November 30, 2011  |  by Johns Hopkins Staff

H. Rutherford “Rud” Turnbull III, A&S ’59, a professor at the University of Kansas, received the J.E. Wallace Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council for Exceptional Children on April 25. The award recognized Turnbull for his 40-year career as an advocate for individuals with disabilities. He was among the first lawyers to focus on disability law and special education and has been very influential on significant state and federal legislation.

Keith Oberg

Keith Oberg, SAIS ’77, is founder and director of Bikes for the World, a nonprofit group in Arlington, Virginia, that takes thousands of unwanted bikes in suburban Washington and sends them overseas to people who need them. See www.bikesfortheworld.org for additional information.

Albert “Bert” Gerard Koenders, SAIS Bol ’80 (Dipl), SAIS ’81, of the Netherlands, was appointed special representative to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire in August. Koenders previously served as the Dutch minister for development cooperation from 2007 to 2010. Prior to that he was a member of the Netherlands House of Representatives from 1997 to 2007.

Michael Ellis, SAIS Bol ’81 (Dipl), SAIS ’82, formerly vice president of sales for Michelin’s two-wheel tire division, was named international director of the Michelin guides, classic guidebooks for travel and restaurants, in August. Ellis, whose entire career has been internationally focused, studied culinary arts as a young man in the United States and Europe.

Mary Beth Leonard, SAIS ’88, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, was appointed by President Barack Obama in June to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Mali, Department of State. Leonard has previously held positions as director of the Office of West African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, as deputy chief of mission in Mali, and as deputy chief of mission in Suriname.

Paul Rabil

Paul J. Rabil, A&S ’08, midfielder for the Boston Cannons, was featured in a documentary-style miniseries, Stick to It with Paul Rabil, which premiered on Comcast SportsNet New England in July.  Rabil, who played midfield for the Hopkins Blue Jays from 2005 to 2008, was the leading scorer in the 2005 and 2007 NCAA championship games.

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