March - April, 2009
sorry to tell you that two of our classmates have died.
In response to our last eNewsletter, Beverly Poserow wrote,
"It is my sad job to inform you of the death of my
dear husband, Herbert Lee Poserow. He
died on June 29, 2008 of complications of Colon Cancer.
He leaves behind 4 children, 3 step children, 5 grandchildren
and his wife Beverly of 10 years. He was predeceased by
his first wife, Rosie."
have just learned that John Dalton also
died. I have no other details. If any of you have any
more information or would like to share your memories
of Herb or John, please let me know.
Margolis, Phil Satow and I have
prepared a Class of 1963 survey in order to get some feedback
from all of you about why you have, or have not, been
supporting Columbia College. Although we had a great 45th
Reunion and raised a good class gift for Columbia, our
percentage involvement, like most Columbia classes, lags
well below our peer institutions in the Ivy League. Why?
That's what we hope to find if you will take the time
to answer the survey (and answer it honestly). If you
haven't already replied to the mailed version, you can
take the survey online. Click
Here to take survey.
the last few months 14 different classmates have attended
our Second Thursday lunches. Joe Applebaum, Steve
Barcan, Henry Black, Jerry Dwyer, Doron Gopstein, Bob
Heller, Bruce Kaplan, Don Margolis,
Paul Neshamkin, Larry Neuman, Tom O'Connor,
Barry Reiss, Herb Soroca, and
Jeff Thompson. This is a great chance to meet
and greet old friends. Since we started these lunches
at the Columbia Club, we have shared bread with over 40
different classmates. We would love to see more of you.
See the latest photos and more information below.
this is your first visit here, I've added a link to an
archives page, which in turn, will link you to the past
issues of the Class of 1963 eNewsletter. If you haven't
seen any of the earlier newsletters, take a look -- there's
a lot more news, pictures, and interesting articles than
I have been able to include in Columbia College Today.
Table of Contents:
Every Second Thursday of the Month, 12:30
p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Columbia College Club - 15 West 43rd Street, NYC
join your classmates for an informal lunch at the Columbia
Club every second Thursday of the month. It is our hope
that these gatherings will renew old friendships and foster
improved relationship with our class and the College.
I hope you can all join us at the next lunches on Thursday,
March 12 and April 9. Let me
know if you will attend so that we can reserve a big enough
table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
February lunch attended by seven '63ers
February 12, 2009 lunch brought together another fine
group of '63ers with 7 classmates attended. Among
the regulars attending were
Joe Applebaum, Doron Gopstein, Paul
Neshamkin, Larry Neuman, Barry Reiss, Herb Soroca, and
from left to right) Paul Neshamkin, Larry Neuman,
Joe Applebaum, Herb Soroca, Jeff Thompson, Barry Reiss,
and Doron Gopstein.
March lunch also attended by seven '63ers
March 12, 2009 lunch brought together another fine group
of '63ers with 7 classmates attended. Among
the regulars attending were
Jerry Dwyer, Doron Gopstein, Bob Heller,
Don Margolis, Paul Neshamkin, Larry Neuman, and
Tom O'Connor. As usual, discussions were about
recent events and past exploits. Bob had just returned
from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, and this led to a
discussion about the changes in these countries over the
last 40 years. Tom recalled being struck by the changes
when he visited in 1994, and Bob confirmed that the move
to a market economy was even more obvious now. He mentioned
the juxtaposition of a rice farmer pumping water up to
his rice paddies using the age-old methods, while over
his shoulder, a billboard advertised the latest high-tech
brought copies of The Spectator from our senior year and
shared an article about Tom's rugby exploits with him
and one about the Eastern fencing championships with Don.
Don related that the fencing team, in fact, successfully
gained revenge on NYU and Navy, who had beat them earlier,
by completely dominating and winning the championship.
from left to right) Bob Heller, Don Margolis,
Doron Gopstein, Larry Neuman, Jerry Dwyer, Tom O'Connor,
and Paul Neshamkin.
here to see more March lunch candids.
you like to see our previous lunches, click on the dates
||January 12, 2006
||January 11, 2007
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||February 9, 2006
||February 8, 2007
||June 12, 2008
||March 9, 2006
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|May 12, 2005
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||July 12, 2007
||January 8, 2009
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||September 20, 2007
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|October 14, 2005
||November 9, 2006
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||December 14, 2006
||March 13, 2008
|December 12, 2005
||April 10, 2008
information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
or email at email@example.com.
writes, "Hectic though happy time for me Paul. Won't
be able to make a lunch until April. Speaking on Rickey
as the Conservative Revolutionary Who Started The Successful
Civil Rights Movement out in Wittenberg College near Dayton
OH on March 19. My paperback with new intro out this month
too so doing readings at bookstores/libraries in this
Lubell responded to my request for new with two
items: "I was heavily involved in developing the
rationale and budget documentation that the Obama Administration
adopted for the science portion of the economic stimulus
bill. It was an intense 3-month effort that almost unraveled
at the end. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with whom
my office had been working, stepped up to the plate and
insisted that the future of the United States depended
on a strong science enterprise. She won the battle, after
the Senate had abdicated on the issue. Most of the more
than $10 billion for the physical sciences will be targeted
at infrastructure projects and instrumentation at the
national laboratories and universities. It was a gratifying
victory." He also reports that "My daughter,
Karina, Columbia Class of 2002, was just admitted to the
New York Bar and is working as an associate at Shearman
and Sterling." Congratulations on both accomplishments!
Freese writes, "I have been involved in
the field of 'implantable metallic biomaterials' for medical
and surgical devices for about 18 years. Many medical
and dental specialties include orthopaedic, cardiovascular,
and neurological procedures and reconstructive and orthodontic
work where implants and appliances may be involved. This
week, I have been named a Fellow of ASTM and the recipient
of the ASTM Award of Merit (see link below). Apparently,
some of my associates with ASTM F-04 and F-04.12 have
conspired with the result being this totally unexpected
award, for which I feel very under-qualified and undeserving.
There are many who selflessly serve the medical device
community who are much more appropriate recipients for
such recognition, and I hold these folks high in my esteem.
I am pleased that this recognition does reflect positively
on my company, and on my contribution to the field. Peer
recognition by your professional associates is always
welcomed. The photo, however, is the most recent good
portrait shot that I had, and is about five years old!"
Frankel reports that his non-profit organization,
College Match, that helps low-income students from inner-city
public schools get into great colleges continues to have
a great deal of success. "This year, College Match
will serve 200 youngsters. Over the past few years, the
organization has gotten 33% of its students into ivy League
schools or ivy-equivalents like Wellesley or Stanford
and virtually all the rest into top-ranked colleges. Currently,
99% of our graduates are still in school and on track
to receive their college degrees.
year, College Match is taking 60 low-income youngsters
to visit 30 East Coast colleges in two groups--one will
see schools between Washington, DC and New York including
Columbia and the other group will visit New England colleges.
This past year, College Match students received 100 hours
of SAT prep courses and raised their average scores by
Alexis Levitin writes, "I
am writing you from the Galapagos Islands, where I have
been hunkered down for a month trying to learn how to
take a pure vacation after many years of being a happily
intense workaholic. Yesterday I swam for over half an
hour with two smooth, agile, extremely playful sea lions.
That was utter bliss.
In a few days my experiment in self-enforced leisure will
be over and I will fly to Guayaquil where I will spend
the next month working on translating the poetry of a
circle of very young poets. An earlier Ecuadorian translation
project, Tapestry of the Sun, an anthology of 18 modern
poets, will be coming out in July (Coimbra Press). In
the fall, my anthology of short stories in translation,
A Traveler's Literary Companion to Brazil, will be issued
by Whereabouts Press.
I have been teaching just fall semesters for the last
three years and have enjoyed that regime a great deal.
If SUNY-Plattsburgh allows me to continue half time, I
will be delighted to do so.
My son Michael is 32, living as a journalist in Berlin
with his Catalan painter-wife, Irene. My daughter Christine,
22, is about to graduate in Communications from Marymount
in Manhattan College and plans to work somewhere in T.V.
She is on her third internship with Law & Order right
Satow reports that his daughter Julie, Columbia
College '96, is engaged. She is the business editor of
Huffington Post. He also writes that he "recently
acquired two letters of A Lincoln and is thrilled to own
a piece of history. Happy to show to interested classmates."
Lehrer is a clinical psychologist, professor
of psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey, where he has been since 1972. The third
edition of his widely used text, Principles and Practice
of Stress Management, appeared last year. He has published
over 100 chapters and articles, mostly in the fields of
clinical psychophysiology, biofeedback, and stress management.
This year he received the Distinguished Scientist Award
of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe. He has been married
to the former Phyllis Alpert since 1965, a professor of
piano at Westminster College of the Arts, Rider University.
They have two children. Their son Jeffrey received a master’s
degree from Columbia’s School of International Affairs,
and serves as a foreign service officer with the U.S.
Agency for International Development, currently in El
Salvador. His wife Natalia works in the area of finance.
They have two children, David 5 and Ariana 2 and a half.
Their daughter Suzanne lives and teaches the piano in
Princeton, NJ. Her husband Jonathan LeBouef is associate
Registrar at Princeton University. They have two children,
Sylvia, 2 and a half, and Alexander, 3 months.
and Phyllis (click
here to see their grandkids)
Miller wrote to warn me that he was sending me
a picture, "We (Arnie Barkman, Mike Bumagin, Bob
Whelan et moi) had a little reunion at Einstein’s
bagel joint last week. I’ll send you our luncheon
photo over the weekend." So far, no sign of the picture,
but I'll add it here when it arrives. [3/4/2009 -- it
has arrived! see the latest gathering of the Dallas/Fort
Worth Class of '63 Alumni Club below]
left) Arnie Barkman, Bob Whelan, Michael Bumagin and Bruce
Tuerk reports, "I'm now completely retired
and have been named Professor Emeritus of Literature and
Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce."
Eisenson writes, "Should have some interesting
news for the issue after the coming one, but events won't
move fast enough for your present deadline.
Meanwhile, attached is a picture of me picketing 20th
Century Fox during the Writers Guild strike of 2007-2008.
I'm the grim guy in the hat."
Lippman practices Gynecology in Hartford ,CT.
He and his wife Arlene have three grown sons and six wonderful
grandchildren. He spends lots of time in NYC and enjoys
traveling, painting, photography, theater and being a
Cohn writes, "My name was recently added
to the "Best Doctors in America" list.. quit
while I'm ahead, right? I've had an interesting career
including working with Julius Axelrod at the time of his
Nobel (I had nothing to do with the work for which he
won) and with Aaron Beck, Lasker Award winner, where I
made a small contribution to the genesis of Cognitive
Therapy. I've had 2 clinical Professorships and am proud
daughter is working screening candidates for SURVIVOR
and is about to graduate Washington U (Wash U, bless their
hearts, is letting her finish her last two undergraduate
courses at UCLA in order to be able to start her job April
as required); my son is finishing his second year in Los
Angeles' Teach for America. He's moving to New York, joining
a start-up health juice company Honey Drop (I think that's
the name; it's interesting, Google it up). He'll have
an equity position. They have just started and sell mostly
through Whole Foods in the North East.
Beautiful and wonderful wife Helen works in an administrative
position for her brother's development company.
closed my office a few weeks ago and am writing and taking
long walks. Helen and I are once again hosting the reception
for Houston Undergrads who've been accepted to Columbia.
Houston is a great place to live, but don't tell anybody.
Please call and/or visit. Not working is tiresome after
42 busy years as a doctor."
Cary-Barnard has posted another of his series
of Pimento reports to YouTube (first sign on to YouTube
and search for "Pimento"). These are a series
of interesting reports concerning the dangers of artificial
turf (among other things), and you can find the latest
Nolan has also been active using the Internet
to do good. He is using Facebook to spread the word about
a lobbying effort he has started, The National
Campaign to Hire Artists to Work in Schools.
You can read all about it at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=36483884735&ref=ts.
Or visit the Web site he has created for the group, http://www.nchaws.org.
Michael also tells me that he visited Nick Zill's
daughter, Oriana in Berkeley recently. She's a documentary
producer with FrontLineWorld on PBS, working out of their
west coast office.
Hinckley Willes was appointed by the LDS Church
First Presidency to take over next month as the next president
and chief executive of Deseret Management Corp., the for-profit
holding company that oversees commercial businesses attached
to the church, including the Deseret News and KSL television.
Prior to the announcement, Willes divided his time between
Black and Decker, where he is a director; an adjunct professorship
at Brigham Young University, and managing his investments
in software start-ups Imagine Learning, AxisPointe, and
information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.