I had the good fortune of hosting Alexey Salamini in Boston during his whirlwind East Coast tour in June. Alexey continues to take San Francisco by storm, working on about five different projects in his quest for world domination. He is primarily a medical device entrepreneur. His largest venture to date, Speech Buddies, helps children with speech impediments. On his trip out east, Alexey also caught up with Jay Liddell, Tom Champion, and Prashant Rao in New York, and Sean Horan in Montreal.
You’ve gotta hand it to those Cuyler boys. Spread from California to France, with 23 kids between them, the 10 former roommates managed to convene for their biennial retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho, over Labor Day. Pictured here are (rear) Brendan Boyle, Jon Schwartz, Len Teti, Dan Fine, and (front) Tim Pavlis, Lankford Wade, Chris Laporte, Josh Pollack, Matt Coldiron, Will Holt. (And for holding down the home front, thanks must go out to Tiger spouses Alice (Beha) Teti ’00, Lauren (Escott) Pavlis, Jennifer (Joseph) Laporte, and Ayyana Chakravartula.)
Exciting career transition news from Down Under — I’ve learned that Reed Tanger has been named the next CFO for Qantas Domestic. His new role will include Qantas Domestic’s network and revenue management. Previously, Reed served more than three years in Sydney as head of group strategy, where he was instrumental in the group’s competitive strategy efforts, as well as group network and fleet planning. Prior to working for Qantas, Reed was a global aviation consultant with Booz & Company, based in Washington, D.C. and London.
Precocious Jonathan Safran Foer published his first (excellent) novel, Everything Is Illuminated, while the rest of us were still recovering from college hangovers. He has received glowing advance press for his third novel, Here I Am, released in September. I can’t wait to read it.
Congratulations, Reed and Jonathan! Are there any other career milestones out there?
Happy fall Tigers! Hope you had a fantastic summer filled with bonfires, beaches, and barbecues. Send updates and photos my way![Class note removed by request.]
In praise of the off-year reunion: No pressure! You go where you want (Beach Boys cover band at the 45th? I’m there!) when you want. There are fewer people to talk to, so you have fewer, but more meaningful, conversations. Your freshman-year RA or your club field hockey teammate? You haven’t seen her in years, but here she is at her 20th!
As expected, our 17th reunion was fantastic. Thanks to the Class of ’01 for hosting us at “It’s an ’01derful Life” in the Wilson courtyard. Our class’s showing was small but powerful! Ken Lee led the P-rade with his famous cowbell. Gary Pai kept us well fed with a cart full of hoagies from the Haven. Dan Hatfield and Lindsay Fossett maintained their six-year tradition of completing the “Reunions 10” (think Prospect 13, only we’re older), along with Sarah (Porter) Harper ’01, Kelsey Namara Shaw ’01, and Rachel Kimbrough.
Amanda Mitchell Rinkoff was spotted with her Crimson sisters, in town for their dad’s 50th. Allegra Wiles was close at hand as well. John Goldie made the trip down from New York for his father’s 50th. I tried to convince Cathie (Stoia) Parker ’99.5 to re-identify with our class, but unfortunately she’s sticking with 2000. Krista Haley is expanding her Busted Barrel distillery empire, but sadly neglected to pour out samples this year. I gave out shoulder rides to Tisha Thompson’s younger son and to Kassie Helm’s twin boys and my back is still sore. In the photo are (l-r) Tisha Thompson, Lindsay Fossett, and Kassie and her sons.
Have a great summer, all!
Our resident crossword-puzzle maven Dan Feyer hosted a big group of Tigers at his wedding to Gretchen Margaroli (U. of Vermont ’99) July 26, 2015, in Sonoma, Calif. Pictured are: Lindsay Tasher ’00, Sarah Corey, Larry Jay ’67, David Kessler, Lauren Peccoralo ’01, Robert Feyer ’68 (father of the groom), Gretchen, Ryan Sawchuk ’00, Dan, Kevin Gillett, Jon Feyer ’09 and Steve Feyer ’03 (brothers of the groom), Brian Benway, Will Zahn, Peter Mills ’95, and Cara Reichel ’96.
Hope that our small but spirited crowd of off-year Reunions attendees had a great time! Send photos from the tents!
There were many Bay Area classmates attending President Eisgruber’s San Francisco town hall in February, but with a record crowd it was hard to corral everyone for a class photo. Emily (Koster) Walling sends this picture of Carrie Heusner, Emily, and Ayyana Chakravartula. She also spotted the following classmates: Catherine Legg Tanimura, Farayi Wiley, Whitney Shinkle, Mike Kuntz, and Alexey Salamini. Shoutouts to Michelle Moon, co-president of Princeton Club of Northern California, who did an awesome job emceeing, and to Liz Cobb and Dave Strozzi, who also serve on PCNC’s executive committee.
Speedy classmate Will Clark, pictured here with his racecar, reports that he’s aiming for the Sports Car Club of America National Championships, to be held at Mid-Ohio Racetrack in September 2016. He made progress toward that goal by taking a couple of third place finishes at Willows Springs Raceway in Rosamond, CA. When not racing, Will is a Director of Software at GE Digital in San Ramon, CA. His wife Cynthia (Vasko) Clark manages the Wholesale Power Program for the University of California system which has a goal of carbon neutrality by 2025.
Hope to see many of you in a couple of weeks at our 17th reunion! Never an off year!
Hearing about classmates’ mini-reunions always makes me happy! So I was pleased to get the following update from Ashley Doran Northup: “Last April, all the planets aligned and brought Julia Taylor, me, Kelly (Barkin) Sventy, and her brother Brad Barkin ’03 into my living room in Seattle for a sunny happy hour. As always, we chatted like no time had passed and as if we didn’t all live thousands of miles apart. Felt just like college except there was a puppy, a baby, and some other kids running around and we were drinking white wine in glasses, not The Beast in keg cups. But, basically nothing has changed. I can report everyone is happy, healthy, and hilarious!”
Jackie Bruce sends news of a Forbes reunion in Houston. She and Tara (Thompson) Dudley visited Lissa (Edwards) and John Pearson in Houston last spring. Tara lives near Austin with husband David and daughters Zoya and Aria. She is putting her PhD to good use at an architecture firm, and is currently working on a historical preservation project in Maryland. Lissa works for NOAA, and John is an assistant US attorney. They have daughters Katie Lou and Mae and had just welcomed a new rescue puppy into the mix! Jackie is a history teacher in Richmond and still keeps her hand in food/housewares marketing and blogging.
Ilya Shapiro checks in to report that: “On Jan. 4, Kristin and I welcomed the arrival of our ‘first amendment.’ Jacob ‘Jack’ Thomas Shapiro arrived four weeks sooner than expected, showing the characteristic Shapiro impatience. Baby and mom are doing great; Jack even helps his dad write briefs and op-eds late at night, crying in alarm at maladroit turns of phrase. No word yet which bar exam he’ll take, but we’ve ordered a long-form birth certificate in case he goes into politics and Donald Trump’s grandkids question his birth details. In the attached picture, you can see that he even cheers on the Tigers in his sleep.”
Thanks for the flurry of updates, classmates! Cat Bishop sends news from New Orleans: “We welcomed Gigi to the family this fall. She joins proud big brother Bay (7) and sweet big sister Annie (3.5). Here they are dressed in Mardi Gras colors of Purple, Green, and Gold. We are lovin’ life in New Orleans (hometown of Will Bishop ’00), as Carnival Season is upon us! Will is a Corporate and Securities lawyer, and I am working part-time as in-house patent counsel at Laitram, LLC, a neat local company that invented the first automated shrimp peeler (how very Louisiana!). Would love to hear from classmates who find themselves in our great city.”
Abigail Cromwell checks in from Seattle to report on the birth of her daughter, Madison West Cromwell, born April 18, 2015, to Abigail and husband Karl. Madison has been racking up the frequent flier miles with three trips to Boston, including one to watch Mommy race in the Head of the Charles; New York City; St. Petersburg, Moscow, and the Trans-Siberian all the way to Lake Baikal, where the family went on a hike in true wilderness; Banff, Canada; and to visit grandparents in Illinois and New Hampshire. Whew!