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6 • BFS Newsletter


Susan Price, Alumni/ae Director 718-852-1029, x 208 alum@brooklynfriends.org


Tony Donegan writes, “I retired from a New Hampshire bank in 1991 and have been in Florida for three years. My wife, Lois, who did her student teaching under Dorothy Rogers, died last May. We were married for 54 years and have four children and two grandchildren. I recently visited with Charlie and Mary Lou Goerke. It was great to see them. My best to our other classmates.”


Richard Frost splits his time between New York and New Mexico, “I am teaching a course for seniors in Santa Fe on western American Indian history and culture and enjoying it.”


Joan Message Barbuto writes, “Members of our class have been getting together every two or three years since we celebrated our 50th anniversary of graduation from BFS in 1999 at The Supper Club in NYC. We have met at my beach house in Rhode Island, at Jid Whitney Sprague’s lovely home in the Berkshires, and are planning to get together some time next fall.”


From Jill Kneerim: “I am the co-director of Kneerim & Williams, a literary agency based in Boston and New York, representing the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winner in nonfiction, Caroline Elkins, and many other prize-winning authors. I live in Brookline, MA with my husband Bill Bell, the electronic sculptor.”


Claire Oppenheimer reports that she and Neil Prose had a delightful visit recently. Both currently reside in North Carolina.

“Keep up the great work! BFS is a very important part of our family and our community. And I truly believe you can make a difference in our world. I appreciate what you do every day.”

  • Mary Horowitz, mother of Nora Grosveno , Class of 2007

Mary Lou and Charlie Goerke ’45 visiting with ony Donegan ’45



From Betty W. Chang, “I am a practicing allergist and Chief of the Allergy Department at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States. My husband, Henry Chang, is the Assistant to the Director of Blood Diseases, NHLBI, NIH. My son Christopher graduated from Harvard cum laude in 2003 and is now at NYU School of Medicine. My younger son, Robert, is a junior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Three other BFS classmates from 1969 are in Bethesda, MD too – Sandra Cohen, Joshua Farber, and Jesse Goodman. We keep trying to get together. My sister Nancy Chang Amberson ’72 is a pediatrician in Connecticut. I do see her and her family often.”

Peggy Vroman-Gracy writes, “My husband, Bob, and I are relocating to San Antonio where he has a position as Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I am continuing my activities with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and several greyhound rescue groups. We will have lots of room in our new home – y’all come see us!”


Deborah Ruth Bernstein recently sent us news: “Moved to NYC a year ago after living in LA, San Francisco, and Arizona for 21 years and in NJ for the most recent four. My elder son, Jared, is a freshman at Columbia and Asher is a freshman at Trinity’s high school. My husband, Harvey Hecht,

Alumni Publications

  • With her husband, Charles K. West, Camille Cruse ’86 is pub-

lishing Black Outdoorsman Magazine, a wonderful online magazine highlighting the outdoor adventures of African-Americans. Whether outdoor enthusiast or novice, the informative articles and tips on white- water rafting, skiing, fishing, and hunting (to name a few) make Black Outdoorsman a tremendous resource and a terrific read – even for those of us not interested in leaving the city. See for yourself at www.black- outdoorsman.com.

  • Author and former journalist, Joan Message Barbuto ’49 has

recently published God Is With s: Signs in Our Lives. Joan has con- ducted extensive research on religion, near-death experiences, miracles and spiritual experiences. God is With s: Signs in Our Lives explores the subjects of a form of existence after death, a God who sometimes intercedes in our lives and whether miracles still do occur. Joan is also the author of The ABCs of Parenting.

MD, is a cardiologist who does pre- ventative screening and diagnostic imaging at Lenox Hill. I gave up clinical medicine after 22 years about three years ago and am very content writing medical education for CME for and by doctors. I am in touch a lot with Beth Farber ’73 and Liz Cohen ’71 and saw Ken Fisher ’70 at his 50th.”


From Ava Berinstein: “I loved my days at BFS; in fact, I still remember morning meetings fondly! Since then, I went on to college, grad school and other real-world jobs. I live in Boston with my son who is going to college next year (yikes!). I would love to hear from any of my former BFS class- mates. If you are in Boston, traveling though, or just want to email me, please do! I’d love to hear from you.”


Jason Altchek, who retired from the Air Force in 2004, is now working at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs in Civil Service. He is the Director of the Air Force Space Command’s wargame called “Schriever IV.” Jason and his team were recently awarded the Rotary NASA Stellar Team Award in Houston for their innovative wargame design. Veteran astronaut James Reilly presented Jason with the award in Houston.


Claude Remy recently called the Alumni Office. He and his family are doing well and still enjoying beautiful Washington State.


“After more than twenty years as a reporter, much of it covering New Jersey government and politics, I’ve changed gears,” writes Mark Perkiss. “I’m now the public information officer for the New Jersey Treasury Department. It’s fascinating being part of government after watching it from the outside for so long. It’s a real thrill.”


My fond memories of high school exclusively involve BFS, in spite of

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