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1960s Class Notes


Thomas A. DeLong recently had his book Madame Chiang Kai-shek and Miss Emma Mills: China’s First Lady and her American Friend published by McFarland & Co. The book is based largely on the unsealed letters and journals of Madame Chiang’s closest American friend — her Wellesley classmate of 1917, Emma Mills. (See In Print)

Rust E. Reid is the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Probate Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The award, given in recognition of his 48-year career, was presented during the State Bar’s Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course on June 11 in Dallas. Reid is with Thompson & Knight and focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, and fiduciary administration in the Dallas, Tex., office.


Hoyt Wheeler was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at J. W. Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Faculty of Law, 2005–2006.


Since April 2006, Henry Lord has been chairman and president of the Society to Preserve H.L. Mencken’s Legacy, Inc. The organization’s sole corporate purpose is to acquire title from the City of Baltimore to the 1883 row house on Union Square (both are on the National Register of Historic Places), where the “Sage of Baltimore” lived for 68 of his nearly 76 years and wrote everything under the sun, from newspaper columns to dozens of books to 100,000-plus letters. The house has been vacant, empty, unfunded, and threatened for 15 years. The group will restore it at their expense in a historically accurate fashion, recover all of its original furnishings and collections, and re-open it to the public as a splendid house museum in perhaps three years. In addition to this work in historic preservation, Lord just completed two four-year terms on the board of the School for the Arts, a highly selective charter public school.

Griffith Pitcher initially practiced tax and corporate law, but in the mid-1970s he became a municipal bond lawyer. He is of counsel in the corporate practice group of Seyfarth Shaw’s Atlanta office, and is now a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel.

Elizabeth Seeley has joined Halloran & Sage’s Westport, Conn., office. Seeley advises joint ventures, closely held businesses in a variety of business matters and also represents commercial real estate developers.

John Strachan and his wife, Joyce, are enjoying their respite from the Alaska winters at their home in North Carolina. They were sorry to miss the class reunion in May.

1964 Reunion Year

Winfrey Blackburn is currently a senior partner with Blackburn Hundley & Domene in Louisville, Ky., which he organized in 1995. He has co-authored a book, The Kentucky Houses of Stratton Hammon, which won a bronze medal in the architecture category of the Independent Book Publisher’s Association of America. Classmates can see the article that mentions the award in the May 24 Courier-Journal. (See In Print)

Michael Crimmins and his wife, Rosemary, recently spent a week in Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island with their daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Stephen Keeley of the class of ’99, and their three grandchildren to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

After 21 years of distinguished service, Harold “Cap” Hollenbeck retired from the N.J. Superior Court bench in August. Before his appointment to the bench, Hollenbeck spent decades serving the public of New Jersey, starting with the New Jersey General Assembly and culminating in three terms as U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s Ninth District. His most interesting assignment was on the bipartisan House Ethics Committee during the ABSCAM hearings. Hollenbeck was also the prime and moving sponsor of the first POW-MIA bill honoring Vietnam veterans. After leaving Congress in the mid-1980s, Hollenbeck became a member of the Fairleigh Dickinson University board of trustees.


Richard Clemens has written a book entitled Rescuing America: The Bipartisan Path, which discusses potential bipartisan solutions to major national issues such as Social Security, Medicare, trade policy, and the unsustainable trajectory of deficit spending. A retired partner of Sidley Austin, Clemens is currently a Fellow of the Center on Federal Financial Institutions. More about the book can be found at (See In Print)

U.S. District Judge James P. Jones, Chief Judge of the Western District of Virginia, was elected as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the policy-making body for the U.S. Courts. He represents the federal judges of the Fourth Circuit.

Bernie Long is three tax cases short of finishing his 42-year career of litigation with the IRS. “It’s been great fun, but Marion and I would rather spend time together and with our friends, children, and grandkids around the U.S. and world.”

MargolisTheodore Margolis has been named a New Jersey Super Lawyer in business litigation for 2008. He is with Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in Somerville, N.J. A former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, he continues to work in the area of white-collar criminal defense. He is a founder and former chairman of Legal Network International and represents companies throughout the world.

C. Willis Ritter was made a partner with Gonzalez Saggio and Harlan in their growing Chicago office and is the co-chair of their nationwide public finance practice.


Donald M. Haddock, Sr., Chief Judge of Alexandria’s Circuit Court, now sits on the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Bench.


James Gillespie is fully retired and spending his winters in Tucson, Ariz., and his summers in Stanstead, Quebec.

Paul R. Verkuil was appointed interim dean for the School of Law at the University of Miami. He is senior counsel with Boies, Schiller, & Flexner and a professor of law at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He served as dean at the Cardozo School of Law from 1997–2001. Verkuil is former president of the College of William and Mary, dean of Tulane Law School, and CEO of the American Automobile Association. He is a leading scholar of law and regulation and has published more than 60 articles in this field.


Donald Greenman authored the section on United States law for the fourth edition of Prof. William Tetley’s book, Marine Cargo Claims. His analysis and commentary focuses on maritime transportation law as it applies to the U.S. He remains of counsel with Ober|Kaler in Baltimore, Md., concentrating on admiralty matters, general litigation, commercial transactions, and international law issues.

LevinEdward R. Levin has been recognized as a Washington, D.C., Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine. He is a partner in Saul Ewing’s labor, employment and employee benefits practice group and represents employers in labor and employment law matters, including labor negotiations, arbitrations, and union organizing campaigns. He has litigated cases involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, and related claims in state and federal courts across the U.S.

Bob Wright has been elected to the RAND Corporation board of trustees. Wright is vice chairman of the board, executive officer, and a member of the corporate executive office of the General Electric Company.

1969 Reunion Year

Frederick Hodnett’s retirement in 2006 as the assistant executive secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia, has become part-time. During sessions of the Virginia General Assembly, Hodnett has been working for the Clerk of the Senate of Virginia. He’s also a substitute teacher in the Hanover County public schools. Hodnett was appointed as a civil marriage celebrant in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In May, at the annual meeting of the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the celebration of its 100th anniversary, James B. Kobak, Jr., was inducted as president elect. Kobak chairs Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s antitrust practice and practice standards groups and has been involved in a wide variety of commercial litigations, arbitrations, and mediations as both advocate and neutral. He is president of the NYCLA Foundation, overseeing the foundation’s annual and special fundraising campaigns. He chairs the library committee and task force on professionalism, founded the NYCLA Inn of Court and serves as its secretary, and is a member of the NYCLA executive committee and professional ethics committee. In March 2006, Kobak received the Boris Kostelanetz President’s Medal in recognition of his dedication to NYCLA and distinguished service to the legal profession. He serves on the American Arbitration Association’s panel of arbitrators, as well as the mediation and arbitration panels of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is an adjunct associate professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches an antitrust and intellectual property course.

Bernie Mikell was hired by Piper Jaffray & Co. as a senior vice president in their Sacramento, Calif., office to further strengthen their municipal finance banking platform and help build the firm’s large issuer business in the California region.


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