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Suzan Distenfeld (Crabb)
Physician Married 2 Heathcote
I have not been able to make it to any reunions but would really like to try to make this one. My youngest will be in her first semester of college in October 2008 so hopefully the reunion weekend won't be her Parents' weekend. I have lived in Omaha, Nebraska since 1996. I am an Internist and my husband, who grew up in Ardsley, is an Orthopedic Surgeon. We have an 18 year old son and a 16 year old daughter. We got to the Heartland via Rochester, NY (residency), Naples Italy and Coronado, California (both courtesy of the US Navy). My father moved into NYC in 1986 so I have not been back to Scarsdale in many years. It is really fun to read these profiles and see so many names from the past. Send Suzan a MessageSend Suzan a Message
Barbara hoffman (sussberg)
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retired Married 1 Quaker Ridge

30 years, WOW! 
So this is me, 30 years later, with my 16 year old daughter Samantha. 

After 25 years left NYC last year for a small town south of Atlanta, a LONG way from Scarsdale.

I think we live frighteningly close to where the Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker bands came from, actually.

I love reading about  everyone and hope to make it back for the reunion.

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Pam Kochen (Baroukh)
August 15, 1960 Artist, Trophy Wife Married 2 Greenacres
Fabulous spending time with so many great childhood friends. Thanks to everyone who brought along those wonderful old photos. Seeing them made me understand why so many people had such a difficult time recognizing me. Time marches on but our shared memories and childhood friendships haven't tarnished. As they say, 'you can take the girl out of Scarsdale but....' the rest was confirmed reunion weekend. Love to all!

xox, Pam

I've been living in L.A., married to the same great guy for the past 20+ years. He's in the denim biz and I putter with paint. We have a daughter, Rebecca, a freshman at Smith College, and 15 year old son, Jesse, a high school sophomore. Can't wait to catch up.
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Robin Jaffin
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Director of Supplier Programs, Verite (global human rights ngo) www. Committed Relationship 1 Heathcote
I've missed all the previous reunions but will definitely make this one.... 

feel free to look me up on facebook or

- Robin
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Robert Shaps
Superintendent of Schools Married 4 Quaker Ridge

After living for many years on the farm in New Hampshire and  Massachusetts, I have relocated to Westchester County to work as a Superintendent of Schools in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

My youngest son is an actor so being close to NYC has been great.   I recently became a grandfather and have a grandson who is already large enough to play for the New England Patriots.

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Nancy Wiener
Married 1 Quaker Ridge
Okay, here's my life in a nutshell.  I taught at The Dalton School for twenty years.  I left to go to Columbia University to help start an elementary school there with my former headmaster.  I stayed there for two years.  I got married, moved to Bedford, NY, had a baby, and left teaching, for the moment.  Right now I'm a mommy of a beautiful girl.  So, as Barbara Hoffman aptly pointed out, Robert Shaps is a grandfather and I'm chasing after a four year old! The irony of life.  
  I love reading everybody's comments and can't wait for the reunion.
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John Honrath

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Jon Ungar
finance Married 2 Edgewood
Well my life has really come full circle.
After 20 years out west I'm back in Scarsdale.  I'm married to Nicky Moretti, who I reconnected with at our 20th reunion.
We have 4 year old twins.
Still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
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Michael Mattis
Married 3

I just wrote a lengthy reflection for my 25th college reunion... might as well recycle it for SHS 30th... here goes!

Looking back at my younger self 25 years ago, I am struck by how certain I was at the time about how my life would unfold. How surprised I would have been to peer into the future and see a picture of my life today! I received both my AB and AM in physics at Harvard, married my high school and college sweetheart Judy Hochberg ’82, transferred to Stanford for my doctorate in theoretical particle physics, was an Enrico Fermi Fellow in physics at the University of Chicago, then a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where I joined the permanent scientific staff in 1992. In broad strokes, starting with my thesis work, my research program involved the development of topological theories of elementary particles, starting with protons and neutrons, and culminating in a variety of intricate consistency tests for superstrings theory.


But the year 2000 marked a turning point in my life. Los Alamos was in the midst of a year of perpetual crisis, starting with the Wen Ho Lee Chinese spy scandal, and culminating in the forest fire – set by the National Park Service – that burned down part of the town. For a mathematical physicist, turning 40 is like a female gymnast turning 20: it’s time to think about hanging up the spandex. Indeed, what passes for scientific career advancement – becoming a department head or a division director, and spending most of one’s time allocating office space, or flying to Washington to beg for grant money – didn’t seem like much of a “promotion” from actually doing cutting-edge science. Plus, I felt that superstrings theory was going nowhere – and will probably go down in scientific history as an enormous waste of intellectual capital. And Judy, a computational linguist at Los Alamos, whose own life’s arc is recounted elsewhere in this book, was being recruited by a dot-com (remember those?) located in NYC’s “Silicon Alley.”


It was time for a mid-life change! In a moment out of American Beauty, at the height of my scientific career, I resigned from the Lab, “retired” from physics, and followed Judy and our three admittedly skeptical children to New York, where we settled in our original home town of Scarsdale. I decided to turn my already serious avocation into a vocation: collecting and investing in fine-art photography. This was specifically motivated by the unique historical opportunity to purchase the estate of the official photographer of the Kremlin, Dmitri Baltermants (which purchase was featured in Forbes magazine). Since then I have approached the collecting of vintage photography in an almost scientific way: tracking down heirs of photographers and purchasing their estates, organizing traveling museum shows, working with auction houses and retail galleries to create a market, putting out publications, and so forth. The show that Judy and I are proudest of, Edward Weston: Life Work, is currently winding up a 5-year museum tour.


Another such project involved reconstituting the life’s work of a most unusual photographer: the self-taught studio portraitist and town curmudgeon named Mike Disfarmer, who plied his trade during the Depression years in tiny Heber Springs, Arkansas, and whose legendary oeuvre had since disappeared. I hired and trained a team of seven locals to go down every dirt road within 50 miles of Disfarmer’s original studio and ring every doorbell in search of vintage originals, which resided in people’s family photo albums, or in shoeboxes in the attic. This two-year reclamation project (likened to raising the Titanic!) was featured on both the front page and the editorial page of the New York Times. The resulting book, Disfarmer: The Vintage Prints, was excerpted in American Photo magazine; see our website for links.


Most recently, with other like-minded collectors, I’ve co-founded an organization, art2art Circulating Exhibitions (, dedicated to renting out high-quality art shows to regional and university museums at highly subsidized, affordable, prices.


I can’t wait to see what the next 25 years will bring! [make that 30 years for SHS'78 readers]

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Judith Hochberg
Married 3

Here, in a nutshell, is my "life's arc," copied from my 25th college reunion volume:
In many ways, my life has come full circle in the last twenty-five years. Before I came to Harvard, I lived in Scarsdale, New York, where I was a serious Spanish and French student at Scarsdale High School, the president of the Spanish Club, and had a serious boyfriend, Michael Mattis. Today, Michael and I are approaching our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. We live in Scarsdale, where I am teaching Spanish and French at Scarsdale High School and am the faculty advisor of the Spanish Club. Plus ça change. . . .

Between then and now, however, the only constant in my life has been Michael. Rather than staying put on the East Coast, we have lived in the West, Midwest, and Southwest. Rather than remaining professionally true to my first love of Spanish, I have been an academic linguist and a computational linguistics researcher working in a government lab and in industry. I have been blessed with three wonderful children but have lost a sister (Carol Hochberg, M.B.A. ’86), my mother (Audrey Golden Hochberg ’55), and all four of my grandparents. I am now watching my oldest child take her first giant steps into adulthood as a recent college graduate and medical school applicant.

Like most women in my generation, I have struggled to find a balance between family and career concerns. I was lucky to have found my true love so young, to have been able to afford childcare, and to have been in a career path where I could work part-time for the first nine months after each child was born. But it was still hard to be the mother that I wanted to be and also put in a full day’s work. If I could do it all over again, I would hire a housekeeper.

The biggest recent change in my life was my decision to become a teacher. I have a Ph.D. in linguistics and had been working for fifteen years in the field of computational linguistics, “teaching” computers how to engage online shoppers in dialogues, identify a document’s language and topic, and other difficult tasks. As I contemplated the next twenty years of my life, however, I realized that I was fundamentally more interested in languages than in computers, and that some of my most satisfying experiences along the way had involved teaching. Fortunately New York state has an accelerated certification process for career changers in subjects where there are teacher shortages, including foreign languages. I started education classes in January of 2004, began teaching that September, and have never looked back.

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