Loren has written a long reminiscence on Joe Savago and the Phud proogram, too long to fit here, which I have placed
Joshua Freeman, MD.
Professor and Deputy Chair,
Department of Family and Community Medicine,
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
In 1981 I returned to Cornell, where I finally got my PhD in 1989. There I met my wife Jane, from neighboring Oklahoma. I ran some Finger Lakes road races. My theses were on solar water heating and nuclear economics. Jane got her PhD a few months before me, in environmental education.
In 1988-9, I was policy director for Maine's energy office. In 1990 I joined the staff at the Massachusetts utility commission (commuting by bus, subway, and walking). I began valuing air pollution (including CO2). I ended analyzing stranded costs and approving power plant sales from deregulation. Thru it all, I evaluated savings from the nation's premier energy efficiency programs. In later years I helped design the programs. Our house is well insulated. All the lights are compact fluorescent. The trees are bigger than the house.
I left the commission in 2003, after bicycling from Seattle to Boston with our son Jeff, now 20. Jane and daughter Ayla (now 16) joined us by car from Grand Forks to Lake Superior. Now I'm a consultant. Mostly I write about climate change for environmental newsletters. My career is to save Earth from devastating droughts to come, which threaten to destroy civilization itself, as well as most species on Earth.
We enjoy vacation travel (Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, Germany, US West), contra dancing 4 nights a week, and hour-long walks every day around local lakes. We occasionally see other Phuds - including brother Brian, Carol & Tim Lamm, Martha Mattus, Loren Cobb, Rita Goldberg, and Sue Meld.
Update 2013: See http://www.experton-group.com/team/person/article/heumann-mark.html
Update May 2007: see http://med.stanford.edu/profiles/hrp/faculty/Philip_Lavori/
I've been in Seattle since 1976. I married in 1993, at age 42. (My wife was the
same age, and it was her first marriage, too. When we attended bridal fairs,
people thought we were planning our children's wedding.) In the late '90's we
adopted two boys at birth. We will have Social Security to help us pay college
My office is in downtown Seattle, so visiting Phud friends who have business or
pleasure downtown could easily join me for lunch. I'd welcome their calls.
David S. Marshall,
Union Bank of California Center, Suite 3250,
900 Fourth Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98164-1005
He completed his bachelor's degree in physics at Cornell University in 1969. He earned a master's
degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering (computer engineering) at Carnegie Mellon University. He
worked as a consultant from 1985-86 at the AT&T Bell Laboratories, doing research in computer-aided
design of digital systems. Fr. McFarland has published articles in the Proceedings of the IEEE (the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the IEEE Transactions on Computers, and others.
He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits
and Systems for three years and has been on numerous program committees for conferences such as the
Design Automation Conference, the International Conference on Computer Design, the International
Conference on Computer-Aided Design and the High-Level Synthesis Workshop. Fr. McFarland joined
the Jesuits in 1975. He studied at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., and earned
a master's in divinity and Th.M. in social ethics. He was ordained in the St. Joseph Memorial Chapel
at Holy Cross in 1984. Fr. McFarland enjoys running six days each week in his free time.
Loren Cobb has written a long reminiscence on Joe Savago and the Phud program, too long to fit here, which I have placed
See instead http://www.mrshowalter.net/
Marcia F. Schwartz:
Marcia F. Schwartz, MD, PhD, pediatrician and geneticist with Patuxent Medical Group.
Two Knoll North Drive, Columbia, Maryland
Jabez van Cleef:
Poet and writer; marketing professional; BA, Cornell U., 1970. Mgr., Willard Gallery, N.Y.C., 1976-78; mgr., Writing
Specialists, Atlanta, 1979-82; account exec., A.B. Isacson Assocs., N.Y.C., 1982-85; account supervisor, Gilbert,
Whitney & Johns, Whippany, N.J., 1985-86; from mktg. mgr. to dir. mktg. Hosokawa Micron International, N.Y.C. and Summit,
N.J., 1986-93; mgr., prin. Van Cleef Assocs., Madison, N.J., 1993-97; dir. mktg. Komline-Sanderson, Peapack, N.J.,
1997-99; mgr., prin. Jabez Van Cleef Industrial Marketing, Madison, N.J., 2000-2002. Sales Agent, Coldwell Banker
Residential Brokerage, 2002-present. co-author: Fundamentals of Powder Technology, 1991; contbr. articles to American
Scientist, Chemical Engineering, Research and Development. Author: Animalium Cantata (text) with music by Elliot Z.
Levine, (1996); Gospels in Verse, A Text Resource for Musicians and Composers (1999); Gospels in Verse, Volume II
(2001); All One Family Sing, a Secular Psalmbook (2003); The Song of the Cloud of Unknowing (2004); The Palimpsest of
Human Rights (2004); James and John (text) with music by Robert Nicholls, (2004); TALYS (text) with music by David
Wright (2004); There Is No Age (text) with music by Edie Hill, (2005); A Christmas Suite (text) with music by Michael
Mendoza, (2005); Heaven On Earth (2005); The New Heliand, A Poetic Retelling of the Saxon Gospel (2005); The Song of Mark
(Spoken Word CD, 2005); The Palimpsest of Human Rights (Spoken Word CD, 2006); Judith (2006); The Song of the Showing of
Love (2006); The Song of the Angels (2006); The Song of the Fire of Love (2006); Igbo Singing, Wisdom for Living (2006);
The Song of Thomas (2006); The Song of the Thunder (2006); The Song of Confucius (2007); All Is Beautiful: The Navajo
Creation Story (2007); Works published on www.itunes.com and numerous other sites. Member, N.Y. Academy of Sciences,
Harmonium Classical Choral Society, ASCAP, Rotary International. Episcopalian.
He lives in Madison, NJ 07940.
She is Director, Center for Women in Coalition, and Chair, Department of Women's Studies, UC Riverside.
James D. Wuest:
Departement de Chimie, Universite de Montreal.
James D. Wuest was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1948. He studied chemistry and mathematics at Cornell
University, where he was a National Merit Scholar, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and a member of Phi Beta
Kappa. While at Cornell, he was in the first group of students accepted into the experimental Six-Year
Ph.D. Program, an integrated undergraduate and graduate program funded by the Ford Foundation. After
receiving an A.B. summa cum laude in 1969, he elected to leave Cornell and to do graduate work in
organic chemistry at Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow and a
student of the late Nobel Laureate Robert B. Woodward. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1973, he accepted
an invitation to join the faculty at Harvard as an assistant professor of chemistry. He remained at
Harvard University and Harvard Medical School until 1981, when he accepted a tenured position at the
University de Montreal. He has been a full professor since 1986 and currently directs a research group of eighteen
postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.
In 1988, Prof. Wuest was elected Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and received the Merck
Sharp & Dohme Award, which is given annually by the Canadian Society for Chemistry for outstanding work
in organic chemistry carried out in Canada by a scientist under 40 years old. In 1992, the Royal
Society of Canada awarded him its Rutherford Memorial Medal, which recognizes exceptional research
in any area of chemistry done in Canada by a scientist under 40 years old. In the same year, he also
received a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council, which recognizes conspicuous achievement
in the arts, sciences, or letters. http://www.wuestgroup.com/page_prof_wuest.html
The Second Year, 1967
Mark wrote fantasy novels for the youth market, pastored a Quaker church for
three years, and worked many years as a game
designer for role playing and military simulations. He lives in Indiana.
Ted Baker is a professor of computer science at Florida State
University. He married Syauchen Chang in 1973 and has three
daughters, Carolyn, Jean, and Anne.
More information is on his web page (http://www.cs.fsu.edu/~baker).
Apparently Rick died in 1981. (social security death index)
Ellen married Myron Mandell, who was a graduate student in physics at Cornell. She is a physician in Oceanside, California.
Gordon is a professor of mathematics at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.
She is now known as Keara O'Dempsey. She is a lawyer and is on facebook. See also
Karel got his PhD in mathematics from Cornell, was later a professor at Purdue, then moved on to
Bell Labs. He lives in New Jersey.
I was a second-year Phud. I arrived in the fall of 1967 and roomed for 2
of my 3 undergraduate years with Ann Roebuck, who died a couple of years
after we graduated. I majored in German literature and went on to
Princeton, where I got a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. I met my future
husband, Oliver Hart, an English economist, in the Graduate College there.
In 1974 we married and spent the next decade in England, mostly in
Cambridge, where we both taught. Stephen Parrish turned up at lunch at my
college, Trinity Hall, one day, and turned white as a ghost when he saw
me--we agreed that our memories from those days were decidedly mixed. Our
two sons, Daniel and Benjamin, were born in England; Dan is now 24, Ben 19.
In 1984 we came to MIT and then to Harvard, where we have been since. I
live in Lexington, MA, along, it appears, with several other Phuds, which
was quite a surprise! I've written academic stuff on English and French
literature in the eighteenth century, but am almost finished with a family
memoir as part of the process of turning myself into a writer of fiction.
Tim Hunt is professor of english at Washington State University, Vancouver, and the editor of the
Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. http://www.libarts.wsu.edu/english/People/Faculty/Hunt.html.
Update April 2007: Tim is now the department Chair at Illinois State University.
Jim graduated in '70, earned a masters in engineering physics in
'71, and went on law school at Harvard. He then worked for a big Chicago firm after a few years in a
prestigious clerkship. He is now
practicing copyright law in Oregon.
I received my PhD in mathematics from Cornell in 1976, and in 1978 married
fellow-Phud Martha Mattus. After two years on the itinerant assistant
professor circuit, never both in the same city, we decided to abandon
academia, move to Seattle (which we'd seen only in mid-summer, during a
production of Wagner's Ring des Niebelungen), and find real jobs. I ended
up in the Mathematics & Computing Technology organization at Boeing, doing
consultation and code development in computer aided geometric design and
related areas. Martha and I split up in 1992, and she headed for southern
California, but I'm still in Seattle, and it's still raining. I'm now
happily married to Eileen Crawford, with a delightful 16 year old
stepdaughter, and two incipiently middle-aged cats.
I received a Ph.D. in Astronomy & Space Sciences from Cornell in 1973. I am a professor of physics
(mostly astrophysics, but I have dabbled in
other parts of physics and am now doing biophysics) at Washington
University (definitely a second-rate university, but St. Louis is a good
place to live). I also do some consulting. Details may be found at my web
site: http://wuphys.wustl.edu/~katz/. It was fun becoming a scientist
c. 1970, but I strongly discourage young people from doing so now; see the
essay "Don't Become a Scientist'' on my web page. I recently completed a
popular book entitled "The Biggest Bangs'', which will be out from Oxford
U. Press in Spring 2002. I have been married for 19 years, and we have
five children, aged 5 to almost 18. The oldest is a freshman at Penn.
Ward is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Texas (Austin).
Pete is a candidate for the title "Phud who took the longest to get a Ph.D.", receiving one from Yale University,
Dept. of Biophysics and Biochemistry, in 1998. Pete is currently a software developer living in Oakland, CA.
Robert H. (Bob) Lewis:
I married my Res Club sweetheart Lisa Mebane in 1970 at the ripe age of 21. We had a lot of fun
birding in the Ithaca area and elsewhere, but divorced in 1979. She has long since remarried and
lives in North Carolina. I remarried in 1985 to Susan Wernert and
have a 12 year old daughter. We live in Westchester County, New York, near the Hudson River.
I left Cornell with a PhD in mathematics (algebraic topology) in 1976 for a position at a college
in South Carolina.
The job market was terrible then, so I went back and got a
masters in computer science at UNC Chapel Hill. That was a great time and place to bird.
Since 1980 I have been a professor of mathematics (and sometimes computer science) at Fordham
University in New York City, the Bronx. I am now the Chair. I started out in algebraic topology
but slowly shifted to applying computer algebra to pure mathematics. I now think of myself as an
applied mathematician, which is, ironically, what I thought I was going to be when I entered Cornell
in 1967. I have consulted for the Office of Naval Research in computer algebra.
My computer algebra system Fermat is unexcelled at polynomial and matrix computation, clobbering
the big name systems by orders of magnitude. I have a couple of web pages, my professional software at
http://home.bway.net/lewis/, and my avocation, birding, especially gulls,
at http://home.bway.net/lewis/birds/gulls.html. I have birded just about everywhere in the lower 48,
in Hawaii, and many locations in Europe.
Added April 2007: No big change from the above. Professionally, I have consulted for various agencies in the Washington
DC area. I have recently become interested in computational chemistry, modeling the flexibility of molecules via systems
of polynomial equations. I spent a sabbatical in New Mexico and fell in love with the state.
Another web site: http://fordham.academia.edu/RobertLewis
I received my Cornell degree in 1971 and then went on to Harvard Law School, from which I
graduated in 1974. Since that time I have practiced with Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in Chicago,
where I have been a partner since 1981. Sidley is a large multi-national law firm, with its principal
U.S. offices in New York and Chicago. My work involves litigation, originally antitrust but in the
last ten years primarily intellectual property. I married Amy Franklin in 1978, and we have been
happily married for 24 years. Amy is a graduate of Northwestern Law School, but she has not practiced
law since our daughter was born in 1979. We live in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe and have two
children, both Harvard College computer science majors. Our daughter graduated last June and now
works for Microsoft in Redmond; our son is currently a junior. We see Gary Wolfe and his wife Irene
from time to time when we are in New York.
Amy Pruitt is a doctor (neurology) with the University of Pennsylvania. She was recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's
May 2002 "Top Docs" issue.
Paul Rahe is the Jay P. Walker Professor
of American History at the University of Tulsa. http://www.cas.utulsa.edu/history/
Update 2013: He is now Professor of History at Hillsdale College, where he holds an endowed chair.
Mark received a PhD in German from the University of Texas and has worked in that area as a translator. You can find
him with Google by searching for "Mark Ritter" German.
Update January 2010: see http://www.translationdirectory.com/articles/article1475.php
Ann died a few years after leaving Cornell, in the early 1970s.
Antonio (Tony) Sastre:
I got a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at Cornell in 1974. My
"application" was to neurobiology, an area where I needed more training. I
remained in Ithaca for 2 more years of postdoc in neurobio, and followed
that with a one-year postdoc in pharmacology at Cornell Med in New York
City. I then took a job in physiology and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine from 1977 to 1988, leaving as Associate Professor in both
departments. At that point I decided to try my hand at consulting, and
moved to a small biomedical and environmental consulting firm in NYC from
1988 to 1993, when I set up my own shop. I remained in the NYC area until
1996, when Midwest Research Institute, a private, non-profit research
institute in Kansas City made me an offer I could not refuse. Currently I
oversee a number of biomedical research projects at the Institute, maintain
some of my long-term consulting clients, and have an appointment as
Associate Professor of Physiology at the Kansas University Medical Center.
On the personal side, I have a seven year-old son, Conor Sean
Sastre, who lives with his mother in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Most of my spare
time and all of my cash go to traveling to Kalamazoo every month to be with
Conor, and take him on vacations during Xmas, Spring break and summers.
Otherwise, I still read voraciously and listen to classical music.
Morris did finish his PhD in computer science at Cornell, though not in six years. He is living
in New York City.
The following is taken from the web page of the Sante Fe Watershed Association (May 9, 2007):
Roy graduated from Santa Fe High School, then received BA and MA degrees in Literature from Cornell University. He taught
English at Santa Fe Preparatory School. After obtaining his law degree from University of New Mexico, he has practiced in
State Government, previously as a Children's Court Attorney, and is presently the Director of the Legal Division, New Mexico
Public Regulation Commission. He assists his father, John, with the Community Farm; they recently transferred their stretch
of the River to Santa Fe County for extension of San Ysidro River Park. In his spare time, Stephenson spends long hours in
the mountains, backpacking and bird watching.
Richard Velkley is
associate professor of philosophy at Catholic University of America, http://philosophy.cua.edu/rlv/
Update 2009: He is now the Celia Scott Weatherhead Professor of Philosophy at Tulane.
May 9, 2007: From a web site for the Center for Connected Health:
My current research interests concern the effects of and circumstances required for changing persistent behaviors in individuals
and organizations. My early background is in physics (Cornell) and History of Science (Harvard). After an extended period as
consulting director at Unisys, I branched out to address issues concerning the interface between IT and business service
delivery. My company, Adaptive Service Engineering, provides consulting services to U.S. federal clients and other organizations.
These services include strategic planning for information systems, enterprise architecture, business planning, and IT portfolio
management. The focus is on redesign service delivery processes to be component-based, and adaptive to varying customer roles,
capabilities and needs.
Frances Weller (Kaye):
Fran Weller is professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
up graduating in Class of '71, and then went to Yale Law School. I took a
leave of absence after my first year, and spent the next 9 months in former
Yugoslavia (Slovenia and Croatia) on a student exchange and then traveling
around Eastern Europe. I returned to Yale the next September and graduated
in 1975. I then returned to Yugoslavia in October, 1975, on a combination
IREX/Fulbright Doctoral Dissertaion Fellowship (University of Ljubljana,
Slovenia, and University of Belgrade, Serbia), studying the Yugoslav
workers' self-management system.
I started working in New York City as a lawyer in 1977.
I got married in 1983 to Irene Tyckyj (now Wolfe--easier to pronounce), and
we had a son, Greg, in 1986. We live in the Chelsea neighborhood of
Manhattan where we have what New Yorkers call a brownstone.
Gary J. Wolfe is a partner in Seward & Kissel's Corporate Finance group. He has practiced
law since 1977. Mr. Wolfe joined Seward & Kissel as a partner in 1992.
Mr. Wolfe specializes in Corporate Securities and Capital Market Transactions.
The Third Year, 1968
Susan B. Thompson: I was Susan Ball then -- After the summer in France I
dropped out of school for a year, then managed to return to Cornell for a BA
a year later. Wandered out west and went to veterinary school at Colorado
State University in Ft. Collins. Migrated back east and have been practicing
small animal medicine in Charleston, South Carolina ever since. I live on
Sullivan's Island with my husband and 3 daughters.
James O. Berger:
Jim Berger is a professor of statistics at Duke. Before that, he had a long career at Purdue.
Update 2008: He is now the director of SAMSI: http://www.samsi.info/
I might as well start with what I haven't done - get a PhD. After the
year living on Farm Street [1969-70, with a bunch of other Phuds, including
Bob Lewis, Georg Deutsch, Bruce Ferrero, Mark Acres, Ted Baker, John Kaplan, and
John Houston], I decided to spend a "junior year abroad" in
Switzerland, partially because my Dad was from Switzerland and I have
dual nationality and had a low draft number at the time. As my advisor
(I *think* it was Mermin?) said at the time I learned a lot, and some of
it was even physics! I ended up spending 3 years in Switzerland at the
University of Geneva and did complete a Masters in Physics with thesis
work at CERN. Pretty cool stuff but I was already convinced that
graduate physics was too abstract for me. On the other hand, these
computers popping up everywhere were pretty fun. I learned a little bit
about watches by doing research at a watch company during the summers.
I learned a lot about the world by travelling around Europe, especially
after I met my wife - Suzanne Webel, during my second year there. I
also learned how fun it is to ski. That led to looking for a place to
live back in the States that included good skiing (mind you, I have
never been better than an intermediate skier, but I *do* like it). We
settled in Boulder, Colorado "for a few years", and we're still here! I
worked as a computer programmer at the National Center for Atmospheric
Research with groups doing Solar Physics, Mesoscale Meteorology, and
Climate Research until 1995. Since then I've been at a "startup"
company named DigitalGlobe (I think most people would consider 11 years
to be a bit long to remain a startup!). We sell high resolution
satellite imagery of the Earth to governments and commercial users. I
mostly play with software to archive and retrieve all the imagery. When
we were a smaller company it was really incredibly fun. Now it's a
little less so, with too much corporate structure. Suzanne worked as a
geologist for oil companies until about 1986 when the oil industry
cratered. Since then she's become more and more involved in lobbying
for trails and other equestrian causes. We have 2 kids - Claire is now
16.5 (and thinking of Yale), and Colin is 15. We "bought the farm" (we
call it Starlight Farm) in 1997 and moved there in 1999. We all really
enjoy living in the country, and I'm happy to go work in an office every
day and let Suzanne do the real work of running the farm (we board one
horse in addition to our own 4, and raise hay).
Bruce is a dermatologist in New York City. http://www.med.nyu.edu/people/B.Deitchman.html
Georg completed a PhD in neuroscience or brain research and later worked in that field in Texas. He is now at the
University of Alabama-Birmingham. [Technically, Georg was not a Phud but a college scholar.]
My wife Susan and I met at Cornell. We have three children, Russell
(born Jan '83) who is working in St. Louis; Julie (June '85) studying in
India, spent a year attending Copernicus's Alma Mater in Poland; and Kendra
(July '87), still in high school. After graduation in '72 I was still full
of idealism. I worked for the McGovern campaign (but with no illusions - my
unappreciated but correct estimate was that we would take 35% of the vote in
my SW Louisiana congressional district, and likely beat the national
average). I worked briefly in a child welfare office that was unpleasant,
and worse to the children. Was commissioned in the Marines and did well,
including in the Vietnam evacuations. Active Duty until 1976, some reserve
duty in the 1980's including liaison officer to the navy for the pair of
thousand-bed hospital ships (the largest govt project ever to come in under
budget and ahead of schedule) launched just before the first Gulf War. After
we moved to Bloomington, Indiana I tried grad school in anthropology,
unsuccessfully. I've been in nursing the part 20 years, specializing in home
health care. I read a lot, garden, like various games, and am often involved
in local issues such as the public schools.
Bruce became a mathematician and wrote some important papers in the late 70s on algebraic number theory. You will
find him if you Google his name and "Iwasawa invariant". Later he became an active runner. See for instance
Doreen Geller Leopold:
Doreen is a professor of chemistry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Update January 2010: http://www1.umn.edu/news/features/2009/UR_CONTENT_123478.html
I received my BA in '71, on schedule, and rolled right into Cornell
graduate school in physics. Even without taking any detours, it wasn't
until March of 1978 that I defended my thesis, based on an experiment I
did at the Cornell electron synchrotron under Upper Alumni Field with
Professors White, Cassel, Hartill, and Berkelman; a couple of post-docs;
and six other grad students. I promptly started a post-doc position at
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 30 miles west of Chicago, and
have worked there ever since. In recent years I have also been
spending some time on out-reach, including developing a Physics of
Sports presentation that we take to local schools.
In 1976, as soon as she finished medical school, I married Pauline, whom
I had met between our Phud summer and the start of classes in
September. Her board certification is family medicine, but in her
private practice she specializes in environmental medicine, chemical
sensitivities, and other such problems. Daughter Maggie has been
working her way up through the ranks of Abercrombie & Fitch store
managers. Daughter Betsy is a Cornellian (Hotel '06) who is catching up
on science courses in a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program as she
aims for a career as an osteopathic physician.
In the community, I served on the Board of Commissioners of the
Warrenville (IL) Park District for 16 years, many of them as president,
leading the district through a period of explosive growth. I now have a
baseball field named after me.
(http://tdserver1.fnal.gov/harding/IMG_2543a.jpg) I have been
an active volunteer with local folk music festivals and help run series
of contra dances, recently dabbling in calling and writing dances. I
attend college fairs and talk with Cornell applicants through the CAAAN
The only other Phud I've had contact with is fraternity brother Jim
Jandacek from the second class.
After completing a PhD in chemistry at Cornell I went to medical school and completed a psychiatry
residency in San Antonio. I practiced psychiatry and pharmaceutical research in Texas for a number
of years. I have been living in Zionsville, Indiana for the last 4 years while working mostly on
pharmacogenomics projects at Eli Lilly. My wife of 24 years, Blanca, and I have a 13 year old daughter Phoebe.
Tim and Carol Klingbeil Lamm:
We were married in 1971, taking the opportunity to skip graduation by scheduling our wedding in
Poughkeepsie the afternoon before graduation day. Some Phuds may remember our wedding - we have photos
to prove you were there.
In 1975, Carol, who was one of the Phud medievalists, decided that after all she wasn't cut out for
life in the Rare Book Room. She left Cornell with an M.A. and a stack of color-coded 5" X 8" note
cards that had been supposed to turn into a dissertation about Walter of Chatillon and Adam of St.
Victor. Tim persisted and received his Ph.D. in math (number theory) in 1976.
In 1976 we left Ithaca for the small town of Berea, Kentucky, where we have lived happily ever after.
It was a choice for a simple lifestyle with time for gardening, children, community and part-time
professional work. Twenty-six years later the garden, which flourished for many years, is neglected.
Our son Ben is successfully out of the nest, and our daughter Rooney is making the most of her last
years of high school. Both of us have served in a variety of roles within Berea Friends Meeting and
our regional Quaker yearly meeting. Carol volunteered on state environmental issues in the 1980s,
then in the 1990s turned her focus to public education reform. Tim discovered the joy of dance - and
considerable talent for it - and is active as a teacher and more recently a choreographer of vintage
dance, which is 19th and early 20th century social dancing. We both succeeded in working part-time
until the late 1980s, and one or the other of us has worked part-time since then. It all seems more
complex than simple, and we've had two cars for years now, but we do heat only with wood.
We've both made career shifts. In the mid-80s Tim switched from teaching math to computer programming.
After working as a self-employed consultant for several years, he joined a small software company in
1997, where he designs and writes Windows applications for a niche market. Carol spent 20+ years
working in Appalachian community development but recently switched to accounting and passed the
CPA exam last November. We're currently dreaming of finding a way to live and work abroad for a
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Judy McNamara married a fellow Cornell medievalist grad student, Al Shoaf, in 1975 (in the Annabel Taylor courtyard),
and they spent a "honeymoon" year in Iceland where she had a Fulbright grant. She moved with Al to New Haven, where he
had taken a job at Yale, and in 1978 received her Ph.D. and gave birth to Brian. In 1982-83 Al had an NEH and they moved
to Rome for a year. Judy taught part-time in various programs at Yale and around New Haven until 1986, when the family
moved to Gainesville, Florida, where Al had a tenured professorship. The Shoafs had a daughter, Elaine, later that year.
Judy continued to teach as an adjunct in the English department and also became chief cook and copyeditor for a journal
founded by Al, _Exemplaria_. In 1993 she took over running the UF Language Learning Center and has since seen the labs
through moves, expansions, cutbacks, digitalizations, and reorganizations. Somewhere along the way she picked up the job
of running Arthurnet, an e-mail list for enthusiasts of the Round Table legends, which has deepened her understanding of
human nature. Another enthusiasm is Japanese dolls, and she has her own website for this topic. Meanwhile, Brian grew
up, and it is STILL not clear, despite a BFA and MFA, whether he will be a writer whose day job is acting or vice-versa;
he married the brilliant and beautiful Michelle Six in 2006. Elaine is now at Savannah College of Art and Design,
majoring in illustration. Judy has not been an active scholar but has given a few papers on medieval romance at
conferences and may someday finish a verse translation of Marie de France's _Lais_. She recently published a novel, _The
Da Vinci Barcode_, which is available on Amazon.
Loisa is an Associate Professor of Literature
at the University of California, Santa Cruz, currently researching landscape
gardening in the 18th century. Her partner is an Astrophysicist.
Update January 2010: http://literature.ucsc.edu/directory/details.php?id=55
The Marlborough School, Los Angeles: http://clio.marlborough.la.ca.us/depts/faculty2.html
updated May 9, 2007: died March 4, 1999. A web search for his name will turn up several items, mostly relating to
the death of a good friend of his in 1992, or to a magazine called "Home Office Computing".
Update August 2007: I am class iii. Hanging out in Denmark, which is a country much more consistent with my internal
culture than is our country of origin.
Stephanie Seremetis, M.D.
Clinical Project Director, Hemophilia
Global Medical Director, Hematology
NovoSeven Key Projects
Medical and Science, Hematology
Novo Nordisk A/S
sest at novonordisk dot com
I was a third year phud, did get a PhD from Cornell, but it took ten
years, not six. I've been some variety of curator of birds at the
Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo since I left Ithaca, and am now
also coodinator of Green (ie act locally) activities for all our
Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo.
Update January 2010: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/e3b/faculty/sheppard.html; http://www.abcbirds.org/aboutabc/biographies.html
Executive Director, Bay Area School Reform Collaborative. http://www-gse.berkeley.edu/research/eco/rcece/rcecebio.html
The Fourth Year, 1969
I finished my B.A. in 1972, my M.F.A. in 1974, and (after a spectacularly unsuccessful year of high-school teaching) my Ph.D.
in 1977. For the past 25 years, I've been living in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, with my wife, Barbara. (We were
married on August 17, 1974.) We've come to regard the Piedmont as our home. When we visit Barb's parents on Long
Island, people tell us we have Southern accents! Barb "retired" from elementary-school teaching in 1980, to become
an active member of the local Methodist church and a tireless advocate for parks, greenspace, and environmentally
I teach English at Furman. Although it's called a "university," Furman is really a liberal-arts college,
so my colleagues and I spend most of our time with general-education classes. I also teach upper-division
courses in modern poetry and creative writing. My fourth book of poems, Driving to Distraction, should
come out in early 2003. If you'd like to see (and hear) some of my work, check out www.cortlandreview.com.
Update January 2010: http://tiptonpoetryjournal.com/tpj12/allen.htm
Beth L. Cameron:
I have wandered around a lot since leaving Cornell. I earned both a BA & a BSN from Cornell, an MSN from
the University of Rochester, and a DNP (doctor of nursing practice) from Rush University in Chicago. I
have worked as a primary nurse at George Washington University Hospital; a staff nurse in the ICU at
Genesse Memorial Hospital in Batavia, NY; a rural public health nurse in Allegany County, NY; a family
nurse practitioner (lieutenant) in the United States Public Health Service stationed in rural Alabama;
an FNP with the Veterans Administration hospitals in Gainesville & West Palm Beach, FL; an FNP with
Planned Parenthood in Iowa; a professor and nursing program director at Trinity College of Nursing &
Health Sciences in Rock Island, IL; and various assorted contracted & volunteered nurse/nurse practitioner
activities. I am currently on the faculty at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, teaching community
health and adult health and helping develop the DNP program that (hopefully) will start January 2008 at
WSU. I have a joint faculty appointment with the Dayton VA medical center working with the diabetes team
two days a week. When I have time for a deep breath, I visit my elderly mother or take a long walk in the
woods. My daughter, Mary Wahl, is a junior at Caltech majoring in biology - she is a joy and an inspiration.
A. Lyman Chapin:
Mr. Chapin is an IEEE Fellow and past chairman of the Internet Architecture
Board (IAB). He represents the United States on two committees: NATO's
Science Committee (the networking advisory panel) and the International
Federation for Information Processing's technical committee on communication
systems (IFIP TC6). He also serves as a director of the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Lyman Chapin graduated from Cornell University in 1973 with a B.A. in
Mathematics, and spent the next two year writing COBOL applications for
Systems & Programs (NZ) Ltd. in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. After a year
travelling in Australia and Asia, he joined the newly-formed Networking
group at Data General Corporation in 1977. At DG, he was responsible for the
development of software for distributed resource management
(operating-system embedded RPC), distributed database management, X.25-based
local and wide- area networks, and OSI-based transport, internetwork, and
routing functions for DG's open-system products. In 1987 he formed the
Distributed Systems Architecture group,
and was responsible for the development of DG's Distributed Application
Architecture (DAA) and for the specification of the directory and management
services of DAA. He moved to Bolt Beranek and Newman in 1990 as the Chief
Network Architect in BBN's Communications Division and later as a Chief
Scientist in the Systems and Technologies Division. He currently serves as
chairman of ANSI-accredited task group X3S3.3, responsible for Network and
Transport layer standards; as chairman of the ACM Special Interest Group on
Data Communication (SIGCOMM); as a member of the Board of Trustees of the
Internet Society; and as the Internet Standards and Procedures area director
of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). He lives with his wife
and two young daughters in Hopkinton, Massachusetts (USA)
I now live in Worcester, MA, where I have been Professor of Practice in the Department of
Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute since 1999.
I am also part of WPI's new undergraduate program in Robotics Engineering, the first in the nation.
Before that I picked up two separate Masters degrees in CS, worked for some companies,
ran my own consulting business, and taught part-time.
I married Judy Miller '73 in 1997; we divorced in 2007.
A few years ago I started a new hobby: writing plays; so far I've had six produced on campus
and one in Boston. This replaced my old hobby of collecting comics; I donated my
collection of 60,000 items to the library at Brown University.
Lauren Tozek Cowdery:
Bill Cowdery and I have been married since 1977 (23 years?) and have a 12
year old daughter Betsy who is entering 8th grade. I received a PhD in
English from Cornell, and Bill did one in Musicology. Both took forever--at
least it seemed so then. We tried leaving Ithaca on several occasions, but
our hearts weren't in it, so you'll find us here, within walking distance of
one of the two middle schools (both, actually--Ithaca is still pretty small)
and also the church where Bill is organist and choir director. He teaches
in the Cornell music dept on occasion. I had tenure at a small women's
college, but left when we returned to Ithaca. I've been teaching in the
Cornell Communication dept, but recently have suffered from serious and
frequent migraines. Last fall I was affected about three days a week--light
show, aphasia, the whole deal. I'm now on medical leave and can manage them
better. Alternative treatments are working better for me than medication
Right now my head is full of costume design. Last January I came on the
parent volunteer scene just as A Midsummer Night's Dream was going up at my
daughter's school, and I had more fun costuming the kids than I ever could
have imagined. Since then I've designed two more shows and a summer theater
camp. (Dennis, do you know Katherine Machan AKA Sajal? I'm starting to
make costumes for her.) And I've made two 18th c. repro gowns just for the
fun of it. Now all I need to do is figure out how to turn a penny at it.
Jane entered the Phud Program in 1969 and got a PhD in French in
1976. She is currently Distinguished Professor of English and
Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, where
she's taught feminist theory in an interdisciplinary graduate program
since 1990. Before that she taught French at Miami University (1977-83)
and Women's Studies at Rice University (1985-90).
Jane has published six books, including _Thinking Through the Body_
(Columbia University Press, 1987) and _Feminist Accused of Sexual
Harassment_ (Duke University Press, 1997), and has two more coming out
in the next year or so. Jane has been living with Dick Blau
(photographer, film professor) since 1983 and they have two children,
Max Blau Gallop (b. 1986) and Ruby Gallop Blau (b. 1995).
Home Page of Lydia Gilkey at Alabama School for Math and Engineering.
I spent seven years, until 1979, in Ithaca not finishing my dissertation,
along the way marrying Jonathan Loesberg, a fellow English major. Moved to
Boston where I started my career in scholarly publishing at Lexington Books,
then moved to the Washington, DC, area in 1982, where I've worked at the
Smithsonian Instutition Press and more recently at Georgetown University
Press (currently interim and aspiring director). No kids, no pets,
discovered gardening at a late age, wine tasting a bit earler, live in the
city and love it.
Associate Director and Editor, Georgetown University Press.
3240 Prospect St. NW, phone 202-687-6263.
Visit our website http://www.georgetown.edu/publications/gup/
I left Cornell on a leave of absence in January 1976, prior to starting my
dissertation; I stayed in Ithaca and worked, thinking I might return to my
program after a year or so. Later that year I had an unfortunate encounter
with a telephone pole on Cayuga Heights Road while riding to work with my
roommate, and spent the better part of the next couple of years recovering from
my injuries and trying to figure out what to do next. I had taken some pottery
courses as a diversion while in grad school, and as I spent more time making
pots, I found the idea of becoming an artist/craftsperson very appealing. In
1978 I decided to pursue this goal seriously and left Ithaca to get an MFA in
ceramics at SUNY New Paltz. When I completed my degree in 1980, I moved to
Pennsylvania, set up a studio, and began to show and sell my work. I had some
success for a couple of years, but the economics of being a self-supporting
craftsperson were daunting. After a series of part-time jobs, in 1984 I found
a position doing institutional research at a local community college; the work
was interesting and paid better than clerical jobs, and in the beginning it
even left me time to continue my ceramics work. Over the next couple of years I
discovered that I liked research and was pretty good at it, and that it offered
more opportunities than art for an economically stable life.
In 1987 I moved
to Massachusetts for a position at a community college in Brockton, where I
worked for several years. In 1995 I was hired as the director of institutional
research at Massachusetts College of Art, in Boston, where I currently work.
It's the perfect job for me. I work in an atmosphere that provides exposure to
exciting contemporary art, gives me opportunities to develop some new art and
design skills, and values the work of artists. While I haven't been able to do
any ceramics for several years now, I have kept working in other media. At the
moment I'm exploring the use of alternative photo processes to print images on
fabric, which I incorporate into quilted wall hangings. I live in Taunton,
about 35 miles south of Boston, with my husband Nick Zapantis, whom I met in my
MFA program. At the moment we're in the midst of building a studio behind our
house where we'll both have plenty of space to work. Nick designed the building
and is doing most of the construction, with periodic assistance from friends;
I'm the design advisor, accountant, and unskilled labor. We expect to have the
building complete by this spring; then who knows what will happen inside. My
life is very far from what I expected when I began the Phud program, but those
expectations weren't really grounded in much reality, and I find that I'm
pretty happy with where I've ended up.
He is an associate professor in Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at Stanford.
I dropped out of the phuD program & CU after 1 1/2 years, bought 20 acres
and built a house in the woods 8 miles from Ithaca. Then lived without
electricity or running water for 9 years. Doing odd jobs and subsistance
farming gradually morphed into a plant nursery, then a construction biz.
Then that morphed into a software biz 12 yrs ago. My goal is to raise
enough money in software so I can build a large greenhouse and llama farm
(joke: "what will you do now that you've won the lottery?" "Oh, I'll just
keep farming til it's all gone"). I own 100 acres, south of Ithaca, but
nowadays I live in town so I can walk to work.
Hey, my life has been rather different from the 6-year plan. Seems more
noticeable when I attempt to write a resume (which I've never done for a
job, so far). Oh well, I've mostly enjoyed it.
Phud start: 1969, end: 1978
As I recall, I lived at the Res Club for one year, Giles Street condos for
two years, then two at the Magic Theatre, and enjoyed my remaining time out
on Lakeshore Drive, ending up, for several months, at a boarding house run
by a charming, standard-issue widow.
In 1978 I traveled a bit in Europe and India, then loaded my wordlies in my
VW bug, and putt-putted to Pasadena for a post-doc at Caltech. A sweet life!
Coddled by the administration (can you imagine?), hobnobbing at the
Atheneum, and believing my salary to be princely. And no responsibilities
whatever at all.
Academia didn't sit well with me, and the government grants were the last
straw. I suppose the entire faculty at Caltech was involved with one or
another private company, so I was encouraged to strike out on my own.
Lacking political skills, I naturally chose the entrepreneurial route, with
all its technological monomania, exiguous existence, and long-term debt.
So with crazy notions, a fiancee, and now two bugs, filled to the brim, off
to Boston, with hopes of venture capital and a less-toxic environment in
which to raise a family.
In 1982 I founded Eliza Corporation, a speech recognition technology
company. Looking back on nearly twenty years of near-death experiences, I
guess I would do it again. I'm still married, have two children, and make
my home in Hamilton, Massachusetts, a small town known for its horse population,
decaying gentry, and active insect life.
I left Cornell with an M.A. in Linguistics in 1975 to study for a second
M.A. in Chinese literature at National Taiwan University in Taipei. I
married Jerling Gwo (my girlfriend whom I met during my junior -- actually
senior -- year abroad) in 1976. After receiving my Chinese M.A. in 1978, I
returned to Cornell for the Japanese FALCON program and graduate studies
toward the Ph.D. in Linguistics, which I was finally awarded in 1981 (so
I actually ended up being a "12-year Ph.D."!). From 1980-81,
I served as Scientific Linguist in Chinese and Cantonese at the
Foreign Service Institute (FSI), U.S. Department of State, Washington. From
1981 - 1987, I directed FSI's Chinese Language & Area Studies School in
Taipei, Taiwan. In 1988, I became the father of a son, Carl, who is now 19
years old and completing his freshman year at Yale.
From 1988 - 1991, I was chair of the Dept. of Asian & African Languages at
FSI. In 1991, I moved to Williams College, where I'm the founding chair of
the Department of Asian Studies and teach courses in Chinese
language, literature, and linguistics. I've written a fair number of books
and articles on Chinese language and linguistics. Currently, I'm working on
a new Chinese language course in print and on the web, as well as a book on
Chinese dialectology. My family and I travel a lot -- most years we spend
time in both Asia and Europe. http://www.williams.edu/Asian/kubler.html
Charlotte R. Lin:
Charlotte R. Lin, 4th yr, 1969
Peripatetic Cornell trajectory as bookbinder (Art History), Savoyards
character makeup queen (tenor in the Gondoliers chorus!), caterer,
culminated in a Math PhD (Logic) in 1977. Taught at MIT a couple years (did
theater makeup at Harvard, catered a conference at MIT), then fled the
classroom to do rock physics/computer vision R&D at Schlumberger where I
married my boss, Robert Porter, a Fellow of the Acoustical and Optical
Societies. As VP, Robert established a new Engrg/Mfg Center in Tokyo, while
Hitachi gave me their 1st -ever foreign-employee contract, to develop
automated VLSI inspection in Yokohama. I ended up at Boeing when Robert
left Schlumberger to become chairman of EE at U. Washington. Nomadic
corporate-wife career path produced 40+ technical publications in math,
physics, geology, geophysics, optics, computing architectures /
applications, aerospace applications before I capitulated to the forces of
Dilbert... Currently have full program management profit & loss
responsibility on $262M contract operating a highly-modified 767 with a 52cm
aperture, 2.5 ton infrared telescope + other elements under flight-test. We
collect data for development of sensor and communications systems in space
Robert's kids lived with us various years. Melissa (Smith'92, psych; UW'96,
zoology) has 2 daughters, Tess and Whidbey, and is expecting again in May
2002. They left Seattle in 1999 for husband John's hometown Pittsfield in
western Massachusetts (he's Amherst'91). Tim (Boston College'94,
economics) lives in San Francisco after 8 years in Manhattan (his wife is
Parsons'95, graphics), where he runs a database group at Barclay Global
Investment and Hunju designs websites at Oracle; Max was born 13 September
2001! We have a Husky and a Border Collie mix, and a home near Ashland OR
where we are in a Guild that sponsors one of the 11 Oregon Shakespeare
Festival productions each year. Robert went Emeritus in 1997, because his
Financial Advisor partnership launched 1992 (launch clients were
Cornellians, including Phuds) is more fun than academia; the SEC has
audited our Seattle home for Y2K-and SEC-compliance
Michael W. Margolick:
Married since 1986 to Mary-Louise, former dancer and dance teacher, now
in arts management. Joseph b.1987, Rebecca b.1991. Left Cornell 1972. Lived
in Vancouver since 1973. Ph.D. Math, University of British Columbia 1978.
Consultant for governments, corporations and agencies on global
environmental issues, esp. climate change. Energy, economics, environmental
science, development. Also VP Technology of Nai Kun Wind Development
Inc., a company formed to develop a very large wind farm in shallow waters
off the coast of BC. Hobbies: tai chi, the outdoors, travel.
Kathleen I. McCullough:
I left Ithaca with a Master's degree in Government to go to Med. School.
Following my interest (but with little sense of what my work life might end
up becoming), I went into Cardiology. The field remains interesting and
always changing, so that the way I take care of patients with a given
condition now is substantially different than the standard practice which
existed when I first trained in it. Both these changes and the changing
economics of medicine have led to work taking up more and more of my life
In 1988, I pursued my childhood fantasy and began riding horseback. It
continues to give me daily joy and helps maintain my sanity and perspective.
I ultimately bought a horse of my own, which means that when I am not at
work, I am at the barn. Always wanting the challenge, my horse and I
compete in Combined Training (3 Day Eventing), a sort of horsey triathalon.
We are no where near the Olympic level (those folks make it look easy), but
there's always more to learn and new things to attempt. There's a lot of
I live in a house in the (Boston suburban) woods on a pond with two
dogs (Huskey and Malamute), who like nothing more than a good run through
the park next door. Somewhere in all this, I make a little time to eat,
sleep, and keep in touch with friends. And, hopefully, the Phud reunion.
Robert F. Nau:
I transferred from Cornell to UCSD in 1972 and finished my BA in physics
there. After a year as a beach bum and another as a civil servant in
Washington, I went to Berkeley and enrolled in the operations research
department, where I met my wife-to-be, Jane Winsor, who was a grad student
in the same program. (We celebrated our 21st this year.) I finally
finished my Ph.D. in 1981, 12 years after becoming a phud. We then moved to
Boston, bought an old (c. 1850) house, and I spent two years wearing a suit
and commuting by train, after which I returned to academia at Tulane. Our
first child, Rebecca, was born in New Orleans. A few years later I moved to
Duke, where I've been ever since, teaching MBA's (well, somebody has to do
it) and doing research on the mathematical foundations of decision and game
theory. Our second child, Amy, was born here. Unlike me, both kids are
jocks and conscientious students. We spent most of the 1999 calendar year
in France while I was on a sabbatical in Fontainebleau. Shortly after our
return, Rebecca (now 16) was diagnosed with leukemia, and in December she
underwent a bone marrow transplant with Amy (now 14) as the donor. She's
back in school now--so far, so good--but it's been a strange year. I've
visited Ithaca a couple of times (most recently about 10 years ago), and I
hope to get up there again for a conference in late June, 2001.
My institutional web page is
David R. Nelson:
Patricia Schneider Nelson (we met
singing in the Sage Chapel Choir) and I have three children: Meredith(19),
Chris(17) and Peter (11). Meredith is a sophomore at Cornell who plans to
major in genetics and/or marine biology. Chris is a basketball/lacrosse jock
entering his junior year of high school. He lettered in both as a
sophomore. Too early to tell much about Peter, except that he plays the
cello and is obsessed with The Far Side cartoons. Pat got her law degree
from Cornell and, after 7 years with a big Boston law firm, has her own
litigation/real estate practice in Lexington, MA where we live. I just
stepped down as Chair of the Physics Department at Harvard (fortunately,
there is a 10-step recovery program for this, which includes a
sabbatical....). Pat and I still sing a lot, and I was one of a cast of
100's singing Mahler's Eighth in Boston's Symphony Hall under Benjamin
Zander last year. I have been at Harvard for 25 years, and my efforts in
theoretical physics have been directed at understanding two dimensional
melting, metallic glasses, polymers, high temperature superconductors, and
most recently, biophysics. Even before my daughter entered, I have been
returning regularly to Cornell to give seminars and visit my friends in the
physics and chemistry departments. I also showed up at Sage Chapel once
and, with the help of former Risleyite and Sage accompanist Bill Cowdery,
borrowed a choir robe and was a tenor ringer for a Sunday service.
Nancy A. O'Connell:
After graduating from Cornell, I went to the University of Rochester where I
earned a M.S. in Biology and a joint PhD in Biology/Neurobiology from the
Biology Department and the Center for Brain Research . From there I went to
Baltimore as a post-doc in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. I left
there when one of the grants funding the Neural Encoding Lab was not renewed
and went to the Kresge Hearing Research Lab of the South at LSU Medical
Center in New Orleans. After most of my research data from grad school and
Hopkins was destroyed in a flood I decided that maybe I should try teaching
rather than research. I taught for one year as a sabbatical replacement
"Visiting Assistant Professor" at Loyola University in New Orleans. From
there I went to the Department of Physiology/Pharmacology at the University
of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science in Des Moines, IA. I am still
there but the school changed its name to Des Moines University- The
Osteopathic Medical Center. I teach DO and DPM medical students, and
prospective physical therapists and physician assistants.
I started horseback riding in Grad school and continued it as I moved
around the country. I met my husband David Darrell, an attorney, at a local
barn where we were both taking lessons. We were married in 1986 and have
two girls, Caitlin (13) and Fallon (who will be 11 July, 2001). I hardly
get to ride much any more but both girls ride. This summer Caitlin is going
to an English riding camp in upstate New York and Fallon is going to
Interlochen to have fun and play the viola. I mainly work and drive them
places. After growing up in Manhattan, I find suburban life a little
strange, you (and of course your kids) cannot walk to anything but have to
take a car everywhere. I got my degree from Cornell about a year before I
obtained a driver's license.
revised September 2013:
I was in the last group. Essentially flunked out the first year; later returned to Cornell (but not the Program), and got my AB (linguistics) in '73. I also spent a couple fruitless years as a
linguistics grad student at CU; now my only connection with the field is that my wife (Susannah, Yale Ph.D. in philosophy) is the daughter of a major linguistics prof at Penn. Su and I have two
daughters--another data point for the Phud Program's (mild) negative correlation between fertility and intelligence: Victoria, soon to be 21, who's going to spend the coming school year at a
Japanese university; and Elizabeth, 19, who lives in Chicago. By a happy accident, both take after their mother's side of the family and are beautiful and smart.
As a senior I was founding coach of the Cornell women's track and field/cross-country teams, which I ended up working with for six years. Recently I was very honored, and surprised, to learn
that the CU track program has decided to name one of its Barton Hall home meets for me. The first Greg Page Relays are scheduled for December 2013.
After my stint at Cornell, I assisted with the men's teams at Ithaca College, then went to Syracuse U. for a coaching degree (started their women's teams, as well)--so my line was that I traded
the 6-Year Ph.D. program for a 12-Year M.S. program. I ended up with a 26-year career in college coaching (last stop: NYU)--loved it, but quit in '98 when my kids started school and I could no
longer justify working 70-80 hours a week for limited pay.
I worked for a couple years as a teacher/editor for Kaplan and a translations proofreader, then went back to school. In 2004 I finished a dual program in business & law at Fordham U (Lincoln Center),
so now my line is "35-Year JD/MBA program." After graduation, I've found a niche as a contract attorney, mostly reviewing documents (in various languages) to prepare for litigation. Rather boring
but fairly well-paid work, with lots of flexibility for taking care of my family responsibilities when the girls were younger. Repaying the opportunity cost of my return to school means that I'll
probably be working for the rest of my life (which might not be that long: I had an NSTEMI aka "little heart attack"--apparently an actual term of art!--in January '13).
We live in Greenwich Village, where Pam Parker, also from the fourth group, is a near neighbor. Pam looks just as she did 40 years ago--uncannily so; I'm much changed, but have dropped 70lbs
in recent years and may be recognizable again (particularly because I haven't matured much: still an anarchist, still an atheist, still haven't smoked a cigarette or had a drink!). Folks from
the old days occasionally visit NYC--always a pleasure to see them again. Contact info: gpage55 at hotmail dot com, 917-741-8568.
Gregory J. Perreault:
Greg develops oil-well-logging measurement systems at Vector Magnetics in
Ithaca, after 7-8 years not finishing his physics PhD (some Raman
spectroscopy topic), and subsequent years tending bar.
After leaving Cornell in '75, I returned home to Lexington, KY, where I
taught for 7 years at the Univ. of KY. After "perishing" in the
publications game (a delayed victim of Phud burnout, I guess), I moved to a
little Baptist college in Rome, GA, where I've been ever since. Very nice,
quiet -- a great place to live, but I wouldn't want to visit here. I play
violin in the Rome (GA, remember) Symphony Orchestra and sing bass in the
Roman (ditto) Renaissance Society. Anyone who remembers me from our Cornell
days will probably be glad to know that I'm now a tea-total-er. I'm also
married (Shirley, a CPA, 20 years this past August) with one son (Adam, 18),
who has just deserted us, allegedly to be a freshman at Rhodes College
Arnold S. Rosenberg:
I left the Phud Program in 1973 to attend Harvard Law School and received my J.D. in 1976. After 25 years of law practice,
mostly in San Francisco, now I am on the faculty at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, an independent, fully-accredited
law school, where I teach courses on commercial law, consumer protection, bankruptcy and civil procedure. My two children are
in college and give me much joy. Teaching has given me time to write, which I have used to publish several law review articles
on comparative commercial and consumer law issues and to edit part of a treatise, The Law of Electronic Funds Transfers. My
book on the origins and structure of Jewish liturgy is in paperback. Meanwhile, I travel (Tahiti, Berlin, Peru, Venezuela,
Montreal, among other destinations) and enjoy my house near the beach.
Catholic U. English Dept. doubles in the Irish studies department.
Bob Smith has been in broadcasting since before his 20th birthday,
when he landed his first full-time radio job as a reporter/anchor for
Syracuse station WHEN in 1973 while simultaneously enrolled in
Since then, Bob has not only covered and reported the news for
stations in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, but earned a Ph.D. in
American political and legal history from Cornell (May 1977), taught
undergraduate American political and diplomatic history courses at
Cornell, and managed and co-owned a Rochester-based manufacturing
firm supplying component parts to worldwide customers in the auto and
aerospace industries as well. In the midst of all that, he's found
time for community service, having worked as a member of the Board of
Directors of the Rochester Rotary Club and the Small Business Council
of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. He's also author of the first
of a series of major task force reports for the Urban League of
Rochester which helped launch public school reform in the city.
It's that varied background in business, broadcasting and community
service that Bob has brought to the Rochester airwaves every weekday
since March of 1988 as host of WXXI-AM's daily afternoon talk
program, "1370 Connection." We cover our neighborhood in the global
village every weekday starting at noon Eastern time.
is online at www.wxxi.org as well as airing on 1370 kHz AM in the
western and central New York areas.
Keith R. Beasley-Topliffe:
Carola and I got married right after graduation. Our only child, Laura, was
born in 1978, Animal Science Ag School, living in Risley
I spent three years as minicomputer programmer, then went to Boston
University School of Theology (M.Div. '78). I spent 9 years as a United
Methodist minister, took three years leave (back to computers) while Carola
attended seminary (Colgate-Rochester), then another six years of ministry
while I also worked toward a Ph.D. in Formative Spirituality at Duquesne.
I am now full-time pastor at Fifth St UMC in Harrisburg. The PhD didn't
happen: had to choose between writing dissertation and writing for pay.
Chose latter. There are fifteen books in the Upper Room Spiritual Classics.
I also did extensive work on The Spiritual Formation Bible. I'm now working
on two projects: The Upper Room Dictionary of Christian Spiritual Formation
(General Editor) and A Covenant with God (working title, Author!).
Carola is still pastor at Rockville. Laura graduated from Cornell (Ag, '00)
and after a few months working for Manpower, got a job in her field
(Animal Sci) with Mass General Hospital as research tech. She's living with
Carola's mother and (2 of 4) sisters in Wellesley and commuting. Part of her
Cornell experience was taking Tech Writing from Lauren Cowdery.
Keith Beasley-Topliffe, Pastor, 5th St. UMC, Harrisburg, PA.
Tenor, Keystone Captal Chorus, SPEBSQSA
(Written in 2007) After 2 years of not liking Cornell very much, I
transferred to my home state school--the U of Colorado. I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do or major in. I ended
up graduating in '73 in Math, which I chose in part based on Roy King's observation that it required the fewest hours (true
also outside Cornell; Roy was a Res Club roommate of mine). Choosing this major left me time to take classes in other fields,
so I almost had majors in History and Anthropology, and a lot of Music classes as well.
I immediately started in a Phd program there in Computer Science, but after 4 years, bailed out with a masters, having decided I
didn't really like the life style of a professor. The final straw was
someone published the dissertation I was just starting out to do.
I got a job with Bell Labs in Colorado doing software engineering,
thinking I'd stay a year or two, but liked it quite a lot and ended up staying 24 years, during which time the name
and owners changed numerous times. Especially at first, we were pioneering in a number of ways. I retired in 2001 with
the collapse of hi-tech, and the management made us an early-retirement offer few dared to refuse.
I became very interested in the natural world, and spent my vacations travelling around, often doing volunteer work for
scientists in places like Madagascar and Panama.
I eventually got married to a woman who had a small child who has now grown up and graduated from Colorado U. in Linguistics.
My wife, Beth, retired this year.
I have spent my retirement so far in doing home improvement and
maintenance, becoming a Master Gardener, doing various other volunteer
work, and recently taking advantage of a program here in Colorado for
citizens over 55 that offers essentially no-cost auditing of University
classes. I'm learning mainly Biology.
I got my BS from Cornell in 1972 and went to UCLA to get my PH.D. in Anatomy in 1977. Since then I have been teaching
first-year medical students histology at Howard University in Washington DC. I married a wonderful girl named
Paula Spesock in 1977 and we have two boys, Michael and Matthew. My research speciality is studying the hypothalamus
of the brain. I have translated two neuroscience books from the Russian and have published a number of books about cells.
Graduated with a BA from Cornell in 1972 and attended UCLA until my PhD. Lived abroad for quite a few years acquiring
fluency in Arabic and doing fieldwork for my degree in anthropology. Taught anthropology for some years at Statesboro
in Georgia; subsequently have worked for the Department of Defense in Washington DC. I accompanied troops invading Iraq
during Desert Storm as a translator.
Phud advisor, lived in the Res Club:
I died five years ago according to the brain surgeon, but am still here
teaching and researching. Marie and I split, but are good friends. I am
remarried to Yuka Kawasaki, email@example.com.
William B. Provine,
Charles Alexander Professor of Biological Sciences,
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
added September 2013: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Provine