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John J. Mitchell, A&S '38, '41 (PhD), was in a group of hikers who was walking south on the Charcoalburners Trail from its intersection with New York State Route 301 in Fahnestock Park, Putnam County, New York, in September 2004, when they found a pale blue cap hanging from a shrub to the left of the trail. The front of the cap had "Johns Hopkins" lettered on it in black. He writes: "I took it with me and have been wearing it on subsequent hikes. I would be glad to return the cap to its owner, if I knew who that was."
Mercina P. McSwain, Nurs '47, writes that her husband died in June of 2003. They lived in Black Mountain, North Carolina, for 57 years. She is a cancer survivor since 1974 and has been retired for 30 years. At age 81, she still plays tennis and competes in the State Senior Games and the U.S. National Senior Olympics and is very involved with teaching tennis, conducting clinics, and social events. For the last 30 years she has spent the winter months on Anna Maria Island, Florida.
Stephen J. Groszos, A&S '48 (MA), '51 (PhD), writes: "My wife and I are doing quite well. I am 83, my wife is 80. We are reasonably active with golf, bridge, volunteering, gardening, exercising, socializing, and trips to California and Florida to visit grandchildren and family. Even after 50 years, we have fond memories of our time in Baltimore and my days of adventure in Remsen Hall."
Edgar O. Edwards, A&S '50 (PhD), has been inducted in the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Accounting Hall of Fame.
M. Eugene Litz, A&S '51, writes: "During my tour in the U.S. Navy prior to Hopkins I participated as a pilot and navigator in Operation Highjump, which was (and may still be) the largest Antarctic expedition ever undertaken. We mapped thousands of square miles of unexplored territory and discovered many previously unknown geographic features. I learned recently that one of those features has been named after me by the U.S. Geological Survey. In the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), it is Litz Bluff."
Marijane Eastman Peplow, SAIS '52, writes: "In July 2004 I took the Johns Hopkins Alumni Trip to Classic Italy and the Dalmatian Coast Cruise. The boat was a dream and so was the trip! I would recommend it to anyone, and I hope JHU does more of this type of travel. In June I was in Scotland, in Glasgow, and I visited Loc Ness among other places. But, alas! The monster did not appear."
Stephen Hess, A&S '53, a renowned Washington scholar and senior fellow emeritus at the Brookings Institution, joined the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs as a distinguished research professor.
Thomas G. Rolston, Engr '54, writes: "Our 50th reunion coincided with the publication of Fifty Years before Crack, my recounting of life in mid-20th-century Southwest Baltimore. I was especially pleased when a review in the June 27 Baltimore Sun included comments such as 'best old-Baltimore recall' and 'could become a classic in its field.'"
Robert J. Myerburg, A&S '58, served as director of the division of cardiology at the University of Miami School of Medicine for 31 years before retiring from that position in September 2004. He continues as a full-time faculty member, remaining active in research, education, and clinical practice. In October 2004, he received the Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Subspecialty Professors, an organization representing the medical specialties. He had previously served as president of that organization.
Rud Turnbull, A&S '59, who has been re-elected to a fifth term as chairman of the board of trustees of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, received the highest honor available from The Arc and a similar award by the Camphill Association of North America. He has also been awarded a distinguished teaching professorship at the University of Kansas, where he continues to lecture and write.
Duane P. Myers, A&S '60, has been re-appointed the A.R. Avent Chair in history at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina.
David M. Grossman, A&S '65 (MA), has been appointed vice provost of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Thomas Edison State College.
Mary Houghton, SAIS '65, co-founder and president of ShoreBank Corporation, one of the first financial institutions in the country to provide individuals and businesses with access to the resources that stimulate economic development and catalyze positive social change, was named Community Banker of the Year by American Banker, a national daily financial services newspaper.
Byron C. Hall Jr., A&S '66 (MA), has recently published the non-fiction book To Save Her Dream: A Mission of Duty, Friendship, and Justice. For more information, contact the Blandair Foundation at www.blandair.org or email@example.com.
John A. Micklos, SPSBE '67 (MLA), a professional speaker and retired history teacher, continues to educate people on the U.S. Constitution.
Robert E. O'Connor, A&S '67, retired last year as professor emeritus of political science at Pennsylvania State University. He now directs the Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation.
Don Mankin, A&S '68 (PhD), and co-author Susan G. Cohen have published Business without Boundaries: An Action Framework for Collaborating Across Time, Distance, Organization and Culture (Jossey-Bass Publishing Co., 2004), Mankin's fourth book.
Yvonne Amar Frey, A&S '69 (MA), writes: "I graduated from Hopkins in 1969 and then went on to obtain a master's degree of library science from Rosary College. I am currently a high school librarian in Peoria, Illinois."
Mike Foley, Engr '71, writes: "After numerous years of leading a national tax practice for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, I have separated to form my own company in Baltimore, specializing in a few federal tax–related issues. I am happy to be able to spend considerably more time with my daughters and grandchildren."
Roxie G. Powell, A&S '71 (MA), will retire from City Youth Programs at the end of 2004.
Rosmesh C. Batra, Engr '72 (PhD), of Blacksburg, Virginia, and the Clifton C. Garvin Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, received a 2004 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research.
Meg Sherry Rich, A&S '72 (MA), '79 (PhD), rare books public service librarian at Princeton University, writes: "Our son, Mike, and his wife, Ann, have come home to live in the U.S. after four years in France. They decided that the good old USA, for all its faults, was still a better place to live and are happily settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to do graduate work in education."
Scott W. Johnson, A&S '74 (MA), Peab '78, has been elected president-elect of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the first minority to serve in this capacity. In addition to his Peabody and Hopkins degrees, he earned a PhD in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech (where he now teaches) and a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lincoln University in 1972.
Robert K. Stuart, Med '74, professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, was one of 20 cyclists with a strong cancer connection named to the 2004 Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope National Team. Stuart, a hematologist/oncologist, cancer researcher, cancer survivor, and caregiver to his wife during her treatment for acute leukemia, rode with six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong on the Tour of Hope National Ride from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., October 1–9, 2004. In February 2004, he received the first Partners in Progress award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's South Carolina Chapter in recognition of his contributions to leukemia and lymphoma research, patient care, and advocacy.
Shauna Heather Main, A&S '76, is in her 25th year as a psychiatric worker and is currently working at the Jefferson School, a residential treatment center for adolescents and Sheppard Pratt health services facility, in Frederick County, Maryland.
Thaddeus Rutkowski, A&S '77 (MA), a fiction writer from New York, has been awarded a residency at the Ragdale Foundation for the winter/spring session of 2005. Ragdale is a nonprofit, internationally acclaimed artists' community near Chicago.
Cora Carmody, A&S '78 (MA), was recently appointed to Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council's Board of Directors. Sara is chief information officer for SAIC. In 2002 she was named one of ComputerWorld magazine's "Premier 100" top IT leaders. She also founded Technology Goddesses, an educational program that provides Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts opportunities to learn technology from experts through hands-on activities like Web design and digital photography.
Toby Rice Drews, A&S '78 (MA), has an AOL-award-winning Web site, www.GettingThemSober.com, that recently exceeded the 1,000-visitors-per-day milestone.
Stuart W. Davidson, A&S '79, a former Johns Hopkins University trustee, has joined the board of directors of the American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center. Davidson, a partner in the Philadephia-based law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, specializes in labor-relations law in both the private and public sectors and is recognized as one of the best union-side labor attorneys in Philadelphia.
Ferdinand Irizarry II, A&S '79, has been promoted from lieutenant colonel to colonel. He is still at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina.
Dalane Kitzman, A&S '81, Med '84, has been promoted to professor of internal medicine-cardiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Dipa Choudhury, Engr '82 (MS), '86 (PhD), an associate professor in mathematical sciences at Loyola College in Maryland, has received a Fulbright Award. She will teach graduate courses in operations research and linear algebra at her alma mater, University of Dhaka Bangladesh.
John V. Cignatta, Engr '82 (MS), writes: "On September 10, I completed all graduation requirements for a PhD in environmental engineering at Kennedy Western-University. My dissertation was titled 'Rust Never Sleeps — Controlling Environmental Deterioration of Florida's Civil War Iron Artifacts.' My intentions are to continue my research at Key West, which has been sponsored both by the state of Florida and a local philanthropic organization, the Friends of Fort Taylor."
Louis M. Guzzi, A&S '82, is living in Orlando, Florida, where he practices anesthesia and central care medicine. He has two children, Nick and Gina. He would like anyone visiting Orlando to give him a call.
Tonya Creek-Himelfarb, SAIS '82, writes: "In January my family and I moved to Harare, Zimbabwe, where I am managing HIV/AIDS programs for USAID. My husband is working on democracy/governance programs, while my two kids attend Harare International School."
Robert Page, A&S '82 (MA), and his partner, Gerald Myers, were married on August 15, 2004, at their home in Danvers, Massachusetts. They met at Wyman Park in July 1981 and return to Baltimore frequently for family visits.
Lois Banta, A&S '83, has been awarded a National Science Foundation three-year grant of $330,000 in support of her research on the soil pathogen Agrobacterium tumefaciens, which infects a wide variety of plants. She is a visiting associate professor of biology at Williams College.
Robert M. Insoft, A&S '83, was elected chairman of the Section on CriticalCare Transport Medicine for the American Academy of Pediatrics for the 2004–2006 term. He is currently the director of both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Transport Team for Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare Network.
Ray Kennedy, SAIS '84 (MA), '00 (PhD), is currently vice chair of the 11-member Joint Electoral Management Body, which was established by the Afghan government and the United Nations to oversee the 2004 voter registration and electoral processes in Afghanistan.
Boldizsár Nagy, Bol '85, has been elected a member of the executive board of the European Society of International Law.
Beth Ann Felder, A&S '85, former chief counsel with the Republican staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, has been named director of federal relations for the Johns Hopkins Institutions. She will represent the Johns Hopkins University and health system in Washington on both legislative and executive branch matters, focusing on federal budget and appropriations issues as well as other areas of concern.
John Coyne, A&S '87, was recently featured in New Jersey Law Journal's "40 Under 40" list, featuring the state's top 40 attorneys under the age of 40. He is a Randolph resident and partner at 175-lawyer Morristown-based firm McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP.
Julie Glass, A&S '87, writes: "On March 3, my husband, Tom Locke, and I welcomed the arrival of our first child, Delilah Glass Locke. I have since returned to my full-time job as a lawyer for the Air Line Pilots Association. The balancing act between family and career is often a tricky one — but motherhood is a joy, and my work is very satisfying, and I wouldn't have things any other way."
Daniel Dubelman, A&S '88 (MA), was thrilled to meet many prestigious musicians during a performance at FarmAid with his band, Betty Dylan. He writes: "Our lifelong idols felt like friends we'd never met before. It felt like being a family member of the Waltons, where everywhere you look you see a relative. But for the first time, we weren't just watching it, we were participating in it."
Edward N. Sague, SPSBE '88 (MS), has completed an eight-year assignment as national endodontic consultant for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Kristina Zissis, A&S '88, SAIS '89, gave birth to her daughter, Annika Birgitta Cecilia Townsend, on November 22, 2003, exactly three years and two days after big brother Nils made his debut. She took nine months off and returned to her trade law practice at White & Case in August. Her husband, Alan Townsend, SAIS '89 (MA), has changed jobs at the World Bank and is now a senior energy specialist in the South Asia Energy and Infrastructure Unit, developing electricity sector projects in Bangladesh and India.
Evan Y. Chuck, A&S '89, has been named as one of Southern California's Super Lawyers for 2005 by Los Angeles Magazine. He is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman, and his practice focuses on international transactions, including representation of major U.S. corporations involved in offshoring or outsourcing operations throughout Asia and Latin America.
Nancy Kennedy, SPH '90 (PhD), is on the Board of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.
Peter Dev Kurze, SAIS '90 (MA), has self-published Around the World in 80 Travel Tales, a book about his experiences and insights made during a 16-month world odyssey. It is available from Hasamelis Publishing (401-846-0808) or online at www.80traveltales.com. He currently resides in Middletown, Rhode Island.
Helen Broder Fuller, A&S '91, writes: "My husband, Glenn, and I were married on September 11, 2004, and life could not be better. Glenn proposed to me on Valentine's Day in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and we really wanted to be married on the second Saturday in September. When we saw the date was September 11, we decided to embrace the date and make it a day of joy for both of our families. And it was." The couple honeymooned in Geneva, Nice, and Monte Carlo and resides in New York.
Nathan J. Rudin, Med '91, writes: "I am medical director of the University of Wisconsin Pain Treatment and Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin. When not at work, I am busy with my wife, Felice, Med '00 (postdoc fellowship), and our children Shoshana, Isaac, and Deborah!"
Larry Hochberg, A&S '92, who is living in Los Angeles and producing Pimp My Ride for MTV, writes: "I recently met up with Chris McCormick, Engr '89, and we enjoyed some of the freshest fish possible at the sushi bar at Santa Monica Airport. I also recently spoke to Steve Cicchino, A&S '92, and Greg Rocco, A&S '92."
Mary McCall, A&S '92, married Andrew McKay on September 13, 2003. She writes: "We had a Scottish-themed wedding (yes, he wore a kilt) in a Japanese Garden. We were honored by the presence of JHU alumni Debbie Roth-Rogoff, Rebecca Haralabatos, Carol Rosenthal, Dede Wheatley-Liss, and Susan Hazel, all A&S '92, and Scott Rompala, Engr '82. It was a four-day party and the best wedding known to mankind! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd especially love to hear from my long-lost friends at the Hollander Dorm — John S., Mark, Ravi, and Todd."
Timothy M. Monahan, A&S '92, joins the firm of Offit Kurman Yumkas & Denick, P.A., as a partner in the commercial litigation practice group and will focus his practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on business disputes. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including real estate, construction, health care, and technology.
Jeffrey Wills, A&S '92, married Noel Baker at St. John's Lutheran Church in Linthicum, Maryland, on July 10, 2004.
Robin (Steckler) Bear, A&S '93, writes: "We welcomed our latest addition, Rachel Anya, on December 19, 2003. She joins big brother Jonathan, 2. When I'm not changing diapers or picking up toys, I try to work as an independent consultant specializing in marketing strategy for small to mid-sized companies."
Nancy K. Berlage, A&S '93 (MA), '00 (PhD), has accepted a position as historian in the History Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Chris Hickey, A&S '93, currently stationed at West Point as an instructor in the U.S. Army's Department of Military Instruction, was selected for promotion to major as strategic plans and policy officer. Paul Tyrell, A&S '93, was recently named one of San Diego's "40 Under 40," an award that honors the city's young business and community leaders. The award recognized Tyrell's accomplishment in developing and chairing San Diego's Father of the Year Awards, one of the year's top fundraisers for the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association. The award also acknowledged his representation of the City of San Diego in its lawsuit against the San Diego Chargers football team. Tyrell continues to practice law on the business litigation team of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP, where he has been since 1999.
Mark Dixon, A&S '94, and Erica (DeSantis) Dixon, A&S '93, welcomed their second son, Owen Anthony Dixon, on August 5, 2004. Erica is a clinical therapist in private practice, and Mark is an osteoporosis specialist with Merck & Co. The Dixons live in Ellicott City, Maryland, with their black lab, Angus.
María Antonia Garcés, A&S '94 (PhD), an associate professor of Hispanic studies at Cornell University, received the Modern Language Association's 34th James Russell Lowell Prize for her book, Cervantes in Algiers: A Captive's Tale, published by Vanderbilt University Press. The Lowell Prize is the most prestigious prize conferred by the MLA to one of its members, and Garcés' award marks the first time that a Hispanic or a Hispanic subject has achieved this honor.
Francis Park, A&S '94, currently serving as a strategic plans and analysis officer at the U. S. Army's Special Operations Command, was selected for promotion to major as strategic plans and policy officer.
Royce Poinsett, A&S '94, has been named general counsel to Tom Craddick, speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. He formerly served as Texas Governor Rick Perry's counsel for budget, planning, and policy. Royce and his wife, Hawley, reside in Austin, and he can be reached at email@example.com.
Seung-Schik Yoo, Engr '94, was recently promoted to assistant professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He writes: "After graduating from Hopkins, I moved to Boston to pursue my graduate work at Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology. After finishing a PhD in neuroscience as well as an MBA in marketing, I began working in the field of neuroscience and biomedical engineering as an academic researcher. Currently, I am conducting research on imaging human brain development and interfacing brain function with control computer commands. I miss Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Orioles games very much. I also miss the ground floor of the library and nights at the Hut."
Gabriella Burman, A&S '95, and husband Adam Kaplan are relocating to Detroit from Atlanta with 1-year-old Michaela Noam to be closer to family. Most recently, Burman was the news editor at the Atlanta Jewish Times. She'd love to meet up with fellow journalists in the Detroit area.
Irene Kim, A&S '95, has announced her engagement to Jacob Asbury. She writes: "We have just bought a house in Jersey City, New Jersey. A wedding for August 2005 is planned."
Rachel (Schwartz) Murray, Engr '95, completed the Baltimore Marathon on October 16, 2004, as a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training (Central Pennsylvania Chapter), raising just over $3,000 for blood cancer research.
Howard Turner, Engr '95, is the new contracting solutions manager at Trane – Virginia. His wife, Hanna (Phair) Turner, Engr '95, just completed her MBA at the College of William and Mary. They celebrated their third wedding anniversary on October 27, 2004.
Alvin Blake, SAIS '96, writes: "Twin daughters Hassa and Hussa started their graduate studies at Emory University and Monterey Institute of International Studies, respectively. Daughter Jamila is completing her MSW at the University of Pittsburgh, and son Matike is completing his second year of undergraduate studies at St. Mary's College of California."
Alysoun McLaughlin, A&S '96, writes: "After seven years of marriage, Andrew Blumhagen and I welcomed the birth of our daughter, Catherine Mae Blumhagen, on March 23, 2004. She's been enjoying play dates with fellow 7-month-old Noah Savolaine, son of Dave Savolaine, A&S '94, and Stephanie Savolaine, A&S '00 (MA). Sleep is overrated, and working parenthood is difficult but achievable; after just six weeks off, I returned to my job as associate legislative director for the National Association of Counties, managing a portfolio of issues ranging from election reform to tax policy. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org."
W. Bryant Cornett, A&S '97, announces the birth of his son, William Spade Cornett, on January 18, 2004.
William "Nick" Nichols, A&S '97 (MS), and his wife, Kristen, had a baby on June 26, 2004. They write: "Liam Nichols is very healthy and hopes that Mom and Dad will be able to afford to send him to JHU someday!"
Greg Lubiniecki, Med '98, has joined the division of hematology and oncology at the Presbyterian Medical Center of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is currently pursuing clinical research projects in the areas of prostate and bladder cancer.
Nataly Frankel, A&S '99, married Mark Yackanich on October 9, 2004. Christopher Anderson, A&S '99, and Marc Panzer, A&S '99, were her men of honor, and Sarah Lewis, A&S '99, read a blessing. Also in attendance were Katie Clark, Nurs '98 and Leila Safai, A&S '99. Nataly and Mark live in New York City.
Dan Okenfuss, SAIS '99 (MA), married Ericka Peasley on October 23, 2004 in Oakdale, California. Dan and Ericka reside in Sacramento, where Dan works for the California State Assembly.
Johanna "Jody" Seasonwein, A&S '99, recently became engaged to Davis Ozdogan. Jody is a third-year doctoral student and teaching fellow in art history at Columbia University. Davis is a project manager for Immediatech, a document management consulting firm in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The couple is planning a June wedding in Washington D.C.
Christina Caro, SPSBE '00 (MS), writes: "I have just had a book published with original puppetry scripts and hints on performance techniques by American Library Association Editions. It is titled One-person Puppetry Streamlined and Simplified."
Antony Hsu and Shooshan Danagoulian, both A&S '00, were married in New York in September 2004. In attendance were Hopkins alumni Daniel Cuthbert, A&S '98; Nicholas Falletta, A&S '99; Shanti Bansal, Engr '00; Shelley Fairweather, Melissa Villanueva, and Ned Parent, all A&S '00; Robert Fekete and Victoria Chan, A&S '01; Rik Popat, Engr '01; and Andrew Hsu, A&S '02. Johns Hopkins Romance Languages professors Wilda Anderson and Jean Goulemot also attended, and the ceremony included an address by Dr. Milad Doueihi of the JHU Advanced Academic Programs. The couple lives in Manhattan.
Hanna Lee Kim, A&S '00, married Minsuk Kim, Engr '98, in June 2003.
Sarah Lewis, SPSBE '00 (MS), is currently working toward her PhD in clinical transpersonal psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
Leslie M. Miller, A&S '00, has joined the Philadelphia office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP. Miller is an associate in the litigation department concentrating her practice primarily in complex commercial litigation.
Keiko Araki, Peab '01, has recently moved to Portland, Oregon, after winning a section violin position with the Oregon Symphony.
Shannon K. Aronin, A&S '01, writes: "Just writing in to let you know that I'm getting married! On March 12, 2005, I will marry Edward P. Eppright in Silver Spring, Maryland, where we currently reside. I am still working in Baltimore at the Maryland Mentoring Partnership, where I was recently promoted to associate director of resource development."
Tara Harmer, A&S '01 (PhD), is a postdoctoratal fellow in the Biology Department at Harvard University.
Joseph S. Piacentini, A&S '01 (MA), has been named to the senior executive position of chief economist and director of the Office of Policy and Research with the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) in Washington, D.C.
Carolynn A. West, SPSBE '01 (MA), writes: "On September 29, 2003, I gave birth to my first child. My son, Ian, has filled my life with great joy."
Jo Anna E. Shuba, SPSBE '02 (MS), writes: "I began my own freelance marketing/communications business, 12th Man Marketing/Communications, after doing my applied research project on starting the business. It is going well, and I can be reached at email@example.com."
James W. Twaddell IV, A&S '02 (MA), joins the firm of Gardner Carton & Douglas LLP as a government relations director. His experience includes three years as associate director of government affairs for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and four years as a senior aide to Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA).
Joy Carter, Engr '03 (MS), was named functional SE supervisor for systems engineering architectures at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Mississippi. In her new role, she will be responsible for the development, implementation, and execution of SE architectures; support all active programs, the Strategic Planning Office, Advanced Programs, and the R&D organization; and be the primary interface for all active and new programs where these efforts are to be executed.
Sabrina Rhodes Haddow, A&S '03 (MA), writes: "On September 25, 2004, I married Andrew Douglas Haddow, A&S '04 (MS). We married in Knoxville, Tennessee, where we both reside. Andrew is enrolled in a doctoral student in medical entomology program at the University of Tennessee. I work for the University of Tennessee Social Work Office of Research and Public Service."
1928: Lucille (Purdie) Steiner, SPSBE '28, died in Morristown, Tennessee, on August 13, 2004.
1928: Alexander F. Skutch, A&S '28 (PhD), died on May 12, 2004, at his home in Finca Los Cusingos, Costa Rica. His pioneering studies of the behavior and ecology of tropical birds provided important bases for modern studies of avian life, history, evolution, and cooperative breeding.
1937: Maclyn McCarty, Med '37, Hon '01, a physician and microbiologist, died on January 2 in New York City at age 93. McCarty was the last surviving member of a team that discovered that DNA, not protein, transmits genetic traits. A former physician-in-chief of Rockefeller University Hospital, McCarty served as a vice president of that university from 1965 to 1978 and as a John D. Rockefeller Jr. professor from 1977 to 1981, when he became professor emeritus. McCarty received America's most prestigious scientific prize, the 1994 Albert Lasker Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science, among many other honors. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; three children, Richard, Colin, and Dale; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
1937: Loretta Hicks, Nurs '37, died on August 17, 2004. Hicks served as Johns Hopkins' Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter secretary for 30 years, organizing and overseeing virtually every event held during that period, and played hostess to thousands, including Hopkins presidents and deans, numerous faculty, an astronaut, and hundreds of incoming freshmen. She and her husband, Fran Hicks, were so beloved by the Johns Hopkins community of Pittsburgh that an endowed scholarship was created in their names in 1999 for the School of Nursing — a historic first for an alumni chapter. In November 2003, Hicks was presented with the Alumni Association's Heritage Award in recognition of her outstanding service to the Johns Hopkins University.
1938: Frances A. Cline, SPH '38, a medical pioneer and longtime Rhinelander physician, has died. Cline's career as a physician spanned 47 years in public health work and private medical practice. She was named a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice in 1972, was presented the Wisconsin Public Health Association's Basic Prevention Award in 1977, and was named Rhinelander Business and Professional Woman of the Year in 1980. She was also honored at age 85 by the International Association for Clear Thinking in Appleton when the association named its community center in her honor.
1949: James Millard Beatty, Engr' 49, civil engineer, died in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, of an antibody reaction in the treatment of lymphoma on August 30, 2004. He worked for heavy-construction companies in the Baltimore area, as vice president for P.J. Flanigan & Sons, and ran his own home improvement company before retiring. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; two sons; three daughters; five grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a sister.
1950: Rodney B. Carlson, A&S '50, a retired systems information officer for Maryland National Bank, died in August 2004. He enjoyed travel and taking his family on fossil hunting expeditions. He was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.
1952: John Burnham Shaw, A&S '52 (PhD), who taught 17th-century English literature at Williams College from 1952–1955, and then at Hiram College until his retirement in 1988, died on June 14, 2004. He also was interested in President James A. Garfield, a Hiram Classics professor and then college president. He published an edition of the letters between Garfield and his wife, Lucretia, as well as a biography of the former first lady. He was a veteran of World War II and received the Purple Heart after being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.
1956: Richard "Dick" C. Taylor, Engr '56, a retired investment executive, died on October, 30, 2004, in Sanata Barbara, California, after a prolonged battle with cancer. After receiving his MBA from Harvard in 1963, Taylor spent 27 years working for T. Rowe price in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. He returned to Santa Barbara in 1980, where he eventually started his own asset management firm. Taylor had a passion for sailing as well as Arabian horses, which for a short time he raised at his home, "Sympatico," in Maryland. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; six children; two step-children; a sister; two brothers; and 11 grandchildren.
1958: Richard A. Melville, Bol '58, SAIS '59, died on January 1 in Bristol, Maine. He served as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department in Cambodia and Laos from 1959 to 1963. He then turned to international banking, starting with the Irving Trust Company in New York and then joining Allied Bank International, where he was President and CEO. He returned to Asia in 1991 and started his own investment consultancy in Hong Kong. Melville sat on the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1990 and also served on the School of Advanced International Studies advisory council. He is survived by his wife, Maria-Angela, and children, Thomas, Andrew, and Charles.
1981: Dawn C. Culbertson, Peab '81 (MM), a composer and performer who was the overnight host of a classical music radio program at the former WJHU in Baltimore, has died. She was a member of the choirs of Grace and St. Peter's and the old Christ Episcopal churches, both in Mount Vernon. More recently she performed as a soloist at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Old St. Paul's Episcopal, and Old Otterbein United Methodist churches and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Edward Wenk Jr., Engr '40, Engr '50 (PhD), Hon '89, has been a naval technology innovator, adviser on science policy for four decades, and generator of concepts relating technology to democracy. Trained in civil engineering, Wenk earned early election to the National Academy of Engineering for research, design, and testing of combat submarines. In 1959, the U.S. Congress appointed him its first science and technology adviser. In 1961, he was appointed director of President Kennedy's Federal Council on Science and Technology, then appointed by Presidents Johnson and Nixon to direct their Marine Policy Council. There, he shepherded a multi-national exploration of the sea, a treaty to ban nuclear weapons on the seabed, and policies to protect the coastal environment.
Thomas Kelly, A&S '62, Med '68 (PhD), '69 (MD), enrolled as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins at age 16. After graduation, he went on to the School of Medicine, where he received both a doctorate in biophysics and a medical degree. In 2002, he became director of the Sloan-Kettering Institute at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the world's oldest and largest institution devoted to cancer research, prevention, patient care, and education. Previously, he enjoyed a 30-year career at Johns Hopkins, where he served as the chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the School of Medicine and was also the founding director of Hopkins' Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences.
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