(items posted in order of receipt with most recent news
Sarah Parker (T-4), the chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme
Court, retired on August 31, 2014. She was first elected to the court
in 1992. She served as the chief justice for more than eight years
before she retired. For more information, see
NC's chief justice hears final cases
(T-16) featured in
February 10, 2014 issue of e-TrueBlue, the
Univ. of Michigan Alumni Magazine:
Heather McMaster and mother Louise McMaster, '66, are seen here standing by
the formation of the Three Sisters in Cappadocia, Turkey. Thanks to her
degree and certificate in physical therapy from the University, Louise was
able to teach in Turkey for two years after gradation. She was happy to
return with her adult children and wore her Mavi Git ("Go Blue" in Turkish)
Leslie Peirce (T-4) is quoted in the Feb. 17 & 24, 2014 issue of The
New Yorker magazine in its article on Turkey, "Ottomania," by Elif
Batuman, that features Turkey-4's own Leslie Peirce. She is quoted
repeatedly as an expert on Ottoman history in the context of a discussion of
the long-running soap opera about Suleyman the Magnificent and his
slave-turned-concubine-turned-wife and empress Hurrem, or Roxelana. Leslie's
book on the harem is cited as is her forthcoming book on Roxelana. The piece
isn't a bad primer on Turkish history and current politics either. Kudos to
Dick Lilly (T-13) is manager
for waste prevention in Seattle, WA. Seattle is the only major U.S. city
that has successfully banned plastic bags at checkout counters, starting
last July (2012). Dick is quoted as saying that it didn't take people very
long to accommodate, that's probably partly because of his work in getting
the city ready for the ban. For more information, see "Is It Time to Bag
the Plastic?" a news analysis by Elisabeth Rosenthal which appeared in the
"Sunday Review" section of the New York Times, May 19, 2013, p. 4. Just
another example of our colleagues continuing to make a difference. Thanks,
Bill Reese (T-8) has finally
retired after 18 years in Munich with Radio Free Europe, and 15 years with
Picker's Supply Music in Fredericksburg, and is devoting his time to
playing Bouzouki and Pibgorn with the Welsh-American Band, Moch Pryderi.
Robert Finn (T-15)
On May 12,
2011, for the first time, AFOT joined with The American Turkish Society in
New York for a program: "Going Back Home: The Turks in Central Asia"
presented by Prof. Robert Finn. The lecture, which was preceded by a
reception honoring Prof. Finn, highlighted the cultural and economic ties
between Turkey and the Turkic-speaking people of Central Asia. Amb. Finn had
been a Peace Corps volunteer and a Fulbright grantee in Turkey and served
there three times as a Foreign Service Officer. Later he was
Ambassador to Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Chargé d'Affaires in Azerbaijan.
Priscilla Murray (T-15) and
husband Curtis Runnels (Professor of Archaeology at Boston University) and a
team of Greek and American archaeologists have found, for the first time on
Crete, artifacts attributable to the Early Paleolithic period. The artifact
assemblage consists of hand axes, scrapers, cleavers, and other stone tools
dated by their geological context to at least 130,000 years old. They
resemble African Acheulean artifacts and suggest that hominins, early
ancestors of modern humans, reached Europe from Africa by sea via the Greek
islands. Until this discovery, scholars thought that Homo sapiens were the
only ones capable of seafaring (beginning about 16,000 years ago) and that
earlier hominin migrations were, therefore, by land through the Near East.
(reported Feb. 2010)
Priscilla is holding a
Jack Boatright (T-9)
joined Peace Corps again! He and his wife, Ina, became Peace
Corps volunteers in Morocco beginning Sept. 6th, 2009. They are both
be working in Small Enterprise Development.
Chet Dowell (T-8)
is a wildlife photographer: His works to be found at
He has some really nice photographs for sale.
John Clark (T-4)
has been involved in various education projects in
Kyrgyzstan. He helped
University in Central Asia get going in 1995-2000. After that he worked as
Dean of Students at KIMEP in Almaty (2000-01) then was advisor to the
Minister of Education in Kyrgyzstan (2001-2). Then he
was back at KIMEP as a professor (2003-7) & now is working as part of a
project to establish a university level program in Tokmok, a small town 60 km.
east of Bishkek. So far they have two programs (Business & English) and are
planning to open three more. There are about 50 freshmen in it's first year
of operation and they hope to grow. John is teaching history and English and doing
a lot of administrative cooking and bottlewashing.
Robert P Finn (T-15),
who was Ambassador to Tajikistan and Afghanistan, is
now teaching international relations and Turkish literature at Princeton
University. His translation of Nazli Eray's Orpheus was published by
the University of Texas Press.
Jordan Scepanski (T-4) has joined the Board of the
Bridge to Turkiye Fund (June 1,
2007), which supports children's education in rural Turkey.
Sarah Parker (T-4) has been appointed by Governor Mike Easley to become
the chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. For more
information about Justice Parker, see
Dale Dapkins (T-16) had his first one man museum show of paintings at
the Key West Museum of Art and History.
(T-10) Report on his return trip to Turkey 2005.
Gordon Taylor (T-8)
has a new book out:
Fever and Thirst: Dr. Grant and the
Christian Tribes of Kurdistan.
Elaine Jones (T-8) awarded The American
Lawyer's Lifetime Achievement Awards. That
story and more on Elaine Jones.
Douglas Huff (T-16), playwright and
professor of philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College, had his play,
Emil’s Enemies (based on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer) produced
off-Broadway by Theatre M in 2001. Future productions scheduled for the
play include Santa Fe, NM, and Bangalore, India in 2003.
Ambassador Faruk Loğoğlu, Turkey’s Ambassador to the US, was an
instructor at some of our Peace Corps training sites in the 1960s.
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