Heritage Award 2012

2012 Recipients

Jeffrey S. Barber, A&S '95
Jeff Barber is a passionate advocate for his alma mater. A dedicated volunteer, he has served on his reunion committees, hosted events for President Daniels in Boston, and faithfully taught at Homewood in the financial literacy intersession course every winter. He has assumed leadership positions at the School; he currently serves as national chair of the Second Decade Society and as an active member of the Arts and Sciences Advisory Board. Convinced that equal access to education is a moral issue, in 2008 Mr. Barber and his wife, Kimberly Hsu Barber, also Class of 1995, endowed the Kimberly and Jeffrey Barber Family Scholarship. In addition to the scholarship, they have supported the Gilman Hall renovation and the construction of Charles Commons. Mr. Barber has created a distinguished legacy at Hopkins, and we are proud to award him the Heritage Award. Top

Auburn Bell, Bus '90 (MAS)
Auburn Bell loves all things Hopkins. He began to channel that enthusiasm more formally through volunteer work and service to the university and the Carey Business School shortly after he completed his degree in 1990. Auburn was an active participant in the university’s Host Family Program for more than four years, acting as a support to the undergraduate students of Hopkins and developing meaningful relationships with our future alumni. From the moment that the university announced the naming and creation of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Auburn was at the ready, offering his time, energy, and resources to the effort of building a world-class business school for Hopkins and actively seeking out opportunities to become more involved with the school. In the spring of 2008, the school’s Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board (DAAB) was created, and Auburn was invited to join as one of the 18 founding members. He has proved to be a thoughtful and selfless leader among the now 21-member board. He has co-led the DAAB’s successful fundraising efforts, which have yielded the creation of a Dean’s Alumni Advisory Board Scholarship. Auburn is continually thinking of ways to create opportunities for positive connection for the school, the university, our alumni, and our students. He is an accomplished marketing professional, serving as a Vice President in Corporate Marketing at Legg Mason, and is the current DAAB Fundraising Chair. He is a true joy to work with; his dedication to Hopkins and his spirit embody the attitude we seek in all those associated with the Johns Hopkins University. His philanthropic example is a light for others to follow. Top

Robert E. Black, SPH Faculty, Med Faculty
Nominated by: Michael J. Klag
Robert E. Black, MD, MPH is the Edgar Berman Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health and the Director of the Institute for International Programs of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Black is trained in medicine, infectious diseases, and epidemiology. He has served as a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and worked at institutions in Bangladesh and Peru on research related to childhood infectious diseases and nutritional problems. Dr. Black’s current research includes field trials of vaccines, micronutrients, and other nutritional interventions; effectiveness studies of health programs, such as the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness approach; and evaluations of preventive and curative health service programs in low- and middle-income countries. His other interests are related to the use of evidence in policy and programs, including estimates of the burden of disease, the development of research capacity, and the strengthening of public health training. His studies have demonstrated a highly significant impact of zinc in diminishing both the severity and the duration of diarrheal episodes in infants and toddlers. Dr. Black is widely viewed as one of the most ardent advocates worldwide for making zinc supplementation an integral component of primary child care. Dr. Black is the recipient of the 2010 Programme for Global Paediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health, the 2010 Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health, and the 2011 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. Top

James C. Cobey, SPH '71, Med '69
James Cobey is a Nobel Prize-winning surgeon, humanitarian, and advocate who has been a strong supporter of both the School of Public Health and the School of Medicine. He is currently the President of the Society of Alumni at JHSPH and serves on the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council, the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, and the Delta Omega Alpha Chapter Executive Board. In 1997, his lifelong work in refugee care was publically recognized when, as a member of Physicians for Human Rights, James Cobey shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines. He has worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), assisting in refugee care in the Gaza Strip, studying the epidemiology and effectiveness of primary health care centers both in western Nigeria and in a primary health care center where he developed public health programs in northern Haiti, and as an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) health delegate at the Thai-Cambodian border, where he coordinated one of the largest refugee camps, managing medical care as well as overall relief care. In 1981, he founded Health Volunteers Overseas, an organization that sends over 300 volunteer physicians, nurses, dentists, and therapists in all medical specialties to over 20 developing countries each year. Until September 2011 Dr. Cobey maintained his orthopaedic practice at the Washington Hospital Center, with specialties in major trauma, spine reconstruction, and total joint replacement, where he served a large number of Medicaid patients, often at a reduced cost. Top

R. Clayton Emory, A&S '56
R. Clayton Emory graduated from the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences in 1956 with a BA in Business and Industrial Management and has been active at the Johns Hopkins University for many years. In 1999, Clay joined the Real Estate Advisory Board for the School of Professional Studies. He served as Chair between 2004 and 2006, and his leadership set the stage for this program to move to the next level. Without his contributions, the School could not have achieved the level of recognition that led to the Edward St. John endowment. Presently, Clay serves as President of Emory Properties, LLC. His 50-year career began with his Hopkins education, followed by his attending the United States Army Officers Candidate School, and then his receiving his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1961. His first job was with James Rouse, working on the Columbia New Town Project in the 1960’s. In 1967, he left to form his own construction company, a precursor to Emory Hill & Co, for which he is best known today. Clay considers himself a long-term real estate developer/investor. Of the 12 million square feet of projects he has built, he still owns 8 million today in 86 partnerships, including his first project, a six-unit apartment complex. He is a partner in several companies associated with Emory Hill, including A-13 LLC, Aberdeen Business Center LLC, Abilene LP, Ardennes LP, Badger LLC, Bestone Corporation, Bison LLC, and Parkside Associates. Clay continues to be a donor and a lecturer for the Carey Business School Real Estate Program and is one of the more popular guests for our graduate students. He has particularly been a strong donor during times where funds were needed on short notice for program development. His commitment to the Program and to the Johns Hopkins University has never wavered, and he is a very deserving recipient of the Heritage Award. Top

Charles W. Flexner, Med '82, Med '89 (PGF)
Abraham Flexner earned a B.A. in 1886 from the recently founded Johns Hopkins University. He assisted his older brother Simon in attending Johns Hopkins, where Simon studied under pathologist William Henry Welch. Simon became a noted pathologist and bacteriologist while at Johns Hopkins. His father-in-law was James Carey Thomas, the first chairman of the JHU Board of Trustees. Abraham wrote the 1910 report Medical Education in the United States and Canada, which criticized the profit motive and mediocre quality of many schools, but singled out Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as the model of medical education. Flexner observed the impact that Hopkins had on the profession of medicine: “The influence of this new foundation can hardly be overstated. It has finally cleared up the problem of standards and ideals; and its graduates have gone forth in small bands to found new establishments.” Resulting from Flexner’s report was a revolution in American medical education. Charles Flexner, Abraham's great-great nephew, now heads the 18-member Task Force on Competencies and Curricula. Dr. Flexner is a professor of medicine in the Divisions of Clinical Pharmacology and Infectious Diseases and a professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also a professor of international health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, deputy director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, associate vice-chair for Academic Fellowship Programs in the Department of Medicine, and associate director of the Graduate Training Programs in Clinical Investigation of the JHU Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Top

Lawrence M. Kenney Jr., Engr '78
Larry’s work is in Systems Engineering for Raytheon. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Committee and has been active with the Society of Engineering Alumni (SEA) for over ten years. He is currently serving his third term as a member of the SEA Council. In a previous term, Larry was Chair of the Communications committee and continues to be a member of this committee today. As chair of the committee, Larry was integral in the creation and maintenance of the engineering alumni website and the creation of a brochure for the SEA that was in use for several years. After his first term with the SEA, Larry became a member of the University Alumni Council and was a member for eight years. During that time, he was involved with the marketing and communications, membership development, and policy and long range planning committees. His leadership and dedication to the Alumni Council allowed him to serve on the executive committee, where he held the position of treasurer. Larry has been an active reunion participant, and he served on the committee for his 30th reunion in 2008 and will serve on his 35th Reunion Committee for 2013. He is also a member of the National Alumni Schools Committee. Larry and his wife, Marci (A&S ’78), have been generous contributors to several important initiatives at Homewood. They established the Marci and Larry Kenney Scholarship that supports a student from either Arts & Sciences or Engineering each year. They also generously supported the construction of the residence hall, Charles Commons, where a study room is named in their honor. Top

Edward J. Ludwig, Trustee Emeritus
Edward J. Ludwig serves as chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Mr. Ludwig is a former trustee of the Johns Hopkins University and a former chair (and current member) of the Health Advisory Board (HAB) of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During his tenure on the HAB, Mr. Ludwig has travelled to Bangladesh and India to see the School’s projects at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, to Uganda for the School’s Rakai Health Sciences Program, to the Masiphumalele settlement in South Africa, Nepal with Dean Al Sommer to visit the School’s Vitamin A research project, and to Thailand with Dr. Chris Beyrer. Mr. Ludwig has always been an ardent supporter of the School, arranging for Al Sommer and senior faculty to present to the BD management team, facilitating meetings with then President Clateo Castillini, and supporting BD’s funding of the renovation of the School’s lecture hall into a modern location equipped for distance education. The room was dedicated in 1999 as the Becton Dickinson Lecture Hall. BD also supported the establishment of the BD Vaccine Evaluation Unit and the BD Immunology Laboratory at JHSPH. Mr. Ludwig and his wife Kathleen have also funded the Edward and Kathleen Ludwig Scholarship at JHSPH. Top

William F. Railing, A&S '50
Dr. William Railing, a member of the undergraduate Class of 1950 at the School of Arts and Sciences, earned his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University and became a respected and beloved professor of economics at Gettysburg College for four decades, before his retirement in 2003. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Gettysburg College. He is a most dedicated alumnus of the Johns Hopkins University, having been a faithful member of Homewood’s Reunion/Homecoming and regularly serving on his class’ reunion committee, most recently as they celebrated their 60th. Because of his volunteer leadership, he was a regular attendee of Leadership Weekend for years. Additionally, he was active with Knowledge for the World activities in Baltimore and in Philadelphia, where he and his wife Jennifer often attend chapter events. They also enjoy Peabody concerts, which they regularly attend. As a longtime champion of his alma mater, Dr. Railing, together with his wife, endowed the Dr. and Mrs. William F. Railing Scholarship for undergraduates. Top

Raymond Snow, A&S '70
Ray Snow graduated from the School of Arts and Sciences in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business. Ray was a member of ROTC, the track team and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He has built a successful career as a wealth management advisor, working at Deutsch Bank Alex Brown and now at Merrill Lynch as a vice president. Ray became involved with the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association in 2001 and has been an officer since 2006. He became first vice president of the Alumni Association in 2008 and, at the same time, an ex officio member of the university Board of Trustees. Ray has been president since 2010. He has acted as the official representative of Johns Hopkins at numerous events, and he was an active member of his 40th reunion committee. Ray continues to participate in his home alumni chapter, Miami/Palm Beach. By his own count, Ray visits Johns Hopkins at least 15 times a year. His is the face so many alumni have seen at reunion activities and many other locales throughout the region and the country, including one of his favorite venues – Homewood Field during lacrosse season. His love of the university and his passion to engage alumni are second to none, and he has been instrumental in guiding the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association’s long-range planning efforts. Ray has identified his calling as “helping others,” and in addition to his great work for Hopkins, he has held leadership volunteer roles with the Arthritis Foundation and the YMCA. Top

Keefer S. Stull, Engr '49
Keefer Stull taught classes at Hopkins from 1946-1954 and was employed by Westinghouse from 1955-1984. Mr. and Mrs. Stull are members of the Whiting Legacy Circle and frequently attend events on campus. In the past, the Stulls have served as an Alumni Host Family for undergraduate students. Mr. Stull has remained dedicated to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and gives generously to this program. In addition to his monetary support of the department, he has given many functional and historical electronic devices for the use and education of our faculty and students. Mr. Stull is an active member of his class and has contributed photos and other memorabilia to the reunion year celebrations. He is very interested in remaining involved with the university and has also been instrumental in engaging others throughout the years. Mr. and Mrs. Stull have given, and continue to give, very generously to the Whiting School of Engineering. There is a lab named for them in Maryland Hall, and they also have arranged for the Whiting School to receive significant unrestricted gifts in their estate plans. Top

Robert S. Waldrop, Friend (A&S)
Dr. Waldrop, a retired psychologist who spent 16 years on the faculty of the University of Maryland, made a bequest to the Krieger School to ease the financial burden of graduate work, allowing students to focus on their research. This estate gift will ultimately allow for five fully funded Robert S. and Dorothy L. Waldrop Graduate Fellowships in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The gift provides the greatest concentration of donor-funded fellowships in one department of the School. Waldrop’s distinguished career included nine years as Chief of the Vocational Counseling Service in the Department of Medicine and Surgery at the Veterans Administration in Washington, DC. In addition, he was an administrator at the University of Michigan and Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University. Although not an alumnus of Johns Hopkins, Dr. Waldrop and his wife Dorothy felt strongly about helping to educate the best graduate students at the Krieger School. Dr. Waldrop's desire to support graduate students has never waned. "The future of psychological science and service to the world is in the hands of graduate students," he says. "Students need help to do their best work in graduate school, and I believe that this gift will help Hopkins attract the very best graduate students and prepare them for service to the world." Dr. Waldrop passed away in July 2012. Top