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Maternal Health Matters

By Michael Lott

Ann Starrs hopes that someday she will lose her job. Why? That would mean that her work as president of Family Care International (FCI) is no longer needed. “Ultimately, as with any development work, you’re really trying to work yourself out of a job,” she says, adding wryly, “I don’t think that’s going to happen [...]

Sailboat Racing—Fun But Serious Business

By Susan Cousins Breen

There’s a saying that “sailboat racing is hours of incredible boredom, interrupted by moments of stark terror.” Despite this assessment of the sport, Arlene Dannenberg Bowes ’72 is undeterred.
The Philadelphia native is competitive and enjoys a challenge. As a Swarthmore freshman, she helped classmates deliver a Dickerson 35 ketch from Philadelphia to Cape May, during [...]

Heat from the Earth

By Elizabeth Redden ’05

Temperatures linger in the teens when I visit Sam Ashelman at his home in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Powder speckles unforgiving ground, but deep inside the frozen earth flows Ashelman’s source of warmth.
The whole mountainous landscape visible from his living room used to belong to Ashelman, composing Coolfont Resort, a 1,300-acre wilderness retreat he long owned [...]

Plants Make Us Better, More Civil People

By Susan Cousins Breen

The lush leaves in hues of gold, green, and burgundy that fill Virginia Lohr’s [’73] office at Washington State University–Pullman (WSU) have not been gathered for aesthetic purposes. Lohr surrounds herself with 14 potted plants because she knows from her own research, and that of colleagues in the fields of horticulture, landscape architecture, and psychology, [...]

City View

By Audree Penner

It’s dusk as Kairos Shen ’87 takes in a panoramic view of Boston’s harbor. “I can see the Custom House Tower, the airport, the new Rose Kennedy Greenway parks, the steeples of the North End, the Bunker Hill Monument, and the spires on the Leonard Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. It’s a spectacular view,” he says.
The [...]

When Calamity Strikes…

By David McKay Wilson

Just days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, Nicholas Lehmann was there to provide on-site engineering support as contractors began to move mountains of debris. Shortly after a steel cooling tower collapsed in Milford, Conn., he was on hand to figure out why it came crashing down, killing two workers. [...]

Room for Reflection

By Susan Cousins Breen

A bright light from the Class of 1970 may already be extinguished by the time you read this profile.
Five years ago, Sister Katrina—better known to classmates as Sarah Bancroft—became a member of the Nuns of New Skete in upstate New York, an Eastern Orthodox monastery that supports itself mainly by making gourmet cheesecakes. She had [...]

‘Prevenient Grace’

By Elizabeth Redden ’05

“When she became president of Columbia Gas Transmission and people asked how do you marry a chief executive, I would say, ‘It’s easy, you marry a religion major and wait 20 years,’” Ernie Abbott ’72 says of his wife, Catherine “Cathy” Good Abbott ’72, formerly an energy (and Enron) executive and now pastor at Arlington [...]

Workin’ on the Railroad

By Susan Cousins Breen

The staccato rhythm of trains chugging down the track has held an allure for Richard Slattery ’80 since childhood. The lifelong interest took root during his family’s weekend subway trips from Queens into Manhattan. Rich found the heavy, metal giants of transportation lining the tracks at New York’s Penn Station “to be much more interesting [...]

Family Neurosurgeon

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Robert Grossman’s 43-year medical career has been filled with research, patient care, and mentoring of young physicians. The recipient of many awards and honors, last year Grossman received the highest award given by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Cushing Medal, for his service to neurosurgery.
Grossman is chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at [...]