Class Notes


Kaiwei Hsu ’17, 2016–17 executive director of Terp Thon, was one of 20 recipients of the 2017 Miracle Network Dance Marathon Distinguished Leadership Award. Her leadership of UMD’s dance marathon helped raise $1,001,394 on March 4 for Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. Hsu was inspired to join the Miracle Network Dance Marathon after her younger brother received treatment at a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. She’s now a management consulting analyst at Accenture, and will serve on the TerpThon Alumni Network Leadership Team.

Rachel George ’16 has been promoted to associate producer at Green Buzz Agency, a video production company in the D.C. metro area. She has led production on videos for major brands and media outlets such as Upworthy, Blackboard and Hilton. She also volunteers in communications and branding with the D.C. chapter of Good Guys at the Barricades, an organizing group aimed at training and mentoring new political activists.

Kathryn Anne Leech Ph.D. ’16 and Matthew Raymond Kretschmer Ph.D. ’15 were married May 13 at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. They met at UMD, where they earned doctorates in human development and quantitative methodology, and in physics, respectively. She is a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Mass. He is a senior analytics fellow at McKinsey & Company in Waltham, Mass.

Toni Davis ’15 was named to Ford’s Thirty Under 30 program, a yearlong opportunity for 30 young employees to work with and learn about philanthropic organizations and develop strategies to help nonprofits connect with younger generations who represent a future donor and volunteer base.

Sean Scott ’15 was promoted to in-charge accountant at Lanigan, Ryan, Malcolm & Doyle, P.C. in Gaithersburg, Md.

Aaron Michael Hollander ’14 and Shira Nicole Epstein were married May 28 at Union Station in Washington. He is a master watchmaker and the owner of Timepiece Repair in Pikesville, Md. Besides earning a history degree from UMD, he studied horology at Gem City College in Quincy, Ill.

Robert M. Roth ’14 joined Layla Capital, a New York City-based direct commercial real estate bridge lender, as vice president. Previously, he worked in the real estate banking group at Sandler O’Neill & Partners, before moving on to build the acquisitions platform at STRATCO Property Group, a Manhattan-based private equity firm. Most recently, Roth served as a development associate with JDS Development Group in New York and Miami.

Kristen Fox M.Arch. ’13 of McKinney York Architects completed her architectural registration exams and received her registration as a licensed architect in the state of Texas. Fox is working on the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, and on multiple renovations at the University of Texas at Austin.

Caitlin Westhall ’13, M.Ed. ’14 received the Crystal Apple and the title Teacher of the Year 2017 from the Charles County, Md. and state levels of the American Legion Auxiliary. She is relocating to Germany, where her husband, Alexander Westhall, who is in the U.S. Air Force, has been assigned. An English teacher at General Smallwood Middle School, she was recognized in part for the ways in which she has incorporated the military into her lesson plan, encouraging students to write cards to Air Force personnel in basic training, creating a pen pal program between students and airmen and arranging for her husband to speak with students during Career Day via Skype from South Korea.

Leah A. Pressman ’13 and Ori Lieberman ’13 were married March 26 at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore. They met as children at the 2002 Maryland State Fair and were reintroduced when they started sixth grade at Krieger Schechter Day School in Pikesville. The couple found each other again as freshmen at UMD. She is a social worker for Community Access, a New York-based nonprofit, and he is an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Read how they met here.

Dr. Jessica Frankel Magidson Ph.D. ’13 married Adam Sober Ain July 22 in Shelburne, Vt., according to The New York Times. She is an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from UMD.

Lane Windham M.A. ’13, Ph.D. ’15 wrote the new book, “Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide.” In it, she reveals how in the 1970s workers combined old working-class tools--like unions and labor law--with legislative gains from the civil and women’s rights movements to help shore up their prospects. Before earning her graduate degrees, Windham spent nearly 20 years in the union movement, as a union organizer and then as director of the national AFL-CIO’s media outreach department. Now she is a fellow with Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative.

Katie Breen ’12 is marketing manager at Shinesty, whose millennial entrepreneurs and their efforts to sell attention-grabbing clothes were the subject of a docu-comedy series on MTV2 called “Shinesty.” It premiered in July. See the trailer here.

Lauren Filocco ’12 launched OpenBarre in the College Park Shopping Center, next to campus, in February. It offers a variety of barre classes. Find out more by following @openbarrestudios on Facebook and Instagram.

Ryan Miller ’12, managing director of the commercial real estate firm Savills Studley, was named to The Baltimore Business Journal’s 2017 “40 Under 40” list. It recognizes 40 outstanding young professionals under the age of 40 who are making noteworthy contributions to Greater Baltimore’s business, their companies and community.

Kat Pace ’12 has released her first full album, Back Home, produced by nine-time Grammy winner Joe “the Butcher” Nicolo. It’s available on iTunes, Amazon, Google and other digital music stores as well as many music services. For more information, visit

Ali Von Paris ’12, founder and CEO of Route One Apparel, was named to The Daily Record’s VIP List (Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 Awards).

Michael Baird ’11 and Megan Warzinski ’11 were married April 29 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. He is a doctor, and she is a physician’s assistant. They met as lab partners their senior year at Maryland. Read about their engagement and wedding and see a photo album in Washingtonian magazine.

Marc Karlinsky ’11 was named to the sixth annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36” list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago. (The letters of the Hebrew word “Chai,” which means “life,” also represent the number 18.) He is editor of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and president of the Chicago Terps Alumni Network. See his bio here.

Marisa Allen M.Arch. ’10, AIA, LEED AP was promoted to associate at Quinn Evans Architects in its Washington, D.C., office. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in UMD’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and on the AIA Committee on the Environment. Allen is also a member of the Smarter D.C. Challenge Committee. Her projects have included the design of the Living Learning Residence Hall 6 at Gallaudet University and the modernization of the historic Sherman Building, both in D.C.

Donna Blackman MBA ’10 was named senior vice president of business operations at BET Networks, an expansion of her role as senior vice president of finance. Prior to joining BET, she held several finance leadership positions at Marriott International.

Stacy Houser ’10 owns the Temple Challenge, a six-month fitness program that launched its latest iteration in July in 10 locations in West Virginia with more than 1,000 participants. It started in 2014 as a mission to help her parents get in better shape and now includes unique 60-minute workouts focused on cardio and strength training.

Laura Howes MBA ’10 was promoted to director of Bass Connections and the Rubenstein Fellows Academy at Duke University. She served for the past three years as associate director of strategy and operations in the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Idara Inokon ’10 won the Miss Nigeria USA 2017 beauty pageant in August, defeating 13 other contestants. She pledged to devote her reign to raising awareness of health education for the less privileged in Nigeria. She is a registered nurse, and is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Delaware.

Rachel Russell MBA ’10 was named to the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, a nonprofit dedicated to educating young people to succeed in a rapidly changing economy. She is executive director of corporate strategy & marketing at Allegis Group.

Former Baltimore Raven Torrey Smith ’10 and his wife, Chanel ’10 covered the adoption fees of all 46 cats and dogs featured at Pawject Runway, an event sponsored in May by Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, and made an additional donation. Smith now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Charlotte Tufts Simon ’10 and Malcolm Mirrer Halle were married Aug. 25 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. She is a human resources partner in New York for the Estée Lauder Cos.


Michelle Sandhoff ’09, Ph.D. ’13 wrote the new book “Service in a Time of Suspicion: Experiences of Muslims Serving in the U.S. Military Post-9/11.” She is an assistant professor of sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she’s a member of the Veterans’ Reintegration Research Cluster.

Jeffrey Strelzik ’09 married Sarah Berger in May in Washington, D.C. The wedding party included Martin Bock ’09, Perry Katz ’09, Michael Attman ’10 and Allison Chang ’10, among many other University of Maryland alumni in attendance. The couple lives in D.C.

Eno Umoh, co-founder of Global Air Media who attended Maryland in 2009, was among the 10 tech professionals to receive the 2017 Tech 10 award from The Baltimore Business Journal. The aerial cinematography and mapping company serves the Baltimore/D.C. metro area and is committed to expanding the use of drones in this field.

Lynnette Pitcher ’08 was one of 16 new students accepted into the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. It is the only museum in America with the authority to grant a MAT degree.

Justin Bakewell ’07, an executive director and banker with the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Washington, D.C., was named to Washington Business Journal’s 2017 “40 Under 40” list. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Teach for America (D.C.) and on the Board of Directors for Rocketship Education (D.C.). He also spent eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bakewell has an MBA from the George Washington University.

David Michael Duberstein ’07 and Amy Jeanne Crosby were married Sept. 9 at Grace Estate Winery in Crozet, Va. He is the political research director of the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group in Washington for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Matthew Bosley ’06 was recently named to Forbes America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors list for 2017. Honorees were born in 1980 or later and have a minimum of four years’ relevant experience. Bosley is a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch, based in Bethesda, Md.

Francis “Hall” Chaney III ’06, MRED ’11, president of Chaney Enterprises, a concrete manufacturer, aggregate supplier and source of construction materials, was named to The Daily Record’s VIP List (Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 Awards). Proceeds from the company’s annual bull roast go to the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland, and the annual Babe and Dick Chaney Golf Tournament helps support health care and health education programs.

Michael Tims Ph.D. ’06, academic director for herbal programs at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, has written the new poetry book, “The Acoustic Properties of Ancient People.”Its manuscript was a finalist for the 2014 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, 2014 and Brick House Books’ 2013 New Poets Series.

Bernard L. Dillard M.S. ’05 is the author of a new mathematics textbook, “Moneymatics: Where Money and Mathematics Meet,” which presents algebraically based content within the context of personal finance. Topics include credit and credit scores, the basics of a mortgage, repaying student loans and saving for retirement. Dillard serves as associate professor of mathematics at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Gregory Michaelidis Ph.D. ’05, a former Department of Homeland Security adviser on cybersecurity issues, joined CommCore as a cybersecurity communications consultant. In the Obama administration, Michaelidis focused on cybersecurity, counterterrorism and community resilience communications at DHS. Before that, Michaelidis spent a decade developing policy campaigns at a major public research university, think tanks and a public affairs firm. He is a Cybersecurity Initiative Fellow at New America and a Truman National Security Fellow.

Ryan Mitchell ’05 became a principal with the law firm Kramon & Graham. He is a member of its commercial and construction litigation groups and regularly represents clients at trial. Mitchell has been recognized by Maryland Super Lawyers since 2015 and serves on the executive committee of the Maryland Lawyers’ Campaign Against Hunger. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Jamie Watt Arnold ’05, senior vice president of Baltimore-based public relations firm Profiles, received a 2017 “Very Important Professionals” award from The (Baltimore) Daily Record. She has been with Profiles since 2005.

Meghan DeFord ’04 was named assistant vice president of alumni and community affairs at Florida Atlantic University. She spent the previous 12 years at UMD, most recently as senior director of alumni outreach for the Alumni Association, and previously as its director of regional programs, among several other positions.

Three Terps were named to the board of trustees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Bonnie Glick MBA ’04 serves as senior vice president of Meridian International Center, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., focused on global leadership. Prior to that position she worked for 12 years at IBM and spent 12 years as a U.S. diplomat in the Department of State. John T. Bullock Ph.D. ’09 was elected to the Baltimore City Council in November. He is a lecturer in the department of political science at Towson University and a regular contributor for media outlets. Anirban Basu M.A. ’98 is chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, a consulting firm in Baltimore. He is chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee and an economic advisor to the Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce. He was recently appointed to the University System of Maryland Foundation Board.

V. Bram Lillard Ph.D. ’04 received the 2016 Andrew J. Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research, recognizing his innovative and rigorous technical work over the past 12 years at the Institute for Defense Analyses. He has played an essential role in the operational evaluation of Navy ships, submarines and aircraft and pioneered the application of new design techniques to these lab-based tests.

Adam Ostrow ’04 was named Tegna’s new chief digital officer. He spent the past decade at Mashable, where he was the second employee and most recently served as chief strategy officer and board member. Ostrow is a member of the Merrill College of Journalism’s Board of Visitors.

Michael-Sean Spence ’04 married Stacey Elizabeth Maldonado July 29 at Westbury Manor, an event space in Westbury, N.Y., according to The New York Times. He is the Empire State fellow at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services in Albany, developing policies used by law enforcement agencies and managing strategic initiatives at the state Office of Public Safety. He is a director of Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, a community development organization in Corona, Queens, that operates a food pantry, a residential program for people overcoming addictions, senior centers and sporting facilities. He received a law degree from Howard University.

Kevin Wheeler ’04, a principal in the D.C. office of Fish & Richardson, was named a “D.C. Rising Star” by the National Law Journal. The list recognizes the region’s 40 most promising lawyers age 40 and under who have wielded great influence in their practice areas. In addition to his busy intellectual property practice, Wheeler maintains an active pro bono practice. For the past five years, he has worked with the Children’s Law Center in D.C. Wheeler received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2008.

Stephanie L. Williams M.C.P. ’04 was named to The Baltimore Business Journal’s 2017 “40 Under 40” list. She is president of Bozzuto Management. The list recognizes 40 outstanding young professionals under the age of 40 who are making noteworthy contributions to Greater Baltimore’s business, their companies and community.

Diana Alvear M.Jour. ’03 was named co-anchor of the weekday evening news at Fox-owned WJZY Charlotte, N.C. Most recently, she was a business correspondent for Bader TV and a reporter for KGTV San Diego.

Sean Ledwin ’03 is the new director of the Maine Department of Marine Resources’ Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat Division. He previously led the habitat division for the Hoopa Valley Tribal Fisheries program in Hoopa, Calif., and was a program manager/ecologist for NOAA Fisheries in Silver Spring, Md. He earned an M.S. in fisheries and natural resource management from the University of Michigan.

Kelly Robertson-Slagle ’03 was named director of economic development for Calvert County, Md. She was promoted from business retention specialist, a post she served in for 10 years. Prior to that, she was director of the Maryland Small Business Development Center, business development manager for the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, director of government/member relations with the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, and business development specialist with the former Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

America Lesh ’02, MBA ’08 was named to The Baltimore Business Journal’s 2017 “40 Under 40” list. Lesh is manager of fleet services at Baltimore Gas & Electric. The list recognizes 40 outstanding young professionals under the age of 40 who are making noteworthy contributions to Greater Baltimore’s business, their companies and community.

Paul Monteiro ’02 is competing for the Democratic nomination for Prince George’s County executive after years of working in the Obama administration. He has a degree from the Howard University School of Law. During President Barack Obama’s presidency, Monteiro was an adviser to the White House Office of Public Engagement; director of AmeriCorps VISTA, the domestic Peace Corps; and director of the community relations service Justice Department. He now works as the chief of staff to the president of Howard University and an adjunct professor at UMD.

Sarah C. Alexander ’01, principal designer at Torti Gallas and Partners, was named to The Washington Business Journal’s 2017 “40 Under 40.” She has extensive experience in the crafting of complex mixed-use urban infill projects through all phases of design. She has a master of architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Monise A. Brown ’01, a family magistrate in the Maryland Judiciary, was named to The Daily Record’s VIP List (Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 Awards).

Christian Lewis ’01 was promoted to vice president of business development at Comcast Spectacor’s Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement team. Lewis has served in a strategic role at Spectra for more than three years, growing the community and developing long-term relationships. He previously served in leadership roles at Terrapin Sports Marketing at UMD, CBS College Sports Properties and Cardinal Sports Properties at Stanford University.

Jesse David Bam Logan ’01 and Dr. Jennifer Renz were married Aug. 19 in Joe Batt’s Arm, Newfoundland, according to The New York Times. He is a vice president in Cambridge, Mass., for EIU Canback, a management consulting firm. He received an M.B.A. from Boston College.

David S. Rosen ’01, a partner at Rosen, Sapperstein & Friedlander LLC, was named to The Daily Record’s VIP List (Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 Awards). In the last five years, he has helped lead his firm to more than double its size and gain regional and national recognition. A graduate of the Emory University School of Law, Rosen worked at Venable LLP before joining RS&F. He has been active on the board of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore.

Aubreana Stephenson Holder ’01, chief operating officer at the business oversight firm Federal Management Systems, was named to The Daily Record’s VIP List (Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 Awards). For more than 10 years, Holder has volunteered at the DC Central Kitchen, a community nonprofit dedicated to fighting hunger by training individuals in culinary careers and hiring them to help serve meals to those in need.

Ryan R. Dietrich ’00, senior counsel in the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, was named to The Daily Record’s VIP List (Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 Awards). He graduated from Francis King Carey School of Law and continues a class service project to record incarcerated fathers reading to their children he began as a fellow in the Leadership Academy of the Maryland State Bar Association.


Katie Irwin ’99, M.Arch. ’01, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, was promoted to senior associate at Quinn Evans Architects, in its Washington, D.C., office. Irwin’s projects include the renovation of the Daughters of the American Revolution headquarters in D.C., and the modernization of Stratford Middle School in Arlington, Va.

John C. Hernandez Ph.D. ’99 was named president of Santiago Canyon College in Orange, Calif. Hernandez had served as the college’s interim president since July 2016. He has been in the field of student affairs and higher education administration for 32 years. Since 2005, he had served as vice president for student services at SCC, and since 2009, he provided administrative leadership for the college’s foundation. Hernandez earned an associate degree in arts at Fullerton College; a B.A. in sociology at California State University, Fullerton; an M.S. in counseling with an emphasis in student development in higher education at California State University, Long Beach; and a doctorate in college student personnel administration from UMD.

Timothy Strachan ’99 was named director of the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Legislative Affairs, continuing the work he had been doing as acting director. Strachan has been an attorney there since joining the commission in 2008. He’s best known among Terps as the radio sportscaster covering UMD football games.

Adam Benesch ’98, co-founder of Union Craft Brewing in Baltimore, was named one of seven Maryland entrepreneurs of the year by Ernst & Young. Regional award winners are considered for the national honor, announced in November.

Shara L. Boonshaft ’98, director of development at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, was named to The Daily Record’s VIP List (Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 Awards). Previously, she was the first director of development for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and led the campaign to create the UCF House, free housing for young adults and their caregivers in east Baltimore expected to open later this year. Boonshaft moved to her current position in 2016 and remains active with the Ulman Cancer Fund as a member of its young professionals board.

CPA Michael Davis ’98 joined RyanSharkey as a director in its assurance and advisory practice. Most recently, he served as a managing director in the mid-Atlantic region of an international accounting firm.

Bikash Koley M.S. ’97, Ph.D. ’00 was named chief technology officer of Juniper Networks, which provides automated, scalable and secure networks. He was most recently head of network architecture, engineering and planning at Google. Prior to that, he was CTO of Qstreams Networks, a company he co-founded.

Marc Menick ’97 was appointed president and COO of commercial real-estate firm KLNB, based in Maryland. He spent the past 19 years with Peterson Companies, most recently as vice president of retail leasing.

Amal Mudallali Ph.D. ’97 was appointed Lebanon’s ambassador to the United Nations, making her the first woman in the nation to serve in that role. She is CEO of Bridges International Group, a contributor to Foreign Policy magazine and a former global fellow for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Benjamin Shat ’97 joined Sedona Systems’ North American sales leadership team. The company offers IP/optical network automation and control solutions. Shat was most recently vice president for North American key markets and Verizon sales at Telllabs/Coriant.

Ross Burhouse M.S. ’01 was promoted to senior associate in the Fairfax, Va., office of Dewberry, a professional services firm. He is responsible for the design and analysis of highway and rapid-transit bridges and associated highway structures.

Mark Nook ’96, M.Arch. ’99, AIA, was named a principal and stockholder at Quinn Evans Architects. He has expertise in the design of public and private schools, higher education facilities, museums and visitor centers, and residential and mixed-use communities. His projects include Clipper Mill in Baltimore, several buildings for Hagerstown Community College and Montgomery College, and St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, also in Baltimore.

Anthony Wheeler ’96 was named dean of the College of Business and Public Management at West Chester University outside of Philadelphia. He was most recently the associate dean in the College of Business at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. Prior to Bryant, Wheeler was the Spachman Professor of Human Resources Management in the College of Business Administration with a joint appointment in the Schmidt Labor Research Center at the University of Rhode Island. Wheeler, who earned graduate degrees at the University of Oklahoma, is known for his research on employee turnover and retention, employee stress, burnout, engagement and leadership.

Anya Karavanov ’95, Ph.D. ’06 joined Crosby Marketing Communications as senior vice president, director of research and insights. Previously, she was the principal of her own firm, Communicating for Social Change, and also served on the faculty of American University’s School of Communication. Before that, she was a director at the American Institutes for Research.

Dr. Anthony Pease ’95 is the new chief veterinary medical officer for the WVC, formerly known as the Western Veterinary Conference. He has worked at Michigan State University since 2008 and has been a tenured associate professor in the Small Animal and Large Animal Clinical Sciences department since 2014. He has served in various capacities with the American College of Veterinary Radiology since 2005, including as its president.

Angela Simpson ’93 was appointed vice president, U.S. government affairs at ZTE USA. She was previously deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Simpson earned her Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University.

Stuart Bartow ’92, ’94 joined the Silicon Valley office of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP to lead the firm’s growing intellectual property practice group in Northern California. He is a registered patent attorney with a background in computer engineering and neuroscience. He represents clients in intellectual property matters before U.S. federal courts, the PTO, the ITC and other tribunals. Along with his two bachelor’s degrees from Maryland, he has a Master of Science degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Georgetown.

Craig A. Thompson ’92, a partner at Venable LLP in Baltimore, was named president-elect of the International Association of Defense Counsel at its annual meeting in Québec City. For several years, Craig chaired Venable’s Diversity Committee, and is currently a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. He also is a trustee with the University of Maryland College Park Foundation. He earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Charles Cush ’91 was elected to a four-year team on the Board of Education for the Naperville (Ill.) Community Unit School District 203. He had been appointed to fill a two-year vacancy on the board in 2016. He has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry, currently as senior director of marketing for the Americas for the diabetes division at Medtronic. Cush also has volunteered extensively, from his time as a peer tutor at the Office of Minority Student Education at UMD to serving organizations such as Feed My Starving Children, Junior Achievement USA and United Way. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Marcia Howes MBA ’91 joined Johns Manville, a global building and specialty products manufacturer, as vice president of global supply chain. She most recently held a similar position with BJC HealthCare in St. Louis. She has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of supply chain and in driving operational excellence across complex organizations.

James Levitt ’91 was promoted to senior vice president, national ad sales in the U.S. for Discovery Communications. He joined Discovery in 1999 as an account executive and has risen through the ranks, most recently serving as vice president of national advertising sales. He is based at Discovery’s New York office and lives in New Jersey with his wife and three daughters.

David G. Lott M.A. ’91 has a new bilingual (English/Spanish) book of poetry, “New to Guayama”(Finishing Line Press). He has taught English at Montgomery College since 1992. The cover photo shows him wearing a Maryland Day 2001 T-shirt while standing with the mascot of the Guayama, Puerto Rico baseball team, Los Brujos.

Robert Connolly ’91 was named chairman of Lockton Northeast, following 12 years as president of Lockton’s Washington, D.C. office. It is the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker. Before his career at Lockton, Connolly was a managing director at Marsh & McLennan. He is an expert in risk financing, professional liability, cyber, directors’ and officers’ liability, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mitch Bonanno ’91, M.S. ’92 joined Johns Hopkins as its first chief real estate officer to support a broad range of university and health system activities. He is former senior vice president and director of development for Vornado/Charles E. Smith of Arlington, Va. He also a Master of Science in real estate from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Victoria Ramirez ’91 was named director of the El Paso Museum of Art. Most recently, she was director of the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, one of the largest state history museums in the country. She has a master’s degree in museum education from the George Washington University.

Margot S. Connor ’90, chief executive officer of RoosterBio, received the 2017 Tech 10 award from The Baltimore Business Journal. She has more than 25 years of life-science industry experience, including as vice president and head of business development at Lonza. RoosterBio is a biotechnology company that works on cell-based bioeconomy and provides standardized stem cell technology to bring products to market faster.

Horizon Technology Finance Corp. hired Todd A. McDonald ’90 as managing director for the mid-Atlantic and Southeast technology markets. He’s based in Horizon’s Reston, Va., office. He is rejoining Horizon from ORIX Growth Capital where he was director of the mid-Atlantic region; he previously served as managing director, mid-Atlantic technology for Horizon.

Scott Needleman ’90 was hired as vice president and general counsel at DLT Solutions. He was most recently the vice president and general counsel at Mythics and previously spent 15 years in the same role with Arrow/immixGroup. Needleman earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore.


Christopher Mann ’89 was promoted from managing director to managing partner of MorganFranklin Consulting. He specializes in technical accounting, SEC reporting and merger- and acquisition-based services

Tom Sadowski ’89 was named chairman of the Board of Directors at Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, a nonprofit dedicated to educating young people to succeed. He is vice chancellor for economic development at the University System of Maryland. Previously, Sadowski served as president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore.

Ken Saenz MBA ’89 was named executive vice president of Allegheny Science & Technology. He has more than 30 years of experience in capturing and managing business in energy, transportation and consumer products for both government and commercial clients, most recently as a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton managing the Defense Energy Business.

Peggy Johnson M.S. ’88, Ph.D. ’90, a professor and former head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, has been named dean of Schreyer Honors College. A member of the Penn State faculty since 1996, she received the 2016 Hans Albert Einstein Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mohit (“Mo”) Sahgal M.S. ’88 joined Paradigm Technology, a boutique consulting company and strategic solutions partner, as vice president of the analytics group. He came from Ernst & Young LLP, where he served as an executive director. Prior to that, Sahgal was a partner at IBM, owning responsibility for West Coast business analytics and optimization.

Helen M. Boudreau ’87 was named chief financial officer and treasurer of Proteostatis Theraputics. She had served as a director of the company’s board of directors since February 2016. It is developing small molecule therapeutics to treat diseases caused by dysfunctional protein processing such as cystic fibrosis. In other recent management roles, she served as chief financial officer of FORMA Therapeutics and Novartis. Boudreau received an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

President Donald J. Trump nominated Isabel Marie Keenan Patelunas M.A. ’87 as assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of the Treasury. She is a member of the Senior Intelligence Service at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she has served since 1989. For the last 15 years, she has been in management positions at the CIA, including serving the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as director of the president’s Daily Brief staff.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan nominated Brooks D. Tucker ’87 to serve as an assistant secretary of veterans’ affairs and congressional and legislative affairs. Tucker currently serves as a senior adviser to the secretary of veterans’ affairs. He previously served as a policy adviser on the Presidential Transition Team and as senior policy adviser, national security, and veterans’ affairs for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. Prior to his government service, Tucker was an investment adviser with Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. He is a retired lieutenant colonel and infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Margaret Anderson ’86 joined Deloitte Consulting LLP’s federal health practice as a managing director. She most recently was the executive director of FasterCures, a Washington-based center of the Milken Institute. She serves on the boards of the Advancing Cures Today for the National Institutes of Health, the Melanoma Research Alliance and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. She is also on the editorial board of Life Science Leader magazine. Additionally, Anderson is a founding board member and past president of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA. Anderson holds a Master of Science degree in technology and public policy from George Washington University.

Christos Bettios M.S. ’86 joined NFM Lending as its chief information officer. He worked most recently at U.S. Bank.

Jin Kang ’86 was promoted to CEO and president of WidePoint Corp., a provider of managed mobility services specializing in cybersecurity and telecommunications lifecycle management solutions. Kang has been with WidePoint since 2008 following its acquisition of iSYS LLC, a company Kang founded.

Karen Addis ’85 was hired as senior vice president at GLA Communications, based in Millburn, N.J. She’s working to expand the firm’s visibility and client base in the D.C. area as well as nationally.

Mike Mayo ’85 joined the Global Research, Economics & Strategy division of Wells Fargo as managing director and head of U.S. Large-Cap Bank Research. He came from CLSA Americas, where he was a managing director and head of U.S. bank equity research. Mayo was the first analyst to testify on the causes of the financial crisis to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, and the only Wall Street analyst to testify before the U.S. Congress for the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. In 2013, he was the sole recipient of the CFA Institute’s annual award for ethics and standards of practice, and in 2008, Fortune named him one of “Eight Who Saw the Crisis Coming.”

“Travels Through American History in the Mid-Atlantic: A Guide for All Ages,” by Charley Mitchell M.A. ’84, won a 2016 Lowell Thomas Gold Medal Award from the Society of American Travel Writers for best guidebook. His first book, “Maryland Voices of the Civil War,” won the Founders Award from the American Civil War Museum. Both books were published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Deborah J. Tranowski ’82 was named vice president, program management and operations at Amphivena Thereputics. She has more than 15 years of experience leading teams and providing clinical, project/alliance management and regulatory expertise to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. She joins Amphivena from Coherus BioSciences Inc. where she was executive director, product development.

Michael J. Martirano ’81, M.Ed. ’92 was named Howard County’s interim schools superintendent in May. More than a decade ago, Martirano was a supervisor of elementary schools in Howard County, where his children attended schools, then took the top post in St. Mary’s County, and had most recently been superintendent of West Virginia’s public school system. He told The Baltimore Sun that he decided to return to Maryland after losing his wife last spring and wanting to spend more time with his three adult children.

Paul Sekhri ’81 was appointed director and chairman of the board for Compugen Ltd., which develops therapeutics for cancer immunotherapy, Sekhri is president and CEO of Lycera Corp. and a member of the Board of Directors of Veeva Systems, chairman of the board of supervisory directors of Pharming N.V. and Topas Therapeutics GmbH, and was recently nominated as chairman of the board of Petra Pharma. Additionally, he is on the board of directors of the TB Alliance, and, as an avid classical music enthusiast, is vice chairman of Young Concert Artists and on the board of trustees of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Sekhri is also an active member of the Patrons Council of Carnegie Hall.

Debbie Diaz-Arnold ’80 was named assistant principal at Smith Elementary School in Fauquier County (Va.) Public Schools. She had been assistant principal of Lynbrook Elementary School in Springfield for four years and has a Master of Education in special education from George Mason University and an education specialist degree in administration and supervision/ leadership from the University of Virginia.

John Quagliato ’80 was named vice president of GEICO’s new claims legal planning center. He began his career at the company in 1985, went on to earn a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law, and was promoted several times.

Margaret Grover ’80, an attorney with Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, was named a 2017 Northern California Super Lawyer. The Thomson Reuters rating service and publication selects outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas through a nomination process that comprises a statewide survey of lawyers, detailed peer review and extensive research of each candidate. Approximately 5 percent of the Northern California Bar received the distinction.


Randy Day ’79, CEO of Perdue Farms, was named to the board of trustees of McDaniel College. He is a 1977 alumnus of McDaniel, then known as Western Maryland, College, and earned a degree in poultry nutrition from the University of Maryland. He also has completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School.

Stephen C. Gerwin ’79 retired in May from the Howard County Department of Public Works, where he ran the utilities office for the past nine years. He began his career right out of UMD with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer named Pamela Morse ’79 his deputy chief of staff for operations. She comes from the international trade group of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, where Lighthizer worked from 1985 until President Donald J. Trump appointed him to his new post.

President Donald J. Trump nominated George Nesterczuk M.S. ’71, who worked in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) under Republican presidents, to lead the agency. He began working there in 1981, after serving on Ronald Reagan’s presidential transition committee. After four years there he moved on to stints in the Department of Defense and as chief scientist and technical adviser at the Department of Transportation. He spent many years consulting and in the private sector until returning in 2004 to OPM as senior adviser to the director for the Department of Defense for a short time, and has since spent much of his time consulting until becoming a member of Trump’s transition team.

Kevin Beverly ’79, M.L.S. ’81 was inducted into the Montgomery County (Md.) Business Hall of Fame. He is president and CEO of Social & Scientific Systems, a health research organization with federal and commercial client portfolios with offices in Silver Spring, Md., Durham, N.C., and Kampala, Uganda. Beverly received the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington’s 2013 Philanthropist of the Year award that honored his commitment to nurturing the potential of youth. As board chair of CollegeTracks, he plays a role in giving low-income and first-generation-to-college students the chance to go to colleges where they can succeed. In memory of his late mother, Beverly founded the Mildred Beverly Memorial Family Fund, which provides college scholarships for underprivileged youth.

Michael Teitelbaum ’79 was named president of Baltimore magazine. His second job out of college was as account executive with the magazine. Teitelbaum cofounded one of the area’s first web development and marketing companies in 1995. For the past six years, he has been a managing partner at Right Source Marketing.

Joseph F. Snee Sr. M.Ed. ’73 and his late wife, Rosemary Snee, were inducted into the Harford County Public Schools Educator Hall of Fame. He worked for the school system for 28 years, and she, for 25. He was hired as an English teacher at Bel Air High School in 1955 and three years later was appointed as a pupil personnel worker, a relatively new position in Maryland education at the time. Ten years later, he was promoted to supervisor of pupil personnel services, a role he held until his 1983 retirement. Snee’s significant contributions include implementing a program for male students who were not successful in their home schools, the Supplementary Education Center, and establishing a special program for students who became pregnant so they could continue their education and gain access to health and community resources.

Kenneth L. Thompson ’73, a partner at the Baltimore-based law firm Venable, was appointed to oversee a team monitoring extensive police reforms in the city.

Bob Grossman ’72 PT, OCS is celebrating 30 years of private practice in physical therapy. His business, Sports and Orthopaedic Therapy Services, serves the Washington-Baltimore area in evaluating, treating and preventing sports and orthopaedic injuries. A pitcher on the Terps baseball team, he was drafted in 1972 by the Cleveland Indians and played for seven years throughout the U.S. and Mexico until an injury forced him to retire—and led to him to his current career.

Chris Plater ’72 has launched, a career-focused online publication featuring lifestyle information on Maryland resources for college students across the state. It began in the 1980s as Baltimore Collegian magazine and later published for an expanded audience as Maryland Collegian in e-zine format. Now retired from state economic development, Plater also publishes, showcasing products by Maryland manufacturers, artists, craftspeople and farming enterprises. She received her M.A. in public relations from American University and a graduate certificate in leadership from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University.

Michael Ward ’72 was appointed as a new independent member of the Board of Directors for the coal supplier Contura Energy. Ward spent 40 years at CSX Corp. and its predecessor, Chessie System, Inc., most recently as board chairman and chief executive officer from 2003–17. Ward currently serves on the boards of directors of Ashland Global Holdings and PNC Financial Services Group.

Rabbi Stuart Jay Robinson ’71, Esq. received the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who. He has been a practicing attorney for more than 40 years, first in Baltimore and Bel Air, Md., then since 2009 in Grand Isle, Vt. He has served on the Town of Grand Isle School Board, Grand Isle Development Review Board and Democratic Committee, and as CEO of the community service nonprofit AKEDA Foundation.

Thomas C. Gallagher ’70 retired from his position as executive chairman of Genuine Parts Co. on June 30. He spent 47 years with the company, including as president and CEO. He continues to serve as non-executive chairman of the board.


Gerald Combs Jr. ’69 has joined the board of trustees of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He is a professor emeritus for Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences and an adjunct senior scientist for Tufts University. He’s done extensive research in China and Bangladesh with collaborations in Germany and Denmark, and has lectured in 30 countries.

John C. Foster M.S. ’69, Ph.D. ’73, principal research scientist at MIT’s Haystack Observatory, has been elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Fellows are recognized for their scientific eminence in the Earth and space sciences. Only 0.1% of AGU membership receives this recognition in any given year.

Prasan Samal M.S. ’69 was named a 2017 fellow by the American Powder Metallurgy Institute—International. He retired from North American Hoganas after a 43-year career in the stainless steel powder industry. Among his research successes, he helped develop and qualify many stainless steel components for use in automotive exhaust systems. He continues to be a member of the International Journal of Powder Metallurgy Editorial Review Committee and is author/co-author of 11 U.S. patents, two books and more than 50 technical papers.

Robert Pincus ’68 joined the board of directors at CTIS. He has a 45-year career in the commercial banking community, most recently for EagleBank and Eagle Bancorp, as vice chairman of the board and director. His honors include being named one of Washingtonian magazine’s 1998 “Washingtonians of the Year” and election to the Washington Business Hall of Fame in 2004.

Harve A. Mogul ’65 stepped down in August from a quarter-century of service as CEO of the United Way of Miami-Dade to transition to a leadership role focused on fundraising and building United Way’s endowment. His United Way career began in 1973 and included work in Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Winston-Salem, N.C. His honors include the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Sand in My Shoes Award, the United Teachers of Dade Champions of Public Education and Temple Israel’s first Joseph Narot Award for Community Service.


Justin L. Vignor ’54 of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC in Rochester, N.Y., was selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2018.” In recent years his practice has focused on general corporate work and business matters, not-for-profit organizations and Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Edward W. Abendroth ’11, ’16 died Aug. 10 when the bicycle he was riding collided with a vehicle in King George County, Va., according to the Frederick Freelance-Star. He was 28. Abendroth was born in Fairfax, Va., to Bob and Diane Abendroth; he is the eldest of their five sons. His family moved around several times during his childhood, finally settling in Bowie, Md., where he lived from ages 11 to 27. He graduated from the Science and Technology Program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, then completed his degree in finance at the University of Maryland in three years. Edward was a tutor for SAT prep and this past year he participated in a STEM program for middle school students working with robotics. He earned a second degree, in computer science. During his final semester, he accepted a job as a computer scientist for the Navy in Dahlgren, Va. He is survived by his parents; his wife, Aika; his two daughters, Michela (age 3) and Margaret (age 1); his four younger brothers, Richard, James, Robert and John; his grandmother; and many more family and friends.

Longtime North Carolina political reporter Mark Binker M.A. ’97 died unexpectedly at his home April 29 at his home. He was 43. He worked for the past five years with WRAL’s state capital team and joined the N.C. Insider, a state government newsletter owned by The News & Observer, in March. Before working at WRAL, Binker reported on state politics for the Greensboro News & Record. Binker earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland. Binker is survived by his wife, Marla; sons Max and Mason; parents Gerald and Barbara Binker; and brothers Richard and David.

Janina Beth (Rago) Thilges M.Ed. ’95 died July 15 after a two-year battle with brain cancer in East Helena Mt. She was 64. She grew up in Davis, Calif., fishing, hiking, camping, backpacking, skiing, vacationing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and learning to love the outdoors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of California-Davis and later went back to school at the bequest of her husband to pursue a master of counseling degree from the University of Maryland. Thilges was in Fairfax, Va., working as a probation counselor when she met Michael Thilges on a blind date. They married in 1993, and because he was an active-duty Army officer, the two began a life together of military service, travel and moves. Janina is survived by her husband Michael; son Devon; father Ralph; and brother Mark.

Glenn Page ’91, a former UMD sports standout, died Aug. 5 at a hospice facility in Towson, Md., after a two-year battle with leukemia, according to the Baldwin (Pa.) Patch. He was 49. A graduate of Baldwin-Whitehall High outside of Pittsburgh, he was an honor roll student who handled the shot and javelin duties on the track team, was a forward on the basketball team and was captain of the football team, where he played tight end and linebacker. At UMD, Page was the team’s leading tackler during his senior year, and he was selected to the 1991 All-ACC Academic Team. After earning his bachelor’s in finance and marketing, Page obtained an MBA from Loyola College. Page went on to work with First National Bank of Maryland, GE Capital, M&T Bank and lastly with BB&T Capital Markets as a senior vice president with the corporate banking division. Page is survived by his wife of 19 years, Liz; three children, Andrew, Anna and Robert; a sister, Patti Zapf; brothers Chuck and Howard Page; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Marjorie Page.

David Armand Sprenkle D.M.A. ’88, a retired music professor at West Chester University, died Aug. 14 at his Downingtown, Pa., home after a 10-year battle with cancer, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was 65. Born in Baltimore, Sprenkle and his family moved to the West Chester area when he was 4. He was a 1969 graduate of Henderson High School and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1973 and a master’s degree in vocal performance a year later, both from what is now West Chester University. After earning his doctorate at UMD, he circled back to teach at his alma mater. He launched his career in 1975 at Palm Beach Atlantic College in Florida, where he taught voice and trombone, and was chairman of the music department. Sprenkle returned to West Chester University in 1987 as a member of the vocal choral department. He directed the university’s Chamber Choir and Collegium Musicum, a chamber ensemble specializing in the use of authentic instruments and performance techniques in the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. Later, Sprenkle rose to chairperson of the vocal choral department and served as undergraduate coordinator for the School of Music. He retired in 2011. Outside his duties at the university, he enjoyed tennis, cataloguing family photos and researching genealogy. He was known for his witty humor. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Elizabeth Berra Sprenkle; daughter Jessa Berra Sprenkle; son Justin Berra Sprenkle; two grandchildren; and a sister.

John Worth Clark ’85 of Lafayette, Colo., died Sept. 10 of a cardiac condition. He was 56. Born Feb. 23, 1961, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late John Wilson Clark and Jeanne McLavy Clark. He graduated from St. James School in Hagerstown, Md., and from UMD with a degree in East Asian languages and literature. Clark worked in information technology departments for a number of companies in D.C. and Colorado. Most recently he was a security engineer for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. Clark was known for his kindness and joy in giving of himself to others. He loved the rivers, mountains and deserts, kayaking, sailing, animals, ham radio and tinkering with his VW Westfalia. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Jarmul; sisters Dusty Graham and Ann Lafferty; brother David Clark; and many in-laws, nephews, nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at Schroyer's Tavern at the Maryland National Golf Course, Middletown, Md. Memorial donations may be made to American Whitewater, the Environmental Defense Fund or Heifer International.

William “Kip” Smythe Jr. MBA ’78 died June 9 at his home in Cave Creek, Ariz., following a six-year battle with esophagus cancer. He was 67. Kip joined NPES, the association for suppliers of printing, publishing and converting technologies in 1980 as director of member services. He remained at the association for 33 years, serving in various executive capacities, before retiring in 2013 as vice president of global programs, overseeing the trade association’s market data program, market research, international outreach services and programs, as well as safety and international technical standards. He also served as executive secretary of the International Color Consortium for 20 years, and was president of the PRIMIR research organization for more than eight years. In 2013, Kip received the Meritorious Service Award from the American National Standards Institute and was inducted into the NAPL Soderstrom Society in 1995. Kip is survived by his wife, Cathy Byrne; daughters Crystal Smythe Epton and Stacey Smythe Voloshin; and several grandchildren.

Frederick Nickles ’76, a public servant in New Jersey for more than 50 years, died of cancer at his Egg Harbor Township, N.J., home on June 17. He was born in Egg Harbor and attended Norfolk State College for one year, where he was the first to integrate the school and play on the football team. At Maryland, he also played football and served as freshman football coach for two years. He received a master’s degree from Glassboro State College. Nickles began his service to the community as a Scullville volunteer firefighter and later became chief of Scullville Fire Company and deputy chief of the five Egg Harbor Township Fire Companies. He served as a member of the Egg Harbor Township Planning Board and chairman of the Recreation Committee. Nickles was a member of the Scullville Bible Church and chairman of the Tri-State Bible Conference Camp. He was also a member of the Northfield-Linwood Lions Club and a New Jersey state wrestling official. Nickles continued his governmental service as Egg Harbor Township mayor and committeeman. In 1994, Gov. Christine Whitman named him chairman of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. His real passion was education. He began his professional career as a physical education teacher in Egg Harbor Township Schools. He later served there as assistant principal, middle school principal, high school principal and as superintendent of schools for 12 years. After retiring, he became superintendent of Atlantic City Schools in 2000 until he retired again in 2012, helping the school system earn a state designation as “highly performing” in 2011. Nickles also worked to refurbish two schools, add to a school and build four new ones. During his retirement, he enjoyed golfing and visiting historical sites on his motorcycle with his wife, Jennifer. He came out of retirement again in July 2016 when the Egg Harbor Township School District was in need of an interim superintendent. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Casey) Nickles; his daughters, Jessica Wardencki, Jenna Wardencki, Erin Nickles and Amy Boyer; two grandchildren; and one nephew. He is predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Wesley Nickles, and brother Don Nickles.

Angela Stavrou Moore ’72 of Bel Air died June 20, according to the Bel Air Patch. She was 67. She was a tireless advocate for children throughout her career as a social worker. She loved family, food and time spent at the beach. Angie is survived by her husband John Thomas Moore; children, Nicole Baldwin, Stephen Moore and Andrew Moore; nine grandchildren; and siblings Nikki (her twin), Linda, Dorian, Aletha, Steve and Mark.

Virginia Maiorana ’69 died Aug. 15 at her family home near Boonsboro, Md., two and a half years after a diagnosis of metastatic colon cancer, according to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail. The second child and oldest daughter of Catherine and Anthony Maiorana, she graduated from Boonsboro High School as class valedictorian. At UMD, she earned her zoology degree with high honors, and received her Ph.D. in vertebrate ecology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. She married Leigh Van Valen, an older, established scientist at the University of Chicago and found time for independent research in association with the Field Museum in Chicago and teaching biology classes. She became an accomplished photographer, setting up her own darkroom in the basement of her home. Mairana also helped her mother raise her youngest siblings and was a devoted aunt to her nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her father in 1970; her husband in 2010; her older brother James in 2014; and her mother in 2015. She is survived by three sisters and three brothers.

Frederick J. Morton ’72 died Aug. 21 in his Queenstown, Md., home, according to the Easton Star-Democrat. He was 67. Morton grew up in Frostburg, Md., and earned a business administration degree at UMD. Upon graduation, Morton enrolled in the Maryland State Police Academy and began his career in law enforcement, from which he retired as sergeant after 25 years of service. Morton was a member of the Sons of the American Legion at the Jeff Davis Post 18 in Centreville. He is survived by his wife Nancy; son Jason; and best friend of 60 years, William Payne.

Daniel Ralston Caldwell M.S. ’65, Ph.D. ’69 of Hoover, Ala., died June 26 from complications due to Parkinson’s disease and heart issues. He was 81. Born in Berkeley, Calif., Caldwell graduated from Reed College in Oregon, then served in the medical corps of the U.S. Army. Later, he received his graduate degrees in microbiology from the University of Maryland and worked as a professor of microbiology at the University of Wyoming for 28 years. Professionally, Caldwell served as president of the Rocky Mountain Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, and he was active in numerous scientific and agricultural honor societies. Caldwell published numerous scientific articles and edited for science journals throughout his career, including serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Most notably, he authored a textbook in 1999, “Microbial Physiology and Metabolism.” Caldwell’s longtime passions included playing the cello and singing in the choir for community and church events. He was also an avid golfer, often caddied by his two daughters. Most recently, Caldwell was a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church after many years as a deacon and elder in the Laramie Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife Wanda Beckett Caldwell; sister Sara Caldwell; two daughters, Lisa Caldwell and Joan Caldwell Smith; three stepchildren, Brian Beckett, Jill Hopkins and Troy Beckett; and eight grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. James R. Caldwell and Katherine Field Caldwell.

Rogers Craig Stevens Jr. ’65 of Daytona Beach, Fla., and formerly of Lumberport, W.Va., died June 21, according to The Exponent Telegram. He was 76. Stevens was born, in Washington, D.C., to the late Rogers C. Stevens Sr. and Frances Magruder Stevens. He graduated from Walter Johnson High School, UMD, then Phillips University at Enid, Okla., with a master’s of education in guidance and counseling. He began his Air Force service at UMD as an ROTC graduate, received his pilot training in Enid, and served as an instructor Pilot for the T37 and academic instructor for AC 119 Gunships. He was a Stinger pilot with the 18th SOS in Vietnam before being medically retired from military service with the rank of captain. He later taught two classes a year at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University at Daytona Beach on air warfare in Southeast Asia. Rogers was a retired district right-of-way agent for the West Virginia Division of Highways and a longtime landman for Larosa Field Co. and Arco Oil and Gas of Dallas. Among his many interests and activities, he was a life member of the National Corvette Museum, the National Council of Corvette Clubs, the Air Force Society, and DAV and VFW Post 573 in Clarksburg, and a charter and life member of the AC119 Gunship Association. Stevens was a member of the Lumberport Baptist Church, where he served as chairman of trustees of the stewardship team. Rogers is survived by his wife of 25 years, Catherine “Cathi” Welch Stevens; his daughters, Stephanie Dawn Steven and Christie Dawn Bunner; two half-brothers, Robert “Craig” Stevens and Bruce Stevens; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and extended family members. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Bradley Craig Stevens, and a sister, Joan Stevens Cooper.

Lawrence Heinze ’64, a Catonsville salesman and Charles Village real estate investor who co-owned the Midtown Yacht Club, died of heart failure at his home in Leesburg, Va., on June 24, according to The Baltimore Sun. He was 76. He was raised near Pimlico Race Course in Northwest Baltimore and attended City College High School and the University of Maryland. After college, he served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Heinze was a longtime employee of Burroughs Corp., a St. Louis-based business equipment manufacturer that later became Unisys. When his wife, Sheila Heinze, founded SM Consulting, which became one of Maryland's largest woman-owned businesses, he joined her and helped grow it to $80 million in revenue before they sold it and retired to Virginia in 2008. Heinze’s overwhelming optimism and love of people guided his career in sales and management, as well as his real estate investments, which he maintained in his spare weeknights and weekends. Heinze was a member of Kappa Alpha Order at Maryland, and stayed involved with the fraternity throughout his life. In the 1970s, Heinze coached recreational baseball and was selected to be the league’s commissioner, family members said. He co-owned the Midtown Yacht Club with a bartender named Nathan Beveridge, and after they reinvested their earnings in an upstairs lounge called the Sky Club, they sold Midtown Yacht Club in 2006. The bar, which reopened as Midtown BBQ & Brew in 2011, has since been replaced by a contemporary American small plates restaurant called Flavor. In addition to his wife, Heinze is survived by one son, Jeffrey Heinze; three daughters, Lauren Adams and Samantha and Alexandra Heinze; his brother, David Heinze; four grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces. An earlier marriage to the former Judith Moore ended in divorce.

Robert H. Horwich M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’67 died Feb. 7 at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, Wisc., following a brief illness. He was 76. Horwich, known as Rob or Robbie, always had a keen interest in animals and he devoted his life to their conservation. He received a B.S. from Rutgers University and two graduate degrees in zoology from UMD. In his dissertation, Horwich investigated the social behavior of squirrels. His career spanned obtaining a post-doctoral appointment to India from the Smithsonian Institute, directing the Maryland House Natural History Museum, researching infant primate development at the Brookfield Zoo, developing reintroduction methods at the International Crane Foundation, and founding and directing Community Conservation. Horwich pioneered using puppets and costumes to rear endangered cranes in captivity, and he helped initiate the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. In Belize, he worked with local people to create the Community Baboon Sanctuary, a world-renowned model for conservation. In India, he catalyzed interest in the Golden Langur, and the project grew into a federation of 130 communities conserving forests for this endangered monkey. Horwich called this process “conservation contagion,” and he persisted tirelessly to hasten it: he worked with 200 communities in 15 countries to conserve 1.5 million acres. Just weeks before his death, he was working in Cameroon on gorilla conservation. He authored and co-authored numerous scientific articles and several books, was featured in and helped to produce a number of films, and served on various boards and committees. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin N. and Edna M. (Goldstein) Horwich. He is survived by his sister, Janet Weinberg, and two nieces.

Roger C. Neutze ’63, a retired Baltimore County physical-education teacher and coach, died Aug. 6 of cardiovascular disease at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 75 and lived in Hampstead, according to The Baltimore Sun. The son of John F. Neutze Sr., a pharmacist, and Thelma H. Neutze, a homemaker, Roger Carvel Neutze was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans. He was a 1958 graduate of City College, where he was an MSA champion wrestler in the 112-pound category. At UMD, Neutze won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in the 115-pound class. He taught physical education and coached wrestling, soccer and lacrosse at Sparrows Point High School, then taught driver’s education and coached lacrosse at Pikesville Senior High School. Neutze ended his career in the 1980s as a physical-education teacher at Lansdowne High School. He was also a lacrosse and football referee. Neutze was also a commercial crabber and oyster tonger who co-founded N&N, a Govans landscaping company. He was a member of the old Holy Comforter Lutheran Church in Govans. Neutze is survived by a brother, William Neutze; sister, Anne Neutze; and several nieces and nephews.

William H. “Bud” Waesche Sr. ’60, a longtime football and swim team coach at Merganthaler Vocational-Technical High School who also coached lacrosse at the University of Baltimore, died July 21 from cancer at the Community Hospice Anne and Donald McGraw Center for Caring in Jacksonville, Fla. The former Loch Raven Village resident was 83, according to The Baltimore Sun. The son of Charles Stewart Waesche and Claire Harden Waesche, William Harden Waesche was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. He was a 1952 graduate of Forest Park High School, where he played varsity lacrosse, football and ice hockey. At UMD, he was an outstanding midfielder and an All-American lacrosse player in 1955, 1956 and 1959. His college career was interrupted when he served in the Army from 1956 to 1958. While in the Army, he was the Pacific Armed Forces Fast Pitch Softball champion. From 1960 to 1963, he played first team midfield for the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club. From 1960 to 1986, Waesche served as physical education teacher at Mervo. From 1960 to 1967 he was head freshman football coach and swim coach. While teaching at Mervo, Waesche earned a master’s degree from Morgan State University. He moved up in the school’s football program, being named assistant junior varsity football coach in 1969, junior varsity coach in 1971, assistant varsity coach in 1978, then varsity head coach in 1979, a position he held until retiring in 1986. While coaching and teaching at Mervo, Waesche was also assistant lacrosse coach in 1960 at Towson University. He was then named head coach of the University of Baltimore’s freshman lacrosse team from 1963 to 1966, and in 1967 was promoted to assistant varsity lacrosse coach. He became head lacrosse coach in 1968 and continued in that role until 1972, compiling a record of 25-38. While living in Loch Raven Village, Waesche was an active member of Belvedere Baptist Church, serving as a deacon. A resident of Jacksonville, Fla., since 1988, Waesche was a member and elder of New Life Christian Church, active in its hospitality ministry. He also established and led the Feeding the Hungry Ministry, working five days a week for 20 years. He would pick up donated food from grocery stores and distribute it to Jacksonville-area shelters and retirement homes. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Nancy Faure; a son, William Jr., two daughters, Wendy Fraser and Claire “Dee” Stastny; a brother, Charles S. Waesche Jr.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Jeannette R. Webb ’59, a mental-health counselor who dedicated herself to helping women improve their lives, died Friday, July 28, of cancer at her Devon, Pa., home. She was 80 and had battled the disease for the last year, her family told The Philadelphia Inquirer. Born in Washington to Ruth and Landstreet Richardson, Webb graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va., and earned a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from the University of Maryland. After marrying Bill Webb in 1959, the couple moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where she taught junior high school and he attended law school. They later moved to the Main Line and lived in several places before settling in Devon in 1998. When their three children were young, she found time to be a civic volunteer with the Women’s Resource Center, Eagleville Hospital, the Montgomery County Board of Assistance, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. When her children reached high school, Webb earned her master’s degree in community counseling and human relations from Villanova University, which paved the way for her return to work as a full-time licensed counselor. She spent 30 years beginning in 1983 as a therapist, counselor and facilitator for women in transition. Many were trying to rebuild their lives after divorce, the death of a spouse or domestic abuse. At various times, she was employed by the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, the New Choices Career Development Program at Delaware County Community College, the Women’s Resource Center in Wayne and the Daemion Counseling Center in Berwyn. After she retired in 2014, Webb resumed volunteer work, driving each week to West Philadelphia to read to underserved elementary school children. She became a skilled amateur photographer, taking photos of family travels, flowers and gardens. She also hosted gatherings of relatives at the Webbs’ vacation home near Lake Paupac in Greentown, Pa. In addition to her husband, Webb is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Webb; sons Douglas and Philip; four grandchildren; and nieces.

Robert Joe Ratliff ’58, who led several farm equipment companies, died April 21 in his Johns Creek, Ga., home, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was 85. The family moved to Baltimore when he was 4 and he grew up playing football and ice hockey and attending Polytechnic Institute. At UMD, he pursued an industrial engineering degree, was a very active member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and served in the U.S. Air Force for almost two years. He then began his 26-year career with International Harvester Co., lastly as president of the IH Export Company. In 1983, Ratliff joined Uniroyal Tire Co. as president. Five years later, he became president and CEO of Deutz Allis, the farm equipment division of Allis-Chalmers Co. He then led management negotiations to purchase the farm equipment company from Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz AG of Germany. As the founder of AGCO Corp., he directed the turnaround of this farm equipment supplier into a continuously profitable and growing concern. Ratliff also served a four-year term as chairman of the Manufacturing Institute, the research and education arm of the National Association of Manufacturers. Ratliff was also a co-founder and chairman of the Republic Bank of Georgia, which was merged into the Piedmont Bank of Norcross, Ga., where he was a current director. He was active in consulting and assisting the development of new technology startup companies, including CVT Corp. of Montreal, Canada, where he was a director. He frequently lectured at universities and graduate schools on business development and corporate strategies. Ratliff was also in the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ Hall of Fame. In his free time, Bob enjoyed boating, golfing and tennis. He loved Yellowstone National Park, Maryland crabs, oysters and reading a great mystery. Ratliff is preceded in death his parents and his brother, Gene. He is survived by his college sweetheart, Virginia Ann Woodfield ’56, whom he married in 1983; a daughter, Sandi Rose; stepsons Rich and Kerry Woodfield; stepdaughter Susan Hoffman; 10 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

William Merle “Bill” Kline Jr. ’55 died at Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital on May 30 following complications from heart surgery. He was 85, according to Lancaster Online. Kline was the only child of the late Evelyn Palmer Doyle Kline and William Merle Kline Sr., and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. At UMD, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and met his wife of 61 years, Annette McLaury Kline. The two raised four children in Rockville, Md., then moved to Seabrook Island, S.C., in 1991 and settled in Manheim, Pa., 12 years ago. After graduating from Maryland and Air Force ROTC, Bill was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to the 456th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Castle AFB, Calif. Kline continued his service with the Air Force Reserve until his honorable discharge in 1965. For more than 30 years, Kline was an aeronautical engineer with Vitro Corp., later Automation Industries in Silver Spring, Md., where he worked on the Polaris Missile project. He was a technical writer, respected leader with the Boy Scouts and an active member of the Church of Our Saviour on Johns Island, S.C. In Manheim, Kline worked at Manheim Auto Auction, enjoyed volunteering at Pleasant View Retirement Community, and belonged to St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Lancaster. Kline was predeceased by his wife and is survived by their children William M. “Tripp” Kline III, Kurt F. Kline, Laury E. Poland and Kimberly A. Schwartz; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Edwin B. Fockler III ’53, a lawyer, died July 23 at age 85, according to The Cecil Whig. He lived in North East, Md., all of his life, with the exception of six years in Crisfield. He was the son of Edwin B. Fockler II and Bertha Cameron Fockler. On his mother’s side, he could trace his lineage back to the Mayflower. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1953 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1958. He was a lieutenant on active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1955 and resigned from the Reserves in 1970 as a major. He practiced law in Cecil County from 1958 until 2008, when he retired. Fockler considered himself an intellectual weasel of the finest ilk. He is survived by three sons: Edwin B. Fockler IV, Cameron Harrison Fockler and Karl Hieber Fockler; and seven grandchildren.

Bill Goodling ’53, a former schools superintendent in southern Pennsylvania who served 13 terms as a Republican congressman, died Sept. 17 at his home in York, Pa., according to The Washington Post. He was 89. William Franklin Goodling was born in Loganville, Pa., on Dec. 5, 1927. His father owned an apple orchard and served six terms in Congress, where he was a member of the Agriculture Committee. Goodling served in the Army before studying political science and history at the University of Maryland. After graduating, he returned to southern Pennsylvania to work as a high school teacher, guidance counselor and coach. He received a master’s degree in education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 1957 and married Hilda Wright that same year. The folksy Goodling—“just plain Bill,” as he liked to say—was elected to the House in 1974, succeeding his father, Rep. George A. Goodling (R), in a district that included York. A moderate Republican, the younger Goodling sponsored a 1988 bill that created the Even Start literacy program, which aims to help illiterate parents learn to read at the same time as their children, and opposed attempts by the Reagan administration to cut funding for school lunches. After a tough reelection campaign in 1994, Goodling was selected to chair what is now known as the Committee on Education and the Workforce. He soon oversaw legislation that provided states and local school districts greater flexibility in determining everything from lunch menus to academic exams, and was criticized by school-lunch advocates for drafting legislation that reduced nutrition funding by $6.6 billion. Goodling also spearheaded a successful effort to provide block grants to states for job-training programs, and introduced a 1995 bill that would have dismantled the National Endowment for the Arts, a frequent target for conservatives. The bill failed to pass but would have transferred most of the agency’s funding to the states. Goodling chose not to run for reelection in 2000 in part because of a House Republican rule that limits chairman positions to six years. Shortly before leaving Congress, he helped found the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, an interdisciplinary wing of Pennsylvania State University. Goodling was predeceased by his wife, who died in 2008. Survivors include a son, Todd Goodling; a daughter, Jennifer Goodling; and a brother and sister.

Martin “Martie” Zad ’53, who spent 53 years on The Washington Post staff, rising from part-time sports copy boy to sports editor and who also served on teams that developed some of the paper’s first electronic editing systems, died May 15 at his home in Silver Spring, Md., according to The Post. He was 89. Born as Martin Zadravek in Bridgeport, Conn., to immigrants from Slovenia, Zad was a promising high school football player and, after Navy service during World War II, entered UMD on an athletic scholarship. He graduated with a journalism degree and also was sports editor at the campus newspaper. His surname was shortened soon after he arrived at The Post because it routinely appeared in the paper with different spellings — the result of typesetting gone awry. In 1956, Zad married Katharine Elson, a poet and teacher who wrote the Anne’s Reader Exchange column in The Post for 30 years until her death in 1989. He was named executive sports editor in 1962 and ran the section for about a decade. He was instrumental in hiring young writers who went on to distinguished journalism careers, including Thomas Boswell, Leonard Shapiro and Andrew Beyer. Zad was named news editor for systems in 1974 and, after the pressman’s strike of 1975-76, he helped spearhead the transition from hot type to cold type printing systems. He spent nearly the last two decades of his career as an assistant editor of the TV Week section, where his duties included writing features and describing the latest video and DVD releases. In addition to his work at The Post, he also spent about 20 years as a Washington-area special correspondent for Sports Illustrated magazine. Zad is survived by his son, Martin; daughters Georgina “Gina” White, Elizabeth “Lisa” Zadravec, Karen Zadravec Sarah McDonald and Stefanie McWatters; two sisters; a brother; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Dr. Martin Middleton ’51, a retired general surgeon and former chief of surgery at St. Agnes Hospital, died of cancer June 17 at his Ellicott City home, according to The Baltimore Sun. He was 90. Middleton was raised by his parents on a Charles County tobacco farm in Southern Maryland and attended a one-room parochial school in Bryantown. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1945 and left for training the day after he graduated from high school. He served on an air base that serviced P-51 Mustang fighters, then was assigned to Japan, where he witnessed the destruction left after an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. While stationed in Japan he participated in a program that had U.S. servicemen meet Japanese families and share meals with them. Middletown, who left military service as a sergeant, used benefits under the GI Bill of Rights to earn an undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. He later graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After serving a residency at St. Agnes, Middleton joined its staff and also had a private surgical practice at the old Medical Arts Building in downtown Baltimore. He later moved the practice to Wilkens Avenue near the hospital. He went on become the hospital’s chief of surgery and trained many younger surgeons. Middleton was active in civil defense in the 1960s and was named coordinator for medical care in Howard County during the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962. He retired from his surgical practice when he turned 65, and for the next five years ran the outpatient clinic at St. Agnes. Middleton took yearly hunting trips to spots in Maryland, Wyoming and South Dakota with his friends and family members. He also enjoyed yardwork and spending time with his grandchildren. Middleton is survived by his wife of 64 years, Audrey Walter; sons Dr. Jeffrey Middleton, Daniel Middleton and Neil Middleton; a daughter, Carol Del Ricci; a sister, Mary Ruth; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A son, Andrew Garth Middleton, died in 1988.

Orlando “Lanny” Ridout IV ’43, M.A. ’78, a preservationist and an author who served as the first director of the Maryland Historical Trust, died Aug. 25 of complications from Parkinson’s disease at Brightview South River in Edgewater, according to The Baltimore Sun. The lifelong resident of St. Margarets, where his family has lived since 1784, was 95. Ridout was born in Annapolis and raised on his family’s farm. After graduating from UMD, he enlisted in the Army and served as a lieutenant with the infantry in Saipan, Okinawa and Korea. After being discharged in 1946, he returned to work on the family farm with his father. A Democrat, Ridout represented Anne Arundel County in the House of Delegates from 1951 to 1962. His interest in historic preservation, local and Maryland history, and family genealogy began early in life and later blossomed into a full-time career as an architectural historian. In 1961, the General Assembly created the Maryland Historical Trust, and Gov. J. Millard Tawes appointed Ridout as its first director, a position he held until stepping down in 1975. Ridout was a founding member of Historic Annapolis, where he served as director of research. He also was the state’s first historic preservation officer. Among his accomplishments, he initiated a statewide survey to identify worthy preservation sites, and preserved the Annapolis home of William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. By the mid-1960s, the home was threatened with demolition. Ridout also served on the Committee for the Restoration of St. Mary’s City, the Londontown Public House Commission, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and the Anne Arundel County Public Library association. In 1975, he was appointed chairman of the Governor’s Consulting Committee for nominating historical sites for the National Register of Historic Places. Ridout’s 1978 master’s thesis at Maryland on the historic Brice House in Annapolis resulted in the book “Building the James Brice House,” which led to the restoration of the structure. In the early 1990s, when he was president of Port Annapolis, Ridout and the organization raised the funds to restore the dilapidated Maynard-Burgess House on Duke of Gloucester Street. The house had been the home of John Maynard, a free black man during the era of slavery who bought freedom for his wife, Maria. Ridout’s family also played a significant role in the life of Kunta Kinte, who was the focus of Alex Haley’s 1976 Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Roots.” While researching his family genealogy, Ridout discovered that his ancestor John Ridout had sold Kunta Kinte into slavery. Ridout is predeceased by Elisabeth Prescott Lawton, whom he married in 1946. She died in 2011. He is survived by a daughter, Mollie Ridout, and three granddaughters. His son, Orlando Ridout V, also a noted architectural historian and preservationist, died in 2013.

Col. Benjamin Stump Silver ’43 of Gatesville, Tx., died Aug. 26. He was 95. Raised on Monteserado Farm and Quaker Bottom Farm in Harford County, Md., Silver graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 1939, then from UMD. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and graduated from officer candidate school in Fort Benning, Ga. He retired as a colonel with 32 years of service. Silver married Frances Aylette Bowen on Feb. 16, 1946; she preceded him in death in 1992. He then married Kyoko (Kay) Matsumura Jones on April 9, 1994. Silver was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gatesville and was a member of Masonic Lodge 197 in Gatesville. He also enjoyed being a part of numerous other civic clubs. Silver is survived by his wife, Kay Silver; daughters Sharon S. Blocker and Sandra E. Silver; a stepson, Dwight W. Jones; a sister, Ruth Walker; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Harry K. Wells ’43, former chairman of the board and CEO of McCormick & Co. and a World War II veteran, died May 27 of respiratory failure at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson, according to The Baltimore Sun. He was 94. The son of Clifton Kennady Wells, a homebuilder, and Ruth Jones, Harry Kennady Wells was born in Baltimore and raised in Homeland. After completing his engineering degree at UMD, he enlisted in the Navy and served as an engineer aboard a ship and later was promoted to head a troop transport in the Pacific. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant in 1946. Wells’ McCormick & Co. career began in 1941 as a summer management trainee at its old headquarters and manufacturing facility on Light Street at the Inner Harbor. After the war, he returned to the spice maker in 1946 and was appointed assistant plant superintendent. Four years later, he was promoted to plant superintendent. In 1956, Wells was named plant manager of the company’s Schilling Division in San Francisco, and in 1964 became its assistant general manager. Elected a director of McCormick & Co. in 1965, he was promoted to vice president and general manager of the Schilling Division the next year. In 1968, Wells was named a vice president at McCormick, and the next year, president of the company. He added the title of CEO in 1970. He served as chairman of the board and CEO of the Hunt Valley company from 1977 to 1988, when he retired. He also had been chairman or director of subsidiaries in Mexico, Australia, London and Gilroy, Calif. Some of Wells’ directorships included Maryland Properties Inc. in Hunt Valley, Maryland National Bank, Loyola Federal Savings & Loan, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Baltimore, Greater Baltimore Committee, Maryland Casualty Co. and United Way of Central Maryland. He also had been a director of Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., Loyola Capital Corp., PHH Group Inc. and Fidelity & Deposit of Maryland. The former longtime resident of Gateshead Road in Towson and Riderwood Station had been living at Blakehurst since 2007. He enjoyed golf, sailing, reading and spending time at a second home in Stone Harbor, N.J. He was a member of the Maryland Club and the Baltimore Country Club. His wife of 62 years, the former Lois Luttrell, died in 2005. He is survived by two sons, David Kennedy Wells and Robert Grayson Wells; a daughter, Katherine Wells Witbeck; and seven grandchildren.

Elizabeth F. “Libby” Joachim ’42 of Hanover, Pa., died July 1 at Homewood at Plum Creek Nursing Center. She was 96. Born in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late J. Kieffer and Maude (Wolf) Funk. Joachim was a 1938 graduate of Hagerstown High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and the class valedictorian. At UMD, she was the class salutatorian and president of the local chapter of the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. She did an internship with the University of Maryland Hospital and worked as a proofreader for the Automotive Society of Engineers in New York City before moving to Hanover, where she worked as a registered dietician for Hanover General Hospital. Joachim was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hanover, where she belonged to the Lena Pfeffer Circle. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a life member of the American Association of University Women, Washington County Historical Society and American Dietetics Society. Mrs. Joachim was an avid bridge player and belonged to several different bridge clubs in the Hanover area. She enjoyed travels abroad to England, Italy and Mexico, among others. Joachim was the wife of the late William F. Joachim Jr., who died in 2007. She is survived by her sons, James A. and William L. Joachim; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Henry Funk, and one sister, Louise A. Beachley.

Benjamin “Benny” Alperstein ’39, a former UMD Athletics Hall of Fame boxer and longtime university supporter, died Sept. 16 at the age of 102. He was a two-time boxing team captain for the Terrapins, and the Southern Conference’s Outstanding Boxer in 1937 and 1938. Alperstein went on to win the NCAA titles those two years and was the first-ever national champion in any sport at the university. He was inducted into the UMD Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986, and was also enshrined in the State of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame and D.C. Boxing Hall of Fame. Alperstein was a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1941–46 attaining the rank of major while serving in WWII. Alperstein served the athletic community extensively as chairman of the District of Columbia’s Boxing Commission, member of the State Athletic Commission, and U.S. representative to the North American Boxing Commission. The Media Relations Suite in the Xfinity Center is dedicated in recognition of Benny and his late brother, Hotsy Alperstein. He is survived by his wife, Betty, and nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

Elinor Etienne ’38 died July 5 at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Md., at the age of 102. She grew up in College Park and continued to live in the area during her marriage of more than 50 years to Wolcott L. Etienne, M.D., who predeceased her. Their son, Wolcott B. Etienne, also predeceased her. She is survived by a daughter, Teresa Buchanan; grandchildren John and Lara Buchanan; great-grandchildren Anna, Abby, Owen and Alec; and a brother, L. Barnett Broughton.


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