Beyond Vassar


The Art Museum, Princeton University has named Susan M. Taylor ’77 as its new director. Taylor was formerly director of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, where she oversaw the construction of a new 61,000 square foot museum building. She has also lectured and

taught courses on new museum architecture and design, issues in public art, and museum issues. At Princeton, Taylor will oversee The Art Museum’s encyclopedic collection of over 60,000 objects.

Alex Agnew ’80
was the subject of Target Marketing magazine’s February 2000 cover story. Agnew is founder and publisher of Navigator Publishing Corp., which publishes Ocean Navigator and Professional Mariner magazines. Agnew began the company in 1985 with a successful direct marketing campaign and has built it into the premier publishing company for the mariner niche market.

Susan Frelich Appleton ’70, JD, was recently installed as the first Lemma Barkeloo and Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Appleton is a nationally recognized expert on family law,
including legal aspects of reproductive rights, divorce, adoption, welfare-reform, and surrogate motherhood. She is the co-author of Modern Family Law: Cases and Materials, a leading casebook for family law courses. Appleton has been a member of the law faculty at Washington University since 1975.

Vogue magazine profiled artist Susan Scott Rowland ’62 in the March 2000 issue. Rowland had her first solo show of drawings and ceramics last April. In November, she will be featured along with Kenneth Price, Peter Voulos, and James Turrell, in the Clay 2000 exhibition at Sotheby’s new galleries in New York City.

Korn/Ferry International, the world’s leading executive search firm, has named Jana L. Rich ’89 as vice president of their San Francisco office. Rich leads Korn/Ferry’s New Media/Internet Practice for northern California, focusing primarily on industries in which entertainment and advanced technology intersect. Her clients are venture capital firms and their portfolio companies.

In recognition of a career-long dedication to the acquisition of knowledge through research and its application to the betterment of humanity, the Johns Hopkins University recently awarded an honorary degree to Bernadine P. Healy ’65, president of the American Red Cross and a leading educator and researcher in the field of cardiology. Healy built a remarkable career in cardiology, medical research, science administration, and public service. She served as science adviser to President Reagan from 1984 to 1985, was president of the American Heart Association in 1988, and in 1991 was appointed by President Bush to the nation’s preeminent position in biomedical policy-making, the directorship of the National Institutes of Health. At Johns Hopkins, Healy served as director of the coronary care unit and as associate dean.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Laura C. Murray ’95 a silver-level student academy award for her documentary Slender Existence. Murray earned her master’s in radio, TV, and film from Stanford University in 1999 and is currently an associate producer at ImageReal Productions. She was one of 12 film students from eight American universities to win an award from the academy at its 27th annual student academy awards.

Thanks to the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of Charles Wellso ’84, visitors at select zoos, malls, airports, and resorts around the nation will be able to send a 20-second video mail, or v-mail, message for three dollars to distant friends and family from a Link Booth. Video Post, the company founded by Wellso in 1998 that produces the Link Booth, gave its product a trial run last February at the Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wellso told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that he hopes to have 100 booths all over the country by the end of 2000, and 1000 by the end of 2001.

Caitlin Fitzgerald ’94 and three partners have started a publishing company called August Press in New York City ( One of their first books is The Long Journey Home: The 1932 Motorcycle Expedition of Robert E. Fulton, Jr., published this past June. It is a photographic record by Fulton of his 18-month journey around the world on a motorcycle and includes an introduction by Fulton and a chronology by Fitzgerald.

Lawrence Levi ’94 and Nina Dinoff ’91 have founded a new literary magazine, Flaneur, which can be seen at Levi reports: “When we’re not working on Flaneur, Nina designs Websites for plumbdesign in New York, and I edit letters to the editor at the New York Times.”