Class Correspondent

Galia Golan (formerly Gail Greene) received the International Studies Association’s 2016 Distinguished Scholar award. Her books include “Israeli Peacemaking Since 1967” and the co-edited book (with Palestinian scholar Walid Salem) “Non-State Actors in the Middle East.” A new volume, co-edited with Gilead Sher, will be published soon: “Spoilers and Coping With Spoilers: The Case of the Israeli-Arab Conflict.” Galia has joined Combatants for Peace, a joint Israeli and Palestinian movement of former fighters from both sides who now advocate nonviolent resistance to the occupation. “So, writing, research, family, a bit of tai chi, and lots of peace activism and politics continue to keep me busy in my old age,” she writes. Gerald Robert Guttell, P’86, reports he and Barbara are healthy and wintering in Delray Beach, Florida. Granddaughter Maya is a junior at Tufts, studying public health with an emphasis on women’s health and global climate change. Granddaughter Barrett is a sophomore at Ole Miss, where she plays varsity volleyball. Two other grandkids have made college decisions: Sammy will attend Brandeis next year, and Jack has been accepted at Fordham. Suzanne Hodes’ paintings and works on paper were recently added to the collections of the Yeshiva University Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In March, Suzanne’s artwork was featured in a two-person show at the Artana Gallery, in Naples, Florida. Susan Kahn is advocating for the passage of two new dyslexia laws in the Massachusetts House and Senate. She hopes they’ll be passed this year. Her sixth book, “Write to Be Right,” was published in the spring. She has completed 12 free animated videos to promote literacy, available on YouTube and on her own website, Sue’s Strategies. Her weekly blog offers instruction in reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Lewis Lorton was the caregiver for his wife, Jacqueline, who in May passed away from frontotemporal degeneration, a rare and untreatable terminal disease. For the past two years, Lewis has been writing a blog (at on caregiving from a man’s perspective. It’s been well-received by caregivers for patients with a dementia-causing illness. Rather than short entries about daily happenings, the blog posts are long form, and deal with emotional and intellectual issues common to caregivers as they struggle through years of illness. Lucinda Rudin is president of the Austin Herb Society. She has also served as treasurer, vice president of membership, and vice president of education and outreach at the society. It educates the public on growing herbs, and using them for culinary and medicinal purposes, and maintains the herb garden at Zilker Botanical Garden, in Austin, Texas. Cindy also teaches a gardening class for Lifetime Learning Institute of Austin. “I am almost busier as a retiree than I was in a full-time teaching position,” she writes. “It certainly makes life interesting and worthwhile.” Steve Rudin is working full time, teaching (primarily) at Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and also teaching medical students one weekend each month in Miami and Tampa, and traveling to Boston six weekends a year to instruct PhD candidates at William James College. He recently received an honorary PhD for his integration of behavioral-health diagnosis and treatment into the general medical curriculum. Steve says that, if he didn’t have teaching, “I’d probably rust like the Tin Woodman in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’” Robert Weiner has been granted permanent status as a center associate at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, in recognition of his 20-year affiliation with the center. His areas of expertise are Romanian and Moldovan foreign and domestic politics. Robert is semi-retired after teaching for 54 years at UMass Boston. He recently edited six books on world politics/global affairs for the McGraw-Hill Annual Editions series on global issues.

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