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ALUMNI CLASS NOTES What's new with you?
Wondering what’s new with your classmates? This is the place to find out what your fellow alumni have been up to.
Submitting a Class Note is easy. Seriously, easy.
You can tell us if you moved (we love updating our database with the freshest info). Or, maybe you have a new job or are enjoying your retirement. Perhaps you’ve earned a new academic degree, produced a television series, taken up a new hobby, gotten married, or marked a new milestone in your life.
Whatever your news, we want to hear about it. And, we know your classmates would love it, too. Class Notes keep alumni connected.I’m convinced! Submit My Class Note
(Page updated September 2020)
George Marks ’56
Hi to all those from the greatest Poly class, 1956, and hi to the rest of you as well. Bette and I just celebrated 55 years married. We have 2 children, 4 grandchildren – the oldest 2 boys have earned soccer scholarships to play soccer for Cal Berkeley. We now know their season will not take place, although football will. GRRRR. Many classmates have seen my latest photography on Facebook, and you’re welcome to join in. My latest work is with hummingbirds. Here is a link to 65 hummingbird photos. Stay safe and healthy. (October 2020)
Jonathan Fratkin ’62
Living the retirement life on the Dog River, in Mobile County, Alabama. I enjoy being a “Damn Yankee,” a northerner who came to the South, either for a battle or maybe just a visit, and never left. I am learning how to handle our powerboat, a 24-foot Boston Whaler. There are many places to travel by boat around the Dog River and Mobile Bay. Although I have not yet become a real fisherman, Gail and I have caught crabs in small traps dropped off the end of our pier. It’s a great deal of work to clean enough crabs to make a good-sized salad. I would love to hear from alumni or alumnae, especially in the region. (May 2020)
Richard Lutz ’67
I am living on the coast in western Scotland after retiring from TV journalism after a lot of years on both sides of the camera. All well and trying to control my sea kayak when the wind comes up from the southwest. My wife Jane and I spent some time with Frank and Wylie Baron in Britain last year. Good times had by all. (June 2020)
Martin Kafina ’71
My grown boys are both living in NYC; although they miss their Walden roots. I’m still going into town teaching Rheumatology & Medicine to the neophyte students at Harvard Medical School. Hope to see everybody at our 50th! (November 2019)
Paul DuBowy ’75
Recently returned from my fourth Fulbright fellowship, this time teaching in China as a Visiting Professor of Ecohydrology in the School of Water Conservancy and Environment at Zhengzhou University. Zhengzhou, along the Yellow River (the cradle of Chinese civilization), is a city of ten million people, and ZZU is the largest university in China (73,000 students). I navigated the city on its subway system pretty easily by myself (growing up in New York City helped). My ZZU hosts were great; they took me to many places that I wanted to visit, including a weekend trip via high-speed train to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin Shihuang. (December 2019)
Will Stevens ’75
I was named President of Every Generation Ministries. Based in Temecula, California, EGM is a global ministry partnering with churches in 17 nations to provide children with transformational biblical education. (February 2020)
Johnny Giacalone ’93
30 Nights of Sex (to Save Your Marriage), an independent comedy feature film by Johnny Giacalone ’93 (co-writer/co-producer/co-star) and starring Dan Fogler ’94, is now available for streaming for FREE on Tubi and available on DVD at Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Target! (January 2020)
Allegra Natsios ’10
I’m so sad I couldn’t attend this year’s reunion–that none of us could hold a celebration–because this year is special. It has been 10 years since I walked through the halls, and I’m sure next year, when I celebrate my friends’ 10 year graduation anniversary, it will still feel like my second home. I know that high school felt like forever, and college was even worse, but Poly truly is a community with a lifelong impact. I have never regretted my years of school, homework and the never-ending weeks of sleep deprivation, because the memories I made then have stayed with me as inspirational reminders that you don’t have to be the biggest person to make the largest impact. Now I’m not saying I would go back to high school, (because I wouldn’t survive it all again), but I am saying that I miss the community that shaped who I am today.
Right now I work in the healthcare field, and I see how important every single person is. You do matter, and we all want you to be safe not just for you, but for the benefit of others. If I have learned anything, it is that nobody accomplished saving the world on their own. Everybody had a little help. From the bottom of my heart, I hope the Poly community stays safe, strong and smart. (July 2020)