No. 6
July 5, 2005

Welcome to the sixth issue of the Columbia College Class of 1963 eNewsletter. In the last issue I mentioned I would start a list of "lost" classmates, and we could try to locate them through the Alumni Office, or perhaps some of you may have the missing information. So far I have had very few submissions, so I'll just list them right here:

Patrick Cary-Barnard
Christian (Chris) Rieger
Bill Sprague
Robert Vargas

If you know how to contact any of these classmates, please let me know.

If you would send in the names of your lost friends, I'll make this into a separate section. With any luck, perhaps we can find some of the missing.

My request for longer format articles was answered by Ben Tua (see his listing in Class Notes below). If any of you have something you would like me to publish through this eNewsletter, just send me an email (

Hope to hear from you, so we can let everyone know what you've been up to.

Table of Contents:

Next Second Thursday Lunch - July 14

Columbia University Club of New York

Every Second Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Columbia College Club - 15 West 43rd Street, NYC

Please 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. The next lunch will be on July 14, 2005. This will be the last lunch of the summer (we will start up again in September).

June Lunch Attended By Five Loyal 63ers

The sixth Second Saturday Class of 1963 lunch was held on June 9, a great summer day in New York City. Perhaps it was too nice a day to spend time inside (even if it was the Grille Room at the Columbia Club).

Here is the happy (and surprisingly casual -- but within the dress code) group.

(From left to right) Frank Sypher, Phil Satow, Bob Heller, Doron Gopstein, and Paul Neshamkin

By strange coincidence, the Class of 1964 has also decided to hold their monthly lunches on the Second Thursday of each month (I knew I should have patented the idea). They are skipping the Summer months, but we will be sitting at a table near them starting in the Fall.

We will have one more lunch this Summer, and then also regroup in the Fall. So, please join us at the next lunch on Thursday, July 14. Please let me know if you will attend so that we can reserve a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin (

Lunch Archives

If you like to see our previous lunches, click on the dates below:

December 9, 2004

January 13, 2005

February 10, 2005

March 10. 2005

April 14, 2005

May 12, 2005


For information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881 or email at

Latest News from the Class of 63

Although your messages have started to slow down a little this summer, it gives me a great kick to hear from all of you after so many years. Here is a selection of notes and news that you have sent in the last month.

After last month's eNewsletter, where I credited Ben Tua with working in 13 countries for the State Department, he wrote, "a small correction: I served in eight, not thirteen, different foreign countries." He also included a short autobiography that involved "the influence of George Kennan on my life and career, which may be of use for your newsletter. It may be a bit long for one newsletter. so, if you decide to use it, you may wish to break it up into three installments. Should you use it, it may stimulate others to contribute along the same lines." Rather than break it up, you can click on the following link to read the entire article.

Peter Broido
I plan to be in NYC the week of Oct 14-15 mini reunion or not and to have lunch with the class members on Thursday Oct 13. I have lost touch with Bill Sprague who was one of my freshman room mates. I saw him in Boston approximately 18 years ago. He had been teaching in the Czech Republic after or before that - don't remember and I know his parents moved from Hudson Ohio to Portland ME. I tried on several occasions to locate him but have been unsuccessful.
Incidentally Gary Rachelevsky was the first visitor to our new condo - we moved from the Chicago Burbs to the City in Sept.

Jack McMullen
Well, Paul, I ran for the U. S. Senate from Vermont in the 2004 cycle as the nominee (after a three way primary) of the Republican Party. I didn't beat Senator Leahy but my name recognition is now in the mid 90s and fairly positive. That is relevant because, with Senator Jeffords retirement, the 2006 U. S. Senate race is for an open seat. I am mulling over whether to run again in the current cycle -- which will, doubtless, entail a hard-fought primary for the Republican nomination -- and probably for the Democratic nomination as well. It could be a three way race if the Democrats decide to play. Rep. Sanders, Vermont's Congressman and an independent Socialist, has already indicated he will run.

Bob Morantz
After graduating from Columbia in 1963, I completed my medical school and residency training in neurosurgery at NYU-Bellevue Medical Center. After a 2 years of military service at the Bethesda Naval Hospital during the final years of the Vietnam war, I began a career in academic neurosurgery at the Univ of Kansas School of Medicine. Although I am currently retired from the active practice of operative neurosurgery, I still hold the rank of Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and carry out weekly teaching rounds with the neurosurgery residents. During my active neurosurgery career my area of clinical and experimental research was in neuro-oncology, and I have remained active in the national organizations relating to the treatment of brain tumors.

My wife Marsha (a labor lawyer and Arbitrator) and I have 2 daughters (the older Alison is a Law Professor at Stanford and the younger Jessica is a lactation consultant . We have five grandchildren, with a sixth due in December. We currently divide our time between Naples (FL), Kansas City, New York and Telluride.
Two other physicians and members of the Class of 1963 who we regularly see are Harvey Cantor, who directs a large immunology laboratory at the Dana –Farber Cancer Center and Kalmon Post, who is the chairman of the neurosurgery department at the Mt-Sinai School of Medicine.
We will be in NYC for a month again this Fall, at which time I will try to attend the Class luncheon.

John Moorhead
Greetings from one of the silent 550 who have not joined you for lunch. Charlottesville, Virginia, is about as close as I get to New York these days. Still, it has been good to see your news and the photos of the luncheon group. I am in West Virginia, and slightly retired. That means only two jobs (both sometimes part time, sometimes full time). Wendy and I have lived here nine years now. It has been quite a change in texture after 20 years in Chicago, where I worked as a newspaper reporter and co-owned a business research company. Let me say a warm hello to the classmates who are in touch through your efforts.

Bill Goebel
I now have a new grandchild, Andrew Charles Kornfeld. Born June 16th. I have one other grandchild by my daughter and son-in-law, Jeremy Griffin Kornfeld. Born July 9, 2003.

Michael Bumagin
It's not really news that three members of CC '63 are in Fort Worth, Texas -- except that all are Damnyankees, New Yorkers, at that. Bruce Miller is a Professor of Physics at Texas Christian University. Arnie Barkman is a Professor of Accounting (same school) and I'm in private practice as a plastic surgeon here. We met -- for the first time at the thirty-year reunion and I'm trying to set up a trip for the forty fifth.

I am the author of Exploring Fort Worth with Children and have couple of novels in the works. So, that brings me to the question, what exactly, is HELPAUTHORS.COM? I'm looking for an agent for a just completed medical thriller. If YOU can help, let me hear from you!

Sorry to disappoint you Michael, I'm not a literary agent. My domain name refers to the fact that I am an expert ("guru," in computer lingo) on creating Help files ("user assistance") for software programs, and online documentation in general. We are know in the trade as "Help authors." Actually, what you are writing sounds like a lot more fun than what I have to deal with!

Great to hear from you all.

Share your news and views with your classmates. Contact your Class Correspondent, and let him know what you would like posted here or in Columbia College Today (CCT).

For information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881 or email at


Mini-Reunion this Fall

Mini-reunion Still Planned for Homecoming Weekend

I have only heard from less than a handful who would like to take part in a mini-reunion on Homecoming weekend. Several of you at our monthly lunch have voiced concerns of conflicts with other events. So I think unless I hear from more of you, we will scale down our efforts a little. We will still move the regular Class luncheon at the Columbia Club to Friday, October 14, in case any of you are planning to return to New York for the Homecoming Game. On Saturday, October 15, I invite any classmates to join me at the Homecoming tent in the morning at Baker Field, and then watch Columbia beat Penn at the Homecoming game that afternoon. Let me know if you plan on attending, and I will get a block of tickets reserved so we can sit together. But other than that, I will not plan on any other "reunion" events unless there is a greater show of enthusiasm. Please let me know.

Maybe next year, we'll be able to organize a larger, more meaningful mini-reunion. Anyone want to volunteer to help me out?

For information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881 or email at