Class notes


Vincent A. Maggio, Engr '43, a retired engineer for Shell Oil, was featured in the Houston Chronicle in 2014 for service to his community. He has had more than 100 of his letters to the editor published and earned the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Houston chapter of the United Nations Association.


Jack L. Paradise, Med '47, retired from the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine pediatric faculty a decade ago but continues to participate in research planning and reporting from his home in Belmont, Massachusetts.


Robert L. Bowers, Engr '60, closed Flameless Heating Supply of Hagerstown, Maryland, a business his grandparents founded five decades ago, in October 2012. He lost his wife, Virginia, on May 12, 2014, to pancreatic cancer.

James E. Cross, Engr '60, is retired but in addition to traveling continues to teach electrical engineering courses at Southern University and A&M College and religious history courses at Christian Bible College of Baton Rouge. He also serves on the board of directors for the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations and the Louisiana Council on Human Relations as well as on the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board for the city of Baker, Louisiana.

Edward M. Dudley Jr., A&S '60, was inducted in 2014 into the American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners by the North American Board of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Jerome P. Reichmister, A&S '60, currently serves as chief of orthopedics at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and as medical director of the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission after 44 years in private orthopedics practice.


Frederick K. Merkel, Med '61, is an associate professor emeritus and past director of the transplant section at Rush University Medical Center. He also lectures at the University of Illinois at Chicago and abroad. In 2014 he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, where he received his bachelor's degree.


M. Louise Fitzpatrick, Nurs '63 (Dipl), earned the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Villanova University in May. She is the Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor of Nursing at Villanova's College of Nursing.


Michael R. Bloomberg, Engr '64, former mayor of New York City, was elected in May to the American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin. Bloomberg is the founder, president, and CEO of Bloomberg L.P.


Kenneth M. Grundfast, A&S '65, received a 2014 award from the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children for lifetime humanitarian advances in the field and has been named by Boston magazine for the past 10 years as one of Boston's best doctors. He chairs the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine.

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Richard M. Owens, A&S '65, completed passage in 2013 from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, through the Panama Canal aboard a 54-foot sailboat named Meredith.

Indulal K. Rughani, A&S '65, practices pulmonary and critical care medicine and is the medical director of the intensive care unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, Oregon.


Jonathan Harlow, A&S '66, celebrated the birth of his first grandchild, Russell Harlow, in February 2013.

Nan M. Phifer, A&S '66 (MLA), author and teacher of writing, led a workshop at the annual convention for the National Council of Teachers of English in June. She also led summer writing workshops for Far Horizons Camp, a retreat center in Sequoia National Monument in California.


Manfred Rothstein, A&S '70, is a consulting associate in the Department of Dermatology at Duke University School of Medicine and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's largest collection of back scratchers, numbering more than 800 from more than 83 countries.

Charles M. Seeger III, A&S '70, president of Financial Markets International, received honorable mention for the USAID's Office of Science and Technology Pioneers Prize for his work implementing the agency's Electronic System for Comprehensive Information Disclosure in Ukraine.


Jerry Doctrow, A&S '72, retired after a 27-year career as a real estate market and financial analyst specializing in senior housing and health care real estate. He launched a blog at and continues to support Johns Hopkins' Baltimore Scholars Program.


Bert Vogelstein, Med '74, professor of oncology and pathology and co-director of the Ludwig Center for cancer research at Johns Hopkins, received the 2014 Warren Triennial Prize from Massachusetts General Hospital for outstanding contributions to medicine.


J. Thalia Farnol Cunningham, A&S '75, is an emergency physician and a playwright. Her first commissioned play, called Child Soldier, explores Liberia's civil war and Ebola crisis. The play was performed by student actors at Siena College in Loudonville, New York, in November 2014.

Randy Datsko, A&S '75, is mayor of his hometown of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

Robert Lein Yin, A&S '75, SPH '77, became a gastroenterologist at OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in the South Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 2014.


S.C. Gwynne, A&S '77 (MA), is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times best-selling author whose 2014 Rebel Yell, a biography of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, was shortlisted for a 2015 PEN Literary Award.


Glen R. Grell, A&S '78, became the executive director of the Public School Employees' Retirement System in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on May 1. He previously served as state representative for the 87th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and as the House Republican caucus's representative from the retirement system's board of trustees.

Cameron P. Munter, A&S '78 (MA), '84 (PhD), former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, was named president and CEO of the EastWest Institute, which seeks to reduce international conflict.


Vincent DeMarco, A&S '79, '83 (MA), Len Lucchi, A&S '80, Bernard Philip Horn, A&S '78, and Joel Jacobson, A&S '78, have worked for more than 25 years advocating for firearm safety in Maryland. In 2015, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh defended Maryland's Firearm Safety Act of 2013 on appeal. DeMarco, who is now president of Marylanders to Prevent Handgun Violence, pressed for passage of the bill in 2013; Lucchi was the organization's lobbyist; and Horn wrote a brief that was quoted in the trial judge's opinion. Lucchi now serves as president of the Maryland Government Relations Association.


L. Michael Brunt, Med '80, was elected president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He is a professor of surgery and section chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Kathy J. Ogren, A&S '80 (MA), '86 (PhD), was named the new provost at the University of Redlands in California.

Rosanna Warren, A&S '80 (MA), was elected in May to the American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin. She is a poet and the Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.


David S. Biderman, A&S '85, became executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America on May 1.

Sharon Patricia Crockett, A&S '85, founded a luxury interior design firm based in New York called haus. by bjc. This work follows a 20-year career in finance on Wall Street.


James Hildreth, Med '87, was named president of Meharry Medical College, the nation's largest private, independent, historically black academic health sciences center.

Alan W. Partin, Med '87, '89 (PhD), director of the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, was named the inaugural Jakurski Family Professor and Director of the institute. He has headed the Brady Institute, which is celebrating 100 years, for the past decade.


Denise Rollins, SAIS '88, retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after 27 years. She returned this year to serve as senior coordinator of the Africa Ebola Unit for the U.S. Agency for International Development.


Thomas Koenig, Med '89, '94 (PGF/HS), an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate dean for student affairs in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was elected vice chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges' Group on Student Affairs.


Michael Falk, A&S '90, Engr '91 (MS), is a Johns Hopkins professor of materials science and engineering who also serves as an adviser to the undergraduate Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance.

Kelli Garber, Nurs '90, and her family recently moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where she works for the Center for Telehealth at the Medical University of South Carolina. As a school-based provider, she treats children across the state through high-definition visual and audio equipment.

David J. Longaker, Engr '90, '96 (MS), was appointed chief revenue officer of Rovi Corporation in March. Rovi offers personalized digital entertainment solutions for service providers and consumers.

Jeffrey H. Withey, A&S '90, was selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in 2014 and spent five months in Kolkata, India, studying cholera. He is an associate professor of immunology and microbiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.


Todd Dorman, HS '91, Bus '03 (Cert), professor and vice chair for critical care services in the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and senior associate dean for education coordination, was named president-elect of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Glenn Treisman, HS '91, director of the Johns Hopkins AIDS Psychiatry Service, was named the Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine.


Charles N. Curlett Jr., A&S '93, a founding member and managing partner of Levin & Curlett, was elected chair of the criminal law section of the Federal Bar Association in April.

Theresa J. Rice, SAIS Bol '93 (Dipl), SAIS '94, founded Out Loud Communications Consultants after more than 20 years as a journalist and communications executive. The Miami-based strategic communications firm specializes in technology, tourism, and investment promotion.

Zack E. Sullivan, A&S '93, was promoted in 2014 to associate professor of physics at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Vivian Slager Sullivan, A&S '93, along with their children, James and Katherine, have earned second-degree black belts in Songahm Taekwondo.


Gabriella Burman, A&S '95, is the 2015 Michigan Writers Cooperative Press chapbook contest winner in the creative nonfiction category. She and her husband, Adam Kaplan, welcomed their fourth daughter, Ilanit Adar Kaplan, on February 26.

Joseph Cofrancesco Jr., SPH '95, Med '97 (PGF), was named the inaugural recipient of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education Professorship in Medicine.

Africa N. Stewart, A&S '95, is a physician and a Doctors Without Borders field surgeon who has completed assignments in Sudan, South Sudan, and Nigeria.

Matthew R. Witten, A&S '95, is co-founder of a radiation therapy solutions firm called Witten Clancy Partners and an adjunct associate professor of physics at Hofstra University in New York. He also serves on the Johns Hopkins Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council.


Josh Siegel, A&S '96, was co-producer and line producer for the independent film Any Day, released on May 1.


Jessica Dunne, Engr '98, and her husband, Chris Washburn, welcomed their third child, Bryson Richard Washburn, on February 27. He joins big brother Logan and big sister Ivy Rose.

Louis Charles Keiler III, Engr '98, is director of research in the Radiation Oncology Department at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio. He and his wife, Sara, welcomed their second child, Louis Charles Keiler IV, on January 6.


Shashi K. Murthy, Engr '99, was promoted to full professor of chemical engineering at Northeastern University, where he continues to direct the Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education and perform research in bioanalytical and medical device technologies.

Seth Sanders, A&S '99 (PhD), was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support his research and writing as a biblical scholar. He is an associate professor of religion at Trinity College in Connecticut.


Adam Baer, A&S '00, a journalist living in Los Angeles, published "Beyond the Boundary Principle," an opinion piece about cancer-related psychotherapy, in The New York Times in April.

Kurt G. Erler, Engr '00, recently returned to Maryland to serve as area sales manager for Brainlab, a medical technology company.

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Beth McFadden, A&S '00, and Shanon Levenherz, Engr '00, married on May 31, 2014.

Christine Yung Yusi, A&S '00, joined McGregor & Associates as corporate counsel. She lives with her husband, Greg, and their 2-year-old son, Oliver, in San Diego.


Xiaoxing He, SPH '01, is a postdoctoral research associate at the College of Public Health at Kent State University.


Stephen B. Brauerman, A&S '03, a director at Bayard law firm in Delaware, was recognized by the 2015 Chambers USA guide for his work in corporate and intellectual property litigation.

Khoi D. Than, A&S '03, Med '07, completed a clinical fellowship with the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, in June. He is currently an assistant professor of neurological surgery at Oregon Health & Science University.


Vicki J. Coombs, Nurs '05 (PhD), was honored as one of the top 50 nurses in the region by Baltimore magazine's Excellence in Nursing 2015. She is senior vice president of Spectrum Clinical Research in Towson, Maryland.

Nitish Dogra, SPH '05, returned to Johns Hopkins as a visiting faculty member and Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Program Fellow studying climate science in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. In India, he helped establish the Johns Hopkins Alumni India Club.

Joseph Selba, A&S '05, along with his family, celebrated the arrival of his second son, Luke Selba, on March 26, 2014.


Ernesto Perez-Chanona, A&S '07, '08 (MS), works for the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health where he researches how bacteria on the skin and in the gut affect tumor development.

Xiao-Bo Yuan, A&S '07, received a 2015 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, the nation's largest award for doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Her dissertation, at the University of Chicago, is titled "Reform and Purification: The Politics and Practices of Ethical Cultivation in Chinese Christianities."


William B. McNulty, A&S '08 (MAG), received the 2015 Heinz Award for the Human Condition for his work in founding Team Rubicon, a nonprofit that deploys military veterans and medical professionals to deliver international disaster aid. He shares the honor and $250,000 prize with co-founder Jake Wood.


Daniel Ingram, A&S '10, serves as chair of the Junior State of America Alumni Association and is pursuing an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Meredith N. Larson, SPH '10, joined the Baltimore law office of Ober Kaler as an associate. She practices in the firm's Health Law Group.

Caity Stuhan, A&S '10, works as a senior analyst for the Advisory Board Company, a global research, technology, and consulting firm for health care and higher education. While pursuing her master's degree at Harvard University, she worked with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts.


Danielle K. Beharie, A&S '11, married Brandon J. Demory, Engr '11, on May 24, 2015, in Boca Raton, Florida.

Mary Claire Kozlowski, A&S '11, married Casey M. Blythe, A&S '11, in Charleston, South Carolina. James Kozlowski, A&S '72, the bride's father, was among the many Johns Hopkins alumni at the event.


David C. Mitchell, A&S '14 (MS), became vice president of global regulatory affairs and quality assurance for Aquinox Pharmaceuticals in Vancouver, British Columbia, in December 2014.

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