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JIM JARBOE, 82MPH, was named one of the Top 15 Producers of the DeKalb Board of Realtors in Atlanta. "I can't believe it's been 20 years since I left the administrative side of health care," he says. Jarboe's wife Mary retired in 2002 as the registrar for Agnes Scott College. Jim has no plans for retirement. "I would be too bored," he adds. The Jarboes have two children and two grandchildren.


ROBERT J. DAVIS, 90MPH, published The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting through the Hype about Your Health (University of California Press, 2008). The book identifies common myths and half-truths about prevention and wellness. Davis is a health journalist who has worked for CNN, PBS HealthWeek, WebMD, and The Wall Street Journal. An adjunct faculty member at the RSPH, he teaches the course "Mass Media and Public Health."

BORN TO TINA RIZACK, 93MPH, 98M, and her husband, Christopher Langlois, a son, Holden Martin, on Feb. 3, 2007. The family lives in Providence, RI.

ASTRID KOZEL DRETLER, TRACY BIDWELL MCMILLAN, AMY PINE, and WENDY KATZ WALSH, all 94MPH, met in Boston last April with their children. Dretler has three children and lives in Natick, MA. McMillan has a son and owns PPH Partners consulting group in Flagstaff, AZ. Pine has a daughter and is director of the Communicable Disease Prevention Unit in the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Walsh has a son and is educational programs manager with UpToDate in Waltham, MA. She lives nearby in Norwell, MA.

ARLENE M. LESTER, 94MPH, was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. She currently serves as a regional minority health consultant in the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region IV-Atlanta.

BORN TO CHANDA NICOLE (MOBLEY) HOLSEY, 96MPH, and Eric Demond Holsey, a daughter, Savannah Nicole, on March 1, 2008. The family now lives in San Diego, where Chanda serves on the faculty at the University of Phoenix and as an adjunct professor at San Diego State University and Nova Southeastern University.

KATHERINE DEAVER -ROBINSON, 96MPH, and her husband, BRIAN ROBINSON, 90C, moved to Pretoria, South Africa, last January. Katherine is the CDC global AIDS program surveillance coordinator for South Africa. They will be posted there for two years.

ISAM VAID, 99MPH, received his PhD from the Department of Health Behavior at the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He wrote his dissertation on "Self-efficacy to resist smoking as a mediator between nicotine dependence and quit attempt in adolescents in Alabama."


LAWRENCE BRYANT, 01MPH, received his PhD in adult education from the University of Georgia. He also accepted a tenure-track position in the Division of Respiratory Therapy with the School of Health and Human Services at Georgia State University. He writes, "My first research project is looking at establishing a cancer survivor network here in Georgia, in collaboration with the State of Georgia. This research involves smoking-related cancers."

AURA LOUISE COFFEE, 01MPH, received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Georgia in May.

KENDOLYN SMITH, 01CMPH, received her doctorate in pharmacology from Creighton University in May. She was the first graduate of the Career Master of Public Health Program in the RSPH.

LT. BRETT HARRISON HICKS, 02MPH, serves with the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Navy. He is assigned to the multinational Security Transition Command in Baghdad. Under the Health Affairs Directorate, Hicks is the medical logistics officer for the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior. The Directorate helps train and equip health care providers in the Iraqi Security Force and oversees clinics throughout Iraq.

DAVID A. BRAY, 04MSPH, 08G, successfully defended his dissertation on "Knowledge Ecosystems: Technology, Motivations, Processes, and Performance," thus graduating a year early from the Goizueta Business School. He began a postdoctoral fellowship in May at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. Bray plans to conduct additional research with the Kennedy School of Government's Leadership for a Networked World Program. He served as a doctoral researcher with the U.S. Department of Energy and the CDC on knowledge ecosystems and interorganizational knowledge transfer strategies.

MARRIED: KRISTA YORITA, 04MPH, to Adam Christensen, on May 10, 2008, in Woodstock, IL. Christensen's family is from nearby McHenry, IL. Krista is an RSPH doctoral student in epidemiology. Adam is a PhD student in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech.

MONICA CHOPRA and CURT GOBELY, both 05MPH, are engaged to be married in August 2009. Monica works as a health care consultant with Thomas Reuters in Cambridge, MA, while Curt is a senior consultant with EMPATH, a health care operations consulting company based in California.

BORN TO ASHLEY WATERS GORDON, 05MPH, and her husband, Brad Gordon, a daughter, Isabella Waters Gordon, on Feb. 22, 2008, in Washington, DC.

SHAUNA (ALEXANDER) ROWLAND, 05MPH, was crowned Mrs. Georgia America in June. Rowland, who won the physical fitness category, competed in the national pageant  in Tucson, AZ.

MELODY MOEZZI, 06L, 06MPH, won the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the "Creative Nonfiction: Essay" category for her first book, War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims (University of Arkansas Press, 2007). Moezzi and her husband, Matthew Lenard, live in Decatur, GA.

BENJAMIN SILK, 08G, received the Anoopa Sharma Award for 2008. The award is given in memory of Sharma, a first-year PhD student in epidemiology who died in 2005. "Ben knew Anoopa, and they were both on the 'same wavelength,' as they both used their education to work for the elimination of health disparities," wrote RSPH Professor Ruth Berkelman in her nomination letter. Silk now serves as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the CDC.

Alumni Deaths

HARRIETTE DAVIS, 87MPH, on March 10, 2008, in Oxford, GA.

REBECCA GERRARD LIBERMAN, 89MSN/MPH, of Atlanta, on April 25, 2008. She died unexpectedly at age 53. Formerly of Louisville, KY, she is survived by her husband, Henry Liberman, and her stepdaughter, Heather Liberman.

JENNIFER R. GRAHAM, 96MPH, of Minneapolis, at age 41, on March 6, 2008. She died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, after battling cancer for a year and a half. She is survived by her parents, Winifred and George Grizzle.

PAMELA DENZMORE, 99MPH, of College Park, GA, on Dec. 24, 2007. She is survived by her husband, Arthur Justus Nwagera.

Faculty Deaths

David HiltonDR. DAVID HILTON, of Clarkston, GA, on July 27, 2008 of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma at age 76. A longtime advocate of empowering communities through faith and health, Hilton served on the adjunct faculty in global health. Early in his career, he and his wife Laveta served as Methodist missionaries in Nigeria. For nine years, he performed surgery six days a week and trained nurses, pharmacists, and midwives to care for clinic outpatients. He returned to Nigeria for seven years to establish a self-sustaining community health service in the mountains bordering Cameroon. He applied the same skills to strengthen health services for Seminole Indians in Florida.

A licensed pilot, Hilton often flew to remote areas to care for those in need. He also served as assistant director of the World Council of Churches' Christian Medical Commission and as chaplain for international students at Emory.

Even after retiring, Hilton remained a dedicated teacher, inspiring global health students to engage communities in sustainable health and encouraging medical students to explore the connection between spirituality and health. "Whenever I had David teach a class, he never lectured. He posed a question and broke the class into small groups to wrestle with the questions," said Stan Foster, professor of global health.

Hilton is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, a brother, and a granddaughter.

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