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Alan Rick Horwitz

Profile Updated: June 8, 2016
Alan Rick Horwitz
Residing In:
Charlottesville, VA USA
Jeremy - 1976
Rachel - 1981
Executive Director, Allen Institute for Cell Science
Yes! Attending Reunion
Alternate Address:

Seattle, WA

Anything You Would Like To Add:

During junior english class, Bill Cameron slipped me a book and told me I had to read it. So, I immediately began reading Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" in class. The teacher (I don't recall her name) saw me not paying attention to class, came over, and snatched the book away. After looking at the title and cover, she held it up to the class and said: "Smut, this is all smut". She threw me out of the class and told me to pickup the book in the principal's office.

School Story:

The fog of adolescence lifted in time for a memorable senior year. While school was not the priority it should have been, persistent, low-level class disruption, friends, the swim team, the state high school basketball championship, and working at McDonalds occupied my time and kept me out of serious trouble. After my junior year guidance councilor recommended that I seriously consider going to a vo-tech school, it was clear that college wasn’t a slam-dunk. Somehow I was accepted at UW Madison and uncovered an interest in science and math. This set my career/life trajectory and brought us to live in or visit many interesting places and work with many interesting people. However, I still identify as a Parkite and often relay stories about the wonderful, fun experiences I had with my classmates and friends.

On the personal side, I have been lucky. I met my soulmate in Berkeley in the early 70s; we have two children (but no grandchildren, yet). We have also had good health. Can’t really ask for much more.

Special Memories:

Winning State Basketball Championship

Who was your favorite or most influencial teacher at Park?

Richard Wainio, my swimming coach, knew what to do with a challenging, on the edge teenager - and did it without Ritalin.

Vollmer & Koch

If you could "do it all over again", would you?

Didn't do it the first time and would do it all over again only if it included it.

What grade school did you attend?

Fern Hill

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Apr 26, 2018 at 11:33 AM

I was in a small, ~10-15 student, French class with Martha and got a chance to know her pretty well. Her self-discipline, raw intellect, depth, and maturity were amazing. The themes she saw in the literature we read were so far ahead of me (and likely rest of the class) that I wondered if we were reading the same text. Talking to her at one of the earlier reunions, and again in the vide,o underscored her eloquence and "big" presence, when she spoke. I recall her reciting a poem at a reunion several years ago, thinking that I didn't understand her then and still don't. I think she processed at a level many steps beyond people like me. As an English professor, she found her passion and gave it everything she had. What a gift to her students, colleagues and friends. A great person and a giant loss. 

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Mar 08, 2015 at 4:33 PM

I was very sad to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a good friend of mine in elementary (Fern Hill) and junior high school. Like me, Mike was a high-energy guy; but he was also a fantastic athlete, far and away the best in our class. We played hockey on the same team when we were around 11 or so. Mike was the best player on our team and played center. It was our first experience in organized hockey. Looking back, the equipment was minimal – a leather brassier-like helmet and cardboard shin guards. We played outside in the community center rinks near the high school. Sometimes it was so cold, the skates barely dug in and our toes were frostbitten. Mike was also a great baseball player and made one of the Little League teams, which were highly selective at that time.

Mike (Mickey, as his family called him) was always ready for some fun and generous, thoughtful and helpful. I remember one sleepover when he and his bothers, Vern and Denny, showed me how to really play basketball. Most of us were shooting "set" shots, and they already knew how to do those “new” jump shots. He spent a long time helping me learn how to do them, which was a big feat as I was relatively small and not as strong. Because I was relatively small, I was an easy target for teasing and other things that boys do. Mike always protected me and stood between whomever and me, saying “do that to me first.”

Once we got to high school our paths diverged; but Mike came up to me at a high school reunion several years ago. It was so nice to see him and get a chance to catch up.

I trust that he left many good memories and that the best in him lives on in his children and grandchildren.

Oct 26, 2014 at 3:33 AM