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C. UMHAU WOLF, of Toledo, Ohio, has "retired again" after spending the last 20 years teaching at Lourdes College, in Sylvania, Ohio; St. Edwards University; and the Lifetime Learning Institute in Austin, Texas. He writes: "During these years I was active around the U.S. and Canada conducting pre-retirement seminars as well as post-retirement conferences for colleges, universities, and various religious denominations. The last five years have been devoted to Lutheranism in Northwestern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan in the 19th Century. Three volumes have been published and the fourth is being readied for print this spring. My wife, Betty, and I are well and were able to drive back and forth from Austin to Toledo. We have five grown children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren."


JOHN L. DORSEY, of New Delhi, India, is a missionary and founder of the Faith Academy, which has 2,500 students from pre-school through grade 12. He is president of the Board of Presbyterian Theologicas Seminary.


LIZ YOUNG KRAUSE, of Allegan, Mich., who was a nominee for Michigan Public Health Nurse of the Year in 1980, does home assessments of newborns. She traveled to China in 1992 to represent Community Health Nursing and was a member of the nursing faculty at Hope College from 1986-88.


JAMES E. MCDONNELL, of Vero Beach, Fla., is president of McDonnell Inc., receivers and growers of fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the U.S. He is married and has three children.
   CHARLES MCKENZIE JR., of Vero Beach, Fla., retired in 1990 after 31 years with Westinghouse Electric Corp. as a senior engineer. His work focused on developing radar systems and robotic systems.
   H. CLIFTON OSBORN, of Towson, Md., spent 31 years with the Baltimore County public school system. During the last 15, he was system-wide coordinator of social studies, K-12. In 1991, he joined the College of Notre Dame of Maryland as a full-time faculty member responsible for coordinating post-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs. In 1985, JOHN C. REIER, of York, Pa., retired as engineering manager from Borg-Warner Corporation, where he had designed air conditioners and heat pumps for residences and commercial establishments.
   JOHN B. RICE, of Farmville, Va., is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, who served in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida before his retirement in 1991. He still helps out small rural churches without ministers, leading worship services, conducting funerals, performing weddings, and providing counseling services.
   MURRAY J. SELDEEN, of Wayne, N.J., spent most of his career as administrative director of blood programs in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He retired in 1988 and now spends time at the opera, ballet, and theater. The rest of his time is spent enjoying his grandchildren in New Jersey and Texas.
   WILLIAM M. SINTON, of Flagstaff, Ariz., received his PhD for his work on the spectra of Venus. He entered the field of astrophysics and took a position at the University of Hawaii, from which he retired in 1990. His honors include the Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society of America, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa. He is married and has three children, and although he suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease, he has enjoyed using his ham radio to contact 194 countries in the last few years.


MALCOLM BERNSTEIN has written a new book, New Mind Power. The book is a self-development and self-tutorial methodology encouraging individuals to reach optimization.


GEORGE A. KEIGLER, of Monkton, Md., writes: "I have retired from a very satisfying career in shipbuilding with Bethlehem Steel. I also had a 31-year career with the U.S. Navy/Navy Reserve."

1954 MA (A&S): W. R. MOBLEY, of Fort Lee, N.J., is a retired, self-employed freelance medical editor. He published a poem, "Glenn Gould Performing," in the Winter 1999 issue of The Gould Standard, the international newsletter of the Glenn Gould Foundation.


ANNE TOWNSEND BULKLEY is retired. She writes: My husband of four years died of colon cancer in October. I have moved back to my hometown."


CHARLES B. PITCHER, of Amissville, Va., retired from the Department of Commerce at the end of 1997. He writes: "I enjoy the quiet of country life away from the Washington madhouse."


JEFFREY LAUREN, JD Duke Univ. '59, of Baltimore, is vice president of Hersch Lauren LLC.
   BOB VAUGHAN, MS '67, ScD '84, and his wife of 39 years, Gwen Stuart, have moved to San Mateo, Calif., to be near their two grandchildren. Bob is semi-retired, but he still does occasional hospital management consulting projects.


MURRY SIDLIN, MM (Peabody) '68, recently conducted eight concerts with the Houston Symphony, four concerts with the Victoria (B.C.) Symphony, and performed a fifth consecutive New Year's Eve Gala with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. This spring, he records for Koch International his own chamber ensemble arrangement of Aaron Copland's opera The Tender Land, which is now published by Boosey and Hawkes. This summer marks his 21st season as director of conducting studies at the Aspen Music Festival. He is completing his fifth year as resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony and holds the James DePriest Chair in Music at Pacific University.


H. ALAN BIGLEY JR., MD Univ. of Virginia '68, of Petersburg, Va., is self-employed. His practice is called Petersburg Urological Associates LTD.


1967 PhD (A&S): NORDEN HUANG, who works in the Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes at NASA's Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, Md., has received a NASA Space Act Award in the exceptional category for his invention of the Hilbert-Huang Transformation Method, a unique spectral analysis method for analyzing nonlinear and nonstationary data. Huang has been working for NASA since 1975, and studies ocean surface waves as affected by wind and currents. These parameters are critical for making better global weather and climate forecasts. He received a NASA Medal for Meritorious Service in 1985 and a Best Publication Award in 1997. He served as an associate editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research (1984 to 1988), and since 1990 has been an associate editor for the Journal of Physical Oceanography.

1967 PhD (A&S): TERRY K. SHELDAHL is visiting professor and special project officer at Saint Leo College in Savannah, Georgia. He is currently writing In the Midlands: The Western Philosophical Association (1900), the first of two volumes planned on the roots of the American Philosophical Association, 1895-1902. Coincidentally, he dedicated his Accounting Historians Journal article of December 1998 to the memory of one of the APA's foremost leaders, Professor Maurice Mandelbaum.


1968 MA (SAIS): ROBERTO TOSCANO, of Rome, is in charge of policy planning for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.


1970 PhD: MARK NADEL writes: "I have been appointed associate commissioner for disability and income assistance policy at the Social Security Administration. Previously, I was at the U.S. General Accounting Office, where I directed GAO's work on welfare reform. I have not completely abandoned the academic life, however. I am an adjunct professor at Georgetown, where I teach a course on social policy."


JAMES FERGUSON has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The recipient of the 1973 Turnbull Award, he was a star player for Bob Scott's lacrosse teams, which were NCAA Division runners-up in 1972 and 1973. He went on to play club lacrosse for the Connecticut Valley, Main Line, and Keystone club teams and earned Club Lacrosse All-Star recognition in 1974, 1975, and 1976.

1973 MA (SAIS): CRESENCIO "CRIS" ARCOS, of Miami, Fla., was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the president's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which is responsible for assessing the quality, quantity, and adequacy of intelligence collection and analysis and for estimating counterintelligence and related activities.


JOHN DOMINI, assistant professor in English at Northwestern University, is the author of Highway Trade, a collection of linked short stories. He writes: "I'd be happy to hear from any other alumni in the Chicago area, especially from the Writing Seminars."
   CHARLOTTE (KOPELKE) ELIOPOULIS, of Glen Arm, Md., has published Integrating Conventional and Alternative Therapies: Holistic Care of Chronic Conditions. She also has been elected president-elect of the American Holistic Nurses Association.


AVA SAFRAN GORDON, MD (Med) '81, JD Cardozo School of Law '95, of Staten Island, N.Y., is an attorney at Meiselman and Gordon LLP. She works with her husband Alvin Gordon and practices medical malpractice law and other plaintiff civil litigation. They have two sons, Robert and Ross, and a daughter, Ariel. JOHN PERROTTA, Bologna Center '76, and his wife, Sara, announce the birth of their second child, John-Paul, last April. Perrotta practices immigration law near Washington, D.C.

1977 PhD (ENG): DAVID L. GREENE, BA Columbia Univ. '71, MA Univ. of Oregon, of Farragut, Tenn., has been promoted to Corporate Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratories. This position is the highest rank for a scientist at ORNL.


JACQUELINE G. BESHAR, MBA Univ. of Chicago '83, of Essex Fells, N.J., has three kids and a manufacturing business with two (soon to be three) locations.


BEREL DOV LERNER writes: "Now the Messiah may come! I have finally received my PhD in philosopy from Tel Aviv University (subject: Interpretive Charity, Instrumental Pluralism, and Peter Winch's Philosophy of the Social Sciences). I am a member of kibbutz Sheluhot in Israel's Beit Shean Valley and divide my time between teaching philosophy and milking cows. My wife, Batsheva, and I have four sons (Tzvi, Yoni, Gavriel, and Hillel) and one daughter (Tifferet)."
   LESLIE PEDERSEN LUNDT has downsized her psychiatric practice and upsized her family. She writes: "Pierson Lundt was born in January, making four kids! Who would have thought? Meanwhile, I sold my private practice to a large group, sold my office building to two engineers, and now I am just an employee. Being a mom is much harder than being a shrink, although the jobs definitely have a lot in common."

1980 MM (Peabody): GERALD GROEMER, DMA (Peabody) '85, is author of a book on popular song in 19th-century Japan, Bakumatsu no hayariuta, which recently won the Tanabe Prize of the Society for Research in Asiatic Music in Tokyo. He is associate professor of music at Yamanashi University, which is located outside Tokyo. He teaches Japanese music history, ethnomusicology, and piano.


JAMES HARP, MM (Peabody) '82, artistic administrator of the Baltimore Opera Company, gave lectures on opera this past March in the Odyssey liberal arts program of the Hopkins School of Continuing Studies.


EDWARD HOFFENBERG and his wife, Analice, have a second son, Louis, born on October 29. He keeps his brother, Danny on his toes. Hoffenberg was recently promoted to associate professor of pediatrics, and is a pediatric gastroenterologist at The Children's Hospital in Denver and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His e-mail address is
   MICHAEL PANSINI, JD Villanova Univ. '85, Philadelphia, writes: "I recently resolved a case against PECO, the local gas and electric utility for $15 million. I am very happily married to Elisa Pansini. We have two beautiful and healthy daughters, Bridget and Laura."
   STEVEN A. ROBERTS is in practice with PAUL O'BRIEN '82, MARGIE AKBARI '81, and MORTON KALUS '81. He writes: "We are all part of the Heart Center of Northern Virginia, a dynamic cardiology practice based in Fairfax and Alexandria, Virginia."

1982 MM (Peabody): WILLIAM FEASLEY recently released his third CD, Echoes of Goya, on the Sonora label. He is currently a full-time faculty member at University of Maryland, Baltimore City, where he heads the guitar program.

1982 MPH (PH): JEROME KARWACKI, MD Univ. of Maryland '80, will leave his current job at the headquarters of the U.S. Army's Medical Command in San Antonio, Texas, to move back to Bangkok, Thailand, for the third time. A colonel in the Army, he will become the director of the Global Emerging Disease project.


AL DODDS, MD Medical College of Ohio, of Toledo, Ohio, is assistant professor of internal medicine at the Medical College of Ohio. He writes: "I took up rowing again by joining the Toledo Rowing Club. The Maumee River is beautiful at six in the morning. I am a cardiologist, with my areas of interest including cardiac echo and adult congential heart disease."
   MICHAEL S. KUN, JD Univ. of Virginia '88, of Atlanta, is a partner with Jackson Lewis, practicing labor and employment law. He writes: "It's harder than ever finding time to write, but with any luck I'll have my next book out in a year or so."
   KATRIN TRAUTWEIN, PhD Zurich '91, writes: "I finally ditched bad bosses, started my own company, and would like to know whether any other Hopkins grads are in or around Zurich and would like to get together for Friday Happy Hours."


PHILLIP J. FOOTE recently joined STG Inc. as senior vice president for corporate development.
   JOHN Y. LIM recently completed basic training for the U.S. Navy at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, he completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, fire fighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.
   Guitarist DAVID REYNOLDS appeared in February on the Millennium Stage Series in the Grand Foyer of the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
   KURT ROHDE, violist and composer, has received a 1999 fellowship from the John Simon Memorial Foundation. During the fellowship, he plans to compose four new works: a new symphony for conductor Kent Nagano for performance in 2000-01 by orchestras in Berlin, Halle, and Berkeley; a new work for the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble; a new a cappella work for the San Francisco Choral Artists; and a woodwind quintet for the Michigan Music Teachers Association.
   CLIFF WASSER, JD St. Johns Univ. '94, and his wife, Eva-Michaele, announce the birth of Elianna and Jacob's baby brother, William Gabriel, on March 18. Currently living on the Jersey Shore, Cliff is the vice president for development at White Plains Medical Center.


JOSIAH McC. HEYMAN, PhD City Univ. of New York Graduate Center, of Houghton, Mich., is associate professor of anthropology at Michigan Technical University. He has authored Finding a Moral Heart for U.S. Immigration Policy: An Anthropological Perspective in the American Ethnological Society Monograph Series. He also edited States and Illegal Practices from Berg Publishers, Oxford. He writes: "I am enthusiastically and joyfully teaching anthropology, just as Sid Mintz did when I was at Hopkins. My wife, Merlyn, and I are settled down in a little town, where we share advocacy for local families with young children. Our own son, Robert (who is 10), is a thoughtful and remarkably knowledgeable little fellow.

1988 (CS) KATHRYN AMEY SHELTON has been named planned giving advisor in the office of planned giving at the Johns Hopkins Institutions. She was previously director of planned giving at Tressler Lutheran Services in Baltimore. In addition to her degree from Hopkins, she earned an undergraduate degree from Smith College in 1965 and a master of education from Duquesne Univeristy in 1970.


MARLO PFISTER CADEDDU, MA (SAIS) '90, JD Georgetown University '98, of Baltimore, accepted a federal district court clerkship with Judge A. Joe Fish in Dallas, beginning in August 2000. Her husband, JEFF CADEDDU '89, MD (Med) '93, has accepted a position as assistant professor of urology at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas to start in August 1999. They had their first child, Duncan Frank, on July 19.
   A graduate student at Harvard University, MICHAEL R. FENZEL, of Sleepy Hollow, Ill., writes: "I am very happy to get a second chance at studying. In June, I will graduate with a master's degree in public administration and then move to the Washington D.C. area for the next few years." ROBERT R. MOSES, MS Georgia Tech '93, of Atlanta, is senior engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff.
   LISA W. ROSENBERG, of New York, was recently promoted to senior vice president at Porter Novelli and is managing brand marketing programs for Polaroid and Dr. Scholl's. She also was appointed director of client service and is working with the DEO on a new global initiative dedicated to delivering superior client service across borders. Rosenberg recently attended her company's world partners meeting in Rome with senior managers from around the globe. She writes: "I also manage to squeeze in some vacation time with my husband, MICHAEL ROSENBERG '86."
   "After three months of bedrest, I gave birth to identical twin girls on October 30," writes G. CARLETON THOMAS, MA The New School for Social Research '92, of New York. "They were nine weeks early. Grace Cook Henrich was five pounds and 18 inches long. Eleanor Fearnaught Henrich was two pounds, 11 ounces, and 13 inches long. Everyone is home and doing great. I am taking time off work indefinitely to be a full-time Mom."
   ANNE TROOP writes: "I am currently a wandering performance analyst for Hewlett-Packard, touring the country, designing industry standard server-side java benchmarks with application vendors and representatives from other major computer companies. I live with Jennifer Hamilton and Philip Salkie, my significant others, in a 190-year-old house in California."
   BROOK WEIRS, of Lewiston, Maine, writes: "I just moved back to the East Coast. I had been practicing eye surgery in Los Angeles, but moved my practice to Lewiston-Auburn to be closer to family in Massachusetts. I'm enjoying the winter sports. MATT SPEAR '88 was at my going-away party in Santa Monica, California."

1989 MS (A&S): RICHARD K. ADAMS, of Laurel, N.J., and his wife, Betsy, announce the birth of their daughter, Christine Elizabeth on January 19, 1999. Christine weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz., and was 21-1/2 inches long.

1989 MSEd (CS): ALICIA B. HARVEY-SMITH, of Catonsville, Md., executive director of student development of Baltimore City Community College, has been honored by the National Council on Student Development for "outstanding contributions to knowledge in the area of community college development." She was honored for contributions made in publishing, teaching, research, service, practice, and leadership. Harvey-Smith has written the text Getting Real--Proven Strategies for Student Survival and Academic Success, which is now being considered for use at 15 community colleges and the University of Florida. In addition, she was awarded the 1999 Outstanding Woman of the Year award by Iota Phi Lambda sorority.


CAROLYN KAHN-HALL writes: "After 3-1/2 long years, I can finally say my efforts as the proposal manager for MCI WorldCom's FTS2001 bid were successful. FTS2001 is the largest government telecommunications contract ever awarded, so it's quite a highlight to add to my resume. Even more exciting, over the past 12 months, I've started to re-claim a personal life! I started swimming again and have registered for the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim this June. I got my SCUBA certification last summer and did my first ocean dives in the Bahamas over Labor Day. I also attended the wedding of my brother, CHARLES KAHN '93, last October. Life is good."
   ANJA (JEFFERIS) LEVITTIES and MATTHEW LEVITTIES '89, SAIS '92, announce the birth of their son Samuel Jacob on August 1. They are all doing wonderfully and "are enjoying life as a family."

1990 MPH (PH): PETER OGERA MOKAY lives in Nairobi, Kenya. He is interested in starting up an alumni chapter there.


NELS DUMIN writes: "In January, OMAR THAMEEN '90 and I were in CHARLES STEWART's '91 wedding party in Dallas, Texas. TOBY INOUE '91 was also at the wedding. I am still enjoying my job in the Silicon Technology Development division of Texas Instruments, where I work mostly with ultra-thin gate dielectrics and non-volatile memories. In loose connection with work, I will be serving as the arrangements chair for the 1999 Integrated Reliability Workshop in Lake Tahoe this fall. Everything is well outside of work, too. Jennifer and I are improving our gardening skills and adjusting to the fact that most of the plants we like can't tolerate the Texas summers."
   RAVI VEERASWAMY, MD (Med) '97, and ASHA KUMAR-VEERASWAMY of St. Louis, Mo., married on Halloween 1998. He is a second-year general surgery resident at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which is part of Washington University.

1991 MS (CS): BARRY N. BURKE, of Gaithersburg, Md., is the recipient of the 1998 Donald J. Quigg Award, which is sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Project XL. Selection was based on outstanding achievements as an educator, community involvement, and record of professional contributions and publications. The award was presented at the recent National Creative and Inventive Thinking Skills Conference in Las Vegas. He was recently elected president of the International Technology Education Association. Burke serves on the Technology for All Americans Project in the capacity of writer for the development standards for middle school technology education.


NITIN KHAKEE, JD Fordham Univ. School of Law '97, of New York, attended the wedding of RAVI VEERASWAMY and ASHA KUMAR-VEERASWAMY. Other alumni attendees included MARK GOODWIN '91, TODD MURRAY '92, CHUCK TINI '92, and RAJ GURUNATHAN '93.

1992 DMA (Peabody): DEREK ANTHONY performs the roles of Zuniga in Carmen, Frank in Fledermaus, and Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville in March, April, and September in Hong Kong. He is currently senior lecturer of voice at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and has been actively involved in building the Johns Hopkins Alumni Club in Hong Kong since it began. Anthony has been included in Baron's Who's Who and the International Who's Who of Professionals 1999 edition.


MARISA BARRA, MA Adelphi Univ., is currently in her third year at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies. She writes: "I plan to get my PhD in clinical psychology in 2001 with a specialty in medical crisis psychology and psycho-oncology. I am currently working with geriatric outpatients at Long Island Jewish Hospital and with college students at school, and I love it. Living in New York isn't too bad, either!"
   AIMEE AGRESTA GOEDECKE, of Largo, Fla., writes: "My husband, Mark, and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Erin Annemiek Goedecke on January 26."
   LES WILLIAMS and his wife, Kelly, are the proud parents of Sophie Rose Williams, who was born on January 29 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He writes: "Mom, Dad, and Sophie are all living happily and willingly in the general Homewood vicinity. Sophie recently watched a Hopkins-Loyola game with me on Channel 2 and cried the entire time. So did I."


1993 MM (Peabody): LI-SHHAN HUNG, pianist, has won the Palo Alto Philharmonic competition, which awarded her a May 15 solo performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto with the orchestra. Gideon Grau, music director, will conduct.

1993 MA (A&S): EVA (WU) MCDONALD, BA Univ. of Toronto '92, MLS Univ. of Toronto '96, is employed by GEAC Computer Corporation. She and her husband, Richard, announce the birth of their second son, Eric Donald, on February 5.

1993 MS (CS): EDDIE TUVIN has joined CMS Financial Services of Rockville, Md., as an investment consultant. CMS is a third-party investment consulting firm providing customized financial services to high-net-worth individuals and small- to medium-sized institutions.


KRISTIN GIANNINI, MD Medical College of Virginia '98, of Salem, Mass., is currently a first-year family practice resident at the Beverly Hospital Family Practice Residency Program. She writes: "I love what I do."
   ROBERT J. JONES, of Abingdon, Md., and his wife, Becky Jones, announce the birth of their daughter, Lauren, in May 1998. He is machine shop manager at The Ward Machinery Company in Cockeysville.
   MICHAEL A. SCHWARTZ, MD Chicago Medical School '98, of Smithtown, N.Y., is a resident at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He writes: "After four years of medical school in the Windy City, I'm back on the East Coast beginning residency in orthopedic surgery. While there, I have to deal with-- I mean, I have the pleasure of working with--fellow Hopkins alumni ELLIOT CHEN and ARI JURMANN."


CECILE DUBOIS, MA (SAIS) '97, of Brussels, writes: "After my first year as a public affairs consultant in Brussels, I recently took some time off to travel to South Africa with fellow SAIS alumni VANESSA DICK '97, ELISABETH BIERING '97, MONIKA HENCSEY '97, and CECILIA TURRIAGO-PERES '97. We met up with MARIA GRANDINSON '97 and her boyfriend, Tomaso, in Cape Town, and got together with MICHAEL SESSUMS '97 and his wife, Jennifer, also based in Cape Town. Nothing beats traveling to a beautiful place with a great group of friends!"
   ANDREW MALY, of Bel Air, Md., won $44,000 and a car on Jeopardy!


1996 MD (Med): KURTIS RICHARD KENDELL, BS Univ. of Utah '92, of Rochester, Minn., is a resident in radiology at The Mayo Clinic.


DOUGLAS BECK, MM (Peabody) '99, of South Bend, Ind., is director of music for the First United Methodist Church in South Bend. His duties include the position of conductor of five ensembles, organist, and concert series coordinator.
   ROBERT W. DEICHERT JR., of Bronxville, N.Y., is senior associate consultant at Mars & Co., a high-end strategy boutique. He writes: "I just got back from a week-long snowboard/skiing trip to Whistler, B.C. with GEOFF GRAY '97 and GIRISH AAKALU '96. The highlights included heli-boarding and meeting some Aussies who knew CHRISTINE YI '98 from the social scene in South Korea--small world!"
   DENNIS PETER KIM writes: "Hello, everyone. You know who you are. Since graduation, I have been teaching math at the Presidio School in San Francisco. I've also dabbled in some extreme sports--you know, uh, snowboarding, rock climbing. Are the Allnighters still around?"
   APARNA MOHAN writes: "After I finished my master's degree at SAIS last May, and after I passed the grueling Federal Government security clearance process, I was selected to be a Presidential Management Intern (PMI), part of a fast-track program bringing young professionals into junior mid-level management positions within the federal government. I'm a program analyst in Washington with the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Bureau of Asia and the Near East--it's nice to finally put all those years of education to good use! I've also managed to maintain my double life as a music journalist and am writing for the award-winning Pitchfork Media online magazine."
   Graduate student AARON W. VANHORN has been selected as the JHU Army ROTC Distinguished Military Student for the graduating class of 1999. VanHorn was an outstanding lacrosse player during his four years at Hopkins and decided to join ROTC as a graduate student. He was awarded a full-tuition scholarship from the Army and will graduate in May from the University of Baltimore with an MS in criminal justice.
   "I am currently a congressional reporter for a newsletter company in Washington, D.C.," writes IAN WILHELM. "I still live near Baltimore, in Catonsville, but I don't hang out near Hopkins very much. My band, Soma Holiday, still plays around the city opening for more popular regional acts."

1997 MLA (CS): NANCY LEIGH KNOX, BA Univ. of Hawaii '77, of Springfield, Va., is working on a book about the sociological, educational, and physical challenges of the middle school years. She is president of the Interracial Family Circle, a group of 150 families in the D.C. metro area.

1997 MLA (CS): CAROLYN PALMER MILLER, BA Univ. of Maryland '92, of Mitchellville, Md., communications officer for the American Psychological Association, married Paul D. Bernstein on December 5, in historic Chestertown, Md. She writes: "It was a very big day for all since Paul and I began our relationship in November 1987!"

1997 MA (A&S): BASIL WHITE, of Reston, Va., is assistant webmaster, Department of Veterans Affairs, in Washington. White organizes a series of product usability workshops for the Society for Technical Communication, teaches hypertext design to employees in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and is a player in Comedy Sportz, a professional league of improvisational stage comics.


BRIAN BIRD, of Baltimore, writes: "I have decided to spend two years at the School of Public Health to obtain my ScM degree. I am currently working on developing an animal model for Hantavirus infections and in sequencing the mycobacterium paratuberculosis genome. My housemate, COLIN CARTER '98, and I are enjoying not being R.A.s and life without residents. I see MATT SCHERNECKE '98 and UYEN LE '98 all the time. Congratulations to Matt who has had great success in law school acceptances. I am still playing the tuba and plan to join the Peace Corps after my ScM is completed. My lovely girlfriend, CHRISTINA CHANG '99, keeps me sane. I can be reached at"

1997 MM (Peabody): MATTHEW BENGSTON, pianist, appeared at the Albright College Chapel in Reading, Pa., in February for the Star Series Association. He and actor Frank Runyoun performed Richard Strauss's setting for narrator and piano of Tennyson's epic poem "Enoch Arden."

1998 MS (CS): ELLEN O. BRUBECK, BA Seattle Univ. '84, of Adamstown, Md., has recently launched her own company, MPro Services, a marketing consulting firm. For more information, the web site is She is a member of the American Marketing Association, BNI, and Toastmasters.


1934: DAVID C. HOLLY, who lived in Annapolis, died in February after a short illness. He turned his love of steamboats and ships into a 20-year military service in the Navy, years of teaching at colleges and universities on the East Coast, and the writing of four books: Exodus 1947, Steamboat on the Chesapeake, Tidewater by Steamboat, and Chesapeake Steamboats. He received a doctorate from American University in 1964 and a master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and five grandchildren.

1935: VICTOR MORRIS GORDON, who practiced law in New Haven, Connecticut, for more than 50 years, died on March 11. During World War II he served in the 99th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge and, later, in the Counter-Intelligence Corps in Allied-occupied Germany. Fluent in German, he captured and interrogated dozens of Nazi officials, and turned them over to the military justice system. He was particularly noted for his work in corporate law and divorce, and served for many years as editor -in-chief of the Connecticut Bar Journal. He is survived by his wife, Naomi, four children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

1936: JOHN LEO VIRGIL MURPHY JR., a retired city housing inspector and decorated World War II flier who piloted a glider in the D-Day invasion of France, died of stroke complications in January. A longtime Roland Park resident, he was a safety engineer for USF&G Co. and then worked until 1979 as a Baltimore housing inspector. He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation, and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was discharged at the end of the war with the rank of major. He is survived by his wife, two sons, five daughters, and 12 grandchildren.

1937: SYDNEY BLUMENTHAL, chief executive officer of the Blumenthal-Kahn Electric Co. Inc. and local philanthropist, died of cancer in January at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson, Md. Blumenthal was active in numerous professional organizations, and established the Sydney C. and Mitzi Blumenthal Lecture Series, with an annual program at the Hopkins School of Engineering. His philanthropic interests also included the Baltimore Museum of Art, Sinai Hospital, and Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation, where he had been president and a member of its board. An avid Chesapeake Bay fisherman, he enjoyed spending time at a family home at Arcadia-on-the-Bay in Anne Arundel County. He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, four granddaughters, three stepsons, and two step-grandsons.

1937: FRANK L. BYRON, a retired engineer, died in January of heart failure at his Lutherville home. Retired in 1980 after more than 20 years as an engineer with the Maryland Department of General Services, he was previously an engineer with the Baltimore County government. Byron served in the Army from 1941 to 1946 during World War II and was discharged as a major. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, a sister, and three grandchildren.

1937: JOSEPH TAMPICO, PhD (ENG '41), who lived in Columbia, Md., died on April 11, 1997, at the age of 80. He was a former faculty member at the Applied Physics Laboratory and had worked at General Electric.

1938: JOSEPH BURNHAM GRAY, PhD (ENG, '41), a DuPont Co. chemical engineer and an international expert in mixing chemicals, died in September of pneumonia. During his 31-year career he made significant contributions to the development of such chemical products and polymers as Lycra, Teflon, and Kevlar. After retiring from DuPont in 1981, he worked as an independent mixing consultant and as a seminar leader for the McGraw Hill Chemical Engineering Seminar on mixing technology. He held several patents, wrote several publications, and edited chapters in Perry's Chemical Engineering Handbook. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Susan Kemp Gray, two sons and a daughter, three brothers, a sister, and four grandchildren.

1942 (A&S): FRANCIS DEWEY CARLSON, an internationally known professor of biophysics at Johns Hopkins University, died on February 4 of complications from pneumonia. He joined the Hopkins faculty in 1949 and was chairman of the biophysics department from 1954 to 1972 when he retired because of failing eyesight. Johns Hopkins Hospital's Low Vision Clinic arranged for him to use a television monitor to read enlarged type so that he could continue reading and supervising the research of graduate students. He retired again in 1992. Carlson earned a doctorate in biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1949. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and four grandchildren.

1947: HUGH BENET JR., a retired insurance company official, noted amateur historian, and former curator of the Constellation, died in January of heart failure at his Ruxton home. He joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland in 1948 and retired as vice president and director of operations in the early 1980s. Benet was an intelligence officer assigned to North Atlantic convoy duty, who served aboard the destroyer USS Wichita in the Pacific. He remained an active reservist and was discharged in the early 1960s with the rank of lieutenant commander. A communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, he is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, a sister, and seven grandchildren.

1954: MARJORIE LOUISE LINDELL BAKER, who lived in Port Charlotte, Fla., died on February 10. She was a speech therapist and pathologist from 1959 to 1968, a principal from 1969 to 1971, and a supervisor of special education from 1971 to 1974 in Anne Arundel County in Maryland. Baker had a master's degree from the University of Maryland, and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International-Alpha Chi Chapter in Florida, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Hopkins Club. She is survived by four children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

1958 PhD (A&S): ALAN JOYCE BEARDEN, professor emeritus in the department of molecular and cell biology, died on February 17. After completing his doctorate in physics, he held faculty positions in physics and chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, and the University of California, San Diego, and ended up at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was chair of the university's Department of Biophysics and Medical Physics from 1979 to 1984. Beardon was a talented pianist and an opera lover and served on the board of Cal Performances. He was an avid photographer and a prolific writer of short stories, many of which were published. He recently published his first novel. He was at work on his second and third at the time of his death. He is survived by his sons and his many friends.

1962: RONALD J. FRIANT, who lived in Dublin, Va., died on June 15, 1998. He is survived by his wife, a son, and a daughter.

1975 MPH (PH): DORIS M. ABBOTT, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and a nurse midwife practitioner, died Sunday at her home in Tuscon, Ariz., after a two-year battle with malignant melanoma. A Vietnam War veteran, she served from 1961-1981. She was a clinical nurse and a midwife at various Air Force facilities, including Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines and Andrews Air Force Base in Washington. She received an Air Force Meritorious Service Medal for her management skills and work as a nurse practitioner in 1973 and another for her leadership in nurse-midwife program development in 1978. She joined the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Nursing in 1981, where she was acting director of the Nurse-Midwifery Program. She is survived by her life partner, Rosalie Gold, her mother, two brothers, and nine sisters.

1985: JOHN J. KRUMENACKER, a four-time All-American lacrosse player at Hopkins, who later owned a Lutherville medical sales business called Osteomedix, died in December from complications of pancreatitis. He was married and had a young son and daughter. A member of the 1984 Hopkins lacrosse team that went undefeated, he also was captain of the Blue Jays team that won a second straight national championship in 1985. All the Hopkins' teams for which he played went to at least the national semifinals. Krumenacker was a communicant at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

1993: JAMES TODD REISINGER died in March 1998. He was a graduate student in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and president of the Graduate Student's Association for the fall of 1997. He is survived by his wife, KILLIAN McNULTY '94.