Monday, Oct. 29, 2001
RICHMOND, Va. – Twelve alumni who have excelled in careers from alternative
medicine to teaching will be honored by Virginia Commonwealth University during
its annual Founders Day celebration on Nov. 16. Alumni stars from across the
university were selected for their community, humanitarian and professional
achievements, as well as university service. This year’s stars, which were
chosen through faculty recommendations and alumni committees, include:
received her masters in education in 1972. She is the first woman
superintendent of public instruction
with the Virginia Department of
Education. DeMary, who was already an experienced classroom teacher at
the time of her graduation, became the youngest
school principal in the Henrico County School system.
who received his bachelor
of fine arts in 1974. He recently was named
vice president for the historic area at
the Colonial Williamsburg
Ellis, who has lectured on African-American history and storytelling
world, also has authored two books on the subject.
who was a 1943 Medical College of Virginia graduate, and his brother,
Norman Ende, M.D., who was a
They were the first in the world to find that umbilical cord
blood could be useful in treating cancer
Earlier this year, nearly 30
years after their initial research,Scientific American magazine cited
as the first to show that the blood could be clinically useful.
Milton currently practices in Petersburg,
while Norman is a professor of
pathology at Vanderbilt University.
, who received
of science degree in 1971. She runs a occupational therapy
practice and owns
her own company, Silver Ring Splint Company. After
diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and finding the
splints cumbersome, she
designed her own and sells them around the world.
who received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy
in 1972. He went on to design one of the first
computer software businesses
created by a pharmacist, Compute-Rx Pharmacy System. He is currently
mid-Atlantic regional manager of applications at
QS/1 Data Systems, current owners of Compute-Rx
Pharmacy System .
who received his degree in microbiology and immunology in 1988. He is
of the Walter Reed
Army Institute of Research and is
the consultant to the U.S.
Army surgeon general for veterinary
comparative medicine. He also has served as
commander in both the U. S. Army Medical Research Unit in
Brazil and the
Army Component Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences in
who received his dental
surgery degree in 1974. He began his orthodontic
practice in Burke in 1978. He has
served as president of the Northern Virginia
Dental Society and as board president of VCU’s Medical College
Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation.
who received his degree in business in 1962. He is a
certified-chartered life underwriter, a member of the
and a founding member of both the Five Million-Dollar Forum and the
Society for financial service professionals.
who received her masters in biology in 1983. She is head of the Johnson
research lab. In 2000, President
Clinton granted her
$200,000 in research funds by awarding her the
Presidential Early Career Award
for Scientists and Engineers.
, who received
her bachelors in nursing in 1971. She operates a therapeutic touch
teaches courses for hospital programs, universities
colleges around the world. She has
formed two corporations, Healing Touch Canada
Inc. and the Canadian Healing Touch Foundation.
who received her masters of social work in 1973. She serves as senior
vice president and chief lobbyist at
Virginia Hospital &
Association. She also is executive vice president of the Virginia
Research & Education
Foundation and executive secretary of HOSPAC, the
hospital community’s political
The event, which is hosted by the VCU Alumni Association and the Medical
College of Virginia Alumni Association at VCU, will begin at 6 p.m. at the
Country Club of Virginia, 6031 St. Andrews Lane. The cost is $30. For
information, please call VCU Alumni Activities at (804) 828-2586. For further
biographical information on alumni stars, visit www.vcu.edu/uns.
About VCU and VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.