Joyce A. Sackey, M.D. ’85 MED ’89 will be our newest Alumni Trustee

How exciting is that? Our classmate Joyce Sackey (official College bio) was nominated by the Alumni Council to join fellow classmate Sue Finegan on the Dartmouth Board of Trustees. You may recall our post when Joyce was named the Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. As there were no petition candidates, Joyce will be Dartmouth’s newest trustee.

Joyce is Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for Tufts University’s Health Sciences Schools, where she works closely with University leadership to fulfill the strategic mission and goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health and the Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. At Tufts, she oversees the medical school’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, including programs to increase the number of under-represented students in medicine pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences and health professions. Her office also oversees and coordinates opportunities for students to gain exposure to global public health and health care delivery in international settings. 

Prior to her work at Tufts, she was Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Attending Physician in Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she also completed her residency in internal medicine and served as Primary Care Chief Resident. 

After Dartmouth Joyce received her medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine. She has served on the Geisel School of Medicine Alumni Council and as an alumni interviewer and has mentored and advised many recent graduates. She is a member of the Geisel Board of Advisors. Joyce has also served on the boards of Management Sciences for Health and the Foundation for African Relief and is currently a board member for the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Beth Israel Deaconess and Harvard Medical School. 

Joyce and her husband Kwaku Acheampong live in Sharon, Massachusetts and have two children, Kwaku and Nicole.

Shades of Green – Fall 2020

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This edition of the newsletter marks the beginning of a collaboration between the newsletter and website that allows us to bring you enriched content from our newsletter features. How cool is that? I’m pretty sure nobody has ever thought of this before . . . . Look for the “There’s More Online!” icon in the newsletter for stories that have more content here on the website. Click the links below to find the corresponding extra goodies. The featured articles in this issue relate our classmates’ experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. From teachers to parents to clergy to medical professionals, there are a lot of stories to tell.

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This issue includes COVID-related stories from Laura Allyn, Maureen Ward Doyle, Bob Giugliano, Valerie Hartman, Rich Lindahl, Thom Peters, and Ellen Robbins. There’s more news from and about Gayle Gilman, our head agents Joe McGee, Andy Ford, and Joe Niehaus about our Dartmouth College Fund efforts, Financial Aid news from Leslie Davis Dahl, 35th Reunion News from Reunion chair Beth Parish, a new retail venture from Katie Leede, Class Project news about mentors Anne Schonfield, Sue Finegan, and Ted Meisel, book and music ideas, recipes led by Karen Garbe Matjucha, and more. Click to download the PDF!

Joyce A. Sackey Named First Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor at Tufts School of Medicine

Joyce A. Sackey, MD

Great news from classmate Joyce Sackey

“I have two pieces of good news to share. The first good news is my appointment as the inaugural, Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor! I am thrilled beyond belief! Please see [below] for further details.

The second is my appointment as Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for the Tufts Health Sciences Schools (Dental, Nutrition, Veterinary and, of course, the medical school). Here is a link to a recent article that provides an overview of the role.”

Congratulations Joyce!


Dear Tufts School of Medicine community,
I am pleased to share the University’s appointment of Joyce Sackey, M.D., as the inaugural Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professor.
Joyce arrived at Tufts in 2009 as the school’s first Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health. As a member of my senior leadership team, Joyce assists me in developing and implementing plans for recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse cohort of students, faculty and staff. Since her arrival at Tufts she has instituted several initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and inclusiveness. For example, Joyce established the Multicultural Fellows Council to foster community among Tufts Health Sciences students. Under her leadership, the school regularly offers symposia and seminars on topics related to diversity, bias, and health care equity. Joyce has collaborated closely with the admissions office on outreach and recruitment efforts aimed at diversifying the student body, particularly our MD program.  She has provided leadership for our pipeline programs and introduced new ones, including the Tufts / UMass Boston Enrichment Program. She also established and chairs the Faculty Advisory Council on Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion (FACE Diversity and Inclusion). This committee brings together leaders across the medical school and is charged with implementing policies and practices designed to recruit and retain diverse faculty, including those from groups traditionally under-represented in medicine and the biomedical sciences.
Tufts Med School logoThrough initiatives such as Innovations in Diversity Education Awards (an intramural faculty grant), Joyce has supported faculty members pursuing scholarly and innovative work in the areas of workforce diversity, health care disparity, and promoting cultural competency. She has also represented the medical school as a member of Tufts’ Bridging Differences Initiative as well as on the President’s Council on Diversity. She chaired the Council’s subcommittee, the Group on Graduate and Professional Student Experience Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council. More recently, President Monaco appointed Joyce as the University’s Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for the Health Sciences Schools. Beyond Tufts, Joyce is a member of the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion, the Northeast Group on Educational Affairs, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a Trustee for Foundation for African Relief.
The Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan Professorship was established earlier this year through a gift from Gerard Gaughan, M.D., M71, in memory of his wife, Dr. Jane Murphy Gaughan. The Gaughans have long championed efforts to support diversity and underrepresented-in-medicine students at our school particularly through the Tufts / UMass Boston Enrichment Program, an immersive, winter break experience for URM undergraduates interested in learning about careers in medicine or biomedical science. The Gaughan Professorship is meant for a physician leader who is responsible for leading diversity initiatives and programs. In addition to the Gaughan Professorship, Dr. Gaughan’s gift also establishes the Gerard L. Gaughan, M.D., M71, and Jane M. Gaughan, Ed.D., Student Success Fund, which funds diversity initiatives and programs at the medical school.
I am delighted that the University has honored Joyce’s accomplishments with this appointment to the Gaughan Professorship, and I look forward to supporting her continued innovations for helping all our students and faculty to succeed. You are all invited to an installation ceremony honoring Joyce and Dr. Gaughan; the date and details will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Joyce.
Harris A. Berman, M.D., F.A.C.P.

TED Talks feature ’85s

Dartmouth has posted a batch of TED and TEDx talks featuring Dartmouth alumni, two of which are ’85 classmates: Ruth Chang and Mark Halliday. Now I’m not saying our class is better than all the other classes, but only the ’80s also rated two talks on the page. The ’14s scored twice, but with the same classmate, so we’re not gonna count that, OK? Enjoy.

Dan Fagin ’85 Wins Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction

Classmate Dan Fagin has just been announced as the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation. Here is the citation:

danfaginFor a distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation,” by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books), a book that deftly combines investigative reporting and historical research to probe a New Jersey seashore town’s cluster of childhood cancers linked to water and air pollution.

Toms River is “the riveting true story of sixty years in the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, deep historical research, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative that leaves us asking: Could it happen in my town, too?”

Dan is an associate professor of journalism and the director of the Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. For fifteen years, he was the environmental writer at Newsday, where he was twice a principal member of reporting teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. His articles on cancer epidemiology were recognized with the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers.


Help Judy Stein ’85 Win America’s Best Summer Job!

Dear Friends,
I’m applying for America’s Best Summer Job in Vail, Colorado and really need your help! The top ten applicants with the most votes by March 31st move on to the interview process. I just submitted my application, a little late… Some of the other applicants have almost 2,000 votes already! This is my dream job, so please vote for me and kindly ask your friends and family to vote for me as well!!
Just click on the link:
And please don’t forget to click on “VOTE” !!!   🙂
As I say in the video, with your help, I hope to be the Wild Card!
Thank you so much!!!

New Linked In group

Shades-of-Green-website-small-1985linkedin85s! We have our own LinkedIn group now! Sure, you have lots of professional groups to join on LinkedIn, including a general Dartmouth Alumni group, but this one is specifically to help 85s help each other. Please take a moment to join the group so your classmates can reach you and we have an appropriate forum for professional discussions and contacts. You’ll find a link to the group in the footer on each page of this website (along with our Facebook page).