Class of 1955
- Judith Paull Aronson
Many of our beloved classmates have celebrated or will celebrate an 80th birthday this year. For my 18th, I remember my “big sister” took me to Saldi’s for my first legal 10-cent beer. I didn’t really like the taste, but the experience was sweet! If anything memorable happens to you this year, please share it with all of us. A good example is the thrill Elaine Phillips Ostroff, P’80, G’13, enjoyed when her grandson Jonah, PhD’13, successfully defended his dissertation, which was accepted by the Brandeis math department on July 16, 2013. Jonah’s father is Josh Ostroff ’80, P’13. Jonah’s late grandfather Earl Ostroff, MA’73, P’80, G’13, also studied at Brandeis. Sadly, so much of our news these days is of losses. Still, I live by the following words, “Give that old Brandeis spirit just a little bit of time.” I send a shoutout to Miriam Miller Rockmore, my freshman roommate, who through good and not-so-good days continues to create an extraordinary collage.
Jules Love was recognized as a contributor in the 15th class of inductees enshrined in Brandeis’ Joseph M. Linsey Athletics Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Oct. 12, 2013. Jules scored the first basket in Brandeis men’s basketball history in 1953, and has been involved with Brandeis and basketball, both in the U.S. and Israel, ever since. About 125 of Bill McKenna’s former teammates, friends and family attended a ceremony during Athletics Homecoming to honor the late football star, the university’s first All-American in any sport. Teammates Myron “Mike” Uhlberg, Dick Bergel ’57 and Leo Surette ’57, and team manager Bob Weintraub organized the event and raised more than $30,000 to pay for a bust, which was sculpted by teammate Dick Baldacci ’56. Teammates Jimmy Stehlin ’57 and Ed Manganiello ’54 were among those who remembered Bill as an outstanding athlete, leader and student.