1971 Jeff Miller’s nonfiction book, Behind the Lines was released in October and has since received a prestigious Kirkus Starred Review and positive reviews from Publishers Weekly, Foreword magazine, and the Denver Post. Kirkus also included the book in its Best Books of 2014 (Indie) and wrote: “An excellent history that should catapult Miller to the top tier of popular historians.” Behind the Lines is the first volume in a projected trilogy about the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB), which initiated, organized, and supervised the largest food and relief drive the world had ever seen. Nearly 10 million Belgians and Northern French, trapped behind the German trenches, were fed and clothed every day for four years during World War I. Herbert Hoover, a 40-year-old mining engineer, founded the CRB and enlisted the aid of young idealistic Americans who went into German-occupied Belgium as CRB delegates to supervise the distribution. Behind the Lines covers the early months of the war, the aftermath of the German conquest, and the personal stories of many Belgian and American citizens who were involved in the unprecedented work and negotiations to establish an international relief network before the winter of 1914, when Belgium’s food supplies would run out. The book’s release coincided with the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and the CRB. Jeff’s maternal grandfather, Milton M. Brown, was a CRB delegate who served in Belgium and married Belgian native Erica Bunge. Jeff inherited their papers, diaries, and photos. “While my family is in this book, it is not a book about my family,” Jeff says. “They are just one thread in the tapestry of Behind the Lines.” To learn more or order a copy, visit www.wwibehindthelines.com
Ken Mayer, Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard University, writes: “Busy year. Lots of overseas work, including meetings in Geneva, London, Lima, Melbourne, Cape Town, Gaborone, Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi, and Kolkata.”
A health journalist with more than 30 years of experience, Robert Barnett wrote a feature article, “A Recipe for Happiness,” in the March 2015 issue of Family Circle magazine. Bob is the co-author of The Guilt-Free Comfort Food Cookbook, and Volumetrics: Feel Full on Fewer Calories.
Lee McDaniel is currently President of the National Association of Conservation Districts, representing 3,000 Districts nationwide and 17,000 elected and appointed public officials.
1971 Kurt Klaus has moved to the Redland Agricultural Area of Miami-Dade County in Florida and is a master gardener, growing native plants to attract birds and butterflies.
1974 Donna Kipp writes: “I am so sorry I missed our 40th reunion! You were all such wonderful and unique friends 40 years ago, and I’m sure that you have matured in the same vein!” Anne Rosenberg, the 2009 recipient of the MFS Alice Paul Merit Award, is on the Advisory Council for the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. The conference was first held in 2004, and has since grown
to attract more than 7,000 attendees to Philadelphia each fall.
1988 See photo on page 37.
1989 Riccardo Longo’s new Philadelphia restaurant venture, Gran Caffè L’Aquila, was profiled on Philly.com in November. As chronicled in the article, Longo toured the Abruzzo region of Italy for his forthcoming book on regional cuisine and wine; while there, he visited the landmark Gran Caffè L’Aquila, in the center of Piazza Duomo. The restaurant was heavily damaged by an earthquake in 2009 and was a long way from reopening. After striking up a friendship with the owners (who had opened a temporary restaurant on the outside of town), they agreed to a recreation of the restaurant in Philadelphia, SPRING 2015