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Alumni Necrology

Katherine Flygare Barefield K'72

Katherine Flygare Barefield K'72, in ill health because of a heart condition, died in New York City on October 7, 2005. She is survived by her mother and two brothers, E. Bruce and James B. Jones.


Julian Yale Bernstein '72

Julian Yale Bernstein '72, executive vice president of the Bernstein Research Group, marketing researchers, and a leader in the Westchester County, NY, Jewish community, was born on October 18, 1950, in Hartford, CT. The son of Gerson K., owner of a printing business, and Rose Zebrack Bernstein, he entered Hamilton in 1968 from Conard High School in West Hartford. Julian Bernstein, who joined ELS, became active in student government, serving on the Freshman Council and as secretary and vice president of the Student Senate. He also chaired the Student Admis­sions Committee. In addition, he played junior varsity ­soccer and served for four years on the staff of the campus radio station, WHCL.

Following his graduation in 1972, Julian Bernstein hoped to enter law school. When that did not work out, he opted for an M.B.A. degree, which he received from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. While at Wharton, he met Betsy Bennett, a fellow graduate student, and they were married in Stamford, CT, on October 26, 1975.

That year, Julian Bernstein began his career in account management with Compton Advertising Inc., in Manhattan. He worked on Procter & Gamble accounts and was promoted to vice president and account supervisor. In 1980, he left Compton to work in brand management for General Foods Corp. He was a group product manager in 1985 when he and Betsy, also an account executive, decided to establish their own consulting firm, Bernstein Research Group, Inc. Working out of their home in Harrison, NY, they did market research for corporate clients. While Betsy did the "field" work, conducting focus groups, brainstorming sessions, and interviews, Julian took the data, did analyses, and developed reports and recommendations for the clients. It was a very successful collaboration, and the firm gained a reputation for its standards of excellence and achievement.

Over the years, Julian Bernstein also became active in the Jewish community. He served his synagogue, the Jewish Community Center of Harrison, in numerous capacities, including treasurer and chairman of the board, as well as chairing its long-range planning committee. Insightful and creative, he also played a key role in developing new and better means of communication within the congregation and beyond. In addition, he was an active participant in the Westchester Jewish Conference, an umbrella organization encompassing all the synagogues, community centers, and Jewish groups in Westchester County. Noted for his easy, laid-back manner and quiet confidence, he served as treasurer of the Conference and as a member of its board.

Devoted as well to philanthropic endeavors, Julian Bernstein served on the Westchester Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal Federation and the Federation's marketing committees in Westchester and New York City. In 1993, he and Betsy were honored by the Harrison-Purchase division of the UJA Federation for their contributions.

Julian Bernstein, who retained his youthful affection for baseball, biking, and beaches, had also become a computer devotee, and especially of Apple computers. In addition, his enjoyment of all things Disney was far from a secret.

Julian Bernstein was still residing in Harrison when he died on October 24, 2005, while hospitalized in Greenwich, CT. In addition to his wife and his mother, he is survived by twin sons, Michael and David Bernstein, and a sister.
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Harvey Ralston Goldstein '72

Harvey Ralston Goldstein '72, a gastroenterologist, was born on April 25, 1950, in Buffalo, NY. The son of Kenneth Goldstein, a physician, and the former Edith Loraine Rawlings, he grew up in Buffalo, where he was graduated from Nichols School in 1968. He entered Hamilton that year with thoughts of planning for a future career in medicine or psychology, but instead majored in French.

Following his graduation in 1972, Harvey Goldstein began his medical training in Guadalajara, Mexico. He subsequently returned to his hometown and entered the State University of New York at Buffalo's School of Medicine. Awarded his M.D. degree in 1977, he served his internship and residency in Buffalo, and subsequently received a fellowship from the Scripps Research Foundation to do research at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA.

Licensed to practice in both New York and California, Dr. ­Gold­stein came back to the ­Buffalo area, where he established his ­private practice of gastroen­terology in Williamsville. Because of disability, he retired at the end of 2003.

Harvey R. Goldstein, a resident of Amherst, NY, died on ­February 6, 2006, after suffering cardiac arrest during surgery. ­Formerly married to Eileen Fox, he is survived by his mother as well as two daughters, Jordan and Olivia, and three sons, Carl, Jed, and Jake.
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