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Morris Wessel, Med '39, writes: "I practiced pediatrics in New Haven, Connecticut, from 1951 to 1993. Currently, I am serving as pediatric consultant at Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic, also in New Haven. I served as one of the founders of the Connecticut Hospice in 1974, and I have recently published an article in pediatric journals delineating ways in which primary pediatricians can provide support for children experiencing significant losses of family members and friends."
Louis D. Rubin Jr., A&S '48 (MA), '54 (PhD), has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is professor of English emeritus at Louisiana State University, from which he retired in 1989.
Vernon T. Frankwich, A&S '52, writes: "I recently celebrated my 76th birthday on the ski slopes near Aspen, Colorado. Mild spring conditions were in effect on Ajax, Aspen Highlands, and Snowmass. My friends and I enjoyed the magnificent mountain views from the 12,000-foot elevations, and the great downhill runs that they afforded us. I am now back home in Sanibel, Florida, staying busy with our Wildlife Committee, tennis, and Libby."
Simon A. Levin, A&S '61, professor in the Department of
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University,
has been awarded the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for
Environmental Sciences for his insights into the effects of
scale on ecosystems.
Jeffrie Murphy, A&S '62, has been chosen president of the American Philosophical Association.
Pearl (Long) Fu, Peab '63, writes: "I am interested in locating my old classmates. I have drifted from music to creating LocalCOLORS, Roanoke, Virginia's premiere multicultural program. I have also traveled to other cities to teach how to create a local COLORS program. My goal is to get on Letterman or Oprah."
Mark Monmonier, A&S '64, Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, was named a fellow by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. He also recently published "The Internet, Cartographic Surveillance, and Locational Privacy" in Maps and the Internet.
William Blair, A&S '65, is one of three Northern Illinois University faculty veterans who have been named this year's Presidential Teaching Professors. The annual recognition is the university's highest honor for outstanding teaching. A. M. Mujeeb, A&S '65, writes: "After 30-plus years in primary and preventive medicine, which took me to varied regions of the U.S., Canada, and Asia, I decided to spend my energy studying and practicing literature and volunteering for a non-profit organization."
John McLaughlin, SAIS '66 (MA), is the acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He previously served as deputy director for intelligence, vice chairman for estimates, and as acting chairman of the National Intelligence Council.
Steve Kramer, A&S '67, writes: "I'm keeping busy working in an English language publishing company near our home in Israel. My older son, Martin, just finished his three-year army service in an elite canine unit, while my younger son, Saul, will begin his service this summer. My wife, Michal, is going on her third annual walking tour with girlfriends this summer, while I expect to meet Barry Lorinstein, BA '66, and his wife, Francine, in Cannes this June — on my way to my annual New York/New Jersey visit. I am still an exercise addict and will compete in a powerlifting tournament next month at the Orde Wingate Athletic Center here in Israel. I also enjoy writing a weekly opinion piece for the Jewish Times of Southern New Jersey. See my articles at stevemichal.tripod.com."
William Aldis, A&S '68, SPH '77, writes: "I continue as the representative of the World Health Organization in Malawi, a small country in southern Africa. The minister of health, secretary of health, and several of my own staff did their public health training at Hopkins, so Baltimore never seems very far away. My daughter, Vimala, SAIS '02, has been working on small-scale entrepreneurial projects in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laosal. My youngest son, Ravi, is in boarding school in Massachusetts."
Zane O. Gresham, A&S '70, has been elected to the board of directors of the Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural Heritage. He also is a trustee of the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and president of the Pan American Society of California.
Elizabeth Ross, A&S '71 (PhD), has been appointed associate
provost at New School University in New
Jerry Doctrow, A&S '72, was selected by The Wall Street Journal as "Best on the Street" stock analyst in 2003 for both health care services and real estate. This is the third time he has received their recognition. Doctrow is a managing director in equity research at Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc., in Baltimore, where he has worked since 1988. Arden Reed, A&S '72 (MA), '77 (PhD), a professor of English at Pomona College, has been named the Arthur M. Dole and Fanny M. Dole Professor in English.
Dorothy E. Hardin, SPSBE '73 (MLA), was selected as the
2003 Maryland High School Principal of the Year by the
Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals and
MetLife. She has also been elected president of MASSP for
the 2004-2005 school year. In April, she was recognized as
Administrator of the Year by the Baltimore County
Association of Educational Professionals for 2004-
Daniel J. Brunelle, A&S '74 (PhD), has been promoted to
chief technologist, performance polymers at GE Global
Research in Niskayuna, New York. He has also passed the
milestone of having 100 U.S. patents issued to him as an
Susan Stewart, A&S '75, has won this year's National Book Critics Circle Award for her book of poems, Columbarium. She is also the author of Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, which won the 2002 Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa and the 2003 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism.
Daniel Hirschhorn, A&S '78, '80 (MS), teaches system usability and technical and managerial business writing at two colleges. He is also a speechwriter and communications consultant. He writes that he has been married to his "Goucher sweetheart" for 25 years, his two teenagers love theater, and his son is pursuing a career as a guitarist and singer in a rock band. In his free time, Hirschhorn mountain bikes near his home in Damascus, Maryland.
Jay Brandon, A&S '79 (MA), writes: "My 13th novel, Grudge
Match, was published in May, following last summer's Sliver
Moon. I am also a lawyer in San Antonio, where I live with
my wife and three children."
Erik Jensen, Engr '76, recently completed the 2004 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathalon in Idaho. He swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and ran a full marathon, all in under 13 hours.
Thomas A. Simser Jr., A&S '80, recently joined the law firm of ShuffieldLowman. Rosanna Warren, A&S '80 (MA), a Johns Hopkins professor and professor of English and modern foreign languages and literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University, has been honored with the Metcalf Award for Teaching Excellence.
Josiah Gluck, A&S '81, writes: "In mid-May, I wrapped my ninth season as associate music engineer for Saturday Night Live, for a grand total of 12 years to date. I'm also mixing music for Last Call with Carson Daly and was recently one of the responsible parties for putting the live season finale of The Apprentice on the air. On the CD engineering front, I was in London in late March mixing a CD for saxophonist Scott Hamilton. Singer Karrin Allyson's latest CD is now in stores, and I just recorded a live CD in New York with Las Vegas legend Keely Smith."
Neil Smith, Engr '82 (PhD), received the 2003 AAG Globe
Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography for
American Empire, Roosevelt's Geographer, and the Prelude to
Globalization (University of California
Kathleen Duke Tracy, A&S '83, became a mom again last year. Son Timothy is now 1 year old and walking, and daughter JoyAnne is 4. She writes: "At eight months pregnant, I wasn't able to fly to the East Coast for the reunion. I missed you guys. I'm working virtually full-time at home and on the golf course in our family gold tournament business. We also have a charity golf Web site at www.CharityGolfOnline.com. I'm the Web mistress. I'm still hoping to return to law when Timothy reaches school age. In the meantime, I'm keeping all the plates spinning."
Steve Davis, A&S '84, a specialist in pediatric critical care medicine at the Children's Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic, has been appointed to the newly formed Pediatric Central Institutional Review Board of the National Cancer Institute. The group will use its clinical, scientific, and ethical expertise to review NCI-sponsored clinical trials and treatment protocols.
Gertrude Fraser, A&S '85 (MA), '89 (PhD), associate
professor of anthropology at the University of Virginia,
was named to a five-year term as vice provost for faculty
advancement. She returned to UVA this spring after two
years of leave, during which she served as a program
officer specializing in education and scholarship with the
Ford Foundation in New York.
Rey de Castro, Engr '86, writes: "I moved from Boston and
'returned home' to Baltimore to pursue my research at the
School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental
Health Sciences. I now work in the Environmental Health
Engineering Division. At Hopkins, I will be continuing my
work using gene expression microarrays for air pollution
exposure assessment, for which I was awarded a grant from
the National Cancer Institute. Two months after returning
to Baltimore, my wife and I were very happy to have our
first child at Johns Hopkins Hospital across the street
from my office. Her name is Marietta Grace Lochner de
Sarah N. Hamill, SPSBE '87 (MA), has been elected assistant
vice president of marketing for Harleysville Life. In this
position, she is responsible for the management of all
activities of the company's marketing department staff,
coordination of field seminars, production of promotional
materials, and distribution of field and staff
communications. She holds the professional designations of
Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant,
and Master Fellow of the Life Management
Denise Rollins, SAIS '88, has been assigned as the deputy
director of the U.S. Agency for International Development
in South Africa. She is a 17-year veteran of the U.S.
Foreign Service and has served in Jamaica, Ghana, Uganda,
and Nigeria. She is the 2003 recipient of the C. Herbert
Rees Memorial Award, which recognizes employees whose
performance demonstrates outstanding leadership and unique
accomplishments over a sustained period of
Michael Brush, SAIS '89, a columnist for MSN Money, has
earned a "Best in Business" award from the Society of
American Business Editors and Writers. He was among more
than 700 entrants in the annual competition, going
head-to-head with entries from CBS MarketWatch, CNN Money,
TheStreet.com, CNet, Reuters, and Bloomberg, among many
Erica Gum Burson, A&S '91, writes: "On September 8, 2003,
my husband and I welcomed Elizabeth Grace (Betsy) into the
world. Taking care of Betsy and big brother Nathan Patrick
(age 3) is my full-time job. The pay and hours are lousy,
but the rewards are great. In my infrequent spare time, I
study Tae Kwon Do and perform community and political
action volunteer work."
Maria Antonia Garcés, A&S '92 (MA), '94 (PhD), a
professor in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell
University, has been awarded the Modern Language
Association's 34th James Russell Lowell Prize for her book
Cervantes in Algiers: A Captive's Tale (Vanderbilt
University Press, 2002).
Raj Abrol, Engr '93, and his wife, Amola, announce the
arrival of their daughter, Maya Devi Abrol, born March 11,
2003. He writes: "Maya enjoys hanging out with Andrew and
Caroline Rich, twins of Kimberly (Fahrenbrook) Rich, A&S
'93, who were born in September 2003." They live in Dallas.
Lauren Fagen, SPSBE '93, has recently become an American
Society for Quality certified Six Sigma Black Belt and
works as a project manager at PHH Arval in Sparks,
Aneesh P. Chopra, A&S '94, has been appointed to Virginia's
Division of Medical Assistance Services Board by Gov. Mark
Warner. He will assume oversight responsibility for the
Commonwealth's Medicaid program and other initiatives to
expand health insurance access during a four-year
Juan F. Holguin, SAIS '95, is a career diplomat with the
Ecuadoran Foreign Service. He is currently director general
of environmental policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
in Ecuador. He is married with no children. He writes: "I
would love to know when a SAIS student comes to Ecuador, in
order to share some tips about the country and help in any
Christopher Guest, Engr '96, and Rae Lynn (Prengaman)
Guest, Engr '96, were married on April 24 in Washington
D.C. Susan Flora, A&S '96, was the maid of honor, and Seshu
Tummala, Engr '96, was the best man. Also in attendance
from Hopkins were Kevin Thomas, Ross Leiberman, Tony
Cotroneo, Jay Koyner, Robyn (Goldman) Koyner, Luis Ruiz,
Ash Pradhan, and Amanda Smith, all A&S '96; and Shane
Devlin, Ryan McCrum, Todd Sarge, and Travis Burd, all Engr
'96; Liz Zeuschner, A&S '97; Dominic Wiker, A&S '93; Amy
(Prengaman) Christenon, Engr '92; and Rich Prengaman, Engr
'88. Chris and Rae Lynn are both patent attorneys in
Washington. Chris is an associate with the law firm of
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy. Rae Lynn is an associate
with the law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox.
They recently bought a house in Arlington, Virginia, and
are enjoying married life.
Rob Deichert, A&S '97, recently became engaged to Diana
Dayton. Rob was promoted in June to senior delivery manager
and is responsible for the Baltimore and Chicago offices at
Advertising.com. He is currently completing his first year
at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of
Business with fellow alums, Geoff Gray, A&S '97, and Liz
Zeuschner, A&S '98.
Parag Parekh, A&S '98, married Purvi Shah in a traditional
Indian wedding ceremony in Fords, New Jersey, on May 22.
David Capece, A&S '97, was a groomsman; other guests
included their dear friends Matt Schernecke, A&S '98; Jon
Weinberger, A&S '98; Bob Mittendorff, Engr '98; Tom
Wittingham, A&S '98; George Soterakis, A&S '00; Avinash
Linganna, A&S '99; Kevin and Preet Groppe, Engr '97; Duncan
Belser, Engr '98; Leslie (Puthenpurayil) Purchase, A&S '98;
and Amit Saindane, A&S '98. The newlyweds will be living in
Baltimore, where Parag will begin his ophthalmology
residency at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and
Purvi will begin private practice with a local internal
medicine group. Parag and Purvi can be reached at
Kevin Little, Engr '99, Med '04, married Iris Gutmark, Med
'04, on May 8 in Cincinnati. He has started an orthopaedic
surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati, and she
has begun a residency in pediatrics at Cincinnati
Bill Kirst, A&S '00, was commissioned into the United States Army Reserve as a second lieutenant in Signal Corps. He also graduated from Georgetown University's master's program in Communication, Culture and Technology. This summer, he began work for BearingPoint as a consultant for the Army.
Nadia Asancheyev, A&S '01, has started law school at
Georgetown University and is happy to be back in the
Martin Chernoff, Engr '02 (PhD), and Lisa Chernoff, A&S
'98, SPSBE '02 (MS), announce the birth of their son,
Samuel Konnor Chernoff, born at Southern Maryland Hospital
Andrew Kays, A&S '03 (MS), was promoted to project manager
for the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, which
assists eight jurisdictions with environmentally sound
waste management projects.
1927: Ruth Hutzler Schaffer, Peab '27, a noted pianist and longtime Baltimore City resident, died in March. In addition to her music, she enjoyed putting her language skills to use as a volunteer teacher of English to foreign-born children and adults, including a group of Colombian soldiers stationed in Baltimore in 1965.
1932: Ross Pancoast, SPSBE '32, a retired officer of the old Renegotiation Board, the independent office created to prevent profiteering on defense contracts, died on May 21. He was a former organist at Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring and Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, two children, and a granddaughter.
1935: Philip Hamburger, A&S '35, who in more than 60 years as a writer for The New Yorker magazine covered 14 presidential inaugurations and other international and domestic events, died in Manhattan in April. He was also a movie and music critic and occasionally wrote pieces for the magazine's "Talk of the Town" section.
1943: Clyde Whitely Vick Jr., Med '43, died on January 10. Dr. Vick was a gynecological surgeon in private practice until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of Virginia, and the Virginia Surgical Society. He was a lifelong member of the Country Club of Petersburg, where he was an avid golfer. He loved adventure and traveled to many countries. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, a stepson, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
1954: Jonas Dedinas, Engr '54, died March 12. He was a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and the American Chemical Society. He worked for Eastman Kodak as a research scientist and was honored by the Society of Toxicology with the Frank R. Blood Award in March 1977. He loved music, studied piano, painted, wrote poetry, and played golf.
1954: John Francis Sullivan, SPSBE '54 (MEd), '69 (MLA), an educator for nearly three decades and former assistant superintendent of schools in Howard County, Maryland, died in March. He was a teacher and guidance counselor, principal of Hampstead Hill Junior High School, and director of secondary education for the city school district before moving to the Howard County system in 1971 as director of instruction. He was promoted to assistant superintendent five years later. After retiring from the school system, he worked for several years as director of medical education at Memorial Hospital in York, Pennsylvania.
1956: James A. McFarland, Med '56, died on March 26. Among his many professional appointments, he was an assistant professor at Duke University School of Medicine and director of hematology and oncology and professor of medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. As a colonel in the South Carolina Air National Guard, he was a chief flight surgeon, clinic commander, and state air surgeon. McFarland served on the Davidson College Board of Trustees; on the boards of the Columbia YMCA and University of South Carolina Medical History Society; on the board of governors of the American College of Physicians; and as president of local chapters of the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. He was also a member and ruling elder of Eastminster Presbyterian Church.
1958: Fredericka Jacob, A&S '58 (MA), '60 (PhD), a sister of Notre Dame de Namur, died on March 18. After working in Kenya, where she taught chemistry at Kenyatta College and spent 24 years working with Catholic Relief Services to supervise and evaluate food and nutrition programs at sub-Saharan nutrition centers, she returned to Trinity College in 1990 and lived there for seven years. At Trinity, she provided research, analysis, and advocacy through the African Faith and Justice Network in Washington.
1965: John L. Dashiells Jr., Engr '65, a retired Procter & Gamble computer systems manager and substitute teacher, died in March. He was very involved in the lives of his three children, volunteering at their schools and serving as an Explorer Scout leader and Sunday school teacher. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, and a sister.
1994: Benjamin Thomas Woodard, A&S '94, '96 (MA), '00 (PhD), a research scientist at Array BioPharma in Boulder, Colorado, and gourmet cook who loved to travel, died on March 4. He is survived by his wife, Laura, and son, Linus.
Woodrow Wilson Award
Nancy S. Grasmick, SPSBE '80 (PhD), has served as
the Maryland state superintendent for schools since 1991.
In addition to being the state's first female
superintendent, she is the longest serving chief appointed
state school officer in the nation. Recognized nationally
as a pioneer in school reform and accountability, Grasmick
has led Maryland's educational system through more than a
decade of reform. In March, she was inducted into the
Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. An accomplished teacher and
administrator, Grasmick is a tireless spokesperson for
quality education for all children.
Ronald Fishbein, postdoctoral fellow, Med '58–'63,
enjoyed a career that reflected a passion both for
practicing and teaching medicine. Fishbein served as the
dean of admissions for the Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine from 1970 through 1976. He continued
as a clinician and associate professor of
surgery until his retirement in 1996. He became a
pre-medical academic adviser for the university and went on
to become assistant dean for pre-professional studies, a
position he held until 2003. Fishbein created intersession
Master Clinician classes and medical tutorial programs and
was a participant in the student-run
"Voyage and Discovery" lecture series at Homewood.
Manuel Barrueco, Peab '75, has firmly established himself as one of the world's leading guitarists. Since his debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1974, he has been continually described as a superb instrumentalist and an elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts. Barrueco's performances have been televised throughout Europe and in Japan, and he has made over a dozen recordings for EMI. He is currently a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory, where he maintains a full studio and offers a weeklong master class each June attended by students from around the world.
Lewis W. (Bill) Bluemle, Jr., A&S '43, Med '46, Hon '90, has served as president of three academic health centers: the State University of New York in Syracuse, the University of Oregon in Portland, and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Bluemle was a pioneer in the development of the artificial kidney and holds patents for both dialyzers and blood pumps. Currently, Bluemle is senior vice president at the Connelly Foundation in Philadelphia and a member of the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute Advisory Council.
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