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"Columnist pens a final grads column" 
by Claudine Carlton
Oberlin News-Tribune
October 15, 2002

Congratulations to Doug Brooks, who teaches English at Texas A&M, on his being selected as editor of the Shakespeare Yearbook, a prestigious international journal forShakespearean scholars.

In Bermuda Tony Ball is director of the Education Center, an alternative school for children 12-16 years old with behavior problems. He also teaches life skills (health and basic math). He is a Bahai national council spiritual member and is a marriage officer. His wife Cheryl Peek-Ball is a physician specializing in maternal and child health.

Joan Lauer Cotton is now an is a nurses' aide in the health center at Kendal at Oberlin.

Ed Fitzpatrick has a Lexus dealership in Modesto, California. In addition, he is building one in Oakland.

Having spent the last academic year in Mali on a Fulbright fellowship, Brandon County is now working on his doctorate in history at Columbia.

Ivan Harrell is now working on his PhD in educational administration at Florida State in Tallahassee.

Andrea Hsu now books guests for All Things Considered, NPR's afternoon news program, in Washington, D.C. Cheryl Lawrie is an intervention specialist at Eastwood.

Ida Jallow is now a stay-at-home expectant mom in New Orleans. Rachel Kolb, who is an LPN in the Stephens Care Center at Kendal at Oberlin, is now studying toward her registered nurse degree at LCCC.

Doug Livingston is founder of Livingston Consulting in renewal energy, energy efficiency, and domestic and agricultural water. One of his current projects is working with a company that is administering some aspects of the California Energy Commission's programs for supporting renewable energy systems. Doug is
headquartered in Redwood Valley, Califonia.

Karen Long is a sales person at Bead Paradise II. Her sister Krista owns Ben Franklin's and MindFair.

Joe Michaels's composition "Con Moto" for flute and marimba will be contained on a CD distributed by Albany Records. This fall, he will have a string quartet premiered at the University of California, San Diego, where he is a graduate student in composition.

Currently on sabbatical, Rick Palkovic is a free-lance technical writer in Davis, California.

Elsa Pearson has moved to a high school in the Bronx where she teaches English as a second language. She is working on her master's degree at City University of New York.

Joseph Peek is teaching freshman English at Banana Kelly High School in the south Bronx. This fall he is starting to work on his master's degree at New York University, having received a Jonathon Levin scholarship. His sister Angela Padilla continues to teach at Eastwood School here in Oberlin.

Alessandra Olga Podwalny is president of AOM International, a TV production company . Its most recent production, done in conjunction with UNICEF, concerned the state of the world's children. She is also a psychic, who can contact spirits on the "other side." She feels that she would doubt this if it were happening to anyone else but her.

Jenny Shults, a chiropractor here in Oberlin, gave an excellent talk at Kendal on the holistic approach to medicine. She emphasized exercise, eating the right foods, and emotions.

There are five Siddall siblings. Clair, Jr. is on leave from a Portland, Oregon, hospital foundation. Jane is a homemaker living outside of Wellington. Jim is a clinical psychologist with a private practice near Akron. John is a retired anesthesiologist and lives near Columbus. Larry is retired from the psychology department,
University of Massaschusetts, Amherst.

The former Danish AFS student Mogens Thomsen is now a physician in Smerosvagen, Sweden.

Mary von Dorster is a staff attorney for Connecticut Legal Services in New London. It provides free legal services for the poor. Mary's specialty is social security disability. Her brother Eric teaches and directs plays in the Cupertino, California high school.

Heather Warner now works part-time in food service at Kendal while studying radiology at LCCC.

Frank Weinstock gave a marvelous concert at Kendal earlier this month. He teaches piano at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Amanda Ashley Pennington White, who completed her associate degree at LCCC in 2001, is now a stay-at-home mom in Delaware.

Leigh Willis has finished two years at the Centers for Disease Control, where he studied youth and family violence and suicide. He has returned to the University of Alabama to continue work toward his doctorate on medical sociology.

This brings to an end nine years of columns. My eyesight continues to get worse, so I have decided to stop writing. It has been a pleasure to brag about many OHS graduates.

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Claudine Carlton
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