Ripe, the seven piece funk band managed by Maxwell Stofman, announced upcoming shows saying, “We are so stoked to be playing more shows with you. Come out and hang with us for this fun East Coast run. All shows will observe social distance policies. Safety is our priority here so that we can continue to keep playing shows! Much love to you all!” Follow them on Instagram @ripelove


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The Fool is the first book in a series of Tarot Card Mysteries written by WT Alumna Susan McGowan.


Susan McGowan shares, “Bevan Atkinson is my pen name. Because my parents paid for my wonderful WT education, where the English teachers told me I was a writer and gave me the Prose Award when I was a senior, I have managed to make a career out of employment that always required extensive writing as part of the job. So when I started writing fiction, I took one name from my Mom’s family and one from my Dad’s as my pseudonym, to pay tribute to their dedication to their children’s education. Starting in 2006, I began writing my mystery series, doing with the tarot cards what Sue Grafton did with the alphabet. I donated the series of paperbacks to the WT library at our 50th reunion, but I think that was two books ago, so I owe the library a couple of books. The sixth novel in my series The Tarot Mysteries: The Hierophant Card was published on November 3, 2019. The website is thetarotmysteries.com.”

Judith Uptegraff Spaeth reports, “I have retired with my husband to Florida, but I spend my summers in North Carolina where I have enjoyed reconnecting with WT classmates Annie Messer Wheat, Judi Cooper Martin, and Mary Lou Neely Everett. We have had a great time catching up over lunches.”


Diana Lemley shares, “I retired two years ago after practicing internal medicine for 40 years. I have two adult sons, two adult daughters, six grandchildren, and another on the way!”


Cindy Cyert Steffes shared, “I visited Venice, Greece, and just got back from Paris!”



Joan MacGregor shares, “I retired four years ago after working on medical research grants at Pitt’s Department of Epidemiology for more than 36 years. I am enjoying retirement on my farm with numerous dogs and cats and devote much time to rug-hooking and embroidery.”


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Beth A. Walter reports, “I’m your new neighbor! Moved to Bayard Street this year, working as a professor of communication at Tepper Business School, Carnegie Mellon University.”


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Rory Hughes shares, “I’ve created an online platform called BOOM (Broadway Official Online Masterclass). It provides online classes with professional teachers from Broadway, West End, film and TV, and more to a worldwide audience. A portion of proceeds from BOOM will also support out-of-work creative and performing artists in Ireland through Civic Theatre Artists Emergency Relief Fund and through Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA). With your monthly membership and from the comfort of your own home, you can learn from and work with the stars! Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/boomasterclass and Facebook: facebook.com/boomasterclass. Check out our website at Boomasterclass.com.


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Cassandra ‘Cassy’ Richards Davis reports, “We are doing as well as can be. My husband works for Duke University’s Athletic Department and has been home. We marvel at the thought of anything that can shut down athletics nationwide/worldwide. He is spending a lot of quality time with our son, and they are enjoying their dad and son days. For example, almost every morning, they sit on our front porch—Dad with his coffee and Junior with his fruit smoothie. It’s pretty cute.

I am a Research Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I’m still teaching classes and meeting with my students. My research focuses on the impact of disasters on schooling, so I’ve been a bit busy. In early April, I met with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, spoke to a few leaders about my research as it relates to COVID-19, finished writing two grants, wrote an article, and an Op-Ed. I certainly feel like I’m sprinting this very long marathon, but all for a good cause.”

Each year, Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) recognize 40 outstanding individuals under the age of 40 whose creativity, vision, and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region. Barry Rabkin, Director of Marketing, for Near Earth Autonomy, was recognized as one of the 2019 “40 Under 40” honorees. After studying marketing and psychology at Beloit College, Barry returned to Pittsburgh where he founded, grew, and sold two online startups and has helped to brand many more, including Identified Technologies and Near Earth Autonomy. Rabkin was quoted in Pittsburgh Magazine saying, “All startups are built off a deep understanding of people — what their needs are and what makes them tick — and developing solutions to their problems. Pittsburgh has a pretty rich ecosystem that’s ready to do that.”


Matthew Benic has relocated to Cincinnati, OH for a new position as a mental health counselor at Miami University of Ohio Student Counseling Services. He also passed the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) in July and earned his Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) designation in Ohio and North Carolina. He is excited to be back in the north after three years in North Carolina working at East Carolina University as a staff counselor.


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Lindsay Machen reports, “I’m completing my one-year fellowship training in Glaucoma at Wills Eye Hospital.”


Morgan Gilbreath’s “Tower of Babel” won the Aldo Bellini Purchase Prize at Milano Vetro in Castello Sforzesco di Milano and is now part of their permanent collection.

Hannah Strong shares, “My research on Beyoncé is going to be published in an edited volume that will be released in 2021! The book is being published by Bloomsbury Academic and is about pop divas. Also, I am finishing my first year at the University of Pittsburgh in a Ph.D. program in Musicology.”


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Lucine ‘Lucy’ Gabriel (center, standing), a student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, led a suturing workshop with students from WT’s Medical Club.


Noah Dumaine-Schutz shares, “I’m a professional boxer and construction worker and I love it.”

Elijah ‘Eli’ Dumaine-Schutz reports, “Living, laughing, and loving.”


Lucas Rosenblatt is a software engineer at Microsoft AI Development Acceleration Program (MAIDAP). After graduating from Brown University with a degree in computer science, Lucas joined the MAIDAP to work on project PerfGuard alongside the Azure Data Team. He worked to find ways to safely deploy machine learning models to massive-scale database systems without reducing performance. Lucas shares, “MAIDAP fulfilled my desire for both industry experience and exposure to many new ideas in a space I care about, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. It’s a great mixture.”



Stephanie Shugerman traveled to London in January for an Intersession class offered through Washington and Jefferson University.

In Memoriam

Thistle LogoThe following members of the WT community will be missed by their classmates, friends, students, and colleagues. We offer sincere condolences to their families.

Lois Kaplan Finkel ’39
Virginia Sheppard ’41, former faculty member
Sally Doerschuk Ketchum ’43
Joan Frank Apt ’44
Ann Meckel Hendry ’44
Jean Clark Yount ’45
Sallie McQuiston ’55
Donna Gow Taylor ’59
Gloria Cappellanti Acklin, former faculty member
Dr. Murray Sachs, former Trustee