Gregg Costa has Kai (Singer) Falkenberg ’95—with whom he clerked together on the D.C. Circuit Court 10 years ago—to thank for passing this bit of news on to us: “Just reading through this month’s alumni magazine, which prompted me to write you to let you know that last month Gregg Costa was recommended by Senator Hutchison to fill a vacancy on the federal bench in Galveston, Texas. Gregg is currently an assistant U.S. attorney in Houston, where he has distinguished himself in his exceptional handling of a number of high profile cases—most notably the prosecution of alleged Ponzi-schemer Allen Stanford.”
It is with a very heavy heart that I also pass on the following sad news from Martha Kiddoo Krieg. I could not write it more beautifully than she does, so I won’t try.
“I haven’t written yet but feel the need to let the class know what has happened in our family. Last December we lost our son, Max (age 5) after a very brief illness. The day before Thanksgiving I took our kids Hannah (age 7) and Max skiing. On Thanksgiving Max woke up with a croupy cough—we got him a steroid, he wore his pilgrim hat at Thanksgiving dinner and all was fine. Friday morning Max had his breakfast but his breathing became labored. I was on my way to the doctor when his breathing became worse so I pulled into the paramedic station, where he stopped breathing. Max was intubated and transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit [PICU]. He was in a coma for the six days in the PICU as we rode the roller coaster of what could be wrong with him. On the sixth day the doctors told us that he had suffered an hypoxic brain injury and would not wake up. We were able to donate his kidneys and cornea before we pulled life support on December 2. Needless to say, we are devastated. Hannah has lost her best friend and brother and Kurt and I have lost a child. We had a lot of Dartmouth support for Max’s memorial service—Darcey Forbes Bartel, Liz York, Sarah Power Berglund, Deb Haferman Brandt, Stacy Smith Branca, Sheila Bassiri Ahmed, Dawn Matthews, Amy Nevin Martin, Sally Lim and Jeff Yasuda made the trek to Truckee, California, to celebrate Max. Jane Eckels would have been there, but she was giving birth to her first son in Alaska. In Max’s honor we have set up the Max Krieg Memorial Fund, which benefits the Glenshire Elementary School—Max and Hannah’s beloved elementary school. If anyone would like to donate, please make checks to the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Max Krieg Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 366, Truckee, CA 96161.”
—Suzie Fromer, 26 Irving Ave., Tarrytown, NY 10591; firstname.lastname@example.org