|• Summer 2003||Magazine Archive & Search • Muhlenberg Home|
| ’36 | In 2003, Phares O. Reitz celebrated his 86th birthday on Easter Sunday, April 20. This is the fourth time in his lifetime that his birthday has fallen on Easter – it happened in 1919, 1924 and 1930. It will happen again in 2014 and 2025. Phares is aiming for 2014!
| ’49 | Arthur Feldman is beginning his 18th year of teaching in the Health Professions division of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He spent 32 years in private practice before joining the faculty at Nova.
| ’54 | Barry Altman writes that his artwork – painting, collage and mixed media – was on display at the Amsterdam-Whitney Art Gallery in the Chelsea art district of New York City this spring.
| ’56 | Tommy Coughlin sends in the following news on behalf of the class of 1956:
Alex Adelson is chief operating officer of Carels Corporation, which supplies automotive software to pharmaceutical companies for research and development and manufacturing. As a student at Muhlenberg, Alex played intramural sports, was on the fencing team, worked on the Ciarla staff and was a member of Phi Epsilon Pi social fraternity. After graduation Alex maintained a close relationship with the College; he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Muhlenberg College and is a member of the finance committee and chair of the education policies and faculty affairs committee. Alex and his wife Margie live in Cortlandt Manor, near New York. They have three daughters – Nina Gwen, Jennifer Lee and Amy Louise – and six grandchildren. Adrian (Lefty) Corneliess was vice president and associate controller for Equitable Life until his retirement in 1990. He and his wife, Gloria, now split their time between Palm City, Fla. and Clifton, N.J. They had three children, daughter Gale, son Kevin and son Glenn (deceased 1/96). They are currently and hopefully holding at nine grandchildren, six girls and three boys. While at ’Berg, Lefty was a member of the “M” Club, ATO social fraternity and president of the Economics Club his final year. He also played four years of varsity baseball and four years of intramural basketball and football. In baseball he hit home runs over the fence; after college, he switched to tennis and today, he hits tennis balls over the net (still with his left hand). Lefty played in club tournaments and, during his tenure at Equitable Life, he worked with the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament for several years. In July 2002, Lefty had a successful quadruple bypass. Although it limited his time on the courts, he is now chairman of the tennis program at his condo association and still teaches the game. Fariborz S. Fatemi is retired from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after having worked in the U.S. Congress for 22 years as a professional staffer, chief of staff to two House members and one Senator, staff director of a Subcommittee of House Foreign Affairs Committee and professional staff member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As an undergraduate, Fariborz played varsity soccer and was winning pitcher on the intramural softball team when they won the championship. He also contributed occasional articles to the Muhlenberg Weekly and was active in student government. After graduation, Fariborz earned a master’s degree at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a master’s degree and doctorate in public administration at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He served as assistant professor of government at Wayne State University for six years before leaving to enter public service. During his distinguished career, Fariborz worked on Sen. Robert Kennedy’s campaign for president, was assistant to the governor of New Jersey for six years and then left to work in the Congress of the United States. Fariborz now lives in McLean, Va., with his wife, Nancy, and son Hussein-Jon. Bob Quinn is now retired and with his wife Judi moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., where he enjoys the sun and golf and is active in his church and community. For 17 years, Bob worked at CBS, designing and maintaining mainframe systems for that rapidly growing young technology. He also worked 19 years with the CIT Group (V.P. Financial Systems) in Livingston N.J. Judi and Bob have six children and 11 grandchildren to keep them young. As an undergraduate Bob was involved in the Business and Economics Club, the Jazz Society and Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity.
Tommy Coughlin sends this note for his classmates:
Please send news items to Tommy Coughlin, Class Correspondent &
Fund Chair, 4844 Derby Lane, Macungie, PA, 18062. Phone: 610-530-9565;
| ’57 | Jim Mackenzie, president of Teaberry Associates, a safety consulting firm, writes that he married his second wife, Peggy in January 2002. “We are very active in the Merrimon United Methodist Church and take frequent field birding and nature trips. Peggy is very active in gardening on our 63 acres and with garden clubs in the community,” he writes. “I avidly pursue my interests in model railroading, model airplanes and ship modeling. Additionally, I am still an active firefighter with the South River-Merrimon local fire department as an officer and instructor. I have slowed down my consulting business to a few weeks a year for clients, mostly in my old stomping grounds in N.J.”
| ’59 | Tom Schaeffer, retired for three years, is now the golf coach at Lehighton High School. His son, Matt Schaeffer ’91, married Cheryl Drum in February 2002 and their son Cassidy – Tom’s eighth grandchild – was born in November.
| ’60 | The Board of Trustees of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has acted to bestow the degree of Doctor of Divinity on the Rev. David J. Wartluft, recognizing his contributions to the seminary, the church and theological librarianship during his 37 years’ service to the seminary. In addition to his Muhlenberg undergrad degree, he holds earned degrees from Drexel University, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. He has retired to his ancestral home in Robesonia, Pa., where he continues to preach, teach and index books, now exceeding 40 titles.
| ’61 | Vincent Rosso writes that in April 2000, he retired from Bethlehem Steel after 39 years of service. He moved to Riverview, Mich., and now works as senior manager of operations for Detroit Cold Rolling Co. Vincent has retired after 33 years of officiating college football in the ECAC and Atlantic 10, 30 years of officiating college lacrosse and five years of officiating in the Major Indoor Pro Lacrosse League, for which he worked the first world championship in Washington, D.C. Murray K. Seidel continues to practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Wilmington, N.C., where he is the chief-of-staff elect for a level-2 trauma center with two hospital and 700 beds. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Atlantic Orthopedics and recently merged two orthopedic practices. “Still riding my Harley all over the U.S.A., sailboat racing, and an occasional offshore passage!” he writes.
| ’64 | Ed Bonekemper recently retired from Federal service after serving 34 years as a Government attorney with the Coast Guard and Transportation and Interior Departments. He received a Distinguished Career Service Award. Hoping to build on the success of his book “How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War,” which has sold over 7,000 copies, Ed is finishing the writing of “Ulysses S. Grant Was Not a Butcher.” Meanwhile, he is getting organized to teach American Military History at Muhlenberg this fall and to teach American Constitutional History as a graduate course for the internet-based American Military University. Several more Civil War books are on his agenda. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Eugene Steffey is a veterinarian and professor in the department of surgical and radiological sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, where he received the Animal Health Award for Research Excellence in May 2002. In December 2002, he received a doctor honoris causa (Dr.h.c.; Ehrendoktor), Dies academicus, University of Berne, Switzerland.
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