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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
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
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
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
The Distinguished Alumnus
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
director of physical education and head soccer coach at Homewood
(1946-50). In 1959, he created the Wackenhut Corporation, a
company that provides security
and investigative services for
industries, airports, and courts, as well as operational services
government and private facilities. Mr. Wackenhut is president
of the Florida-based firm, which now employs 50,000 people
He also serves in many civic and philanthropic roles in
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