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James L. Martin, BS ’50, was interviewed by the American Public Works Association, which published his oral history, “An Interview with James L. Martin.” The work is 14th in a series of oral histories of leaders in the public works profession. The interview covers Martin’s career in public works and civil engineering since graduating from GW. Martin Melosi of the University of Houston conducted the interview.

Rabbi A. James Rudin, BA ’55, was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. In February, Rudin also was the recipient of the “Eternal Light Award” from the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University in Florida.

The District of Columbia government and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia recently honored Judge Bruce S. Mencher, BA ’57, JD ’60, for his dedicated services on behalf of children. Mencher, a judge for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, established the “Adoption Day in Court,” an annual celebration of adoptions in Washington, D.C. Mencher was presented with the accolade on Nov. 18, 2006, at the 20th annual Adoption Day ceremonies.

Charles E. Magoon: The Panama Years by co-author Gustavo A. Mellander, BA ’59, MA ’60, PhD ’66, was chosen as one of the five most significant books on Panama by the Latin American Research Review. Mellander was a college president for two decades and an academic dean at three universities. Currently Mellander is dean of the graduate school at George Mason University.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology honored Richard L. Abbott, MD ’71, with its Lifetime Achievement Honor Award for his contribution to the profession. Six eye doctors were given the award in November 2006.

Karen S. Bonn, BA ’72, was promoted to senior vice president for the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plans) Services Group of GreatBanc Trust Co. in New York. Bonn is responsible for business development and investment management services.

Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J., recognized John P. Ferguson, MBA ’73, in a celebration for leaders who have made significant contributions to the Bergen County community. Ferguson is president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Medical Center. For the past three years, he was named as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Virginia Magazine recognized Robert H. Moran Jr., BA ’77, in its Winner’s Circle list. As a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch for 25 years, Moran has consistently been honored for his outstanding service at the company.

James J. Byrnes, MS ’78, has joined Cannon Design in Arlington, Va., as a senior associate and project manager for the firm’s Southeast region. A design professional with nearly 35 years of experience, Byrnes plays an instrumental role in the management of Cannon Design’s contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other health care design projects.

Prospect Medical Holdings recently appointed Stuart H. Levine, MHA ’78, as chief medical officer. The company manages the medical care of about 175,000 HMO enrollees in Southern California. Previously, Levine was medical director at SCAN Health Plan. He is a managed care and Medicare expert. Levine has 30 years of experience as a practicing physician. He has served as chief resident at UCLA School of Medicine Neuropsychiatric Institute. Levine also is assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as well as director of behavioral health for the primary care internal medicine residency program at St. Mary’s UCLA Medical Center.

Fleishman-Hillard welcomed David MacKay, BA ’78, to its Washington, D.C., office in October. MacKay previously worked at Hill & Knowlton, where he led the consumer marketing practices in the Washington, D.C., and Chicago offices and served as the firm’s national client services officer. Prior to that, MacKay was vice president/group leader for the consumer marketing practice at Ketchum Public Relations. He began his career in marketing communications at Burson-Marsteller.

Ronald E. Whitney, MBA ’78, joined Detroit-based law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities law department. Previously Whitney was counsel for the corporate transactions group of Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., where his practice included business and tax law, and acquisitions and dispositions. Whitney lives in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., with his family.

With 40 years of experience in managing land development and public infrastructure design projects, William C. Putman, MEA ’80, was named civil engineering department head in the Woodbridge, Va., office of Burgess & Niple. Putman oversees engineering teams for private and public projects. His responsibilities include client liaison, business development, and contract management. He has worked for Burgess & Niple since 1993.

David Frishberg, MD ’84, moved from Baltimore last year to accept an appointment as director of surgical pathology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Carl A. Rizzo, BA ’84, JD ’87, was named partner at Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard in northern New Jersey. Rizzo’s law practice includes concentration in commercial litigation and chancery practice relating to contractual disputes, surety, construction and construction liens, real estate transactions, commercial tenancy, employment covenants, and partnership/shareholder discord. Rizzo lives in Wyckoff, N.J.

The Internal Revenue Service appointed Richard A. Spires, MS ’87, as the agency’s chief information officer. A private-sector information technology executive before joining the IRS in early 2004, Spires is now responsible for virtually all aspects of the agency’s information technology systems.

In response to a GW Magazine request for alumni to share information about Fulbright awards, Jean Purcell, EdD ’87, reports that she was awarded Fulbright Scholarships in 1990 and 1991 to develop short-term employment training programs for rural and urban poor in south India. Upon her return to the United States, Purcell continued to work on short-term employment training programs in Chennai, India. A national conference on “Training Options for Early School Leavers” was held there to publicize her work.

Valerie A. Yarashus, BA ’87, was elected vice president of the Massachusetts Bar Association for the 2006-07 year. Yarashus is a principal in the firm of Sugarman & Sugarman, where she concentrates on plaintiff’s trial practice and other liability cases. She also spearheads a committee that works to increase diversity in the law profession and encourage minority students to consider legal careers. Boston Magazine, in conjuction with Law and Politics, recognized Yarashus as one of the top 50 female attorneys in the state as well as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of personal injury law. Yarashus also has been listed in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 editions of Best Lawyers in America. Yarashus lives in Holliston, Mass., with her husband, Robert, and three children; Sarah, Rachel, and Daniel.

Canadian engineering conglomerate SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. appointed Patricia A. Hammick, PhD ’89, to its board of directors. Hammick has more than three decades of experience in oil and gas, power, U.S. energy utilities, and mining. Hammick formerly was an independent corporate board member at Consol Energy Inc., an energy-related Fortune 500 company, and a lecturer at GW’s Graduate School of Political Management. Since 2003, she has also been lead director at a second Fortune 500 company, Dynegy Inc.

Last August, Christian Downs, BA ’90, and Laura Taddeucci Downs, BA ’92, MA ’95, welcomed their second child, Mathew, who joins his older brother, Thomas. Christian is the executive director of the Association of Community Cancer Centers, and Laura is on the board of directors of the GW Alumni Association. The family resides in Arlington, Va.

After 24 years working for the World Bank, Edward F. Dube, MBA ’90, reports that he has retired and is considering options for his next adventure, “since I’m only 51,” he says. “They say ‘50’ is the new ’30,’ so stay tuned!”

The Drexel University School of Public Health welcomed Lisa Bowleg, MA ’91, MA ’96, PhD ’97, to the Department of Community Health and Prevention as an associate professor. Previously, Bowleg was an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and also worked as a consultant for the Brown University Medical School. Bowleg also has been nationally recognized for her publications and focusing on the influence of social structural factors and gender role and sexuality factors on sexual risk in African American communities.

Michael Charles Brody, BA ’91, and his wife, Lisa Marie, welcomed their second child, Charlotte Grace Brody, on Oct. 30, 2006, in Columbia, Md. 

Michael Rosenberg, BA ’91, was elected junior warden of Melita Lodge Number 295, Pennsylvania Free and Accepted Masons. Michael and his wife, Sheryl (Klein) Rosenberg, BBA ’92, live with their two sons, Sam and Jack, in Mount Laurel, N.J.

Focus: Hope, a civil and human rights organization in Detroit, appointed Tracy Smith Hall, MPA ’93, its director of external affairs. Hall is responsible for public funding and advocacy as well as for the volunteer and community outreach, communications, and marketing areas. Previously, Hall served as a government affairs officer and manager of government affairs and public policy, leading the organization’s efforts to obtain discretionary and competitive grants and contracts from federal, state, and local governments.

Meghan Yudes Meyers, BA ’97, of Herndon, Va., is the editorial director of Portovert, a wedding magazine for eco-savvy couples. Portovert launched online in January 2007 but will not be available in print for environmental reasons.

The Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, recently welcomed Bishop George V. Murry, MPhil ’95, PhD ’95, to the community.

Matt Cota, BA ’96, was named executive director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association. A Saxtons River native, Cota is the grandson of the founders of one of southern Vermont’s largest home heating dealers, Cota & Cota. He previously worked as the Santa Barbara bureau chief for an NBC affiliate on California’s central coast.

National immigration law firm Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer welcomed Joanne Matsuo, BA ’97, as an associate at its New York office. Matsuo, a member of the American Immigration Association and the New York State Bar, received her law degree from The American University Washington College of Law.

The Port of Tacoma named Sean Eagan, MA ’97, its state government affairs manager. Eagan, a former staff member to U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, represents the interests of the Port of Tacoma and its customers to the state legislature. He also is an active member of the City Club of Tacoma, a civic group.

In October, Dave Adler, BA ’98, and Adina Renee Adler, BA ’99, welcomed their first baby girl, Avery Sloane. Dave is a lobbyist for the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. Adina is the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office’s director for South Asia.

Kelly Toscano-Bradley, MA ’98, and John Bradley welcomed a baby girl, Ava Victoria, on Jan. 13, 2006.

Iomai Corp., a biotechnology company developing patch-based vaccines in Gaithersburg, Md., promoted Jin-Sook Chung, MBA ’99, to vice president of human resources. Chung has worked at Iomai since 1997.

Since September 2005, Kevin Wang, MBA ’99, has worked for Choice Hotels International, based in Silver Spring, Md. Wang is a senior trends analyst in consumer marketing research. He is in charge of tracking market trends in various hotel segments and in the overall hotel industry.

Gibson & Behman welcomed Brandon H. Moss, BS ’00, JD ’03, as an associate attorney in its Burlington, Mass., firm. Moss practices municipal law, civil litigation, and insurance law. He lives in Quincy, Mass., with his wife, Sarah, BA ’01. Sarah is the chief of staff for Rep. Anthony J. Verga and the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs in the Massachusetts Statehouse.

Love is in the air for Julie Strachan, BA ’01, and Rory Haiber, BA ’00, MEd. ’01, who were married Feb. 11 at Walt Disney World. Alumni in attendance included Philip Auerbach, BA ’00; Bree Rosenfelt, BA ’01; Nick Johansen, BA ’01; Michele Friedman, BA ’01; Linnea (Richards) Smith, BA ’02; Stephen Smith, BA ’02; Josh Friedman, BA ’02; Brian Calvary, BA ’01; Carey Zimmermann, BA ’01; Mindy Miner, BA ’01; and T. Eddie Sisk, BA ’00. The couple lives in New York City. She is an account manager/attorney for Westlaw, and he is a high school English teacher.

Remembering “Red”

Red Auerbach’s honorary chair in the Smith Center, where he consistently attended Colonials games for 15 years

Jessica McConnell

Alumnus Arnold “Red” Auerbach, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Boston Celtics to nine NBA championships, died Oct. 28 near his home in Washington, D.C., at the age of 89. As a fervent Colonials fan and model sportsman, Auerbach’s lifetime relationship with the University has left an indelible mark.

Auerbach, BS ’40, MA ’41, DPS ’93, played three varsity seasons for the Colonials, from 1937 to 1940, and was an inaugural member of the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1959. As the straight-talking head coach of the Celtics, Auerbach earned the respect of players and colleagues alike. He won 938 regular-season games with the team and, in 1980, was named the greatest coach in NBA history by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America. With all of his success, Auerbach never forgot his alma mater. For 15 years, he consistently attended Colonials basketball games.

“If GW had a favorite son, it was Red Auerbach,” said President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. “He has been an inspiration to generations of scholar athletes and fans worldwide, but here in Foggy Bottom, we will always remember Red as one of our own.”

Sun Bowl Reunion

Of the 31 players on the 1957 Sun Bowl team, 21 of them, plus four assistant coaches, reunited 50 years later last October during Colonials Weekend. The Colonials, ranked as high as No. 14 nationally in 1956, blanked Texas Western (now Texas-El Paso), 13-0, to finish their magical season 8-1-1, best in the program’s history.

Jessica McConnell

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