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Class of 1987
December 16, 2022
I knew I wanted to be a civil engineer ever since I was eight years old. My 6th grade teacher recommended her engineer husband’s high school: BTHS. I told my dad and he brought home the book so I could study for the entrance exam. We had three choices of high school on the exam form and all I marked down was BTHS. I happily gained admission and attended from 1983-87. Dad took me to Tech for a tour and to show me the NYC subway and I loved BTHS. The foundation I have from this school prepared me for my life and I will always appreciate this opportunity. I attained a full scholarship to CCNY to study Civil Engineering and graduated in 1993.
A side note: My dad tried to get into BTHS in 1948 but didn’t make it and had to attend Boys High School. He was very proud of me for getting in and always was so proud of me. He recently passed away in April 2022 and I miss him dearly. Thanks, Dad.
Class of 1958
December 16, 2022
After Brooklyn Tech, from which I got the best education anyone could want, rather than pursuing engineering, I changed to Pre-Med and went to Brooklyn College. Because of a desire to travel and explore as much of the world as possible I chose to attend medical school in Scotland, at the University of St. Andrews, the Dundee campus. I travelled through my study years and on graduation did a 5-month internship in OB/GYN in Israel after 6-months medicine in Aberdeen Scotland. I returned to Boston to do a second internship, thence to Montreal, Canada and then to Israel with my Israeli wife. I pursued further internal medicine training in Israel, after I completed my mandatory military service as an Air Force doctor. I returned to Canada in 1973 and took a combined position at the University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital and Baycrest Geriatric Centre. I completed my master’s in Ethics at the University of Toronto
With a specialty in ethics and geriatrics I put my mind to one of passions — writing. I have authored nine books; two have just been revised and a new one is soon to be released. My first book was Old Enough To Feel Better: A Medical Guide for Seniors. My two revised books are Brooklyn Beginnings: A Geriatrician’s Odyssey and Moments that Matter: Cases in Ethical Elder Care. My new book, Looking through the Lens: Reflections on Medicine, Ethics and Society, should be released in 2023.
I am retired from practice and live with my wife Gilda Berger from Winnipeg and have four children, two from my first marriage and two with Gilda.
I consider myself a very lucky person — Brooklyn Tech was the beginning of that quest for adventure and knowledge.
Class of 1954
Ivan D. Steen
December 3, 2022
I graduated Tech in January 1954 and immediately enrolled in NYU’s College of Engineering, expecting to complete a program in electrical engineering. After two semesters, however, I realized that a career in engineering was not for me, so I transferred to NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences, with a major in History. I graduated in 1957 and immediately began graduate school, also at NYU, and received an MA in American History in 1959. I had taken six months off in 1958 to complete the Basic Infantry Officer Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and then served a couple of months at Fort Dix, New Jersey. I stayed on at NYU, and completed a Ph.D. in American History in 1962. I taught for three years at CUNY/Hunter College, and in 1965 accepted a professorial position in the History department of the University at Albany, SUNY. I introduced a course in American Urban History, which I taught regularly until my retirement in 2010. I was also the founding director of my department’s Oral History Program and its Graduate Program in Public History, and directed both programs for thirty years. In addition to numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, I’ve authored Urbanizing America: The Development of Cities in the United States from the First European Settlements to 1920, and co-authored United University Professions: Pioneering in Higher Education Unionism. My wife and I have been married for more than sixty-four years, and have two daughters.
My thanks to Brooklyn Tech for providing me with an outstanding high school education and a wonderful experience.
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