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Alumni News: How about the 1970s!

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Eight alumni from the shiny seventies wrote in:

Elizabeth Furlong (Rathbun) B.S. Biology W&M 1970 - Presently I'm working in the Transfusion Services Laboratory in the Department of Transfusion Medicine, National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland. My title is Laboratory Operations Coordinator, which is a fancy way of saying that I am one of two supervisors in the lab responsible for meeting the transfusion needs for patients at the Clinical Center, or research hospital, at the NIH. I live in Rockville, Maryland, and have three children, two daughters 20 and 19, and a son 18 years old. My oldest daughter is attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, studying psychology; my son will be attending Frostburg University in Frostburg, Maryland, in the fall, studying history; and my second daughter is doing volunteer and missionary work. In my spare time I have been working a little with photography and writing, learning how to sail, and doing some traveling (I went to Egypt in March!).

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Eric Frykberg '72Eric Frykberg B.S. Biology W&M 1972 - From W&M as a biology major, I went to medical school at MCV in Richmond, then into a surgery residency and am now a full time tenured Professor of Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville . I am involved in full time teaching in our surgical residency as a general surgeon concentrating primarily on Trauma surgery at our Level I Trauma Center.

I valued my time with the W&M biology Department and have been amazed at the longevity of the faculty I knew there in the early 70's--Brad Coursen, who taught freshman biology (my freshman year of 1968 was his first there) and revolutionized test-taking with his essay tests, as well as Mycology, Garnett Brooks (Evolution), Dr. Byrd who was Chair at the time and who taught comparative anatomy and ornithology, Dr. Black (cell physiology), Dr. Vermeulen teaching Biochemistry, virology, and Microbiology with his own unique methods of the "psychological warfare" approach to teaching, Dr Bruce "By Jiminy!" Grant who had just started there teaching Genetics ( I am amazed he is still there!), Dr. Mangum (Invertebrate Zoology), and Dr. Eric Bradley (Endocrinology), not to mention Dr. Mathes and Dr Hall in botany.

Those were the days that Millington Hall was brand new and chemistry was all taught in Rogers Hall. Anyway, the Department seems to be continuing on its path to excellence in all things--but it is important to recognize the great legacy this department has. Keep up the good work!

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Kathryn Reynolds-Duplantis B.S. Biology W&M 1975 - I am a practicing cosmetic surgeon in Dallas, Texas. I own The Hair, Laser and Liposuction Center of Dallas. I have one daughter who is married and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BS in engineering and a BS in mathematics. My twin sister, Dr. Katy Reynolds, is a physician living in Pensacola, Florida (she graduated from W&M in 1975).

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Susan Ruegger (Hildebrand) B.S. Biology W&M 1975 - In November 2007 I was asked to present a Biology class at the International Educational Forum held in Shanghai China. The conference was focusing on science education for young women.

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Richard Danila B.S. Biology W&M 1977 - I have a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan (1981) and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (1989). Since 1985 I have been at the Minnesota Department of Health and am currently the Deputy State Epidemiologist, and the Acute Disease Investigation and Control Section Manager. As such I manage a group of 40 infectious disease epidemiologists. I am also the Principal Investigator of two federal grants; one for Emerging Infections and one for Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity. Since 1987, I have also held an Adjunct Associate Professor Faculty position at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and have taught and advised approximately 25 Master's and three Ph.D. students. I get to do a lot of different type of work - it's great coming to work since I never know what will happen next. I have two nearly 20-year old children: a daughter majoring in psychology at the University of Puget Sound and a step-son majoring in Visual Arts and Design at Harvard University. Biology is still a hobby for me as well as a very strong interest in history - which I wish I had taken more of at WM. I volunteer at the Minnesota History Center.

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Mark Graber B.S. Biology W&M 1978 - Currently Professor of Emergency and Family Medicine at University of Iowa. Author of two books. Current focus is on international health. Taking students to India for rotations. Rode my bike across Canada last year. A lot of fun.

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Elizabeth Train B.S. Biology & Anthropology W&M 1978 - I was delighted to hear about the re-forming of the biology club and to read news about the botany club. During my time with the Millington crowd ('75-'78), we had a very robust backpacking, birdwatching (w/ Mitchell Byrd) and plant collecting (assisting those doing botanical surveys in Virginia) event calendar. Every weekend involved going out energized, spending the night out under the stars, and returning exhausted with specimens for the herbarium, new birds to our life lists, and new trails forged in nature's great spaces. Terrific times, and a life long passion for the natural world was/is shared by all. So glad to hear the tradition continues!

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Emily Braswell (Yowell) B.S. Biology/Environmental Studies W&M 1979 - I have worked for the last 29 years in Health and Safety for the US Army, US Navy, OSHA, and private hospitals. I am currently at the Y12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN with B&W Technical Services. I received an MPH from the University of Tennessee in 1993 and certification by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene in 1989. In a few weeks I will be assisting the Lawrence Livermore National Lab with a Beryllium assessment.

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