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Class Notes Summer 2009

 


Roy Gordon '67

'67
Roy Gordon
(pictured at left) is the men's soccer coach at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. He was selected the 67th recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Honor Award.


'69
Elizabeth J. Dailey
is executive director of the Onondaga County Public Library system. She was previously director of the Liverpool Public Library.



'71
William Luis
is Chancellor's professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Juan Francisco Manzano: Autobiografía del esclavo poeta y otros escritos (Frankfurt – Madrid: Iberoamericana - Vervuert, 2007).


Erica B. Garay '73

 

'73
Erica B. Garay
(pictured at right) was appointed to the Commerce & Industry Council, a group of dedicated business professionals and community leaders who raise funds to support the state-of-the-art health care programs and services provided by North Shore University Hospital. She is a partner in the law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, P.C., in Garden City, N.Y.

Henry Weinfield, MA published The Music of Thought in the Poetry of George Oppen and William Bronk (University of Iowa Press, 2009).



'74
Dr. Linda Berry
expanded her practice into Soluna Health and Wellness Center in Sausalito, Calif. She is a chiropractor, nutritionist, trauma healing specialist and the author of Internal Cleansing. She has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox news, and gives lectures and seminars. She can be contacted through DrLindaBerry.com.

Kenton Wing Robinson published a poetry collection, The Water Sonnets (Antrim House, 2008). Robinson lives in Connecticut is a career newsman, who writes poems about love and the newspaper business.

Clark M. Zlotchew, PhD is the author of Varieties of Magic Realism (Academic Press/ENE, 2007), and Spanish at Your Fingertips (Alpha Books/Penguin Group, 2007).


'75
Michael Laser
published Cheater (Dutton, 2008), his second novel for young readers.

Edith Linn '75Edith Linn (pictured at left) published Arrest Decisions: What Works for the Officer (Peter Lang, 2008), a study of how police officers' arrest choices are influenced by overtime, post-work commitments and other personal factors. The book is based on her 21 years as a member of the NYPD. She received a doctorate in criminal justice from CUNY Graduate Center in 2004 and is a professor at Berkeley College in Manhattan. Send e-mail to Edith.



'76
Phil Maisel
is a senior program manager for ARTEL Incorporated in Reston, Va. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of the web application for the Department of Defense titled Information Technology Standards Registry (DISR).

 

 

'77
Rosa Campa Hearne
is a certified investment management analyst, vice president and wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch in Metro Park, N.J. She is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council to Management, a national committee of 15 financial advisors within Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

Stephanie Shalofsky has started her own business as a Professional Organizer.  Her company, The Organizing Zone, helps both business and residential clients transform their respective combat zones into comfort zones.  Previously, she had held numerous production and marketing management positions in the home entertainment industry. She can be contacted through organizingzone.com.

 


'78
Jonathan C. Gibralter
, president of Frostburg State University, completed an eight-month long leadership development program sponsored by Leadership Maryland.  The organization, celebrating its 16th graduating class, honored Gibralter and 50 statewide classmates at a reception and banquet held at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.

Zita Wenzel, MA, PhD '80 (aka Inarra Saarinen) is the founder and creative director of Ballet Pixelle, the first virtual and physical ballet company. Dancers from around the world join in the virtual community SecondLife.com and dance together for a worldwide audience. Zita can be contacted through balletpixelle.org.

 


'79
Jeffrey P. Crandall
lives in Scarsdale, N.Y., and is a partner in the New York law firm of Shearman & Sterling, LLP, where he has practiced since 1984. He also serves as chairman of the board of AIESEC United States, an international student organization.

Donna M. Greenspan was recertified as an appellate specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization and Certification of the Florida Bar. She is an attorney for Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP in West Palm Beach, Fla.



'80
James L. Ellis, Sr.,
retired from IBM in Endicott, N.Y., on March 31, 2009, after many years of service. He is looking forward to a new working adventure, gardening, fishing and some travel.

Bruce D. Friedberg is a member of the business development board of Hudson Valley Bank in Yonkers, N.Y. He is a partner at the law firm Friedberg Cohen Coleman & Pinkas LLP, specializing in real estate transactions.

 

'81
Perry Binder
is the author of Unlocking Your Rubber Room: 44 Off-the-Wall Lessons to Lighten and Transform Everyday Life (Langdon Street Press, 2009).

 

'82
Glenn Greenfader
is the office managing partner of the New York office of Fox Rothschild, LLP, a national full-service law firm.



'83
Robert "RA" Friedman
received a $20,000 project grant from the City of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program. He is one of five artists whose proposals were picked for "Journeys South", a special project that will focus on community perspectives surrounding the history of immigration.

 


Tracey Miller Segarra '84'84
Tracey Miller Segarra
(pictured at left) is working on Long Island (finally!) after more than 20 years of commuting to Manhattan. She is director of marketing for the accounting firm Margolin, Winer & Evens. She lives in Hewlett, N.Y. with her twin daughters Jessica and Lily (8 years old). Tracey would love to hear from friends at tsegarra@gmail.com.

Dianne (Nostrand) Guarino was the first recipient of the College Counselor of the Year award, presented by Nassau Counselors' Association in 2008. She is assistant director of admissions at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y. She has served on numerous committees within the association and held the positions of president, treasurer and liaison to the state association. She lives in Centerport, N.Y.

 


'85
Bonnie J. Morris, MA, PhD '88
published Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor (Indiana University Press, 2009). She is a member of the faculty in the women’s studies program at George Washington University.



Brett M. Rhyne '86'86
Brett M. Rhyne
and his wife, Jillian, welcomed twin sons, Elijah James and Benjamin August (pictured at right), on March 22, 2008. The family lives in Brookline, Mass.

 

Begun Family'87
Richard Begun
is a portfolio manager and his wife, Melanie Schnoll Begun ’91, is managing director of philanthropic services at Citigroup. They have two sons, Ryder Skye (4 years old) and Hawke Eden (1). Richard and Melanie live in Tribeca with their children (pictured at left), and can be reached at melanie.c.schnollbegun@citi.com and richardbegun@gmail.com.

John Fracchia, MBA '90 is a member of the Board of Trustees at Ithaca College, where he is associate director of career services. His film-works were recently screened at the Saferis Art Gallery in Bartlesville, Okla., Front and Center Gallery in Owego, N.Y., and Sfmato in Ithaca, N.Y. He can be contacted through Facebook, LinkedIn and johnfracchia.com.

Jay Gates left Charterhouse Group after 15 years to pursue new opportunities in private equity. He formed Townhill Capital Partners LLC, which acts as a sponsor for buyout, buildup and recapitalization transactions. He can be reached at gates.townhillcap@gmail.com.

Steven D. Heller established his own U.S. immigration law practice in Brighton, England.

Jo-Anne Raffa was promoted to office leader and senior tax advisor for H&R Block's office in Clifton Park, N.Y., after completing more than 300 credit hours in tax, investment and retirement-related course.



'88
Gary B. Garland, Esq
., and his wife, Stacey, welcomed a daughter, Hayden Dani, on Feb. 12, 2009. She joins sisters Shayna and Caylee. Gary practices estate planning and elder law in Manalapan, N.J., and New York. The family lives in Morganville, N.J. He would like to hear from friends at gary@estateattorney.info and on Facebook.

MONGO (Steve Koren) and wife, Monga, live in cave with daughter, Mongette, and new son, Mongoo.  Mongo like to bang rock with stick.  Mongo eat cake.  Mongo say "hi" to old Newing friends and wish them much cake.

Myung Lee is executive director of Jumpstart's Mid-Atlantic region, based in New York. Jumpstart is a national nonprofit organization focused on early education for children in low-income communities.

Julie Van Schaick Comer and her husband, Keith, moved to Naperville, Ill., with their three children. Julie has taught fifth and sixth grades in Pennsylvania. She earned her master's degree at Dowling College.



'89
Maj. Susan Fondy
is serving with the 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Ky. She received the Army Aviation Association of America's Aviation Medicine Award for 2008 for her contributions to aviation medicine during her deployment to Forward Operating Base in Salerno, Afghanistan. Her achievements included more than 100 lives saved on MEDEVAC missions, running a trauma table at the Combat Support Hospital, participation in four medical missions to impoverished Afghan villages, teaching Afghan physcians, and providing medical care to members of her battalion.

Scott H. Perra, MS '89

 

Scott H. Perra, MS (pictured at left) is president and chief executive officer of Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare.  He joined St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Center in 1985, becoming its executive vice president and chief operating officer in 1989. He remained in that position through the subsequent consolidation with Faxton Hospital.

 


Liam Connolly

'90
Melissa Silverman-Connolly
and her husband, Kieran, welcomed a son, Liam Declan (pictured at right), on Sept. 8, 2008. Melissa is regional director of operations for DePaul Senior Living, and lives with her family in Clemmons, N.C.

 

'91
Charles R. Gallagher
, MA received the American Catholic Historical Association's John Gilmary Shea Prize for his book Vatican Secret Diplomacy: Joseph P. Hurley and Pope Pius XII (Yale University Press, 2008). His work was deemed the best of 38 books on the history of the Roman Catholic Church entered into the competition.



'92
Richard A. Pelak
is a partner at the law firm Culp Elliott & Carpenter, PLLC, in Charlotte, N.C.

Emma MorrisPamela Rappaport Morris, MSEd '94 and her husband, Ephraim, welcomed a daughter, Emma (pictured at left), on Dec. 8, 2008. She joins sisters Rachel (9 years old) and Samantha (3). Pamela lives with her family in Chandler, Ariz., and would like to hear from friends at pamelasara@q.com.



'93
Nancy Flynn, MA
is managing editor of the online literary magazine writersdojo.org in Portland, Ore. She regularly blogs for the magazine as well. She would love to see alumni at the company’s office in the St. John’s neighborhood in North Portland.

Stephanie Weisman Gerstenblith and her husband, Bart, welcomed their second child, Tayden Ari, on Oct. 29, 2008. He joins brother Evan (4 years old). The family lives in North Bethesda, Md.

David Hofflich is a director in the turnaround and restructuring services practice of AlixPartners, a global restructuring, consulting and financial advisory firm. He works in the company’s Los Angeles office.

Scott Krokoff is an independent artist. His song 'A Better Life' was chosen as Single of the Day on Jan. 29, by SingleOfTheDay.com. The song was also runner-up in Mike Pinder's SONGWARS songwriting competition. 

Michaelangelo Matera and his wife, Helene Metz Matera '93, welcomed a daughter, Alexa, on Jan. 2, 2009. She joins sister Ariana (5 years old).  

Jennifer Sadowsky Montag and her husband, David, welcomed their third child, Lila Faith, on Jan. 17, 2009. She joins brother William (5 years old) and sister Rebecca (3 years old). The family lives in Teaneck, N.J.

 


'94
Kelly Keenan Aylward
is former legislative counsel to Rep. Michael McNulty. At press time, Kelly was running for Congress in New York state's 20th District.

Steven R. Press is a shareholder in the Atlanta office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.

Bernie Reger and his wife, Debra Manheim Reger, welcomed a daughter, Samantha Addison, on Jan. 27, 2009. She joins brother Joshua (4 years old). The family lives in West Orange, N.J.

Siegel-Eisen wedding

Melissa Siegel married Adam Eisen (pictured at left) on May 26, 2007, in Sayville, N.Y. Margot Erlich, Brian Erlich, Jen Andersen, Abby Goldstein and Rob Goldstein, all '94 attended.

 



'95
Christine (Degen) Elwell
received a doctorate in anthropology from American University in December. She joined the Homeless Outreach Program for the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health last fall. She and her husband, Jarrod, live in Silver Spring, Md., with their son, Justin.

Christian J. Soller '95
Christian J. Soller (pictured at right) is a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP in Albany, N.Y., concentrating his practice on business litigation and personal injury.

 

'96
Kerri Cohen Dumelle
and her husband welcomed a son, Brady John, on Jan. 1, 2009. He joins brother Zachary (4 years old).

Jennifer (Jennah) Bender Quail and her husband, Mark, welcomed their second child, Deidre Grace, on Nov. 10, 2008. She joins brother Ethan (3 years old). Jen teaches high school English and lives with her family in East Greenbush, N.Y.

Allison Graffeo is a partner in the New York office of the law firm Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

Lily Esteves

Alyssa (Lefkowitz) Esteves and her husband, Christopher, welcomed a daughter, Lily Ava (pictured at left), on Oct. 10, 2008. The family lives in Old Bethpage, N.Y.

Jennifer Margiotta
Jennifer Margiotta (pictured at right) thanks the Binghamton alumni who contacted her after she lost her life partner, Cindy Rono, on Oct. 14, 2008. Jennifer started a blog

Roberta (Fischer) Misthal and her husband, Marc Misthal '96, welcomed a son, Benjamin Scott, on May 30, 2008. He joins brother Aaron (3 years old). Marc is a partner with the law firm Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, PC, in Manhattan. The family lives in West Orange, N.J.

David Moskowitz and his wife, Hilary, welcomed a son, Benjamin Robert, on Aug. 28, 2008. David is a tax manager at Ernst & Young LLP, and lives with his family in Verona, N.J.



Avery SchuchmanDaniel Schuchman and his wife, Ilana (Silberman) Schuchman '98, welcomed a daughter, Avery Taylor (pictured at left), on Oct. 4, 2008.

 

'97
Robert Leibowitz
and his wife, Rebecca, welcomed a daughter, Julia Hanna, on Dec. 23, 2008, in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Robert is principal planner to the Ulster County Planning Department in Kingston, N.Y.

Allison Miller, MA '03, PhD '06 is team leader and clinical psychologist at the Binghamton Vet Center, which opened in January and is part of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.

Eddie Tafoya, PhD wrote The Legacy of the Wisecrack: Stand-up Comedy as the Great American Literary Form (BrownWalker Press, 2009). He is an associate professor of American literature and creative writing at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., and a professional comedian. He contracted with Greenwood Press to write an encyclopedia of icons of African-American comedy, which is due to be published next year.



'98
April M. Beisaw, MA, PhD ’07
and James G. Gibb, MA '85, PhD '94 edited The Archaeology of Institutional Life (University of Alabama Press, 2009). Owen Lindauer '79 authored a chapter in the book.

Dale Elliott married Andrew Vernal on Oct. 4, 2008 in New Rochelle, N.Y. Guests included Terrence Nichols '83; Kidan Yigzaw '97; Maid of Honor Rachel Altschuler '98; Christine Sheremeta and Eileen Meaney, both '99. The couple lives in Manhattan.

Charles "Cully" Perrenod, MSEd '01 and his wife, Stacy (Krug) Perrenod '98, welcomed their second child, Brett Ryan, on Dec. 12, 2008. He joins brother Evan. The family lives in Connecticut.

Ella Ross
Rob Ross and his wife, Victoria, welcomed a daughter, Ella Kerren (pictured at left), on Jan. 19, 2008. Rob is administrative director of The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division. Rob can be contacted through Facebook.

Shawn Weil was promoted to director of the modeling and simulation division at Aptima, Inc. He defines and oversees the division's strategy and leads its business development activities. He lives outside Boston with his wife, Beren Weil '98, and their son. Shawn can be reached at shawn.weil@yahoo.com.

Staci Weiner and her husband, Joshua, welcomed twin sons, Braydon Cole and Cody Reid, on March 20, 2009.

 

 

Koch-Garten wedding'99
Gregory M. Koch, Esq.
married Danielle H. Garten, Esq. (pictured at left), on Nov. 29, 2008, in Garden City, N.Y. The wedding party included E. Riggs Monfort '97 and Dr. Phillip Goldstein '00. Guests included Karl Baum '00 and Mark Peltz '01. The couple honeymooned in Maui. Gregory is an officer in an executive branch agency of the federal government.

Alex OrnsteinDebbie (Manitta) Ornstein and her husband, Eric Ornstein '99, welcomed their first child, Alex Scott (pictured at right), on Jan. 9, 2009. The family lives in Massapequa, N.Y.

Laura Martin married Russell Foley on Oct. 11, 2008, in New Haven, Ct. Guests included Marc Katzenberg '98; Beth (Carlton) Feinstein, Renee (Rosenkrantz) Katzenberg and Sara (Attas) Feldman, all '99.

Alexander Tsukerman graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2000, and completed an emergency medicine residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 2004. He works in private practice. Alexander married Victoria Shamilova, and lives in Brooklyn with her and their son, Samuel Alexander (2 years old).

 


'00
Steven Goldberg
is a producer for the YES Network in New York, working on a variety of studio programs, including New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets pre- and post-game shows.

Rachel (Chertok) Ostrow and her husband, Jonathan Ostrow '00, welcomed a daughter, Sydney Mia, on Dec. 16, 2008. Rachel is a graphic designer for Tommy Hilfiger, and Jonathan is a math teacher in the New York City school system. The family lives in Forest Hills, N.Y. 

Mateo NakhlehMaria (Colon) Nakhleh and her husband, Nader Nakhleh '00, welcomed a son, Mateo Noel (pictured at left) , on Nov. 19, 2008. The family lives in Silver Spring, Md.



Jaime Kahan '00Jaime T. Kahan (pictured at right) was inducted to the Friars Club on Oct. 27, 2008. Guests included her parents Miriam and Steve, brother Samuel Kahan '06, and her boyfriend Scott R. Rifkin '95. Jaime is a senior manager in the technology risk services group at Ernst & Young in New York.

Jennifer E. Langdon, PhD wrote Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood (Columbia University Press, 2009). The book discusses the challenges that Hollywood radicals faced within the studio system.  Scott was a film producer for RKO blacklisted at the peak of his career.

 

Michaelian-Szczepanski weddingChristina Michaelian married Michael Szczepanski (pictured at left) on Aug. 9, 2008, in Rockleigh, N.J. Guests included Elena (Field) Olin '99; Anastasia Martino, Adrienne (Ianniello) Schultz, Wendy (Krug) Baum, Karl Baum and Kelly Shaffer, all '00; Jackie Youchah and Deanna Zanetti, both '01. The couple honeymooned in Croatia, and lives in Queens. Christina is an urban planner at Philip Habib & Associates in Manhattan.

Rachel Rashkin-Shoot published two self-help books for children and adolescents: Feeling Better: A Kid’s Book about Therapy (APA/Magination Press, 2005) and An Umbrella for Alex (PDAN Press, 2006).

Leia (Ziolkowski) Bell and her husband, Nate, welcomed a daughter, Gwenn Abigail, on Jan. 12, 2009.

 

 



'01
Howie Brody
and Samantha Levy '04 were married on Sept. 27, 2008 in Plainview, N.Y.  The wedding party included George Pourakis '00, Daniel Brody '03, and Abbey Martin '04. Guests included Ellen and Joe Firer, both '75; Rebecca Reischer, Steven Rossi and Lauren (Friedman) Orenstein, all '00Eric Firer, Christopher Kibler, Jared Bernstein, Eric Orenstein, Michael Castaldi, Andrew Loux, Wesley DeVoe, Danielle Leder, Roel Cousins, Neil Smith and Jodie Bass, all '01Raina (Forman) Silver and Peter Swansen, both '02; Cheryl Tanowitz, Rebecca (Kleinfeld) Firer, Julia (Stepanets) Firer, Elizabeth Solimine, Stefan Feldman, Adam Shea, all '03; and Shari (Cherno) Levine, Daniel Levine, Doug Leder, Michael Firer, Anthony Nash, Erin Barrell, Amanda (Scott) Farrell, Celeste (Leggieri) Tyler, Brian Cantor, Heather Salant and Brian Trugman, all '04.  The couple lives in Manhattan.


Relf-Peros weddingMelissa Relf married Daniel Peros (pictured at left) on Jan. 24, 2009, in Carle Place, N.Y. The wedding party included Jessica (Clark) Mills and Carrie Scott, both '01. Guests included Brad Green '00; Jill Sandusky, Jennifer Zirnheld, Jennifer Maccardy, Kimberly Yuster, Melissa Metro and Brittany (Babits) Garavelli, all '01. Melissa received her MBA from Pepperdine University in 2008. The couple moved back to New York from Santa Monica, Calif. Melissa is a senior sales representative for Eli Lilly & Co., in Manhattan.

Kelly (Marks) Cavalli and her husband, Sergio, welcomed a daughter, Kiersten Ann, on Dec. 31, 2008. The family lives in White Plains, N.Y.

John RacitiCatherine Raciti (Cat Suchy) and her husband, Philip Raciti '01, welcomed a son, John Martin (pictured at right), on Nov. 11, 2008. The family lives in White Plains, N.Y. Catherine is a registered nurse at Westchester Medical Center, and Philip is a senior financial analyst and trader at Apidos Capital Management in Manhattan.

Jennifer (Wolf) Trakhtenberg and her husband, Eugene Trakhtenberg '01, welcomed a daughter, Julie Maya, on Jan. 12, 2009. Jennifer is director of human resources for Register.com, and Eugene is a pension consultant for JPMorgan. They live in Plainview, N.Y.



'02
Rachel Shelasky
is the founder of Hollywood Fourth, a branding company that produces custom apparel for promotional purposes. She would love to hear from classmates at Rachel@hollywoodfourth.com.

Christine Van Schaick Conti and her husband, Mike, welcomed a son, Alex. She earned a master’s degree at The University of Maryland and is a high school English teacher, volleyball coach, fitness instructor and personal trainer.

Michael Werner married Michele DeFalco '05 in Bethpage, N.Y., on Jan. 4, 2009. Guests included Andrea Rieger '77; Brad Epstein, Rob Diubaldo, Marc Rosa and Dave Gagliardotto, all '01; Dan Bodner '02; Brian Burton '03; Arielle Altman '04; Matt Feinman, Melissa Lubin and Alix Glasser, all '05; Crysten Yodowitz and Josh Bogaty '06; Alissa Ruckel '07; Nicole DeFalco and Stefanie Rieger '08.

'04
Allison Hanley
displayed 13 photographs, some of which were taken in the Finger Lakes of New York, in an art show in January at the Pop Factory in West Hollywood, Calif.

Lindsey Krecko received her DDS from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 2008. She moved to Chicago to complete a residency in general dentistry at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she accepted the position of chief resident until 2010.


Heather K. Pierce '05'05
Brandon Gardner
is an improv teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, and was selected to join the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company.

Heather K. Pierce (pictured at right) was admitted to the New York state Bar. She is an attorney for Hodgson Russ LLP in Buffalo, N.Y., focusing her practice on insurance defense of construction injury cases.

 


Chen-Inglima wedding'06
Lila Chen
married Nicholas Inglima (pictured at left) on Jan. 18, 2009, in Tarrytown, N.Y. The wedding party included Chelsea Kemp '06. Guests included Jack Walker '08. Lila received her master’s degree from The New School and works at Kessler Foundation Research Center. 

Jamie Knudsen was a "20 in their Twenties" honoree by the Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition. She is an account assistant at Riger Advertising in Binghamton, N.Y., and a leader in several community service endeavors.

 

 

 


IN MEMORIAM
Kenneth Lindsay
, professor emeritus of art history, died on March 2, at the age of 89.   Lindsay joined the Harpur faculty in 1951, and taught at the College for 40 years.  He worked in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section of the U.S. Army that saved thousands of pieces of artwork which were looted by the Nazis.  Lindsay discussed his work in the 2006 documentary The Rape of Europa.  He is survived by his wife, Christine, a daughter, son and two grandchildren. 

Donald E. Westlake died in December 2008. He attended Harpur College in the 1950s. He was a beloved writer of comedy/crime novels and screenplays.

Robert T. Shannahan '56 died on Feb. 28, 2009, at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Eloise; sons Kevin and Thomas; and several nieces and nephews. He was born and raised in Binghamton, N.Y., and worked for many years at Eastman Kodak.

Judy G. (Kazan) Klipstein '65 died on March 5, 2009, at the age of 65. She was married to her husband Frank for 44 years, and is survived by her sons Mike, Robert and Jeffrey; grandchildren Owen, Tate, Jack, Flynn and Meghan; sisters Eileen and Phyllis; and several nieces and nephews.

Richard Levy '65 died on Feb. 24, 2009, at the age of 64, from complications following cancer surgery. He was a professor, realtor and activist. He taught at the University of Portland and Portland Community College in Oregon. Richard founded Windermere Community Commercial Realty in 2004, and was very active in the Democratic Party. He is survived by his partner of 39 years, Larry Hobnet.

Cynthia Saeli Kudva '87 died on Nov. 22, 2008, in New York, at the age of 43. She had worked for the last ten years at Behrman Capital. She is survived by her husband, Prabhakar Kudva; her parents, John and Janet Saeli; and many relatives.  In her memory, donations can be made to the Cynthia Kudva Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Binghamton University Foundation, PO Box 6005, Binghamton, NY 13902.

Major John Pryor '88, while serving his second tour as a combat surgeon with the U.S. Army, was killed by enemy fire in Iraq on Dec. 25, 2008.  He is survived by his wife, three children and many relatives. As a student at Binghamton, Pryor was involved with Harpur's Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service. He was instrumental in the development of the student-run medical emergency response team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Bryan Ayotte '98 died on June 4, 2008, at his home in Danbury, Conn. He was 34 years old. He was director of music at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ridgefield, Conn. He was pursuing a doctoral degree in music at Indiana University. He is survived by his parents, Joanne and Peter; his brother Eric; niece Devin; nephew Joshua; and uncle Joseph Renk.

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