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Theodore M. Miller, Engr '35, is director of Wildegeest Foundation in Ocean, North Carolina, and operates EarthWise Farm.


George W. Sanderlin, A&S '38 (PhD), professor emeritus of English at San Diego State University, is the author of 16 books and 40 scholarly articles.


Vernon Frankwich, Engr '52, took a cruise around South America with his wife, Libby, and son Douglas, to celebrate his 80th birthday. He writes: "Sailing the Straits of Magellan, Beagle Channel, and Drake Pass, and being hit by a 75 mph hurricane while heading for the Falkland Islands, were experiences to remember."


Clara G. Livsey, Med '55 (HS), is retired and lives across from the San Francisco Bay. She writes: "It is lovely here. I have two sons and a daughter and three grandsons, whose parents live in England, giving me an excuse for trips!"


John E. Steers, Engr '56, retired in 2005 after 35 years as a general surgeon in Westminster, Maryland. He volunteers three days a week at the Access Carroll Free Clinic. He has three children and eight grandchildren. His oldest son, John A. Steers, A&S '84, is also a general surgeon in Westminster.


Philip S. Green, Engr '58, received a 2008 European Inventor of the Year Award (Best Non-European Inventor) from the European Commission and European Patent Office for the patent that is the basis for the da Vinci robotic surgery system. The system enables surgeons to do laparoscopic surgery with great dexterity by making it look and feel like conventional open surgery. This invention was made while Green was director of the Bioengineering Research Lab at SRI International. Currently, he is manufacturing and selling take-apart travel guitars in Palo Alto, California.


Arnold B. Silverman, Engr '59, an attorney in Pittsburgh with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer each year from 2004 to 2008. This distinction is based on a survey of more than 30,000 attorneys across the state; only 5 percent of Pennsylvania lawyers receive this recognition. Silverman specializes in intellectual property law.


Dorothy Woods Smith, Nurs '60, retired from the University of Southern Maine as an associate professor of nursing but continues to practice and teach holistic nursing, holistic health, and therapeutic touch. She has numerous professional publications and earned a master's degree in education and nursing and a PhD in nursing from New York University.


Eric Gans, A&S '61 (MA), '66 (PhD), has published a biography of a Hollywood legend: Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl (University Press of Mississippi, 2008).

Mike Greenbaum, A&S '61, was married to his longtime partner, Chuck Gould, in a private ceremony in Riverside, California, on August 13. For the last 30 years, Greenbaum has been living in Tucson, Arizona, as the owner of the recently closed Janus Books. He is currently sharing the administrative responsibilities in Chuck's business, Hired Hand Transcription.


Melvin A. Goodman, A&S '62 (PhD), has published his sixth book, Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). He discussed his book at the International Spy Museum last August. Goodman is a senior fellow and director of the National Security Program at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University.


Francis Merceret Jr., A&S '65, '72 (PhD), has retired from the Florida bar but continues his scientific work at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

E. Michael Spruill, Peab '65, is a teacher at St. Joseph School in Fullerton, Maryland; an organist at St. Joseph R.C. Church; and a retired Baltimore County Public School department chairperson.


Leslie P. Weiner, Med '69 (PGF), is a professor of neurology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where he researches stem cells. He is writing a biography of Orthello R. Langworthy.


Linda Larson, A&S '70, has published a collection of poems, Washing the Stones (Ibbetson Street Press, 2007).

Herbert James Paine, SAIS '70 (MA), in becoming executive director of the Arizona Humanities Council in June, stated his commitment to promoting "the inherent value of the humanities as the key to cultivating an enlightened citizenry." He had been president of Paine Consulting Services, a 19-year-old enterprise specializing in organizational development, turnaround management, governance, and mergers. Prior to establishing his consultancy, he was executive director of the United Way of California.


Judith T. Levy, Med '71 (PhD), '72 (PGF), has been named to the board of directors of Montgomery Hospital Medical Center in Norristown, Pennsylvania. She is vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Richard J. Traystman, SPH '71 (PhD), is vice chancellor for research at the University of Colorado Denver's Anschutz Medical Campus.


Dale Saunders, A&S '74, writes: "After 15 years of legal and public policy work at Freddie Mac, I have retired. I am now a principal at Quorum LLC, a real estate consulting and advising firm based in Montgomery County, Maryland. I may be reached at Quorum or"


John Domini, A&S '75, is newly and happily remarried, living in Des Moines, Iowa, and teaching at Grinnell College. His latest book is the novel A Tomb on the Periphery (reviewed in "Shelf Life" on page 59). He writes, "In November, my translation of Books & Rough Business, a memoir about life in the arts in Naples, will appear on Red Hen Press. At that time, too, my '07 novel Earthquake I.D. will appear in Italian translation, on Tullio Pironti Editore. General information is at"

Daniel W. Raab, A&S '75, of Miami, writes: "My book Transportation Terms and Conditions was published in March by Revere Legal Publishers. It is a reference/dictionary for those companies involved in shipping cargo. I am a contributing author on a second book that came out in June, titled Goods in Transit, published by LexisNexis. I will be an adjunct professor of insurance law at Florida International University College of Law in the fall. I continue to practice as an attorney in the areas of transportation, insurance, personal injury, and business law."


Steve Eaddy, A&S '76, has joined Cabrera Capital Markets LLC as senior vice president in the public finance group. He will be relocating from Chicago to New York City.

Robert Schimmel, A&S '76, SPH '77 (MHS), an attorney in Miami, was selected as one of Florida's Legal Elite for 2008. This group of 949 attorneys was chosen by their peers from 61,500 members who practice in Florida. The Legal Elite selection is published annually in Florida Trend magazine.


Vincent J. Vigorita, Med '78 (HS), published the second edition of his textbook, Orthopaedic Pathology (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2007).


Colin Chinn, A&S '79, SPH '82 (MHS), completed a two-year tour as the 15th commanding officer of Naval Hospital Oak Harbor in Washington state. His next assignment will be at Camp H.M. Smith in Hawaii as force surgeon for U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, where he will be responsible for health care policy and delivery for all Marine Corps operational forces on the West Coast and in the Pacific region.


Lanning G. Bryer, A&S '80, a partner in the New York City office of the international intellectual property firm of Ladas & Parry LLP, co-authored an article, "Combining Trademarks in a Jointly Owned IP Holding Company," in the June 2008 issue of The Trademark Reporter, the law journal of the International Trademark Association.

Robert J. Sandkuhler, A&S '80, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, has been named associate general counsel — litigation and labor of Armstrong World Industries, Inc.


Elisabeth Millard, SAIS '81, departs Washington, D.C., where she served on the National Security Council as senior director and special assistant to President George W. Bush, to take up her new position in the U.S. Foreign Service as consul general in Casablanca, Morocco. She will be accompanied by her husband, August Millard, A&S '63.


Linda M. Cardinal, A&S '82, is medical director of Kaiser Permanente Ambulatory Surgery Center and secretary/treasurer of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American College of Surgeons.


Carey Bligard, Med '83, writes: "I recently published my first novel, And This Our Life: Chronicles of the Darcy Family. The book is a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and was published under my pen name: C. Allyn Pierson."


Julie M. Watson, A&S '84 (MS), a licensing specialist at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, LLP in Chicago, has earned the certified licensing professional (CLP) credential, demonstrating experience and proficiency in licensing and the commercialization of intellectual property.


Maggie J. Bailly, A&S '85, and her husband, Jeff Bailly, A&S '84, have three children: Megan, 19, Richard, 17, and Thomas, 13. She writes: "We have lived in Newburyport, Massachusetts, for the last 20 years, and we love it! Thomas' dream is to go to Hopkins and play lacrosse."


Charlene Duline, SAIS '86, is the author of Drinking from the Saucer: A Memoir (AuthorHouse, 2008). She writes: "A desire to help others has taken me on incredible journeys as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru; a United Nations secretary in East Pakistan; an American diplomat serving in countries that lacked basic infrastructure, often ruled by despots; and finally to working in one country whose government the United States government did not recognize. What a journey it has been! This was truly a labor of love."

Lisa Ijiri, A&S '86 (BA/MA), is an interim associate dean at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts. Her three children are Ben, 18, Anna, 11, and Lily, 4.

Peter Oehikers, A&S '86, is an associate professor in the Communications Department at Salem State College in Massachusetts.

Mark Salevitz, A&S '86, is a pediatric ophthalmologist in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been appointed section chief of ophthalmology at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Kristen Skedgell, A&S '86, has written a memoir about her 15-year involvement in a fundamentalist cult that she joined at the age of 14. She writes: "The book details the evolution of mind control in a young person's life and addresses issues of sexual, physical, and spiritual abuse. The title of the book is Losing the Way: A Memoir of Spiritual Longing, Manipulation, Abuse and Escape (Bay Tree Publishing, 2008).


John Campbell, A&S '87, and Christianna Leigh Fleming were married on April 19 in Raleigh, North Carolina. They honeymooned in Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia, and reside in Viera, Florida. He is a family practice physician, board-certified in hospice and palliative care; a partner in Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates; and medical director of William Childs Hospice House.

Richard Pan, A&S '87, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California Davis, received the Campus Compact 2008 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. He is the founder and director of Communities and Physicians Together, a UC Davis/community program that teaches resident physicians to partner with communities to improve health.

Alton Powell III, SPH '87 (MPH), recently retired from the Air Force and is now a medical consultant. He enjoys raising his 2-1/2-year-old daughter and writes: "Life is great."


Erick M. Santos, Engr '89, writes: "I am an orthopaedic surgeon in a solo rural practice about 30 miles south of San Antonio, Texas. In 2005, I moved here after my residency in Alabama with my wife, Lisa, and my son, Daniel, who is now 4. We live on a 25-acre ranch in a 104-year-old farm house we renovated."


Jennie (O'Hara) McFarland, A&S '90, of New Rochelle, New York, and her husband, Tom, welcomed their fourth child in January. A non-practicing attorney, she is currently a stay-at-home mom who is involved in various charities and is president-elect of the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound.


Melanie Chellman Jeffers, A&S '91, writes: "I am living on Lake Erie in Bay Village, Ohio, with my husband, Mark, and my two sons, Ethan, 6, and Edison, 3. I am working as a sub-specialized breast imager for the Cleveland Clinic. I was recently surprised to find my book club is reading Barefoot by fellow alum Elin Hilderbrand, A&S '91. I would like to congratulate her on a beautiful novel, and am working on devouring her others this summer in spare moments between work and teaching my older son to swim."


Elizabeth Garvish, A&S '92, writes: "On June 6, at their annual awards ceremony in Amelia Island, Florida, the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project and the State Bar of Georgia's Access to Justice Committee conferred one of their highest awards on me: the H. Sol Clark Award, honoring an individual lawyer who has excelled in one or more of a variety of activities that extend legal services to the poor." Garvish is an attorney and director of the immigration practice group at the firm of Marchman & Kasraie, LLC, in Atlanta.

Robin Kolodny, A&S '92 (PhD), associate professor of political science at Temple University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the University of Sussex during 2008-2009. She is an expert in American political parties and U.S. national election campaigns. While in the United Kingdom, she will lecture on American government and politics.


Carrie Grochowski, Peab '93, a Baltimore-based musician who performs as sahffi, has released her sophomore album, Turning Tides, focusing on her roles as wife and mother.

Roberto Rodriguez, Engr '93 (MS), of Boston, a cardiothoracic surgeon and fellow of the American Board of Surgery, has joined the medical staff of Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, a Tufts University School of Medicine teaching affiliate. Rodriguez is board-eligible in thoracic surgery and certified in minimally invasive endograft placement for treatment of thoracic aneurysms. His other areas of special interest include complex aortic surgery, endovascular surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, mitral valve repair, and coronary artery bypass surgery.

Paul Tyrell, A&S '93, married Jennifer Butler in a family-only ceremony in Las Vegas before heading to the jungles of Mexico for a honeymoon featuring upscale camping and fishing. He is a partner at the San Diego law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, where he litigates in the areas of business and intellectual property. He also chairs the San Diego Father of the Year Awards, which has raised nearly $1 million for the American Diabetes Association. He sends his best to all of his Fiji brothers!

Till van Rahden, A&S '93 (MA), has published Jews and Other Germans: Civil Society, Religious Diversity, and Urban Politics in Breslau, 1860-1925 (University of Wisconsin Press, 2008). At the Universitˇ de Montrˇal, he holds the Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies and is associate professor in the Department of Literature and Modern Languages.


Anuj Gupta, A&S '94, and his wife, Himani Singh Shishodia, spent the summer enjoying their new son, Nikhil Shishodia Gupta. Anuj is joining the University of Maryland as an assistant professor of internal medicine in the section of Interventional Cardiology as the director of peripheral interventions. Himani will resume her medical practice in internal medicine after maternity leave.

Joshua Welsh, A&S '94 (PhD), recently completed a CD with the alt-country band Meatyard. The CD, Toot Toot Boom Boom, released in April, has been getting radio airplay and is available on iTunes or at Welsh also is the director of talent development at Film Independent, a nonprofit organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival as well as the Spirit Awards.


Irene (Kim) Asbury, A&S '95, writes that she was "terribly excited to represent the 13th Congressional District of New Jersey at the 2008 Republican National Convention as a delegate!"

Sam Chun, A&S '95, has become the cyber security practice leader for EDS US Government.

Jennifer Summit, A&S '95 (PhD), has published Memory's Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England (University of Chicago Press, 2008).


Vaneeta Bamba, A&S '96, recently married Eric Alexander, with several Johns Hopkins alumni in attendance: Lia Spitzer, A&S '96; Kathryn Evans, A&S '96; and Maria Maroulis, A&S '96, Engr '01 (MA). Bamba writes: "We will be living in Philadelphia for now, so come visit us if you are in the area!"

Patricia Bartlett, A&S '96 (MA), in August became executive assistant to the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, G. Wayne Clough. She assists him on policy and operations matters, special initiatives, and maintaining communications with key stakeholders. At the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bartlett had been director of federal relations for more than 11 years. Prior to that, she maintained a government affairs and communications consulting business that included higher education institutions, technology-focused companies, and nonprofits. During the Carter administration, at the U. S. Department of Energy, she was a staff assistant to the assistant secretary for conservation and solar energy. She also has worked at Georgia's Office of Energy Resources.

Simi Hoque, Engr '96, writes that this fall he began "a tenure-track faculty position in the College of Natural Resources Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst."

Joan Ann Thayer, Nurs '96, writes: "My oldest son, Sean, is graduating from Cal Poly, and I am now working at Holy Cross Hospital in vascular surgery, as well as in cardiology and nuclear medicine for Kaiser."


Jessica (Seid) Dickler, A&S '98, writes: "My husband and I welcomed a daughter, Phoebe Frances, in November [2007]. We're loving family life on Manhattan's Upper West Side!"

Jeffrey Gusenoff, A&S '98, Med '02, writes: "I have joined the division of plastic surgery at the University of Rochester as an assistant professor of surgery and director of the Medical Center's Life After Weight Loss Program, helping patients who have made significant improvements in their lives through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery."


Rodney L. Coldren, SPH '99 (MPH), and his wife, Trish, welcomed their second child, Matthew, on June 24. Coldren is stationed in Maryland at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Alain Labrique, SPH '99 (MHS), '07 (PhD), is an assistant professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of International Health (Global Disease Epidemiology and Control). He and his wife, Kimberly, moved back to Baltimore in mid-2008 after seven years in rural northwest Bangladesh, where they set up and worked with an SPH research project. Their children are David Alexander, 5, and Natalie Elizabeth, 1.

Susan Pillets, A&S '99 (MS), has been promoted to adjunct professor of education at Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College) in Baltimore.

2000 Jenna Herman, A&S '00, writes: "I have joined Stribling & Associates, and my office is in the Tribeca area of Manhattan. I love being in real estate. I still live in Murray Hill, New York City."

Ken Rohrer, Bus '00, is the director of disbursements for XM Satellite Radio.


M. Bradley Rogers Jr., A&S '01 (MLA), is headmaster at the Gow School, the renowned preparatory school in South Wales, New York, for young men who have been diagnosed with dyslexia or similar language-based learning differences.

Stuart Lessner, Nurs '01 (MSN), writes: "My son, Joshua, just graduated with his BSN in May. He works in the Hopkins surgical cardiac unit. My wife, and Josh's mom, is also a nurse. Her first job was at the Hopkins NICU in 1973."

Beth (Zeitlin) Shaw, Engr '01, and her husband, Ronnie, welcomed their first child, Fiona Maisie, on July 7.


Ariel S. Winter, A&S '02, won a Nintendo Wii in a superhero story-writing contest sponsored by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. His story, "I, Laugh," has been included in the eBook edition of Who Can Save Us Now: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories. His writing has been featured on McSweeney's Internet Tendency as one of the winners of the Convergence Contest and excerpted in Elle magazine. He participated on the jury for Elle's 2003 Readers Prize. Winter now is working on a three-volume novel, In Memoriam with Apologies, an ode to the hardboiled fiction of the 1930s. His first novel, And Other Permanent Things, is in need of a publisher.


Selena Fu, Med '03, married Abe Shaikh on June 23 in Houston. They live in Beachwood, Ohio.

Akiko Oncken, SAIS '03, moved to Bend, Oregon, in May with her husband, Scott, and their son, Nicholas, 2. She is expecting her second child in January.

Elise Roecker, A&S '03, and Mike Spector, A&S '03, were married in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. Elise graduated from New York University School of Law in 2007 and is an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. Mike graduated from Columbia University School of Journalism in 2006 and is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.


Nakisha Denise Moore Holder, A&S '04 (PhD), is working in Johns Hopkins University's technology transfer office.

Gregg Mosson, A&S '04 (MA), published his first book, a volume of nature poetry titled Season of Flowers and Dust (Goose River Press). More information is available at


Linda Brown, Ed '05 (EdD), in July became director of special education for the York City School District in Pennsylvania.

Paul F. Evans, A&S '05 (MA), has published Song of My Soul: Poems by an American Man of Color to Commemorate the 2019 Harlem Renaissance Centennial (iUniverse, 2008). The book ranked 197 on of more than 5,500 books relevant to the Harlem Renaissance.

Summer R. O'Meara, Nurs '05, is a registered nurse at UCLA Santa Monica. In March, she gave birth to a daughter, Madaline Mae. O'Meara is planning her wedding to her fiancˇ, Jarek Thompson.

Jay R. Spector, Bus '05 (MS), has joined the Gainey Ranch/Scottsdale, Arizona, office of Wachovia Securities as a financial adviser. He lives in Scottsdale with his wife, Bethany, and their two children.


Richard Baxstrom, A&S '06 (PhD), a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, recently published two books: Houses in Motion: The Experience of Place and the Problem of Belief in Urban Malaysia (Stanford University Press, 2008) and with Todd Meyers and others anthropologies (Creative Capitalism, 2008).


Thomas Acampora, Ed '08 (MAT), has been recognized as Maryland's 2008 History Teacher of the Year. He has been teaching for the past three years at the Baltimore Talent Development High School in West Baltimore. The 24-year-old later this year will represent the state in a nationwide history teacher competition organized by Preserve America, a White House program, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Paul Rabil, A&S '08, has joined Maverik Lacrosse LLC, where he will be involved in the development of new products and represent the company at clinics, camps, and tournaments nationwide. While playing lacrosse for the Blue Jays, Rabil received the 2007 McLaughlin Award as the nation's top midfielder. He ranks as JHU's all-time career leader in goals and points for midfielders, with 178 (111 goals and 67 assists).

Tyrone D. Taborn, Bus '08 (BS), is a contributor to Learning Race and Ethnicity: Youth and Digital Media (MIT Press, 2007). The book, according to the publisher, "explores the intersection of race and ethnicity with post 9/11 politics, online hate-speech practices, and digital youth and media cultures. It examines universal access and the racial and ethnic digital divide from the perspective of digital media learning and youth."

In Memoriam

1932: Harry S. Gimbel, A&S '32, a general practitioner who made house calls long after other doctors had stopped doing so, died on April 27 at his home in Pikesville, Maryland. He was a member of the Chizuk Amuno Congregation. He enjoyed golf and was a member of the Woodholme Country Club.

1947: Rose Pinneo, Nurs '47, died on July 7 from Parkinson's disease. Her sister, Penny (Lily) Pinneo, Nurs '45, writes: "I miss her greatly but am glad for the happy years we had together since we retired in 1985."

1948: Randall Greenlee, A&S '48, who worked at the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company, died on April 22. He was a bridge Life Master and treasurer of the board of trustees of the Margaret Bennett House in Mount Vernon. He loved to travel, especially to Italy, and also enjoyed his wide circle of friends, art, and music.

1948: Oscar S. Benson, A&S '48, who lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, died on May 11 at his home. He sang in the choir of his church, First Presbyterian in Fond du Lac, and was the church's Boy Scouts leader. An Elks Club member, he volunteered with the Fond du Lac County courts and Brooke Industries.

1949: George Richard Wilkinson Jr., Med '49, who lived in Greenville, South Carolina, and in Cedar Mountain, North Carolina, died on March 19. A devoted physician, he was the last surviving physician in a medical family; his grandfather, James R. Wilkinson, had founded a hospital in China. Wilkinson was a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church and Faith Memorial Chapel, the Cotillion Club, the Poinsett Club, and many other community and philanthropic organizations.

1950: William John "Jack" Marck Jr., A&S '50, Ed '55 (MEd), an avid Blue Jays fan and a retired teacher, died at his home on July 25 from renal failure. He introduced lacrosse as a varsity sport at Parkville and Perry Hall high schools and coached lacrosse for 15 years, officiating as a Maryland scholastic referee for 12 years. He served as president of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce for two terms and oversaw the building of its new headquarters in Bel Air. He also served as president of the Perry Hall-Kingsville Kiwanis Club, as treasurer of Discover Harford County Tourism, and as chair of the Seafood Festival in Havre de Grace. He is survived by his wife, Betts; his two sons; and three grandchildren.

1956: Cornelius E. McCole, Med '56 (HS), emeritus chairman of the ophthalmology department at the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan, died on June 19.

1960: Andrew Parker Jr., Engr '60, died on May 16. A retired consulting engineer and long-time resident of Towson, Maryland, he worked at several companies during his career, and in 2005 retired from Edwards & Kelsey, a Baltimore engineering firm. As an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Engineering and Environmental Design, he taught graduate courses in solar energy's fundamentals, economics, and applications. He enjoyed the theater and concerts and was a communicant, former senior warden, and vestry member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore.

1962: Robert B. Isaacs, A&S '62, of Atlanta, died on May 4 from complications related to a brain tumor. He was a true fan of Johns Hopkins and Baltimore, and served as president of the Atlanta Chapter of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. As a consultant, he specialized in out-placement for CEOs who had been laid off and also consulted on corporate team-building.

1966: Matthew Armstrong Hawes, SAIS '66 (MA), a retired investment specialist and banker who worked for Chase Manhattan Bank, died at his home in London on April 29 after a heart attack. He enjoyed golfing, sailing, and traveling, and was a member of the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C.

1968: William C. Schultheis, A&S '68 (MLA), who retired after teaching in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore schools, died on May 7 of lung cancer. In 1979, he took part in a Fulbright U.S.-Israel teacher exchange program. He participated in "You, Me and Technology," a National Science Foundation Project. He loved history and enjoyed long walks with his sketchbook. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two brothers, and five grandsons.

1970: Wayne Conner, Peab '70 (MM), who was a teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Academy of Vocal Arts, and Peabody Conservatory, died on May 9 from liver cancer. In 1956, he won the Walter Naumburg Competition for his opera singing, and was nationally recognized. He made his New York debut at the Town Hall, and appeared as a concert singer with the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Baltimore Bach Society, and the Bethlehem Bach Festival. He also performed with the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company and was a soloist at First Baptist Church in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company.

1973: Robert J. Quaranta, SPH '73 (MPH), died on April 25 in Naples, Florida, after complications from heart surgery and a pulmonary ailment. Quaranta, a dentist with the Washington, D.C. Health Department, was also in private practice. He is survived by Ruth, his wife of 45 years; two children; and two grandchildren.

1985: Douglas Alan Parker, Bus '85 (MBA), died of pancreatic cancer on May 12. From 1994 to 2002, he was a stay-at-home father whose life revolved around his children's schools and recreation. Parker returned to work when he created eSchool Systems LLC. He developed eSchoolnewsletter, an e-mail link that connects schools with students' homes. There are 72 schools in Howard County using this tool.

1999: Haleh V. Samiei, A&S '99 (MA), died in December 2004. A talented science writer, she was active in the National Association of Science Writers community, the D.C. Science Writers Association, and the Association for Women in Science. She is survived by her husband, Reza, and two young children.

2007: Anthony Booker, A&S '07, an anthropology major while at Johns Hopkins, had been experiencing blurred vision that led to identifying three tumors in his brain. He was later hospitalized with kidney failure resulting from an undiagnosed case of lupus.


Heritage Award
Recognizing outstanding service to Johns Hopkins University

Carl E. Heath, Engr '52, began his career as a research engineer and rose through the management ranks in various ExxonMobil domestic and foreign affiliates before organizing CTI. He holds numerous patents and is the author of 20 papers in the technical and human resources fields. Concerned with the lack of female engineers, Heath in 1995 established the Heath Fellowship for Graduate Women in Engineering at Johns Hopkins. He has actively volunteered in the Whiting School's Society of Engineering Alumni for the last six years.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Recognizing personal, professional, or humanitarian achievement

Willis Crocker Maddrey, Med '64, '70 (HS), has contributed significantly to the understanding of alcohol- and drug-induced liver disease and injury, chronic hepatitis, and primary biliary cirrhosis. His Maddrey Index is used around the world to assess corticosteroid therapy for patients with alcoholic liver disease. He returned to Johns Hopkins in 1971 as an assistant professor of medicine and was promoted to professor and chief of hepatology in 1980, then held leadership posts at Jefferson Medical College and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Rose Marie Robertson, Med '75 (PGF), is chief science officer and former president of the American Heart Association (AHA) and professor and vice chair of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After graduating from Harvard Medical School, she trained in cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1973 to 1975. She was the first female cardiologist at Vanderbilt's School of Medicine. Her work with AHA has focused on public policy and educating the public, clinical practitioners, and especially women on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Robert B. Rutherford, A&S '52, Med '56, emeritus professor of surgery and chief of vascular surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, is considered the authority in vascular surgery. As an early pioneer, he achieved international renown for authoring the preferred textbook, Vascular Surgery, now in its sixth edition (W.B. Saunders, 2005). He has edited and published hundreds of articles and book chapters. His research on peripheral arterial disease has brought awareness of its symptoms and consequences, as well as the benefits of early detection.

Woodrow Wilson Award
Recognizing distinguished public service

Robert M. Summers, A&S '76, Engr '82 (PhD), is deputy director of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and former director of the MDE's Water Management Administration, where he is responsible for restoring and protecting the quality of Maryland's waters. He has represented Maryland at the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators and the MDE on the Chesapeake Bay Program Water Quality Steering Committee, the State Water Quality Advisory Committee, and other water resource committees.

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