Mary (Kelley) Baron writes, “After almost 50 years of college teaching, I retired just in time to isolate from COVID. Of the three colleges I attended, Brandeis taught me the most. Thanks for the welcome you gave an Irish girl who wandered your way.” Arthur Levy is a Grammy-nominated music historian. He contributed the first-ever comprehensive 60-year discography of Joan Baez to a 2020 biography of the singer, “Joan Baez: The Last Leaf.” After a long career as an art educator, Michele (Boll) MacKenzie is a full-time artist who works and exhibits at Western Avenue Studios, in Lowell, Massachusetts. She is a National Association of Women Artists inductee. Robert Panoff is a federal tax litigator and compliance specialist based in Miami. He is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council. Ellen C. Schwartz is the editor of “The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Art and Architecture,” published by Oxford University Press in November. Award-winning poet Robert Shuman wrote the lyrics for “Tides of the Heart,” an album that helped support artists affected by the pandemic. He is the author of “Brief Wheelchair Tales,” a collection of poems written during the pandemic, and has also written three books on the psychology of chronic illness. Leon Stechenberg, in his eighth year of retirement, enjoys spending time with his kids and five grandchildren; playing competitive table tennis; riding his electric bike; and studying chess, physics and classical music.

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