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Curtis L. Decker '66 has been named chairman of the board of The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) for a term beginning in January 2004. The CCD is a coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider and professional organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C. Since 1973, the CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families. CCD has worked to achieve federal legislation and regulations that assure that the 54 million children and adults with disabilities are fully integrated into the mainstream of society.
Jerome "Dewey" Gram, a 1963 graduate of Hamilton College, was featured in a Los Angeles Times article (12/4/03) about writing the novelization of the new Tom Cruise movie, "The Last Samurai." According to the Times: "He has been novelizing movies for 25 years, having written 15 of them, including 'Sneakers,' 'A Perfect World,' Gladiator,' 'Ocean's Eleven' and, most recently, 'The Life of David Gale.' His books have been translated into French, German and Japanese, and one, 'The Ghost and the Darkness,' into Hebrew. His best seller to date is 'Gladiator,' which has shipped in the high hundreds of thousands of copies, according to Penguin."
Contemporary glass artist Josh Simpson '72 will exhibit his work at an upcoming New York City Artrider show this holiday season. Simpson will exhibit December 12-14 at Holiday Crafts New York, Alfred Lerner Hall, Broadway & 114th St, Columbia University.
Mary Bonauto '83 was the lead counsel in the landmark November 18 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision that ruled to allow gay marriages. Bonauto is the civil rights project director for the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, she concentrates on impact litigation for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, as well as people living with HIV or AIDS. More ...