Class notes


Charles C. Counselman Jr., Engr '38, who served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, worked at the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. before retiring from the insurance industry in 1985. After a move to Naples, Florida, he returned to Baltimore, where he enjoys time with his four children, 12 grandchildren, and 10 greatgrandchildren.


Alan Groh, Engr '43, worked for Amoco Corp. for 37 years developing catalytic processes and closed-loop computer control of oil refineries. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1964 and led activities in marketing and public affairs. He and his wife, Doris Ruth, live in San Diego.

John G. Strauch, Engr '43, served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and later joined General Electric as a service engineer. He became a manager at the company and was responsible for design and procurement of electrical reactor control equipment for atomic U.S. naval surface vessels and submarines. Strauch remains active in retirement by investing, playing trumpet, softball (shortstop!), and dancing.


Rashi Fein, A&S '48, '56 (PhD), is a professor of the economics of medicine, emeritus, at Harvard Medical School. He was previously a member of the Economics faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fein served on the staff of President Truman's Commission on the Health Needs of the Nation and was a member of President Kennedy's Council of Economic Advisers and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Economic Studies program.


William Maginnis, Engr '53, is retired from his position as director at Beatrice Companies Inc. He and his wife, Mimi, are active in charity work, focusing particularly on an orphanage in Baja, Mexico. They live in Fullerton, California.


Vivian Adelberg Rudow, Peab '57 (Cert), '60, '79 (MM), had her latest CD, Sound Portraits: Orchestra, Chamber and Electro-Acoustic Music, featuring performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, released by MSR Classics in January.


Tom Ahern, A&S '63, writes: "I learned more from fencing coach Dick Oles than any other teacher in my life. He taught discipline and values, the importance of perseverance, the rewards of hard work, the significance of principles and ethics. The lessons learned on the fencing strip were invaluable to me as an entrepreneur in the computer and book fields."

Arnold Spitz, A&S '63, is a retired attorney living in Sag Harbor, New York. He specialized in the area of intellectual property law, with Merck & Co., the Seagram Co. Ltd., and Pennie & Edmonds. 1968

Richard Kaplan, A&S '68, joined the U.S. Foreign Service after graduation and was assigned to embassies and consulates in Europe, South Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Canada. He is now retired in Boston and enjoys writing, reading, working out, and traveling with his wife, Elisabeth.

Jim Werner, A&S '68, served in the Army before receiving his MBA from Harvard and working with several pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies. He and his wife live in Mt Airy, Maryland, where he works part time at TNT Services Group and plays golf full time.


Jeffrey Aresty, A&S '73, is president of Aresty International Law Offices in Houston. John Duker, Engr '73, works as the director of Federal Programs at Digital Reasoning Systems in Arlington, Virginia. John's favorite memories from Johns Hopkins include putting a Mickey Mouse watch face on the Gilman clock tower and electrifying the Adams dorm bathroom.

Richard Kuehn, A&S '73, works at Mavins Group–Allstate, an insurance and financial firm in Marietta, Georgia. He fondly remembers participating in the world's largest food fight at the Naval Academy dining hall while visiting with the freshman lacrosse team.

Robert LaRossa, A&S '73, lives in Pennsylvania with his wife. His daughter Karen LaRossa, Ed '09 (MS), is also a Johns Hopkins graduate.

Kerry Levin, A&S '73, Med '77, is chairman of the Department of Neurology within the Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute. David Levine, A&S '73, '75 (MA), is a writer specializing in health and medicine. He is co-chair of Science Writers in New York, a group of editors and writers who cover science and medicine in the print and electronic news media. Levine was previously director of media relations for the American Cancer Society and worked for Pfizer for 10 years. He fondly remembers his freshman year in Baker House in 1969, where he made many friends he is still close to today.

Griff Lewis, Engr '73, lives in Chicago with his wife, Barbara. He writes: "After 30 years with Baxter Healthcare, I retired February 1, 2013. Barb and I plan on leaving the cold winters of Chicago and moving to Carlsbad, California, in 2015."

George "Bing" Linhardt, A&S '73, reports that after graduating from Johns Hopkins, he went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is now a general surgeon and lives in Jackson, Wyoming, with his wife, Sally.

Michael Livanos, A&S '73, SAIS '74, is president of SCIO Shipping Inc.

Osgood "Steve" Lovekin Jr., A&S '73, is an attorney in Seattle specializing in family law. His son, Michael Bowman, A&S '89, is also a Johns Hopkins graduate. Donald Masters, A&S '73, is CEO of Artificial Cell Technologies Inc. He completed his doctorate in biochemistry and immunology in 1979 at Cornell University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1979 to 1982. Martin Reber, A&S '73, reports that he received an MBA in entrepreneurial management in 1976 from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently managing director at Higher Education Technology and Services. He now lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Sandra.

Warren Rosman, A&S '73, is a partner at Weston Hurd LLP, where he focuses on defending cities and school boards in employment law cases. An active participant in the local bar association, Rosman volunteers to teach constitutional law at an inner-city high school. He and his wife, Debra, live across the street from Lake Erie.

Alan Schiz, A&S '73, is a senior technical architect for AT&T. After graduating from Johns Hopkins, he earned a doctorate in physics from Yale University in 1979. He has two children and lives in New Jersey with his wife, Pam. James M. Shannon, A&S '73, is president and CEO of the National Fire Protection Association. He is married to Dr. Silva Castro Shannon.

Jack Sidorov, A&S '73, who earned a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1976, is an attorney for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Stephen Strelec, A&S '73, is an anesthesiologist practicing in Pittsburgh. His daughter, Lauren Strelec, A&S '07, is also a Johns Hopkins graduate.

Henry C. Ward, A&S '73, earned a Master of Science degree in air resources/industrial hygiene at the University of Pittsburgh after graduating from Johns Hopkins. Art Weiss, A&S '73, is a professor of rheumatology, medicine, microbiology, and immunology at the University of California, San Francisco, and an investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Donald Wenzel, A&S '73, Bus '76 (MAS), is the president of Wenzel & Company, an advertising, marketing, and public relations firm.

Jack Whitney, A&S '73, is an emergency physician and medical director at the North Shore Medical Group in Highland Park, Illinois.

Arthur Young, A&S '73, is an economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Judi Zyroff, A&S '73, is director of market research pricing and feasibility at, where members earn points every time they shop from the company's network of retailers. Zyroff is married with two sons.


Sue Hwang, A&S '78, has worked in the area of clinical trials, starting with Dow BioScience (now GSK) and lately at Amgen. Now retired, Hwang is still active in community theater and has fond memories of working on the Theatre Hopkins productions of Guys and Dolls and Charlie Brown.


Stuart W. Davidson, A&S '79, has been appointed chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners. He was appointed to the board in 2008 and has served as vice chair for the last three years.


Haswell Franklin Jr., A&S '83, co-owns, along with his three brothers, a national financial services firm that assists businesses and individuals with solving complex employee benefits, insurance, and financial issues.


Margaret-Ann F. Howie, A&S '84, general counsel for Baltimore County Public Schools, was named Maryland Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2013) by the Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that offers legal services, advocacy, and public education programs to protect immigrant women and girls who are fleeing violence.


Steven Angerthal, A&S '88, attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he earned his doctorate in political science after graduating from Johns Hopkins. Angerthal reports that he is married with three children, lives in Washington, and works for the U.S. Army as an adviser for the Department of Studies.

Joshua Ardise, A&S '88, attended SUNY Stony Brook, where he received his medical degree in 2002 and master's degree in public health in 2010. He is currently the medical director for the Jewish Guild for the Blind.

Herman Ayayo, A&S '88, is an editor at Tax Analysts, a nonprofit publisher that provides tax information worldwide.

Mark Basch, A&S '88, is a director at Interactive Data, a global provider of financial market data, analytics, and financial solutions. He has two children. Christina Beilenson, A&S '88, attended University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she earned an MSW in 1996. She now works for Baltimore City Public Schools.

Luis Bendezu, A&S '88, earned a medical degree from the University of Connecticut in 1992. He is a physician with the Mecklenburg Medical Group in North Carolina and is married with three children.

Mikyle Byrd-Vaughn, A&S '88, is a clinical assistant professor and coordinator of academic affairs at the University of Bridgeport. After Johns Hopkins, she attended the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine and Nutrition Institute, where she earned degrees in naturopathy and human nutrition. She is now married with two children.

Steve Cohen, A&S '88, is currently the chief operating officer and a principal at West Road Capital Management, a long/ short equity hedge fund shop. Tom DiBari, A&S '88, recently joined Geneva Advisors, a Chicago-based growth equity manager, after a 13-year stint with a boutique fixed-income firm. Kathryn "Kacie" Harkins, A&S '88, received her Master of Public Health degree from Boston University in 1998. She now works for Aetna and is married with three children.

Julie Heaney, Engr '88, is a partner and member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, a Delaware law firm. Jordan Karp, A&S '88, is a senior vice president and general counsel at PharmAthene Inc., a biodefense company.

William Key, A&S '88, works for Allstate Insurance and lives in Nashville.

Adam Kristol, A&S '88, is a principal at ALIGN Real Estate Consulting in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.

Amy Lambrecht, A&S '88, is director of development for Advancement Project, a nextgeneration, multiracial civil rights organization.

William LaPlante, Engr '88 (MS), was appointed principal deputy, assistant secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) in April. He most recently served as portfolio director for the Missile Defense Agency at the Mitre Corp., a not-for-profit organization that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government.

David Lubetkin, A&S '88, attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine after graduating from Johns Hopkins and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists practicing in Boca Raton, Florida.

Elizabeth MacGillivray, A&S '88, received her JD from Boston University after graduating from Johns Hopkins. She is now a principal at Mercer, a global human resources consulting firm. Michael Maline, A&S '88, is a partner at Goodwin Procter in the Business Law Department and a member of the Capital Markets, Life Sciences, and Technology Companies practices.

Dwain Morris-Irvin, A&S '88, is an assistant professor and research scientist for the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Joyce Nyberg, A&S '88, attended Lewis and Clark College, where she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 1989, with a concentration in teaching language arts. She is now chair of the English Language Arts Department for the public school district in Miles City, Montana. Marlene Platkin, A&S '88, earned an MBA in real estate finance in 1992 at the Columbia Business School. She is now married with two children.

Evan Reiter, Engr '88, is vice chair of the Department of Otolaryngology and an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Anne Robinson, A&S '88, '90 (MSE), is a professor and department chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University.

David D. Shin, A&S '88, a general and vascular surgeon, is a partner with Texas Surgical Associates. Mindy Steinholz, A&S '88, is a pediatrician in the Bronx.

Stephanie Weissman, A&S '88, is a supervising deputy district attorney for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. She reports that her 15-year-old daughter was selected to play on the England National V16 Basketball team and competed in the European Championship last summer.

Melissa Wu, A&S '88, Bus '00 (Cert), '03 (MBA), is medical director for Immediate Care of Southern New Hampshire, the walk-in clinics/urgent care centers affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. She and her husband, Tyler Brannen, have traveled to Scotland and Australia to compete in marathon races.


Otto W. Immel, A&S '89, a partner in the law firm Quarles & Brady LLP, was named one of two 2013 Economic Partnership Volunteers of the Year by the Greater Naples (Florida) Chamber of Commerce in April.

Saurin Shah, A&S '89, reports that he wrote a book chapter on the electrification of road transportation in Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (Brookings Institution Press, 2009) and was also named co-portfolio manager of Neuberger Berman Global Equity Fund.


Alexander Swirnoff, A&S '90, is a patent attorney with Pfizer in the Greater Boston area.


Ritu Sharma, SPH '94, was honored in June as a Woman of Distinction at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, for her work as co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, an advocacy group addressing gender inequality for women living in poverty.


Carla M. Koretsky, A&S '95 (MA), '98 (PhD), became dean of Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College on July 1. She has been a faculty member at WMU since 2000 in the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Geosciences. Her work focuses on aqueous geochemistry and biogeochemistry, seeking to integrate field, laboratory, and modeling studies of mineralwater- biological interactions near the Earth's surface.


Matthew Ortman, A&S '98, is now an assistant professor of medicine at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey.

Jaime Pickett, A&S '98, is a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing at Banfield Pet Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

Sarah Scott, Engr '98, is a teacher in the St. Landry Parish district of Opelousas, Louisiana. Radhika Shenai, A&S '98, lives in Chicago and reports that she is a managing director and head of the Consumer Services and Healthcare Group for Lloyds Bank North America. She recently earned her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Allan Simpao, A&S '98, is a pediatric anesthesiologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Dayrel S. Sewell, A&S '00, is founder and principal at the law firm of Dayrel Sewell PLLC, a leading national law firm based in New York and focusing on litigation, intellectual property, and real estate.


Russell Kirk, Peab '05, debuted his second album, To Journal Square, in March 2012. He has been performing regularly in New York and Baltimore as well as volunteering with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's ORCHKIDS program.


Stephanie Tow, A&S '08, spent a year abroad as a Fulbright Fellow based in Hong Kong to teach English. Tow graduated from New Jersey Medical School in May and started her residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation with career aspirations focused on pediatric disability, advocacy, health policy, academia, and research at the international level.


Catherine Derbes, A&S '09, who has been with Teach for America in New Orleans for four years, will remain for an additional year to teach mathematics to fifth-graders.

Francesca Ferrono, A&S '09, is studying for a doctorate in Portuguese and teaching at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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