Winter 2010 • Volume 16, Issue 1
Dartmouth surgeon/researcher has patients’ backs
DR. JAMES WEINSTEIN ’72 received the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award on Founder’s Day. The DAA recognizes a graduate whose professional or civic activities bring the highest distinction to themselves, their community, and to Bradley. Weinstein is an internationally known spine surgeon and researcher, recognized for his expertise in low back pain and as an advocate of non-invasive approaches to its treatment.
He is a professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School and the chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In 1988, he founded the Center for Shared Decision-Making, which created a revolutionary model for the way doctors and patients interact. He is also the editor-in-chief of Spine and the director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, where he and his staff demonstrate that health care can be delivered more effectively, with better satisfaction and less cost. Weinstein also developed the first spine tumor classification system, used around the world, and was the lead author of the Dartmouth Atlas of Musculoskeletal Health Care. He is the principal investigator of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT). In total, he has received more than $50 million in peer-reviewed research grants. Before joining Dartmouth, Weinstein taught at the University of Iowa and was co-director of the Spine Research Center.
“I have had an incredible journey,” Weinstein told the audience on October 1. “I don’t know where it will end, but a lot of it began here.”
Weinstein’s career path has been guided by the loss of his oldest daughter to leukemia. From that experience, he learned firsthand what patients go through and the importance of compassion.
In 1972, he earned a chemistry degree from Bradley, where he was a member of Sigma Chi. He earned his doctorate of osteopathy from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1977. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and later received a master’s in health services research from Dartmouth Medical School. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons board of directors and a director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He and his wife Mimi live in Lyme, New Hampshire.
Centurions bring good things to life
Six alumni inducted into the Bradley Centurion Society on Founder’s Day have at least one thing in common: they all have a track record of bringing good things to life. The new Centurions include an attorney, a legislator, a business owner, a retired director of a social service agency, and two surgeons. As the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus, Dr. Jim Weinstein (above) is also a new Centurion. There are now 159 members of the Centurion Society. At left, the medallion presented to all Centurions was adapted from the lion on the face of Westlake Hall’s clock tower. It was designed by BILL HARDIN ’50, who was inducted into the Society in 1993.
Jay Janssen ’59
Attorney / Law firm owner
The senior attorney and owner of the Janssen Law Center, he has been a trailblazer in the legal profession, recognizing the power of advertising in informing people about their legal rights. He opened his Peoria firm in 1961. He has tried jury trials in many of the state’s 102 counties. Janssen received a distinguished alumnus award from the University of Illinois College of Law, has been named an Illinois super lawyer, and was honored as one of America’s premier lawyers by Fortune Magazine. At Bradley, he was a member of the speech team and ODK honorary society. He has served on the alumni board (BUAA) and funds annual oratory scholarships. He and his wife, Bradley Trustee JOAN LORIG JANSSEN ’69, are members of the Bradley Renaissance Circle Society.
Dr. Robin L. Kelly ’78 MA ’82
Chief of staff for state treasurer
Kelly has been chief of staff for State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias since 2007. She announced her own candidacy for state treasurer last August. A Democratic state representative for the 38th District from 2002 to 2006, Kelly represented Cook County’s south suburbs. She worked to build economic development, improve public safety, streamline the election process, and ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence. Kelly holds a doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University. She is an instructor at Prairie State College. She served on Bradley’s Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2008. Kelly and her husband DR. NATHANIEL HORN JR. ’77 reside in Matteson.
Harold “Lanny” Lamont ’60
Business owner & manufacturer
Lamont founded Davlan Engineering in St. Louis just three years after graduation. He also operates Quality Screw Machine Products Inc., Carr Lane Manufacturing, Carr Lane Castings, and is the manufacturer of Switzer’s Licorice. Lamont’s company fabricated statues of Jack Buck and Ozzie Smith at the new Busch Stadium, along with 40 Ernest Trova sculptures at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. In 2006, Carr Lane Castings created a bronze plate that marks the location of home plate from the days when games were played on campus. At Bradley, Lamont was an outstanding baseball player and a member of Sigma Chi. He and his wife Kay live in Lake St. Louis.
Nancy Hunter Rakoff ’59 MLS ’93
Common Place executive director (retired) / activist
A high school home economics teacher in Peoria, Rakoff began volunteering at Common Place when it opened in 1967. She soon joined the agency full-time and was its executive director from 1983 to 2006. Adult literacy has been the inner-city agency’s focus, along with homework and life skills programs for children. Rakoff partnered with the Peoria Public Library to create the One City/One Book project known as Peoria Reads. Now the membership coordinator at Universalist Unitarian Church, she has won many community awards. At Bradley, Rakoff was a member of Chi Omega and the yearbook staff. She and her husband HENRY RAKOFF, MLS ’93 live in Peoria.
Dr. Lindsey Rolston ’85
Surgeon / inventor
An orthopedic surgeon in New Castle, Indiana, Rolston spends a great deal of time training surgeons how to use the knee replacement implant he invented. Introduced in 2007, the Journey Deuce knee system gives patients a speedier, easier recovery while preserving parts of the knee that aren’t affected by osteoarthritis. Rolston earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria. He is a member of a number of medical societies.
A member of Sigma Nu, he turned down an offer from the Kansas City Royals in 1984, choosing to remain at Bradley where he was co-captain of the baseball team his senior year. Rolston and his wife Sheri live in New Castle.