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Class Notes, 1996 March/April

March 1996

Three more months until our five-year Reunion ... and counting ... can you believe it's already been five years? Anyway, as always, I thank all of you who took the time to write with news about yourselves and our other peers. Susan Sidner Carlebach, Munich, Germany, had "some great news to share." Susan married David Carlebach at the end of May in Elm Creek, NE and several Cornellians took part in her wedding. Megan McNealy was her maid of honor, and Shay Livingston and Carla Johnson were bridesmaids. Chuck Evans '90, Cliff Bonner '90, and Arthur Boland '90 all joined in the celebration. In addition, Susan's brother Dan Sidner '90 escorted her down the aisle "on the big day." Susan is now a student at the U. of Munich.

Wayne Hickey sent news from Washington, DC, where he lives with two other alums, Jim Prendergast '93 and Bill Navas '90. After working as the legislative director for Congressman Duncan Hunter (RCA) for a few years, Wayne took a job on the Hill as senior legislative counsel for MWW Strategic Communications Inc., a public relations firm. A letter also came from Robert Leung and Elaine Chiu, who wanted to share "some happy news." After dating each other for the entire four years at Cornell, their friends have been anxiously awaiting their wedding day. W ell, Robert and Elaine finally married on June 24, '95 in New York City, and Cornellians in attendance "danced up a storm," they wrote. Bridesmaids included Judy Ng, Kathy Chan, and Susanna Chiu '92, while the groomsmen and ushers were Avinash Mehrotra, John Tagle, and Wilson Leung '99. Guests included Helen Ong, Kitty Chan, Jeff Lee '90, Harry Chiu, Rona Mayor, Susannah Suh, Anjali Sadarangani, and Mitsu and Mei Chan Nishiwaki, MBA '94. Rob graduated from Y ale's law school and is a corporate attorney with the big New York City firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. Elaine graduated from Columbia's law school and is an assistant district attorney in Manhattan.

Wedding bells also rang for Cavarly Berwick, who was married on July 17, '95 by Mayor Giuliani of New York City. Peers in attendance were Jen Bland, Peter Triolo '90, Basil Demeroutis, Rob Lane '90, Susan Lyons, and Scott Rix, as well as Cavarly's stepfather, Jack Veerman '52, and Paul Blanchard '52. Cavarly also sent news about other classmate weddings. Joe Kujawa married Patti Limbacher. Matt Hyatt was the best man, and Cavarly wrote that there were "loads of Alpha Delts in attendance." Joe was the best man at Matt's wedding during the summer of 1994. Matt attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he was studying architecture.

Therese Duane reported that she and husband Jeffrey Tessier went to Italy and Greece for their delayed honeymoon. They began their residencies in July, and Therese will be doing general surgery in Virginia. Maureen Larson married Nick Tarantello on August 6, '94 and is now living in Chicago. She is consulting for Watson Wyatt, a human resources services firm, while she pursues her master's degree at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Business. Maureen also reported that she traveled to Kenya in March 1995, where she and Maria Cleaveland bumped into Cornellians Michelle Gilardi, Julie Matiba '92, Bob Gallicano, MPS HA '90, and Ray Matiba, MPS HA '90 and were "treated like royalty" at Bob's restaurant, Gallo's.

On the academic front, Scott LaGreca is in Durham, NC, where he said he is "surviving the South" with his partner Matt. He is pursuing his PhD in botany at Duke U., while Doug Goldman is also pursuing a PhD in botany, but at the U. of Texas in Austin. Elise Bekele earned her master's degree in hydrology from the U. of New Hampshire in May 1994, and is continuing her education at the U. of Minnesota in a PhD program in geology. Sebastian Ciancio graduated from the SUNY, Buffalo medical school and is completing his six-year residency in urologic surgery. Todd Tracy also graduated from medical school, at the U. of Rochester. He is doing his internal medicine residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.

Luisa Santiago wrote that she traveled a great deal through Europe and now works for the commanding general of the 7th ARCOM in Heidelberg, Germany. In Germany Luisa has seen Allan Dean. Meanwhile, Wendy Milks reported that she spent a week in Colorado, ending with attendance at Julie Welch's wedding to Chuck Alvarez in Winter Park. Wendy met up with classmates Tracey O'Connor, E. Allison Frank '92, and Emily Sikking '92. Doug Pascale is living in Ann Arbor, MI, where he is working with Ford EFHD as a product engineer. Doug is also a member of a popular area rock band called "X:dream," with whom he plays keyboards, bass guitar, and sings background vocals.

Stay tuned and definitely keep June 6-9 open on your calendar. Also, as I moved from NYC to sunny Florida, please make a note of my new mailing address. *Melanie Bloom, 19380 Collins Ave., #PH-11, Miami Beach, FL 33160.

April 1996

Greetings again! As you read this, winter's snows should be receding, and Reunion (June 6-9) will be fast approaching. Reunion Co-Chair Jeff Weintraub, MD '95, writes that "early responses [for our class] have been fantastic, and we are expecting the largest five-year Reunion turnout ever." Jeff also sent along a list of planned events for our class, and it will be a phenomenal weekend. Aside from seeing old friends and the changes on campus, there will be a variety of gourmet meals, dances, cocktail hours, concerts, lectures, and an opportunity to meet President and Mrs. Rawlings. Be sure to be there! Jeff also asks me to remind you that you should return your completed registration form with full payment by May 15 to avoid a late fee. If you have not received the registration packet, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at (607) 255-3021 and they will mail one promptly.

Mail from Cornell is not the only thing arriving for our classmates. In January 1995, Kevin Stark and wife Erinn (Gossett) '90 welcomed their first child, Sarah Elizabeth. Sarah checked in at over eight pounds and almost 20 inches. Congratulations to the Starks!

As seems to be typical for these columns, there are weddings to report. David Schmier sent news of his October 1995 wedding to Cindy Potter '90. Attendees included Daniel Markofsky, Chrissy Stover '90, Ingrid Panosh '90, Paul '92 and Cindy Ma Keung '92, Mary Jo Dimino '92, and Kirk Iwanowski '93. Kevin Korenblat was also there with wife Lisa. Kevin and Lisa were married the following month.

Lisa Kalinsky North reported on recent developments in her life, including her March 1994 marriage to John, a captain in the Air Force who was relocated to Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH in September. Lisa is practicing labor and employment law at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, after practicing for a year in Philadelphia following her 1994 graduation from the U. of Pennsylvania Law School. Julie Howson was in Lisa's bridal party, and is currently working as a hospital administrator in southern New Jersey and enjoying living in Philadelphia.

News of several weddings this past July comes less personally, from the pages of The New York Times. Maurice Campbell married Janet Vasquez, a Hunter College alum. Maurice works as a cash management specialist at Republic National Bank in New York City. The marriage of Cavarly Berwick and Michael Garrett was conducted by no less a presence than Rudolph Giuliani, the mayor of NYC. Cavarly is a civil engineer in the mayor's construction office. And, finally, Kirsten Blau and Douglas Krohn tied the knot. Kirsten is an associate at Advanstar, a NYC publishing firm, while Douglas is enrolled in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Congratulations to all of the newlyweds!

Several other classmates have checked in with updates. Debbi Herendeen reports that she still lives in Washington, DC, but is now working on database programming at MCI with classmate Jeff Davis. Debbi has also been active with the Cornell Club of Washington, DC and is editor of the club's newsletter. She writes that Brent Sohngen, Jeff's freshman roommate and fraternity brother, earned his master's degree from Yale and now works in DC.

John Raguin is also in the computer industry, working as the international product marketing manager for PSDI, a company based in Cambridge, MA, which produces asset management software for companies around the world. Lara DeLong has tried her hand in several areas. She earned her bachelor's degree in math, but then went on to earn a master's in art history from Temple last August. She had another change of heart while working on her thesis, and is now enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program at the U. of Pennsylvania with an eye toward attending medical school. This will probably be the last column of mine you read before Reunion, so I hope to catch up with many of you in person there. Until then, happy trails! *Howard Stein, 50 Alton Pl, #4, Brookline, MA 02146; tel., (617) 9750422; email,

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