Johns Hopkins Magazine -- June 2000
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Alumni Association Awards
Summer 1999 and Winter 2000

The Woodrow Wilson Award
Honors alumni who have brought credit to the University by their current or recently concluded distinguished service to the public as elected or appointed officials.

John Hamre, SAIS '76, '78 (Ph.D.)
John Hamre currently serves as U.S. deputy secretary of defense and is the second-highest-ranking civilian at the Pentagon. Before joining the Defense Department in 1993, Mr. Hamre spent ten years on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee and six years with the Congressional Budget Office.

Pendleton Herring, A&S '25, '28 (Ph.D.)
Pendleton Herring is highly respected as a political scientist and public servant. His 1930s book on social groups is still regarded as a critical text on the subject. He taught at Harvard's Graduate School of Public Administration for 18 years and served as a consultant to the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. During 1946-47 Dr. Herring was director of the U.N. Atomic Energy Group, and from 1948 to 1968 he was president of the Social Science Research Council. For almost three decades he served as president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

The Heritage Award
Honors alumni or friends who have contributed outstanding service over an extended period to the progress of the University and the activities of the Alumni Association.

H. Furlong Baldwin, Trustee
H. Furlong Baldwin, a trustee of the University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, has a long and distinguished record of service to the institutions. A 1954 graduate of Princeton with an M.B.A. from Rutgers, he is chairman and CEO of Mercantile Bankshares Corporation and a prominent leader in the Baltimore business community. Mr. Baldwin has been an invaluable advocate for Johns Hopkins, providing exceptional leadership during the campaigns of the past two decades.

Alonzo G. Decker Jr., Trustee Emeritus
Now retired as CEO of Black & Decker, Alonzo Decker chaired the first major development campaign at Johns Hopkins--the Hopkins Hundreds Campaign of the 1970s--and was honorary chairman of the Campaign for Johns Hopkins in the 1980s. He served as chair of the Trustees Finance Committee for many years. Mr. Decker received the Eisenhower Medal for Distinguished Service to the University in 1983, and in 1986 he was awarded an honorary degree.

Jacob C. Handelsman, A&S '40, Med '43
Jacob C. "Jack" Handelsman has remained a dedicated advocate for the School of Medicine since his graduation. After service in Italy during World War II, he completed a surgery residency at Johns Hopkins and joined the faculty. For many years, he has played a leading role in fund-raising efforts on behalf of the Alfred Blalock Chair in the Department of Surgery, in addition to serving as the representative for his School of Medicine class. His 50th reunion efforts resulted in 82% participation in class giving.

Russell A. Nelson, Med '37
Russell Nelson spent his distinguished career at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was named director of the Hospital (a title later changed to president) in 1952, and held the position until his retirement in 1973. During the 1980s he was director of Control Data Corporation, a pioneering computer data company. Dr. Nelson and his wife, Ruth Jeffcoat Nelson, Nurs '37, have established scholarship funds at the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.

Richard J. Nozemack, Engr '67
Richard Nozemack is vice president of Fluid Cracking Catalysts and general manager of the North American division of Grace Davidson in Baltimore. He has been a dedicated member of the Society of Engineering Alumni, beginning as a charter member and rising to chairman. He also chaired the SEA Student Relations Committee, and was instrumental in implementing the SEA Internship Program, Career Night, and Resume Review Program for engineering students. He has also served on the School of Engineering National Advisory Council.

Steve and Fifi Peck
The Pecks have been generous advocates of the School of Nursing for many years. Steve Peck, a trustee emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, has served on the National Council for Johns Hopkins Nursing. As vice-chair of the School's development campaign, he focused on raising money within the Baltimore business community for the School's new building. His wife, Fifi Peck, has been a liaison to the School from the Johns Hopkins Women's Board and has served on the Nightingala Planning Committee for several years.

Fred H. Sanderson, SAIS Faculty
Fred Sanderson has had a distinguished 28-year career in the U.S. Department of State, served on two presidential commissions, and been the recipient of the Rockefeller Public Service Award. He has taught European economics at SAIS since 1973. Dr. Sanderson believes that SAIS is "the best school of international affairs anywhere; none other equals SAIS in scope, quality, or influence." In 1997, he and his wife created the Fred H. and Elisabeth D. Sanderson Distinguished Professorship in International Economics at SAIS.

Betty Scher, Nurs '50
Since graduation, Betty Scher has been a dedicated and active member of the Johns Hopkins Nurses Alumni Association, of which she was elected president in 1969. Since 1994 she has served as editor of the association's magazine, Vigilando, bringing to it an invaluable historical perspective. Mrs. Scher also serves on the committee to publish volume two of The History of Johns Hopkins Nursing, and is chairman of the 50th reunion committee for her class.

Jacques T. Schlenger, A&S '44
Jacques Schlenger, managing partner in the Baltimore law firm Venable, Baetjer & Howard, has devoted his energies to many civic causes and has been a particularly dedicated supporter of the Peabody Institute. As chairman of the Peabody Advisory Council, he spearheaded successful efforts to rebuild the Institute's endowment and affirm its artistic reputation at a critical juncture in its history. Mr. Schlenger has also been a strong supporter of the Hospital, the School of Nursing, and the Eisenhower Library.

Dorothy McIlvain Scott
Dorothy McIlvain Scott has been a friend to many Johns Hopkins divisions. At Public Health, she is primarily responsible for the establishment of the Anna Baetjer Scholarship in honor of her lifelong friend. Mrs. Scott has established bequests to support Nursing, Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Peabody, and the Eisenhower Library. A member of the Homewood Advisory Council since its inception in 1989, she has a particular interest in Homewood House and has given many antiques to the home.

Herschel L. Seder, A&S '39, Trustee Emeritus
Herschel Seder, CEO and president of the Milwaukee Valve Company in Chicago, has served the University in numerous capacities, including as trustee; Presidential Counselor; member of the Engineering National Advisory Council, the Applied Physics Lab Committee, and the SAIS Advisory Council; and as chair of the Regional Major Gifts Committee. Mr. Seder has been a strong advocate for Hopkins Engineering and was instrumental in re- establishing the engineering school.

Linda Grass Shapiro
Linda Grass Shapiro has been involved with Peabody since 1983, when her daughter enrolled at the Preparatory. Since that time, she has become a dedicated volunteer and a leading advocate of the Institute, currently serving on the Peabody Advisory Council. For years, she served as an unpaid special assistant to the dean of the Preparatory, working to develop the Arts for Talented Youth program and chairing several gala benefits. Ms. Shapiro has been one of Peabody's most generous donors, and has also supported breast cancer research at Hopkins.

Irving J. Sherman, A&S '36, Med '40
Irving Sherman currently serves the University as a Presidential Counselor and in a similar capacity at the Applied Physics Laboratory. He has been a generous supporter of the Department of Neurosurgery, and has remained particularly interested in issues of professionalism and competency in residency training. A symposium on medical education that he funded at Johns Hopkins resulted in curricular principles that will soon be required for all medical residency programs in the U.S.

Morris Tanenbaum, A&S '49, Trustee Emeritus
Morris Tanenbaum retired as vice chairman and chief financial officer of AT&T after a career of pioneering developments and inventions. A University trustee emeritus, he still serves on the Executive, Finance, and Investments Committees. From 1991 to 1996 he served as chairman of the Finance Committee, playing a leading role in the evolution of Hopkins' five-year financial planning process. Dr. Tanenbaum has also served on the University's Biomedical Engineering Advisory Council.

Loretta Lee Ver Valen, Peab '26, '27
Mrs. Ver Valen, who died in January, had a notable career as an opera singer and patron of the arts. She taught at Peabody during the 1920s and '40s, and in 1963 became chair of the Baltimore Opera's Vocal Competition, a post she held for 30 years. In 1997, Mrs. Ver Valen announced generous bequests to Peabody, the Wilmer Eye Institute, and the Oncology Center. She later made a generous gift to the student arts center at Homewood.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award
Honors alumni for personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service that typifies the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence.

David H. Bernstein, A&S '57, Trustee
David Bernstein is president of Duty Free International, which operates stores at airports and supplies duty-free items to the diplomatic community. He began his career with a ship's chandler, Samuel Meisel & Company, at the port of Baltimore, eventually taking over the company and transforming it into DFI. A dedicated and generous alumnus, Mr. Bernstein is a founding member of the School of Arts and Sciences' National Development Council and chairs the Krieger School Advisory Council.

Andrew J. Bozzelli, Engr '53, Trustee
Andrew Bozzelli, a corporate problem- solver, began his career in a laboratory at Sun Oil Company and eventually became president of Anchor/Darling Industries in 1985, serving as executive vice president of Kewanee Industries and CAWSL Corporation along the way. He has brought his considerable skills to 22 years of service on the Board of Trustees, where he has chaired four standing committees. As chairman of the Finance Committee, he helped lead the University through some difficult times, from which it emerged stronger than ever.

James C. Cobey, SPH '68, Med '69
James Cobey is one of the country's leading experts in the emerging field of refugee health care. His lifelong work in this area was recognized in 1997 when he shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines. He has been extensively involved with Orthopaedics Overseas and Physicians for Human Rights for many years, leading relief and educational teams in over 20 developing countries. Dr. Cobey is also a current member of the Dean's Alumni Advisory Council at the School of Public Health.

Worth B. Daniels, Med '48
Worth Daniels, a prominent member of the Baltimore community, has been a leader in academic and philanthropic affairs at Johns Hopkins for more than 50 years. The son of two 1924 School of Medicine graduates, he has served on the School's faculty since 1958 and was in private practice until 1991. During the 1990s he was an active member of the Alumni Council and its executive committee. Dr. Daniels is a class representative for his School and has also led fund-raising efforts among Hopkins physicians for the School of Nursing.

Charles D. Flagle, Engr '40, '54, '55 (D. Eng.)
Charles Flagle, professor emeritus at the School of Public Health, is known for bringing the field of operations research and the use of technology to the forefront of public health. His focus has been the role that computers, telecommunications, and information sciences are able to play in health services delivery. After designing jet engine controls during World War II, he joined the Hospital as director of operations research in 1954. As a visiting scholar at the National Library of Medicine, Dr. Flagle single-handedly created a classification system for health services research.

Robert W. Fogel, A&S '63 (Ph.D.)
Robert Fogel, director of the Center for Population Economics at the University of Chicago, was co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1993. He has been described by colleagues as the father of modern econometric history. His work entails turning the theoretical and statistical tools of modern economics on the past, examining subjects ranging from slavery and railroads to ocean shipping and property rights. Before coming to Chicago, Dr. Fogel taught at the University of Rochester and at Harvard University.

J. Barclay Knapp, A&S '79, Trustee
Shortly after receiving his M.B.A. from Harvard in 1983, Barclay Knapp and two colleagues founded Cellular Communications Inc. (CCI), which grew to be one of the nation's largest independent cellular telephone companies and the first publicly traded one. In 1993 he became president and CEO of National Transcommunications Limited Inc. (NTL), which has become the third-largest operator of cable television and telephone systems in the U.K. He is also president and CEO of CoreComm Ltd., a U.S. company offering telephone and internet services.

Genevieve Matanoski, Med '55, SPH '62, '64 (Dr.P.H.)
Genevieve Matanoski is an internationally known expert on the epidemiology of chronic diseases in large populations, and she is frequently called upon by Congress to assist in developing national policy. Her research focuses on cancer risks from occupational and environmental exposures, studies of family-based populations, and incidences of infant mortality and congenital malformations. In 1993, Dr. Matanoski was appointed the first woman chair of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Gail McGovern, A&S '74, Trustee
Gail McGovern, who holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University, worked for AT&T for 24 years, starting as a computer programmer and eventually becoming vice president and general manager of business services. In 1995, Ms. McGovern was put in charge of AT&T's Business Markets Division and was named one of the "25 most powerful people in networking" by Network World magazine. She is currently the senior operations officer in the Division of Personal Investments and Brokerage Group for Fidelity Investments of Boston.

Charles A. Miller Jr., A&S '40
After graduation, Charles Miller joined the Navy, rising to the rank of commander. Returning to his native Baltimore after World War II, he founded, in succession, three successful companies: Industrial Products, primarily distributing filter products for cars and industrial applications; Filterite, a manufacturer of industrial filters later bought by Brunswick, Inc.; and the Bank of Maryland. Mr. Miller is a former member of the Engineering National Development Committee and a generous donor to the Whiting School.

Merton H. Miller, A&S '52 (Ph.D.)
Merton Miller is a co-recipient of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Economics. Shortly after receiving his doctorate, he joined the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and worked with Franco Modigliani, with whom he developed the Modigliani-Miller Theorem, creating the modern discipline of financial economics. In 1961, Dr. Miller became a professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He is currently on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Mark E. Rubenstein, Engr '62, '67, Trustee
In 1969 Mark Rubenstein founded The Rubenstein Company, which has become one of Philadelphia's leading real estate management and development firms. He has brought his leadership and vision to many volunteer roles at Johns Hopkins, serving on several major trustee committees and chairing the Engineering National Advisory Council and the Whiting School's campaign committee.

Huntington Sheldon, Med '56, Trustee
After receiving his medical degree, Huntington "Skip" Sheldon trained in orthopaedic surgery and pathology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then began a career at McGill University in Montreal that spanned three decades, and served twice as co-editor of the Introduction to the Study of Disease. Dr. Sheldon also served as associate editor of the Journal of Zoology and was physician and director of the Autopsy Service at Royal Victoria Hospital. In 1985 he retired to begin farming in New York and Vermont.

Helmut Sonnenfeldt, A&S '50, '51, Trustee Emeritus
Helmut Sonnenfeldt has worked for many years as a government official, educator, and consultant. He has been in the Foreign Service and served as a senior member of the National Security Council. During 1974-77 he was the director of the Office of Research and Analysis for the USSR and Eastern Europe at the U.S. State Department. Mr. Sonnenfeldt has been involved with the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies for many years as a faculty member, visiting scholar, and member of the SAIS Advisory Council.

Ilza Veith, A&S '44, Med '47 (Ph.D.)
A native of Germany, Ilza Veith studied the history of medicine at Hopkins under Henry Sigerist and became the first person in the country to receive a Ph.D. in the field. She soon joined the medicine faculty at the University of Chicago, and in 1964 was appointed professor of the history of health sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. The following year she published a landmark study of hysteria. Dr. Veith also published a widely respected work about her own experience as a stroke patient who continued to carry on a scholarly career.

George R. Wackenhut, SPSBE '49
While earning his master's degree in education, George Wackenhut was director of physical education and head soccer coach at Homewood (1946-50). In 1959, he created the Wackenhut Corporation, a public company that provides security and investigative services for industries, airports, and courts, as well as operational services for government and private facilities. Mr. Wackenhut is president and CEO of the Florida-based firm, which now employs 50,000 people worldwide. He also serves in many civic and philanthropic roles in Florida.