Class Notes Archive - 1960's


Class of 1960

Class of 1961

Joel Cohen

Joel and his wife Stephanie have five children, and two grandchildren. Joel has worked with Liberty Financial Companies, Inc. as a CPA and lawyer involved in many aspects of Federal and State taxation, for twenty-eight years. (12/01)

Class of 1962

Class of 1963

Theodore Carter

After my Foreign Service career in USAID's Office of General Counsel, I have worked as a consultant in international development with both private sector firms and USAID. Last year I worked for USAID in southern Africa and in Moscow. After the September 11 attack, USAID asked me to return to full-time service as the special counsel for its Central Asia Crisis Task Force--specially formed to coordinate, plan and implement U.S. humanitarian relief and long-term reconstruction assistance for Afghanistan. I felt honored to be asked. It really felt good to get back in harness for a worthy cause. Conducting a long-term program of economic assistance to that devastated country will be a huge challenge. Initial priority sectors will be agriculture and education. Programs to address governance will also be undertaken. One area I hope to be involved with during the next year will be the design of activities in Afghanistan to promote the rule of law and improve the administration of! justice. USAID, at the present time, is establishing a field Mission in Kabul. I'll be working out of Washington, but, no doubt, will have to travel to Kabul on occasion. I was posted in Pakistan from 1988 to 1991 and so had experience in the region." (2/02)

I just completed two years (coming back from retirement) as full-time special legal advisor to the United States Agency for International Development's Afghanistan Support Group. The Group recently received a special State Dept/USAID award recognizing its role in the completion of the 300 mile Kabul to Kandahar Highway as part of the large U.S. infrastructure initiative in Afghanistan. The activity was high on the White House priority list, and the entire contracting and construction process was concluded in less than one year which was some sort of record. President Karzai cut the ceremonial ribbon opening the road, and each of us in the Support Group was presented with a piece of the ribbon. The road was pushed through despite challenging security and weather problems. The 200 mile Kandahar to Herat segment is now under construction which will complete the linkage of Afghanistan east to west. (6/04)

Avram Cohen

Avram and his wife Maxine are celebrating their thirtieth wedding anniversary on July 18, 2000. They have one daughter, Brenna, who is 25. In June, Avram was one of three recipients of the Pro Bono Publico Award of the Rhode Island Bar Association.

Lester A. Katz

Lester has become VP - Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of AstroVision International, Inc.[AVII], a developer of a video-streaming satellite system that will provide a live, continuos, color, high-definition video stream of earth from space. AVII raised $5 million in its first round of venture funding which was provided by Sofinov, a subsidiary of pension fund Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, and Virginia-based SpaceVest. (1/02)

Class of 1964

Harry J. Riskin

I am a partner with the law firm of McKirdy & Riskin, located in Morristown, N.J. The firm has a state-wide practice concentrating in the field of eminent domain. As a result of our area of concentration, I lectured extensively both on the state and national level. I am married to my first wife, Maxine, who is an education consultant and a wonderful partner on the domestic front. Being so young, we have one child, David, who has just graduated this past June from Williams College. (8/05)

John L. Williams

Practiced law in Rutland and Bennington Counties Vermont for 27 years. Served as President of the Vermont Bar Assoc.Young Lawyers, of the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association and the Rutland County Bar Assoc. Obtained admission to the Florida Bar in 1991 and practiced law in Sarasota and Manatee counties until retiring in October 2003. Served as President of Rotary Clubs in Poultney, Vt. and in Sarasota, Fl, as Master of Masonic Lodges in Vermont and Florida, as Potentate of Cairo Shriners in Vt., 1984 and belong to Sahib Shriners, Sarasota. Just finished three years as Sec/Bus. Mgr. of the Sarasota Eagles Club. Children: Laura Williams (Memon) (Univ.Of VT.) of Philadelphia, Major Marcus Williams USMC (Springfield College), Jennifer Williams of Albuquerque, two step children: Susan Leith of Charleston, SC. (USAF ret.) and Krista Gower-Johnson (BU BA) (BU Mast.) Hold a Florida Security Officers License and work part time as a Security Officer. (7/04)

Class of 1965

Lawrence Cohen

Lawrence continues in his practice of intellectual property law in Los Angeles, CA. Mostly, he likes to play tennis, and his hip replacement two years ago has put him back into good shape. He has six grandchildren all of whom live in Framingham, Mass. Otherwise, life is very fulfilling in LA, and Lawrence would welcome hosting any of his classmates who would like to visit.

William Cohen

The United States Secretary of Defense, was recently honored at the New England Council's 75th Anniversary, where he received the distinguished New Englander of the Year Award.

Matthew L. Lewiss

In addition to celebrating our 40th reunion from law school, my wife, Florence, and I celebrated 40 years of marriage. We have three children: Peter L. Lewiss (who is my law partner) and a State Representative from Westerly, R.I.; Dr. Resa E. Lewiss, who is Director of Ultrasound in the emergency departments at St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospitals in New York City; Hilary A. Turano who is a sixth grade teacher in Westerly, R.I., married to Brian and the mother of Abigail (3 1/2 years) and Chloe (5 months). I am extremely happy practicing law in Westerly, R.I., with a concentration in real estate and estate planning. The years have been good and we look forward to many more. (8/05)

Martin Lobel

I was named one of Washington, D.C.’s top lawyers by The Washingtonian Magazine, which my friends pointed out call into question their restaurant reviews. I still enjoy practicing law and, in particular, crisis management, although it is increasingly frustrating because of the contempt this Administration has for the law.

One of my most challenging positions is Chairman of Tax Analysts, a 501(C)(3) that is now recognized as one of the, if not the premier, publishers of tax information and analyses.

My oldest daughter graduated from Wesleyan a year ago, and after teaching in a private school, decided to go to law school. My middle daughter is a junior at Northeastern and my youngest is a freshman at BU--the third generation of Lobels to go to BU. If nothing else, they taught me to be humble. At one time I could truthfully say I had never lost a Supreme Court case or won an argument at home. Half of the statement is still true. (8/05)

Ed Snyder

I continue to be involved full-time in the practice of law and a principal in a 10-lawyer New Jersey firm that limits its practice to high-end family law matters. I am proud to have been honored by my peers by being listed in the national publication, "Best Lawyers in America." I am even prouder of my wife of 21 years, Gail, who is an educator of learning disabled children. I have three wonderful children: Bill, 39, Bob, 34, and Gaby, 17. Finally, I continue to be a proud citizen of Red Sox Nation. (8/05)

Class of 1966

Class of 1967

Gary E. Bashian

After I graduated in 1967, I was in the Army on active duty, leaving as a First Lieutenant from the United States Army Reserve JAG Corps. After the Army I attended New York University Graduate School of Law and graduated in 1971 with an LLM in Taxation degree. I have been practicing law in Westchester County, New York since then. I am a past President of the Westchester County Bar Association, General Counsel to the United States Tennis Association/Eastern Section and a partner in the law firm of Bashian, Enea & Sirignano, LLP in White Plains, New York. I am married with three children. I reside in Greenwich, Connecticut with my wife and twelve (12) year old daughter. One of my sons graduated from Boston College and my other son graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. (6/02)

Alan Weinberg

I joined the faculty of the Duke University School of Law as a Lecturing Fellow and Director of the Duke Law School Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. The clinic serves low-income taxpayers in North Carolina and provides students valuable hands-on training. Before taking my faculty appointment, I was a Principal at Ernst & Young LLP and retired after 10 years of service with E&Y. Prior to that, I finished a 29-year career with the Chief Counsel’s Office, the last 14 as the District Counsel in Greensboro, N.C. Email me at (5/06)

Class of 1968

William J. Dalton

Recently moved from Atlanta to Austin. Travel extensively on work related matters. Write a weekly column for and Andover Townsman (Andover, MA) on subjects of my choosing. 5/5/06

Peter W. Segal

Peter reports that he was installed in the National Housing Hall of Fame on May 10, 2003. (5/03)

Class of 1969

Marc D. Goldberg

After law school I spent 16 years in a variety of human resource and labor relations positions in General Electric service and manufacturing businesses. My last corporate position was the senior HR manager for a newly formed nationwide telecommunication and computer business which I helped move from Schenectady to Atlanta. On the way we also lived in Chicago, Cincinnati, Maryland and The Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. I was recruited to Contel (Continental Telecom) as the VP Human Resources for two of their major non-regulated businesses including Executone.

When those businesses were sold The Mescon Group, an organization design consulting firm focusing on self-directed work teams, hired me to bring my HR and LR knowledge as I learned their technology. I moved near Jackson, MS to become the first VP of Human Resources for Mobile Telecommunication Technologies (Mtel), the parent company of Skytel, the nationwide communication and pager company. After a change in management in 1994 my wife, Susan, and I formed SuMa Partners, Ltd. SuMa consults in human resources, labor relations and employee communication. For a while Susan provided registrar and curatorial functions to a local museum through our firm. For the last 9.5 years I have helped clients plan for and communicate to employees during contract negotiations and stay union-free. I’ve helped employers create, implement or improve their HR practices and employee communication. Some of my work is as a subcontractor to a premier labor consulting firm or law firms, and some is in a direct relationship with the client. In June 2003 we moved to Boca Raton, FL for family reasons. Susan and I have 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, a grandson and another grandchild on the way. My contact information is: . (8/04)

George R. Halsey

In May of this year, 2004, I married Grace Lee Billings. I first met Grace in 1954 when I was 11 years old at an International summer camp in the French Alps near Geneva. She was 9. Then by quirk of fate, in 1963, we were the only American counselors at another camp located near St. Tropez. I was 20 and she was 18. We did not meet again until 1996, at a reunion of the camp we attended in 1954. Both of has have spent our summer vacations in Europe for most of our lives and now we continue to do so together. I spend a fair amount of my time as the volunteer Executive Director of the MacJannet Foundation, which provides a venue for peace conferences at a restored 10th century prieure located on the shore of the remote end of lake Annecy, in the bay of Talloires in France, near the camp that Grace and I attended in 1954. This year one conference featured Mohammed ElBaradi and the Prime Minister of Lybia discussing nuclear terrorism. My day job involves licensing and intellectual property issues at Sun Microsystems. (7/04)

Thomas A. Kelley

I retired in 2001 after 32 years in the FBI, where I served from 1985 to 2001 as Deputy General Counsel. During 2002-03, I served as investigative counsel on the staff of the Congressional Joint Inquiry studying the actions of the Intelligence community prior to 9/11. I then joined MZM, Inc, consultants to the Intelligence community and to the Defense Department. I have been married to Laura (Payne) since my 1st year at the Law School (37 years ago). We have two children ( Tom-a Univ. of Virginia aerospace engineering grad, and Elizabeth, a teacher in the Howard County, MD school system and the wife of Spc. David Jay, 1st Cavalary Division, currently serving in Iraq.) Our other son, Chris, died at age 13 in a bicycle accident. His death was the impetus for the passage of the first bicycle helmet law in the U.S here in Howard County. (7/04)

Marty Needleman

Since 1984, I have been Project Director and Chief Counsel at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (Brooklyn A) in Brooklyn, N.Y. Brooklyn A is a program of civil legal services for low income people and the organizations that serve them in the neighborhoods of North and East Brooklyn, with three offices and a current staff of 35, including 19 lawyers. (7/05)

Allan P. Weeks

Allan joined the Boston office of the firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. as a member in the firm's Business and Finance Section. He concentrates his practice on all aspects of computer law transactions, including E-Business and outsourcing. (2/01)