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Baruch College to Honor Distinguished Alumni at Reunion 2013 on October 20

Olympic Gold Medalist Diane Dixon '88 Among the Honorees
Baruch Celebrates Alumni Classes 1943, 1953, 1963 and 1988

NEW YORK, NY- October 8, 2013 - Baruch College is hosting Reunion 2013 on October 20 to celebrate the alumni classes of 1943, 1953, 1963 and 1988. The all-day event will take place on the Baruch campus and will include a performance by Song Fusion at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, walking tours, and a brunch to honor Baruch alumni with the Alumni Allegiance and Alumnus of Distinction Awards.


Baruch College is proud to honor two alumni with the Alumni Allegiance Award.

Lawrence L. Bendik ’63, has overseen the formation and growth of our alumni chapter centered in Tampa and continues as a tireless ambassador for the college. Larry spent his career working with Moore Business Forms, now RR Donnelley, providing print and digital solutions nationwide and in the Caribbean.

Frank Lourenso ’63 has been a loyal friend and supporter of Baruch College for nearly 20 years and a member of the 17 Lex Society since its inception. His distinguished banking career spanned the time from his graduation until June 2013, when he retired as Chairman of Commerical Bank and Middle Market at JP Morgan Chase.


Baruch is proud to present the Alumnus of Distinction Award to five alumni this year.

Paul J. Ash ’53, co-founder of Sam Ash Music Stores, the second largest musical instrument retailer in the United States, and president of Samson Technologies.

David C. Bukzin ’88 is Partner-in-Charge of the New York City office of Marcum LLP, a top-ranked national accounting and advisory services firm, as well as the leader of the Firm’s national SEC and Transaction Services practice groups and its New York Assurance Services division.

Diane Dixon ’88, an Olympic Gold Medalist (1988), American Record Holder, World Champion and National Champion in Athletics, blazed the trails in the 400 meters and 4x400 meter relay. Nicknamed “The Indoor Queen,” Diane represented the U.S. Track & Field Team in over 10 championships, Diane is now a professional in NYC real estate and currently applies her talents at Citi Habitats.

Dennis H. Friedrich ’88 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Properties in July 2012 following a year as President and Global Chief Investment Officer. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Commercial Operations since 2009.

Bert N. Mitchell ’63 is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Mitchell & Titus, the nation’s largest minority-controlled CPA firm. The firm ranks among the 100 largest CPA firms in the U.S. and has a staff of more than 180 in six cities nationwide.


For more information about Reunion 2013, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (646) 660-6101 or send an email to:




About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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