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UMBC Alumni Honored For Their Achievements

April 10, 1998--UMBC alumni are making a difference as leaders in their fields, from scientific research and plastic surgery to business management and religion . The University's 1998 Alumni Awards honor four alumni who have achieved nation al and local recognition for excellence.

Charles Lee Bevins, M.D., Ph.D., Biochemistry '76, Ph.D. Biochemistry '86, is a researcher at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation's Department of Immunology. His groundbreaking antibiotic research may prove important in understanding devastating human diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease and cystic fibrosis. Dr. Bevins began his career as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

George Thomas Grace, M.D., Sociology '77, is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who maintains a private practice in Catonsville and is active in the Baltimore community. In November 1997, he was named one of Baltimore's top plastic surgeons in Baltimore Magazine's annual roundup of top doctors. Dr. Grace also serves on several committees, including the St. Agnes Hospital Medical Executive & Surgical Quality Assurance committee, the St. Agnes Library committee, and the Mercy Medical Center Credential committee.

Anita Maddox Jackson, Health Science and Policy '80, is foundation chairman for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company. She oversees the Foundation's annual budget (this year totaling $4.7 million) and is responsible for distributing these funds to organizations in Maryland that play significant roles in education, early childhood development, health and welfare, cultural and economic development, and civic and environmental improvement. Jackson also remains active with Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Karin Walker, M.Div., D. Min., Interdisciplinary Studies '85, is head pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in Upper Falls, Maryland. One of her community's most respected leaders, she established the enormously successful Helping Hands Food Pantry which serves the needy in Baltimore and Harford Counties. In addition to providing food, the volunteers train and empower people to support themselves.

"We are extremely proud of our alumni for the success they have achieved, and for helping to build UMBC's reputation for excellence."

- President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

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