Class Notes Archive - 1950's

Bentley College has endowed a new one-million dollar professorship in the honor of Gregory H. Adamian '51. He has been a professor of law at Bentley for 15 years and president for 21 years, and is currently the college’s first Chancellor. (11/99)

Thaddeus Buczko '51 of Salem, Mass. has been named a member of the Peabody Essex Museum Board of Trustees (12/99).

At its annual meeting, the Charleston County Bar Association unveiled a portrait of Probate Judge Bernard R. Fielding '58, which has been hung in the courtroom of the Charleston County probate Court. Fielding served as the associate probate judge for 15 years and as the elected judge of probate for 3 years. Currently he is president and chief executive officer of Fielding Home for Funerals, the largest African-American owned and operated funeral home in the state of South Carolina, founded in 1912 by his father.

Alan S. Fink '51 continues to practice law at Edwards & Angell in Providence, RI. In November, he was elected to the Board of Common Case Rhode Island and was the recipient of a public service achievement award for being a "consistent champion of merit selection of all Rhode Island judges." (12/99)

Paul Lipsitt '52 writes: "Since graduation my association with BU has included the Law-Medicine Institute, and the Student Mental Health Services, where I continue to work. I provide information of our services to the Law School Student Advisors. In 1999, I was honored by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology with the award for Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology. Daughter Sarah enjoyed last summer in Australia through the BU International Studies Program and graduated in May from Hobart-William Smith Colleges. My wife, Brooke, has served on the Newton Board of Alderman for 11 years, and is in her third term as President." (6/02)

Honorable Robert D. Marshall '52 received the New Hampshire Bar Association’s 1999 Award for Distinguished Service to the Public. He also received the 1999 Granite State Award from the University of New Hampshire for his distinguished career as a district court judge in service to New Hampshire. (11/99)

Probate Court Judge Malcolm Jones '53 was featured in the New Bedford Standard Times (3/27/00). The article, entitled "A view from the bench," profiled highlights of the judge's career. Judge Jones retired in February 2000. (3/00)

Norman Kaufman '53 lives in Boca Raton, Fla., where he has been a volunteer for the past six years in the misdemeanor division of the Florida State Attorney’s Office, Citizen’s Intake Division in West Palm Beach, Fla. He also tutors business law at Lynn University in Boca Raton. (11/99)

Joseph S. Vera '53 recently celebrated the birth of his fourth grandchild (all conceived through in vitro fertilization) born to his daughter Anne, a senior trauma nurse at the Beth-Israel emergency room. His other three grandchildren were born to the partner of his daughter Cecilia and were then adopted by both Cecilia and her partner (in Massachusetts the natural mother must also join as an adoptive petitioner). The three children are siblings since the same sperm donor was used. Cecilia is a cancer-survivor and one of the last group of patients to receive proton radiation at the Harvard cyclotron before the new one was operational at the former Charles Street Jail site next to Massachusetts General Hospital. Cecilia will be riding in the Lance Armstrong Foundation 20 mile charity bicycle race in Austin, Texas this spring. (3/02)

Elaine 'Perri' (von Krohn) Reeder-Maidanik '55, '74, a resident of Arlington, VA for over 25 years, and formerly of Newburyport and Boston, MA and Portsmouth, NH, died Tuesday, January 15, 2002, after a brief illness. She was born December 24, 1927 in Newburyport, daughter of Henry and Dora (Fellman) von Krohn, graduated from Portsmouth High School, and attended the University of New Hampshire, Seattle University and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law, Class of 1955.

Perri was an ardent egalitarian, Jeffersonian contractualist and early civil rights activist. In "Common Ground" by J. Anthony Lukas, she was remembered as being "enamored of the Constitution of the United States" and wanting to help make it work for all. Her nickname "Perri" was gained early in life after Perry Mason because of her passion for defending the underdog.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Gideon Maidanik of Arlington, VA, and several cousins scattered throughout the United States. A brief memorial tribute to Mrs. Maidanik will be included in the Saturday morning service, January 26, at Congregation Ahavas Achim, Washington Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. (1/02)

Jack Middleton '56 has assumed the national role of secretary of the American Bar Association effective August 1999. He is a senior member of the litigation department of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton. (12/99)

Dr. Richard Miller '56, Emeritus Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, was recognized as the Hawaii Medical Association Alliance Community Service Volunteer for 1999 for his work as an advocate for patient’s rights. (11/99)

L. Barry Tinkoff '56 retired in 1989 from his practice in Bristol County after bypass surgery and moved to Daytona Beach, Fla. He was elected president on his local AARP chapter in 1998 and was responsible for an increase in membership from 35 to 240 members by December 1999. He received an award from the District for Most Successful Chapter Membership campaign in Florida history and a plaque in appreciation of his service as president. (3/00)

The Honorable Arthur Votolato '56 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island was recently profiled on the cover of Rhode Island Weekly. He completed his last year on the bankruptcy bench and was appointed to another 14-year term as judge. (11/99)

At its annual meeting, the Charleston County Bar Association unveiled a portrait of Probate Judge Bernard R. Fielding '58, which has been hung in the courtroom of the Charleston County probate Court. Fielding served as the associate probate judge for 15 years and as the elected judge of probate for 3 years. Currently he is president and chief executive officer of Fielding Home for Funerals, the largest African-American owned and operated funeral home in the state of South Carolina, founded in 1912 by his father.

Hon. Elizabeth A. Porada '58, who has served as a district court and Superior Court judge, has been named a finalist for one of the vacant seats on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. (11/99)

Morton H. Aranson '59 was elected Chairman of the Steering Committee of the National Franchise Mediation Program "NFMP". This programis the most significant mediation program in the Franchising Community. The Steering Committee is the Governing Body of the NFMP comprised of major franchisor and franchisee representatives including McDonalds and Holiday Inns. Mr. Aronson is Vice President, General Counsel of the Holiday Inn Hotel Chain. (11/01)

James B. Lockhart '59, retired in May after almost 40 years practicing law—his career included 12 years as a private practice attorney and a position as vice president-public affairs for Transamerica Corp. in San Francisco. He was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of Alta Bates Medical Center & Hospital in San Francisco in addition to his many community activities. Lockhart and his wife, Ruth, have two grown children and one grandchild. They call Martha’s Vineyard and Oakland, Calif. home. (6/99)

Norman Kline '59 After graduation I practiced law in Lynn and Boston for one year. In l960 I joined the Federal Maritime Commission as a trial lawyer prosecuting violations of the federal Shipping Act of l9l6. After l2 years, I was appointed as a federal administrative law judge after undergoing an oral and written examination and a check of my references. In l992 I was appointed as the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Commission. I preside at trials and write numerous rulings and decisions under the Shipping Act of l984, which has replaced the earlier Act. I enjoy my work still and find its challenging and rewarding. I was married in l967 to Miss Betty Feldman of St. Louis, Missouri. We have two married children and one granddaughter who was born on March l, 2004. We live in Bethesda, Maryland. I hope my classmates have had a happy career and life. (6/04)

John J. Norton '59 My first job after graduation was with a small general practice law firm in Boston, O'Connell and O'Connell. I was afforded the opportunity to try criminal and civil cases. In 1965, I opened the South Boston Office of the Boston Legal Assistance Project where I was the sole lawyer for several years. About 50% of the cases involved family law. In 1971, I left to join Crane, Inker & Oteri where I practiced family law. I became a partner in 1973. When I left there in 1985, the firm name had changed to White, Inker, Aronson, Connelly & Norton. Barry Connelly and I opened a boutique family law practice on Union Wharf, Boston, where we practiced until we both retired in 2001. I was included in the book, Best Lawyers in America, under the category of Family Law from the first edition in 1983 up to the time of my retirement. Outside of the profession, I held Boston Celtics season tickets for 25 years. I also played volleyball in two leagues on the South Shore for many years until recently. Since retirement I have traveled often. I have a trip scheduled for late September to the middle of October to Austria and Germany so I will miss our class reunion on October 2nd. I belong to the Boston Athletic Club and try to work out 3 days a week. Best wishes to my fellow classmates and their families on the occasion of our 45th reunion. (8/04)

Michael Silverstein '59 After 35 years of general practice with a heavy dose of corporate, banking and insolvency law (coupled with serving for several years as managing partner of Hinckley Allen & Snyder), I was appointed to the R.I. Superior Court in 1994. For the past 3 years I have been in charge of the Court's Business Calendar. I've been married since graduation from Law School, with one son who is a professor at Auburn University. (6/04)