Class Correspondent

Now that everyone in the class is over the age of 80, some of us have changed our living arrangements. I have lived happily at a continuing-care community in Topeka, Kan., for the past eight years with old and new friends. Also living in some form of senior housing in the Boston area are Marilyn Weintraub Bentov; Arlyne Stone Brunswick; Eileen Dorfman Kessler, P’76, G’09; and Shayna Patkin Gochberg. Several other class members are exploring similar options. Some people find they are able to stay put. Lou Yaskin reports that he and his wife are fortunate that their sons live nearby and, since they no longer drive, that the stores and the library are within walking distance. Alan Greenwald and Paul Levenson, P’78, P’82, are still practicing law. Penny Peirez Abrams writes, “Despite promises that my fourth book, ‘A La Familia,’ would be my last (and is still unfinished), I’ve been trapped into a small fantasy tale about my fairy garden. Julie Koss recently added to it and has resculpted it, so we now have a collection of gnomes, fairies and frogs living in unison just outside the floor-to-ceiling living room window. I am working on this tale, titled ‘Eretz Pninah,’ whilst Julie makes a sign for it. It is only for those who can enjoy a happy fantasy, which I use to escape this lunatic world.” Marvin March, P’93, P’94, and Rita Sacks-March ’64, P’93, P’94, frightened me with a mysterious “stop and desist” message about their availability from May to July 2013. The mystery was solved, however: They went east for the birth of a grandson and then to Europe (Brussels and Antwerp, canal trip in France, Paris, and then several places in Spain). Marvin writes, “This was a big trip for us — and we hope to do some more traveling soon.” These recent trips and future ones should satisfy his childhood desire to join the Merchant Marine and see the world. How are all of you doing with your bucket list? Max Perlitsh reports that, as of June 30, 2013, the Class of 1952 Endowed Scholarship had received $931,600 in gifts and pledges. Our $1 million goal is in reach. Remember that building the scholarship will allow talented and deserving students to benefit from a Brandeis education. To make your gift, contact Lisa Fleischman, director of annual and special gifts, in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, at 781-736-4062 or

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