Maryland Social Scene


May 26, 2002|By Sloane Brown

Coppin State College president's retirement

One room wasn't enough to hold all those who came to honor retiring Coppin State College President Dr. Calvin W. Burnett. Rooms at each end of a Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel corridor bustled with people eager to congratulate Dr. Burnett on his 32 years of service at Coppin. And that was only the cocktail hour.

Then, doors in the middle of the hallway opened -- revealing elaborate crystal chandeliers twinkling above the ballroom full of tables set for dinner. A banner stretched above the dais proclaimed the party's theme "An Evening of Remembrance" -- a promise of a night to come, filled with good memories revisited.

Among the 600 guests: Dr. Patricia L. Schmoke and Luvenia M. Draine, event co-chairs; Dr. Gretta Burnett and Esperance E. Sutton, event coordinators; Eunice Carroll-Miles, Valerie Fraling, Ruthie Hall, Julie Haskins-Turner, Leontye Lewis, Gwendolyn Lindsey and Cheryl Washington, event committee members; Hattie N. Washington and Walter Barwick, event co-conveners; Melvin Bilal, Coppin State College Foundation Board chair; James McDonald, Elnora Fullwood, Larry Stappler and James Camphor, Foundation board members; Constance Unseld, Foundation director; Nathan A. Chapman Jr., University System of Maryland Board of Regents chair / CEO; Florine "Peaches" Camphor, Coppin State College Alumni Association president; Meb Turner, University of Baltimore president; Eddie Brown, Brown Capital Management president; Fred Lazarus, Maryland Institute College of Art president; Drew Berry, WMAR TV vice president / general manager; Gary Geisel, Provident Bank president; Carmen Russo, Baltimore City Schools System CEO; Shirley Moaney, Anne Arundel County Public School System administrator; Amy Billingsley, Amistad Associates president; Denise Walker, Maryland National Guard captain; Neal Janey, Baltimore / Washington attorney; LaNae Croxton, Farmers Insurance human resources director; Reva Lewie, Baltimore County Commissioner of Arts and Sciences; Thelma Daley, Loyola College assistant professor; Fred Thompson, Thompson Hospitality chief administrative officer; and Dr. Henry J. Raymond, Bowie State University professor.

Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation / Mercy Medical Center

It wasn't as if the folks who filled the Martin's West ballroom needed to know why gynecologic oncologist Dr. Neil B. Rosenshein was being honored by the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation as its "Humanitarian of the Year." Many of them had first-hand knowledge.

"There are a lot of miracles in this room," observed Baltimore attorney Saul Gilstein. "People are absolutely thrilled to be here to honor their doctor."

That included Mindell member Ellen Mogol, who would be presenting the award to Rosenshein -- director of The Center for Women's Health and Medicine and the Gynecologic Oncology Center at Mercy Medical Center.

"He saved my life," Mogol said, "... [and what makes him even more special is that] he treats you like you're his only patient."

"That's true," said Mogol's mother, Irene Epstein. "He's my doctor, too."

Others there to applaud Rosenshein's accomplishments included: Judy Frankle and Marcia Glickman, event chairs; Jewel Martin, Nadine Goldman, Shirley Saval, Gerry Scherr, Sheila Rosenfeld and Revanne Aronoff, event committee members; Eileen Chiat, Mildred Mindell board president; Carole Diamond, Mardi Robinson, Leda Hoff and Marian Shuman, board members; Myra Fox and Sandy Pollinger, Mildred Mindell past presidents; Sister Helen Amos, Mercy Health Services executive chair; Tom Mullen, Mercy Health Services president / CEO; Dr. Gary Cohen, Cancer Center at GBMC director; Mitchell Alguadich, MKA Associates architect; Shelley Shemer, Beth El Pre-School music teacher; Bob Berry, RTKL Associates Inc. architect; Dr. Karl Pick, Reisterstown orthodontist; Louise Sollins and Cookie Billitz, community volunteers; Lillian Nuger-Perger, retired educator; Marian Hamburg, The Paper Dolls co-owner.

The evening raised $42,000 for The Women's Resource Center at The Center for Women's Health and Medicine at Mercy.

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