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Morris Wessel, Med '39, writes: "I practiced pediatrics in New Haven, Connecticut, from 1951 to 1993. Currently, I am serving as pediatric consultant at Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic, also in New Haven. I served as one of the founders of the Connecticut Hospice in 1974, and I have recently published an article in pediatric journals delineating ways in which primary pediatricians can provide support for children experiencing significant losses of family members and friends."


Louis D. Rubin Jr., A&S '48 (MA), '54 (PhD), has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is professor of English emeritus at Louisiana State University, from which he retired in 1989.


Vernon T. Frankwich, A&S '52, writes: "I recently celebrated my 76th birthday on the ski slopes near Aspen, Colorado. Mild spring conditions were in effect on Ajax, Aspen Highlands, and Snowmass. My friends and I enjoyed the magnificent mountain views from the 12,000-foot elevations, and the great downhill runs that they afforded us. I am now back home in Sanibel, Florida, staying busy with our Wildlife Committee, tennis, and Libby."


Simon A. Levin, A&S '61, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, has been awarded the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences for his insights into the effects of scale on ecosystems.
    Charles "Chips" Lickson, A&S '61, will publish his seventh book in 2004. His most popular book to date, Ironing It Out: Seven Simple Steps to Resolving Conflict (Crisp Publications/Course Technology), has been reprinted several times. He and his wife, Bryane Miller Lickson, both Virginia Supreme Court certified mediators, are currently finishing a new edition of Principled Choices: A Public and Private Sector Ethics Guide.
    Thomas Rightmyer, A&S '61, is rector at St. Paul's Church on Lake James near Morganton, North Carolina. He serves on two Episcopal church ecumenical dialogues.


Jeffrie Murphy, A&S '62, has been chosen president of the American Philosophical Association.


Pearl (Long) Fu, Peab '63, writes: "I am interested in locating my old classmates. I have drifted from music to creating LocalCOLORS, Roanoke, Virginia's premiere multicultural program. I have also traveled to other cities to teach how to create a local COLORS program. My goal is to get on Letterman or Oprah."


Mark Monmonier, A&S '64, Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, was named a fellow by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. He also recently published "The Internet, Cartographic Surveillance, and Locational Privacy" in Maps and the Internet.


William Blair, A&S '65, is one of three Northern Illinois University faculty veterans who have been named this year's Presidential Teaching Professors. The annual recognition is the university's highest honor for outstanding teaching. A. M. Mujeeb, A&S '65, writes: "After 30-plus years in primary and preventive medicine, which took me to varied regions of the U.S., Canada, and Asia, I decided to spend my energy studying and practicing literature and volunteering for a non-profit organization."


John McLaughlin, SAIS '66 (MA), is the acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He previously served as deputy director for intelligence, vice chairman for estimates, and as acting chairman of the National Intelligence Council.


Steve Kramer, A&S '67, writes: "I'm keeping busy working in an English language publishing company near our home in Israel. My older son, Martin, just finished his three-year army service in an elite canine unit, while my younger son, Saul, will begin his service this summer. My wife, Michal, is going on her third annual walking tour with girlfriends this summer, while I expect to meet Barry Lorinstein, BA '66, and his wife, Francine, in Cannes this June — on my way to my annual New York/New Jersey visit. I am still an exercise addict and will compete in a powerlifting tournament next month at the Orde Wingate Athletic Center here in Israel. I also enjoy writing a weekly opinion piece for the Jewish Times of Southern New Jersey. See my articles at"


William Aldis, A&S '68, SPH '77, writes: "I continue as the representative of the World Health Organization in Malawi, a small country in southern Africa. The minister of health, secretary of health, and several of my own staff did their public health training at Hopkins, so Baltimore never seems very far away. My daughter, Vimala, SAIS '02, has been working on small-scale entrepreneurial projects in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laosal. My youngest son, Ravi, is in boarding school in Massachusetts."


Zane O. Gresham, A&S '70, has been elected to the board of directors of the Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural Heritage. He also is a trustee of the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and president of the Pan American Society of California.


Elizabeth Ross, A&S '71 (PhD), has been appointed associate provost at New School University in New York.
    Richard Traystman, SPH '71 (PhD), associate vice president for research planning and development at Oregon Health and Science University and professor of anesthesiology and peri-operative medicine at the OHSU School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2003 Thomas Willis Award, the American Stroke Association's highest honor. The award recognizes a senior investigator who has made outstanding contributions to the understanding of stroke over a sustained period.


Jerry Doctrow, A&S '72, was selected by The Wall Street Journal as "Best on the Street" stock analyst in 2003 for both health care services and real estate. This is the third time he has received their recognition. Doctrow is a managing director in equity research at Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc., in Baltimore, where he has worked since 1988. Arden Reed, A&S '72 (MA), '77 (PhD), a professor of English at Pomona College, has been named the Arthur M. Dole and Fanny M. Dole Professor in English.


Dorothy E. Hardin, SPSBE '73 (MLA), was selected as the 2003 Maryland High School Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals and MetLife. She has also been elected president of MASSP for the 2004-2005 school year. In April, she was recognized as Administrator of the Year by the Baltimore County Association of Educational Professionals for 2004- 2005.
    Brett Miles, A&S '73, writes: "I finally got around to pursuing a PhD. I'm with the Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California, in their Human and Organizational Development School. It fits exactly with what my business does for mid-to-large companies, mainly in the Los Angeles area. After 12 years in my own business, this PhD is a perfect way to deepen my scholarly interests in the social and behavioral sciences."


Daniel J. Brunelle, A&S '74 (PhD), has been promoted to chief technologist, performance polymers at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York. He has also passed the milestone of having 100 U.S. patents issued to him as an inventor.
    Michael Moore, post-graduate fellow, Med '74, an adjunct professor of medicine at the Hypertension & Vascular Disease Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has received the Physician of the Year Award from the American Heart Association. A specialist in hypertension and kidney disease, Moore was cited for his efforts in his clinical practice, as a medical educator, an AHA volunteer, and the founder of two voluntary cardiovascular organizations. He has been in practice in Danville, Virginia, for more than 24 years.


Susan Stewart, A&S '75, has won this year's National Book Critics Circle Award for her book of poems, Columbarium. She is also the author of Poetry and the Fate of the Senses, which won the 2002 Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa and the 2003 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism.


Daniel Hirschhorn, A&S '78, '80 (MS), teaches system usability and technical and managerial business writing at two colleges. He is also a speechwriter and communications consultant. He writes that he has been married to his "Goucher sweetheart" for 25 years, his two teenagers love theater, and his son is pursuing a career as a guitarist and singer in a rock band. In his free time, Hirschhorn mountain bikes near his home in Damascus, Maryland.


Jay Brandon, A&S '79 (MA), writes: "My 13th novel, Grudge Match, was published in May, following last summer's Sliver Moon. I am also a lawyer in San Antonio, where I live with my wife and three children."
    Richard Brooks, Engr '79, writes: "This summer, I left my position as head of the Distributed Systems Department at the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory to become an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Clemson University in South Carolina. My wife, Birgit, and I are looking forward to warmer weather. I also have two books coming out this year from CRC Press: Frontiers in Distributed Sensor Networks (edited with S.S. Iyengar) and Disruptive Security Technologies."
    Yakir M. Lubowsky, A&S '79, writes: "I am one of four partners in an energy company that owns the patent on a new, highly innovative type of internal combustion engine. We are presently finishing our second working prototype, in which major manufacturers and the U.S. government have shown strong interest. I still live in beautiful Fauquier County, Virginia, with my wife and our two young daughters, and I am deeply involved in the community."
    Peter K. Rogan, A&S '79, has been promoted to professor, schools of Medicine and Computer Science and Engineering, at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.


Erik Jensen, Engr '76, recently completed the 2004 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathalon in Idaho. He swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and ran a full marathon, all in under 13 hours.


Thomas A. Simser Jr., A&S '80, recently joined the law firm of ShuffieldLowman. Rosanna Warren, A&S '80 (MA), a Johns Hopkins professor and professor of English and modern foreign languages and literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University, has been honored with the Metcalf Award for Teaching Excellence.


Josiah Gluck, A&S '81, writes: "In mid-May, I wrapped my ninth season as associate music engineer for Saturday Night Live, for a grand total of 12 years to date. I'm also mixing music for Last Call with Carson Daly and was recently one of the responsible parties for putting the live season finale of The Apprentice on the air. On the CD engineering front, I was in London in late March mixing a CD for saxophonist Scott Hamilton. Singer Karrin Allyson's latest CD is now in stores, and I just recorded a live CD in New York with Las Vegas legend Keely Smith."


Neil Smith, Engr '82 (PhD), received the 2003 AAG Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography for American Empire, Roosevelt's Geographer, and the Prelude to Globalization (University of California Press).
    Mark D. Trachtenberg, A&S '82, has been working as an elections supervisor for the City of Boston Elections Department. He also has two shows on Allston-Brighton Free Radio 1670AM in Boston: Allston-Brighton Forum on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and Mark's Classical Caravan on Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m.


Kathleen Duke Tracy, A&S '83, became a mom again last year. Son Timothy is now 1 year old and walking, and daughter JoyAnne is 4. She writes: "At eight months pregnant, I wasn't able to fly to the East Coast for the reunion. I missed you guys. I'm working virtually full-time at home and on the golf course in our family gold tournament business. We also have a charity golf Web site at I'm the Web mistress. I'm still hoping to return to law when Timothy reaches school age. In the meantime, I'm keeping all the plates spinning."


Steve Davis, A&S '84, a specialist in pediatric critical care medicine at the Children's Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic, has been appointed to the newly formed Pediatric Central Institutional Review Board of the National Cancer Institute. The group will use its clinical, scientific, and ethical expertise to review NCI-sponsored clinical trials and treatment protocols.


Gertrude Fraser, A&S '85 (MA), '89 (PhD), associate professor of anthropology at the University of Virginia, was named to a five-year term as vice provost for faculty advancement. She returned to UVA this spring after two years of leave, during which she served as a program officer specializing in education and scholarship with the Ford Foundation in New York.
    Nancy Roman, SAIS '85, has been named vice president and director of the Council on Foreign Relations Washington Program. As head of the Washington office, she will be part of the council's senior management team; lead the Washington operation; oversee the prestigious Washington Meetings Program, convening council members and top leaders from America and around the world; and work to enhance the council's connections with Capitol Hill and the business community.
    Peter Verheyen, A&S '85, conservation librarian for Syracuse University Library's Special Collections Research Center, was joint winner of the Harmatan Leather Award for Forwarding in the "Cased Binding" category of the Society of Bookbinders 2003 Bookbinding Competition. The work was exhibited in Bath, in Oxfordshire, and at the National Library of Wales from June to November 2003.
    Kevin Ward, Bol '85, A&S '86, writes: "Sonja and I still live with our two girls in Tampa, Florida, where I serve as the president of the NTI Corp. d/b/a Chase Communications & GOP Communications. We operate dual business lines as both telecom and data communications consultants to businesses of all sizes and also as GOP political consultants."
    Shirley Anne Warshaw, A&S '85 (PhD), a professor at Gettysburg College, has received the national Delta Gamma Foundation Faculty Award for 2004. The award, which delivers a $5,000 grant, recognizes one faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.


Rey de Castro, Engr '86, writes: "I moved from Boston and 'returned home' to Baltimore to pursue my research at the School of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. I now work in the Environmental Health Engineering Division. At Hopkins, I will be continuing my work using gene expression microarrays for air pollution exposure assessment, for which I was awarded a grant from the National Cancer Institute. Two months after returning to Baltimore, my wife and I were very happy to have our first child at Johns Hopkins Hospital across the street from my office. Her name is Marietta Grace Lochner de Castro."
    Mary E. Goulet, A&S '86, is the creative director for Worlds Away, the Musical, a story of other-dimensioned worlds, non-human and human characters, love, questions of life, hard choices, and loss. More information on the musical, which opened in New York in August, is available at
    Hector N. Hernandez, A&S '86, is a practicing ENT physician and surgeon on the Gulf Coast of Florida, where he resides with his wife, Laura, an attorney, and two young children. He is the co-founder of a start-up product development company called Vernico Corporation, which recently launched LabelRx, a prescription software for doctors. He can be reached at
    Sharon Hogge, Engr '86 (MS), joined the firm of Winston Garbee & Hogg in Houston, Texas, as president. The firm provides management, legal, and engineering consulting services.
    Gordon Lewis, A&S '86 (MA), is currently the representative for UNICEF in Botswana, where he coordinates programs for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS.


Sarah N. Hamill, SPSBE '87 (MA), has been elected assistant vice president of marketing for Harleysville Life. In this position, she is responsible for the management of all activities of the company's marketing department staff, coordination of field seminars, production of promotional materials, and distribution of field and staff communications. She holds the professional designations of Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Master Fellow of the Life Management Institute.
    Susan Levy-Miller, A&S '87, writes: "I married Neil Miller in 2002. I am currently on maternity leave from my job as a supervisor prosecuting child abuse cases. I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, named Alexa, on November 22."


Denise Rollins, SAIS '88, has been assigned as the deputy director of the U.S. Agency for International Development in South Africa. She is a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service and has served in Jamaica, Ghana, Uganda, and Nigeria. She is the 2003 recipient of the C. Herbert Rees Memorial Award, which recognizes employees whose performance demonstrates outstanding leadership and unique accomplishments over a sustained period of time.
    Frank H. Wu, A&S '88, has been named the new dean of the law school at Wayne State University. Wu's book, Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, was published in 2002. His co-authored textbook, Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, was published in 2001. He has written numerous articles that have appeared in the Michigan Law Review, National Law Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Detroit Free Press.


Michael Brush, SAIS '89, a columnist for MSN Money, has earned a "Best in Business" award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He was among more than 700 entrants in the annual competition, going head-to-head with entries from CBS MarketWatch, CNN Money,, CNet, Reuters, and Bloomberg, among many others.
    Ray DeGennaro, Engr '89, and his wife announce the birth of their first child, Isabeau Necollete. She is the niece of fellow Hopkins graduate Ralph "Rio" DeGennaro, A&S '95. Susan J. Land, A&S '89, writes: "As of April 1, I opened a solo law practice in Baltimore County. The practice concentrates in all areas of family law and elder law. I will also expand my mediation. Most exciting is my recent appointment as the (first) president of the Maryland Collaborative Law Association. I'd love to hear from old friends."


Erica Gum Burson, A&S '91, writes: "On September 8, 2003, my husband and I welcomed Elizabeth Grace (Betsy) into the world. Taking care of Betsy and big brother Nathan Patrick (age 3) is my full-time job. The pay and hours are lousy, but the rewards are great. In my infrequent spare time, I study Tae Kwon Do and perform community and political action volunteer work."
    Lorin Engquist, A&S '91, writes: "I'm in my 10th year as tax attorney with Ernst & Young LLP, and in my 10th year of marriage with Angelica Divinagracia. We have one child, Chasen, who is 2. Our other child is the furry variety — a spaniel named Cappy, who turns 11 this July. Although I live in Los Angeles, fellow Hopkins alum and my former JHU Tennis teammate Jeff Shiffer, A&S '88, lives just one quarter-mile away. We play tennis weekly. Jeff's wife, Ingrid, just gave birth to their first child, Kathleen. Jeff is a pathologist at Kaiser."


Maria Antonia Garcés, A&S '92 (MA), '94 (PhD), a professor in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University, has been awarded the Modern Language Association's 34th James Russell Lowell Prize for her book Cervantes in Algiers: A Captive's Tale (Vanderbilt University Press, 2002).
    Sarah (Greenberg) Kovensky, A&S '92, is now serving as director of Reach Out and Read Georgia, a nonprofit organization that uses pediatric well-child visits to promote family literacy. She has been involved in the program for five years and received the promotion to the statewide coalition in May.


Raj Abrol, Engr '93, and his wife, Amola, announce the arrival of their daughter, Maya Devi Abrol, born March 11, 2003. He writes: "Maya enjoys hanging out with Andrew and Caroline Rich, twins of Kimberly (Fahrenbrook) Rich, A&S '93, who were born in September 2003." They live in Dallas. Lauren Fagen, SPSBE '93, has recently become an American Society for Quality certified Six Sigma Black Belt and works as a project manager at PHH Arval in Sparks, Maryland.
    Sadhish "Jugdish" Siva, A&S '93, writes: "Just wanted to drop a quick note and update everyone. I got married November 2002 to Anna Anbu Soma. Hopkins alumni Nunilo Rubio, A&S '93, and Ray Wang, A&S '93, were able to attend the wedding in Toronto. I currently am finishing an interventional radiology fellowship in Cleveland at MetroHealth Medical Center and staying on as staff while my wife starts her radiology residency here."


Aneesh P. Chopra, A&S '94, has been appointed to Virginia's Division of Medical Assistance Services Board by Gov. Mark Warner. He will assume oversight responsibility for the Commonwealth's Medicaid program and other initiatives to expand health insurance access during a four-year term.
    Bertrand Graz, SPH '94, writes: "After 10 years overseas, I had the pleasure to go back to my alma mater this summer and give a seminar on my recent research work on the theme "Are Traditional Healers Contributing to the Health System? Plot Studies in Mali and Mauritania."
    David Savolaine, A&S '94, and his wife, Stephanie (Fritz) Savolaine, A&S '00 (MA), welcomed the birth of their first child, Noah, on March 16.
    Lisa Weiss, Peab '94 (DMA), associate professor and chair of the music department at Goucher College and accomplished pianist, adds to her recording résumé with the release of Millennium Crossings: Piano Music, 1975- 2000.


Juan F. Holguin, SAIS '95, is a career diplomat with the Ecuadoran Foreign Service. He is currently director general of environmental policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ecuador. He is married with no children. He writes: "I would love to know when a SAIS student comes to Ecuador, in order to share some tips about the country and help in any way."
    I-Hua Huang, A&S '95, was married to Christopher Walter Duncan on March 6 at the Ventana Inn in Big Sur, California. Hopkins alumni in attendance included the bride's father, Norden E. Huang, Engr '67 (PhD); Mohab Foad, A&S '95; Zayda Sanchez, A&S '96; and Jason Yeung, A&S '95. I-Hua is a radiology resident at the University Hospital in Cincinnati, where Chris is a gastroenterology fellow.
    Ipsita (Ghoshtagore) Smolinski, A&S '95, completed her dual MBA/MPH from Columbia University and is a healthcare specialist at Bear Stearns. She married Chad Smolinski in 2002, and they live in New York City.


Christopher Guest, Engr '96, and Rae Lynn (Prengaman) Guest, Engr '96, were married on April 24 in Washington D.C. Susan Flora, A&S '96, was the maid of honor, and Seshu Tummala, Engr '96, was the best man. Also in attendance from Hopkins were Kevin Thomas, Ross Leiberman, Tony Cotroneo, Jay Koyner, Robyn (Goldman) Koyner, Luis Ruiz, Ash Pradhan, and Amanda Smith, all A&S '96; and Shane Devlin, Ryan McCrum, Todd Sarge, and Travis Burd, all Engr '96; Liz Zeuschner, A&S '97; Dominic Wiker, A&S '93; Amy (Prengaman) Christenon, Engr '92; and Rich Prengaman, Engr '88. Chris and Rae Lynn are both patent attorneys in Washington. Chris is an associate with the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy. Rae Lynn is an associate with the law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox. They recently bought a house in Arlington, Virginia, and are enjoying married life.
    Simi Hoque, Engr '96, writes: "I'm delighted to announce that I am not getting married, not having children, not moving, and jobless. I am still living in Oakland, trying to figure out how to live well on a graduate student's budget, knowing that remaining in architecture, particularly as a 'paper' architect, will not bring financial solvency. But I love what I am doing (reading, writing, and spectacularly procrastinating) and the weather here. So I aim to remain exactly as I am: ideologically unmarried, unimpressed with my research lethargy, and psyched about going to (overseas!) conferences on my department's budget to talk about knowledge, power, and whatnot in architecture. Oh yes, you can reach me at"
    Jason E. Jenkins, Engr '96 (MS), senior professional staff engineer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, was honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International for his development of the first solar arrays beyond Mars and for long-term use in a Mercury orbiting environment. He received the ASME's Westinghouse Silver Medal.
    Jared Lawrence, A&S '96, and Elizabeth Jordan Lawrence, A&S '98, announce the birth of Adam Campbell Lawrence on April 14, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He joins sister Alexandra Noble Lawrence, born on November 17, 2001.
    Edward A. Stern, A&S '96, writes: "I married Alison Jane Moore on January 18 in New York City. It was a great party to celebrate our fantastic union. In attendance were Shannon Taylor, A&S '99; Andrew Brent, A&S '99; Tarek Helou, A&S '96; Jay Mussell, A&S '96; Beth (Detroyer) Stein, A&S '96; Alex Erzen, A&S '97; Marc Schneider, A&S '93; and Andrew Zeeman, A&S '99. Alison and I plan to move to Washington D.C. area. I can be reached at"


Rob Deichert, A&S '97, recently became engaged to Diana Dayton. Rob was promoted in June to senior delivery manager and is responsible for the Baltimore and Chicago offices at He is currently completing his first year at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business with fellow alums, Geoff Gray, A&S '97, and Liz Zeuschner, A&S '98.
    Laura M. DeRose, A&S '97, has been granted a Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Fellowship for her dissertation with the proposed title "Maternal Mental Health, Cortisol, and Adjustment in African American, Latina, and White Girls during Their Transition to Puberty." She is a doctoral candidate in psychology at Columbia University.
    Rebecca Justice Lazarus, A&S '97, and Jonathan Lazarus, Engr' 97, '00 (MSE), were married on September 21, 2003, at Trentadue Winery in Geyserville, California, after a long courtship that began their sophomore year at JHU. Carl Nilsson, A&S '98, and Steve Lu, Engr '97, '99 (MSE), were groomsmen, and Benjamin Greenberg, A&S '97, SPH '97; David Weiner, A&S '97; and Vince Thomasino, A&S '96, were ushers. Also in attendance were Amit Trivedi, A&S '97; Jonathon Price, Engr '98; Randy Goldberg, Engr '98, '01 (MS); and Adrienne Penta, A&S '00. The newlyweds honeymooned in Hawaii and now live in San Francisco. Rebecca is an attorney with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Jon is a software engineer at KLA-Tencor.


Parag Parekh, A&S '98, married Purvi Shah in a traditional Indian wedding ceremony in Fords, New Jersey, on May 22. David Capece, A&S '97, was a groomsman; other guests included their dear friends Matt Schernecke, A&S '98; Jon Weinberger, A&S '98; Bob Mittendorff, Engr '98; Tom Wittingham, A&S '98; George Soterakis, A&S '00; Avinash Linganna, A&S '99; Kevin and Preet Groppe, Engr '97; Duncan Belser, Engr '98; Leslie (Puthenpurayil) Purchase, A&S '98; and Amit Saindane, A&S '98. The newlyweds will be living in Baltimore, where Parag will begin his ophthalmology residency at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and Purvi will begin private practice with a local internal medicine group. Parag and Purvi can be reached at
    Mayuko Sakae, A&S '98, has graduated from an American-Israeli program at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Science MD Program in International Health and Medicine in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center. She has just begun a pediatric residency program at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville.
    Jeffery A. Salaiz, SAIS '98 (MA), and his wife, Ilana F. Lapidos, welcomed the birth of their second daughter, Simone Daniella, on March 4. Jeff, Ilana, and Alejandra (age 2) are enjoying the new addition to their family, as Jeff continues his assignment in D.C. as a staff assistant to the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs.
    Diane Yarbro Swift, SPSBE '98 (MA), has received an MA in thanatology, the study of death and dying, from Hood College, and has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. She will be doing course work in bioethics.
    Cynthia (Henry) Thurlow, Nurs '98, '01 (MS), was married on September 28, 2003, at a private historic home in Alexandria, Virginia. Many Hopkins alumni were in attendance, including Christina Boreale, Nurs '98, 01 (MS); Sarah Campbell (Jopling) Holton, Nurs '98; Ashley Hanahan, Nurs '01 (MS); Janice Skinner, Nurs '01 (MS); Marc Dana, Nurs '96; Jilia Bakker, Med '03 (PhD); and faculty member Rosemary Mortimer. After a honeymoon in the Greek Islands, the newlyweds will reside in Ashburn, Virginia. Cynthia is now a cardiology nurse practitioner, helping to oversee a chest pain observation unit at Fairfax Hospital. Brad Warren, SPSBE '98 (MS), has recently been named director of human resources for Morris & Ritchie Associates Inc./Geo-Technology Associates Inc., one of the largest consulting engineering firms in the Baltimore-Washington area.
    Alexander Yuan, A&S '98, writes: "I joined the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service officer. I will be reporting to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, in August, and I am hoping to put my diplomatic immunity to the test. My wife, Soyoung, and I are expecting a baby boy. I would love to hear from long-lost friends. You can contact me at"


Kevin Little, Engr '99, Med '04, married Iris Gutmark, Med '04, on May 8 in Cincinnati. He has started an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati, and she has begun a residency in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
    Shashi Murthy, Engr '99, is engaged to be married this fall. His fiancée, Nora Horick, is a biostatistician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and will join the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston as an assistant professor of chemical engineering in August 2005.
    Jennifer Sweitzer and Henrik Lehmann Weng, both Bol '99, SAIS '00, were married on May 23 on the isle of Capri, Italy. Seven fellow SAIS alumni were among the guests who gathered on Capri for a weekend of celebration.


Bill Kirst, A&S '00, was commissioned into the United States Army Reserve as a second lieutenant in Signal Corps. He also graduated from Georgetown University's master's program in Communication, Culture and Technology. This summer, he began work for BearingPoint as a consultant for the Army.


Nadia Asancheyev, A&S '01, has started law school at Georgetown University and is happy to be back in the mid-Atlantic area.
    Simone Strothers Jack (nee Leslie Simone Strothers), A&S '01, graduated from Rutgers University Law School at Camden in May and married Jason A. Jack, A&S '03, on June 19. At the wedding were Katrice Taylor and Anitra (Price) Thomas, both A&S '01, who recently graduated from the University of Richmond Law School and Villanova University Law School, respectively; Alejandra Flores, A&S '01; Hamilton Johns, A&S '00; and Gyasi Khafra, A&S '03.


Martin Chernoff, Engr '02 (PhD), and Lisa Chernoff, A&S '98, SPSBE '02 (MS), announce the birth of their son, Samuel Konnor Chernoff, born at Southern Maryland Hospital in March.
    Kevin Keating, SAIS '02, has been appointed to the board of directors of GradPAC. Kevin, who has co-authored The Negro Leagues Autograph Guide, is currently finishing two additional books and has served as an agent to Baseball Hall of Fame members Warren Spahn and Edward C. "Whitey" Ford. He also owns the nation's most comprehensive collection of Baseball and Football Hall of Fame member autographs.
    Nadia Mouzykina, A&S '02, writes: "On May 14 I received my master's degree in International Affairs with a focus on U.S. Foreign Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University. I am currently working at the National Conference of State Legislatures in D.C."
    Jeff Novich, Engr '02, has made a documentary film about wind energy, which can be downloaded at The film was his master's project for his studies at Columbia University.
    Summer Smith, A&S '02, writes: "I married Jeffrey Fields on July 3, and I have just been awarded an M.S. degree in biology from the University of Maryland."
    Kyle Stelma, SAIS '02, a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C. has been named to the board of directors of GradPAC.


Andrew Kays, A&S '03 (MS), was promoted to project manager for the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, which assists eight jurisdictions with environmentally sound waste management projects.
    Jason Melby, SPSBE '03 (MA), writes: "I am pledging 10 percent of my royalties from the sale of my novel, Drastic Measures, to help support the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington D.C. As a former consultant to the FBI, I have lived and worked in the D.C. area for more than 20 years, during which time my work with national security and international intelligence communities afforded me the opportunity to support my country to the best of my ability while exercising my creative talents on the side. To learn more about Drastic Measures, as well as the efforts of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, visit"

In Memoriam

1927: Ruth Hutzler Schaffer, Peab '27, a noted pianist and longtime Baltimore City resident, died in March. In addition to her music, she enjoyed putting her language skills to use as a volunteer teacher of English to foreign-born children and adults, including a group of Colombian soldiers stationed in Baltimore in 1965.

1932: Ross Pancoast, SPSBE '32, a retired officer of the old Renegotiation Board, the independent office created to prevent profiteering on defense contracts, died on May 21. He was a former organist at Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring and Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, two children, and a granddaughter.

1935: Philip Hamburger, A&S '35, who in more than 60 years as a writer for The New Yorker magazine covered 14 presidential inaugurations and other international and domestic events, died in Manhattan in April. He was also a movie and music critic and occasionally wrote pieces for the magazine's "Talk of the Town" section.

1943: Clyde Whitely Vick Jr., Med '43, died on January 10. Dr. Vick was a gynecological surgeon in private practice until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of Virginia, and the Virginia Surgical Society. He was a lifelong member of the Country Club of Petersburg, where he was an avid golfer. He loved adventure and traveled to many countries. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, a stepson, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

1954: Jonas Dedinas, Engr '54, died March 12. He was a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and the American Chemical Society. He worked for Eastman Kodak as a research scientist and was honored by the Society of Toxicology with the Frank R. Blood Award in March 1977. He loved music, studied piano, painted, wrote poetry, and played golf.

1954: John Francis Sullivan, SPSBE '54 (MEd), '69 (MLA), an educator for nearly three decades and former assistant superintendent of schools in Howard County, Maryland, died in March. He was a teacher and guidance counselor, principal of Hampstead Hill Junior High School, and director of secondary education for the city school district before moving to the Howard County system in 1971 as director of instruction. He was promoted to assistant superintendent five years later. After retiring from the school system, he worked for several years as director of medical education at Memorial Hospital in York, Pennsylvania.

1956: James A. McFarland, Med '56, died on March 26. Among his many professional appointments, he was an assistant professor at Duke University School of Medicine and director of hematology and oncology and professor of medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. As a colonel in the South Carolina Air National Guard, he was a chief flight surgeon, clinic commander, and state air surgeon. McFarland served on the Davidson College Board of Trustees; on the boards of the Columbia YMCA and University of South Carolina Medical History Society; on the board of governors of the American College of Physicians; and as president of local chapters of the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. He was also a member and ruling elder of Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

1958: Fredericka Jacob, A&S '58 (MA), '60 (PhD), a sister of Notre Dame de Namur, died on March 18. After working in Kenya, where she taught chemistry at Kenyatta College and spent 24 years working with Catholic Relief Services to supervise and evaluate food and nutrition programs at sub-Saharan nutrition centers, she returned to Trinity College in 1990 and lived there for seven years. At Trinity, she provided research, analysis, and advocacy through the African Faith and Justice Network in Washington.

1965: John L. Dashiells Jr., Engr '65, a retired Procter & Gamble computer systems manager and substitute teacher, died in March. He was very involved in the lives of his three children, volunteering at their schools and serving as an Explorer Scout leader and Sunday school teacher. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, and a sister.

1966: E. Doyle Smith, A&S '66, '68 (MA), long-time associate sports information director at the University of Virginia and college lacrosse enthusiast, died in May. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins, Smith received the Barton Cup as the outstanding student in his class and shared the H Club Cup for contributing the most to athletics at Johns Hopkins. While at Hopkins, he earned three letters as a team manager and statistician for the Blue Jays. In 1995, he was named honorary team manager for the NCAA's 25th Anniversary lacrosse team, selected by current and former NCAA lacrosse committee members and coaches. In 2000, Smith was inducted into the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame and is believed to be the first member who never played the game at some point. He is survived by two sisters, and a men's lacrosse scholarship has been established in his name by the Virginia Athletics Foundation.

1994: Benjamin Thomas Woodard, A&S '94, '96 (MA), '00 (PhD), a research scientist at Array BioPharma in Boulder, Colorado, and gourmet cook who loved to travel, died on March 4. He is survived by his wife, Laura, and son, Linus.

Woodrow Wilson Award
Recognizes distinguished public service

Nancy S. Grasmick, SPSBE '80 (PhD), has served as the Maryland state superintendent for schools since 1991. In addition to being the state's first female superintendent, she is the longest serving chief appointed state school officer in the nation. Recognized nationally as a pioneer in school reform and accountability, Grasmick has led Maryland's educational system through more than a decade of reform. In March, she was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. An accomplished teacher and administrator, Grasmick is a tireless spokesperson for quality education for all children.

Heritage Award
Recognizes outstanding service to Johns Hopkins University

Ronald Fishbein, postdoctoral fellow, Med '58'63, enjoyed a career that reflected a passion both for practicing and teaching medicine. Fishbein served as the dean of admissions for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 1970 through 1976. He continued as a clinician and associate professor of surgery until his retirement in 1996. He became a pre-medical academic adviser for the university and went on to become assistant dean for pre-professional studies, a position he held until 2003. Fishbein created intersession Master Clinician classes and medical tutorial programs and was a participant in the student-run "Voyage and Discovery" lecture series at Homewood.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Recognize personal, professional, or humanitarian achievement

Manuel Barrueco, Peab '75, has firmly established himself as one of the world's leading guitarists. Since his debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1974, he has been continually described as a superb instrumentalist and an elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts. Barrueco's performances have been televised throughout Europe and in Japan, and he has made over a dozen recordings for EMI. He is currently a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory, where he maintains a full studio and offers a weeklong master class each June attended by students from around the world.

Lewis W. (Bill) Bluemle, Jr., A&S '43, Med '46, Hon '90, has served as president of three academic health centers: the State University of New York in Syracuse, the University of Oregon in Portland, and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Bluemle was a pioneer in the development of the artificial kidney and holds patents for both dialyzers and blood pumps. Currently, Bluemle is senior vice president at the Connelly Foundation in Philadelphia and a member of the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute Advisory Council.

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