborah Dinitz Strauss, AB'62, AM'64, says that as an outgrowth of her work with the Information Technology Resource Center in Chicago, she is working with a small team to develop a National Strategy for Nonprofit Technology. NSNT is attempting to build technology-assistance capacity across the country to help organizations fulfill their missions. Ted Cohen, AB'62, a philosophy professor at the U of C, writes that wife Andy's daughter, Sasha, married Bill Schmidt this June. His daughter, Shoshannah S. Cohen, AM'91, is completing a Ph.D. in English at the U of C while his son, Amos, has started law school at the University of Minnesota. Ted is president of the American Society for Aesthetics and will give its presidential address at Indiana University this November. Last spring, he lectured at NYU and at the University of Copenhagen. About to publish a book called Joking Matters, Ted declares that he is "a lot older than [he] used to be." All we can add to the insightful observation is our wish that the Great Pumpkin will shine softly on all of us. Alan S. Berger, AB'62, AM'63, PhD'68, challenges his classmates to match the Random House/Modern Library Board list of 100 top books with our own favorite works of literature. Don't forget to share your thoughts and news.

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:

63College alumni-Larry Lowenthal, AB'64, reports: Grazina ("Chris") Abramavicius Keeley, AB'63, MAT'75, MBA'79, is the U of C's associate vice president for human resources management. In response to tugs from family and alma mater, Chris "came home" to Hyde Park after serving as the HR director at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is also on the fast track to win the first annual Class of 1963 "Grandma Prize" with the arrival of two grandchildren in August. In May, Larry Lowenthal and his wife, Jan, watched their son Noah graduate from the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine with a degree in medical visualization. In July, during a two-week Norwegian cruise, they watched the sun not set north of the Arctic Circle. In October, they are watching their son marry Ming (Lisa) Hu in Florida. According to Larry, "We are becoming experts at watching." In June, some time after the death of his first wife, Donald G. Twentyman, Jr., AB'64, remarried and moved to Iowa, where his new bride, the former Mary Hermansen, teaches first grade. Don retired from the Mayo Foundation this past spring after 30 years with the Minnesota organization. Call him at 712/336-4861. Thirty-five years after graduating, some of us still use artful means to balance our checkbooks. Stephen Zarlenga, AB'63, wrote The Lost Science of Money, which is being released in German for distribution in Germany and Switzerland. If we are not the flag bearers of the "'60s generation," then no one is. For a future column, tell us the color of your flag and how you carried it.

College alumni-your class notes come from the '63 communication team of Larry Lowenthal, Joe Brisben, Meryl Dann, Susan Freis, Kit Kollenberg, Sue Ketola Rheamer, and Pearl Bloom Taback. Volunteer for the team and/or send your news to,, or Pearl Bloom Taback, 3001 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, NY 10463-4717.

Other alumni news includes: Dinah Solomon Stevenson, AB'63, AM'66, see 1964, Dinah Solomon Stevenson. Miroslav Synek, PhD'63, an independent consultant, presented the paper "Nuclear Age Requires Free Elections" at the annual meeting of the Texas section of the American Physical Society this past March. The paper will be published in the society's bulletin. In addition, he judged the grand awards at the International Science and Engineering Fair held in Fort Worth, TX, in May. His biography has also repeatedly been published in Who's Who in the World and other biographical compilations.

64The Class of 1964 celebrates its 35th reunion June 4-6, 1999. Robert G. Cheshier, X'64, has retired as director of the Cleveland Health Sciences Library. He became the library's first director on July 1, 1966. Dinah Solomon Stevenson, AB'63, AM'66, was named vice president and editorial director of Clarion Books, a children's book imprint of Houghton Mifflin Company. She edited The Midwife's Apprentice, by Karen Cushman, which won the Newbery Medal in 1996, and Golem, by David Wisniewski, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1997.

65 Daniel B. Greenberg, JD'65, a trustee of Reed College since 1975, chairs the Campaign for Reed College. Greenberg is the chair and CEO of ElectroRent Corp., which leases and sells computers and related equipment.

66 John F. Culp IV, AB'66, MBA'68, is celebrating his 20th anniversary in Munich, Germany. Selling document management software for a Siemens company, he reports that "his main occupation is having fun, as it always has been." Culp gave up candy-apple green cars "to concentrate on faster and healthier incumbent bikes," which he races around the Alps with his 15- and 17-year-old boys. On October 10, he sang at the James W. Vice, Jr., AM'54, 65th-birthday event. E-mail him at Erwin H. Epstein, MAT'62, PhD'66, was named chair and professor of Loyola University Chicago's educational leadership and policy department. He was formerly a professor of educational policy and leadership and rural sociology at Ohio State University. The New York alumni club's May event at the Museum of Jewish Heritage included Susan N. Horowitz, AB'66, performing her poem "The Potemkin Steps" about her family history and the Holocaust. She writes, "I've overcome technophobia and gone on the Internet. You can hear me sing 'Murray with the Fringe on Top' (a toupee ballad) on my Web Site: http://www." The site also features her book Queens of Comedy. She continues to sing and do comedy in New York in addition to giving seminars and speeches. E-mail her at

67College alumni-Deanna Dragunas Bennett, AB'67, writes: Robert L. Hetzel, AB'67, PhD'75, recently spent two weeks at the Bundesbank and the European Monetary Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, and at the Austrian National Bank in Vienna. He shared his experiences in advising on monetary policy at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, VA, with the economists who will be working to make the new European Central Bank a success. Janet L. Kelley-Harmon, AB'67, has been learning what it means to be in the political spotlight as first lady of the city of St. Louis. Her husband, Clarence Harmon, the city's first African-American police chief, became the city's second African-American mayor on April 15, 1997. After a leave of absence from a 20-plus-year career in public relations to assist with the campaign and city projects, Janet will make a sister-city/business trip to Suwa, Japan and return to the working world. Richard J. ("Rick") Stone, AB'67, has capped a distinguished legal career in prosecuting complex business cases by joining the trial practice of Portland, OR, law firm Ball Janik LLP. He will also teach complex litigation and other trial-related courses at the Lewis & Clark College's Northwestern School of Law. Among other national and local honors and recognition, in 1996 Rick was named by California Law Business as one of the 22 best trial lawyers in the state. Rick's public service includes an appointment in the Carter administration and a recently completed term as president of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Rick, wife Lee, daughter Kate, and son Grant, are splitting their time between Portland and their ranch near Terrebonne, OR. E-mail him at Rick_Stone@

On May 30, the Class of 1967 held an informal potluck reunion for Northern California alumni at the Berkeley home of Lawrence I. Schwartz, AB'67, and Lois Wolfe Schwartz, AB'67, AM'72, AM'90. Sharing memories and memorabilia were Dennis J. Dingemans, AB'68; Richard G. Gordon, AB'67; Pamela Green Hawkins, AB'68; Candace Biendefeld Hisert, AB'67, MAT'69; Diane D. Korsower, AB'67; Kenneth L. Krich, AB'67; Jane Marcus Graly, AB'67; Donald H. McPherson, AB'67; Marilyn Shandelson Sargent, AB'67; Teresa H. Shtob, AB'67; Judy E. Schavrein, AB'66, AM'70, PhD'73; Paul A. Silver, AB'67; Barbara Sternfeld, AB'67, AM'70; and Nancy S. Toder, AB'67. Lois says it was such an enjoyable event that they may do it again. E-mail her at After 29 years of government service, Warren E. Olson, AB'72, took early retirement at the end of March. Warren was a member of the senior executive service and ended his career as the principal deputy comptroller of the Defense Security Assistance Agency, the Defense Department agency responsible for administering the multibillion-dollar annual sales of defense articles, goods, and services to foreign nations. So far, Warren has spent retirement playing golf, doing yardwork, and thinking about getting a job. E-mail him at

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:

Other alumni news includes: Harry M. Clor, AM'59, PhD'67, a political science professor at Kenyon College, was awarded the school's first distinguished teaching professorship in political science. The National Academy of Sciences elected Craig Morris, AM'64, PhD'67, curator in the anthropology department and dean of science at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, into its membership. He was also elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Morris studies the archaeology of the Inka empire and follows how its rise and growth are related to broader issues of political and economic processes in archaic states. Michael Obsatz, AM'64, PhD'67, an associate professor of sociology at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, has taught there since 1967 and offers the courses "Death, Dying, and Bereavement;" "Institution of the Family;" "Human Sexuality;" and "Male Socialization Issues and Violence." He is a couples' and family therapist, men's support-group facilitator, and national workshop leader. Obsatz writes frequently for Marriage magazine and a local paper, Wholeness.

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: Thomas H. Kieren, MBA'68, is president and managing partner of the Manhattan Consulting Group, Inc. The company specializes in industry-specific performance and due diligence studies for private equity investment firms, merchant banks, and industrial corporations that are investing in a manufacturing type of business. After three years as dean of the Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University, James S. Malek, AM'66, PhD'68, accepted the position of provost at Ithaca College in New York. Thomas Sowell, PhD'68, the Rose and Milton Friedman senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, was elected to the American Philosophical Society in April.

69 The Class of 1969 celebrates its 30th reunion June 4-6, 1999. Harold C. ("Hal") Bloom, AM'69, received an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois and is working as coordinator of the integrated library systems at Harvard Business School's Baker Library.

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