'79 James Benson, manager of purchasing and business development at Mahoney's Building Supply in Mattapoisett, Mass., is the co-author of a newly released book titled "The Swedes of Greater Brockton," published by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, S.C. Dr. Leonard I. Zon was recently promoted to professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He was also recently promoted to full investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Len is a hematologist/oncologist at Children's Hospital. His laboratory focuses on understanding the developmental biology of hematopoiesis using zebrafish as a model. He has also begun to investigate cancer biology using the zebrafish.
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'80 John F. McKeon is completing his first term as mayor of West Orange, N.J., and is also running as a Democrat for the New Jersey State Assembly in the 27th Legislative District. He writes, "As mayor of West Orange, I am always proud of our West Orange High School graduates. But I must say, I have a soft spot for those who go on to study at Muhlenberg."
'81Attorney Lena Barnett has been named adjunct professor of the Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice and a Senior Faculty of the Estate and Wealth Strategies Institute at Michigan State University, which provide the nation's premier offering of virtual professional education for estate and wealth planning. Dr. Matthew W. Levin, a board-certified family practice physician, is currently running a medical office for a hospital in western Pennsylvania, caring for patients Monday through Friday, as well as scheduling after-hours care at two sites for Saturdays and Sundays. He writes: "I've also contributed to innovative office automation techniques, integrating my interest in computers into my practice. For the last four years, a majority of my patients take home a copy of their office note on their way out of the office. This helps them to interact with consultants, emergency room personnel and other health care professionals." Looking back, Matthew says he continues to be thankful for his college years. "I hope that in the future my four-year-old might find college as great an experience as I found at Muhlenberg."
'82Andrea Clearfield received a doctor of musical arts in music composition from Temple University in May 2001. She was a Presidential Fellow as well as two-time recipient
of the John Henry Heller Jr. Memorial Award
for Excellence in Composition. Her dissertation composition was an oratorio on the women of
the Bible, titled "Women of Valor," a one-hour long composition for soprano and mezzo-soloists, narrator and symphony orchestra. Andrea currently teaches on the composition faculty at The University of the Arts, and writes vocal, orchestral, choral and chamber music as well as music for dance and film.
Rebecca (Belk) Clemmer is employed at Cerexagri, Inc., an agricultural chemical subsidiary of Atofina Chemicals. She and husband David send greetings to old friends from Bernheim. They have three children: Melinda (11), Paul (7) and Jesse (2) and live in Ridley Park, Pa. Susan (Feely) Gettlin is working as a web designer for the information technology department of Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. She writes, "I am enjoying life on a college campus again. The amount of technology available to today's students is truly amazing." Neil Hever is program director for WDIY
radio station in Bethlehem, Pa. He lives in Allentown.
'83The Hartford/New Haven, Connecticut offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP announced that David P. Jenkins has been named partner in the firm's technology, information, communications, and entertainment practice.
Rebecca J. Mason Simmons and husband Rob would like to announce the birth of their third child, Sean Mason Simmons. He was born on May 16, 2001 and weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. and was 19 inches long. He joins his older siblings, Benjamin, 6, and Kira, 3. Rebecca is a full-time mom and loves it. The family resides in Ellicott City, Md. Julius Wilpon reports that he and his wife Marina recently moved back to the east coast, and that they now live in Fort Lee, N.J. Julius is director of technology support for Pearson Education in Saddle River, N.J., the world's largest educational publisher.
'84Diana (Megna) Urbanski and husband Brian welcomed daughter Siena Michelle on March 14, 2001. Siena joins older sister Tanina and older brother Joseph. The family lives in Chester Springs, Pa.
'86Lisa (Feinstein) Barbin and her husband Giulio would like to announce the May 8 birth of their son Giovanni John in Florence, Italy. Pamela Beth Goodman reports that she and Steve "Wally" Orlov were married in May of 2000 and celebrated their nuptials with many Muhlenberg friends. They honeymooned in Paris, Venice, Athens, Mykonos and Santorini, The couple lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. and New York City. Arthur J. Dichter and his wife Audrey are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Sydni Edel Dichter. Sydni weighed in at 5 lbs. 14 oz. and was 19 inches long. Art says that mother and daughter are doing great. Art is an international tax senior manager with Deloitte & Touche in Miami and Audrey is a self-employed immigration attorney. The family lives in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
'87Tom Brotzman and his wife Jill welcome daughter Jessica Wellen Brotzman to the family. Jessica was born December 5, 2000 at Morristown (N.J.) Memorial Hospital. She was preceded by her big sister Love Faith Brotzman who was born July 17, 1998, and passed away
the same day. Tom, Jill and Jessica reside in Phillipsburg, N.J. Tom is presently a fifth- and sixth-grade writing teacher in the Bethlehem Township (N.J.) school district, where he also coaches basketball and softball.
TOP: John F. McKeon '80, mayor of West Orange, N.J., sends in this photo to show his pride for several of his constituents who began their freshman year at Muhlenberg this fall.
MIDDLE: Andrea Clearfield '82.
BOTTOM: David P. Jenkins '83.