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Ilse Opton Tebbets ’54 is now widowed and is planning to move to a condo at the Friends Care Center in Yellow Springs this fall. The unit is half of a duplex with the other half being occupied by Ilse’s sister, Dorothy Opton Scott ’63, and her husband Bill Scott.

Gwil Owen ’55 and Carol Owen continue their bucolic and idyllic life in Fearington Village, North Carolina. Carol (Oppenheimer) ’58 keeps very busy creating new works of art, teaching workshops (see, and writing. They continue to enjoy their summers at Lake Wolsey in Canada where they are surrounded by the children and grandchildren of Antioch faculty of old; Hendersons, Carlsons, Macgruders, and Wilsons.

Larry Pearl ’55 is not sure whether to tout his propinquity to the Congress and the Supreme Court. But he felt fortunate to attend the Supreme Court arguments on both health care and the Arizona immigration law. It did not raise his blood pressure to listen to the withering questions of the conservative justices.

Sheila Richmond ’57 and her husband George retired to Albuquerque fourteen years ago. After a career as a teacher and psychologist, Sheila returned to oil and pastel painting, showing in local exhibitions. After being appointed to the Alumni Board just in time for the College’s closing in 2007, she has ridden the roller coaster of emotions, as Antioch College was wrested from the University and the Alumni Board continues to work with the Board of Trustees to ensure the future.

Carol Oppenheimer Owen ’58 is still a full-time artist, busy exhibiting and teaching workshops. At the end of May 2012 she was an artist-in residence in Winston-Salem, North Carolina working with honors art students from area high schools. In September she will be teaching a week-long altered book workshop in Abruzzo, Italy.

Ed Richard ’59 continues his co-producing on Broadway. He is a very minor co-producer of the mega-hit Jersey Boys, and now is part of the producing team for the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, which opened in late March. “This theater passion started at Antioch when I was taught and directed by Paul Treichler, Meredith ‘Dal’ Dallas, and Arthur Lithgow, who remain major heroes in my life!” said Richard.

Basia Miller ’59 says her first love was teaching, but in retirement the other Santa Fe, New Mexico—its arts, healing, and natural beauty—calls her. The side-by-side presence of Anglo, Hispanic, and Native American cultures inspires her poetry. She still works with Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, seeking nuclear waste cleanup at Los Alamos National Lab to protect the waters of the Rio Grande and the sacred lands of the nearby pueblos.


Judy Greenwald Voet ’63 and her two roommates, Julie Miller Schrepper ’63 and Elise Feutz Roenigk ’64, had a great time in April at a reunion of sorts hosted by Julie in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was the first time they were all together in 49 years! They are now planning their 50th reunion next year at Antioch. Her e-mail address is .

E. Daniel Ayres ’66 underwent valve sparing upper aortic aneurysm surgery in 2010. He is now coming up on a two-year anniversary with favorable medical follow-up reports. He is gradually returning to “active” status as a volunteer at Growing Hope in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and as a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor. He is still married after all these years to Lynn, his high school sweetheart. His e-mail address is .

Gary Houseknecht ’66 and Roz (Kahn) Houseknect ’66 speculate that they may be members of a very exclusive group: Antiochians who married other Antiochians before graduation and who are still married 48 years later. They have five grandchildren, two of whom have attended Eco Camp at Glen Helen and enjoyed Reunion afterwards. Gary and Roz both wish more ’66-ers would attend Reunion.

Barbara Slaner Winslow ’68, professor at Brooklyn College and the founder and director of the Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism, organized a day-long conference celebrating Chisholm’s lifelong legacy and the 40th anniversary of her run for the U.S. presidency. Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt and Ron Napal ’66 attended. For her work on the Shirley Chisholm Project, the National Council for Research on Women awarded Winslow with the “Making a Difference for Women and Girls Award.”

John A. Knox ’68 has been living in the same Victorian house in San Francisco since 1974. He serves as executive director of Earth Island Institute (, an advocacy group that grows environmental leadership, and on the board of directors of the David Brower Center in Berkeley (, where Earth Island has its offices, and where the College has sponsored alumni events since its re-opening. His partner in life is communications consultant Carole Roberts.

Rosalie Dillon ’68 met ­Sarah Kanter Dick (Antioch student, 1942-44) while on a family visit to Florida. Dick reported that her Antioch tenure was cut short when soldiers occupied the campus and it was not deemed a proper atmosphere for her continued studies. In the Winter 2012 edition of The Antiochian, Rosalie recognized the “Water Wars” graphic created by her nephew, Adam Abraham ’15.

Deborah (Woodroofe) Sarsgard ’68 remembers her most transformative co-op to have been the one at Clearwater Ranch. Both the natural beauty of Menocino County, California and the non-pathology way of working with the children remained with her over subsequent decades. When she retired last year from her career as a clinical social worker in inner-city Baltimore, she decided to return to Anderson Valley and now lives down the road from that ranch. Her e-mail address is .


Howie Gordon ’70 just completed writing Hindsight, an epic memoir of sex and love 30 years in the making, which he will submit as his attempt to have won some “small victory for humanity” so that he “might die without having disappointed Antiochians everywhere,” he said. Hindsight will be on the market later this year. Visit his website, for a sneak preview.

Kim McQuaid ’70 has published The Real & Assumed Personalities of Famous Men: Rafael de Nogales, T.E. Lawrence, and the Birth of the Modern Era, 1914-1937, his sixth book about a Venezuelan political refugee and rebel who lived in Brooklyn, fought for the Ottoman Turks in World War I, experienced the Armenian Massacres of 1915–1916, and was later a pioneering critic of USA “dollar diplomacy” in Latin America. He is proud of voting for Ralph Nader—twice.

Nan Rubin ’71 recently coordinated Preserving Digital Public Television, funded by the Library of Congress, to design a digital preservation archive for public television programs. She is currently the only non-European on the team evaluating “PrestoPrime,” a media archive project supported by the European Commission and based in Paris. Rubin is also board chair of The Prometheus Radio Project, created by DYLAN WRYNN ’91, which led the successful national campaign to pass the Local Community Radio Act in 2011.

Paul Rybolt ’72 is embracing retirement; spending as much time as possible on the Isle of Skye, where he tries to stay dry and still do photography. He plays as many guitars as he can while still maintaining a relationship with his housemate of 33 years. He also enjoyed coming to his first Antioch Reunion in 2012.

Janet Goldner ’74, a New York artist, first traveled to West Africa in 1973 as an Antioch College undergraduate art major. Since her 1994-1995 Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship, she has worked in Mali every year on cultural projects. She received grants from the Ford Foundation and the UN Special Committee against Apartheid. Goldner’s sculpture combines art and poetry, and drawing images and texts using a welding torch. Her website is

Paul Hansen ’75, gets together for hiking, rafting, and climbing throughout the West with Antiochians Ken Olson ’75, the executive director of KidsPeace National Centers of New England; Paul Hansen ’75, the Rocky Mountain regional director for the Concord Coalition; Bert Honea ’74, the chief medical officer at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado; and Mike Burdwick ’74, filmmaker, artisan, carpenter, and Zen master in Montrose, Colorado. “The common values that brought us to Antioch College still bring us together today,” said Hansen.

Jay Youngdahl ’75 writes the “Raising the Bar” column for the East Bay Express in Oakland, California. His book Working on the Railroad, Walking in Beauty: Navajos, Hozho and Track Work, was published by the Utah State University Press in November 2011.

Sarah Gerould ’75 is still working at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia. As staff scientist to the associate director for ecosystems and the executive secretary of the Subcommittee on Ecological Systems, she is helping to coordinate federal activities related to the ecosystem and biodiversity. Sarah’s daughter, Hannah, and her son, Alex, are starting and finishing degrees at Grinnell College. Gerould continues to enjoy painting, contra-dancing, and hikes in the woods with her intrepid standard poodle, Lily.

Trisha Arlin ’75 is entering the rabbinic program of the Academy of Jewish Religion (a pluralistic, non-denominational seminary in Yonkers, New York) in the fall of 2012, attempting to sustain the health, money, and niceness required for the six or seven years it will take to finish. She is also working as communications coordinator for Kolot Chayeinu, a progressive Jewish community in Brooklyn, running its website (, updating its Facebook page, writing e-mails, etc. Her website is

Scott Sparling ’76 recently received a Michigan Notable Book award for his novel Wire to Wire. He’ll be reading at five libraries across Michigan this summer as part of the award program.

Vicki Sells ’76 is working at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee as associate provost for information technology services and university librarian. She has an MS and EdD from the University of Tennessee. She has two children, Elyas Bakhtiari, a PhD student at Boston University and Mariam Bakhtiari, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and office manager of admissions at the Watkins School of Art and Design in Nashville.

Marc J. Masurovsky ’77 is alive and well in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. He has three sons: Jason, 19; Adam, 22; and Alexander, 24. He continues to be involved with Holocaust-era issues pertaining to looted cultural assets and their restitution to rightful owners, and is affiliated with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is currently finishing up a book on cultural plunder and the international art market, in French, scheduled to come out in late 2012 or 2013.

Bobby (Bob) Gates ’78 has accepted a new position with the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. as a senior labor relations advisor. His wife, Brenda, an attorney, works for the Department of Health and Human Services. Their son, Graeme, is finishing his third year at Northwestern University.


Jeanne Papish ’81 is living outside of Boulder, Colorado. She is studying holistic health—her first co-op was in 1978 at Hipppocrates Health Institute, where she learned about holistic health. It’s taken 30+ years to pursue it as career, but she is finally doing so. Otherwise, she is studying spiritual Judaism and trying to win a victory for humanity. She would love to hear from partners in the Antioch experience. Her e-mail address is .

Aaron Gruenberg ’82, the president of Green Mountain Construction and Design, testified before the New York City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs regarding home improvement contractors. Gruenberg advised that licensed contractors comply with environmental, health, housing preservation, landmark, and worker safety laws; and licensed contractors uphold ethical standards and pay taxes. Gruenberg also documented bait and switch workers compensation insurance rates, where licensed home improvement contractors, especially smaller legal operators, are forced to subsidize new construction and larger renovations.

Dona Green ’82 is in New York City co-orchestrating a two-year process that will connect at least 300 institutionalized individuals to community-based housing and health care. She lives with her 22-year-old daughter, Maya, and is hoping to have her nursing home administration license and yoga teacher certification by end of the year.

Dwayne Woods ’82 entered Antioch College not knowing that it was near Zion; nevertheless, he responded to the clarion call of learning and was delivered forth with the Class of 1982 and thanks to the experiences there, he left with a solid sense of what profession to pursue. He went on to teach at the University of Chicago and acquired the PhD credentials required to teach, but not to preach, and he now does just that at Purdue University.

Lesley Pownall Bahr ’83 continues to operate a wholesale watermelon business, Bahr’s Melons and Vegetables in Minnesota, with her husband, Dana. After losing a large quantity of their seedless varieties last year, the Bahrs studied up over the winter and learned the direction in which the seed is placed in the dirt greatly improves germination for seedless varieties. This simple solution has greatly improved their yield of healthy seedlings.

Christopher Nesbitt ’85 manages his small NGO, Maya Mountain Research Farm, in Belize, where he has spent the last 24 years examining the intersection between agriculture and ecology. He installs photovoltaic pumps in villages, and photovoltaic systems on schools, and tinkers with biochar. No word from the Nobel Peace Prize people as of this writing. He recently trained new Antioch student Katie Wiebke ’15 in permaculture design during the seventh annual Permaculture Design course. His website is

Charlie Hangley ’87 has been working in municipal government in New Jersey since early 1990. He was married in 2001 to Sarah, his perfect match, and is about to take his exam to become a certified finance officer for the state of New Jersey. He must thank Antioch College for training him to deal with “the man” on a daily basis, especially those times when he is “the man.”

Ariel Leonard ’87 lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she attended graduate school. She is the forest planner for the Kaibab National Forest, and is leading the Kaibab’s Forest Plan Revision, which emphasizes ecological sustainability. She recently received the “Outstanding Forester” award from the SW Society of American Foresters. She lives with her two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and spends much of her time outdoors. Her brother Corwin Leonard ’92 also lives in Flagstaff, and is one of her best buds.

Christopher Cassels ’87 likes to refer to UC Berkeley (MSW ’94) as “the conservative school I went to.” He and Rachel Aptekar ’86 met at Antioch College and have been in Davis, California for 22 years, having moved there for Rachel’s PhD program at UC Davis (’99). Aptekar teaches biology at a community college and is an avid gardener. Cassels is a social worker by day and an active musician by night. Their 17-year-old has sights set on Antioch.

Anne Russell ’88 currently lives in Washington, D.C. after years of traveling, including living and working in Haiti. She started building frameworks to automatically assess international conflicts, the result of which can be seen in Foreign Policy magazine’s Failed State Index. In her current job, she actually gets to work with others to explore the boundaries of where the social and physical sciences can intersect.

Mitchell Silverman ’88 became a New College of Florida graduate, a lawyer, and a law librarian. He played the adjunct professor part of his rockin’ job in gown, hood, and tassel at Nova Southeastern University law school’s graduation on May 12, putting doctoral hoods on two graduating student friends. He’s been happily married since 2000 to Becky Katz from Barranquilla, Colombia. “Life is a joy every day,” he said. His e-mail address is .

Lynda White ’88 and Jeff Wood ’88 married in 2006 and are immersed in art, photography, and music in Brooklyn, New York. Lynda had her first solo show in New York City in March. You can see images of her work at Her work was featured in the June 2012 issue of Sweet Paul Magazine. Jeff’s newest musical project, The Fascinators, tips its hat to Antioch music professor John Ronsheim for the inspiration from his spectacular “re-derangement” of “Mood Indigo.”

Michael Kent ’89 is still plugging away in the dermatopathology and melanoma genomics worlds and was fortunate enough to visit Boston last month. He happened to drive into the Boston Marathon and was forced to walk another two miles, hauling luggage through the crowd in 85 degrees. It was quite a contrast with the levity of the San Francisco Bay-to-Breakers run crowd, which he unknowingly stumbled into in 2010.

John Ruby ’89 directs and performs with The Carpetbag Brigade. Pioneering acrobatic stilt-walking techniques and applying them as a medium to transcend cultural boundaries, The Carpetbag Brigade frequently tours Latin America and will be hosting Nemcatacoa Teatro, of Bogota, Colombia in 2013 for a U.S. tour, with grant assistance obtained from the NEA and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation through Southern Exposure.


Joe Lowndes ’90 lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he is an associate professor of political science at the University of Oregon. His partner, Priscilla Yamin, is also a professor there. They have two children, Benjamin (8) and Adam (6), and a dog, Honey. Both boys would love to spend all their time on hip-hop and sports, but Joe and Priscilla make them attend school and go to the occasional protest.

Steven Thurston Oliver ’90 recently fulfilled a longtime dream upon accepting a faculty position at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Steven will continue his research focus on black male academic success, teach courses in multicultural education, and assist the institution with its diversity recruitment and retention efforts. Steven’s parents, Alex and Joyce, both grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and he is excited to have an opportunity to reclaim his New England roots.

Qasimah Boston ’90 arrived in Yellow Springs, not knowing anything about Ohio, and understood her time at Antioch to be a new beginning taking her closer to her destiny. She is clear that Antioch College was pivotal in directing her to her global rights activities. Boston said her challenges, inspirations, explorations, productivity, and realizations at Antioch were just what they needed to be. Boston is living and doing what her Antioch experience helped prepare for.

Tilmin Hudson ’91 is the national sales director for CPP Inc., the publisher of the Myers-Briggs® assessment, in Mountain View, California. She works with Fortune 500 companies, government, and educational institutions to assist in developing better people. Prior to CPP, Inc. she was a social worker doing community case management. She has ridden her bike for the AIDS/HIV Cycle Ride for six years totaling $50,000 in donations for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Craig Johnson ’91 recently concluded a two-and-a-half-year NIH grant-funded position with Rush University Medical Center. He serves as board secretary and interim vice chair of the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, where he recently organized a summit on clinical epidemiological and behavioral research around HIV and black gay/bisexual men. He recently enrolled in the nonprofit management master’s program at the DePaul University School of Public Service. He and his daughter, Kaia, 11, live in Chicago.

Rachel McKay ’91 is mother to five-year-old Joshua Laskowski. She volunteers as a regional director with World Animal Awareness Society and attends Valley Friends Meeting in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. McKay is a landlord and part-time antiques art dealer.

Nichole Basile ’91 lives in Seattle with her eleven-year-old daughter Claudia, who is charming, compassionate, and full of light. Basile is currently employed as a church organist. The work, she said, is a source of unending joy and frustration. She occasionally has the great honor of having her playing critiqued by Mrs. Eileen Ronsheim. Basile is also a website editor, and she still sings on occasion.

Frank Eason ’91 moved back to Boston after graduating from Antioch College. Eason transitioned to the upstart Independent Fabrication and later found himself working for a computer store which led to Boston School’s computer department. After a few years he went on to became the IT director of TechBoston Academy. Now in Miami, working for Hewlett-Packard, he is still in the computer field. His daughter is a junior in high school—it is almost college time.

Gabrielle Idlet ’92 is writing and teaching in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which has some similarities to Yellow Springs, except that there is a land grant university full of poultry science majors. She sure misses the constant critical discourse that happened in and out of Antioch classes, the trial-through-fire of co-op, and engaging in participatory democracy. Idlet traces her values and dearest friends back to those four years.

April Dobroth ’94 (aka April Phillips) lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband and three children. She recently completed her studies as a nurse practitioner at Frontier School of Nursing. She now provides primary, chronic, and urgent care to inmates of the New Mexico State Penitentiary. She is currently creating an educational outreach program to prevent Hepatitis C transmission in the U.S. prison system.

Suchitra Mumford ’95 lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with husband, Mark, and two daughters. In September 2012, she will be opening Indigo Fire, a clay and glass art studio. The studio will have several clay wheels, hand building, and glass fusing. It will be the first studio in the area to offer these three mediums for the novice and semi-experienced artist.

Elizabeth Moloney ’95 ­recently joined the staff of the theater arts and performance studies department at Brown University. She and her wife welcomed a daughter in September 2011.

Karali Pia Pitzele ’95 recently left her position as principal/founder of the Green School (a public high school) in New York and is currently traveling in Southeast Asia, happily resting, exploring, and dreaming up her next project.

David McCusker ’96 went to Davis and American River College in Sacramento, California, after graduation, but how he came to Davis is still unclear. Most anthropologists believe that during a glacial episode, sea levels fell, exposing a land bridge that David crossed. Was this nomadic hunter following game herds or was he forced from his home by rival librarians? What is known is that David’s wife, Sarah, and son, Joey, find his humor somewhat absurd.

Nova Ren Suma ’97 has published two novels for young adults (Dani Noir, 2009; Imaginary Girls, 2011), and her third novel, 17 & Gone, is forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin in spring 2013. She’s been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Millay Colony, and was chosen to attend the Launch Pad Workshop this summer, a NASA-funded astronomy workshop for established writers to encourage use of modern science in novels. Her website is

Maya Nye ’99 returned to her West Virginia home after leading Antioch College’s 2000 Environmental Field Program. She worked as an arts administrator, an arts educator, and state grants coordinator. In February 2012, the West Virginia Environmental Council awarded Nye the Environmental Courage Award for her advocacy efforts to protect her home community from dangers posed by toxic chemical manufacturing. In September 2011, Maya returned to Antioch College to serve as the Alumni Relations Officer for Volunteer Management.

Ben Leonard ’99 moved to San Francisco and worked as a graphic designer for three years after earning his degree. A part-time job at a pre-eminent gay porn studio, Raging Stallion Studios, helped him begin a journey from assistant to editor/shooter and to director, winning many industry awards along the way. A nine-month stint in Argentina marked the end of his porn career. His short documentary, Smut Capital of America, premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.


Louisa S. Whitfield (Rendall) ’00 lives and works in Kenya. After graduating from Antioch College she spent several years working in art curation, managing art galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then in Kenya. She obtained a further degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of California at San Diego. She now runs her own business, The Painted Word, from her home. She has a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, and gave birth to a son in July 2012.

Tim Eubanks ’00 is living in sunny Austin, Texas and, after securing a master’s degree in education from Texas State University last year, Tim is embarking on a new project with his local United Way. He is developing and teaching a community organizing class for parents to address obstacles confronting families with young children in low-income Austin neighborhoods. Also enjoying living near fellow Antioch alums—including celebrating the birth of baby Victor to Dana Malan ’03 and Cristian Villalobos.

Maribeth Joy (McManus) ’00 ran away and joined the circus in 2004 as a volunteer juggling instructor at CircEsteem, a Chicago nonprofit with a mission of uniting youth from diverse backgrounds and building self-esteem through circus arts. Now, as the executive director, she juggles raising money, traveling internationally with youth, and walking a tight wire. Who knew juggling in the halls of Birch could lead to this? Check out the youth she works with at

Ashira Malka ’03 is in Israel, having been invited to participate in promoting the proposed Law of Hebrew Poetry. While she’s not working on advancing the status of the Hebrew poet in modern Israeli society, she is hanging out here and there, performing bilingual poetry and songs at poetry slams and open mics, possibly even winning miniscule momentary victories for parts of humanity all over, soaking up knowledge, sights, and sounds to transform into who-knows-what for future encounters.

Maurya Orr ’04 graduated from Columbia College Chicago’s art, entertainment, and media management graduate program in May 2012. She focused on youth and community development in media arts and received the Follett Fellowship for the duration of her studies. She will be spending the summer as a Y.O.U. Inspire Fellow mentoring middle schoolers in leadership and media production. She is also managing her second junior roller derby team in Chicago.

Noah Meeks ’04 is the stacks coordinator at the University of Michigan’s graduate library. He is also coming off of a year as chair of the Library Diversity Council. Meeks has been invited to speak at a luncheon at a General Convention. This summer, he is planning to do a miniature version of a talk about his transition. He is also planning to spend some time helping at the Trans Episcopal Network booth.

Shelby Chestnut ’05 graduated in May 2012 with her master’s in nonprofit management from Milano, the New School for Public Management. Her thesis was “Designing and Implementing a High School Peer Mentoring Program for Native Americans” for students in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shelby recently co-hosted the NYC Young Antiochians Div Dance. “It was great to see people turn out,” she said. She is currently debating whether to stay in New York City, or relocate.

Brad Choate ’05 has kept himself busy since graduation. He moved to Maryland and runs a FranklinCovey store. He helps people with time management (thank you, Liz England-Kennedy and John Smith). He continues to practice Tai Chi, and is competing internationally now. This year Choate will be in his first tournament at an advanced level. Brad is sure to make a pilgrimage back to Yellow Springs annually to visit the place and the people he loves.

Stacey Silliman ’05 is pursuing her JD at CUNY School of Law, Class of 2014, and plans a career in public service lawyering with a focus on housing and homelessness issues. She will be spending the summer working as a judicial clerk in Brooklyn Housing Court.

Lane Campbell ’06 has accepted a chaplain residency position at the University of Kansas Medical Center beginning in fall 2012.

AlexandRa Feathers ’06 is pursuing an MPA/MPH in epidemiology at Columbia University. She is interested in sugar, as well as the role of intestinal flora, in the function of the immune system and chronic illness. She will apply to medical school for fall 2015. Her hope is to be a clinician-researcher, and to bring nutrition into the allopathic medicine clinical settings, while researching cost-effective, food-based solutions to chronic health problems.

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