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Construction at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Understanding a Passion for Islam
Engineering a TV Sitcom
Shelf Life
Romancing Classical Music
Doggy snowglobes, and more
Lacrosse Comes Full Circle
A Timely Proposal
New at the Treasury
A Healthy Outlook for the Future
The Second Time Around
Taking on a New Venture
Alumni Around the World

Construction at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies

The city of Nanjing, China -- site of the pagoda below -- is rich with the history of one of the world's oldest civilizations. The city is also home to the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, which contains China's only uncensored, open stacks library. Work will begin in March 2004 on an $18 million construction project for the center, aimed at doubling its size and transforming it from a "compound" to a more conventional academic campus.

Caryle Murphy, SAIS '87
Understanding a Passion for Islam

Caryle Murphy, SAIS '87 (pictured at right), loves Egypt. She spent five years as the Washington Post's correspondent in Cairo (1989-94) reporting on the Arab world, and found Egyptians to be "lovely people who know how to have fun."

But while she lived in Egypt, Murphy witnessed a change. "Usually the native's idea of murder was talking you to death," she says. But she saw Egypt evolve into a place that "sired youths who gunned down tourists" as a violent Islamist insurgency swept over the country in the early 1990s. That rebellion was part of a broader Islamic revival that bred a number of the al Qaeda terrorists who planned and executed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Murphy's recently released book, Passion for Islam, Shaping the Modern Middle East: The Egyptian Experience, reports on different viewpoints through personal stories and insightful analysis that help shed light on the Arab mindset. She introduces people who represent the various faces of Egypt, from secular young professionals to radicalized Islamists, from those who think that rationalism and reason are essential to restructuring Islam, to those who seethe with contempt for any variation from ultra-orthodox Islamic interpretations.

A pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia is compulsory for all able Muslims.

"My goal in writing the book was to help ordinary people understand why there is such turmoil in the Middle East and to break down complex issues so that they become accessible," says Murphy, a Post reporter for more than 20 years and the winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. The Middle East is fueled by ancient animosities, but Murphy believes that insights gleaned from an analysis of Egypt can be applied to other Arab countries and at least augment American understanding of that part of the world.

"You have to understand that the majority of Arabs don't hate Americans, but they do oppose some U.S. foreign policies like sanctions against Iraq and what they see as bias [favoring] Israel, especially when it comes to Israel's occupation of the West Bank," says Murphy. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict "has aggravated Arab feelings of powerlessness and humiliation before the policies of a seemingly all-powerful United States, which they regard as Israel's main benefactor and protector," she writes.

As the Arab world has become more religiously conservative, its respect for the United States and its culture has eroded. While some Arabs believe imitating the West is the key to modernity and power, others increasingly believe that the West is a corrupting influence. There's even a term for it: Westoxification.

Murphy writes that Arab ideas about American culture, often derived from American movies and television shows, become distorted to the point where the United States is viewed as the domain of violent and greedy sex addicts. For many Arabs, Islam is increasingly seen as a way to protect Arab culture from this corrupting, pervasive influence.

Murphy's personal assessment? "It's just not practical to hate all Westerners, all the time," she says. "Islam can't maintain its appeal in the modern world unless moderates prevail and make it relevant to a new generation. There's a need for a new interpretation of Islam's moral message that rises above arcane legalisms."

As Murphy sees it, the essential Islamic message that will prevail is one that teaches the need for "submission of the will to the one true God and the inherent equality of the human race." -- Jeanne Johnson

Jeff Caldwell, Engr '84
Engineering a TV Sitcom

Jeff Caldwell, Engr '84 (pictured at right), is an engineer-turned-comic. Really. It may seem a bit incongruous, but after working briefly as a civil engineer, Caldwell returned to Hopkins to work on his PhD, and ended up doing stand-up comedy.

Caldwell's explanation for the detour: He lacked engineering aptitude. In his comedy routine, he sometimes pokes fun at his own lack of prowess, noting, "You know you're not cut out to be an engineer when you use a screwdriver and have to say 'lefty-loosey, righty-tighty.'"

The career change seems to be paying off. Last summer he signed a contract to develop and star in his own CBS sitcom. The show's premise revolves around a married guy who leaves a sensible job "and the financial pressures that ensue," says Caldwell. "It's pretty much my life exaggerated."

It all began in 1987 when Caldwell took a break from working on his PhD thesis (on the mathematical modeling of air pollution transport) and summoned the courage to try open-mike night at a Baltimore comedy club. "I was horrific," he says, "but I was also defiant. I thought, 'There's no way I'm going to not be good.'" But honing his craft was a slow process. "Eventually, I actually became sort of proficient," he says. "I'm fortunate in that I can headline and get TV attention. My fear was that I would end up opening for some obscure band in Reading, Pennsylvania, when I was 60."

His television work has included A&E's Evening at the Improv, MSNBC's Internight, and ESPN's Lighter Side of Sports, where he hosted a show that used sports to teach physics. "My engineering background probably helped with that one," says Caldwell. "I think they liked that I could pronounce parabola."

He was one of four comics to represent the DC Improv at The Smithsonian's first-ever comedy program, and he has also performed for such corporate clients as USAirways and the Discovery Channel.

These days, Caldwell's life is a whirlwind of traveling between his home in Hoboken, New Jersey, and Los Angeles, California, where he works on the logistics of show development. He meets with agents and managers and works with writers to develop scripts. "They're a bunch of smart, funny guys who used to work on shows like Cheers," says Caldwell.

In the midst of it all, he performs in clubs, works on his material, and takes acting classes. To develop material, he says, "I carry around pen and paper at all times and write down everything I observe that might be funny. I probably end up using about two percent of it. A lot of it's really about awareness."

At Hopkins, Caldwell says he was a "very erratic, unmotivated student" until his senior year, when he "sort of got it together. I remember getting an abysmal grade on my first physics test and just sitting there and thinking 'Oh my god, what have I done? I used to be the smart kid!'"

The verdict on his show will come in June. That's when he'll know for sure whether his pilot has been picked up for 13 episodes. "The interest level seems high," says Caldwell.

So stay tuned. -- JJ

Shelf Life

Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life, by Kathleen Dalton, A&S '75 (MA), '79 (PhD), Alfred A. Knopf (2002)

In 524 pages plus 128 pages of notes, Dalton makes her case for TR as "America's most fascinating president." He lusted after challenge, physical or political, and wore out the Republican Party in his efforts to reform it. Quoting often from newly available letters, she incidentally establishes with recurrent sics that Teddy did harbor a weakness: he couldn't spell well. The reader grasps at that humanizing frailty.

Spying With Maps: Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy, by Mark Monmonier, A&S '64, University of Chicago Press (2002)

Geographer Monmonier surveils the hard- and software that looks down on us to take our measure, for good or ill, even as it revolutionizes fields from agriculture to medicine. He vows not to frighten us but to instill "wariness grounded in understanding." Still, fear of Big Brother comes with this territory, and privacy ends up looking precarious.
-- Lew Diuguid, SAIS '63

Mona Golabek, Peab '71
Romancing Classical Music

Mona Golabek, Peab '71, was just 15 when she arrived on Peabody's doorstep after taking the red eye flight from Los Angeles. And she was a romantic even then.

The highly-acclaimed concert pianist and hostess of the nationally syndicated weekly radio program "The Romantic Hours" remembers being struck by the "quality of light" in the early morning hours when she first viewed Baltimore and says she was especially impressed by "the uniqueness of the city, its sense of history."

She was drawn to Baltimore, and to Peabody, where she was part of a select group of young musicians chosen to attend a summer program studying with renowned pianist Leon Fleischer. That summer, says Golabek, "affected the course of my life," prompting her to return later to Peabody to continue her studies as an undergraduate.

Golabek: "a voice in the night" Golabek went on to study privately in Rome and London after graduating from Peabody, winning an Avery Fisher Recital Award in 1979. She toured internationally for almost 15 years and has been a prolific, Grammy-nominated recording artist as well as producer.

But Golabek was looking for something more. "Being on the road all the time is a very lonely life, especially for women," she notes. "I always knew that I wanted to carve out my own path. I like to think of myself as a Renaissance woman."

The opportunity came almost five years ago while Golabek was on hiatus from performing. In an interview with John Santana of KMZT-FM in Los Angeles, she mentioned a "fantasy" of hers about being a "voice in the night on the radio" and talked about how she had been incorporating composer's letters and journals into her recitals in recent years. At Santana's request, she did a demo tape. Station owner Saul Levine was struck by her "sultry" voice and flair for weaving together classical music and the written word -- from poetry to love letters.

And so "The Romantic Hours" was born, executive produced by New York's WQXR. The show is now heard on almost 100 public and commercial stations, usually on Saturday and Sunday evenings. In "The Romantic Hours," readings may be interspersed among or combined with classical selections. Guests, ranging from Van Cliburn to John Rubenstein, may also read from their favorite poetry. Some episodes center on themes such as the Civil War, the life of Oscar Wilde, or a great love affair (for example, that of Frederic Chopin and George Sand).

"I think we can reach young people by creating an atmosphere that lets them hear music in a different way," says Golabek. "Chopin wrote his nocturne for a woman he was passionate about -- it was his love letter. Beethoven expressed his feelings about Napoleon and the political scene through his symphonies."

Golabek has a strong interest in reaching young audiences with classical music. Through both "The Romantic Hours" and a new book, The Children of Willesden Lane (which chronicles her mother's escape from Austria before World War II and was co-authored with Lee Cohen), she seeks to "seduce audiences into classical music." -- Judy Phair

Doggy snowglobes, and more

Are you in the market for a Shetland Sheepdog silk tie? How about a poodle painting or a Rhodesian Ridgeback garden sculpture?

Richard Ambrose, Engr '97, A&S '97 (pictured at left), is the founder of Canine Loft Corporation, one of the most visited sites on the Web for dog-breed-specific gifts and artwork. Found at, the site offers dog lovers a way to express their devotion. "The snow globes have been very popular, and I've been amazed at the popularity of our Danish blue plates," says Ambrose.

Ambrose was working as a marketing consultant for a manufacturer of pet doors when he got the idea to start -- right around the time when many other Web-based businesses were going under. "Most spent way too much money to acquire customers," says Ambrose. "But we [kept] costs down and the Web is a huge advantage for us because it allows us to inexpensively showcase our inventory to potential customers." -- JJ

Michael Liebman, Engr '67
Lacrosse Comes Full Circle

In 1636, Jean de Brebeuf, a French missionary in Canada, witnessed a group of Hurons playing a strange game. The players passed a ball around using sticks that reminded the Jesuit priest of a bishop's crosier, and his written descriptions of the sport introduced la crosse to European settlers. Michael Liebman, Engr '67, is a missionary of a different sort: He isn't learning the game from the Native Americans but teaching it to them. The former Hopkins lacrosse player, who now lives in Denver, is the vice-president of Native Lacrosse, a community program dedicated to instilling pride in the hearts and minds of Native American children through the game of lacrosse.

As a coach with Native Lacrosse, Liebman now gets to witness and celebrate the sport's rich history which helping to build its future. Although Native Americans developed lacrosse, most of Liebman's players are beginners. "Some of the Iroquois in upstate New York are taught lacrosse as soon as they can walk, but many of our players are picking up a stick for the first time," Liebman says. The program includes year-round clinics for boys and girls, ages 6 to 18, and competitive league play in the spring. Lacrosse is exploding in and around Denver, and the program provides an opportunity for outstanding players from low-income families to be noticed by prestigious private schools, while educating youngsters about a sport that continues to be a sacred ceremony for many Native Americans. (According to legend, lacrosse was a gift from the Creator, and games were not only played to train for war, but also to bring good weather or to cure the sick.)

"Some of the Iroquois in upstate New York are taught lacrosse as soon as they can walk, but many of our players [in Denver] are picking up a stick for the first time," says Liebman. For Liebman, who has coached lacrosse at the high school level for 19 years, building a better future for others takes place off the field as well. After three decades with the U.S. Public Health Service -- he retired in 1998 with the rank of captain -- Liebman now splits his time between lacrosse and Habitat for Humanity, the non-profit organization dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing to low-income families. He's been actively involved since 1992, when the Public Health Service sent him to Florida to help rebuild after Hurricane Andrew. Habitat for Humanity helped many Floridians get back on their feet, and Liebman has been a dedicated volunteer ever since. "I had worked at a desk job for 30 years, and some days you don't know if anything really gets done," he says. "But with Habitat, at the end of the day, you can see the progress."

Last spring, Liebman combined his talents when he joined Habitat in building adobe housing in Taos, New Mexico. These clay dwellings, with the exception of modern-day insulation, are nearly identical to the traditional adobes that Native Americans in the Southwest have built for centuries. "Adobes are cheap, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly," says Liebman. "They maintain temperature much like a thermos bottle." While working on the Habitat project, Liebman brought along some lacrosse sticks and conducted clinics for the local Native American and Hispanic communities.

Lacrosse has long been an important part of Liebman's life, and his twin 2-year-old grandsons are already carrying lacrosse sticks. Native Lacrosse, which began only seven years ago, is also yielding results: Two of Liebman's players made Team Colorado.
-- Jeff Labrecque, A&S '95

Greg Roehrig, A&S '98 & Erin McFeely, A&S '98
A Timely Proposal

Greg Roehrig, A&S '98, is every guy's nightmare. He was a four-time all-conference basketball player and graduated as the second all-time leading scorer in Hopkins basketball history. He's an assistant for the current men's team and is preparing to graduate from the School of Medicine this spring. He's modest, friendly and polite, to a fault. He even cooks. But the worst thing about him is his stubborn insistence on creative and thoughtful ways to surprise his girlfriend, Erin McFeely, A&S '98.

McFeely and Roehrig are planning a spring 2004 wedding. On December 2, 2002, he outdid even himself, celebrating their eighth "anniversary" by proposing marriage while atop the clock tower of Gilman Hall. He had enticed McFeely up there with the promise of a gift, an original drawing -- did I mention Roehrig's an artist, too -- of Gilman Hall itself. As they gazed across Hopkins' landscape from the terrace beneath the clock, he presented McFeely with his framed masterpiece. McFeely immediately noticed that the drawing's clock lacked hands, so Roehrig handed her a pen so that she could complete his drawing and accurately capture the moment. As the clock began to chime 12:30, Roehrig dropped to one knee and popped the question.

McFeely was totally surprised, but she should be accustomed to this by now. The two have dated since freshman year in 1994, and Roehrig's "Super Dates," as they were called, shamed every other man on campus. Formal dating at all was a rarity in college, but Roehrig never hesitated to go the extra mile. "I remember once, he invited me to meet him for dinner at the restaurant in the Hyatt downtown, and when I arrived, he wasn't there but a rose was waiting for me at the table."

Roehrig wasn't late, though, thus eliminating every other man's primary excuse for giving flowers in the first place. "I got there early to watch her arrive and see her face when she saw the rose."

Roehrig's efforts didn't hurt matters, but McFeely did not require too much convincing. They lived in neighboring houses -- Adams and Baker -- as freshmen and quickly became study partners and close friends. "He had to walk past my door to get to the showers, and we always knew he was coming because he had these squeaky shower shoes," McFeely said. "One day, after he squeaked past, I said to my roommate, 'I think I like him,' but I almost said it in surprise."

All evidence to the contrary, Roehrig was very shy. McFeely, actually, had to take matters into her own hands before Roehrig's first overnight road trip to New York City with the basketball team in December 1994. "I was convinced that he was just going to go to New York and party, so on Friday night (December 2) I kissed him." Whatever works. Roehrig scored 24 points on Sunday afternoon against NYU, and the rest is history.

It goes without saying that Roehrig asked McFeely's parents for their blessing before proposing, but it also goes without saying that he wouldn't just ask. True to form, he gave a humorous Power Point presentation illustrating his flawless genetics and untapped earning potential to win them over.

"This was the perfect way to cap eight unbelievable years at Hopkins," Roehrig said. "I had always wanted to propose to Erin at Hopkins, where everything started, and it was great to do this at the one place on campus that we had never been together -- the Gilman clock tower."

And they will live happily ever after. -- JL

New at the Treasury

President George Bush has named long-time Hopkins trustee John W. Snow, A&S '88 (MLA), as the 73rd United States Secretary of the Treasury. After the U.S. Senate confirmed Snow's nomination in January, he was required to resign from the Hopkins board. In his new role, Snow is responsible for administering the president's $674 billion economic stimulus package.

Bush announces Snow's appointment "John Snow will be a key advisor on the economy, and a key advocate for my administration's agenda for growth, new jobs, and wider and more international trade," said President Bush. In announcing Snow's nomination, Bush praised his nominee as someone who "has excelled as a business leader, an expert on economic policy, an academic, and as a public servant. He'll be a superb member of my Cabinet."

An attorney who holds a doctorate in economics, Snow was deputy undersecretary of transportation during the Ford administration. Since 1989, he has been chief executive of CSX Corp.

Roger Lipitz: Caring Firsthand
A Healthy Outlook for the Future

Roger Lipitz (pictured at right) knows firsthand about the issues involved in long-term health care. A pioneer in the long-term care industry, he was concerned that major decisions were usually made hastily in the midst of crisis, with government policy based more on anecdotal information than scientific research. He was also concerned that cost issues loomed too large and would often override good policy.

Little research had been done on how best to care for people with chronic illness: When is it better for the patient to stay home or get institutional care? What is the cost-benefit of various services?

In pursuit of research-based answers, Lipitz turned to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. University Trustee Shale Stiller had introduced him to the School and its mission in the early 1990s, thinking Lipitz would have a natural interest. Lipitz, now a trustee himself, was impressed by the School's mission and Dean Al Sommer, SPH '73 (MHS). Since then, he's contributed $3.5 million to the School, including the initial gift for the Center for Health Policy and Practice, which focuses on assuring that discoveries by the School's faculty are rapidly translated into policies and practice.

Earlier, he created the Lipitz Research and Policy Center, and the Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professorship to address his concerns about research-based government policy. "Hopefully over the years, as the research develops, it will improve those [government] decisions," says Lipitz, chair of the School's new fund-raising campaign.

Throughout his career, Lipitz has mixed his professional work with caring philanthropy. Lipitz co-founded Meridian Health Care in 1969, and the company grew to be Maryland's largest provider of long-term care services. While he was developing his business, he also donated time and money to Baltimore civic and academic organizations such as the Baltimore Development Corporation, United Way of Central Maryland, THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and others.

"I've always had the philosophy that if the community is helping you to be a success, you owe something back," says Lipitz, a native Baltimorean.

Though Lipitz and his wife, Flo, are retired and divide their time between Florida and Baltimore, he says he welcomes the challenges of leading the new campaign, which emphasizes the "human capital" of faculty and students so necessary for the School to succeed in its mission of "protecting health, saving lives -- millions at a time." Endowment for student and faculty support must be increased in order to ensure that the best and the brightest in the field can afford to come to the School, says Lipitz. "If we want to continue to be the best school of public health in the world, then we better train the leaders." -- Brian Simpson

Campaign Goals for the
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Raise $75 million for the Global Health Scholars, modeled on the Rhodes Scholars program, to train public health leaders around the world.

Add $50 million to the Faculty Innovation Fund.

Allocate 10% of all endowment gifts to fund graduate education.

Support the School's ongoing work in combatting bioterrorism.

Endow the Center for Health Policy and Practice.

Total Goal: $500 million

The Second Time Around

Returning to Homewood as a Johns Hopkins staff member in Alumni Relations has prompted alumnus Jeff Labrecque, A&S '95, to ponder "what is" vs. "what used to be."

As a freshman, I was routinely disoriented by Gilman Hall. It didn't matter which entrance I used or which class I was running late to, I would inevitably lose my bearings, take the long route around the building, or end up on the wrong floor altogether. Even leaving the building was a challenge, and I was always surprised by where those spiral staircases spit me out.

I've had a similar feeling in recent weeks as I've reacquainted myself with the Homewood campus. Although it has been only five years since I left Johns Hopkins, the University's appearance has changed dramatically, with the addition of the Mattin Center, the O'Connor Recreation Center, and Clark and Hodson Halls. These new structures don't rival Gilman as my own personal Bermuda Triangle, but they have transformed the look and feel of the campus. I still have to look twice at the red bricks that rise above the bust of Mr. Hopkins at the end of 33rd Street. The two new buildings behind Garland Hall blend in so seamlessly that I debated whether they had been there all along and I had just never ventured into them (entirely possible).

Hodson Hall: "seamless blending" But it might be the more modest modifications that warp my daily dose of déjà vu most. The subtle beautification project that paved the campus's walkways with red brick and altered the layout of the green meadow in front of the Eisenhower Library was done so skillfully that I am increasingly doubting what used to be when confronted with what is.

As my own Hopkins memories fade into some surreal composite of past and present, it's been a great comfort to discover that the people haven't changed. Many of the faces are different, of course, but they share the impeccable standards and uncompromising character that I remember. There is an intellectual curiosity and thoroughness that fuel everything at Hopkins and a near-religious reverence for brilliance that will humble the most accomplished student or employee.

Buildings come and go, but people have always been the school's greatest asset. Hopkins has forged its reputation from the collective intelligence, resourcefulness, and leadership of its community, and it takes only two minutes of listening to Ross Jones, A&S '53, Hopkins' most credible and eloquent voice, at an employee orientation meeting to be reminded of that and get excited by it all over again.

Being invited to join Hopkins for a second tour of duty is especially satisfying, since it finally puts to rest the long-held suspicion that the first invitation was a clerical error. I know some people idealize their college days, perhaps because it's where they came of age, but I didn't come back to Homewood to recapture some chapter of my youth. Rather, I'm back at Hopkins for the same reason I came in the first place: to learn. To learn from the best, to work with the best, and to somehow, someway, get my hands on the blueprints for Gilman Hall so I can finally get in and out of that building in less than three hours.

Taking on a new venture

Angel investor and former Westinghouse executive Aris Melissaratos, Engr '66 (pictured at right), has been chosen by Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich to head the state's Department of Business and Economic Development.

Melissaratos said he would use his position to attract more Wall Street investment in Maryland start-up companies, streamline regulations to lure more business, and work to implement the governor's goal of directing more state business to minority contractors.

Melissaratos served as vice president in charge of manufacturing operations for Westinghouse (now known as Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems), and managed research and development for Thermo Electron Corp. before starting the business incubator, Armel Scientific, LLC.

According to the Washington Post, many of the state's business leaders approved of Melissaratos' appointment, given his broad array of business experience in manufacturing and technology.

Alumni Around the World

United States

Baltimore Chapter

Friday, April 4
Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox, for recent grads and Class of 2003

Wednesday, April 9
"Who Needs Civility?" Lunch and lecture with Prof. P.M. Forni, author and co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, at The Centre Club

May 1-4, 2003
Reunion 2003

Homecoming at Homewood
Johns Hopkins Medicine Biennial Meeting and Reunion Weekend

Chicago Chapter

Thursday, April 10
"Stem Cell Research: Problems and Promises." Dinner and lecture with Dr. Andrew Yeager at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant

Cincinnati Chapter

Saturday, June 14
Hopkins Day at the Great American Ballpark

Detroit Chapter

Wednesday, April 2
Reception with Robert Lindgren, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, at St. John's Golf and Conference Center in Plymouth

Georgia Chapter

Tuesday, May 6
"Martinis and Mummies," at the Carlos Museum of Emory University, with Hopkins PhD Betsy Teasley Trope

Los Angeles Chapter

Wednesday, May 28
Reception and lecture with SAIS professor Eliot Cohen at the Jonathan Club at the Beach in Santa Monica

Massachusetts Chapter

Saturday, April 12
Tour of the Harpoon Brewery in Boston

Sunday, June 22
"An Afternoon in the Berkshires," at the home of Dr. Jonathan Krant, A&S '76, SPH '83, featuring Robert Lindgren, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, and the Homewood Virtual Tour

Philadelphia Chapter

Saturday, April 12
"Degas and the Dance," at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

San Diego Chapter

Saturday, April 12
Lunch, lecture, and tour at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, with Hopkins Associate Provost Gary Ostrander, PhD

San Francisco Chapter

Tuesday, May 27
Reception and lecture with SAIS professor Eliot Cohen at the Marines' Memorial Club

Washington, D.C. Chapter

Thursday, April 10
Dessert reception with Alice McDermott, Hopkins professor and author of the acclaimed Charming Billy, at the home of Mindy Farber, A&S '74, in Potomac, Maryland

Tuesday, April 22
"The United States and China After 9/11," dinner and discussion with Prof. David Lampton of SAIS, at the Hunan Chinatown

On February 20, dozens of former and current co-workers gathered at the Hopkins Club to honor Lou Forster, A&S '41, for his 25 years of service to the Alumni Relations Office. A Baltimore native, Forster taught high school and collegiate English for 29 years before "retiring from retiring" and joining the Steinwald House staff in 1978. Friends, including Doris Sunderland (right), came from as far away as California to share his special day.

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