This year’s Einstein Reunion drew alumni from 10 classes, including the milestone 50th Anniversary Class of 1965.
The Einstein Alumni Association kicked off the reunion festivities by hosting two dinners in Manhattan. One, held at the Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History, welcomed members of Class of 1965; the other, at Colbeh, welcomed members of the Class of 1960. The celebrants looked back fondly on their Einstein years and greeted old friends.
Members of the 50th Anniversary Class led attendees from the other reunion classes in marching at Commencement, which was held at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. The honorees were greeted by admiring applause from the assembled dignitaries, guests and new graduates.
That evening, members of the milestone anniversary class were the guests of honor at the Gala Reunion Dinner hosted by the Alumni Association for all 10 reunion classes (graduation years ending in 0 or 5) at the Grand Hyatt New York Hotel.
“We were the class of the ‘flower children’ and the class that served during the Vietnam War as physicians to our boys in uniform.”— Stanford M. Goldman, M.D., Class of 1965
Alumni Association president Arthur Kozin, M.D. ’82, the evening’s emcee, announced the members of the Class of ’65 as they entered the ballroom to a rousing welcome from the other classes.
Speaking for his Class of 1965, Stanford Goldman, M.D. ’65, recalled Einstein as a “tremendously special place.” He added, “Our class was special,” noting that “we were the class of the ‘flower children’ and the class that served during the Vietnam War as physicians to our boys in uniform.”
Eventually, he continued, “we became faculty members, researchers and outstanding clinicians in private practice in all branches of medicine. We’ve taught and mentored thousands of medical students, interns, residents and fellows, and have been involved in our communities.” He encouraged his fellow alumni to “thank Einstein for the wonderful training we received.”
After dinner, representatives of the other reunion classes shared warm recollections of their years at Einstein.
Reunion celebrants and other alumni returned to the College of Medicine’s Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus—some for the first time since graduating from Einstein—to participate in a day of social and educational activities hosted by the Alumni Association.
Following a continental breakfast in the Michael F. Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine/Harold and Muriel Block Research Pavilion’s Susan and Benjamin Winter Lobby, attendees gathered in the Ethel and Samuel J. LeFrak Auditorium for a symposium. The program was moderated by Harris Goldstein, M.D. ’80, associate dean for scientific resources, the Charles Michael Chair in Autoimmune Diseases and director of the Einstein-Montefiore Center for AIDS Research.
Dean Spiegel kicked off the program with a town hall meeting focused on the new Einstein-Montefiore relationship. Then Mark F. Mehler, M.D. ’80, a professor and chair in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and director of the Institute for Brain Disorders and Neural Regeneration at Einstein, the Alpern Professor and University Chair at Einstein and Montefiore, and neurologist-in-chief at Montefiore, presented “Epigenetics: Rewiring the Genome to Modulate the Brain and Behavior.” Harriette R. Mogul, M.D. ’65, M.P.H., discussed “EMPOWIR (Enhance the Metabolic Profile of Women with Insulin Resistance): New Perspectives for Reversing Midlife Weight Gain.”
Attendees had an opportunity to catch up and reminisce at an alumni-faculty luncheon held in the Evelyn & Joseph I. Lubin Dining Hall. The day culminated in campus tours led by Michael J. Reichgott, M.D. ’65, Ph.D., chair of the conflict-of-interest committee, and Edward R. Burns, M.D. ’76, Einstein’s executive dean.
Tour stops included the Clinical Skills Center and the new Simulation Center, housed in the Van Etten Building (host: Felise B. Milan, M.D. ’88, director of the Clinical Skills Center and of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine programs); the Pessin laboratory in the Price Center/Block Research Pavilion (host: Jeffrey E. Pessin, Ph.D., the Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg Endowed Professorial Chair in Diabetes Research and director of the Einstein–Mount Sinai Diabetes Research Center); the anatomy lab in the Leo Forchheimer Medical Science Building (hosts: Todd R. Olson, Ph.D., a professor of anatomy and structural biology, and Sherry A. Downie, Ph.D., a professor of clinical anatomy and structural biology); and components of the Education Center on the first floor of Forchheimer (host: Terence P. Ma, Ph.D., assistant dean for educational informatics).
Planning is under way for Reunion 2016, celebrating the Einstein classes of 1961, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and honoring the 50th Anniversary Class of 1966. To learn more or to get involved, contact the office of alumni relations at 718.430.2013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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