Class Reunion Day - Archive


Class Reunion Day 2012

Class Reunion Day was held on Friday, May 4, 2012 and honored the classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007. A record-breaking number of alumni, faculty and friends gathered at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Cultural Center.

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Class Reunion Day 2011

Class Reunion Day was held on Friday, May 6, 2011 and honored the classes of 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006. Over 150 alumni, faculty and friends gathered at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Cultural Center.

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Class Reunion Day 2010

Class Reunion Day on Friday, May 7th attracted an array of nearly 130 graduates from the classes of 1941 through 2005 - many of whom travelled in from as far as California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Maine. The afternoon program which began with a lunch reception, included a talk by Dr. Jeremy Mao, Co-Director of the Center of Craniofacial Regeneration on his cutting-edge Stem Cell research, an interactive discussion of Dental Malpractice Case Studies with Barry Reagan, Vice President of Eastern Dentists Insurance Company, and an informative session on “Protecting Your Practice and Assets” by attorney Anthony Vitiello.

Alumni President Margot Jaffe presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Louis Mandel '46, OMFS '51, for over 60 years of dedication to the school and the students. Dean Lamster gave an comprehensive overview of the many initiatives at CDM, including recent facility renovations, new research projects, and faculty and student accomplishments. He also announced a generous gift of $50,000 by Dr. Meryl Baurmash '75 to establish a scholarship in memory of her father Dr. Harold Baurmash '48, OMFS '53. Students led Alumni on tours of the new Teaching and Learning Center and the recently renovated VC 7 waiting area and clinic. The day concluded with a cocktail reception at which the classes were individually recognized with gifts and class photos. Several classes also arranged dinners over the weekend.

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Class Reunion Day 2009

at the College of Dental Medicine was an overwhelming success!  This year’s reunion boasted an attendance of over 175 participants, including reunion alumni representing the classes of 1954 through 2004 along with other alumni, faculty and friends. 

Reunion Day festivities were kicked off with an opening luncheon at the beautiful Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.  Highlights of the day included a keynote speech on periodontitis and cardiovascular disease delivered by Dr. Kenneth Kornman, Chief Scientific Officer for Interleukin Genetics, as well as the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Steven Syrop '80 for his service to CDM.  Most recently, Steve has taken a leadership role in our global oral health externships program in sub-Saharan Africa through the Millennium Villages Project.  The day ended with a lively cocktail reception, where each reunion class was honored.

In addition to being the biggest reunion gathering in recent years, this was also the most generous.  Fundraising committees led by Roy Boelstler '59, Martin Davis '74, and Gregg Lituchy '84 worked hard encouraging their classmates to give back to their alma mater.  The result was an overwhelming success: this year's reunion raised a spectacular $100,000 in pledges, over ten times last year's total and 20 times the previous year.

This amazing accomplishment demonstrates the strong commitment and high caliber of our alumni and friends. Thanks to the help of our dedicated class representatives, more alumni than ever before were able to connect with CDM during Class Reunion Day 2009.

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Thank you to this year's class representatives:
1959 Roy Boelstler, David Hendell
1964 Ronald Montana, Kenneth Siegel
1969 David Zegarelli
1974 Martin Davis, Stuart Epstein, Laurence Gelb, Albert Kurpis, Leonard Skope
1979 Ronnie Myers
1984 Gregg Lituchy, Marshall Fleer, Jacqueline Crane, David Eidman, Denise Shapiro, Charles Valicenti
1989 Jolanta Holzmann
1994 Jason Psillakis
1999 Stacey Reynolds, Amit Vora
2004 Helen Weinberg, Narmatha Sinnarajah

Class Reunion Day 2008

Over one hundred alumni from classes ending in 3's and 8's attended Class Reunion Day on May 9. The day-long program included an update on CDM by Dean Lamster, a lively panel discussion on Ethics, and a presentation by Dr. Letty Moss-Salentijn and Dr. John Zimmerman on improving teaching methods using new technology. Each reunion class was recognized and given gifts by students at a festive cocktail reception which concluded the reunion day activities.

The Class of '58 gathered for a private dinner at a Manhattan restaurant, the Class of '63 attended a BBQ at the home of Michael Schwartz in New Paltz, NY, and the Class of '78 held a Reunion weekend at the end of June which featured a boat cruise and a brunch at the Medical Center's Faculty Club.

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