Foreign Service Officer David Galbraith DS’90 has been posted to the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma (known locally as Yangon, Myanmar), where he is serving a 3-year stint as political unit chief. One of the primary responsibilities for his team is helping to encourage democratic reforms in the political process in Myanmar. During parliamentary elections over the winter, that involved providing technical assistance to election commissioners and political parties, discussing best practices with local government officials, and assisting election observers in the field. His team helped coordinate U.S. support for Myanmar’s 2015 general elections, which resulted in a resounding victory for then-opposition leader San Suu Kyi’s party. David is excited to be part of the historical transformation currently underway in Burma, and he and his wife Alyce are enjoying raising their three small children in such a beautiful country. David has worked previously for the US State Department in Washington D.C. and the Middle East.
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In February of this year, real estate and arts entrepreneur Matt Kwatinetz DS’94 took a new position as Executive Vice President for Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The NYCEDC was initially established in the 1960s to promote economic opportunities in New York through management and leverage of city owned property. Today, this remains the core purpose of the organization, whose mission includes “strengthening the city’s competitive position and facilitating investments that grow quality jobs and cultivate dynamic, resilient and livable communities throughout the five boroughs.”
The Asset Management Division of the NYCEDC pursues a multiple bottom-line strategy targeting not just financial returns but also multiple social metrics. The AM Division has multiple portfolios across traditional and specialized asset classes. Previously in his career, Matthew was a partner in a real estate advisory firm that advised numerous municipalities across the country on multiple-bottom line strategies for large scale developments. He remains passionate about urban development that actively incorporates cultural and social assets to enhance quality of life for neighborhoods in addition to providing economic return. He also remains active as an arts producer.
Ernest Tucker DS’50 died peacefully on April 10, 2016 after a long decline following a stroke in 2011. Ernie grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and was a National Merit Scholar before attending Deep Springs. He is remembered by his classmate, Don Noel, as being hard working and committed to the ideal of student responsibility for the college. As labor commissioner in 1951, when Ernie learned how costly it would be to have professional crews rebuild the irrigation canal from Wyman Canyon to the campus, Ernie organized a break from the regular academic schedule and rallied the entire student body into a continuous labor crew that completed the work in a week’s time at a fraction of the cost.
Ernie completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell, then attended the Medical College of Alabama where he completed his medical training, internship and residency, specializing in pathology. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a Board Certified Immunopathologist. He was an Army physician at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C. In 1967 he joined the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation as an NIH Special Fellow in Experimental Pathology, later becoming director of the Immunology Reference Laboratory and ultimately director of the Department of Pathology.
Dr. Tucker served as Chair of the Department of Pathology at California Pacific Medical Center in 1989-92. He was president of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists 1991-92 and held numerous positions that promoted continuing education and developing the field of immunopathology. He also served as a trustee of Deep Springs from 1993-2001, helping to shepherd the college’s major rebuilding effort. He loved to travel, whether on international excursions or a simple weekend camping trip. He was devoted to his family and loved to share his home with friends.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Darwin Berg DS60, of the University of California, San Diego, Division of Biological Sciences will be honored on April 14 with the 2016 UC Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Award. The award is given annually to a select few faculty “for going above and beyond to make a positive impact in their teaching, research, and service.” Professor Berg was identified by the Chancellor’s Associates as “a world leader in neurobiology. He has made significant contributions to the understanding of a major modulatory neurotransmitter in the brain, and his work is notable for its practical applications.” You can read more about the award here, and about Professor Berg’s research work. Darwin’s career at UC San Diego has spanned over 40 years. The chair of the Neurobiology Section noted: “his pioneering work is highly respected in the international community of neuroscience and his dedication and service to UC San Diego is well-respected.”
After 19 years, Adam Schwartz DS’87 has left his position as staff attorney with the Illinois ACLU and transplanted from Chicago to Palo Alto, where his wife Sarah is now teaching in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford. Adam has taken on new work as a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (www.eff.org). Based in San Francisco, the EFF was established in 1990 and is the leading non-profit working on behalf of civil liberties in the digital world. They are active in defending privacy, protecting against illegal surveillance, and advocating for free speech and open access to technology. They also provide educational analysis to policymakers and the media.