CLASS OF 1984 | 2020 | ISSUE 2

Hello, classmates!

What can we say in times like these? I heard from a few of you, who had nothing to report but just wanted to respond in some way. Michael “Misi” Polgar, Marc Sholes, and Michael Murphy all send their greetings, and Dave Blauer writes from Cape Cod that he wishes everyone and their loved ones health, happiness, and security.

Robert Leland writes from his Los Altos Hills, Calif., perch above Silicon Valley. He’s 15 miles from Google, Apple, and Cisco, but his cell service “completely sucks.” He describes this “strange place to live—billionaires here and there and then on the street El Camino outside of Stanford University are 40 broken down RVs where workers live in them.” His son, Davis, is enrolled in CAL next year. He is feeling his age (aren’t we all?), and offers that Wesleyan is known in California as the “Berkeley of the East.”

Scott Pearson reports he will be leaving his job with the DC Public Charter School Board after eight-and-a-half-years. After spending months dealing with shutdowns and keeping students connected (even providing devices to families), he reflects on the extraordinary giving spirit he has seen. The most exciting action, Scott says, is in public service at the state and local level, where a mayor or governor can make an “immediate and positive difference.” He is looking forward to some fun times—sailing, skiing, hiking, cycling, reading, learning, and celebrating his marriage of 25 years to Diana Farrell ’87. Even though neither of his children opted for Wesleyan, they turned out happy and healthy despite it all. Scott is grateful for his time at Wes and his dear friends, helping to navigate this crazy world.

Rick Davidman ran into Jennifer Watkins in early March, at the Art of Paper Fair in New York (resulting in a mini-Gingerbread House reunion). Rick, former head of DFN Gallery, was curating a booth, and Jennifer was there representing her Boston-based firm, PSG Framing.

Karen Wise is tickled pink she will be able to add P’24 next to ’84 in the alumni listing, as her daughter enrolled at Wes in the fall. Status of the all-campus opening is unclear at this time, though her son hopes to be entering his senior year at Colby, and her daughter hopes to be teaching elementary school in the fall (having completed her master’s at BU). Karen has worked full-time at home for decades—editing cookbooks and other “trade non-fiction” (parenting, self-help, health, entertainment, memoir, etc.)—so her work life has not changed much since the pandemic began.

Jonathan Sadowsky let us know that his book, The Empire of Depression: A New History, will be available from Polity Books in November.

Kari Friedman Collier is back to work at reduced hours at Barnes and Noble, and is grateful for that. She had been scheduled to give a lay preacher’s sermon during Lent, but like many events, it was canceled. She is filling the time, reading a lot of Longfellow and other early American writers.

Michael Feldman is working and studying at home in D.C. His wife, Diane ’86, is working for Bloomberg Law as team lead for transactions. Son Harry was accepted to Washington University in St. Louis, and of course, is waiting to hear if the campus will be open. And fortunate timing, a new puppy was welcomed into the household just before the pandemic hit. Read Michael’s piece that he was asked to write for the Foreign Service Journal about his theater and policy work at afsa.org.

And that’s the news this time around. Best to all of you.

Michael Steven Schultz | mschultz84@wesleyan.edu

CLASS OF 1984 | 2020 | ISSUE 1

Hello, classmates! I apologize for my lapse last time around. We do have some news this month. It’s lovely to hear from you all. It warms me in my (imminent) dotage.

Maureen Sweeney directs the Immigration Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law in Baltimore, where she lives with her husband. Her three adult children joined them on a 16-day trip rafting at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. She would like to give a shout-out for Malu Rydfors to drop a line sometime.

Karen Rothblatt Zilberstein’s book, Parents Under Pressure: Struggling to Raise Children in an Unequal America, has won two 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards since it was published last year (in the categories of Parenting/Family and Current Events/Social Change). In more personal news, after 26 years of working while parenting three children, she is now an empty nester. Despite the creaky joints (and because of the extra time) she has run two half-marathons since the summer; though that is about as much as she is prepared to do.

Steven Barg has left Goldman Sachs after nearly 10 years and is joining Elliott Management as global head of corporate engagement (one of the leading alternative asset managers). After nearly 35 years as an investment banker, he is looking forward to his move to the buy-side. He is now an empty nester and is wondering why he is still putting up with the Northeast winter.

Scott Pearson will be stepping down as executive director of the District of Columbia Public Charter Board at the end of May 2020, after 8.5 years. He has been focused on how public charter schools can play a constructive role in improving public education. With both children in college, he is setting a new course.

Nina Mullen is proud to have been selected as landscape designer of the year by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. Her design, Panoramic Haven, in the Oakland Hills of California, converted a vast lawn to a stunningly vibrant, water-wise space with sweeping views for relaxing and entertaining. Her design for her client developed the surrounding natural landscape of verdant green winter and tawny summer. You can see more of her work at mullendesign.net.

Murrey Nelson has been in San Francisco for 20 years, despite her long-abandoned vow to leave and return to NYC after only two. She has concentrated on fundraising for the arts for 14 years and is in her third year as development director of two-time Grammy-winning choral ensemble, Chanticleer. She is active in the theatre community, serving on the board of a Middle Eastern theatre company, Golden Thread. Recently, she was in NYC and caught up with Lea Barth (who is getting ready to send her last child off to college next year). She has also been in contact with Paul Oh and Philip Anker ’86.

I am sorry to not be in closer touch with our Philadelphia classmates. Simone Zelitch’s fifth novel Judenstaat is now available from PM Press (an alternative history of Germany had it been established as a Jewish state). And Julia Lopez has a book of poetry scheduled to be released in the spring and is working at Mural Arts Philadelphia as program manager in the department of art education. (Julia’s blog is juliascarnaval.blogspot.com).

Also, you should see what Vashti Dubois ’83 has accomplished at The Colored Girls Museum in Germantown (thecoloredgirlsmuseum.com). I have been to her space several times and it is extraordinary.

Michael Steven Schultz | mschultz84@wesleyan.edu

CLASS OF 1984 | 2019 | ISSUE 3

I am sorry to not have an update this month.  Wesleyan converted their mail system and I did not get the notification that it was time to collect news. It’s too late to catch up this time around, but by the time you read this I will be sending out the next call for notes. (After all, we just had a slew of new for the Reunion, so a month off to center ourselves will do us all good.)

Hope all is well, and talk to you next time.

Michael Steven Schultz | mschultz84@wesleyan.edu

Newsmaker: Joel Armijo ’84

Joel Armijo ’84 is the new chief financial officer of Comcast Advertising, the advertising arm of Comcast Cable, a division of Comcast Corporation. He previously worked in senior leadership, finance, and strategy roles at fuboTV, AT&T, DirecTV, Merrill Lynch, Cablevision, and Time Warner. Marcien Jenckes, president of advertising at Comcast Cable, said, “[Joel] has helped launch and raise venture capital funding for new category entrants, built teams from scratch, led companies through major new product launches and mergers, and acquisitions, and covered our industry as an equity analyst. His skill set is incredibly versatile, rich, and diverse and we are excited to have him on board.” At Wesleyan, Armijo majored in history and earned his MBA from UCLA.

Roger W. Pincus ’84

Roger W. Pincus ’84 passed away on Feb. 14, 2019. He was 56. Roger majored in government while at Wesleyan. He then earned a JD from the University of Pennsylvania and a MFA from George Mason University. He served for several years as a class secretary for the Class of 1984. He leaves behind his wife Jamie and three children, Heather ’19,  Jillian ’22, and Melanie.

CLASS OF 1984 | 2019 | ISSUE 1

Hello, classmates! This month we feature a Class of ’84 book club.

Lee McIntyre has a new book coming out in May entitled The Scientific Attitude (MIT Press, 2019), which concerns how to think about what is distinctive about science, with an eye toward defending it against science deniers. The blurb on Amazon reads: “Attacks on science have become commonplace. Claims that climate change isn’t settled science, that evolution is ’only a theory,’ and that scientists are conspiring to keep the truth about vaccines from the public are staples of some politicians’ rhetorical repertoire. Lee McIntyre argues that what distinguishes science from its rivals is what he calls ’the scientific attitude’ caring about evidence and being willing to change theories on the basis of new evidence.”

Francesca Jenkins (who writes under the name Arya) announces her short story collection, Blue Songs in An Open Key, was published by Fomite Press in November. Reviewing it for Booklist, Mark Levine noted, “These are powerful stories with appeal to more than just jazz aficionados.” Besides her literary goals, she had a rich experience as a disaster volunteer with the Red Cross, deployed to help those impacted by hurricanes in North Carolina.

Michael “Misi” Polgar teaches at Penn State Hazelton and has written Holocaust and Human Rights Education, published by Emerald. The book addresses “crucial questions” of how to explore the narrative of the Holocaust by “exploring the way in which we teach and learn about [it].”

Julie Reiss has edited and published an anthology on art and the environmental crisis titled Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene (Vernon Press, 2018).

Apart from the book announcements, we heard from Paul Baker who got his bachelor’s in art history at Wes and went on to a master’s in 1987 at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Paul is a professional sculptor in San Francisco, working in the medium of “found objects” in his own studio.

Paul is working on an elaborate project based on The Grand Tour as it was taken by the upper class in the mid-1890s, heavily inspired by his History of Photography course. He imagines a fictional character, an amateur photographer, whose steamer trunk full of camera gear is stolen on the way to Constantinople; then goes around to the bazaars in the city and buys old lenses and other gear—and builds his own cameras. Paul is constructing the most elaborate and beautiful and creative “cameras” using a wide variety of found objects. You can see some of his work at c-clampstudios.com. He was strongly influenced by Prof. John Risley’s Visual Connections and wood working studio and the ambience of the “monolithic” CFA.

Paul would love to hear from alumni whose relatives made the Grand Tour, especially to exotic locales like Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and the Holy Lands. You can visit his website or write to me and I’ll put you in touch.

We got word that Doris Barry passed away on June 11, 2018. Ricardo Granderson sent a loving tribute: “She had a 30-year career on Wall Street where she managed and inspired staff while battling lupus. A woman of faith who loved her family and friends, Doris was a member of Delta Theta Sigma and on the board of trustees at Concord Baptist Church, where she inspired many of the church’s best and brightest to attend Wesleyan. Doris loved Wesleyan, and her legacy will be evident in the scores of students who attended Wes because she was the university’s number-one cheerleader, especially for first generation students of color.”

Finally, a public service announcement from the Reunion committee, who want to remind everyone to head to campus May 24-26 for our 35 Reunion, featuring a ’84 dance party with “Kung Fu,” a Foss Hill Roll, and the requisite cocktails and dining. I will be there this year and will look for “live news feeds” from you all.

Michael Steven Schultz | mschultz84@wesleyan.edu

Doris P. Barry ’84

Doris P. Barry ’84 passed away on June 11, 2018. She had a 30-year career on Wall Street where she managed and inspired staff while battling Lupus. A woman of faith who loved her family and friends, Doris was a member of Delta Theta Sigma, Incorporated, and was on the Board of Trustees at Concord Baptist Church where she inspired many of the church’s best and brightest to attend Wesleyan. Doris loved Wesleyan and her legacy will be evident in the scores of students who attended Wesleyan because she was the University’s number-one cheerleader especially for first generation students of color. See her obituary here.

We thank Ricardo Granderson ’84 for this heartfelt tribute.

CLASS OF 1984 | 2018 | ISSUE 3

Greetings to you all at the start of our 25th Reunion year. Hope to see some of you on Foss Hill from Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26, 2019.

My thanks to Roger Pincus for being co-class secretary these last few years. Roger has stepped down to concentrate on his now-empty nest, as daughter Jillian ’22 has started at Wesleyan, joining sister Heather ’19. Daughter Melanie is a sophomore at Brown and is referred to in Roger’s mail as “the family traitor.”

Laura Meyer is a professor of art history at California State University, Fresno, and husband David Lorey ’83 is a freelance consultant, working mostly with nonprofit organizations. Laura and David are celebrating 36 years together. She says, “Some of you may have wondered what the hell we were thinking having a baby (our daughter Lee Alex) during my senior year and generally behaving in an irrational, young-love-fueled way.” She is grateful to Wesleyan and to the fates. Lee Alex retired from the San Francisco Ballet after 15 years and is working toward a new career as a personal trainer and healer; son Robin is a senior at UCLA this year studying archeology. Laura thinks warmly of her many Wes friends who shared time with her, and even put up with her “stealing their sandwiches.”

James Glickman joined several classmates in their 19th annual baseball weekend, combining their love of baseball with their interest in historical sites (and food and beer). Along with Mark Randles, Michael Bailit, Bill Barry, and Hans Schweiger, they went to Atlanta to see the Braves and the MLK Center. Jay and Gail Jenkins Farris hosted them for a barbecue dinner, and Teresa Chin joined the festivities. Jim also joined Ellen Glazerman, who had just moved to Needham, Mass., for the 4th of July fireworks.

I was sent a picture of a group of classmates enjoying dinner at a Korean restaurant in New York. Randy Frisch, Monica Elias, Dan Motulsky, Sarah Jamison, Dana Sachs, Jeddy Lieber, Eileen Kelly, and Anthony Richter raised a toast to their being “not older, but better.”

David Rosenbaum is getting married in May (so may not make Reunion). He has been in the Boston area for 35 years, working as a senior solution architect at Acquia.

David also contributes a bit of sad news. Don Gillis has passed away. Don served in the Marines and taught at Brockton High School in Massachusetts. His full obituary is here: keohane.com/services/donald-s-gillis.

That’s pretty much all the news that’s fit to print, and a little that isn’t.

Michael Steven Schultz | mschultz84@wesleyan.edu

CLASS OF 1984 | 2018 | ISSUE 2

Jeff Hush, together with Dar Williams ’89, Banning Eyre ’79, Professor Chris Chenier, and George Perez ’20, has launched the Middletown Green Community Center in Middletown, Conn., with the intention of taking over the building at 51 Green Street, a building that Wesleyan previously operated. MGCC is in negotiations with the City of Middletown over this building. Dar held a benefit concert for MGCC on Mother’s Day at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

MGCC is a collaboration between Wesleyan alumni and Middletown community leaders. Its mission is to improve the lives of underserved people and families in Middletown and the surrounding towns by developing high-tech skills, instilling healthier lifestyles through training in food and movement, and instruction in the musical, visual, and performing arts. To find out more, visit middletowngreencc.org.

Effective April 5, Jeff Neuman was named senior vice president, corporate secretary, and general counsel of Tronox Limited, a global mining and inorganic chemicals company. Jeff previously served as vice president, corporate secretary, and deputy general counsel of Honeywell International Inc.

In May, Arthur Haubenstock started as executive director of the California Efficiency and Demand Management Council. The Council is the trade association for energy efficiency and energy demand-side management in California, which has one of the most advanced markets for the demand side of the energy equation but, according to Arthur, still has far to go as one of the last major sectors of the economy to be disrupted.

Vicky Fish and her husband, Hugh Huizenga (Williams ’84), are excited that their twins, Andrew ’18 and Noah (Hamilton’18) graduated from college. Their youngest, Peter, is in Chile for a semester abroad. They live in Vermont, and Vicky completed her MSW and is a therapist at a community mental health clinic, working with the seriously mentally ill, which she finds very challenging and worthwhile.

Lee McIntyre has a new book out called Post-Truth (MIT Press, 2018), which is about the problem of “fake news” and “alternative facts” in today’s political arena. CNN named it a Book of the Week in April and it is an Amazon best seller.

Paul Gross is living in Seattle but has moved from software and not-for-profit board management to full-time work in clinical research for cerebral palsy (one of his son’s two neurological conditions). Paul is running a 21-center clinical research network with sites and multiple medical disciplines across the country. With this work came an adjunct appointment as an associate professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine. As a self-described “old dad,” Paul is trying his best to keep up with his first kid, who enters high school next year.

Jeddy Lieber spent a great year with his family in New York, where his daughters did a sophomore high school year at Saint Ann’s. He saw his son graduate from Penn. The family will be moving back to Paris in the fall.

Since 1999, Randy Frisch has run LoveCat Music, a music publishing company specializing in placing songs in films and TV shows. He’s had success with the music of Wesleyan alumni, including Caroline Horn, Gary Mezzi ’83, Bill Anschell ’83, Chris Erikson ’87, Dimitri Ehrlich ’87, and Brian McKenna ’04.

We are sad to report that our classmate, the Rev. Virginia H. Wilcox, died on Dec. 28 at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn. After receiving her undergraduate degree in religion, Ginny received her MDiv degree from Yale Divinity School. She was ordained in the New York Conference and served the following United Methodist churches in Connecticut: First UMC in Stamford, Summerfield UMC in Bridgeport, Middletown, Winsted, and Derby. She retired in 2016. According to her friends, she was a gifted preacher, an eloquent writer, and a talented artist. She was proud to receive the Reneen Steinberg Humanitarian Award for excellence in human services.

Heidi Ravis reports that efforts remain underway to collect donations to have a tree dedicated to our dear friend, Nancy Crown who died, on the Wesleyan campus. The plan is to have a ceremony at our 35th Reunion in 2019. Funding for this is being handled by way of donations to Wesleyan. Heidi advises that if you would like to contribute, you can do so through Wesleyan’s website, or by mail or phone. Just be sure to indicate that your donation is in memory of Nancy Crown, Class of 1984. A contact in the alumni office will track the donations. If you know of anyone else who might want to contribute, please share this information with them. Feel free to contact Heidi with any questions at hbravis@gmail.com.

Roger Pincus | rpincus84@wesleyan.edu

Michael Steven Schultz | mschultz84@wesleyan.edu