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Jack Northam, Engr '29, celebrated his 100th birthday in September 2007 with 41 friends and family. His grandchildren offered toasts, and period music and a slide show of family pictures kept everyone entertained. He plans on attending his 79th reunion in the spring.


Leslie Cohen, A&S '43, writes: "I hope to attend the forthcoming reunion."


Benjamin K. Silverman, A&S '47, has been awarded the Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award by the Section on Emergency Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It was presented at the academy's annual National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco last October.


George Delaplaine, A&S '48, is active in management of Maryland Life magazine. Director of the Delaplaine Foundation, he is also secretary of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, in Frederick, Maryland, and vice president and director of Frederick Brickworks.


William Edmonston, A&S '52, and his wife, Nellie, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 3, 2007, in Hamilton, New York.


Leonard Bjorkman, A&S '53, writes: "I am still active in pursuit of a just peace in Israel-Palestine and opposing the disastrous Iraq occupation." Douglas Dayton, A&S '53, still plays singles tennis. He has been married three times and has 12 grandchildren.

Richard E. Edwards, A&S '53, writes: "Our family grew during 2007 with the birth of three great grandchildren; the total is now five. We continue to have family vacations in West Virginia each June."

Donald J. Flaster, A&S '53, has been listed in Who's Who in America, 2008 edition. He is the author of Malpractice: A Guide to the Legal Rights of Doctors and Patients.

Harry Fox, A&S '53, writes: "I am still doing the 'art thing.' I have narrowed it down from sculpture and illustration to doing fine charcoal portraits of ladies. It's a hoot."


Kurt Riegel, BA '61, writes: "Having wrapped up careers in radio astronomy and as a senior federal executive in environment and energy, I am now serving as president of the Severn River Association, a federation of 57 community associations devoted to protecting the Severn River watershed near Annapolis."


Dan Bronstein, A&S '63, is still enjoying teaching and writing and he has no current plans to retire. The third edition of his book, Law for the Expert Witness, came out in March 2007.

Stuart Lessans, A&S '63, writes: "I retired from my solo ophthalmology practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, in March 2005. I'm enjoying being a 'mister mom' to my very special 6-year-old twins, Matthew and Faye. I'm hoping they'll keep me young and that in 12 years they will be freshmen at Johns Hopkins."

Hugh Loebner, A&S '63, writes: "I am the sponsor of the Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence ('The First Turing Test'), which is now in its 17th year."

August Millard, A&S '63, writes that his wife, Elisabeth, SAIS '82 (MA), has been named by the White House as special assistant to the president and senior director for South and Central Asian affairs. "I am retired, following her, and working usually for USAID overseas. We will likely leave in '08 for the next overseas assignment-our last one was for Nepal."

Ron Nordmann, A&S '63, writes: "We are tempting the fate of Mother Nature by living on two barrier islands-Long Beach Island, New Jersey, and Marco Island, Florida. We have four beautiful grandchildren, two in Downers Grove, Illinois, and two in Raleigh, North Carolina."

Arnold Partizky, A&S '63, retired from private practice of cardiology in December 2006 to spend time with grandchildren; travel; and have an opportunity to follow up interests in music, writing, finance, and golf. He writes: "I obtained a certificate in financial planning from UCLA in 1999, and have been an independent director of a mutual fund."

Burt Routman, A&S '63, moved to Harrogate, Tennessee, to be part of the new DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University, where he is professor and chair of family medicine.

Stephen Salchenberger, A&S '63, writes: "I retired 10 years ago from the U.S. General Services Administration, San Francisco. David Saunders (my partner for the past 37 years) and I moved to Las Vegas a year and a half ago, and love it here-lots of shows, good restaurants, and gaming; lots of visits from family and friends."

Carl Schneider, A&S '63, retired in June 2007 after 39 years as a professor of physics at the United States Naval Academy to try his hand at consulting with the business world. He writes: "The job with ITT is to model electromagnetic communication systems at depths up to 2,000 feet. This is surely applied physics!"

Alan Sorkin, A&S '63, writes: "I retired from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2005 after 32 years of service. Currently, I am an adjunct professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health."

Richard Webster, A&S '63, writes: "After graduating, I spent my adult life in secondary education. I started Webster Consulting, LLC three years ago. I dedicate my time to helping students through the college admission process."


John T. Garland, Med '65, in April 2006 moved to Minneapolis, where he is working with Physicians for a National Health Program and the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition to promote government-financed, privately delivered health care for all.

Richard B. Kaufmann, A&S '65, is a retired army colonel who is currently a police officer senior instructor.


David B. Axelrod, A&S '66 (MA), has been named Suffolk County (New York) Poet Laureate for 2007-2009. He writes, "My 18th book was published and is receiving good reviews."


William Aldis, A&S '68, writes: "I am still working with the World Health Organization and loving it-lots of lectures lately (Japan, London, India, Burma, Thailand). I'll finish with the WHO in November 2008, and then we will commute between our homes in North Carolina and Thailand. I have spent about 15 years of my professional life in clinical medicine, followed by 15 years in international health in Asia and Africa. It has been a very good mix."

William Curt Conner, A&S '68, is active in catalysis research, biofuel research, and the use of microwaves in both areas. He is the founder of the Robin Food, Ltd., which funds the transfer of leftover banquet food to the poor in Baltimore. He writes: "Nancy and I breed Irish setters, I race Morgan sports cars, and we have a vineyard."

Paul Fairman, A&S '68, writes: "After 25 years of intensive care service, I have 'retired' to specializing in pulmonary hypertension. I still love my bike and ride whenever and wherever I can."

Lewis Fisher, Engr '68, writes: "I am loving life in New Mexico-the 'Land of Enchantment.' I am serving as a business adviser to startup companies."

Alexander Guba, A&S '68, HS '81, writes: "I'm practicing new developments in cosmetic surgery-smart-lipo using laser technology and body-sculpting and the development of the non-surgical rhinoplasty, making the 'nose job' for many patients a 15-minute lunch break procedure. My children are all doing well."

J. Michael Lanahan, A&S '68, writes: "My first grandchild, Anna, was born in October 2006. I retired in January 2007 after 38 and a half years as a high school teacher, coach, and athletic director. In April 2007, I was inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Directors Hall of Fame."

Bruce Resnik, A&S '68, writes: "After practicing law and getting a CPA and an MBA (besides three years as a naval officer), I spent the next 25 years in finance, where I served as CFO of public and private companies. I ended that chapter of my career as CFO of a public dotcom. For the last five years, I have been a financial adviser at UBS in New York, specializing in wealth management and estate planning. I also have four sons-two of whom have graduated college (or are about to) and two in grade school."

Jon Weston, A&S '68, is the author of Lacrosse Goaltending for Coaches. He spent eight years as men's assistant lacrosse coach at Towson University, coaching the women's team at American University, and as a high school coach at Oakor High School in Virginia. He is the owner/operator of the Rockville, Maryland-based Weston Lacrosse, home of The Goalieman.

Henry Whaley, A&S '68, has semi-retired into real estate after travels and adventures in 42 countries.


Walter Warnick, Engr '69, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, directs scientific and technical information operations for the U.S. Department of Energy. He conceived a virtual integration of the best science information resources from governments around the world. See


John Sadowsky, A&S '71, is completing his third season as a performer with the professional acting company of the Maryland Renaissance Festival.


Ken Bergmann, A&S '73, writes: "I am still in love with my wife and I have no idea where all these kids came from. As Barry Lavine, A&S '73, recently put it to me: 'You lead the lifestyle lawyers love.' Has it really been 35 years? I still remember a lot of it."

Bruce Bortz, A&S '73, writes: "By publishing, agenting, and lawyering, I'm managing to make a living out of books."

Warren Boyd, A&S '73, has recently started an online travel business for home-based agents at

Katherine Bryant, A&S '73, writes: "After 20 years in the corporate sector (banking, advertising, corporate communications), I entered Yale Divinity School to prepare for ordination in the Episcopal Church. I graduated in 2006, and later that year was ordained to the priesthood. I serve at a 1,500-member dynamic and growing parish in northern Virginia and am delighted to at long last be living fully and completely into God's potential for me."

William George, A&S '73, is president of Ministers Fellowship at the Montgomery Baptist Association. He serves on the board of directors for CenterPointe Counseling Service and is assistant recording secretary for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.

Jeff Gordon, A&S '73, is president of the board of trustees of the Governor's Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts. He has served as president of the boards of the Trinity Church Landmark Preservation Fund and of St. Michael's Country Day School, both in Newport, Rhode Island, as well as on the board of the St. Elmo Foundation (Delta Phi Fraternity.) He is happy to be a new grandfather-his daughter, Hope, just had her first child.

James Johnson, A&S '73, is the managing partner for Level Three Performance Solutions, a business advisory firm that specializes in helping "C-level" executives and boards manage major change in initiatives. He is looking forward to seeing friends at Homecoming this spring.

Jay Lenrow, A&S '73, writes: "I have an active volunteer life in addition to my law practice. It includes JHU Alumni Council (Awards Committee chair), Johns Hopkins Hillel governing board, area president of the Northeast Region Boy Scouts of America, chairman of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting (BSA), and a trustee of the Roland Park Country School (Development Committee chairman)."

Martin Reber, A&S '73, writes: "My working career has been in technology-bringing new products to market for Unisys, Lotus, IBM, and Sungard Higher Education. I am currently developing new enrollment management software and services for college student recruiting and retention. I am also an independent college counselor, working with families and high schools in the Philadelphia area. My avocations continue to be piano and photography. Sandy, my wife of 32 years, is the archivist for Longwood Gardens. We love to garden and travel." Michael Rosen, A&S '73, writes: "Our oldest daughter, Orli, will be doing an endocrine fellowship at Cornell Medical School. Our middle daughter, Miri, is completing a master's degree at NYU. Our youngest daughter, Hili, is in the Class of 2008 at JHU."

Jack Sidorov, A&S '73, writes: "I have been the most successful owner in my fantasy baseball league. I owe my success to Hopkins, where fantasy and baseball were my two main social outlets."

Ron Waife, A&S '73, writes: "My manage-ment consulting firm, which serves the clinical research industry, is entering its 15th year. My twin girls are starting high school. Still love JHU LAX championships!"


Charles Pinning, A&S '74, writes: "I'm putting the finishing touches on a new novel about the biggest art heist in U.S. history-the 1990 theft of over $300 million in art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Soon, I will be seeking a good agent or publisher. Anyone in the Hopkins family who feels like they might want to help in that regard, please contact me: Other activities include writing editorials for the Providence Journal (Rhode Island) as well as contributing photographs to its op-ed pages."

Pat Stringer, A&S '74, was appointed in February 2006 by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to serve as a judge on the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. She writes: "I must now stand for election to retain my seat on the bench. My name will be on the ballot in the February 2008 primary and the November 2008 general election."


Andy Hament, A&S '77, writes: "Last December, I joined a national labor law firm, Ford & Harrison LLP, and opened an office in Melbourne, Florida. My favorite part of the job is resolving labor disputes at the Kennedy Space Center."


Lawrence Durban, A&S '78, writes: "I am navigating the evolutionary changes in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. I am now in my 19th year of private practice on Long Island. My beautiful wife, Ann, is a nurse practitioner with the Nassau County Department of Health, coordinating efforts in emergency preparedness. Our wonderful son, William, began kindergarten in September 2007." Abbott Fenichel, A&S '78, writes: "I am in private practice concentrating in personal injury and real estate law and am also a special prosecutor for the Norfolk County [Massachusetts] DA Office. I still play soccer all year round, indoors/outdoors."

Caren Fleit, A&S '78, writes: "Over the past few years I have embarked upon a new avocation-cabaret singing; had my debut solo performance in 2007 in NYC." Bruce Fox, A&S '78, writes: "Our son Evan graduated from college and is engaged to be married. Dinah and I will be celebrating our 29th anniversary. I gained notoriety for 'practical jokes' after college."

Henry Kupperman, A&S '78, recently joined Applied Facts, an international investigative and security consulting firm, as executive managing director and regional counsel. He specializes in conducting internal investigations for corporations and lectures frequently on investigative and security issues.

Annabelle Marquez, A&S '78, writes: "I just started a new job teaching culture classes in the Spanish department at Principia College. After many years of living in Maine, I have now been introduced to the Midwest. Boy, is there a lot of corn growing out here!"

James Schoettler, A&S '78, has been working since 1984 at USEC Inc. as lead counsel for international transactions and trade. He is also active in the U.S. Army Reserve, currently serving as the deputy chief of international and operational law in the office of the judge advocate general. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School.


Eric W. Scott, A&S '79, writes: "This year I am celebrating 25 years of marriage to my 'Goucher Girl,' Jennifer. We have three daughters-ages 16, 15, and 10. I am a private practice neurosurgeon in Gainesville, Florida. Recently I had the opportunity to do a co-surgery with Gloria Chen, a classmate 28 years ago-small world."

Todd Sider, A&S '79, writes: "I recently relocated to the Fort Wayne area to practice general surgery in two small hospitals in rural Indiana. I have been married for almost 20 years, and Kathy and I have two beautiful daughters who are very active both in and out of school. We enjoy travel, dining out, and sports. I look forward to spending more time with family and friends. I still try to follow Blue Jay lacrosse as much as possible."


Steven R. Chicurel, Peab '80 (MM), spent June and July touring Australia. This was his second visit Down Under, having led successful Estill Voice Training Systems seminars there in 2005. He returns for his sixth year to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where he assumes his new duties as the chair of the Theatre Department.


Steven Benz, A&S '83, is a partner in a Washington, D.C., law firm, where he represents corporate clients in complex litigation matters.

Christine (Janes) Bruno, A&S '83, writes: "I love living in Atlanta, painting, gardening, and being married to a wonderful husband. We are trying to keep up with the sweetest 5-year-old in the world. (Yes, we are prejudiced!) I just started working as a transplant hepatologist with the Piedmont Hospital Transplant Center. Life is full and blessed."

Wendy A. Franklin, Med '83, writes: "I am back in Baltimore and tolerating winters like a champ. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next reunion."

Peter Ho, A&S '83, has worked on three cancer drugs that have been approved by the FDA: Gleevec for chronic myelogenous leukemia, Arranon for acute lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma, and Tykerb for advanced breast cancer.

Charlie Kruzansky, A&S '83, writes: "I've been enjoying my work for Cornell University for 15 years. My wife and kids (2 and 7 years old) and I live just outside of Albany, New York. This summer Governor Eliot Spitzer appointed me to the board of the [New York] State Environmental Facilities Corporation."

Diana Liu, A&S '83, an attorney, was elected to the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees in 2006, and she was elected to the Philadelphia Business Journal's list of Women of Distinction. In 2007, she was appointed to Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Advisory Council.

Kathy Ostergaard, A&S '83, writes: "We decided to leave New Jersey four years ago and relocated to Cumberland, Maine. I am working part time at L.L. Bean and staying at home with our two kids, Ben, 8, and Tim, 5. We love living in Maine, and it is turning out to be a great place to raise our kids."

Ronald Peppe II, A&S '83, '87 (MA), writes: "After serving two years as vice president of law and technology at the Association of Corporate Counsel in Washington, D.C., I have returned to Canam Steel Corporation as general counsel and secretary, as well as vice president of human resources for U.S. operations. I also thought that after seven years on the Board of Education of Frederick County, including five years as president, I was done with education, but I was recently elected to the school board for Falls Church City [Virginia] and now serve as the vice chairman of the board."

Gwen Skloot, A&S '83, writes: "I am thrilled to announce that in early 2006, I adopted my son, Benjamin. He turned 2 this past June and is the joy of my life."


Gene R. Howard, Med '84, in September 2007 was appointed to the Stanley and Theodora Feldberg endowed chair and professorship in ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Kevin B. Howes, A&S '84, Bus '89 (MS), and his wife, Marcia Lecrone Howes, Engr '86, now have two of their four children in East Coast colleges. Their daughter, Sadie, a freshman, is the newest addition to the JHU family and can see her mom's old dorm window from her desk! They write: "Moving Sadie in was a great walk down memory lane. Son Zac is a sophomore at Lafayette College. The rest of the family (KJ, 15, and Alexis, 11) are enjoying the Rocky Mountains from Longmont, Colorado."


Toby Chai, A&S '85, writes: "I was awarded the John D. Young Jr. Endowed Professorship by the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, where I am a professor of surgery in the Division of Urology."

Tanaa Marie Frederic, SAIS '85, writes: "As of August 2007, I've moved to Panama City, Panama, where I will continue to pursue commercial real estate development and related investments."


Lyndon Martin W. Beharry, A&S '88, writes: "I have been teaching business in Mongolia (NO! It's not the ends of the earth.) Lots of exciting and world-shaking events are going on here. Mongolia is a beautiful, wide-open country. The landscape is absolutely stunning! The MBA in me says: Hopefully, Mongolia will be the source of 3 to 5 percent (or more) of world copper supply in the near future. There are tremendous opportunities for development and growth here."

Sharon Fischman, A&S '88, writes: "After working in politics in Washington, D.C., for many years, I went back to school and made a big career change. I am now a therapist at a psychiatric hospital. I am married and have an 8-year-old son, Gideon. I'm living in Bethesda, Maryland, and would love to hear from old friends I've lost touch with in the area (or living elsewhere)."

Vandana Kumra, A&S '88, is an otolaryngologist in private practice in New York City. Her husband is at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and her two sons are at the Saint Ann's School.

Scott David Lippe, A&S '88, and his wife, Mindy, proudly announce the birth of their eighth child, a daughter. She joins five brothers and two sisters in keeping her parents quite busy. In Bergen County, New Jersey, Lippe is in private practice and serves as chief of gastroenterology at Bergen Regional Medical Center, the state's largest hospital. The Consumer Council of America named him one of "America's Top Physicians" in gastroenterology and nutrition for 2007.

Anne Lipton, A&S '88, is the editor of The Dementias: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Research (American Psychiatric Press, 2003).

Matthew Lurin, A&S '88, writes: "After spending my college days within walking distance of Memorial Stadium and trying to educate hundreds of JHU students with fascinating quizzes in my role as the News-Letter quizmaster, I am now the residency program director for the Emergency Medicine Program at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. And I am within walking distance of Yankee Stadium."

Shymali Mallick-Singhal, A&S '88, writes: "I finished my fellowship in surgical oncology two years ago and moved back to the Bay area to develop a cancer center at El Camino Hospital. I am busy juggling administrative duties, a busy surgical practice, and family life with a 3-year-old."

Viqar Shariff, A&S '88, has left the law firm of Clifford Chance, where he was a partner, to join Rizvi Traverse, a private equity fund.


Phil Bildner, A&S '90, who lives in Seal Beach, California, writes: "I just wanted to let everyone know that I have two new books: my second teen novel, Busted, and a second book in my middle grade chapter series, Barnstormers: Tales of the Travelin' Nine."

Gary Ehrlich, Engr '90, writes: "I am program manager for structural codes and standards at the National Association of Home Builders, where I am involved in the development process for national building codes and structural design standards. I ran into former Johns Hopkins Civil Engineering Department chair Bruce Ellingwood and David Rosowsky, Engr '91 (PhD), at last year's World Conference on Timber Engineering in Portland. I can still be found at science fiction conventions up and down the East Coast and am working on an album of space- and science fiction-inspired folk music."

Maureen Gale Mrenna, A&S '90, and Stephen Mrenna, A&S '93 (PhD), announce the birth of their fifth child, Timothy William Mrenna, born July 13, 2007. He joins Nathan, Abigail, Stephen, and Brigid. The Mrennas live in Batavia, Illinois, and write that she is busy with the kids and he works at Fermi National Laboratory. Kathryn E. Ng, A&S '90, writes: "After four and a half years in Paris, I have moved to London, this time with the firm White & Case. My French friends are doubled over making jokes about English food, but happily, London has come a long way."


Jennifer B. Cannon, A&S '91, writes: "We have just relocated our family to New Hampshire and I love staying at home with my 4- and 6-year-olds, while running an e-Bay business online!"

Jan G. Cherim, A&S '91 writes: "Since January 2007, I have been a founding partner of Financial Access Capital Partners, an Amsterdam-based financial advisory firm providing capital, management, and know-how to the financial sector in emerging and transition markets worldwide. The firm is a management buyout of an ING Group subsidiary, which I was involved in founding 15 years ago."

David Isaacson, Engr '91 (MS), after serving as an associate at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP in Los Angeles, returns to Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox in Washington, D.C. as counsel in the firm's electronics practice.


Kathleen (Mohrle) Babcock, A&S '93, writes: "Our second child, Ryan Ming, was born on October 20, 2006. He joins Karina Rose, age 3. We recently bought a home in Rockaway Township, New Jersey."

Wells Dixon, A&S '93, writes: "It was great catching up with Bryan, Engr '93, and Celeste Newcomb, Bus '95 (MBA), at my wedding this summer, and Trevor Lyons, A&S '92, and I managed to do some sailing on both the East Coast and the West Coast. Best to everyone from 3101."

Dave Edelman, A&S '93, published his first novel, Infoquake (Promethus Books, 2006). It was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best Novel and named Barnes & Noble's top science fiction novel for 2006. The novel will be released in mass market paperback by Solaris Books in July. His second novel, Multireal, will be released in July by Prometheus Books.

Courtney (Graff) Lamb, A&S '93, has established a Web site:

Jordan Ramacciato, A&S '93, writes: "I've been based in Rome working for the United Nations for the past 10 years. I was stationed recently in Afghanistan (2003-2005) working on humanitarian relief and rehabilitation programs. I am currently back in Rome and enjoying the Roman sun and café lifestyle."

Ray Wang, A&S '93, has a Web site:


Maryam Jaberi, A&S '94, SPH '98, started her practice two years ago in Harford County, Maryland, as the first and only female general surgeon.

Royce Poinsett, A&S '94, and his wife, Hawley, announce the birth of their first children, twins Josephine Marjorie and Grace Selkirk, born on July 21, 2007. The Poinsetts live in Austin, Texas, where Royce serves as general counsel to the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

Justin Szlasa, A&S '94, and his wife, Sandrine Magloire, announce the birth of their daughter, Elodie Catherine Szlasa, on November 20, 2007.


Dorothy Ann Drago, SPH '95 (MPH), announces the publication of her book, From Crib to Kindergarten: The Essential Child Safety Guide (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). She writes: "I have worked in injury prevention since 1978, when I joined the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Since 1987, I have had my own product safety consulting firm. Today, I do business under the name Drago Expert Services ("

James Fajkowski, A&S '95, and Risa Fajkowski, A&S '96, are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Eva Christine Fajkowski, on August 1, 2007. James, Risa, and big brother Wyatt are all doing well.

Rajnish Malhotra, Engr '95, announces the birth of his first child, daughter Siana, in February 2007. He writes: "Life certainly changes a lot with a child. Would enjoy hearing from old classmates. I can be reached at"

Kathy, Engr '95, and Frank Mullens, A&S '95, announce the birth of their second child, Natalie Ann, on December 28, 2006. Natalie joins big sister, Erin, 3. Frank passed his final radiology board exams in June 2007 and completed his radiology residency in August. The family left for Yokosuka, Japan, in September for two years. Frank will be a radiologist at the Naval Hospital there, and Kathy works for SPAWAR as a Navy civilian. They can be reached at


Joshua Lebowitz, A&S '96, is a producer on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on the CBS Television Network.


Michael Dumanis, A&S '97, announces his first collection of poems, My Soviet Union (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007), which won the Juniper Prize for Poetry. He has moved to Cleveland, where he is an assistant professor of English at Cleveland State University and director of its Poetry Center.

Nicholas B. Galifianakis, A&S '97, writes: "The last year has been a momentous one. Most importantly, I married Sulggi Lee in Santa Barbara, California, in May 2006. Mehul Shah, A&S '97, and Jeegar Rana, A&S '98, were groomsmen. Dennis Kim, A&S '97, Anita Hadpawat, A&S '97, Michael Lee, A&S '97, and Tanya Arora, A&S '98, also attended. I finished up eight years in Los Angeles, serving as chief neurology resident at University of Southern California, and have just started a Parkinson's Movement Disorder fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania."

Mita Mukherjee, A&S '97 (PhD), recently served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Christine Ayash, A&S '98, writes: "I got married in May 2005, and started my doctoral program at Boston University School of Public Health in social and behavioral sciences. My husband is a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is currently finishing up his PhD at Harvard in health policy."

Stephanie (Lui) Chan, Med '98 (HS), writes: "I gave birth to identical twins, Sophie Tin-Yan and Sarah Tin-Wai, on March 24, 2007. I'm now working as a data consultant for Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco, and I reside with my husband, Sam, in San Francisco. He is IT manager for Ove Arup & Partners in San Francisco."

Nathaniel J. Dominy, A&S '98, of the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, has been awarded a 2007 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He will receive an unrestricted research grant of $625,000 over five years. He will conduct field- and lab-based research aimed at understanding the ecology, evolution, and underlying molecular mechanisms at work during human evolution.

Amy Duncan, A&S '98, and Christopher Duncan, A&S '98, welcomed their first child, Samantha Jayne, on October 9, 2006.

Yohan "John" Kang, A&S '98, writes: Since April 2007, I have been working as administrator at the California Christian International School in Bangkok, Thailand. So far, I'm lovin' this place."

Avignat Patel, A&S '98, received a Harvard combined fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

James Riley, Engr '98, recently relocated to the West Coast to manage retiring catalysts business for Grace Division. He was married on November 5, 2005, to Theresa Savage. Riley served as assistant wrestling coach for Johns Hopkins from 1998 to 2007, and is currently coaching at Temecula Valley High School in California.

Isiah Sandlin, A&S '98, is back at school at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Seema Shah, A&S '98, writes: "My husband, Raj, and I moved back to NYC in May after having our first children-twins Jaya and Dylan."

Donna Thompson, A&S '98, writes: "My husband and I were blessed with our first child, Sabrina, this past June."

Cynthia Henry Thurlow, Nurs '98, and her husband, Todd, welcomed their second son, Liam Edward, on October 5, 2007. Liam joins big brother Jackson.

Alexander Yuan, A&S '98, writes: "We are living in The Hague in the Netherlands until summer 2009. Excited to hear from old friends and classmates. You can contact me at"

Amy Zipper, A&S '98, will co-chair a newly formed practice area at the law firm of Gunster Yoakley, which has offices across Florida. The group has been set up to provide advice to charities and non-profits. In the firm's private wealth services department, she focuses her practice on estate planning, charitable giving and tax-exempt organizations, and estate and gift tax.


Joanna Mitrega, Nurs '99, writes: "As a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) employed by Phoenix Physicians, LLC, OB/GYN Department, I see obstetrical patients at the 7th Avenue Family Clinic, perform as first assistant for Cesarean sections, and assist with deliveries at the Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida."


Effie R. Dolan, Bus '00, '02 (MBA), is a member of the JHU Alumni Council and the Baltimore Alumni Chapter; an executive committee council member for Delta Sigma Pi (Chi Chapter); and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society, the Golden Key National Honor Society, the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, and Woman's Club of Johns Hopkins University.


Kathy Khuu, Nanj '01, SAIS '02, began work with the IFC earlier this year and is now living in Bangladesh with her new husband, David McKee. Melissa M. Rosen, A&S '01, married Jonathan Seidmann on September 8, 2007.


Jarrod Bernstein, A&S '02, was married in June to Hildy Kuryk in Manhattan. Members of the bridal party included best man Scott Bernstein, Eng '97, and ushers Rob Hardy, A&S '02, and Matt Schrippa, A&S '02. Also present was Julia Clark, A&S '02. The ceremony was performed by former JHU Hillel Director Rabbi Joseph Menashe. The couple resides in Union Square. The groom is the deputy commissioner of the Community Affairs Unit of the office of NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Engr '64.

Brian J. Smigielski, A&S '02, is a physics graduate student at the University of Washington, Seattle. His second research paper was published in the Physical Review D Journal in October 2007. The paper was co-authored with Joseph Wasem, also of UW.

Jennifer L. Stephens, A&S '02, received her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health in January 2004, and was married in May 2007.


Jon L. Albee, A&S '03, writes: "I am in my second year of graduate study for the MBA at Rice University, with plans to graduate in 2008 with a finance concentration. I am working as a financial consultant for British Petroleum in the Houston area-very much missing the East Coast!"

Colleen Coyne, A&S '03, writes: "Aside from working full time at the Hyde Park Art Center, a nonprofit visual arts organization on Chicago's South Side, I'm also on the board of trustees for Caffeine Theater, a small theater company that explores the link between poetry and performance."

Kate Danis, A&S '03, is about to finish up an MBA at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Carolina Elmufdi, Engr '03 (MA), a former research engineer at Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, Chemical Mechanical Polishing Technologies in Newark, New Jersey, was recently honored with the company's first NOVA Innovation Award. She helped establish Rohm and Haas as a clear leader in chemical mechanical planarization and was awarded two patents, with three pending, during her four years with the company.

Linette F. (Gatmaitan) Golden, A&S '03, writes: "We married in 2005. Dave works as manager of IT at a national association and has his own IT/Web site design company. I work as a real estate and family law attorney in Greenbelt, Maryland. We have a house in Silver Spring, Maryland, having rebuilt after a disaster during Hurricane Isabel in 2003."

Jacob and Leah Hibel, both A&S '03, were married in July 2005. Last summer, they celebrated the birth of their first child, Elina Rose.

Chamnan Lim, Bus '03 (MA), writes: "After marrying Sophal Ear in Silver Spring, Maryland, in July 2006, we spent a wonderful year at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, where I did a certificate of advanced study in Leadership of International and Non-Governmental Organizations, and Sophal did a postdoc in the Department of Public Administration. Sophal and I are now in Monterey, California, where he is an assistant professor of National Security Affairs, and I am the academic and knowledge manager for the Global Center for Security Cooperation at the Naval Postgraduate School."

Shannon O'Malley, A&S '03, was married in June 2007 to her high-school sweetheart. She is graduating from medical school in May and will pursue a career in pediatrics.

Daniel Redman, A&S '03, has published an article, "Southern Bellwether: Evangelical Churches Join the Gay Rights Vanguard," in the December 14, 2007 edition of The New Republic Online.

Khoi Than, A&S '03 Med '07, will be a neurosurgery resident at the University of Michigan until 2014.

Lisa Vara-Gulmez, A&S '03, writes: "I am a family law attorney in New York City, and am very much enjoying what I am doing. Ryan Caudy and I were married on August 12, 2006, in Cancn, Mexico, and had a wonderful wedding attended by many friends and family members. We currently live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan."

Christina Williams, A&S '03, writes: "After JHU, I did my master's in geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and then worked as a research tech there for the sea ice research group. I just moved to Amherst to do my PhD in astronomy at the University of Massachusetts."


John O. Agwunobi, SPH '04 (MPH), a pediatrician, joined Wal-Mart in September 2007 as senior vice president and president of professional services for Wal-Mart Stores Division. He oversees the company's health and wellness business unit, including pharmacies, vision centers, and health care clinics.


Sara A. Holtz, SPH '07 (PhD), and Yankhoba Djiba announce the birth of their twins, Nicole Holtz Djiba and Eric Holtz Djiba, on October 3, 2007. Steve Olson, Bus '07, writes: "In September I became a published author with the release of Some Gave All. This book tells the stories of the Baltimore police officers who died in the line of duty. All of the proceeds are benefiting the police memorial that was dedicated in 2001 at the intersection of Fayette and President."

Markus D. Taussig, Bus '07 (MA), bought his first home this summer, co-owned with Hanh La, A&S '93, SPH '95 (MHS),'06 (PhD). He writes: "Hanh and I now live in Lower Allston, just a few blocks away from Harvard Business School, where I'm starting the third year of my doctoral studies. My research focus is private equity in developing countries, with a focus on China. Hanh is teaching at Tufts Medical Center and regularly traveling back to Vietnam."

In Memoriam

1942: George D. Solter, A&S '42, a retired trial attorney who served two years on the old Baltimore City Supreme Bench and later headed Maryland's Commission on Human Relations, died at the age of 86 on October 14, 2007, a half-hour before his 87th birthday.

1950: Charles Rivers Carroll Jr., A&S '50, died on October 15, 2007, at the age of 88. He served in both the New York National Guard and the U.S. Army. In 1945, he married Baltimorean Elizabeth Post Hartz, who served with the Women's Airforce Service Pilots. He worked for many years in businesses related to wood and construction materials and retired in 2006.

1950: Alex R. Kelly, Med '50 (HS), died on September 22, 2007. He was drafted into the Army Medical Corps in 1941 and sent to the Philippines soon afterward. In April 1942, he was captured by the Japanese in a field in Bataan and forced to march without food or water in tropical heat for days. As a survivor of the Bataan Death March, he pursued a career in psychiatry because of that wartime experience.

1950: Albert Minzter, Med '50, '51 (HS), died at his home in West Windsor, New Jersey, on October 18, 2007, at the age of 80. He had a private practice of internal medicine and pulmonology for 30 years, after which he was medical director of the Executive Health Group in Morristown. He was a representative in the Union County Medical Society and was the founder and for 25 years director of the Union County Tuberculosis League.


Woodrow Wilson Award Distinguished Alumni Awards
Recognizing distinguished public service

Carl Goldberg, A&S '72, is the co-founder and managing partner of Roseland Property Company. He has secured the entitlements for the development of company communities throughout the Northeast with a special emphasis on urban waterfront development. He was honored by the New Jersey Builders Association with the Preservation of the American Dream Award. He serves as chairman for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. He has chaired his 30th Homewood reunion committee, served as the 1972 class agent for numerous years, and been a member of the Advisory Board for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences since 2003.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Recongizing personal, professional, or humanitarian achievement

Vinod K. Agarwal, Engr '77 (PhD), is a distinguished researcher and notable entrepreneur. For over 14 years, he was a faculty member at McGill University in Montreal, where he helped McGill become the global leader in research and teaching in semiconductor testing. In 1992, he founded LogicVision and was president and CEO until 2003 and chairman until 2005. His innovations pioneered at LogicVision have resulted in more than 100 filed and granted patents worldwide. LogicVision's customers include Intel, Sun Microsystems, LSI Logic, Sony, and Cisco. He is currently the founder, president, and CEO of SemIndia, poised to be India's leading integrated semiconductor company.

Kim Kashkashian, Peab '73, is that rare phenomenon, a star solo violist. She has appeared as soloist with the major orchestras in New York, Berlin, Vienna, London, Milan, Munich, and Tokyo. She has been featured as the cover story of Strings magazine and on Saint Paul Sunday with Bill McGlaughlin. She records for ECM and, in addition to her many awards, has been nominated for a Grammy. She currently teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Heritage Award
Recognizing outstanding service to Johns Hopkins University

John "Jack" W. Griffin, Med '74 (HS), '75 (PGF), served on the School of Medicine faculty for nearly 25 years, and in 1998 was named director of the Department of Neurology and neurologist-in-chief. He held that post until 2006, when he stepped down to focus on his research. He is internationally renowned for his studies, which have been devoted to the neurobiology and neuropathology of the peripheral nervous system and to peripheral neuropathies. Dr. Griffin is also a professor in the Department of Pathology.

Morton F. Goldberg, Med '67 (HS), '70 (PGF), became the fifth director of the Wilmer Eye Institute in 1989 and held this post until 2003. He now serves as the Joseph E. Green Professor in Macular Degeneration and Other Retinal Diseases at Wilmer, with a joint appointment at the Applied Physics Laboratory. Dr. Goldberg has nurtured the careers of more than 200 faculty members and residents and has devoted his career to the advancement of the field of ophthalmology and the Wilmer Eye Institute.

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