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Club Reps

Club Reps
Michael Weiss
Michael Weiss '57
Achilles Perry
Achilles Perry '58
Frank Luszcz
Frank Luszcz '61
Mathew Mandery
Mathew Mandery '61
Al D'Elia
Al D'Elia '67
Anthony Schirripa Cropped
Tony Schirripa '67

Where are they now?

Where are they now?

Read about career changes, achievements, awards, and family news of fellow Diamond Club members. If you would like to share your most recent achievements and milestones with your Tech family, submit an alum note.

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Class of 1966

Ken D’Alessandro

May 10, 2023

Brooklyn Tech saved my life. I could have gone to my neighborhood high school and become just another goof-off. Whenever I think of Tech, which is often, I can’t help but reflect on what I do for a living and where I am professionally. It is my strong personal belief that none of it would have been possible without Tech.  I learned far more in high school than in college. I remember one day, while taking the first of two required mechanical drawing courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the teaching assistant, with whom I had no prior contact, walked up to my desk, looked at my quickly-finished perspective drawing, shook his head from side to side, muttered “Brooklyn Tech” and walked away without further comment. I was exempted from Mechanical Drawing II since there was nothing new they could teach me. When I was 19, I went to Zelf Self Service Machine Shop, a sadly long-gone Canal Street business, to fabricate some steel parts for a machine I was helping to build. Probably because of my youth Mr. Zelf asked me, “Why should I let you go anywhere near any of my [lathes and milling] machines?” I told him I had graduated from Brooklyn Tech. That was all he needed to hear before granting me access. While I do not know how many others share this feeling, I know for certain that Tech taught me how to think, organize, and analyze in order to solve problems and accomplish things. All of us were exposed to hands-on technology to a degree I do not think was possible at other New York City high schools. To this day I am not shy about taking apart broken electrical and mechanical things and am often able to repair them. Although I probably did not consider it at the time, SOS, on which I served for four years and held every rank except Captain (Fall ’65 and Spring ’66 slots held by my classmates Herb Henkel and Dennis Fagan), was an extremely valuable leadership training experience.

Class of 1963

Ron Vazzano

April 17, 2023

In the New York Times’ Metropolitan Diary, Sunday, April 16, 2023, I have a piece entitled “Orchard Street.” Technites who shopped on Orchard Street and remember it well might enjoy the lighthearted moment I once experienced while shopping there decades ago.

Class of 1951

Henry Sanoff

April 3, 2023

I graduated Brooklyn Tech in Aeronautical Technology in 1951. Studied architecture at Pratt Institute, BArch, March, 1962. Professor of Architecture, UC Berkeley, 1963-66; North Carolina State University (NCSU), 1966-2005.

I am Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the School of Architecture, College of Design, of North Carolina State University (NCSU), served as the USA editor of the Journal of Design Studies, and principal founder of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), established in 1969. I have lectured and been a visiting scholar at many universities worldwide. In my career, I have been the author of many articles and books, including Democratic Design, School Building Assessment Methods, Methods of Architectural Programming, Community Participation Methods in Design and Planning, Design Games, Integrating programming Evaluation and Participation in Design, Creating Environments for Young Children, and Visual Research Methods. Several are translated into Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish, and Russian. As a tribute, Woxsen University (Hyderabad, India) established the Henry Sanoff Chair Professorship of Architectural Design.

Class of 1957

Luther Allman

March 28, 2023

I’m a kid from Harlem who went to a Special Progress (SP) Class at JHS 115, combing 7th and 8th grades into one year. In 9th grade, I was encouraged to take the entrance tests for Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, and Tech. I took all three but Tech won out because it had a fabulous pipe organ. I had taken pipe organ lessons since age 10 on a relatively small organ in an old Harlem church. Tech’s was the largest I had ever seen and I was hooked! So I came to Tech and met Clifford Troxell in the Music department, who was in charge of the organ and also played it. He immediately became a mentor when he found I had been taking lessons. I also played the piano for the school glee club which he directed.

Besides music at Tech, I discovered a love for technical drawing/drafting courses with all their mechanical instruments. I thought about going out for track or basketball, but couldn’t do everything and music was my first love. The highlight of my Tech experience was when Mr. Troxell asked me to play the organ at my graduation — the 70th Tech commencement — on Thursday, June 27, 1957. I still have the graduation program; I was second in the lineup, playing the organ solo, “Midsummer Caprice.” I also still have the BluePrint for June 1957, with a picture and message from Principal William Pabst. My pic is on page 54 but a mistake confused my bio with Gordon Allison’s. He was from Queens; I’m from Harlem. Michael Weiss, who is still involved with Tech, signed my yearbook. (Thanks, Mike!) After Tech, I went to the City College of New York (CCNY) and got a part-time job as a draftsman at Rosenblatt & Sons Naval Architects at 350 Broadway. They had so much work from federal contracts that they told me I could work anytime: before classes, after classes, evenings, or weekends. Before I knew it, I was classified as a Senior Draftsman – Piping Specialist and loved the work. By 1959 I was making far more than any classmates in part-time jobs, and by 1960 was putting in more hours on the job than on my classwork.

I took a year off from college to capitalize on opportunities available in marine drafting and design. I was called down to my local draft board because I had has a student deferment. Rosenblatt & Sons contacted the draft board and told them the work I was doing was critically needed for the large defense contract they had with the U.S. Navy.  I then got an offer of a lifetime from the draft board: if I accepted a transfer to the naval base in Bremerton, WA as a civilian contractor working for Rosenblatt in New York, and committed to working for five years, they would cancel any draft action and pay me $12 per day, seven days per week, tax free for working for Rosenblatt at the naval base. I immediately accepted and took my first plane ride from New York to Seattle, then a one-hour boat ride to Bremerton, WA. In 1965 I completed my military obligation and was transferred to San Francisco prior to being officially discharged. I then joined Richfield Oil’s Military Fuels and Marketing Division, where I remained for 35 years, and am now happily retired in sunny Southern California. I have three daughters, including a lawyer in Colorado, and five grandchildren – all in college or recently  graduated.

Class of 1967

Gerard Walsh

March 8, 2023

I was proud to play football from 1963-1967 under the guidance of legendary coach Adam Cirillo. If you were a member of the team, life at Tech was a little bit different. We were grouped together in a homeroom (i.e., “T” prefect) with our fellow team members. This promoted camaraderie but also allowed Adam to address the group on both team and school matters. We also received academic assistance when needed. That was the overriding theme at Tech: academic excellence.
At the time, our team practiced across the street in Fort Greene Park. It was not a field, it was a dirt hilltop shared with broken bottles and rocks. It is amazing that we performed as well as we did. We would practice till the sun went down, cross Dekalb Avenue, go up to the locker room, shower, dress, then most of us would hop on a bus or subway back home. On Friday we would take our equipment home to bring to the game on Saturday. No fancy bus rides for us. And, since we did not have a field of our own, we played our home games at Boys High’s field. All this sounds like complaining, but it was a process we rolled with and never thought we were deprived.
Lastly, I would like to share some some of my more vivid  memories of Tech. I remember the ‘fairy-dust battles’ in foundry; going to Dykes Lumber to get a piece of pine when we ruined our step V block in Shop; gathering in our beautiful auditorium for assembly sessions; torturing the slop cops at lunchtime; avoiding the SOS in the hallways; dreading walking to classes on the upper floors; figuring how to turn a three-view drawing into an isometric; and hoping Mr. Kaufmann would not call on you to discuss the Weekend In Review section from the New York Times, etc., etc.

Class of 1963

Ronald Vazzano

March 8, 2023

After graduation from Tech, I attended Manhattan College where I earned a BBA with a major in advertising. I spent 31 years as a media director at major ad agencies in New York and L.A. That career was interspersed with a seven-year stint as an actor (still am a member of Actors’ Equity). Twenty-four years after I returned to advertising, I retired in 2003 from the Publicis Groupe, a French-owned international advertising and media company.

I’ve spent the last 20 years as a writer, poet, and speaking performer and frequently do public readings through the auspices of the writers’ groups I belong to: Italian American Writers Association (IAWA), Irish American Writers and Artists (IAMWA), and the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC). I have written a monthly online piece I call a MuseLetter. It is now in its 19th year and can be accessed here.

I didn’t turn out to be an engineer, but was able to apply the training and discipline I learned at Tech, through its challenging curriculum, to other professions and life endeavors. I have not set foot in  Brooklyn Tech in 60 years and look forward to returning for Homecoming, March 25, 2023.

Class of 1966

Arnold T. Oftedal

January 25, 2023

Tech was extra special. I remember the transit strike when Ken Larsen and I rode our bikes to school and  were permitted to “park” them in the inside courtyard. Ken and I were Editors-in-Chief of the Blueprint. Teachers I remember are: Dr. Rich, Mr. Pasner, Mr. Polan, Miss Coyle, Mrs. Piraino, Mr. Malachias, Mr. Starfield, Mr. Weiss, and Miss Cincotta. There were many others I can list – indicative of the tremendous impact they all had on my years at Tech.

I attended CCNY, earning a BS in Mathematics, went on to Richmond College, earning an MS in Math Education, and subsequently going on to CSI, earning a 6th Year Certificate in Supervision and Administration. I taught Mathematics in the NYC school system for 14 years, moving on to administration, becoming an Assistant Principal Administration, subsequently leaving NYC schools after 23 years to enter administration in the New Jersey school system. I was a high school principal for 14 years, ending my career as an elementary school principal. I retired after 40 years.

During my career in education, I was also a member of the New York  Army National Guard, receiving my commission as an officer in 1971 and then leaving the military in 2000 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Now, in retirement, I have become involved with Northern Ocean, NJ Habitat For Humanity on a volunteer construction team. I am also involved with the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center in Brooklyn, as a member of the Board of Directors. Finally, I am also a Board Member at the Lutheran Brethren Conference Center in Pennsylvania.

All in all, my direction towards leadership in most all that I have undertaken I attribute to my development at BTHS. Those three years (I came in the 10th grade) were the most profound in my educational upbringing. For that, I am profoundly thankful. Not to get too corny, but: “Tech Alma Mater, Molder of Men!”

Class of February 1953

Donald (Steinberg) Sargent

January 25, 2023

I earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Cornell University in 1958, then worked for Union Carbide Chemicals in Charleston, WV. In 1964, joined Grumman’s Apollo Lunar Module propulsion design team, followed by the on-site propulsion test program at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico. Post-Apollo, I worked for Versar, a contractor to the Environmental Protection Agency, for more than 15 years, for EPA’s effluent guidelines and priority pollutants programs. Along the way, became a Registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Industrial Hygienist.
Afterwards, returned to aerospace and rejoined Grumman for NASA’s International Space Station project, in the development of the Space Station’s propulsion and environmental control and life support. Completed 18 years at Johnson Space Center in Houston in 200. After a 3-week retirement, joined the Commercial Space Transportation office of the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, DC, evaluating rocket operators’ (SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and others) launch licenses to ensure safety for the uninvolved public, specializing in propulsion and life support. Still working full-time (at age 87) for FAA.

Class of 1952

John Huson

December 19, 2022

I followed my recently deceased brother, George R. Huson ’47, who became a rocket scientist, to Tech where I swam on Coach Connell’s team. Still swimming. Swam at the U.S. Masters Short Course National Swimming Championships in 2021. After Tech, won an NROTC scholarship to University of Louisville, Kentucky, where I swam on the team and met my wife of 65 years. After graduation and commissioning spent six years in the Caribbean before returning to the U.S.
Bumped around until 1972, when I had the opportunity to move to Charlotte, N.C., where I founded Carocon, a general contractor company.  We have built over 30,000 housing units and last year had a volume of over $14,000,000. Have five children, 14 grandchildren, and seven grandchildren. Friends and classmates can reach me here.

Class of 1958

Malcolm Davidson, M.D. FAAP

December 16, 2022

I have very vivid memories of my four years at BTHS and still have my Major T. Like so many of my classmates, I too feel a tremendous sense of gratitude to Tech for my four years of excellent education.
I went on to get my BA at Uptown Hunter College (now Lehman College) in the Bronx and clocked four more years commuting via the NYC transit system. I then went to Upstate Medical School in Syracuse. My internship and residency in Pediatrics were completed at Children’s Hospital and Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and Baylor Hospital Program in Houston. After two years in the USAF Medical Corp, I returned to Dallas, spent 45 years in General Pediatric practice and have been retired for the past seven years.
Amongst my best and most memorable teachers were Mr. Lincoln (Industrial Processes) and Mr. Tron (French). Amongst my most terrifying teachers were Mr. Nepo (Woodshop) and Mr. Riker (Mechanical Drawing).

If possible, I would like to know if two of my classmates, Charles Courdy and Ronald Cardos are still out there.