Johns Hopkins Magazine -- September 1998
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Alumni News
Editor: Billie Walker

Nursing dedication
Mike Tilghman, A&S '25, Med '32
Springtime Brings Reunions
Morris W. Offit honored
Looking toward 1999
Friends, associates honor retiring VP
Excellence in teaching awards
Bronk Award
Pavilion dedicated
Fall schedule of alumni events
Chicago reception

Nursing Dedication

Dean Sue Donaldson, an actress portraying M. Adelaide Nutting (an early leader of the
School of Nursing), and trustee emerita Anne M. Pinkard, right, are surrounded by portraits from Hopkins' nursing tradition at the dedication of the new School of Nursing building on June 11. The building is named for Mrs. Pinkard.

"Hopkins means everything to me," says Dr. Tilghman, with his wife, Mary.
Mike Tilghman, A&S '25, Med '32
Celebrating 77 Years with Hopkins

R. Carmichael Tilghman greets visitors with tales of the two archeological digs at Wye House, the 1670 ancestral home on Maryland's Eastern Shore that he shares with his wife, Mary. Begun last year, the digs have unearthed invaluable pieces of Maryland's--and America's--earliest history.

Mike Tilghman's life, and particularly his long relationship with Johns Hopkins Medicine, is much like the historical cache being uncovered at Wye House. He is a treasure-trove of Hopkins history and lore. A 1925 graduate of Homewood and a 1932 graduate of the School of Medicine, Dr. Tilghman has had a love affair with Hopkins that has spanned nearly eight decades.

"I've known all but the first two presidents of the University, Drs. Gilman and Remsen, and all the deans of the medical school since the first, Dr. Welch," Dr. Tilghman proudly notes.

He served on the faculty of the Department of Medicine from 1933 to 1970, while maintaining a practice in Baltimore from 1937 to 1966 and taking three years to serve with the Hopkins-affiliated medical unit in the South Pacific-Burma-India theater during World War II.

Dr. Tilghman has garnered numerous accolades from the University, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Heritage Award, and the Department of Medicine Award of Excellence. In addition, he and Mrs. Tilghman are well-known Maryland philanthropists and their financial support of Hopkins is legendary, beginning with Dr. Tilghman's early chairmanship of the "Roll Call," or annual giving program, initiated at Hopkins after World War II.

Special thanks to the Hopkins Internist for the story from which this is taken.

Springtime Brings Reunions at Homewood, Nursing, Bologna

Homewood: Celebrating their 40th reunion are Class of '58 members, from left, Lou Kady, David Ferrari, Ernie Bates, Frank Porter, Fred Rosenbloom, and Jack Ruffle. Behind them are Tony Salem and George Laubach.

Nursing: Period nursing uniforms add to the sense of history at the
School of Nursing's building dedication, part of Homecoming weekend. Enjoying the event are, from left, Cathy Baldino '98, Elizabeth Seabrook Arnold '29, Vivian Weinhardt Williams '29, Katy Smith '99, and admissions coordinator Anne O'Brien.

Bologna: Alumni Weekend was planned in conjunction with a major symposium on the monetary future of Europe, organized by faculty at the Bologna Center.

Morris W. Offit Honored

Morris W. Offit, A&S '57, was honored in June as Philanthropist of the Year by the Greater New York Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. Besides his long-time leadership at Johns Hopkins, Mr. Offit was recognized for serving a broad range of New York area civic, religious, educational, and preservationist organizations.

Looking toward 1999

The reunion committee of the Class of '49 was out in force during last spring's
Homecoming, as they work toward an exceptional program for their 50th reunion next April. Among their ambitious plans is a record-breaking reunion gift to create a $2 million endowment for undergraduate scholarships at Homewood, $1.1 million of which has already been raised.

Ross Jones, A&S '53
Friends, Associates Honor Retiring VP with Gift of Hopkins' Future

"This is tough for someone who has always thought he knew everything that was going on."

So quipped Ross Jones after his first emotional response to the news that trustees, colleagues, and other friends are contributing more than $2 million to name a wing of Homewood's planned student arts center in his honor.

Mr. Jones, who retired as vice president at the end of June after serving Johns Hopkins for 37 years, was surprised with news of the gift at a dinner in his honor on June 8 hosted by the University's Board of Trustees.

"It's very hard to believe," he told the trustees. "I thank you for this tremendous tribute, and one that goes on forever. I'm deeply touched."

Four of the presidents with whom he has worked flank Ross Jones, center, during a trustee dinner in his honor. They are, from left, Daniel Nathans, President
William R. Brody, William C. Richardson, and Steven Muller.

A 1953 graduate of Hopkins, Ross Jones returned to the University in 1961 as assistant to President Milton S. Eisenhower and has been a close aide to six presidents. As secretary of the Board of Trustees, he has worked with five board chairmen. At various times, Mr. Jones has headed the University's communications, fund-raising, and alumni relations programs and has supervised operations in the president's office.

Three close friends who attended Hopkins with Mr. Jones created a fund to honor him and sent a letter inviting contributions. Nearly 100 trustees, friends, and associates responded with pledges totaling more than $2 million. The donors include all five living Johns Hopkins presidents.

"We wanted to recognize both an extraordinary personal friendship and his long, distinguished association with Hopkins," said classmate Andrew J. Bozzelli, Engr '53, who headed the effort with fellow trustees R. Champlin Sheridan, A&S '52, and Wendell A. Smith, A&S '54. "We're long-time friends who wanted to do it; that's all."

Robert R. Lindgren, the University's vice president for development and alumni relations, said he had never before seen such a tribute to an individual. "To raise this kind of money in someone's honor is absolutely remarkable," he commented, "and certainly speaks to Ross's many fine qualities."

The gift will help make a long-planned student arts center a reality. Construction of the $17 million center, along Charles Street near 33rd Street, is expected to begin this fall. A total of $14.5 million has been raised.

The easternmost of the center's three connected wings will be named in Ross Jones's honor. That building will include offices for student groups and publications, practice rooms for student musicians, and space for the visual arts. Other wings will house facilities for performing arts and for students working with electronic media.

Mr. Sheridan said that a building that will enhance undergraduate student life was "a natural" choice for honoring Mr. Jones because of his close association with students and his dedication over the years to their well-being.

"When we started looking at naming opportunities, a wing in the arts center flashed out like a beacon," Mr. Smith remarked.

Alumni Association Presents Excellence in Teaching Awards

Last spring 15 faculty members from throughout the University's divisions were honored with Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Annually since 1992, each school has received a $2,000 cash award from the Alumni Association for the recipients, chosen by the schools themselves.

This year's honorees are as follows:

Nitze School of Advanced International Studies--Riordan Roett, the Sarita and Don Johnston Professor and director, Latin American studies;

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences--Steven R. David, professor, political science;

School of Continuing Studies--John W. Hardwicke, faculty associate, Division of Undergraduate Studies; Pier Massimo Forni, professor, Italian literature; David Harper, faculty associate, Division of Business; and Mary O'Melia, faculty associate, Division of Education;

Whiting School of Engineering--M. Gordon "Reds" Wolman, professor, geography and environmental engineering, and Michael T. Goodrich, professor, computer science;

School of Medicine--Donald S. Coffey, professor, urology, oncology, and pharmacology and molecular sciences;

School of Nursing--Kathryn Kushto-Reese, clinical instructor, pediatric nursing, and Krysia Hudson, instructor, nursing and informatics;

Peabody Conservatory--Sara Watkins, oboe faculty (posthumously); and

School of Public Health--Marie Diener-West, associate professor, biostatistics; David Vlahov, professor, epidemiology; and Thomas A. Burke, associate professor, health policy and management.

Bronk Award

Following the Peabody Symphony Orchestra's debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Broadway composer and arranger Luther Henderson, right, received the Detlev W. Bronk Award of the New York metropolitan alumni chapter in recognition of his achievements. He is shown talking during the reception with Gene Detroyer, A&S '69, left, president of the New York chapter and vice president of the Alumni Council, and Rick Carr, Engr '78, treasurer of the alumni chapter and member of the Alumni Council executive committee.

Pavilion Dedicated

A grand new entrance to Homewood Field, including permanent seating for 5,000 on the visitors' side of the field, was dedicated this spring. The structure is named the Schelle Pavilion in honor of major supporters Elaine Schelle, Nurs '59, and her husband, Wayne Schelle, A&S '58. Pictured, from left, are
athletics director Tom Calder, Wendy Brody, the Schelles, and President William Brody.

Fall Schedule of Alumni Events

3 Chicago Young Alumni Happy Hour
7-20 Alumni Travel Program--St. Petersburg-Moscow river cruise
13 Baltimore/D.C. Chapters--Maryland Renaissance Festival
16 Alumni Council Executive Committee meeting
16 New York Young Alumni Happy Hour
17 Boston Young Alumni Happy Hour
17 New York Chapter--Annual Crabcake dinner
20 Baltimore/D.C. Chapters--Orioles vs. Yankees, with bull pen party
26 D.C. Chapter--Young Alumni Picnic, National Zoo
1 New York Chapter--Concert, David Starobin, Peab '73
4 No. California Chapter--Crab Feast
6-17 Alumni Travel Program--Northern Italy's Po River
8-11 Alumni Council/Leadership Weekend
9-21 Alumni Travel Program--Kenya Wildlife Safari
15 Boston Young Alumni Happy Hour
17 Boston Chapter--Head of the Charles reception
17 New York Cares Volunteer Day
21 New York Chapter--Welcome Party for the Class of '98
6 Pittsburgh Chapter--Dinner
14 Boston Chapter--Monet exhibit tour, Museum of Fine Arts
14 New York Chapter--Lunch and private tour, Royal Persian Paintings, Brooklyn Museum of Art
14 Philadelphia Chapter--Philadelphia Orchestra with Leon Fleisher
4 Los Angeles Chapter--Annual holiday party
30 Los Angeles Chapter--Annual Rose Bowl Float tour

For further information, click on, or phone 410-516-0363 or 800-548-5481.

Chicago Reception

President William Brody and his wife, Wendy, were introduced to Chicago area alumni at a reception last spring at the Standard Club, hosted by trustee emeritus Herschel Seder, A&S '39. Flanking Wendy Brody, center, are, from left, Hopkins parent Carl Liggio, Osmar Steinwald Jr., A&S '58, Mr. Seder, and Mary Liggio.