Category Archives: Bios

Natan Kopeika’s Bio

In June 1962 we graduated from Central and began our divergent paths through life. A few weeks later, I met my wife.

My parents had arranged a summer tour of Europe [2 weeks] and Israel [5 weeks] for me, through Yeshivah University. On the plane out of JFK to London, I was seated between 2 cute blond girls in our group who had just graduated from the Yeshivah of Flatbush High School. They were classmates. Being gentlemanly, I offered to change seats with either one. They declined. Soon dinner was being served. I continued my gentlemanliness, and forwarded a bowl of tomato soup to the girl sitting by the window. Continue Reading →

Harry Butowsky’s Bio


Dr. Butowsky recently retired from the National Park Service after a 35 year career as a historian. He is the author of five National Historic Landmark Theme Studies including Man in Space, WWII Warships in the Pacific, and Astronomy and Astrophysics. Continue Reading →

Alfred Rees’s Bio

Married to Ruth since 1968; three daughters (including twins); two granddaughters.

Associate Degree in Mechanical Technology(1965), BS in Mechanical Engineering(1971), MS in Engineering Management(1973), MBA – finance major(1978), MS in Civil Engineering(2000).

Licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey. Continue Reading →

Jerome Zivan’s Bio


B.S. in Accounting, Temple University (1966); J.D., Harvard Law School (1969), both MCL.

Practiced tax and partnership law in Atlanta, GA for 5 years before joining with a client in the real estate development and management business where I focused on investments in U.S. assets for European based investors. From 1975-1999, I led the company, Europco Management Company of America, through various real estate investments, including the development from ground up of Bluewater Bay, a 2000 acre planned unit community in NW Florida (near Destin, FL), where I have lived since 1991 (except for a 1 year leave of absence 1992/3 to be the Orser Visiting Professor at  Montana State University in Bozeman).  Continue Reading →

Frank Drachman’s Bio


Received BA and M.Ed from Temple University in Psychology. Worked 2 years at Philadelphia State Hospital (Byberry), then 10 years as Asst. Director of the Vocational Research Institute, a Division of the Jewish Employment and Vocational Service. Installed vocational testing programs for the handicapped and disadvantaged. Then bought into a partnership, and was an owner of a motorcycle parts and accessories distributor for 30 years. Spent most of the time on the road selling. Continue Reading →

John Kent Smith’s Bio


I did a BSEE at U.of Pa., spent a Junior Year abroad at St. Andrews in Scotland studying Philosophy, and got a Thouron scholarship to do a PhD EE at Cambridge (which is why I have an English wife, Marion). I have worked my entire career in research and development of sensor systems, primarily radar, but sometimes branching way out. I worked as a civilian for the Navy from 1971-96, but took an early retirement from the job of Microwave Technology Division Head when the lab moved to Maryland in 1996. Continue Reading →

Burt Spielman



I attended the U of P School of Chemical Engineering. For over 20 years thereafter, I was a Technical Service Engineer for Allied Chemical (now Honeywell) until 1986. Then I joined my wife Joy Van Skiver’s business writing consulting firm, The Writing Exchange. I am also currently Managing Editor of The Alumni Journal, responsible for editing, designing and laying out each issue. The Spring 2013 edition will be available in early April.

We live in Madison, New Jersey, 22 miles due west of Times Square.

Barry Brait’s Bio

Who can believe it is 51 Years already? I was 18 yesterday! However, you can see my bliss and joys above. Julie is early 40s !!! Harrison is 16. Alison is 12. SIL Mark is late 40s. My son lives in Virginia with his wife.

51 Year summary: 1967> Temple U.. Theatre Arts (1st Graduate of School of Communications & Theatre.) 1967>1969> US Army 1 year 10 months 15 days (Army Pic Cen, LIC, NY)1968>1978> Married Lynn Kessler (Ken K’s sister). 1970/1975> 2 Children. 1979>2002 Accoutant City of Philadelphia: Water Department ending as Financial Accounting Supervisor, Capital Improvements Unit. Retired 2002. Continue Reading →

Ray Reass’s Bio

Currently residing in Bellevue, WA – suburb of Seattle

-BA – Temple University
-MBA – University of Utah

-U.S. Army 1967 – 1990 – Retired as Lieutenant Colonel
-Defense Contractor – 1990 – 1997 – Worked for CALIBRE Systems as Director of European Operations in Heidelberg, Germany
– Financial Planner 1997 – present Continue Reading →

Glenn Creveling’s Bio

I got my undergraduate degree in Music Education from Nyack College, but started out in music therapy for 4 years, the last 2 at Pennsylvania Hospital.

I then moved to Milwaukee, WI to become music director of a large church.
Got my masters from Cornerstone University and doctorate from Palmer Seminary in Philadelphia. Continue Reading →