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Irvin I. Klein, Engr '39, of Baltimore, has been retired for 24 years from his last position as chief, engineering and maintenance of Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He writes: "I am also a retired Lt. Col. in the Army Corps of Engineers. My wife, Ethel, and I will celebrate 58 years of marriage, five children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. I celebrated my 90th birthday last year with about 50 friends and relatives in attendance."


Peter Stern, A&S '43, of Wyncote, Pennsylvania, has authored three books, including Gifford the Giraffe, a children's book he created to read to his 17 grandchildren at bedtime. As he does every five years, Stern has again written a parody, which was sung this spring at his 65th Reunion on campus.


Grant B. Hill, A&S '50, was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his services during World War II. He writes of his wartime service in France: "I was with the Office of Strategic Services. As a member of an 18-man team, I jumped behind enemy lines and, among other activities, with the help of the French underground, captured the second-largest hydroelectric plant in Europe."


Mathew Lee, A&S '53, recently co-authored a textbook, Rehabilitation Medicine and Thermography. He is medical director of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and chairman of the NYU School of Medicine's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.


Philip Brenner, A&S '75 (PhD), was honored at American University's annual faculty recognition dinner for his excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service during the 2007-2008 school year. A professor in the School of International Service, he received the award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment.


A. Thomas Pedroni Jr., A&S '76, a principal in the law firm of Ober|Kaler, has been chosen by Nightingale's Healthcare News for its list of "Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyers-2008." He is one of only 10 lawyers from across the country selected.


Helena C. Chui, Med '77, chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, in May received the 2008 Physician-PA Partnership of the Year PAragon Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants.


Jonna-Lynn K. Mandelbaum, PH '78 (MPH), has recently released Malarial Fevers, a historical novel that tells the story of a pioneering female missionary woman in the late 1880s. This is the first of three books that focus on Mozambique. Freddi Segal-Gidan, Health Services '78, is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine and director of the Alzheimer Research Center of California at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. In May she received the 2008 Physician-PA Partnership of the Year PAragon Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants.


Doug Evans, SPH '84, vice president of RTI International's Public Health and Environment Division, has been appointed to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services' Advisory Committee on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020. He will serve a two-year term advising the secretary and HHS on health promotion and disease prevention objectives aimed at improving the health of Americans.


Joshua Olshin, A&S '86, is the president and managing director of Tranzon Integrated Property Group in New York City. He has extensive experience advising corporations, financial institutions, municipalities and individuals on the disposition of real estate throughout the United States. Prior to the opening of Tranzon, he served as a managing director and general counsel of another auction company.


Edward N. Sague, A&S '88 (MA), recently received the prestigious Senior Dental Clinician Award from the U.S. Public Health Service in recognition of outstanding achievements in clinical dentistry.


Vedang Londhe, Engr '91, received the 2008 Ross Award in Research by a Young Investigator at the Western Society for Pediatric Research annual meeting in January. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. His research focuses on the role of inflammation during lung development.


Marta Brito Pérez, Bus '01 (MA), has been named AstraZeneca's human resources vice president, North America and Global Marketing. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, she was the chief human capital officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and directed all aspects of human resources management for the federal government's third largest cabinet-level agency.

In Memoriam

1929: Frances M. Kavanagh, Nurs '29, a retired nurse who had been a captain in a Johns Hopkins medical unit during World War II and was later a revered figure in her church, died of congestive heart failure in March. The former Mount Vernon, Virginia, resident was 102. After World War II broke out, she joined the Women's Army Corps; sailed to England; and worked with the 56th General Hospital Unit in England, Belgium, and France. She was awarded the Unit Citation for Meritorious Service at the conclusion of the war. She returned to work at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins and later taught practical nursing at Maryland General Hospital. She also graduated from the Women's Institute in Domestic Sciences with a diploma in foods and cookery.

1934: Charles Summers Stevenson Sr., Med '34, who was 100 years old and lived in Laconia, New Hampshire, died on February 1 at his home. Loving the outdoors, he and his wife enjoyed their sailboat and summer cottages in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada, and on Bailey Island, Maine.

1935: Maude Brown Williams, Bus '35, died November 20, 2007, at the age of 93 in Alexandria, Virginia. Williams was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, and she was a docent at Dumbarton House in Washington, D.C. She was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Alexandria and sang in the choir. She also volunteered with Head Start.

1937: Reuben Shiling, A&S '37, an attorney, died of a heart attack in January at age 91. Shiling was the senior partner in Shiling, Bloch, and Hirsh, a Towson, Maryland, law firm. According to a Baltimore Sun obituary, he was an enforcement attorney with the Office of Price Administration in Maryland during World War II, where "he prosecuted violations of the agency's price ceilings, revoked gasoline ration stamps for speeding, and prohibited recreational driving."

1942: Wallace Sands Brooke, Med '42, one of Utah's longtime medical leaders who helped set up the four-year medical school at the University of Utah, died on January 16. He was 93. As a surgeon at Holy Cross Hospital for more than 40 years, as chairman of the University of Utah Health Sciences Council, as president of the Utah State Medical Society, and in many other roles, he carried on his family's tradition of medical service to the community. Brooke was a fifth-generation physician.

1943: Louis F. Drummeter Jr., A&S '43, '49 (PhD), who worked for 32 years at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and helped design one of the nation's first satellites, died of a heart attack on March 20. The Catonsville resident was 86. Drummeter was responsible for several discoveries, including the creation of medical equipment used in the "blue baby" operation-a procedure that saves infants born with heart defects-and a number of thermal-sensing instruments. In 1948, Drummeter started work at the NRL, where he remained until he retired in 1980. He focused on infrared spectroscopy, chemical warfare, submarine detection, and the management of research and development.

1944: Clifford E. Weber, A&S '44 (PhD), who lived in Berlin, Maryland, died on April 3 in Sykesville. He was a nuclear engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy. He had worked on the Manhattan Project and with international nuclear programs. He was an avid skier and golfer and also enjoyed tennis. He also enjoyed building, gardening, and animals.

1946: Agness Fulton Bond, Nurs '46, who had been the school nurse at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore for nearly three decades, died January 19 of complications from Addison's disease. She was 83. Bond began her nursing career at the former Hospital for the Women of Maryland and later joined the staff at Union Memorial Hospital. A registered nurse, she worked at the Byrn Mawr School from 1962 until she retired in 1989. For a number of years, she was director of the Gordon Hill Day Camp. She was an active communicant at St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park, where she had served on the vestry and was a member of the Women of St. David's.

1950: C. David Haacke, Engr '50, a former mayor of Chestertown, Maryland, and one-time member of the Kent County Board of Commissioners, died of lung cancer at the age of 82 in October 2007. He was a successful business owner who played an active role in Kent County civic and political affairs. He was well-known for his work with the Masons, rising to the fraternal organization's highest rank in Maryland-Most Worshipful Grand Master-in 1985-86. Among his legacies was the creation of Masonic Charities of Maryland Inc. A longtime director of Chestertown Bank of Maryland, he served on the boards of many local businesses and organizations. He was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church.

1952: Samuel Charles Pennington III, A&S '52, died February 2, at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, Maine. Pennington joined the Air Force after graduating from Johns Hopkins and trained as a navigator-bombardier. He and his wife, the former Sally Clayton, had five children and 11 grandchildren. In spite of poor health in the last few months, Pennington went daily to his office at the Maine Antique Digest to oversee its operation and work on his ongoing projects, television show, and philanthropies. He was featured in the February 2005 Johns Hopkins Magazine.

1953: Lewis Edwards Gibson, Med '53, a pediatrician, developed the diagnostic test still in use for confirming cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that strikes in childhood and afflicts more than 30,000 Americans. From 1984 to 1991, he ran the CF clinic at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center (now Rush University Medical Center in Chicago) and returned to Loyola as a professor of pediatrics and director of the CF clinic until his retirement in 1996.

1955: Mary Lightle Holden, SAIS '55 (MA), a former medical social worker with the Red Cross, died February 6 at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond after a stroke. During World War II, she came to Washington with the Red Cross and helped amputees with their physical rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In 1948, she helped organize an international Red Cross gathering that addressed issues surrounding the post-war establishment of orphanages and hospitals. She retired in 1959, after her marriage to Raymond T. Holden, an obstetrician. She was on the boards of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, Meridian International Center, and Travelers Aid Society of Washington.

1956: Henry Douglas Scriba, Bus '56, Ed '62, a former Calvert School business administrator, died of complications from a stroke on February 28, in Parkville, Maryland. He was 85. He went to work at Calvert School in 1948 and remained there until his retirement in 1986. Scriba was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon, where he was a cantor, lay minister, and parish council member.

1961: Suzanne Runyan Moore, Med '61 (MA), died on March 3, after struggling with the effects of degenerative blood diseases for the past four years. With a master's degree in medical and biological illustration from Johns Hopkins University, she became staff artist for the Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan. She married William H. Moore in 1964. As an adult, she devoted time to a variety of volunteer artistic and ministering efforts, all the while nurturing her husband and daughter. For about 40 years, she carried on a quiet program of peacemaking through writing letters to people in many countries and to prisoners in the United States.

1963: Frances Murphy II, Ed '63 (MS), the first woman to chair the Afro-American Newspaper board of directors, publisher emerita of the Washington Afro-American, popular columnist at the Baltimore Afro-American, and granddaughter of the newspaper's founder, died on November 23, 2007. She was 85. After years of teaching in Baltimore's school system, Murphy joined the staff of Morgan State University. She became a professor of journalism in 1975 at what was then SUNY-Buffalo in New York. She moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1985 to become an associate professor of journalism at Howard University. In 1987, Murphy became the publisher of the Washington AFRO, where she mentored many journalists. In 1999, she was named Washington AFRO publisher emerita and moved to Baltimore. She was the editorial page director and wrote the popular Baltimore AFRO column, "If You Ask Me."

1964: Charles Michael D'Angelo, A&S '64, died on October 30, 2006, of malignant insulinoma. Prior to retiring to his farm in Wisconsin in 1998, he was a highly respected neurosurgeon in Chicago and was active in many national professional societies, including serving as governor of the American College of Surgeons and on the editorial board of the journal Spine. His only daughter, Cara Catarina, died of cystic fibrosis at the age of 8.

1965: Delores Gordon Hobbs, Ed '65 (MA), a retired educator who was a member of the Maryland Board of Optometry, died after surgical complications on March 22. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 69. She was an elementary school teacher and counselor for the Baltimore school system who later worked in adult education. She also held supervisory posts before retiring in 1990.

1970: Ralph K. Rothwell Jr., A&S '70, managing partner of a law firm, died of bone cancer on January 4 in Baltimore. The Homeland resident was 58. Rothwell had been a legal counsel for the Army Corps of Engineers, an assistant state's attorney for Baltimore, and an assistant attorney general of Maryland. He later worked in private practice, and for the past 25 years had been with Maslan, Maslan & Rothwell in Baltimore County.

1974: Edward Francis Kness, Engr '74 (MS), died of a heart attack on January 23. Kness worked in the undersea division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum for several years before joining IBM as a systems engineer in 1968. He retired from the company in 1987. For the past two decades, he owned and operated Cardinal Consulting, which took its name from his high school's mascot and was based at his home in Sparks.

1975: Howard "Chip" Silverman, SPH '75, a pioneer in addictions counseling, the first lacrosse coach at Morgan State University, and one of the original "diner guys" died on March 8 of melanoma. He was 65. At Maryland's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, Silverman rose to deputy director and in 1985 was named director. He received two national awards: The David E. Smith Award for Career Achievement and Pioneering in the Field of Addictions, and the Dole-Nyswander Award for Achievement in the Methadone Treatment Field. In 1978, Silverman began the nation's first publicly funded treatment program for compulsive gambling. PBS in April aired a documentary, "The Morgan Lacrosse Story," relating how when Silverman was a young (and white) administrator there in the late 1970s, he was asked to start a lacrosse team-the first one at a historically black institution. The film was based on the book Silverman co-authored, The Ten Bears, about the 1975 team.

1977: Helen Rene Banghart, Ed '77 (MS), a retired Howard County teacher, died on January 7 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 67. She lived in Columbia, Maryland. Banghart taught second grade and special education at Worthington Elementary School in Ellicott City from 1970 until her retirement in 1993.

1984: Ursula N. McCracken, A&S '84 (MA), '86 (MA), former director of the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., who earlier had been director of development at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, died in April of brain cancer at her home in Baltimore. After her 1965 wedding to Edward P. McCracken, she moved to Baltimore and joined the staff of what was then the Walters Art Gallery.

1985: Donna Miller-Clingan, Edu '85 (MS), a retired Anne Arundel County schools administrator and former middle school principal, died of pancreatic cancer on March 12 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Millersville resident was 60. In 1993, she became an administrator at Magothy River Middle School and was its principal from 1998 to 2002. She then served as principal at Lindale Middle School until 2005, when she became a principal in the department of instruction for the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.


Heritage Award
Recognizing outstanding service to Johns Hopkins University

Willis C. Gore, Engr '48, '52 (PhD), spent his 44-year Hopkins career as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, chairing the department twice, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, and advising more than 20 PhD and 35 master's degree students. He has consulted for numerous companies and government agencies. His research over the latter half of the 20th century evolved from power, electronic, and control systems to the computer age with special interests in computer engineering, operating systems, information theory, and coding. His research into new classes of codes and new methods of decoding greatly aided the field of cryptography vital to our national security.

Charles C. Counselman Jr., Engr '38, is chairman emeritus of Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes Inc., a privately held insurance brokerage in Baltimore with an international clientele. He has provided support to the development of the Whiting School's Entrepreneurship and Management (E&M) minor program, serving on both the Applied Math & Statistics advisory board and the E&M advisory group. In 2000, he and his wife, Catherine, created an endowed fellowship to aid applied math and statistics graduate students. He is also an avid supporter of the school band, Hopkins Athletics, the Wilmer Eye Institute, the School of Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Wayne N. Schelle, A&S '58, has served on class reunion committees, the Alumni Council, and the Homewood House Advisory Council, and was an Annual Fund Phonathon volunteer for many years. Schelle has served on the National Council for Johns Hopkins Nursing, is a member of the School of Nursing and the Krieger School legacy circles, has served two terms on the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees, and is currently a presidential counselor. Schelle and his wife, Elaine, Nurs '59, have provided philanthropic leadership to the School of Nursing Building Fund and the Homewood Athletics program with the naming of the Schelle Pavilion. They have also been long-standing members of the President's Club. Having served as chairman of American Personal Communications in the 1990s, Schelle is considered one of a select group of pioneers in the cellular wireless service industry.

Distinguished Alumnus Award
Recognizing personal, professional, or humanitarian achievement

Awadagin Pratt, Peab '89, '92 (GPD), launched his piano and conducting career with a win at the 1992 Naumburg International Piano Competition. He has toured across the United States, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. A strong advocate of music education, Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he performs. He has been featured in national print and broadcast media, including Newsweek, People Magazine, New York Newsday, Ebony, National Public Radio, Today Show, Good Morning America, Sesame Street, and PBS' Live from the Kennedy Center.

Woodrow Wilson Award
Recognizing distinguished public service

Sheng Mou Hou, SPH '98, serves as minister of health in the National Department of Health, Taiwan, Republic of China. He is also an orthopedic surgeon, a researcher, and an educator. He has expanded Taiwan's partnership with the global health community, revitalized Taiwan's national health insurance system, and is working to improve Taiwan's capability to prevent a potential flu pandemic. As dean of the School of Medicine at National Taiwan University, he made revolutionary reforms in medical education. He is credited with numerous research papers and review articles, holds six patents, and has been recognized internationally for his pioneering work in orthopedics.

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