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Class Notes, 2003 March/April

March/April 2003

Here is the good word. The July 11, 2002 issue of the Cornell Chronicle included a piece about the induction of Richard Chin into the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame, which bears reprinting herein. The piece noted that Richard is "considered the best squash player ever to play at Cornell. He was a four-time National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Assn. All-America selection, earning first-team honors in 1989. He helped the Cornell men's squash team into the upper echelon of the nation during his four-year career, with the 1988 team compiling the best mark in Cornell history, with a 17-7 record and a Number 9 ranking." Congratulations, Richard. Kelli Parmley is currently pursuing a doctorate at the SUNY Albany School of Education with a concentration in higher education administration. Kelli was recently appointed director of institutional research at SUNY New Paltz. In her new position. Kelli will coordinate research about SUNY New Paltz in an effort to provide quality education for its students and the campus community."

In my last column. l reported news from the Fleet Hometown News Center that Marine Corps Maj. Benjamin T. Watson had just departed for a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. Well. I am happy to report that Major Watson has completed this mission. During his deployment. his unit participated in Exercise Infinite Anvil and visited Souda Bay, Crete, and Petra, Jordan, where they had the opportunity to "shop, sightsee, and enjoy the local culture and cuisine." Welcome home, Major Watson. Mike Gimbel is finishing his general surgery training this year at U. of Pittsburgh. and then moving in June to LA, for a two-year fellowship. Steven Walton is currently an assistant professor of science, technology, and society at Penn State U.

Ines Hwang and husband Steven Wu are currently living in Taiwan with their daughters Mindy (born July 21, '00) and Aileen (born Jan. 15, '02). Ines reports that she doesn't have many opportunities to see classmates. Note to classmates: if you find yourself in Taiwan, call Ines. Judi Heichelheim and husband Vladimir Bogachev recently moved from Russia to Botswana. Judi is working with Population Services International and reports that she has not yet met another Cornell grad in Botswana. Note to classmates: if you find yourself in Botswana, call Judi.

Steven Armour, who is working as the director of marketing at CNN in New York, married Gabrielle Ascher on June 27, '02. Would you believe that they met in high school? The New York Times reported the wedding of Todd Leong to Danielle Chang. Todd is an associate producer of "Becoming American: The Chinese Experience." The program. with Bill Moyers as its executive producer and host. is scheduled to appear on PBS in early 2003.

Kim Gottlieb, MD '97, reports that she married Kevin Klipstein on Sept. 2, '01 in Rochester, NY. Bridesmaids included Mary Dontzin, Sarah Wertheimer, Laura Wolner, and Melissa Singer, and many other Cornellians were in attendance. Kim and Kevin currently live in San Francisco, where Kevin works for Sun Microsystems and Kim is working as an attending psychiatrist at UCSF. Melissa Singer finished her fellowship in pediatric hematology oncology and is currently working as an attending physician in Miami. FL. Rudy Rahbar married Ron Vale in October 2002 in San Francisco. Roxanne Malek, BArch '94. and Melissa Singer were bridesmaids.

Stefanie Nelson and husband Erez Kreitner welcomed Jonah Glenn Kreitner on July 12, '02. Seth '88 and Tamar Ben-Dov Brufsky and their daughter Caroline welcomed Georgia Ben-Dov Brufsky on Oct. 2. '02. Tamar is currently living in Los Angeles and watching a lot of Cous Cons, Tifford, and Sagua. Joanne Pundyk Goldberg and husband Danny welcomed their second child, Spencer Mark Goldberg, on Oct. 14, '02. Jill Berger Inbar, her husband Tomer, MA '92, and their son Benjamin welcomed twin girls Sophia Roy and Zoe Helen on Sept. 25. '02. Jennifer Diamond Haber and husband Brett welcomed Taylor Kai into the world. Congratulations to all the new parents.

Samir Khanjar is busy in an ob/gyn practice in Elkton, MD. He and his wife Kathy (Duffy) and their 19-month-old daughter Niya Duffy Khaniar welcomed their second child, Trent Duffy Khanjar, on Sept. 29, '02. All are doing well. Samir actually delivered his own child, which he reports "was just as cool as delivering our first." Kathy is taking a break from teaching, working hard full-time with Niya and now Trent. Samir and Kathy held their annual summer party (also known as "Cornell Class of 1991 Eleventh Year Reunion") this past August, Samir reported the following news on the attendees: "Mike and Joan Kochan Schade and their children Timothy, Sarah, and Katherine trekked out east from Chicago for their annual pilgrimage to their old haunts on the East Coast. They even stopped in Ithaca and stayed at the Statler on their way back home. Joe Riordan, ME I '92, his wife Beth (Livolsi) '92. and daughter Abigail are living in Westfield, NJ, and made it to the party. Joe is starting his own consulting firm, and Beth is returning to intensive care nursing.

"Paula Burdett Rusu, MBA '94, was there, too. She is living in Milford. CT, and working at Purdue Pharma. Sameer Desai and wife Sheetal made the trip. Sameer is an internist in private practice in northern Virginia. Gary Wojcik finished his PhD in meteorology from SUNY Albany in December 2001 and is currently doing research for the government. Tim Kanaley. who lives in DC. was also there. He just started his own business consulting in health information systems. Russ MacAdam, ME E '92, wife Stephanie, and baby girl Kaitlin made the trip. Russ is working at Lutron Electonics in Allentown. PA, as senior design and development engineer. Jeff, MD '95, and Robyn Lipsky Weintraub and their children Bryan and Lauryn missed the party, but made it in time to hang out with their country friends while the Schades were still visiting." Sounds like a wonderful time! *Nina Rosen Peek,; Dave Smith,; Corinne Kuchling,

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