A Note from Rob Leventhal

To the Cherry Lawn Alumni Association:

I just located the CLS website, and am amazed to see that there is a strong organization supporting the network of classmates, former faculty and friends of the school. Thanks to those who are doing this!

I went to Grinnell after I graduated in 1971, graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy and German in 1975, having also spent a year in Freiburg studying under Werner Marx. In 1975, I went to Stanford and received the M.A. in 1976, and then went to Bonn for a while. Got the Ph.D. in '82, another stint in Germany (Munich this time -- a year and a half), and took my first teaching job at Washington University in St. Louis. I was married in 1982 as well. Received a Mellon Fellowship to go to the University of Virginia, 1986-88. In 1985, my daughter Chelsea was born.

I taught at the University of Virginia from 1988-95. During that time, Alethea, now 9, was born. My first wife and I separated in 1990, and I remarried in 1994. In 1995, I was denied tenure at UVa and started my own Internet/WWW design and programming company here in Charlottesville, BITS. We have about 70 business and corporate clients now and are growing steadily. My wife, Janet, is a Professor at UVa and her daughter, my stepdaughter, is Miran, who is 20.

Interests: Travel, windsurfing, reading, guitar, music, and writing.

CLS was such a fulcrum in my life, and I have so many memories of people and experiences that were in some way fundamental to the path that I chose. I hope to be able to make it to the reunion in '99.


Submitted 29-August-1998