Dean Barratt and Clay Siegall, PhD '88
The first stop on my incredible 10-day road trip from Seattle to LA to meet alumni and friends was a visit to Clay Siegall, PhD ‘88, the president, CEO and chairman of the board of Seattle Genetics, a company using innovative antibody-based therapies with cancer. Clay has a PhD from GW in genetics, and I was fascinated to hear about the interesting things he is doing with his degree. Clay has graciously offered to host the Summer Send-Off for incoming first-year students from Seattle on their way to becoming Colonials.
From left to right: Michael Checca, BA '71; Sheldon Rapoport, BA '70; Michael Thacher, BA '70; Rhonda Thacher; Peg Barratt; Jerry Bloom, BA '74; Suzanne Marmaro; Richard Maramaro, BA '73; Paul Marmaro, BA '08
An ongoing topic of conversation during my road trip was about our Solar Institute. Among those I met was Jerry Bloom, BA ‘74, whose work at Winston-Strawn has a significant energy and solar focus. A strong advocate for exploration of alternative energy resources, Jerry has volunteered his time to serve on our institute’s advisory board, and he was a host of GW’s Solar Symposium last April.
While in LA, I was delighted to meet Gilbert Cisneros, who has a 1994 political science degree from GW and participated in the University’s Naval ROTC Program. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he and his wife were featured on the Today show in May after winning the California State Lottery. It was fun to hear his reflections about his time here—both in and out of the classroom. Mr. Cisneros plans to come back to campus late this year or early next year to meet President Knapp.
Dean Barratt and Yawn Chiang, PhD '83
While in San Francisco, I had a lovely dinner with our National Council member Yawen Chiang, PhD ‘83, who, like Clay, has a PhD in Genetics from GW. She described her non-traditional career of beginning graduate school after she had her children and going from graduate school into industry later in life. Currently, she works for Genentech/Roche.
Dean Barratt and Jerome Nadler, BA '74
There were so many other alumni and friends I met during the course of my trip, including Sarah Catz, BA ‘77, and George Urch, BA ‘81, who are working to establish an alumni group in Orange County, and Jerome Nadler, BA ‘74,shown with his buff and blue tie!
Neil Portnow, BA '71, and Dean Barratt
I also met Neil Portnow, BA ‘71, who has a Speech Communication degree and is president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Mr. Portnow is hosting the annual summer send-off for students in LA at the Recording Academy.
What a great send off!