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There are places I'll remember
All my life, though some have changed.
Some forever, not for better,
Some have gone and some remain.

All these places had their moments,
With lovers and friends I still can recall.
Some are dead and some are living,
In my life I've loved them all.
-- In My Life, The Beatles

Our lives were shaped in many ways during our days at New Rochelle High School. We discovered ourselves and each other. We witnessed incredible events -- the assassination of JFK, the civil rights movements, the space age. We faced the future, and it was at NRHS that we prepared to move forward. Whatever happened to us?

Briefly share with us your thoughts or experiences on your
journey from those incredible days to today.

Use the Our Lives Story Form to send us your story.

Leo Asen, New York, NY

After college graduation and military service had a long first career on Wall Street, picked up an advanced degree along the way, and enjoyed a rewarding second career leading innovation at a large human services agency in New York City. Happily married to Cindy since our twenties and have two magnificent children pursuing their life's passion. Continue to live in New York City and Connecticut. Am active in non-profit world, am AARP New York State President, and pursuing passions of perennial gardening and studying U.S. history. (October 2015)

Carl "Sandy" Behrend, Amherst, NY

Moved to Buffalo in 1970 after a masters degree from Fordham. Was the best man for our late classmate, Stu Lott. Married my wife of 43 years, Judie, who I met in college. We have two grown sons, a house in the burbs and timeshares in Aruba and Florida. I spent 40 years as a teacher and public high school guidance counselor. I served as President of the NYS Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association for College Admission Counseling. I am only semi-retired as I run a consulting business helping families navigate the college admissions process. Really enjoy travel, our sons, rehabbing houses and the freedom of part-time work. I’m looking forward to the 50th and catching up with everyone! (February 2014)

Read about Sandy's 70th birthday celebration, July 2016

Peter Benario, West Palm Beach, FL

Just recently purchased a second home in a wonderful golf community by the name of Ibis. Spent most of my life living and working in the metro NY area as a food broker/manufacturer rep. Got my NY real estate license in 2008 (really!) and am affiliated with Keller Williams. Love to play tennis, write, travel and enjoy friends and family. Have 5 kids (blended family) and 4 granddaughters. (November 2013)

Diane Bingman Ramee, Vienna, VA

Through the site, I reconnected with Lynda Mirone (Moore) who was a BF in HS. In ’68, I moved from New Rochelle to Northern Virginia, married and raised four beautiful daughters, obtained a masters degree at GMU and worked as an LPC with at-risk adolescents and their families until retiring two years ago. I divorced in the early 90’s and later remarried a great guy with three sons. We became the Brady Bunch and are now enjoying 15 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. I love to garden, quilt, cook, travel, and spend as much time as I can on Nantucket in the spring and fall. (July 2014)

Wally Borgen, New London, NH

After graduation, I attended Concordia College in Bronxville, received a masters degree from Pace University and a doctorate from Northern Illinois University. Spent 38 years as a professor of business at Concordia, eight of those years as a dean and had a home on Church St. in New Rochelle. In 2006 I moved to my home in NH where I met my husband, Bud Dick. Volunteer at The Fells and my church and teach as an adjunct at Colby-Sawyer College. Life has been good! (March 2014)

Audrey Bracey Adams, Bronx, NY

I've been blessed during the 50 year journey since high school. I continue to work in my nursing profession of 46 years as Director of Infection Prevention at Montefiore Medical Center, which has provided opportunities to travel & lecture nationally and internationally. My husband of 46 years and I raised 3 children and have 6 grandchildren. We love to travel and cruise. My greatest joy is serving as a church leader and Sunday School teacher. To God be the Glory! (November 2013)

Rick Cole, Philadelphia, PA

Sometime before our 50th class reunion, I spent time looking through our yearbook from '64. One of the things that surprised me were the amount of guys who listed their future goal as either becoming an engineer or intending to study engineering. I guess, if you were good in science and math and not so, in English and social studies, you were targeted by your guidance counselor to become an engineer. That's what happened to me... (May 2015)

Read more about Rick in our May 2015 newsletter.

Ruth D'Amore, Commack, NY

Blessed with a wonderful husband of 43 years, 2 terrific daughters and the best thing life could give us, grandchildren (grandson & granddaughter). Work for a Commercial Real Estate Management firm and Private Foundation for 21 years. It has been my gift from God. Our wonderful teachers in high school prepared us well for the business world. Sometimes I look forward to retirement/sometimes not! Reuniting with my high school friends has been terrific. They are wonderful women and they are a joy to be with. I love the ocean, the salt air breezes, the smell of honeysuckle, the sand between my toes, a good book and my flip flops! (November 2013)

Steve Delman, Livingston, NJ

Reading this website and watching the JFK specials last week were a reminder of how fast 50 years have flown by. It's been a great journey. I am married and blessed with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. They all live close and I spend a lot of time with them. My main interests are youth sports and Judaic studies. I have coached soccer for 33 years and currently coach the girls middle school team. I have been taking adult ed classes for 40 years. This may seem ironic for someone who spent most of senior year cutting classes with fake permission slips. Looking forward to seeing you and wishing you continued good health. (November 2013)

Cecelia Duncan Newkirk, New Rochelle, NY

Since graduation I have been working as an art teacher in NR, Yonkers, NYC and one semester in London, England. I took a departure from teaching after getting laid off due to budget cuts - a situation that many art and music teachers face, and became a handbag designer travelling to Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. I worked for a company that designed bags, wallets, back packs and more here and produced them in Taiwan and China. After several years on the road as a designer, I missed teaching and returned to New Rochelle and taught fine and commercial art classes at the Isaac E. Young for 15 years. I took an early retirement at age 58 with my full 25 year pension to spend more time raising my adopted daughter who was born with 3 mental disorders (my own son had died as a baby). I continued to teach in the NR Home Instruction Program helping students in elementary and middle schools with academic courses for 8 years. Throughout my years following college graduation, I have focused on creating art and being in numerous exhibits, and have now started an art company, Got Art? Inc.
(April 2016)

Anne Eberlin Roush, Wake Forest, NC

Happily retired, Mike and I enjoy entertaining, travel and skiing. We care for our mothers, volunteer at a food pantry, Meals on Wheels, Habitat, and teach in a Life Skills program. I work out at the YMCA and also swim about 2 miles each week. Since our kids live on both coasts, we devote attention to our mini-poodle who works hard to get us to obey him. (October 2013)

Lewis Edney, Baltimore, MD (as told to Bruce Hammer)

I went to Fresno State and played football for 2 years. Then, I joined my cousin and NRHS legend, Johnny Counts, on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. That led to tryouts with NFL teams and a stint scouting for the Baltimore Colts, based in Denver. I returned to New Rochelle and worked with the youth bureau of the NR Police Department before switching to Westchester County Corrections. I returned to college at University of North Carolina, where I got my degree and played basketball with Lawrence Taylor. When I retired in 2003, I moved to Baltimore to be with my grand-kids and I remain there today. I’m very proud of my grandson, Khalil Edney, who made the basketball shot heard ‘round the world, 2013-edition, for NRHS last March and was a finalist for an ESPY award. (2014)

Barbara Elsas, Washington, DC

After high school I ended up in DC majoring in theater and Life! Went to NYU graduate school and spent 7 years teaching kindergarten in Berlin, Germany in the 70's. It was a wild, gorgeous place with artists and left wing students and an amazing wall around the city. I loved every minute of it! I met my American husband there and ended up in Ithaca for 3 years. And then to Washington DC for the past 30 where I raised my beautiful daughter Jessica as a single parent. I have spent the last 25 years with 2 and 3 year olds in my own little school and wouldn't want it any other way. I adore them! My passions include films, children, photography, theater, nature and political activism!! I just became a first time grandma of a beautiful boy named Jack. I love life and have enjoyed the ride so far immensely!! Can't wait to see you all next September!! (November 2013)

Shirley Feivish Caro, Scarsdale, NY

What a journey it's been since '64 - and continues to be - the world keeps changing every day! Happily married for 31 years to my second husband who has been my rock through sickness and health! Have two amazing and accomplished daughters, and the lights of my life - my grandson and granddaughter! Looking forward to moving to Florida in the very near future and reuniting with many classmates who now reside there! (September 2014)

Read about Shirley's 70th birthday celebration, Sept. 2016

Beth Fields Fried and Steve Fried, Palm Harbor, FL

Steve and I decided on one bio, since we have shared one life (save our college years) since junior year at NRHS, where we met in Mr. Farndon’s homeroom. Steve went west to the University of Missouri while I attended Westchester Community College and then Katherine Gibbs in NYC. Education complete, we married and... more
(August 2014)

Charron Fullerton, Greentown, PA

Graduated from Fordham and worked (for a few pennies and a lot of personal satisfaction) as editor of the Pelham Sun. Then sold out to the glitter of Manhattan and a job as advertising and creative director for Mutual of New York. Moved briefly to Connecticut when my husband's job relocated. Then we both moved to a lakefront home in the Poconos and life as early-retirees. Well, that got old quick and I started working as a substitute teacher for special needs classes. Incredibly fulfilling. But we have decided we are warm weather people and plan to relo again to Florida (probably Solivita) as soon as our lakefront house sells. Looking forward to no more snow! (February 2015)

Barbara Greenwood, New Haven, CT

Wonderful time as an ex-pat in Paris from 1966-1972, where I met my husband, an amazing visual artist. 33 year career as a public high school teacher in New Haven, in an experimental teacher-run school, called High School in the Community. Loved it, learned so much. Two wonderful children, now in their 30's, a daughter who is a special ed inclusion specialist and a son who is an assistant professor of Afro-American History and French. All is good. (2014)

Bruce Hammer, Mahwah, NJ

Sports is my passion. I attended the Knicks 1970 Championship Game (still carry the ticket stub in my wallet) and Ali-Frazier II. Ran 5 marathons and several White Plains-to-New Rochelle half-marathons. My wife and I are trying to visit all 50 states; 11 to go. It's pretty dull, but so am I. My Condensed Chronology: college, flunked out, college, blind date with first wife, 109-hour radio show, left college, marriage 1, Queens, graduated college, 99% LSAT, 21 law school rejections, computer school, programmer, girl child, 2 marathons, boy child, 3 marathons, systems manager, divorce 1, marriage 2, grandchild 1, New Jersey, grandchild 2, laid off, new job, grandchildren 3-4, new hip, new knee, retirement, reunion. (November 2013)

Mari Lynn Harrison Staton, Brooklyn, NY

Hard to believe 50 yrs. have passed. I will soon celebrate 44 years of marriage to my college sweetheart. After leaving NRHS, I attended college in NC, grad school in PA and taught in TN while my husband completed Med. school. Completed law school after returning to NY. We have one daughter and a grandson who live nearby. I am now retired having worked in the insurance field most of my career and enjoy traveling, theater and all types of music. Now spend as much time trying all different art media including pottery and glass arts. (November 2013)

Read about Mari Lynn's 70th birthday celebration, July 2016

Ellen Hurewitz Leopold, Scarsdale, NY

Lived outside of NY for 30 years. Moved back when my husband retired. We have one daughter and two grandsons. I retired 2 years ago. I am looking forward to the 50 year reunion. (November 2013)

Marsha Hurwitz Edelstein, Wanaque NJ

Married my college sweetheart 46 years ago. Two sons, two fabulous grand children and more to come hopefully, since my older son is getting married at the end of the month. Lots of traveling abroad and still both have a great passion for the oldies. Recently moved to a wonderful, very social community and love the friends we have made here, although we both have many life-long friendships as well. (November 2013)

Marc "Buzz" Irwin, San Francisco, CA

Married for approx. 40 yrs, cumulative, to 3 wonderful women (#1 was cheerleader for NRHS, class of ’66). Built geodesic dome and lived in rural New England commune for 17 years. Jobs have included: mailman for USPS, truck driver, carpenter, construction and farm worker, logger, cook, photographer, teacher (pre-K through college), clinical psychologist/hypnotherapist, co-founder/director of private school, crisis intervention specialist, supervising psychologist for managed care. Currently live in Haight Ashbury and have a 14 y/o daughter. Have trekked in Bhutan, India, Nepal and our family spent 2010-2011 traveling in Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. (February 2014)

Gloria Jones-Weinstock, Antioch, CA

I moved to San Francisco, Ca. Where I have lived the life I envisioned as a child. I have two lovely daughters of whom I am so proud. I worked as a Afro-Haitian Dancer. I danced at the famous Fillmore West with the Kwanditos opening for (and often performing with) Mongo Santa Maria, Elvin Bishop, Santana, Tito Purentez, Janis Joplin, and many other popular 60' and 70's musicians. I've taught pre-school, secondary, middle and high school, university and am in my 10th year as Chair of the CCSF Theatre Arts. I have been a national working professional actor (based in the S.F. Bay Area), and have the blessing of three grandchildren. I recently closed in Stan Shanley's Storefront Church at the S.F. Playhouse. My plan is to retire from teaching next spring (2015) to perform as a professional actor until I drop. (February 2014)

Helen Joseph Newman, New Rochelle, NY

After graduation I went to Art School in Manhattan. I married my high-school sweetheart and have two children and two grandchildren. My life and my self are not really limited to one thing or aspect. Music, art and film are three of the most powerful mediums which effect one’s soul to the deepest levels. I am a music-buff, an art-lover and a film-CRITIC. (October 2013)

Martin Kaliski, Berkeley, CA

Read the story about Marty's journey from New Rochelle to the hippie cab company to Marty's Motors.
(November 2013)

Les Kolpan Carter, Boca Raton, FL; New Fairfield, CT

New Rochelle was a great place to grow up. I managed to cut every class but somehow after NRHS became a serious businessman, Chairman of the Board of System Forward America. Had a bad first marriage and a wonderful second that has lasted 40 years. I have one adopted son and one daughter from my first marriage. Live in Connecticut and Florida. God Bless America and New Rochelle. See you all in September. (June 2014)

Kenneth Kotler, New City, NY

Attended Indiana State University (BS degree), MS degree Manhattan College. Taught PE at Woodlands HS (Hartsdale), two time Coach of the Year. Opened up real estate business 1980 (still active) in Yonkers. Retired 12 years ago, travel all over the world - Europe, Scandinavia, Middle East, Caribbean, Hawaii. Into golf, snorkeling. Love living in Rockland County. Married 40 years, two great very successful kids. Peace. (December 2014)

Michael Leeds, Boynton Beach, FL

After graduation I attended Hobart College for one year (much too cold ) and then George Washington University and University of Pennsylvania Law School. I have been happily married for 45 years with three kids and four grandkids who are the light of our lives. I practiced law in NYC until 1997 when my quest for warm weather finally resulted in a move to Florida where I have continued my career. Along the way I had two active duty tours in the Army separated by 20 years culminating in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. All in all it has been an interesting and rewarding life and and I appreciate my good fortune every day. (August 2014)

Jed Levine, Merrimac, MA

Levine's Box Score -- Careers: 10+; Retirements: 1 (USN); Layoffs: 2; Addresses: 20+; Marriages: 2; Successful Marriages: 1; Acknowledged Children: 4; Tours in Vietnam: 2 (October 2013)

Nicki Luca Creatore, Orlando, FL

From NRHS, went to college in Ohio and then transferred to Northwestern University. After graduation spent three months in Italy but real life started on return to NYC: lived in Manhattan, worked for several years, got married (later divorced) and had my son. Having lived in Florida for 30+ years, I feel more Floridian than Rochellean. Worked for many years with several companies and organizations and now retired. My partner Whit and I enjoy travel, bicycling and kayaking and share our adventures on our websites:,,, and (October 2013)

Read about Nicki's 70th birthday celebration, June 2016

Mark Major, Columbia, SC and New Rochelle, NY

After graduation I attended Wilberforce University in Ohio where I received a BA degree, and then on to Antioch college for a Master's in Teaching (MAT). Coretta Scott King's mother was my next door neighbor. Taught art at Antioch College along with the art of setting stage during "Rock Music's Infancy." Other jobs included: Auto worker at International Harvester, Inland Steel, Home Builder and Private Contractor. In 1970 my one and only son was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio (my greatest achievement) just before we set up for Richie Furray of "POCO" and "Neil Young" of Buffalo Springfield fame. Mark Ammaan Major is a Doctor in Silver Spring, Md. I came back to White Plains to teach sixth grade science for 34 years. Married to my lovely wife "Stella" for 27 years. We have four grand children. Now retired to Columbia, SC for the past ten years. Still enjoy sampling the fruits of Classic Rock as well as the Oldies. (July 2014)

Ellen Manes-Meunier, Medford, MA

Eric Arctander (NRHS '62), a dear friend of mine back in the day, passed on recently and I felt compelled to write about memories from back then. Referenced in the piece are Eric, Richard Stein, Keith Long, Frank DiGiacomo, Anne Eberlin Roush, Mona Levine, Leon Konowe, my brother Stephen Manes, and a few others. (November 2013)
Read "Trick and Treat."

Erma Mastropolo Zvonyik,Stamford, CT

Happy to be able to participate in celebrating this special occasion! Very hard to write my life after graduation from New Rochelle high in a few short questions... Sometimes I wish I was back in school. One of the best times of my life. I have lived in the Stamford for many years. I traveled through quite a bit, loved France and England. My home was Florida for many years but too hot. Great for playing golf, the life style is so different than it is in up here. Much slower pace of life. I enjoyed my life in New Rochelle, loved my friends here. Going in to New York is my biggest delight. (August 2014)

Sallyanne McAvoy Mallen, San Diego, CA

Lived in New York, Hawaii, Florida and California. Mother of two very special people. They are good citizens and my best work in life... Love reading, travelling, drawing with Indian ink, crocheting and sleeping... (November 2013)

Marvin Robbins, Crystal River, FL

I moved to New Rochelle at the age of ten, and my new life began! New homes, schools, friends, and memories. The homes didn't last…and I graduated from the schools. Some friends endured, others drifted away, and still others have been renewed. All are treasured in a place called “memories." (November 2013)

Read about Marvin's 70th birthday celebration, June 2016

Susan Rothschild Goldberg, Kissimmee, FL

First and foremost for me has been my husband, kids, and grandkids. Traveling has been a big part of my life also. Once the kids grew up (sometimes I think they are older than I am), I followed my passion for the arts and acting. I have been lucky enough to do theatre, films (short festival films for the most part), a TV pilot, lifestyle modeling, and commercials. It has been a blast. I often think of our drama teacher, Mr. Kissel, and wish he could see me on stage! (October 2013)

Read about Susie's 70th birthday celebration, May 2016

Michael Rusaw, Manassas, VA

Served 22 years in the USAF as a Security Policeman with tours in Viet Nam, Thailand, Korea, and TDYs everywhere. Retired, became a full-time police officer, retired and became a security consultant for a large international corporation. Married for 49 years, two sons. Graduated with BS from Southwest Texas State U-1976, Golden Gate MPA-1980. Have lived from New York, Texas, Montana, Nebraska, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, California, Virginia, Connecticut, Louisiana and back to Virginia. (February 2015)

Rick Sanjek, Nashville, TN

Music and restaurant business since 1971 (Nashville 1971-1986/NYC 1986-1992/Nashville 1992-present). Highlights include producing Willie Nelson in 1973-74, staging the Music Speaks Louder Than Words songwriter summit in Moscow USSR in 1988, opening the Sunset Grill in 1990 (still open), emceeing the 1992 Grammy Awards announcement at the Apollo Theatre, co-producing Legends & Lyrics PBS songwriter series in 2009 and recently having my songs in a movie and TV show. Lots of great music and meals, people and places. Still single, still rebellious, still after the existential high. (2014)

Larry Seidman, Swarthmore, PA

I studied economics in college because I wanted to work on public policies that required understanding economics. The summer after college I got into a special teacher training program in Trenton, NJ that got me a job as a high school math teacher...more
(September 2014)

Robert Shprintzen, Manlius, NY

After NRHS, went to U. of Rochester with a gaggle of NRHS graduates, then on to a Master's and PhD. In the 70s, I took up the study of genetics and spent 40 years in two academic medical centers until retirement last year. Married Deborah (Ochacher) Shprintzen in 1971 (she is a 1968 NRHS alum) and we have 2 children and 3 grandchildren with one more on the way, all close by to us here in the Syracuse area. NRHS was great, and life after only better with a great career, lots of travel, and an incredible family. Visit me at (March 2014)

Read about Bob's 70th birthday celebration, July 2016

Carol Smith Ubosi, Silver Spring, MD

While attending NRHS I joined Future Teachers of America. I am retired after 40 years of teaching 3rd and 4th grades and English As a Second Language. I have two daughters and enjoy yoga, gardening, biking and travel. My travels have taken me to Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. I will always remember our senior trip to the 1964 World's Fair. (August 2014)

Patty Ann Smith Sparano, Kent Cliffs, NY

Looking back almost 50 years as we stepped down from the bleachers in June of 1964, I wish I had hugged those I would never see again, those who would not return from Vietnam and those who had their young lives stolen by illness. We were ready to meet every challenge, we were immortal. Regardless of where we belonged, who we knew, didn't know or wished we did, we were still our own community, wrapped up in a world of learning and exploration. In so many ways, I feel we were blessed to have so many caring and involved teachers who chose not to push us through the system but to push us harder, knowing our capabilities and supporting our potential as future adults. 50 years later, I’m a writer, a business manager and a hairstylist specializing in cancer support. That last one helps me give back in thanks for all that I have… three children, four grandkids and a husband who just shakes his head as I keep juggling everything that comes my way. In some ways, I’m still learning. Mr. Satz and Mr. Lombardo would be so proud! (October 2013)

Read about Patty's 70th birthday celebration, September 2015

Richard Stower, Scituate, MA

After graduation, left for U of Cincinnati along with Eddie Shapiro. Transferred to George Washington U. in DC where Mike Leeds was my roommate and Larry Frieman was a fraternity brother. Taught in the Bronx, worked at an ad agency in Manhattan. Went back to GW for my MA in History. Met my wife. Moved to NH when she got into law school. Worked for the NH Div. of Welfare, then the Food Stamp Program in DC and back in NH. Chapter president of federal employee union. At 40 entered Harvard Divinity School and served 19 years as minister of (now) Unitarian congregation founded in 1634. Published a history of the church this year. Been to Europe, Nepal, Thailand, Bali. Retired (I think). (November 2013)

Andrea Wollman Simon, Yorktown Heights, NY

I headed off to Penn State and fell in love with anthropology. Received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from C.U.N.Y. Met my husband of 46 years, Andy (yep, another Andy) at summer camp. We have two terrific daughters, Alexandra and Rachel, and they each have great husbands. Alex has Michael and Katharine and Rachel has Lulu. Andy has built a number of businesses. I have been a Professor, Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, an executive in Financial Services and in Healthcare. Launched my business in 2002 to bring corporate anthropology into businesses that need or want to change. Have conducted over 200 workshops and speaking engagements and have clients throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. We have a farm in Yorktown Heights. Great life! (September 2014).


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