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THEODORE STERN has been selected by Charleston Magazine as one of the 10 individuals who made the greatest impact on Charleston over the last 100 years. Upon his retirement from the Navy, he was appointed president of the College of Charleston, which he helped to transform from a struggling private school with an enrollment of 480 into a thriving state-supported institution with more than 5,000 students. He also is celebrated for serving as the first president of the board for the Spoleto Festival USA, which he guided through its early years to become one of the nation's premier arts festivals.


1935 PhD: AVRAHAM BIRAN, director of Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, celebrated his 90th birthday last year at a party given in his honor by the president of Hebrew Union College. The next day, he left for the United States to attend the meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, where he gave lectures on his excavations of Biblical Dan. He writes: "While I don't claim that life begins at 90, it certainly does not stop! I am looking forward to more years of productive activity."


1941 PhD: JOHN J. MITCHELL retired from Texaco as senior research associate in 1982. He bought a Catalina 25 sloop that he named Sunday. He writes: "My wife, Lila Janet (Johnson), and I raced out of the Chelsea Yacht Club on the Hudson, reaching the pinnacle in 1992 of first in the B series, third overall. I sold Sunday in January 1999 with the expectation of having more time for other things. I am currently historian for the yacht club and secretary of the Fishkill Rotary Club."


ROBERT D. SOLOMON, of Hampstead, N.C., is a retired medical scientist. During his career, he established the reversibility of atherosclerosis chemistry and designed an arterial fiber-optic catheter for intra-arterial cinematography.


JEROME M. FIEN has been elected as vice president of the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry. A retired certified public accountant and former managing partner of Samuel Klein and Company, Mr. Fien is one of nine commissioners of the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers, treasurer of the National Research Foundation of the Community Association Institute, and president of The Woodlands Condominium Association of West Orange.
    GEORGE S. JENKINS, MS (ENG) '47, of Baltimore, is a land developer of residential home sites in Charles County, Maryland. He is the former partner and president of Greiner Engineering.


PHYLLIS B. KAISER, of Reno, Nev., has retired from hospital nursing, but she continues to serve on the Washoe County Board of Health and Washoe County Health Department Immunization Board. She writes: "My husband, John J. Kaiser, MD, worked for many years in private practice and then spent 20 years at the Reno Veterans' Administration Hospital. He died in 1984. Our eight children and 17 grandchildren live in Idaho, California, Oregon, and Nevada. Life is good."


1948 MA (A&S): JOHN J. HILL, PhD St. Louis Univ. '64, of Lees Summit, Mo., is professor emeritus of physics at Rockhurst College. He retired in 1987 and lives in John Knox Retirement Village. Last January, Dr. Hill went on a cruise that traveled through the Panama Canal.


CORA J. LAWRENCE, of Seattle, is a nurse historian who advocates and gives talks for a state of Washington initiative for healthcare. She recently visited Sacramento Peak in New Mexico. DAVID R. THOMAS, of Orlando, Fla., writes: "Ann and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in June 1999, in Baltimore with our six children, their spouses, and our 13 grandchildren."


1951 PhD (ENG): JOHN RUSSELL MATHER, of Avondale, Del., has received the Charles P. Daly Medal, awarded every few years by the American Geographical Society. He began his professional career as a research associate and climatologist at the Johns Hopkins University Laboratory of Climatology. Dr. Mather came to the University of Delaware in 1961, and he was chair of the Department of Geography from 1966 to 1989. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1989, and has received the Commander Award for public service given by the U.S. Department of the Army.


JEROME "JERRY" JULIUS writes: "Having completed two careers--one in the military and one as a senior executive in the Federal Service--I have started a third by publishing a book of haiku poetry, titled Behold."
    BERNARD J. PARIS, PhD (A&S) '59, emeritus professor of English at the University of Florida, has edited and introduced The Unknown Karen Horney: Essays on Gender, Culture, and Psychoanalysis, published by the Yale University Press. He has contributed an entry on Karen Horney to the Encyclopedia of Psychology, jointly published by the American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press.


1954 MA (SAIS): IRWIN RUBENSTEIN, has been elected chairman of the Foreign Service Retirees Association of Florida. The association is composed of former U.S. diplomatic personnel who served their country around the world over the past several decades. Mr. Rubenstein spent more than 30 years with the Department of State, serving in Israel and seven different posts in Latin America. He retired from the Foreign Service with the rank of minister counselor in late 1993, and moved to Plantation, Florida in 1994.


MARION FREYER WOLFF, MLA (CS) '75, of Bethesda, Md., a retired mathematics teacher, has written The Expanding Circle, published by Fithian Press. The book is a true story about Holocaust survivors who return to post-World War II Germany to adopt a child.


1958 MA (SAIS): GAETANO ZUCCONI, of Firenze, Italy, writes: "After five years as Ambassador of Italy to India, I moved back to Italy and worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I retired in February and moved to the countryside, near Florence."


1959 DrPH (PH): M. MONEIM EL-ZAWAHRY, of Chillicothe, Ohio, has received the Meritorious Service Award given jointly by the World Health Organization and the Egyptian Medical Syndicate. This award was presented in recognition of excellence in international health service in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia, as well as for contributions to epidemiological research and postgraduate training on major health problems of developing countries. Dr. Zawahry was also presented an honorary certificate of life membership as a 40-year member of the American Public Health Association. He was awarded the certificate at the 127th Annual Meeting of the association.

1959 MAT (CS): JOSEPH A. M. LETTRE, of Pikesville, Md., has been honored by the Maryland Military Department for state service spanning two decades. The Defense Force brigadier general was presented the Maryland Distinguished Service Cross, the highest award other than for valor granted by the department.


The International Commercial Arbitration Moot proposed by MICHAEL SHER, JD Fordham Univ. '68, will hold its seventh annual moot this year. Mr. Sher is an international lawyer based in New York City and is deputy secretary-general of the Union Internationale des Avocats, the oldest and largest international association of bars, bar associations, and law societies and the founder of the Eisenhower Lectures.


1963 MA (SAIS): FRED A. KAHN, of Bethesda, Md., is enjoying retirement and being the grandfather of two.


1964 MA (SAIS): JOHN B. CHILDERS has been appointed president and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Prior to joining the consortium, Mr. Childers served as vice president for communications and government relations with The College Board. He also headed up public relations and publications services at the board in New York City. As deputy assistant secretary of higher education with the U.S. Department of Education from 1989 until 1993, he was the chief policy-maker and spokesman on higher education issues.


RON DEACON, of Annapolis, MD, was selected by the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration as the employee of the month for January. A 25-year HCFA employee, he works as an operations research analyst in the Center for Health Plans and Providers at HCFA, the agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Deacon was honored for his work on a pilot project to test a new method of paying HMOs and other managed care plans for treating elderly and disabled Americans covered by Medicare.


THOMAS CONLIN, MM (Peabody) '67, will extend his contract as artistic director and conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra through the 2000-2001 season. He will become conductor laureate when his replacement takes over at the start of the 2001-2002 season.


GARTH R. MACKENZIE, BS (CS) '71, MS (CS) '77, writes: "After working for more than 30 years in the defense and commercial electronics and software industry, I joined the full-time staff at University of Maryland in College Park. I am currently a program director and adjunct associate professor for the Information and Telecommunication Studies department in the graduate school. My wife, Nancy, who is completing her MS in nursing at Hopkins, and I live with our son, David, in Millersville, Maryland."


1968 MEd (CS): DANIEL C. HOLSENBECK, vice president for university relations and director of governmental relations at the University of Central Florida, has received the 1999 Marvin D. "Swede" Johnson Award for outstanding leadership in state government relations on behalf of higher education. The annual award is sponsored jointly by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.


KENNETH M. BOROW, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., is chief executive officer of Covalent Group, Inc. Dr. Borow is a Harvard-trained internist, pediatrician, adult cardiologist, and pediatric cardiologist. He was previously professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Chicago, director of its cardiovascular imaging program, and originator and director of a worldwide cardiovascular research program. Formerly, he was responsible for the clinical research operations group at Merck Research Laboratories, where he oversaw clinical research operations for 163 protocols involving 38 drugs conducted at more than 2,500 investigative sites in the United States.

1970 DMA (Peabody): ARNO DRUCKER has written American Piano Trios: A Resource Guide, published by Scarecrow Press. The book contains information about 589 compositions by American composers for piano trio.


1971 MA (A&S): ED BAKER, BA Univ. of Maryland '67, of Tacoma Park, Md., has published a new book of poetry, Shrike.

1971 MAT (CS): ALICE GOODFELLOW DAVIS, of Wilmington, Del., is executive director of the Perinatal Association of Delaware.


MICHAEL BERKE, MA University of Chicago '75, JD University of Illinois '79, is attorney-advisor for the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of the Assistant General Counsel for the Midwest in Chicago. He writes: "I'm looking for some of the money that disappeared during the Reagan Administration, which promises lifetime employment. If any alumni have seen any of these funds, please drop me a line. My e-mail address is Michael_Berke@HUD.GOV. For those alumni who have fallen victim to crooked real estate deals, particularly those who have gone into the medical profession, I can offer commiseration. More seriously, I recently went to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for a week of executive training for public trust officers. I am married and have one child."


DAVID LEVINE, MA (A&S) '75, of New York, wrote an article for the November issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine.


1974 MA (A&S): CINDY KELLY, curator and interim director of Evergreen House at The Johns Hopkins University, has been appointed director of the university's historic houses and university collections. As director, she will oversee operations of the university's two historic houses, Homewood House and Evergreen House, and the university's art collections. Prior to her work at Hopkins, she was an independent art consultant to the Maryland Department of Recreations and Parks, the Trust for Public Land in Washington, D.C., the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation in Baltimore, the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, and other groups.


1975 MD (Med): PAUL W. DLABAL has been honored by Kansas State University as a distinguished alumnus. He is president and CEO of Cardiovascular Research Associates, P.A., in Austin, Texas. Dr. Dlabal is founder and president of the Dlabal Foundation, supporting excellence in the arts, medical sciences, and education. He is currently on sabbatical from his medical practice and is pursuing opportunities in the areas of clinical investigation, research, and development.


NICHOLAS H. FLETCHER has been named head football coach at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He comes to Denison from Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, where he has been head coach for the past five seasons. He is married and has two children.


LILLIAN INGSTER, MHS (PH) '83, of Great Falls, Va., is an epidemiologist for the National Center for Health Statistics. She is currently a PhD candidate in health policy at Hopkins.

1977 MA (A&S): RACHEL HADAS teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and is in touch with many of her talented classmates from Hopkins, including LISA ZEIDNER, who teaches at Rutgers University-Camden, PHILLIS LEVIN, and TOM SLEIGH. Ms. Hadas's new book of selected criticism, Merrill, Cavafy, Poems, and Dreams, will be published in June 2000 by the University of Michigan Press Poets on Poetry Series. She writes: "I note that many wonderful younger poets, including JUDITH BAUMEL, RACHEL WETZSTEON, GREG WILLIAMSON, PHILIP STEPHENS, and DANIEL ANDERSON are all graduates of the Writing Seminars."


1979 MHS (PH): REID AARON, of Tamarac, Fla., is executive director of Mount Sinai-St. Francis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

1979 MA (A&S): MICHAEL MARTONE, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., is professor of English at the University of Alabama. He has recently published The Flatness and Other Landscapes, a collection of essays.


KENNETH BYRON, PhD Univ. of Chicago '90, of Chicago, spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University in England after finishing his doctorate in pharmacological and physiological sciences. He then took a faculty position back in Chicago at Loyola University.
    HALLIE BOORSTYN FRIEDMAN, PhD Univ. of Michigan '89, of Merion Station, Pa., writes: "One of our classmates, and a dear friend of mine, whom I've known since childhood, AUDREY BERNSTEIN KESSNER, died in March 1999, of a brain tumor." ANDREW HANSSEN, MBA /PhD Univ. of Chicago '95, is professor of economics at Montana State University.
    LEONARD LUCCHI, JD Univ. of Maryland '83, of Bowie, Md., is director of legislative affairs, Prince George's County government. He is married and has two children.
    JANICE L. ONO writes: "After 18 years of 'suffering' through living in San Francisco, we started our move back to the East Coast. However, we only got 230 miles closer before we stopped. We now live in beautiful Reno with a view of the snow-capped Sierras out my house and work windows!" She is associate director-regulatory of Nevada Bell. Her husband, Timothy M. Wiener, is area supervisor for American Greetings, Inc.
    JOHN R. SCULLY, MS (ENG) '82, PhD (ENG) '87, of Charlottesville, Va., has been promoted to full professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Virginia. He is married and has three daughters.


JILL S. HUPPERT, MD Washington Univ., assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cincinnati, was one of 20 scholars selected for the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics /Solvay Pharmaceuticals Educational Scholars Development Program. Dr. Huppert will take part in the program, which is designed to help obstetricians and gynecologists become better teachers and leaders in the field of women's health.


ELLEN H. KAVEE and her husband, Stephen Nadler, announce the birth of their second child, Gillian Kate Nadler, on August 30, 1999. She joins her sister, Lindsey Brooke. Dr. Kavee is currently assistant professor of pediatric anesthesia at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.


1984 MPH (PH): LESTER MARTINEZ-LOPEZ has been promoted to brigadier general in the U.S. Army and has become the commanding general of the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.


SUSAN J. (FETTERMAN) COSTELLO has accepted a job as in-house counsel with Berwind Property Group in Center City, Philadelphia. She will handle all matters of complex real estate transactions and legal matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, construction, financing, and other contractual work related to real estate. Ms. Costello is the mother of two girls and writes: "It is no coincidence that I have chosen to work at Berwind Property Group, as all of the attorneys in the company are working mothers, in addition to being excellent attorneys."
    JAMES L. ERWIN, PhD State Univ. of New York-Stony Brook, writes: "Much has happened in the last two years. I am working for the United States Army at USAMRIID (made famous in Robert Preston's book, The Hot Zone), where I am in my second year of a National Academy of Sciences fellowship. My research interest here is in microbial pathogenesis. I am really writing to announce the birth of my third, child, a son named Sean Philip Erwin, on February 7, 2000. He arrived 10 weeks early, but is doing just fine. His sisters, Maggie and Rosie, are pleased to have a brother."

1985 MD (Med): CHARLES SAWYERS leads a team of 10 UCLA researchers who have won a multimillion dollar grant for prostate cancer research. The $3 million grant will help them to explore possible treatments for prostate cancer and develop new research models to advance studies of the disease. Dr. Sawyers is director of the Prostate Cancer Program at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center. He also serves as the center's associate chief for basic research and is an associate professor in the division of hematology-oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine.


J. WARD MORROW, JD Univ. of Maryland '89, of Baltimore, has been appointed in-house counsel for the Maryland Chapter of the American Federation Teachers, where he will specialize in union-side labor and employment litigation, arbitration, contract negotiations, and legislation. Mr. Morrow continues to serve as vice president of the Highlandtown Community Association and the South-East Community Association and on the board of directors for the Southeast Community Development Corporation, helping to improve the Baltimore area. He can be reached at


FRED ASSAF has been appointed the principal of LaSalle College High School in Philadelphia. He and his wife, Martha, and their three sons, Jack, Hank, and Mick, will be moving to Philadelphia this summer to begin the 2000-2001 school year. LaSalle College High School is an independent Catholic school of 1,000 boys, under the direction of the Christian brothers.
    DEBBI MILLER, BA West Virginia Univ. '87, of Lexington, Ky., started a new job in Lexington at St. Joseph's Hospital. She writes: "I just moved to the area and would love to connect with fellow Hopkins alumni."
    DAVID B. MORRIS, MS (SAIS) '89, PhD (A&S) '95, worked at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C., as an editor of the institute's two-volume book project on German-American relations during the Cold War. In April, he left the institute to accept an appointment as the German and Dutch area specialist at the Library of Congress. Dr. Morris also is now in his fifth season as a member of the Washington Opera Chorus.


ERIC BLUMENFELD, BA (A&S) '90, JD Rutgers University '98, is practicing in the litigation group of Riker Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP in Morristown, New Jersey.

1989 MA (SAIS): ANDREW YALE, of London, has been elected to the United Kingdom Bar Council for three years, representing the Employed Bar.


MONICA V. BATES, of Baltimore, is senior sales consultant for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. A candidate for her MSM at Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies, she has finished all classes for the program in marketing and is now working on her applied project.
    HOWARD DEGENHOLTZ writes: "I married Andrea in 1997 and moved to Pittsburgh to be an assistant professor at the Center for Bioethics and Health Law and continue my research on health policy, aging, and ethics. We have a great big house, but no kids (yet). So, come visit us in the 'burgh."
    MICHELE GRIMM writes: "Life is crazy, as usual! Our college started a graduate program in biomedical engineering in 1998, and I was named associate chair (read: lots of administrative headaches). Juggling that along with two children keeps things interesting!"
    "Since graduation, I have finished medical school at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn," writes SANG H. KIM. "I have also completed my residency in internal medicine at NYU Medical Center and a fellowship in cardiology at New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center, and I will be doing an advanced echocardiography fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City beginning in July 2000. I was married in 1996 to Sue, and we have a beautiful 2-year-old daughter, named Ashley (Soo Jung) Kim."
    KIMBERLY (RUSIN) PERIKLES, of Silver Spring, Md., announces the birth of her second child, Kathryn Elizabeth, on January 31. She joins big sister Allison Marie.
    LEE B. RAUCH has been appointed chair of the Trail Techniques Committee of the American Bar Association's tort and insurance practice section. Mr. Rauch is an associate of the Baltimore law firm of Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, and practices primarily in the area of civil litigation, including commercial litigation, warranty defense, and products liability.
    "After four years as assistant executive director for the Applied Urban Research Institute in Kansas City, my (recent, wonderful) husband, Michael Sturmer, and I have liquidated our belongings in preparation for a trip around the world," writes CAROLINE SAMUELS. "Our general route heads from the Baltic states through Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North, West and South Africa, Southeast Asia to New Zealand. Though we have no return ticket, I imagine we'll be back in the United States sometime in 2001."

1990: CHRISSELLENE G. PETROPOULOS launched her career in Europe with The Vienna State Opera in Austria and The Kassel State Opera in Germany. Ms. Petropoulos has performed concerts and recitals throughout Europe and the United States, including singing at Lincoln Center in New York and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She is a professor with The Shenandoah Conservatory, teaches privately, and gives master classes. She has written a book, Vocal Mastery, based on Performance Mode and The Ten Command System for Breathing and Vocal Strengthening.


MELANIE R. CHELLMAN, MD The Pennsylvania State Univ. '95, has completed the U.S. Navy Officer Indoctrination Course. GREG FORTSCH, JD Seton Hall University '94, has been working as a trial attorney in the civil division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., since February.

1991 MS (ENG): STEVEN R. BARNUM, of Narragansett, R.I., has been awarded the United States Department of Commerce's Silver Medal for leadership in gaining approval of raster nautical chart systems. Commander Barnum is the Northeast Regional manager for the Office of Coast Survey.


1992 MS (ENG): LANCE LEONARD BARRY, JD George Mason Univ. '95, has joined the PTO's Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences as administrative patent judge. He hears and decides appeals related to electrical technologies. Before his selection, Mr. Barry was a primary examiner in Technology Center 2000, where he examined the technologies of computer networking and the Internet.

1992 PhD(A&S): ELIGA H. GOULD has written The Persistence of Empire: British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution, published by The University of North Carolina Press. Dr. Gould is associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.

1992 MA (SAIS): JOHN E. OSBORN and his wife, Debbie, announce the birth of their second child, a girl named Keeley Rush Osborn, on November 5. Osborn is senior vice president, general counsel & secretary with Cephalon, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company in suburban Philadelphia. He delivered the inaugural Zell-Lurie lecture in entrepreneurial studies at the University of Michigan Business School in Ann Arbor in October. He traveled throughout Ireland during the fall of 1998 as an Eisenhower Fellow, and has been published in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, WeltTrends, and The Wall Street Journal. He recently was elected to life membership in the Council on Foreign Relations. Since, 1997 Osborn has served as one of the SAIS representatives to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council.


JOSEPH CHALOM writes: "Since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1997, I have been working at Arnold & Porter in New York, where I practice in the fields of venture capital and high technology. In October 1999, I got married to Ronit Rubin. We live in New York City. I would love to hear from old classmates and friends at"
    HEITHAM TALAL HASSOUN, of Houston, is married and has a daughter, Hannah, born on August 22, 1999. He is a resident in the department of surgery at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School.

1993 MA (A&S): EVA (WU) MCDONALD writes: "After spending five years as a senior analyst at Geac Computer Corporation, I have recently joined the faculty of Centennial College in Toronto, Canada, as an electronic resources librarian. In this position, I am the point of contact for the acquisition of electronic information products between the vendors and the 25 Ontario community colleges that my organization, the Bibliocentre, represents. My two sons are both happy and healthy. Michael is now almost 4 years old and will be starting junior kindergarten in the fall. Eric is 1. My husband, Richard, and I are finally getting around to fixing up the house we purchased in 1997, painting the rooms, and buying new furniture."


1994 MD (Med): CHRISTOPHER P. COPPOLA announces the publication of Surgery Clinical Companion, a book he authored and edited with Seth A. Spector, MD. The manual is designed to be a useful and accessible resource for medical students and residents providing surgical care.


VINEET "VINNY" ARORA, of Chicago, writes: "Since leaving Hopkins, I graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1998 and headed to the University of Chicago, where I will be finishing my internal medicine residency next year. While in Chicago, I have literally bumped into Hopkins alumni on street corners, at the hospital, and out on the town."
    AMY J. BERKS, of Brookline, Mass., writes: "I am finishing my second year at Boston University School of Law. Boston's a great city, and I see lots of Hopkins alumni around--especially from the class of '95. This summer I will be working for the law firm of Palmer & Dodge."
    MARYA T. JONES, MS Northwestern Univ. '98, of Blacksburg, Va., writes: "For the past year, I've been working as a TV reporter and bureau chief for the CBS affiliate WDBJ 7 in Roanoke, Virginia. As part of my beat, I cover nine counties. Each day in reporting is a new experience. I've covered everything from murders and fires to a deadly explosion at an auto parts plant to the decline of the tobacco economy in Virginia. I'm now officially a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none."
    NELSON J. LEE, of New York, has been running the Global Oil Arbitrage Desk at a hedge fund in New York. He writes: "I'm still playing rugby for the New York Athletic Club, and we've been in Sweet Sixteen in the national championships for the past two years running."
    ANGELA NELSON, of Silver Spring, Md., has relocated to Washington, D.C., area after a five-year stint in Detroit. She writes: "I needed more sunshine and to be closer to friends and family."
    "We had a really busy year," writes NICOLA (SYKES) RINALDI, of Waltham, Mass. "Mark and I got married on June 19, 1999. I quit my job of four years at a biotech company in September to go back to school for a PhD in biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and we bought a to-be-constructed house, which we finally moved into in December after nine months of delays. I'm really enjoying being a student again--after four years of working, it feels like a vacation!"
    DEBRA (PONG) TUPER, MEd Vanderbilt Univ., of Enid, Ok., writes: "I married GALE TUPER JR. '94, on July 3, 1996. After he completed Vanderbilt Medical School, and I taught for one year, we moved to Dayton, Ohio, for Gale's general surgery internship year at Wright Patterson AFB and Wright State University. Our son, Timothy, was born on February 23, 1999. We have since moved to Vance Air Force Base, where I stay at home with Timothy, and Gale is an Air Force Flight Surgeon."


MONICA GARAIONANDIA, of Miami, is working as marketing manager at Bacardi U.S.A. MARLIN A. GREEN, of Upland, Ind., writes: "On January 4, 1999, I became the area director of administration for the Ohio Valley area for Ernest & Young LLP."

1996 MS (CS): SAMANTHA JAMIE BRITTON, BS Southern Oregon State Univ. '90, of Columbia, Md., is director of performance optimization group marketing for TTC. She writes: "I have been participating and growing within the AMA and Toastmasters International. I am waiting to teach my first graduate IT course after being hired by Hopkins. My husband, Paul, and I are selling our home in Columbia and we are in the process of building our new home in the River Hill area. Hello to my grad buddy TAMMY (SUTTON) LENAHAN."

1996 PhD (ENG): JIANHUA CHEN has joined the Miami office of Professional Services Industries as senior engineer. Dr. Chen's experience includes coordinating field and lab testing and performing engineering analysis. He has authored 22 technical publications in both geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, and he was the recipient of a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, after which he served as a research assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts.


ROB DEICHERT writes: "After working at Mars & Co. for a year and a half, I've moved into the Internet world with some 'Ex-Martians' to launch a brand new online collaboration tool that's free-- Although the job change prevented me from going on a February snowboarding trip to Whistler, B.C. with fellow alumni GEOFF GRAY '97 and GIRISH AAKALU '96, it was a great career move, and I love the challenge. By the time you read this, we should be fully launched and have permanent office space in New York City."


PARHAM JABERI writes: "I am enjoying my second year at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I am currently serving as student council president. Good luck to all '98 graduates." JAIME KLIMSEY, of Gainesville, Fla., is a first-year student at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. REBECCA SHAPECK, of Washington, D.C., is a research associate for the National Research Council.

1998 MD (Med): KIRK M. CHAN-TACK, of Columbia, Mo., married JANET CHRISTINE LAM MHS (PH) '98 on May 22, 1999.

1998 MA (SAIS): AMANDA SUSSMAN, of Ontario, Canada, is policy advisor special assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration of Canada.


PILAR OBERWETTER is a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer serving in Jamaica implementing literacy programs in a rural all-age school and also working on community development projects and promoting eco-friendly products.

1999 PhD: ROY NORTON, of Toronto, is executive director of International Relations and Protocol for the government of Ontario.

1999 MA (SAIS): SALLY LOUISE STEEL, BA Univ. of Oregon, of Washington, is program coordinator for International Insurance Foundation, an educational foundation that works with emerging markets as they create insurance regulation.


1929: MILDRED (DANIEL) LAWRENCE, who was a minister of music for the Methodist Church, has diedd. Her daughter Molly Daniel Watkins writes: "She was always very proud of her Peabody degree, especially since at the time she attended it was almost a rarity for a young woman from a small town in South Carolina to be a student. She was very proud of the conservatory's affiliation with the University."

1931: EARL A. EVANS, a pioneering biochemist who built up one of the nation's leading biochemistry departments at the University of Chicago, died on October 5. Dr. Evans was an early researcher into the use of radioactive isotopes to study metabolism and the use of a group of viruses known as bacteriophages to study the workings of DNA. Beside his work at Chicago, Dr. Evans spent one year as a research fellow with Hans Krebs, who won a Nobel Prize in 1953. He is survived by one son.

1933: SARAH DOGGETT JOERGER, who lived in Greenville, S.C., died on March 13. Mrs. Joerger was connected with the Greenville Hospital System for many years as both head nurse and nursing instructor. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren.

1940 PhD (A&S): MARGARETTA P. CHILDS, the city of Charleston's first archivist and a noted social activist, died on January 22. She was a member of the Charleston Interracial Committee from its inception in the 1940s, Amnesty International, and of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and a supporter of the World Jewish Congress. She is survived by three daughters, a son, two sisters, a brother, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

1943: MITCHELL GERBER, who lived in Baltimore, died in January. In 1948, he joined Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s shipbuilding works in Sparrows Point, designing equipment for freighters and tankers and training crew members. He retired in 1986. He was a volunteer docent at the Maryland Historical Society and an expert on state history. A longtime member of Beth Am Synagogue in Baltimore, he was "Mitzvah Mobility" volunteer, and an interpreter for Yiddish-speaking immigrants, mostly from Russia. He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, two brothers, two granddaughters, and a great-grandson.

1943 PhD (A&S): DAVID N. KENDALL died on January 16, from complications following a stroke. Dr. Kendall founded Kendall Infrared Laboratories in 1953. In 1987, he formed a merger, the new company being known as Metuchen Analytical/Kendall Infrared. He received the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Spectroscopy in 1973 from the New York Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and was the editor of Applied Infrared Spectroscopy, which was published in 1966. He is survived by his wife and three children.

1950: CAROL J. JOHNS died in February of cancer. An international authority on sarcoidosis, she was a champion of women's medical education. She was the founder of the Hopkins Sarcoid Clinic and recently wrote of her 50 years of observations on the disease in the journal Medicine. A member of the Hopkins faculty since the early 1950s, Dr. Johns was assistant dean and director of continuing medical education from 1981 to 1993. She also was Wellesley College's acting president in 1979-1980, and a longtime trustee of the college. She was recently named a master by the American College of Physicians and a Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor by the University's board of trustees. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard J Johns, who is founding director of the Hopkins department of biomedical engineering; three sons; a brother; and seven grandchildren.

1951: GEORGE MCTURNAN KAHIN, a Cornell University professor and author, who was one of the nation's leading scholars on Southeast Asia and an early critic of U.S. policy during the Vietnam War, died in January. He is the author of two books: Nationalism and Revolution in Indonesia (1952) and Intervention: How America Became Involved in Vietnam (1986), which relied on hundreds of interviews and analysis of thousands of declassified documents.He is survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren, and a sister.

1964 MEd: JOHN HARRISON HILKER, Towson State Univ. '49, served the Baltimore City Schools for 21 years. In June 1970, he joined the ministry and moved his family to Minnesota, where he later founded the Kingdom Evangelical Church of Hopkins Minnesota in 1976. He continued as pastor, writer, and local radio speaker until being diagnosed with terminal esophagal cancer. He died on December 24. Mr. Hilker is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, four grandsons, and one granddaughter.

1972 PhD (A&S): GARDNER POND, a longtime professor of politics and philosophy at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, died in December of a heart attack. As chairman of the division of social sciences from 1967 until last year, Dr. Pond helped shape the overall quality of instruction at Essex, and he helped the school grow from a tiny institution. He is survived by his wife, Virginia.

1977 PhD (A&S): HARRIET K. GREIF, MLA (CS) '66, MA (A&S) '69, died in March. Mrs. Greif was on the faculty of Loyola College in the early 1960s and is the author of Historia de Nacimientos: The Poetry of Emilio Prados. She had been a longtime member of the Alumni Council of Johns Hopkins and had served on the board of the Public Works Museum in Baltimore. A member of Temple Oheb Shalom, she is survived by her husband, a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

1997 PhD (ENG): PATRICIA GRIZZAFFI CAMPBELL, a planetary scientist who was involved in NASA space exploration missions to Mars and other research programs died of cancer on March 9 at her home in Annandale, Virginia. Dr. Campbell had been a staff scientist for the RAND think tank in Santa Monica, California, when in 1991 she was detailed to NASA. She is survived by her husband, mother, stepfather, father, and three sisters.