Baltimore's the first stop for Victoria and Albert tour

November 24, 1996|By Sylvia Badger

IT DIDN'T TAKE A ROCKET scientist to put together a five-city North American tour entitled, "A Grand Design: The Art of Victoria and Albert Museum," but it did take one to help launch it. The tour was the brainchild of folks like the Baltimore Museum of Art's director Arnold Lehman, who has worked for 10 years with his deputy director of art, Brenda Richardson, and the V&A's deputy head of research, Malcolm Baker, to make a

dream come true. On Oct. 12, 1997, Baltimore will be the first stop for an exhibition of 255 works from the V&A's vast collection, which spans 2,000 years of artistic achievement.

The "launching" took place at the residence of the ambassador from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, His Excellency Sir John Kerr, and Lady Kerr. They invited several hundred people for a reception celebrating the 1997 tour. Among the guests were Daniel Tellep, chairman of the board of Lockheed Martin Corp., which is supporting the tour along with Visa U.S.A., whose president and CEO, Carl Pascarella, was at the party. It was a very witty Tellep who declared that he was indeed a rocket scientist. And perhaps we should all synchronize our watches.

Other major players in this project at the reception were Connie Caplan, chair of the BMA board of trustees; V&A director Alan Borg; Janet Barnhill, BMA trustee; Jody and David Albright -- she's with Gov. Parris Glendening's office; Harvey "Bud" Meyerhoff, BMA friend; Pamela Lehman, wife of BMA director; Michael and Lois Hodes -- he's publisher of Mid-Atlantic Country Magazine; Ambassador of Korea His Excellency and Mrs. Kun Woo Park; Gail and Jim Riepe -- he's managing director of T. Rowe Price and a BMA trustee; Joanne and Abraham Rosenthal -- he's CEO Prime Retail and a BMA trustee; and Linda and Dean Kenderdine -- he's assistant secretary for tourism, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Maryland politicos at the party included U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes and his wife, Christine; Congressman Ben Cardin and his wife, Myrna; State Comptroller Louis Goldstein; and California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, whose heart may be in San Francisco but whose D'Alesandro family roots are all Maryland. So Ms. Pelosi wore two hats, one for her hometown and the other for San Francisco, which is the last city on the tour. Other cities in the exhibit's itinerary are Boston, Toronto and Houston. The works will return to London in late 1999.

Almost everyone left the lovely British embassy for dinner with hosts Tellep and Pascarella at the Hay Adams hotel.

Honoring Marvin Schuster

Colleagues, friends and family of Dr. Marvin Schuster were present when he was honored by his peers at a dinner at the Harbor Court Hotel. It was announced that Dr. Schuster, the director of digestive disease at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the new president of the American College of Gastroenterology, will now hold forth at the new Marvin M. Schuster Motility Center for Digestive Disorders at the hospital.

He and his wife, Lois, a psychologist, greeted guests throughout the cocktail hour. Among those were Babette Dalsheimer, Carole and Morton Ellin, Paul and Natalie Abrams, Barbara and Ed Brody, Dr. Donald Brown and his wife, Linda, Peggy and John Heller, Marilyn Levin, Beverly and Bill McCarthy, Dr. Chris Hansen, Frances and Tom Koch, Dr. David Hutcheon and his wife, Karen, Carol and Robert Siegmeister, Charles and Gail Yumkas, David and Marcia Yumkas, and Rebecca and Mike Whipple.

Many kind words were spoken by Ron Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Bayview; Dr. William R. Brody, president of the Johns Hopkins University; Jeremy Halbreich, co-chair of the National Council on Digestive Disease as well as president and general manager of the Dallas Morning News, who was with his wife, Nancy, a fund-raising co-chair for the National Council; and Dr. David Wingate, professor of gastrointestinal science at the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

And to show you just how devoted some of Schuster's friends are: Dr. Stanley Brown and his wife, Edie, postponed by one day their 40th wedding anniversary trip to Florida, where their children and grandchildren were waiting for them.

And speaking of 40th anniversaries, I was chatting with Rep. Bob Ehrlich earlier in the week, who told me that he and his wife, Kendle, flew to Las Vegas for a little R&R and to be with Bob's parents, Bob and Nancy, who were also celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.

Party for Greenebaums

The Homer Gudelsky atrium at the University of Maryland Medical Center was the scene of a black-tie party to honor Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum for their $10 million gift to the university's medical system. It's the largest private contribution ever given to the school or hospital. The Greenebaums gave the money to mark Marlene's five-year survival of breast cancer.

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