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Katie Couric on Holistic Caregiving at Georgetown Lombardy Cancer Center

August 8, 2019

On Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center welcomed Katie Couric, an award-winning journalist and the co-founder of cancer advocacy nonprofit Stand Up To Cancer, for the Inaugural Edward M. Kovach Cura Personalis Endowed Lecture


Mr. Edward Kovach attended Georgetown for both his undergraduate and law degrees, and later practiced labor law for several decades after serving our country as an officer in the United States Coast Guard. According to his daughter, Ed's professional and personal life were shaped by his education at Georgetown. It's also where he would meet his wife of 56 years, Kathleen. In addition, his experience would inspire him to serve as a member of the Georgetown University Board of Governors and as President of the Georgetown University Alumni Club in Northern California.


In 2014, Ed was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and again, placed his trust and confidence in Georgetown, this time under the medical care of Dr. John Marshall. Ed lived with this illness for another three and a half years, a remarkable feat for patients with stage four pancreatic cancer. Ed's wife, the couple's five children and their families, have decided to show Ed's gratitude and love for Georgetown by memorializing him with an endowed lecture, an effort led by his daughter Alexandra.

Couric’s lecture, "The Healing Power of Communication," was moderated by Georgetown Lombardi oncologist Dr. John Marshall. The lecture's focus was on holistic caregiving that celebrates the principle of cura personalis or "care for the whole person," personified by the outstanding medical professionals who made Ed's experience as a patient such a positive one.  

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WFP Lists One-of-a-Kind Georgetown Condo

June 27, 2019

Washington Fine Properties has listed a spectacular one bedroom condominium at 1318 35th Street NW #3 in Georgetown for $749,000.


Situated on two floors, the unit was recently renovated with over $150,000 in improvements, including a new HVAC, new water heater, all-new Anderson windows & doors, new energy efficient/European kitchen appliances (Liebherr and Bosch), an induction range, Restoration Hardware marble top vanity/sink, heated towel rack, and Toto toilets. 

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Oak floors have all been refinished, the patio was re-graded with all new bricks, and a new, larger balcony was installed on the upper floor.


Ruth France, the original owner, purchased this residence when the building went condo in the mid-1980s. Ruth France (nee Murray) was a native Washingtonian who founded Washington, D.C.'s first beatnik coffeehouse in 1959 with her first husband, William A. Walker. 


Coffee 'n' Confusion attracted jazz musicians and poets, including high schooler Jim Morrison (The Doors), and received a lot of media attention in Eisenhower-era Washington, D.C. Bill Walker wrote poetry while Ruth was a painter, and together the glamorous couple made headlines. Later in life, Ruth worked at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and served on the Citizens Association of Georgetown where she won the Belin Award for distinguished service to Georgetown.

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The wood-paneled library and series of three arched doors on the second level was Ruth’s original design. She had always dreamed of having a beautiful library that would house her many books. President of the Condo Association from 1987-89, she lived in Unit 3 until her death in 2011. Ruth's daughter, Brandel France de Bravo, inherited the condo from her mother.

Coffee 'n' Confusion (Photo by: Ruth France family) Coffee 'n' Confusion

Brandel is a poet, essayist, and public health professional. She is the author of two books of poetry (Provenance; and Mother, Loose), co-author of the parenting book Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise your Child in a Complex World, featured on The Today Show, and she is editor of the bilingual anthology, Mexican Poetry Today: 20/20 Voices.


Brandel remodeled the condo in 2017-18 and lived there with her husband until late 2018/early 2019 after selling her Burleith home of 17 years (with help from the very same Lenore Rubino).  Read more about Brandel and her work here

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For a virtual tour, click here.


For more information, contact Lenore Rubino at 202.262.1261

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Poncho Sanchez Live at Blues Alley July 18-21

June 19, 2019

Legendary percussionist, Poncho Sanchez will be performing live at Blues Alley July 18-21, 2019.


For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources.  Poncho Sanchez was born in Texas on October 30, 1951 into a large Mexican-American family (rumor has it that his 13-year old mother fled to the U.S. after hiding under the bed as revolutionary Pancho Villa stormed her village), but grew up in the Los Angeles area, where he was weaned on a broad range of Latin and non-Latin popular music.


Inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria, he honed his skills as a percussionist and broke into the limelight at the age of 23 when he joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader's famed Latin jazz ensemble in 1975. Poncho performed with him until Tjader's untimely death in 1982. A year later, he began his unprecedented 23-year relationship with Concord Records, which has produced two dozen recordings, a Grammy Award and several Grammy nominations. 

"To me, Latin jazz is the world's greatest music," it has the melodic and harmonic sophistication of jazz and American standards, and the flavor and energy of Latin American music. What I'm most proud of is that this music – while it may sound exotic at times – is from America. It was born in New York City, when Chano Pozo met Dizzy Gillespie for the first time in the mid-1940s. They created something that didn't exist before in this country. I'm very proud to take this music all over the world all the time." Poncho Sanchez


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