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For Use Upon Receipt: Wednesday, May 15, 1996

Nine Receive Columbia Alumni Federation Medals

Nine Columbians received the Alumni Federation Medal for service to Columbia University on commencement day, May 15.

The awards, the highest honor given by the University's alumni, were presented by Columbia President George Rupp and Alumni Federation President Keville Frederickson at the Federation's 98th commencement luncheon in the Rotunda of Low Memorial Library on the University's Morningside Heights campus in New York City.

Sadako Ogata, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree at commencement exercises, was the featured speaker.

Dr. Carmen Ortiz-Neu (P&S '63), chair of the Alumni Medal Committee, read citations for the medalists. Their names and a description of their service to the University follow.

Katharine Archibald of Stamford, Conn., is Group Program Director for the American Management Association. A 1983 graduate of the School of International and Public Affairs, she has served on the Alumni Advisory Council of the School and as vice president of the SIPA Alumni Association. She has also served on the Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee and the Federation's Alumni Council.

Peter A. Basilevsky of Cos Cob, Conn., is an attorney and partner with Satterlee, Stephens, Burke & Burke in New York City. A 1967 graduate of Columbia College and a 1972 graduate of Columbia Law School, he is the immediate past president of the Alumni Federation of Columbia University. He also held Federation posts of vice president, secretary and chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee. He is currently a member of the Insurance and Public Relations Committees of the Federation. A life member of the Law Alumni Association and member of the College Alumni Association, he served on the 25th anniversary reunion planning committee for his College class. He is treasurer of the Columbia University Club of Fairfield County and a director of the Society of Columbia Graduates.

Lawson F. Bernstein of New York City, is of counsel to the law firm Hartman & Craven in New York. A 1940 graduate of Columbia College, he was class president from 1990 to 1995 and has been chair or co-chair of the class fund since 1978. He also chaired the class's 50th reunion in 1990 and co-chaired its 55th reunion last year. He is a member of the board of directors of the College Alumni Association and serves on its academic affairs and admissions committees. He was recently elected secretary of the association.

Edgar M. Housepian of Englewood, N.J., is professor of clinical neurological surgery at Columbia's College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is a 1949 graduate of Columbia College and a 1953 graduate of P&S. He has been active in the P&S Alumni Association for more than 40 years and has chaired four alumni committees and served on numerous other committees. He served from 1953 to 1974 as chair of his class for the annual fund drive. He was elected director of the Alumni Association in 1976. He received the Association's highest service honor, the silver medal, in 1990. For service to the Armenian community, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1994 from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, and the Armenian of the Year Award in 1992 by the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.

Sheldon E. Isakoff of Chadds Ford, Pa., is retired director of engineering research and development for E.I. duPont de Nemours. He is a graduate of Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science and received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University. From the mid 1960s to the late 1980s he headed an alumni committee that helped the College admissions office identify, interview and recruit promising candidates from Delaware. He has served on the Engineering Advisory Council since 1975. He headed class committees for his 45th and 50th alumni reunions. In 1991, he initiated "Columbia Chemical Engineering Concentrates," an annual newsletter for all chemical engineering alumni, and serves as its editor. He received the Engineering School's Thomas Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement in 1994 and is a member of the Thomas Egleston Associates.

Carol Murray Lane of East Setauket, N.Y., is senior head search consultant for Independent Educational Services of Princeton, N.J. She is a 1960 graduate of Barnard College and received the M.A. from Teachers College in 1963. She has long been active in the Alumnae Association of Barnard College, serving four terms on its Board of Directors, and has chaired her 10th Reunion Committee and co-chaired her 20th. She is currently president of the Associate Alumnae of Barnard College. She is a member of Barnard's Board of Trustees, where she has served on the Presidential Search Committee and the Campaign Planning Committee.

Ronald H. Lauterstein of Pickering, Ontario, is chair of Comcare, Ltd. of Toronto, provider of nursing and rehabilitation home health care. He is a 1958 graduate of the Health Administration program of the School of Public Health. A dedicated alumnus since his graduation, he organized in 1970 the 25th anniversary celebration of the Health Administration program and has served on the executive board of the School of Public Health Alumni Association for 10 years. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the School's 75th anniversary celebration, which will be held in 1997. He received the School's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1992 and the Dean's Distinguished Service Award in 1994. He recently established the Doris A. Nickerson Scholarship Fund in memory of his late wife, a nurse, to be awarded to a Canadian health care practitioner attending the School, and is creating a fund in memory of his late parents.

Marylin B. Levitt of Washington, D.C., a specialist on mental health issues, is adjunct professor at George Washington University Medical School and assistant professor of research in psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Milhauser Laboratories. She received master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia's School of Social Work in 1979 and 1982, respectively. She has been a Columbia University Trustee since 1986. Active in planning for the School of Social Work's centennial celebration in 1998, which also will mark the centennial of social work as a profession, she is a co-chair of the Centennial Honorary Committee. A consultant to Tipper Gore on mental health issues, Dr. Levitt recently moderated a White House panel on current health issues for 100 foundation directors.

Alan J. Preis of Short Hills, N.J., is a certified public accountant. He is a 1964 graduate of Columbia College. An active member of the Columbia University Club of Northern New Jersey since its inception in 1980, he has served on its executive committee since 1983, as treasurer from 1989 to 1995 and as vice president since 1985. He has been a member of the Columbia College Alumni Representative Committee for Northern New Jersey for 18 years and chair for 10 years, extending the committee's involvement and influence among public and private high schools in the area. He has spearheaded an active Columbia book awards program in the area, intensified Columbia participation in College Nights, and organized orientation events for incoming first-year students and their families.