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"Doctors are in the house" 
by Claudine Carlton
Oberlin News-Tribune
November 1 2005

Much good news about Oberlin High School graduates has come to me. This is the advantage of our small town. My dear husband has enabled this column.

Congratulations to alumni who have recently earned degrees. Jenny McMillan has complete her PhD in astrophysics from University of Pennsylvania. She is now an astronomer at the Apache Observatory, Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Her brother Jim works for the nonprofit organization CIAT in Cali, Colombia.

Ben Miller has received his PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is now on a three-year postdoctoral appointment at UCLA.

Leigh Willis has completed his PhD in medical sociology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He now teaches medical sociology and race and ethnicity at the University of Georgia, Athens. His research is in suicide, health disparities and the health of adolescents.

Becky Ganzel earned her master's in library science from College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and is a librarian at Hamline University and Augsburg College. Her sister Emily is in Minneapolis doing freelance writing and research, specializing in preservation projects for historic buildings.

Erin Lewis received her master's in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is now assistant principal and athletic director at OHS. Her brother Steve earned his master's in education at DePaul University and is a math professor at Westwood College in Chicago. Their brother Major Stanton Chambers is currently on leave from police duty in Dallas while serving in the US Marine Corps in Iraq.

Attorney Lisa Mason has completed her MBA at Chicago. Jessica White has finished her master's in chemistry at Texas, Austin.

Joe Michaels has received his master's in music composition from California, San Diego. He is now working on his doctorate at Northwestern. Several of his compositions have been recorded. His brother Matt has earned his master's in information technology at Pittsburgh, where he is data base administrator at the medical center. Their brother Dr. Tony Michaels is in his last year of residency in internal medicine at Ohio State.
Recently Bruce Comings graduated from Oberlin College in environmental studies. He is interested in youth programming such as for at risk students at Common Ground. His brother Geof is manager of Main Street Oberlin. His brother Peter is news editor for the Gaylord Herald-Times in Michigan.

Rebecca Crawford has received her bachelor's in history from Yale. After a world tour with the women's a cappella group Whim 'n Rhythm, she is now working at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle. Her sister Emily is the design director for Travel and Leisure magazine in New York. Taya Koschnick has completed her bachelor's in creative writing at Reed. She is now working at
Bead Paradise II.

Martin Porter has earned his bachelor's in physics at Arizona, Tucson. He is now working on his master's in education at Lehman College and is teaching general science at a middle school in the Bronx. His sister Laura is a counselor in the Avon Schools near West Hartford, Connecticut. Their sister Sarah is employed in child care in the Bay area in California.

Cara Swanson received her bachelor's in history from Baldwin Wallace. She is now working at Hyatt Legal Services in Cleveland. Karen Wilson has completed her bachelor's in criminal justice at Clark, Atlanta. She is a corrections officer at Grafton Correctional Facility.

Lorrie Bruno Chmura is now a social worker at Kendal at Oberlin. Her twin, Dr. Larry Bruno, an orthopedist in Medina, spent two weeks this spring in Costa Rica sharing his surgical skills with the residents there. Brian Carlton is an electrical engineer for Thales Communications in Clarksburg, Maryland. His brother David is a programmer and manager at Sun Microsystems in Palo Alto. Chris Donaldson is Special Advisor/Grant Administrator with OC's Student Academic Services Program.

Sam Dyson teaches physics at Chicago's Walter Payton Preparatory School, a magnet school specializing in math, science and foreign languages. On seminar days he teaches Zulu, a language of South Africa. He recently returned from an ambassadorial trip to Durban, where he spent a week at a sister school.

Dr. Sarah Friebert is a pediatric oncologist at Akron's Children's Hospital. Her brother Steve is a pilot for Comair, based in Cincinnati. Dr. Genevieve Johnson Stuber is in family practice at La Clinica, which is for migrant workers in the Rochester, New York, area.

Charlie Grigsby of American Idol fame has some musical offerings listed at his web site www.charliegrigsby.com. Tony Hill is a salesman at Dick's Sporting Goods in Elyria and a student at LCCC.

Halle Morrison is teaching chemistry and geology at Marmion Academy, a small private military academy for boys in Aurora, Illinois. Her brother Alex, a cinematographer and videographer, is in Los Angeles, where he works in conjuction with Paramount Pictures. He worked on the Dreamworks movie The Island and on the TV series America's Funniest Home Videos.

Have you seen the superb new book Investing in Community: The History and Legacy of the Nord Family of Ohio? I appreciated the opportunity to learn about various members of this family, especially landscape architect Richard Nord. Diane Pope has opened Apparel from Head to Toe at 900 Lake Ave., Elyria. It carries clothing for everyone, with an emphasis on shoes.

Dr. Michael Richards is a pediatric oncologist at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Dr. Chris Slocum is a fellow in neonatology at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. His sister Laura is working on her doctorate in speech-language pathology at Ohio State. Their sister Julia and her husband Carl Roose are working for the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia.

Joe Zapotechne is a cook and server at Kendal. He recently created a new salad dressing, which was well received by the residents. Presently I plan to do another column next fall. Please send me your news in August 2006.

Keep your news coming to
Claudine Carlton
143 Kendal, Oberlin,
(440) 774-6542.

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