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1944

Benson R. Sundheim, A&S '44, '47 (MA), '50 (PhD), served in the U.S. Navy before working as a professor of chemistry at New York University for 44 years. He stayed busy teaching, researching, and consulting until his retirement in 1996. Sundheim lives in Irvington, New York, with his wife of 62 years, Lila.

1954

Alton B. Cobb, Med '54 (MD), has been married to Mary (O'Connor) Cobb, Nurs '53, for more than 60 years and owns a large pine tree farm near Jackson, Mississippi.

1958

J. Roland Folse, Med '58 (MD), HS '59, retired from practicing medicine in 2001 and spends his time on ceramics, painting, woodwork, and his 55-year-old collection of bonsai trees.

1960

Harvey Wolfe, Engr '60, '62 (MSE), '64 (PhD), received the 2017 Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Industrial Engineering Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, the highest honor given by the institute. He is a professor emeritus of industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

1962

Melvin A. Goodman, A&S '62, published his seventh book, Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence (City Lights Publish- ers, 2017). His book tour has stops in 12 states, including Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library and Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse.

Ralph V. Turner, A&S '62 (PhD), lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was on the faculty of Florida State University for many years. Retired, he travels and occasionally researches and writes.

1964

Stephen C. Jett, Engr '64 (PhD), retired from teaching geography at the University of California, Davis, and moved with his wife, Lisa Roberts Jett, to Abingdon, Virginia. He has written books on Navajo culture and is the founder and editor of Pre-Columbiana: A Journal of Long-Distance Contacts. He received the Marquis Who's Who 2016 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

1969

William C. Boicourt, A&S '69 (MA), '73 (PhD), joined the board of governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. He is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Laboratory. His oceanographic interests are the circulation of continental shelves and estuaries.

James C. Cobey, Med '69 (MD), SPH '71 (MPH), an orthopedic surgeon in Washington, D.C., assists with orthopedic surgeries on a Navajo reservation in Tuba City, Arizona, and spends time each year teaching orthopedics in Africa. His wife, Janet Heinrich Cobey, SPH '69 (MPH), is a research professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Harvey G. Klein, Med '69 (MD), HS '72, Med '73 (PGF), directs the Department of Transfusion Medicine at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. He celebrated his 52nd wedding anniversary in June.

1970

Kenneth G. Koller, Bus '70 (Cert), '73, was promoted to president and chief operating officer of Advanced Ceramic Fibers in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

1971

Alex Rosenberg, A&S '71 (PhD), is a professor of philosophy at Duke University's Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. He has transitioned from writing books on the philosophy of science to historical novels, one of which was an Amazon best-seller in 2015.

1972

Stephen B. Baylin, HS '72, Med '74 (PGF), a professor of oncology and medicine, co-director of the Cancer Biology Division, and associate director for research programs of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

1973

Nelson R. Block, A&S '73, received the Boy Scouts of America's Silver Buffalo Award, the organization's highest award for adult volunteers. In addition to spending almost 50 years as a troop leader and 28 years as pro bono legal counsel to his local Scout council, Nelson is one of the world's leading authors on Scouting history.

1974

David D. Morrocco, Peab '74, a baritone vocalist, presented "Quirky February Songs: Songs With a Twist for a 'Fab Feb' Afternoon" at Villa Assumpta in Baltimore as part of the Arts for Hearts' Sake series founded by Ernest Ragogini, Peab '63 (MM), '75, (DMA). Morrocco teaches at Notre Dame of Maryland University's School of Education.

1976

J.A. McErlean, A&S '76, reports that even after a few "cardiac near-misses," he remains vertical.

1977

Elayne Kornblatt Phillips, SPH '77 (MPH), '82 (PhD), was appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority. She is a clinical associate professor of nursing and a research program officer at the University of Virginia.

1978

Robert F. Siliciano, Med '78 (MD), '83 (PhD), a professor of medicine in the Infectious Diseases Division at Johns Hopkins and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

1979

Richard R. Brooks, Engr '79, is a professor of computer engineering who researches computer and network security at Clemson University. In summer 2017, he traveled to Conakry, Guinea, to help journalists, bloggers, and activists secure their communications against intrusions by authoritarian regimes in the region.

Stuart W. Davidson, A&S '79, a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, was named to the advisory board for Our Generation Speaks, a fellowship program and incubator where emerging leaders from Israel and Palestine come together to create ventures that generate social and economic value. He was also named to the 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List compiled by Super Lawyers.

David C. Hess, A&S '79, is the new dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. The stroke specialist, educator, and biotech entrepreneur will also serve as executive vice president for medical affairs and integration for the university.

Edward G. Sherwin, Ed '79 (MS), who is recognized as one of the nation's leading experts on food safety training for the hospitality industry, sold his Maryland-based consulting business, Sherwin Food Safety, this year and moved to Boynton Beach, Florida. He reports that he loves the freedom of retirement and keeps his mind sharp by taking online courses.

1980

Scott Wolfe, A&S '80, received the 2017 Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award for his contributions to the field of orthopedics by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is chief emeritus of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

1981

Francis D. Polk IV, Ed '81 (MEd), completed 50 years in the education field. He serves as academic adviser for graduate students at the Beth Medrash Govoha yeshiva in Lakewood, New Jersey.

1985

Angela D. Mickalide, SPH '85 (PhD), a health and safety research and program consultant based in Edgewater, Maryland, was elected to the Society for Public Health Education board of trustees.

1986

David A. Schrader, A&S '86, a partner in the New York law firm of Moritt Hock & Hamroff, focuses on broker-dealer regulation and commercial and securities litigation. In addition to his legal career, he is the chief operating officer of Scythian Biosciences.

1987

Elisa Koehler, Peab '87 (BM/ BME), '96 (DMA), was appointed director of the new Center for Dance, Music, and Theatre at Goucher College in July 2016 and promoted to full professor in May 2017. She recently edited new performing editions of the Haydn and Hummel trumpet concerto scores for Carl Fischer Music and was elected to the International Trumpet Guild's board of directors.

1989

James Potash, SPH '89 (MPH), Med '93 (MD), rejoined Johns Hopkins Medicine on July 1 as a professor and the director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is known for his research on the genetic basis of mood disorders.

1990

Yolanda T. Becker, Med '90 (MD), was elected president of the board of directors for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing. She is a professor of surgery and the director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at University of Chicago Medicine.

1991

Michael R. Greaney, Bus '91 (MAS), is CEO of Force 3, a network security company and subsidiary of Sirius Computer Solutions.

James P. Quinn Sr., Bus '91 (MS), directs the Lawyer Assistance Program at the Maryland State Bar Association in Baltimore.

1992

Matthew D'Amario, A&S '92, is the rector of St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City, Maryland. He lives happily with his husband of four years, Craig D'Amario, and two beagles.

Adria Jordan Kitchens, A&S '92, was hired as executive director of One Small Change, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that empowers community organizations to expand their impact and increase their effectiveness.

1993

Kerri Bertolini, A&S '93, is assistant vice president of client services at Northwell Health in Great Neck, New York. Her husband, Joe Bertolini, A&S '93, works for Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

1994

Alfred P. Burger, A&S '94, received the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Award for Excellence as a clinical educator from the Society of General Internal Medicine, Mid-Atlantic Region. He is an internist and associate professor of medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital.

Jenny C. Lin, A&S '94, Peab '98 (Dipl), completed a recording to accompany the children's book Melody's Mostly Musical Day, written by Ben Finane, illustrated by Mikela Prevost, and published by Steinway and Sons. Each page of the book has an accompanying song, ranging from Tchaikovsky to Mozart to Gershwin. Lin was featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's podcast New Classical Tracks on February 22.

1997

Alexandra Gardner, Peab '97 (MM), has been commissioned by the Seattle Symphony to create a new community composition with LGBTQ youth as part of the symphony's Simple Gifts Initiative. Gardner previously composed Just Say Yes for the orchestra's 2012 Sonic Evolution series.

1998

James Burton, Peab '98 (MM), was named choral director and conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Xin "Christiana" Zhang, A&S '98 (PhD), a patent lawyer based in Boston, was promoted to partner in the McCarter & English law firm.

1999

Jorge A. Ferrer, Bus '99 (Cert), '02 (MBA), a biomedical informatician with the Veterans Health Administration and a practicing surgeon assistant, was named a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's Health Information Technology User Experience Committee.

Katherine Okesson, Peab '99, graduated from the University of Kansas with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance.

Robert M. Palumbos, A&S '99 (BA/MA), a partner in the Duane Morris law firm, was appointed vice chair of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee.

Tara L. Prescott, A&S '99 (MA), a lecturer in UCLA's Writing Programs and a faculty-in-residence, performed a TEDxUCLA talk in 2016 called "Hike Your Own Hike," about hiking the Appalachian Trail.

2000

Joshua Joseph Jr., Engr '00 (Cert), was promoted to chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Southern University in April.

Antoinette St. Clair, Bus '00 (MS), retired from a career as a federal agency Equal Employment Opportunity manager in 2012 and began a new career mentoring young children and teens.

Davene M. White, SPH '00 (MPH), was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Director's Award from the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health. She is a leading children's health advocate and nurse at Howard University Hospital and a clinical assistant professor in the Howard University College of Medicine.

2001

Anna-Marie Vilamovska, SAIS Eur '01 (Dipl), '03 (MA), was awarded the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for outstanding contributions to the development of Polish-Bulgarian cooperation. She is one of the youngest recipients of this medal. Vilamovska lives in Bulgaria, where she leads the city of Plovdiv's 2017–20 IT Talent Hub Bulgaria public-private partnership of the Bulgarian information technology industry. In 2015, she was named one of the New Europe 100 outstanding individuals leading innovation by the Financial Times, Visegrad Fund, Google, and ResPublica.

2002

Christine Liu Chen, A&S '02, is running for the New Jersey State Senate in Legislative District 23. The Bridgewater, New Jersey, resident is a neuroscientist and health care executive. If she wins, she will be the first woman elected from her district.

Peter N. Lombard II, Med '02 (MD), an ophthalmologist and amateur cyclist in Sinajana, Guam, represented Guam in the mountain bike competition at the Rio 2016 Summer Games Olympics.

Margaux Coady Soeffker, A&S '02, who practices family law at Terzich & Ort, was named a Rising Star in the 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers List compiled by Super Lawyers.

2003

Mike S. Blaine, A&S '03, was named the 2017 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year. He led Medaille College to the regular season and tournament championships for the conference, earning the team a trip to the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament.

Chieh Erh Huang, A&S '03, was named to the Crain's New York Business "40 Under 40" Class of 2017. He is co-founder and CEO of Boxed, an online bulk retailer.

2004

Benjamin J. Kim, Peab '04, received top prize at the Rheingau Musik Festival held March 30 in Berlin. The prize included 15,000 euros and a concert on July 4 at Johannisberg Castle in Geisenheim, Germany.

2006

Andrew F. Albero Jr., A&S '06, an attorney with the Philadelphia office of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, was named a Rising Star in the 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List compiled by Super Lawyers.

Rajesh Panjabi, SPH '06 (MPH), was named to the board of directors of Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that provides fellowships, funding, and support to social entrepreneurs globally. Panjabi is the CEO of Last Mile Health, instructor at Harvard Medical School, and associate physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Darrell J. Pierre, Bus '06 (MBA), joined Interfolio as managing director of sales development. Interfolio is a higher education technology company based in Washington, D.C.

2009

Zoe Bell, A&S '09, and Thomas C. Murphy, A&S '09, welcomed a son, Clark David Murphy, in January.

Rudy Chervil, Bus '09 (MBA), was promoted to director of application engineering and drafting at Hussmann, a subsidiary of Panasonic, in Suwanee, Georgia, in June 2016.

James Robert Lowe, Peab '09 (MM), '12 (GPD), director of Baltimore School of Music, has been selected to participate in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which provides practical business education, a support network, and access to capital. Lowe is a classical guitarist by training.

LaRon D. Martin, Ed '09 (Cert), was hired by the Children's Guild to serve as principal of its special education school in Baltimore. He was previously the assistant principal of the Villa Maria School.

2010

Lynn E. Molnar, Bus '10, is a new lecturer at Johns Hopkins, teaching a course called Introduction to Animal Assisted Interventions. She is the founder of Thankful Paws, a mobile pet food bank.

Gerrad A. Taylor, A&S '10, was assistant director and text coach for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's summer 2017 production of The Tempest.

Daniel P. Teran, A&S '10, was named to the Crain's New York Business "40 Under 40" Class of 2017. He is co-founder and CEO of Managed by Q, an office management platform that helps companies clean and maintain their offices.

2011

David Wertenteil, Bus '11, received a master's degree in accounting from the New York University Stern School of Business in May.

2013

Craig A. Johnson, Ed '13, '14 (MS), was appointed director of the Office of Property and Fleet Management Services at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in 2016.

Skyler E. Stern, Engr '13, was recently selected by Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a fellow of MIT Leaders for Global Operations. Through a two-year, dual-degree program, he will earn an MBA from the Sloan School of Management and a master's degree from the School of Engineering. Stern was previously a project manager at Catalent Biologics.

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