We want to hear from you.

Intermittantly, as helpers in the annual fund drive, some of us have contacted classmates by telephone. The responses have varied widely from, "Good to hear from you. Tell me about yourself." to "The only time I hear from you guys is when you want money." Believe it or not, despite the miserable job of calling and facing rejection, most of us enjoyed the opportunity to catch up. Often, we shared news with others as we called.

On this page, we would like to post news about you without asking for money. It is a place where we can enjoy each other's company. Please send notes by e-mail or snail mail. Just click the E-Mail Us link to the left for a postage paid, self addressed envelope. Photos are always welcome and can be posted to a gallery. We encourage corrections to information about you - phone numbers and addresses or even restrictions on the information.

Comments are inserted below as received.


From Jan Berlin - May 11, 2009

Hi Tony,
Al Preucil and I visited Doug Smith on February 26 where, in an amazing coincidence we were both in the West when Carolyn suggested that we come to see Doug sooner than later. It was quite a visit with Doug perking up for an entire day to speak with us. He died, as you know, on April 8.

At any rate, if you would like an additional help with the reunion, count me in.

janInformation:
I currently hold two jobs. The first is as the Associate Medical Director for the MMC Physician-Hospital Organization working with specialists in the development of quality measures and outcomes. We are currently piloting Care Coordination programs in three specialties involving primary and specialty care physicians. My second job is serving as Medical Director of the Low Vision Clinic, which I started in May 2005 and located at The Iris Network, a non-profit agency serving the blind and visually impaired statewide. The first is 28 hrs a week and the second is three to four days a month.

Louise has started a company, named Grant Partners New England, with a law school classmate of hers. They focus on writing grants for non-profits in the state, most of whom can not afford to hire grant writers full time. Louise and I volunteer at Maine Handicapped Skiing from January through March and specialize in blind guiding. I just completed my tenth year with MHS. We are preparing for summer and sailing as we hope to pick up our Morris 36 named Aria on Memorial Day weekend and sail her west to South Freeport, where we moor the boat in the harbor just off our front yard.

Jan


From Carol Wappner Page - May 4, 2009 (Daughter of Dave Wappner)

My younger son was looking at your web site (planning his future?), and found mention of my late father, David Martin Wappner. I see that your memorial page is in need of a little information/correction. Dad's date of birth was March 20, 1930 and death was April 20, 1991. At the time of his death, he lived at our family home in Bath, Ohio.

It might be of interest to his classmates and others to know that his cause of death was glioblastoma, right frontal lobe.

What a delight it was to see the program for the diplomas! I gather you are planning a reunion in 2010. Would it be possible to receive information about the dates and times? Both of my parents have died, but I do return to Cleveland every few years and it would be wonderful to see old friends.

Very best regards, Carol Wappner Page


From Therese Sfiligoj Conner - November 12, 2008 (Daughter of Tom Sfiligoj)

My father passed away in Lorain, OH. I was only five years old and my younger brother was two (other siblings were older), so hearing about any connection to our dad is very special to us. My youngest brother, Matthew, is currently doing a fellowship year in radiology at the Cleveland Clinic.

I myself did a search on my father's name looking for information on him related to hospice. I am the Director of Disability Education & Advocacy for a non-profit agency, Linking Employment, Abilities & Potential (LEAP) in Cleveland. I am applying for a program called "Ladder to Leadership" which is selecting 30 individuals from the Cleveland area who are in the early-to-mid part of their career. I was stuck in my writing and was hoping for some inspiration from information I obtained on my father. This is one of the first sites that appear when searching for his name.


From George Waylonis - July 10, 2008 (snail mail 6/23/08)

WaylonisGuys....thanks for setting up the web site along with names, addresses and unfortunately, a list of our deceased class mates. I tried sending an e mail from the site but it didn’t work for me...hence this snail mail.
Here’s a brief update:
I practiced in Columbus, Ohio since 1966 and now am 3/4 retired. As the “old man” in the group of 9 PM&R types I return to Columbus between Memorial Day and mid September to cover summer vacations and “do odd jobs for the group”. My legal residence is Naples, Florida where I do not practice medicine. Suzanne and I are raising an 8 year old granddaughter (Lohren) who keeps us “really moving”. Except for osteoarthritis of both knees, I enjoy good health. I would love to hear from old friends and look forward to our 50th reunion.

George
For a larger view of George and his family, click here.


From Bob Nozik - June 24, 2008
Hey, Tony and Mike,
What a great job you (I guess, mostly Tony) did on the new class web-site; it's terrific.

I may have missed it, but if you have the exact dates of the 50th reunion, I will try and be there. I retired from medicine (I'm Professor Emeritus from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology and Proctor Foundation for Research In Ophthalmology) about 10 years ago. Since then I have been writing, speaking, and teaching people how to become enduringly happy (Eudaimonic Happiness). I have a book, Happy 4 Life: Here's How to Do It, 2004, Trafford, Publ., and speak to different groups on happiness, mainly senior groups and mostly in the SF Bay Area...I'm too lazy to do the usual wide-based speaking tour. And, yes, I do enjoy sustained happiness myself, actually, more than 20 years now and still counting and still growing. I write a couple of Happiness Advice columns and run the Diablo Valley Happiness Club at the Lafayette (my home town) Senior Center. I'm also quite familiar with Positive Psychology (what currently passes for happiness 'science,' although I'm not its most enthusiastic fan mostly because the field is only a decade old and, IMHO, has not yet really found its way.

McCoy-NozikMuch of my travels have been to see my mom in Plantation, FL, just outside of Ft. Lauderdale. She just celebrated her 98th birthday and is still sharp as a filet knife.

Other newsy stuff: I have two grown kids, boy (Brad) and girl (Diane). Both are in their 40's and married. I have only one, but a great one, grandson. Brad and his wife live in the SF Bay Area and Diane and her family live in, good grief, Grapevine, Arkansas; southeast of Little Rock and an hour from everywhere.

I am twice divorced and now in a long term 'living-together' situation which seems to work much better for me than marriage.

Anyway, if you can get me specific dates for the Reunion, I just might be able to show up. Sounds like you are both doing well, although, of course, that opinion is based on no evidence whatsoever.

Thanks for your little add-on note to the mass mailing letter, Mike, I've often thought fondly of you and our time working together plus, I'll never forget those fabulous 8 cent King Edwards cigars.
With love and happiness, (by the way, July 10th is the first annual International Happiness Day),
Bob Nozik


From Al Preucil - June 23, 2008
Hi Tony-
What a nice surprise to be greeted with news of the class of 1960 website. Thanks for all your hard work organizing it. It is very appealing. Barbara and I joined friends and my cousin and his wife recently at Severance Hall to hear the Cleveland Orchestra. My cousin's son, William Preucil, is concertmaster of the orchestra and his sister and brother-in-law play in the string section also. (My cousin's other children are in major symphony orchestras in Chicago and Indianapolis, so the family is unbelievably gifted.) My cousin Bill is professor of viola at the U. of Iowa and his wife started one of the first and subsequently one of the most successful Suzuki music schools in the country. My great love for classical music is what I inherited of the Preucil music genes, I guess, not the ability to perform it!

Al PreucilI have been retired for 9 years following 35 years of primary care Internal Medicine practice here in Elmira and my wife retired from teaching 11 years ago. We continue to call Elmira our chosen home in retirement. I am active on the Board of our local hospital. Two of my four kids graduated from CWRU Medicine- Kim practices here in Elmira in Geriatrics and Internal medicine, having received her post-grad training at Johns Hopkins. Son Dan and his wife both practice Family Practice in Twin Falls, Idaho following residencies in Denver. We have 11 grandchildren, two in town, and love being grandparents.

We travel a lot, having been to Turkey, China, Tibet, and many sites in the US in the past couple of years. We enjoy good health with the usual creaky joints and unreliable memory! I hope all continues well with you. We are certainly looking forward to the Reunion in a couple of years. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help with that effort. We did serve on the Reunion Committee at Denison for our 50th (I married a classmate!) and enjoyed that a lot.

Our very best wishes to you and continued success with the website.
Al Preucil


From Mike McCoy - April 25, 2008
Tony
I see that our med school class now has its own website - thanks to your efforts and skill in this area. You have my gratitude because it will really help us keep up with each other - now that we all are a little less mobile than before.

I would like to forward to the website the kind of updates that I think would interest others and hope that I can read similar inputs from other classmates.

I have written a book McCoy introcalled "The Last Look at Lt. McMullin". The following is a brief summary of the book which is actually found at the end in the "Author's Notes" section. Two stories have been presented in this novel. In the Prequel, the death of Lt. James McMullin Jr., a B-24 bomber pilot in WW II, is chronicled. In the remaining chapters, the methodical search by Mike, an investigative reporter, is described. The connections between the two stories extend across a timeline exceeding six decades. The insights and discoveries made by the fictional character, Mike, enable the reader to be given a historical look at Lt. James Oliver McMullin Jr. - perhaps the last look Lt McMullin will ever receive. A legitimate question for the reader to pose is whether the main character of this novel is Lt. James McMullin or the journalist Mike. The answer is both are the main character because each is necessary for the other to exist - like two sides of the same coin. The two journeys by the pilot and the fictional reporter are interconnected in this novel and cannot be separated. The experiences of the reporter would have never been imagined if the pilot had never lived and had not died in WW II. If the fictional reporter had not been created, the wartime pilot would not have been memorialized. Thus, there is justification for this blend of narrative history and fiction.

Thanks,
Mike McCoy