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Richard Bruce Cross '57

Bass-baritone Richard Bruce Cross '57 continues to serve on the faculties of the Yale School of Music and the Mannes College of Music in New York. During a long and distinguished career, he appeared with the foremost opera companies worldwide, interpreting standard repertoire as well as creating roles written for him by the leading composers of our time. He has soloed with major orchestras including Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Santa Fe, and Vancouver, and for nearly 20 years was the leading bass-baritone of the Frankfurt Opera. Cross has recorded for RCA, EMI, London Record, and Westminster Records and starred in “Live From Lincoln Center.”

Richard Cross

Dr. Douglas H. Kirkpatrick ’65

Dr. Douglas H. Kirkpatrick ’65 is president-elect of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and past president of the Colorado Gyn/OB Society. He is in private practice in Denver and is an assistant clinical professor of ob/gyn at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Doug has climbed all 54 of Colorado’s mountains that are 14,000-feet or more. He and Joanie Landquist Kirkpatrick ’66 are the parents of Scott D. Kirkpatrick ’93 (wife Kelly Remakel Kirkpatrick ’92) and Brooke Kirkpatrick ’02. Doug graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and did his residency at the University of Michigan.

Kirkpatrick

Mary Jane Gillespie Haley '72

As Mother Goose, Mary Jane Gillespie Haley '72 has been described as having "a stage presence that totally encapsulates children. It is as if she walked right out of the pages of a storybook and into children's hearts." Mary Jane is a professional teacher and storyteller who has entertained children in Chicagoland for 15 years, appearing in kindergarten and first-grade classroms, libraries, pre-schools, day care centers, and park districts. She spent many years teaching pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade throughout Germany and Illinois and now lives with her husband, Jim Haley '71, in Downers Grove, Ill. They have two grown daughters. for more: http://www.mothergooseandherfriends.com/

Haley

John McClelland ’73

A post-Cornell stint in the Peace Corps led John McClelland ’73 to pursue graduate degrees in agricultural and resource economics and move to Washington, D.C., to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He says his Cornell theater major gave him the ability to communicate effectively face-to-face with people who do not have a lot of time. In 1996 John became a lobbyist, which he says is “nothing more than writing and performing a script. I find nothing cynical about this analogy because, like a great actor, you can only perform well as a lobbyist if you believe in your material.” He is vice president of government affairs for the American Rental Association.

McClelland

Kiyo Kaneko ’82

Following graduate work at the University of Iowa, Kiyo Kaneko ’82 started a career at a U.S. pharmaceutical company and was involved in several new drug developments in Japan. His highlight in pharmaceutical industries was contributing to the development of the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor as a global team member. In 2001 Coca-Cola Japan offered him the position of quality assurance manager for overseeing operations of all plants (over 80) in Japan. Recently, Coca-Cola asked him to move to scientific and regulatory affairs under the increased awareness of a healthy lifestyle in Japan. He lives in Tokyo.

Kaneko

Jeff Brune ’87

Jeff Brune ’87 manages the Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska. He received the Bureau of Land Management Excellence in Interpretation or Environmental Education award in 2006. Jeff was recognized for his leadership and innovation in the development of the Get Energized! energy education program, which includes an interactive kiosk, CD-ROM with educator’s guide, and Web-based version. In 2005 he was one of 15 recipients of the Take Pride in America National Award coordinated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. He and Christine Baumgarten Brune ’87 are the parents of Gabriella and Antonia.

Brune

Anne Olrich '92

Anne Olrich '92 and her daughter Margaret, spent seven years overseas while Anne served as a diplomat in London and Brazil. She returned to Washington, D.C., in 2001 to work in the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, where her portfolio included all of Central America and the Mexican border. In 2003 she became deputy chief of the Non-Immigrant Visa Section in Juarez, Mexico. Anne now teaches in the graduate international relations program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Margaret is in eighth grade and speaks four languages fluently.

Ohlrich

Dave Kresin ’94

Dave Kresin ’94 practices employment law, and in March 2006, he opened his own law practice primarily representing individual employees and small business employers in employment-related litigation. Molly Meyer Kresin ’94 works part-time at a small family medicine clinic in Guadalupe, Ariz., providing care to an underserved population of primarily Native American and Hispanic descent. The clinic is a teaching site for University of Arizona medical students, and Molly holds the title of clinical assistant professor of family medicine. The rest of their time is busy with their children: Zachary (6), Carissa (4), and Elizabeth (8 months).

Kresin

Will Widmer '04 and Jeanne Firth '06

Will Widmer '04 and Jeanne Firth '06 recently returned to San Francisco after undertaking a documentary project about HIV/AIDS and India’s orphanages. One location was a government sponsored orphanage in Pune where Jeanne studied as part of an ACM India Studies program. They also traveled to Ladakh to work on a story about contemporary nomadic life in the Himalaya region. While editing their projects from Asia, Will is working as a freelance photographer and at a local Web site design firm, and Jeanne is managing several fund-raising campaigns for Bay Area arts groups, such as the Smuin Ballet.

Widmer and Firth
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