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Lois E. Hart, Nurs '40, lives in El Paso, Texas, and continues to volunteer sporadically at the Baptist clinic and to participate in church activities.


Robert D. Solomon, Med '42, is 90 years old. He has been a fellow of several prestigious medical associations, has made contributions to the study of atherosclerosis and cancer, and is the inventor of the first arterial fiber-optic. He is an adjunct professor of biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


James S. Russell, A&S '43, is retired after working for 58 years, first at C. P. McCormick & George Patton and then with his own business. His grandson, Dan Stillman, graduated from JHU in 2006. He writes: "I had a great start in life — thank you, JHU."

John W. Siegmund, Engr '43, writes: "In November, I was the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) Performance Test Codes Medal for 2006. I encourage all mechanical engineering students to join ASME for the many benefits it offers."


Lynn Bertholf Westcot, Nurs '45, writes: "I have retired three times and have been a parish nurse for the past 11 years. My son and his wife live near Phoenix, and my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live in Danvers, Massachusetts. I'm in pretty good health."


John L. Butler, Med '46, writes: "Sorry I must miss my 60th reunion, but travel is too much for my aging body (86+). I plan to live and keep learning for years."

Velma C. Nilsen, Nurs '46, writes: "I have a small apartment in Centralia, Washington. Three times a week, I work out at water aerobics, and I regularly attend concerts and plays performed by the local university. I do not have a computer, but communicate with others by phone."


Leon Condon, A&S '47, and his partner, Rosemary Barnhart, explored Antarctica aboard the ResidenSea ship The World in January. He writes: "In March we sailed for 35 days aboard the Regent Voyager from Mumbai (Bombay) to Sorrento, Italy, where we spent five days on the Isle of Capri, before returning to Johns Hopkins for my 60th reunion as one of 'The Old Guard.'"

Benjamin K. Silverman, Med '47, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual graduation banquet for the residents of the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CA) in June.


Harold S. Ramos, A&S '48, retired in August 2006 from Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta after 20 years as medical director.

H. William Sause, A&S '48, writes: "I have enjoyed 20 years of retirement with good friends, good health, and lots of bridge to keep the mind sharp. I am head of the archives committee of the Pella [Iowa] Historical Society."


Herbert I. Cohen, Med '49, writes: "I am still going strong at age 82. I go to aquatics class and aquajogging four times a week. I am also on the SAGE board, which meets frequently. I didn't expect life to be so pleasant at this age."


Bayne Gibson, A&S '50, was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in May. He has spent more than 50 years in business and is a Realtor with Prudential Rocky Mountain Realtors.

Gilbert B. Lessenco, A&S '50, taught business law in Budapest this past spring.

Vincent A. Maggio, Engr '50, has completed 10 years on the board of directors of the United Nations Association in Houston.

Charles M. Weiss, A&S '50 (PhD), writes: "I continue to keep very busy and enjoy retirement in the university community of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I particularly enjoyed the Johns Hopkins Magazine article 'The Number.' Copies should be on the reading table of every thinking person."


Carl A. D'Angelo, A&S '55, who was a practicing attorney in White Plains, New York, for more than 26 years, has been elected a director of NYNB Bank. He serves as a consultant to Hudson Valley Bank.


Sanford N. Cohen, A&S '56, Med '60, is founding chair of the Advisory Council to the dean of Health Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University.

George W. Comstock, SPH '56 (DrPH), writes: "On February 6 my portrait was unveiled at the Bloomberg School of Public Health."


Ralph A. Gakenheimer, Engr '57, has been appointed chair of the Committee on Transportation in Developing Countries of the Transportation Research Board, a division of the U.S. National Academy of Science.


James H. Dorsey, Med '58, writes: "After retiring in 2000, Joan and I spent the next several years sailing in the Caribbean and then in Europe. Now we're at home on land, but it was wonderful!"

Stephanie Franklin Miller, A&S '58 (MA), is serving as a university supervisor for the JHU Teacher Education Program.

Leslie C. Norins, A&S '58, has failed to retire three times from his 30-year career launching national medical newsletters to aid medical and science professionals who work in diverse niches. His latest endeavor is the launch of Technology Transfer Tactics, an independent monthly newsletter for technology transfer professionals.

Frederick M. Rosenbloom, A&S '58, Med '62, has retired from the practice of internal medicine after 38 years in Miami Beach. He is currently the president of medical staff and enjoying his children and grandchildren, tennis, and boating.

Eleanor Roots Schumann, Nurs '58, and her husband are retired in Bonn, Germany. She writes: "I am looking forward very much to my 50th reunion next year!"


Kenneth O. Phifer, SPH '59, and his wife, Julie, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 10, 2006. He is a retired captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and works part-time as a librarian at the Rockville (Maryland) Library.

Arnold B. Silverman, Engr '59, an attorney with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott in Pittsburgh, has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2007.


Hugh W. Olds Jr., SAIS '60, travels extensively, including planned trips to Egypt, the Ukraine, and a Dnieper River cruise this year alone.


Roland Steven Summers, A&S '61, is the immediate past president of the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners.

Wade J. Williams, A&S '61, retired in 1992 from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service. In 1999, he relocated from Arlington, Virginia, to Peachtree City, Georgia, where he now does part-time consulting.


Raymond H. Starr Jr., A&S '62, is retired and is professor emeritus in psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He continues his research on child maltreatment in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical School and is a visiting artist at Towson State University, where he teaches book arts to MFA students and faculty. He continues to make and exhibit mixed-media work, which is in collections in the United States, Japan, and Europe.

Ralph V. Turner, A&S '62 (PhD), writes: "I am living in retirement in Tallahassee, Florida, where I lived for many years while a professor at Florida State University. I continue my research and writing. I have a contract for a biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine."


Karl Albrecht, A&S '63, has been awarded Mensa's first Intellectual Benefits Award for his book, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Success.

Brantley Burns Jr., Med '63, writes: "My wife and I moved to Gainesville, Georgia, and enjoy living on Lake Lanier. I couldn't stay retired and am enjoying working three days a week in a diagnostic clinic in town. So far, my health is good."

Malcolm K. Cleaveland, A&S '63, recently retired from the University of Arkansas's Department of Geosciences as professor emeritus of geography. He remains active in its program of dendrochronological research.

Richard D. Gonzalez, A&S '63 (PhD), is the Herman and George R. Brown Professor of Chemical Engineering Emeritus for Tulane University.

Edward L. Morse, A&S '63, '64 (MA), SAIS '66, Bol '66, has joined Lehman Brothers in New York City as managing director and chief energy economist.

Pru Petrakis, Ed '63 (MEd), is living in Atlanta. She has three children and five grandchildren.


Howard B. Dickler, A&S '64, has been appointed director for clinical research for the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C.

Bruce H. George, A&S '64, writes: "Visit the George Team at for all your investment and vacation home needs."

Kate Gulliver, A&S '64 (MA), former program evaluator in the division of college and university evaluation of the New York State Education Department's Office of Higher Education, has joined the Board of Trustees of Laboratory Institute of Merchandising.

Carol Hoffmann Herr, Nurs '64, has retired after 35 years as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. She writes: "I am enjoying life and family in San Diego. I am active with the local sports and sailing community. Warm wishes to all — I'm looking forward to our next reunion."

Charles E. Kohlerman, A&S '64, is now retired and living in Maui, Hawaii.

Robert F. Vandenplas, Bol '64, SAIS '65, retired as vice president of the NIRAS group in Brussels. He remains managing director of Belgoprocess N.V. in Dessel, Belgium, a nuclear servicing industry.


Juan J. Alva, Med '65, was elected president of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association's North Carolina Chapter. He also is the secretary/treasurer of the Osler Society of North Carolina.

Rudolph M. Franklin, A&S '65, Med '69, A&S '79 (MA), writes: "I survived Hurricane Katrina in my house in the French Quarter, but I lost my New Orleans office and most of my practice. I'm starting again in the suburbs!"


Paul Chandler, Engr '67, retired in October 2005 from his position as engineering product director of Space Inertial Systems at Northrop Grumman Corporation's Navigation Systems Division. After enjoying 11 months of retired life, in October 2006 he was appointed CEO/chief technical officer of EON Instrumentation, Inc. in Van Nuys, California.

Richard J. Little, A&S '67, writes: "I will be a granddad for the first time in March when my daughter Sarah delivers her baby girl. Also, I will gain a new daughter-in-law in September when my son, Brad, marries."


Frank A. Armigre Jr., A&S '68, is director of health integrity services at Advance Med Corporation, a subsidiary of Computer Services Corporation.

Albert J. Hayes Jr., Engr '68, is vice chairman of the Howard County (Maryland) Board of Appeals.

James C. Larson, Engr '68, retired from Pinellas County (Florida) government in 2004 at the age of 68. He continues to compete nationally in triathlons and has five "lovely" grandchildren.

Jerome L. Rubin, Med '68, writes: "Our daughter, Nancy Rubin, shares my hematology-oncology practice with me. She recently gave birth to our second grandchild, Zachary Farfan."

Suellen S. Rubin, A&S '68 (MA), '69 (PhD), writes: "Our daughter, Emily Rubin, consults all over the U.S. and England on the topic of autism. She has a 1-year-old daughter, Maya Rose, who globetrots with her two moms."


Juan M. Flavier, SPH '69, writes: "I was secretary of health [of the Philippines] from 1992 to 1995, and I have been senator [Senate of the Philippines] from 1995 to the present."

Bonnie Kellert, Peab '69, '71 (MM), has been elected president of the Washington D.C. Music Teachers Association. She is also serving as vice president for programs for the Montgomery County MTA and co chair of the Keyboard Musicianship Program for the Maryland State MTA. She recently gave a solo recital and master class at McDaniel College. She plans to give a master class at the Shanghai Conservatory in September when she and her husband take a four-week trip to China.

Louisa Worthington Rogers, A&S '69 (MLA), and David Rogers traveled with the JHU Alumni Association to the Dordogne in the fall of 2006 and to Sorrento in 2005.


William Yancy Brown, Ed '70 (MAT), is the new president and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

Donald B. Connelly, A&S '70, has published John M. Schofield and the Politics of Generalship (University of North Carolina Press, 2006).

L. Ronald Gilbert, Bus '70, retired from Bell Atlantic after 30 years of service. He established Gilbert Property Management in 1994. He writes: "I am looking forward to retirement in the near future." He and his wife, Janice, have five children and 16 grandchildren.

David N. Ruchman, A&S '70, is an administrative law judge with the state of Colorado. He has been elected to serve on the Regional Transportation District board of directors, which will be constructing an integrated light rail system for metro Denver.


George R. Cotter, Bus '71 (MS), director of information technology and chief information officer at the National Security Agency, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Gregory J. Estlund, A&S '71, who was divorced in 2004, is practicing family medicine in Baldwin, Wisconsin, and served in the United States Navy Reserve active duty in Portsmouth, Virginia, from June 2005 to June 2006.

Zsolt H.B. Koppanyi, SPH '71, has been district health director over 16 counties in west central Georgia for nine years. He writes that every week he sees handicapped children, and that "opera and classical music are my passion."

John Varley, SAIS '71, enjoyed a mini-reunion with Mark Giordano, Nanj '94, and Meredith Giordano, SAIS '93, Nanj '94, Chris McCoy, A&S '78, Robert Blake, SAIS '84, Liam and Kate Hennesey, and Carmen Varley, at the Nihonbashi Restaurant in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Peter J. Hart, A&S '72 (MLA), retired as CEO of Altoona Pipe & Steel Supply Company and is living in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. He is "happily giving back" as chairman of Southern Alleghenies' Chapter of SCORE, which offers volunteer counselors to America's small businesses.

Les Harris, A&S '72 (MLA), artist and creator of "The Labyrinth at the Amaranthine Museum" has announced its move to Clipper Park Road has taken place. The work has been reinstalled in a new setting in the Foundry building opposite the handsome swimming pool. (See Johns Hopkins Magazine, April 2002.)

Ronald D. Luff, SPH '72, Med '73, HS '79, is director of anatomic pathology for clinical trials at the Quest Diagnostics Lab in Teterboro, New Jersey. Last November he was awarded the American Society of Cytopathology's Papanicalaou Award for career achievement in cytology.

Evelyn Parker McClarry, Ed '72 (MEd), is co-director of the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Multicultural Resource Center at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore.

R. Nicoll Pratt Jr., A&S '72, writes: "As a Navy captain, I am the only child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist for the military in all of mainland Japan. My wife, Carol Pratt, A&S '72, remained in San Diego to rebuild our home after the October 2003 California Cedar Fire devastated it. She also remained to get our son and daughter into colleges — all finally accomplished!"

Larry A. Thompson, A&S '72, writes: "I left self-employment in mid-2005 to become CEO of Skagit Valley Medical Center in Mt. Vernon, Washington — a multi-specialty medical group with 75 providers."


Edward L. Boggs III, A&S '73, '75 (MA), '77 (PhD), is vice president of international sales and marketing for SGS Tool Company in Munroe, Ohio, where he has worked for the past 11 years.


Robert John Burastero, SPH '74, is employed by Project HOPE, an international non-profit health education organization based in Millwood, Virginia.

Samuel J. Garloff, Ed '74 (MS), was recently installed as the 96th president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.

Hal S. Gutstein, A&S '74, Med '77, writes: "I sold my practice in 2005, and now I am clinical assistant professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine's Multiple Sclerosis Care Center."

Norman A. Marcus, A&S '74, is an orthopedic surgeon who works with cartilage and stem cells. He has an academic collaboration with the JHU Department of Biomedical Engineering and has founded a company, Cartilix, Inc. with Whiting School faculty member Jennifer Elisseeff.

John H. Morrison, A&S '74, Med '79 (PhD), recently stepped down as chair of neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine to accept the position of dean of Basic Sciences at Mount Sinai's Graduate School of Biological Sciences. He writes: "On the family front, our daughter Kelsey graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and our son Alex starts as a freshman at Hopkins in September."


Virginia F. Butera, A&S '75 (MA), is chairperson of the Art Department and professor of art history and has been named director of the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey.

Thomas A. Connor, A&S '75, writes that his daughter, Elizabeth, is in the class of 2010 at JHU's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Vira J. Froehlinger, Ed '75, '84 (EdD), has two grandsons who graduated from college at the age of 18, both with honors as business majors.

Michael C. Graves, HS '75, is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Neurology at UCLA.

Richard B. Hill, A&S '75, is director for strategic initiatives and analysis for CHF International.

Annette Hutchins, Engr '75 (MS), is president of International Living and the Versatile Woman, an economic and social research firm working on concerns related to women in the United States and abroad, including voting, elective office, micro enterprise development, and education.

Udo Wahn, A&S '75, has written a book with artist Jami Lyn, titled Cabo and Coral Go Surfing, an inspirational and educational children's book about a fun-filled day at the beach for two 7-year-olds who learn about surfing, environmental conservation, and the "Aloha Spirit."


Norbert Baas, SAIS '76, was appointed in July 2006 as Germany's ambassador to South Korea.

Alicia Lieberman, A&S '76 (PhD), has been appointed president of the board of Zero to Three, a national nonprofit organization.

James R. Metzger, Bus '76 (MS), retired from NASA in January 2004, and has moved to South Carolina.


Frank Bond Jr., A&S '77, writes: "Visit us at and watch for the grand opening of the Newseum in September. Then, visit in person at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. in Washington. You can keep in touch with me at"

Sally Isabel Heins, A&S '77, writes: "Whilst still remembering the awe-inspiring lectures of both Dr. Franklin Knight and Dr. [John] Russell-Wood about exploration and discovery, my husband, Geoffrey Lane, and I embarked on our own adventure. This summer, we cut the tethers to land and set out in our sailboat to explore the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver Island to New Zealand and beyond."

Doug Warren, A&S '77, writes: "I received a surprise call in March from John Faulkingham, A&S '89, longtime volunteer coach with Hopkins crew, letting me know that a Hopkins crew rowing shell was being named in my honor! The tribute was in recognition of help I had provided Hopkins crew getting started back in the mid-1980s while I was working at the Hopkins Alumni Office. Although my kids weren't thrilled to get up for the 8 a.m. ceremony, it really was very touching and I was truly honored."


Orly Avitzur, A&S '78, has been selected as the first editor-in-chief of the American Academy of Neurology Web publications. He is a neurologist in private practice in Tarrytown, New York; holds joint academic appointments at Yale University School of Medicine and New York Medical College; and writes regularly for Neurology Today and Neurology Now.

Herbert M. Baum, SPH '78 (PhD), is working as a senior evaluator at Macro International in Calverton, Maryland. He announces that he is engaged.

Caren M. Fleit, A&S '78, is a senior client partner with Korn/Ferry International. Having taken up cabaret singing, she had her first solo show in May in New York.

Howard A. Leadbetter II, A&S '78, writes: "My wife, Beth, and I will be moving to Kazakhstan this summer as I begin a two-year assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, as the FBI legal attaché for Central Asia."

Louise W. Weadock, SPH '78, is president and CEO of Access Nursing Services.


John A. Bannigan, SPH '79, writes: "Upon retirement as research director of TetraTech International, I took over a lecture circuit of retirement homes and civic associations on international political and strategic problems."

Vincent DeMarco, A&S '79, '83 (MA), continues to work on expanding health care access and reducing smoking in Maryland and across the country.

William B. Rever, A&S '79, is strategic marketing manager for BP Solar. He travels extensively and writes: "The growth of the market has made the last few years very exciting and challenging."

Judith S. Samkoff, A&S '79, SPH '80, is senior partner of Samkoff Consulting Group, LLC, an applied epidemiology consulting firm providing services in food safety, biological threat reduction, and forensic epidemiology. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Eric W. Scott, A&S '79, is in private practice in Gainesville, Florida. He and his wife of 25 years have three daughters.


Edwarda Maria Buda, Med '80 (PGF), '81 (PGF), was awarded the Knight Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in December 2006 for her humanitarian and philanthropic work on behalf of disabled children and youth in Poland. She serves as the president of the Polish American Health Association.

Robert S. Ford, A&S '80, SAIS '83, was confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Algeria in August 2006, after serving at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from June 2004 to June 2006. My wife, Alison Barkley, SAIS '86, also is serving in the Middle East.

Joan Sadowski Grega, Ed '80 (MS), who formerly taught health and physical education at Seton High, was pleased when Hopkins purchased the high school for its education building. She writes: "As the daughter of a Seton grad, a former Seton High teacher, and a Hopkins grad, it was wonderful to see that high quality education is still thriving at the venerable old building that meant so much to thousands of girls in the 20th century."

Jim Hyde, Bol '80, is acting director of public health in the Department of Human Services for the State of Victoria, Australia.

David L. Spivey, A&S '80 (MA), is still a self-employed advertising writer.


Richard Clark Irving, Engr '81 (MS), has opened a new intellectual property law firm, Prass & Irving, LLP, of which he is a founding partner. He writes: "Please visit our Web site at"

Seth Levrant, A&S '81, and Lauren Mardell Levrant, A&S (BA/MA) '81, are excited to announce that their daughter, Valerie, will be joining the JHU Class of '11. They write: "Now in the future, the three of us can share Reunion weekends! Oldest son, Peter, has chosen to walk another path and is completing his junior year at Virginia Military Institute, and youngest son, Jeffrey, hopes to follow his sister at JHU."

James Scott Murphy, A&S '81, writes: "After graduation from JHU, Valerie and I married and moved to California as we always planned. I graduated from Pepperdine School of Law and practiced in California until 1994, when we moved to New Jersey, where I now practice in Montclair. Would love to hear from you or get together, perhaps at the Hopkins Club. You can reach me at or (973) 509-7500."

D. S. Roberts, A&S '81, Ed '83 (MS), is working as a consultant to CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. He writes: "I am still in Towson in the same house I bought in college!"


Ellen H. Kavee, A&S '82, writes: "As our 25th-year reunion approaches, so much has changed. I'm married to Dr. Stephen Hadler, and we have two beautiful daughters, Lindsay and Gillian."

Phillip M. Schutzer, A&S '82, SPH '85 (PhD), writes: "My family and I spent Hanukah in Jerusalem and celebrated my son Zak's bar mitzvah at the Western Wall.


Robert E. Cranley Jr., Med '83, has become a wood turner and has had his work displayed at City Lights Gallery in Henderson, Nevada.

James L. Hubbard, Engr '83 (MS), is director of quality oversight at El Paso Psychiatric Center in Texas.

Diana C. Liu, A&S '83, was selected last November as one of the 2006 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Cynthia Shiner Padgett, A&S '83 (MLA), has an art studio at Clipper Mill in Baltimore. She had a New York City solo exhibit in November 2006. Her husband, Chip Padgett, A&S '70, Med '73, is a medical oncologist.

Sandra C. Short-Bartlett, Med '83, writes: "Vince and I recently moved to Great Falls, Montana. I am the medical director of the Benefis NICU and a partner in the Great Falls Clinic. We have enjoyed the relatively mild 'Big Sky' climate, and our 9-year-old son has been learning to ski in the local mountains."

Cheryl L. Ziegler, A&S '83, writes: "In May of 2006, I became the general deputy assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development."


Gary Anderson, Engr '85 (PhD), Dewberry's national director of master planning, was recently inducted into the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Academy of Fellows for his outstanding and dedicated service to the society and the field of engineering.

Martin Eichtinger, Bol '85, is secretary general of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour.

Colin K. L. Phoon, A&S '85, HS '91, '92, '93, has been named the 2006-2007 JT Tai Foundation Fellow, American Heart Association (Heritage Affiliate). He writes: "A member of NYU's Pediatric Cardiology Program, I am interested in heart functioning in early intrauterine life."

David Willard Webb, Bus '85 (MA), announces the birth of his first grandson, Benjamin Page Shanklin, on October 27, 2006.


Stephanie Clintonia Boddie, A&S '86, is in her fifth year as an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis. She has co-authored four books and numerous articles, book chapters, and reports. She is currently on leave to care for her father.

Paul B. Miller, A&S '86, is married and living in South Carolina with his wife, Rosemarie, and his three children. He writes: "I am a busy endocrinologist who still enjoys playing soccer."

J. Ward Morrow, A&S '86, writes: "Ever the politico, I want to thank all those who came out to the reunion of the Class of 1986 last summer and to let you know I have a radio show called Inside Government about national issues. It airs in Washington, D.C., on Fridays at 10 a.m. on 1050 AM and is free at"

Thomas Joseph Rotelli Jr., Engr '86, has retired from the high-tech industry and is working as a stay-at-home dad to Tommy and Chris. He has been happily married for eight years and is living in Sacramento. He can be reached at

Mario D. Saltarelli, Med '86, '89 (PhD), is vice president of neuroscience and anesthesia development at Abbott Laboratories in Abbott Park, Illinois.


Geannine L. Hladky, A&S '87, recently joined Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore as vice president of development. She writes: "I am enjoying reconnecting with fellow classmates through helping to plan our 20th reunion."

Deborah Kravitz, A&S '87, writes: "After 15 years practicing law in D.C., I will de-camp to London this summer for a new job as the chief compliance officer of the Aibel Group Ltd."

Neil M. Middleton, Bus '87 (MAS), is president of Middleton & Meads Co., Inc.

Walter H. Nelson, A&S '87 (PhD), is chief technology officer at a Silicon Valley start-up, Everdream, Inc., which provides computer management remotely over the Internet.


Ana T. Acevedo, Med '88, HS '88, has relocated to Bethesda, Maryland, and will be working at the Pain and Rehabilitation Medicine Center, specializing in myofascial pain and other chronic pain conditions.

Lora Costello Bonser, Engr '88, and her husband, Doug, welcomed their fifth child, Carly Gail, on January 1. She writes: "The whole family has been enjoying living in snowy New York!"

Katherine S. Shaver, Nurs '88, has returned to direct patient care and is working at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center on the family nursing unit.


Lo-Chun Au, SPH '89 (PhD), works in the Department of Medical Research and Education at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan.

Evan Y. Chuck, A&S '89, has been named managing partner of the Shanghai office of Bryan Cave LLP.

Laura A. Donegan, A&S '89, writes: "I've moved back to Baltimore! Our family relocated to the Ruxton area, across North Charles Street from our jobs at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Our twin girls are 7 and our son is 5. We are looking forward to lacrosse games at Homewood again!"

Adrienne J. Taylor, Ed '89, is principal of Bell Grove Elementary School in the Anne Arundel (Maryland) Public Schools.


Phil Bildner, A&S '90, writes about his children's book: "Just wanted to let you know that on Sunday, April 8, Barnstormers: Tales of the Travelin' Nine, Game 1 appeared at #10 on The New York Times Bestseller List."

Brendan P. O'Brien, A&S '90, announces the birth of his second daughter, Karis Kennedy, on December 14, 2006. She joins big sister Sophie.

David Blake Richter, SAIS '90, writes: "I am living happily in Seattle, but still make regular trips to Asia…I have been taking groups to Cambodia to build houses with the Tabitha Foundation…volunteers welcome."


Edith Pettway Brown, Bus '91 (MAS), is senior vice president of Enterprise Production Services at National City Bank in Ohio.

Seth Hettena, A&S '91, writes: "I have recently written my first book. It's titled Feasting on the Spoils, and it's the story of Randy 'Duke' Cunningham, the most corrupt congressman in U.S. history." It was published in July by St. Martin's Press.

Amy M. Stevens, Bus '91 (MS), retired from the federal government in 2004. After two years of family time at the summer home in Maine, she opened her private practice of education, social services, and mental health counseling in Marietta, Georgia (

Takuya Tasso, SAIS '91, has been elected governor of Iwate Prefecture, in the northern part of Japan. He was a member of the Japanese Parliament and a diplomat.


Michael Gilligan, Engr '92, has been named a partner in the global corporate group at Allen & Overy LLP in New York.

Misop Han, A&S '92, Med '96, is an assistant professor of urology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Melisa (Kovach) Hayes, A&S '92, and her husband, Brian, proudly announce the birth of their daughter Calleigh Elizabeth, born on March 7. She joins her big sister Victoria.

Christine (Delaney) Martin, Engr '92, and William Martin, Engr '94, welcomed their first child, Hannah, in November 2005.

Christine Bickel Plumer, A&S '92, received her MLA from Hopkins in May. She writes: "My husband, Andrew, is working for the National Library of Medicine, and son Jack has started his trek towards JHU by beginning kindergarten!"


Shauna C. Bryce, A&S '93, has launched Résumé Galleria LLC, specializing in "the art and the craft of the legal résumé." She lives with her husband in New Jersey.

Ronald A. LaMorte Jr., A&S '93, is managing a media and telecommunications industry equity portfolio for Millennium Partners.

Christopher E. Woodhouse, Med '93, is married with three children and practicing radiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.


Nancy L. Ashburn, SPH '94, who lives in Westminster, Maryland, in December completed an associate fellowship with the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She writes: "I would love to hear from others interested in integrative medicine."

Gabriel J. Kaufman, A&S '94, is completing a surgical fellowship in breast oncology at New York University Medical Center and will be moving to Paris for advanced training in oncoplastic surgery. He has also completed research covering the utility of MRI in treating women with breast cancer.

Stephanie L. Fishkin Kiley, A&S '94, continues working as an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel for the Social Security Administration. In December, she and her husband welcomed the birth of their second son, William. He joins Benjamin, who is 2-1/2.

Kai Lit Phua, A&S '94 (PhD), is an associate professor with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of Monash University's Malaysia campus, located in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur.

Barbara L. J. Rieve, Bus '94, lives in Ellicott City, Maryland. She writes: "I just celebrated my second anniversary with the Little Sisters of the Poor as the residents' accounts manager/postmistress/purchasing agent — WOW!"


Mike Carlowicz, A&S '95 (MA), made an expedition to the North Pole in April. As part of a public outreach and education program, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution science writer/editor traveled to the North Pole Environmental Observatory. His wrote daily dispatches about the adventure, the science, and the effects of climate change on the far North. Read about the trip at In June, his third book, The Moon, was published by H. N. Abrams Books.

Allison B. Habas, A&S '95, SPH '97, HS '04, writes: "I completed my residency in internal medicine at Hopkins in 2005, and I now work as a hospitalist at GBMC. My husband, Brian, and I welcomed our second son, Reid, on November 14. He joins big brother Matthew."

Daryl J. Robinson, Bus '95 (MBA), who lives in Baltimore, is a certified hypnotherapist and past life regression specialist who conducts individual or group sessions at Ruscombe Mansion Holistic Center.

Rick Sharma, A&S '95, writes: "I just switched jobs, leaving the big law firm life to try my hand in the money management world. I now work for a hedge fund company called Drake Management LLC in New York City. I'm a director in the legal and compliance department at Drake. As always, I'm always up for reconnecting with JHU friends. They can reach me at"

Phil Tang, A&S '95, married Julia Moss on June 9 in Baltimore. The wedding party included Nelson Tang, A&S '90; Jan vandenBerg and Jon Seidman, both A&S '95; and Joshua Bixby, A&S '96. Other alumni in attendance included Rachel (Gerstein) Jarrett, Sue Srinivasan, Christopher Drennen, David Greenberg, and Chris Bengson, all A&S '95; Sara Clemence, A&S '96; Brendan Feehan, A&S '97; and Taria (Herz) Greenberg, A&S '94. Tang, Seidman, and Feehan — the three surviving members of legendary Charm City rock band Some Things Coming — treated guests to an impromptu reunion when they joined the wedding band to perform some '80s new-wave classics.


Joshua A. Baumfeld, A&S '96, writes: "In the past year I finished my orthopedic surgery sports medicine fellowship at UVA. My wife, Lynn Schow, A&S '92, and I had our third child, Daniel, and I took a sports medicine position at Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts, where we will be moving."

Robert J. Miller, A&S '96, writes: "Between 1996-2003, we lived in Botswana and Nepal. I did some climbing in the Himalayan mountains and also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in March 2006. I am currently working with USAID in Washington and am married to Donna Stauffer, SAIS '82."

Johnny C. Whitehead, Bus '96, has been named the deputy chief of police for operations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a new position in the department.


Julie Bekier, A&S '97, and Jim Wilson, A&S '97, were married in November 2006 in New York. Miryn Alcantara, A&S '97, and Scott Simmons, A&S '97, were in the wedding party. Roya Mohajer, A&S '97, Tasha Stehling-Ariza, A&S '97, Mark Tully, Engr '97, and Sue Yang, A&S '98, attended the wedding. Julie and Jim live in Philadelphia and can be reached at

Clara C. Schlaich, SPH '97 (PGF), has been head of the Hamburg (Germany) Port Health Center since 2006.

Evan Zamir, Engr '97, earned his DSc in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and will start as an assistant professor (tenure track) at Georgia Tech (Atlanta) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in January 2008.


Duncan C. H. Belser III, A&S '98, writes: "My wife, Jessica, and I are living in Towson [Maryland] with our new son, Wayne. We look forward to seeing everyone for our 10-year class reunion in 2008. Call us when you're in town or if you'd like to help coordinate a special event for the class."

Katherine M. Hyland, A&S '98 (PhD), Med '98 (PhD), is assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Thomas M. Laird Jr., Bus '98 (MA), has been named senior vice president and regional manager of Gilbane Building Company's Central Regional Office in Columbus, Ohio.

Katherine P. Pennington, Ed '98 (MA), is relocating from Tokyo, Japan, to Whidbey Island, Washington. She writes: "I have been a stay-at-home mom for six years and will be substitute teaching and continuing my volunteer work with the church and military families."


Paul Eric Goida, SPH '99 (MS), recently completed an MBA at Saint Joseph's University. He is a director in the IT department of a financial services company.

Emily J. Watkins, Peab '99, is in her fifth season as assistant principal viola of the San Antonio Symphony. She is also the co-founder of a chamber ensemble, Camerata San Antonio, in its fourth season.


Mikayo Ando, A&S '00 (MA), SPH '02, an associate professor since April in the department of counseling and educational psychology, Center for Research and Development in Education, Okayama University, has published a book, Psychosocial Factors Associated with Problem Behaviors and the Psychoeducational Intervention Among Japanese Junior High School Students.

Jon W. Burd, A&S '00, completed a two-year federal clerkship and joined the government contracts litigation group at the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at

Andrew Franta, A&S '00 (PhD), writes: "My book, Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public, was published in March by Cambridge University Press."

Thomas C. Timmes, Engr '00 (MS), and his wife and two children are enjoying life in State College, Pennsylvania, where he is working as an Army researcher.


Nadia Asancheyevm, A&S '01, married Jake Cumsky-Whitlock last September. They reside in New York City, where Nadia, who graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006, is a law clerk to a federal district judge.

Julian L. Lapides, A&S '01 (MLA), is chair of the Maryland State Ethics Commission.

Jaime Lavin, A&S '01, graduated from Fordham Law School in February and joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP, in New York City as a first-year associate.

Stephanie York Linbeck, Bus '01 (MBA), works at Hess Corporation in Houston.

David B. Openshaw, Bus '01 (MA), is vice president and part owner of Ligon & Ligon, Inc., a utility contractor in Baltimore since the 1920s.

Samuel D. Scoles, SAIS '01, was appointed to sit on the government of Singapore's Panel of Free Trade Advisors. The panel was formed to promote overseas growth for Singapore business.

Tamitha Walker, A&S '01, SPH '04, in May was awarded the Master of Divinity degree by Union Theological Seminary.


Allison Bergstrom, Bol '02, SAIS '03, is employed with Scitor Corporation, working in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, developing policy for the intelligence community.

Daniel Dobrygowski, A&S '02, graduated from University of California, Berkeley School of Law in May, and has taken a position with the San Francisco office of Jones Day.

Jason Scheidel, A&S '02, who works at Villanova University, married Jacqueline Jane Mattera in 2002. They have four daughters. He received his master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.

Joshua D. Sunshine, Ed '02 (MA), and Dara Neuman, Med '07, were married on March 25 in Rockville, Maryland.


Constance Burr, A&S '03 (MLA), was a United States Capitol Historical Society Fellow, from 2004-2005. An article based on her research, "The Guastavino System in the Capitol Complex," was published in the Fall 2005 issue of the society's quarterly, The Capitol Dome.

Shannon C. Frederick, Bus '03 (Cert), writes: "My husband, Bill, and I have been blessed with the birth of our daughter, Mackenzie Elizabeth."

Melisa (Schuette) Jaenisch, SPH '03, married Thomas Jaenisch in July 2006. They welcomed the birth of their son, Konrad Peter Jaenisch, on November 17. They live in Heidelberg, Germany.

Nicole Nyberg, Bus '03, (MA), who is senior cardiovascular sales representative with Abbott Laboratories, based in Boston, relocated with her husband from the Washington, D.C., area to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 2006.

Sheila Marie Ratcliffe, Nurs '03, married Andrew Ratcliffe on October 21, 2005, and they bought a house in Savannah, Texas. She works in Dallas as a clinical nurse in pediatric oncology for Children's Medical Center, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.


Charles A. Russell Jr., Bus '04 (MBA), left CEXEC, Inc., after almost nine years to join BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) as a finance manager in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

David J. Stout, A&S '04, writes: "I completed my MS in clinical psychology at Loyola in '06 and have worked at the Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland for the last year. This summer I'm moving to Philadelphia to begin a PsyD program in clinical psychology at Widener University. I can be reached at"

Gail J. Woods-Waller, Bus '04 (MA), serves as chief communications officer of the National Association of Social Workers.


Ezel M. Baltali, Engr '05, has been working in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as an applications engineer for the past 18 months. He does fuel analysis on diesel tractor-trailers for a leasing and finance company.

Anjuli M. Baraily, Peab '05, lives in East Lansing, Michigan, and has a full studio of voice students. She also travels and sings around the state.

Laurel Jones, Bus '05 (MBA), has started Jones Consultation, Daily Money Management for individuals and small businesses. This is a bill payment, account resolution, and reconciliation service primarily for seniors and children of seniors, as well as financial assistance for small businesses.

Stephanie L. Kastle, Bus '05 (MS), announces the birth of her daughter, Maya Lin, on May 23.

Emily E. (Gray) May, A&S '05, married Benjamin May, A&S '03, on October 14, 2006.

Sompannat Sampattavanich, Engr '05, is finishing his master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


James C. Chen, Engr '06, writes: "I'm getting into the regulatory affair side of biotech."

James M. Hanners, A&S '06 (MS), has graduated from the George Washington University with a master of law degree in intellectual property — patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Shaun K. Morris, MPH '06, has started a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Melissa Jean Sky-Eagle, Peab '06 (DMA), was the collaborative pianist for the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, held March 24-April 1 in Palm Desert, California. She is now completing her fourth year teaching piano at the California Baptist University, Riverside. She also teaches at the Old Town Conservatory of Music in Pasadena and is the musical director for the Class Act Musical Theater in Woodland Hills and the pianist for the El Segundo United Methodist Church.


Dwight D. Chenette, SPH '07, is the chief executive officer of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, Florida.

Marissa Knaub, Peab '07 (MM), has been appointed to a full-time harp teaching position with the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble at Carver High School's School for the Arts in Atlanta. She will also take a part-time teaching position at Preparatory Music, Inc. at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.

In Memoriam

1937: Robert Austrian, A&S '37, Med '41, the John Herr Musser Emeritus Professor of Research Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a leading figure in the prevention of pneumococcal diseases, died in Philadelphia on March 25.

1948: John R. Weimer, Med '48, died in his home in Takoma Park, Maryland, on March 15. In 1951, he joined the Air Force as a flight surgeon, and in 1954 he moved to Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a resident in ophthalmology. He practiced in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., until his retirement in 1986.

1999: Nina Creedman, A&S '99, an urban planner who worked in Wellington, New Zealand, died in March in a rock-climbing accident. She had gone on the climb to celebrate her 30th birthday.

Heritage Awards
Recognizing outstanding service to Johns Hopkins University

John R. Burton is director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center, which develops educational programs in geriatrics for health professionals who work in the eastern half of Maryland. He continues to see patients, perform research, and teach in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. Considered one of the founding fathers of modern geriatrics, he nurtured and guided the geriatrics program for 35 years. For 20 of those years, he served as chief of the division.

Arnall Patz, A&S '98 (MLA), joined the full-time faculty at the School of Medicine in 1970 after 15 years on the part-time staff. In 1979, he became the fourth director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, and for 10 years he oversaw expansion of the institute and growth of its personnel, facilities, and staff. Leading by example, he fostered the careers of young scientists, many of whom today are giants in their fields. In recognition of all of his achievements, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

Irving Smokler, A&S '64, and his wife, Carol, helped to create the Smokler Center for Jewish Life, which fosters the spiritual and social development of the Jewish community at Homewood. Dr. Smokler served on the Advisory Council for the Sheridan Libraries, where he and his wife endowed the Irving and Carol Smokler Fund for the Humanities.

Woodrow Wilson Award
Recognizes distinguished public service

After 32 distinguished years with Electronics Systems (now Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems), Aristides Melissaratos, Engr '66, was in 2003 appointed secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. In March 2007, he returned to Johns Hopkins to serve as special adviser to the president for enterprise development. In this newly created position, he oversees the university's relationship with business and forges new connections between the research and corporate communities. In 1999, he established the Melissaratos Family Scholarship.

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