McDaniel alumni earn accolades, recognition

October 27, 2008

Jean Andrews M.Ed. ’77, John R. Penhallegon ’76, David Reith ’87 and Roger Young ’72 M.D., Ph.D. have been recognized for their accomplishments in their respective fields.

- Jean Andrews M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D., professor of deaf studies and deaf education at Lamar University, is one of three faculty members in The Texas State University System to be honored as a 2008 regents’ professor. Andrews has been a member of the Lamar faculty since 1988 and is a recipient of the university’s three top honors – university professor, university scholar and distinguished faculty lecturer. Coordinator of Lamar’s graduate programs in deaf education, she has trained deaf-education teachers who are employed all over the United States, including Puerto Rico, and worked with her colleagues to develop the only program in the U.S. that trains Hispanic teachers of the deaf. She has also worked with students now in administrative positions at universities and special-education programs in Saudi Arabia and China.

- John R. Penhallegon ’76 has been appointed to Board of Directors of International Association of Defense Counsel. Penhallegon, a member of Cornblatt, Bennett, Penhallegon & Roberson, P.A. in Baltimore, is experienced in the defense of a wide variety of civil litigation matters including medical malpractice, drug and medical device, product, premises and automobile liability. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law cum laude in 1979 and earned his B.A. from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 1976.

- David Reith ’87 has been appointed director of business operations and chief financial officer of National Security Technologies LLC, located at the Nevada Test site, of which Northrop Grumman Corporation is the managing partner. Reith joined Northrop Grumman in 1987 and most recently served as vice president and controller of Northrop Grumman’s Technical Services sector.

- Roger Young ’72 M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Director of Vermont Perinatal Care at Fletcher Allen Health Care, has been elected to the national Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes Foundation. During his career, which also has included academic appointments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Medical University of South Carolina; and Duke Medical Center, Young has conducted basic and translational research, culminating in a five-year National Institute of Health-sponsored research project on the physiology of the uterus.  He is a recognized leader in the field of uterine physiology of pregnancy and has a long-range goal of decreasing the rising rates of premature birth in the United States – also a component of the mission of the March of Dimes. He has published 41 peer-reviewed articles and dozens of abstracts, and has presented at numerous national and international meetings. He has also co-edited one book.