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1940s

S. Allen And Margaret Hope (Borchardt) Bacon, both ’43 were engaged in skirmishes (if not victories) for humanity—Margaret at the American Friends Service Committee and Allen as director of neighborhood centers in Philadelphia. Together, they initiated Women's Way, a funding source for agencies working to advance women's rights, protections and opportunities; and rescued an old Quaker burial ground in the Philadelphia Badlands. In her spare time and retirement, Margaret published or co-authored eighteen books, mostly on nineteenth-century reform movements. She died in February 2011. Allen keeps engaged at a Kendal retirement community. He recently organized a bus load of residents to observe a General Assembly meeting of Occupy Philadelphia. His three children and four grandchildren are similarly engaged.

1950s

MiKe Kittross ’51 received the Exemplary Service to the Discipline Award from the Media Ethics Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Additionally, Controversies in Media Ethics, 3rd ed., which he co-authored, was published by Routledge in July. Kittross is the former vice president for academic affairs at provost of Emerson College, where he also served on the faculty for numerous years before his retirement. He continues to write, publish, edit, and provide consulting services to clients.

Herbert Lindenberger ’51 retired from teaching at Stanford, has been living in San Francisco, where, besides enjoying the music, ballet, museums and hikes in the nearby mountains, he continues to write. He published Situating Opera: Genre, Period, Reception (Cambridge, 324 pp) in late 2010, and is currently at work on "One Family's Shoah," an account of what happened to his relatives in Germany during the Holocaust. He and his wife, Claire, travel frequently to New York, where both their children reside.

Hal McCartor ’55 and his wife, Alice, live in San Miguel, Mexico. He paints large abstracts, reads, and shares meals with friends in the sun. After thirty years in medicine, he turned to computer science when the opportunity to start a company that would build a massively parallel computer to model the brain came his way. He loved working with engineers and neuroscientists and enjoyed the chance to develop a programming language.

Jim Rose ’56 spends time largely divided among three major interests; each tends to justify the use of his and his wife Judy's Class C 28-foot RV. Judy and Jim travel to visit relatives in Washington, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Arizona, Tennessee, and California. They often combine these trips with sightseeing in forty-eight states and visits to various puppetry conventions and festivals for workshops on design and construction of marionettes.

Niela Miller ’57 has produced a CD called Piano Moods. Her compositions range from contemporary classical pieces (one of which she started while she was at Antioch) to a few American Songbag arrangements and pieces with an "old-timey" feel. Her pieces are played by collaborator Eric Kamen. For a copy, contact Niela at artsfem2003@yahoo.com.

Zee (Zelda) Gamson ’59 was involved in creating more affordable housing for working families living in Martha's Vineyard (which is not just about Presidential visits, movie stars, and Morgan Stanley executives). She joined a local Occupy group comprised of artists, filmmakers, tech-geniuses, chefs, and farmers. Zee also plays Bach, Debussy and improvises songs and old tunes. She wrote a song in memory of her friend, Phyllis Greenwood ’59 .

1960s

Deborah Curtiss ’60 has taught at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, University of the Arts, etc. She is a founding member and resident of the Greene Street Artists Cooperative, located in Philadelphia's Germantown area, and continues to paint and exhibit fairly regularly. Her husband since 1999, John Hollis, an Antioch College booster since 1998, died in 2008, so she is now honing creative (two books & 300 plus articles in the past) to integrate thinking on art and aesthetics.

In June 2010, Bill Morris ’60 moved to Bend, Oregon, where he enjoys hiking in the Cascades, cycling, reading, keeping up with four grandchildren, and involvement in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon. He retired from teaching at a Sacramento community college in Sacramento 2000. He'd like to renew Antioch friendships: bill.morris@bendbroadband.com.

Frank Dougherty ’62 earned his doctorate in clinical psychology. Presently retired, he is an instrument-rated pilot and a dedicated do-it-yourselfer, writing a crime novel while restoring a 28-foot express cruiser. As many others, he feels his years at Antioch were the most important of his life.

David Thelen ’62 returned to Yellow Springs for a volunteer stint as a visiting professor of history. His course, Doing History: Antioch Stories, combines historical methodology with exploration of sources from Antioch's past. A member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Thelen wishes all Antiochians could have the privilege of working with this group of students.

Cynthia Davis ’63 who sang all her life, at Antioch, and at whichever co-op job she landed, lives in Cancun, where she has performed at the jazz club Roots, Plaza Caracol, and the Ritz-Carlton. She now performs at a charming French restaurant and is available for long-distance gigs and would love to sing again at the place that lives in her heart: Antioch College.

Robin Rice Lichtig ’64 has many productions and readings of her plays in upcoming months. Listen, The River will be Off-Broadway in July and in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. There will also be readings of other full-length plays and productions of one-acts in New York City through June. Visit www.dramamama.net.

Jackie Disalvo ’65 has been frequently in the press about Occupy Wall Street; she is building its alliance with labor with her husband, Doug Ferrari. DiSalvo is now semi-retired at Baruch College-CUNY and active in the union. She has been a political activist since a co-op in Mississippi during Freedom Summer 1964. DiSalvo is the author of War of Titans: Blake's Critique of Milton and the Politics of Religion (U of Pittsburgh, 1984).

Carolyn Awalt ’66 a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Education, is a co-principal investigator on a $3.2 million project, funded by a 2011 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, to increase the number of educators in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who use online coursework, webinars, and mobile devices.

Jonathan Szanton ’66 retired from his community organization and development career; also mustered out of his reserve infantry unit as an invalided veteran. Since 2001 he has studied the “Jewish Bookshelf” with a group of village elders. Always active in community government in his moshav in the Israeli Negev, he is now also into historical mapping and astronomy. He and his wife, Tziona, have developed a cohesive family of siblings, four children, sixteen grandchildren and counting.

Toni Atlas Dosik ’67 and her husband, Len Kramer, live in Yellow Springs and spend some of their time volunteering, gardening, traveling, and enjoying time with their two grandchildren.The couple attended Reunion 2011 and enjoyed the inspiring talk by classmate Sylvia Turner ’67, recipient of the Walter F. Anderson Award. Toni now feels much more confident about the College, its leadership and the direction it is going. "Living so close to the College, we can see all the progress made on campus—it looks better than it has in years."

Priscilla Long ’67 writes the column called "Science Frictions," published every Wednesday on the website of The American Scholar. Her latest book is The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft and the Writing Life (Wallingford Press, 2010). She edits HistoryLink.org, an online encyclopedia of Washington state and local history.

Terry Blackhawk ’68 has a new collection of poems, The Light Between (Wayne State U., 2012). The InsideOut Literary Arts Project, her seventeen year old "baby," is continuing to grow and send fire-popping poets into Detroit classrooms. In 2011, the project received its second invitation to send youth poets to the White House, as well as lots of other wonderful recognition. It would be great if fellow alums would become our friends on Facebook. Visit www.insideoutdetroit.org.

1970s

William "Bill" Brower ’70 is working with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference for about the fourteenth time. He is most excited about the Issue Forum and Jazz concert that he is producing as part of the conference. The topic of the Issue Forum is "The Legacy of Modern Jazz Masters and Black America's Quest for Freedom." The concert will feature Ben Williams and Special Effect, as well as Randy Weston and African Rhythms.

Paul and Lee (Inman) Feinstein, both ’70 dissatisfied with the politics and general atmosphere of Berkeley, moved to Sebastopol, California, and into a house on one acre with a 1,400- foot detached workshop.They have planted twenty olive trees and are working on an additional fifteen.

Sandy (Klein) East Oak ’70 co-founded Sebastopol Gallery (www.sebastopol-gallery.com) and Sebastopol’s Annual Pomo Honoring Month. Her environmental commitment includes writing paradigm-shifting poetry and prose, and supporting Native rights. Her work can be seen at Sebastopol Gallery, Salmonid Restoration Federation in Garberville, California. Write to sandoak@sonic.net.

Michael Malan ’70 and Peter Sears started Cloudbank Books in 1999. Their first publication was Millennial Spring: Eight New Oregon Poets. Another publication, A Bride of Narrow Escape by Paulann Petersen, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in 2009. Malan and Sears also launched Cloudbank, a journal of contemporary writing. Michael's writing has been published in Epoch, Rhino, and Wisconsin Review, among others. He was a finalist in the New Letters 2008 Literary Awards for Writers. Visit www.cloudbankbooks.com.

Along with 24 other titles such as Bambi and Forrest Gump, Growing Up Female (1971), a documentary by Julia Reichert ’70 and Jim Klein ’72 has been chosen as a 2011 addition to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, which says the films will be "preserved as cultural, artistic and historical treasures."

Susan Solomon ’70 taught special education for thirty-seven years in Massachusetts, California, South Korea, Germany, and, finally, Connecticut. She is now filling her time with travel, playing music, working for liberal political candidates, entertaining the dog and her children. She studied Italian in Perugia for a semester while her husband taught college students there.

Joe Bacon and Betsy Cohen, both ’72 sold their three window stores between 2007 and 2009, and now their 40-mile daily commute is a thing of the past. They operate a 700-acre farm near Spring Valley, Wisconsin, where they raise sheep and Belted Galloway cattle. They have planted more than 120,000 trees since 1979. They just vacationed in the Maurienne region of France with Michael Von Korff ’72 and his spouse, Liunda La Resch. Joe and Betsy agree that the fromage of France is superior to the cheddar of Wisconsin.Friends are welcome anytime, but should be warned that the coyote population is very noisy between midnight and 5 a.m., so bring earplugs!

Wendy Galson ’72 has been reducing her psychotherapy practice over the last six years to work as a school psychologist in Philadelphia, where she enjoys domestic partner benefits and the company of many fine colleagues. She and poet Susan Windle celebrated their thirty-sixth year with a Jewish wedding made possible because Susan "converged" with Judaism after they raised their two sons, Gregory and Gabriel, in a bi-religious household.

Chuck Jones ’72 traveled on a Watson Fellowship; collected international opinions on Vietnam; and participated in a five-person non-soldier advisory unit living with the Vietnamese population. Later, he worked as a senior financial and loan analyst and spent thirty-plus years in the field of information technology, working for IBM, Sprint, and the Department of Defense. Now retired, he started an IT recruitment and staffing firm. Chuck and his wife of forty years live in Fairfax County, Virginia. He is most proud of his time as a basketball coach and taking his AAU team to back-to-back national tournaments.

Heidi Mover ’72 is a registered nurse in the Boston area. She is married with a grown daughter who lives in Baltimore. She spends her spare time working in her garden, where occasionally the chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, and woodchucks get careless and leave her a morsel to actually eat herself.

Fred Weisel ’72 published his first novel, Teller (Dog Ear, 2011), part mystery and part series of imagined memoirs, all told by a washed-up ghostwriter of celebrity autobiographies. It's available on Amazon, B&N, and iTunes. See frederickweisel.com. Wife, Meg McNees, is working as a patient-navigator. Daughter Chelsea graduated from Mt.Holyoke College.

Robert Fishbone ’74 drove through Yellow Springs during the Rosh Hashanah the night before classes began.He drove to Main Building, took out his handy "Shofar" and sounded in the New Year in great love for the College. His late wife, Sarah Lindquist ’73, was working on a Christmas book when she died in June 2010. Since then, Robert and a group of friends have taken the book to its completion. Please check out www.onwardisbest.com.

Tony Heriza ’74 and his documentary film Concrete, Steel & Paint were selected for the 2012 On Screen/In Person film and filmmaker tour sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. For more about his film, which explores "crime, restoration and healing," visit www.concretefilm.org. Tony works for the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia and is a member of the New Day Films distribution cooperative, whose founders include Jim Klein ’72 and Julia Reichert ’70. Write to tony.heriza@gmail.com.

Steven Law ’77 is a reporter for the Portland Tribune and editor of "Sustainable Life," a monthly environmental section distributed regionally. He lives in Southeast Portland with his delightful wife Dawn Robbins; daughter Mona Law, 17, a high school junior; and, for now, daughter Rachel Byron-Law 28, an environmental educator, teacher and musician. Son Gabriel Law, 19, is studying engineering at Oregon State University. Email esedalaw@comcast.net.

1980s

This summer, Brian Biswas ’80 and Elizabeth Phelan ’79 celebrated their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary.Their daughter, Eliza, is a sophomore at North Carolina State University. Their son, Mark, is pursuing a Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of California-Riverside. Elizabeth is a budding neurobiologist; Brian is a science fiction writer. Reach them at brian.biswas@gmail.com and emphelan@gmail.com.

Arthur James III ’82 living in St. Louis, Missouri, is an architect concerned with global urban attainability/ environmental issues. In between sampling the great variety of St. Louis style and listening to blues and jazz at one of the nightspots around town, he observes the aerial majesty of the local eagle population. E-mail art_2069@lycos.com or find him on Facebook.

Cy Ashley Webb ’82 recently earned the master's of liberal arts from Stanford. Her thesis explored the political implications of martyrdom in third century Carthage. She continues to play piano, and she writes about classical music and theatre for Stark Insider. New ventures include working with the Palo Alto Childen's Theatre.

Dawn Scribner ’83 is a certified massage therapist who established a private practice in Marin County, California, in 2011. She also practices her craft at Healus Center, a professional clinic associated with the Alive and Well School of Massage, and she is a teaching assistant. In her free time she writes, shoots photographs, cooks, plays with the dogs, and teaches reading to adults. She is pleased to offer local alumni and friends of the college discounted rates on massage. Write to dawn@mediawonk.com.

Benay Shive ’83 retired from the tea company where she worked for nineteen years. In 2003, she and her dearest friend Julia Portale ’83 travelled to China, where Benay adopted her daughter, Lily Margret. Seven months after returning, a near-fatal car crash landed her in the hospital for six months. Nineteen surgeries and many months of rehab followed. She returned to work for several years, but with her mobility disability, it became too difficult to maintain the travel demands while caring for her daughter. Benay enjoys the time she has with Lily and has been adjusting to a new pace. Write to benayshive@gmail.com.

Irene Tsatsos ’83 lives in rural Los Angeles County (yes, it exists) with her partner, Alan, her eleven year-old son, T Antonakis, a cat and a few chickens. She's been working as a contemporary art curator and writer since 1989 and a year ago joined the staff at Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena as gallery director.

Claire Dannenbaum ’86 lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband, Steve Bade, and son, Simon (bittersweet sixteen). After stints in New York City, Chicago and ten-plus years in the San Francisco Bay Area and Vancouver, the family settled in the mossy Northwest where Claire is a librarian. Cooking, gardening, and keeping chickens make for a lively daily life. Lack of an international airport makes things complicated. Claire makes art celebrating books and text. Visit www.ephemerarium.wordpress.com or email claire.dlune@gmail.com.

Kenneth Frederick ’86, Athena Turzner-Frederick ’82 and family are fine in Pennsylvania. Last November, he traveled to Cincinnati to attend funeral services for his long-time friend John Fisher ’81. Recently, he has been trying to market his exercise invention to fitness centers, university athletics and the general public. Visit www.extremeabandarmwheel.com. Athena has been very active knitting and recently outfitted the entire Turner-Frederick clan with her creations.

Elizabeth (Jay) Bull ’87 recently moved to central Maine following a major life upheaval. She celebrated the twentieth anniversary of her editing business last year and hopes to keep it going for another couple of decades.

Michael Casselli ’87 is living in Yellow Springs and is managing the Emporium Café; teaching an installation art course at the University of Dayton; doing giclée reproduction and fine art/ photographic printing for his new business Manic Design Print and Studio; showing his new photographic work at the Blue Sky Gallery in Dayton; continuing to fabricate artwork; and recently installed the work of Margaret Cogswell at Spaces Gallery in Cleveland. Visit michaelcasselli.com.

Sarah Jean Meyer ’89 has been living in Western Massachusetts for the past decade and working in special education for about seventeen years. Her biological and part-time foster children are both headed to college. She is looking forward to turning the bedroom in her cottage into a painting studio.

Steve Moriarty ’89 is planning a mini band reunion in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. A psychiatric social worker in the Latino Barrios deep in the South East Bay, Steve is gathering stories and ideas for his forthcoming book, I Was a Sniveling Little Rat-Faced Git. Steve married Emily Marsh, a world-renowned drummer and social worker who consorted with the likes of Michael Jackson, k. d. lang and The Pickle Family Circus. They live with their animals at the Occupy Oakland encampment where they, like so many other well-educated of their generation, are underwater on the mortgage for their tent. "Smash the State and pass the meatloaf please."

Christopher Nesbitt ’89 lives in Belize, where he manages Maya Mountain Research Farm, a registered NGO and demonstration farm working at the intersection of agriculture and ecology. In between months of farm work, he occasionally installs photovoltaic systems in remote areas for the government of Belize, as well as community level photovoltaic water pumping systems.

1990s

Tina and David Powisdow ’89 and ’90 respectively, are still happily married; they adopted a little boy from China who is now in Kindergarten. David changed jobs this year and is now working for BKD in Little Rock.

Christopher Jones ’90 (formerly Jon Christopher Williams) is the director of organizational effectiveness at HBO. He is responsible for the design and delivery of companywide training programs, including basic management courses, leadership programs, executive coaching, diversity initiatives, team building, employment development, and performance management. Prior to joining HBO, Jones was the senior director of learning and organizational development at MTV Networks/Viacom.

Steven Oliver ’90 is celebrating seven months as a vegan, a life change prompted by a desire to be healthier and has grown to incorporate compassion for animals and concern for the environment. Steven has been active in food justice issues in Lexington, Kentucky, working to establish urban gardens and access to fresh produce in low income communities. He is planning to host a series of vegan grub parties that will introduce people of color to healthy food ways as part of a preventative strategy against obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.

Christian Feuerstein ’94 profiled Mario Capecchi ’61 for the spring issue of Ambassador Magazine, published by the National Italian American Foundation.

Michael Heffernan ’96, accepted a new job as technology specialist at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C.

Stephen R. Meyers ’96 was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, a prize of $500,000 over five years, for a study titled "Deciphering the Beat of a Timeless Rhythm—The Future of Astrochronology." Annually, only twenty or fewer receive CAREER awards, which is the NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty. Meyers is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Geoscience.

Alison Stankrauff ’96 and Michael Heffernan ’96 archivist and associate librarian at Indiana University South Bend, received tenure last April. She was also part of a team that received three grants to develop a walking tour of South Bend's African American history. The grants were awarded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation through their Partnership-in-Scholarship Fund for African American Historic Places, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, and the Indiana Humanities Historic Preservation Education Program; partial funding came from Indiana Landmarks' African American Heritage Fund.

Mindy Childress- Herman ’98 is the marketing director at DANCE Cleveland, one of the nation's few dance-only presenting organizations. She is also director of the Dark Room, a monthly playwriting series at Cleveland Public Theatre, and a board member of Talespinner Children's Theatre. She and her husband, Ed Herman, live in Lakewood, Ohio, and are proud parents of Penelope Joan, born in June 2011.

Jennifer Steinke Jones ’96 earned a master's in education from Cleveland State University and is teaching high school at an online charter school. Jennifer lives in the Cleveland area and is starting a Cleveland Antioch Alumni Chapter. She would love to hear from Cleveland area alumni interested in joining the chapter and other Antioch friends at jenniferjones216@yahoo.com.

Matthew Arnold ’99 is: Writing haikus and Still playing the sousaphone For social justice.

2000s

Beth Gutelius ’00 to her own surprises on both counts is settled in Chicago for a decade-plus now and halfway through a Ph.D. in urban planning and policy. She's working on participatory research projects with different worker-justice organizations across the country, finding ways to make academic research feed social movements more effectively and directly. To that end, she serves on the steering committee for a new national network of labor/worker organizers and scholars whose goal is to coordinate research and public narratives around the state and labor unions in the U.S. She also swims in lakes.

Alex Stadtner ’00 graduated from the College, went on to Antioch New England in Keene, New Hampshire, got married, and started a green building consulting and environmental testing services company in San Francisco. "Waiting to host the next round of co-op students! So pleased to be witnessing the revival!"

Valeda Stull ’02 lives in San Francisco and is an interaction designer at Mule Design Studio, where a small group of people make socially conscious interactive designs come to life. When she's not thinking about design activism, she can be found making tarts in her apartment by the Pacific, watching old detective serials, and taking long walks with her partner Elijah and dog Dulce. Visit www.muledesign.com.

Shane and Jacqui Creepingbear, ’05 and ’06 respectively, started home brewing together while at Antioch. Tasting the success of their first brew was greatly rewarding.They couldn't help themselves and began brewing beer excessively in their free time. They worked with many styles from all over the world. One of their favorite activities was going to micro-breweries wherever they visited. It was shocking to them that there was not already a microbrewery in Yellow Springs. They decided that it was their duty to start one. With that, The Vitruvian Brewery Co. is under way. Cheers!

Viktor Maco ’06 found the combination of progressive education and life experience learned at Antioch College to be invaluable. He credits the exceptional faculty and staff at Antioch for opening the doors to countless opportunities. After a year in Taiwan as a Fulbright ETA, Viktor returned to Washington, D.C., where he works in the public relations department at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. He is the proud father of Luna Maco-Angel.

Michaella Rey ’06 is moving to Boston to enroll in the Women in Politics and Public Policy Program at the University of Massachusetts. This has been a daunting prospect as she has been out of school for five years. She wasn't sure if she had in it her to go back to school, but when she looks back at her years at Antioch, she remembers the greatest lesson learned, aside from a sense of contributing towards social justice and community, was to be fearless.

Eve Williams Wilson ’06 joined the Peace Corps in Guyana—then got booted for falling in love with a local. In between trips to South America, Eve was a union organizer in Washington, D.C. and worked with youth in Buffalo. In 2009, she married her Guyanese sweetheart and moved to Buffalo. They moved to Uganda in 2010 for “co-op.” In September 2009, their son Tafari Emmanuel Wilson was born. The family settled in Buffalo, where Eve runs an employment service for refugees.

Marjorie Jensen ’07 served as layout designer and contributing poet for Turtle Island to Abya Yala, an anthology of art and poetry by more than 60 Native American and Latina woman. It was published in late 2011 and is available for sale at independent Bay Area bookstores.Visit www.machafemme.tumblr.com.

Rachel Jordan ’08 will be marrying Brett Patrick McElfresh on April 21, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio, at the St. Tomas More Newman Center.Rachel is pursuing a master's in labor relations and human resources at Penn State. She works at the Ohio Association of Pubic School Employees (OAPSE).

Marjorie Jensen ’07 has been working for Know Theatre of Cincinnati since graduation and was recently promoted to managing director. Know Theatre produces primarily contemporary American theater in a 4-6 show mainstage season, runs a national tour of Calculus: the Musical!, produces the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and launched the Jackson Street Market, an innovative artists services program.

Jeanne Kay ’10 received her M.A. with Distinction (High Honors) after studying postcolonial culture and global policy at the University of London.

Submit Your Class Note: Class Notes should be written in the third person and be no longer than 75 words. Send your note to Steve Duffy ’77, sduffy@antiochcollege.org.