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Harry G. Day, A&S '33 (ScD), celebrated his 100th birthday on October 8, 2006. He was the JHU Centennial Scholar (1975), Outstanding Alumnus in Public Health (1988), and recipient of Dean's Appreciation in the Field of Public Health (1992). He resides at Meadowood, a retirement community in Bloomington, IN, where he enjoys participating in the hand bell choir.


Ed Clautice, Engr '38, has won honors for his poetry, including an award from Johns Hopkins. He is in the Who's Who of International Society.


Lois E. Hart, Nurs '40, is living at the Palisades Retirement Center in El Paso, Texas. She writes: "I still have a connection with the Baptist Clinic on Saturdays to do voluntary checking."


C. Clark Jones, Ed '42, has written On Liberty Ships, A '90 Day Wonder's' 5 Voyages. The book shows what it was like to serve on a Liberty ship and recounts some of the experiences he had on board and in foreign countries.


Dorothy B. Stafford, Nurs '47, owner of Stafford Funeral Home in Lake George, New York, writes: "Since my husband Joseph E. Stafford's death, daughter Jo Ann has become our funeral director, and son Michael, a lawyer, is our 'town judge.' All five children (three more daughters), five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren are doing well."

Margaret Ann White, Nurs '47, writes: "I am still active having been president of my church women's organization for the past four years. I travel a lot with my daughter and my brother."


Richard A. Sindler, A&S '48, writes: "I continue to operate my antique shop on Antique Row in Baltimore and continue to do whole-body CT scanning part-time in Rockville, Maryland."


Clarence Karr Jr., A&S '50, retired in 1983 from the U.S. Department of Energy. At age 83, he enjoys gardening. He and his wife, Betty, have a son, a daughter, and four adult grandchildren.


Solomon Golomb, A&S '51, was inducted into the Baltimore City College Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 27, 2006.

William B. Taylor, Engr '51 (MS), announces that his son, David A. Taylor, has published Ginseng, the Divine Root: The Curious History of the Plant That Captivated the World (Algonquin Books, June 2006).

C. David Wroten, Engr '51, continues to share his years between North Carolina and Florida and is teaching marine piloting courses as part of the U.S. Power Squadron, focusing on boating education.


L. Willis Allen, Med '52, and his wife, Vickie, have settled into a retirement home in northeast Philadelphia.


William Dunbar Jr., A&S '53, was inducted into the Baltimore City College Hall of Fame in a ceremony on October 27, 2006.

George L. Marling, SAIS '53, received the 2006 biennial Faye Brill Service Award from the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals for extraordinary support to the society.

Eugene A. Sekulow, A&S '53, '54 (MA), '60 (PhD), the former chairman of the German American Chamber of Commerce New York, received the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany from Consul General Hans-Jurgen Heimsoeth at a luncheon in June 2006. The high decoration was bestowed upon him by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Kohler.


Edwin A. Hirschmann, A&S '54, writes: "Earlier in 2006, I served a senior Fulbright Lectureship in India. I am a professor emeritus in history at Towson University in Maryland."

Michael Jaworskyj, A&S '54, '55 (MA), '59 (PhD), has published a novel in the Ukraine titled The Lion's Kiss.

Frank White, A&S '54, is being awarded the Wright Brothers Memorial Award by the federal aviation agency for 50 years of continuous aviation participation that includes being a naval aviator, a Boeing 747 captain for Pan American World Airways, and 44 years of flight instruction, including sailplanes over the Austrian Alps.


Arthur W. Hambleton, A&S '55, writes: "It was a wonderful 50th Reunion in 2005."

George A. Kiorpes, Peab '55, '56 (MM), continues teaching and performing full time at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is music director at First Moravian Church in Greensboro and has had numerous solos and collections published by Ditson, Kjus & Willis.


Manuel Lazenov, A&S '57, a real estate developer who also serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, Maryland, visited the ravaged lands of southern Sudan last year and was inspired to embark on a fundraising mission. So far, he has raised millions in both medicine and financial aid for the devastated area.


Malcolm Baroway, A&S '58, writes: "I did not begin painting until my late 50s, and now my impressionist and post-impressionist work is winning juried awards and is in private collections around the country." He has been juried into the Oil Painters of America and is a member of the American Impressionist Society. He is also author of the official History of Ohio State University, 1990-1997 (the Gordon Gee administration) and co-author, with educator-industrialist David Brennan, of Victory for Kids, the story behind the 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found school vouchers constitutional.

Paul W. Bushman, A&S '58, has retired from the practice of dentistry in June 2006, after 44 years. He is living in Havre de Grace, Maryland, on the Susquehanna River. He has three children and six grandchildren.


Nancy Odinov Baiter, Ed '61 (MAT), writes: "I am a survivor of the first Master of Arts in Teaching class at Johns Hopkins or anywhere, when the program was an experiment of the Ford Foundation. I learned that I wasn't cut out to be a teacher(!) but am now a public librarian (retired). I'd like to find my classmates, from that program and from the geography department of 1960-61." You can e-mail her at


Robert Siegel, A&S '62 (MA), has written two new books of poetry, A Pentecost of Finches: New and Selected Poems (Paraclete Press) and The Waters Under the Earth (Canon Press). His poetry has received prizes and awards from Poetry, Prairie Schooner, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives with his wife, Ann, near the seacoast in Maine.


Joan Custer Jordan, Nurs '63, is professor emerita at Towson University in Maryland. She writes: "While at the university, I taught in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and was graduate program director. In retirement, my husband and I plan to expand our travels."

Ronald P. Spark, A&S '63, a pathologist at the Tucson VA Hospital and physician director of the Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Arizona, is among Tucson Lifestyles' "Top Doctors of 2006." He is also the American Lung Association of Arizona Tobacco Awareness 2006 Volunteer of the Year.


Richard E. Mortenson, A&S '64 is a commissioned Stephen Minister at St.John's Episcopal Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, a postulant in the Third Order of St. Francis, an Episcopal Lay Order; and a student at Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Sherrill, live in Charlotte.

Florence M. Udel, Ed '64 (MEd), writes: "We lead happy, active lives here in these beautiful hills. We are a 10-minute drive from Williams College and enjoy many cultural activities there. We love it here."


E. Michael Spruill, Peab '65, is a music instructor at St. Joseph Catholic School in Fullerton, Maryland, and an organist at St. Joseph-Fullerton Roman Catholic Church.


Donald L. Bierly, A&S '67, writes: "I recently retired after 35.5 years as a mathematics and computer science teacher at J. P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania."


Michael L. McGrael, A&S '68, has been named executive director of Visually Impaired Persons of Southwest Florida Inc. The center offers vocational rehabilitation, life skills training, counseling, and socialization programs for visually impaired adults and young people living along Florida's southern Gulf Coast.

Aviva Ron, SPH '68, '71 (ScD), writes: "After retirement from WHO, I have resettled in Israel and enjoy consulting in social health insurance in developing countries."


Merrill J. Egorin, A&S '69, Med '73, professor of medicine and pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, was honored in recognition of his outstanding achievements in clinical and preclinical cancer pharmacology. He received the American Association for Cancer Research's Joseph H. Burchenal Clinical Research Award on April 1, 2005.

Dennis A. Estis, A&S '69, a partner in the Woodbridge office of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, has been named president of the board of trustees of The Discovery Orchestra.

Thomas R. Hefty, A&S '69 (MA), former chairman and chief executive officer of Cobalt Corporation and its subsidiary, BlueCross BlueShield United of Wisconsin, has been awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He now serves as counsel for the Waukesha office of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.

Bonnie Kellert, Peab '69, '71 (MM), presented a benefit recital on Nov. 3 for the Scholarship Foundation of the Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. Last month she gave a lecture recital presentation for the Howard County Music Teachers Association. While visiting Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England, in September with her husband, Bonnie gave an impromptu performance on the Bosendorfer Concert Grand in the Main Ballroom.

Eleanor Rogan, A&S '69 (PhD), professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, has earned the 2006 Linus Pauling Award for Functional Medicine. Her groundbreaking research has determined human estrogen can be metabolized into forms that can damage DNA and possibly lead to cancer.

James R. Reynolds, Med '69, has been nominated to the South Dakota Hall of Fame. He is a cardiovascular/thoracic surgeon at North Central Heart Institute in Sioux Falls.


Jay Abbott, A&S '70, has joined ARCADIS, the international consulting and engineering company, as vice president for West Coast environmental planning and permitting. He and his wife, Carol, have lived in Sacramento for more than 20 years, so he continues to lose his native Texas accent. Their daughter Kate just started her freshman year at the University of California, Berkeley.

Geraldine F. Mendelson, Ed '70 (MEd), has moved back to Rockville, Maryland. She is president of Prep For Success, a healthcare consulting company.

Robbyn L. Tolles, A&S '70 (MA), is the coordinator for curriculum assessment and development at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She is interested in networking with Johns Hopkins alumni who also work in the area. Her e-mail is


William I. Brustein, SAIS '71, has accepted the position of associate provost for international affairs and director of international programs and studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will also hold the rank of professor in the departments of Sociology, Political Science, and History.

Stephen M. Cordi, A&S '71 (MLA), former deputy controller for the state of Maryland and a nationally regarded tax expert, has joined the Baltimore law firm of Ober/Kaler as of counsel.

Darrell D. Davisson, A&S '71 (PhD), has published The Red Lily (AuthorHouse, 2006), a screenplay centered on the early Renaissance in 15th-century Italy.

Joan DiLeonardo Leotta, SAIS '71, was one of the six storytellers selected to entertain fellow tellers on the opening night of the National Storytelling Network Conference on July 20, 2006, in Pittsburgh. During the conference, she also gave one of the 25 scheduled conference workshops, titled "Picture Perfect! Power of Story in Museums!"


Paul Greene, A&S '72, has co-authored FDNY Crisis Counseling: Innovative Responses to 9/11 Firefighters, Families, and Communities.


Marvin L. Egolf, A&S '73, president and CEO of LGM Enterprises Inc., has been promoted by CACI International to a project leader role within the Office of the CIO, Office of the Secretary of Defense, at the Pentagon. In October he was the keynote speaker and a workshop presenter for the 12th annual Central East Coast Regional Conference of the International Nortel Networks Users Association in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Mark S. Miller, A&S '73, recently joined Brean Murray Carret & Company as senior vice president of equity research. The Wall Street Journal recently recognized him as the top equity analyst in the Computer Hardware sector for 2005.

Craig B. Mousini, A&S '73, writes: "A book I co-edited, Religious Organizations, A Study in Identity, Liberty and the Law, was recently published by Carolina Academic Press (2006). I currently serve as the University ombudsperson of DePaul University and teach in DePaul's College of Law and Religious Studies Department."

Jerry E. Mueller, A&S '73 (PhD), is the editor of Autobiography of John Russell Bartlett (1805-1886), published by the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University (2006). He has also produced An Annotated Guide to the Artwork of the United States Boundary Commission, 1850-1853, which was published in 2000.


Mindy G. Farber, A&S '74, writes: "I wanted to say how proud I am to be a mother and aunt of two Hopkins grads this past May. My daughter Emilie Adams, A&S '06, graduated with honors and is at NYU Law School. My nephew Jason Farber (son of my brother Dr. Barry Farber, A&S '67) also graduated with honors and is spending two years with Teach for America in Baltimore. That leaves nephew Steven Farber, A&S '08, Barry's younger son, who is chair of this year's MSE Symposium, following its being chaired by his first cousin Emilie."

Les Kaufman, A&S '74, '80 (PhD), writes: "I followed a career path with many odd turns. Now I am fully fossilized as professor of biology in the Boston University Marine Program and senior PI for Marine Management Area Science at Conservation International in D.C. I went through a bone marrow transplant for leukemia, and I am now two months into a year of convalescence that has thus far proven effective, enjoyable, and productive. The environment has sailed downhill in 30 years, but the stars are mostly as and where they were, a reassuring presence, at least when still visible through the lights and murk of the city."


Ginny F. Butera, A&S '75 (MA), was promoted to associate professor of art history and awarded tenure at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, where she is the chair of the Art Department.


Tim Oldfield, A&S '76, continues to recuperate from squamous cell carcinoma at his home in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Tim has received three good PET/CT scans, is working to get stronger, and looks to the future. He appreciates all the good wishes from old friends and classmates. He can be reached at

Eric J. Sundquist, A&S '76 (MA), '78 (PhD), has published Empire and Slavery in American Literature, 1820-1865 (University Press of Mississippi 2006). He is UCLA Foundation Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Dennis M. Bone, Ed '78 (MS), president of Verizon New Jersey, has been honored by the New Jersey Anti-Defamation League with the Americanism Award for his community participation.

William A. Owings, A&S '78 (MS), is pleased to announce the publication of American Public School Finance, a textbook published by Thomson Wadsworth written with his co-author and wife, Dr. Leslie Kaplan. This is their fifth co-authored text. They have received two federal grants totaling $475,000 to study teacher quality issues of the Troops to Teachers program. Bill is professor and graduate program director for educational leadership at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.


Douglas L. Faulkner, SAIS '79, was named deputy undersecretary for rural development by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in June 2006. The energy council coordinates energy strategy and supports the development, production, and use of renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, through an array of USDA research, loan, and grant programs.

Ferdinand Irizarry II, A&S '79, has assumed command of the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It is the Army's only active component Civil Affairs brigade and part of Army Special Operations Command. The assumption of command ceremony also marked the reactivation of the brigade after 32 years in "retirement."


Frederica H. Barrow, Bus '80 (MAS), received a doctorate in social work from Howard University in 2001. She is assistant professor at the University of South Florida's School of Social Work, and she was the Founder's Day speaker at the Whitney M. Young School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University.


Dave Einolf, A&S '81, was recently promoted to partner with Environmental Resources Management, the world's largest environmental, health, and safety consultancy. Dave is responsible for ERM's Western U.S. Compliance consulting practice and resides in Portland, Oregon.


Christopher C. Colenda, SPH '82, the Jean and Thomas McMullin Dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in September regarding the issues of depression and suicide among older Americans.

Katherine Towler, A&S '82 (MA), is the author of Evening Ferry, which is now out in paperback and has been chosen as a BookSense Summer Paperback Reading recommended title. Katherine has joined the faculty of the MFA program in writing at Southern New Hampshire University. Learn more about books at www.katherinetowler.c om.


Christopher Edwin Forsmark, Med '83, is president of the American Pancreatic Association and is professor of medicine at the University of Florida.

Stephen Kiernan, A&S '83, has published Last Rights — Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System.

John F. Lessner, A&S '83, has been named president of the Court Appointed Special Advocate of Baltimore's board of directors. He is a principal in the office of the law firm Ober/Kaler, where he practices health law and focuses on regulatory matters involving Medicare/Medicaid issues and state licensure.

Stephen M. "Matt" Richards, Engr '83, writes: "I am working at home, managing money for a small group of clients. My wife has recently embarked on a late-in-life PhD, and my son and daughter are in 9th and 4th grades, respectively. We recently finished building a house; count us in the ranks of those who say they would never, ever do it again."

Laura Rosenthal, A&S '83, has just published a new book, Infamous Commerce: Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture (Cornell, 2006). She is professor of English at the University of Maryland and lives in Bethesda with her husband and two children.


W. Wade Whitlock, SPH '84, writes: "In June I was voted to the chair of the Maryland State Board of Environmental Sanitarian Registration. I am halfway through my second year in a five-year term. In October I began a new position as senior industrial hygienist of ATL International, Inc. in Germantown, Maryland. In May my wife, Brenda, and I celebrated our 22nd anniversary. I am working on a book using traditional woodworking methods for the Book of Dreams Project ("


William R. Bernstein, A&S '85, writes: "My wife, Lila, and I welcomed our fifth child, Owen Matthew Bernstein, on May 27, 2006."

Eric T. Choi, Engr '85, assistant professor of surgery and radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named the 2006 Wylie Scholar in Academic Vascular Surgery by the Pacific Vascular Research Foundation.

Allyson Poska, A&S '85, professor of history at the University of Mary Washington, writes: "My recent book, Women and Authority in Early Modern Spain: The Peasants of Galicia (Oxford University Press, 2006), was just awarded the Bainton Prize, the Sixteenth Century Studies Association's prize for best book in early modern history or theology."


Sharon Hogge, Engr '86 (MS), announces the birth of her son, Daniel Reeves Hurst Lang, on April 6, 2006, in Houston.

David W. McFadden, HS '86, Med '87, is chairman of surgery and surgeon-in-chief at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. His two sons are in college and his daughter, Nora, is enjoying her horses and eighth grade.


Kirsten Miller Boyle, A&S '88, and Shane Boyle are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Megan Teal, on August 16, 2006. Kirsten is currently a natural resource specialist employed by the Bureau of Land Management in the Butte Field Office, Montana.

Rochanya Hickman Generous, Bus '88 (MAS), is living mostly in Santa Fe and traveling extensively.

Robert Lee Gould, A&S '88 (MLA), has been promoted by the Maryland National Guard to the rank of colonel in the United States Air Force, with assignment to the Maryland Air National Guard. He currently serves as the senior public affairs officer for the Maryland National Guard.

James L. Sherley, Med '88 (MD/PhD), associate professor of biological engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was named a recipient of the 2006 NIH Director's Pioneer Award. He will receive $2.5 million in direct costs over five years and will work to develop routine methods for the production of human adult stem cells from liver, pancreas, hair follicles, and bone marrow.


Oneida Arosarena, A&S '89, Med '93, has joined Temple University Hospital as an otolaryngologist specializing in facial plastic reconstructive surgery, facial trauma, cleft lip and palate, and other congenital abnormalities.

John Fournelle, A&S '89 (PhD), is senior scientist in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, running the electron microprobe and SEM labs and was elected a director of the Microbeam Analysis Society in 2006.

Robin Kolodny, A&S '89 (MA), '92 (PhD), has contributed to editor Michael J. Malbin's book, The Election After Reform: Money, Politics, and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.

Dwaine Rieves, Med '89 (PGD), has published When the Eye Forms (Tupelo Press, 2006), a book-length collection of poetry.


Louis M. Giangiulio, A&S '90, has completed six years as an Army pediatrician, including a 10-month tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of operation Enduring Freedom. He is currently in private practice in the Main Line Health System outside Philadelphia and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Laura, and three children, Francesca, Nicholas, and Celeste.

Valerie Opher, Bus '90 (MAS), has published her first book, a spiritual self-help book titled Scared to Faith, which chronicles some of Opher's most profound and challenging work experiences. (She was the first, and in some cases only, African-American woman in a management or leadership role at particular non-profit and for-profit organizations.) The book was featured during Johns Hopkins' 2006 African-American Book Festival.


Roberto N. Allen, A&S '91 (MA), is senior director of legal affairs and corporate counsel at Alba Therapeutics, a privately held pharmaceutical development firm at the University of Maryland BioPark in Baltimore.

Dawn M. Nee, A&S '91, writes: "Over the past two years, I have welcomed a daughter, returned to the practice of public interest law, married Michelle Larkin, and battled and survived breast cancer."


John Grossenbacher, SAIS '92, is director of Idaho National Laboratory and president of Battelle Energy Alliance.

Nitin Khakee, A&S '92, and his wife, Lisa Marie, announce the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Hana, on May 9, 2006.

Paul W. Kim, A&S '92, counsel and member of Ober/Kaler's health law practice, has been elected to the District of Columbia Bar Health Law Section Steering Committee.

Kristen Lomasney, A&S '92, SAIS '93, has been promoted to director, program/new media development for Discovery Channel, Military Channel, Science Channel, and Times Channel. She writes: "I create on-air and online shows. After not being allowed to watch TV as a kid, I'm quickly making up for lost time."

John E. Osborn, SAIS '92, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Cephalon Inc., has published an essay in The National Law Journal. Last year, he testified before the U.S. Antitrust Modernization Commission in Washington on "Antitrust and the New Economy."

Michael Pelzner, A&S '92, writes: "My buddy, Chetan Kharod, A&S '91, is an Air Force major and the fourth-year clerkship director of emergency medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, and I am an Army major who is the third-year Pediatric Clerkship director. We were friends at JHU, and have reunited in service to the country, now teaching young military medical students our craft. I have deployed to Kuwait and Iraq, and he has been doing some cool things with the Air Force."


David Louis Edelman, A&S '93, has just published his first novel, Infoquake, with Prometheus Books.

Raphael Yook, A&S '93, and Sandy Tang Yook, Nurs '94, announce the arrival of their third child, Abigail. He is a manager at Caremark, where he is "neck deep in building the company's Medicare prescription drug plan." Old friends are encouraged to send a note to and swing by Dallas.


Louis H. Francescutti, SPH '94, is professor at the University of Alberta School of Public Health and the director of the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research. He also serves as an emergency physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Richard Shane Mangus, A&S '94, and Claire (Hawkins) Mangus, Nurs '95, are celebrating the birth of their fifth child, Jonathan Luke. Shane has finished his fellowship in multi-organ transplant surgery at Indiana University Medical Center and has accepted an appointment as an assistant professor of surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Claire works as a certified nurse midwife in Indianapolis, providing obstetric and women's healthcare to low-income women.

Timothy J. Min, A&S '94, has been appointed by the U.S. trade representative, Ambassador Susan Schwab, and U.S. secretary of commerce, Carlos Gutierrez, as an adviser to the U.S. government on international trade law and policy. He is currently senior attorney in the legal department of FedEx Express Corp., where he counsels and represents the company throughout the world on international trade law and policy matters.

Christine "Crystal" Plater, Bus '94, has launched, a career-focused Web site for the more than 310,000 students on Maryland campuses.

Meetul V. Shah, A&S '94, and his wife, Mary, announce the birth of their daughter, Kyra, in March. He writes: "As I grow older, I become more nostalgic for the past." He can be reached at


Laura Ford Brust, A&S '95, writes: "My husband, Steve, and I are proud to announce the birth of our son, Colin, on February 10, 2006, in Rockville, Maryland. I continue to practice law and am now counsel in the environmental group of Bingham McCutchen in Washington, D.C."

Adam Lippe, A&S '95, recently moved to Sparks, Maryland, with his wife, Wendy, and two children, Sydney and Braun. He has been named the new chief of the White Collar Crime Unit in the State's Attorney's Office for Baltimore County.

Jeremy M. Stipkala, A&S '95 (MA), '98 (PhD), has launched Stipkala LLC, a patent law firm focusing on chemistry, pharmaceuticals, plastics, and nanotechnology.


Ilise L. Fertshans, A&S '96 (ScD), an attorney in Haddonfield, New Jersey, has worked as a mentor with aspiring young lawyers. She gives lectures on law, civil rights, and health policy.

Matthew Olshan, A&S '96 (MA), has written The Flown Sky, "a novel for smart young readers, ages 8 to 12, who enjoy fine writing and high nonsense." The book will be published in March 2007. His literary debut, Finn: a novel, was a finalist for the 2002 Michael L. Prinz Award and for a Booklist Editor's Choice Award.

Chandak Sengoopta, Med '96 (PhD), senior lecturer in the history of medicine and science at Birkbeck College, University of London, has published The Most Secret Quintessence of Life: Sex, Glands, and Hormones, 1850-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2006).

Dan Zuberi, A&S '96, has published his first book, Differences That Matter: Social Policy and the Working Poor in the United States and Canada (Cornell University Press). He is currently assistant professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.


Amy Stine Collins, SPH '97, was the recipient of the 2005 International Committee of the Red Cross Florence Nightingale Medal for humanitarian service.

Mary Ann (McGuire) Dickson, A&S '97, married Jefferson Dickson in Rumson, New Jersey. She writes: "Jeff and I met through his cousin and my friend and former lacrosse/field hockey teammate Sonia Dickson, A&S '94. Rebekkah Bravo, A&S '97, Nancy Kim, A&S '99, Tracy Brady, A&S '97, and Sonia were all in the wedding party along with my brother, Robert McGuire, A&S '96, who was a groomsman. Also in attendance were Melissa (Zeppie) Livingston, Engr '98, Kate Bradbury, A&S '99, and John Saxe, A&S '98. We live in New York City where I practice corporate law and Jeff is a golf course designer."

David B. Gillis, SPH '97, is assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is working at Johnson Space Center in support of space programs operations.

Benjamin M. Greenberg, A&S '97, SPH '97, HS '05, writes: "My wife, Tasha, and I were overjoyed to welcome our second daughter, Hannah, into the world in May. We are still in Baltimore, and I love my work within the Department of Neurology at Hopkins."

Helen Hui-Chou, Nurs '97, earned a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in May 2006 and is currently a surgical resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Geoffrey W. Lewis, Ed '97 (MS), retired from the federal government in September 2005 after 44 years of service.

Brian Moore, A&S '97 (MS), was recently promoted to lieutenant commander and is stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard in Galveston Island, Texas.

Milind Shah, A&S '97 (MA), an associate in the Philadelphia office of Reed Smith LLP and a member of the firm's litigation practice group, was recently elected vice president, legislative/judicial outreach, for the Philadelphia South Asian Bar Association.


Mark Joseph Blunda, A&S '98 (MA), has been named for the second year as one of New Jersey's superlawyers by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. He is one of only 20 attorneys from New Jersey to be named a fellow to the National College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Natasha Lazo, A&S '98, married Brian Jones on September 24, 2005. She writes: "There were several alumni who attended. Kelly Lowe, A&S '97, Lynette Sholl, A&S '98, John Lazo (my uncle), A&S '71, and Will Kirk, A&S '99, who is a photographer for the university and was the photographer for the wedding. Brian works for Princeton University in the Computer Science Department, and I teach in East Windsor, New Jersey."

Susan Leavitt, SAIS '98, has been named a life member of Top Producing Realtors in Virginia and Washington, D.C. Her past two years of sales topped $21 million, and many of her clients are fellow SAIS alumni and their families and friends, whom she thanks. She can be reached at


Patrick Schmidt, A&S '99 (MA), '00 (PhD), a political scientist, has joined the Macalester College Political Science Department as an assistant professor. He spent four years as an assistant professor in political science at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and he is the author of Lawyers and Regulation: The Politics of the Administrative Process, published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press.

Gregory Schoenig, Engr '99, '00 (MS), '01 (MS), has been named assistant vice president and director of applied research and development at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He plans to defend his PhD dissertation in electrical engineering in early 2007 at Virginia Tech. He has worked full time developing new Department of Defense and intelligence community capabilities over the past seven years, and has recently built a new business area at SAIC around an innovative signal processing system created by his team.


Mark A. ONeill, SPH '00, has been recalled to active duty by the Navy Reserve and will deploy to the Army's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany. He serves as a lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps and will function as a patient administration officer. Mark's wife, Kelly, and son, Ambrose, whom they welcomed on Christmas Day 2005, will join him. He writes: "Although I regret I must leave my civilian job managing a colon cancer prevention and treatment center, I am looking forward to helping the wounded soldiers and sailors at LRMC."


Eric Eisner, A&S '01 married Lisa Mejia in August 2006. Eric is an orthopedic surgery resident at the University of Texas-Southwestern in Dallas, and Lisa is a family practice resident at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Melissa Sydney, A&S '01, writes: "On September 3, I got married to Adam Marshak in Boston. Many of our Hopkins friends were in attendance. Just after the wedding, I started my LLM in taxation at Boston University."

Christine Ayres Veal, Bus '01 (MS), writes: "While living in Seattle and loving my event planning job at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, I also have a Mary Kay business that is thriving. I will be a director this year — that means equal income to my corporate job!"

Joanna Zeiger, A&S '01 (PhD), won this year's 5430 Long Course Triathlon in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. She is the only female athlete to win a long course and short course USA national title, represent the United States at the Olympic Games, and win an Ironman title.


Jennifer L. Haywood, Nurs '02, is a labor and delivery nurse at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Maryland.

Anuj Mittal, A&S '02, and Joke Aerts, A&S '02, were married on May 27 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. They currently reside in Amsterdam.

Caroline Morrow (Saffer) Dowdle, A&S '02, has married artist Max Miller. She writes, "We're currently based in Charlotte, where I'm balancing pre-physician's assistant studies, freelance writing, and managing my husband's business ( )."

Alison Winstanley "Winnie" Smith, A&S '02, is happy to announce her engagement to Michel J. Maloof III. The couple resides in New York, where she is working toward a PhD in neuroeconomics at Columbia University, and where he works in venture capital.

Katherine P. Tucker, A&S '02, married former JHU lacrosse player Robert M. Frattarola, A&S '01, on September 9, 2006, in Rye, New York. Adrienne (Williams-Kief) Clarke, A&S '02, Lila Haber, A&S '02, Christina Huffman, A&S '02, Rachel Kincaid, A&S '02, Christina McCann, Engr '02, Meredith Price, A&S '02, and Lee (Retter) Solomon, A&S '02, were in the wedding party. Many other Hopkins alumni attended. Katherine is a vice president in Citigroup's Global Wealth Management division, and Rob is a vice president at Herbert L. Jamison Insurance.


Antonia Badway and Alexander Miceli, both A&S '03, were engaged on June 9, 2006, and will be married in Stockton, California, on October 6, 2007. Meera Nair, A&S '03, will be the maid of honor.

Justin Brannock, Engr '03, appeared in a co-starring role on the October 11 episode of CSI: NY.

Saran A. Ellis, A&S '03 (MA), is pursuing a master's degree in public health at Yale University.

Chris Falk, Bus '03 (MS), has joined the Vermont Business Roundtable as director of communications. Falk is former media director for the American Association of Poison Control Centers in Washington, D.C.

Valerie Kolman, Bus '03, is a CFO for a Baltimore company.

Michelle (Fenster) Sisk, A&S '03, married Joel Sisk on August 6, 2006, in Denver. In attendance were bridesmaid Alessandra (Love) Simons, A&S '02, Peter Brueggemann, Engr '03, and Peter (Chris) Kyle, A&S '03. Michelle is in her third year of law school at American University, Washington College of Law, and she will be moving to Denver when she graduates in May.


Lisa Barr, Bus '04 (MBA), relocated in October 2005 to Melbourne, Florida, to join DRS Tactical Systems, Inc. as director of contracts and ethics officer.

Laura Davulis, A&S '04, has been named assistant editor, history and current events, at the Yale University Press. She can be reached at


David Paul Byeff, A&S '05, is a first-year law student at Vanderbilt University and is enjoying living in Nashville and the music scene

Guatam Bhatia, A&S '05, has started medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

Emily Ruth Caton, A&S '05, Peab '05, is teaching in Brooklyn through the Teach for America program.

Michelle E. Charron, Nurs '05, is living in Mt. Vernon in Baltimore and is working at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Emergency Acute Care Unit.

Colleen M. Devine, Ed '05 (MA), is teaching sixth and seventh grade English at a middle school in Atlanta.

Eric E. Elston, Bus '05 (MS), a sports and entertainment director for an Urban Automotive Marketing Company, travels the world to test drive new vehicles and brand the automotive industry in the urban culture.

Arielle J. Goren, A&S '05, writes: "I am living in D.C., working for the Senate Judiciary Committee. I feel very lucky to be here at such an exciting time! I started in July, so I've worked on all three Supreme Court nominations."

Allison R. Katter, Nurs '05, currently serving the United States Navy as a nurse at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth and serving on the Nursing Research Committee.

Jonathan G. Ketzner, A&S '05, currently attending SAIS in Washington, D.C., worked in India this past summer.

Andrea J. King, A&S '05, writes: "I just started my first year at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine." She continues her part-time work for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health.

John Kotler, Ed '05 (MA), is a tutor working with students in the English content area, as well as in organization and planning. I specialize in working with students with learning disabilities and differences at the elementary and secondary levels."

Marc D. Leone, A&S '05, is a second-year law student at Villanova University School of Law and was recently invited to become a member of the Villanova Law Review for finishing in the top 10 percent of his class.

Diane L. Seeger, Bus '05 (MS), writes: "After earning a degree in organizational development/human resources, I was promoted to director of organizational development for AAA Mid-Atlantic."

Jay Spector, Bus '05 (MS), writes: "I recently left my position in Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano's administration, where I served as executive director of the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona for the past three years. I joined RBC Capital Markets, a global investment bank, as a vice president of fixed income banking in their Arizona public finance office."

Mathias Tang, Nanj '05, is working at New Asia Partners in Shanghai as an investment banker.

Monika M. Vasey, Peab '05, is general music and strings director of the Boilman Bridge Elementary School in Howard County. She is also working on a master's degree in music education at Peabody.

Glenn M. Wilson, Engr '05, is working as a computer consultant for Knightsbridge in Northern Virginia.


Tony Ching-Hsiang Chang, Engr '06, has started medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

Blair Christophe Raymond Dancy, A&S '06, graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and is pursuing a PhD at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is the son of Kirk L. Dancy, Engr '72, and Cheryl Dancy-Kacher, who completed the physician assistant program at Essex Community College and Johns Hopkins in 1982. Blair's brother, Alec Sandon Dancy, has been admitted to JHU's class of 2011 as an early decision applicant.

Jason Farber, A&S '06, is teaching over the next two years in Baltimore's Teach for America program. He is also pursuing a master's in education at JHU.

Don Leake, Bus '06, is currently project manager for Shea Homes for the Tustin Legacy redevelopment at Tustin MCAS in Orange County, California, consisting of 2105 residential homes and 6.7 million square feet of commercial real estate.

Crystal L'Hote, A&S '06 (PhD), has been named assistant professor of philosophy at Saint Michael's College. A tri-athlete who lives in Burlington, Vermont, she says she's "never seen anything as beautiful as her new location — the water, the lake, the bike path."

In Memoriam

1937: Richard (Dick) Lyons, A&S '37, who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and returned to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, after the war to manage his family's business, died on September 3. He was a baseball enthusiast, traveler, lifetime Democrat, and a man who enjoyed the art of conversation.

1940: George A. Elliott, A&S '40, died October 22, 2005, after a career devoted to research and development in chemistry. He played the trombone as an undergraduate and continued to do so, in Big Band style, throughout his life. He and Edie, his wife of 60 years, were active in the Sister Cities Program, traveling widely and hosting visitors from overseas.

1945: Herbert Corkran, A&S '45, SAIS '46, died on June 17, 2006, in Lakewood, Colorado. He worked for the Department of State and served as a consular officer in Le Havre, France, and in Aruba before going back to school at Indiana University where he earned his PhD in political science in 1961. From 1961 to 1986, he was a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University. In 2004 he moved to the Denver area to be near his children.

1945: Earle L. Valenstein, Engr '45, a retired U.S. Army colonel, died on April 8, 2006. He retired from the Army in 1970 and joined the executive office of the governor of Michigan as deputy director of the Bureau of Management Services. He and his wife, Susan, retired to Cambridge, Maryland, in 1980, where he was involved in many community activities.

1954: Peter Carter Warren, A&S '54, died on April 17. An employee of Union Carbide for 32 years, he retired to Bellingham, Washington, in 1992. He and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November 2005. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and a daughter.

1957: Charles H. Underwood, Engr '57, died in January 2005. He was a retired astrophysicist from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He worked on the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle missions. He had a special interest in collecting antique fire trucks.

1959: William Ritchie Darling, A&S '59 (MA), author and professor of English, has died. A resident of Amherst, Massachusetts, he taught at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire, for many years, where he founded and served as publisher for the literary magazine The Northern New England Review. He also was the co-founder of the literary journal The Pre-Raphaelite Review and founded several small presses.

1967: John Paul Remensnyder Jr., HS '67, who was a plastic surgery resident with Milton Edgerton, Med '44, at Johns Hopkins from 1965 to1967, died of cancer on October 14, 2006.

1969: Andrew Godfrey, Engr '69 (PhD), died on August 18, 2006, following a short but intense battle with cancer. He is survived by a spouse, two children, grandchild, parent, and three siblings.

1975: Arlene Raven, A&S '75 (MA), an art historian, critic and educator who helped transform feminist outrage into the Woman's Building, an iconoclastic Los Angeles institution that for 18 years was a magnet for women seeking to produce art on their own terms, died of cancer August 1 at her home in Brooklyn, New York.

1981: Charles Robert Pillsbury, Ed '81 (MS), died on June 23, 2006. He is survived by a daughter.

Woodrow Wilson Award
Recognizes distinguished public service

William F. Clinger Jr., A&S '51, has had an illustrious career as a public servant, beginning in the United States Navy and culminating with nine terms of service in the United States House of Representatives. While in Congress, he held numerous leadership roles, including chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee. Mr. Clinger serves as a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of American Government program at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Washington Center.

Heritage Award
Recognizing outstanding service to Johns Hopkins University

George S. Jenkins, Engr '43, '47 (MS), is the founder and CEO of Jenkins Land Company in Charles County, Maryland. A devoted volunteer for Johns Hopkins, he has chaired the Whiting Legacy Circle for the past five years. He is also a past and inaugural member of the Whiting School's National Advisory Council and a current member of the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Advisory Council and the Civil Engineering Visiting Committee. Mr. Jenkins and his wife have established the Nancy M. and George Simms Jenkins II Graduate Fellowship in Civil Engineering to support graduate students in the Department of Civil Engineering.

Robert W. Gayler is an associate professor in the Department of Radiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In addition to his clinical work, he has held a vast array of administrative positions, including serving as interim chairman of the Department of Radiology. Dr. Gayler has devoted his career to the advancement of radiology at Johns Hopkins and is an exemplary role model and educator.


Distinguished Alumni Award
Recognizes personal, professional, or humanitarian achievement

John M. Freeman, Med '58, is professor of neurology and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He created and directed the Johns Hopkins Child Neurology Program and directed the Pediatric Epilepsy Center for nearly three decades. He is particularly well known for perfecting and championing the ketogenic diet, a high-fat, exquisitely managed diet proven to reduce or eliminate seizures in children and adolescents. Dr. Freeman's contributions have made the center a leader in the field.

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