Class Notes


Joe Carson ’18 launched a limited-edition line of sneakers through his new brand, Bacara. He placed eighth in the 2017 Pensole World Sneaker Championship, a competition to have a shoe design manufactured and sold at Foot Lockers around the world. Five hundred pairs of his first “lifestyle shoes,” called the Blade, are available here.

Steven Donegan M.R.E.D. ’15 was named branch vice president of the Carroll County Regional Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office, leading 58 affiliated agents. He has spent more than a decade with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in various roles.

Katie Gerbes M.C.P. ’15 was named Employee of the Year by the city of Hyattsville, Md., and received the Seth Holden Award for Exemplary Service. She has been a community planner there since 2015 and was honored in part for her role in delivering the 2017–21 Community Sustainability Plan, which includes a city-wide transportation and road network study, a county zoning rewrite and recommendations for celebrating National Parking Day.

Freelance scenic designer Paige Hathaway M.F.A. ’14 received the 2018 Rising Star Award, established by Live Design/LDI to recognize a young professional working in the disciplines of scenic, lighting, sound or projection design. She has designed for productions at the Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Folger Theatre, Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre and more.

Steven Lockard Ph.D. ’13 will become superintendent of schools in Carroll County, Md. Lockard was deputy superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools. From November 2016 through July 2017, he served as the interim superintendent for Fairfax County, Va.’s school system. Prior to that, he was the deputy superintendent for Frederick County Public Schools. He was born and raised in Carroll County, and graduated from Westminster High School. His parents were teachers in Carroll County, and his father, Brian Lockard, was the superintendent of CCPS in the 1990s.

Zohara Penn ’13, CPA, joined the Siegfried Group accounting firm as a manager in the New York metro area after most recently serving as an audit manager at KPMG.

Stephen Parker M.Arch. ’13, an architect and planner in the Washington, D.C., office of SmithGroupJJR, received the American Institute of Architects’ 2018 Young Architects Award. It recognizes professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer and who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. Parker’s projects have included the expansion and extensive renovation of Indiana University’s Assembly Hall and a new hospital at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in San Diego. He also collaborates on multiple projects with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Graham Pere Garlinghouse MBA ’12 and Jessica Laine Morris were married April 22 at Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga. He is a supply chain manager at Ernst & Young in Washington. He graduated from George Washington University and received a master’s degree in political science from Kansas State. The couple met at Topeka High School. According to The New York Times, the bride, “who was captain of the cheerleading team, boldly invited the groom, who was an underclassman and debate club president, to the junior prom.”

Kimberly M. Welch Ph.D. ’12 wrote “Black Litigants in the Antebellum American South,” published by the University of North Carolina Press. She draws on more than 1,000 examples of free and enslaved black litigants who used the courts to protect their interests and reconfigure their place in a tense society. Welch is assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt University.

Amir Hamidzadeh ’11, CPA, joined the San Francisco market of the Siegfried Group as a senior associate. He was most recently a senior associate at BDO.

Megan Hirt ’11 recently joined the Bethesda-based law firm of Rosenberg & Associates as associate attorney in its Vienna, Va., office. She holds a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and practices real estate law with a focus on foreclosure and creditors’ rights.

Christian S. Samuels ’11 joined Black Marjieh Leff & Sanford LLP, a full-service Metro New York-based law firm, as an associate. His practice focuses on insurance defense litigation, including construction law and habitational claims.

Marissa (Zaidman) Siegel M.S. ’11, a licensed speech-language pathologist, has written the children’s book “Sammy Goes to Speech” to provide families and educators with a resource in the world of communication disorders. A percentage of the profits from her book will be donated to the University of Maryland’s Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences’ student-led research efforts. It is available on

Emily Cook M.S. ’10, Ph.D. ’14 has written “The Marriage Counseling Workbook: 8 Steps to a Strong and Lasting Relationship,” available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The self-guided marriage counseling journey helps readers identify what is causing them pain in their marriage, learn how to alleviate it and prevent it in the future.

Matthew Smith M.Ed. ’10 was named a 2018 Distinguished Adviser by the National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year program, administered by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. He has taught print and broadcast journalism at Fond du Lac High School in Fond du Lac, Wis., for seven years. Under his care, the student newsmagazine The Cardinal Columns has won multiple regional and national awards.


Russell Andrew Dinallo Jr. ’09 married Kristen Anastasia Lappas April 28 at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in North Wildwood, N.J., according to The New York Times. The couple works in New York as feature producers at ESPN, where they met.

Calvin D. Farr Jr. M.P.M. ’09 was hired as head of the Department of Public Utilities for the city of Richmond, Va., after a national search. He previously was Atlanta’s assistant commissioner of the Department of Watershed Management.

Sara Langmead M.Arch. ’09, M.H.P. ’10, AIA, PE, LEED AP, was named an associate in the Baltimore office of Cho Benn Holback, a Quinn Evans Architects company. She holds both an architectural registration and a professional engineer’s license. Langmead is a member of the American Institute of Architects, where she serves on the board of directors of the Baltimore chapter and is a former co-chair of the historic resources committee. She is also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Maryland.

Gregory A. McBrayer Ph.D. ’09 wrote the new book “Xenophon: The Shorter Writings,” with annotated and literal yet accessible translations of the ancient Greek philosopher’s short works. McBrayer is an assistant professor of political science and director of the University Core Curriculum at Ashland University.

Ben Offit ’09, CFP, a principal with Pikesville-based financial planning and wealth management firm Clear Path Advisory, was named president-elect of the Financial Planning Association of Maryland.

Shaina Tucker ’09, MBA ’13 and Jameel Francis ’08 founded ComYoot, a mobile technology and data analytics startup that uses machine learning and analytics to empower students to leverage each other for anything, at any time, anywhere. They launched the app for iOS and Android in fall 2017.

Charles White M.S. ’09, assistant professor and Penn State Extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management, recently joined the Department of Plant Science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. He has a doctorate in soil science and biogeochemistry from Penn State.

Charles White M.S. ’09, assistant professor and Penn State Extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management, recently joined the Department of Plant Science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. He has a doctorate in soil science and biogeochemistry from Penn State.

Kelly Wisecup Ph.D. '09 was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Northwestern Research Magazine for her study of lists, recipes, compilations and other nontraditional literary sources from North American indigenous populations. She is a professor of English working on her second book, "Assembled Relations: Compilation, Collection and American Writing."

Dr. Michael Anderson ’08 recently purchased a dental office in Mountain Lake Park in Western Maryland. After graduating from the University of Maryland Dental School, he completed his residency at the York (Pa.) Hospital Dental Center. Anderson had been living and practicing in Frederick County since 2013.

Veronica Raggi Ph.D. ’08 has written a book for professionals in psychology, “Exposure Therapy for Treating Children and Adolescents with Anxiety.” She is a clinical psychologist and co-director of the Selective Mutism Program at Alvord, Baker & Associates LLC. Listen to her podcast on selective mutism here.

Sydney D. Sarrichio ’08 received the Police Communications Supervisor of the Year award from the Maryland State Police. He began his career as an intern at the Rockville Barracks while a UMD student and continues to work there today.

Danielle E. Tricolla ’08, an associate at Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, is on the fundraiser planning committee for Smile Farms’ second annual Citi Field Fundraiser on July 11 during the 7:10 p.m. Mets vs. Phillies game. Smile Farms is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing meaningful work opportunities to developmentally disabled adults at local farms, urban gardens and greenhouses in their communities. Tricolla joined the law firm in 2012 and works in its litigation group.

Adam Zeiger MBA ’08 was hired as senior vice president and chief relationship officer at Invesque. He has more than 15 years of health care experience, including senior positions at Care Capital Properties, GE Capital and Healthcare Financial Services.

Amanda Brown ’07 was named director of marketing and audience development at Baltimore magazine, returning a decade after serving as its marketing and special events manager. Most recently, she was product marketing manager for weight-loss company Medifast.

Alton “A.J.” Burton Jr. ’07, director, Federal Regulatory Affairs at Frontier Communications Corp., was promoted to vice president. Prior to joining Frontier, Burton was an attorney at Hogan Lovells. He served as a visiting law clerk for the Hon. John D. Bates, and was an attorney with the state of Connecticut’s Division of Public Defender Services. Burton earned his law degree from the University of Virginia.

Joe Griffin ’07 summited Mt. St. Helens in Washington State in January.

Danette G. Howard Ph.D. ’07 was appointed to Howard University’s board of trustees. She will complete her three-year term as an alumni trustee on June 30, then begin a three-year term as a general trustee. She is chief strategy officer and senior vice president of the Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing student access and success in postsecondary education.

Adena Raub Dershowitz ’07 wrote the new children’s book “Women Who March,” based on her experience participating in the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., a year earlier. When it was released in February on, it became the #1 New Release in the category of Children’s Books: American History. Each month, the royalties from the sale of “Women Who March” will be donated to a different organization or candidate committed to advancing equal rights.

Veronica Rodriguez M.A. ’07 joined UVa.-Wise’s language department as a professor teaching Spanish. Rodriguez earned her bachelor’s degree at a state university in Puebla, Mexico, a master’s degree in teaching foreign languages at the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in Latin American literature at UMD and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she specialized in colonial studies.

Claire Elizabeth Carlin ’06 and Brendan Ross Parets were married March 24 at the Sagamore Pendry in Baltimore, according to The New York Times. She is the national account director for Washingtonian magazine. The couple met online in November 2015.

Michelle Chang ’06 was among 10 honorees in Variety's "UP NEXT" Legal Impact report, which recognizes next-generation entertainment lawyers. She is a partner at the entertainment firm Ramo Law PC, where she has taken a lead role in helping clients working with VR and cryptocurrency.

Christian Fleming MBA ’05 was appointed vice president, asset management at Federal Realty Investment Trust, overseeing its Philadelphia and Baltimore portfolios. He was most recently a senior investment manager at Northmarq Capital.

Dr. Junius Gonzales MBA ’05 joined the New York Institute of Technology as provost and vice president for academic affairs. For the past three years, he served as senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of North Carolina System. He has also held senior posts at the University of Texas at El Paso, University of South Florida and Georgetown University. A trained psychiatrist, Gonzales earned his M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz M.A. ’05, Ph.D. ’09, associate professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island, was promoted to director of the Social Science Institute for Research, Education, and Policy. She joined the URI Political Science Department in 2009. Her research and teaching interests are in workforce development, immigration, education and housing policy, economic inequality and American political parties.

Robert Hoffman M.P.P. ’04 joined Accenture as managing director of government relations in North America. He has nearly 30 years of public policy experience, including 17 years as an advocate for U.S.-based global technology companies. He joins Accenture from government relations firm Invariant, where he led the company’s technology practice.

Malki Karkowsky ’04 joined the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington as director of women’s philanthropy. She spent more than a decade in the Jewish communal field, including at Hillel International, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, BBYO in New England and Hillel at the University of North Carolina and George Washington University.

Jason Meyenburg ’04 was appointed chief commercial officer at Orchard Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company. He previously served in the same role at Sucampo Pharmaceuticals and Vtesse. He has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Richard L. Oliver ’04 was recently promoted to partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He specializes in merger and acquisitions and is based in the Washington, D.C., office.

Sarah Walters ’04 joined the Natural Resources Department of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as of counsel. She has extensive experience navigating policy priorities, regulations and legislation specific to Indian affairs. Walters spent the last four years at the U.S. Department of Interior as chief of staff and senior counselor to the assistant secretary of Indian affairs and most recently as an attorney for the Division of Indian Affairs. Walters earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Brett J. Zeitlin ’04 was promoted to partner at Willig, Williams & Davidson, a Philadelphia labor, employment, workers’ compensation and family law firm. He has worked there since 2008. Zeitlin obtained his law degree at Temple University.

Emily Gagliardi ’03, director of leasing in the mid-Atlantic region for Federal Realty Investment Trust, was among the 40 professionals named as DCA Live’s 2018 Rising Stars in Real Estate.

Hilary A. Jackler ’03 was elected managing partner of the Washington, D.C., and Richmond offices of Kutak Rock. She continues to serve as chair of the D.C. Corporate and Government Services Department. Jackler advises federal agencies, state and local governments and private entities on structuring, implementing and financing public-private partnership projects, military bases and closure projects. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Lydia Eve Lawless ’03 was named to The Daily Record’s list of 2018 Influential Marylanders. She became bar counsel for the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland in July, which oversees the conduct of lawyers who practice in the state. She joined the commission as assistant bar counsel in 2011.

Sarah Bauder M.A. ’02 joined the executive team of the Alexandria, Va.-based Society for Human Resource Management as chief transformation officer. Most recently, Bauder worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, she spent 23 years working in higher education, most recently with UMD, where she was assistant vice president for financial aid and enrollment services operations.

David Charton ’02, a financial advisor and portfolio management director in the Boston office of Morgan Stanley, was recently promoted to executive financial services director and first vice president. Charton focuses on helping corporate executives manage their stock and option allocation while developing investment strategies and leveraging the resources of the firm.

Chris Duvall MBA ’02 was promoted to senior director at the global advisory firm the Chertoff Group. He focuses on cybersecurity and organizational risk management as part of the firm’s Security Risk Management Advisory Practice.

David R. Emerson MBA ’02 was elected to the board of directors of LCG Associates, an investment consulting firm. He is a senior vice president and principal based in LCG’s Seattle office and has been with the company since 2003.

Emily English ’02 joined Gemstone Biotherapeutics as chief operating officer. She spent the previous eight years managing 30 to 40 staff members and a multimillion-dollar research portfolio as a staff scientist and global communications program manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Justin A. Maleson ’02 joined Longford Capital as a director. He was most recently a partner in the litigation department of Jenner & Block, where he focused on large-scale commercial litigation. Maleson obtained his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Olufisayo "Fisayo" Oketunji ’02 joined Brusniak Law, PLLC, a tax litigation practice. He is based in the Washington, D.C., office. For the past three years, Oketunji served as the District of Columbia’s assistant attorney general of tax and finance. Before that, he was managing partner of Celestin & Oketunji. He received his juris doctor degree from Howard University.

Alexis Gilliam Suter ’02 was inducted into the Chemung County (N.Y.) Sports Hall of Fame. She was a four-year cheerleading captain at Horseheads High School and a dancer who toured with a professional dance company. In 1999, she was part of the University of Maryland’s NCAA Division I national championship cheerleading team. In 2002, she was a cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens.

Xuying Chang MBA ’01 was elected vice president-research at Adams Diversified Equity Fund. She was hired there in February 2014 as an equity analyst covering the technology sector.

A new heart-shaped sculpture, “Low-Poly Open Heart,” by artist M.L. Duffy ’01 was installed along Kings Highway in Haddonfield, N.J. He constructed it from aluminum diamond plate metal and brings a modern aesthetic, with a splash of color, to the community. Duffy is an art teacher at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., and has other heart sculptures on display in Oregon, Colorado, Georgia, Florida and Wyoming.

Valerie Mueller M.S. ’01, Ph.D. ’05 joined the faculty of Arizona State University as an assistant professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies. She previously served as a research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Matthew House ’00 was appointed vice president of homeland security and national security at federal government consulting firm eGlobalTech. House earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and computer science from UMD and holds a master’s degree in information technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Wes Mallette M.A. ’00 was named senior associate athletics director, external relations for the University of California, Riverside’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Immediately prior to joining UC Riverside, he served as vice president of communications for Pac-12 Networks and also was associate athletics director, strategic communications for the University of California, Berkeley’s Intercollegiate Athletics program.

Shanaysha Sauls ’00 was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Baltimore Community Foundation. She had served since 2015 as CEO and operator for the Foundation for the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. Her prior experience includes consulting for universities and teaching in higher education and high schools. She became a founding board member of both the Patterson Park Public Charter School and the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, then a member and ultimately chair of the city’s Board of School Commissioners. Sauls earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Duke University.

Angie Snyder MBA ’00 was named chief marketing officer at Aegis Living, which provides assisted living and memory care. She has more than 20 years management experience with nationally recognized brands, including Nordstrom and Marriott.

David Zurawik Ph.D. ’00, The Baltimore Sun’s media critic since 1999, received the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism, presented annually by the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State. The award recognizes constructively critical articles, books and electronic media reports; academic and other research; and reports by media ombudsmen and journalism watchdog groups


Gayle Fisher ’99 married Ian Heitner on Oct. 21 at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield, N.J. The newlyweds honeymooned in Italy and reside in New York City.

Dr. Carmen Patrick Mohan ’99, former Terp track and cross-country athlete, has written “The Women’s Guide to Health — RunWalkRun, Eat Right, and Feel Better” with Emory University Professor of Medicine Ruth M. Parker and Olympian Jeff Galloway.

The book combines Galloway’s RunWalkRun programs with medical knowledge to help every woman attain a healthy, active lifestyle.

D.J. Patil M.A. ’99, Ph.D. ’01 joined the board of advisors at Patil, who helped popularize the term “data science,” and co-coined “data scientist” as a job title, brings a long history of innovating new ways for companies, government agencies, universities and other organizations to benefit from data. He served as the first chief data scientist in the Obama administration from 2015-17.

Daniel Pickett ’99 has been promoted at the global law firm Kennedys CMK. He has been with the firm for eight years and represents domestic and international insurers in complex commercial coverage disputes. He is based in the Basking Ridge, N.J., office and has been named a New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”

Stacey Jenkins ’98, vice president-strategic delivery solutions with Aerotek, was added to the board of directors of Junior Achievement. She was recognized as an influential female leader by Staffing Industry Analysts’ Global Power 100 — Women in Staffing List 2015. Most recently, she was awarded the YWCA 2017 TWIN Award, given to women who have made significant contributions to industry in management or executive positions and have a vision to create a community where all can thrive.

Viju Joseph MBA ’98 joined Pefin, an artificial intelligence financial advisor, as president and chief investment officer. His career in finance has included serving as chief risk officer at Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisors and at Eton Park Capital Management. He also sits on the Board of Trustees and Investment Committee of the University System of Maryland Foundation.

Adrienne McCormick Ph.D. ’98 was named dean of Winthrop University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She was most recently dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of English at the State University of New York at Oswego. McCormick holds a master’s degree with a creative thesis in poetry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature and dramatic arts and sciences from Queens University of Charlotte. She is the author of book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on contemporary women poets, filmmakers and dramatists.

Sophia Tong M.S. ’98, CEO of T and T Consulting Services, received the 2018 Washington Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award. The Falls Church, Va., information technology and services company grew revenue more than 20 percent in 2017 to $17.6 million.

Carl Wilson ’98, M.S. ’05, P.E., PTOE was promoted to vice president of The Traffic Group, a traffic engineering and transportation planning firm. He previously worked on the senior engineering staff at the Office of Traffic and Safety of the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Craig Chanoff ’97 was hired to lead the higher education efforts at Education technology company EverFi Inc. He was a senior vice president and general manager at Blackboard, where he had worked since 2003. Chanoff is a board member of Tech Impact, a technology service provider for nonprofit organizations that also oversees career training for economically disadvantaged adults. He also advises undergraduate students at the University of Maryland.

Vik Kalra MBA ’97, co-founder and managing director of talent staffing and services company Mindlance, was named one of Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2018 “Top 100 Most Influential People in Staffing.” Mindlance has been ranked as one of the fastest growing U.S. staffing firms for seven straight years. Prior to Mindlance, Kalra worked with Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting Practice in New York.

Tina Cervasio ’96 was named lead sports anchor-reporter at WNYW, the FOX affiliate in New York City. Cervasio had been freelancing for the station since leaving her post as an MSG Network New York Knicks reporter. She now also hosts FOX 5’s Sunday night sports show, “Sports Xtra,” making her the first woman to have that role.

Brian Paul Gearing ’96 was named a partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Crowell & Moring LLP in New York. He represents Fortune 100 companies in pre-suit investigations through appeal in U.S. district courts, the Federal Circuit and at the International Trade Commission. Gearing joins the firm from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York. He was previously at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Tokyo and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York. Gearing holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and two patents. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Jim Harter M.S. ’96 was appointed chief architect at TractManager, which develops strategic sourcing and contract lifecycle management solutions to the health care industry. He last served as chief technology officer at RemitDATA, and before that, as architect and director of the Integration Competency Center at Research Now. Harter holds multiple patents for work in developing prospective screening systems, routing algorithms and the use of NoSQL databases, and has been a consultant to the Department of Defense and Fortune 50 companies.

Kristen Kane ’96, ’99 was named the 2017–18 Montgomery County Public Schools Teacher of the Year and is in the running to be Maryland’s Teacher of the Year. She has been a kindergarten or first-grade teacher at Forest Knolls Elementary School in her hometown of Silver Spring since 2008 and taught several years prior to taking time off to raise her three children, all of whom attend county schools.

Frances Woodard ’96 was hired as people director at the Walton Family Foundation, the nonprofit started by Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, and his wife, Helen. Woodard is formerly vice president of human resources at Human Rights First and previously held a number of senior roles at organizations including the ONE Campaign, ONE Economy Corp. and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Rochelle L. Ford ’95 was appointed dean of the School of Communications at Elon University. She came from Syracuse University, where she was a chair and tenured professor in the public relations department of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, as well as provost faculty fellow. She previously spent 16 years in the School of Communications at Howard University. Ford’s research focuses on two major areas: student success/pedagogy and diversity and inclusion.

Victor Valentine ’95 joined the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, a statewide association of more than 130 private and community foundations, intermediaries, corporations, donor advised funds and public charities, as its director of engagement and policy. In his previous roles, Valentine worked with the New York Urban League and the United Way of New York City. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Wilmington University.

John Bird ’95 and Jay Lytle ’82, M.S. ’90, partners at the law firm Sughrue Mion PLLC, co-wrote with their colleagues a new case law reference book, “The Essential Case Law Guide to PTAB Trials.” It is the first comprehensive text on decisions of the U.S. Patent Office regarding the newest form of administrative law practice before that agency.

Kyle Moffatt ’95 was promoted to chief accountant in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance. Moffatt joined the division in 2000 as a professional accounting fellow after working as an audit manager at Ernst & Young.

Todd Steven Burroughs M.Jour. ’94, Ph.D. ’01 has written two new books. “Marvel’s Black Panther: A Comic Book Biography, From Stan Lee to Ta-Nehisi Coates,” is a collection of chronological essays about the shaping of this character, from white liberal American men to a black American man and even American neo-black nationalists. “Warrior Princess: A People’s Biography of Ida B. Wells” tells the story of the pioneering black journalist, activist and suffragist, giving new attention to her role as a mother, wife, Christian and Chicago activist.

Dirk Hoogstra ’94 named the board of advisors for his Triton City Entertainment, the digital venture he started last year to launch original TV shows. The group includes film/TV writer and producer Chris Collins, who worked on “The Wire,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Man in the High Castle.”

Cindy Brohoski MBA ’93 joined Mohr Partners as a managing partner to lead its newly established Strategic Consulting & Advisory Services group. Most recently, she spent 16 years as a senior vice president with Binswanger.

Michael S. Cuviello ’93 was elected principal stakeholder at the national intellectual property law firm Banner & Witcoff Ltd. He joined the firm in 2008 and previously spent 15 years as an electrical hardware and semiconductor design engineer. He earned an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law.

Sheryl Neverson ’93 was named vice president of Maryland programs with Lanham, Md.-based Volunteers of America Chesapeake, a faith-based health and human services organization. She is a licensed social worker in Maryland, independent clinical social worker in Washington, D.C., certified trauma systems therapist, certified trauma systems trainer, multi-systematic therapist and functional family therapist. She serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Howard University. Neverson earned her doctorate in social work from Howard and master’s in social work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Helena Seymour ’93 was appointed a Pima County (Arizona) Superior Court commissioner. She was most recently an assistant attorney general in the protective services section, where much of her practice focused on child welfare law litigation. In 2003, Seymour accepted a position with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, receiving the Emerging Star award in 2005, the Outstanding Advocate Award in 2014, and the Outstanding Team Award in 2015. She received her law degree from the University of Arizona in 1999.

Ricky Arnold M.S. ’92 is one of two astronauts spending the year on the International Space Station as part of NASA’s “A Year of Education on Station” program. After teaching in schools around the world, Arnold completed astronaut training in 2006. Arnold is now part of a six-person crew studying Earth’s atmospherics, the effects of microgravity on bone growth, materials’ responses to space environments and biological samples’ responses to stimulated gravity. Arnold is sharing what he’s learning with students back on Earth.

Ann K. Beegle ’92 was hired as vice president of strategic investments at the Baltimore Community Foundation. For the past three years, she has worked as a management, fundraising and strategic communications consultant. She served as a campaign strategist for the successful campaigns for several Baltimore city and county politicians in 2010, was executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party, and was chief of staff for Jim Smith, former Baltimore county executive.

Donald Bice ’92 was named deputy assistant secretary for administration at Purdue. He had been serving in that capacity on an acting basis since September. Previously, he was the associate director of USDA’s Office of Budget and Program Analysis and the performance improvement officer. He holds a law degree from American University.

Greg Morrow MBA ’92 was named chief marketing officer at Endologix Inc., a developer and marketer of treatments for aortic disorders. Most recently, he led the Coronary Division and Marketing Function for Abbott Vascular. Before then, Morrow served in executive, medical device marketing roles at Novartis, Johnson & Johnson and Invisalign (Align Technology). He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and the Stanford Executive Program and is a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf.

Tom Teles ’92, global head of securitized and government-swaps investment strategies and co-head of the cross-sector strategy at Goldman Sachs Group, is retiring after 21 years with the company.

Brian Ullmann ’92, former associate vice president of marketing and communications at UMD, was featured in a new Washingtonian magazine story on “highpointers,” people who strive to reach the highest point in all 50 states. He completed 45 summits last summer—note his Terps hat and plush Testudo behind him.

Edmund F. Wehrle M.A. '92, Ph.D. '98 has written the new book "Breaking Babe Ruth: Baseball’s Campaign Against Its Biggest Star," in which he reveals Ruth as an ambitious, independent operator, one not afraid to challenge baseball’s draconian labor system.

Apoorva Ghandi ’91, vice president for multicultural affairs at Marriott International, received the 2018 Washington Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award. He works on inclusion and diversity activities for the company’s entire portfolio of hotels.

Amy Morris ’91 was appointed vice president of news at WNBC New York. She most recently was assistant news director at ABC’s Philadelphia O&O, WPVI. Morris has been recognized for journalistic excellence with numerous industry honors, including regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards.

Lisa Joy Rosner ’91 joined otonomo, a Silicon Valley startup that processes car data, as chief marketing officer. She most recently served in that role at Neustar, NetBase, MyBuys, BroadVision and DecisionPoint, all data and analytics companies.

Jacquelin Collins ’90 is the new superintendent of the Cape Coral, Fla., Charter School Authority. She was the interim superintendent of the city’s four charter schools since April 2017. Collins has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Nova University.

Margot S. Connor ’90 was named to The Daily Record’s list of 2018 Influential Marylanders. She has served as CEO of RoosterBio, which manufactures adult stem cell products, since 2015.

Timothy Deegan ’90 joined the Community Preservation Corp. as vice president and manager of FHA lending and originations. He was previously the senior director of operations and capital markets at Cosmopolitan Capital Funding.

Jyotsna “Josi” M. Kalavar Ph.D. ’90, who teaches human development and family studies at the Penn State New Kensington campus, received the 2018 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching, which recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured Penn State faculty. She has been teaching at Penn State New Kensington since 2001.


Louise Harris ’89 released the third novel in her 1776 series, “The 1776 Musket.”

In it, two students help the FBI find the person who bombed their university library amid their budding relationship. In addition, she released the children’s book “Notorious Nick and the Terrifying Tornado” in 2017 in electronic form. All her books are available through Amazon. Harris has also owned LAST Research and Editing for 25 years.

Ira S. Rainess ’89 was appointed president of Alliance MMA, a sports and media company. His clients have included Ray Lewis and Cal Ripken Jr., and he has created sponsor partnerships with global brands such as Red Bull, Chevrolet, EA Sports, Nike, Coca-Cola and Under Armour. He most recently was head of the sports and entertainment law practice at Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White for 13 years. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he has taught sports law for many years.

Patrice Gilliam-Johnson Ph.D. ’88 was hired as dean of graduate, adult and continuing studies at Delaware State University. A human resources professional and daughter of the late Delaware civil rights advocate Jim Gilliam Sr., she had been Delaware’s secretary of labor since early 2016. Prior to that, Gilliam-Johnson had a 12-year tenure at Wilmington University, where she was associate professor of psychology, then chair of both the Organizational Dynamics Undergraduate Program and the school’s psychology program. She also chairs the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League and is president of the Gilliam Foundation.

Cynthia Thayer ’88 was promoted to controller at St. John Properties, Inc., a Baltimore-based real estate development, investment and management company owned by Edward St. John ’61. Formerly assistant controller, Thayer has worked for the company since 2009.

Judge Nina Wright Padilla ’88 was appointed to the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania. The board is an independent body of Pennsylvania citizens comprised of three judges, three lawyers and six non-lawyer, lay members. Padilla has served on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas since 2003.

Jim Carroll ’87, M.Arch. ’89 is the University of California, Davis’ new architect and associate vice chancellor in charge of design and construction management. He comes to UC Davis after six and a half years at Auburn University, where he served as the university architect. Before that, he worked in the private sector in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Durham, N.C. He is a member of the Association of University Architects, the Society for College and University Planning, and APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities, as well as the American Institute of Architects. He is a LEED-accredited professional.

Karen Robertson-Keck MBA ’87 was appointed vice president of human resources for Sheppard Pratt Health System. She spent the previous 15 years leading human resources efforts at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore. Under Robertson-Keck’s leadership, the organization was designated a “Best Place to Work” by a Baltimore business publication for five consecutive years.

Chris Chiames M.A. ’86 was hired for the new role of vice president and chief communications officer at Carnival Cruise Lines. Most recently, Chiames served as senior vice president of corporate communications at Sabre Corp., and prior to that was vice president of corporate affairs at Orbitz Worldwide.

Debra G. Coy M.A. ’86 joined the board of directors at Global Water Resources, a pure-play water resource management company. She is a partner with XPV Water Partners, the largest water-focused growth equity fund in North America. She and her husband David live on a small farm in Maryland where she keeps her off-track thoroughbred and an assortment of rescued horses, dogs and cats.

Cheryl Logan ’86 was appointed superintendent of the Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska’s largest school district. She most recently was chief academic officer of the School District of Philadelphia and has a lengthy background working in urban districts as a teacher, principal and administrator.

Bruce P. Matez ’86 of the family law and divorce firm Borger Matez was elected vice president of the Board of Directors for the Starting Point, a nonprofit education and referral center for families, and secretary of the South Jersey Collaborative Divorce Professionals. Matez is a founding member of that organization.

Buno Pati ’86, Ph.D. ’92 was named executive chairman at Infoworks, a provider of software solutions that automate big data engineering, He was most recently CEO and co-founder of Numerical Technologies, and before that, of Sezmi Corp. Pati currently serves on the Board of Directors of Infoworks, Sauce Labs and SecureWorks, and is a partner at Centerview Capital Technology.

Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers ’85, FAIA, received this year’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, which “recognizes architects in the public and private sectors, public officials, or other individuals who design distinguished public facilities and/or who advocate for design excellence.” He oversees the maintenance of the U.S. Capitol Building as well as buildings for the House and Senate Congressional Offices, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress, as well as the Capitol Visitor Center and the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building. Ayers has a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.

Nalini Murdter Ph.D. ’85 was promoted to president and chief executive officer of MBL International (MBLI). She has more than 25 years of experience in the life sciences and clinical diagnostics sectors; most recently she served as vice president of commercial operations and business development at MBLI, and managing director of the diagnostics and research products division at JSR Life Sciences.

Benjamin Lawless ’85, PE was named federal program manager for Pond’s new office in Oxon Hill, Md. He has 32 years of experience in the planning, budgeting, design, construction, operations and maintenance of installations for the Air Force.

Wes Wright '84 was named chief technology officer at Imprivata, a health care IT security company. He was most recently CTO of Sutter Health, and before that, chief information officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Fari Ebrahimi ’83, M.S. ’86 was named senior vice president and chief information officer at Akamai Technologies, a cloud delivery platform, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. He most recently served as senior vice president and global CIO of Avaya. Prior to that, Ebrahimi spent 13 years at Verizon Communications in executive IT roles. He has 21 U.S. patents and six patent application publications. Ebrahimi is an active publisher and speaker at national and global forums on industry trends impacting today’s CIO.

Martin O’Neill ’83 joined Jessup, Md.-based ClearEdge IT Solutions, LLC as its chief operating officer. He was most recently founder and principal of the Alternative Board–Baltimore Washington Corridor, an executive coaching firm, as well as a sought-after speaker on the topics of leadership, business value building and the creation of an ownership culture. O’Neill holds an MBA from Loyola University Maryland. He began his career as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Air Force and also has written four books.

R. Steven Redding ’83 was appointed to West Virginia’s 23rd Judicial Circuit to serve Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties. Redding attended law school at night while starting his family and working full-time for the Prince George’s County Fire Department. He continued to work at the fire department as an attorney and firefighter for several years after he completed his law degree. Later, in private practice, he concentrated on insurance and medical malpractice defense law before becoming a partner at Franklin & Prokopik, PC. More recently, he worked as a guardian ad litem, representing children in abuse and neglect cases.

Cavan Redmond ’83 was appointed an independent member of the Board of Directors of BioTime, a clinical biotechnology company focused on degenerative diseases. Previously, Redmond was chief executive officer and member of the board at WebMD Health Corp. and group president at Pfizer.

Richard H. Melnick ’82 was appointed attorney for the city of Annapolis. He served as associate and assistant county attorney for Montgomery County from 1988 through 2017, when he retired. Since then, he has served as senior assistant bar counsel with the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission.

Ric Nelson ’81, CPA, CFP, CGMA joined CST Group as a director in the tax department. He has 37 years of public accounting experience.

Andrew E. Shipley ’81 joined law firm WilmerHale’s Washington, D.C., office as a member of its Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Group and its Government and Regulatory Litigation Group. Shipley spent the past five years at an Am Law 100 firm, the last two as chair of its government contracts practice group. He was previously assistant general counsel at Northrop Grumman, a large defense-aerospace contractor, where he served in various corporate counsel roles from 1995 to 2012. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Art Crofoot ’80 was named publisher at the Bay Times and Record Observer. He has been with APG Media for two and a half years and was recently publisher of the company’s Southern Maryland Newspapers. Along with his responsibilities in Queen Anne’s County, he will also continue to manage APG’s group of military-based newspapers as well. Before coming to APG Media, he worked for nearly 19 years at The Washington Times.

Robert Laurine Jr. ’80 joined the new Federal Advisory Board of QTS Realty Trust, which provides software-defined data centers and managed services. He is the vice chancellor and chief information officer for the University System of Georgia. Previously, Laurine served as CIO for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He holds a master’s of science in computer science and a doctorate of science in engineering management from the George Washington University.


Mark D. Bloom ’79, co-chair of the Global Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice at the global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. in Miami, was elected to serve a two-year term as president of the American College of Bankruptcy. For the past four years, Bloom chaired the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, the charitable arm of the ACB. During Bloom’s tenure as chair, the foundation awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to legal aid agencies in 38 states and the District of Columbia, including a record $468,000 in 2017.

University of Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione ’79 is one of six new College Football Playoff selection committee members. Castiglione recently completed a five-year run on the NCAA men’s basketball committee, which included one season (2015-16) as chairman. Castiglione, who has served three terms as chair of the Big 12 Board of Athletic Directors, has been at OU since 1998; it has won 17 national titles during Castiglione’s tenure. In August, he was voted the nation’s top athletic director in a Sports Illustrated poll.

Randall Day M.S. ’79 was named to The Daily Record’s list of 2018 Influential Marylanders. He has worked at Perdue Farms since 1980 and last year became CEO, the fourth in the company’s nearly 100-year history.

Jeff Trice ’79 was named economic development director for Dorchester County, Md. Most recently, he was director of business solutions for the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp. From 2010 to 2016, Trice was business services program manager for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation’s Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning. He also served as special project coordinator for the department’s Upper Shore Division of Workforce Development. Trice served in the Navy for eight years and is working toward certification with the International Economic Development Council.

Peter Bay '78, music director and conductor of the Austin (Tx.) Symphony Orchestra, will bring to life an ambitious new staging of Leonard Bernstein’s "MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers" June 29-30 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin. It will include 300 cast and crew members, all of the major performing arts organizations in Austin, and an opening night gala featuring the families of Bernstein and John F. Kennedy.

Loren Geisler ’77 was appointed senior vice president of commercial lending at Old Line Bank. He was most recently a senior lending officer with Washington First Bank, and before that, chief lending officer of Monument Bank.

Charles D. Levine ’76 was ​honored with a proclamation from the state of Maryland, and Citron Baltimore, his restaurant and bar on Quarry Lake in Baltimore, received a Baltimore County Council resolution. He has been a local business owner, including his catering company, Charles Levine Caterers & Events, ​for more than 30 years. He and his wife and business partner, Susan K. Levine, have two students at Maryland: a daughter, Sherry ’18, and son Jordan ’20.

Howard Schilit MBA ’76, DBA ’81 is pleased to announce the publication of the 25th anniversary and fourth edition of “Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks and Fraud in Financial Reports.” It is fully revised and updated. He is CEO of Schilit Forensics, a consultancy for institutional investors, based in New York City. The baby in the photo is his granddaughter, Grace.

Barry S. Rabner ’75, president and CEO of Penn Medicine Princeton Health, joined Rider University’s Board of Trustees. Rabner has led the non-profit health care system for more than 15 years, and last year taught a special-topics course on health care systems at Rider.

Kevin Johnson '76 started Microbial Science Laboratories, which in April launched Septic Saver, a product to remove nitrates from septic tanks before they can pollute well water or waterways. It is available at Maryland and Pennsylvania hardware stories and on Amazon.

Richard Schaeffer ’74 was added to the advisory board of Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. As chairman of NYMEX, Schaeffer was responsible for the company’s transition to electronic trading. He is chairman of the board for the eco-friendly chain of food trucks in New York called Neapolitan Express Pizza, and an investor in several private companies in commodities and technology.

Kenneth L. Thompson ’73 was named to The Daily Record’s list of 2018 Influential Marylanders. He is a partner at Venable LLP and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Brian F. Fuller ’71 is Epstein’s new business development manager. Prior to joining Epstein, Fuller worked with top-ranked ENR firms like AECOM, Parson Brinckerhoff (now WSP Global), Jacobs and Gilbane. Some of Fuller’s industrial clients include Fortune 500 firms like General Motors, Eli Lilly, Mead Johnson and more recently, Amazon. Fuller has served as president of the Chicago chapter of the Construction Management Association of America and is a member of the Chicago Building Congress. Fuller is also a Vietnam War veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force at Da Nang Air Base.

Rattan L. Khosa M.S. ’71, CEO of AMSYSCO, has given $5 million to the University of Chicago, where he earned a graduate degree, to establish programs for student entrepreneurship. It will support competitions, graduate fellowships, internships and an award to a graduating senior. He started AMYSCO in 1981 out of his basement, and it has grown into a successful company that provides post-tensioning systems on commercial structures.

Ray Ferrara ’70 was named Mr. Clearwater at the 96th annual meeting of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. He grew his ProVise Management Group into one of the largest financial planning firms in the country with a portfolio of about $1.41 billion, while taking leadership roles with Morton Plant Mease Healthcare Systems, BayCare Health Systems, Eckerd Youth Alternatives and the University of Maryland, where is he a foundation trustee and longtime supporter of scholarships.


Chickie Grayson ’69, M.A. ’72 was named to The Daily Record’s list of 2018 Influential Marylanders. She is president and CEO of Enterprise Homes, where she has worked to build homes for buyers of all socioeconomic backgrounds since 1987. The Baltimore District Council of the Urban Land Institute has honored Grayson with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017, she was inducted into the Affordable Housing Finance Hall of Fame.

Sandra Rossi Kurtinitis M.S. ’68, president of the Community College of Baltimore County, was the keynote speaker at Misericordia University’s commencement ceremony on May 12. She is a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where the university is located. She is also the chair-elect of the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors and serves on the boards of directors of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges and the Community College Humanities Association. She was inducted into the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber’s Hall of Fame in January.

Howard S. Brown ’64 was named to The Daily Record’s list of 2018 Influential Marylanders. He is chairman of his family’s company, David S. Brown Enterprises, one of the top three real estate development firms in the mid-Atlantic. Stevenson University’s Howard S. Brown School of Business and Leadership was named after the Baltimore builder.

Edward St. John ’61, chairman of St. John Properties, was named to the “Circle of Influence” in the Baltimore Daily Record’s list of 2018 Influential Marylanders, as was university President Wallace D. Loh. Honorees who have been selected for the third and final time for that list join the Circle of Influence. Other alumni on the list include Randy Day M.S. ’79, CEO of Perdue Farms; Lydia Lawless ’03, bar counsel with the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission; Kenneth L. Thompson ’73, partner, Venable LLP; Howard S. Brown ’64, chairman, David S. Brown Enterprises; Chickie Grayson ’69, M.A. ’72, president and CEO, Enterprise Homes; and Margot Connor ’90, CEO of Rooster Bio.


Lawrence James “Larry” Ent ’15, a mechanical engineer and sports enthusiast, died April 19 while playing soccer with friends in Latrobe Park in Locust Point, according to The Baltimore Sun. He was 25. Born in West Chester, Pa., he was the son of Lawrence Franklin Ent, who owns a plumbing business, and Lisa Cavanaugh, a homemaker. He was a 2011 graduate of Henderson High School, where he was a member of the soccer and tennis teams. He also belonged to the school-sanctioned ski and snowboarding club. At UMD, he belonged to the academic engineering fraternity, Pi Tau Sigma, and the Gemstone Honors Program. Ent worked for Clark Construction and was a construction manager of the newly opened A. James Clark Hall on campus. He enjoyed professional sports and remained a Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers and Phillies enthusiast. He was an enthusiastic Maryland football and basketball fan as well as an Arsenal soccer fan. Ent competed on a mixed men’s and women’s soccer team, the Aglets, enjoyed ocean surfing and spent part of the summer at a family home in Ocean City, N.J. He is survived by his fiancée, Gabrielle “Gabby” Brazeau; parents and sisters Larissa Macheski and Lindsay Ent; and a nephew, Clint Macheski.

Mary Margaret “Meg” Galligan Ph.D. ’89, a tenured professor emeritus at Shepherd University in West Virginia, died at home in Hagerstown, Md., on Jan. 15, according to the Hagerstown Herald Mail. She was 72. Galligan was educated in Washington, D.C., Catholic schools, including Immaculata College. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Saint Bernard College in Cullman, Ala.; an MBA from Frostburg University; and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Before starting at Shepherd in 2001, Galligan taught at Penn State Mont Alto, Smeal College of Business. Prior to that, she taught at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. Galligan also traveled extensively, performing accreditation reviews for the American Council on Education and the Distance Education Training Council. Galligan is survived by her brothers, John and Carl; her son, Donald Stevens; her daughter, Alice Stevens; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Stevens.

Samuel Calvin Bell ’85, a longtime naval engineer, died on March 22 at his home in Swanton, Md. Born on Sept. 12, 1963, in Silver Spring, he was a son of Carolyn M. Taylor and husband William, and the late Howard Scott Bell. He was a graduate of Southern High School and earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from UMD. Bell started his career as an engineer for the U.S. Navy at NSWC Indian Head in the mid-1980s working on the Tomahawk Missile Program. In the mid-’90s, he transitioned to Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington, D.C., supporting missile system development for surface Navy ships assigned to Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems. For the past 20 years, Bell was the project manager for the Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air. In addition to his mother and stepfather, he is survived by his sister, Stacey Raye Payne; a brother, William Scott Bell; three nieces; and a nephew.

Susan Lynn Williams Ph.D. ’81, a renowned marine ecologist and distinguished professor at the University of California, Davis, died April 24 in a traffic accident on her way to work. She was 66. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in biological oceanography from the University of Alaska and her doctorate in botany and marine biology from UMD. Williams studied the ecology of nearshore marine ecosystems, focusing on seagrass and coral reefs. She taught and conducted research at major marine laboratories in Alaska, Hawaii, New England, Texas, Washington, California, the Caribbean and Japan. Williams served as the science director of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Undersea Research Program in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2000, she became director of UC Davis’s Bodega Marine Lab, a post that she held for 10 years before she returned to research and teaching. In 2009, the UC Davis Consortium for Women and Research honored her as an outstanding mentor for her championing inclusion and diversity in the sciences. In 2010, she received the UC Davis Academic Senate’s Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award for her efforts to increase protection of coastal waters, an example being legislation that expanded the boundaries of two national marine sanctuaries off Northern California. She also served as president of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (2009–11) and received that organization's Outstanding Leadership Honor in 2011 and Distinguished Service Award in 2013. Other honors included the Aldo Leopard Fellowship in Environmental Leadership and fellowship in the California Academy of Science, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was preceded in death by her parents, Plummer and Jane Williams, formerly of York, Pa. She is survived by her husband, Bruce Nyden; her sister, Holly Williams; her uncles, Michael Rhoads and John Rhoads; and her niece, Kaitlin Williams Hansen.

Robert L. Paris ’80 of Rock Hill, S.C., and formerly of Hagerstown, Md., died Jan. 11 in a shooting accident at a gun range in South Carolina. He was 59. Born June 6, 1958, Bob was the son of the late Samuel and Christine Paris. Bob worked his entire life in retail loss prevention. “Tailgate Bob” was a plank season ticket holder with the Carolina Panthers and enjoyed cooking and tailgating with his friends. He also enjoyed bringing his tailgate show on the road, joining family and friends when Maryland played on the East Coast. He also enjoyed spending time with his family in Bethany Beach, Del. He is survived by two daughters, Kayley and Bethany; a stepmother, Frances Paris; a sister, Becky Lohr; brothers Tom and Tim; and six nieces and nephews.

Lawrence M. O’Connor MBA ’78, a resident of Edgewater Md., for six years and previously of Upper Marlboro for 40 years, died of cancer on March 6 at the Mandrin Inpatient Care Center in Harwood, Md. He was 75. Born in Springfield, Mass., to the late Lawrence J. and Anna R. O’Connor, he received B.S. degrees from both the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Maryland University College, before earning his MBA at UMD. He served in the U.S. Navy and then began his career as a business executive in the truck dealership industry until retiring in 2013. Larry was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the Annapolis Elks, the American Legion, the Navy Blue & Gold Club and the Knights of Columbus, where he was a fourth-degree knight. He enjoyed golf, Navy athletics, travel and adventure activities. O’Connor was an active participant in the 12-step recovery program for 36 years. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Doris Marie O’Connor; his children, Lawrence J. O’Connor and Anne Budowski; his sisters, Maryanne Donahue and Emma Jo Smith; and five grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence J. O’Connor.

Jeffrey Lee Yates ’76, a prominent businessman in Alexandria, Va., died Feb. 22 in his home after battling cancer. He was born on Nov. 2, 1954 at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., to John Godfrey, a naval officer, and Lena Mary Yates. While growing up, Jeff worked many hours at his family’s automotive business, Yates Gulf Service. He graduated from Oxon Hill High School in 1972 and earned a degree in mechanical engineering at UMD. He went on to work for Seagram’s Distillery in Baltimore, then became an internal combustion engine patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Crystal City, Va. His love for the family business and the automotive industry eventually inspired him to start his own business, Yates Auto Parts and Hardware, in 1977. He and his brother Jim grew it into a regional conglomerate before he left the auto parts business to pursue his passion for real estate, becoming an owner-operator in the Alexandria area. He made it his goal to preserve iconic Alexandria properties and to mentor dozens of decades-long employees to pursue their own successes. Yates is survived by his fiancée, Connie Sofia; children Jacquelyn Marie Nevin, Jeffrey Lee Yates Jr. and Jessica Nicolina Yates; their mother, Mary Vanderberry Yates; and three grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers John, James and Jason; and many loving nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his brother, Joseph, and his parents.

Rina Lee Janet ’76, a leader in Baltimore’s Jewish community who headed Israel Bonds of Maryland, died of cancer Jan. 15 at her Owings Mills home, according to The Baltimore Sun. She was 62. Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Alvin Paul Smelkinson, who worked in the food industry, and his wife, Miriam. She was a 1972 graduate of Pikesville Senior High School and earned a journalism degree at UMD. Janet initially worked in advertising and went on to become director of marketing at the Chesapeake Bay Trading Co. At her death she was general chair of Israel Bonds of Maryland. She was president of the Associated Women from 2013 to 2015 and was chair of its annual campaign in 2012. She was chair of the Women’s Division of Israel Bonds of Maryland in 1997–98. She was a past co-chair of Mitzvah 613, a project centered around the scribing of the first Torah written specifically for Beth El Congregation. Janet was also a former president of the Levindale Auxiliary. She had been vice president of Acharai, a program that educates leaders in the Baltimore Jewish community with training integrated with Jewish values and knowledge. She was a founding chair of Chapter Two, an educational program by The Associated to recruit women to find their passions later in life. She was also a former chair of 11th Mitzvah, a Torah study program created by the Center for Jewish Education. Janet received the 2009 Golda Meir Award for her work with Israel Bonds of Maryland. In 2017 she received the Lion of Judah Award in recognition of her “devoted commitment to Israel, the Jewish People and the Baltimore Community.” She was a former president of the parents’ association and a member of the Board of Trustees of Gilman School. She is survived by her husband of more than 39 years, attorney Howard A. Janet; sons Andrew and Adam; her mother, Miriam Smelkinson; and two brothers, Ira Smelkinson and Jeffrey Smelkinson.

Daniel C. Brewington M.Ed. ’71, a veteran Baltimore public schools educator who protested discrimination while serving in the Army during World War II, died Feb. 24 from congestive heart failure at Arbor Terrace Senior Living in Lanham, Md., according to The Baltimore Sun. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 95. Daniel Cornelius Brewington was the eldest of four sons of Joseph C. Brewington, a janitor and caterer, and Mary G. Brewington, a housekeeper. He was a 1939 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. In 1943, he married Ethel L. Brown. That same year, while attending his senior year at what was then Coppin State Teachers College, he was drafted into the Army. In October 1943, while stationed in Orlando, Fla., Brewington and several other soldiers in his unit “decided to protest the segregation laws of the military and the State of Florida,” he wrote in a biographical sketch. “We chose the post movie theatre and its segregated seating as the means to demand equality in how the races were treated,” he wrote. By sitting in the middle of the section reserved for whites, they created a furor that caused them to be brought before the post commander. “Our argument was simple: ‘You cannot ask young men to possibly die for their country while treating them as second-class citizens.’ The seating arrangement was reversed with no reprimands issued,” he wrote. During the war, he was part of the 1961st Engineer Aviation Depot Co., nicknamed the “Pencil Pushers.” The company consisted of “200 black enlisted men, all of whom were either high school graduates, college students or college graduates, led by five white commissioned officers,” he wrote. The unit “had the responsibility of receiving, recording, storing and dispensing aviation supplies and equipment…used to construct bridges and airplane landing fields.” After being discharged at war’s end with the rank of staff sergeant, Brewington returned to Coppin, where in 1946 he obtained a bachelor’s degree in education. He later received a master’s degree in education from UMD. He began his teaching career in 1946. Before retiring in 1977, he had been principal of Malcolm X, Liberty and Langston Hughes Elementary Schools. Brewington and his wife began spending winters in the Caribbean, and over many years they visited St. Croix and eastern Puerto Rico. Brewington was an inveterate ten-pin bowler, and also enjoyed gardening and reading about history. He was a longtime member of Sharp Street United Methodist Church, where he served as senior usher and president of the board of trustees. In addition to his wife of 74 years, also a former city school educator, he is survived by three daughters, Dr. Carla B. Ford, Dana B. Stebbins and Debra B. Gittens; a brother, Edward W. Brewington; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Ruffin Manning M.A. ’70, a retired educator who lived in Fredericksburg, Va., died March 23 at Mary Washington Hospital, according to the Free-Lance Star. He was born and lived in the Cypress Creek Community of Duplin County, N.C., for many years. Ruffin graduated from Richlands High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and his master’s degree from UMD. Manning taught in the Duplin County, N.C., public school system. He also worked in several different school administrative positions in Prince William County and Spotsylvania County, Va. Ruffin retired as principal of Robert E. Lee Elementary School. He was a dedicated member of Hope Presbyterian Church. Manning enjoyed food, spending time with his family, farming beef cows, antique tractors, gardening and camping. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mattie C. Manning; two daughters, Amy Beard and Lynn Hawkins; a son, Tom Manning; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mark Wagenveld M.A. ’70, a former Philadelphia Inquirer editor and city activist, died at home Jan. 27, after a six-month battle with glioblastoma, according to The Inquirer. He was 73. Wagenveld was born in 1944 into a struggling farm family of Dutch Reformed Calvinists in rural western Michigan. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, where his flair as a student journalist was on display as he editorialized against the escalation of the Vietnam War. He went on to earn a master’s degree in history from UMD, and was then hired by the Winston-Salem Journal, where he served as an editorial writer and reporter. As an Inquirer reporter, Wagenveld wrote hundreds of stories, delving into such subjects as the notorious murder of teacher Susan Reinert, the decay of Chester City, the mob wars of the 1980s, and the investigation of the MOVE disaster. He was also routinely drafted to write judicious and deeply reported obituaries, including those for former Philadelphia Mayor James H.J. Tate and former Pennsylvania Gov. William W. Scranton. Wagenveld retired from the paper in 2005 after 28 years, then soon took on leadership roles, serving for a time as president of the Spruce Hill Community Association in West Philadelphia, a board member of the City School, and a board member of the Association for a More Just Society, a faith-based social justice organization in Honduras. He also was a volunteer for UC Green, a nonprofit group that plants and tends trees throughout University City. Two of his last projects were to help a neighborhood win recognition as a historic district and to distribute thousands of fliers that helped police make two arrests in the February 2017 slaying of a friend and fellow community activist. Wagenveld is survived his wife of 30 years, Terry Mond; daughters Grace and Sarah; a sister, Lorey Peterson; and a brother, Lou Wagenveld.

John Purnell ’67, a newspaper reporter and columnist, died Jan. 18 after a brief illness. He was 73. An Ocean City, Md., native, Purnell graduated from Stephen Decatur High School and went to UMD to pursue a journalism degree, becoming the editor of The Diamondback. He was proud of his family’s long history in Ocean City. In the 1920s, his father, William H. Purnell, bought the landmark Atlantic Hotel on the boardwalk. The family rebuilt the hotel in 1925 following a devastating fire. Purnell's mother, Sarah Lynch Purnell, whose father founded Ocean City’s first bank, helped operate the Atlantic for more than 60 years. During his 40-year career, Purnell worked as a reporter for The Palm Beach Post in Florida, and The Washington Times, where he was a metro reporter and columnist. He also wrote for The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore News American. When he returned to Delmarva around the mid-2000s, Purnell was a veteran reporter who helped advise a young newsroom at the Worcester County Times.

R. Bruce Campbell ’66, who owned a real estate management business and was a former volunteer firefighter, died of pancreatic cancer March 18 at his Baltimore home, according to The Baltimore Sun. He was 76. He was the son of Wallace H. Campbell, who founded the family property management business, and his wife, Elfrieda “Fritzi” Siebert. He attended the Montebello School and was a 1959 graduate of the Gilman School. While attending UMD, he joined the Branchville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County. He remained active in volunteer firefighting for many years. He was also an Ocean City lifeguard, and one day on the beach he met his future wife, Elaine Powell. Campbell joined his father in the family business of real estate management. They managed numerous apartment condominium and residential communities, including the Harper House at the Village of Cross Keys and the Cloister Gate townhouse community in Woodbrook. Campbell remained an auxiliary member of the Baltimore City Fire Department and was assigned to Engine 4 on Cold Spring Lane in Northeast Baltimore. He responded to the fires associated with the 1968 riots and the plane crash at the old Memorial Stadium in 1976. He received the Lloyd D. Hanford Sr. Distinguished Faculty Award in 1991 from the nonprofit Institute of Real Estate Management. He was active with real estate industry lobbying efforts in Baltimore and at the Maryland General Assembly. Campbell was also a member of both the board and the foundation board for the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He spent his summer weekends at Ocean City and owned a sport fishing boat, the Reel Estate. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. In addition to his wife of 52 years and son, survivors include a daughter, Tatum C. DiGiovanni, and six grandchildren.

Margaret A. Reigle ’66, a certified public accountant who was founder and chairwoman of the property-rights group Fairness to Land Owners Committee, died March 2 from dementia at Symphony Manor, a Roland Park assisted-living facility, according to The Baltimore Sun. The former Towson resident was 73. Reigle was the daughter of Ellsworth Bosley Reigle, state budget director, and Mary Willis Reigle, a licensed practical nurse. She was born in Baltimore and raised in West Towson. Reigle began her career in 1966 in the Baltimore office of Arthur Young & Co., and was later transferred to the firm’s New York office, where she rose to become audit manager. In 1976, she was named vice president of management information in the card division of American Express Corp., and was corporate controller for Columbia Pictures Industries from 1979 to 1980, when she was appointed vice president and chief financial officer for the New York Daily News. She was a member of the union negotiation team that oversaw the financial impact of contracts with 13 labor unions that worked for the Daily News. Reigle retired in 1982 and moved to Cambridge, where she invested in and developed properties on the Eastern Shore. She restored a 200-year-old manor house and property that overlooked the Choptank River, and subdivided and marketed a 138-acre farm on the Chesapeake Bay. She also invested in and developed retail businesses and residential properties on Long Island, N.Y., and provided investment and financial advice to small businesses and clients. In 1990, Reigle founded the Fairness to Land Owners Committee, or FLOC, to fight wetlands regulations for developers and advocates of private property rights who complained of long delays in getting permits and costly restrictions on the use of their land. The former Cambridge resident moved to Symphony Manor in 2013. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and travel. Her husband of 20 years, Casimier Charles Jowaiszas, a Madison Square Garden executive, died in 2001. She is survived by a brother, J. Robert Reigle; a sister, Patricia Reigle Benoist; a nephew and a niece.

Ray Mitchell Johns ’61, M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’69 died Feb. 18 at Greenfield Assisted Living of Hagerstown. He was 80, according to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail. Born Jan. 15, 1938, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Laurence and Freeda (Brandenburg) Johns. Growing up, he worked on two family farms simultaneously and graduated from Hagerstown High School. He received three degrees in agriculture/economics from UMD and was primarily a college professor (University of Maryland, Ashland University in Ohio, Hagerstown Community College and Wilson College). In intervening years, he also was employed with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and was county administrator in Calvert County. He owned and operated Antietam Tractor & Equipment Inc. on Leitersburg Pike for 10 years. He was a two-time Fulbright recipient and lived, worked and taught in Czechoslovakia, Moldova, the Slovak Republic and Ukraine over a 19-year period. Johns was involved with the Civil War Roundtable, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co., Leitersburg Ruritan, Fulbright Association, MG Club, Model-T Club and Ashland College Board of Trustees. Johns was a member of St. James Brethren Church, but was equally at home worshipping with Christians of other denominations. Johns is survived by his wife, Susan E. Johns, whom he married in 2001; son, Andrew Johns; grandson, Raymond Johns; and stepson, Abe Shellito. He is also survived by one brother, Lawrence Johns.

Merle Spandorfer ’56, a Philadelphia-area painter and printmaker who taught other local artists how to pursue their creative work without using harmful chemicals, died of lung cancer at her home on April 5. She was 83, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. For a half-century ending last summer, Spandorfer taught painting and printmaking at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts. Spandorfer conducted research on replacing toxic artistic materials with less harsh compounds to safeguard the health of artists, especially printmakers. Her findings resulted in a book, "Making Art Safely," which she co-authored with Jack Snyder and Deborah Curtiss. Spandorfer’s work was seen in major galleries in Philadelphia and in exhibitions in China, Japan and Israel. Her creations are in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Spandorfer is survived by a son, John; a daughter, Cathy Segal; four grandchildren; and a brother. Her husband, Lester M. Spandorfer, died in 2012. A grandson also died earlier.

Clifford Kendall ’54, an active member of the Greater Washington business community and longtime supporter of the University System of Maryland, died March 28, according to the Washington Business Journal. He was 77. Kendall was raised in Washington, D.C., by a single mother with modest means. He studied at Wilson Teachers College in D.C., where he met and later married Camille Kendall. He decided to change career paths and transferred to the University of Maryland to study finance and economics. At UMD, he was a member of ROTC and later served for seven years in the Air Force, achieving the rank of first lieutenant. Kendall later received his MBA from the George Washington University. In 1968 he was a co-founder, then president and CEO of Computer Data Systems, a software data processing company that grew to more than 4,000 employees until it was acquired by Affiliated Computer Systems in 1998. He served on the boards of Burdeshaw Associates, Washington Real Estate Trust, Affiliated Computer Services, On-Site Sourcing and Objective Communications, and at the time of his death was chairman of the board of VSE Corp. Kendall was one of the founding members and board member of the Montgomery County Community Foundation. He also served as board member and chairman of the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland, board member of University of Maryland Foundation, member of the Montgomery College Education Connection, adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, board member of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges Board of Directors, board member of the George Washington University School of Business, and board member at Wesley Theological Seminary. One of his greatest accomplishments was helping to create the Universities at Shady Grove. His many awards include being elected to the Washington Business Hall of Fame, receiving the George Washington University’s Inaugural President’s Outstanding Service Award and being inducted into the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife of 64 years; four sons, Craig, Curt, Clark and Charlie; and 11 grandchildren.

James S. Van Ness ’54, M.S. ’62, Ph.D. ’68, a retired history professor, died Jan. 12 in Temple, Texas. He was 85. He was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Houston to John Bishop and Ruth Ryan Van Ness. He served in the U.S. Air Force from November 1954 until January 1958, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He married Nedra Tracy on June 18, 1955, in College Park, Md. He earned three degrees in history at UMD, then taught at the University of Maryland and was an adjunct faculty member of American studies at the University of Heidelberg. He moved to Temple in 1982 and became the dean of instruction at Temple College. He was a member of the Temple South Rotary Club, Central Texas Torch Club, the Institute for the Humanities at Salado, the Temple Cultural Activities Center, the Organization of American Historians, the Texas Community College Teachers Association and the Temple Literacy Council. Survivors include his wife and a daughter, Lynn Van Ness. He was preceded in death by a son, Paul James Van Ness.

George L. Haag ’50 died Feb. 3 at Calvary Homes in Lancaster, Pa. He was 91. Born in Flushing, N.Y., he was the son of Edward W. Haag Sr. and May C. (Nickerson) Haag. Haag retired in 1986 from Procter & Gamble after 36 years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He attended Flushing High School, Queens College and UMD, earning a degree in business and public administration. He was a member of the Nickerson Family Association, tracing his genealogy back to Cape Cod from around 1637. Haag enjoyed watching Maryland and Philadelphia sports, but his greatest joy was found in God. Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Jean (Routzahn) Haag; his children, Dr. Jeffrey R. Haag, Crystal Rosander and Darryl E. Haag; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward W. Haag Jr.

Richard L. Elliott Jr. ’49, an electrical engineer who was manager of the engineering department at the old Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., died Jan. 22 at his Belvedere Square home, according to The Baltimore Sun. He was 93. The son of Richard Louis Elliott Sr., who owned a real estate and contracting company, and Mabel Moylan Elliott, an educator, Richard Louis Elliott Jr. was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Baltimore during the Depression. A 1942 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, he enlisted in the Army and served with the 375th Infantry Battalion, 90th Infantry Division, and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged in 1946 and his decorations included the Purple Heart. Elliott earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and began working in 1951 at Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., where he rose to become manager of its engineering department. After the yard closed in 1984, Elliott went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp.’s Sparrows Point shipyard, from which he retired in 1987. In his retirement, he worked as a part-time marine consultant and held Professional Engineer certification for 54 years. He held a patent awarded in 1977 for a liquid rheostat system. Elliott was also a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers and the Maryland Marine Club. Elliot married the late Patricia Reisenweber in 1953. The couple had been active in the civil rights movement during the 1960s and 1970s, and they also volunteered with Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. Elliott also volunteered and was a member of the boards of Common Cause, Lutheran Social Services, Govans Ecumenical Development Corp. and Epiphany House. He was a former communicant and volunteer of the Third English Lutheran Church. He later joined the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter in Govans.

Perry Gray Bowen Jr. ’48, retired judge of the Circuit Court in Calvert County, died March 9 at Spotsylvania Medical Center in Fredericksburg, Va., according to the Free Lance Star. He was 90. Bowen was born in Baltimore to Melba Hutchins Bowen and Perry G. Bowen Sr., graduated high school in Calvert County, completed his undergraduate studies at UMD and received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served four years in the Judge Advocate General Corps. While on assignment in Columbia, S.C., he was introduced to Virginia Elizabeth Woodruff by his commanding officer, and the two married in 1951. Admitted to the bar in Maryland, Bowen pursued a general law practice in Prince Frederick. At age 36, he was appointed an associate judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in Calvert County; he served on the bench for 23 years. He also enjoyed farming with his son Perry III on the family farm in Calvert County and later at Oakenbrow in King George County, Va. Bowen is survived by his wife of 66 years, Virginia Woodruff Bowen; daughters M. Elizabeth Bowen and Sara Gray Bowen; his son, Perry Gray Bowen III; two grandddaughters; and three great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Virginia Woodruff Bowen, and a granddaughter, Maron Elizabeth Bolton.

Robert P. Bohman ’48 of Hagerstown, Md., and North Port, Fla., died Jan. 29. He was 94. The son of Otto P. and Mabel Pyles Bohman, he graduated from Hagerstown High School and attended UMD. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve Corps, attained the rank of staff sergeant in the 103rd Infantry, and later received a battlefield commission as a second lieutenant in combat during World War II. He resigned his commission as a captain in the 319th Infantry in 1957. Following in his father’s footsteps, he operated O.P. Bohman Inc., an automotive tire dealership and wholesale distributor of tires, batteries and lubricants. In later years, he and his wife, Joanne, co-owned Bohman Realty Inc. Bohman was both a licensed broker and property appraiser. He also served as vice president of Bohman-Warne Inc., a distributor of appliances and cabinets. For 22 years, he served on the board of directors of F&M Bank and Trust. He belonged to Fountain Head Country Club and the American Legion. In the past, he had been the president of the Exchange Club of Hagerstown; a governor of the Auto Club of Maryland; vice president of the Maryland Motor Truck Association; Maryland director of the National Tire Dealers Association; trustee of the Tire Retreading Institute in Miami, Fla.; chairman of the National Dealers Council, Uniroyal Tire Co.; member of the Distributors Council, Michelin Tire Co.; and served on the local boards of the Chamber of Commerce and The Salvation Army. Bohman was a lifelong member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, taught youth and adult Sunday school for many years, and served in many leadership roles. He served for many years as the treasurer of the Cumberland-Hagerstown District Board of Trustees. In Florida, he attended Trinity United Methodist Church in North Port. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Joanne McBride Bohman; and two sisters, Katherine B. Falkenstine and Margaret B. Howard. He is survived by three sons, Bill, Jeff and John; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a loving friend, Carolyn Emerson.

Katherine P. “Kitty” Benz ’47, of Madison, died Jan. 18 at Oakwood Village West. She was 92. She was born on Feb. 10, 1925, in Takoma Park, Md., to Walter and Florence (Tolson) Prichard. After graduating from Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., in 1942, she attended UMD. Benz was employed as a social worker in Baltimore before moving to Wisconsin, where she obtained her master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She married Norman Benz on May 26, 1951, in Maryland. She was employed as a child welfare worker for the state of Wisconsin and also with Lutheran Welfare. Later she worked as a school social worker. Benz enjoyed watercolor painting, genealogy research, jewelry making, gardening and sewing. She and Norm loved spending time at their home on Duck Creek near Wyocena, Wis. They also loved traveling, especially to Naples, Fla. Benz was a longtime volunteer at First Call for Help and was an active member at First Congregational Church, UCC. Benz is survived by three daughters, Laurie Egan, Wendy Benz and Debbie Boettcher; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Gretz; a brother, Walter M. Prichard; and many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; brother, Roger Prichard; and sister, Isabel Radford.

Florence Konigsberg Brody ’47 died on March 8 at age 92. A lifelong Washingtonian, she was a philanthropist and involved in many activities, especially the archives committee through Washington Hebrew Congregation, the WIC program through the Children’s National Medical Center and the Norman and Florence Brody Family Forum through the University of Maryland. She was married to the late Norman Brody. She is survived by her two children, Bill Brody and Sherry Brody Brodner; four grandchildren; a sister, Betty Goldstein; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her son, Robert; sister Louise Herman; and brother Tolbert Konigsberg.

Margaret Ruth Bogue ’45, emeritus history professor at the University of Wisconsin, died March 8 at her home in Madison. She was 93. Bogue was born in Washington, D.C., on June 14, 1924, to parents James H. Beattie and Maude P. (Rock) Beattie. Margaret grew up near McLean, Va., where her father ran an experimental farm for the Department of Agriculture. After graduating from UMD, she received her M.A. and doctorate from Cornell University. She taught at Vassar College, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the University of Wisconsin-Madison until her 1991 retirement. Bogue was also president (1984) and fellow (1995) of the Agricultural History Society. Her books included “Patterns from the Sod,” “Around the Shores of Lake Michigan,” “Fishing the Great Lakes” and “Around the Shores of Lake Superior.” In addition, she and her husband, Allan G. Bogue, edited “The Jeffersonian Dream” by Paul Wallace Gates. In 2015, the Midwestern History Association awarded her its first annual Frederick Jackson Turner Award, which is bestowed on an individual for lifetime service to Midwestern history. For 66 years, Margaret was married to Allan Bogue, a former American history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The two met in graduate school at Cornell University and married in 1950. Allan died in 2016. The couple followed their passion for American history while raising three daughters, often taking vacations to historical sites and even following the Lewis and Clark Trail. Bogue is survived by daughters Susan L. Bogue, Margaret E. Bogue-Harper and Ellie E. Bogue; and two grandchildren.


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