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George Holober & Myself at the 30th Reunion
Me and George Bozwick at Pizza Party 2003
The Great Neck Cocaine Find of 1965
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After high school, I attended the University of Rochester and graduated with a B.S. in Geology in 1976. I then went to graduate school at Penn State University and graduated with a M.S. in Geochemistry and Mineralogy in 1981.
I began working as a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California in 1981 and for a couple of years my office was next door to that of fellow classmate Steve Gorelick. While in California, I met my wife of 24 years, Kathy, who was also working at the USGS, and I was enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Geology at Stanford University.
In 1990, we packed our bags and moved to Saint Albans, Vermont, overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain, after I accepted a position as a Research Associate in the Department of Geology at the University of Vermont. I then spent a year as a Research Technologist in the Department of Geological Sciences at Northwestern University before beginning my present position as a Research Geochemist at the University at Albany 15 years ago.
I spend most of my day as a stable isotope geochemist, using all kinds of sophisticated instruments such as isotope ratio mass spectrometers, gas chromatographs, and ion chromatographs to analyze a wide range of environmental samples that may be hundreds, thousands, or even millions of years old, for several paleoclimatology projects. A few of you might remember my involvement in the great cocaine discovery of 1965 in Great Neck, along with fellow classmate Cory Silverman, which probably honed my forensic skills.
My wife and I still live in Vermont. In 2010, I became the oldest first-time dad in our class when we adopted our beautiful 3-year-old daughter Lily from China. She enjoys music, dancing, and hiking in the woods with her daddy. We are thrilled that such a sweet and loving little girl has come into our lives!
My mom passed away in 1974, but my dad is a healthy 91 and living in West Islip on a beach overlooking Great South Bay. Up until several years ago, he continued to commute back to Great Neck where he worked as Building Inspector and Superintendent of Public Works for Thomaston, Great Neck Estates, and Kensington.
It took me 30 years to attend any of our reunions, but I had a great time at our 30th and 35th, the Pizza Minis in 2003, 2004, and 2005, and the 50th Anniversary Celebration! I can't thank George enough for the incredible job he's done keeping all of us connected! I've been thinking over the past few months what Great Neck must have been like in the early 1950's with the large number of young families settling there. Growing up, it never dawned on me how lucky we were to have so many friends our own age. Fellow classmates Scott Fields, Brad Koozman, Marnin Rosenberg, Cory Silverman, Daphne Telfeyan, Peter Wallens, Jed Berman, and Andy Soiefer all lived within a block or two of my house, and there were many more not much farther away. Daphne's dad was even our family physician. These days, even in a small city like St. Albans, Vermont, it seems like such a different world for kids. I'm glad we were able to experience such a memorable time.