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BORN: To Dinamarie (Didi) Cruz Garcia-Banigan 96MPH and her husband, Brian Banigan, a son, Gabriel Jerome, on May 9, 2009. He joins his big sister, Xavia Helene. Didi is an endocrinologist at Lahey Clinic Medical Center, and Brian works for IBM. The Banigans live in North Reading, Mass.

MARRIED: Colleen Browne 97MSN/MPH and Charles Kilgore, on Jan. 18, 2008. She is a PhD student at Florida International University School of Nursing. They live in Orangeburg, S.C.


Stormy Compeán Sweitzer 00MPH received an MBA from the University of Utah in 2007. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and business partner, Will Swanepoel. They recently launched, an online service that helps parents track their children’s measurements and their clothing sizes as they grow. Sweitzer also works in health information technology at HealthInsight, the federally designated quality improvement organization for Utah and Nevada. Projects include a web-based initiative to make health care quality and cost information more transparent to consumers.

Fatima Cody Stanford 01MPH received the Paul Ambrose Award for Leadership Among Resident Physicians at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago last June. Stanford was honored for her commitment to “a strong public health system” that “permeates the very essence of who I am as a health care provider,” she notes in her application for the award. She also chairs the Public Health Standing Committee of the AMA’s Resident and Fellows Section.

A graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Stanford is a resident in internal medicine/pediatrics at Palmetto Health Richland in South Carolina. Her AMA award honors the memory of Ambrose, who was killed aboard the plane that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. At the time, Ambrose was a senior clinical adviser in the Office of the Surgeon General who was dedicated to serving low-income patients and providing physician leadership in health policy.

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Charles (Chuck) Washington 01MPH is engaged to Kim Buyske. Washington is also a medical resident at the University of New Mexico. He graduated from medical school at the University of Washington.

BORN: To Jennifer Pritzker Sender 99C 02L/MPH and her husband, Eric, a son, Noah Avery, in September 2009. He joins older brother Gavin. The family lives in Atlanta.

BORN: To Monica Campos Bowers 03MPH, a son, Moises Mateo Bowers, on July 22, 2009. Bowers, who is a physician, and her family live in McAllen, Texas.

Tracy Jean Brown 04MPH received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia last May. She also married Byron Warner on May 16, 2009, in Albuquerque, N.M. They are stationed in Germany, where Brown oversees the veterinary clinic at Baumholder Army Garrison. She holds the rank of captain.

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MARRIED: Alanna McKelvey 07MPH and Luke-Pascal Stone on Oct. 30, 2009, in Atlanta. She is a rising fourth-year medical student at Emory, and he is an elementary school teacher at Paideia School in Atlanta.

Evelia Kory 09MPHspent 10 weeks researching border health issues as part of the Frontera program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. Her summer project examined the types of health studies taking place in the border region involving U.S. and Mexican researchers. She also interviewed clinicians on the U.S. side to examine how they access and use evidence-based information in clinical practice. Kory grew up on the border and is interested in working there in the areas of diabetes prevention and management, nutrition, and relationships between patients and doctors.

Alumni Deaths

Donna Leigh Jenkins 93MPH, 50, of Peachtree City, Ga., on Feb. 28, 2009. Survivors include her husband, James.

Cynthia Margaret Letizia 94MPH, 51, of San Clemente, Calif., on June 23, 2009.

Katherine Ann Bryant 01MPH on Sept. 16, 2006. She lived in Texas in the Dallas area.


Thomas Butler, 10MPHEmory memorial service honors
epidemiology student Thomas Butler

Thomas Butler, 10MPH, an epidemiology major set to graduate in May, died unexpectedly but peacefully on Jan. 10, 2010, while vacationing with his family in Florida. Gifted in math and science, he excelled in Emory College’s biology program, where the faculty regarded him as a “smart, engaged young scholar” with an ability to look at the big picture in science and apply what he saw to life. He graduated from the college in 2004. “Thomas was aware of his ability to look at the big picture and larger context,” said RSPH Dean James Curran during a February memorial service honoring Butler in Emory’s Cannon Chapel. “In his personal statement for his MPH admissions application, Thomas wrote that his education in biological sciences taught him that ‘a holistic picture is often the most important and underutilized tool in the discovery and implementation of a medical procedure.’ And it was an opportunity for a more holistic viewpoint that drew him to public health.”

At Rollins, Butler worked with the Women’s and Children’s Center, where he was integral to the pathology portion of a case control study in the NIH-funded Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network. “This was a very difficult study that dealt with many biological specimens, and I assigned Thomas to work with our pathology group because of his background in biology,” said Janice Tinsley, project coodinator for the study. “He worked the majority of the time at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston helping with preserving placental and tissue specimens, and he worked in Emory’s General Clinical Research Center to label and ship blood specimens to the repository out of state. Thomas truly was part of the team as the only male in an all-women’s group. He enjoyed every minute of it!”

Butler also was known to faculty, students, friends, and family for his sense of humor and his love of practical jokes. He enjoyed the Emory Sailing Club and Emory Crew and was active in the Emory Presbyterian Campus Ministry. Surviving him are his parents, Lindsay and Anne Butler of Brackney, Pa.; his brother, James Butler of Binghamton, N.Y.; and a large extended family.



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