Class notes


A. Austin Pearre Jr., Med '60 (MD), retired after 51 years as an internal medicine physician. He resides in Frederick, Maryland.


Frederick K. Merkel, Med '61 (MD), was a featured speaker at a 2017 event at the University of Minnesota celebrating 50 years of pancreas transplantation and at the 2017 meeting of the European Society of Transplantation. Merkel is a visiting lecturer at Loyola University Chicago.

John H. Staehlin, Engr '61, received a 2017 Hoover Medal, given by a board representing five engineering organizations for civic or humanitarian service by a member of the engineering community. The former Westinghouse Electric Company employee volunteers for organizations that assist children with disabilities.


Stephen Kramer, A&S '67, moved with his wife, Michal, to Tel Aviv, Israel, after 25 years in the Israeli settlement Alfe Menashe. He is celebrating 50 years of daily exercise, and he posts articles on Israel and more at


Allan J. Gibber, Bus '68, published the sixth edition of Gibber on Estate Administration, a treatise on Maryland probate law. He is a principal with the law firm Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber.


Joseph Coyle, Med '69 (MD), was awarded the National Academy of Medicine's Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for neuroscience research that has led to improved clinical care. His work contributed to the understanding of a range of neuropsychiatric disorders, including Huntington's disease, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease. He holds a chair of psychiatry and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital.


Douglas Wartzok, A&S '71 (PhD), retired as provost emeritus and professor emeritus after a long career in marine mammal research and academic administration, most recently at Florida International University. He is a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and chair of the Committee of Scientific Advisors of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.

Rich Westcott, A&S '71 (MLA), wrote Biz Mackey, a Giant Behind the Plate: The Story of the Negro League Star and Hall of Fame Catcher, published by Temple University Press in 2018. The biography is Westcott's 26th published book.


Irving "Jake" Jacoby, Med '73 (MD), led a disaster medical assistance team of 47 people to Houston following Hurricane Harvey. Team commander since 1991, Jacoby has deployed to nearly two dozen disasters from his base in San Diego. He is a professor emeritus of emergency medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine.


Elizabeth Garber, A&S '77, published Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect's Daughter, which tells the story of the author's abusive father, architect Woodie Garber. She previously published three books of poetry.


Mark Landes, A&S '78, was elected managing partner of Ohio law firm Isaac Wiles. He had served on the firm's management committee and spent 22 years in the U.S. Army.


James P. Castracane, A&S '79 (MA), '82 (PhD), received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, which recognizes outstanding productivity and teaching. He is a professor and the head of the nanobioscience constellation at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Deborah Anne Davis, Peab '79 (MM), reports that she attended a marvelous concert featuring Peabody faculty member and cellist Amit Peled in January. "The Journey With My Jewishness" was performed for the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.

Brian S. Goodman, A&S '79, a principal at Kramon & Graham law firm, was named a 2018 Maryland Super Lawyer for his work in general litigation. He has appeared in the directory every year since 2009.


Suber S. Huang, A&S '80, HS '89, president and founder of the Retina Center of Ohio, received the 2018 Jose Rizal International Medal from the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.


Paul C. Kuo, A&S '82, Med '85 (MD), Bus '99 (Cert), '01 (MBA), was named chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief at Tampa General Hospital in September 2017.

John T. Repke, HS '82, Med '84 (PGF), retired on June 30, 2017, from his position as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He and his wife, Jaque, reside in Palmyra, Pennsylvania.


Shlomo Shinnar, HS '83, a professor and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at the Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was elected president of the American Epilepsy Society's board of directors.


Abhay T. Bang, SPH '84 (MPH), and Rani Abhay Bang, SPH '84 (MPH), the founders of the Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health and winners of the 2016 Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus Award, have received the Padma Shri Award, one of the highest civilian honors bestowed by the government of India.

Louis B. Rosenblatt, A&S '84 (PhD), wrote Buckets From an English Sea: 1832 and the Making of Charles Darwin, published by Oxford University Press in 2018.


Adam S. Cohen, A&S '88 (MA), '95 (PhD), an associate professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of Toronto, produced Signs and Wonders: 100 Haggada Masterpieces, which was published by the Toby Press in 2018. This work surveys the history of the illustrated Haggada, the book used during the Passover seder service, from the Middle Ages to contemporary times.

Ginny Fite, A&S '88 (MLA), released the latest book in her mystery series, Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally ... Murder. She previously served as press secretary for Senator Barbara Mikulski and as an editor and writer for several Maryland newspapers and publications.


Leigh Ann Curl, Med '89 (MD), HS '94, '07, Med '07 (PGF), head team orthopedic surgeon for the Baltimore Ravens, was elected president of the NFL Physicians Society. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Kasper S. Wang, A&S '89, Med '93 (MD), associate chief of the Division of General Pediatric Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, was elected to the Pediatric Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery.


Peter Pronovost, Med '91 (MD), SPH '99 (PhD), is senior vice president for clinical strategy with UnitedHealthcare. He was previously Johns Hopkins Medicine's senior vice president for patient safety and quality, as well as director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.


Trevor P. Myers, Med '95 (MD), chairs the Department of Anesthesiology at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.


Saminaz Akhter, A&S '96, was elected partner in Blank Rome's Corporate, M&A, and Securities practice group in Washington, D.C. Her focus at the law firm is on mergers and acquisitions.

Doug Woodring, SAIS '96 (MA), founder and managing director of Ocean Recovery Alliance, was awarded the 2018 Prince's Prize for Innovative Philanthropy by Prince Albert II of Monaco. The organization works on plastic pollution and other issues to help improve the ocean environment.


Cari Lynn, A&S '97 (MA), co-author of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, won a 2018 NAACP Image Award. The book, about co-author and social justice crusader Susan Burton, was released by the New Press in 2017.


Byeong Woo Lee, Peab '98, '00 (GPD), was one of the composers of the official music for the Winter Olympics' opening and closing ceremonies at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.


Jennifer E. Fairman, Med '99 (MA), was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received a master's degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and teaches and runs a private medical and scientific illustration practice called Fairman Studios.


Katherine Chang Chretien, Med '00 (MD), HS '03, assistant dean for student affairs and associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, edited Mothers in Medicine: Career, Practice, and Life Lessons Learned, published by Springer International Publishing in January.

Bruce A. Johnson, Bus '00 (MBA), is an attorney focused on business law, criminal defense, and real estate law who serves Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.


Michael C. Doyle, A&S '01 (MAG), authored The Minister's War: John W. Mears, the Oneida Community, and the Crusade for Public Morality, published by Syracuse University Press in March. Doyle is a reporter in Washington, D.C., who covers environmental issues.

Liisa V. Hantsoo, A&S '01, was promoted to assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She married Daniel File in March 2017 with many Johns Hopkins Class of 2001 alumni in attendance.


Daniel Dobrygowski, A&S '02, was appointed head of governance and policy at the World Economic Forum's new Global Centre for Cybersecurity. He is based in New York.


Sarah Burkle Bohn, Bus '03 (MS), is the founder and owner of French Press Printing, which provides customized apparel, handmade accessories, and home goods.

**Sean Carroll, SAIS '03 (MIPP)*, was named president and CEO of Anera, short for American Near East Refugee Aid, in September 2017. Based in Washington, D.C., the organization helps the Middle East's most vulnerable communities with health, education, and economic development programs, along with humanitarian and emergency relief in times of crisis. Carroll also chairs Creative Frontiers, a media and communications startup working on international development.

Naim Merheb, Engr '03 (MS), a satellite communication systems engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, led a volunteer effort to reconnect several Puerto Rican communities to the internet after Hurricane Maria in November 2017.


Christopher K. Miller, A&S '04, was promoted from principal to partner of Nashville-based health care and services firm Cumberland Consulting Group in January. He joined the leadership team of Cumberland's Provider Division.


Arun Shome, Engr '05, an associate with the law firm Sughrue Mion, co-authored The Essential Case Law Guide to PTAB Trials, a text on patent trial and appeal board decisions of the U.S. Patent Office, published by the American Bar Association in April 2018.

Molly A. Warsh, A&S '05 (MA), '09 (PhD), wrote American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492–1700, which was published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press in April 2018. She is an assistant professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh.


Jenni Bank, Peab '06, will make her debut with the New York City Opera in the American premiere of Brokeback Mountain at Lincoln Center in May. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing solos in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Schubert's Mass No. 4 in C with MidAmerica Productions on June 17.


Mikkel Algire, Med '07 (PhD), senior oncology scientist in biopharmaceutical company AbbVie's research division, was featured in the firm's monthly online series, Science Rocks. He highlighted how scientists might one day be able to make synthetic cells to help fight cancer.

Grace Elizabeth Gaither, Nurs '07, '16 (MSN), joined St. Louis Children's Hospital as a pediatric neuro-oncology nurse practitioner.

Edward James Kolla, A&S '07 (MA), '10 (PhD), wrote Sovereignty, International Law, and the French Revolution, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. He is an associate professor of history at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

Jonathan B. Meyers, Engr '07 (MS), joined Barton and Loguidice's Solid Waste group as a senior managing engineer at the firm's Lanham, Maryland, office. His expertise includes solid waste management, landfill gas, water systems, wastewater systems, and environmental remediation.

Pranita Tamma, HS '07, SPH '11 (MHS), received the 2017 Pediatric Scholarship Award from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America for her contributions to the study of antimicrobial resistance. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Kristine Taylor, Nurs '07, '12 (MSN), completed her doctorate in nursing practice and was promoted to director of Practice, Innovation & Magnet at Stanford Children's Health. The Magnet Recognition Program identifies excellence in nursing.


Kempton Baldridge, A&S '10, graduated from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in 2017 and received his third mate's license in the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Kelly Cantley, Bus '10 (MBA), senior vice president of business development for Bozzuto Construction Company, joined the board of the Women's Housing Coalition in Baltimore.

Mary Duckett, A&S '10, and Eric Lam, Engr '10, were married at the Monte Bello Estate in Illinois in 2017. More than 20 Johns Hopkins alumni were in attendance.

Amy Beth Kirsten, Peab '10 (DMA), premiered a new musical work about Joan of Arc, called Savior, on April 2 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

Brian Norris, SAIS '10 (PhD), wrote Prison Bureaucracies in the United States, Mexico, India, and Honduras, published by Lexington Books in 2018. He is an assistant professor of criminal justice at the Citadel, a military college in South Carolina.


Emilie Cook, Bus '11 (MS), joined web and print services company D3 as a marketing and brand manager in September 2017.


Jack Hirsch, Bus '12 (MBA), chief executive officer and co-founder of the technology firm, announced in 2017 the launch of the company's new application that uses natural language processing and machine learning to help users find documents on cloud services more quickly.

Ted Simpson, Bus '12 (MS/MBA), was promoted to managing director at Huron Consulting Group, a global management consulting company. He has more than 20 years of experience helping universities plan and implement financial, human resource, and student information systems.


Lavena Johnson, Peab '13 (MM), and Melody Giron, Peab '14 (MM), both cellists, performed a new work by Julia Wolfe for cellos and voice, called Spinning, at Montclair State University in March.

Jameson P. "Jamie" Reuter, Bus '13 (MBA), was promoted to vice president for enterprise pharmacy solutions at EmblemHealth in New York. He is responsible for pharmacy services for members of EmblemHealth and ConnectiCare health plans. His experience spans practice in retail pharmacy, hospital, and critical care settings, as well as teaching.


Brian J. Isaac, Peab '14 (MM), artistic director of the Alexandria Choral Society in Alexandria, Virginia, was appointed the new artistic director of the Williamsburg Choral Guild beginning July 1. The bass-baritone also maintains an active performing schedule as a freelance vocalist.


Benjamin A. Ackerman, A&S '15, a student in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, was chosen to be one of 13 public health ambassadors in the U.S. by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Ambassadors elevate awareness of public health and serve as liaisons for prospective students of public health.


Kate Amrine, Peab '17 (MM), released her debut album, As I Am, featuring new music for trumpet by female composers. She is a freelance musician and an adjunct instructor at New York University.

Daniel Sabzghabaei, Peab '17 (MM), an emerging composer and vocalist, was showcased in the Beth Morrison Projects: Next Generation concert held March 17 in Brooklyn, New York.

Seheri S. Swint, Ed '17 (Cert), was awarded a Luce Scholarship for 2018–19. The Henry Luce Foundation Scholars Program was designed to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders of American society.

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