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A match made in our classified pages.

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By the end of 2020, we at the Yale Alumni Magazine needed cheering up as much as anyone. And cheer arrived, although we hadn’t expected it to show up in the New York Times wedding pages. In early January, the Times ran a short piece about a match that had started in our own magazine: Liz Schneider, a professor at Brooklyn Law School, and Ben Liptzin ’66, a retired geriatric psychiatrist and professor, connected via Schneider’s 2017 personal ad in the Yale Classifieds. She was seeking an “intellectually engaged, warm, funny, kind, energetic, and politically progressive man.” When they met, says Schneider, “It was quite remarkable. Ben really was all of those things.” Liptzin confirms, too, that she was a “pretty, blonde, professionally accomplished Manhattan woman, warm, funny, kind, sociable”: all as advertised.

Though Schneider isn’t a Yale alum, her father and son went to Yale, and she was raised on Eli traditions. When she and Liptzin attended a Glee Club concert together, Schneider says, “I knew the words to every one of those songs. Ben couldn’t believe it.” They soon found that they had much more in common than the “Whiffenpoof Song,” and they were married on December 20 at Liptzin’s house in Stockbridge, Massachusetts (left). About 300 friends worldwide joined the festivities on Zoom. Quite a few Yalies were among them.

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