Class of 1954 Who's Who & Where Continued

Barbara Unger-Sakano (nee Frankel), B.A., M.A.: was an English major as well as a reporter for The Campus, and a recipient of the History Award. She also received her Master’s degree from CCNY, in 1957. She did postgraduate work at New York University between 1963—1969, and received a certificate in counseling.

From 1969-1995, she was Professor of English at Rockland Community College of The State of New York. Although she retired in 1995, Barbara continued to teach, as an Adjunct Professor, at Rockland Community College from 1995-2002.

Barbara is listed with/has professional memberships with the following:  PEN; Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers; Poets & Writers; Marquis Who’s Who and Marquis Who’s Who in American Women; Granger’s Index to Poetry; Associated Writing Programs; Poets & Writers, Inc.; and the Hudson Valley Writer’s Center. She has led several workshops, including: “Remember the Magic” 17th Annual International Women’s Writing Guild Summer Conference at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York; Wildwood Poetry Conference at Harrisburg Area Community College; and as a visiting poet at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. She is the author of numerous publications, such as Bronx Accent: A Literary and Pictoral History of the Borough (2000); Inside the Wind (poetry, 1986); and The Man Who Burned Money (chapbook, 1980).  Bronx Accent was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Observer, and more. Barbara has participated in a large number of readings, and held residencies at The Dorset Writers’ Colony, Squaw Valley Community of the Arts, etc. Her writing has also appeared in anthologies and journals. She has been nominated twice for The Pushcart Prize, for her poetry; received the New York Society Library Award (2000) for Bronx Accent; the Best Short Stories by Emerging Writers Award from American Fiction; and the New Letters Literary Award, among others.  

Memories:  “Working for the newspaper. Teddy Goodman’s creative writing classes.”

Dr. Max J. Wisotsky, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.: was a chemistry major as well as a member of the Baskerville Society and Hillel. He received his M.S. in chemistry from the University of Connecticut in 1957, and his Ph.D., also in chemistry, from Pennsylvania State University in 1964.

From 1957-1961, Max was a research chemist at Texaco Research Center. From 1965-1994, he was a research associate at Exxon Research and Engineering, Co. Max retired in 1994. He is currently a member of the following: the American Chemical Society (since 1954); the Society of Automotive Engineers (since 1971); and the Sigma Xi Research Society (since 1957). He is also an officer and member of the board of directors of various schools, temples, etc. He has published articles in professional journals and is the owner of 30 domestic patents and 100 international patents. In 1986, Max was awarded Most Valuable Patent of the Year by the Exxon Chemical Company; he was awarded the Israel Peace Medal from State of Israel Bonds in 2008.

Stanley Wlodarczyk, B.M.E.: was a mechanical engineering major. He served in the U.S. military from 1954-1956 as a 1st lieutenant SGS, stationed in France. From 1956 until his retirement in 1992, he was a Senior Project Engineer at P &W Aircraft, involved in the development of several commercial jet engines, as well as the fuel cell for the Apollo Space Program. He is active in cultural and political clubs, where he has served as president and chair of the Board of Governors.

Memories: “The friends I made, the daily subway ride, and the climb up the hill—long gone but not forgotten.”

Dr. Irwin Yellowitz, B.S.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.: graduated magna cum laude. He earned his Master’s degree at City College in 1955, and holds a Ph.D. from Brown University in 1961. Dr. Yellowitz was a professor of history at City College from 1961 until his retirement in 1996. He also taught at the CUNY Graduate Center (1976-1996) and at Tel Aviv University as a Fulbright professor (1979-1980). He has been active in CUNY’s instructional union from the 1960s until the present, including service as Treasurer (1984-1997) and Chair of its large Retirees Chapter (2000-2006). He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State United Teachers (1988-1998); a member of the Council of the American Association of University Professors; and has been President of the New York Labor History Association since 1998. In addition to writing many articles and book reviews, and presenting papers and lectures, Dr. Yellowitz is the author of two books, and the editor and contributor to three others. He, and his wife, Barbara, have one daughter and three grandchildren.

Memories of CCNY: Without the opportunity offered by the College, and the high quality of the education we received, I could never have reached my personal and professional goals.

Bernard Zimmerman, B.B.A., M.B.A.: was a business major at Baruch College He went on to earn his M.B.A. from the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration in 1957. From 1955-1957, he served with the United States Army Special Agency Service. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1961.

From 1965-1972, he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance with Scheinman, Hochstein & Trotta, Inc. (member firm NYSE). From 1981-1983, he was Senior Vice President of Unity Buying Service Co., Inc. He was Senior Vice President of Gruntal & Co. from 1983-1984. He has been President of Bernard Zimmerman & Company, Inc. since 1972. In this capacity, Mr. Zimmerman serves as an investment/merchant banker and consultant to public and private companies.

Mr. Zimmerman has been a member of the Board of Directors of numerous public companies, including: member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Sbarro, Inc.; Director of the Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine at Temple University; and President and Chairman of the Board of Beacon Hill Management. He is the current President and CEO of FCCC, Inc., of Norwalk, Connecticut.

Mr. Zimmerman and his wife have two children: Wayne, who has an M.B.A. from Columbia University Business School, and Ellen, who has an M.B.A. from University of  Pennsylvania Wharton Business School.

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