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Phil Polster, A&S '40, writes: "My wife, Dorothea Baker, A&S '41 (MA), and I will have been married 67 years next month, and we now have 13 great-grandchildren. Dorothea still plays a mean game of bridge. I still play viola with string quartets and come to the office four days a week. Our two sons practice law here. They are discouraged from retiring as long as their father is still plugging away, so they may suggest I give it up pretty soon, perhaps in April 2009, when I'll turn 90, if I live that long."


Allen Brodsky, Engr '49, A&S '60 (MA), is currently finishing his seventh book, Actions for Survival: Protections from Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism. He also received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health.

Frederick Brown, Engr '49, spent his entire career working as an engineer and in corporate management. He enjoyed his work and the people he worked with.

Joseph Dicker, Engr '49, is currently a family researcher.

M. Burton Drexler, A&S '49, received the 2007 Dean's Arts & Humanities Medal from the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. He has been teaching theater courses in ISU College for Seniors for seven years.

Henry C. Hoffman, Engr '49, retired from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 1996 after 34 years. He is still working part time as a contractor at Goddard.

Brent Matthews, Engr '49, has been a full-time musician since 1996.

Norvell Miller, Engr '49, has been retired since 1986. Fortunately, he still has been able to get out on the tennis court and golf course.

Larry M. Silverman, A&S '49, is a council member of the Renaissance Institute at College of Notre Dame in Baltimore. He is also a longtime supporter of Associated Jewish Charities.

Michael Vassallo, A&S '49, has worked in pathologic anatomy and clinical pathology and has an interest in clinical nuclear medicine.


Thomas Arthur, Engr '54, and his wife have traveled extensively around the world since his retirement in 1994. He volunteers at his local hospital and library. He also volunteers as a counselor to a small local business and advises Medicare recipients of benefits and helps resolve problems.

Alan Birtch, A&S '54, Med '58, is "showing his age in golf." He received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 from the Illinois secretary of state for work in transplantation and organ donation.

John Boynton, A&S '54, and his wife have moved to a retirement community in Sykesville, Maryland. John continues to play a lot of golf and enjoys watching his grandchildren play in games and in orchestras.

Charles M. Carlsson, Bus '54, writes that his son, Tim Carlsson, a major in the U.S. Army Special Forces, has recently and safely completed a seven-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. He is very proud, but grateful, that his son has completed his assignment!

John Fenzel, Bus '54, will celebrate his 49th wedding anniversary in April.

Albert Lane Jr., Engr '54, writes: "I have survived a heart attack, bypasses, kidney failure, transplant, lung and skin cancers, and so far, I am doing well."

His last interim pastorate ended in July 2008.

Larry Reimer, Engr '54, has been doing a lot of sailing and traveling since retiring in 1996.

Melvin Richter, Engr '54, '79 (MS), is loving retirement.

Gerald Rood, A&S '54, retired from his practice in 1997.

John Simon, A&S '54, is currently the president of the John Simon Instrument Company, providing microscopes to schools and colleges for 50 years.

Wendell Smith, A&S '54, now has three grandchildren: Willow, 3 and a half, and twins Jaspor and Fox, 14 months.

Stevenson Yost, A&S '54, is a grape grower in Napa Valley. He plays poker and is part of a dog therapy program, in which he visits hospitals.


William Cooper, A&S '59, is moving to Florida, but still practicing law in Maryland. He is sharing life with three grandchildren-Cindy, 11, Seth, 9, and Sammy, 5. He writes that he is also "looking forward to our 50th Reunion!"

Joseph Cudia, A&S '59, is happily retired, enjoying travel, and spending time with family. He is staying busy with model aviation, swimming, scuba diving, running, and bowling.

Guntis Elksnis, A&S '59, has been retired the past 14 years. He has four beautiful granddaughters and enjoys travel, golf, and gardening.

Richard Epand, A&S '59, received the Avant Award for Research. He is a fellow in the biophysical society and a member of the Canadian Institute of Health, where he won the Senior Investigator Award.

Michael Garrick, A&S '59, A&S '63 (PhD), is still not retired. Some of his recent scientific meetings include Kyoto, Japan, in April 2007 and Pucn, Chile, in November 2008.

Joel Gordon, A&S '59, is a retired ophthalmologist and has spent most of the year in Naples, Florida. He plays golf and tennis. He was also the past president of the Maryland Academy of Ophthalmology as well as the past chief of ophthalmology at Suburban Hospital and Shady Grove Hospital.

Anthony Leichter, A&S '59, has been a real estate developer in New York City since 1960 and has spent the last 30 years as the president of his own company.

Meredith "Bud" Miller, A&S '59, is a retired neurological surgeon. Presently, he is a hearing judge for a medical commission in Wyoming.

Erwin Sekulow, A&S '59, A&S '76 (MS), has been involved as the Maryland president of AARP, as well as a volunteer and an inner-city school mentor. He has also done fundraising consulting and served as advisory member of National Retired Teachers. He retired from the Johns Hopkins Development Office after 30 years.

Daniel Tracy, A&S '59, has retired from the practice of law.

Robert "Rud" Turnbull, A&S '59, is a distinguished professor of education and life span studies, courtesy professor of law, and co-founder of the Beach Center on Disability-all at the University of Kansas.

James Webster, A&S '59, had been president of Webster-McDonald-Pfaff Inc., an insurance services firm. He placed most of his business with Mass Mutual and was one of their top producers in the country.


Joel Montague, SAIS '60, has co-authored The Colonial Good Life: A Commentary on Andre Joyeux's Vision of French Indochina. He writes: "It is a view of the colonial order of things in Indochina as seen by a French artist cum civil servant (Joyeux) at the turn of the 20th century."


John J. Weltman, A&S '63, '65 (MA), '67 (PhD), is largely retired now but still engages in various teaching, writing, consulting, travel, and research activities as his whims lead him. He divides his time between the San Francisco Bay area and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He and Roderick Tang recently celebrated their 22nd year together. He can be reached by e-mail at


Diane Demarest Becker, Nurs '64, A&S '78, SPH '78 , '84 (ScD), a recognized expert in family-based cardiovascular epidemiology, is founding director of the 25-year-old Johns Hopkins Sibling and Family Heart Study and the Center for Health Promotion. Much of her work has addressed research to eliminate health disparities in urban communities.

Aaron Bowden, A&S '64, retired at the end of last year after 19 years as a circuit judge.

Robert Koehler, A&S '64, recently celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary. He served as chair of radiology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine until 2008.

Walter Krzymowski, A&S '64, spent his entire career at Lockheed-Martin-45 years in aerospace engineering. Though he enjoyed working, he is also enjoying retirement.

Tom Laquidara, Engr '64, reports that he is happily retired with his wife and Japanese chin (dog!). He is engaged in tutoring and church work.

David Meir-Levi, A&S '64, recently published two books: Big Lies in 2005 and History Upside Down in 2007. He is currently lecturing part time at San Jose State University in Modern Middle East History.

Mark Monmonier, A&S '64, has published Coast Lines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

Michael Moskowitz, A&S '64, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for mentoring from Harvard Medical School in 2007.

Stuart Reichel, A&S '64, served two years in the Army, the second in Vietnam as a combat photographer with the First Infantry Division. He was a corporate lawyer with General Electric Company from 1972 to 1987, when he abandoned the law for the arts; he has been acting and writing plays since then. In recent gigs, he played Alec Baldwin's boss on 30 Rock and, at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Jacqueline Bisset's husband in Death in Love.

Lawrence Saunders, Engr '64, '74 (MS), recounts his favorite Johns Hopkins memory: "Connie Gebelein leading the marching band in forming an H-if a few people didn't show up, we formed an h."

Richard Wheeler, A&S '64, '69 (PhD), retired in September 2008 after 35 years at SUNY College at Cortland as a professor of physics. Dick served the last 13 years as chairman of the department. He received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1981.


Lawrence Daniels, A&S '69, writes: "It's been a long time since I received my commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve out of the Blue Jay Brigade at Hopkins ROTC. I am now retired, having served my country for over 20 years. I'm back officiating high school football for the 14th season.

John Devine, A&S '69, is president of the board of trustees of the Ocean City (New Jersey) Arts Center.

Dennis Estis, A&S '69, writes: "My son just started as a freshman at Drew University in New Jersey, and my daughter just started law school at New England School of Law in Boston."

Chip Feazel, A&S '69 (MA),'75 (PhD), has been presented with ConocoPhillips first-ever Technology Lifetime Achievement Award, for his career as a globally recognized carbonate sedimentologist, specializing in the limestones and dolostones that serve as reservoirs for petroleum. He is an enthusiastic speaker, writer, editor, and instructor, always eager to share the "story in the rocks."

Richard S. Frary, A&S '69, writes: "I'm starting my eighth year on the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees, where I've had the opportunity to be a vice chair and be on the presidential search committee. It has been a fascinating learning experience as well as a great honor to work with so many members of the Hopkins community."

William Frazier, A&S '69, is the founder of biotech start-up Vasculox Inc., a company that develops new therapies for cardiovascular diseases.

Earl Hoffman, A&S '69, writes: "I've been an actuary for 36 years, working for two insurance companies and now Ingenix, a health consulting and information company. I'm a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and work primarily with health plans, insurers, and government entities."

Jeffrey Sienkiewicz, A&S '69, has been a practicing attorney in Connecticut since 1972.

Richard Wilson, A&S '69, who has finished his term as president of the American Glaucoma Society, had both knees replaced and retired to a farm in Chestertown, Maryland. He continues to chair the Glaucoma Eye Care Program of EyeCare America, the foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


Paul Garson, A&S '70 (MA), writes: "I was off to a good start at Hopkins during my graduate studies when I was awarded first prize in the National Fiction Writers Contest sponsored by The Carolina Quarterly. After several decades writing for national consumer magazines, a few years teaching at USC, and editor positions at various publishing companies, I also managed to pen a few nonfiction books."


Stephen Paul Mahinka, A&S '71, was elected a trustee of Gettysburg College, which his daughter attends. He is a partner in the Washington office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he chairs the Life Sciences Interdisciplinary Practice and focuses on antitrust and FDA regulatory law. He is a former trustee of Johns Hopkins University. He is also a co-author of Life Sciences Mergers and Acquisitions (Aspatore Books, 2008).


Frederick Ferris, Med '72, '83 (PGF), HS '73 and '78, received, with Dr. Emily Chew, an ophthalmology research award from the Alcon Research Institute for their research on human population studies concerned with eye disease and vision disorders. They will share the $100,000 in unrestricted grant money to continue their research and will be recognized at the biennial symposium early this year.


Victor G. Vogel, A&S '74, SPH '86, Med '86 (PGF), has been named by the American Cancer Society as the national vice president for research. He will work with leading cancer research institutions, academic institutions, and government agencies to assure the organization's access to current trends and developments in basic science and applied research. In addition, he will provide scientific expertise to the advocacy efforts of the American Cancer Society and other organizations working to improve support for cancer research and improved cancer care.


Daniel W. Raab, A&S '75, writes: "I just wrote a book, published by Revere Legal Publishers, titled Transportation Terms and Conditions. It is a reference book for the shipping industry. I also am a contributing author to Goods in Transit, which was published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender. I also became an adjunct faculty member at Florida International University College of Law teaching Insurance Law. I continue to practice admiralty, transportation, and insurance law."

Edgar E. Roulhac, SPH '75, vice provost for academic services at Johns Hopkins Univeristy, has been appointed to a three-year term as a commissioner and member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The commission, which is dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation, accredits institutions of higher education.


Elayne Phillips, SPH '77, '82 (PhD), is director of research at the University of Virginia International Healthcare Worker Safety Center. She received a National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health grant to study the Impact of National Needlestick Safety & Prevention Act of 2000 on hospital injury and exposure rate.


Devon Miller-Duggan, A&S '78, has published his first book of poetry, Pinning the Bird to the Wall (Tres Chicas Press).

Daniele Moro, SAIS Bol '78 (Cert), war correspondent for TG5, Channel 5 TV News of Italy, was a panelist at the eighth World Summit on Counter-Terrorism, held last September in the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. He spoke on the topic of "Italy, the Forgotten Target."


Melissa Butler, A&S '79 (PhD), a political science professor, has been awarded the Eugene N. and Marian C. Beesley Professorship at Wabash College in Crawfordville, Indiana. The Beesley Chair is awarded to a distinguished member of the faculty whose teaching and counsel contribute to the preparation of young men for positions of leadership in the world of business.

F. Suzanne Jenniches, Engr '79, sector vice president and general manager of the Government Systems Division at Northrop Grumman, has been elected by Women in Aerospace (WIA) to the organization's board of directors. She has served as past president of the national Society of Women Engineers, past member of the United States Army Science Board, and member of the National Research Council Committee on Commercial/Military Integration. She currently serves on the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering National Advisory Council and chairs the National Academy of Engineering "Engineer Girl!" Web site.


John Dodson, Peab '83 (MM), has been named principal conductor of Ballet Theatre of Toledo. He is in his eighth season as music director of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, which was selected for the League of American Orchestras' Institutional Vision Program, a three-year initiative devoted to big-picture thinking, long-term planning, and intensive focus on strengthening all facets of the organization.


Kirk-Evan Billet, Peab '84, is a Fulbright lecturing scholar to Lebanon for 2008-2009. He is teaching at the Université Antonine, located just outside Beirut, in the Institut Supérieur de Musique.

Robert B. Clayton, A&S '84, writes: "After 27 years of dating on and off, Janine Austin Clayton, A&S '84, and I were finally married on April 11, 2008. Janine is the deputy director of the Office of Women's Health at NIH, and Robert, president of the Society of Black Alumni, is a family law attorney in Los Angeles. They now reside in Rockville, Maryland, with Robert commuting between Los Angeles and Maryland, until he permanently relocates (kicking and screaming!) to Maryland."


Reza Dana, A&S '85, Med '89, SPH '89, has received a prestigious ophthalmology research award from the Alcon Research Institute for his research on the conditions of the eye and how to treat them. He will receive $100,000 in unrestricted grant money to continue his research and will be recognized at the biennial symposium early in 2009.

Elizabeth Engle, Med '85, '88 (PGF), has received an award from the Alcon Research Institute for dedicating her life to studying sight. Nominated by previous winners, she will receive $100,000 in unrestricted grant money to continue her research and will be recognized at the biennial symposium early in 2009.

Gina Schatteman, A&S '85 (PhD), has been named an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. She has been placed in the National Institutes of Health's Office of the Director's Office of Science Education, where she will focus on the use of animals in research, public interest in and understanding of biomedicine, public access to NIH-funded research, the impact of immigration law on science and medicine, science education bioethics, and the economic implications of biomedical research.


Rick Mathis, A&S '87 (PhD), has just published his fourth book, Finding a Grace-Filled Life (Paulist Press, 2008). The book shows how to apply classical spiritual practices to daily life.


Clifton Crais, A&S '88 (PhD), a professor of history at Emory University, has published Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography with Pamela Scully. A feature film is being made on the life of Sara Baartman; filming is to begin in early 2009.


Steven R. Chicurel, Peab '89 (MM), has published his second book, Music Theory for Musical Theatre (Scarecrow Press, 2008). Along with co-author John Bell, he explores how musical theater composers use basic principles of music theory to illuminate characters and tell stories. He continues to serve as a professor of musical theater and chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Ray DeGennaro, Engr '89, writes: "I am currently serving as a mentor to the Corps' surgeon general and medical plans officer as part of an embedded training team in northern Afghanistan. Our job here is to help the Afghan National Security Forces become self-sufficient, so we all can go home as quickly as possible."

Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, A&S '89, is the new vice president for student affairs at Baltimore City Community College. She is a seasoned college administrator with a national reputation for developing highly recognized academic and student development programs and whose research led to the recommendation and adoption of the Seventh Learning College Principle. She is the author of three books and a contributor in numerous other publications. Harvey-Smith has been married for 25 years to Donald W. Smith, a U.S. Capitol Police officer and chair of the African-American Patriots Consortium in Maryland.

Steven Y. Park, A&S '89, writes; "Just letting you know that my book, Sleep, Interrupted: A physician reveals the #1 reason why so many of us are sick and tired, was just published [Jodev Press, 2008]. I wrote and published this book over the course of 18 months, on top of having a busy otolaryngology practice." Lisa Rosenberg, A&S '89, has been named managing partner at the New York office of Porter Novelli, a global public relations firm.


Elena Panaritis, SAIS Bol '90 (Cert), SAIS '91, continues promotion of her thesis on global property rights outlined in Prosperity Unbound. Over the next several weeks and months, she will be adding thoughts and content to a blog of the same title, in addition to using more grassroots and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and others.


Andy Parsley, A&S '91, Ed '96 (MSEd), writes: "My wife Luciene (Pisa), A&S '91, and I live with our daughters, Haley, 9, and Maddie, 7, in Baltimore's Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood, a few blocks from the Homewood campus. I was recently promoted to principal of St. Elizabeth School, which serves middle and high school students with special needs from Baltimore and the surrounding counties. I love my challenging new job, my six-minute commute to work, the plentiful local activities for my family, and all the charms of this city that I overlooked as an undergrad. Luciene is a staff attorney with the Maryland Disability Law Center."


Steven Blum, A&S '92, was presented with the 2008 Fred Goldberg Jr. award for attorney excellence by the IRS chief counsel. Steve is a special counsel for the Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C.


Adam F. Dorin, Med '93, had his book Jihad and American Medicine (Praeger Security International, 2007) favorably reviewed in the August 13 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Royce Pabst Poinsett, A&S '94, writes: "I have joined the Austin-based law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P., where I am a member of the legislative and governmental relations practice group. McGinnis is a great Texas law firm with great people and a distinguished 80-year history in Austin and at the capital, so I couldn't be happier with the opportunity."


Kevin Blume, A&S '95, writes "My wife and I had another baby girl on February 16, 2008. Her name is Kiersten Emeline Blume. I'm a lucky man!"


Victor Ibabao, SPH '96, presented a talk at the UCLA School of Public Health on "Transforming Healthcare Systems in the Philippines, Challenges and Opportunities" on October 24, 2008.

Jami Montgomery, Engr '96 (MS), has been named an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. She has been placed in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development, where she will focus on integrated water resource management, water quality protection, and biodiversity conservation of both fresh and marine waters.


Amit Trivedi, A&S '97, and Amber Pakilit Trivedi, A&S '97, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kalyan, born on July 25, 2008.


Nate Dominy, A&S '98, married Erin Butler in Carmel, California, in August 2008. Alumni in attendance included Jason Bennett, Engr '98, and Josh Amoss, Brian Edwards, Isiah Sandlin, and Greg Weiss, all A&S '98. Nate is an associate professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz, and Erin is a bioengineer at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University. Richard G. Paolino II, Bus '98, writes: "I am pleased to announce the birth of my first child, a son. Richard G. "Trey" Paolino III was born September 13, 2008."


Andy Pels, A&S '00, and Salley (Gibney) Pels, A&S '00, welcomed their first child, daughter Liliana Elizabeth, on September 3, 2008.


Julie Mallinger, A&S '01, and Arvind Bakhru, Engr '99, welcomed their second child, Allison, on October 28, 2008. Julie is a stay-at-home mom to Allison and big sister Katie. Arvi is finishing his residency at the University of Maryland and will be starting a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Michigan in July.

Michael Rossi, A&S '01, writes: "We're happy to report that daughter Stella was born on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at 10:35 p.m., weighing in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces. Both Stella and Claudia are doing great."


Laura Hostovich, Nurs '02, '04 (MS), writes: "I was excited to be a part of the '3 Day' walk in Washington, D.C., October 3-5, to benefit breast cancer research and education. I have been working as a nurse practitioner with an oncology practice in Greenbelt, Maryland, for four years. Since graduating, I have had two little girls."

Maurita Soltis, Bus '02 (MS), and her husband, Tim Schmitt, have a daughter, Faith Kathryn, born October 16, 2008. They reside in Arlington, Virginia.


Sherri Shubin Cohen, SPH '03, and Daniel Cohen, Med '05 (PhD), and their 2-year-old son, Benjamin, announce the addition of Jacob Seth to their family on October 18, 2008.

Elizabeth Book Kratz, A&S '03 (MA), recently married Alexander Kratz, director of the Core Laboratory of Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Elizabeth recently began a new position as editor of the YU Review, the magazine of Yeshiva University, in New York.


Robert Manuse, A&S '04 (MA), has been promoted to senior associate in the Economic and Business Analysis practice of the global technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He currently leads the delivery of federal financial management service within a number of key components of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.


Vladimir Diaz, A&S '05, founded marketing consultancy Creativa Inc. and will publish his first book Landor: Branding Inspiration and Innovation in 2009. Clifford Hawkins, Bus '05 (MBA), recently completed the Senior Executive Development Program within the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at George Washington University.

Daniel Gorelick, Med '05 (PhD), has been named an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. He has been placed in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Program's Office of Current Issues, where he will be working to improve science education and increase diversity.

Leah R. Miller, A&S '05, and Kristopher J. Jansma, A&S '03, were married in October 2008 at Divine Studios in Manhattan, with a reception at the Housing Works Bookstore. Bridesmaids included Robin Ganek, A&S '05, and Emily Ethridge, A&S '06. Groomsmen included Michael Pokorny and Stephen Schenck, both A&S '03, and Neil Bardhan, A&S '04. She works in publishing at Simon & Schuster in Manhattan, and he is teaching writing at Manhattanville College. The couple met through their involvement with the JHU Barnstormers; they each served as secretary and president of the theatrical troupe while at Johns Hopkins. The couple lives in Manhattan and honeymooned in Thailand in January.

Joycelyn Tate, SAIS '05, was appointed to the board of directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Her appointment was announced by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in March 2008. USAC administers the Universal Service Fund, a $7 billion fund that is responsible for providing access to affordable telecommunications services throughout the United States. As a member of the board of directors, Tate is responsible for managing the business of USAC.


Richard Baxstrom, A&S '06 (PhD), has published Houses in Motion: The Experience of Place and the Problem of Belief in Urban Malaysia (Stanford University Press, 2008). He and Todd Meyers, A&S '07, a Johns Hopkins doctoral candidate in anthropology, are among the authors and editors who published Anthropologies (Creative Capitalism, 2008).

Amanda Kalaydjian Richardson, SPH '06 (PhD), has been named an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. She has been placed in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response's Office of Medicine, Science and Public Health, where she will focus on the areas of health, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, depression, parity, access, and adolescents.


Xiaoyi Hu, Med '07 (PhD), a postdoc in the Chemistry Department at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, was awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the Life Sciences Foundation this year. Jim Tomarken, SPH '07, writes: "I am entering my second year as a health care consultant as a Yale-Clinton Senior Fellow in international health care management in Liberia, West Africa. If anyone is interested in additional information you can view my blog at"


Heather Dahl, Bus '08 (MBA), has been elected 2008 chairman of the Congressional Radio/TV Correspondents Association representing the needs of the 3,600 broadcast journalists covering Capitol Hill. In this capacity, she will plan and host the 65th annual Congressional Correspondents dinner, which is held in honor of the president of the United States and Congress. She is a senior producer for Fox News Channel.

Peter Villano, A&S '08 (MA), a program officer at the U.S. Department of State, was recently promoted to manage nonproliferation and humanitarian mine action programs in Africa and Central Asia. His largest and most active programs reside in Afghanistan, Sudan, and Somalia, as well as a quick reaction force with global responsibilities. Villano's active duty military service includes more than 10 years as a Navy special operations officer, where he commanded explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. He is a combat decorated veteran with service in Afghanistan and Iraq, and his team was recognized by the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for counterterrorism support in the global war on terror.

In Memoriam

1934: Samuel Hopkins, A&S '34, great-grandnephew of university founder Johns Hopkins, died of pneumonia at the age of 95. Born and raised in White Hall, Maryland, he joined Fidelity Deposit Co. in 1934 and earned his law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law four years later. During his enlistment in the Navy, he participated in some of the landmark battles of the war, including Guam, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. After the war, he returned to Safe Deposit & Trust Co., where he served for the next 25 years as vice president, secretary, and a director. He later joined Alex. Brown & Sons, where he was a partner until retiring in 1987. He was a founder in 1941 of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, served in the House of Delegates from Baltimore from 1950 to 1954, and ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1952. He led an unsuccessful bid for Baltimore mayor, losing to Mayor Thomas L. D'Alesandro Jr. in 1958. Hopkins served as president of the city Board of Recreation and Parks for two terms during the 1960s and 1970s and was a member of the city Planning Commission in the mid-1980s through 1995. His service to corporate and nonprofit boards included the old Equitable Trust Co., the Essex Corp., and the board of the Sheppard Pratt Hospital.

1945: Charlton deSaussure, Med '45, a resident of Charleston, has died. DeSaussure had a private practice in medicine and was a teacher at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) until his retirement in 1990. In 2008, MUSC established a medal in his honor, the Omnes Recte Iuvare Society Award, to be given to the graduate who best exemplifies the "compassion, caring, humanity, and excellence which for centuries has defined the art of medicine." He is survived by his wife, son, two daughters, and nine grandchildren.

1947: Laurene J. Baccala, A&S '47, passed away on October 28, 2008.

1949: George Frey Jr., Engr '49, (MA) '59, died in 2004, but he left behind a Johns Hopkins legacy-he was very proud of his granddaughter, Kate Malloy, Engr '03 (MS), who also became an engineer. She works at the Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

1953: Lowell R. King, A&S '53, Med '56, died on October 26, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After graduating from Johns Hopkins, he became the first full-time pediatric urologist in the United States at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In 1974, King became surgeon-in-chief, and stayed in that position until 1981. He subsequently moved on to Duke University, where he became the first full-time pediatric urologist. He retired from Duke and moved to Albuquerque in December 1997. He joined the faculty in the Division of Urology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where he continued to work as a pediatric urologist until a year or so before he died. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, and two grandchildren.

1954: Edward D. Puhl, A&S '54, died August 2, 2008. He was raised and educated in Baltimore and received his bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins. Puhl and his family have lived in Hamilton for more than 32 years. He is survived by his wife and son.

1973: Randy (Abelson) Oldreik, A&S '73, died on October 26, 2008, of bile duct cancer. She founded the Gloucester County Animal Hospital near her home in Woodbury, New Jersey, and practiced there for nearly 25 years. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she went to New Orleans and spent 10 days coordinating and performing surgeries on animals, as well as supervising the organization of animal and medical supply intake and tracking procedures. She then returned to New Jersey and began an effort to create a New Jersey state task force to establish disaster emergency procedures and protocols targeted to animal care and rescue. Her involvement in this effort was curtailed after she was diagnosed with cancer. She is survived by her husband, son, and many pets.

1974: Arnold M. Kwart, HS '74, a retired urology department chairman at Washington Hospital Center who lived in Chevy Chase, died on November 4, 2008. Kwart moved to the Washington area in 1977 to teach at George Washington University and opened a private practice in 1980. He was also an associate clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center and was chairman of urology at Washington Hospital Center from 1997 to 2006.

1977: Thomas S. Bouchelle, A&S '77, passed away on August 10, 2008.

1982: K. Jeffrey Bickart, A&S '82, who lived in Craftsbury, Vermont, died of melanoma at his home on October 17, 2008. He was born in Baltimore in 1960 and grew up in Syracuse, New York. He taught high school biology and Spanish at Hyde School (Bath, Maine) from 1987 to 1994, and Spanish and outdoor skills at Hebron Academy (Hebron, Maine) from 1994 to 1997. He became a resident of northern Vermont in 1998, when he joined the faculty of Sterling College. In recent years he gave hands-on workshops to local middle schools on primitive skills. A competitive long-distance runner in high school, college, and later, Bickart continued to enjoy running until his illness prevented it. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, their two children, his mother, his father and stepmother, sister, stepsister, and many nieces and nephews.


Heritage Award
Recognizing outstanding service to Johns Hopkins University

Charles S. Schrodel, Engr '57, retired from the Sun Oil Company, where he was responsible for the data center and telecommunications. He currently serves as a vice president at the Executive Insight Group, with an expertise in data center operations. He has been an instrumental member of the Society of Engineering Alumni (SEA) for many years and remains active with the group as a member of the Maryland Regional Committee, helping to plan events for engineering alumni throughout the area. With his wife, JoAnn, he endowed a scholarship to benefit undergraduates in the Whiting School of Engineering.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Recognizing personal, professional, or humanitarian achievement

Camilla P. Benbow, A&S '77, '79, Ed '80, '81, the Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Development at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, has authored and co-authored more than 100 articles and 35 chapters and has edited two books. She co-directs the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth, a longitudinal examination of the developmental trajectories of more than 5,000 individuals throughout their lifespan. In 2006, Benbow was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation. She was inducted into Johns Hopkins' Society of Scholars in 1991.

Michael H. Van Dusen, SAIS '68, '71 (PhD), is the deputy director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a position he has held since 1999. Previously, he worked for nearly 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, culminating his career there as the Democratic chief of staff for the Committee on International Affairs. He has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, and the Persian Gulf and has written widely on Middle Eastern affairs and on Congress's role in foreign policy.

Yih-Ho Michael Pao, Eng '62 (PhD), is the chairman and CEO of Floating Windfarms Corporation, which aims to convert offshore wind to low-cost green electricity using offshore VAWTs (vertical axis wind turbines). Pao led the efforts that developed and commercialized four new technologies and created three new industries: waterjet machining, trenchless, and waterjet surface preparation industries. He was cited by the French journal Industries et Technique in 1998 as one of the world's 100 important innovators for the past 40 years. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his research and development of modern industrial tools for waterjet machining, tunnel boring, and surface preparation.

Samuel A. Wells, HS '63, established the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group in 1998, focusing wholly on surgical approaches for treating cancer. Past director of the American College of Surgeons, he has led fundamental investigations in endocrine oncology. His career has included 13 major scientific awards and recognitions, and honorary fellowships in six international surgical colleges. He is past president of seven major surgical societies, editor-in-chief of three major journals, and author or co-author of more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and 70 book chapters.

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