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Alumni Association Activities

Alumni Council

Dr. Frances Bailen Rose, O. Alan Rose’36, and Hortense and Bob Sonneborn’36 on Campobello Island
Dr. Frances Bailen Rose, O. Alan Rose’36, and Hortense and Bob Sonneborn’36 on Campobello Island
On June 17, 1998, outgoing Alumni Association president Lester Blair’73 officially passed the gavel to his successor, Oscar Garfein’65. Dr. Garfein returned the favor by presenting Dr. Blair with a ceremonial gavel, a tie with the P&S logo, and a bound volume of the minutes of meetings held during his tenure. Dr. Garfein saluted Dr. Blair for his “elegant and thoughtful leadership style,” his commitment to the association, and for being “the first president to be married while in office.” He invited Dr. Blair and his new bride, Hueldine “Spider” Webb’77, to the podium to accept a gift.

The evening’s guest speaker was no stranger to alumni. Dr. Gerald E. Thomson, the Lambert and Sonneborn Professor of Medicine and senior associate dean of minority affairs at P&S, is a former executive vice president for professional affairs and chief medical officer at CPMC and director of medicine at Harlem Hospital. Dr. Thomson addressed the issue of minorities in medicine, specifically from a P&S perspective. While the civil rights movement of the 1960s brought a dramatic increase in minority student applications to medical schools and applications rose steadily for some time thereafter, he pointed out that the number of minority applicants had begun a rapid decline in 1996, in part as a consequence of the rolling back of affirmative action programs around the country. Dr. Thomson complimented the P&S administration and the admissions office for scouting out promising students at the high school level and consistently attracting among the nation’s finest minority candidates to Columbia. P&S still has room for improvement, he said, notably in the number of minority members of the faculty, and he said the medical school is committed to progress in this area.

At the council dinner on Sept. 23, 1998, Alumni Association president Oscar Garfein’65 outlined some of the goals of his tenure. He proposed to refocus the agenda at future dinners on issues of specific concern to students and alumni and, hoping to swell the ranks of active participants, urged all those in attendance to encourage at least one other alumnus in the New York metropolitan area to attend the next meeting. Dinner entertainment was provided by the P&S Barbershop Quartet, whose members are Michael Hall’99, Matthew Howard’00, Jason D. Matthews’00, and Tej D. Phatak’00.

Regional Program

Down east lobster and clambake celebrants, from left, are Bob Sonneborn’36, Hortense Sonneborn, Dr. Anke Nolting, O. Alan Rose’36, Oscar Garfein’65, and Dr. Frances Bailen Rose
Down east lobster and clambake celebrants, from left, are Bob Sonneborn’36, Hortense Sonneborn, Dr. Anke Nolting, O. Alan Rose’36, Oscar Garfein’65, and Dr. Frances Bailen Rose
The sky was blue, the lobsters were red, and tennis shorts and T-shirts replaced white coats. While the whales circled offshore in the Bay of Fundy studying the habits of their mammalian land cousins, resident and vacationing P&S alumni, faculty, friends, and staff returned down east for their annual lobster and clam bake on Aug. 8 and 9, 1998. The party spilled from FDR’s summer estate on Campobello Island to Lubeck, where associate dean and alumni relations executive director Anke Nolting has a home. Dean Herbert Pardes flew in to discuss medical and institutional advances back on Washington Heights. Old friends and classmates Bob Sonneborn’36 and O. Alan Rose’36 and their respective spouses, Hortense and Dr. Frances Bailen Rose, and Bob Weiss’51, former dean of the School of Public Health, and his wife, Minnie, were among the celebrants. And Gary Willner, husband of Eileen Willner, deputy vice president for development, and an entertainer by trade, regaled the crowd with popular ballads from his repertoire.

Bard Hall Welcome Wagon

On Aug. 25, 1998, the Alumni Association manned a table at the Welcome Wagon for new students. Among the packet of goodies was a thermal coffee mug to help bleary-eyed first years tackle the curriculum. The P&S logo on the mug will remind students of the light at the end of the tunnel.

Reception for New Students and House Staff

At the traditional wine and cheese reception for the Class of 2002 and incoming house staff, Alumni Association president-elect Marianne Wolff’52 officially welcomed the newcomers into the ranks of the P&S alumni family and invited them to become active in the Student Alumni Relations Committee and other alumni activities.

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