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Olli Kokkonen salutes all his classmates who happen to see this message. “I have warm memories of the school year 1954-55 which changed the course of my life totally in a way I could not imagine on arrival at Wilbraham 67 years ago. The last time I visited Wilbraham was for the 50th class reunion. Fred Watts was present then and permanently in my mind.”
Darius Mojallali writes: “Hello to all my old friends from Wilbraham Class of 1970. It is hard to believe 51 years have passed since we graduated. I am enjoying retirement from full-time ministry as an Episcopal priest, with lots more time for making music and adding to my ever-expanding collection of guitars and other instruments. I lead the Praise Band (I know, cheesy name) at a local Episcopal church, and my wife, Stephanie (who is an amazing singer), is part of it. We have a lot of fun learning new songs and leading them at church. Our kids are doing well, and Matthias (who is 18) is still with us and taking a year off before venturing forth to further education. We have five grandchildren, the most recent being our daughter Anna’s baby Shiloh. I’d love to be in touch with any of my old friends so feel free to text me!”
After 20 years as Senior Vice President, David Dibner is retiring from NYU Langone Hospitals. “I will be staying in my town of Port Washington, N.Y., with my partner, Elise, while my daughter Isabelle is preparing for college. If ever in Port, just go to the water and ask for the boat "Blue Gold." That's where you'll find me most of the time.”
Lisa Sheehan started a new role as Senior Vice President with the Community Development Lending Group at Eastern Bank. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Rich Thompson heads the Global Airline Strategy for Riskified, the world’s leading fraud prevention management provider. “We work in several industries helping companies optimize their sales channels while reducing their chargebacks and taking on their fraud chargeback liability. Our Headquarters are in NYC and Tel Aviv, and we have other global offices. I work remotely from Cape Cod but travel the world for events, conferences, meetings and speaking engagements.”
Mark Oppenheimer has been touring the country to speak at schools and community centers about his latest book “Squirrel Hill,” a major study of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the background of white supremacy. Oppenheimer is the author of five books and was the religion columnist for The New York Times from 2010 to 2016. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Mother Jones, The Nation and The Believer, among other publications. The host of Tablet magazine’s podcast “Unorthodox,” Oppenheimer has taught at Stanford, Wellesley and Yale, where since 2006 he has directed the Yale Journalism Initiative. He lives with his family in New Haven, Connecticut.
Ian Macdonald writes, “I (finally) got married to Sabrina Lee on Aug. 2, 2021, on Lake Orta in Orta San Giulio, Italy.” The couple, pictured with Ian’s parents, now live in Hoboken, New Jersey.
We apologize that incorrect information was published in last month's Class Notes. Enjoy the update on Ian Macdonald '94 and his exciting news.
Michael Washington won three 2021 Clio Awards for his work as creative director on the advertising for the Spike Lee film “Da 5 Blood” and the Amazon Studios’ action thriller “Without Remorse” Michael received one gold and one silver for “Da 5 Bloods” and another silver for “Without Remorse.”
Lauren Brodeur Buckley married Patrick Buckley on Dec. 4, 2021, at the Old Saco Inn in Fryeburg, Maine. Patrick is a carpenter, and Lauren works at Holyoke Medical Center as an ultrasound technologist. The couple lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.