Morton Alpert, B.A., J.D.: majored in psychology. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1958. He remains active in his career as an attorney.
Laura C. Altschuler, (nee Arnstein), B.B.A.: was a member of the Retailing Society, House Plan, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Eta Mu Pi; she graduated magna cum laude. She is a former fashion buyer for Ohrbach’s, buying couture imports in Paris, Rome, and Florence, and having copies made by dress manufacturers in New York. Laura retired in 1963. She has been an active volunteer in various parent organizations and civic organizations in the 1970s and 1980s. She is an active member of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York—she is a past president—as well as a director of the Committee for Modern Courts. Laura and her husband have two children and four grandchildren.
Memories: “English classes and all the retailing and business classes, particularly the co-op program in my senior year, which led to a great job after graduation. I also met the man I would marry in my freshman year. He was a member of the Class of 1952. I loved reading The Ticker, and went to as many of our terrific theater productions as possible.”
George H. Andersen, B.S., M.S.: was a chemistry major and a member of the Baskerville Society. He graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1962. In 1975, he became a Certified Industrial Hygienist in Comprehensive Practice. He became a Registered Environmental Assessor in 1988.
From 1954-56, George was a Research Assistant in the Department of Anatomy at State University of New York’s College of Medicine. For five years (1956-1961), he was an Assistant Chemist at General Foods Corporation, where he researched metabolism of food and food additives. He was Vice President and Technical Director at X-Ray Monitoring Corporation. He was an Associate Radiochemist at the Department of Labor’s Division of Industrial Hygiene from 1963-64. George was Manager of Accelerator Applications at General Atomic from 1964-67. He was Vice President of ATCOR, Inc. from 1967-1970. For six years (1970-76), he was Environmental Consultant at Marsh and McLennan, where he acted as an in-house industrial hygiene advisor. He was Manager of Occupational Health, Corporate Health, Safety and Environmental Sciences at Allied-Signal, Inc. from 1976-1989. Since 1989, he has been a self-employed consultant, specializing in environmental risk assessments, industrial hygiene problems, and due diligence studies. George has been a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (New Jersey section) since 1978; he is a former president. He was a member of the American Nuclear Society. He is also the author of numerous book chapters and articles in technical journals.
Memories: “Relationships with professors.”
Sidney Azriliant, B.B.A.: I grew up in Astoria, Queens, from age 5 to 25. In between, I served in the U.S. Army at a SAC Air Force base near Caribou and Quebec during my time off. I also drove down to New York often to see my family and friends. I attended Stuyvesant High School, where I got a superior education. I chose CCNY because it was the best college in New York for the price, probably the best college in the U.S. I was a member of the Intra Mural Society and sponsored athletic events at the downtown school. I was a member of Delta Sigma Tau and had a great time in the fraternity. Most of my professors in the business school were very good, but Professors Chaykin and Brilloff were very special.
I also graduated Brooklyn Law School for a J.D. degree and later NYU Law School for an L.L.M. (Taxation) degree. I encouraged my clients to be charitable and I set up charitable lead trusts before the legal profession had charitable lead trusts. I’ve been involved in many complicated income tax and estate tax situations.
The turning points in my life were (1) after military service and becoming a CPA, I decided to attend law school, and (2), I married Wendy and had a wonderful marriage and raised a great family---Evan, Janine, and Cory; we presently have four great grandsons. Unfortunately, my beautiful wife Wendy passed away. Together with my father, sister and mother, my daughter ran in the November 13th New York City marathon in memory of her mother, running with Fred’s Team from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she raised several thousand dollars of contributions.
My hobbies were coin and stamp collecting and playing bridge. I loved all my time at CCNY, from the professional courses I attended, the 9th floor cafeteria where we played chess and bridge, and my fraternity. I was also a member of the CCNY (downtown) Bridge Team. I am still actively involved in the legal profession.
Regina Rottenberg Bisk, M.A.: majored in psychology education.
Gaspar B. Cipolla: Although I’ve lived in different places, I’ll always be a New Yorker. In the early 1920s, Papa and Mama took a bolder course and came to New York City from their homes in Sicily, past the proud and welcoming Statue of Liberty to Ellis Island. I was born in a tenement on the Lower East Side, in a neighborhood known as Little Italy. Papa insisted we always speak in English and treat everyone with respect, even strangers on the subway. I attended both public and parochial schools. At the age of twelve, my first job was working after school for $5 a week. I was a delivery boy for a tailor of men’s vests. In a factory, I learned to operate a serge machine. I was a basket weaver; I soldered cigarette folders; I filled tea bags. Other jobs were a silk screen printer, a grocery store delivery boy, a warehouse helper, and I pumped gas. I had all these jobs by the time I was fourteen years old!
“CCNY is free. All you have to do is take the test,” I overheard someone say at a popular neighborhood luncheonette. I had just graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School and didn’t earn enough money that summer to cover the $18 per credit cost at Fordham, the college where I had hoped to study Accounting.
It was the 1949-1950 season. CCNY won the NCIT and the NCAA Basketball Tournaments in the same year. In fact, it would be the only school ever to accomplish this feat! It was also the year I was fortunate to be admitted to the City College School of Business. The power of creative imagination and my artistic ability took me along the road less traveled, from the crowded road of Accounting to the less-trodden path of Advertising. At City, I learned to set marketing goals, create concepts and strategies, and produce advertising. I learned to develop the idea, the copy, the visualization, and finally, the production. Extracurricular activities included working for the school newspaper and magazine, boxing, and advertising seminars. I was disappointed not to be accepted into Alpha Delta Sigma, the advertising society. I shared a prize for a winning Gem Blade Advertising Campaign. And, for my four college years, I worked as a Student Assistant at the School of Education.
I graduated and was immediately drafted into the U.S. Infantry. During this transition, I was aware of the seriousness and intensity of my training. My platoon leader was impressed by my transformation and appointed me Squad Leader in Basic Training. One day after a seven mile forced march, I was awarded Battalion Top Scorer in physical fitness. My assigned duties included writing publicity releases for the Office of Public Information, an instructor in Troop Information & Education, and company legal clerk. In June of 1954, I couldn’t go to my prom or walk with the 1954 graduating class. I was confronting military training and maintaining my M-1. I received my B.B.A. degree, my treasure of wisdom, in the mail. I served with the Army of Occupation Germany, rather than Korea. In the Transportation Corp., I drove a deuce-and-a-half with a mounted 50 caliber machine gun. I was awarded medals for: Service in the Army of Occupation, National Defense, and Good Conduct.
After my discharge, I was inspired to become Scoutsmaster of Troop 238 on the Lower East Side, and earned a Service to Youth Award from the American Legion. It was also a time to stay focused and dedicate my energies to my vocation, a profession in advertising. A career that would span the next 40 dynamic years: from marketing, sales promotion, sales and advertising. I held various titles, from Advertsing Assistant, Assistant Advertising Manager, Sales Manager, Sales Promotion Manager, Print Production Manager to Vice President, Director of Print Production. This is a partial list of companies: L. Sonneborn & Sons; Maxwell Sackheim; Shulton; The Frank Kraus Co.; Wells, Rich, Greene, HutchesonSchutze; and BBDO South.
Because of my experience and reputation, I was asked to create and teach a college level course of instruction about the History and Principles of Advertising Print Production for the School of Visual Arts. Later, I taught this course at Parson’s School of Design, the Printing Institute of Illinois, and the Art Institute of Atlanta. I was also privileged to be a guest speaker at the Print Production Society of New York, the Chicago Printing Sales Club, and an advertising class at Georgia State. I was appointed a Curriculum Advisor for the Art Institute of Atlanta.
On the 8th of June 1990, I was asked and honored to be Commencement Speaker for the Art Institute of Atlanta. I spoke of “How I got here!” and “Why do I do the things I do!” I presented my credentials; spoke of CCNY, “an incredibly tough school, a business-minded school, a grindstone with a variety of progressive, talented, shaping and smoothing grinds!”
After retiring, I moved to Beaufort, North Carolina. There, I spent my time sailing, playing tennis, and competing in the Senior Citizen Olympic Games. Eventually, my family convinced me to return to the New York area. I moved to New Jersey and found it a comfortable lifestyle. However something was missing. With my B.B.A. degree in hand, and a knowledge of education I had acquired as a student assistant at the CCNY School of Education I was comfortable and confident enough to apply for a substitute teaching position in the Manalapan-Englishtown School DISTRICT. Now, for fourteen gratifying years, I am asked to substitute teach almost every day. I’ve been assigned 7th and 8th grade: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Spanish, French, Health, Physical Education, and Music and Special Education. Although my assignments have been primarily with the middle school, I also substitute teach 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes.
I’m known to both teachers and students as “Mr. Chip”, and I’m having the “time of my life!” When I take my position before a class, I’m inspired by the education I received at CCNY, the memory, and the spirit of those professors and teachers and classmates who molded me into the person I am today.
Regina Mermelstein Damon: The City College Years:
Class Year: 1954
Degree: B.S. in Education
2nd Degree from CCNY: M.S. in Education, 1957
Regina was an education major and a member of House Plan. She retired from her teaching career in 1995. She is a former member of CUE Center for Unlimited Enrichment, Queens College (1996-2006), and a current member of UFT, Si Beagle Learning Centers, and the Kew Gardens Community Center.
Fondest CCNY Memories: I loved studying in the Main Library, a formidable experience.
Dr. Joseph F. Dash, B.S., M.A., M.B.A., Ph..: grew up in the Bronx and graduated from De Witt Clinton High School. He chose CCNY for its free tuition. He majored in chemistry; the opera courses and classes with Professor Weinreich of the German Department were among his favorite activities. Upon his graduation from City College, Joseph went on to receive his Master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Texas in 1956; his M.B.A. from Rutgers University in 1962; and his Ph.D. in Business from Baruch College in 1974.
For ten years (1959-1969), he was Manager of Commercial Research at Celanese Plastics. In 1969, Joseph joined CBS Records, where he was Director of Planning. He became Director of Diversification of the CBS Records Group in 1972. Subsequently, he continued to receive various promotions: Director of New Product Development in 1975; Director of Business Development in in 1977; Vice President and General Manager of Business development in 1977; Vice President and General Manager of CBS Masterworks in 1980; he became Senior Vice President of that sector in 1982; and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sony Classical USA in 1989. In 1990, he was President of his own consulting firm, Dash & Associates. He currently holds that position. He counts these as some of his career highlights: creating the “first-in-the-industry” CBS Records “crossover label”; signing artists such as Placido Domingo, Wynton Marsalis, Philip Glass, Midori, and the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; watching the market share growth of Masterworks from 16%--24%; and the 6 gold and 2 platinum album awards CBS Records won while he was there.
Joseph has served as a consultant to the United Nations; a Board Member and Executive Committee Member of the Nephrology Foundation of Brooklyn; and a classical music consultant for Columbia House (the Record Club arm of CBS Records). He was also an adjunct professor at the M.B.A. program at Mercy College. He sat on numerous panels dealing with contract disputes involving individuals in the recording industry, TV production, real estate, healthcare, haute couture, medical practices and executive recruitment.
He is the author of fourteen articles/monographs published in professional journals such as Harvard Business Review and The Journal of Retailing. He is a member of the Research Society of America; Beta Gamma Sigma; Sigma Xi; and Phi Lambda Upslon.
Memories: “Sitting in Lewisohn Stadium between classes. Taking two semesters of Yiddish (German Department) under Professor Weinreich. Opera and classical music. Eating French cuisine.”
Leslie Derfler, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.: was born in New York City. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56. After graduating from CCNY, he went on to attend The University of Chicago, The University of Paris (Sorbonne), and Columbia University. The thesis of his Master’s degree (1957) was French Historians and the Origins of World War I; the thesis of his Ph.D. (1962) was Reformism: The Socialist Years of Alexandre Millerand.
Leslie spent his career teaching at various schools. From 1956-1960, he taught at New York City secondary schools. He taught at his alma mater, CCNY, from 1960-1962. This was followed by six years at Carnegie Mellon University, and one at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst (1968-69). In 1985, he was a Visiting Professor at the London Center of Florida State University. He was a professor at Florida Atlantic University for thirty-four years (1969-2003).
He has been the proud recipient of several awards and honors throughout his career, including: The Fulbright Travel Grant (1967); The Florida Atlantic University “Distinguished Scholar” Award (1982); The National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers (1984-85); and the Koren Prize, awarded by the Society for French Historical Studies for “Outstanding Article Published by an American or Canadian on French History” (1963-64).
Leslie is also the author of numerous publications, including: President and Parliament: A Short History of the French Presidency (1984); The Dreyfus Affair (2002); and Yitzhak Rabin: A Political Biography (2014). He is currently working on a new book, How Hardliners Become Soft: Ariel Sharon, Mikhail Gorbachev, F.W. de Klerk.
Memories: “My greatest experiences during my four years at CCNY were: exposure to the history courses offered by Aaron Noland, Milton Offutt, and Hans Kohn. I vividly recall the issue of the Observation Post that contained three of my stories; trying to hurl the discus for the track team in Lewisohn Stadium; working with weights in a small, un-air-conditioned room underneath the stadium; and the friends I made in House Plan (Remsen ’54).”
Joseph J. Dissler, B.M.E., M.S.M.E.: attended William Cullen Bryant High School in Astoria, Queens. He chose CCNY for its reputation and convenient location. At CCNY, he was a member of the Newman Club and Pi Tau Sigma, the national honorary mechanical engineering society; Professor Bishop of the mechanical engineering program was one of his favorite teachers. From 1954-1956, he attended the Drexel Institute of Technology. He received his M.S.M.E. from the RPI Hartford Graduate Center in 1961.
From 1956-1962, he was Project Engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion Program. From 1962-1971, he was Project Engineer of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. From 1971-1983, he was Project Manager at Gibbs & Hill, Inc. From 1986-1992, he was Resident Site Representative for Ogden Martin Systems Resource Recovery Plants in Babylon and Huntington, New York. He retired in 1994 as a mechanical/nuclear engineer. A major turning point in his life was switching from nuclear power fields to the resource recovery field. One of the highlights of his career was serving as the Project Manager for engineering and design of Brazil’s first nuclear power plant. He is a former member of ASME, ANS, and SAE.
Joseph is currently a lector and extra minister in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Greenlawn, New York; he formerly did pastoral care work at the church. Joseph and his wife have four children and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include swimming, biking, and other sports.
Memories: “Having lunch with other engineering students in the school cafeteria. Having a two--hour break every Thursday from 12 to 2PM.”
William Eckstein, B.A., M.A.: studied history, and was a member of the junior varsity lacrosse team. He also received the New York Foundation Grant for Graduate Studies. He graduated from Columbia University in 1955 with a degree in European History.
From 1970-2003, he was Chairman and Managing Director of Wells-Fargo Insurance Services of New York; he was Senior Vice President from 2008-2013. William is a former Vice Chairman of the Echo Hill Mental Health Association (1980-1990).
Memories: “An intellectual hothouse and interesting fellow students.”
Demos Eitzer: I was born and grew up in the Bronx, where I attended elementary school (PS 96) and Olinville Junior High School (PS 113). I exited junior high school after eighth grade because I had been accepted to the High School of Music and Art as either a music student or as an art student. I recognized the fact that I could not earn a living in either of these fields when I compared myself to my fellow students. I decided to study electrical engineering across the street at CCNY. I chose engineering instead of science because my weakest subject was the study of foreign languages and I knew that in the School of Engineering there was no need to study any more than I had already studied.
In my final semester at City College I had already completed all of my electrical engineering courses and was completing the required liberal arts courses. Having been active in student organizations within the department, I was asked by the chairman if I would like to teach a couple of lab courses. I replied that if I could fit them into my schedule I would be honored to do so. (He arranged for me to resister two months before registration officially began). It was halfway through the semester that I found out that I was being paid at a rate that had to be decided upon since they did not have a pay scale for someone without a Bachelor’s degree.
I continued teaching in the evening while I was enrolled in the Master’s program. With the prospect of getting married at the end of the year, I added a full time job to my load. In the summer of 1955 I read that a colleague in the Electrical Engineering department had suddenly died. When I telephoned the secretary of the department she gave me the details and said that the chairman wanted to speak to me. The new chairman, Prof. Cecilie Froelich, (the first woman ever to chair any department at CCNY) asked if I could get a leave of absence from my full time job to pick up his teaching schedule while I completed my Master’s degree. I accepted, never realizing that this would be my full time career until I retired in 1991. Along the way I took on many different positions in the School of Engineering ranging from lecturer to all ranks of professor, all ranks of dean, and a stint as an associate university dean for all of CUNY. When I retired I also retired from my small practice as a Forensic Engineer investigating the causes of industrial electrocutions. In retirement, I shifted gears and began working with community theater, where I specialized in the technical aspect of production. Along the way I stage-managed sixteen shows and did lighting design, special effects, and stage sets for more. Along the way, with the support of my wife Elaine (nee Cavicchi) of 58 years we raised a family of three children and now are the grandparents of six ranging in age from 13 to 26. We have traveled almost all over the world and will continue doing this as long as everything holds out.
Iris Meltzer Elfenbein, BSEd, MSEd, EdD: is a semi-retired education and training consultant. She has been the executive producer of audio-visual instructional materials for executive professional development and is the author of "Functional Literacy and the Workplace" (1983) and "Performance Based Teacher Education Programs" (1972). This year, she will be a mentor for new teachers at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Iris majored in elementary education at City and was a member of House Plan and Education Society. She chaired the Freshman Orientation Assembly, was a student representative to the Freshman Parent Orientation, and worked as a volunteer leader for groups of CCNY neighborhood children. She earned her master's degree in math education at City in 1958 and, in 1972, she was awarded her doctorate in teacher education and curriculum from Columbia University Teacher's College. Dr. Elfenbein was the director of education and training for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners from 1989 to 1998, and founded the division which serves national and international insurance regulators. Among her many prior positions are:
American Council of Life Insurance, director (1977-1988); Lehman College, CUNY, professor (1968-1977); Teachers College, Columbia University, instructor (1070-1977); Pace University, professor and director of Institute for Career Education (1977); and Friends of Kansas City Library, board of directors (1990-1998). She is a former member of the Association of Teacher Educators and the American Society of Assoc. Executives. She recently served as the copy editor of Washington Antiques Show Catalog and has been a docent of Hillwood Museum and Gardens since 1999. In her spare time, Iris takes painting and watercolor classes. She is single and has two daughters, Melissa and Jessica.
Rasmus Anfin Erdal, B.S.Ed., M.S.Ed.: was an industrial arts major, and a member of the wrestling squad and the football team (“One day! And it was dropped due to the basketball scandal”). He was also the proud recipient of the DMS (Distinguished Military Student).
Rasmus retired from his teaching career in 1991. He has been a member of the PWV, a division of the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado, since 1997.
Memories: “Not fondest…but perhaps wildest was ‘one day on the football squad’. The leadership training through ROTC. Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt.”
Ruth Geller (nee Ginsberg), B.B.A., M.B.A.: studied retailing and was a member of the Boosters, House Plan (Reiner ’54), and the Retailing Society. She was also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. She received her M.B.A. in Marketing from California State University in 1983. She was a lecturer at Cal. State of R.C.C. prior to her retirement in 1995. Ruth is a former member of Health Insurance Counselling and Advocacy-HICAP, and a current member of the Life Society at the University of California, Riverside.
Stanley Gittleman, B.A., M.S.Ed.: was an education major at CCNY.
Dr. Donald Goldstein, B.S.: was born in Yonkers, New York in 1933; he used to live on Muliner Avenue in the Bronx. He was a psychology major and editor-in-chief of Mercury. He served in the Army, in Forts Dix and Benning, leaving through Honorable Separation, Rank E4. He graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1960; there, he was editor of the yearbook. He later became Associate Professor of Optics, and secretary of the Faculty Organization. He left in 1978. He later owned his own practice in Warminster, Pennsylvania.
Donald is the author of the text Optics for Optometrists, and the paper A Critique of the Sine-Squared Law. Since retiring in 1993, Donald has become a poet, having written more than two thousand of them. He is a former first vice president of Congregation Tiferes B’nai Israel in Warrington, Pennsylvania. He is also a former president of the Bux-Mont Optometric Society, and the Warminster Rotary Club.
He has been married to his wife Barbara (nee Jacobson) for fifty years. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Lester Gottlieb, B.A.: was an Economics major at CCNY. He played on the last freshman football team and, when football was dropped in 1950, took up lacrosse and became a Hall of Fame player. He was President of the Student Athletic Association and the Varsity Club; Co-Chair of the Stein Fund; and a member of the Executive Board of the Student-Faculty Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics.
After military service, he attended the NYU Graduate School of Business.
Memories: Fondest are athletics and student life.
An active alumnus, activities have included on-campus speaker and mentor; career guidance; founding member of the Lavender Hill Mob; President and Director of the Alumni Varsity Association (where he started the VALUE Fund); member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Director and Treasurer of the City College Fund; Chairman of Fundraising for the Goldman Center for Sports and Recreation (and largest individual contributor); recipient of the Leo Klauber Award; the Mark Asa Abbott Award; and the Alumni Service Medal.
Varied business career: management positions in marketing, finance, and development with IBM; founder and President of Data Dimensions, Inc., a public company; a real estate developer active in 16 states; and, still an entrepreneur, having started five new businesses in the past six years.
He has served as a director of the Center for International Management Studies; the National Board of YMCA; and the Board of the Greater New York YMCA (International Branch) as Chairman of its Finance Committee. He was selected Volunteer of the Year in 1994.
His civic activities included President and Director of the Woodlands/Worthington Taxpayers’ Association; the Committee for Affordable Housing for Greenwich, Connecticut; and Director of the North Greenwich Association.
He has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Computer Operations; founder of Management Technology Magazine; a national lecturer for the Association for Computing Machinery; a visiting lecturer on real estate and finance at the University of California; and Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Bridgeport. He is also a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and is listed in several editions of Who’s Who (including America, Finance and Industry, and The World).
John D. Groppe, B.S.Ed, M.A.: I lived on Riker’s Island through all four years at CCNY, as my father was the chief administrative officer of the penitentiary. However, my elementary schooling was in the South Bronx. I left the island every day for school and attended St. Luke’s Elementary School (139th St.) and then Cardinal Hayes High School (on the Grand Concourse at 50th St.). At CCNY, I was a member of the Newman Club and served as vice president, also a member of the Education Society, and president of the ROTC Officer’s Club. I was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the ROTC program. Professor Middlebrook encouraged my interest in American literature. Two other professors, whose names I have forgotten, were also influential. One was my short story teacher, who taught the creative course after Professor Goodman. The other was an American Literature teacher who introduced us to New Criticism and helped us to begin to read literature as other than historical artifacts.
Upon graduation, I spent 21 months in the Army at Ft. Benning, GA, most of it with the 3rd Infantry Division in which I was a rifle platoon leader and then company executive officer. Next, I got an M.A. in American Literature at Columbia. I taught for one year at Villanova University and then began but never completed doctoral studies at Notre Dame University. I was a TA at Notre Dame for two years and then a lecturer at Indiana University South Bend for two years. I got married in August 1962 and got a job as an Assistant Professor at St. Joseph’s College, in Rensselaer, IN, a town of about 5, 000 and the county seat. I taught at St. Joseph’s College until I retired in 2003. My wife and I began a family and ultimately had five children. We now have eight grandchildren and are anticipating a ninth.
My publications include three short stories, most notable “A Shred of Decency”, Western Humanities Review, Spring, 1968. It was cited as a “Distinguished Story of the Year” in “The Yearbook of American Short Story” section of Best Short Stories of 1969. I have published a number of poems. “The Death of Father Horstman” won honorable mention in Embers, Spring/Summer 1984. “A Prophet Came to Town”, published in the Tipton Poetry Journal was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I have also published the following articles: “Ritualistic Language”, South Atlantic Quarterly, Winter 1970; “A Radicalizing Liturgy”, Catholic World, October, 1971; “You Can’t Always Look it Up”, Thought, December 1971; “Value Development in the Eight Semester Writing Curriculum of the St. Joseph’s College Core Program”, Values Pedagogy in Higher Education, Adrian College, Adrian, MI, 1978; “From Chaos to Cosmos: The Role of Trust in the Autobiography of Malcolm X”, Soundings, Winter, 1983; “Reality as Enchantment—A Theory of Repetition”, Rhetoric Review, January 1984; “Verbal Forms and the Stages of Empowerment”, Intellectual Skills Journal, Spring 1985; “Civil Tongues: the Search for Appropriate Discourse”, Centennial Essays: A Festschrift, St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN, 1991.
From St. Joseph’s College, I received the Father Edwin G. Kaiser Memorial Faculty Scholarship Award (1982), and a Lifetime Achievement Award (2003). I was a Fellow at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research of St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, Fall, 1969; a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellow in the seminar “Comedy and Tragedy in the Novel”, at Ohio State University, Summer 1973; a NEH Fellow in the seminar “American Autobiography” at Dartmouth College, 1975-1976; and a Danforth Fellow, 1979-1985.
I held the following positions in professional organizations: program chair for annual meetings of the North Central Region of the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 1972 and 1976-1978; founder and director of the Indiana Poetry Circuit, 1984-1987; and secretary/treasurer of the Newman Association of America, 1998-2003. My professional memberships included the American Association of University Professors; College English Association; Conference on College Composition and Communication; Conference on Christianity and Literature; Indiana College English Association; Intellectual Skills Development Association; Midwest Modern Language Association; National Council of Teachers English; Newman Society of America; and the Rhetoric Society of America.
Since retirement, I have taken up photography and have had a one-man exhibit at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation in Lafayette, IN, and have participated in a number of two and three artist exhibits as well as group exhibits. I have been active in local arts organizations: The Prairie Arts Council; The Jasper County Art League; and The Prairie Writers Guild. I served as co-editor of The Prairie Writers Guild’s annual anthology, From the Edge of the Prairie.
I fondly remember learning to sing “Sturdy Sons of City College” and “Lavender, My Lavender” during freshmen orientation in the Great Hall. I appreciated being able to buy inexpensive theater tickets for Broadway shows in the basement of Great Hall. From that forerunner of HotTix, I got to see South Pacific with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, and other top shows. I remember the loud arguments between the editors and staff of the two College newspapers as they filled the basement corridor of Great Hall; it was hard to get by the disputants without getting caught up in the discussions. A key part of that basement was the huge cafeteria, where groups of students—presumably not in House Plans—would regularly meet to eat their lunch or to chat, even to study.
Prof. Dr. Alexander J. Groth, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.: was Phi Beta Kappa, as well as a recipient of the Ward Medal in Government; he graduated magna cum laude. In 1965, he received a research fellowship grant from the American Council of Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council. He received his M.A. in 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1960, both from Columbia University. Alexander retired from his career as a political science professor at the University of California, Davis in 1993, but continued to teach until 1998.
Alexander is a former member of the American Political Association (1960s—1990s); the Western Slavic Association; and the Policy Studies Organization (1970s—2000). He has been a member of Congregation Bet Haverim, in Davis, California, since 1963. He is the author of numerous books, as well as articles in professional publications. He has served on the boards of the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs; Political Crossroads; the Journal of the American Romanian; Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2000, he received the T.R. Dye Award from the Policy Studies Organization.
Memories: “Discussions of Plato’s Republic in Professor Abraham Edel’s class, and mire generally, the intensity and enthusiasm of classes at CCNY. I send warm wishes to CCNY alumni, and recall City College with great fondness and profound respect.”
Lawrence Haft, B.S.Ed.: majored in industrial arts. He went on to study industrial arts at the CCNY Graduate Center. From 1956-1960, he taught and worked in the hardware industry. For ten years (1960-1970), he was Vice President of a retail hardware firm. From 1970-1986, he was C.O.O. of a wholesale hardware firm in Jacksonville, Florida. He retired in 1987. Post-retirement, he served as President of his homeowners association from 2000-2001. Lawrence and his wife have been married for 55 years. They have four children: two are lawyers, and two are physicians.
James Hess, B.S.Ed., M.S.E., S.A.S.: was a member of House Plan, the Education Society, the Audio Visual Committee, and the Jazz Society. He was co-captain of the Varsity Boxing Team from 1951-1953, and team manager in 1954. On May 16, 1953, he received the Hal Seltzer Memorial Award for Outstanding Boxer of the Year for the 1952-1953 school year. CCNY inducted him into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.
James was also a member of the ROTC; he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1954. He earned his Master’s degree from CCNY in 1963, and an S.A.S. from New York University in 1978. Among his positions in the community, he was Vice President of the Captain John A. McDonald Improvement Association (1957-1963) and of the Edgecombe Reform Democratic Club (1957-1963). He retired in 1988. James has been married to his wife, Hattie, for over fifty years; they have a daughter, Vernika.
Memories: “All of it!”
Leonore Itkowitz (nee Krauss), B.S. in Ed., M.A. in Reading: was on education major, and a member of Hillel, the Education Society, and the Classical Music Society. She went on to earn her Master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University (1971) and did graduate work at Rutgers University. Lenore was a public school teacher for thirty years and was a consultant who taught for seventeen years in the Teacher Preparation Program at Princeton University.
Leonore is a former member of the International Reading Association. She is the author of the kit “Hip Pocket Stories: A Reading Program from Random House” (1974), and the book chapter “Fundamentals of Reading Approaches” (1993).
Leonore married Norman Itkowitz (CCNY ’53, Princeton University, Ph.D., 1958) in 1954. They have a son and a daughter and four grandchildren. They lived in Turkey for three years and England for one year; they have lived in Princeton, New Jersey for 59 years.
“1) Getting a ticket from music class to sit at a desk to listen and see and follow the musical score of a Mozart opera on the top floor of the Metropolitan Opera.
2) Getting kicked out of Spanish class with a friend for chewing gum.”
Clyde W. Jones, B.S., M.D., FACA: was a double major, studying both biology and chemistry; he was also a member of the Caduceus Society. He received his M.D. from the Howard University College of Medicine in 1958. He is a former Chief of Anesthesiology of several Naval hospitals and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Clyde retired in 2006.
Clyde is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology; a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiologists. He is a current member of the American Medical Association; the American Society of Anesthesiologists; and the California Society of Anesthesiologists. He is also a member of the Episcopal Church, the Starlight Society, the San Diego Opera, the Old Globe Theatre, and the Food Bank.
He has published articles on anesthesiology and hypnosis in professional journals. He has also won the Most Outstanding Teacher Award from the U.S. Navy, and Physician of the Year from Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. His biography was published in Who’s Who in the World.
Memories: “My exciting array of dedicated instructors and professors and the camaraderie of my fellow students. Professor Sayles of Comparative Anatomy and Professor Johnson of Embryology.”
Stuart R. Josephs, 1954 B.B.A.: was an accounting major and winner of the Edward M. Paster Memorial Award for the greatest scholastic and extracurricular achievement in accounting. He was senior class president, editor-in-chief of Accounting Forum, vice president of Alpha Phi Omega, and business manager of Ticker and Lexicon. He was a member of Beta Alpha Psi and graduated cum laude. Stu was a partner in BDO USA, LLP from 1975 to 1996 and has since been the owner of Stuart R. Josephs, CPA. He is the 2000 winner of the Saul Braverman Memorial Award from the California Society of CPAs, an honor given for ‘distinguished service in the area of tax practice, in the spirit of Saul Braverman’s professionalism, creativity, and contribution to his clients and the profession as a whole.’
His community and professional associations include the San Diego Pension Council, president (1977-1978); Beth Jacob Congregation, president (1977-1981); and Federal Subcommittee-Committee on Taxation, California CPA Society, chair (1993-present). Mr. Josephs was the editor of ‘Tax Clinic Department’ for The Tax Advisor from 1976-1996, and has been the bimonthly federal tax columnist for the California CPA Society Monthly Magazine since 1988. He is the author of ‘Tax Planning Techniques for Individuals’, AICPA Tax Study No. 2, 1st Edition, and co-author of the 2nd Edition. He and his wife, Yoelles, have two daughters, Nancy and Susan.
Memories: “Naming the 23rd Street subway station after Bernard M. Baruch…commencement.”
Dr. Roses E. Katz (nee Shumsky), B.A., M.A., Ed.D.: was an English major, as well as copy editor of The Observation Post; a member of House Plan—Sis Wiley ’54; the Modern Dance Club; SDA; the English Society; and the Philosophy Society. She received her M.S.Ed. in 1984, and her M.A. in 1986, both from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Roses retired in 2002; previously, she was Resource Room Supervisor for District 4 of the New York City Board of Education. She is a former member of the Educational Institute for Learning and Research (Advanced Training Program for Teacher Therapists) from 1982-1984; Kappa Delta Pi; and the Orton Society. Since 2009, she has been a member of the board of Bloomingdale Aging in Place. In 1988, she was the recipient of the Impact Grant (Insight Through Video); she won the Consultant Teacher Training Award in 1988/1989 school year from the Reading Room Foundation.
Richard A. Kerner, B.B.A.. L.L.B., L.L.M.: majored in accounting and was features editor of The Ticker. He graduated cum laude. He received his L.L.B. in 1957, and his L.L.M. in 1960, both from New York University Law School. During his career, Richard has served as Assistant District Attorney and Special Counsel to local municipality. He has worked as an attorney since 1958.
Richard is a former member of the Rockland County Bar Associations, and the Federal Bar Association. He is a current member of the Bar Associations of New York, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
Memories: “My wonderful classmates and the terrific, devoted faculty and staff.”
Wilbur H. Klein, B.S.Ed.: studied economics and education, as well as a member of House Plan and manager of the varsity basketball team. He graduated cum laude. He retired in 1989 as principal of Evander Childs High School. He is a former member of UFT and CSA, and a current member of CSA Retired Supervisor. He is also a member of the Lincoln Park Jewish Center. He is featured in the New York State Hall of Fame, the Brooklyn Old Timers Hall of Fame, and the 5 Star Basketball Hall of Fame.
Memories: “Intramurals, varsity basketball games.”
Dr. David W. Kraft, B.S., Ph.D.: was a physics major as well as a member of the Physics Club and the Freshman Advisory Committee. He graduated cum laude. David received his Ph.D. in physics from Pennsylvania State University in 1959. He was Professor of Physics at the Cooper Union from 1968-1976. From 1979-1982, he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the American Physical Society. He has been a Professor of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Bridgeport since 1982.
He was a member of the New York Academy of Sciences from 1970-2002. He was Chair of Physics and Astronomy from 1990-2002. He is a current member of the American Physical Society (since 1958), the New England section of the American Physical Society (of which he is a past Chair), and the American Association of Physics Teachers (since 1970). David is also a current member of Friends of Music Concerts, Inc. (he has been a board member since 1970), and the Penn State Graduate School Alumni Society (he has been a Board Member since 2013). David has published many scientific papers in various areas of physics; he has also served as Editor of Conference Proceedings: Quantum Uncertainties. He is also a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Bridgeport.
He married Anita Toni Rankow in June, 1958. They have three children and ten grandchildren.
Gerald Kramer, B.A.: majored in sociology; he was also president of Students for Democratic Action, and a member of the Student Council. He later attended real estate courses at Pace University. From 1982-2013, when he retired, he was partner at BMIT Assoc. Real Estate. He is also retired from his career as a social worker/probation officer/confidential investigator for the New York City Central Complaint Bureau.
Memories: “Student Council meetings. My Yiddish language classes.”
Roslyn Kupferman (nee Yager), B.S.Ed., M.A.: graduated from James Monroe High School in the Bronx in 1950. At CCNY, She was an education major and a member of the Glee Club and Dramsoc; music Professor Fritz Jahoda was one of her favorite teachers. She received her Master’s degree in guidance from New York University and certification in psychotherapy from The Institute Study of Psychotherapy in 1973. Roslyn is semi-retired as a teacher/counselor/psychotherapist. Career highlights include patients who were healed. Major turning points in her personal life were motherhood, and traveling the world, solo, from 1990-1991. She is a former member of the American Psychological Association.
Roslyn has two children and three grandkids.
Memories: “Flirting in the cafeteria.”
Samuel Landau, B.A., L.L.B.: was a history major as well as Class President of the Student Council. He received his L.L.B. from New York University Law School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957—1963, both in active duty and in the Reserves. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Sondra Langer, B.S.Ed., M.S.: is Professor Emerita from Lesley University, where she was Director of the Early Childhood Teaching Program in the Graduate School. After retiring from Lesley, she taught Early Childhood Education at Brandeis University as an Adjunct Professor. She has a B.S. in Education from CCNY and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Simmons College. Prior to her work at the University, she was a classroom teacher in kindergarten and elementary grades. She has conducted workshops, written articles and co-authored a book on educational leadership entitled Balancing Leadership, published by Columbia Teachers College Press. Sondra retired in 2007.
Edward H. Lehner, B.B.A., L.L.B.: studied accounting at CCNY, where he was also a member of the Baruch Basketball Team. He received his law degree from New York University Law School in 1957. From 1973-1980, he was a member of the New York State Assembly. He was chairman of the Assembly Housing Committee from 1977-1980. From 1981 until his retirement in 2009, Mr. Lehner was a Justice of the State Supreme Court. He is the author of numerous officially reported judicial documents.
Herbert Lieberman, B.A., M.S.: was an economics major. He went on to earn his Master’s degree in Finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Although he retired in 1998, he keeps busy with stone and wood sculpting.
Marilyn (nee Hochberg) Littmann: This woman, celebrating her 60th City College reunion, is a far cry from the shy sixteen-year-old who entered CCNY in 1954.
I have had many careers. The primary one was raising three happy, well-adjusted children, in between teaching, first in New Rochelle, and then in the Bronx. I spent several years traveling around the United States promoting various products—mainly Seagram’s Scotch.
In my old age I’ve developed an interest in history and archaeology—I volunteer with the Westchester County Archives and I am a member of the New York State Archaeological Society.
I’ve traveled extensively, concentrating on ancient sites. I want to thank the College for my education which enabled me to have the professions I loved and provided me with a pension which allows me to pursue my passion for travel.
Alan Margolies, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.: studied government, and was also a member of Remsen ’54. He graduated Cum Laude. In 1960, he received his Master’s degree, and, in 1969, his Ph.D., both in English and American Literature, from New York University. From 1960-1962, he was an instructor at Pratt Institute. From 1962-1968, he was a lecturer at Brooklyn College. From 1969 to 1970 he was an instructor at City College. He joined the faculty of John Jay College in 1970 and retired as Professor Emeritus of English in 1998.
He has been a member of the Modern Language Association since 1959. In 1987, he was president of the Northeast Modern Language Association. He is an honorary member of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, having served as vice president for so many years, as well as a member of the Hemingway Society. He has edited and co-edited books by and about Fitzgerald, including an edition of Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned (Oxford UP), and was associate editor of the eighteen volume F. Scott Fitzgerald Manuscripts (Garland).
In recent years, he has enjoyed doing volunteer work, most recently at the Metropolitan Opera.
His memories of his years at City College include seeing Norman Thomas on a cold winter day making a speech outdoors to four or five students; the great Professor Kenneth Clark bringing his class into Professor Smith’s psychology class so both groups could hear Clark’s friend Ralph Ellison speak about his new book, Invisible Man; overhearing Professor Michael Kraus criticizing the historical errors in the film The Robe; philosophy teachers Tarter, Magid, and Edel talking about logic and ethics; the wonderful government teachers, including Oscar Buckvar and Stanley Feingold; Stanley Page’s Russian history course that included assigning four great Russian novels; the rally in Great Hall in early 1951 to cheer on the remaining members of the college basketball team after several had been arrested for shaving points. Alan writes: “These and many other experiences led to my realization soon after graduation that there was much more in life to read and learn and that had been the main purpose of my four years at City College.”
David K. McConnell: I was born in the Bronx in 1932. My father, David McConnell, was born in 1904 in Kilkeel, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. My mother, Caroline Hanna (Kelso) McConnell, was born in 1901 in NYC. They married on December 26, 1953. The children are Elissa A. Matta (McConnell) born in 1967; Kathleen A. McConnell born in 1969; and David W. McConnell born in 1971 (BLA, magna cum laude, CCNY 2003). Their grandchildren are Jacob E. Henebry, Lily, Riley & Maeve McConnell; and two step-grandchildren: Pooja and Rahul Matta. At City, I was President of CHI EPSILON (Hon. Civil engineering Fraternity). I also received the Alumni Award for Proficiency in Civil Engineering. I remember taking Engineering & Law, Strength of Materials, Surveying, Water Supply Engineering, Sewerage, Soil Mechanics; and Professors Hartman, Moskvitinov, Lorsch, Dean Allen.
EDUCATION: I attended New York City Public Schools P.S. 78, P.S. 113, Evander Childs High School, ’49. I was President of General Organization, Swimming Squad, Gym Leaders, Drama Club: United States Merchant Marine Academy, Engineering Cadet, 9/49-9/50. CCNY BCE ’54; (LaCrosse Squad, Chi Epsilon (Hon. Civil Engineering Fraternity, President 1953-54, Alumni Award for Proficiency in Civil Engineering); Yale Law School, LLB ’62, Phi Alpha Delta – Legal Fraternity. I chose CCNY because it had an excellent reputation as a school where you could get a fine education if you passed the entrance exam and studied hard also at that time tuition was free and I could live at home.
MILITARY SERVICE: Active Duty: 8/54 – 3/59; Summer ’60: Officer Candidate School (OCS), Newport, RI, commissioned Ensign, USNR, 12/54. USS ORION (AS18), 1/55-9/55, USS TIGRONE (SSR419) 9/55 – 12/55, Norfolk, VA, Submarine School, 1/56 – 6/56, New London, CT; USS GRENADIER (SS525) 7/56 -3/59 New London, CT and Key West, FL. Qualified in Submarines. Navigation Instructor, OCS Newport, RI, Summer ’60. I remained in the Naval Reserve and was attached at various times to the Naval Reserve Submarine Division in New London, CT; the Ship Activation and Repair Division in New Haven, CT (as Commanding Officer); a Communications Censorship Division in San Juan, P.R.; and a Reserve Division in Philadelphia, PA. I retired with the rank of Commander, USNR in 1978. During my Naval Career I crossed the Atlantic and Mediterranean twice, had home ports in Norfolk, VA, New London, CT, and Key West, FL; sailed on both diesel and nuclear submarines (boarding one via a diving bell from a Submarine Rescue Vessel).
EARLY YEARS: My father, David McConnell, (1904-1973) was a granite cutter who had emigrated from Northern Ireland in 1922. My mother Caroline Hanna Kelso (1901-1989) had been a Secretary at the American Association of Social Workers in NY until she was married. After that she was a dressmaker in our home and also, after the war, once again did secretarial work. I had an older sister, Margaret Elaine (1930 – 1985) and a younger brother, Stephen Jay, of Oceanside, CA (b. 1939). We lived in a brick row house (3351 Wilson Avenue, the Bronx). My most vivid memories of those days are:
learning to ride a sidewalk bicycle with solid rubber tires in the backyards and front sidewalks on the block;
playing handball against a brick wall where the first four feet was rough stucco, the next three feet was fieldstone and there was a barred window in the middle about twelve feet off the ground;
riding a bicycle on the cobblestoned Boston Post Road downhill from Corsa Avenue to Dyre Avenue;
sledding on Given Avenue from Fenton Avenue the three blocks to Wilson Avenue;
Riding on the “Dinky” – the two-car shuttle train that ran from Dyre Avenue to E. 180tth Street on the old Boston & Westchester RR right-of-way, and walking on that right-of-way from Gun Hill Road to the Pelham Parkway station in the tunnel and standing in a niche while the train rolled by;
The “rapid advance” class in Olinville Jr. H.S. where of the 40 students in the class, 38 were Jewish and two were Presbyterians, Donald Ludwig & me. I also was a member of the Boy Scout Troop 164 at Holy Rosary Church, where everyone was Roman Catholic except Donald and me. Donald’s family was Pennsylvania Dutch. During the time I attended P. S. 78 (2/37 -6/44) New York City Schools had a released time program for religious instruction on Tuesday afternoons. Roman Catholic children were released to attend catechism classes and Jewish children were released to attend Hebrew School. I remained in school and filled inkwells in the classroom and dusted the chalk from the erasers in the schoolyard (both of which I enjoyed doing) until my mother objected to having to clean ink stains and chalk dust.
In my early teens after school I delivered groceries (for 0.05/order + tips). The summer when I was 15 in the summer I worked as a caddy at a golf course in Eastern Long Island and on a farm there picking potatoes and lima beans. In the summer when I was 16 I worked grading and loading potatoes into freight cars and trucks in Southold, Long Island, NY. (min. wage then was 0.60/hr.)
After graduating from High School in June, ’49, I worked as an office boy during the summer in the cost-accounting department at the American Smelting and Refining Company at 120 Broadway, New York City. I did the same at CalTex in the Fred F. French Building at 551 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY, from October 1950 until February, 1951 when I entered CCNY.
While at CCNY I often worked as a Bursary Student in the Library and at the Surveying Camp in Van Cortland Park. In the summers of 1951 and 1952 I worked as a busboy, bellhop, elevator operator and valet parker at the Atlantic Beach Hotel & Cabana Club near Long Beach, NY. In the summer of 1953 I hitch-hiked to Idaho and was hired as a surveyor on the construction of an earthen dam and powerhouse along the Snake River at Palisades, ID.
After graduating from CCNY I went to work at Allis-Chalmers Corporation in West Allis, Wisconsin. I had already been accepted to attend Naval Officer’s Candidate School in Newport, RI in August 1954, and Allis-Chalmers was aware of that when I was hired. I was in its executive training program and, while in service, received Christmas gift packages until I notified them I intended making the Navy my career. I had changed my mind when I was accepted into Yale Law School.
When I left active duty in the Navy in March 1959, I went to New Haven and sought a job in construction. After a week I was hired as the on-site engineer for the construction of University Towers, a 17-story apartment building a few blocks from Yale. It worked out perfectly. I started after the concrete on the first floor was poured and left just after pouring the roof slab when the fall semester started.
The Korean GI Bill covered tuition. My wife, Alice worked at the First New Haven National Bank and I worked in the Associate Dean’s Office as a Bursary Student. Our rent for a 3 bedroom apartment (utilities and garage included) was $90/mo. in a triple decker across from the Yale Forestry School.
In the summer of 1960, as noted above, I returned on temporary duty to the Navy to teach Navigation at OCS, and in the summer of 1961, I had a paid internship in the Law Department of the New Haven Redevelopment Agency.
After graduation from Yale Law School in late May, 1962, I joined the Law Department of the New York, New Haven & Hartford RR as an Assistant Counsel. Until 9/65 my duties included collecting receivables from shippers, and settling claims for damages to goods in transit.
In the fall of 1965 I accepted the position of Assistant Attorney General with the Government of the Virgin Islands and we moved to Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas, USVI. I served as counsel to the Housing Authority and the Redevelopment Authority and liaison with the PHA in San Juan, P.R. I managed the first Bond issue of the Redevelopment Authority, was involved in litigation involving contractors with the Housing Authority and real estate matters. I also briefed and argued a tax matter before the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
I returned to New Haven in the fall of 1966 and became involved in the negotiations with the U.S. High Speed Ground Transportation Dept. of US DOT in its TurboTrain project. This involved upgrading the track where needed between New York and Boston and determining the costs chargeable to the project.
After New Haven’s inclusion in the merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central Railroad, (Penn Central Transportation Company) on January 1, 1969 I reported to the Vice President, New England (former ICC Chairman, William Humphrey Tucker). My duties included being the registered lobbyist in Connecticut and governmental relations, which included the TurboTrain.
The New Haven had been undergoing reorganization under the bankruptcy act, and in June, 1970, six months after it was included in the Penn Central merger, Penn Central followed suit and I moved to Philadelphia, PA. My former boss, the General Counsel of the New Haven, Robert W. Blanchette, became Counsel for the Trustees of Penn Central and I became Senior Reorganization Attorney, then Administrative Officer to the Trustees and, finally Special Counsel to Trustees. During that time I acted as a corporate secretary to the Trustees, served on the Real Estate Reorganization Board, and on the Boards of numerous railroad subsidiaries and secondary debtors (at one time I was President of 35 railroad companies that did not operate trains!) and was responsible for negotiations for subsidies for the various commuter operations except those in the New York area.
When Penn Central divested itself from railroad operations I was designated a General Attorney and once again reported to Bill Tucker and negotiated leases of various freight lines designated for abandonment under the Regional Rail Reorganization Act. Later, when PC emerged from reorganization I became Assistant to the Chairman and CEO, Richard Dicker, and moved to Pelham, New York. Subsequently I was appointed Corporate Secretary of the Penn Central Corporation, and then, after the acquisition of GK Technologies in Greenwich, CT, I was appointed Vice President and General Counsel of General Cable Company. In that capacity I oversaw labor litigation with a trucking subsidiary, traveled to India and China negotiating contracts to sell know-how, was involved in patent litigation relating to fiber-optic cable and possible merger with another cable manufacturer.
In the spring of 1985 there was a significant corporate reorganization and downsizing of the former GK Technologies. My position was one of those eliminated. I opened an office in Stamford, CT for six months and then assisted an old friend from the New Haven days, Donald R. Kiefer, Esq. who was in private practice in Greenwich, CT. Through him I became connected to the Greenwich office of McCarthy, Fingar, Sullivan, Drazen & Smith of White Plains, NY, later becoming of Counsel to that firm, working on corporate matters.
In the late 80’s I was hospitalized for a time for clinical depression, left the “Of Counsel” position at McCarthy, Fingar, and went into private practice in Pelham, NY and Greenwich, CT, with Don Kiefer. I also entered politics and was elected to the Town Counsel in Pelham and later to the Village Board. I also served as Village Attorney for Pelham.
I met my future wife, Alice Schmitt, in the summer of 1950 after the end of my plebe year at Kings Point. She lived in Southold, Long Island, NY, where I had spent my summers since 1938 and the place where my parents had moved after retiring. We were engaged in February, 1952, and married on December 26, 1953 in the living room of her parent’s house in Southold. My best man was my classmate, Thomas A. Holm, BCE CCNY ’54, We have now been married over 60 years. We currently reside in a retirement community in Hingham, MA with my widowed sister-in-law, Margot Sterren, who was the Maid of Honor at our wedding.
Since we married we have lived in many places, some for short times others for many years. We have lived in the Bronx, NY, West Allis, WI, Groton, CT, Haddonfield, NJ, Key West, FL, New Haven, CT, Charlotte Amalie, USVI, Branford, CT, Penn Valley, PA, Pelham, NY, Newport, RI and finally, Hingham, MA. One daughter lives in Cambridge, MA, one in Phoenix, AZ, and our son, also a graduate of CCNY and a licensed Landscape Architect in NY and CT, lives in Shrub Oak, NY.
Sailing: I have owned and chartered cruising sailboats since the early 1960s and have crewed for others on cruises and ocean races from the Chesapeake to Maine and sailed with the Little Ship Club (London, UK) in the Inner Hebrides, the South and East Coasts of England and Normandy. I have been a member of The Corinthians since 1982 and have served a number of times on its board. Currently, I am its Secretary.
Travel: I have been to the UK and Ireland a number of times and to Germany (both north and south and to the Polish border), France (Normandy, Paris, Provence, Marseille), Italy (Milan, Florence, Rome and Naples) Greece (Athens and the Peloponesse, Ancient Corinth), Switzerland, Lebanon, India (Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Srinagar, Agra), China (Hong Kong, Guangzou) the Carribean and every state east of the Mississippi from Key West to far eastern Maine except Alabama, and every state west of the Mississippi except Minnesota, the Dakotas and Washington State. Alice and I have driven across the country from Rhode Island to Arizona and on to California and back twice. We have also been to Prince Edward Island, and Vancouver, Canada.
Rotary: I have been a member of Rotary since the early 90’s and was President of the Rotary Club of The Pelhams and am currently a member of the Rotary Club of Newport, RI.
Dr. Charles Miller, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.: was a psychology major. He attended Buffalo University for one year before earning his Ph.D. from Yeshiva University in 1964. He earned his post-doc certificate from the Port Graduate Center in 1983. Charles has worked as an administrator at the Bureau of Child Guidance at Queens Center, as well as a supervisor of psychologists in Brooklyn. He retired from his career as a licensed clinical psychologist in 2013.
Charles is a member of the American Psychologist Association and the New York State Psychological Association. He has also served as a major organizer and the first president of the largest union (UFT) of school psychologists and social workers. Since 2005, he has been a member of the North American Psychological Association. He has also published work in professional journals.
Memories: “Taking history courses at City. City College changed my life by providing an evening branch at Stuyvesant High School in 1947.”
Dr. David Peretz, B.A., M.A., M.D.: majored in both Psychology and English. He was Phi Beta Kappa, and also received a Ford Foundation Fellowship, which he used for graduate school. After graduating from CCNY, David went on to receive his Master’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University in 1955; his M.D. (1959) from New York University College of Medicine, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society; and his Certificate in Psychoanalytic Medicine (1967) from the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Clinic for Training and Research. He completed his internship at Montefiore Hospital (1959-60); and his psychiatric residency at the New York State Psychiatric Institute of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (1960-63).
Since 1963, David has practiced psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is one of the founders of The American Institute of Life-Threatening Illness and Loss. As such, he co-edited fifteen books in the area of death, dying, and bereavement from the late 1960s until the early 1990s; the first of the books was Loss and Grief: Psychological Management in Medical Practice. More recently, David is the author of the novels The Mosel Legacy, The Broderick Curse, and Vengeance Out of the Shadows. More information on Davis’s books can be found at these websites: www.nypdcrimenovels.com, and www.facebook.com/nypdcrimenovels. In addition to writing, his other interests include art, travel, and theatre.
David is a member of the following professional organizations: The American Psychiatric Association (1963-present; currently a Distinguished Life Fellow); and The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP). He was also named to Best Doctors in America.
His daughter, Deborah Peretz, also a City College graduate, is an Emmy Award-winning film editor specializing in documentaries. His son, Adam Peretz, is an attorney, specializing in Family Law and Mediation. Both Deborah and Adam are married. Deborah is married to Ray Hubley, also a film editor; they are the parents of Hillary and Isaac. Adam is married to Heather; their children’s names are Noah and Zachary.
Memories: “I met my wife, then Eileen Miller, Class of 1956, and an art major. I helped her lug her art supplies up the hill from the subway. We recently celebrated our 58th anniversary. Eileen is an interior designer, named to Great Designers of the World.”
Henry James Pinczower: B.S.E.E.: studied electrical engineering. In his free time, he was co-captain of the soccer team; secretary of the Student Athletic Association; treasurer of Steer ’52, and a member of the Varsity Club and AIEE-IRE. He was All City-All State and All-American in soccer in 1952. He retired in 1995 from his position of Executive Vice President of Librasope, Loral. He is a former Chief Engineer at Data Magnetics. He is a former secretary and president of the Hollywoodland Home Owners Association. He was honored by the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985. Henry is also a member of the I.E.E.E. Memories: Soccer team teammates. Beating Brooklyn College.”
Robert L. Plancher became Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of American Brands, Inc. on January 1, 1986. Mr. Plancher became Vice President and Controller in January, 1981.
Mr. Plancher started his career as an auditor for an insurance company in 1956, followed by his appointment to a consumer products company as Tax Manager. He joined American Brands, Inc. in 1963. He was promoted to Assistant Tax Director in 1967 and in 1971, he was appointed Tax Director. In 1978, he was elected Controller.
Mr. Plancher served as a member of American Brands’ Board of Directors from 1981 to January 30, 1990.
Until his retirement in 1997, Mr. Plancher was a Director of the following companies: ACCO World Corporation; Acushnet Company; American Brands International Corporation; AITC Group, Inc.; JBB Worldwide, Inc.; Gallaher Limited; and MasterBrand Industries, Inc. Mr. Plancher is Chairman of the Board of 1700 Insurance Company, Ltd. In addition, Mr. Plancher served as a Director of The Franklin Life Insurance Company and The Franklin United Life Insurance Company from 1979 to 1995.
Mr. Plancher also served as a Director and member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Corporate Officers and Directors Assurance, Ltd. from 1986 to 1993. In 1989, he became a Director of the Mid-Atlantic Metro Region Advisory Board of Arkwright Mutual Insurance Company.
He is currently a member of the Financial Executives Institute, the Tax Executives Institute, the Institute of Management Accountants and the Ambassador’s Roundtable—Forum for World Affairs. He is also a member of the United States Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Advisory Council of the University of Connecticut.
Mr. Plancher graduated in 1954 from the City College of New York with a B.B.A. as an accounting manager. His military experience was with the civilian contracts section of the U.S. Army Audit Agency (1954-1956).
Robert D. Ross, B.A.: was a liberal arts major and a member of Hillel and House Plan—Sis Wiley ’54. He attended the New York University Graduate School of Business in 1955, and the Rutgers University in 1965. He graduated from Columbia University Graduate Library School in 1968. In 1965, he became the Reference Librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library; he was Reader Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at Suffolk County Community College in New York from 1966-1969. From 1969-1973, he was Director of the South Brunswick (New Jersey) Public Library. He directed the Ridgewood (New Jersey) Public Library from 1973-1995. From 1973-76, he was an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College in New Jersey. He retired in 1995 as Library Director (Ridgewood, New Jersey).
Robert has been active as: South Brunswick Community Council (Executive Board member, 1970-73); Human Relations Coordinator Council of Ridgewood (1988-94); the Advisory Committee of the National Project Center for Films and Humanities in New York City (1971-75); treasurer of the Bergen-Passaic Regional Library Cooperative (1987-88), and a member of its Executive Board (1986-89); member of the Ridgewood Bicentennial Commission (1975-76); treasurer of Temple Emanu-El in Reno, Nevada (1988-2000), and a member of its Board of Directors from 2002-2003; and a member of the Board of Directors of For the Love of Jazz in Reno (1998-2000). He was also a docent in the Nevada Museum of Art from 2004-2007.
He was a member of: the American Library Association (Chairman of the Discussion Group Committee, Fundraising and Financial Development Section, Library Administration and Management Division, 1984-85); the New Jersey Library Association (Library Development Committee, 1977-1993); Chairman of the Education for Librarianship Committee (1982-83); Government Relations Committee (1982, 100th Annual Committee, 1988-91); Librarians of South Middlesex (chairman from 1970-73); the North Bergen Federation of Librarians (Chairman of the Director’s Council, 1975); the Bergen County Cooperative Library Systems (president and treasurer from 1982-83, and 1986-1987, Executive Board Computer Consortium, 1987-89, Budget Committee, 1989-1994); Ridgewood C. of C. (Board of Directors from 1983-1993, treasurer from 1987-88, recipient of the Distinguished Club President Award in 1983); the Endowment Council of Washoe County Nevada Library Systems, and the Kiwanis Club.
He married his wife Madeleine Ladner on May 28, 1961; they have two children: Jeffrey Laurence and Jodie Dianne.
Patricia Rothenberg, B.S.Ed., M.S.: was a psychology major and member of the Microcosm staff. She went on to earn her M.S. in Library Science from Drexel University. From 1974-1998, Mrs. Rothenberg was Reference Librarian for the Camden County Library. Since 1998, she has been Reference Librarian for the Atlantic City Free Public Library. She has been a member of the New Jersey Library Association since 1974.
Memories: “Excellent professors (Kenneth Clark, etc.) Wonderful fellow students. Beautiful campus in the heart of NYC.”
Evelyn Rubenstein (nee Goldberg), B.S.Ed., M.S.Ed.: was an education major and a member of the Allagarooters. She went on to receive her professional certificate in guidance counseling from New York University. She retired from her career as a teacher and guidance counselor from the New York City Board of Education in 2001. Evelyn currently is a volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History, working in different exhibitions.
Memories: “It was a privilege to be a student and a graduate of City College, and meeting my lifelong friends.”
Myra (nee Kogan) Sann, B.S.Ed., M.S.Ed.: majored in education. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in education in 1958.
Dorothy Schnabel: graduated from New Dorp High School, Staten Island in January 1950, with second highest honors and the Mathematics Award. For the next two years she commuted to Brooklyn College. By enrolling in the pre-engineering program she had a chance to determine whether she would be suited for a career in engineering.
In February 1952 Dorothy transferred to the College of Engineering at City. She was active in the Society of Women Engineers and appreciated the warm support of the very few women who also were majoring in engineering. She was elected to the electrical engineering honor society, Eta Kappa Nu, and received the Women’s Badge of Tau Beta Pi. Women could not become members of this Engineering Honor Society at that time.
Excellent courses offered in the Electrical Engineering Department pertaining to early computer design helped her make a career choice. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering cum laude in June 1954.
Dorothy was a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at CCNY for three years. During that time she was studying at the Columbia University College of Engineering for a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, completed in 1957. She then joined the IBM Corporation in Poughkeepsie, NY.
During the course of thirty years at IBM, Dorothy designed logic for mainframe computers including an early machine that was designed for code cracking in the 1960’s. She worked as an Engineer and also as a Program Manager, responsible for managing engineers of some of the many different disciplines needed to support the development of large mainframe computers.
At IBM, Dorothy met her late husband, Frank J. Sparacio, who was also an Engineer and Manager. After both retired from IBM, they moved to Sarasota, FL in 1989 where they enjoyed the beautiful beaches, and community education. They also made several trips to visit interesting sites in the United States.
In the early 1990’s Dorothy was an adjunct Research Assistant at the University of South Florida in the Computer Science Department of the College of Engineering. Dorothy has spent her retirement years in Sarasota being an active volunteer in her church and community. She enjoys tutoring children, especially in mathematics.
In appreciation of the excellent education that she received at CCNY that allowed her to have a productive and very interesting career and life, Dorothy established an endowed scholarship at CCNY for the benefit of students in the Grove School of Engineering who are studying either electrical engineering or computer science.
Dorothy is a life member of IEEE.
Sara (nee Wolpinsky) Sherman, B.A., M.A., M.S.Ed.: is a former teacher and guidance counselor for Norman Thomas High School. At City, she majored in history and was a member of Phi Alpha Theta. She earned her Master of Science degree at NYU and her Master of Science in Guidance at LIU. Sara is a former member of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Teachers, and received their Organization Award in 1983. She is currently a member of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue. She and her husband, Warren, live in Manhattan. They have a son, Jonathan.
Memories: “Classes, faculty.”
Rev. Mr. Alfred J. Thompson, B.A.: a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War (1950-1952), Alfred was an English major, as well as a member of the Delta Alpha fraternity. He went on to attend the College of Staten Island. He retired in 1983 as a New York City high school teacher, and again in 1997 from his career as a business owner and founder. He had also been a guest lecturer at John Jay College, and an instructor.
A Certified Protection Professional, Alfred is a former member of the American Society for Industrial Security; former founding president of the Staten Island Professional Burglar Alarm Association; and a former president of the Metropolitan (NYC) Burglar Alarm Association. He is also a former member of Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, and MENSA. He is an ordained minister (deacon) of the Roman Catholic church.