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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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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
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."
Lori Plotkin Blum, A&S '80, is busy mothering, working,
exercising, and reading.
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.
Linda Wagner, SPH '83, is now director of performance
improvement for Hospice of Southwest Florida in
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
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."
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
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."
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!"
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,
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."
Sangeeta, A&S '94, Med '99, and Baidurya Bhattacharya,
Engr '94, '97 (PhD), announce the birth of their daughter,
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.
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,
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
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.
Kevin P. Eades, Engr '00, writes: "I'm now attending law
school at Penn State in the Dickinson College Campus in
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.
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
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.
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.
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