Class Correspondent

Roberta Cohen writes, “Even though I followed my BA with four advanced degrees at prestigious universities, Brandeis remains the absolute highlight of my educational life. I came to Brandeis as a kid with $5 in my pocket and didn’t know which nearby ‘Cape’ my roommate Lucy DeVries Duffy was referring to when she talked about her home. But I picked her husband, Allen, for her by looking into the library and saying, ‘That one.’ Although Lucy is a bit older than my 81, she is still an athlete, and I am still a psychoanalyst and piano student. I’m sad but content to leave my practice as a job well done. I no longer walk well or hear well but still remember the wide-eyed kid I was in my Brandeis years when I was launched.” Gloria Horowitz’s most recent work, “The Bridal Chair” — a novel based on the life of Ida Chagall, daughter of artist Marc Chagall — was published in March. Gloria writes, “I continue to lecture and teach, interspersed with visits to my children — a son in Boulder, Colo.; a daughter in Cleveland; another daughter in London; and eight grandchildren among them. My husband, Sheldon, retired from the law and has a second career teaching at St. John’s University, but we still manage to visit Israel each year, remaining passionate Zionists. Missing my roommates Barbara Wiesenfeld and Fruma Koppel Bachrach, both of whom passed away last year, but nurturing good memories of our pioneering class.” John Howard delivered two well-received lectures on book censorship in America after receiving a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. He also finally read “The Great Gatsby,” having failed to do so 60 years ago when it was assigned for a Brandeis class. He writes, “I’m sorry I didn’t do that assignment way back when — it’s a terrific read.” Don Kline retired after 40 years as a pediatrician. He is a portrait and landscape artist, and has published three novels, “Luv Bajan Style,” “A Long Beat to Windward” and “The Epiphany of Jillian Ashton.” He lives with his wife, Audrey, and their three Australian shepherds in Woodstock, N.Y. Herb Lewis attended conferences in Warsaw, Poland; Halle, Germany; and Denver this year. In 2014, he published “In Defense of Anthropology: An Investigation of the Critique of Anthropology.” He lives in Madison, Wis., with his second wife, Francie Smith Saposnik, who was best friends with his late wife, Marcia (Barbash) ’58. Together, they have six children and eight grandchildren. Naima Wallenrod Prevots was interviewed during Reunion by Brandeis archivist Maggie McNeely; the 48-minute interview is now available on the library website (the URL is In the interview, Naima talks about being one of two Brandeis students chosen to perform with Merce Cunningham in his commissioned production of Igor Stravinsky’s “Les Noces,” with Leonard Bernstein conducting, during the inaugural Creative Arts Festival, in 1952. In April, she presented a two-hour lecture and presentation for the Institute for Learning in Retirement at American University, titled “Dance in Israel: A Powerful Political Force.” Arthur and Judy (Savitz) Sharenow ’56, P’85, P’89, were sorry to miss Reunion but had scheduled a trip to Ireland. They are now planning to travel to Japan for the second time. They frequently visit Larchmont, N.Y., to see their children and grandchildren. Arthur teaches a class on photography at Brandeis’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Bob Weintraub recently published two books, “Painting the Corners Again” and “My Honorable Brother.” “Painting” is his second volume of baseball fiction; “Brother” is a thriller about the Mafia and casino gambling, set in Rhode Island. Read some of Bob’s work at, and connect with him on Twitter (@weintraubbob).
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