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  • Collection: Oral Histories from 60's Binghamton Alumni

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Jerome "Jerry" Raik and Dr. Barrie Raik

Jerry Raik is director of the Havurah School at Ansche Chesed on the upper west side of Manhattan. At Havurah, elementary school students learn a wide variety of Jewish subjects, primarily through the arts. Before that, Jerry had "the opportunity and good fortune to 'stay home' and be a significant daytime caregiver to each of his three children.A ...

Dr. Edward Fisher

"A Harpur alumn, Dr. Fisher completed his Doctor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and his Master of Public Health at Chapel Hill. Dr. Fisher spent the majority of his career as a Professor, educating future doctors and scientists. He came to direct departments in both vascular biology and cardiovascular medicine. "


John Ellis acted as president of the longtime family-owned company Nelson Ellis Furniture in Binghamton. As a Harpur student, he was involved in the Outward Bound program.


Harpur College BA Social Sciences, '68 Rodney Alexander was executive director of the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), CUNY. After graduating from Harpur College, he completed degrees in public administration and in business administration from NYU. His wife, Daryl Royster Alexander, was the founding editor of Essence magazine.

Joy Yagman

Joy Yagman currently works as a coordinator for senior programs at Pace University's Active Retirement Center, one of the longest-running—and liveliest—programs for older adults in New York. Before that, she worked as a labor services representative for the New York State Department of Labor, a case manager for the Neighborhood Coalition for Sh...

Dr. Steven Diner

University Professor Steven Diner is a Harpur College alumn who went on to work as a Professor of History at George Mason University and served as Chancellor from 2002 - 2011 at Rutgers University- Newark. As a History Professor at Rutgers, Dr. Diner specializes in immigration reform. In 2011 Diner was the inaugural recipient of an award named in h...


Mabel Payne is owner and president at Research, Analysis, and Development in Education (RADE) Associates, LLC. After graduating from Harpur College with a degree in history, she completed advanced degrees in education from SUNY Albany and in organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has extensive experience in design...

Dr. Eric D. Weitz

Dr. Eric Weitz is Distinguished Professor of History and the former Dean of Humanities and Arts at The City College of New York (CCNY). Trained in modern German and European history, Weitz has also worked in international and global history. He is currently completing, A World Divided: A Global History of Nation-States and Human Rights since the Eighteenth Century.

Barry Schneider

Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award. Principal of Schneider Mediation. Avid athlete at Harpur College. (His nickname at Harpur was “Peanuts.”) Mediation judge in Phoenix. He (Ret.) served on the Maricopa County Superior Court for 21 years, from 1986 to 2007. He first practiced in New York City and moved to Phoenix in 1971. He was an associ...


Barbara Kriegsman Espenschied, American Librarian. Certified reading specialist, New Jersey, New York; She worked as adult services supervisor for the Edison Public Library and as public relations officer for the I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School in New Brunswick before that. She is a member of the New Jersey Library Association. She enjoys readi...

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