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Class of 1972

Charles Pouncy

October 20, 2022

After graduating from Tech in 1972, I graduated from Fordham University in 1976 and Cornell Law School in 1979. I practiced law in the District of Columbia with the Administrative Conference of the U.S and the Solicitor of the Department of Labor. In 1985 I returned to NYC and worked in the general counsel’s office of Metropolitan Life, the Division of Enforcement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. In 1993 I became a Freedman Fellow at the Temple University Law School, graduating with an LLM in 1995. Thereafter I joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Law. followed by the Temple Law School, and the Florida International University College of Law from which I retired in 2016. My publications include:

Articles:

Foreword: Critical Localities, Epistemic Communities, Rooted Cosmopolitans, New Hegemonies & Knowledge Processes: LatCrit XII—The Critical Locality and the Processes of Community, 20 St. Thomas L. Rev. 387 (2008).
Applying Heterodox Economic Theory to the Teaching of Business Law: The Road Not Taken, 41 San Diego L. Rev. 211 (2004).
The Rational Rogue: Neoclassical Ideology in the Financial Sector, 26 Vt. L. Rev. 263 (2002).
Stock Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa: Western Legal Institutions as a Component of the Neo-Colonial Project, 23 U. Pa J. Int’l Econ. L. 85 (2002)
Contemporary Financial Innovation: Orthodoxy and Alternatives, 51 S.M.U.L. Rev. 505 (1998).
The Scienter Requirement and Wash Trading in Commodity Futures: The Knowledge Lost in Knowing, 16 Cardozo L. Rev. 401 (1995).
Essays:
Food, Globalism and Theory: Marxian and Insitutionalist Insights into the Global Food System, 43 Miami Inter-American Law Review 89 (2011).
Recovering from the Recovery: Law and the Processes of Accumulation by Dispossession. 26 St. John’s Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development 107 (2011)).
Reevaluating Corporate Criminal Liability: Corporate Criminal Law and Institutional Economic Theory: It’s all about Power 41 Stetson Law Review 98 (2011)).
Economic Theory and the Road to Sustainable Economic Development, 2 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 137 (2007).
Introduction: Economic Cluster, LatCrit X Symposium; Critical Approaches to the Economic In/Justice, 17 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 1 (2006).
Economic Justice and Economic Theory: Limiting the Reach of Neoclassical Ideology, 14 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 11 (2002).
Institutional Economics and Critical Race/LatCrit Theory: The Need for a Critical Raced Economics, 54 Rutgers L. Rev. 841 (2002).
Marriage and Domestic Partnership: Rationality and Inequality, 7 Temple Pol. & Civ. Rgts. L. Rev. 363 (1998).
Book Chapters:
Hurricane Katrina and the “Market” for Survival: The Role of Economic Theory in the Construction and Maintenance Disaster (book chapter in Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster, University of Nebraska Press, Jeremy Levitt & Matthew Whitaker, eds., 2008).

I currently live in rural South Carolina and enjoying my retirement.

Class of 1959

Andrew LaTorre

October 18, 2022

After graduating Tech in 1959 I enrolled in the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering). But after a year I realized that engineering was not for me,  so I enrolled at SUNY Farmingdale in the Mechanical Technology department. During my summer high school years I worked at machine shops as a tool and die maker’s helper. That did me well at Farmingdale along with the hands-on education I experienced at Tech.
After consulting with my Farmingdale drafting teacher, Mr. Williams, I enrolled at Bucknell University.  Bucknell was very vigorous but I was able to take pipe organ lessons, a passion of mine since seeing the organ in the Brooklyn Tech auditorium.
Again I realized that electrical engineering was not for me so left after a year and began work at MiLat Machine and Tool Company, run by my uncle and father. I was a tool and die designer and in charge of the inspection department of one employee. I designed and built several ‘missing parts detectors’ to ensure the safety of the various presses at MiLat. These units would detect if a part was not ejected and would immediately stop the press from making and further parts.
After about six years I heard of a program where I could obtain a provisional certificate of vocational teaching by attending night classes for about two years. I was always very interested in teaching was and, after I completed the program, was offered a job at Sewanaka High School to teach for a year for a teacher on sabbatical. I learned a lot about teaching there and when the year was up accepted teaching position at Northport High School in my hometown.
I was responsible for setting up the machine shop. The government had given Northport many machines that allowed me to teach machining and build many interesting projects with the students.
During my time at Northport, I continued my education nights and summers, attending New York University and SUNY Oswego. I obtained my undergraduate and master’s degree in vocational education and industrial arts.
Besides Machine Shop, I taught Plastics, Solar Energy, Wood Shop, Welding, Electricity, Electronics, Drafting, and other subjects. During my time at Northport, I made my own computer with the Intel 8008 chip. This gave me experience in programming and allowed me to build an eight-foot moving message panel along with several other computer-controlled projects, a Tesla Coil, an EDM machine, and so on. I received several awards from the Industrial Arts Teachers Guild. It was a wonderful ride.
After seven years at Northport I decided to go into industry, landing a job with Applied Data Systems as a mechanical design engineer. It was a stressful two years but I did enjoy the projects and being around computer components. Then, once again, I decided to change my vocation.
I decided that I might try university teaching. I applied to several universities in North Carolina but none were suitable or had jobs available. But a year later Western Carolina University called me for an interview. I fell in love with the mountains and just knew I would get the job. So I moved my wife and two children there and taught Machine Shop, Welding, Woodworking, AutoCad, and other subjects. After twenty years I retired. I have been retired now for 22 years and am still creating as Cinnamon Hill Art and Cinnamon Hill Gelato.
I attended last year’s Homecoming hoping I would see some old friends. Where are you, Bruce Tergerson?
Tech is seared into my memory as one of the best times of my life. Thanks, Tech!

Class of Feb "61

John R. Murphy

October 18, 2022

I took the BTHS admissions test without any knowledge of the value of the institution. Thank you, Sister Ann Madeline (Sam, behind her back), my 8th grade teacher in a tiny Catholic grammar school in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for arranging the day — including a bus pass and written directions to Tech. Best thing to happen to me, getting me away from the street gang culture I grew up with and providing a path to a better life. A 1960 City Championship (and eventual Tech Hall of Fame recognition for the team) got me a college athletic scholarship and the academics at Tech gave me college credit for three courses. I met my beautiful wife at the University of Bridgeport. Unfortunately she passed about 12 years ago. We have one daughter and two granddaughters.

I never did pursue an engineering degree but worked part time as a draftsman/technician for a number of structural/architectural firms for many years (thank you, Mr. Phelan) while I taught physics in a Bridgeport high school for eight years. I eventually went to the dark side (per some family members) and got a JD from St. John’s and LLM from NYU. I spent 35+ years as a corporate/regulatory attorney for New York Life, a white-shoe law firm, and finally Met Life. I retired at age 70 and haven’t looked back, thanks to Jo, my lady of 10 years and love of my life. (She is a Red Hook girl who wouldn’t look at me during my ‘grunt’ days in high school or college; she is a nerd.) Life is good as we travel a lot and regularly attend New York City Broadway and other theater events.

I intend to continue to support the alumni programs designed to continue the BTHS mystique, but am distressed that too few of my BTHS football teammates participate.

Class of 1966

Gabe Rothauser

October 18, 2022

I graduated Brooklyn Tech in 1966, as an electrical engineering major, and went on to CCNY to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE). Afterwards I went to Baruch College at night to earn a Master’s in Business Administration.
I had a long career, not directly in engineering but in related technical fields, working at, among other places: Brooklyn Union Gas Co., now National Grid; the American Stock Exchange (no longer in existence); Moody’s Investors Service, New York University; and Hanscomb (now Faithful + Gould). I still work part time at Faithful + Gould as a Sr. Project Manager. My past titles included VP of Real Estate (Moody’s) and Sr. Director (NYU). I managed construction projects and building services at Moody’s and was part of Faculty Housing Operations groups at NYU.
I enjoyed most of my working career and am working now only because I still enjoy the challenge and the new things I learn constantly even after 50+ years!
I have always felt that Brooklyn Tech gave me the life tools to do well in my career and now stay in touch with a handful of 1966 graduates.

Class of 1962

Ron Kruse

October 18, 2022

After graduation I went to work for Western Electric. In 1964 I accepted a job with AT&T working on long-distance telecom services. I ultimately moved into the Engineering department. From there I went into sales and marketing serving the IBM account. In 1979 I was offered a job with IBM working as an engineer on their satellite project. I moved into Finance before retiring after 26 years. In the late nineties I competed a BS from Pace University. I am currently living in Port St. Lucie Florida and serving as VP and treasurer of our homeowners’ association. I have fond memories of Tech and am very grateful for the solid foundation I gained in those four years.

Class of Jan. 1950

Sheldon Feinstein

October 11, 2022

I received a BCE from CCNY in 1954. Served in the U.S. Army for two years, then worked as an engineer for the New York City Department of Education while attending law school at night. Received my law degree in 1961. Practiced construction law until 2014.

Class of 1963

Jay Brick

October 10, 2022

Gentlemen, the Pythagorean theorem works!
After graduating Tech, and with the Army (Viet Vet) and an NYU diploma under my belt, I eventually entered the home-improvement arena, using my Industrial Design-course background to design and construct. A superb epiphany was the realization that I could use Pythagoras’ formula to measure roofs, including very large ones, from the ground with no need to actually walk them.

Decades later, I’m ‘almost’ retired, as in Godfather III when Michael Corleone says, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” I’m frequently asked to come in to train companies’ sales staff (for $$ of course).

Two daughters, four grandchildren, and a marvelous wife and I’m a happy guy. I go to the gym regularly, with traveling, cruises, and fine dining as the end-game report card on my life.

Class of 1952

Len Abramson

October 10, 2022

I was like many poor kids from tenements and housing projects in 1948 New York City, so figured, Why not take a shot at a good high school?
The first shock I received from Tech was that I had passed the entrance test! The second was the culture shock of graduating from a tiny Catholic grammar school in lower Manhattan to navigate Tech’s building of 6,000 students.
I barely got through my freshman year because I had no clue of subjects other than academics. Shop, mechanical drawing, and good old Industrial Processes (I.P.) were like foreign languages. Fortunately, I finally caught on and did well during my four years.
Actually, I nearly never went to Tech. My dad had wanted me to take a commercial course at a local Brooklyn high school. His rationale was his buddies who were clerks in the military during WWII had avoided frontline combat. I insisted on Tech and won, even though the total technical experience in the family involved a hammer, a nail, and one flat-blade screwdriver. Ironically, when I finished my army basic training, my military occupational specialty (MOS) number turned out to be 711, or “company clerk.”
Anyway, Tech turned out to be the best decision I ever made. The Electrical Terminal course ultimately got me hired by IBM as a customer engineer, servicing and repairing time clocks and electronic time systems, then typewriters and dictation machines. Do you remember those high-tech devices? LOL.
IBM allowed me to attend college at night, which finally led me to Xerox, where I sold equipment and systems for 26 successful years.
One correction to the above: Tech was actually the second best decision I ever made. Marrying my wife Ellen was definitely first. We had 52 great years, three kids, and four grandkids before she passed two years ago. I enjoy spending time with the kids and grandkids, and still suffer rooting for the Mets and Giants. I also play trombone with a couple of bands in the Buffalo, NY area, where we relocated nine years ago. I hope to get to Brooklyn for next year’s homecoming.

Class of 1952

Vincent Volpicelli

October 10, 2022

It is with the greatest regret that I share the passing of my uncle, Vincent Volpicelli, Class of ’52. He was proud to be a Tech alum, and often mentioned fellow alumni from his class. His obituary is available here.

Respectfully,

Scott Grillo, ’79

Class of 1965

John J. Eschemuller, B.C.E., M.B.A., P.E.

October 9, 2022

“The education that I received at Brooklyn Tech laid the foundation for me to fulfill my career aspirations. I am eternally grateful for the free education that I received,” notes John.

Jon is president of JE Consulting Services, LLC, providing professional management, engineering,  and construction management services to the industry. Have worked with owners, contractors, subcontractors, and attorneys, providing expert-witness reports and testimony, strategic planning, business development, response to RFP’s, risk management, training, development, project troubleshooting and contingency planning.

With nearly 40 years experience in the construction industry in New York, John has expertise in the planning, design, and construction of new base building construction, renovation of existing buildings, high technology spaces, special use facilities, infrastructure upgrades and corporate headquarters tenant fit up programs.

John began my career working for New York Telephone (now Verizon), building such major projects as its corporate headquarters at 1095 Avenue of the Americas, as well as major telephone switching and computer centers, and other projects in the New York area, including the acquisition and development of the world’s largest commercial condominium in midtown Manhattan. As head of the company’s buildings management and construction departments, he managed 2,100 employees and annual budget of more than $1 billion (1980 dollars).

From 1982 until 1987, having obtained my Master’s Degree in Business Administration, he was Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of NYNEX, now Verizon, during the divestiture process of the former Bell System. John was directly responsible for putting in place the managerial processes to deal with over three million shareholders; listing the NYNEX stock on the New York Stock Exchange; managing and investing over $13 billion of pension and employee plan assets with a Master Trustee and diversified investment managers. He also set up and managed a Cash Desk for the consolidation of all assets and investments from the regulated and non-regulated NYNEX subsidiaries.

From 1987 until 2003, John was senior vice president, special projects, at Structure Tone. There I was involved with the planning and construction of many large projects in New York City, including the J.P. Morgan headquarters (60 Wall Street), Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide Plaza, Carpenter Union Headquarters and Technical School, The Sheraton Center Hotel, Sony corporate headquarters (550 Madison Avenue), the MetLife complexes (1 Madison and 11 Madison Avenue), the Columbia University business and law school buildings, and the Bloomberg LLP corporate headquarters (731 Lexington Avenue).

From 2003 through 2010, he was an Associate Professor of Construction Management, at the NYU Graduate Construction Management Program and taught a variety of courses: Operating and Managing a Construction Organization, Project Management, On-Site Project Management, and the thesis course, Project Completion Strategies, for which students produced a full master plan for a project from inception through completion for both the construction, administration and management of a major construction project, utilizing and applying all the skills learned in their prior courses. He was instrumental in the planning and development of the Graduate Program at NYU, teaching the first graduating class and expanding the program to over 125 graduate students in 7 years.

He coauthored, with NYU Schack Institute clinical associate professor Richard Lambeck, a book, Urban Construction Project Management (McGraw Hill 2008).

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from City College, CUNY and a Master’s of Business Administration from Pace University. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State, and member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Arbitration Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and The City College Engineering School Board of Directors.

John came from a poor family. His father was a disabled veteran and his mother had a chronic heart condition and they were unable to work. John worked his way through Brooklyn Tech and college, holding down three part-time jobs to sustain himself. He counts himself fortunate to have received a free education from both BTHS and CCNY, and was awarded two scholarships during his studies. He worked hard to live the American Dream, and is eternally grateful for the wonderful free education he received. He has set up two scholarships for Brooklyn Tech students pursuing Civil Engineering at City College, to pay forward to today’s Technites the opportunities he received and inspire the next generation.

He still maintains friendships with his BTHS classmates, who have been his lifelong friends.

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