Class Notes


Eugene Green ’19 has been named one of the winners of the 2019 SmithGroup Equity, Diversity and Inclusion scholarships. SmithGroup is one of the nation’s leading integrated design firms. This program was established in 2018 to support and mentor students from historically underrepresented demographics in architecture, interior design, planning, landscape architecture and engineering. Green studied fire protection engineering at Maryland.

David Gavin M.Arch. ’17, AIA, was promoted to associate in the Baltimore office of Quinns Evans Architects. Gavin earned his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University. He is a credentialed Certified Passive House Consultant.

Ceylon Mitchell II M.M. ’16, DMA ’22 was awarded a 2019 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council. Mitchell will present a concert series of Afro-Latino music during National Hispanic Heritage Month 2019 (Sept. 15–Oct. 16) at venues throughout Prince George’s County.

Claire Quinn ’15 studied the forces of evolutionary, geologic and social change, and contributed to sustainable solutions in Galápagos as part of Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course. Quinn is an education coordinator at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and a graduate student at Miami University.

Samuel B. Friedman ’14 has joined law firm Jimeson Birr in Jacksonville, Fla. His practice will focus on all aspects of business litigation. Friedman formerly served as an assistant state’s attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville. He received a J.D. cum laude from the University of South Carolina College of Law.

Alexander Romero Baires ’13, MPS ’17 married Susan Stine on Aug. 10 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, according to The New York Times. Baires is a senior portfolio risk analyst at Freddie Mac in McLean, Va.

Emily David ’13, M.Ed. ’14 married Nicholas Bancroft Farrell on Aug. 3 at Carmel Mission Basilica in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., according to The New York Times. The bride and groom founded Bites Media, an online news platform for middle and high school students in Los Angeles. She serves as the company’s head of education, and he as chief executive.

Christin Marie Taylor Ph.D. ’13 is the author of “Labor Pains: New Deal Fictions of Race, Work, and Sex in the South,” published by the University Press of Mississippi. The book considers the impact of black radicalism on black characters in southern modernism.

Melody Ge M.S. ’11 was named head of compliance at Corvium, which advises companies on improving food safety. She has more than 10 years of experience in food safety and quality with previously held positions at Lidl US and SQFI.

Barna Saha Ph.D. ’11 was recently chosen by the White House to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest U.S. award given to rising stars of science and technology who work at the frontiers of new research and ideas. Saha will be joining the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley in Fall 2019.

John Sheff MRED ’11, MBA ’14 is the new Director of Public and Industry Affairs for North America at Danfoss. He previously worked as a policy analyst for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Darryl Williams Ed.D. ’11 is the new Baltimore County school superintendent. He was previously an area associate superintendent of K-12 for eight clusters of schools in Montgomery County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in math from Hampton University and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from American University.

Brian Birnbaum ’10 cofounded Animal Riot Press, a new press focused on building a creative community for new authors. He is also the author of the press’ first book, “Emerald City.”

David Hasson ’10 married Caitlin Coleman on Aug. 3 at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City. A wedding reception followed at the Pierre Hotel. Hasson is the corporate account director at PrivCo Media LLC, a provider of private company financial intelligence in New York City.

Richard Lawrence M.C.P. ’10, special assistant to the city manager at the City of Alexandria, was named to the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 for 2019.


Kata Hall ’09 is deputy communications director for Gov. Larry Hogan. She previously served as the governor’s senior speechwriter.

Brandon Owens ’09 was appointed vice president of strategic marketing and corporate communications for Nanobiotix, a clinical-stage nanomedicine company developing new cancer treatments. He most recently served as vice president on the Citigroup account at Publicis New York.

Daniel Andorsky ’08 joined Goldberg Segalla’s workers’ compensation group. Andorsky focuses his practice on representing and defending employers, insurers and third-party administrators in matters before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission and on appeals in courts throughout Maryland. Andorsky earned his J.D. from the University of Baltimore Law School.

Francis Bonanno MBA ’08 was selected by Baltimore Business Journal as one of its “Best in Finance: CFO” recipients. He is CFO of Urban Teachers, which prepares, certifies and supports new educators.

Paul Hagood ’08 has been named chief revenue officer for APG Media of Chesapeake, which publishes The Star Democrat. Hagood has a bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Maryland and a Chinese language certification from the Beijing Language and Culture University.

James Suprenant MBA ’08 joined Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners, as senior managing director in its Chicago office. Suprenant joins Guggenheim from William Blair, where he served most recently as a managing director in its technology investment banking group. Prior to William Blair, he held investment banking roles with CIBC/Oppenheimer, Lehman Brothers and FBR. Suprenant received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgetown University.

Patrick Haughey ’08 married Kathryn Bowman on July 13 at King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Va., according to The New York Times. Haughey is a systems analyst in Washington, D.C., for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the Treasury Department.

Christina Morina Ph.D. ’07 will be full professor of contemporary history, 1988 to the present, starting in September at Universität Bielefeld, Germany.

Charles Clancy Ph.D. ’06 is MITRE’s new Vice President for Intelligence Programs.

In addition to being an internationally recognized expert in wireless security, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Clancy is an entrepreneur and innovator with over 20 patents, more than 200 academic publications and five books. Clancy holds a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s in computer engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Evviva Weinraub M.L.S. ’06 has been named vice provost for University of Buffalo libraries. She was previously associate university librarian for collections and technologies at Northwestern University. Weinraub received her undergraduate degree in history from Boston University.

Dan Baylog MBA ’04, director of programming and research strategy at WKYC in Cleveland and director of research at WVEC in Norfolk, has been appointed president and general manager at WZZM 13 On Your Side in Grand Rapids, Mich. Baylog holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Ohio University.

Michele El-Gamil ’04 was elected an officer by the Geico board of directors and will serve as the company’s internal auditor. El-Gamil is a certified public accountant and a certified internal auditor.

Ethan Marchant ’04, M.Arch. ’06, AIA, LEED AP, was promoted to senior associate at the Baltimore office of Quinn Evans Architects.

Hannah Baker Saltmarsh ’04, MFA ’06 is the author of “Male Poets and the Agon of the Mother: Contexts in Confessional and Post-Confessional Poetry,” published by the University of South Carolina Press in May.

Ben Skowronski ’04 was promoted to Maryland office leader of CRB, a leading provider of sustainable engineering, architecture, construction and consulting solutions to the global life sciences and advanced technology industries. Skowronski has been with CRB since 2015.

Carly Tripp ’04 was selected as the new CIO for the U.S. investment portfolio of Nuveen Real Estate. She will be responsible for overall investment strategy, acquisitions, dispositions, asset management and financing for an $88 billion U.S. portfolio. Previously, Tripp was a managing director and global head of real estate and alternatives for TIAA General Account, where she was responsible for directing investment strategy for its global multi-asset class alternative portfolio.

Jon Shao ’03, CEO of Dragonbridge, won an Emmy award at the 61st National Capital Emmy Awards ceremony in North Bethesda on June 22. His video,”Bolsas de Amor,” Spanish for “Bags of Love,” won in the category for Best Public/Current/Community Affairs - Program/Special.

Steven Berger MBA ’02 joined Rothschild & Co.’s Global Advisory business as a managing director based in New York. He previously worked at Credit Suisse, where he was a member of the Financial Institutions Group. Berger graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent a decade in the Marine Corps domestically and internationally.

Damian Blazy ’02 joined OpenGate Capital, a global private equity firm, as a principal on the North American operations team. He is responsible for working with the firm’s North American investments and is a contributing member of the firm’s global operations team. Prior to joining OpenGate, Blazy was vice president of portfolio operations at a New York-based private equity firm. Blazy served in the United States Navy, where he flew FA-18s for eight years and deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Blazy has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, graduated at the top of his class in Naval Flight Training, and graduated from the University of Maryland with high honors in physics.

Alexis Depetris ’02 was named managing director, operations and technology for ProShares, a provider of ETFs. Depetris was most recently chief operating officer of Oppenheimer Funds’ Beta Solutions businesses. Prior to that, he was the co-founder, chief operating officer and chairman of the board of Deutsche Bank’s U.S. exchange traded products businesses. He holds a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

Trent Engbers M.A. ’02 joined the Indiana Commission for Higher Education as faculty commission member. He is an associate professor of political science and public administration and director of the master of public administration program at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. He earned degrees from Xavier University, the University of Maryland, University of Missouri and Indiana University.

Jarnell Swecker ’02, MBA ’10 was named senior vice president and chief marketing officer with United Way of Central Maryland. Swecker most recently served as vice president of marketing for Rappaport, a commercial real estate developer and service provider that focuses on the retail sector.

Sidra Berman MBA ’01 joined Axiom, a leading global marketplace for corporate legal talent, as chief marketing officer and executive vice president. Berman joins Axiom from Tangoe, where she served as CMO for three years.

Peter Cannito MBA ’01 is an operating partner with AE Industrial Partners, LP, a private equity firm specializing in control investments in aerospace, defense and government services, power generation and specialty industrial markets, and he will also join the board of directors of AEI portfolio company, Gryphon Technologies. Prior to joining AEI, Cannito served as the CEO of Polaris Alpha, a high-tech solutions provider developing systems for the Department of Defense and intelligence community, with specialized expertise in space, cyber and the electromagnetic spectrum. Cannito holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Delaware and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Maj. Gen. Timothy E. Gowen M.E. ’01 was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan as adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard. Gowen served with the U.S. Army’s Futures Command in Austin, Texas. He previously served as the assistant adjutant general for the Maryland Army National Guard from 2015-18 and is a senior U.S. Army aviator with significant piloting experience.

Diane Croghan ’01 was named a deputy chief of staff for Gov. Larry Hogan. She oversees labor, housing, education, human services and health initiatives. She most recently worked as chief of staff at the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

Kevin Franz ’01 has earned board certification in appellate practice from the Florida bar. Franz is a senior associate with Boyd and Jenerette’s appellate practice division. He has handled appeals and petitions in all five District Courts of Appeal for the state of Florida and the Supreme Court of Florida, argued before all five District Courts of Appeal, and handled appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

Allison Ladd M.C.P. ’01 has been appointed by Mayor Ras Baraka as Newark’s next director of the Department of Economic and Housing Development. She was previously deputy director and chief of staff of the Department of Housing and Community Development in Washington, D.C. Ladd earned a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and community planning from the University of Rhode Island.

Nathan Leslie MFA ’00 is the author of “Hurry Up and Relax,” a book of short fiction. It won the 2019 Fiction Award from the Washington Writers’ Publishing House.

Scott Macomber MPP ’00 was promoted to vice president at SMC (formerly Stormwater Maintenance and Consulting), an engineering, survey, construction and maintenance firm focused on stormwater, stream restoration and drainage systems. Macomber has purchased an ownership interest in the company and now is a principal of the firm. He joined SMC in 2015 as the director of construction. Macomber has a bachelor’s degree in natural resource science from the University of Rhode Island.

Michael Strauch ’00, M.A. ’02 joined the Miami office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. Strauch is a shareholder in the firm’s litigation practice. He joins the firm from Bilzin Sumberg and was previously a partner at Carlton Fields. Strauch is an experienced trial lawyer focused on commercial, finance, real estate and banking disputes. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, an M.A. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Maryland.


Mike Daugard ’99 is senior vice president of real estate firm Comstock, leading its acquisitions team and pursuing new investment opportunities. Daugard spent the majority of his 20-year commercial real estate career at WashREIT before joining Rubenstein in 2015. He then joined ROSS Development in January 2017 before coming to Comstock. He is also an adjunct professor at UMD.

Daria Fennell ’99 is the CEO of the Daria Fennell Media Group, which was recently featured in VoyageATL, an Atlanta-based website. Fennell has secured placement for clients in Forbes, the Washington Post and other outlets.

Cynthia McCabe M.Ed. ’99 was appointed chief of schools for Carroll County. She was previously director of elementary schools. McCabe graduated with a bachelor’s in elementary education from Towson State University in 1994. She is enrolled in the Ed.D. program at Walden University and is specializing in leadership, policy and change.

Vivek Vaid MBA ’99 was appointed chief technology officer at FourKites, a leader in predictive supply chain visibility. He brings more than 20 years of experience leading software development and data analytics teams. Prior to FourKites, he served as chief data officer for Uptake.

Tamara M. Wilds Lawson M.A. ’98, Ph.D. ’09 was a recipient of Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards. She is executive director for collective impact for the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

Vandana Sinha ’98 was named Washington Business Journal’s editor-in-chief. Previously the journal’s managing editor, she joined the newsroom in 2006 as a reporter and has won numerous awards for her columns, headlines and in-depth editorial packages.

David Stasse MBA ’98 was named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Trinseo, a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber. Stasse joined Trinseo in 2013 from Freescale Semiconductor Inc., where he served as vice president and treasurer, and previously assistant treasurer. Stasse holds a bachelor’s degree in business logistics from Penn State University. He will continue to be located at Trinseo’s global operating center in Berwyn, Penn.

Subramanian Krishnan Ph.D. ’97 was appointed vice president and general manager of India for Apptio, Inc., software that fuels digital transformation. Prior to joining Apptio, Krishnan was the country head of India for Finastra, one of the largest fintech companies in the world. Previously, he was leading the research and development organization at ADP India and has also served as managing director at Optimal Solutions.

Michael Siri ’97 was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to the district court in Baltimore County. Siri is a partner at Bowie & Jensen, where he has worked since 2004. He has focused on business litigation. He also graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Angela Campbell M.A. ’96 was recently named director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Prior to joining GFS, Campbell held the position of executive director at the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion at Carnegie Mellon University. Campbell holds a Ph.D. in urban education from Temple University, an M.A. in speech rhetoric from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in human communication from La Salle University.

Michael Duffy ’96 is the new supervisor of athletics for Carroll County. He was athletic director at Howard High School since 2006.

Frank LaPlaca ’96, MBA ’13 is now senior vice president, corporate development for NCC Media, the national television advertising sales, marketing and technology company. LaPlaca began his career on Wall Street covering the technology, media and telecommunications sector as an award-winning research analyst before launching an early-stage technology fund investing in high-growth internet, communications infrastructure and media start-ups. Later, as a corporate development executive, LaPlaca successfully led the strategic transformation of several public companies through M&A activities, strategic partnerships, and diversifying the shareholder base from value to growth-oriented investors. LaPlaca completed the Executive Development Program at Wharton Business School and holds an MBA and bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland.

Christine Cho M.Arch. ’95, AIA, LEED AP, was promoted to senior associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Quinn Evans Architects.

Annie Donovan MBA ’95 was named chief operating officer of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. She is the former director of the federal Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and a national thought leader on community investing. She has an undergraduate degree in economics from Allegheny College.

Hollis White ’95 was promoted to controller at Geico. She served as treasurer at Geico since 2014 and is a certified public accountant.

Teri Quinn Gray Ph.D. ’94 was appointed to the board of Zip Code Wilmington, a coding bootcamp. Gray is a global R&D operations and portfolio management leader at DuPont Transportation and Industrial and education advocate in Delaware.

Joey Jones Ph.D. ’94 is one of three finalists for National Principal of the Year. Jones has been principal at Robert Frost Middle School in Rockville, Md., for 17 years.

Don Kennedy ’94 joined Protenus, the healthcare compliance analytics platform that protects patient data for the nation’s leading health systems, as chief revenue officer. Prior to joining Protenus, Kennedy spent 15 years in revenue and strategy leadership roles for and AOL, where he was president of their advertiser platforms division.

Bill Schwacke ’94 was appointed senior sales executive at Origami Risk, a risk and insurance software technology firm. He has more than 20 years of experience in sales, account management, and product design for the healthcare industry. Previously, he was a senior vice president and Healthcare Practice leader for Marsh ClearSight.

Kelly Veney Darnell MPM ’93 was a recipient of Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards. She is COO of the Executive Leadership Council, a membership organization for the development of global black leaders.

David Gardiner ’93 was hired as the new principal at Bishop McDevitt High School. He previously served as Dean of Students, Summer School Principal, Director of Student Government and as a faculty member at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville.

Steve Kerrigan ’93 was chosen as the new president and CEO of Worcester’s Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center. Kerrigan was the Democratic National Convention CEO.

Jeffrey Resetco ’93 is the new senior development director of Gilbane Development Company, a real estate development, financing, and ownership firm. Prior to joining Gilbane, Resetco was a senior director with EdR/Greystar, where he oversaw the development of several P3 on-campus developments. Resetco received his master’s in architecture from North Carolina State University and his B.S. in architecture from Maryland.

Chuck Hicks ’92 joined NCI Information Systems, Inc. as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Prior to joining NCI, Hicks was CFO for Cresa Global, Inc. Hicks served in the U.S. Navy and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland College Park. In addition, he completed the executive M&A education from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

John Krebs DMA ’91 has been named the Willis H. Holmes Distinguished Professor of Music at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. Krebs arrived at Hendrix College in 1992 and has taught courses covering music fundamentals, opera, Western classical music, the history of jazz and more.

Victoria Ramirez ’91 was named executive director of the Arkansas Arts Center. She was previously director of the El Paso Museum of Art. Ramirez holds an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston; an M.A. in museum education and art history from the George Washington University; and a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Maryland.

Dwayne Middleton ’90 has been promoted to global head of fixed income trading at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM). Prior to joining MSIM, he worked at JP Morgan in the roles of senior portfolio manager and latterly head for U.S. Investment grade credit portfolio management. He is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from Northeastern University.


Christopher Chick ’89 was appointed chief lending officer of CFG Community Bank. He will oversee all commercial lending functions. He has more than 30 years of regional banking experience, most recently with Severn Savings Bank as executive vice president/CLO.

Daniel Mosser M.Ed. ’89, Ph.D. ’91 was named as West Virginia Northern Community College’s eighth president. Most recently, Mosser served as the vice president for continuing education and workforce development at the College of Southern Maryland.

David Rosenwasser ’88 received a Fullbright Specialist Program award. Rosenwasser completed an assignment assisting the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts in creating a strategic marketing plan focused on attracting American tourists. Rosenwasser is associate professor of marketing at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.

David Cohen ’87 was hired as senior vice president and treasurer at Bar Harbor Savings and Loan in Maine. He received a Wharton Leadership Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the ABA’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He began his career in banking as a teller while at UMD.

Michael Genhart M.A. ’87, Ph.D. ’89 released his eighth children’s picture book, “Rainbow: A First Book of Pride.” Many of his books are published by Magination Press, an imprint of the American Psychological Association.

Jim Miller ’87 was appointed chief revenue officer of Majesco, a global leader in cloud insurance software solutions for insurance business transformation. Miller previously worked at CA Technologies, where he was responsible for sales strategy for products and field teams across multiple business units worldwide.

Marybeth Mitts MPM ’87 was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Brien Center, a nearly 100-year-old community-based nonprofit agency in Pittsfield, Mass., providing a continuum of care for children, adolescents, adults and families with serious and persistent mental health and substance use disorders. Mitts was recently elected to the Lenox Select Board and is the former chairwoman of the Lenox School Committee. She began her career with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mitts received an undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley and a graduate degree in public finance from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

Lawrence Carin ’85, M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’89 has been named vice president for research at Duke University and will lead a new university-wide Office of Research. He is a Duke engineering professor and one of the world’s leading experts on machine learning and artificial intelligence who has served as Duke’s vice provost for research since 2014, a role in which he will continue.

James V. Reyes ’85 was appointed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to the University of Virginia board of visitors. Reyes is a leading food and beverage wholesale distributor who serves customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He chairs the board of directors of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Economic Club of Washington.

Brad Ettinger ’84, ’87 was named vice president of marketing communications for the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. Ettinger comes to ISPE from Icreon, a New York-Washington, D.C.-based digital innovation agency, where he served as vice president, solutions. Prior to this, he spent 13 years at the American College of Cardiology in a variety of roles, most recently senior director, digital solutions.

Erich Baumgartner ’83 is now chief revenue officer for Caveonix, the first company providing proactive defense for compliance and security in hybrid-multicloud environments. Baumgartner will lead Caveonix’s sales and customer success teams, focused on all aspects of revenue growth, customer acquisition, retention and brand awareness. Most recently, Baumgartner served as a vice president at Splunk.

Sarah “Sally” Hudson ’83 was appointed chief marketing officer of VCTI, a developer of automated intelligence products. Hudson joins VCTI after an extensive career with service providers, where she has led new product development and high growth marketing initiatives for enterprise data, broadband and cloud services.

Sandra Sheets ’83 was elected to the board of directors of GiveWell, a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of their analysis to help donors decide where to give. Sheets is a shareholder in the Lakeland, Fla., office of the law firm GrayRobinson.

Brigitte McCray ’82 joined TV One as senior vice president, original programming and production. Prior to joining TV One, she served as senior vice president of programming, planning and strategy for the Travel Channel.

Robert Houghton ’81 will serve as chief information officer for Volt Information Sciences, an international provider of staffing services and managed service programs. Previously, Houghton served as chief information officer and vice president of information technology at Smith Micro, where he led a team of technology professionals and managed all aspects of the company’s IT infrastructure and operations. His prior experience also includes the roles of CIO and CTO at RealtyTrac, Inc. and DDi Global, Inc., as well as being promoted to CIO and vice president during his eight-year tenure at Western Digital Corporation.

Carl Elefante ’80, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP, was recognized with Traditional Building magazine’s Clem Labine Award for 2019. The award is presented annually to honor the personal achievements of individuals who have devoted pro bono time and energy over an extended period of time “advocating for beauty in the public arena.” Elefante, who served as national president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2017-18, has devoted his career to advancing the art and science of historic preservation, with a focus on the integration of sustainable concepts in the restoration and adaptive use of aging structures. He has been with Quinn Evans Architects since 1996 and has overseen such complex projects as the renovation of the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia; the modernization of the National Academy of Sciences facing the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; the expansion and renovation of the historic Stratford Middle School in Arlington, Va.; and the development of a campus heritage plan for Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Bruce Friedman ’80 was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to the district court of Baltimore County. Friedman is a partner with the office of Winegrad, Hess, Friedman & Levitt, where he has worked since 1999. He focused his practice on debt collection and also handled personal injury, traffic and cases involving negligence. He earned his law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law.


Dennis Couture M.A. ’79 contributed to the latest edition of “The Land Development Handbook,” a widely used reference for design professionals, students, and private and public land developers published by McGraw-Hill.

Steve Orndorff Ph.D. ’79 is chief operating officer of Teewinot Life Sciences Corp., a global leader in the biosynthetic development and production of cannabinoids and their derivatives for health and wellness needs. He is a past chairman of Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development. Orndorff earned his B.S. from Virginia Tech.

Christine Edwards ’74 was appointed to the board of directors of BMO Financial Corp., the holding company for BMO Harris Bank N.A. Edwards has worked for over 30 years in the financial services industry. Edwards received a B.A. in English and Education from Maryland and a J.D. from the UMD School of Law.

Tom Kapsidelis ’77 is the author of “After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings,” published by the University of Virginia Press. Kapsidelis worked for 28 years as an editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch before accepting a fellowship with Virginia Humanities in 2016-17 to complete his book, which reports on the decade after the Virginia Tech shootings through the experiences of survivors, family members and supporters who advocated for reforms.

Clayton Greene Jr. ’73, who rose from a law clerk for a public defender to judge on Maryland's highest court, has retired. Greene was raised in Freetown, a historically African American neighborhood in northern Anne Arundel County. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Greene worked as a lawyer in private practice, as a public defender and as Anne Arundel County’s assistant county solicitor before becoming a judge. Greene served as a judge in District Court and Circuit Court in Anne Arundel County before being appointed to the Court of Special Appeals—the state’s second-highest court—in 2002. In 2004, Greene was elevated to the Court of Appeals. Greene’s seat on the Court of Appeals is for the 5th Judicial Circuit, which includes Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.


Roger Flax ’65 is the author of the audiobook and ebook “No Stopping You: How to Win at the Game of Life,” released by Hachette Books.

Thomas J. Ryan ’62 is co-author of “‘Lee is Trapped and Must Be Taken’: Eleven Fateful Days After Gettysburg: July 4 to July 14, 1863,” released by Savas Beatie.


Benjamin W. Seto ’17, ’19 died Aug. 3 after suffering a seizure at Lollapalooza, the music festival in Chicago. He was 24.

Paul Otremba M.F.A. ’05, assistant professor in creative writing and widely published poet, died June 24 at his home in Houston, following a nearly two-year battle with stomach cancer. He was 40. Otremba had taught creative writing and poetry at Rice University since 2012. Originally from St. Paul, Minn., he studied English and philosophy at the University of Minnesota. He went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland, followed by a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston. Otremba is the author of three poetry collections: “The Currency,” “Pax Americana” and “Levee,” the third of which will be published this September. Aside from his writing, Otremba was also known for his passion for food and cooking. In his personal blog, he shared recipes and food reviews, alongside notes on poetry. Otremba is survived by his wife, Holly Holmes.

Joseph Patanella ’85 died on July 19 in Homer, Alaska, in a floatplane accident. He was 57. He was born on June 10, 1962, to James and Clementine Patanella. He graduated from Bowie High School and later the University of Maryland. Patanella is survived by his wife, Aimee; their three beloved sons; his parents; three sisters; and countless nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved fiercely. Patanella was a member of Saint Mary’s parish in Annapolis, and a generous supporter of several charities including Charity Water, Pencils of Promise and International Justice Mission, through his own nonprofit foundation, ReignWorks.

William J. Moulds Sr. Ph.D. ’76, a retired mathematics chair at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Howard County mathematics supervisor, died June 11 at Seasons Hospice at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The longtime resident of Phoenix, Md., was 81. Born and raised in Baltimore, he was the son of Edward L. Moulds, a Baltimore Transit Co. streetcar operator, and his wife, Magdeline Wright. He was a 1955 graduate of Poly who sang in the glee club, was a film projectionist and performed in the Poly Follies. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Moulds joined Baltimore City Schools and taught math at Hampstead Hill Middle School. In 1964, he joined the Poly faculty and taught mathematics until 1977, and was math department head from 1970-77. He was then named assistant principal at Poly and held the post until 1982. Moulds then moved to Howard County, where he became supervisor of mathematics for the public schools until his 1991 retirement. He also taught mathematics at Towson University until 2002. Moulds was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he was the 1976-78 Church Council president. Survivors include daughter Cara Moulds; son William J. Molds Jr.; his wife of 59 years, M. Lee Lyter, a retired registered nurse; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Richard J. Simensen M.A. ’67, Ph.D. ’72 died June 9 at Lexington Medical Center in Columbia, S.C. He was 85. Richard was born to Martin and Margaret Simensen on Jan. 28, 1934, in Salem, N.H. He attended public schools and graduated from Woodbury High School in 1953. He enlisted in the Regular Army in January 1954. He served in Okinawa, Japan and Korea. Upon discharge, he attended the University of New Hampshire. He transferred to Keene Teachers College and graduated in 1961. He taught in public schools for two years in New Hampshire and two years in Maryland. In 1963, he married Helen Raysor Prickett Simensen. The union brought forth two children, Erik and Sunna. He was selected as a fellow at the University of Maryland and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. He joined the faculty at Old Dominion University and subsequently at Armstrong State College in Savannah, Ga. He received a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology from Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. Upon completion of the fellowship, he affiliated with the Greenwood Genetic Center in Greenwood, S.C. He participated in genetic research and authored or co-authored more than 100 articles of professional literature. He presented papers at professional meetings in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He was appointed to the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Self Memorial Hospital, serving as coordinator of behavioral sciences, from which he retired after 20 years of service. He is remembered as kind, loyal and an avid golfer who was always eager to share a joke with friends and family. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen Raysor; son Erik and wife Kristen of Columbia; daughter Sunna of San Antonio; granddaughter Margaret of Columbia; grandson Alex Smith of San Antonio; sister Donna Wienges of St. Matthews; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Marty.

Nanette Vincent ’67, M.A. ’68, Ph.D. ’71, a former professor of childhood education and long-time resident of Montgomery County, died on May 6. She was 93. Vincent grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated as the co-valedictorian of her high school class in 1944. In 1962, when she was 36 and a mother of three, she returned to school to continue her education. She enrolled at Montgomery Junior College and completed her A.A. degree, and continued her studies at Maryland. Vincent then became a professor of early childhood education at Federal City College, which later became the University of the District of Columbia. She taught for 17 years until her retirement in 1988. She is survived by daughter Trudy Vincent of Washington, D.C.; son Jeff Vincent of Philadelphia; and two grandchildren.

Donald Hirsch Boyer Jr. ’66 passed away on July 13 at Kline Hospice House after a brave battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Don was born Nov. 29, 1943, in Shenandoah, Va., to the late Donald Hirsch Boyer Sr. and the late Pearl Juanita (Thompson) Boyer. He attended Frederick High School and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1966, where he was a member of multiple ACC champion track and field teams. He married Sharon Lee Todd on Oct. 3, 1964. Boyer was a physical education teacher at Middletown Middle School and coach of Middletown High School Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field. He was a member of the 1968 championship Frederick Falcons football team, active in Frederick Steeplechasers and Masters Track over the years, and founded the Knight Striders Youth Track program in 1980. Boyer coached in five international Deaflympics teams in New Zealand, Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy and Australia. He was inducted into the Frederick County Sports Hall of Fame in 1988, and founded, with his wife, a U.S.-Russian athletic cultural exchange program in 1995. Boyer fulfilled a lifetime dream of riding his bicycle coast to coast in 38 days in 1992 and later wrote a book about his journey. During his time as Middletown’s coach, Boyer coached more than 5,000 athletes, producing 76 individual state champions, 18 relay state champions, 10 outdoor track and field team state titles, six cross-country team titles and one indoor track state title. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Monte Boyer; daughter, Donna Gravett; son-in-law, Dennis Gravett; brother Gerry Boyer and wife, Bonnie; sister Joyce Kutlik and husband, Butch; brother-in-law Larry Todd and wife, Sharon; brother-in-law Glen Todd and wife, Mel; sister-in-law Patricia Herber and husband, Dave; grandson Grant Boyer; and granddaughter Riley Boyer. He is also survived by nieces Jennifer Serenyi, Charity Blount, Kate Herber, Heather Boyer-Dean, and nephews Troy Todd, Shane Todd and Josh Herber. He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Boyer, and his sister, Bonnie Shankle.

John B. Norris Jr. ’66, died May 13 at his Leonardtown home at the age of 75. Norris was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He was a 1961 graduate of Ryken High School and a 1966 graduate of UMD in civil engineering. In December 1966, he enlisted in the United States Army and served until his honorable discharge in 1968. The following year, Norris began his career as a test engineer for E.I. duPont in Waynesboro, Va. In 1972, he took the position of county engineer in St. Mary’s County, and eventually became the director of public works in the county. He retired from St. Mary’s County government in 1989 to open NG&O Engineering, Inc., a civil engineering firm, where he served as president until his retirement in 2014. Morris also served as president of Leonardtown Lions Club and of the County Engineers Association of Maryland (CEAM). He was appointed by governors Parris Glendening and Robert Ehrlich to the Maryland Transportation Authority Board and was a member of the Maryland Farm Bureau. He was instrumental in establishing the CEAM Roger H. Willard Scholarship in Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland. In recognition for his dedication and tenure on the CEAM Scholarship Committee, a scholarship was established in his honor at Morgan State University. He is survived by his mother; wife, Loretta; three children; and seven grandchildren.

Ralph T. Carrello ’65 died on July 15. He was 80. He was born April 8, 1939, in Washington, D.C., to Calle A. and Margaret Ellen (Wilhelm) Carrello. Carrello was raised in D.C., and graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School. Carrello married Mary Jane Krumpelman on Oct. 27, 1979, and they lived in Dunkirk before moving to North Beach. Carrello was employed with AT&T for many years and retired as a manager in 1990. In his spare time, he enjoyed collecting model trains and gardening. Carrello is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Carrello; daughter Caren C. Neuland and husband Joseph of Huntingtown; son James A. Carrello of North Beach; granddaughter Christine S. Reeson and husband Jacob of Pasadena; great-grandchildren Lahna and Lily; and sisters Peggy Davis and Helen White.

H. Norman Wilson Jr. ’64, of Elkton, Md., passed away on May 11 at age 76. He was born in Easton, Md., on Nov. 12, 1942, to the late H. Norman Wilson and Kathleen Nestor Wilson. Wilson played basketball and lacrosse at UMD, and went on to attend the University of Maryland School of Law, earning his J.D. in 1968. He began his law career in 1968 in Elkton, where he practiced law until his recent passing. Wilson was the attorney for the First National Bank of North East from 1978 until 2001. He was the county attorney for Cecil County from 1990 -1994 and again from 2008-2012. Wilson served as the town attorney for the Town of Elkton from 1995 to 2014. He was also the current attorney for the Board of License Commissioners and the Cecil County Board of Elections. Wilson was a member of the Union Hospital Board of Directors from 1991-2000 and served as the chairman of the board from 1997-99. He was a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Elkton. Wilson was a member of the Susquehanna Law Club, Cecil County Bar Association, and a founding member of the Elks Club in Elkton. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity from 1961 to present. Wilson is survived by his wife, Debbie Wilson, of Elkton; daughter Cheri Wilson Klunk and her husband Gary, of Chesapeake City, Md.; sons Ted Lutman and companion Lisa, of Airville, Penn., and Jeff Lutman of Elkton; brother Howard E.N. Wilson and wife Patti, of Village of Golf, Fla.; sisters Lynne Wilson Rupert of Temecula, Calif., and Kathleen Wilson Determan and her husband Paul, of San Diego; grandchildren Teddy and Trey Lutman, and Ellie and Camden Klunk; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

James Howard Ogden Jr. M.Ed. ’63 of Huntingtown, Md., passed away on June 30, at Burnett Calvert Hospice House. He was 95. He was born in Prince Frederick, Md., on Nov. 20, 1923, to Mary and James H. Ogden Sr., the oldest of four children. After graduating from Calvert High School in 1942, Ogden attended St. John's College in Annapolis; his studies there were interrupted by his father's death and the entrance of the United States into World War II. Drafted into the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1943, he was transferred to the infantry in late 1944 and saw combat in Germany the last 60 days of the war as a rifleman in Company L, 346th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division. At the conclusion of his military service, Howard returned to college under the GI Bill, graduating from Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md., in 1949. He then began a lifelong career in education. Ogden worked as a teacher in Prince George's County, Md., and continued his career with the St. Mary's County Public Schools, ultimately serving as assistant superintendent and earning a master's degree from the University of Maryland. After retiring in 1983, Ogden enjoyed gardening, especially growing roses and strawberries, reading, and researching the experiences of his Company L comrades, particularly to honor those who did not return. He became a member of the 87th Infantry Division Association and attended many reunions. Ogden was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Prince Frederick, Md., and taught Sunday School for many years. Ogden was preceded in death by his siblings, Kenneth, Owen and Edith; his first wife, Betty Jane Lewis; and dear sisters and brothers-in-law. He is survived by wife Mary Virginia; son James H. Ogden III; daughter-in-law Lora and grandson James of Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.; daughter Elizabeth L. Ogden of Shady Side, Md.; and stepson Wylie Burgess and family of Laurel, Md. He is also survived by sister-in-law Gladys Ogden, of Prince Frederick, Md.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Philip J. Barker ’61 died July 17 at age 84. He was born to the late Levin and Pearl (Cantwell) Barker in Salisbury, Md., on Sept. 24, 1934. After graduating from Wicomico High School in 1952, Barker worked at the Dupont Nylon Factory in Seaford, Del., until he entered the United States Army in 1954. He served in Japan during the Korean War era in the Army Security Agency until 1957 as a Russian Linguist. After returning home in 1957, Barker enrolled in Salisbury State Teachers College and later transferred to the University of Maryland, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration. During that time, Barker also played semi-pro baseball in the Eastern Shore League of Maryland. After graduating from college, Barker joined the Chemicals Division of the J.M. Huber Corporation in Havre de Grace, Md., in product development and retired in 1991, after more than 30 years as a technology laboratory and facility manager. Barker also served as a Harford County councilman, Havre de Grace city councilman and as the mayor of Havre de Grace. As mayor, he started a prayer before each council meeting that is still observed today. He also put the Pledge of Allegiance back into the city council meetings and had the first flag of Havre de Grace designed and approved by the city council. He was also appointed by distinguished authority to serve as a Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commissioner, serving 11 years representing Harford County. Barker also had the honor of being selected as one of Harford County's Most Beautiful People in 1996. Years after retiring, he re-entered the workforce and worked as the community relations coordinator for Upper Chesapeake Health and later director of development for Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center in Havre de Grace. Barker served as a member of many organizations and boards, namely president of Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce; president of Harford Habitat for Humanity; president of Board of Church Trustees; vice-president of Recreation Committee; chairman of Harford Cable Network; president of Maritime Museum; Exalted Ruler, BPOE 1564 Elks Lodge; president of Havre de Grace Little League; secretary of Havre de Grace Football League; president of Havre de Grace City Council; president of Northeastern Technology Council; and member of the United Way Board, The Salvation Army Board, APG Economic Advisory Board, Coalition on Disabilities, and Citizens Care Center and Rehabilitation Center Board. Barker also served on the Havre de Grace Elementary School Advisory Committee and Memory Walk Planning Committee. Barker was honored to be elected to the Havre de Grace Little League Hall of Fame in 2004. He also was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Havre de Grace/Aberdeen Jaycees for his contributions to the youth of Harford County for his work with Havre de Grace Little League Baseball and Boys Football Program. Because of Barker’s many experiences, he was chosen by the Maryland National Guard to represent them in Estonia in Eastern Europe as their Ambassador of Good Will. He also flew across the country, representing the United States Air Force Reserve in another public relations venture. Although Barker stayed very busy serving his community, he loved to travel with his wife, “Charlie.” They visited his daughter, Lisa, while she was stationed in Germany and many other places around the country. They also visited his son, Kevin, while he was stationed in Hawaii. They spent many a summer vacationing with their network of friends. Their favorite place of all was Disney World. Barker is predeceased by his wife, Charlotte (Charlie) R. Barker, and brother, Levin Barker of Palm Bay, Fla. His children are Kevin Michael Barker and wife Hope, who currently live in Germany, and Lisa Ellen Zaloudek and her husband, Rusty, who live in Kremlin, Okla., and his step-daughter, Tia Edwards, who lives in Havre de Grace. His grandchildren are Kelsey and Christopher Staudenecker and Zac Zaloudek, who live in Oklahoma; Tyler and Lindsey Barker from Georgia; Taylor, Brooke and Matthew Edwards of Havre de Grace; and great-grandson Cade Staudenecker of Oklahoma. Barker also has many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nephews and cousins.

George L. Good Sr. ’61 died on July 9 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Lutherville resident was 79. A 1957 graduate of Towson High School, Good attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, and Washington University in St. Louis, and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1961 from the University of Maryland. He did graduate work at Maryland and Kent State University, and studied writing at Johns Hopkins University. As a Navy lieutenant, Good served as a supply officer aboard the USS Remey and USS Robert L. Wilson, both destroyers, and at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, Va., from 1962 until being discharged in 1965. Good then went to work for Timken Roller Bearing Co. in Canton, Ohio, but returned to the area in 1968 when he took a position at Maryland Cup Corp.’s Sweetheart Cup in Owings Mills, where he rose to national sales administrator and finally to director of the straw division. In 1983, he joined Roper Eastern Corp. as head of its ceiling grid division, which he eventually purchased and moved to Sparrows Point, renaming it Eastern Products Corp. Inc. He eventually sold the business and acquired Frank’s Pallet Service in 1988, and operated the Rosedale company with a son, George L. Good Jr., of Towson, until retiring in 2006. Good had two interests that came to define his life: music and sailing. Good joined the Choral Arts board in 1993 and remained there until 2016, when he stepped down. He also served as board president from 1995-99. Good was 14 when he purchased his first sailboat, and for decades cruised and raced the bay extensively. He shared his enthusiasm for sailing with his family and when his three children were growing up, weekends were spent sailing on Middle River and the Chesapeake Bay. Through the years, he owned Taylor Made, Andale, Stringer and Jack Iron boats and enjoyed participating in regattas throughout tidewater Maryland, including the Governor’s Cup and St. Michaels races, Leukemia Cup and many Oxford races. He was also a regular participant with his son, Aubrey, in the weekly Tuesday Night Races in the Inner Harbor with the Baltimore City Yacht Association, of which he was a member. Good also raced with the Glenmar Sailing Association, and was a member of the Baltimore Yacht Club and Eastport Yacht Club. Annually, Mr. Good and six friends affectionately known with him as the “Seven Dwarfs" would sail in Caribbean waters for a week. When he gave up sailboats several years ago, he purchased a 28-foot Legacy powerboat that he named Iron Genny after the auxiliary engine found in sailboats. Good and his wife of 57 years, the former Helen Marie “Susie” Guzzo, had lived for almost 50 years on Yorktown Drive in Towson before moving two years ago to The Meadows in Lutherville. The couple, who were known for their lavish Christmas decorations that won several neighborhood association awards and Christmas Eve parties, liked entertaining family and friends at parties throughout the year. Good enjoyed writing fiction, short stories and poetry, and family members said his correspondence, both business and personal, reflected both his dry wit and sarcasm. He was 16 when he began attending Towson Presbyterian Church, and over the years he had served as a deacon, elder and trustee. He had served as a member of the Pastor Search Committee and Organ Restoration Committee. Good was a daily reader of the Bible, family members said. In addition to his wife and two sons, Good is survived by a daughter, Alexandra K. Faust of Princeton, N.J., and six grandchildren.

Thomas A. Church ’60, a retired civil engineer and conservationist who enjoyed trout fishing and collecting vintage toys, died July 22 from congestive heart failure at Gilchrist Center Towson. The longtime Anneslie resident was 86. The son of John Herbert Church and his wife, Beatrice Church, Thomas was born in Green Bay, Wisc., where he spent his early years until moving with his family in 1947 to Forest Park. Church was a descendant of Benjamin Church, one of the founders of Milwaukee. While living in Green Bay, he developed his lifelong passion for woodworking, fishing and the Green Bay Packers. He enrolled at Polytechnic Institute, which provided for the foundation of his engineering career, and offered him the opportunity to play lacrosse. In the 11th grade, he transferred to Forest Park High School, where he continued playing lacrosse. After graduating in 1952 from Forest Park, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, and as he reached Korea the armistice was signed. He spent the next three years in the region until being discharged in 1955 with the rank of corporal. Church earned his civil engineering degree in 1960 from the University of Maryland, where he also played varsity lacrosse. A summer internship at the old J.E. Greiner Co., which specialized in bridge design, led to a full-time job. He worked there for 15 years, until 1971, when he joined Kidde Consultants. He headed its planning and development department, first in Rockville, and later in Towson. Projects he worked on during that time included the John F. Kennedy Highway and the Masonville Marine Terminal in Fairfield. In 1985, Church and Sam Shockley, a Kidde Consulting colleague, established Development Engineering Consultants on York Road in Anneslie. The firm specialized in designing and managing the development of more than 100 residential and commercial properties throughout the state. Church was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and sat on numerous state and national engineering councils. He was a conservationist, a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited, and participated in numerous stream restoration projects around Baltimore. He was also an inveterate wildfowl hunter as well as an accomplished woodworker who enjoyed working in his home shop. He collected antique decoys, vintage toys, Lionel Standard Gauge electric trains, gum cards and cap pistols. Church also liked to race classic motorboats, shoot skeet and tend to his rose bushes, jade plants and irises. He and his wife moved to their home on Dunkirk Road in Anneslie in 1966, where they established an annual Christmas Eve carol singalong and set up a Christmas garden that featured model trains from his collection. In addition to his wife and son, Church is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Weidner of Charlesbrooke and Joyce Webster of Cockeysville; a sister, Mercedes Hartman of Charleston, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Katherine (Kay) R. Schimke '59 passed away on April 17 in Seattle. Born in 1937, in Oakland, to Max G. and Margaret R. Ricketts, she was the eldest of two daughters. During her early childhood, the family moved around, following her father, who worked for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, making maps and charts. By the time she finished the second grade, she had already lived in 42 different states and attended nine different elementary schools. World War II put a stop to the constant moving and the family finally settled in Seattle. The family lived in Seattle until Schimke’s junior year of high school, when they moved to Maryland. There, she graduated and earned a degree in physical education from the University of Maryland. In Maryland, she spent her evenings and weekends going to the John Robert Powers Modeling School while beginning her public school teaching career, which led her to San Francisco. In San Francisco, she met Jerry Schimke. They married in 1964, a marriage that lasted 51 years until Jerry’s passing. Together, they moved to Massachusetts, where they both had found work. The arrival of two children, Margaret and Karl, brought Schimke’s full-time teaching career to an end, but allowed her the opportunity to excel at what she did best: connecting with people. While in Concord, Mass., Schimke spent much of her time raising her children, co-leading the Trinitarian Congregational Church Youth Group, delivering Meals on Wheels and acting in the Concord Players Community Theater. Her work with the youth group went far beyond the norm. She and her husband became surrogate parents for many of the young people in the group, remaining in close contact with many for decades. In 1981, a change in Jerry’s work meant another move, this time to Davis, Calif. Schimke rapidly joined the University Farm Circle Newcomers, a group that welcomes those new to the community. Through Farm Circle, she was often one of the first to greet those new to Davis, which led to many friendships lasting more than 30 years. These friendships were the starting point to numerous groups in which Schimke was active: book clubs, gourmet groups, and “Knitwits.” In Davis, Schimke gave back to her sorority, serving as the house manager of the Delta Gamma sorority house for many years. During her time in Davis, Schimke discovered another passion: colors. She became a color consultant for Beauty for all Seasons and proceeded to give fashion and make-up advice to hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Schimke loved spending hours talking with clients and showing them the difference color hues made in their appearance. In 2017, after Jerry had passed away, Schimke decided to return to Seattle to be closer to her daughter’s family. In her new home, The Hearthstone at Green Lake, she quickly found herself in a familiar role: greeting newcomers, connecting with people and being a compassionate friend. Above all else, Schimke was a beloved, engaged, compassionate and patient mother, grandmother and friend to those who survive her: daughter Margaret and her husband, Rick; son Karl and his wife, Katrin; grandchildren Maja, Olivia, Cece and William; sister Jean; and many dear friends.

Mathias J. DeVito ’54 died of kidney failure July 24 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Ruxton resident was 88. Born in Trenton, N.J., he was the son of Charles DeVito, a paperhanger, and his wife, Margaret. He was a 1948 graduate of Trenton Central High School and earned an English degree at the University of Maryland. He was a 1956 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. He led his class academically and was Maryland Law Review editor and a member of the Order of the Coif. He then served as a clerk to Judge Morris A. Soper of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. In 1957, he joined the law firm of Piper & Marbury in downtown Baltimore. He also served briefly as a Maryland assistant attorney general. He rejoined the law firm and was named a partner. While at the Piper firm, he was part of the legal team who, working for the Rouse Co., bought the Howard County farmland that would become the new city of Columbia. In 1970, Columbia founder James Rouse and his executive team named DeVito senior vice president and general counsel. DeVito became Rouse Company president in 1973. In 1985, DeVito led his firm’s purchase of Cigna’s stake in the unsold land in Columbia for $120 million. He then engineered the sale of the lands for $343 million and realized a $125 million profit. DeVito spent his summers in the Adirondacks, where he hiked trails several hours a day. He was an avid reader. DeVito was a former trustee of the Johns Hopkins University and the old Allied Irish Bank and US Airways. He endowed a scholarship at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He was also a member of the Greater Baltimore Committee and co-chair of the city’s effort to land a National Football League franchise. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Rosetta Kormuth, a former legal assistant; a son, Charles DeVito of Baltimore; a daughter, Ann Walker, also of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

William Warner ’52, age 91, died May 6, 2019, in Lincoln, from the cumulative effects of congestive heart failure. Born July 30, 1927, in Washington, D.C., Warner was the youngest son of Kenneth F. (Roca) and Clara Ayers (Pierre, S.D.) He served as a sergeant in the United States Army, in General MacArthur’s Honor Guard Company in Tokyo from 1946 to 1947. After graduating from the University of Maryland, he served in the United States Air Force until his Honorable Retirement in 1971 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He piloted more than 15 different types of propeller and jet aircraft and among his awards and decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star. After retirement, he was employed by the First National Bank in Lincoln, as an assistant vice president in the Municipal and Government Bonds Division. He was also a past president of the Lincoln Executive Club, a national official in United States Swimming and a member of the First Plymouth Church. Preceded in death by his parents and older brothers Richard and Phillip, he is survived by his beautiful and beloved wife Georgienne (Valparaiso); son John Warner (Pennsylvania); daughter Anne Warner (Lincoln); grandchildren Allison McMahon, Maryanne Warner and Samuel Warner, all of Corvallis, Ore.; Olivia Libel Warner (Pennsylvania); Emily Anne Almodovar and Anavictoria Almodovar (Lincoln); and great-grandchildren Theo Wise and Beau Wise of Corvallis, Ore.

Arnold “Arno” Fleischmann ’51 died June 19 in his sleep at his Lutherville home. The former Stevenson resident was 93. He was the son of Ludwig Fleischmann, a prominent businessman, and his wife, Nelly Fleischmann, a homemaker. He was born in 1926 to a Jewish family living in Bayreuth, Germany, who then fled Nazi Germany in 1940. The family settled on a Liberty Road farm in Harrisonville, near Randallstown. After graduating in 1944 from Polytechnic Institute, he volunteered for induction and was sent to Givet, France, where he joined the 80th Infantry Division, later fighting at the Battle of the Bulge. In 1945, he was assigned to Allied Supreme Headquarters at Versailles, as a translator during interrogations and deciphering encrypted cables. Fleischmann later supported the prosecution at the Nuremberg war crime trials, worked as deputy security officer for U.S. occupation forces in Berlin under U.S. Gen. Lucius D. Clay, and was one of the first U.S. soldiers to visit Hitler’s bunker beneath the Reich Chancellery. He was discharged in 1947 with the rank of colonel and his decorations included the Combat Infantry Badge. Fleischmann earned a bachelor’s degree in 1951 from the University of Maryland, College Park and his law degree, also from Maryland, in 1954. In 1955, he joined the firm of Smalkin, Hessian, Martin & Taylor, and later joined Nyburg, Goldman & Walter, the oldest Jewish law firm in Baltimore, where he became a partner. He specialized in zoning, antitrust work and corporate litigation, and later became a founder and partner of Fisher and Fleischmann, and practiced in Baltimore and Towson until retiring in 2005. Fleischmann enjoyed vacationing on Nantucket, Mass., where he liked to sail. He was also a world traveler who continued to visit Germany often, an avid reader, model railroad fan, photographer and chess player. His wife of 28 years, the former Laura Buxbaum, died in 1988. He is survived by son Alan Fleischmann (Dafna Tapiero); son Steven K. Fleischmann (Michelle Tuplin) of Chelsea, Mich.; daughter Nicole J. Fleischmann (Michael Grebow) of Pikesville; longtime companion Rosalie Rosenzwog of Pikesville; and five grandchildren.

Col. Edward M. Rider, USA, Ret. ’47, age 96, of Winchester, Va., passed away on July 24 at the Health Center at Westminster-Canterbury. Born in 1923 in Baltimore, Rider was a graduate and former member of the Board of Trustees of West Nottingham Academy. During World War II, he served as a rifle platoon leader with the 71st Division, Third United States Army, in France, Germany and Austria. Subsequently, as a member of the U. S. Army Reserve, he performed tours of active duty as an information officer, intelligence officer and mobilization designee to the Army General Staff. He retired in 1983 in the grade of colonel. His civilian career included service with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Agency for International Development. A former writer, editor and publicist, he is a life member of the National Press Club. Rider’s interests and activities have included photography, scuba diving, badminton, croquet, lawn bowling, shuffleboard, chess, reading and travel. He was a member of the Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury Residents’ Association History Committee, the Westbury World Work Group and the Westbury Choristers. Rider’s wife of 58 years, Jean Armstrong Rider, passed away in January 2015.


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