|People on the go
Just as he had at Carnegie Hall and Roosevelt Island, Lawrence Goldman '67 brought a keen eye, relentless drive and good-natured enthusiasm to the creation of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Opened last autumn to unanimous raves, NJPAC, a complex of two main halls plus rehearsal and banquet facilities, public amenities and an outdoor plaza, is as important as a symbol as it is a mecca for the arts.
The Newark riots in 1967 depleted the city's population and spirit yet it remains a New Jersey hub and is easily accessible for the 4.6 million people who live in the northern part of the state.
"Maybe, just maybe, the arts can be a force to help counteract divisiveness," says Goldman, president and CEO of NJPAC. "Maybe, in our corner of the world, the arts center can help to restore a sense of common humanity: the desire to live for something beyond ourselves, the longing to take something from previous generations and pass it on to generations to come, the recognition that everyone has experienced beauty, pain, pity, fear, joy. There ought to be at least one place in this society where you can check your sense of difference at the door and begin to discover what is universal." Goldman, who holds a Ph.D. in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, was vice president of the Carnegie Hall Society and director of Real Estate Planning and Development before moving to NJPAC in 1989. He was in charge of the restoration, renovation and expansion at Carnegie Hall, including the construction of the 60-story tower. Before that, Goldman served as executive vice president of the most ambitious community planning project of its kind on Roosevelt Island.
The New York Times said of Goldman, "He's the kind of charismatic visionary who might have been invented for the task of turning the arts center from a dream of urban renewal to the brick colossus at One Center Street, a pragmatic idealist who came of age in the civil rights era and, looking for a solution to race problems, turned to urban planning."
Goldman, who is a pretty fair third baseman (good glove, not stick) is married to filmmaker Laurie Chock and they have three children, Aron, Jessica and Shana.
"This is the big idea": Goldman told the Times when NJPAC opened. "To save Newark. It's not the place where you get your car stolen; it's where you go to concerts."
Medical School Visionary
During the 26 years that Dr. Richard Janeway '54 provided leadership for the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, the student body doubled, the number of Baptist Hospital residents who study under Bowman Gray physicians quadrupled, and the faculty and staff tripled.
Bowman Gray/Baptist Hospital surpassed RJR Nabisco and the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company as the largest employer in Forsyth County, North Carolina.
The physical and financial growth of the institution mirrored the expansion of the student body, faculty and staff. The medical center's main campus -Haw-thorne Hill -today comprises more than four million square feet of modern high-rise facilities (up from 680,000 when Janeway stepped in). With a budget in excess of $425 million (it was $14.5 million 25 years ago), Bowman Gray accounts for two-thirds of Wake Forest's operations. The medical school attracts research support ($70 million last year) that propelled Wake Forest into the ranks of the country's top 50 research universities.
Janeway is widely credited with Bowman Gray's success. Said an article in the Winston-Salem Journal at the time he stepped down: "It is Janeway, who dominates the medical center with his force of will and grand vision." A Journal editorial called Hawthorne Hill, "in many ways a monument to Janeway's vision and powers of persuasion." Wake Forest President Thomas K. Hearn Jr. told Penn Medicine magazine (Janeway, a neurologist, is MD '58 from Penn): "Dr. Janeway has helped transform the Bowman Gray School of Medicine from a small, outstanding teaching institution to one of the nation's most respected medical teaching, research and treatment centers."
When the medical school, the hospital and the Wake Forest Physicians formed a coalition to examine how they should be organized in an era of managed care, Janeway, a key player in those discussions, announced he would retire. "I felt it was important that I step out of the governance so that people would realize that when I said something it was not for the aggrandizement of Dick Janeway," he told the Journal.
What Janeway calls retirement would qualify as full-time work for many. As the first holder of the Janeway Chair in Health Care Management, he is guiding the development of a new program that offers students a joint M.D./M.B.A. through Bowman Gray and Wake Forest's Babcock Graduate School of Management. He and his colleagues saw a need for the program, he said: "We kept looking at managed care being run by lawyers and M.B.A.s who didn't know much about medicine." The program graduated its first students in May.
Janeway is also at work on a history of the medical school -all while enjoying his first sabbatical leave in 26 years. "It's taken some adjustment to move out of the mainstream of decision-making," he said, paused, then joked, "but at one level I'm perfectly happy not to be making a bunch of people angry every day."
Top half of the world
Lauren Braun '98, president of the Debate Society, and Stephanie Wood '99, the organization's treasurer, competed at the World Universities Debate Championship held in Athens from December 29 through January 6.
The two women were among 800 competitors engaged in world style parliamentary debate and were just edged by Cambridge's best pair. As Braun puts it, "We finished in the top half of the world."
Wood and Braun were both members of the Geneva Study Group and said the experience was invaluable for their grasp of global issues. "We got to debate people from so many different backgrounds with totally different perspectives," says Wood.
Colgate hosted its own tournament in February and Braun, with partner Michael McKneely, will compete in the national championships in Washington, D.C.
"Debate forces you to challenge yourself," says Wood. "It's an intellectual activity that is very stimulating," adds Braun. "And it's very social."