Johns Hopkins Magazine -- Feburary 1998
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Alumni News
Editor: Billie Walker

Celebrating 50 Years of Creativity
Record-breaking Goal
Gift for Study of Ethics Honors Medical Alumnus
Graduate Leads Drive for Engineering Excellence
Alumni Council a Big Part of Leadership Weekend
1997-98 Johns Hopkins Alumni Council
Mathias Honored
Free for Life! Johns Hopkins E- mail Alias
New on the Web: Alumni Directory, Career Network and Chapters Featured
President Brody to Visit Chicago
Annual Fund Trustee Challenge: Still Time to Double Your Money
Peabody at Lincoln Center
Spring '98 Reunions

Celebrating 50 Years of Creativity

Graduates from all over the country helped the Writing Seminars mark its 50th anniversary last fall with readings, discussions, and social events. Enjoying a moment together are, from left, past department chair John Irwin, actor John Astin '52, and author John Barth '51, '52, who was awarded the President's Medal during the three-day festivities. Mr. Astin--TV's Gomez Addams--related, "It was here at this school where I learned to love learning."

Record-breaking Goal

The Homewood Class of 1949 has set a record-breaking goal of $2 million for its reunion gift as it gears up for its 50th reunion in 1999. The fund is earmarked for undergraduate scholarships in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering.

Gift for Study of Ethics Honors Medical Alumnus

William B. Allred of Sedona, Arizona, has established a fund in ethics at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in memory of the man whose family housed him when he was in college.

"He was a great friend to me, and a great father to his family," Mr. Allred says of Phillips Johnson, Med '29, who died in 1986. "I lived at his estate in Hillsborough, California, while I was going to San Francisco State. That was in the mid-'50s, after I had served in the Korean War. Dr. Johnson wanted someone to be there with his wife and children when he was away. Life was quiet and peaceful, but always interesting," Mr. Allred reflects. "I enjoyed a close and lifelong friendship with him and his family."

Mr. Allred, who retired in 1990 after 32 years as an appraiser with HUD, made his gift through Hopkins' Pooled Income Fund. Income on the value of the cash gift will be paid to his mother for her lifetime, and then the principal will go to the Department of Philosophy for the study of ethics. "The Pooled Income Fund is a good, safe investment that benefits someone today and leaves something for posterity," Mr. Allred says.

"I made the gift to honor Phillips Johnson," he concludes, "and because Hopkins is the kind of institution that is the basis of our country's continued growth, the source of our leaders."

Mark Rubenstein, Engr '62, '67
Graduate Leads Drive for Engineering Excellence

Mark Rubenstein is indefatigable in his efforts on behalf of his alma mater.

A 1962 graduate in mechanical engineering, he serves as a University trustee, chairs the Whiting School of Engineering National Advisory Council, chairs the engineering campaign "Designing for Technological Leadership," and serves on the Principal Gifts Committee for the Johns Hopkins Initiative.

When he isn't busy with Johns Hopkins concerns, he is running The Rubenstein Company, of which he is founder and president. He established the Philadelphia real estate management and development firm in 1969--only seven years after receiving his bachelor's degree and two years after receiving his master's from Johns Hopkins.

Mr. Rubenstein was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1988, when he also became a member of the Whiting School's National Advisory Council. Three years later he took over as chair of the Council and of the School's $50 million endowment campaign--toward which $40 million has been raised to date. As a testament to his exemplary role, he received the Alumni Association's Heritage Award in 1996.

Roger Westgate, interim dean of the Whiting School, points to Mr. Rubenstein's volunteer leadership as an important factor in the School's rise within the top tier of engineering education.

"Mark has an unusually keen grasp of the critical issues in technological leadership both today and down the road," Dean Westgate says. "He is direct and articulate in outlining our needs and rallying the support crucial to us as we face new challenges and opportunities."

Dr. Westgate notes that in the latest poll of engineering deans across the country, the Whiting School ranked 14th in overall academic reputation. "That's quite good for a relatively young school," he adds.

Mr. Rubenstein is equally enthusiastic in his praise of Dr. Westgate and former dean Don Giddens. "I am extremely gratified by the progress and success of the Whiting School," he says, "and it is due to the vision and leadership exemplified by these two."

Sharing Mr. Rubenstein's commitment to Johns Hopkins is his wife, Barbara, a 1964 Goucher College graduate and an active member of the board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Rubensteins, who have long been generous donors to the Whiting School, recently made an initial campaign pledge of $1 million to the School as part of the Johns Hopkins Initiative.

Alumni Council a Big Part of Leadership Weekend

More than 100 Alumni Council members and their guests attended the Johns Hopkins Leadership Weekend at the end of September, joining trustees of the University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, as well as some two dozen advisory boards and other advocacy groups of the Johns Hopkins institutions.

During daytime sessions, members of the Alumni Council attended to business ranging from student life to electronic communications, Alumni Association services, and chapter activities. On Saturday night they attended the gala dinner honoring the Johns Hopkins Associates and other donors to the Johns Hopkins Initiative campaign. But on Friday evening, the Alumni Council held its own karaoke party at the B&O Museum, where hair--and inhibitions--were let down!

Alumni Council President Fran Keen with Chairman of the Board Michael Bloomberg, who was master of ceremonies for the Initiative gala and addressed the Alumni Council during the weekend.

Enjoying the Initiative gala are, from left, Raquel Silverberg, Steve Eaddy, Caroline Waxler, Carolyn Willis, and George Dredden.

Newly elected Council 2nd Vice President Idy Iglehard does a soulful James Taylor at the karaoke party.

The nurses team up to perform "We are Family." From left, they are Sue Appling, Betsy McGeady, Edie Sagenkahn, and Jeff Baldwin.

Joining in the karaoke are, from left, Joe Strohecker, Jack Radowski, Carl Heath, Bert Laverty, Simeon Margolis, and Murray Miller.

From the West Coast, a rendition of "California Dreamin'" by, from left, Jim Zevely, Howie Mandle, Shelley Nason, Bob Abernethy, Kozo Shimano, and Doug Gneiser.

Mathias Honored

Former U.S. Senator from Maryland Charles McC. Mathias received the Harold Seidman Award for Distinguished Service to Johns Hopkins from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences during the Johns Hopkins Convocation in Washington, D.C., last November. Pictured, from left, are former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania William Clinger, A&S '51, last year's recipient; President William R. Brody, who presented the award; Mr. Mathias; and Harold Seidman. Mr. Mathias holds a distinguished visiting professorship at the School of Advanced International Studies. Dr. Seidman and Mr. Clinger are fellows of the Krieger School's Washington Center for the Study of American Government.

Free for Life! Johns Hopkins E-mail Alias

The Alumni Association is offering all dues-paying members the opportunity to acquire a Johns Hopkins e-mail alias (or "vanity" e-mail address)--for life!

Your e-mail alias--ending in be free for as long as you maintain your membership status. It can be used with any e-mail network, so your e-mail address will not have to change if you change your e-mail provider.

Here's how it works. You will retain your e-mail account through your present provider and address, but set up an alias through Johns Hopkins that becomes your e-mailing address. This "vanity" address actually forwards your e-mail to your Internet provider, so you can keep the same JHU address, no matter how many times you change providers, as long as you remain a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association.

Cooperating with the Alumni Association in making this new benefit available to members are the Alumni Relations Office and Homewood Academic Computing.

Alumni must apply for their JHU alias online and update it when their e-mail provider or account information changes. To obtain an e-mail alias, see the Alumni Association pages on the World Wide Web, You will reach an informative screen that leads you through the process.

If you have questions, phone Korkud Egrican at the Alumni Relations Office, 410-516-0363 or 800-548-5481, or e-mail

New on the Web: Alumni Directory, Career Network and Chapters Featured

Web users who check out the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association pages these days will find some great new online services to click into. These include an expanded calendar of chapter events, the Alumni Directory, and the Alumni Career Network. When you access these pages ( you will find a redesigned home page with more choices, including Chapter Chatter--insights and news from chapters around the country; reports on regional activities including those in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.; offerings of the Alumni Travel Program; and information on the benefits of Alumni Association membership.

The JHU Online Alumni Directory allows you to add yourself to the directory by completing a registration form, update your own registration, search the directory by inputting the name of a graduate, and transfer to the JHUniverse home page. The Alumni Career Network is a database of alumni who have volunteered to discuss with students and alumni their professional field, geographical location, and other factors involved in making career choices. The network is not a job seeking or placement service. At this site, you can sign up to be a volunteer mentor, update your registration, or search for a mentor in your area of interest.

Comments on the Alumni Association Web pages may be e-mailed to

President Brody to Visit Chicago

The Alumni Association's Chicago chapter will meet President William R. Brody and his wife, Wendy, at a cocktail reception on April 2 at the Standard Club, hosted by trustee emeritus Herschel L. Seder, A&S '39. It will be Dr. Brody's first visit with the chapter. For information, call the Alumni Relations Office at 410-516-0363 or 800-548-5481, or e-mail

Annual Fund Trustee Challenge: Still Time to Double Your Money

With five months left in the fiscal year, there's still time to have your annual gift or part of it matched dollar-for-dollar by the University trustees. Don't miss the opportunity to double the impact of your 1997-98 gift!

The trustees have pledged to match the first $1 million in new gifts (up to $10,000 each) by alumni who did not participate last fiscal year or the increased portion of gifts by alumni who did participate.

As of late fall, more than 6,000 alumni donors have made annual gifts for 1997-98, which represents a 20% increase over the same period last year. Of these, more than 550 are first-time donors and more than 1,250 are "lapsed" donors, all of whom have had their gifts matched in entirety by the trustees.

Gifts to the Annual Fund not only provide critical operating funds but also enable the president and the deans to seize unexpected opportunities to enhance teaching, research, student life, and medical care.

To learn how your gift can be matched by the Trustee Challenge, phone the Annual Giving Office at 410-516-3400 or 800-548-5422.

Peabody at Lincoln Center

The Peabody Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Hajime Teri Murai, the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Music Director, will make its New York debut at 8 p.m. on May 2, 1998, at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. The concert will open with the world premiere of a work by Peabody faculty member Chen Yi (pictured), a Guggenheim Award winner, and will include a saxophone concerto performed by faculty soloist Gary Louie. A reception for Hopkins affiliates will follow. For ticket information call the Office of Alumni Relations, 410-516-0363 or 800-548-5481.

Spring '98 Reunions

Arts and Sciences and Engineering
Homecoming I--March 27-29.
For classes '70s-'90s; reunions for classes ending in 3 and 8.
Homecoming II--April 24-26.
For classes '20s-'60s; reunions for classes ending in 3 and 8.

Bologna Center, Advanced
International Studies Alumni Reunion--May 15-17.

Homecoming--June 12-13.
Dedication of new building, June 11.