Gary Friedmann, vice chair of the Bar Harbor, Maine town council, has launched a project, A Climate to Thrive, the goal of which is to make Mount Desert Island energy-independent by 2030. In this program, six committees with dozens of volunteers work on climate solutions that strengthen the local community through initiatives in alternative energy, building efficiency, transportation, zero waste, local food, and public policy.
Geoff Ginsburg reports, “Life is good here in North Carolina,” where he continues his work in precision medicine and engineering as director of the Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He has also started a company, Host Response, to bring novel disease diagnostics to the market, and a nonprofit company, Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative, an international organization aimed at fostering global partnerships to advance genomics in the practice of medicine. Geoff is “always happy to have visitors who are in the area” (twitter: @PersonalizedMed).
Tim Hollister’s daughter, Martha, is starting her senior year at Hampshire College, where she is studying video game design. His book, His Father Still, was an Oprah Book Club recommended summer read this July. The second edition of his previous book, Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving, will be published next September.
Lisa Landsman writes from Cabin John, Md., that she received her master’s in public heath from Johns Hopkins University and is heading back into the job market as a public health lawyer. Additionally, “my three kids are all doing well, and I have two adorable little grandkids.”
Mark Laser took a seven-week break this year from his obstetrics and gynecology practice in Trumbull, Conn., to participate in the ARC Europe sailing rally. He sailed across the Atlantic in his own boat with a crew of three, taking first place in all three legs. Preparation included obtaining a Coast Guard Master Captain’s license and learning celestial navigation, and the adventure included “30-knot winds and 20-foot seas, flying fish, dolphins and even a whale or two…one more item checked off the bucket list.”
Susan Loonsk has moved from Wisconsin to Shepherdstown, W.Va. She welcomes anyone regionally to contact her at email@example.com.
Lucy Mize reports that she continues to love her work at the Asia Bureau of USAID, managing “a very strong health team” with programming in 17 countries. She traveled to Denmark and Bangladesh this year, making that “72 countries I have visited in the course of work or play.” Her son, Thaddeus ’17, is a senior at Wesleyan where he is co-captain of the crew team. Her daughter, Belle, is a high school junior, and her husband, Tim, continues traveling extensively for the World Bank (they are hoping for his next assignment to be Mozambique). Her father, David Mize ’51, continues to stay active traveling despite the passing of Lucy’s mother last year. Baseball is Lucy’s “best diversion.” She enjoys following her hometown Washington Nationals with Bill Tabor ’79.
David Nussenbaum reports that “after 30-something years in the business world” he has assumed responsibility for the Bronx Arts Ensemble (bronxartsensemble.org), a nonprofit organization teaching music, dance, theater and art in more than 40 public schools, and producing professional concerts. He welcomes classmates to attend the shows, which have included Wesleyan music professor Jay Hoggard ’76. He says that his wife, Betsy, and his daughter, Julia, “make me very happy and proud.”
George Raymond writes that, for the third year in a row, he and his wife took the TGV in June from their home near Basel—where they have lived for 27 years—to spend a weekend in Provence with his former Wesleyan economics professor, Peter Kilby and his wife. “We’ve managed to keep in touch ever since I handed in my last CSS paper.”
Harvey Silberman has just finished his 12th year on the bench in LA, where he serves as a judge of the Superior Court. He also directs and distributes indie films. His son graduated from Colorado College and now works for Disney Productions. At a Wesleyan event this past year in Beverly Hills, Harvey saw Peter Heller ’84 and Dana Delany, “whom I directed in Lion in Winter so many years ago…great to see them!”
Marisa Smith and her husband, Eric Kraus, have owned Smith and Kraus Publishers for the past 25 years, specializing in theater-related books, with over 650 titles in print. In recent years, “on a lark” Marisa began writing plays as well—which has turned into an unexpected second career perfectly timed with empty nest-hood. Her comedy Saving Kitty starred Jennifer Coolidge last summer in Cambridge, Mass., and Mad Love has been at Northern Stage in Vermont and the New Jersey Repertory Company. Sons Luke and Peter are, respectively, a law student at Wake Forest and a sommelier/chef in LA.
Jim Washington relays an overdue update, as “I think it might be nice for some and vex others that I’m still alive.” He and his wife, Mary Lu, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year with a summer trip to Amsterdam followed by a cruise along the North Sea, stopping in Norwegian villages and crossing into the Arctic Circle. Jim continues to work in Dartmouth’s admissions office and will soon begin his inaugural year of board service for Boston Prep Academy, a charter school that draws students from urban areas familiar to Jim, such as his hometown of Roxbury, Mass. In the spring, Jim will return to the classroom in pursuit of a second master of arts degree as a student in Dartmouth’s MALS creative writing program. His latest published poetry can be found in the Main Street Rag summer 2016 edition.
Dave Wilson continues his work as a jazz saxophonist, band leader, and composer. His latest album, There Was Never, was released in November 2015, reaching #18 in the Nationwide Jazz Radio Countdown. Dave lives in Lancaster, Pa. with his wife, Lisa, and their four cats.
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