Class notes


Agnes Thompson Roden, Nurs '49, who is unable to attend alumni meetings, would greatly appreciate any chance to hear from Class of '49 alumnae from the Church Home and Infirmary nursing school. She can be reached via email at


Stephen Greenspan, A&S '62, professor emeritus of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut, authored Anatomy of Foolishness: The Overlooked Problem of Risk-Unawareness, published by Hamilton Books in October. The book's foreword was written by his fraternity brother Robert B. Shilkret, A&S '65, the Norma Cutts Dafoe Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College.

Robert G. Keane Jr., Engr '62, received two honors from the American Society of Naval Engineers: the 2018 "Jimmie" Hamilton Award for co-authoring "Rapid Warship Acquisition: A Case for Fundamental Change in Design and Acquisition Policy," which was named the best original paper published in the Naval Engineers Journal; and the Frank G. Law Award for outstanding contributions to society and the profession of naval engineering. Keane also received the Hamilton Award in 2017.


Sergio Cervetti, Peab '67, was named a Gold Medal winner for his album Parallel Realms: XXI Century Works for Orchestra at the 2019 Global Music Awards, an international showcase for original music from around the world. Released in March 2019, Parallel Realms is Cervetti's eighth album on Navona Records and features the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra with Petr Vronsky conducting.


Dennis Ferrazzano, A&S '68, senior partner and a founder of Barack Ferrazzano law firm, was recognized in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America as the Real Estate Lawyer of the Year in Chicago, an honor he had also received in 2015 and 2018.

Jamil Simon, A&S '68, was awarded the 2019 Luxembourg Peace Prize in the category of Outstanding Peace Journalism, which recognizes journalists or media publications that have used their craft to contribute to peace. He founded his media production and consulting firm, Spectrum Media, more than 40 years ago and has since made films and worked on media projects in countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America to promote social and environmental reform.

Stuart M. Sotsky, A&S '68, Med '71 (MD), SPH '71 (MPH), a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Physicians, was recently honored as clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine, where he has served on the faculty since 1977.


Darrell J. Gretz, Engr '71, wrote an article titled "The Early History of Gravitational Wave Detectors" that was published in the spring 2018 issue of the Forum on the History of Physics semiannual newsletter.


Howard Adler, A&S '72, was recently appointed deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which works to identify and respond to threats to the financial stability of the United States. He had previously been a partner of the international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and has served as secretary of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council.


Deborah Goodman, A&S '75, received the 2018 Discovery Award from the literary journal Bosque for her short story "Virgin Matriarch." Goodman read the story aloud at Bookworks, an independent bookstore in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in December 2018.

Barbara J. Howard, Med '75 (MD), co-founder of CHADIS, an assessment system for physicians, received the 2019 C. Anderson Aldrich Award in October from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The award honors professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of child development.

Mary Polk Warner, A&S '75, recently retired from the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, where she taught and specialized in obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound. She and her husband now reside in Maine where they enjoy tending a farm and spend the seasons road scycling and cross-country skiing.


Clydette L. Powell, Med '76 (MD), was selected as the designated federal officer for the National Clinical Care Commission at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Mandated by Congress, the new federal advisory committee focuses on complex metabolic and autoimmune disorders related to insulin and their complications.


Ognen A.C. Petroff, Med '77 (MD), was recently elected a fellow in the American Epilepsy Society. Petroff has been a tenured faculty member at Yale University for 25 years and program director of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's clinical neurophysiology program for five years.


Elliot L. Chaikof, A&S '79, Med '82 (MD), received the American Surgical Association's 2019 Flance-Karl Award. Each year, the award recognizes one surgeon in the United States who has made seminal contributions to surgical research. Chaikof is surgeon-in-chief and chair of the Robert and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Johnson & Johnson Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Stuart W. Davidson, A&S '79, a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, was selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Davidson has been included in the Best Lawyers for 25 years.

Alfred W. Forrester, Med '79 (MD), HS '85, Med '86 (PGF), in addition to having a practice in adult psychiatry in Timonium, Maryland, was promoted to medical director at the Maryland Addiction Recovery Center in Towson, Maryland, in October 2018.

Ronn McFarlane, Peab '79 (MM), Mindy Rosenfeld, Peab '80, and Mark Cudek, Peab '82 (MM), along with former Peabody faculty members Mary Anne Ballard, Larry Lipkis, and Danielle Svonavec, released in August The Food of Love: Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare, their 17th recording together as the Baltimore Consort. The group performs instrumental music of Shakespeare's time, including early English, Scottish, and French popular music.


Manuel B. Datiles III, Med '83 (PGF), was named the Most Outstanding Alumnus for academics in 2019 by the University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni Association in America, an organization composed of medical alumni of the faculty of medicine and surgery of the university based in Manila, Philippines.

Jennifer L. Marill, A&S '83, chief of the Technical Services Division at the National Library of Medicine, received the 2019 National Institutes of Health Director's Award for her leadership in building the NLM digital collection and providing access to biomedical resources. The award recognizes achievements from across all NIH institutions and centers.

Wesley Stites, A&S '83, A&S '83 (MA), Med '91 (PGF), a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arkansas, left his role as department chair on Aug. 31 after serving five years. He started the next day as associate vice chancellor for research and innovation. Among his duties are solutions for shortages of research space, budgeting and policy decisions, and oversight of offices of research compliance, undergraduate research, data management, and the university press.


Robert M. Bagoff, Med '85 (PGF), HS '85, recently became an associate clinical professor at the New York University College of Dentistry and was appointed the associate director of surgical and prosthetic treatment in the Continuing Dental Education Program.


Gary F. Panariello, A&S '86, a managing director of the engineering consulting firm Thornton Tomasetti, is now a co-leader of the firm's business units. Based in San Francisco, he is a recognized leader in forensic engineering and has more than 20 years of experience in the research, design, investigation, and construction of complex structures.

Nicholas Perrin, A&S '86, previously a professor of biblical studies at Wheaton College in Illinois, was unanimously selected to become the 16th president of Trinity International University.


Grace C. Kung, A&S '89, Med '93 (MD), was promoted to professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Eric G. Orlinsky, A&S '89, was the recipient of the Hanks Lifetime Achievement Award by the Maryland State Bar Association's Business Law Section for his contributions to the association and Maryland jurisprudence throughout his legal career. He is the award's youngest recipient.

Kasper S. Wang, A&S '89, Med '93 (MD), was promoted to professor of surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.


Jeffrey De Cagna, A&S '90, became the 32nd recipient of the American Society of Association Executives' Academy of Leaders Award in August. The award is the association's highest individual honor given to consultants or industry partners in recognition of their support of ASAE and the association community.


Jeremy L. Kranowitz, A&S '92, '03 (MS), was recently appointed CEO and president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and environment of American communities through tree planting, block-by-block cleanups, and the creation of community spaces.


Monica C. Neal Hertzman, SAIS '94 (Cert), was recently elected chair of the board for Attack Theatre, a Pittsburgh-based contemporary dance company celebrating its 25th season this year. She is also a member of the Jack Heinz Society, a standing committee of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra board of trustees, and enjoys their collaborations with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, of which classmate Matthew G.Borkowski, SAIS '94 (Cert), '04 (MA), is a member. She has worked at the RAND Corp. since 2000 with fellow SAIS alumna Rachel M. Swanger, SAIS '87 (MA).

Francis J.H. Park, A&S '94, previously the head of the strategy division in the U.S. Joint Staff Directorate for Strategy, Plans, and Policy and principal author of the 2018 National Military Strategy, is now a military historian at the Joint History Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.


Louis Jauvtis, A&S '96, was honored to have his fellow Hopkins friends Alexander W. Zartman, A&S '96; Peter Hunsaker, A&S '01; and William "Ned" E. Jastromb, A&S '95, attend his wedding in Switzerland on Aug. 4.

Susan de Sola Rodstein, A&S '96 (PhD), has written a collection of poetry, Frozen Charlotte: Poems, published by Able Muse Press in San Jose, California. She lives near Amsterdam with her family. Her poems have appeared I many venues, such as the Hudson Review and PN Review, and in anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2018. Her website is

Michael J. Zarchin, Ed '96 (MS), '04 (Cert), became the new chief of school climate and safety for Baltimore County Public Schools.


Joshua Yamamoto, HS '97, '07, Med '07 (PGF), and Kristin Thomas, HS '97, Med '97 (PGF), '99 (PGF), are the authors of You Can Prevent a Stroke, a practical guide for managing the effects of aging circulation to maintain cardiovascular health, published by RosettaBooks on July 30.


Damien Newton, A&S '99, a journalist and nonprofit consultant based in Los Angeles, won an award in the Solutions Journalism category at the 2019 Los Angeles Press Club's 61st annual Southern California Journalism Awards for his three-part series on Safe Parking, a program that assists homeless families and individuals living in their vehicles in Los Angeles. He and his colleagues also won Best Group Blog for their site, Streetsblog LA.


Jeremy Gorelick, A&S '01, SAIS '01 (Cert), '02 (MA), and Chantelle Schofield, A&S '07, are pleased to announce the arrival of their newborn child, Scimitar Schofield Gorelick.


Richard "Al" Calabria, Engr '03 (MS), was elected into the Edgewood (Md.) High School Hall of Fame on Oct. 4. The Hall of Fame program honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to the school and their communities, and those who are exemplary role models for current students.

Miriam Marwick, Engr '03 (MSE), '09 (PhD), received in September the Institute for Defense Analyses' 2018 Andrew J. Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research, which recognizes exceptional analytic achievement within the institute's research community.

Nicholas G. Mirisis, A&S '03 (MA), began a new role as chief marketing officer for GoCanvas' main office in Reston, Virginia. GoCanvas is a mobile software company that provides mobile apps and forms for data collection and sharing.


Ko Mishima, SAIS '05 (PhD), was promoted to professor of political science at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania in August.


Kevin Crysler, Bus '06 (MBA), owner of the Mr. Handyman of Anne Arundel and northern Prince George's County in Maryland, received the President's Award from Mr. Handyman International in recognition of being one of the top five franchises in the system.

Brian E. Kinsella, A&S '06, was awarded the Meritorious Public Service Medal in April for his outstanding service to U.S. veterans, soldiers, and their families. He and classmates Nick Black, A&S '06, and Craig Gridelli, A&S '06, are the founders of Stop Soldier Suicide, a nonprofit focused on military suicide prevention.

Anne-Marie Somerville, Nurs '06, completed her Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice at Texas Wesleyan University in August 2019. She earned a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro and her post-master's certificate in nurse anesthesia from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in 2011. In August, she was a presenter at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Annual Congress, where she discussed best practices to mitigate emergence delirium in adult patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.


Katherine Ross Fahrenbach, A&S '07, recently joined the Chicago office of litigation firm Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP. She is a member of the firm's medical negligence and health care practice group with a focus on the representation of hospitals, physicians, nurses, and other health care providers in medical malpractice lawsuits.


Adam Carpenter, A&S '08 (MS), a manager at the American Water Works Association, received his PhD in environmental science and public policy from George Mason University in May. He and his wife, Marian, also welcomed their new son, Thomas, in June, joining their other son, George.

Peter Crable, Ed '08 (MS), and Robert W. Dodd, Ed '18, are finishing the second season of their education-focused podcast, Ed's Not Dead, which tackles current education issues facing America's public education system. Guests have included American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain.

Phyllis Fagell, Ed '08 (MS), a school counselor and frequent contributor to The Washington Post, wrote her first book, Middle School Matters: The 10 Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle Schoo and Beyond—and How Parents Can Help, published on Aug. 6 by Da Capo Lifelong Books.


Jason R. Dittrich, A&S '09 (MLA), joined the Baltimore-based firm Mueller Associates Inc., as its new director of business development and marketing. He will oversee strategic marketing initiatives, communications, and client outreach to support the firm's mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services.

Claire Zachik, A&S '09, Med '15 (MD), completed her residency program in adult psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in June, reports her father, Albert A. Zachik, A&S '73, Med '77 (MD).


Adam S. Carney, Ed '10 (MS), '11 (Cert), became the new principal at Cockeysville (Md.) Middle School.

Mary L. Westcott, A&S '10 (MA), has published three books of poetry since graduating: Fluttering on Earth: A Journey of Healing and Recovery by Balboa Press in 2015; Stillness at the Bottom, published independently in 2016; and Soaring Above Clouds, published independently in 2017. Her upcoming book, From Darkness to Embracing the Light: A Spiritual Guide to Reclaiming Your Life After Soul-Crushing Relationships, was released in September.


Thomas M. Edling, SPH '11 (MPH), received the John Poe Memorial Partner Award for outstanding service to members of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians and to veterinary public health.

Benjamin Shapiro-Kline, A&S '11, and Laura Veldhuis, Engr '11, '12 (MSE), were married in June by Thomas Artaki, A&S '11, surrounded by friends and fellow Hopkins alumni in New York City.


Amy E. Domingues, Peab '12 (MM), is a founding member of the early music ensemble Sonnambula, which released its first CD, Leonora Duarte (1610–1678): The Complete Works, on June 7, on Centaur Records.


Beverley M. Rabbitts, Med '13 (PhD), began a faculty position at Washington State University in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience in January. As an assistant research professor, she teaches graduate students and is the core director for research resources in the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building.


John W. Lyttle III, Bus '16 (MS), president and CEO of The Lyttle Company LLC, announces that the firm has been officially registered as an investment adviser under the Pennsylvania Securities Act of 1972.


Minji Kim, A&S '18, a sixth-grade science teacher at Success Academy Harlem West Middle School, received a 2019 Success Academy Excellence Award for Rookie of the Year in April.

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