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(l-r): Charles Faiman, Malcom Thompson, Myron Tapper, Martin Brotman

By CHARLES (CHUCK) FAIMAN
No, this is not about the war of ’67.  This is about a different success story.


Four of the five members of Talmud Torah’s first graduating class of the Day School in 1951, established by their parents, but only going to 7th grade at the time, celebrated their 67th year reunion in Delray Beach, Florida from January 27th to the 31st, 2018. They reminisced and kvelled over past experiences at the school. The other highlights included a visit to the Morikami Gardens, a visit to the Fort Lauderdale alligator park, and a boat trip on the Intracoastal, culminating in a superb concert in West Palm Beach performed by the Ottawa-born songwriter and singer Paul Anka. And they fressed and fressed and fressed.
The most important, and unifying theme of the reunion was the unanimity of opinion among the four graduates that their Talmud Torah education- secular, Judaic, social, cultural, values, moral and ethical guidelines, provided a remarkably durable foundation for their lives. Despite the diversity of their career choices, they were guided by the values they learned in their Winnipeg homes and at Talmud Torah. Although some had not seen each other for 67 years, all picked up their friendships as though the interval had been brief. They came as friends, and they left as even closer friends.
Former Winnipeg spouses attending were: Farron Brotman (nee Stern), Myra Tapper (nee Berger) and Carol Faiman (nee Fien). Malcolm’s wife is Melody Sawyer Richardson.
A brief bio. of the classmates follows:

MALCOLM THOMSON:
Malcolm Thomson was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and served as the rabbi of Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Seminary for his contributions to the Jewish community.
In 1981, Malcolm became a partner at Bernstein Investment Research & Investment Management. He became a Senior Director in 2002. Among many communal activities, Malcolm has served on the Board of the Jewish Theological Seminary, President of New York JNF and Chairman of the American Friends of the Open University.

MARTIN BROTMAN:
After a brief acting career as Mordechai in the Talmud Torah Purim Concert (an annual Shake-a-spear event), he graduated from Manitoba Medical College, interned at Winnipeg General Hospital, spent four years at the Mayo Clinic, and then practiced Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in San Francisco for 49 years. During those years, he had successful careers in medical education and in medical politics, locally, nationally and internationally. He concluded his career as Senior Vice President of Research, Education and Philanthropy for the Sutter Health system, which he was instrumental in founding. He served the community by leadership positions at Congregation Rodef Sholom, the Jewish Federation and numerous medical organizations. He was recipient of an honorary DSc from the University of Manitoba, the Julius Friedenwald Medal, the highest honor in American gastroenterology, and the Humanitarian Award of the NAACP.

MYRON TAPPER
Myron Tapper attended the University of Manitoba for six years where he received a B.Sc. (Honors) degree in Physics and Mathematics and an M.S. degree in Physics. These were followed by a Ph.D. degree in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics at the University of Maryland in 1967. Dr. Tapper has held Post-Doctoral research appointments at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; at the Catholic University, Nijmegen, Holland (where he was sponsored by the government agency for supporting basic research on the fundamental properties of matter, the Dutch FOM) and thirdly, as a member of the technical staff of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. He shares a U.S. patent on an innovative closed-cycle engine concept, the ALPS (The Advanced Lunar Power System).
Since 1979, Myron and his family have resided in southern California where he has held positions as research scientist, and engineering specialist with a number of aerospace companies and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA.
He remains, clearly, a genuine rocket scientist.

CHARLES FAIMAN
Graduating from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba in 1962, at the age of 22, and training in Winnipeg, and at the University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic, he went on to become a distinguished Professor of Physiology and Medicine at the University of Manitoba and the Health Sciences Centre (1968-1992) and helped to establish the sub-specialty of Endocrinology in Canada. He moved to head the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (1992-2000) at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and still consults and teaches in the department. His most notable achievements are: the role of King Ahasuerus at the record-breaking Purim Play performed by the Talmud Torah ensemble at the Playhouse Theater in Winnipeg, Past President of the Talmud Torah - Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, author / co-author of over 250 peer - reviewed publications in biology and medicine, lecturing nationally and internationally (still), and frequent visits to the United Arab Emirates to tend to the medical needs of the former leader (now deceased – not his fault) and as a visiting professor and caregiver. He was awarded the title of Master of the American College of Endocrinology in 2002.

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