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Carl A. Heinz, Engr '28, writes: "I am in my 102nd year, and I am still active at Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson. Last May, I enjoyed the Whiting [School] Legacy Circle 11th Annual Luncheon and Lecture."


Philip Malpas, Peab '39, who has a master's degree in organ from the University of Michigan, has retired after a number of church jobs and teaching at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania for 17 years. He writes: "I still practice the piano with enjoyment."

Morris Wessel, A&S '39, a pediatrician who was dedicated to the families of the children he treated and to community improvement, retired in 1993. His mentor was Dr. Benjamin Spock. Upon his retirement, hundreds of people celebrated Morris Wessel Day in New Haven's Edgerton Park.


David N. Kramer, A&S '42, who holds a doctorate in pharmacology and medicinal chemistry from the University of Maryland, writes: "Over the years, I have published poetry, written in Hebrew, in American and Israeli literary publications, including HADOR, a Hebrew annual published by UCLA." He also has published many chemical papers in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Journal of Analytical Chemistry. He has 50 patents and has been a consultant to the U.S. Bureau of Standards, Naval Research Laboratory, Gillette Corporation, Mine Safety Products Company, and Becton, Dickinson Corporation (BD).


Timothy D. Baker, A&S '46, SPH '54, is guest editor for a special issue on global health for the Journal of Maryland Medicine.


Rose O. Bell, Nurs '47, was thrilled to read the February 2007 Johns Hopkins Magazine article titled "The Department of Second Chances" about the doctors who performed a coronary artery bypass on her own heart 16 years ago. She writes: "I am ever so thankful for the wonderful doctors and care I received at JHH."


Virgil A. Place, Med '48, who lives in Kawaihae, Hawaii, writes: "The earthquake on October 15, 2003, was devastating, and there is no clear vision on how we can find the funds to recover. It is still beautiful, though, so come see."


John Alexie "Lex" Crane, A&S '49, '50 (MA), in June published Love, Sex, and the Human Condition: Getting a Life. His book has been described as "a handbook on passionate living for rational folk."


C. David Wroten, Engr '51, writes: "We continue to share our time between Lake Norman, North Carolina, and Stuart, Florida, enjoying teaching for the U.S. Power Squadron, some power boating and sailing, and a bit of part-time work."


Bernard J. Paris, A&S '52, '59 (PhD), emeritus professor of English at University of Florida, has published Conrad's Charlie Marlow: A New Approach to "Heart of Darkness" and Lord Jim (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). His Dostoevsky's Greatest Characters: A New Approach to "Notes from the Underground," Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in winter 2008. He may be contacted via his Web site:

Jacqueline Bean Shaka, Nurs '52, and James A. Shaka, Med '52, HS '57, who live in Holladay, Utah, write: "We are keeping up our walking five miles most days (unless gardening work is long). We can now ski free at Alta."


Michael R. Campo, A&S '54 (PhD), continues to be involved as a lecturer in Trinity College's Elderhostel programs in Italy and as co-director of Trinity College's Academy of Lifelong Learning in Connecticut.

Wendell A. Smith, A&S '54, a partner in the Woodbridge office of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, was a speaker at two educational seminars at the Atlantic Builders Convention, held in April in Atlantic City.


Howard M. Lenhoff, A&S '55 (PhD), professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine, has co-authored The (Strangest) Song: One Father's Quest to Help His Daughter Find Her Voice, with Teri Sforza and Sylvia Lenhoff (Prometheus Books, October 2006). The book features his music-savant daughter, Gloria, and describes the link of a rare genetic disorder (Williams-Beuren syndrome) and musical talent. He also is the author of Black Jews, Jews, and Other Heroes: How Grassroots Activism Led to the Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews (Gefen Publishing House, January 2007).


Patricia W. Deal, Nurs '58, is still working full time as quality improvement coordinator at the U.S. Family Health Plan at St. Vincent Healthcare System. She lives in Manhattan but spends July at her summer home at Long Lake, Wisconsin.


Karl Albrecht, A&S '63, has published Practical Intelligence: The Art and Science of Common Sense (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2007). He writes: "Human mental process has been the single most fascinating area of study for me over my 30-year career, and it's the one I keep getting drawn back to. I continue to profess that the human software — the gray matter — is our last unexploited capital asset in business."

R. Emmet Kennedy, A&S '63, has published Secularism and Its Opponents (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

Genie Lipa Wessel, Nurs '63, was awarded the Maryland State Department of Education 2007 Career and Technology Education Outstanding Postsecondary Distinguished Service Award of Excellence for achievement, leadership, and vision for career and technology education. She was recently elected to the JHU Alumni Association Baltimore Chapter Executive Committee.


Robert E. Ulanowicz, Engr '64, '68 (PhD), was awarded the 2007 Ilya Prigogine Medal by the University of Siena in Italy.


Jim Addy, A&S '69, won by a landslide the June 12 Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, mayoral election. This is his fourth two-year term.

Hideyasu Aoyama, SPH '69, has retired from Kochi Women's University.

Thomas Harris, A&S '69, has retired and is now cruising the world on his L'Esprit Libre II, after a career in international fundraising (at the recommendation of Milton Eisenhower). Harris crossed the Atlantic in 1978 on the first L'Esprit Libre, a 21-foot sailboat, with classmate Tim Ditzler, A&S '70.

Michael Percy, A&S '69, received his JD degree from Santa Clara University on May 19 and took the California Bar.


Lawrence J. Johnson, A&S '70 (MA), '72 (PhD), relinquished command of the 70th Regional Readiness Command in Seattle on June 1, retiring from the Army Reserve as a major general. He continues on the faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso.


Charles Leslie Harris, A&S '72 (MA), invites friends to visit a maze of his art at the Amaranthine Museum in Baltimore.


Edward J. Levin, A&S '73, was recently named the 2006-2007 Distinguished Maryland Real Property Practitioner by the Section of Real Property, Planning and Zoning of the Maryland State Bar Association. He practices in the Baltimore office of DLA Piper, where he has been for 30 years. Ed and Cheri have two sons: Paul is starting his second year at the University of Virginia School of Law, and Benjamin is a senior at the Park School in Baltimore County.


Harlan Doliner, A&S '74 (BA/MA), has joined the Boston office of the law firm ofPepe & Hazard, LLP as a partner in the corporate financing and transactions department, practicing environmental, land use, and maritime security law. He is an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School and the Marine Affairs Institute of Roger Williams University School of Law.

Beth Z. Green, A&S '74, who lives in Scarsdale, New York, with her family, has been an attorney with American International Group since 1992 and was recently promoted to vice president. She is managing attorney of Green and Lavelle, the in-house firm handling bad faith and coverage worldwide for AIG.

Marlene Rankin, Ed '74 (MS), a Rutgers College of Nursing faculty member, has been awarded Rutgers' Warren I. Susman Award, the university's highest honor for innovative teaching and mentoring.

Frederick L. Slone, A&S '74, was recently appointed to the American Board of Disaster Medicine. He is a full-time faculty member at the University of South Florida College of Nursing and an affiliate assistant professor with the university's Department of Family Medicine.


Joel M. Morris, Engr '75 (PhD), writes: "My first grandchild, Ada Ray Morris, was born on March 11, 2006, to my older son and his wife in New York."


Stephen Lane, A&S '76, associate principal research scientist for the Virginia Transportation Research Council in Charlottesville, has been honored with a 2007 ASTM International Award of Merit. He was cited for his leadership in and technical contributions to the committee, particularly related to concrete durability and alkali-aggregate reactivity.

A. Thomas Pedroni Jr., A&S '76, has joined Ober/Kaler, a Maryland and Washington, D.C., law firm, as a principal in its Health Law Group.


Brian Coulter, A&S '77, is vice president of Edgewater Networks in Santa Clara, California.

Anne Carson Daly, A&S '77 (MA) '80 (PhD), has been named vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty at Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, North Carolina. In her new role, which includes the tenured rank of professor of English literature, Daly will be responsible for the college's academic leadership and operations.

James I. Harty, Med '77, HS '77, writes: "My fourth son, Niall, began his surgery/urology residency at the Leahy Clinic in July."


James J. Condon, Engr '78, has been named chief operating officer for GetWellNetwork, an interactive patient-care company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

Steven W. Eaddy, A&S '78, is senior vice president of public finance at LaSalle Financial Services in Chicago.

Gary S. Ledley, Engr '78, has been appointed professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at Drexel University College of Medicine, at Hahnemann University Hospital. He lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with wife Deborah and daughter Jenna.

Liam Rector, A&S '78, this year published two books, The Executive Director of the Fallen World, a book of poems (University of Chicago Press), and On the Poetry of Frank Bidart: Fastening the Voice to the Page (University of Michigan Press). Rector continues as director of the Bennington Writing Seminars, a graduate program he founded in 1994 at Bennington College. He lives in New York City.

Ellen Sussman, A&S '78 (MA), is editor of Bad Girls, 26 Writers Misbehave, published by W.W. Norton and Company in July. Her essay "Invite the Bitch to Dinner" was published in the anthology The Other Woman (Grand Central Publishing) in June; her essay "What I Gave Up" will be published in the anthology For Keeps (Seal Press) in December. Her novel, On a Night Like This (Warner Books, 2004), has been translated into six languages.


Michael Martone, A&S '79 (MA), a professor of English at the University of Alabama, has published Double-Wide, a collection of work from his first five books of fiction.

Mark M. Wolkow, Engr '79, writes: "Serving this year as president of the Board of Education of Harford County, Maryland, has been quite a challenge. No pay, lots of hours, and lots of criticism — but one of the most worthwhile things I've ever done. Luckily, the kids are in college and my wife works long hours, or this might not have been possible."


Terence P. Ma, A&S '80, writes: "As of July 1, I have moved into university administration full time as the director of technology and distance and distributive education at Touro University Nevada (in Henderson), where I am responsible for all aspects of technology on campus. I was also promoted to full professor of basic sciences (clinical anatomy), although I will no longer be primarily active in the classroom."


Elizabeth Meyer Gadon, A&S '81, has acquired the development rights to Cosi Restaurants in Connecticut and Rhode Island. She writes: "I opened the first Cosi in New Haven on January 1. Come eat!"

Shelley Klein Trazkovich, A&S '81, and Laszlo R. Trazkovich, A&S '81, write: "Our son, Alex, was a 2006 U.S. Presidential Scholar. He is a freshman at the Olin College of Engineering. In summer 2006, Alex worked as a teaching assistant for the What is Engineering? course at Hopkins."


Fields Wicker-Miurin, SAIS '82, co-founder and partner of Leaders' Quest, was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to international business. She has had a highly successful career designing and leading significant financial and organizational restructuring strategies. Euromoney named her one of the top 50 women in finance in the world, and Time magazine as one of 15 people most likely to influence the future of Europe.


Reid Griffith Fontaine, A&S '83, in August 2006 became assistant professor of psychology, policy, and law at the University of Arizona Center for Child and Family Policy. He had been a research scientist in public policy studies at Duke University.

Kelli A. Houston, Engr '83 (MS), is a consulting IT specialist at IBM Rational Software, where she is responsible for architecting methods to provide consulting services related to method adoption.

Ashwin T. Ragoowansi, A&S '83, writes: "I am busy at work practicing neurosurgery and busy at home with my wife and five children. The oldest boy is playing lacrosse, hoping to be at Hopkins some day."


Christina Failla, A&S '84, received her EdD in 2005 from Dowling College. Her research focuses on the role of management firms in the selection of school superintendents. She gives presentations to school administrators throughout New York state on this topic.

Joseph W. Meister, A&S '84, joined the University of Rochester's advancement team on June 1 as associate vice president of advancement services. For the last 22 years, Meister had held positions of increasing responsibility and leadership at Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on technology and business process development.

Michael R. Moore, Med '84, was recently appointed as an oral examiner for the American Board of Spine Surgery.


Marc Gotlieb, A&S '85 (MA), '91 (PhD), has been named the Williams College Class of 1955 Memorial Professor of Art and director of the college's graduate program in art history.

Thomas John Vozzo, Engr '85, is executive vice president of ARAMARK Corporation and president of ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel.

Gregory M. Wilkins, Engr '85 (MS), welcomed a daughter, Tatiana Charity, born on June 14, 2006.


Betty H. Addison, Bus '86 (MS), director of career services and disability at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been selected as a Fulbright grantee to the U.S.-Germany International Education Administrators Program for October. Selected as one of 25 education administrators from across the United States, Addison will gain a firsthand look into Germany's academic infrastructure and culture, and gain new perspective on the need to internationalize U.S. campuses and insight into how it can be done.

Donald James Fritzges Sr., Bus '86, Engr '90, is a senior multidisciplined engineer at Raytheon in Towson, Maryland.

Charmaine Gilbreath, Engr '86, '90 (PhD), has been elevated to SPIE Fellow. SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.

Ed Harsh, Peab '86, has been named president of Meet The Composer, a national organization serving composers across the United States.


Luis Bendezu, A&S '88, writes: "Just wanted to let everyone know my wife, Jenifer, and I had our third child in April. Ryan Thomas joins big brother Liam Patrick and big sister Bridget Ashling."

Sharon Earley Reeves, Nurs '88, '94 (MS), chief healthcare executive and nurse executive, has retired from the Kennedy Krieger Institute after 20 years of dedicated service. During her career, she focused on the compassionate care of infants and children while recognizing the importance of including parents and family members indelivering optimal care to patients of all ages.


Allison Unger Brody, A&S '89, and her husband, Andrew, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Benjamin, born March 25 in Boston.


Jeff De Cagna, A&S '90, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Center for Association Leadership Board of Directors.

Charles D. Fraser Jr., Med '90 (PGF), HS '93, chief of congenital heart surgery at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, received the 2007 Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Fraser is also professor and chief of the Congenital Heart Surgery Division in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, and the director of the Adult Congenital Heart Surgery Program at the Texas Heart Institute.

Unice B. Lieberman, A&S '90, and her husband, Stephan L. Diamond, are happy to announce the birth of Louis Benjamin Diamond on May 11. Louis joins big brother David.


John Grossenbacher, SAIS '92 (MA), a retired Navy vice admiral, is laboratory director for Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls.

Matthew Todd Hartman, A&S '92 (MA), '98 (PhD), married Cvetanka Kiroski on May 26 in the Leshok Monastery, Macedonia. Hartman is senior adviser and deputy coordinator for the Department of Good Governance for Democratic Institutions for the O.S.C.E. (Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe) United Nations mission in Pristina, Kosovo.

Christine Bickel Plumer, A&S '92, '07 (MLA), has completed an internship at the Maryland Historical Society. She worked in the Special Collections Department, cataloging prints from the 18th through 20th centuries. Plumer holds an MEd in art education and is currently an instructor at Notre Dame Prep in Towson.


Richard S. Mangus, A&S '94, recently participated in a rare seven-organ transplant procedure at Indiana University School of Medicine. Since 2004, Mangus' team has performed a combination five-organ transplant five times, and simultaneously transplanted three or more organs 40 times. He is married to Claire Hawkins Mangus, Nurs '95. They live in Indianapolis with their five children.

Timothy James Min, A&S '94, is now the vice president of regulatory affairs for DHL. Previously, he was senior attorney at FedEx. He and his family will be based in the Cincinnati area, but he will often commute to Washington D.C. to work on international trade law and policy matters for DHL.


Irene (Kim) Asbury, A&S '95, just returned from working at a Biloxi, Mississippi, pro bono legal clinic for Hurricane Katrina victims. She writes: "My husband, Jacob, and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary in August! It's hard not to keep in close touch with Eric Bleich, Eng '94, since he, wife Joni, and daughter Harleigh reside a mere three blocks from us in Jersey City. My sister, Stephanie (Kim) Theune, A&S '01, is now married. She and her husband, Travis, can be happily found in Catonsville, Maryland, with Zach, their rescue puppy." Asbury works with the following nonprofits: the York Street Project, a women's shelter/high school; PSALT, a Christian organization that raises awareness of the North Korean humanitarian crisis; and KALCA, the Korean-American League for Civic Action.

Anthony N. Enweze, Engr '95 (MS), is working for the Maryland Department of the Environment in the Enforcement/Hazardous Waste Division.

Joanna Hughes, A&S '95, and Marc Vaillant, Engr '95, who live in Intervale, New Hampshire, welcomed a son, West, on May 15. He joins proud big sister Polly.

Ned Jastromb, A&S '95, married Madina Bekoeva of Tblisi, Georgia, in 2004 and has recently changed jobs from product manager at Cell Signaling Technologies to applications product manager at Nikon Instruments.

Patricia N. Mechael, A&S '95, SPH '98, has completed her PhD studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her thesis focused on the role of mobile phones within the health sector in Egypt.

Brett L. Moss, A&S '95 (MLA), has been promoted to managing editor of Radio World International Newspaper, a trade publication for the radio broadcast and communications industry.


William E. Colligan, A&S '96 (MA), is a professor at the National Defense Intelligence College, where he teaches national military strategy and stability operations.

Carine Gursky, SAIS '96 (MA), and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of their second child, Jocelyn.

Susan S. Jonsberg, A&S '96 (MLA), received an honorable mention in the 2007 Poetry Contest for Writers Over 50, sponsored by Passager, a national literary journal based in Baltimore and now in its 17th year.

Alysoun McLaughlin, A&S '96, writes: "My husband and I are focusing on building our startup retail business, Scales Tropical Fish Warehouse, in Cloverly, Maryland ( Scales is the largest aquarium store in the greater Washington area and the only one that runs a dedicated quarantine facility. I also continue working as a lobbyist for the National Association of Counties."

Catherine Valega, SAIS '96, has passed the Certified Financial Planner exam and is working as a financial planner at LPL Financial Services, near Boston.


Gwendolyn P. Hammer, SPH '98 (PhD), has joined the California Department of Health Services in Richmond, as a consultant on pandemic influenza planning.


Chris Baugh, A&S '99, and Amy (Wirth) Baugh, Engr '99, welcomed their first child, daughter Sydney, in April.

John Christ, Engr '99, and Kelly Pike, SPH '02 (MHS), were married on May 26 in Manhasset, New York. Guests included fellow JHU baseball alumni Osama Abdelwahab, A&S '00; Kevin Eades, Engr '00; Todd Flannery, A&S '98; Brad Gross, Engr '99; and Steven Milo, A&S '99. The couple resides in New York City.

Andrea Kalfoglou, SPH '99 (PhD), has joined the full-time faculty in the department of sociology/anthropology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She recently completed a two-year research fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch of NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute.

Bruce I. Prager, Bus '99 (Cert), was elected chief of the department of orthopedic surgery at the Medical Center of Arlington, Texas. He practices in a small group specializing in sports medicine and both adult and pediatric orthopedic trauma.

Liang Zhang, Engr '99 (MS), has moved back to Japan.


Bonnie Pladsen Emigholz, A&S '00, Ed '01, and Christopher Emigholz, A&S '99, announce the birth of their son, Ryan Christopher, on May 28.

Oleg Gerovich, Engr '00, '02 (MSE), writes that he and Sule Calikoglu, SAIS '03 (MA), "were married on June 16 at the World Trade Center in Baltimore. We had 31 JHU students, alumni, faculty, and staff in attendance. We are now settling in Baltimore, where I work as a senior programmer for Campbell & Company, which is a financial investment firm in Towson, and referee youth and college soccer games. Sule is a PhD candidate in health policy and management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. We can be reached at"

Charles W. Hammond Jr., Bus '00, has taken a position as instructor and coordinator manager of the Allied Health Program at South West Florida College in Fort Myers. Besides teaching, he will be responsible for the surgical technician program.

Antoinette St. Clair, Ed '00, is team leader and affirmative employment manager at the Broadcasting Board of Governors International.


Natalie M. Derzko, A&S '01 (MS), graduated with a doctor of the science of law degree from Columbia University in 2005.

Jay V. Reckart, Bus '01, is senior manager/marketing at E*Trade Financial.


Jennifer Irene Brown, A&S '02, who lives in Clifton, Virginia, writes: "I am racing off-road triathlons (XTERRA) and hoping to qualify for nationals in September. I am currently ranked second in my region."


Dolores C. Redfearn, A&S '03 (MA), is the author of the short story "Crossing Borders," which was published in an anthology called Voices of Lung Cancer in May.

Gary E. Gilbert, Bus '03, has joined Polk Audio in Baltimore as contracts manager in the new product development division. He is actively involved in coaching in his son's youth hockey league, and writes that he "even manages to batter my own body in an adult ice hockey league."


Christopher L. Baumbach, SPH '04, married Nina Klepacki in Shawnee, Kansas, and is wrapping up his last two years of medical school at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Christopher E. Rossi, A&S '04 (MS), is a paramedic and firefighter in Baltimore County and an adjunct instructor for the paramedic program.

David J. Stout, A&S '04, writes: "I completed my MS in clinical psychology at Loyola in 2006 and have worked at the Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland for the last year. This summer I move to Philadelphia to begin a PsyD program in clinical psychology at Widener University. I can be reached at"


William Waldrop, Peab '05 (MM), is the musical director/conductor of the new company in the national and international tour of Cats. He has toured with the hit musical since September 2005, traveling to Chile, Brazil, Canada, Alaska, and numerous cities in the United States.

James P. Walton, Peab '05 (MM), has returned home to Baltimore after teaching English for the 2006-2007 school year at Changsha Foreign Language School in China's Hunan province.


Kevin D. Bert, Bus '06 (MA), is an assistant principal in the Baltimore City Public Schools.

Abby Burch, A&S '06, is working on a master's degree at the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Museum.

Adam Calderon, SAIS '06, is working on Latin American and Caribbean energy issues for the World Bank.

Joanna Campbell, Bus '06, has completed the Post-Master's Certificate in Counseling Linguistically Diverse Persons. She has been accepted into the PhD program in counseling and leadership development at Old Dominion University.

Tanya M. Christian, Ed '06 (MA), manages a U.S. branch of the Friends of Maria, a London-based charity formed to raise funds for homeless children in Brazil. In June, she completed a walkathon and cyclethon to help build an orphanage in Brazil. For more information, please visit

Yejin Jang, A&S '06, started at the National Association of Counties in Washington, D.C., as legislative grassroots coordinator in February.

James R. Miervaldis, A&S '06, worked as a deputy field director for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Victory 2006 campaign in Los Angeles County.

Katherine (Underwood) Vassalli, A&S '06 (MA), writes: "On September 21, 2006, I hopped on a plane to Las Vegas, where I married my Italian Prince Charming and proudly became Mrs. Antonio Vassali. We live in Washington, D.C., where he is a computer electronics specialist and I work for a trade association."


Kristina L. Carroll, Med '07 (PhD), has joined the law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. in Washington, D.C., as a technical specialist. She brings her scientific experience to bear on the legal matters the firm manages for a broad range of clients.

In Memoriam

1931: Richard C. Alexander, Eng '60, '65 (PhD), died on March 23 in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from mechanics (now E&PS), had a postdoc at MIT, worked at JPL and RAND, spent most of his career teaching engineering at Montana Tech in Butte, and retired to Arizona in 1998. He served in the Navy in Korea before entering Hopkins.

1937: M. Bernard Rogers, A&S '37, died on February 10, at the age of 89.

1938: Jack Malpas, A&S '38, died on November 11, 2006, at the age of 90. Reverend Malpas was married and had four children.

1939: Wilson T. Sowder, SPH '39, a retired U.S. Public Health Service captain, died on February 16. He received his commission to the USPHS in 1934 and served in many areas, from Alaska to Tennessee, California to Florida, among others.

1942: William Councilman Owens Sr., Med '42, died in San Antonio, Texas, on June 20, 2006. At Wilmer Eye Institute, where he was chief resident from 1945 to 1947, he and his wife, Ella Uhler, Med '38, discovered that retinal blindness of premature infants was acquired, not congenital. Before their research, this was the chief cause of childhood blindness; today it is quite rare.

1952: Helen Hale Weed, A&S '52 (MA), former superintendent of science for Baltimore County Public Schools, the first woman elected president of the National Science Teachers Association, and former Towsontown Woman of the Year, passed away on April 10.

1953: Albert G. Laverty, Engr '53, died on July 22, 2006, in Kingwood, Texas. He worked for Exxon for 38 years. After retiring, he was very active on the JHU Alumni Council and the Society of Engineering Alumni, and received JHU's Heritage Award in October 2001. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter and son.

1955: Rudolph C. Walch Jr., Engr '55, of Smallwood, North Carolina, died on June 22. He was an electrical engineer for Bendix Radio Corporation in Towson, Maryland, for more than 30 years.

1957: Luigi Mancini, SAIS '57 (MA), died last March in Rome. His ties with Johns Hopkins were lifelong, and his 15-year-old son, Donato Paolo, aspires to attend Hopkins. "He had a deep sense of gratitude and pride for being able to attend, as a Fulbright Scholar, the JHU Bologna Center, first, and JHU's School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, D.C., the following year."

1964: Charles Michael D'Angelo, MD, A&S '64, died of malignant insulinoma in October 2006. Prior to retiring to his farm in Wisconsin in 1998, he was a highly respected neurosurgeon in Chicago. He and his high school sweetheart, Betsy, were happily married for 42 years. He adored their daughter, Cara Catarina, who died of cystic fibrosis at the age of 8.

1974: John W. Gerster, A&S '74, Med '78, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, for more than 25 years, died on March 31. He met his wife, Patrice Sturm, Nurs '73, at Hopkins. He joined Northwest Medical P.C., where he practiced medicine for 23 years. Gerster began his own practice in 2003. His interests and hobbies included playing classical piano, competitive chess, gourmet cooking, chemical engineering, and contributing to the advancement of Alaska.

1975: Jack Coulter, A&S '75, died on April 9. While attending JHU, he participated in varsity football and track.

Heritage Awards
Recognizing outstanding service to Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Walter Robb, a chemical engineering graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois, was a senior vice president of the General Electric Company before starting his own venture-fund company in 1993. He has served Johns Hopkins as a presidential counselor and currently holds a seat on the Whiting School of Engineering's National Advisory Council. In 2004, Dr. Robb established a challenge to raise funds for graduate fellowships at the Whiting School of Engineering, which has enabled the creation of seven new endowed fellowships.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Recongizing personal, professional, or humanitarian achievement

John T. Rettaliata, Engr '32, '36 (PhD), began a distinguished career at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago as the director of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1945. At IIT he would also serve as dean of engineering, vice president of academic affairs, and for 21 years, the institute's second president. After retiring from IIT, he was chairman of Chicago's Banco di Roma for 14 years, and has been the director of 20 different corporations, including Amstead I Industries, Brunswick Corporation, SC Johnson & Son, Inc., and International Harvester Company.

Nancy B. Esterly, Med '60 (HS), '67 (PGF), established the first-ever formal Pediatric Dermatology fellowship at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. It was there that her renown as a premier clinical pediatric dermatologist solidified. She helped establish the journal Pediatric Dermatology in 1982 and, until this year, has been its editor-in-chief. She has been a tireless advocate for trainees of every stripe, a consistent and relentless supporter of pediatric dermatologists in the United States, Canada, and abroad.

Benjamin S. Carson Sr., Med '78 (HS), '83 (HS), became a neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins after medical school. At age 33, he became the youngest physician ever to head a major division at Hopkins. He is currently the director of pediatric neurosurgery, a position he has held since 1984, and a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatric medicine. Dr. Carson wears many hats, including world-renowned surgeon, teacher, researcher, mentor, motivational speaker, writer, and philanthropist.

Zhu Min, A&S '91 (MA), '96 (PhD), is a member of the Bank of China's senior management team and its executive assistant president. Since the bank relinquished its legal status as a government department and became a corporation in 2004, Dr. Zhu has been a leader in restructuring it to meet modern conditions and has taken the bank through an ambitious process of reform. In addition to his work in economics at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Zhu earned a bachelor's degree from Fudan University in Shanghai and a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton University.

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