Class Correspondent

Arnold Jacobson and his wife, Jo-Ann, will celebrate their 50th anniversary in June. They have two children, Jessica and Andrew, and four grandchildren, ages 7-14. Arnold writes, “I’m semi-retired and still very busy with medicine, especially consulting with a new genetics company. I play chess, bridge and golf (had my first hole in one in April 2012). To celebrate my 75th birthday and our 50th anniversary, we’re taking all 10 of us to the Galápagos in March.” Since retiring in 2008, Lucinda Rudin is active in the Austin (Texas) Herb Society as an officer and is enrolled in a course in herbal medicine. She is a master gardener for Travis County and works with kids as a junior master gardener specialist. She writes, “It’s a bit challenging to garden here in central Texas due to a long drought and difficult soil, but I enjoy getting outdoors.” Although she doesn’t visit the Brandeis campus as often as she did when living in the Boston area, she really enjoyed her 50th Reunion. Susan Kahn looked forward to having her first book published in November 2013. “Sue’s Strategies: Best Reading Spelling Method, Ages 6-60” serves as a reading and spelling primer, with a series of lesson plans and practice exercises. Joel Lebow, P’89, P’92, and his wife, Judy, P’89, P’92, live in Woodstock, Ga. Joel’s business, Lebow Men’s and Boys’ Clothing, closed in 2009 after 81 years in Boston, Wellesley and Natick, Mass. Joel and Judy have been in touch with Brandeis alumni in the Atlanta area and joined several social, political and philanthropic organizations around the northwest Atlanta suburbs. They are also active in synagogues. Their Needham, Mass., home was sold by a company run by Harriet Lieb. Robert Weiner stepped down after 12 years as graduate program director of the international relations program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he has been a member of the political science faculty for 30 years. Robert is an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard and a fellow at the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. He serves as academic editor for McGraw-Hill’s annual series on world politics. Steve Rudin writes, “Well, at this late date, I still find the word ‘retire’ a four-letter word. I teach at Nova Southeastern University and do three yearly fly-in weekends at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. I’ve recently been appointed associate professor of behavioral medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Science, Art and Technology on its Miami and St. Petersburg, Fla., campuses. Personally, we are well, busy, happy to be in the warm climate of south Florida and very content (as long as the air conditioning keeps working)!” An exhibition of art by Suzanne Hodes — titled “Family Matters: Three Generations of Women” — was mounted at Brandeis’ Women’s Studies Research Center from June to September 2013. Larry Weisman and his wife of 52 years, Mary-Lou (Cohen), are enjoying life in Westport, Conn., where they have resided since 1968. They met at Brandeis in a class on William Blake and William Butler Yeats. Larry practices law, mostly in the area of zoning and land use, and Mary-Lou writes nonfiction books. They enjoy long-distance swimming and have traveled extensively in Europe, the Far East and South America. For four consecutive years, they have spent the month of September in Provence, where they have many friends. They continue to study French, and, while fluency evades them, they manage to keep their têtes above water. Their son Adam is a lawyer in Tucson, Ariz.; he has given them three grandchildren. Another son, Peter, died of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 1980 at the age of 15. Mary-Lou’s first book, “Intensive Care: A Family Love Story,” published in 1982, is a memoir about the impact of Peter’s fatal diagnosis on the family. Elisabeth Lisette Messing Nayor recently retired after a career as a Jewish educator. Jon Korn has retired from orthopedic surgery and is chief medical consultant at Future Care, a maritime company that handles accident-at-sea cases. He also advises law firms regarding medical and legal aspects of litigation. Jon served as medical coordinator for a 9/11 legal case involving injuries sustained during the cleanup. He is an avid snow and water skier, and became a grandfather for the first time during summer 2013. David Koulack writes, “My writing odyssey started many years ago during pre-dawn sessions before I left home for my day job of teaching psychology at the University of Manitoba. I was lucky that, during that time, Jeremy Larner ’58 gave me critical insight into my work as well as steadfast encouragement. As a result, my book ‘Marvin’s Novel’ was released in September 2013.”

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