Class notes


Charles Edwards, A&S '45, '48 (MA), '53 (PhD), was awarded the Laufberger Medal by the Czech Physiological Society for his enhancement of international scientific collaboration.


Julian L. Gelwasser, A&S '49, was named a knight of the French Legion of Honor for his participation in the U.S. Army operations that led to the liberation of France during World War II. The award is France's highest distinction. Gelwasser lives in Solon, Ohio, with his wife, Helen.


Kurt A. Gitter, A&S '58, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the United States–Japan Foundation on April 3 for his lifetime commitment to promoting friendship and understanding between the peoples of the U.S. and Japan. The award includes a grant of approximately $10,000 to a U.S. or Japanese nonprofit organization in honor of the award recipient. This year's grant was given to Johns Hopkins.


Ronald P. Spark, A&S '63, was appointed last year by the mayor of Tucson, Arizona, to serve as a volunteer neighbor outreach coordinator. Spark is a past president of his neighborhood association and is on the steering committees of the Neighborhood Support Network, Broadway Coalition, and Downtown Neighborhood and Residents Council.


Dan M. Granoff, A&S '65, Med '68, received the 2014 Maurice Hilleman/Merck Award from the American Society for Microbiology for his work on vaccine development. Granoff is a scientist with Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California.

Ken Lehman, A&S '65, was appointed chair of the Futuro Media Group board of directors. He is the managing partner of KKP Group in Evanston, Illinois, and co-founder of Winning Workplaces, a nonprofit that helps organizations become great places to work.

Stephen E. Silverman, Engr '65, retired in 2010 from his avionics company and is an active pilot and amateur radio operator. He lives in Maine and New York City with his wife of 32 years, Sheryl.


William J.T. Mitchell, A&S '66 (MA), '68 (PhD), was elected in May to the American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin. Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in English and Art History at the University of Chicago.


Ruth Schwartz Cowan, A&S '69 (PhD), was elected in May to the American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin. Cowan is a professor emerita in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.


Glenn Marcus, A&S '70, producer with New Voyage Communications, was in the Maryland Public Television studio in May to present his 2004 documentary, The World War II Memorial. Marcus has taught graduate seminars at Johns Hopkins on the history of the documentary, war on the screen, and the history of Washington, D.C.


David M. Hashmall, A&S '72, was elected in July to succeed Regina M. Pisa as chairman of Goodwin Procter for a five-year term. He joined the law firm as a partner in 2001.


Steven Harvey, A&S '73, retired after 38 years of teaching English at Young Harris College. The author of three books of essays, he will continue working as a founding faculty member in the MFA program in creative writing at Ashland University.


Albert J. Matricciani, A&S '75 (MLA), retired in April after spending more than 19 years as a Maryland judge. He returned to the law firm Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, where he served as partner from 1987 to 1995. He is the past president of the Friends of the Sheridan Libraries and the Maryland Humanities Council.


F. Charles "Chuck" Brunicardi, A&S '76, physician and musician, is the Moss Foundation Professor and vice chairman of the Department of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. He produced a debut album of original folk-country songs, Where Sunset Meets the Beach, which was nominated for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in music.

Robert L. Schimmel, A&S '76, SPH '77, has been named one of Florida's legal leaders by Florida Trend.


Lewis Schrager, A&S '77, '03 (MA), wrote the play Fourteen Days in July, which was produced as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival held in August. The story recounts the failed Camp David peace talks of July 2000 between Israelis and Palestinians.

Smith, A&S '77, has held the Skirball Chair of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University since 2000. He served as president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America in 2010 and 2011, and in 2011 was elected to the American Academy for Jewish Research. In 2013, Smith became a grandfather.

Ivan R. Strunin, A&S '77, moved to Hong Kong in 2012 to become a member of Deloitte's Asia Pacific International Core of Excellence as the managing director of U.S. Tax Services.


Jeffrey I. Cohen, A&S '78, Med '81, was named a 2014 Academy Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Cohen is chief of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland.

Cameron R. Smith, A&S '78, is among the first 50 Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellows. The program recruits individuals with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math and prepares them to teach in high-need secondary schools.

Lynn Snyder-Mackler, A&S '78, received the American Physical Therapy Association's Mary McMillan Lecture Award in June. Snyder-Mackler serves as Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware.

Carolyn Williams, Peab '78, Engr '86 (MS), and her husband,Steve Alpern, A&S '80 (MLA), reported in August from Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, where the Johns Hopkins Glacier is thriving.


Stuart W. Davidson, A&S '79, of the Philadelphia-based law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, was selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers.


Celeste E. DeBaptiste, A&S '84, an OB-GYN physician, has joined Saint Francis Healthcare's North Wilmington Women's Center in Delaware.

Ronald E. Maylor, Engr '84, an electrical engineer, joined Mueller Associates in Baltimore as a project manager in May. He was previously with RMP Engineering.

Ann Marie K. Rohaly, Engr '84, director of accessibility, policy, and standards for Microsoft's corporate accessibility group, received TVNewsCheck's 2014 Technology Women to Watch Award.


Mara Schecter Butler, A&S '85, has lived in Texas for about 10 years. She is excited to see friends and former classmates at the Class of 1985's 30th reunion, for which she is a committee member.


Jon S. Vernick, A&S '86, SPH '94, was promoted in May to professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also an associate chair of the department and of the Master of Public Health program.


Michael J. Choi, Med '87, was named to the National Kidney Foundation board of directors. He is an associate professor of medicine and clinical director of the Division of Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Scott D. Lippe, A&S '88, chief
of gastroenterology at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, New Jersey, has been elected to the board of governors of Conventus, a professional liability insurance company for physicians in New Jersey. He lives in Fair Lawn with his wife and eight children.

Timothy Gerard Malia, A&S '88, is a family physician at Immediate Care East in Victor, New York, and vice president for AAVia Foundation, a nonprofit he founded with his wife for the health of Bolivian children.


Gwendolyn V. "Gwennie" Kelly, A&S '89, is grateful for the generosity of others who helped shape her formative Johns Hopkins years: donors, family, and lifelong friends.


Bonnie Bassler, A&S '90 (PhD), received the 2014 EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award from the American Society for Microbiology for her contribution to the advancement of women in microbiology. Bassler is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and the Squibb Professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University.


Matthew Boulay, A&S '93 (BA/ MA), '98 (MA), was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential in Afterschool by the National AfterSchool Association for his commitment to expanding summer learning opportunities and his role in conceiving the organization that is now the National Summer Learning Association.

Roy B. Norton, SAIS '93, '99 (PhD), heads the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago, which promotes Canadian interests. He previously served at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

James Segil, A&S '93, co-founded EdgeCast Networks in 2008, one of the world's largest content delivery networks, which was acquired this year by Verizon Digital Media Services for $400 million.


Jonathan B. Harris, SAIS '94, a personal injury lawyer in Miami, is suing tobacco companies on behalf of 155 individuals and families for smoking-related illness and death. Previously, Harris won a case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company that resulted in a nearly $30 million verdict.

Timothy James Min, A&S '94, has been named to lead the trade law practice group of the Deutsche Post DHL group. He is vice president for international trade law in the legal department of the global express company. The Min family will continue to reside in Cincinnati.


Kerry A. (Schalders) Onda, A&S '95, married Alex Onda on October 12, 2013, in Castle Rock, Colorado, where they celebrated with former Johns Hopkins classmatesTeresa Slazas Fabiano, A&S '95;Jeremy B. Hancock, A&S '95; andMichelle Lee. Onda is senior counsel for Reed Group in Denver.


Sarah C. Chan, Peab '96, is a winner of the 2014 PianoTexas Concerto Competition teachers division held in June; she performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Chan is an assistant professor and coordinator of keyboard studies and music theory at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, California.

Sendil Krishnan, A&S '96, a physician, was promoted in March 2013 to executive medical director of Triad Hospitalists in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Yusuf H. Mwawa, SPH '96, has returned to clinical practice and research after many years in political life.


Geoffrey J. Corb, Engr '97, Bus '12 (MBA), was named to the board of directors of ASUG, the world's largest independent systems applications and products users group. He is the deputy chief information officer for IT@JH.

Michael Frakes, Nurs '97, married Malisa Iannino on June 14 at the King's Chapel in Boston. Frakes is the director of clinical services and organizational quality for Boston MedFlight. Iannino is a neonatal intensive care unit nurse at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The couple lives in Mansfield, Massachusetts.


Quentin E. Hodgson, A&S '98, SAIS '01, joined Mitre as a cyber principal in June. He previously served as chief of staff for cyber policy at the U.S. Department of Defense. In his new role, he will support strategic projects for the Department of Homeland Security.


Daniel S. Blynn, A&S '00, special counsel with Kelley Drye law firm in Washington, D.C., has been named a Super Lawyer in the area of consumer law practice.


Beth Zeitlin Shaw, Engr '01, was appointed in May an administrative patent judge with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.


Scott F. Creamer, A&S '02, chairs the Department of Economics, History, and Political Science at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, where he is a professor of political science. He also serves as civic leadership internship supervisor and leads the study abroad program in international politics that travels to France and Belgium.

Jeff Novich, A&S '02, was a finalist in the 2014 BigApps NYC app-making competition. Created with developer Josh Weitzman, the Reported app streamlines New York taxi complaints to the city and reduces submission time. Novich's Hired in New York app won a $10,000 prize in last year's competition.

Bruce A. Perler, Bus '02 (Cert), '04 (MBA), was named president-elect of the Society for Vascular Surgery in June. He is vice chair for clinical operations and finance in the Department of Surgery, chief emeritus in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, and director of the Johns Hopkins Vascular Noninvasive Laboratory.

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