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Dear Alumni,

A retrospective held at the Crocker Art Museum, featuring sixty-nine works from ceramic artist Karen Karnes ‘46, ran from June 23 through September 30. Eneas Arkawy ‘48 has been named as the New York City recipient of the Kipness Award from the United Jewish Appeal for showing exceptional leadership, service, philanthropy, and commitment to charity-giving. Jack Minker ‘49 published Scientific Freedom & Human Rights: Scientists of Conscience During the Cold War with IEEE Computer Society Press. The Journal of Accountancy named Stuart Kessler ‘50 as one of 125 people who have made a significant impact on the accounting profession since 1887. Kessler was lauded for his expertise in tax issues and personal financial planning.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Customer Service Action Council awarded Jerry Tiegel ‘50 with the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Service Professional Award for his outstanding commitment to customer service. Ida Cohen Selavan Schwarcz ‘51 has been awarded a Starkoff Fellowship by the Jacob Reider Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio. She presented the result of her research on early Zionism in western Pennsylvania last spring. Irene Deitch ‘52 served as one of the speakers at the College of Staten Island psychology department’s ceremony at commencement. The art of Irving Greenberg ‘53 has been presented as part of an exhibition by Jerusalem’s Marrache Gallery.

On Sunday, September 9, more than 160 honorees and their families, along with friends of college and other alumni, attended the Post-50th Celebration Luncheon and Awards. It was wonderful to see so many, who are still quite active in their professions, more than fifty years after graduating from Brooklyn College. It was especially heartwarming to see two “young” ladies, Ethel Lagarrene Hagquist and Gandolfa Aiosa DeFronzo, both from the class of 1932, celebrating their 80th reunion. Ethel was 101 on May 1 and Gandolfa is “only” 99. They looked great. And Brooklyn College alumni are everywhere. This past July, my wife and I went on a twelve-day cruise tour of Norway and Iceland. When boarding a tour bus in Norway, a gentleman sitting in the first row, who wore a Brooklyn College sweatshirt, stopped me after noticing the Brooklyn College jacket that I was wearing. I urge you to get involved, attend one or more alumni events, and support your alma mater. The Brooklyn College Alumni Association has several working committees. Among them are the awards and activities committees. The awards committee selects alumni to be honored at special events, such as the Alumni Honors Gala or the Post-50th Luncheon. The activities committee plans and puts together these events. Call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 718-951-5065 for more information.

Ron Schweiger, President Brooklyn College Alumni Association

This August marked a landmark moment in recent history when the Mars rover, Curiosity, touched down on the red planet—the thrilling climax of a project that Joel Levine ’64 played a vital role in seeing through. Professor Levine, who retired from NASA in July after forty-one years of service, was part of the committee that selected the equipment that Curiosity would transport to Mars. His contributions were the latest in a long relationship with NASA’s Marsbound projects that began with Levine assigned forty years earlier to the Viking Mars project, which succeeded in sending two space probes to the planet. Born and raised in Brooklyn, it’s particularly fitting that the first time Professor Levine witnessed Mars up close was in Brooklyn College’s own observatory. Last year, he returned to the campus to deliver the commencement address and receive a Distinguished Alumnus Award. Levine continues to serve as a NASA consultant and currently works as a research professor at the College of William and Mary, where he heads a graduate-level program in atmospheric science with applied science. His next consulting project is also Mars related, a momentous collaboration between disciplinary specialists and cross-discipline pioneers to design a rocket-powered airplane that is able to travel at high speeds through the planet’s atmosphere. The ability to take flight would allow NASA to explore previously unseen locales unreachable by the slower-moving rovers.



Brooklyn College Magazine Fall 2012  
Brooklyn College Magazine Fall 2012