Oct. 21, 1999
Vol. 19 No. 3

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    Lab School Distinguished Alumni Dinner planned

    Science and music will be celebrated Sunday, Nov. 14, when the Laboratory Schools honor two alumni––Janet Davison Rowley, the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor in Medicine and Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology, and Ned Rorem, one of the nation’s leading composers.

    Members of the University community may attend the Distinguished Alumni Dinner that will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court. President Sonnenschein will be the honorary chair.

    Rowley, a 1942 graduate of the Schools, will briefly lecture on her research. And, following a brief selection of his work, Rorem will have a dialogue with John von Rhein, a music critic for the Chicago Tribune.

    Rowley has been awarded several important honors recently for her trailblazing work on the links between chromosomes and cancer. President Clinton honored Rowley this past spring when he presented her with the National Medal of Science.

    Rorem is one of the nation’s leading composers of art songs. He also has written opera and other works, one of which, Air Music, received a Pulitzer Prize in 1976. Rorem is as well known as a writer of books as he is a composer of music. Among his books are The Paris Diary of Ned Rorem, New York Diary, Setting the Tone and Knowing When to Stop, Rorem’s memoir about growing up in Hyde Park.

    People interested in attending the dinner may purchase tickets by calling Eileen Epstein, Director of External Affairs at the Laboratory Schools, at (773) 702-0578.