Alumni Notes
June 1, 2011 |  by Johns Hopkins Staff


Alan Schwartzman, Engr ’43, a retired architect, writes that his son Paul Schwartzman, Engr ’82, is working with a wind energy company in Dublin and his other son, Eric, is teaching in Moscow.


Sarah V. Bangs-Dinehart, Nurs ’46, is retired and living in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Eugene Blank, A&S ’48, Med ’54, has published two books: Pediatric Images (Lippincott-Raven, 1995) and USMC 457703 (Trafford, 2006).

Graycie M. Cameron, Nurs ’48, is living closer to her sister in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Patricia G. Moulis, Nurs ’48, has moved to Louisiana to be closer to two of her children and gets to enjoy Mardi Gras every year.


Harry B. Marcoplos, A&S ’49, ’58 (MA), enjoyed participating in the reopening of Gilman Hall in 2010.

William F. Rienhoff III, Med ’49, HS ’50, ’58, Med ’58 (PGF), is a retired surgeon living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.


George C. Buzby Jr., A&S ’51 (MA), ’55 (PhD), is an Episcopal Eucharistic visitor and chaplain.


Richard E. Edwards, Engr ’53, ’56 (MS), is proud to announce the addition of two more great-grandchildren to his family.

T. Scott McCay, Med ’53, retired from radiology practice in 2007 and is keeping busy with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Catherine Gontero Ryder, Nurs ’53, regretfully informs her classmates that her husband, Al S. Ryder, died February 3, 2010.


Henry J. Doherty Jr., A&S ’54, who has 21 grandchildren, has been spending time boating and fishing.


Norma G. Jackson, Nurs ’56, volunteers at a health care facility in Melrose, Minnesota.

Rowland King, Engr ’56, will be attending a wedding on April 30 and is sorry to miss his 55th reunion.

Dale D. Stewart, A&S ’56, an emergency room doctor in Bakersfield, California, has published 135 Life Principles: Life in America from a Different Point of View (Xlibris Corporation, 2010).


Anthony W. Salem, A&S ’58, an orthopedic surgeon, writes that his son Jonathon L. Salem, A&S ’10, recently graduated from Johns Hopkins.


Edmund L. Auchter, SAIS ’59, is retired and living in South Florida.


June M. Pankey, Ed ’60 (MAT), and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last July.


Julia G. Bolton, Nurs ’61, is beginning her second three-year term as a trustee of the Northern Berkshire Health System in Massachusetts.

Diane D. Fortuna, A&S ’61 (MA), ’67 (PhD), published Cent’Anni! (Authorhouse, June 2010), a story of an Italian immigrant family.

Daniel Gordon, A&S ’61, is a semiretired lawyer and a private pilot who has been happily married for many years and has six grandchildren.

Clarinda Harriss, A&S ’61 (MA), is a professor emerita at Towson University in Maryland, as well as editor and director of BrickHouse Books.


James Alex Gardner, Med ’62, took the Johns Hopkins University alumni cruise to the Lesser Antilles islands in March.

Larry F. Pifer, Engr ’62, is retired and lives in Tilghman Island, Maryland. He and his wife have three sons and eight grandchildren.

Ralph V. Turner, A&S ’62 (PhD), will have his book, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Yale University Press, 2009) published in French and German translations.

Fred P. Yoder, Engr ’62, who retired from Smith Barney in May 2009, enjoys time with his family and traveling with friends.


Brian D. Briscoe, Med ’65 (PGF), is an attending radiologist at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Joan Ellen Corbett, SAIS Bol ’65 (Dipl), SAIS ’66, is retired from active duty in the U.S. diplomatic foreign service.

R. Bruce Fisher III, Engr ’65, Bus ’68, was the business planner and manager for the volunteer committee that published The History of Utica (2010).

Margaret Huff Leiendecker, Nurs ’65, is retired and living in Virginia. Her son Drew has returned home from his fourth deployment and her family will be traveling to Hawaii in April for her other son’s wedding.

Benjamin Rosenberg, A&S ’65, has stepped down as managing partner of Rosenberg, Martin, Greenberg LLP, a business law firm in Maryland, but is staying on as chairman of the firm.

Cecelia Tichi, A&S ’65 (MA), published Civic Passions: Seven Who Launched Progressive America (and What They Teach Us) (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).


Bruce D. Fisher, A&S ’66, presented “Tuberculosis in History and the Arts” at the 48th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, which took place October 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Don Mankin, A&S ’66 (MA), ’68 (PhD), an adventure travel expert, was quoted in the January-February issue of National Geographic Traveler.


Vernon T. Tolo, Med ’68, HS ’70, ’75, is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.


Dennis A. Estis, A&S ’69, was elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Kathleen M. Hunter, Nurs ’69, is an associate professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Arlington, Virginia.

Irving A. Williamson, SAIS ’69, was named vice chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission in November 2010.


Stephen L. Bartlett, A&S ’71, will be retiring in June from the McCallie School, a private boys boarding and day school in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Edward Dougherty, A&S ’71, a dentist in Ocean City, Maryland, traveled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands during a January intersession course.

Thomas C. Knott, A&S ’71, has retired from the Food and Drug Administration and is now an independent engineering consultant.

J. Brent Ricks, A&S ’71, an attorney in Albuquerque, has started several companies, ranging from book publishing to fiberglass tank manufacturing.

J. Ronald Rowes, A&S ’71, became director of medical management and utilization for the North Shore Long Island Jewish Healthcare System, effective April 1.

Elliot Sirkin, A&S ’71, is a midcareer graduate of the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. His articles, interviews, and book reviews have appeared in several national publications.


Romesh Batra, Engr ’72 (PhD), has been selected to appear on because of his exceptional citation count in the field of engineering. Thomson Reuters’ is a free, publicly available website intended to highlight the world’s most cited authors from the past 25 years.


John R. Chiles, A&S ’73, a partner at Burr and Forman LLP in Alabama, was selected as a fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers in January.


Maria Cordova, Med ’74 (PGF), retired from dentistry in March 2010.


Alan A. Abramowitz, A&S ’77, is practicing law in Baltimore and has two grandchildren.


David E. Lilienfeld, A&S ’78, Engr ’80 (MS), Bus ’01 (MBA), runs the Drug and Safety Department at Ambit Bioscience Corporation in San Diego, California.

Gary Schaake Stewart, SPH ’78, a pediatrician practicing in Virginia for 26 years, also serves as chairman of the contract committee of Piedmont Community Health Plan.


John A. Bannigan, SPH ’79, an international consultant and editor, lectures on Middle East politics for senior citizen organizations.

Wendy Prioleau, Ed ’79, mentors first- and second-year teachers in Baltimore.


John A. Akinyemi, SPH ’80, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in September 2006.


Catherine Borrie, SPH ’81, has written two books on Alzheimer’s: You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello (Nightwing Press, 2010) and The Long Hello: The Other Side of Alzheimer’s (Nightwing Press, 2010).

Jack Kushner, HS ’81, has two new publications: When Universities Are Destroyed: How Tulane University and University of Alabama Rebuilt After Disaster (iUniverse, 2010) and Courageous Judicial Decisions in Alabama (iUniverse, 2011).

Shelia Faith Weiss, A&S ’81 (MA), ’83 (PhD), a history professor, has published The Nazi Symbiosis: Human Genetics and Politics in the Third Reich (University of Chicago Press, 2010).


Michael A. Bruno, A&S ’82, writes: “When I brought my daughter to attend a Hopkins open house, we were assigned a student tour guide to show us around campus. We discovered that he was living in the same Wolman Hall apartment that I had occupied in the early 1980s. What this young man had learned about the unit, which I never knew, was that F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald had once rented the same apartment in the 1920s!”


Debra Kuchka Craig, SPH ’84, was elected to the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s board of directors, effective June 1, 2010.

Lester Martinez-Lopez, SPH ’84, is working as a senior medical consultant.

Louis Rosenblatt, A&S ’84 (PhD), has published Rethinking the Way We Teach Science (Routledge, 2011), which explores how to better engage students in the classroom.


Norm Barker, Ed ’85 (MSEd), a biomedical photographer and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was appointed to the Journal of BioCommunications board in February.

Sharon Crockett, A&S ’85, graduated from Parsons The New School for Design and has been consulting on interior restoration at Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center in Garrison, New York.

Mary Donofrio, A&S ’85, is an associate professor in pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine as well as a cardiologist at the Children’s National Medical Center.

Andrew J. Patrick, A&S ’85, is a security engineer at


Nathalie Barbé-Coquelle, A&S ’86, spent 1991–2001 at the Council of Europe Development Bank in urban Paris, and now lives in rural Provence, making wine.

Laurence Mermelstein, Engr ’86, a partner with Long Island Spine Specialists, and his wife have two children: 16-year-old Ben and 14-year-old Sarah.

Robin (Gugenheim) Witkin, A&S ’86, a pediatrician in Silver Spring, Maryland, has three children; her daughter Rachel is a freshman at Johns Hopkins.


Brenda Greenberg, A&S ’87, a public affairs officer for the U.S. Department of State, “encourages other Hopkins grads to consider public service as a career.”

Doug McLeod, A&S ’87, was appointed the energy commissioner of Maui County, Hawaii, in December 2010. McLeod, a former environmental lawyer, continues to work on renewable energy systems.


Kenneth Harvey Homer Jr., Bus ’88, a senior analyst at BRTRC Inc., a technology resource organization, is assigned to U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command.

Maurice Linbergh Jones Jr., Engr ’88, is the owner of Jones Farm, located in Harford County, Maryland.

Amy Marshall Lambrecht, A&S ’88, is the associate vice president for resource development at Women in Cable Telecommunications.


Scott A. Marks, Engr ’90, was promoted to director within the affordable housing section of Coats Rose Yale Ryman and Lee, a law firm in Austin, Texas.

Scott A. McWilliams, Engr ’90, the chief operating officer for Management Resources Group Inc., was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of Baltimore Reads in February.

Richard Evan Steele, SPH ’90, is the co-founder and director of Vitacinternational, an enterprise dedicated to promoting and developing social justice and human capacity.


Marc A. Cordaro, Engr ’91 (MA), is the director of research and development for Philips’ Emergency Care Solutions.

Patsy Tassler Kelso, A&S ’91, SPH ’00 (PhD), is the state epidemiologist for infectious disease at the Vermont Department of Health.


Melisa Hayes, A&S ’92, and her husband are pleased to announce the birth of their third daughter, Miranda, born October 11, 2010.

Vlassis Travias, A&S ’92, and his wife welcomed their third daughter, Melina Haris, into their lives.


John Garvish, A&S ’93, a litigator, was promoted to head McKool Smith’s office in Austin, Texas.


Rebecca Jo Plant, A&S ’94 (MA), ’02 (PhD), published Mom: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America (University of Chicago Press, 2010).


Adam E. Bergman, A&S ’95, joined Deutsche Bank as a director in the cleantech investment banking group, which is based in San Francisco.

Jessica Anya Blau, A&S ’95 (MA), a teacher at Baltimore’s Goucher College, published her second novel, Drinking Closer to Home (Harper Perennial, 2011).

Donna L. Harrington, Bus ’95, an engineer for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, is also opening a unique vacation spot in April 2011 on Kent Island, Maryland.

Thomas M. McNamara Jr., Engr ’95 (MA), a program area manager of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, was appointed president and CEO of Virginia Tech’s newly established Applied Research Corporation in January.


Melissa M. Agoudemos, Engr ’96, is assistant professor of pediatrics at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.


Michael Lee Makfinsky, Bus ’97 (MS), ’02 (MBA), joined CSC North American Public Sector in November 2010 as the senior principal lead for cyber and information operations initiatives.


Brian Wm. Higgins, Engr ’98 (MA), was elected partner to Blank Rome LLP in December 2010. Higgins is a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group and practices in the firm’s Washington office.


Cyndie Chang, A&S ’00, and Philip Cheng were married August 21, 2010, in Malibu, California.

Kathryn S. Offringa, SAIS ’00, is president and CEO of North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.


Christine Keiner, A&S ’01 (PhD), has published The Oyster Question (University of Georgia Press, 2009).

Renee W. Levine-Packer, A&S ’01 (MLA), has published her first book, This Life of Sounds: Evenings for New Music in Buffalo (Oxford University Press, July 2010).

Sharada V. Rao, Peab ’01, is an actuary with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Policy and Planning.

Meredith G. Safford, A&S ’01 (PhD), Med ’04 (PGF), has returned to Johns Hopkins as a full-time coordinator for the Center for Biotechnology for Advanced Academic Programs.

Pia Saunders, A&S ’01, and her husband, Robin Campbell, welcomed their son, Satya Christopher Campbell, on February 18.


Mathy Milling Downing, Ed ’02 (MS), was featured in a documentary, Dead Wrong, which addresses the potential adverse effects of overprescription, especially in children.


Mike Blaine, A&S ’03, was named the assistant men’s basketball coach at Cornell University in October 2010.


Brigitta Kral, Ed ’05 (MA), has launched a line of bath and body products called Briggy’s Bath & Body.

Joseph Selba, A&S ’05, and Lindsey Kiddoo, A&S ’07, were married November 13, 2010. Both practice law in Baltimore.

Byung “Jason” Yoon, A&S ’05, received his PhD in physiology, development, and neuroscience from University of Cambridge, Trinity College, in November 2010.


Debra F. Charles, Bus ’06, is a senior research operations analyst for the U.S. Air Force.

Mark Nicastre, A&S ’06, ’10 (MA), has worked as a political consultant and communications director for a congressman on Capitol Hill since his graduation.

Caroline Powers, A&S ’06 (MA), works in the Washington office of O’Neil and Associates, a government and public relations firm.


Koyi Choi, A&S ’07, has started her fourth year of graduate school and anticipates graduating from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2012.

Kelly Nettleton Kennedy, SPH ’07, has one son and another baby due in July. Kennedy has started a nutrition and public health communications counseling firm.

Ryan P. McCaffrey, Engr ’07, is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Pardoe, Bus ’07, is a vice president at MT&T Realty Capital Corporation in Baltimore.


Nicole K. Baur, Nurs ’08, is living in Minnesota and working toward her doctor of nursing practice degree in family care.

Michael Doneger, A&S ’08, a former Hopkins lacrosse player, produced a commercial, “Elevator Girl,” that was a PepsiMax Finalist for the 2011 Super Bowl XLV.

Lisa Friedman, A&S ’08 (MA), has written several books and articles for national publication, including Nothing to Lose (Creative Arts Book Company, 2000) and Capital Baby (Resource Book, 1990).

Brooke Kenny, A&S ’08 (MA), wrote her first novel, Echoes of Her (All Things That Matter Press, 2011).

Rachel Poor, A&S ’08, will be attending the University of Oxford for a master’s degree in water science, policy, and management in the fall.

Sanjay Srikantiah, SAIS ’08, lives in Arlington, Virginia, and is a program analyst at the Department of State. He also advises young professionals in foreign policy strategy.


Hannah N. Laberteaux, A&S ’09, is serving in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

Josiah Mark Mueller, Nurs ’09, writes that he loves working in the pediatric emergency room at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

James Robbins, A&S ’09, is an artillery fire direction officer and platoon leader in the storied 4th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, deployed to East Paktika, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In memoriam

Elizabeth M. Kanne, SPH ’33, died March 15, 2010, in San Jose, California.

William McClean, A&S ’35, a retired teacher, football coach, and counselor, died January 26 in Baltimore.

Walter S. Koski, A&S ’41, ’42 (PhD), died February 26 in Baltimore.

Stuart W. Bruchey, A&S ’43, A&S ’46 (MA), A&S ’55 (PhD), a teacher and author, died December 20, 2010, in Austin, Texas.

Burton V. Matthews, A&S ’43, a surgeon, died January 24 in Wyandotte, Michigan.

Frances (Wisnewski) Bailey, Nurs ’44 (Cert), an artist and WWII veteran, died December 10, 2010, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Charles D. Sherman Jr., Med ’45, a cancer surgeon, died February 8 in Pittsford, New York.

Betty F. Daskin, A&S ’46 (MA), a community advocate and educator, died December 10, 2010, in Baltimore.

Betty Carlson Campazzi, Nurs ’47 (Cert), a nurse and educator, died February 3 in Palm Beach, Florida.

Betty Lou Raskin, A&S ’47 (MA), Ed ’64 (Cert), A&S ’68 (PhD), a scientific researcher and spokeswoman, died December 17, 2010, in Baltimore.

Henry Otto Schulze, Bus ’47, a biochemist for the federal government, who lived to the age of 99, died on January 2 in Towson, Maryland.

Charles Barlow, HS ’48, a pioneer in the field of pediatric neurology, died December 11, 2010, in Cohasset, Massachusetts.

Thomas D. Dawes, Eng ’48, a retired civil engineer, died November 5, 2010, in Towson, Maryland.

Stanley I. Greenebaum, A&S ’48, a WWII veteran and business executive, died July 8, 2010, in Baltimore.

Robert Wayne McCollum, Med ’48, an epidemiologist, died on September 13, 2010, in Etna, New Hampshire.

Charlotte Williams Allen, A&S ’49 (PhD), a political science professor, died January 23 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

William M. Benesch, A&S ’49 (MA), ’52 (PhD), a WWII veteran and physics professor, died September 17, 2010, in Washington.

Edgar A.C. Curran Jr., Engr ’49, formerly of Baltimore, died on January 28 in Syracuse, New York.

Louis V. Koerber, Engr ’49, an industrial engineer, business owner, and a past president of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, died February 18 in Towson, Maryland.

Donald Harting, SPH ’50 (MA), an educator and community activist, died January 2 in Pennsylvania.

Vivian O’Brien, A&S ’50 (MA), Engr ’54 (MSE), ’60 (PhD), a former Johns Hopkins researcher, died December 24, 2010, in Baltimore.

Robert E. Sandell Jr., A&S ’50, a former college coach and sports official, died January 28 in Baltimore.

John C. “Jack” Kistler, A&S ’51, Med ’55, a WWII veteran and doctor of internal medicine, died January 7 in Louisiana.

Shepard Nash Dunn, Med ’52, ’54 (PGF), HS ’56, an ophthalmologist, died February 19 in Southport, North Carolina.

James C. Baatz, A&S ’53 (MA), a U.S. veteran and research chemist, died December 9, 2010, in Massachusetts.

Robert B. Hinman, A&S ’53 (PhD), a former English professor and WWII veteran, died January 2 in Pittsburgh.

George T. Nager, HS ’53, one of the world’s leading otological surgeons and otopathologists, died December 9, 2010, in Baltimore.

A. Jefferson Penfield, Med ’53, an OB/GYN for over 30 years, died February 5 in Longboat Key, Florida.

David G. Connor, SAIS ’54, Med ’62, a physician and Vietnam veteran, died January 14 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Alvin J. Levy, Engr ’54, a U.S. Navy veteran and engineer at Martin Marietta Corporation, died August 6, 2010, in Florida.

John Edward Hardy, A&S ’56 (PhD), of Louisiana, died August 13, 2010.

Raymond P. Srsic, Med ’57, HS ’58, ’60, a pediatrician and associate professor, died June 25, 2009, in Baltimore.

John P. Doering, A&S ’58, a former Johns Hopkins chemistry professor, died December 13, 2010, in Maryland.

Charlene Nelso Hennessy Haun, A&S ’59 (MA), a tax assessor and activist, died February 17 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

Myroslaw Zobniw, Bus ’60, A&S ’68 (MLA), of Baltimore, died July 27, 2010.

Robert S. Warnick, Bus ’62, a sales engineer and WWII veteran, died January 22 in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

James “Jimmy” Boyd Zachary, Med ’63 (PGF), died February 15 in Towson, Maryland.

William J. Evitts, A&S ’64, ’71 (PhD), a historical writer, educator, and former director of Johns Hopkins Alumni Relations, died December 14, 2010, in Towson, Maryland.

James R. Mattoon, Med ’64 (PGF), a researcher, died December 24, 2010, in Loveland, Colorado.

John J. Stamm, Engr ’64, a U.S. veteran, died December 14, 2010, in Delaware.

Bruce E. Dahrling II, Med ’65, an ophthalmologist and Vietnam veteran, died February 10 in Hixson, Tennessee.

George E. Vargo, Engr ’65, a retired Bendix Avoinics employee, died December 19, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Charles Gordon Winter, Med ’66 (PGF), of Little Rock, Arkansas, who was a teacher and scientist, died on December 3, 2010.

John A. Hammond Jr., A&S ’67, of Ohio, died March 1.

Ambrish P. Mathur, Med ’67 (PGF), a thoracic cardiovascular surgeon, died January 12 in New York.

Louis J. Busby Jr., Engr ’68, who worked for MSA, a manufacturer of safety products, died February 28 in Damariscotta, Maine.

Kempton Dunn, SAIS ’68 (MA), former vice president of the New York Council on Foreign Relations, died January 25 in Hawaii.

Richard Francis Oles, Bus ’68, a former Johns Hopkins fencing coach and master fencer, died January 27 in Baltimore.

William Harry “Bill” Schwarz, Bus ’68, of Severna Park, Maryland, who worked for a Baltimore contracting company, died December 19, 2010.

David S. Bachman, Med ’69, HS ’73, ’76, a neurologist, died January 1 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Lester Aubrey Wall Jr., HS ’69, a retired Baltimore internist, died January 18 in The Woodlands, Texas.

Claude Jean Aguillaume, SPH ’74, who was a consultant to the United Nations, died June 29, 2010, in France.

Hillel S. Panitch, SPH ’76 (PDF), HS ’76, a neurology professor and researcher, died December 23, 2010, in Williston, Vermont.

Bonnie McClellan Richards, Ed ’76 (MA), of Green Valley, Arizona, died January 24.

Iris H. Stevens, Ed ’78 (MA), an educator, of Columbia, Maryland, died November 8, 2010.

James T. Dwyer III, A&S ’79, Bus ’84 (MAS), a financial services executive, of Princeton, New Jersey, died February 28.

Robert V. Walsh, A&S ’82 (MLA), a retired advertising executive and meteorologist, died December 14, 2010, in Towson, Maryland.

Gary Kruh, HS ’85, former director of the University of Illinois at Chicago Cancer Center, died January 5.

David A. Newsome, Med ’85 (PGF), a researcher and former associate professor at the Wilmer Eye Institute, died February 27 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Amy Alison Otstot, SPH ’87, who worked in health care for over 20 years, died October 11, 2010, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

John William Esther, Med ’89 (PGF), HS ’90, an anesthesiologist, died January 24 in Missouri.

Alison Snow Jones, SPH ’91 (PhD), an associate professor at Drexel University, died January 17 in Philadelphia.

Keith E. Elsam, Bus ’96 (MS), a manager for John Deere Inc., died January 30 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

John Daniel Fullmer, Ed (MA) ’00, a mental health therapist, died September 4, 2010, in Baltimore.