Class notes


John Kopper, '33, '44 (PhD), lives at Roland Park Place, a retirement community in Baltimore.


John Henry Wolfe, Eng '43, writes that, at 91, he is blessed with six talented children and their spouses and 12 grandchildren.


Herbert Fred, Med '54, recently received the Laureate Award from the American College of Physicians, Texas Chapter. He is professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. The award honors "those Fellows and Masters of the College who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research and in service to their community, their Chapter, and the American College of Physicians."


Robert Forster, A&S '56 (PhD), professor emeritus in the Department of History in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, lives at Broadmead, a retirement community in Cockeysville, Maryland. He is co-teaching a class about European history in the 19th century to fellow Broadmead residents.


Leslie Norins, A&S '58, writes: "Rainey and I returned to Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, for a reunion in August 2012. I had studied there in 1962-64 as a post-doc, with Sir Macfarlane Burnet, Nobel laureate [in physiology or medicine, 1960]."


Arnold B. Silverman, Engr '59, is in his 50th year of practice specializing in intellectual property law, which he continues to enjoy tremendously. He has chaired the intellectual property law department at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC for 14 years and is currently senior counsel. He was honored with the University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association's 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award for his commitment to Pitt Law and the surrounding community.


Richard G. Shugarman, A&S '60, was recently appointed to the Florida Board of Medicine. Shugarman, an ophthalmologist, is founder and president of Palm Beach Eye Associates in Palm Beach County. 


Peter Dow, Eng '63, has retired from pharma development following 25 years with Bayer.

Thomas Gleason, A&S '63, '68 (PhD), writes: "Nearly retired at this point, but still serving as a consultant with the company I founded. My textbook on unmanned vehicle systems has just been published by John Wiley & Sons Inc."

Felix Hughes III, A&S '63, retired after 33 years as a radiologist at Virginia Beach Hospital. He is an associate professor of radiology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and clinical associate professor at the Medical College of Virginia.

Paul Krouner, A&S '63, writes: "I have been the owner/director of Camp Schodack, a children's overnight camp, for 42 years. I am the third generation of the Krouner family on the current property, and my son, Matt, will be a fourth-generation owner."

Hugh Loebner, A&S '63, is the sponsor of the Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence. Each year since 1991, a prize is awarded to the most humanlike computer.

John A. Morgan, Engr '63, Bus '69 (MS), retired as vice president at Verizon in 1991 and two years later moved to Durham, North Carolina, where he established a home automation business that operated until 1999.

Hobart "Bart" Noll, Engr '63, writes: "I retired from the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps in September 1991 in the rank of colonel, following 28 years of active duty service." In 1991, he joined Management Technology Associates Inc., a defense contractor located in Huntsville, Alabama, and retired in 2005 as vice president for operations.

William "Bill" O'Connor III, Engr '63, retired as vice president of engineering operations at Black and Decker and DeWalt Power Tools.

Samuel Rifman, Engr '63, '70 (PhD), is still doing research about plastic pollution in the oceans and volunteers in public education.

Richard "Dick" Webster, A&S '63, reports: "To help individuals experience greater personal fulfillment and prosperity, I give a thought-provoking, inspiring talk to any organization or institution whose people are willing to reassess their values, attitudes, behaviors, relationships, and priorities."


Arthur W. Weinman, A&S '67, is principal of a Fort Worth, Texas, architectural firm that bears his name. This fall, the firm was recognized for work on three historic preservation projects, including St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lindsay, Texas, and the Tarrant County Courthouse Clock Tower, which are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 


William Hunt, A&S '68, writes: "We have five grandchildren! We both are still working full time and love to boat on the Chesapeake."


Marvin Egolf, A&S '73, received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service in 2011 from the U.S. Army for work with Base Realignment and Closure at the Aberdeen Proving Ground. He also performs as a professional musician with recording artist King Lewman and other groups.

Jeffrey Epstein, A&S '73, says he is "still very close with my ZBT Annex roommates from '71 and '72."

Jeffrey Gaitz, A&S '73, has been in private practice in neurology for 31 years. His daughter, Simone, lives in New York and works at Giorgio Armani. His son Zachary plays varsity lacrosse at Wesleyan University, and his son Ethan is a high school all-state swimmer.

Matthew Kline, A&S '73, and his sister, Sarah E. Kline, are co-founders of Blackbird Savory Pies. Matthew also founded Kline and Company, a continuous quality improvement multimedia training business. He has cooked professionally at Chris Schlesinger's East Coast Grill and other restaurants.

Irvin Litofsky, A&S '73, writes: "I'm still playing trumpet in the JHU Band, as I have been since freshman year. Professionally, I'm still pursuing my life of crime. I've also started teaching part time in the graduate program in forensic science at Stevenson University."

C. Scott Sharnetzka, Peab '73 (MM), was inducted in November into the Harford County Public Schools Educator Hall of Fame. He retired in 2003 after teaching high school music for 30 years in the suburban Baltimore school system and remains active in the local music community.

Robert Charles Young, A&S '73, is past chair of the estate and trust law section of the Maryland State Bar Association and a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He enjoys life with his wife, children, and five dogs, as well as traveling and going to concerts.


Marcie B. Ries, SAIS '74, was sworn in as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria on September 5, 2012. She is a senior foreign service officer with 34 years of experience in Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East and specializes in national security and political-military matters.

She previously served as principal deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, minister-counselor for political-military affairs in Baghdad, and was the U.S. ambassador to Albania from 2005 to 2007.


Richard Lorraine, A&S '78, is lead physician in an internal medicine/family medicine group practice. He is also serving as principal investigator for 12 research protocols and is commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

John Poole, A&S '78, is chair of the Medical Society of New Jersey political committee and serves on the board of directors of AMPAC, the American Medical Association's political action committee. He was director of the Department of Surgery at Holy Name Medical Center from 2002 to 2011.

Amy Rehfield, A&S '78, is the medical director for a mental health agency in Asheville, North Carolina, and her husband works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They have four children, three of whom are overseas involved in educational and humanitarian endeavors.

Steve Rubin, A&S '78, is assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, in the departments of Family Medicine and Neuromuscular Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He is also an assistant professor at the New York-based Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in the departments of Family Medicine and Primary Care.


Stuart W. Davidson, A&S '79, is an attorney with the Philadelphia union-side firm Willig, Williams and Davidson. He was one of the firm's nine employment, labor, and workers compensation attorneys selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2013).


Uma Sundaram, Engr '80, director of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute, is the principal investigator of a five-year $19.6 million IDeA CTR grant recently awarded by the National Institutes of Health. This grant will be used to develop infrastructure for clinical and translational research in West Virginia.


Michael Laposata, Med '81, '82 (PhD), was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of American Pathologists in September 2012 in recognition of his expertise in coagulation and his effectiveness as faculty for the CAP annual meeting for the past several years. He is the Edward and Nancy Fody Professor and executive vice chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University and pathologist-in-chief and director of the division of laboratory medicine and clinical laboratories at Vanderbilt University Hospital.


Haswell Franklin, A&S '83, reports: "I run my own financial services firm with a national practice with my three brothers. We work with many physicians and businesses throughout the country. My fourth child, Drew, was born September 17, 2011."

Doug Gneiser, A&S '83, traveled to Turkey in 2012 to celebrate the pending retirement of his former Hopkins roommate, "fellow ROTC-er, and Gildersleevian," Pat Gillis, A&S '83, who has been on active duty with the U.S Army for over 29 years.

Chris Hampton, A&S '83, writes, "I am most proud of having three sons attend Johns Hopkins." Hampton has been teaching at Miss Porter's School, a boarding and day school for girls in Farmington, Connecticut, for 19 years.

Ethnie Jones, A&S '83, Med '87, is a partner at Virginia Eye Institute and is enjoying life after raising two beautiful children.

Ronald W. Peppe II, A&S '83, SAIS '86, serves on the City Council of Falls Church, Virginia, and is also vice president of legal and human resources for Canam, an international construction and manufacturing company.

Ashvin Ragoowansi, A&S '83, has worked as a neurosurgeon in Pittsburgh for the past 20 years and is busy with six children.

Joshua Reiter, A&S '83, Ed '94 (EdD), served as a Baltimore Marathon pacer, volunteering to run at the four-hour pace to help other runners meet their goals in the October 2012 race. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Whiting School of Engineering, where he raps in class at the start of each semester.

Eric Reuling, Engr '83, founded Reuling Associates Inc. in 1993. Based in Baltimore, the firm provides geotechnical engineering services and construction materials testing and inspection.


Nancy E. Roman, SAIS Bol '84, SAIS '85, assumed in January the presidency and CEO position of Capital Area Food Bank, the leader of hunger relief efforts in the Washington, D.C., area since 1980. She previously served as director of public/private partnerships and communications at the United Nations' World Food Programme.


Sarah Ashe-Donnem, A&S '88, is a part-time school consultant and enjoys staying home with her children the rest of the time.

Jennifer Varrell Bonner, A&S '88, SAIS '89, has lived in Beijing since 2009 and plans to move back to Washington in the summer of 2013.

David Drosinos, Peab '88, a clarinetist, released his album Portals in 2011 with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, featuring the world premiere of the Sowash Clarinet Concerto. He is an instructor with the Peabody Preparatory and also teaches at Shepherd University and the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Vandana Kumra, A&S '88, is in solo ear, nose, and throat practice in New York City.

Ed Marsh, A&S '88, launched Consilium Global Business Advisors, a consultancy to help American small businesses internationalize their businesses.

Evan Reiter, Engr '88, writes, "I've passed 20 years of wedded bliss with my bride and have three great kids. Life is good!"

Saurin Shah, A&S '88, wrote a chapter on the electrification of road transportation in the book Plug-In Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (Brookings Institution Press, 2009) and was named co-portfolio manager of a global equity fund in 2011.


Joanne Berger-Sweeney, SPH '89 (PhD), was appointed to the board of trustees of Framingham State University. She is a distinguished neuroscientist and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University.


Caroline Popper, SPH '90, HS '91, Med '92 (PGF), was appointed to the board of directors for Rapid Pathogen Screening, a point-of-care diagnostic testing developer, manufacturer, and marketer. She has also held senior leadership positions at corporations including Becton, Dickinson and Company and MDS Proteomics Inc. and is founder and president of her own advisory consulting firm.


Melody Swartz, Engr '91, was selected as a MacArthur Fellow for the Class of 2012. She is a bioengineer and professor at the Institute of Bioengineering at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. In her work, she applies principles and methods from engineering and physiology to discover the mechanisms controlling the movement of biologic fluids through tissue and the implications for human health.


Nicole Altneu, SAIS Bol '93 (Dipl), SAIS '94, was chosen from thousands of applicants to join the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. She spent three days last August training with Al Gore and the staff of the nonprofit Climate Reality Project. As a volunteer climate leader and environmentalist, Altneu aims to ensure that adults, children, and wildlife have a future on this planet.

Jack Lipkin, A&S '93, writes: "After 13 years in a special technical publishing role in the pharmaceutical industry, I am happy to return to my journalistic roots and focus on managing electronic and video communications as well as directing global events in big pharma. It has been an interesting journey, and I credit the skills and knowledge I developed at the Hopkins News-Letter for my success."

Linda Brown Rivelis, Bus '93, is owner of Campaign Consultation Inc., recognized by Inc. magazine in August 2012 as "one of the top 500/5000 companies in America." The firm works with organizations to achieve success in community development, fundraising, diversity utilization, issue advocacy, media and marketing, and public policy, as well as organizational and business development.


Julien Aubert, SAIS '01, was elected to the French legislature in June 2012. He represents the province of Vaucluse in southeastern France.

Isabella Maldonado, A&S '01, lives in Houston where she teaches Spanish and also instructs Zumba workout classes. After Superstorm Sandy, she organized a Zumba fundraiser to support hurricane relief efforts on Long Island.


Alicia M. Novak, A&S '02, and Arash Mostaghimi, Engr '02, welcomed their second daughter, Violet Novak Mostaghimi, to the world on September 28, 2012.


Alexander Miceli, A&S '03, and Antonia (Badway) Miceli, A&S '03, welcomed their son, Alexander Anthony Miceli, on August 31, 2012. 

Nneka Nzegwu, A&S '03, graduated in May 2012 with a doctorate in politics and education from Columbia University.

Brian Pluim, Ed '03 (MAT), '05 (Cert), principal of Westside Elementary School in Baltimore City, won the Mayor's Attendance Campaign last September. Under his leadership, students' attendance in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten increased from 89 percent the previous year to 95 percent last fall.

Daniel Wen, A&S '03, started graduate school in the fall of 2012.


John "Jay" Johnson, Bus '04 (MBA), became president of Software AG USA Inc. and member of the Group Executive Board of the company on August 1, 2012. He was previously senior vice president at MicroStrategy.


Euna Lhee, A&S '05, Peab '05, is a reporter based in Berlin, and a Fulbright Young American Journalist. She is a contributor to NPR Berlin and is investigating the 2011 measles outbreaks as a visiting researcher at the Robert Koch Institute.

Joycelyn Y. Tate, SAIS '05 (Cert), was chosen to serve as a member of the U.S. delegation to the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She served as an adviser on proposals negotiated during the conference on behalf of the United States. The International Telecommunications Union, an agency of the United Nations, convened the conference to review and update the current International Telecommunications Regulations, which serve as the binding global treaty outlining the principles that govern how international voice, data, and video traffic is handled. The ITRs, which were last negotiated in 1988, were updated to reflect the dramatically changing information and telecommunications technology landscape of the 21st century.


Ken Babby, Bus '08 (MBA), is the new owner of the Akron Aeros, a Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians baseball team and 2012 Eastern League champions. Babby previously spent 12 years with The Washington Post.

Michael Bisogno, Engr '08, reports that after a year of working for medical technology giant Stryker he decided to go to medical school.

Rebecca Gale, A&S '08 (MA), was promoted to contributing editor at CQ Roll Call, a media company that covers Congress. Previously she had been the company publicist, and before that she worked on Capitol Hill.

Joseph Redd, A&S '08, was promoted to chief administrative officer for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health. Corey Sattler, A&S '08, is a full-time independent artist and author also known as C. Alexander, who supports his art by running his own building and contracting company in Baltimore.

Rajiv Shenoy, Engr '08, '12 (MS), came up with the idea for Orca TV—which provides interactive advertising opportunities on college campuses—while he was still a student at Hopkins. Today, he co-runs the business with his mother.

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