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Milt, P’86, and I continue to stay busy with our expanding family of seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Milt is involved in biomedical research projects with Yale; the University of Connecticut; the Jackson Laboratory; and the Weizmann Institute, in Israel. I am active with the local Jewish federation, our synagogue and juvenile diabetes programs.

Naomi Antonakos contributed to the catalog for Merrill Wagner’s retrospective at the New York Studio School. Wagner’s 1996 work “Notations,” a “found” boulder painted with red, yellow and blue circles, is located on the Brandeis campus, outside the Rose Art Museum. Maggie Cohen reports, “Still working as an interior designer (40 years and counting), still gardening on weekends (45 years and counting) and still thrilled to be able to write about it.” Susan Cross lives in Atlanta. She says her son, actor David Cross, and daughter-in- law, actress Amber Tamblyn, “finally” made her a grandmother, at age 79. Timothy “T.S.” Elliott and his wife, Page, report that granddaughter Adelaide Elliott- Joy attended the Brandeis Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine, a program for high-school students held on campus during the summer. Suzanne Hodes wrote “Studio Days: A Memoir,” a book about the ups and downs of the creative process. It includes more than 100 color images of her paintings, prints and drawings. Susan Kahn is creating animated videos about phonics to assist teachers and families working with children in the acquisition of reading skills. She is also advocating for new legislation in Massachusetts that would mandate early dyslexia screening for 5- and 6-year-olds. Following his retirement from surgery, Jonathan Korn now uses his training in engineering and medicine to advise litigants in complex medical-legal cases. He writes, “I have been involved with many high-profile cases, including litigation related to the World Trade Center. My retirement ‘business’ is an exciting coda to a life in medicine.” Lucinda Rudin was elected president of the Austin Herb Society. She has been active with the organization since 2009. She also lectures about drought-resistant gardening and herb gardening for the Lifetime Learning Institute of Austin. Joyce Zaritsky is still mourning the loss of her husband, Avrom ’57, who died in December 2015 after a long bout with Parkinson’s disease. She is a professor emerita at LaGuardia Community College, where she works part time as senior adviser to the peer-tutoring program she established in 1993. She lives in Miami Beach but makes frequent trips to New York City and San Francisco, where her daughter lives. Her addictions remain the same: family, friends, travel, writing, politics, reading, music, art, theater and ballet. She is forever indebted to Brandeis for providing the scholarships that allowed her to thrive there.

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