laurelsNEW OVERSEERS University Trustee ROBERT R. BENDETSON, A73, the president of Cabot House Inc. in Amesbury, Massachusetts, and CHANTAL PRUNIER GRINDON, A10P, of Pacific Palisades, California, are new members of the International Board of Overseers. DAVID J. CUNNINGHAM, A98, a partner with Pegasus Capital Advisors in New York City, and JAMES WONG, A86, managing director of Paulson & Company in New York City, have been named to the Board of Overseers for Athletics. WILLIAM LAYDEN, owner and partner of Foodminds in Western Springs, Illinois; MARGARET S. PATRICELLI, of Simsbury, Connecticut; and MARCELA ROVZAR, N04P, the founder of Procura A.C., a Mexico-based nonprofit, have been appointed to the Board of Overseers to the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
ARMENIAN SERVICE MEDAL VARTAN GHUGASIAN, A67, D72, DG74, was awarded the St. Nersess Shnorhali (The Grateful) Medal and Pontifical Encyclical by His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church, in recognition of his service to the Armenian Church, community, and Republic of Armenia. It is one of the highest honors the Armenian Church bestows. A former clinical faculty member at Tufts Dental School, Ghugasian was a founder of the Armenian American Dental Society in 1976, and served as its president from 1988 to 1994. A parishioner of St. James Armenian Church in Watertown, Massachusetts, Ghugasian has assisted the victims of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia and raised funds to build six pediatric dental clinics in Armenia.
DUPONT PRESIDENT ELLEN J. KULLMAN, E78, A12P, was elected president and a director of the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, effective October 1, and will become chief executive officer on January 1. Kullman, a Tufts trustee and member of the Board of Overseers to the School of Engineering, is the nineteenth executive to lead DuPont in the company’s 206-year history. Since June 2006, she has served as an executive vice president, with responsibility for four of DuPont’s five business segments and its marketing and sales and environmental sustainability functions. From February 2002 to June 2006, as group vice president of the DuPont Safety & Protection segment, Kullman led revenue growth from $3.5 billion to $5.5 billion. She joined the company in 1988 from General Electric.
COMPOSER OF THE YEAR JOHN McDONALD, associate professor of music, was named the Music Teachers National Association–Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year for his work Stäudlin as Vogl: Preamble to a Winter Journey. The $3,000 award is given to the composer of the outstanding composition submitted as a state-commissioned work.
HONORARY DEGREES ROSEANNA H. MEANS, M81, founder of a health-care program for homeless women and their children, received an honorary degree from Babson College in May. In the 1990s, while working for a program that operates clinics for the homeless, Means noticed that few of the patients were women. That prompted her to found Women of Means, which sends volunteer physicians to provide health care to women in shelters, where they feel safest. JOSÉ M. ORDOVAS, a professor at the Friedman School and director of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, was awarded an honorary degree in medicine from the Universidad de Córdoba in Spain in April.
AMBASSADOR TO CHINA E. COURTNEY RATTRAY, F08, has been appointed Jamaica’s ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. Currently director of the bilateral relations department in Jamaica’s foreign ministry, Rattray has also served as minister/deputy chief of mission for the Jamaican embassy in Washington, D.C.
NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD DIANE L. SOUVAINE, professor and chair of computer science, is one of seven distinguished scientists named to serve six-year terms on the National Science Board, an independent advisory board to the President and Congress on national policy issues related to science and engineering research and education, and an oversight body for the National Science Foundation. Souvaine’s research ranges from computational statistics to geometric modeling.