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Distinguished Service Awards
President John DiBiaggio (second from right) and TUAA President
Elliott Lerman, E65 (far right), with Distinguished Service honorees
(l-r): Dr. Lloyd L. Miller, Dr. Jerome P. Kassirer, Elizabeth Parker
Powell, Dr. William M. McDermott Jr., Dr. William W. Sellers and
Steven B. Epstein.
Every year the Tufts University
Alumni Association honors the contributions of alumni making a difference
at Tufts, in their professions, and in their communities. This year,
the honorees, cited at a gala dinner in the Hall of Flags at the
Fletcher School, were: Steven B. Epstein, A65, P96, P01, for service
to Tufts and community; Dr. Jerome P. Kassirer, for service to Tufts
and profession; Dr. William M. McDermott Jr., A53, G54, M58, for
service to Tufts, profession and community; Dr. Lloyd L. Miller,
A54, D58, for service to Tufts and profession; Elizabeth Parker
Powell, F62, for service to Tufts and community; and Dr. William
W. Sellers, A56, D60, P84J, for service to Tufts and profession.
We salute them for their inspired support, and for leading lives
committed to ideals and guided by compassion and gratitude.
Steven B. Epstein grew up in New York's Westchester County
and graduated from Tufts in 1965 and from the Columbia School of
Law in 1968.
He is a founder and senior partner of Epstein, Becker and Green,
one of the premier and largest national health-care law firms in
the country, employing over 270 attorneys. A pioneer in the practice
of health-care law, he has played a prominent role for more than
two decades in the development of health law as a diverse area of
legal practice. He was instrumental in the development and establishment
of managed care as an accepted form of health-care delivery in the
Mr. Epstein serves on the Tufts Board of Overseers for Athletics,
where he has been particularly supportive of efforts to expand Tufts
indoor athletic facilities, as well as the Board of Visitors for
Columbia Law School. He devotes the majority of his time to work
with boards of directors, performing strategic planning for, and
acting as lead counsel in mergers and acquisitions for a broad range
of health care entities around the country. He is a member of the
board of directors of the American Psych Systems, Inc., Dental Benefits
Providers, Inc., Emerald Health Network and Fallon Foundation.
He and his wife, Deborah, who graduated from Boston University,
have three sons, Jason who graduated from Tufts in 1996, Gregory,
a senior at Amherst; David, a member of the Tufts class of 2001,
and a daughter, Allie.
Dr. Jerome P. Kassirer received his MD from the University
of Buffalo in 1957 and has been associated with the Tufts University
School of Medicine and the New England Medical Center for 40 years.
An internationally recognized scholar and teacher, he currently
serves as Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine,
a post he has held since 1991, where his has been a clear voice
for academic medicine, critical thinking and ethical behavior by
physicians. In addition, Dr. Kassirer has been Professor of Medicine
at the Tufts University School of Medicine since 1974 and served
as Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Associate Physician-in-Chief
at the New England Medical Center from 1971-1991.
A member of many committees both at the Tufts School of Medicine
and at the New England Medical Center, he also serves on many national
and local committees. He has given many honorary lectures and has
held visiting professorships throughout the world.
Among Dr. Kassirer's awards and honors are many teaching awards
and honorary degrees from Tufts University; the University of Massachusetts,
Worcester; L'University Rene Descartes, Paris; Thomas Jefferson
University, Philadelphia; SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse;
and the Medical College of Ohio.
Dr. Kassirer and his wife, Sheridan, have five children: Amy, Richard,
Wendy, Elizabeth, Winston, and Samuel.
Dr. William M. McDermott Jr., received his BS in 1953 and
his MS in 1954 from Tufts, and graduated from Tufts University School
of Medicine in 1958.
A retired Rear Admiral in the US Navy with more than 20 years of
distinguished military service, Dr. McDermott has heldnumerous posts,
include Commander of the Naval Medical Command, Fleet Surgeon, and
Commander in Chief of the US Atlantic Fleet. He has received many
military decorations, including the Vietnam Service and Campaign
Medals, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and Bronze Star Medal (with
From 1985 to 1994, he was executive vice president of the Massachusetts
Medical Society and was responsible for carrying out a wide range
of legislative, health policy, and community relations initiatives
on behalf of the Society's membership.
A Cape Cod resident, Dr. McDermott has headed the Falmouth Free
Clinic, which was established in 1997 by a group of concerned residents
to meet the health- care needs of low income, uninsured patients
of the upper Cape. More than
25 volunteer physicians, nurses, counselors, therapists, and others,
funded by voluntary contributions, have treated almost 1,000 patients,
providing all laboratory X-ray, consultations, and pharmacy prescriptions
without cost to patients.
Dr. McDermott and his wife, Elaine, have three children.
Dr. Lloyd L. Miller received his BS from Tufts and in 1958
earned his DMD from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
In his 37-year career Dr. Miller has earned an international reputation
for excellence and innovation in the field of prosthodontics. In
addition to his thriving prosthodontics practice in Weston, he also
heads the Gnathos Dental Laboratory, which conducts research in
ceramic and metal processes. He developed the Gnathos Dental Color
System, which enables dental technicians to achieve truer shadings
and colorations than were previously possible. He is a much sought
after lecturer, presenting courses and seminars throughout the world.
He has held the position of president of the American Academy of
Dental Science, the American Academy of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics,
Northeast Prosthodontic Society, and the American Academy of Esthetic
A member of the faculty of the Tufts School of Dental Medicine since
1958, he is Clinical Professor. In 1987, he established the Dr.
Lloyd L. Miller Postgraduate Prosthodontics Student Fellowship,
and in 1996 the Dr. Lloyd L. Miller Postgraduate Prosthodontics
Clinic was dedicated. This clinic is a lasting testimonial to a
lifetime of achievement in prosthodontics and his contributions
as a teacher and clinician. He is also responsible for establishing
Tufts alumni chapters in France, Greece, Italy, Japan, and Spain.
Elizabeth Parker Powell, a graduate of Smith College, earned
a degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1962 and
went on to earn an MBA from Babson College.
Ms. Powell serves as Treasurer of Diamond Machining Technology,
Inc., which she and her husband co-founded. She combines these duties
with volunteerism, and her involvement in Fletcher's external relations
activities has set a new standard for volunteers. She has created
special events such as leadership dinners, wine tastings and class
reunion activities, and, as chair of the Fletcher Fund, she has
introduced a new level of personalization and persuasiveness in
annual fund letters. She also serves with distinction on the Fletcher
Board of Overseers
She is a Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy in Andover and served
as Trustee of Babson College from 1984 to 1997, where she was also
a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management. She has also volunteered
for organizations ranging from the Town Meeting and the library
in her hometown of Wellesley to the Governor's Fiscal Management
Task Force of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She was director
of BayBank, Harvard Community Health Plan, and Worldwide D-I-Y Council,
a hardware export association.
Mrs. Powell and her husband, David, have three children.
Dr. William W. Sellers received his BS from Tufts in 1956
and a DMD from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 1960.
A dentist in private practice in Reading, Massachusetts, he was
elected Alumni Trustee of Tufts in 1985 and became a Charter Trustee
He has been a member of the Academic Affairs Committee for 13 years
and has served as Chair since 1997. His interest in student-life
issues led him to chair the Board of Overseers for Student Life
from 1989 to 1994. In 1993, he also headed a committee created by
the Board of Trustees to look into the faculty recommendations for
changes in the fraternity system. His other Tufts affiliations include
the Tufts Dental Alumni Association and the Jumbo Club.
Dr. Sellers has been a member of the Board of Overseers to the Dental
School since 1986 and has served as its chair since 1994. He has
also been a part-time instructor at the Dental School for over ten
A trustee and former president of the Massachusetts Dental Society,
he is a delegate to the American Dental Association and a member
of the American College of Dentists, the American Academy of Dental
Science, the Academy of General Dentistry, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon,
the dental honor society.
He and his wife, Dr. Usha Sellers, who has BA. and MA degrees from
Tufts, have four children: Lisa, a 1984 Tufts graduate, William,
Allison, and Scott.