spring 2017

Class Notes

1949

  • HILL Thomas H. Dahill, an emeritus professor at Emerson College, completed his most recent commission, The Canal That Bisected Boston, on May 19, 2016. The piece, a ten-foot-high by three-and-a-half-foot-wide depiction of the old Middlesex Canal, has been installed in the lobby of One Canal Street, an apartment building that sits on the site of the former waterway, which was built around the turn of the nineteenth century to bring logs and other goods from New Hampshire to the Charles River in Boston.

1954

1955

1967

  • HILL Rick Caro writes that he and his wife, Sue Denison, went on a National Geographic tour of Cuba and returned just five days before Fidel Castro died and the country went into mourning. “Out of the twenty-two people on the tour, four were graduates of Tufts. As part of the tour, we went to Cienfuegos baseball stadium, which features a Jumbo statue. Other Jumbos on the trip were Phyllis Cela, J73; Marsha Berkowitz, J74, G74; and Wayne Kabak, A72.”

1969

1970

  • HILL Richard Babayan, professor and chair of the Department of Urology at Boston University School of Medicine and chief of urology at Boston Medical Center, has been appointed president of the American Urological Association (AUA). Babayan performed the first robot-assisted radical prostatectomy in Boston. His clinical interests include minimally invasive urologic surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer, urologic oncology, and endourology. His honors include the AUA’s Distinguished Service Award and the Joseph B. Dowd Lifetime Achievement Award. He serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition.

1971

1973

1975

  • HILL Michelle Samour has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, where she is a member of the print and graphic arts department and the diploma program. She received the SMFA’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. A multimedia artist, her installations, drawings, and handmade paper works explore the intersections among science, technology, and the natural world. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cushman Family Fund, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and her work has been shown at venues including the Museum of Modern Art in Strasbourg, France, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

1976

1977

1979

  • ENGINEERING Kevin Oye has joined Tufts as professor of the practice at the Gordon Institute of the School of Engineering. He holds two degrees in electrical engineering, a B.S. from Tufts and an M.S. from Stanford. As a board member, company officer, executive, and engineer, Oye has led initiatives in which new products and technologies drove industry transformations in both startups and large corporations. He was the vice president of systems and technology at Sycamore Networks Inc. and vice president for strategy and business development at Lucent Technologies. He started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he held engineering and management positions in digital communications systems. Oye is on the Leadership Board of the nonprofit EforAll business accelerator. Before joining the faculty, he served on the board of advisors to the School of Engineering and is currently a member of the school’s Curriculum Task Force.

  • MEDICAL Alexander A. Hannenberg, a clinical professor of anesthesiology at Tufts School of Medicine, has been recognized by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) with its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, for his passion for global health and humanitarian outreach and his contributions to ASA. Following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Hannenberg contributed to a coordinated response to deliver medical aid. In 2012, he was instrumental in the creation of Lifebox USA, an organization that improves anesthesia safety in low-income countries by providing pulse oximeters, a standard medical device that measures the level of oxygen in a patient’s blood, and by encouraging the use of simple safety checklists to help reduce surgical complications and mortality. The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to an ASA member who has transformed the specialty of anesthesiology.

1980

1981

  • MEDICAL Walter J. Lee is a new member of the board of directors of Good Shepherd Community Care, a nonprofit focused on hospice and palliative care in Greater Boston. He has been providing care through the organization since he began his internship and residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in 1981. He served in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1987, attaining the rank of major, and serves on the faculties of Tufts School of Medicine and Northeastern University. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Directors Association and is a past president of the Chinese-American Medical Society.

  • HILL Pamela S. Gilman, of Barton Gilman LLP, was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the area of personal injury litigation. This is the sixth consecutive year that Gilman, a partner in the firm’s Boston office, has been so honored. She has won more than seventy jury trials in Massachusetts. She was named a Woman Leader in the Law by Fortune magazine in 2014 and 2015.

1982

  • HILL Sean L. Callahan, F88, has been named president and CEO of the international humanitarian organization Catholic Relief Services (CRS) by Archbishop Paul S. Coakley. CRS supports more than 100 million people living in poverty around the world. He is the current president of Caritas North America, is on the board of trustees for Catholic Charities USA, and has served on the executive committee and representative council of Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations. 

1983

  • HILL Ethan D. Goldman, A96; and Megan E. Kiefer, A03, met on a trip to Israel with the leadership development group Reality Storytellers, sponsored by the Schusterman Foundation. Communications professionals, screenwriters, speechwriters, publicists, filmmakers, producers, and leading professionals participate in the annual trip. Mischel is a producer at Sony Pictures Animation, the division behind Hotel Transylvania and The Smurfs. Goldman is a producer and development executive who has worked in television and film for twenty years. Kiefer is the founder of Take Two Film Academy, which has been teaching kids about storytelling and filmmaking since 2004. 

  • HILL Ethan D. Goldman, A96; and Megan E. Kiefer, A03, met on a trip to Israel with the leadership development group Reality Storytellers, sponsored by the Schusterman Foundation. Communications professionals, screenwriters, speechwriters, publicists, filmmakers, producers, and leading professionals participate in the annual trip. Mischel is a producer at Sony Pictures Animation, the division behind Hotel Transylvania and The Smurfs. Goldman is a producer and development executive who has worked in television and film for twenty years. Kiefer is the founder of Take Two Film Academy, which has been teaching kids about storytelling and filmmaking since 2004. 

  • HILL Eric S. Mischel, F83; Ethan D. Goldman, A96; and Megan E. Kiefer, A03, met on a trip to Israel with the leadership development group Reality Storytellers, sponsored by the Schusterman Foundation. Communications professionals, screenwriters, speechwriters, publicists, filmmakers, producers, and leading professionals participate in the annual trip. Mischel is a producer at Sony Pictures Animation, the division behind Hotel Transylvania and The Smurfs. Goldman is a producer and development executive who has worked in television and film for twenty years. Kiefer is the founder of Take Two Film Academy, which has been teaching kids about storytelling and filmmaking since 2004. 

1984

1985

  • DENTAL David Leader, MPH13, an associate professor of comprehensive care at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, was among the members of the Massachusetts Oral Health Steering Committee recognized by the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. At the coalition’s conference in September 2016, the committee won the Effective Practice Award at the state level for their work developing the Massachusetts Perinatal Oral Health Practice Guidelines for Pregnancy and Early Childhood.

1986

1988

1989

1990

1991

1993

  • HILL Eric S. Klee, general counsel for the publishing company American Media Inc. (AMI), was featured in the summer edition of U.S. Business Executive. AMI, based in New York, owns and operates several of the country’s leading celebrity and health and fitness media brands, including the National Enquirer, Star, OK!, Radar Online, Men’s Fitness, and Muscle & Fitness. He is often called upon to handle complex issues around branding as well as trademark and copyright law. 

1995

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2007

2008

  • HILL Megan Mueller, G10, G13, an assistant professor in human-animal interaction in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, received the Junior Faculty Research Award. She joined Cummings in 2013 to build the human-animal interaction research (HAI) and teaching programs. She is co-associate director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction and conducts research examining the impact of HAI on youth development in military families and the use of HAI in STEM education and in human-horse interactions. Mueller was the first recipient of the Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Junior Professorship. 

  • HILL Kyle Thompson-Westra, who performed with the Tufts Orchestra and Chamber Singers, released his first solo album, Longitude, a mixture of folk, indie rock, and chamber pop. Check it out at ktwmusic.bandcamp.com/album/longitude.

2009

  • HILL Denisha P. McKenzie joined Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger, a California employment, labor, and immigration law firm, as an associate. She works on a variety of employment and labor issues involving discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination cases, representing clients before state and federal agencies. 

  • HILL Shane Lavalette was commissioned by the Swiss Foundation for Photography, Musée de l’Elysee, and Switzerland Tourism to make photographs for the exhibition Unfamiliar Familiarities: Outside Views on Switzerland, which opened in February 2017. The project marks the centennial of the tourism bureau. 

  • FLETCHER Erik Iverson, F13, has been selected as one of sixteen White House Fellows this year. Fellows work in government positions, do community service, and participate in an educational program to develop their leadership skills and build their knowledge about policy formulation and current affairs. After graduating from Fletcher, Iverson was deputy director for planning in Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management. He was a CNAS Next Generation National Security Fellow for 2016, has served as a Truman National Security Project chapter director, and is a graduate of the executive leaders program at the Naval Postgraduate School.

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

  • HILL Cassandra Klos, media stockroom manager at the SMFA at Tufts, had photographs published in Time magazine on September 26, 2016, as part of an article on the Mars simulation in Hawaii, “My Day on Mars,” by Jeffrey Kluger. Jasmine Lee was a studio assistant for Home Town: Re-Presenting Boston’s Chinatown as a Place of People—Then and Now, an interactive public art exhibition by Wen-ti Tsen. The exhibition featured a series of life-sized, painted cut-out figures based on historical photographs of local residents that were in the archives of the Chinese Historical Society of New England.

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