By Katie Rosenwasser’13
Of all the stories my dad has told me about experiences with his P&S friends, the one that resonated the most was his trip to Africa in the late 1980s, culminating with a climb to the roof of the continent. When it was my turn to decide how to spend my first year summer, I could think of nothing better than sharing that experience with him by working in a clinic in South Africa and flying up to Tanzania to try my luck with the mountain. Together with my good friend and classmate, Irmina Gawlas, we wound our way to the top and held our version of the same sign my dad and his friends held more than two decades before. The photo on the top shows my father and three other members of the P&S Class of 1976 after they climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in March 1988. In front is Andrew Bowe’76. In back, from left, are Shepard Hurwitz’76, Melvin Rosenwasser’76, and Steve Barnett’76. The other photo shows me on the left with my classmate, Irmina Gawlas’13, after we reached the top of the mountain in August 2010.