Summer 2010

In This Issue:
1. Graduation Ceremony Honors Class of 2000; Graduates Earn $132M in Scholarships, Awards.
2. Irwin Shapiro ’47 Gives Keynote Address
3. The “Four Horsemen” of ’46
4. Alumni News

Graduation Ceremony Honors Class of 2000; Graduates Earn $132M in Scholarships, Awards.
Oppressive summer heat could not diminish their enthusiasm as the 1,010 members of the Class of 2010 donned caps and gowns at Brooklyn Tech’s 107th Commencement.

Parents, family members and friends filled the spacious Tech auditorium and cheered loudly as Tech’s newest graduates were honored. Having earned more than $132 million in scholarship and financial aid awards, the Class of 2010 left Tech well prepared for future successes.

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Irwin Shapiro ’47 Gives Keynote Address
When Irwin Shapiro was told as a Brooklyn Tech student to “reach for the stars,” he took that advice literally and became a leading astrophysicist. Sixty-three years after his graduation, he returned to present the keynote address to Tech’s Class of 2010 and to inspire them to fulfill their dreams.

Dr. Shapiro, who earned advanced degrees in mathematics at Cornell and physics at Harvard, went on to teach at MIT and direct the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for more than 20 years. He continues to teach as the Timken University Professor at Harvard. His curiosity has taken him, he explained, from exploring “the nucleus of the atom to the core of the Earth to the most distant objects known in the universe.” His work has also involved estimating the size and age of the universe and testing Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

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The “Four Horsemen” of ’46
“Friends forever” is a slogan often inscribed in high school yearbooks, but for many the complexities of life intervene and friends lose touch. Not so for Len Bloksberg, Dave Diness, Jack Galin and Josh Weston. These four friends met at Brooklyn Tech and since graduation have continued to socialize regularly, exchanging memories and photos.

What makes their story unusual is that graduation was 64 years ago – in 1946. As Galin describes it, they “enjoy each other as enthusiastically” as they did at Tech, when each was a member of Arista, Weston was class Valedictorian, Galin and Weston co-editors of the Blueprint, and all four wrote for the Survey.
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Alumni News

Thomas Peter Beague '81 was elected President of the Batey Relief Alliance. The Batey Relief Alliance is a humanitarian aid organization that addresses the needs of families affected by poverty, disease and hunger in the Carribean. Dr. Beague owns a dental practice in Elmont.

Eugene Braunwald '47 was recently interviewed in the periodical Circulation Research. Dr. Braunwald, an esteemed cardiologist who has worked at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discusses his family’s escape from Nazi occupied Austria as well as his ongoing passion for medicine.

Jules Peemoeller, a retired teacher of engineering, has self-published a book that he wrote and illustrated entitled, Egg Roles A to Z. He may be reached at

Stuart Schube '58, age 70, passed away in Houston on June 4th. Mr. Schube, who served as President of Acorn Ventures, Inc., was co-founder of a Brooklyn Dodgers fan club in Houston.



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August 2010

September 2010
 28:  HC Class Rep Dinner

October 2010 
 2: Football Homecoming 
17: NJ Breakfast   
24:LI Breakfast

November 2010    
7: Ruby Tea
13: Career Day  

April 2011 
29 & 30:Homecoming

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