Class Correspondent

Joel Abrams recently retired as president and CEO of Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, a health and community-service agency. In March, he was invited by Brandeis Education for Students by Students to speak at ’Deis Talks, an annual event inspired by National Public Radio’s TED Talks, at which alumni, faculty and students give presentations on various subjects. Joel’s talk — “How I Answered the Question ‘What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?’” — explained how he chose his career. Ultimately, he said, it was the concept of tikkun olam, exemplified by his parents and the Brandeis community, that inspired him to go into community organizing and service. Michael Bender was named clinical professor of medicine emeritus by the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He has been clinical attending in gastroenterology at UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital since 1975, and is still practicing gastroenterology at the Peninsula Medical Clinic in Burlingame, Calif. Amy Pollack collaborated with her husband, Robert ’66, on “The Course of Nature: A Book of Drawings on Natural Selection and Its Consequences.” The book is a companion text for a Stevens Institute of Technology freshman course on Charles Darwin. Amy, an artist, often provides the frontispieces for Robert’s books on biology. Arnie Reisman is the official poet laureate of Martha’s Vineyard; his two-year term expires in October 2016. His poetry collection “Clara Bow Died for Our Sins” was published by Summerset Press in July.
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