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Mady Kaplan

I still live in Manhattan with my husband and two daughters. I was a working actress for around 25 years and then changed gears and became a clinical social worker, specializing in children and families. I recently saw Rachel Feldman in L.A. which started a chain of events leading me to find you. I attended Indian Hill with Rachel and Peter Gelfand and Ben Simon. They were great summers. Take care, best, Mady

Helen Kent (Nicoll), '63, '64

had a thirty year career in dance. I danced in the Murray Louis Dance Company in the seventies and toured all over the world. Formed my own company and toured throughout the U.S. Met my husband, Ed Nicoll on a blind date in l981 and started a family(I have two girls ages 21 and 16). Taught, choreographed, and performed in Montclair , New Jersey for about 15 years and in 1997 retired from dance to focus on raising my family and discovering new things. Still discovering and working on a book and making mosaics. When second daughter is launched I plan to move back to NYC.

Jane Kent, '65, '66

went to the Philadelphia College of Art and studied printmaking which I have been doing ever since. I have been working as an artist and teacher and i live in NY with my husband, David Storey and son Jack Storey. I recently collaborated on artist book projects with the novelist Richard Ford and the journalist Susan Orlean. I am currently working on another project with Richard Ford which will be released in May 2006. I recently took a teaching job at the University of Vermont and I am a professor in art teaching printmaking.

Judy Klein (now Geller), '55

I went to Halsted for High school years...a private school in North Yonkers...We have two adult children...Mary and Mark. In 1983 I began my creative life with learning to make silver jewelry, but when we moved to Rhode Island I discovered the world of color. For the past ten years I have been designing Business Card Cases, Pill Boxes, and Magnetic Needle Cases (for quilters etc.) The process for these cases is painting with colored epoxy resins. Within the past two years I have become very interested in Silk Painting...I love the world of color, and with the silk, it is like painting on a larger canvas. Hal and I go to craft shows to sell our work; and we also sell our work in some galleries. I call it "our work" because he takes care of anything technical such as building a stovepipe steamer for steaming the silk scarves. We are a very good team. Email:

Howard Knopf

I have accepted a position at the John Marshall Law School ("JMLS") in Chicago, Illinois as Director for the Center for Intellectual Property Law, Chairman of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law and Professor of Law.

JMLS has one of the oldest and best IP programs anywhere and my challenge will be to build on the John Marshall tradition in the areas of patent, copyright, information technology and privacy law and related areas from a practical, policy and comparative viewpoint.

After I settle in Chicago, I will be "of Counsel" to Macera & Jarzyna, LLP, the Ottawa firm with which I now practice. I will continue my personal involvement in certain current litigation and consulting files.

Alison Kramer, '66, '67
I teach multi- media art and pottery to elementary age children at the New Castle Art Center in Chappaqua New York. I have been working there for 17 years. I also teach art enrichment classes in an after school program at the Roaring Brook elementary school in Chappaqua.

Laszlo Kubinyi, '53

Laszlo Kubinyi is an artist who has illustrated books, television stories and commercials. He has created maps and drawings of animals for many publications, Among them are Time, National Geographic, Life, Esquire, Discover Magazine, Fortune, The Smithsonian, The New York Times and others. He has won many awards, including from the Society of Illustrators: for a "Show of Video Art for Rabbit Ears Dissolve Animation; and a Certificate of Merit. From ANDY "Award of Merit;" many awards from AIGA: two Certificates of Excellence:" one for "Town Cat and Other Tales," and another for "Books of the Year - Our Fathers Had Powerful Songs." He also won a Grammy award nomination for "Best Album Cover." His most recent drawings appear in the National Geographic (May 2000), for a story about the Vikings; in Time (July 2000), illustrating the Mississippi for a story "A River Runs Through It." He illustrated "Hungarian and Romanian Folk Tales from Transylvania," and has published many beautiful drawings of animals and birds for various books and publications.

Scott Martin Kosofsky, '67, '68, '69, '70

While I was a student at Cornell and in Holland, I developed an overwhelming, passionate interest in printing types. I was still performing widely, but by 1975, when I settled in Boston (where my early music friends lived), type and design had already taken firm hold of my consciousness, such as it was. A couple of old masters, with whom I had become close, took me in as an informal apprentice. Within a couple years I set up my own shop in a third-floor apartment, the floors creaking under some tons of steel and lead. My first job was designing LP jackets for Titanic Records, who had released some recordings of mine. The Boston Early Music Festival, which I founded in 1980 with some friends, became my swan song to the music world. I was so busy with its management and designing things for it, that I never again had a moment to pick up the recorder. I couldn't face being an amateur--especially not an amateur recorder player--so I died young and left a beautiful corpse.

I had come back to life as a designer of books and typefaces, worlds of infinite possibility, especially for someone from the narrow straits of the recorder repertoire. In the late 1980s I was engaged by Harvard Hillel to produce a lavish Shabbat songbook. Ironically, they hired me not knowing I was Jewish, but rather on the merits of a nice Christmas songbook I had made for the very ecumenical Christmas Revels. The book was a success and it became a turning point in my career, which has been dominated ever since by my work in Judaica. Over time I became ever more involved as an editor and book architect, eventually crossing the line into writing. In 2004 HarperCollins published my first solo book, "The Book of Customs: A Complete Handbook for the Jewish Year," which is a book about everything, the kind that only a first-time author with something to prove would be crazy enough to undertake. It won the 2005 National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life. Writing now occupies abut half my time. I'm now at work on a big, illustrated American Jewish history for Yale Univ. Press called"Stock of Abraham" (2008), which I'm cowriting with my friend Jonathan Sarna, from Brandeis. For fall 2007 is a guide to the John Singer Sargent murals at the Boston Public Library, which I'm cowriting with Sally Promey, an art historian at Yale. I've been writing some about the graphic arts lately, and in 2009 I'll curate an exhibition at the AIGA Gallery, in New York, called "The Web of All Knowledge: The Design of Complex Texts." The idea came from a exhibition catalogue I did for the Yeshiva Univ. Museum, "Printing the Talmud."  It's about how design influences the amount of info we can take in at once, and why the codex (the book) is better than the scroll (the internet).

One of the highlights of recent years was my work with Mordy and Irma on their memoir. I hadn't seen them in twenty-eight years, but after a chance meeting with Vicki Thaler at a craft show in Boston, in 1998, I was moved to get in touch. How wonderful it's been to have them back in my life--which is not to say that their influence had ever

A couple of years ago, in 2005, I moved from Cambridge to a modernist house in Lexington, Mass., where I live with my wife, Betsy Sarles, also a designer, and our two lovely kids, Milo (b. 2002) and Zelda (b. 2005), and three dogs. (I work in a large, converted garage, about 40 feet from the house and the chaos.) My wonderful daughter from my first marriage, Sophie, graduated from RISD in 2006, in furniture design. She's been working as a restorer and upholster, a movie set builder and art director, and at whatever life brings next.

David Lasker, '65, '66

David Lasker is editor of Canadian Interiors magazine and plays principal

double-bass in the Toronto Philharmonia, with whom he recently performed the Koussevitsky Concerto. He studied double-bass with Chuck Israels, Stuart Sankey (at Juilliard and the Aspen Festival) and Gary Karr (at Yale and the Shawnigan Lake Festival in British Columbia).

In 1972, he graduated cum laude from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in art history; his senior essay, The Architectural and Symbolic Evolution of the Gothic Facade in the Ile-de-France in the 12th and 13th Centuries, won the Walter Louis Erich Memorial Prize. In 1974 he obtained a master's of music degree from the Yale School of Music.

After teaching music at the University of Massachusetts for a semester, he moved to Canada to take up the post of principal double-bass with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. While there, he wrote The Boy Who Loved Music (Viking Press, 1979), an American Library Association Notable book, about Haydn's "Farewell" Symphony.

He moved to Toronto in 1984 and became design columnist for The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Canadian correspondent for New York-based Interior Design and editor of Toronto-based International Contract magazine. He joined The Globe and Mail ("Canada's National Newspaper") in 1991 as Fashion and Design Editor and resigned in 1998 as Fine Arts Editor. He is unmarried, with two cats.

David Lasker
533 Logan Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4K 3B3
phone: 416-469-0849
fax: 469-4461

Laurie Lefferts, '62

I grew up in Roslyn Long Island and went to Barnard for my undergraduate degree (majoring in French - very impractical!). During my senior year in college I got married (much too young to know what I was doing). I have two wonderful sons (Josh is a musician living in Nashville, and Paul is getting a doctorate in child psychology). As fate would have it I ran into my first love about sixteen years ago, and am now married to him. We have a daughter and a son. Until I met my second husband I was working as a free-lance illustrator, doing mostly food-related illustration. I was tired of free-lancing, and no longer really enjoyed the illustration work. I decided to go back to school, and got a social work degree at Columbia. For the past ten years I have been working as a psychiatric social worker in a mental health clinic for the elderly (New York Service Program for Older People). I have also given many wrkshops on topics related to aging, and recently made a teaching film on sexuality and aging. I have always been involved in the arts, and have continued to dance since my summer at Indian Hill, in 1962.

Delin Linowitz (now Colon), '64

I attended Indian in the summer of '64, when I was 14. I learned a lot in the art classes and early morning poetry workshops (with steaming hot chocolate), and I took dance as well. I remember in the morning, while waiting for breakfast, Jimmy would occupy us by asking us to think of 10 impossible things before breakfast. I played on the Culture Vultures, our baseball team and learned how to make out from Josh Bauman. I remember Arlo coming to play for us... San Francisco Bay Blues pops into my mind.  And Louis Untermeyer came that summer. I was told he had praised a poem I'd written, but unfortunately, I was in the infirmary at the time.

Since then, I've lived on both coasts and Montreal, got a BA in French, an MS in Clinical Psych, and spent 25 yrs. owning and operating the largest stairbuilding company in San Diego (it's a long story.) I'm now retired and living in Eureka, CA, managing my husband's (David Colon) career in fine art photography. It's a wonderful life!

But I'll never forget Indian Hill and that pivotal summer of '64, which contributed so much to who I became.

Roger Lipson, '73, '74

Hello to all from '73 & '74! I'm so thrilled to have found this site. I have kept in touch with Lisa Rosen(feld) who recently gave me copies of our yearbooks to replace the two I lost in a flood. When I opened them tears just welled up in my eyes. Those were magical years!!! Lisa and her Husband Michael Rosen are two of our closest friends.

After leaving IH I went to study Theater at LAMDA in London for several years. I have been in NYC since 1980. Acting took me on the road with Grease, Charlie Brown and countless children's shows. After several years and too many Jack and the Beanstalks I went to the other side of the desk and was a talent agent with a bi-coastal agency for many years. Some of my roster are out there now working. It gives me a great deal of pride having helped some people start very promising careers. Though I no longer act I have been a working musician in many capacities. Most recently playing lead guitar in the off-Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. When not playing guitar or bass I can be found playing the sitar. I have studied with two main disciples of Ravi Shankar and finished the year 2000 with 85 sitar gigs. My web sight will be up soon, hopefully under roger If you have trouble finding me try email.

In 1999 I met my Wife Marlene while swing dancing at a mutual friend's party. She comes from a similar background with a love of the Arts (she was a jr. agent with Wm. Morris at the time) and we married in September of 1999. In July of 2001 we are expecting our first child. During the day I am with Sullivan & Cromwell, PC and Marlene is a freelance consultant with Pfizer.

Lets keep the love of Indian Hill alive!

Please feel free to contact via phone or email:
Home: 718-726-2838
Web site: roger (let's hope)

Jon Mayer, '55

His story started in the mid-to-late '50s, after he graduated from the High School of Music and Art and briefly attended the Manhattan School of Music. Mayer then became a regularly- appearing member of the thriving NYC music scene, playing with Kenny Dorham, Tony Scott, Pete LaRoca and Ray Draper, and recording with Jackie McLean and John Coltrane In the '60s and '70s, Mayer remained active, playing in both New York and Europe with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan and the Manhattan Transfer, and writing songs recorded by Les McCann, Nancy Wilson and others.

By 1991, Mayer settled in Los Angeles and seriously pursued his career in the jazz world with a fine piano trio session with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Billy Higgins; the release of "Do It Like This" (A-Records). March 2002 saw the release of Mayer's 'Full Circle'; 'The Classics' (Reservoir) was released in 2004 and 'Strictly Confidential' (Fresh Sound) was released March 2005.

Mayer's philosophy toward playing - and his playing itself - is deceptively simple."I'm trying to convey the emotional range and feeling that I perceive in the people I admired when I started, many of the very best jazz pianists: Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Carl Perkins, Horace Silver.

Now happily married, Mayer is quite busy in Southern California, leading his trio, backing up visiting jazz stars like Benny Golson and Slide Hampton and teaching privately. He says he's having the time of his life."What's great for me is finding new depths. I feel like the new kid on the block and I have that kind of energy on the bandstand. It's exciting to feel that I'm only now beginning to grow and explore my potential."

The LosAngeles Times said that the pianist "proved himself to be a musician of considerable technical abilities with a mature, engaging improvisational sense and an extreme sensitivity to the music going on around him."

Judy Mazia, '61

Judy Mazia is Associate Director of Planned Giving at UC San Francisco, Estate Planning Attorney, and Mediator with US District Court, CA Court of Appeal and San Francisco Superior Court. My husband Alan Wofsy and I were co-publishers of the San Francisco Review of Books. I also studied ballet at San Francisco Ballet School.

Judy Mazia: Highlights of that summer for me were: Jerry Rosen's music; Bob Leicester's literature class; Dance classes with (her aunt] Marjorie; Williamstown Theater performance of "King Lear;" Alvin Ailey performance (with Judith Jamison) at Jacob's Pillow; Boston Symphony performances at Tanglewood; Swimming in the "Spinach Bowl;" Ice cream sodas at the drug store in Stockbridge; and - last but not least - the great bagels and lox Mordy "imported" for Sunday breakfasts. I have a law practice in San Francisco and am president of my neighborhood association in Oakland.

Selma Meyerowitz, '61

Selma Meyerowitz has a PhD in Comparative Literature, wrote a biography of Leonard Woolf (of Bloomsbury Group), studied modern dance at UC Berkeley and taught English Literature at Stanford.

Selma Meyerowitz works in organizational development for the financial services industry. She is currently working at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco. Her two daughters, Mila and Anjali Dharan are both involved in the arts, studying dance, piano and violin, playing in youth orchestras. Mila graduated from Cornell where she was a premed student; Anjali is interested in biology and public health. Selma has a Ph.D. in literature, and taught at Stanford and other universities. At Indian Hill she studied dance with Marjorie Mazia (Guthrie) and is in frequent contact with Judy Mazia, Marjorie's niece.

Selma Meyerowitz: My main activity at IH was dance. I had heard about [IH] as a student of Marjorie Mazia in Brooklyn. I have two daughters both involved in the arts - studying dance, piano and violin, and playing in youth orchestras. I have a PhD in literature and have taught at Stanford University and other universities. I have been an organizational development consultant in the financial services industry...currently working at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Nancy Michelman, '54, '57

Nancy Michelman (Giffey) is a practicing visual artist and musician. She has a Master's Degree in Art and Teaching and is certified to teach K-12. Nancy has been curriculum designer for the Elvehjem Museum Children's Program, College for Kids at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Richland Center campuses, and creator of the award winning "Boundary Breaking" course which combined Allied Arts and Social Studies at Madison's East High School. Arts for Understanding, which she directs, utilizes creative arts experiences as a bridge to academic skills for children who may be at a disadvantage or feel insecure and alienated at the traditional school environments. Arts for Understanding received three Dane County Affairs Commissions and a Citi Arts grant.

Nancy appeared as the Mother in Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" for Rural Musicians Forum.

Nancy Rubin Mikelsons, '56, '57

Nancy Mikelsons was Director of an alternative high school just outside of Chicago (where she now lives) for eight years. Other professional activities include medical social work in New York City hospitals, both public and private, paralegal investigation for the Legal Assistance Foundation, with a specialty on prisoner rights litigation. She is on the Local school Council of the High School in Cook County Jail, a member of that council for eight years. Her primary focus of political and intellectual work for the last ten years is Eastern Cuba.

Nancy Rubin Mikelsons: My memories of IH are a powerful part of my life to this day. Many of the processes of democracy and discipline that I experienced [there] served me well in the eight years that I was director of an alternative high school, just outside of Chicago. Other things I have done professionally: medical social work in the New York City hospitals, public and private, for six years; paralegal investigation for the Legal Assistance Foundation with a specialty on prisoners' rights litigation here in Chicago for five years. Today I sit on the Local school Council of the high school at Cook County jail, and have been a member of the council for eight years. My primary focus of political and intellectual work for the last ten years has been Eastern Cuba.

Daniel Morgenstern

Daniel Morgenstern holds degrees from the Eastman School of music and the Boston Conservatory. Was the principal flutist of the Jerusalem Symphony and held a fellowship to the Aspen Festival. He became the head of Electroline Manufacturing Company following the untimely death of his father Elliott, an early supporter of Indian Hill. After 25 years, sold the company and combined his business skills and love of music in his current position, General Manager of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the professional new music ensemble in residence at Cleveland State University.

Polly Morgenstern

Polly Morgenstern has a doctorate in Law, has raised two wonderful children, Michael, age 22 at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor Maine, and Julia, age 17 a high school senior in Cleveland. Polly has been President of the Board of a local Montessori school k - 8 grade and is Vice Chairman of the Board Of Trustees of College of the Atlantic. She and Daniel are avid offshore sailors and plan to sail their '45 ketch to Europe in the spring of 2001 for several years cruising.

Naomi Neiman

Indian Hill was perhaps one of the most powerful experiences in my life. Certainly a happy and magical moment. For that I am eternally grateful to the kindness and generosity of Irma and Mordy. I went on to major in photography in college and studied under Hollis Frampton. I had a few shows in NYC, and taught Art and English in the NYC high schools. I continued my painting and illustration studies at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League. I have been deeply involved in volunteer work for Memorial Sloan Kettering, studied graduate level neuropathology and repair antique dolls and Steiff animals. I am still painting and involved in creative endeavors. I am happier than ever, and extremely fulfilled in my career as a Legal Assistant in Labor and Employment Law. I am not married, and am fortunate to be surrounded by brilliant, creative and loving people in my personal and professional life. Indian Hill memories . . . I remember the sense that the muses and spirits of creativity were invisibly gliding through the air at Indian Hill and planting kisses on all of our foreheads, John Posner's antics, Richard Colton's inspiring and magnificent dancing, the eloquent sounds of Michael Ellert's Bassoon, Gina Kapuchinsky standing on her head while reciting Puck's lines from a Midsummer Night's Dream, spilling steaming hot coffee onto the lap of the assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra while waiting tables, drawing the Elm tree, the airplane that swooped down and dropped flowers on the front lawn during the "Happening," walking that wonderful great lawn in the moonlight, playing Christopher Columbus, how wonderful Lisa Schwartzbaum was (and still is, I am sure), the kindness of Fred Small and the intensity of learning and growing and existing in perhaps one of the most unique and special places on earth. And of course, I would love to hear from a fellow Indian Hiller.

Mordy and Irma - thank you so deeply from the depths of my soul for the
magic and self esteem you gave me.

Naomi Neiman

Richard Niles

I've lived in London since '75 working as an arranger, producer, songwriter, conductor, composer, guitarist and BBC broadcaster making documentaries for radio. I've worked with a wide range of stars in pop, rock, jazz & classical music. All the info is on my fabulous website I'm happily married with a son who's 18 months and is my greatest joy.

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