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Peter Berkowsky, a longtime attorney at the appellate division of the New York Supreme Court, First Judicial Department, in Manhattan, retired on Nov. 24, 2010. Peter came to the court in 1977, after five and a half years as a state assistant attorney general. Twenty of his 33 years at the appellate division were in chambers as law clerk to late justices Arnold Fein and Richard Wallach. Since 2003, he has been a senior decision editor for the court. Peter is also a retired colonel with 30 years of active and reserve service in the U.S. Air Force. He writes, “I plan to continue my seasonal baseball work for MLB Associates, do a little teaching and a little writing, and get ready for the 50th Reunion at Brandeis.”

Mark Cohen
, the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East at Princeton, received the first Goldziher Award from the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College. The award honors scholarship in Jewish-Muslim relations and is named for the 19th-century Islamicist Ignac Goldziher.

Hock Tjoa writes, “I have published ‘The Battle of Chibi (Red Cliffs): Selections from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms,’ translated by yours truly to make up for the years when Homer, Locke, Rousseau and even the Gilgamish Epic took up more of my mental life than any Chinese classic.” You can visit his blog at
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