Class Notes, Fall 2015

October 01, 2015

Robert H. Alden, AA ’62, BA ’65, MA ’68, had an illustrious career for almost half a century as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post. He retired in 2000. Mr. Alden lectured to GW journalism classes and recruited a number of graduates to work at the Post. He received GW’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2005.

David Amram, BA ’52, was just awarded an honorary Doctorate of the Arts from Brooklyn College. He is composing new symphonic music, guest conducting orchestras, playing jazz and folk festivals and writing his fourth book, David Amram: The Next 80 Years. Love to all classmates.

Elliott Ashkenazi, PhD ’83, has retired as a business/legal historian and has been living in Kentucky for several years.

Bruce Bauman, BA ’75, is the author of two novels: And The Word Was (2005) and Broken Sleep (2015). He has published numerous short stories and articles and is the senior editor of Black Clock Magazine.

Steven Bernstein, BA ’77, has an MA in history/archives administration from Duquesne University, and is the author of two books: The Confederacy's Last Northern Offensive: Jubal Early, the Army of the Valley, and the Raid on Washington; and A Guide to the Papers of Paul Dembling. He has worked as an archivist, technical writer and database developer; and has for some years worked as an educator for the Prince William County Public schools.

Thomas DeLay, BA ’12, is currently teaching seventh grade social studies at KIPP Believe College Prep in New Orleans, La. KIPP Believe is one of the highest-performing middle schools in the city, and KBCP was the second highest-performing school on the iLEAP exam in New Orleans.

Daniel Demers, BA ’70, pioneered the exploration and exploitation of the Library of Congress' digital newspaper archives.  During the past year, he has had 12  stories published in such diverse periodicals as Canadian Naval Journal, Undersea Warfare Magazine and Palate Press.

Jennifer G. Eckel (Gay), BA ’83, never got over her case of "Potomac Fever" and lives in Alexandria, Va., with husband Bill (GW ’81). She is a law librarian with the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan.

Roisin Ford (Wisneski), BA ’05, lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is an officer at the International Rescue Committee. She is married to 2005 Columbian School of Arts and Sciences graduate Nick Ford.

Daniel Friedman, BA ’92, is the director of development and advancement at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, N.Y.

Stefanie Garry, BA ’07, is currently stationed in Mexico City at the Subregional Headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, one of the United Nation's regional bodies dedicated to social and economic development and research.

Brian Goldberg, BA ’05, is an agent at Worldwide Production Agency (WPA) focusing in television and living in Los Angeles, Calif.

Josh Gonzalez, BA ’07, runs a successful financial services practice in Northern Virginia which generates millions of dollars in revenue every year.

Justin Guido, BA ’07, graduated law school and currently works as a prosecutor in Miami-Dade. He has conducted approximately 20 jury trials, wrote an appeal and continues to litigate on a daily basis.

Jared Hall, MA ’10, will start as an instructor in history at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., this fall.

Felix Harcourt, PhD ’14, is a visiting lecturer at Georgia State University. His first book, The Most Picturesque Element: American Culture and the Ku Klux Klan, will be published by Chicago University Press in 2017.

Andrew Harrison, BA ’88, is a historian/archivist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J.

Jeff Hartgen, MA ’97, is a principal at MultiState Associates, a full service state and local government relations firm in Old Town Alexandria.

Andrew Hartman, PhD ’06, published his second book, A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars, by the University of Chicago Press and has been reviewed widely in such venues as The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic and the LA Review of Books.

Vicki Higman (Anderson), MA ’78, is associate general counsel at a company that insures educational institutions.  In her free time, she continues to devour military and diplomatic histories.  She fondly remembers the lectures of Peter Hill and Rod Davison.

Scott Holtz, BA ’06, lives in West Palm Beach, Fla., and is president and managing shareholder of Prestia Holtz P.A., a criminal defense and civil trial law firm.

Candice Shy Hooper’s, MA ’12, first book, Lincoln's Generals' Wives: Four Women who Influenced the Civil War - For Better and for Worse, will be published in May 2016  by the Kent State University Press

Shawn Hoyer, BA ’99, is a SVP with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, leading growth technology banking efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Based in Washington, D.C., his focus is to create more valuable companies by raising capital, both debt and equity.

Keith Kenny, MA ’80, retired from intelligence to a chalet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her “re-mission” is writing science fiction based on cultures, technology and social issues projects into the future. She says “names/places/times are changed to protect the guilty.”

Benjamin Klubes, BA ’87, has been a co-managing partner at BuckleySandler LLP, a 160 lawyer financial services and enforcement/litigation law firm based in Washington, D.C., for past six years.  He is a father of two children Sophia (12) and Josh (11) with wife Risa Bender.

Ted Kowalsky, MA ’03, after GW worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury and then attended the London School of Economics.  Now, he mainly oversees Treasury's BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust Fund, part of his $40 billion portfolio of economic, and environmental and renewable energy programs.

Lura Lee (Wallauer), MA ’99, worked as a historical consultant for the recent ABC hit TV show Astronaut Wives Club.  She currently resides in Tampa, Fla.

Mary Lou Lesser, BA ’67, is a retired librarian living in Alexandria, Va. She still has vivid memories of her excellent GW history professors: Lois Schwerer, Howard Sachar and Peter Hill. Their lectures were stimulating and fascinating.

George Blaine Lotz, BA ’65, after graduation, with ROTC commission, served 26 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a colonel, followed by a civil service career.  In retirement in Hilton Head Island, S,C., he is active in Democratic Party politics, World Affairs Council and Habitat for Humanity.

Michael Mattarock, BA ’12, accepted a new position with Gartner Consulting this past spring where he continue to build upon his business leadership experience. He has also had the opportunity to co-author a Spanish service-learning course at GW focused on the history of El Salvador.

Jerrilyn Matthews, BA ’66, attended University of Michigan and completed MAT at Oakland University. She worked in social services for over 30 years and is now retired and presently living in the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., area. She is married with two sons and two grandchildren. Jerrilyn is involved in several nonprofits as a volunteer.

Christel McDonald, BA ’86, said the tools of research in history became her lifelong companion in getting to the roots of global intra-state conflicts in order to search for resolutions through multi-track diplomacy applied by non-governmental organizations.

Saman Moazami, BA ’08, graduated from the GW School of Medicine in 2012. He is currently a fourth-year resident in urology at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y.

Richard Murphy, BA ’01, JD ’07, serves as an Army social work officer working in prevention and treatment of domestic violence and child abuse at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has twice switched career fields within the Army, first from military police to law in 2007, then from law to social work in 2013.

Mark Plotkin, BA ’69, is a contributor to the BBC on American politics. In addition he writes a weekly column for and a weekly column for The Georgetowner.

Joseph Pollak, BA ’05, currently lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., with Robin Pollak, MBA ’11, their 1-year-old son. Joseph is an admissions officer for the University of Michigan Law School.

Karen Reap (Scott), BA ’64, spent her career on Capitol Hill, as a senior Pentagon official, and as a consultant working military manpower management issues. She credits her GW history training with fine tuning the research and writing skills that were critical to her career success.

Clifford Rees, BA ’74, after retiring as an attorney for the State of New Mexico in 2005, now serves part-time as the practice director for the Western Region of the Network for Public Health Law and as a legislative analyst for the State Senate Majority Whip.

Carlene Reinhart (Turman), BA ’50, MA ’70, EdD ’76, has an EdD in education.  She has worked for the government, for Xerox, had her own management consulting business and is very happily retired.

James Rudin, BA ’55, is the American Jewish Committee's senior interreligious adviser and visiting professor at Saint Leo University. His new book, Pillar of Fire, has been nominated for the National Jewish Book Award.

Philip Runfola, BA ’64, graduated from GW 51 years ago and retired from the CIA 19 years ago.  He is retired and living in Central Florida.  His main pursuits are golf, playing cards (poker, euchre and pinochle).  He enjoys riverboat cruises.

Tom Sepanski, BA ’86, is owner and president of Spire Creative Group with offices in N.Y. and L.A. They are a creative marketing and graphics company, creating offering memoranda for real estate investment sales offices, marketing office towers and all real estate asset classes.

Dominique Spencer (DeAngelo), BA ’11, after researching in Egypt as a Fulbrighter and working for the Fulbright Program at AMIDEAST for two years, just moved to New York City to begin her MA in international educational development at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Charles Szlenker, BA ’73, recently retired from the practice of law and resides in Arlington County, Va.

Jennifer Thibodeau, BA ’12, is still living in D.C., working with DoD Acquisitions and teaching yoga in her free time! She is looking forward to getting her MA in history in the next few years.

Abbie Weiser, BA ’02, is the assistant head of Special Collections at the University of Texas at El Paso Library.  In addition to her BA from GW, she has a MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin and a MA in history from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Richard Wilson, BA ’61, recently celebrated his 77th birthday. He was treated for prostate cancer and has been declared a survivor.