Johns Hopkins Magazine -- June 1999
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Alumni News
Editor: Billie Walker

Alumni Overseas Enjoy Hopkins Gatherings
Jeong Kim, Engr '82 and '89: Entrepreneur's Life Reflects Goals, Ideals
1999 Alumni Association Awards
Convocations Draw Crowds in L.A., San Francisco
Summer Schedule of Alumni Events
Travel Program Trots the Globe
Community Service Grant Program: Project Helps Children Embrace Nonviolent Behavior

Alumni Overseas Enjoy Hopkins Gatherings

In addition to alumni events and activities taking place weekly throughout the United States, an increasing number of Johns Hopkins clubs in cities around the world are becoming visible and active as well. In recent months gatherings of alumni, parents, and friends have taken place from London to Singapore and from Istanbul to Tokyo.

Today, 10% of Johns Hopkins alumni live outside the U.S., but this proportion will increase as 16% of current students call another country home. Pictured on these pages are participants in three recent Johns Hopkins events: in Istanbul, Turkey; Athens, Greece; and London, England.

Any reader interested in getting involved with an existing Hopkins club or in helping organize a new one should contact Steve Martin, Director of International Development and Alumni Relations, at 410-516-8178; e-mail:; fax: 410-516-8405.

Rahmi Koç, A&S '56, D.H.L. '98, left, enjoys the Hopkins dinner given in his honor in Istanbul. President William R. Brody is at right.

At an alumni reception in Athens, Nicholas Burns, SAIS '80, left, U.S. ambassador to Greece, talks with University President William Brody and Ioannis Bourloyannis-Tsangaridis, Bol '61, former Greek ambassador to Germany.

In London, Pedro Solares, A&S '64, Bol' 66, SAIS '66, left, chats with Robert R. Lindgren, Hopkins vice president for development and alumni relations.

Paul Wolfowitz, center, dean of the Nitze School of Advanced International studies, talks with Hasan Teoman, Bol '80, right, and another guest during the reception in Istanbul.

In Instanbul, Nancy Offit, left, wife of board chairman emeritus Morris W. Offit, enjoys dinner with other Hopkins guests at the Çiragan Palace Hotel.

Trustee chairman Michael Bloomberg, Engr '64, who hosted the London reception, chats with board member Naneen Neubohn, Bol '63, SAIS '64.

E.N. Moudrianakis, left, Hopkins professor of biology, enjoys the reception in Athens with Leonidas Resvanis, A&S '69 (M.A.), '71 (Ph.D.), and Hopkins friend Niki Goulandris.

Guests in London enjoyed the reception held at AXIS on Aldwych.

Ronald Peterson, A&S '70, left, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, chats with guests in Athens at the Ledra Marriott Hotel.

Jeong Kim talks to freshmen engineering students about his experiences in education and business.
Jeong Kim, Engr '82 and '89
Entrepreneur's Life Reflects Goals, Ideals

"Hard work, insight, integrity..."

As Jeong H. Kim, Engr '82, '89 (M.S.), enumerates the qualities essential to success as an entrepreneur and business leader, freshman students in Professor Roger Westgate's electrical engineering class listen intently. Dr. Kim's name was in the national headlines the very morning he spoke at Hopkins last fall, honored as Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by the management consulting firm of Ernst and Young.

His life story clearly reflects the leadership attributes he advises Hopkins students to cultivate. Immigrating to the U.S. from Korea with his family at age 14, Jeong Kim worked full-time at a convenience store throughout high school, setting his sights on Johns Hopkins where he graduated with honors.

He joined the Navy "because I wanted to pay back this country for the opportunities it had given me." An officer in the elite nuclear submarine corps, he would have been happy to make the Navy his career. "But my wife objected to the travel and separations," he says, smiling, "so I made a change."

While working at an engineering firm, he earned his master's at Hopkins in 1989 and a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 1991. The following year, he founded Yurie Systems, a telecommunications company that he named after his elder daughter. His priorities were to attract talented employees by becoming "the best place possible to work and to provide a product that would benefit people." He soon added several other Hopkins-educated engineers to his team.

The fledgling company's creation of the Yurie box--an innovative device that transmits voice, video, and data over phone lines as well as satellite and wireless networks--propelled the firm to the top of Business Week's "hot growth" list in 1997 and landed Jeong Kim on the magazine's cover. A year later, the company's sale to Lucent Technologies for $1 billion and his appointment as president of Lucent Technologies' Carrier Network group again put Dr. Kim in the news.

"What are your most vivid memories of Hopkins?" asks a student as the class ends. "The library," he says without hesitation. "I remember all-nighters at the 'Hut.' I studied almost all the time I wasn't in class or at my job." He also managed to play squash and run track, but recalls, "I had a very low profile as a student."

"He earned his bachelor's degree in just three years and worked full-time at a high-tech engineering firm in addition to his studies, so he was not as visible on campus as some," comments Dr. Westgate, the Kouwenhoven Professor of Engineering. "But good students like Jeong don't escape the notice of the faculty," he adds.

While Dr. Kim still prefers to maintain a low profile, he has found himself more and more in the spotlight, gaining notice not only for his business success but also for his philanthropy. His recent $1 million commitment to the Johns Hopkins Initiative will be divided equally between a scholarship endowment for undergraduate students with financial need at the Whiting School and support for an innovative telemedicine project at the Wilmer Eye Institute directed by faculty member Ingrid Zimmer-Galler.

"This is the next revolution in how medicine will be practiced," Dr. Kim predicts, clearly enthusiastic about the application of technology to improve people's lives. "This project is very much in line with my own interests," he adds, commenting that the most exciting thing about his new role at Lucent Technologies is "the opportunity to influence the way telecommunications technology gets used in the next century."

As for his own plans for the future, Dr. Kim is circumspect. "What is most important to me," he says quietly, "is to know I am doing my very best and, I hope, making a contribution to society."

1999 Alumni Association Awards

The Woodrow Wilson Award
Honors alumni who have brought credit to the University by their current or recently concluded distinguished service to the public as elected or appointed officials.

Lynn Goldman, SPH '81
Lynn Goldman was appointed by President Clinton in 1993 as assistant administrator of the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In this position, she has been the country's leader in pollution prevention, pesticide regulation, toxic substances control, and right-to-know programs, as well as children's environmental health issues. Dr. Goldman holds three degrees from the University of California and is a board-certified pediatrician.

Edward L. Rowny, Engr '37
Ambassador Edward Rowny, who also holds degrees from West Point, Yale, and American University, commanded units in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was a key figure in U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms negotiations for five U.S. presidents. Mr. Rowny was awarded the rank of ambassador by President Reagan and retired from government in 1990.

The Heritage Award
Honors alumni or friends who have contributed outstanding service over an extended period to the progress of the University and the activities of the Alumni Association.

William Banks, A&S '29
William Banks, retired president of Lord Baltimore Press, has served as a class agent and reunion chairman for the Class of '29, leading his classmates in building a scholarship endowment of nearly $1 million. He has been an active member of the Senior Alumni Program and of the Johns Hopkins Club.

Stanley C. Gabor, Dean, SCS
Stanley Gabor has served as dean of the School of Continuing Studies for 17 years, introducing many initiatives and expanding the School's programs. He also established the School's Division of Undergraduate Programs in 1996 and has been a pioneer in a distance learning partnership with Caliber Learning Network. Innovative programs launched during his tenure include the Police Executive Leadership Program, the first of its kind in the country, and the nationally acclaimed Business of Medicine Program.

Donald Giddens, Dean Emeritus, Engr
Donald Giddens was named dean of the Whiting School in 1992, following 25 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He left Hopkins in 1997 to resume his research at Georgia Tech and the Emory University School of Medicine. While at the Whiting School, Dean Giddens emphasized faculty recruitment and the development of infrastructure in areas of strategic importance to the engineering program. His policies were directly responsible for the School's significant rise in the U.S. News & World Report rankings during his tenure.

Thomas McCann, Friend, SPH
Thomas McCann became associated with the School of Public Health as a vice president at Bristol Myers Squibb, which, during the 1980s, took a particular interest in the School's Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing. From that association, Mr. McCann became an active supporter of the School, serving on the Advisory Board from 1989 through 1997 and playing a key role in the School's 75th anniversary celebration. Mr. McCann also initiated the School's Declaration of Health Rights, a credo for graduates and a document that has been signed by health and political leaders in many countries.

Naneen Hunter Neubohn, SAIS '64
Naneen Neubohn, a managing director in the London office of Morgan Stanley & Company, is a University trustee and chair of the Bologna Center Advisory Council. Ms. Neubohn served for many years on the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Advisory Council and has devoted much of her time and resources to the School. In addition to serving as a career mentor to SAIS alumni and students, she has helped to raise the profile of SAIS and Johns Hopkins in the international financial community. She has also hosted several events for Hopkins alumni in New York and London.

Barbara Schweizer, Nurs '86
Since her graduation, Barbara Schweizer has been an active volunteer at the School of Nursing. For more than a decade she has chaired the Isabel Hampton Robb Society, which, under her leadership, has grown from 71 to 201 members. She has been a member of the National Council for Johns Hopkins Nursing and has also been a dedicated volunteer for the School's annual Nightingala event.

Levi Watkins Jr., Associate Dean, Med
The first African-American student to attend Vanderbilt Medical School (1966-70), Levi Watkins was also the first black resident in surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (1970). In 1980, Dr. Watkins initiated the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration program at Hopkins, an event that has drawn prestigious national leaders ever since. He plays a vital role each year in the recruitment, retention, and matriculation of talented minority students at the Hospital and School of Medicine. Dr. Watkins has also been a generous donor to medical programs at Johns Hopkins.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award
Honors alumni who have typified the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and brought credit to the University by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.

John Astin, A&S '52
John Astin graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1952 with a degree in writing, speech, and drama. A veteran stage, film, and television performer, he is perhaps best known as the zany patriarch of television's "The Addams Family." He has recently been appearing on stages across the country in his one-man show, "Edgar Allan Poe--Once Upon a Midnight." Mr. Astin took part in the celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, reading "The Raven" to a standing-room-only crowd.

Wolf Blitzer, SAIS '72
Wolf Blitzer joined the staff of CNN in 1990 as a military affairs correspondent at the Pentagon, a position that allowed him to be one of the first Western correspondents invited into KGB headquarters in Moscow. In 1992, Mr. Blitzer became CNN's senior White House correspondent. He was honored in 1994 by American Journalism Review with the coveted Best in Business Award for the "best coverage of the Clinton administration." Mr. Blitzer also won an Emmy Award in 1996 for his coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing. He is the author of numerous books and articles on political topics.

Rashi Fein, A&S '48, '56 (Ph.D.)
A professor in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School for the past 30 years, Rashi Fein is recognized worldwide as an authority on public health and the economics of medicine. He is a charter member of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences and serves on numerous boards and advisory committees. His work has established a central role for economics in health care policy. Dr. Fein is the author of eight books and countless articles on public health issues.

Jeong Hun Kim, Engr '82, '89 (M.S.)
Jeong Kim emigrated from Korea at age 14 and worked tirelessly to achieve academic and professional success at a young age. At Hopkins he earned his bachelor's degree in three years and later earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in just two years. In 1992 Dr. Kim founded Yurie Systems, a telecommunications company he recently sold to Lucent Technologies for $1 billion. He has been featured on the cover of Business Week and was recently named Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young.

Guy Knickerbocker, Engr '54, '58, '70 (Ph.D.)
Dr. Knickerbocker is perhaps best known for developing the closed-chest defibrillator that eliminated the need to open the chest cavity for open-heart surgery. The equipment for this procedure is now standard in hospitals around the world. He was also a leading contributor to the closed-chest cardiac massage procedure that restores heart activity and has saved countless lives in many countries. Formerly on the Hopkins faculty, he has been with the Emergency Care Research Institute in Pennsylvania since 1972.

Richard Macksey, A&S '54, '57 (Ph.D.)
Richard Macksey has been a Johns Hopkins faculty member for over 40 years, starting as an assistant professor in comparative literature in 1958. He is well known in the Hopkins community for founding the University's Humanities Center, serving as its first director from 1970 to 1982. Dr. Macksey holds joint appointments in the Writing Seminars and in the History of Medicine Department at the School of Medicine. He is the author or editor of 12 books, more than 200 articles, two novels, two volumes of poetry, and countless reviews and translations. In 1992 he received Hopkins' George E. Owen Teaching Award.

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, SAIS '82
Prince Bandar bin Sultan has been the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States since 1983. He previously served as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force and as a defense and military attaché to the U.S. He has been instrumental in maintaining the Saudi-American partnership in the Middle East, and he facilitated Saudi Arabian support against Iraq during the Gulf War. As the most senior diplomat in Washington, he currently serves as dean of the Diplomatic Corps.

Richard Sonnenfeldt, Engr '49
Richard Sonnenfeldt has had a distinguished career in business and communications, serving as CEO and president of Digitronics, vice president of RCA, executive vice president of NBC, and chairman and CEO of NAPP Systems, Inc. He was a developer of color television, for which he earned 34 patents between 1949 and 1955. In addition, he was decorated as chief interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials in 1945. A member of the Whiting School's National Advisory Council, Mr. Sonnenfeldt established the Sonnenfeldt Family Fund in Engineering with a major gift to the School in 1985.

Rowena Spencer, Med '47
After receiving her medical degree, Rowena Spencer became the first female surgical intern at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was the first female appointed to the full-time surgery staff at Louisiana State University and the first female surgeon in Louisiana. Dr. Spencer practiced at Tulane University Hospital from 1968 to 1977, after which she maintained a private practice until her retirement in 1984. She began extensive research on conjoined twins in 1990 and went on to review over 1,200 such cases, becoming one of the world's leading authorities on the subject.

Jody Williams, SAIS '84
After graduating from SAIS, Jody Williams worked for 11 years with the Nicaragua-Honduras Education Project, through which she led U.S. fact-finding delegations to Central America. She later became associate director of Medical Aid to El Salvador, a Los Angeles-based humanitarian relief organization. Her career in Latin American human rights efforts continued and eventually shifted to a focus on antipersonnel landmine eradication. She was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in that field.

Convocations Draw Crowds in L.A., San Francisco

Some 600 alumni and friends of the University and Johns Hopkins Medicine attended West Coast convocations on a weekend in March, at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco.

Guests heard University President William Brody, as well as other outstanding faculty speakers presenting the latest research from their divisions. Area trustees and alumni chapter officers also helped make the events a huge success.

Actor John Astin, A&S '52, right, who received the Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award during the Los Angeles convocation, is congratulated by Erv Sekulow, A&S '59, SCS '76, executive director of alumni relations.

Arts and Sciences Dean Herbert Kessler, one of the convocation speakers, visits with Los Angeles convocation guests on the terrace of the Getty Center.

Trustee Charles D. Miller talks with other guests in Los Angeles. During the convocation weekend, President Brody presented Mr. Miller with the President's Medal for his long and productive advocacy of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth.

San Francisco Alumni Chapter President Douglas Gneiser, A&S '83, at right, talks with trustee Robert Abernathy, A&S '62, second from right, and other guests at the San Francisco convocation on Nob Hill.

Trustee John Cooke, who also serves on the board of the J. Paul Getty Trust, was emcee for the Los Angeles convocation, which he was instrumental in arranging at the Getty Center. Mr. Cooke also hosted a dinner for the president and the speakers.

Trustee Ernest Bates, A&S '58, chats with Ilaya Rome Hopkins, Bol '92, SAIS '93, in San Francisco, where he served as emcee for the convocation. Dr. Bates also hosted a dinner for President Brody and the convocation speakers.

Summer Schedule of Alumni Events


9 School of Public Health--Department of Epidemiology alumni reunion symposium and reception
10-12 Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association Biennial Meeting
15 Washington, D.C., Chapter--Lecture and Russian buffet
16 New York Metropolitan Chapter--Young Alumni Happy Hour
17 New York Metropolitan Chapter--Lecture and Japanese dinner
27 Baltimore and D.C. Chapters--Orioles game and bullpen party
27 Chicago Chapter--Cubs baseball


1 Washington, D.C., Chapter--Women's World Cup Soccer
16 Washington, D.C., Chapter--Young Alumni event
22 Boston Chapter--Red Sox vs. Orioles
24 Los Angeles Chapter--Crab feast and student send-off


2 Northern California Chapter--Oakland A's vs. Orioles
6 Seattle Chapter--Student send-off
7 St. Louis Chapter--Crab feast
8 Northern California Chapter--Student send-off
13 Boston Chapter--Student send-off
18 Philadelphia Chapter--Student send-off


TBA School of Public Health--1987 M.P.H. Class Reunion in Menorca, Spain. Information:
18 Los Angeles Chapter--Anaheim vs. Orioles
18 Society of Engineering Alumni dinner with the dean, Williamsburg, Va.
24 Washington, D.C., Chapter--Young Alumni event
25 25th Anniversary of Undergraduate JHU Women, Homewood
Click on or phone 410-516-0363 or 800-548-5481 for up-to-date schedule and information.

Travel Program Trots the Globe

Several tours designed specifically for Hopkins young alumni 18 to 35 years old have been added to the summer Alumni Travel Program, as follows:

Greek Isles, July 9-23

Metropolitan--London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, June 27-July 4

Viva Italia--Major Italian cities and sights, July 25-August 7

Eastern Voyager-- Russia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, July 2-16

Euro Spree--Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Paris, London, July 7-18

Upcoming trips for all alumni include the following:

St. Moritz-Swiss Summer Escapade, July 13-21

Alumni College in Scotland, August 9-17

Alumni College in Holland, September 6-14

Paris to Rome, Rhone River and Mediterranean cruise, September 28-October 12 [Sold out]

Rome Escapade, November 14-21

Yachtsman's Caribbean, January 9-16, 2000

Posing in the Louvre courtyard during a March trip to Paris are from left, Connie Waxter, Nurs '44; Charlene Haun, A&S '59 (M.A.); and Bill Waxter.

For more information on any of these tours, please write to Alumni Travel Program, 3211 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21218; call 1-800-548-5481 or 410-516-0363; fax 410-516-6858; e-mail; or visit

Community Service Grant Program
Project Helps Children Embrace Nonviolent Behavior

Hugging. Helping. Peeling a banana. Playing with toys. Picking roses for my mom.

At right, medical student Lee Snyder proudly displays some of the Baltimore schoolchildren's artwork depicting that 'Hands are NOT for Hitting."
These are just a few of the many things hands are good for, according to second- and third-graders at Tench Tilghman Elementary School. Students at this and six other schools in East Baltimore have participated in "Hands Are NOT For Hitting," a classroom activity developed by the American Medical Association Alliance.

Last fall, Lee Alison Snyder, then entering her fourth year at the School of Medicine, received funding from the Alumni Association's Community Service Grant Program to offer the creative activity to area kindergartners through third- graders.

The grant covered the cost of lesson plans for teachers and placemats on which children trace their hands and write a poem or story. As Ms. Snyder explains, "Hands Are NOT For Hitting" helps youngsters understand what they should and shouldn't do with their hands. Together with their teachers, children talk about why hitting or hurting others in any way is unacceptable behavior and then brainstorm how their hands can be put to good use. The simple, fun, yet effective activity helps students learn to make positive choices early in their lives.

"During my training at the medical school, I've seen firsthand the consequences of violence in East Baltimore," Ms. Snyder says. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to encourage children in this community to think about nonviolent ways of communicating. For me, it's been an extremely fulfilling experience."

At the School of Medicine, Lee Snyder studied under the mentorship of Roy Ziegelstein, deputy chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

School administrators and teachers share Ms. Snyder's enthusiasm for the "Hands Are NOT For Hitting" activity. "It works very well, because we're teaching our children that there are other methods to resolving conflict than violence," explains Nina Goodman, crisis intervention manager at Tench Tilghman Elementary. "This activity helps children learn that they're responsible for what they say and do." The children are eager to draw and color, so the project becomes a fun way to emphasize this important message.

Thanks to the generosity of the Alumni Association, approximately 2,000 East Baltimore students have participated in "Hands Are NOT For Hitting" to date. In addition to its positive influence on children, the activity has fostered positive relations between Hopkins and the community.

"Hopkins has a responsibility to the community it serves," Ms. Snyder explains. "It's wonderful that we can reach out to make a difference in the lives of these East Baltimore children."