May - September, 2009
I mentioned in the last eNewsletter, Don 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. We are in the final process of analyzing
these, and will post the results here soon. Check back
in a week or two.
is reaching a steamy climax as I write these notes. I
have received some very long, and interesting notes from
you recently, and include some of them here intact.
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 haven't 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,
September 10 and October 8.
Let me know if you will attend so that we can reserve
a big enough table; RSVP to Paul Neshamkin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
June lunch attended by eleven '63ers
June 18, 2009 lunch (the last of the summer) brought together
a record group of '63ers with 11 classmates attended.
Among the regulars
attending were Joe Applebaum, Steve Barcan, Henry
Black, Doron Gopstein, Bob Heller, Paul
Neshamkin, Larry Neuman, Tom O'Connor, Jeff
Thompson, and Ben Tua. Chuck
Miller joined us for his first class of '63 lunch.
from left to right) Steve Barcan, Bob Heller,
Jeff Thompson, Doron Gopstein, Ben Tua, Larry Neuman,
Joe Applebaum, Paul Neshamkin, , Henry Black, Chuck Miller,
and Tom O'Connor.
here to see some candids of the group.
you like to see our previous lunches, click on the dates
||January 12, 2006
||January 11, 2007
||May 8, 2008
||February 9, 2006
||February 8, 2007
||June 12, 2008
||March 9, 2006
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||January 8, 2009
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||September 20, 2007
||February 12, 2009
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|October 14, 2005
||November 9, 2006
|November 9, 2005
||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.
and I went to the College Convocation ceremony at the
end of August. We were there to welcome the class of 2013
start their first academic year, and hear Michele Moody-Adams,
the new Dean of Columbia College. Our class, having graduated
50 years before the entering class, will start to take
part in the “Bridge Program” (formerly called
the “Grandfather Program”), which will give
us all an opportunity to build a closer relationship with
the class – starting with this event, and through
to their Commencement in four years (which will also be
our 50th Reunion).
Violin sends this report, "For
those who remember me, I thought I would add an update
on my life since college.
After graduation I went to P.&S. graduating in '67
after spending a year as an international fellow at what
is now SIPA. I had always been interested in politics
and found it to be a wonderful experience. Nobel Laureate
Harold Varmus P.&S. '66 was there at the same time.
I subsequently went on to do research at the Communicable
Disease Center (now Center for Disease Control) in Atlanta.
Returning to Boston, I finished a residency in ophthalmology
in'73 and entered private practice. After leaving residency,
I married Joan Gambill, Mt. Holyoke '70 who worked at
a lab at Mass. General. We have three grown children:
Jon, a PhD. MBA who is a biotech scientist and entrepreneur,
Steven an MBA and CFA who manages money, and Sally an
MBA who works in health care informatics. They, and Joan
are all equestrians, and chose to go to college at Duke
(Jon and Sally) and Colgate (Steve) where their horses
could follow them. I believe I have the distinction of
being the only one in my circle of friends, whose children
went to business school on someone else's nickel!
Along the way, I pursued parallel careers in real estate
speculation and most recently surgery center development.
I was one of the founders of Ambulatory Surgery Centers
of America, the largest privately held company in the
I have been active in the nonprofit sphere, on a national
level with AIPAC,CAMERA, and Mideast Forum, founded by
Professor Daniel Pipes. At Columbia,I have donated two
full professorships. The first in Core Curriculum occupied
by Gareth Williams from the Classics department. The second
in Molecular Cardiology occupied by the University Professor
Wayne Hendrickson. I have also donated a college scholarship
in honor of my parents, Mary and Sigmund Violin, as well
as a travelling fellowship to Israel. I was guided in
these matters by the memory of my father, a lawyer in
Vienna, a dishwasher and insurance broker in the United
States. He alone of his family was not exterminated by
Hitler. He taught me to revere the Classics and to pay
my dues, in this case to Columbia.
Which brings me, with revulsion and sadness to the Massad
abomination. I have followed this for several years through
Campus Watch and Mideast Forum with Professor Pipes. He
was denied tenure once.It does not surprise me that under
cover of darkness, lead by Professor Dirks, the University
reversed itself to grant an annuity to this mediocre scholar,
homophobe, and Israel hater. The story here is not about
Jews or even Israel, but about the hatred of America and
Western values in politically correct academic circles.
The public discourse here is inevitably pretextual, as
is of course the discourse about ROTC etc. Those who feel
as I do, have no choice but to turn off the financial
spigot, until the inmates no longer run the asylum. Fortunately
the hard sciences and the medical school still have their
I see a few of my classmates now and then, most
recently Gary Rachelefsky. I remain in regular contact
with Gil Einstein. Would be happy to see more of you."
we would love to see you, and talk further about the implications
of the Massad tenure decision. Many of your classmates
have expressed their feelings in email discussions with
me. I for one, will continue to support Columbia College.
I will however, make sure that they know of the concerns
of many of our classmates.
wrote to say, "just published is Liber A 1628-1700
of the Collegiate Churches of New York, edited and
translated by Francis J. Sypher, Jr.: Grand Rapids, Michigan,
and Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Company, 2009;
pp. lxviii + 374. No. 62 in the Historical Series of the
Reformed Church in America, in cooperation with the Collegiate
Churches. Liber A, written mostly in Dutch, and here presented
in the full original Dutch text, with facing English translation,
contains detailed 17th-century records of the Reformed
Protestant Dutch Church of the City of New York, including
correspondence, texts of legal documents, and lists of
names of consistory members. Especially significant are
records pertaining to the granting in 1696 of the royal
charter of incorporation of the Church, and records relating
to donations for, and construction of the church building
on Garden Street (now Exchange Place). Nearly all of these
pages were written out in the late 1600s by Domine Henricus
Selijns (1636-1701). The records are here presented with
a detailed historical introduction; detailed notes about
historical persons and events; and an index. The full
Dutch texts have never before been published, and they
should be of interest to all concerned with American colonial
history, especially the history of New Netherland and
Cahn writes, "I'm pleased to report that
two of my former doctoral advisees, now faculty members,
recently edited a book of new essays written for the volume
by former students and colleagues of mine. The work is
titled A Teacher's Life: Essays for Steven M. Cahn
(Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009)."
is a recent article in the National Review (August 10,
2009) entitled “Brainy Bronx Kid against Terror
- A conversation with Judge Michael B. Mukasey,
George W. Bush's last attorney general.” It starts,
“Michael Mukasey is a modest man, not a horn-tooter,
and you may have missed his tenure as attorney general.”
I’m sure none of you did, but you can read
the entire article here to learn more.
Hassan writes, "This is a transformational
year for me. I have spent 7 years now with my furniture
in storage, traveling around the world enjoying my unfettered
and somewhat unconventional lifestyle. I began this year
determined to settle down.
Here is a brief look into what is probably quite a different
lifestyle than most of my classmates with, I would say,
the main difference being that I have been living as a
single male for the last 36 years where most have been
married......just two different paths through the woods,
generating quite different experiences and philosophies
I'm right now in the process of closing the sale of my
Buenos Aires apartment and have been struggling for two
months to fulfill what appear to be nonsensical bureaucratic
hurdles but that must have been designed by someone to
piss one off and simultaneously nab as much of one's hard
earned money as possible.
Nonsensical in the process but the endgame was of course
clearly in sight in that I paid taxes where none should
be due; e.g., through what I have been calling a Fascist
Fiscal law, they determined that I had phantom rental
income. Once they dragged me kicking and screaming through
that bit of boondogglery they then were able to charge
me a non-fictional 21% tax on a fictitious amount of rent
during fictitious months of rental and the coup de grace,
all penalized with interest going back 3 years.....this
while being insulted, ignored, barely tolerated, shunted
about and forced to crisscross the city for certifications
upon certifications, all proving and documenting what
AN ASIDE: The tax bureau here is quite
interesting. You may know that during WWII, even though
Argentina was neutral, there were a lot of Nazi sympathizers
including the President at that time. It seems a relic
of that fascist attitude has trickled down and nestled
solidly in the Fiscal tax laws.
The Fiscal set of laws, which govern tax law, has its
own set of principles, different than the business and
domestic sets of law. In the fiscal law if you are not
in the country, you are guilty of renting your apartment
and the burden of proof that you didn't rent it, and pay
the requisite tax, rests upon you.......fine pickle since
they make the rules and its a rigged game. They won't
accept affidavits, in person pleadings, etc, proof of
any kind other than,
THEM: "You left the country 14 months since you owned
this here apartment and hence, you must have rented the
apartment while you were gone." (all this in Spanish).
ME: "Never rented, not one single day of income.
But while I was gone, I left my girlfriend here to mind
things and you can look at her passport to prove it. She
lives with me."
THEM: "Nope, only a marriage certificate will do,
we don't recognize girlfriends, gay friends, free giving
to other friends, etc."
So I paid it and moved on ....a tough pill to swallow
but since there is no capital gains tax, I still made
out better here than in the USA and with a modicum of
appreciation to soften the blow.
Once I close the sale, which I expect to be near the end
of August, I am off to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where I
have rented a beautiful but small villa, pool and hot
tub included, a scant 100 meters from a Pacific ocean,
golden sand, long beach leading to the famous, Cabo San
Lucas, marina. I am able to take nice long, early morning
walks before it gets too hot, plunging into the pool directly
after. All this before coffee ....imagine!
Due to some costly yet propitious delays, I will have
endlessly beautiful weather from May when I joined Bill
Campbell, my brother, %%, and the rest of the Ivy League
football Champs in NYC for our annual golf bash, through
June (when I drove my vintage Sebring convertible from
Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas), through 2 months of what
they call winter here in Buenos Aires (but what I call
splendid walking weather), until I finish up the year,
in high spirits, in high season, in Cabo.
Yes, I poo pooed the bird flu (Doctor Bob Lincoln said
it was all hype and he was right), drug killings, road
pirates and headed on down without a hitch other than
breaking the rear window on my convertible. (I was so
excited by the morning weather when I hit the Sea of Cortez
that I tried to put the top down with a favorite painting
sticking up out of the boot.) Broken glass, splintered
painting frame but en realidad, no problema.
Does it get any better? Yes, it does since I have finally
found a new, seemingly compatible, interesting and quite
different girlfriend who has agreed to join me in Mexico
for at least 6 months to see if we have the moxie to go
"all the way". After 7 years of traveling, I
may have attained the main goal of my "transformation",
i.e. a partner. I am reservedly but happily optimistic
....either way, there will be many fun and exciting links
to add to the chain.
I have attached a photo of the Cabo house that I rented
as well as my new girlfriend (she's not from Mexico).
For all my Columbian brothers who are living alone and
not liking it, you'll catch a glimpse here of a charted
yet quite different course. Yes, she's a bit young but
then I'm a bit old and one balances the other nicely...
or if you can't see from that perspective, here's a quote
from Satchel Paige who, when questioned about his age,
"Age is mind over matter...If you don't mind it doesn't
CLOSING WITH A BIT OF PHILOSOPHY: Since
I dropped off the work harness, I try to look at life
as a series of links that connect into, hopefully, a long
and happy chain. If one can make or perceive, and then
connect, one happy/pleasant/exciting/satisfying link to
the next, of various lengths and venues, the result is
that elusive goal, a happy life......like my continuous
May through December fantastic weather wave (link) that
I intend to surf through the end of 2009 and hook up to....
Ciao for now, my brothers
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing
there is a field. I'll meet you there."
Edd Hanzelik writes, " I would like
to share that I have co-authored a book, The Inner
Game of Stress, which has just been released. My
partner, John Horton, and I have been aware of the huge
impact that chronic stress has on the health and well
being of our patients. Yet the medical field is quite
limited in acknowledging this and in its ability to provide
effective treatment. We teamed up with Tim Gallwey, the
author of the best selling Inner Game of Tennis,
to apply his learning methods to the issue of stress.
The results have been remarkable. Our patients learn that
they can maintain their inner stability in the face of
life’s challenges. The tools we provide are simple.
Yet they help people see they have a choice when it comes
On a personal note, I’m living in Calabasas, California,
a suburb of LA. My family is growing. I know many of us
have grandchildren (I have two). We also have a one year
old great grand-daughter! Quite a delight to be with.
My wife and I enjoyed the 45th Reunion of our class, the
first we had attended. Walking around the Columbia campus
and meeting classmates brought back many fond memories."
Levitin writes, I am just this moment back from
Ecuador where my newest book was launched on August 5th.
The book, Tapestry of the Sun, is a co-translation
with Fernando Iturburu of eighteen different modern Ecuadorian
poets. It is the first anthology of Ecuadorian poetry
ever published in English. While doing all that work,
I also managed to spend an entire month on the beaches
of the Galapagos Islands, taking long walks among the
marine iguanas and swimming clumsily with lithe young
sea lions to their endless amusement. My other book this
year is called A Traveler's Literary Companion to
Brazil (Whereabouts Press). It is a collection of
short stories representing all the regions of that vast
country. I was the editor of the project and also translated
four or five of the stories. The book should be out in
October. I continue to enjoy my translation-related travels
to Brazil and Ecuador and try to take a break here and
there to plod through rainforests looking for monkeys
and have the rare fortune to gaze with profound pleasure
at a bay filled with sleek dolphins. Still teaching at
SUNY-Plattsburgh, for the nonce."
Rachelefsky reports, "Gail and I had our
sixth grandchild Jocelyn Rachel Weinstock on may 13th
. The happy parents Lindsay CC 2001 and Daniel Weinstock
are both doing well as is Jocelyn. Gail and I will be
going to Singapore and then on to Nepal in October. In
our group is one of our classmates Charlie Goldsmith
and his wife Maryanne a graduate of Barnard 63. We had
dinner with Bobbie and Amy Heller
recently. I enjoyed visiting with Peter
and Eileen Broido last month in Chicago
All are NOT aging.
Osborn writes, "I just returned from my
50'th high school reunion in Monticello, NY. It was my
first one and it was a pleasant surprise to see old friends.
30/107 have passed away. I miss surgery, having retired
from thoracic/CV surgical practice in Columbus, OH a couple
of years ago. I keep busy with 2 granddaughters and travelling
between the Smokies in the summer and Kiawah Island in
the winter. Richard Tuerk & I still
keep in touch. I enjoy reading the Class Notes and appreciate
your efforts on our behalf."
Howard Freese the following, "Here
are a few shots from "Sans Souci" in North Carolina.
The fun one that may make some sense to CC 63'ers is the
one of the license plate "SAN SU C". Gonna be
on this property all next week enjoying the summer breeze
in the NC mountains."
Sierles writes, "I am a professor and director
of medical student education in psychiatry at the Chicago
Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University, and have
done that for a few decades. The “news” is
In April 2009, I was selected as an inaugural member
of my university’s Master Teacher’s Guild.
b) A paper in JAMA for which I was senior author, “Medical
students’ exposure to and attitudes about drug
company interactions” (September 7, 2005) was
influential in the Association of American Medical Colleges’
developing, in 2008, guidelines for drug company-physician
and drug company-student interactions.
c) In June, 2008, I married Terrie Lee Stengel, a fifth
grade teacher at the Shabonee School in Northbrook,
d) I keep closely in touch with our ’63 classmates
Mel Gurtov, my Phi Ep roommate (now
a professor of Asian political affairs in Oregon), and
Bob Peters, my roommate at the Chicago
Medical School, now a professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
at the University of Maryland."
Larry Neuman sends the following update
on his alternate energy efforts, "I now represent
“the wind company” (that is its name) for
North America www.thewindcompany.at
(see my pic). twc is based in Vienna, Austria and I am
working with them on a number of utility-scale wind farm
acquisitions in the United States from Illinois and Minnesota
to Texas. We are now working on a solar project in China
(in addition to wind) and we (Solar Bridge) www.solar-bridge.com
are about to build our first solar project in New Jersey
(from Inner Mongolia to Hackensack and anyplace in between
– that’s my motto)."
Eisenberg, the Tracy H. Harris Professor of Chemistry
at the University of Rochester has been named a Fellow
of the American Chemical Society (ACS). I received the
following information in the University's press release.
"Eisenberg has contributed to the education of hundreds
of chemists through his efforts at the University, and
has served the community as chairman of the Gordon Research
Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, as chair of the
American Chemical Society Inorganic Chemistry Division,
and as Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society
journal Inorganic Chemistry.
Some of Eisenberg's work that has earned him this honor
involves inorganic photochemistry, chemistry that underlies
light-to-chemical energy conversion, and organometallic
chemistry related to catalytic reactions done by the chemical
industry. His career-long broad research interests have
paved the way to important studies in light driven reactions
of organometallic complexes toward water conversion to
hydrogen, which is the critical transformation required
for the development of solar fuel cells.
Eisenberg earned his doctoral degree in chemistry from
Columbia University in 1967. He joined the University
in 1973 and served as chair of the chemistry department
from 1991 to 1994. He has been the recipient of numerous
awards, including an A. P. Sloan Fellowship (1972-'74)
and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1977-'78). More recently,
he has been honored with the 2003 ACS Award for Distinguished
Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, the
2007 Morley Medal presented by the Cleveland ACS Section.
He was elected as fellow of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science in 2005 and as fellow of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.
The ACS Fellows Program was created last year to recognize
members of the ACS for their outstanding scientific achievements,
as well as contributions to the profession, the chemistry
community, and the Society."
Lownefish writes, Eventful summer Paul - spoke
at Major League Baseball's Civil Rights Roundtable in
Cincinnati on a panel chaired by Charles Ogletree and
that included two Hall of Famers, basketball's Oscar Robertson
and baseball's Tony Perez. Also represented Branch Rickey's
family when the patriarch was inducted into the College
Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock TX. (Also inducted Ron
Polk, Mississippi State coach who remembers fondly and
sends best wishes to our former coach Paul Fernandes.
One of Polk's players Rafael Palmeiro also inducted.)
Also my first book on baseball's labor wars, The Imperfect
Diamond, will be out in a new updated edition in
the spring from U of Nebraska Press.
Friedman writes, "I am the author of the
forthcoming book The Forgiveness Solution: The Whole
Body Rx for Finding True Happiness, Abundant Love and
Inner Peace (Conari Press, Jan. 2010). See
Amazon." You can learn more about Phil's work
H. Friedman, Ph.D
Director: Foundation for Well-Being
P.O. Box 627
Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462
Faculty: Institute for Transpersonal Psychology: Palo
Diplomate: Comprehensive Energy Psychology
Author: Creating Well-Being: the Healing Path to Love,
Peace, Self-Esteem and Happiness
and the Integrative Healing Manual
Gorrin writes, "I was a panelist at a local
healthcare restructure forum. I was the very skeptical
advocate for a single payer system. Lively, thoughtful
discussion. Some 200 people were at the Presbyterian church
in Lewes, DE. As it was a meeting of a private group (Delaware
Small Business Healthcare Coalition), they kept the "crazies"
and their signs out. Staffers from Mike Castle and Tom
Carper were there. Will send the local paper reportage,
which I haven't seen. Among my observations were that
I had just come from my office, where I had seen an unemployed
couple, newly signed with one of the Medicaid plans, but
I couldn't say how many people I DIDN'T see, who stayed
way because of not having insurance... Of course I never
turn any one away -- but the problem is with diagnostic
studies that are very costly. Also: there are in point
of fact no uninsured people in the US, as their costs
are shifted to those of us who have insurance. I was the
maverick. It was a blast to be one of the 'experts'."
information and inquiries call Paul Neshamkin at 201-714-4881
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.