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COLUMBIA COLLEGE HONORS BAY AREA ALUMNI Seven Presented with Awards for Achievement in Life After Graduation

Seven distinguished citizens of the San Francisco Bay Area are to be recognized by their alma mater, Columbia College in New York City, for their lives of achievement since graduation. They will receive Columbia's John Jay Award for having excelled professionally in fields as diverse as journalism, finance, manufacturing, and computer technology during a Thursday, March 20 reception and dinner at The Fairmont Hotel beginning at 6 p.m. Columbia University President George Rupp and Dean of Columbia College Austin Quigley are the evening's speakers and hosts. The honorees are: Lee J. Guittar has won top awards from the California Publishers Association as editor and publisher of the San Francisco Examiner. His numerous volunteer activities include chairing the advisory board of United Press International. Leonard Koppett, Hall of Fame sportswriter and long-time editor of the Peninsula Times Tribune, has written many sports book, among them The Man in the Dugout, The New Thinking Fan's Guide to Baseball, 24 Seconds to Shoot, and the forthcoming Leonard Koppett's Concise History of Baseball. Herbert Gold, author and journalist, has detailed his love for San Francisco in such works as Travels in San Francisco and his abiding concern for the downtrodden in Best Nightmare on Earth: A Life in Haiti. Neill H. Brownstein is a venture capitalist and former partner of Bessemer Capital Partners. He has created companies such as VMX Corp., Ungermann-Bass, and Telenet Communications whose inventions and products are the foundation stones of today's cyberspace. Harry J. Saal is chairman of the Network General Corporation. A quick study, he was introduced to computer science while at Stanford in the early '70s and soon taught the subject. Saal designed interactive time-sharing systems for mainframe computers while at IBM before founding his own company, Nestar, a pioneer in local area networks. Alan L. Stein a venture partner, now with Weston Presidio Capital, built San Francisco's fledgling Montgomery Securities into a national presence when the head of its investment banking unit. John B. Stuppin, entrepreneur and artist, was instrumental in the creation of today's most popular computer-aided design program, AutoCAD, by helping to start Autodesk, its maker. Past winners of the John Jay Award, named for the Columbia graduate in the Class of 1764 who went on to become the first Chief Justice of the United States, have included presidential advisor George Stephanopoulos, poet Allen Ginsberg, Iran-contra independent counsel Lawrence Walsh, and director Brian de Palma. The dinner will also benefit the John Jay National Scholarship Program, which provides financial aid each year to a group of academically talented Columbia College first- year students. Lee J. Guittar, Class of '53, captain and m.v.p. of the Columbia Lion baseball team, began in newspapers as circulation director of the Miami Herald. Guittar was then president of the Detroit Free Press and later publisher of the Dallas Times Herald, which won two Pulitzer Prizes under his tutelage. Succeeding years saw him at the Denver Post, as publisher; the v.p. and group executive of the Times Mirror Co.; and president of U.S.A. Today, where he shepherded the paper through its period of phenomenol growth, beginning in '84. After nine years as head of newspaper operations at Hearst Publications, Guittar assumed the editor's and publisher's titles at the group's flagship, the San Francisco Examiner, which has since won top honors from the California Publishers Association. He also donates his time to Columbia as vice president of the College Alumni Association and of his class, to United Press International as chairman of it advisory board, and to Southern Methodist U. as trustee. Guittar returned to Columbia in '94 to earn an M.A. in American Studies. Leonard Koppett, Class of '44, grew up in the shadow Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. His career choice was made on the day as a nine year old that he was told the men carrying heavy black boxes out of the stadium after the game were writers paid to watch the Yankees play. For more than 50 years, Koppett has watched baseball, football, basketball, boxing, and just about any sport that can be watched. Koppett began writing about sports for the Columbia College Spectator and continued for 30 years in New York at the Herald Tribune, the Post, and the Times. After becoming a Californian more than 20 years ago, Koppett is now editor emeritus of the late Peninsula Times Tribune. An author of numerous books on sport, baseball fans are breathlessly awaiting his forthcoming Leonard Koppett's Concise History of Baseball. Herbert Gold, Class of '46, M.A. '49, sold his first story while Columbia undergrad. A transplant from Cleveland, he moved to San Francisco and made it the fertile ground of his literary imagination for books such as Travels in San Francisco and Bohemia and for innumerable articles that appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle. Gold wrote his first novel in France on a Fulbright grant that was intended to support his doctoral studies. A stream of novels have flowed from him since, including Fathers, Salt, A Girl of Forty, and most recently She Took My Arm As If She Loved Me. Neill H. Brownstein, Class of '66 and three-year letterman in football, was raised in Chicago but moved to California in 1976 as the digital revolution erupted. He founded VMX Corp., the inventor of voice mail and voice messaging, and Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture capital firm; and helped to form Ungermann-Bass, creator of the local area network, and Telenet Communications Corporation, now the backbone of the Internet. Presently retired, Brownstein is a trustee of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco and of Business Executives for National Security. He also serves on the Columbia College Board of Visitors and on the dean's council of Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, from which he received an M.B.A. He established the Karen Osney Brownstein Writing Prize in memory of his late wife to help continue Columbia College's long literary tradition. Harry J. Saal, Class of '63, M.A. '65, Ph.D. '69, went to Stanford after completing his studies at Columbia under the tutelage of Nobel physicist Melvin Schwartz. There he encountered the new field of computer science and soon taught the subject. In '73 he joined IBM to design interactive time-sharing systems for mainframe computers. Only five years later, Saal founded Nestar and pioneered local area networks. Network General, his next company, has since its founding in '86 remained the leader in network management and diagnostics. Fueled by the possibilities of the Internet, Saal started Smart Valley, a nonprofit effort to create a regional electronic community. It presently comprises several hundred member institutions linked in dozens of initiatives, from voter education to connecting schools to the Internet to helping businesses promote telecommuting. Today, Saal serves as vice chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum, and on the boards of the Community Foundation of Santa Clara County and the Saal Family Foundation. He also chairs the boards of Network General, Personal Computer Products, and AssureNet Pathways (founded by his Columbia mentor Melvin Schwartz). Alan L. Stein, Class of '52, captained the Lion varsity basketball team as a Columbia undergraduate. Before starting a career in investment banking he earned an M.B.A. at Harvard. Stein joined Goldman Sachs on Wall Street and rose during his 22- years there to partner in charge of corporate investment banking for the West Coast. As the only Republican in California Governor Jerry Brown's administration, Stein became the state's secretary for business, transportation, and housing in 1978. Two years later he moved from government to education when he accepted the post of associate dean for executive education at Berkeley's Haas School of Business. It was Stein who later, as head of investment banking, built San Francisco's fledgling Montgomery Securities into a national presence. He now works for the venture capital firm of Weston Presidio Capital. Stein is and has been very active in San Francisco cultural life as chairman of the board of the American Conservatory Theater and trustee of the S.F. Museum of Modern Art. He is also chairman of the board of the Bridge Housing Corp., which develops nonprofit, affordable housing, and keeps up his ties to his alma mater as a member of the Columbia College Board of Visitors. John B. Stuppin, Class of '55, helped to launch in '66 the microcomputer revolution by founding American Microsystems, the first commercial manufacturer of the metal oxide silicon circuit for which Silicon Valley is named. In the early '80s Stuppin helped start Autodesk, maker of AutoCAD, today's leading program for computer-aided design. To the cutting edge born it seems, in the late- '80s Stuppin again saw the possibilities in a new field and therefore began with another Columbia son, Enoch Callaway '44, Neurobiological Technologies, developer of drugs based on molecules that occur naturally in the brain. A painter in his free time, Stuppin has served as a trustee of the San Francisco Art Institute as well as S.F. Performances and the S.F. Conservatory of Music. His paintings have appeared in many private and public collections, including the Crocker Art Museum, the Oakland Museum of Art, and the Butler Institute of American Art. 19,070 3/17/97