Alumni Notes
November 30, 2011 |  by Johns Hopkins Staff


Bessie Pear Jacobs, Bus ’31, recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends in West Palm Beach, Florida.


Harry P. Porter Jr., A&S ’39, Med ’43, HS ’47, and his wife, Elaine, moved into a retirement home in 2009 and are very happy.


José Ramirez Rivera, A&S ’49, had an authorized biography published by Agua Regia Editores. Ramirez Rivera is recognized for the development of whole-lung lavage, the establishment of Mayaguez Medical Center in Puerto Rico, and his contributions to the field of bioethics.


David Frederick Unumb, A&S ’57 (MA), writes that he has been re-elected as a trustee of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.


Larry C. Kerpelman, A&S ’58, a psychologist and health care communicator, has published Pieces Missing: A Family’s Journey of Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury (Two Harbor Press, 2011).


Irvin M. Miller, Engr ’59, A&S ’64 (PhD), is founder and president of Math and Physics Exploration, a mathematics museum and exploration center in Poughkeepsie, New York. To find out more, visit

Arnold B. Silverman, Engr ’59, an intellectual property law attorney for Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC of Pittsburgh, has been selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2011.


Jeffrey Kaimowitz, A&S ’64, published The Odes of Horace (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) and retired from his position as head librarian of the Watkinson Library at Trinity College in 2010.


Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon, SAIS Bol ’65 (Dipl), an international consultant and former U.S. ambassador to Chile, was nominated by the White House to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in July.

Timothy T. Pohmer, A&S ’65 (MLA), ’77 (Cert), teaches sailing and safe boating classes for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Pohmer is also a tutor at Butler Community College in Pennsylvania.


Joseph L. DeVitis, A&S ’67, Ed ’69 (MEd), a visiting professor of education at Old Dominion University, has co-edited Adolescent Education (Peter Lang Publishing, 2010). The book received the Critics’ Choice Award for Outstanding Book of the Year from the American Educational Studies Association.


Suellen S. Rubin, A&S ’68 (MA), ’69 (PhD), and her husband, Jerome Rubin, Med ’68, HS ’70, celebrated their 45th anniversary with a cruise to Alaska.


Harvey S. Cohen, A&S ’69, was awarded the 2011 Lifelong Learning & Service Recognition award from the Academy of General Dentistry. Cohen and his wife have two children and live in Baltimore.


Myra Weisberg Sklarew, A&S ’70 (MA), professor emerita of literature in the writing program at American University, has published an essay in the August edition of the Fortnightly Review on the life and work of Elliott Coleman, founder of the Writing Seminars program. The essay includes excerpts from seven other Johns Hopkins alumni discussing their time in the Writing Seminars. View the essay at


Samuel Garloff, Ed ’74 (MS), is secretary of the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine and a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s medical policy review committee.

Christopher J. Mason, A&S ’74, published Hum Who Hiccup (Narrow House, 2011). You can visit his blog at


Rodney H. Banks, A&S ’75, an industrial technologist and research fellow at Nalco Company, received the prestigious Perkin Medal from the Society of Chemical Industry in September. The Perkin Medal, which is the highest honor given for outstanding work in applied chemistry, was awarded to Banks for his significant work in improving the monitoring and control of industrial water treatment.

Timothy Lomperis, SAIS ’75, published The Vietnam War from the Rear Echelon: An Intelligence Officer’s Memoir, 1972–1973 (University Press of Kansas, 2011).

Joseph D. Zimmerman, A&S ’75, is an OB/GYN at Kaiser Permanente in Davis, California.


Freda C. Lewis-Hall, A&S ’76, chief medical officer and senior vice president for Pfizer Inc., was named 2011 Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. In addition to writing the book Psychiatric Illness in Women: Emerging Treatments and Research (American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., 2002) and numerous journal articles, she is a speaker and television commentator.


John Dierkes, A&S ’77, is the founder of Swim Across America Baltimore, a fundraising event benefiting cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Hundreds of swimmers took part in this year’s one-mile swim held on September 18.

Steven Schwaitzberg, A&S ’77, associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, was named president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons for the 2011–2012 year.

David Teie, Peab ’77, ’78 (MM), a cellist previously with the National Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony, performed with other family members in the Teie Family Concert held on September 16 in Nisswa, Minnesota.


Linda Apple Monson, Peab ’79, ’81 (MM), ’86 (DMA), a music professor at George Mason University, was honored to have an anonymous donor create an endowment in her name to support student scholarships and music programs.


Alexander Auchus, A&S ’81, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been elected to the American Neurological Association.

Karen B. Peetz, Bus ’81 (MS), vice chairman of Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon, a global asset and securities services company, was named Most Powerful Woman in Banking by American Banker magazine in October. Peetz, who leads a broad range of the company’s investment services businesses, that accounts for approximately 40 percent of the company’s overall revenue, has been with BNY Mellon since 1998.

Susan Stoderl, Peab ’81 (MM), gave a concert at WMP Concert Hall in New York in October to celebrate her first 10 years of song composition.


Emily Nye, A&S ’82, is director of the No’eau Center for Writing, Math, and Academic Success at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu and plays the euphonium in the Honolulu Community Concert Band.

Wolfgang H. Reinicke, SAIS Bol ’82 (Dipl), SAIS ’83, an international scholar, policy leader, and managing director in the private sector, has been named the inaugural dean of Central European University’s new School of Public Policy and International Affairs in Budapest, Hungary, effective September 1.

Phillip “Flip” M. Schutzer, A&S ’82, SPH ’85, is planning to travel to Israel in 2012.


G. Alfred Dodds III, A&S ’84, was chairman for the American Heart Association’s Washtenaw County Heart Ball, which was held on October 22.

Carol Lefkowitz Jones, A&S ’84, president of American Construction Management & Engineering Inc., recently completed a renovation of the headquarters of Western Psychological Services in Pasadena, California.


James “Jay” M. Dunn III, Bus ’85, the Hopkins Blue Jays’ men’s track and field assistant coach since 2000, was named the Mideast Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in May.

Victoria Griffith, SAIS Bol ’85 (Dipl), SAIS ’86, recently published a new picture book, The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont (Abrams Books, 2011).

Jon Laria, A&S ’85, was named managing partner of the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm, effective July 1. Laria, who is an active local leader in Baltimore, is also chair of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission.


Sharon Gleason, A&S ’88, director of development for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, earned the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive credential, in August. Gleason was honored for her achievement during AFP’s Leadership Academy in Montreal in October.


Laura J. Beard, A&S ’89 (MA), ’95 (PhD), a professor at Texas Tech University, was interviewed by the American Association of University Women as a former AAUW fellow. You can read the interview at

Allison Unger Brody, A&S ’89, is senior counsel, compliance, for Elsevier and is based in Newton, Massachusetts.

Hall Gardner, SAIS Nanj ’89 (Cert), is a professor at the American University of Paris and geostrategist with a focus on the origins of war. Gardner, who is published widely in the field of international politics and the author of many books, delivered the keynote addresses at two NATO conferences in January and February.

Charlotte Gaydos, SPH ’89, ’93 (DrPH), a professor of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins, helped develop a program to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The program, called I Want the Kit, supplys free in-home testing kits for three of the most commonly reported STDs.


Sherrie Madia, A&S ’90, executive director of communications, external affairs, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, published The Social Media Survival Guide for Political Campaigns (Full Court Press, 2011).


V. Franklin Sechriest II, A&S ’91, a commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for meritorious service from 2004 to 2011. The award ceremony was held at Naval Medical Center San Diego on August 17. During his seven years on active duty as a military orthopedic surgeon, Sechriest educated Navy orthopedic residents, conducted clinical research, developed and implemented hospital policy, and specialized in caring for Marines and sailors with complex knee problems.


Alex Tamin, A&S ’92, was appointed director of baseball contracts, research, and operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers in September.


Nelson Lowman, Bus ’93 (MS), former assistant director of revenue cycle operations at the University of Maryland, has joined Berkeley Research Group LLC and will be based in Baltimore.


Erik M. Chick, A&S ’94, previously of Washington Savings Bank in Bowie, Maryland, joined Howard Bank as vice president and relationship manager in September.

Charlotte Daw Paulsen, Peab ’94 (GPD), a mezzo soprano, performed on September 17 at the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s 19th annual Opera Festival held at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Marija Temo, Peab ’94 (MM), a flamenco and classical guitarist, singer, and dancer, has participated in numerous performances and workshops this year. Highlights include a performance at the National Association of Music Merchants in Anaheim, California, and a performance with the legendary flamenco singer Manolo Leiva in Seattle. See her website,, for details on upcoming performances.

William Zellmer, SPH ’94, delivered the commencement speeches and received two honorary doctoral degrees from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and Northeast Ohio Medical University in May.


Irene Kim Asbury, A&S ’95, was appointed municipal prosecutor of West New York, New Jersey, and is serving another term on the Hudson Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns, making recommendations to improve minority community access to the New Jersey courts.


Sarah Chan, Peab ’96 (MM), is an assistant professor of music/keyboard studies at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Chan was awarded The American Prize in Piano Performance in the professional division in May 2011 in recognition of the excellence of her performances of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25.

Sara Clemence, A&S ’96, ’98 (MA), weekend travel editor for the Wall Street Journal, was married in May to Andrew Sanocki.

Cindy Hooper, A&S ’96 (MAG), is the author of a book to be released in January 2012 titled Conflict: African American Women and the New Dilemma of Race and Gender Politics (Praeger).

Carolyn Boies Nitta, A&S ’96, an assistant city attorney in Seattle, and her husband, Keith, welcomed their daughter, Claire Fumiko, into their lives in October 2010.

David Troy, Bus ’96, a Baltimore-based technology entrepreneur and founder of 410 Labs, launched a new product in July called Shortmail, a character-limited email service.

Joy Whitlow, SAIS ’96, previously vice president and controller, was promoted to chief financial officer and executive vice president of National Association of Broadcasters Finance in August.


Jeffery A. Salaiz, SAIS Bol ’97 (Dipl), SAIS ’98, has been serving as the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, since June 2010. In April, Salaiz writes, he “orchestrated the U.S. observation mission and witnessed what some have described as the best elections ever conducted in Nigeria’s short democratic history.”

Christopher Shih, Med ’97, ’01 (PGF), a gastroenterologist from Ellicott City, Maryland, won first prize in the Van Cliburn Foundation’s sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs held May 23–29 in Fort Worth, Texas. Shih was also awarded Best Performance of a Work from the Romantic Era and the Audience Award. The weeklong competition is held every four years.


Danielle Ompad, SPH ’98, ’02 (PhD), is a research associate professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University after nine years at the New York Academy of Medicine.


Jonathan Fuld, A&S ’99, and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their first son, Jack James Edward, on December 9, 2010. Fuld is currently the president of Fuld Fine Art in Manhattan and advises on the purchase and sale of high-end works of art.

Pamela S. McNicholas, A&S ’99 (MS), is a supervising environmental scientist in the Baltimore office of Persons Brickerhoff, a global consulting firm.

Cherish A. Thompson, A&S ’99, an attorney with Thompson Bergés P.A. in Miami, was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Florida Rising Stars 2011.

Victor E. Velculescu, A&S ’99 (PhD), Med ’96, ’02 (PGF), an associate professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, is one of the winners, announced in September, of the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research. The award is presented biennially by Memorial Sloan-Kettering to three promising scientists under the age of 46.


David Salsbery Fry, A&S ’00, was the winner of the Bidu Sayão International Vocal Competition, held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in April. In addition to winning first place, he received the award for best opera aria performance.


Samantha Davis Goldstone, SAIS Bol ’01 (Dipl), ’02, a cancer survivor, started a jewelry collection, Adesso for the Butterfly Project, to benefit the Brenda L. Caplan Memorial Scholarship Fund, which supports individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Wes Moore, A&S ’01, author of The Other Wes Moore (Spiegel & Grau, 2011), was featured along with four other young veterans in the August 29 Time magazine cover article titled “The New Greatest Generation.” The article discusses how young war veterans are redefining leadership.

Beth Shaw, Engr ’01, joined Brake Hughes Bellermann LLP, an intellectual property law firm specializing in patent preparation, prosecution, counseling, and licensing, as of counsel. Additionally, Beth and her husband, Ronnie, welcomed twins Aaron Thomas and Elliot Andrew on February 21.

Eric Solomon, A&S ’01, was promoted from associate to shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller, a law firm based in Florida.

Abigail Somma, SAIS Bol ’01 (Dipl), SAIS ’02, has written a play titled Beneath the Hush, a Whisper, a work of historical fiction, which was presented September 15 through October 8 at the WorkShop Theater Company in New York.


Tim Kang, Engr ’02, is studying cinematography at American Film Institute Conservatory and plans to “join in alumni Caleb Deschanel’s and Walter Murch’s footsteps by pursuing a career in the film industry.”

Caroline F. Miller, A&S ’02, and Christopher M. Withers were married on June 9 in Alexandria, Virginia. They are living in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sarah Zaleski Sathaye, Engr ’02, ’05 (MS), is married to Alok Sathaye, Engr ’02, ’04 (MS), and they are both looking forward to their 10-year reunion in the spring.

Margaux Coady Soeffker, A&S ’02, and her husband, Reed, welcomed their second child, Evelyn Rose, on September 14.


Danielle Ewing, SPH ’03, joined New England–based BerryDunn as a senior consultant in the firm’s Government Consulting Group. Her work focuses on providing consulting services to assist clients in their efforts related to health care reform and health information technology.


Patrick Marti, Engr ’05, who is in his second year of Peace Corps service in Jamaica, was one of 16 volunteers representing the agency at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival—the capstone event for the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps—which took place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at the end of June.


Melissa Fireman, Ed ’06 (MS), is founder and chief executive officer of Washington Career Services, a career management firm. She has recently co-authored a workbook titled Career Magellan: How to Begin Your Career Journey (Washington Career Services, 2011).

Kathryn Francis, Eng ’06, is among the group of engineers who has been inspecting the Washington Monument for cracks and other damage caused by the August earthquake.


Michele M. Bleech, Bus ’07 (Cert), ’09 (MBA), is a strategic practice executive at Bluepoint Surgical Group in Virginia.

Gregory Mullenholz, Ed ’07, a staff development teacher at Twinbrook Elementary in Rockville, Maryland, was one of 16 teachers selected to be a Teaching Ambassador Fellow for the 2011–2012 school year. Mullenholz was further selected to work full time on teacher quality issues in the Washington, D.C., Office of the Secretary at the Department of Education headquarters.

Joe Xue, Engr ’07, and two other Johns Hopkins alums competed as a relay team in the San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz in August. Xue ran 7 miles, David Chow, Engr ’07, swam 1.2 miles, and Bobby Ng, Engr ’07, biked 25 miles.


Sean Doordan, Bus ’08 (MS), was promoted to assistant vice president, leasing, of St. John Properties, headquartered in Baltimore in July. Doordan, who has been with the company since 2005, will continue to oversee the marketing and leasing of the commercial office and R&D/flex portfolios located in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.

Scott Filer, SPH ’08, has been elected to the board of directors of Public Health Foundation Enterprises, a nonprofit agency dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people and communities.

Michael Han-Yu Leung, SAIS ’08, launched a community business project in Vancouver’s Chinatown/Strathcona neighborhood. This Space ( encourages community members to vote on various decisions impacting businesses in their neighborhood.

Lakindra Mohr, SAIS ’08, graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School in December 2010 and has joined the Anti-Corruption and Corporate Intelligence unit at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her article, “Lessons Learned: An Analysis of Recent Rule-of-Law Reform Efforts in Haiti,” was published in the Journal of Haitian Studies in 2010.


Angelica Evans, A&S ’10 (MA), a communications specialist with Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, published “Twitter as a Public Relations Tool” in the Winter 2011 issue of Public Relations Journal.


Robin Lloyd, A&S ’11 (MAG/MBA), previously a legislative assistant to former Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, was hired in September to work in the Washington, D.C., office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Engr ’64. Lloyd will handle issues related to the federal budget as well as health and human services.

Thomas “Tom” S. Smith, A&S ’11, a Philadelphia native, is now living in Baltimore and working on Project Gado, a robotic scanner for sensitive archival materials. The robot, named the Gado 1, was developed for under $500 to scan a collection of historic images at Baltimore’s Afro-American newspaper.

In memoriam

John A. Kirchner, A&S ’37, HS ’49, July 31, New Haven, Connecticut.

Samuel A. Rittenhouse, Engr ’37, August 8, Towson, Maryland.

William B. Breeden, A&S ’39, January 21, Medford, Oregon.

Sara K. Neese, Nurs ’40, June 29, McLean, Virginia.

Emmett L. Buhle, A&S ’41, ’44 (MA), ’49 (PhD), July 31, Media, Pennsylvania.

William T. Sackett Jr., Engr ’41, ’50 (PhD), January 20, Longmont, Colorado.

Gayle G. Arnold, A&S ’42, August 17, Richmond, Virginia.

Thomas Brundige III, A&S ’42, August 31, Baltimore.

David Seligson, SPH ’42 (ScD), March 3, Branford, Connecticut.

Wilda A. Mahoney, Nurs ’46 (Cert), July 17, Woodbury, New Jersey.

Malcolm W. Bick, HS ’47, June 4, Nokomis, Florida.

Burton V. Lock, A&S ’47, September 23, 2010, Baltimore.

James N. Rosenau, SAIS ’49, September 9, Louisville, Colorado.

B. Cullen Burris, HS ’50, August 27, Chatham, New Jersey.

William B. Miles Jr., Engr ’50, September 14, Salisbury, Maryland.

Leon Trachtman, A&S ’50 (MA), September 5, Lafayette, Indiana.

John P. Watkins, Med ’50, September 1, Las Vegas.

Robert F. Siegfried, A&S ’52, August 6, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania.

Edwin Thoet Jr., A&S ’52, January 26, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Emil “Buzzy” A. Budnitz Jr., A&S ’53, September 11, Baltimore.

Marvin L. Daves, Med ’53, HS ’57, June 30, Prescott, Arizona.

A. Ridgely Park, Engr ’53, July 19, Fallbrook, California.

Joel A. Carrington, Ed ’54 (MA), March 2, Owings Mills, Maryland.

Alton C. Hlavin, Engr ’56, July 3, Vienna, Virginia.

Jon Park O’Donnell, A&S ’56 (MA), West Palm Beach, Florida.

Roger W. Finlay, A&S ’57, ’62 (PhD), March 13, Saint Helena Island, South Carolina.

Louis R. Mills Jr., Engr ’58, September 16, Towson, Maryland.

Carl Leland Mohre, Engr ’58, June 26, Melbourne, Florida.

Felicien M. Steichen, HS ’58, Med ’61 (PGF), June 27, Mamaroneck, New York.

Larry K. Haines, A&S ’59, ’62 (MA), June 27, Dallas.

Walter Robert Power, A&S ’59 (PhD), June 6, Camarillo, California.

Robert R. Kent, A&S ’61, Med ’65, ’69 (PGF), HS ’67, July 18, Lutherville, Maryland.

Robert “Bob” C. Carlson, Engr ’63 (MS), ’76 (PhD), September 6, Palo Alto, California.

Pascal A. Girard, Bus ’63, June 10, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Gary K. Ackers, Med ’65, ’65 (PGF), May 20, Oro Valley, Arizona.

Bruce E. Dahrling II, Med ’65, February 10, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

F. Gould Charshee Jr., A&S ’66, June 11, Towson, Maryland.

James Patrick Connaughton, Med ’67 (PGF), HS ’67, Bus ’02 (MS), September 11, Lutherville, Maryland.

Thomas A. Considine, Engr ’67, August 4, Timonium, Maryland.

Frank M. Nelson, Engr ’67 (PhD), August 5, Potomac, Maryland.

James W. Althouse III, A&S ’68, June 9, Hudson, Ohio.

Nellie “Nonnie” H. Bartlett, Ed ’68 (MA), July 24, Easton, Maryland.

James E. Carson, HS ’71, September 17, North Wilmington, Delaware.

Judith Grossman, A&S ’71 (MA), May 21, New York.

John E. Friedel Jr., Engr ’72, June 26, Arnold, Maryland.

Dorothy Sucher, Med ’75 (MS), August 22, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Bernadine Healy, Med ’76 (PGF), HS ’72, ’84, August 6, Gates Mills, Ohio.

William Laramie, Peab ’78, September 1, Hartford, Connecticut.

Dorothy Ehlers Bennett, A&S ’79, May 7, Baltimore.

John F. Downing Jr., A&S ’80, September 27, New Canaan, Connecticut.

Joseph Emmett Queen Jr., Engr ’83 (MS), September 12, Riva, Maryland.

Margaret F. Jensvold, Med ’84, August 2, Kensington, Maryland.

Armand Jean Vanek, Engr ’89 (MCE), July 18, Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Ross J. Brechner, SPH ’91, August 4, Catonsville, Maryland.

Andrew J. Weiner, Engr ’93, July 29, Henderson, Nevada.

Joseph C. Stokes Jr., Bus ’95 (MS), September 19, 2009, Leverett, Massachusetts.

Barbara A. Tarver, Ed ’99 (Cert), August 22, Baltimore.