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Class Notes, 2014 July/August

July/August 2014

I hope the summer is treating you well. Based on the news from our classmates, we are keeping busy no matter the season. Hallie Goldman Hohner shares, "My husband, Doug '92, ME '93, and I still live in Chicago--surviving the Chicago winters! I work as an attorney for the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw, representing federal contractors in affirmative action matters. We have two children, Nate, 11, and Caroline, 9. We are looking forward to the summer and heading to Aspen when the kids are off at camp."

Carl Thorne-Thomsen has been busy the past three years as the chef and owner of Story in Prairie Village, KS, and was named Food & Wine Magazine's The People's Best New Chef. You can find out more at When they're not busy working at the restaurant, Carl and his wife spend time with their three children (a son and two daughters). While the winters of Kansas are reminiscent of winters on the Hill, he is looking forward to spring produce! Helping chefs with the best ingredients possible, Katharine Knowlton was named the Colonel Horace E. Alphin Professor in Dairy Science at Virginia Tech. She was acknowledged for her work with private, state, and federal agencies to foster cooperation in reducing the environmental impact of the dairy industry. She also coaches the Virginia Tech Dairy Cattle Judging team, which won the national championship four times in the last eight years.

Miles Morgan writes from Madison, WI, where he is working as an emergency physician. He is married and has four children, with the oldest, Eva '16, now attending Cornell. This is a reminder that we are at that stage where our children are continuing the Cornell tradition. With our 25th Reunion only two years away, it's a great opportunity to show our kids what a lovely place Ithaca is ... in the summer. From the Cornell Class of '91 Facebook page (https://www.face in January, Cornell had its Alumni Leadership Conference (CALC) in Boston, and our class was well represented by Richard Rosen, Lisa Bushlow, Bob Baca, Scott Lewis, Jeannette Perez-Rossello, Ruby Wang Pizzini, and Paul Hayre.

Jennifer Leeds writes from the lovely climes of Northern California and the city of Walnut Creek, where she lives with husband Rob Hess and sons Tjaden and Max. Jennifer is leading the antibacterial research division of Novartis, and Rob is a patent attorney at Solazyme Inc. "The best part of life is getting to spend time outdoors with the family-hiking and biking around Walnut Creek, enjoying the Pacific Ocean, and just enjoying a glass of wine on our deck! The hardest part, though, is being 3,000 miles away from most of our family. We did get to see some old friends, such as Rob's roommate Ron Khosla, and we also were CAAAN volunteers for the incoming Cornell class. I also recently caught up with my thesis advisor, Rod Welch '73. In two weeks, I will be taking Max to Paris with me for a Harvard post-doc lab reunion! Should be a fantastic trip!"

Also in Northern California, Cristos Goodrow is working for Google and, by extension, YouTube, where he is responsible for search and recommendations. His oldest son, Corgan, will begin his freshman year at Saint Ignatius High School in the fall. "We will also have two kids, Isabelle and Brendan, in middle school and our youngest, Eve, in elementary school." Robert Spencer, PhD '97, sends his regards from Portland, OR, where he continues to enjoy his career at Intel. "Moore's Law marches on!" He reports that his schedule is completely governed by his kids' various and sundry activities: quiz bowls, soccer games, etc. A 2014 trip to London was in the works for the whole Spencer family.

Closing out the notes, I am happy to share that I, Charles Wu, got married to Euree Kim in March 2014 in lovely Santa Monica, CA. The festivities ended up being a mini-reunion with classmates David Franson, Paul Cheng, Susan Chen, Eric Cheng, William T. Lee, and Sameer Desai attending. Other Cornellians included groomsman Greg Coladonato '93 and his wife Maia (Albano) '92, John K. Lin '93, Karl Niemann '85, Christine Zheng '00, and Andrew Smolik '09. Coincidentally, the wedding took place the same weekend and in the same city as the Cornell West Coast Alumni Leadership Conference, so I was able to stop by and see too many other alumni to mention. However, Bay Area alum and Hawaii ambassador Jonathan Poe '82, who organized a champagne toast to offer well wishes, would like to express his thanks. The honeymoon was in Kauai, HI, and I leave this edition of the Class Notes with a Public Service Announcement that if you have never been to Kauai, you should definitely go--and if you have been, you should go again.

Don't forget that you can always submit news at any time by visiting Also visit our class website at and our Facebook page, to stay up to date on news of our class. *Charles Wu,; Wendy Milks Coburn,; and Tom Greenberg,

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