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Jennis R. Galloway, Engr '37, writes: "I hit 90 years old in September, 67 years after my graduation from Hopkins."


Edmund N. Ervin, Med '40, who practiced pediatrics for more than 50 years in his hometown of Waterville, Maine, was honored at a luncheon given by the grateful mothers of the children under his care. Governor John Baldacci proclaimed the day "Edmund N. Ervin Day."


Jeanet S. Dreskin, Med '43 (Cert), has been honored as the recipient of the 2004 Elixabeth O'Neill Verner award, the official South Carolina Governor's award for the arts. A painter and educator, she received the award in the lifetime achievement category, which recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina. It is also the highest honor that the state gives in the arts.

George H. Sharp, Engr '43, writes: "I held a mini-reunion of a dozen shipmates from my destroyer class of 40 years ago. I was flattered that they wanted to come to my place!"


Mary Burns, Nurs '47, writes: "After 40 years of living in our home in Delaware, we have downsized. We have moved to a lovely carriage house in a retirement community in New Holland, Pennsylvania, and are really enjoying our new, relaxed life style."


Berol Robinson, A&S '53 (PhD), is a member of the scientific committee of the non-profit international Association des Écologistes Pour le Nucléaire and president of EFN-USA. A physicist and environmentalist, Robinson was until his retirement a senior science and science education officer at the Paris headquarters of UNESCO. He drives a Toyota Prius.


Elspeth M. Reagan, Med '56, is a child psychiatrist. She writes: "My mother died at 100 years of age in November 2003 — a beautiful life."

Bien Panganiban, Peab '56 (MM), '57 (MM), has received the TOTAL Award from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines, for his achievements in the performing arts. A graduate of both UST and Peabody, he is currently the director of the Ryuku Classical Academy in Okinawa, Japan, and has been teaching master classes in piano, piano pedagogy, and theory for the past three years. Last year, he donated his entire private library of music and related publications to the UST Conservatory when he discovered it did not have enough materials for all the students.


Gary L. Kratz, Engr '58, '64 (MS), was elected to the board of commissioners and commission treasurer of Hilton Head No. 1 Public Service District.
    David C. Smisson, Med '58, who lives in Miles City, Montana, writes: "I retired from the practice of cardiology on May 31, 2002. My wife of 44 years died on April 14, 2004, from heart disease and the combined effects of rheumatic heart disease. She was 66 years old at the time of her death. In addition to myself, she is survived by six children including one set of twins and one set of triplets, all of whom are well."


Arnold Silverman, Engr '59, has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer at the law firm of Eckert Seamans in Pittsburgh. He specializes in intellectual property law and has experience in all phases of the specialty and in a wide range of technologies. Silverman is the author of more than 70 articles on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets and is a member of many professional societies.


Skip Poole, Engr '60, writes: "My wife, Joy, and I retired from our teaching and IT-consulting careers, respectively, and have moved from Fairfax, Virginia, to our newly built lakeside home at Lake of the Woods in Locust Grove, Virginia. We are enjoying our three grandkids, doing even more traveling (we are continuing our home-based cruise consultancy), and are quickly adjusting to the different pace and mindset of retirement living. We are active in the Shriners organization, Joy loves to read and paint, and I have just purchased a 21-foot single skull for use on our 550-acre lake."
    Nicole Gillmann Salinger, Bol '60, is chargée de mission at the Louvre Museum's department of cultural development.


Ruth F. Weiner, A&S '62 (PhD), has been appointed to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's five-member Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste. She is a member of the technical staff of Sandia National Laboratories and is adjunct professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Michigan.


Mark Monmonier, A&S '64, received the Association of American Geographer's Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography for his book, Spying with Maps (2002). The annual prize is awarded for a book that conveys most powerfully the nature and importance of geography to the non-academic world.


Peter O. Kwiterovich Jr., Med '66, writes: "My son, Peter O. Kwiterovich III, class of 1991, has been accepted into the PhD program in education at William and Mary."


Thomas W. Davis, A&S '70 (MA), has joined the board of directors of the Ocean City (Maryland) Development Corporation. He is retired from Baltimore's Department of Housing and Community Development and is a retired colonel with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    Harry G. Stumpf, A&S '70, writes: "I retired in May 2003 after 32 years with the federal government, the last 15 as director of environmental programs with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. My wife and I now split time between the mountains and the seashore, with never a dull moment!"


John Apen, SPSBE '71 (MS), is a collectible car expert and co-author of Sports Car Market Magazine's new series of books on collecting Ferraris. Apen was the factory authorized Ferrari and Maserati dealer for 17 years in Atlanta and has a collection of 10 cars, including several award-winning Ferraris. Most recently, his Ferrari 275 GTS won "Best Unrestored Ferrari" at the Ferrari Club of America Annual Meet in Atlanta, a class award at the Amelia Island Concours, and "Best of Show" at Italian Car Day in Atlanta.
    Menachem Rosensaft, A&S '71 (BA/MA), is one of 45 prominent American Jews who discuss the significance of fatherhood within the context of their Jewish identity in Jewish Fathers: A Legacy of Love (Jewish Lights, 2004), featuring photographs by Lloyd Wolf and interviews by Paula Wolfson. Formerly a partner in the New York office of McGuireWoods LLP, Rosensaft is now special counsel at Van der Moolen Specialists USA, LLC. He is also the president of Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan.
    Salme Harju Steinberg, A&S '71 (PhD), Northeastern Illinois University president, has been named one of Chicago's 100 most powerful women by the Chicago Sun-Times. Steinberg was recognized for her efforts to internationalize the campus and expand its commitment to the arts. She is immediate past chair of the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and chairs the board of trustees of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. She also serves on the board of advisers of the Indo-American Friendship Association and the Cinema/Chicago Board. Steinberg is a member of the Chicago Network and the HACU/Kellogg Foundation MSI Leadership Fellows Program advisory board.


Jeffrey D. Miano, A&S '73, '75 (MA), is currently director of commercial development for Elementis Specialties Inc., a chemical company in Hightstown, New Jersey. His daughter, Michelle Miano, is a sophomore at Johns Hopkins.
    William N. Witting, A&S '73, SAIS '74, married Olga Yeroshenko of Konakovo, Tverskaya Oblast, Russia, in 2003, and they are now happily engaged in trying to learn each other's language in Arlington, Virginia.


David G. Burke, A&S '74 (PhD), has retired from his position as dean of the Eugene A. Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship at the American Bible Society in New York. He is married to Peggy Stevens Burke, SPSBE '73 (MEd), and they live in Morristown, New Jersey. Since October 2003, he has served as interim pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City.
    Richard H. Fritz, A&S '74, Med '77, writes: "I am starting my 22nd year of practicing pediatrics in Easton, Maryland. My wife, Suzanne Sanders, A&S '80, is writing a book about archetypes in the books of Dr. Seuss. My son, Ty, participated in the Junior Olympics Gymnastics National Championships in May and entered the Naval Academy in July. My daughter, Tjasse, attended the Joffrey Ballet Camp this summer and will continue coaching gymnastics and enduring high school."
    Hal S. Gutstein, A&S '74, Med '77, writes, "My wife, Ruth, retired from a child development company, founded by psychiatry professor Richard Chase. My daughter is going to attend Cornell in the fall, and I still practice in the Bronx, since 1981."
    Julie Houston, A&S '74 (MA), has been promoted from associate professor to professor of English at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has been teaching at NCC since 1982.
    Heddy Hubbard, SPH '74 (MPH), has been selected for fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. She is an associate director at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Nursing, Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences.


Russell R. Vane III, A&S '75, writes "I welcomed Jesus Christ into my life in March 1995. Thanks be to God! The Holy Spirit pursued me and I repented."
    Udo Wahn, A&S '75, announces the birth of his son, Paolo Cabo Wahn, on February 10. He has also published a new book, A Women's Guide to Surgical Options in the New Millennium: A Gentler Approach.


Carol R. Batoff, SPSBE '76 (MA), writes: "Our son, Justin Batoff, is a member of the class of 2007 at Hopkins."


William E. Klarner, SPSBE '77 (MEd), writes: "My wife, Patricia, and I have enjoyed transiting the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway this winter on our 44-foot cruising sailboat, Celebration."
    Roger V. Naftzger, Nurs '77, moved to El Paso, Texas, in October 1991 to be clinic manager/PA-C practitioner of a newly opened one-room clinic for the poor Hispanic population. After 10 years of devotion to his work, a new clinic was named after him: the Roger Naftzger Clinic and Health Care Center. He now is semi-retired but continues to provide "TLC, humor, patience, and understanding while combining his 27 years of medicine and 54 years of ministry."


Anthony M. Miele, A&S '78, is vice president and senior assistant general counsel with Zurich American Insurance Company in New York. He recently received an LLM in commercial law from the University of London and completed a certificate program at Harvard Law School. He also holds the CPCU and ARM insurance designations. Since 1995, he has been married to Lilian Gang Li of Dalian, China. His stepson, Edward Li, is a high school junior.


Jay Brandon, A&S '79 (MA), recently published his 13th novel, Grudge Match. His next book is due in 2005. He writes: "I'm living in San Antonio with my wife and three children and practicing law on the side."
    Georgette Manning Cox, SPH '79, has been inducted into the Academy of Dentistry International as a fellow. She is associate professor and director of the Division of Community Dentistry at Howard University.


Lori Plotkin Blum, A&S '80, is busy mothering, working, exercising, and reading.
    Kathleen Sullivan, A&S '80, writes: "I'm working at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in pediatric immunology."
    Kevin P. M. Kilner, A&S '80, made his Baltimore stage debut this summer at Bryn Mawr School Theater in the Young Vic's The Pirates of Penzance, playing the role of the Pirate King. Young Vic is run by Brian Goodman, A&S '81.


Margaret Atkins Munro, A&S '81, published her first book, 529 & Other College Savings Plans for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons) last December, and is racing to finish her second, Taxes for Dummies, 2005 edition (John Wiley & Sons), which is co-authored by Eric Tyson and due out in December.


James Castracane, A&S '82 (PhD), associate vice president and professor in the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany-SUNY, has been named director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics. This New York State center is a 10-year program focused on cross-disciplinary, chip-level integration of electronics, optical, biological, and chemical systems.
    William P. Daly, Jr., A&S '82, writes: "My wife, Lynn, and I are celebrating the birth of our fourth child, Charlotte Emma Daly, on June 28, 2004, joining siblings Nicholas, Renee, and Adrianna. I will also be celebrating my 18th anniversary with my law firm, Rees, Broome & Diaz, PC, this year."


Linda Wagner, SPH '83, is now director of performance improvement for Hospice of Southwest Florida in Sarasota.
    Robert Yablonski, SAIS '83, is currently executive vice president of the George and Carol Olmstead Foundation in Falls Church, Virginia. He writes: "We select and send active duty junior officers overseas for two years of graduate study and cultural immersion in a non-English-speaking culture."


Nonnie M. Estella, A&S '86, is now opening her own practice in Lowell, Massachusetts, and "enjoying life with husband, Jason, and three-year-old twins, Mark and Sabine."
    Gordon Jonathan Lewis, A&S '86 (MA), is the representative for UNICEF in Botswana, where he coordinates programs for children and women affected by HIV/AIDS.
    Mike Silverman, Engr '86, and his wife, Patti, announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Marcelle Silverman, on April 30. She joins big brother, Henry Jack Silverman.


Winni Fejne, SAIS '87, writes: "On Sept 1st I moved to the Swedish Embassy in Dublin, Ireland, to start up a new post in the Embassy promoting Sweden, Swedish industry, culture of all sorts, etc. In my capacity as Minister, I am to be the DCM. Looking forward to meeting Irish/US/international alumni in Ireland and invite all to contact me at the Swedish Embassy, +35314744400."
    Elizabeth (Klein) Hughes, A&S '87, writes: "We're now parents! I delivered Jack last August 23."
    Marshall T. Potashner, A&S '87, writes: "I am living in New York City with my wife, Alexandra, and our 14-month-old daughter, Ariel. I am a partner in the law firm of Jaffe & Asher LLP, and my wife is a neurologist on the medical faculty of Long Island Jewish Medical Center. We are looking forward to visiting Tom Smith, A&S '87, his wife, Melanie, and their children, Hayden and Sullivan, in Little Rock this fall."


Scott David Lippe, A&S '88, writes: "My wife, Mindy, and I are proud to announce the birth of our seventh child, Simon Jedidiah Lippe. He joins four brothers and two sisters in keeping us very, very busy."


Shekar Ayyar, Engr '89 (MS), '92 (PhD), has been named senior vice president for product marketing at BindView Corp. In this role, he will lead all aspects of product marketing, with particular emphasis on developing and expanding the company's strategic vision for existing and next-generation products.
    Janine M. Bowlin, Engr '89, writes: "Who would have thought that we would add 27 new additions to our family this year. Our two beautiful daughters, Sarah and Hannah, love each and every one of our new Barred Rock chicks that we added to our chicken coop in January. If you're in Evansville, Indiana, and would like to try some fresh eggs, give us a call or email"
    Lorraine M. O'Connor, SPSBE '89, writes: I recently received my certification as a legal nurse consultant. Right now I'm working out of my home while raising my 16-month-old twins. The work coming in is very sporadic, even though I have run ads in some legal newspapers and journals. I focus on birth injury case analysis, routine and high-risk obstetrics, and gynecologic surgery. In addition, I can conduct a literature search and integrate the literature and standards/guidelines into the case analysis.


Valerie Opher, SPSBE '90 (MS), writes: "I recently (February 2004) completed the doctor of management in organizational leadership degree program at the University of Phoenix. Graduation was July 24, 2004."
    Neil Zeller, A&S '90, writes: "My wife, Judith, and I recently announced the birth of our son, Malcolm Hale. We're still in San Francisco enjoying the beautiful Bay Area lifestyle, but hope to make it back to Baltimore next year for reunion weekend."


Steven M. Baker, Engr '91, writes: "I have moved to a new house, so now I have room for people to visit! My law firm is doing well — bigger and better every year. South Florida is always nice, so hope to see everyone soon!"
    Stuart D. Poppel, A&S '91, partner in the Institutional Real Estate Practice Group of Blank Rome LLP, was a speaker at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Developers Conference sponsored by Reznick, Fedder & Silverman. He was also a featured speaker at the New Jersey Conference on Housing and Community Development sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency in September at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
    David V. Rosowsky, Engr, '91 (PhD), has been named head of the Department of Civil Engineering and holder of the A.P. and Florence Wiley Chair in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. He comes to Texas A&M engineering from Oregon State University, where he was professor and holder of the Richardson Chair in Wood Engineering. Rosowsky's specialization is in structural reliability and wood engineering, specifically, structural engineering and design for natural hazards; probabilistic modeling; reliability-based design; and performance-based design.


Melisa Kovach Hayes, A&S '92, writes: "In one year, I have switched jobs, gotten married, and bought a new house — life is never boring! In January I joined Criswell Acura Audi in Annapolis as their director of marketing. Brian Hayes and I were married on June 5, 2004, in Towson, Maryland. Patti Pippen, A&S '91, Dave Bowyer, A&S '91, and their daughter Sarah all participated in the wedding. Other Hopkins alums who attended were Amy (Sandusky) Anderson, A&S '92; Brenda (Ortigoza), A&S '92, SAIS '93, and Mark Bateman, A&S '90; Kerri (McQuade), A&S '92, and Eric Deutsch, A&S '92; and Todd Oliver, Engr '92. After a wonderful honeymoon in St. Lucia, Brian and I are now preparing to move into our new home in White Marsh, Maryland."
    Michael Kauffman, Med '92 (MD/PhD), has been selected to the Aspen Institutes Henry Crown Fellowship Program. He is the current president and CEO of Predix Pharmaceuticals in Newton, Massachusetts. Kauffman is the author of numerous medical publications and is the publisher and president of OutlineMed Inc., a developer of medical information software.
    Paul W. Kim, A&S '92, SPH '00, has joined Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the Health Law Practice Group. He will be based in the Washington, D.C., office and will represent health care providers, manufacturers, and payers in all aspects of health law from corporate compliance counseling to reimbursement litigation. He also represents lenders in secured finance transactions involving the healthcare industry.
    Martha Witt, A&S '92 (MA), has published a novel, Broken As Things Are (Holt 2004), which has been met with wonderful reviews from Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal. More information about this novel, a coming-of-age story about a girl and her autistic brother set in rural North Carolina, can be found at


Barbara Fischer, A&S '93, who is married to John Allendorf, A&S '92, writes: "The past year has been an eventful one for us! John finished his surgical training (at last) with the completion of a fellowship in liver transplantation last July. He is now an attending surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he specializes in hepato-biliary, pancreatic, and endocrine surgery. He is also an advisory dean to Columbia University's School of Physicians and Surgeons. I finished my PhD (at last) in English and American literature at New York University and am teaching at Marymount College this fall. Our daughter, Emily Anna, was born on March 30. She joins big brother James, who is 3. We are living in (and loving) Sleepy Hollow, New York."
    Eddie Tuvin, SPSBE '93 (MS), '00 (MBA), Alumni Council member, and his wife, Venus, proudly celebrated the awarding of his cousin Shirin Ebadi with a 2003 Nobel Peace Prize.


Sangeeta, A&S '94, Med '99, and Baidurya Bhattacharya, Engr '94, '97 (PhD), announce the birth of their daughter, Annapurna Basudma.
    Arthur Jung Nam, A&S '94, '98 (MA), graduated from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia on June 4. After graduation he will complete a residency in general surgery at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Kevin F. Brooks, SPH '95, recently participated in the Navy's largest deployment evolution, Summer Pulse 2004, while assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, homeported in San Diego.
    Frank E. Mullens, A&S '95, writes: "Kathy Day Mullens, A&S '95, and I are proud to announce the birth of our first child, Erin Marie Mullens, on April 6, 2004. We are still living in San Diego, where I am in my first year as a radiology resident at the Naval Medical Center, and Kathy is a project manager for the Navy in the area of unmanned systems. Our email is"


Alicia R. Bromfield, A&S '96, writes: "On April 17, I married John Dusza, who is chief investment officer at Soundview Capital Management in New Haven, Connecticut. I am a litigation attorney in Stamford, Connecticut. Also in attendance at the wedding were JHU graduates Rachel Haugh, A&S '97; Maura LoMonico, A&S '96; and Sudi Narasimhan, Engr '94."
    Elizabeth Dunn, A&S '96 (MA), '99 (PhD), has written Privatizing Poland: Baby Food, Big Business, and the Remaking of Labor (Cornell University Press, 2004). The book is a major contribution to the study of Eastern Europe and has already garnered considerable praise by scholars in the field.
    Kai Michael Kenkel, A&S '96, writes: "I have now completed my PhD in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. The experience allowed me to travel quite a bit, and over the last few years I have spent between four and six months in South Africa, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, and back in the States. Now after 10 years on and off (including junior year at JHU) in Geneva, it is time to leave: In September I will start as a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre of International Relations at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver."
    Lori E. Leonard, A&S '96, writes: "I recently got engaged to my long-time boyfriend, Rob. We are planning an October 2005 wedding. I am honored that my great friends and JHU classmates, Lisa Robey, A&S '96; Sara Farber, A&S '96; and Miryn Alcantara, A&S '97, will be my beautiful bridesmaids."
    Carl Patow, SPH '96, executive director of the Health Partners Institute for Medical Education, has been awarded a Bush Foundation Medical Fellowship to pioneer reform of graduate medical education in the state of Minnesota. During the three-year period of study, he will examine the redesign of resident physicians' training.


Graham Johnson, Med '97 (MA), writes: "I graduated from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1997. I immediately set to work illustrating a textbook titled Cell Biology for Tom Pollard, MD and Dr. Bill Earnshaw that was published in 2002 by W.B. Saunders. We are now beginning the second edition."
    Michael Kohlenstein, SPSBE '97 (MS), is president and partner of HTG Insurance Group. He lives with his three sons in Ellicott City, Maryland.
    J.S. "Mac" McCulloch IV, A&S '97, writes: "I have recently started work as a commercial real estate broker with NAI KLNB, a company in Baltimore, Maryland. My wife, Alexa, and I live in Roland Park, Maryland."
    Bradford J. Wood, A&S '97 (MA), '00 (PhD), assistant professor of history at Eastern Kentucky University, has published This Remote Part of the World: Regional Formation in Lower Cape Fear, North Carolina, 1725-1775 (University of South Carolina Press). His scholarly interests center on the history of plantation societies in colonial British America.


Shashi Murthy, Engr '99, married Nora Horick on October 1. Horick is a biostatistician at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. Murthy will complete his postdoctoral fellowship at the MGH and Harvard Medical School in June 2005 and join the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston as an assistant professor of chemical engineering in August 2005.
    David Rovinsky, SAIS '99 (PhD), is serving as a second secretary in the political section at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay.


Kevin P. Eades, Engr '00, writes: "I'm now attending law school at Penn State in the Dickinson College Campus in Carlisle, Pennsylvania."
    Joshua M. Pahys, A&S '00, graduated from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia on June 4. Following graduation, he will complete a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
    Salley Gibney Pels, A&S '00, married Andy Pels, A&S '00, in Manchester, Vermont, in May. Tom Mullaney, A&S '00, and Jose Hagan, A&S '00, were both in the wedding party, in addition to several other JHU alumni in attendance. Salley is a pediatric resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Andy is a financial analyst for Citigroup.


Christopher Rhodovi, Peab '01, has become a real estate agent with Long & Foster. He has also completed his first year in residence with the Annapolis Choral.
    Aaron Shrager, A&S '01, writes: "On August 15, 2004, I married Kathie Breslow. There were 20 Hopkins graduates in attendance. After receiving a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania, I am a third grade teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. I can be reached at"


Steven A. Lipstein, A&S '02, writes: "Rebekah Itzkowitz, A&S '02, and I got married on December 29, 2002, in Philadelphia. Many of our friends from Hopkins, Class of '02 and beyond, were able to attend. We were especially honored to have a mentor, Professor Macksey, make the trip north."


Alexander C. Boon, Engr '03 (MS), writes: "I worked with the JHU Design Team on a company project. The prototype has been created and is functioning. Further tests are planned."
    Liberatus DeRosa, SPSBE '03 (MA), writes: "Guardians of Truth and Ethics in Private Universities has been formed to assist both universities and students resolve ethical dilemmas, especially in academic discipline or ethical discipline matters. I am the president and founder. If you'd like to help, contact me at"
    Michael J. Lynch, SPSBE '03 (MBA), is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, currently assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps. His responsibilities include land use management and environmental legislation for the Marine Corps.
    Kara Lynn Odom, SPH '03, graduated from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia on June 4. Following graduation, she will complete a residency in family medicine at University of California- San Francisco.
    Mark O'Leary, Engr '03, writes: "Since graduation, I've gone on to Carnegie Mellon to do my master's in mechanical engineering. While doing that, I've joined up with a computer science major and an MBA and started a business. We competed in 11 business plan competitions and have won the MOOT Corp competition, the 'super bowl' of business plan competitions. As a result we received venture capital money and opened NASDAQ one Friday. Check out our Web site,"

In Memoriam

1929: William Noble Rosser, Engr '29, died in June after realizing his dream of attending his 75th Johns Hopkins Reunion on May 1, 2004, in Baltimore. He made his career with the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company and is survived by his wife, Ilene.

1935: Joseph William Farrell, A&S '35, a retired attorney and Internal Revenue Service investigator, died in August at his Cedarcroft home. He was a member of the Lions club and was a weekly meals donor to Our Daily Bread. He is survived by his wife, six daughters, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

1936: Margaret H. Renoff, A&S '36, a homemaker and world traveler, died in July. She and her husband, Paul V. Renoff, had planned to visit all seven continents. They got to six before his death in 1987. At 81, she visited the seventh — Antarctica — in 1995. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society of Colonial Dames, the Engineering Society of Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins Club, and St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal Church. She is survived by a son, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

1936: Henry Doeller Severn, A&S '36, Med '40, died of natural causes in Greenville, North Carolina, on July 12, 2004. He is survived by two children and two grandchildren.

1937: Jesse N. Borden, A&S '37, a retired orthopedist, died of pneumonia in September at age 87. Dr. Borden, who was faculty emeritus at Johns Hopkins Medicine, specialized in treating professional athletes, including many Orioles and Colts players, as well as amateur athletes, especially lacrosse players. Dr. Borden liked collecting and driving vintage English automobiles, including Hillman, Morris Minor, and Bentley models. He is survived by his wife, Betty; a daughter; two stepdaughters; and a grandson.

1940: Wallace D. Holman, Engr '40, a former DuPont Co. managing director, died of congestive heart failure on September 5 in Arlington, Virginia. Holman, who enrolled at Johns Hopkins on a scholarship at age 16, served in the Army in Panama during World War II. He also served as a deacon and an elder in the Presbyterian Church and was a Mason for 50 years. He is survived by his four children and three grandsons.

1942: Kenneth W. Doak, A&S '42 (PhD), a research chemist who made a career out of developing plastics, died in May. Mr. Doak was a member of the Plastics Hall of Fame and kept busy in his retirement with philanthropic work. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, and three granddaughters.

1950: Richard James Calhoun, A&S '50 (MA), a professor at Clemson University where he was alumni distinguished professor of English, died on March 18. He taught at several other universities throughout his career, including the Universities of Ljubljana and Sarajevo in Yugoslavia, the University of Aarhus and Odense in Denmark, and the University of Vienna in Austria. He served his profession as a member of the Modern Language Association, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, the Robert Frost Society, and the Philological Association of the Carolinas.

1950: Manfred Schweitzer, A&S '50 (MA), an educator who fled Nazi Germany and later became upper school principal at the Park School in Baltimore, died in August. He retired from the school in 1980. He is survived by his son and two grandsons.

1953: Chiao Jen "C.J." Wang, Engr '53 (PhD), founder and chairman of the Arlington-based International Corp. of America, which helped American businesses negotiate contracts with the Chinese government, died July 26. He was a member of the Cosmos Club and is survived by his wife, Yuen-Fung Chu "Mildred" Wang.

1954: Hugh Young Rienhoff, A&S '54, founder and president of Alloy Cladding Inc., died in August. An avid golfer, he also enjoyed reading and travel and was a member of the Moorings Country Club in Naples, Florida, and of the Maryland Club and Elkridge Club. He is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, a stepson, and five grandchildren.

1966: Stefan David Bloomfield, Engr '66, a professor at Oregon State University, died on August 15. In addition to his teaching, he served as a senior assistant to the president of the university, as the director of university marketing, and the director of the school's Portland Center. He enjoyed music, youth soccer, and international travel with his wife and family. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

1967: Robert N. Miller IV, A&S '67, died on September 7 in Santa Barbara, surrounded by his family. He was a pioneer in the grape industry in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. An adventurer and avid sailor, Miller was also involved in many businesses and community associations. He is survived by his mother, two sisters, a brother, and their families.

1975: Curtis Anthony "Tony" Barefoot, SPSBE '75 (MA), died of lymphoma in July. Dr. Barefoot earned his master's degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins, as well as a PhD in Math from the University of New Mexico, where he would become a professor. Before his death, he had taught math at New Mexico Tech in Socorro for 18 years. He is survived by wife Olga, a son, and two grandchildren.

1988: Patricia Peck Gossel, A&S '88 (PhD), who was chairman of the division of Science, Medicine and Society at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, died on June 12. She published more than two dozen scholarly articles and was writing a monograph on the history of bacteriology in the United States and developing an exhibition on the history of polio. She was an active member of the History of Science Society, the American Association for the History of Medicine, Sigma Xi, and other professional organizations.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Walter Murch, Matthew Robbins, and Caleb Deschanel are a widely recognized force in the film industry and have changed the way films are made in America. Their friendship began at Johns Hopkins, continued through film school, and led them to work together on Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. That friendship has continued to play a role in their award-winning careers in screenwriting, sound, editing, cinematography, and directing.

Robbins, A&S '65, a screenwriter and director, won Best Screenplay at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival for Steven Spielberg's The Sugarland Express. Committed to the next generation of filmmakers, he regularly participates in the Krieger School's Film and Media program and teaches critically acclaimed workshops for new writers in California. Robbins is currently finishing At the Mountains of Madness, based on the H. P. Lovecraft novel, for DreamWorks, and writing Coffin for director Guillermo del Toro and 20th Century Fox. He also co-wrote The Concert, a comedy which will shoot next year with co-author Radu Mihaileanu directing.
Deschanel, A&S '66, began his career handling the second unit photography for Apocalypse Now and serving as cinematographer for The Black Stallion. He earned Oscar nominations for his work on The Right Stuff, The Natural, Fly Away Home, and The Patriot. Deschanel was instrumental in developing the Steadicam system, which he later refined into his own "skycam" system for aerial photography. His recent works include The Passion of the Christ and National Treasure.
Murch, A&S '65, is universally acknowledged as one of the few masters of sound design in film. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, one for Apocalypse Now and an unprecedented double Oscar for his sound and film editing on The English Patient. His credits include The Rain People, American Grafitti, The Godfather Part II, The Conversation, and Ghost. More recently, he edited The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain.

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