Class Correspondent

Last issue’s Class Notes inadvertently indicated that Marty Zelnik and Steve Reiner implemented Glenn Howell’s letter-writing campaign when, in fact, it was Marty and Steve Bluestone. Meaningful connections among our classmates continue to be made through the class listserv, created and coordinated by Bob Lapides. I encourage you to join the conversation by sending your current email address to me.

Award-winning children’s author Doreen Rappaport wrote “Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust,” a nonfiction book for young adults and adults that chronicles 20 incidents of Jewish defiance in 11 European countries. The 240-page book, the 50th that she has authored, includes 180 archival photographs. Doreen has received The Washington Post-Children’s Book Guild Award for lifetime achievement in nonfiction. In 2002, Marc Lubin and his wife, Kathy, moved from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., to be closer to their twin sons, who work in the film industry. Marc now teaches psychotherapy to doctoral students in psychology and works as a psychotherapist. Son Joel is a film talent agent and co-head of the talent department at Creative Artists Agency, and Aaron is a producing partner with Ed Burns, the independent-film writer/director/actor. Marc and Kathy are looking forward to grandchildren in the near future. Arthur Drache continues to practice charity and nonprofit law, albeit on a reduced basis as befits a so-called senior citizen. In April, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal after he was nominated by the Canadian Museums Association for his service as the first and only chair of the Museums Foundation of Canada. He also serves on a number of other boards, mostly related to culture, some of which work within Canada and some in Israel. This year, he and his wife, Judy, traveled to Hungary, Australia and France. Baila Miller and her husband, Irv, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year by taking a trip to the Galápagos and the Ecuadorian Amazon, and spending some special time with their family. Baila writes, “Our grandchildren keep growing up fast; our oldest granddaughter is now taking driver’s education, and we are in awe. Irv keeps busy volunteering for the Executive Service Corps here in Chicago, and I continue to paint acrylic abstracts and am involved with the Lincoln Park Village, a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping older folks remain in their home and develop a sense of community. Life is good.” Peter Lipsitt writes, “I had my most recent solo exhibition, ‘Natured and Nurtured,’ at Boston Sculptors Gallery in the spring. Thinking back on it, I sense the work had a bit to do with growing up near the Massachusetts coast. It was especially heartwarming to have Bob Lapides and our class listserv give it a mention so folks could be informed. Stephen Bluestone and Mary Jo came up from Brooklyn. And Judy and Mike Schatz also visited, and brought some friends and their grandson. How could they not? They live right across the street from the gallery!”
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