Johns Hopkins Magazine -- November 1997
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Editor: Billie Walker

Like father, like daughter...
Ruth and Clyde Williams: Ties of Friendship, Generosity Keep Pair Close to Hopkins
Doubling the Rewards: Trustee Challenge Boosts Annual Giving
Nominations Invited for Alumni Association Awards
1997-98 Travel Program OFfers Wide Range of Adventures
Amid Crabs and Picnics, Students Get Warm Local Send-offs
Peabody Symphony to Make NY Debut
Attention, Fencers!

Like Father, Like Daughter...

Freshman Samantha Castronovo poses with her family--sister Tina, mother Ingrid, and father Charles, A&S '71--during an Alumni Association reception for enrolling students with alumni parents.

At Hopkins in the late '40s, Ruth and Clyde Williams shared a special closeness among friends "who had survived this horrible war."
Ruth and Clyde Williams, SCS '56, '65
Ties of Friendship, Generosity Keep Pair Close to Hopkins

At age 14, the first time she met Clyde Williams, Ruth Gatton knew he was the person she wanted to marry. "He was a little harder to convince," she laughs, but by the time she was 18 and he was 20, they were engaged.

This year the two are celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary. The couple who introduced them at that long-ago party also married, and today the Williamses, who reside near Houston, visit these close friends during their trips to Baltimore.

Clyde and Ruth have strong ties in the Baltimore area, where both grew up and lived until Mr. Williams was transferred to Michigan by his employer, Bendix, in 1974. They were back in Maryland, in Fort Washington, from 1979 to 1985, when his job took them to Texas.

Among their closest friends on the East Coast are men and women they met at Johns Hopkins after World War II when Clyde, returning from service in Europe, entered the School of Continuing Studies to pursue a bachelor's degree in business, which he completed in 1956. In 1948 he was elected to the business fraternity for part-time students, Delta Sigma Pi, where investment clubs, golf clubs, and lifelong friendships were formed.

"There was a very close feeling among the friends who had survived this horrible war," Mrs. Williams reflects. "People were very ready to help each other, more so than seems the case these days. The friendships were very important, and they still are."

For many years, the Johns Hopkins Club was a popular meeting place for these friends and colleagues. "We had dinner at the Club probably 40 Sundays a year, plus holidays," Clyde Williams remembers. The wives would visit in the library lounge after dinner, he says, while the men went upstairs to play billiards.

Today, besides making annual gifts to Johns Hopkins, the Williamses have been particularly generous to the School of Continuing Studies on an unrestricted basis. Their most recent commitment is an especially substantial one that will provide an endowed fund for student aid at SCS.

"We would like to help somebody else out," Mr. Williams says. "I was fortunate to attend Hopkins on the GI Bill, and when I earned my master's, Bendix paid for it." He was in the first class of the School's pioneering Master of Liberal Arts program, graduating in 1965. "The folks at Bendix said, 'This degree doesn't have anything to do with business,' but they were glad to pay for it because of the other skills--writing and speaking, for example--that it gave me."

Now officially retired, Mr.

Williams still consults part of each year for his old company, now known as AlliedSignal. He has served on Hopkins' National Alumni Council and, as a member of the University's National Alumni Schools Committee, interviews prospective students in his region. He also makes himself available to SCS students seeking career advice.

The Williamses enjoy travel and have seen many areas of the world. Ruth Williams volunteers with the local Meals on Wheels and with the Houston Symphony League. "We have a wonderful

docent program," she relates. "We do a puppet show to introduce first-graders to all the various instruments. It's so much fun and the children seem to love it."

In Baltimore this fall, the Delta Sigma Pi chapter at SCS--one of the oldest chapters in the country--will celebrate its 75th anniversary. The Williamses, and the friends they made in the fraternity 50 years ago, have played a large part in its history- -and it in theirs.

Doubling the Rewards
Trustee Challenge Boosts Annual Giving

Margaret (Peg) Cushman, Nurs '69, is taking advantage of the opportunity presented by the Trustee Challenge to give twice as much to the Annual Fund as she usually gives--already a generous amount. The University's trustees will match the increased portion of her gift.

"I received a superb education at the School of Nursing that has been very valuable throughout my career," says Ms. Cushman, CEO of VNA Health Care, a multi-agency visiting nurse association in Connecticut. "I'm grateful for that education, which is why the future of the school is so important to me."

Besides her regular support through the Annual Fund, Ms. Cushman has made gifts for the new School of Nursing building through the Johns Hopkins Initiative campaign. "I know full well that operating costs never go away, so I continue to support the Annual Fund too," she explains. "This year, the Trustee Challenge compelled me to double my gift, so that with the trustees matching the increase, my contribution is even more valuable."

Ms. Cushman is not alone. According to Fritz Schroeder, director of annual giving, early returns indicate that the $1 million Trustee Challenge for the Annual Fund will boost participation as well as dollars from Johns Hopkins alumni. His office is receiving increased contributions, like Ms. Cushman's, along with gifts from alums who have never participated or whose participation has dropped off in recent years.

"The trustees set out to underscore the importance of annual giving, even within the context of a major campaign," Mr. Schroeder said. "We are grateful for their commitment and gratified that it has evoked a response in so many of our alumni. We are on our way toward meeting our goal of adding at least 3,300 new alumni donors to the annual giving rolls."

As announced in the September Johns Hopkins Magazine and in letters to alumni from board chairman Michael R. Bloomberg, Engr '64, the University trustees have pledged to match the first $1 million in new and increased gifts, up to $10,000 each, during fiscal year 1997-98.

This challenge will match, dollar-for-dollar, gifts from alumni who have never made a gift or who have given in the past but did not do so in 1996-97. In addition, the trustees will match the increased portions of gifts from current alumni donors who raise their contributions from last fiscal year.

Besides helping with day-to-day expenses, the unrestricted moneys contributed to the University and its divisions through annual giving provide the president and the deans with the flexibility to "seize the day" when unexpected opportunities arise to further teaching, research, and medical care. Enhancing the quality of student life, assisting promising junior faculty, and obtaining the most advanced research equipment are some of the ways in which these funds are used.

For further information on how your gift to the Annual Fund can be matched by the trustees call 410-516-3400 or 800-548-5422.

Nominations Invited for Alumni Association Awards
The Johns Hopkins Alumni

Association invites nominations for three prestigious awards to honor deserving graduates and friends of The Johns Hopkins University. The deadline for nominations is December 1.

The Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service, established in 1990, honors alumni who have brought credit to the university by current or recent distinguished service as elected or appointed officials.

The Heritage Award, established in 1973, honors alumni and friends of Johns Hopkins who have contributed outstanding service over an extended time to the progress of the university and the activities of the Alumni Association.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award, established in 1978, honors alumni who have typified the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and have brought credit to the university by their personal accomplishments, professional achievements, or humanitarian service.

To nominate someone for any of these awards, please submit the nominee's name, along with Hopkins affiliation and year; the name of the award; and a summary of specific reasons why the nominee deserves the award.

Send the nomination--along with your own name, address, affiliation, and telephone number--to the JHU Alumni Association, Alumni Awards Nominations, 3211 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218. Fax: 410-516-6858; e-mail:

In the shadow of the 1200-year-old Abbey of Sant' Antimo... Bernard and Joan Hollander, celebrating their golden wedding anniversary (top), and newlyweds Jane Sharp and Duncan MacRae Jr. (bottom).
1997-98 Travel Program Offers Wide Range of Adventures

The Alumni College in Tuscany, Italy, last July was an extra-special occasion for former Peabody student Joan Wolman Hollander and her husband, Bernard, celebrating their 50th anniversary, and for Duncan MacRae Jr., A&S '42, and Jane Sharp, just married in May. For them and the other 36 alumni and friends of Hopkins who made the excursion, it was fascinating sights, sounds, and flavors of an Italy both old and new. Amy MacRae, Duncan's daughter, who traveled with her husband, Gerald Brown, put her experiences into poetry:

To Tuscany

As we bid farewell to the land of
Brunella, Chianti,
olive oil and cheese,

As we gaze at perfect, sun-dappled hills,
clouds, and soaring swifts,

We wish we could capture this simple life in
a poem, a
photograph, a view out a window, a
memory, a painting,

We feel connected to the past--to thoughts,
actions and ideals
of people who lived and painted and
sculpted and worshipped
here half a millennium ago, and yesterday,

And we know we will return here some
day, to Tuscany.

The 1997-98 Alumni Travel Program holds myriad experiences for adventurers all around the globe. For further information on any of the following trips, call 410-516-0363 or 800-548-5481; fax 410-516-6858; e-mail; or visit the Alumni Homepage at

1997-98 Travel Schedule

  • New Year's Celebration in Turkey--December 26, 1997, to January 3, 1998 „Hidden Islands of the Grenadines and the Windwards and Leewards--January 17-24

  • Portugal, Hidden Treasure of Europe--February 13-22

  • Natural Treasures of Costa Rica and the Darien Jungle and the Panama Canal--March 14-22

  • Alumni College in the Dordogne, France, with Professor Orest Ranum--May 12-21

  • Alumni College in Voss, Norway--June 15-23

  • Alumni College in Ennis, Ireland--July 1-9

    Alaska's Mount McKinley and the Midnight Sun Express--August 9-22

  • Moscow-St. Petersburg River Cruise and Tour--September 2-15

  • Northern Italy's Po River--October 6-17

  • Kenya Wildlife Safari--October 9-21

    Amid Crabs and Picnics, Students Get Warm Local Send-offs

    At seaside and lakeside, in backyards and parks, with barbeques, picnics, crabcakes, and hardshell crabs, alumni and parents around the country--and the globe--gathered this summer for a warm send-off to students departing for Hopkins.

    Alumni Association chapters holding send-off events, and their gracious hosts, were as follows:

    New York City--Matthew Levine and Sara Pasternak (A&S '74)

    Washington, DC--Chet (Med '55) and Mary Haverback

    San Diego--King (Engr '48) and Paula Schultz

    Istanbul, Turkey--Steve Martin, director, International Program, and Korkud Egrican (Engr '95), assistant coordinator, Alumni Relations

    Boston--Dennis (Engr '64, '68) and Prebble Eklof

    Pittsburgh--Stephen (A&S '73) and Barbara Strelec

    Dallas--Allan (Engr '66) and Jane Huston

    Long Island, NY--Linda, Leslie, Alana, and Adam (A&S '98) Libow

    Philadelphia--David (A&S '70) and Merril Levien

    Chicago--Mary and Carl Liggio and Carl (Engr '96) Liggio Jr.

    Seattle--Christopher (A&S '77) and Jaime Howard

    Los Angeles--Steve Galen (A&S '88)

    Rochester, NY--Ray (A&S '67) and Sharrie Della

    Florida Suncoast--Don Haynie (A&S '62)

    Southeast Florida--Jed (A&S '59), Lynn, and Jon (A&S '90) Jacobson

    New Jersey--Gary (A&S '67) and Heide Krakauer

    Northern California--Craig Johanson (Med, fellow '64)

    Southern Connecticut--Jim (A&S '64), Joyce, and Amanda (A&S '96) Miller

    Northern Ohio--Warren (A&S '73) and Debra Rosman

    Cincinnati--George (Med '60) and Linda Callard

    Singapore--Steve Martin, director, International Program.

    Peabody Symphony To Make NY Debut

    The Peabody Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Hajime Teri Murai, will make its New York debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, May 2, 1998, at 8 p.m. The program will feature a new commissioned work by Peabody Conservatory faculty member Chen Yi and a saxophone concerto performed by faculty soloist Gary Louie. The concert will be followed by a private reception for Hopkins affiliates. For ticket information, call the Alumni Relations Office at 410-516-0363 or 800-548-5481.

    Attention, Fencers!

    The Hopkins men's and women's fencing teams would like to update their alumni address lists. Both teams send weekly e-mail reports during the fencing season. Please send your current information, including your e-mail address, to: Carl Liggio/Dick Oles, Fencing Alumni, Athletic Center, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218; or e-mail