Eleanor “Ellie” Rubin Charwat (
Poughkeepsie, NY) has been retired from the School of Adult Education at Marist College in Poughkeepsie since 1997. Since then she has been a consultant for
government and nonprofit agencies and has authored two books, A Life Well Lived: A
Memoir, and Small Town Lawyer:
Highlights of Nathaniel Rubin’s Career.
The latter is about Ellie’s dad, Nathaniel
Rubin ’28, JD ’30, who practiced law in Poughkeepsie for 58 years. Contact Ellie at firstname.lastname@example.org for copies. Ellie is now fully retired and enjoys being a
grandmother to five lovely children, ages 1-5, who live in New Hampshire and North Carolina.
She spends time with husband Martin in their condo in Point Judith, RI, and together they travel the
world. Recent trips included India and Turkey.
While in Berlin they visited classmate Shirley Bochner von Buiren. Ellie is still active in community
organizations, the AAUW, and the local historical society, and has been a
trustee for ten years of the Public Library District. She is one busy lady. Another candidate for the 100-hour day. Thanks to you, Ellie, I can now spell Poughkeepsie.
Gerry Rappe wrote to tell us that he had moved
from New Hyde Park, NY, to Fleetwood, NC. He lives on
the side of a mountain and says it is absolutely gorgeous. He writes, “Am I retired? Of course not! I manufacture fuel-enhancing
products for gasoline and diesel engines.
Since these really perform, I am busier than a one-legged man at a fanny
kicking contest.” (Hope this gets past
the censors, Gerry.) He invites you to
contact him if you’re in the area (www.aspengoldfuelenhancer.com). Gerry offers another quote from John C.
Maxwell: “I judge the success of each day, not by the harvest I reap but by the
seeds I sow. If you are always sowing
seeds, the harvest is guaranteed.”
Bill Magee, Oneida, NY is another busy man,. He has three addresses in New York – Oneida, Cazenovia, and Albany – and is a member of the 111th
Assembly District of the State of New York and chairman of the Agriculture
Committee. He is also an
auctioneer. Bill says he would like to hear from
Prof. Stan Warren and from anyone who remembers him. Here’s a hello from me, Bill.
I remember you. If you remember Bill, write him at 641 Legislature
Office Bldg., Albany, NY 12248.
Hope you get a few letters, Bill.
Keep up the good work in the Assembly.
George Ekstrom, Churchville, PA, retired in 1997 after 40 years
with the same company. He had a variety
of research and development assignments in several states. A varsity athlete, George was on the football
and track teams. He was fortunate enough
to win a doctoral fellowship which he used at Purdue. Bill Onorato, McLean, VA, sends his website for your
interest (www.wtoconsulting.com). I pulled it up and found that Bill has traveled worldwide. Drop us a line and share your world with us, Bill.
Joanne Schapiro Koch and Sarah Blacher Cohen have
published a book entitled Shared Stages:
Ten American Dramas of Blacks and Jews (SUNY Press). Cornellians are especially invited to
celebrate this publication by a fellow classmate. Shared
Stages brings together ten of the best contemporary American plays that
dramatize the explosive relationship of blacks and Jews in American
society. My best wishes on the
publication’s success. Dave Kessler (NYC) has a new adventure
to report. It seems that Cornell
Plantations invited Dave and 29 others to tour the gardens of Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, created by Spencer Trask, a New York financier and philanthropist. The immense Italian Classical-style gardens
are now the site of a “working artist” colony.
Artists and writers who have worked at Yaddo have won 61 Pulitzer
Prizes, 56 National Book Awards, 22 National Book Critics Circle Awards, A
Nobel Prize and numerous other awards.
Working artists have included John Cheever, Leonard Bernstein, James
Baldwin, Truman Capote, Aaron Copeland, Sylvia Plath, Katherine Ann Porter,
Mario Puzo, and many, many more.
Joel Blatt (NYC) is an associate professor of European
history at the U. of Connecticut, Stamford.
He participates in recreational tennis and won, for the third
consecutive time, the over-60 men’s singles at the Mullaly Open Tennis
Competition in the Bronx. Congratulations,
Joel! As always I urge you to send us
your news. We can’t do this without
you! Thanks again to Larry Wheeler for a fantastic website.
Joanna McCully, email@example.com; and Doug Fuss, firstname.lastname@example.org. Class Website, http://www.cornell61.org.