By Terp Staff
The Boston Celtics in May honored Rehan Staton ’18 (above) as a Hero Among Us, honoring his efforts to support service workers and support staff at Harvard Law School. Staton had worked his way through college at Bowie State and UMD as a sanitation worker and completed his law degree at Harvard in May. He launched a nonprofit called The Reciprocity Effect to combat the disconnect at the school between staff and students, raising more than $100,000, and plans to expand his work at universities across the country.
Four grads were named to Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 lists, a compilation of rising young figures in in 20 categories of business and industry: TJ Ademiluyi ’17, co-founder of Alaffia Health (health care); Tyler Denk ’16, cofounder of multifunctional newsletter platform Beehiiv (media); Sarah Lorentzen ’18, senior director of international A&R at RCA Records (music); and Daniel Luu ’16, founder of Akrew, a company that creates marketplaces where gamers can connect and trade in-game necessities (games).
Alexander Gilbert ’17 accepted a judicial clerkship in the New Jersey Superior Court. He plans to take the bar exam after graduating from the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
Thea Postolache ’17 earned her professional engineering license. Postolache joined Mueller Associates in 2018 and helped with higher education and cultural projects, such as the Radford University Artis Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity in Radford, Va., and the renovation of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Currently, she is leading the mechanical design of the renovation of Mitchell Hall at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va.
Portia Baker Hopkins Ph.D. ’16 became the university historian at Rice University. She was formerly postdoctoral research associate in data curation for African American studies at Rice.
Johnathan Flesher ’13 was included in the Baltimore Business Journal’s Faces to Watch 2023 list, which highlights local leaders, for his work as vice president for development at Beatty Development Group.
Michelle Smirnova Ph.D. ’13 wrote the book “The Prescription-to-Prison Pipeline: The Medicalization and Criminalization of Pain,” which focuses on the opioid drug epidemic. She is an associate professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Kevin Reilly ’12 was appointed director of the board of directors at ABG Acquisition Corp., where he focuses on private equity strategies in health care.
Andrew Griffin ’11, M.P.M. ’22 was promoted to senior vice president of government affairs at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He leads the chamber’s over 6,400 members on issues before the Maryland General Assembly.
Rose C. McClave ’11 was promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in New York City. As a member of the Real Estate Group, she represents a variety of major financial institutions, borrowers, private equity funds, real estate investment trusts , commercial landlords and tenants, and other investors and owners.
Rachel Koval ’10 joined the Peace Corps and will serve as an education volunteer in Costa Rica.
Asma Naeem Ph.D. ’10, a Pakistan-born, former New York prosecutor turned museum curator, was named director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, making her the first person of color to lead the institution in its 109-year history.
Angelo Collins ’09 was promoted to executive director of the Vertical Flight Society. He joined the international nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and technology in 2008.
Kiandra D. Steffy ’09 was named to the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board, an agency of the state’s Supreme Court. Steffy is senior counsel in Saxton & Stump’s Labor and Employment, Title IX, Investigations and Criminal Defense, Education and Commercial Litigation groups.
Nikki Engel ’08 was promoted to vice president of marketing at Northpass, a platform designed for digital customer education. Engel has been with Northpass for four years and previously served as the director of marketing.
John Fatseas ’07 joined Thornton Tomasetti’s Denver office as vice president of Façade access. He has extensive experience in design, analysis, implementation, certification and maintenance strategies.
Ben Margolis ’07 an engineer who later founded several climate technology companies, was named a Breakthrough Energy Fellow. It is a program of Breakthrough Energy, a network founded by Bill Gates that aims to accelerate innovation in sustainable energy and in other technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Eric Thompson ’07 wrote “Ulysses Translated for the Armchair Reader,” a version of James Joyce's classic in which he translated dialogue in more than 10 languages into English, making it more approachable to the average reader.
Maryland Del. Alonzo Washington ’07 was selected by the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee to fill a vacant seat in the Maryland Senate. He served in the House of Delegates for 10 years, representing a district that includes Riverdale, Greenbelt and Hyattsville.
Adam Haughton ’06 was named chief investment officer of Bridge Renewable Energy. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Nicholas C. Stewart ’06 became a partner at Duane Morris LLP, where he represents a wide range of private funds. Most recently, he was a partner at Saul Ewing LLP. Stewart is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School.
Bryan Shuy ’05 was appointed senior vice president of the Conafay Group. He has over a decade of experience in the legislative and executive branches of government. He most recently served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Maryland).
Amber D. Jackson ’11 accepted the Senior Employee of the Year award from the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency. She is an expert in Insider Threat training and earned the award with over two years of government service.
Rich Root ’04 was named principal of Morris & Ritchie Associates. He was a leader of architectural projects at its City Studio in Baltimore and has 24 years of design and management experience. He is a registered architect in Washington D.C. and 15 states.
Leah Valenti ’04 was appointed Charlotte County supervisor of elections by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. She is a board member of the YMCA of Southwest Florida and Naples Chamber of Commerce.
Stephen Cobb ’03, an attorney with the Washington, D.C. firm Cozen O’Connor, received a Fulbright Specialist Program award. He will complete a project at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova involving educational and training activities within the field of law.
Leanne Loveday-Smith ’03, M.S. ’08 was named chief people officer at Earnest, a lender focused on making higher education affordable and accessible.
President Joe Biden nominated Julie Turner M.P.M. ’03 as special envoy on North Korean human rights issues. She most recently served as director of the Office of East Asia and the Pacific in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.Turner earned a B.A. at Pepperdine University.
Allison Edmondson MBA ’01 was hired by the Investment & Wealth Institute as director of communications. She most recently was director in corporate communications at BNY Mellon and has held a variety of marketing and communications positions at firms such as Pershing LLC, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and US Airways.
Cindy Clark ’00 was hired as the director of development at Haven Ministries, a coalition of churches working together to support those in need in Queen Anne’s County, Md. She has 23 years of experience in the commercial insurance industry, recently with CNR Insurance in Annapolis, Md.
Cindy Garman ’00 was promoted to principal at SK&A Structural Engineers. She joined the company in 2004 and earned a Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Cheryl Moore-Thomas Ph.D. ’00 was named Loyola University Maryland’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. She had served in this role on an interim basis since July 2021. Previously, she was associate dean of the School of Education, associate vice president for faculty affairs and diversity and the inaugural chief equity and inclusion officer, among other positions. Moore-Thomas began her career as a teacher and school counselor in the Montgomery County Public Schools and wrote the 2019 book “College and Career Readiness: A Guide for School Counselors K-12.”
Blank Rome LLP welcomed attorney Eris S. Parnes ’99 to the firm’s International Trade practice group in Washington, D.C. Parnes is an accomplished litigator who focuses on advocating for and advising clients in international trade disputes and other high-stakes government-facing matters, including internal and government investigations and False Claims Act litigation. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.
Natalia Sokolova ’98 was appointed chief operating officer by Cytta Corp. She spent the past decade leading investor relations for publicly traded U.S. and Canadian firms globally.
Bryan Walpert MFA ’98 published his eighth and ninth books: “Late Sonata” (Brio Books, Sydney) won the Australian Viva La Novella Prize. The novel “Entanglement” (Mākaro Press, Wellington) was a finalist for New Zealand’s national book award. He is a professor in creative writing at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. More about him is available at bryanwalpert.com.
Roslyn Johnson ’95 was nominated to become director of the Annapolis Department of Recreation and Parks by Mayor Gavin Buckley. She has been a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association since 2004.
Joel L. Perrell Jr. ’95, ’95 joined the Baltimore office of Womble Bond Dickinson as a partner in the capital markets group. Perrell acts as general counsel to the National Premium Finance Association and has advised other trade organizations in the U.S. and abroad. He joins the firm from Miles & Stockbridge. He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law.
William F. Tate IV Ph.D. ’95 was named by Forbes magazine as one of 10 Black higher ed CEOs to watch in 2023. He became the first Black president of Louisiana State University in 2021. He previously served as president of the American Educational Research Association and in leadership roles at Washington University in St. Louis and at the University of South Carolina.
Nicole Zussman MBA ’94 was named president and chief executive officer of the Appalachian Mountain Club, the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. She was most recently chief people officer for Rute Gilt Groupe.
Comedian and author Sarah Cooper ’93 made her off-Broadway debut in February in Anna Ziegler's “The Wanderers.”
Joe Cumello ’93 was appointed senior vice president and general manager of Blue Planet, a division of Ciena. He rejoined the company in 2015 after its acquisition of Cyan, where he was the chief marketing officer and member of the management team.
Leigh Burnside ’92 was named chief financial officer of Little Caesars, based in its Detroit headquarters. She most recently served as senior vice president, chief accounting officer and chief financial officer U.S. at the Wendy's Company.
Dian Seidel Ph.D. ’92 wrote a memoir, “Kindergarten at 60” which will be published on June 20. A longtime climate scientist, she chronicles her adventure traveling to Thailand with her husband where she navigates a new career and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Susan Ferensic ’91 was named assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI headquarters. She most recently served as special agent in charge of the Columbia Field Office in South Carolina. Ferensic joined the FBI in 1997.
Latanya (Mapp) Frett ’91 wrote the book “The Everyday Feminist: The Key to Sustainable Social Impact – Driving Movements We Need Now More Than Ever.” The Global Fund for Women president and CEO shows how grassroots feminists are changing the world—and what others can do to support them. Philanthropy Digest wrote in its review, “There is an undercurrent of grit and determination in all of the stories told that can be despairing, uplifting, and inspirational. Frett serves as both storyteller and conduit.”
David Krell ’89 wrote the new nonfiction book “Do You Believe in Magic? Baseball and America in the Groundbreaking Year of 1966.” The MSNBC producer is also the author of “Baseball and America in the Time of JFK” and “Our Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers in History, Memory and Popular Culture.” For more than 10 years, his “Krell’s Korner” has covered cases and historical events for the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Journal.
Tara K. Gorman ’88, MBA ’97 joined the real estate practice of Womble Bond Dickinson as a partner in the D.C. office. Gorman earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Gorman focuses her practice on hospitality law and has 20 years of experience advising clients domestically and internationally on a broad spectrum of matters, including hotel acquisitions, financings, operations, and development.
Margaret Anderson ’86 was appointed by President Joe Biden to the National Cancer Advisory Board. She advises federal health and nonprofits as a managing director at Deloitte and serves on several nonprofit boards including Act for NIH, the Allen Institute, FasterCures and Friends of Cancer Research.
Forbes named Haley Kaufman ’86 a Top Woman Wealth Advisor, Best in State 2023 for Washington, D.C. A member of the Maryland Smith Board of Advisors, Kaufman is a managing director at Merrill Lynch Wealth Advisors, where she helps individuals and families develop financial solutions for major life transitions.
Cheri Bustos ’83, a former U.S. congresswoman, was appointed to the board of directors at REX American Resources Corp., a major producer and seller of ethanol. She is a former five-term congresswoman from Illinois.
David Rosato ’83, MBA ’85 joined Berkshire Hills Bancorp as senior executive vice president and chief financial officer. He served most recently as chief financial officer of People's United Financial, and prior to that as treasurer at Webster Financial Corp.
Bruce Houdesheldt ’81 became mayor of Roseville, Calif., after serving as vice mayor since 2020. He is the director of water quality for the Northern California Water Association.
Lorrie Norrington ’81 was appointed lead independent director on the board of directors of Colgate-Palmolive. She is an operating partner of Lead Edge Capital and previously held senior roles at Intuit and General Electric.
Susan Lee ’76, an attorney and former state senator, was sworn in as Maryland’s first Asian American secretary of state.
Franklin Black ʼ75 published his debut novel, “The Milk War Murder.” In it, a farmer and labor organizer joins a sharpshooter and war widow to investigate the murder of the son of a United States senator in 1929. Black is also a software engineer and lives in New Hampshire.
Jessica Amanda Tomlinson ’09, ’09 of Annapolis, Md., died on May 3, 2023 at age 40. She graduated from UMD with degrees in business and psychology. She devoted her life to helping others. She is survived by her parents, Jack and Martha Tomlinson; two brothers, Corey and James Tomlinson and a sister, Johanna Tomlinson.
Samantha “Sam” Lee Jennings-Jones ’08 of Alexandria, Va., died unexpectedly on March 30, 2023. She was 36. Born in South Korea, she was adopted on Aug. 23, 1986, celebrated by her adoptive family each year after that as "Gotcha Day." After graduation, she began her career at Target and then became a Booz-Hamilton senior consultant supporting the Air Force Review Boards Agency. She next became a federal civilian employee in the U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command, where she was selected for a special appointment to the White House Office of the National Cyber Director. She most recently worked as a lead member of the team working on the implementation of the Biden administration's national cybersecurity strategy. She is survived by her husband of nine years, John Libbesmeier; their cats Fannie and Santiago; parents Kirby Jones and Linda Jennings; a brother, Kirby M. Jones; and other family members.
Karen Anne Kobolka Farber MBA ’05, of Earlysville, Va., died on April 12, 2023 at age 73. Farber was born in New Kensington, Pa., and graduated from Springdale (Pa.) High School, the University of Pittsburgh (magna cum laude) with a degree in sociology, St. Francis University with an M.A. in labor relations, UMD with an MBA and the University of Virginia with a doctorate in sociology. Her career included executive-level appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and California Polytechnic University Pomona. She was appointed assistant vice chancellor of the California State University System and then associate vice chancellor of the University System of Maryland. Karen retired from the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service as director of the University Internship Program. She held a joint appointment as associate professor in the sociology and psychology departments. Farbbe was recognized by many national academic associations for her contributions to the academy. She was also an entrepreneur who owned a deli, ice cream parlor, women's gym, a race horse and a record company, and personally renovated houses and apartments to rent. She was a loving wife and proud mother. Farber leaves behind her husband and partner Stephen Miller; a son, Andrew; three sisters, Janet Sosovicka, Andi Donnelly and Beth Karpinksi; cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnephews and grandniece.
Katherine "Kathy" Virginia Hilbers ’02 died on April 17, 2023, after a battle against multiple myeloma. She was 63. Born in Atlanta, she married twice and had four children, taught dance, became a successful competitive bridge player and a costumed regular at sci-fi conventions nationwide–all before enrolling at UMD and marrying her third and final husband, Bryan Coleman, a longtime friend and bridge partner. She earned a B.S. in mathematics, and after graduation, worked as an actuary for Geico, a commodities manager for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and finally as a senior business analyst for PECO Energy Co. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband; children Eric Foskett, Alexander Kruskal, Rebecca Kruskal, and Justin Kruskal; siblings Charlotte, Jennifer, Charles, Evan, Bill and Larry; a niece and two nephews.
Alicia C. Shepard M.A. ’02, a writer and media observer best known for her book on the Watergate investigation, died on April 1, 2023, at her home in Arlington, Va., of lung cancer, according to The Washington Post. She was 69. She grew up in Montclair, N.J., and received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from George Washington University in 1978. She worked as a reporter in the Washington bureau of Scripps League Newspapers then at the San Jose Mercury News. In 1987, she and then-husband Robert Hodierne sold their belongings, bought a 32-foot cutter rig sailboat and spent the next three years sailing the South Pacific while teaching in Japan and continuing to write. She later established herself as a respected voice on media ethics, writing extensively for the American Journalism Review before her tenure as NPR ombudsman from 2007 to 2011. She freelanced over the years for publications including The Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today and Washingtonian magazine. Shepard earned a master’s in journalism from UMD and was among the first researchers to examine the papers that Woodward and Bernstein sold in 2003 to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin for $5 million. She conducted months of research at the archive in the course of writing her 2007 book “Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate.” With Cathy Trost, Shepard was the author of “Running Toward Danger: Stories Behind the Breaking News of 9/11” (2002). Shepard’s first marriage ended in divorce. In 2014, she moved with her future husband, David Marsden, to Afghanistan, where he was working for the U.S. Agency for International Development. She worked as managing editor for Impassion Afghanistan, a digital media agency, and as a press liaison for USAID. She taught over the years at institutions including Georgetown University, American University, Duke University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and the University of Arkansas. Survivors include her husband, whom she married in 2021; her son, Cutter; two stepsons, Bill and Ted Marsden; a brother; a half sister; and a grandson.
Col. Edmund "Beau" Mason Riely MBA ’00 died on May 3, 2023, after a long battle with brain cancer. He attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY, where he was captain of the football and lacrosse teams and met his future wife, Renie. He began his military career at the 82nd Airborne Division after receiving his commission through the ROTC program at Georgetown University, where he was also captain of the football team. He graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School, serving as a distinguished officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, earned his M.B.A. at the University of Maryland, earned a Bronze Star in Afghanistan, served as a battalion commander at the Warrior Training Center at Ft. Benning, Ga., attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., and ultimately finished his career as a faculty member at the National War College at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. He loved coaching his children’s sports teams, helping them with Scouts and teaching Sunday school. Riley is survived by his wife, Lorena "Renie" Riely; and their children, Connor, Jack, Luke, and Meg. He is also survived by his parents, Edmund and Patricia Riely; his brother, Jim Riely; and his sister, Dorothy Riely. He was preceded in death by his son, Christian Riely.
Douglas M. Sherry Ph.D. ’95, of Williamsport, Pa., died on Dec. 29, 2022. He was 57. Born in New York City, he graduated from high school in Ithaca, N.Y., served in the army and completed his undergraduate degree at SUNY Albany before earning his doctorate in American studies at UMD. He worked as a professor in the social sciences department at both the Pennsylvania College of Technology and Empire State Online, a part of SUNY. He was an avid musician and talented guitar player and bassist who was a regular at Bullfrog Brewery and enjoyed the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band. In addition to his wife, Sherry is survived by his daughter, Maggie R. Dickinson-Sherry; brother, John Sherry II; and sister, Suzanne Sherry Lee.
Benjamin B. Newsom Jr. MBA ’92 died suddenly on April 13, 2023 at age 64. Born in Belleville, Ill., Newsom graduated from Madison County High School then from Washington and Lee University with a math/applied sciences degree. He went on to receive an MBA in applied sciences from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from UMD. He spent his career in the computer software industry, most recently as a contractor for the Department of Defense. Newsom is survived by his wife, Linda; his children, Stuart and Spencer; his mother, Edith Newsom; his sister, Diane; nieces and nephews; and great nephews and a great niece.
Joseph Kapust ’89, of Rockville, Md., died on April 29, 2023. He was 56 years old. He spent much of his professional career with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He was a craftsman, avid outdoorsman and fan of cinema and the Terps. He is survived by children, Samuel Patrick and Adrianna Patricial; sisters Lisa Rivers and Mary Crim; and brothers Michael Kapust and Peter Kapust. He was predeceased by a brother, Allen, and his parents.
Donald Robert Benton Ph.D. ’85 died at his home in Lower Merion, Pa., on May 5, 2023 at the age of 63. He grew up in Escondido, Calif., and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. While pursuing his doctorate in physics at UMD, he met his wife, Mirjam Cvetic. Benton completed his postdoctoral research in experimental nuclear physics at the Stanford Linear Accelerator and Princeton University, before settling in as a research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, where Mirjam became a professor of physics. Benton later worked at the Mitre Corp. as a research scientist, until his passing. Funny and quick-witted. Benton was an avid reader and, along with his wife, a classical music and opera lover. Hr was a world traveler, and with his recent trip to Antarctica had visited every continent, just before his sudden illness. He is survived by his wife and three children, Adrian, Peter and Anna; a grandson, Alexander; his mother, Cobi; and two brothers, Robert and David.
Norine M. Walker ’81, ’83, of Franconia, Va., died on Jan. 24, 2023. She was 63 years old. Born at Fort Belvoir, Va., Walker spent her early years in California before her parents settled in Laurel, Md. She earned dual degrees in civil engineering and urban studies at UMD, and began her career at Rummel, Klepper and Kahl in Baltimore. At Greiner (now AECOM), she continued to lead National Environmental Policy Act planning studies, including for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project. She went solo mid-career, then went on to work for Sabra Wang & Associates, Virginia Railway Express and most recently SYSTRA’s metropolitan Washington-area office., where she was vice president Walker was a mentor to young female engineers and served on the board of directors for the National Capital Section of the American Society for Civil Engineers receiving its “Lifetime Excellence in Service Award.” She was a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, one of The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2000, and the author of an award-winning book, “Emerging the Nation’s Capital.” Walker is survived by two brothers, several cousins and many friends.
Kathleen Frank Brannigan ’79, of Haymarket, Va., died on April 13, 2023, at age 66 after a 13-year battle with cancer. She grew up in Bowie, Md., and graduated from Elizabeth Seton High School in 1975. She spent a semester studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France and graduated from UMD with a degree in French. She used her foreign language skills in service for the federal government, later learning Russian, and working as an analyst in the intelligence community for 35 years. She retired from federal service in 2014 and enjoyed painting, reading, traveling and socializing with family and friends. She was an animated storyteller and a consummate, welcoming hostess. Brannigan is survived by Kenneth Carkin, with whom she had a 21-year relationship including a final 13 years in marriage; her daughter, Julia Frances Brannigan; her son, Justin Frederick Brannigan; and two grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Richard Frank, Anne Williams, Ellen Gede, Susan Godfrey, Peter Frank and Mary Kimble; and many nieces and nephews. Brannigan also leaves behind her two favorite Labrador retrievers, Snowy and Chilly.
Karl Freburger M.S. ’79 died in his sleep on May 10, 2023. He was 66 and had been battling a frontotemporal dementia diagnosis for several years. Freburger was born in Oceanside, Calif., and attended high school in Ormond-by-the-Sea, Flal. He graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in mathematics and physics and from UMD with an M.S. in computer science. He had an accomplished career as a software developer, working for several technology companies before retiring in 2018. He was a voracious reader who earned the affectionate nickname “Mr. Know It All,” enjoyed birds and nature (particularly hiking and biking); clever puns; and supporting his children’s extracurricular activities. Frebruger is survived by his wife, Janet; two children, Kurt and Elise; two sisters, Lisa Freburger and Karen Rosner; and two nieces.
Richard Levick ’79, a prominent Washington crisis communication consultant, died April 11 at a hospice center in Bethesda, Md., at age 65. The cause was cancer. He graduated in 1975 from Walt Whitman High School, majored in urban studies at UMD, earned a master’s degree in environmental advocacy from the University of Michigan, and received his law degree from American University in 1987. He began working in public relations, opening his own firm in 1995. Levick Strategic Communications represented oil companies following catastrophic spills, the insurance company AIG during its collapse in 2008, foreign governments including those of Dubai and Qatar, and the Catholic Church during the clergy abuse scandal. He co-authored four books, was a regular commentator on television and in print, and gave speeches around the world. He was also director of the American University School of Public Affairs Leadership Program and taught at Fordham Law School. Levick hosted “In House Warrior,” the daily podcast for the Corporate Counsel Business Journal and sat on several boards, including of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at UMD. Levick’s marriage to Debbie MacDougall ended in divorce; the litigation was not final at the time of his death.
Bruce Hultslander ’76 of Jefferson, Md., died at his home on April 4, 2023. He was 71. He was a native of Rome, N.Y., and after receiving his accounting degree from UMD and an MBA from Frostburg State University, spent his career as a comptroller and accountant in the hotel industry in addition to other private companies. In retirement, he spent time with his grandchildren and continued doing taxes for Jackson Hewitt. In addition to his wife of 41 years, Jo, Bruce is survived by his son, Brent; his daughter, Kimberlee; five grandchildren; two sisters, Ann and Brenda; and one brother, Brian.
Thomas James Baron ’75 died on Jan. 22, 2023, at age 71 at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation in Olney, Md. Known as “Bear,” Baron graduated from Walter Johnson HS in Bethesda, Md., where he lettered in baseball, basketball and football and continued his athleticism at University of Maryland playing baseball and earning his electrical engineering degree. He then began his career as an electrical engineer, working with and at NASA, Ford and various contractors for the Department of Defense. His career took him to Hawaii and California before coming back to Maryland. His love of baseball propelled him to give back through the annual Bear Classic, a Labor Day showcase tournament for high school players to show their skills to local colleges through the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was honored to be inducted into the Greater Washington Fast Pitch Hall of Fame, Class of 2000. He always called his wife, who he met at Cumberland Hall in 1972, his “beautiful bride,” and loved to Facetime with his family. He is survived by his wife, Karan F. Baron; a daughter, Dr. Patty Ann Ford; a son, Kenneth Casey Baron; four grandchildren; two sisters, Lynn Ann Foster and Caroline Avery; and nine nieces and nephews.
Pearl Elizabeth "Betsy" (Podlich) McNamara M.L.S. ’75 of Timonium, Md., died on Feb. 14, 2023 of congestive heart failure. She was 91. Born in Baltimore, she graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts with a chemistry degree and worked for DuPont in Louisville, Ky., before returning to her hometown to marry and raise three children. McNamara later enrolled at UMD and earned her master’s of library science, going on to establish the first middle school library at Friends School in Baltimore. After retiring, she volunteered at the McKim Center in Baltimore, one of the U.S.’s oldest community centers, to which she remained devoted until the end of her life. She was preceded in death by Thomas McNamara, her husband of 65 years. She is survived by her children, Sandra McNamara Haswell, Thomas McNamara Jr. and Robert McNamara; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and 18 nieces and nephews.
Craig J. Korvin ’74 died at his Crownsville, Md., home on May 2, 2023, after an eight-year battle with cancer. He was 70. Korvin graduated from Arundel High School in Gambrills, Md., and studied business administration at UMD. He explored a few career paths before joining the Anne Arundel County Police Department in 1977, starting a 30-year career in law enforcement. Craig was also a part-time real estate appraiser for several years. Korvin coached numerous youth lacrosse and basketball teams and enjoyed playing in basketball tournaments with his college roommates. Additionally, he was a self-taught craftsman who built a vacation cabin for his family in Driftwood, Penn. Korvin also enjoyed traveling with family, golfing with his buddies, and watching sporting events, especially Terps basketball and lacrosse and his sons at their collegiate lacrosse games. Craig is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sheila; children Jennifer Hanburger, Jonathan Fugitt and Michael "Brooks" Korvin; two grandsons; and siblings Eric Korvin, Janice Korvin, Diane Osterman and William Korvin.
Thomas Russell Watt Sr. ’74 of Punta Gorda, and more recently Largo, Fla., died on April 28, 2023, following a long illness. He was 88. Born in Washington, D.C., Watt served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1957 and graduated from UMD. He worked as an electrical engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense. Watt and his wife, Caroline, raised their family in Silver Spring and Clarksville, Md., where he was active in Calverton Community Association athletics, Boy Scout Troop 1322, the Paint Branch High School band boosters and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Watt enjoyed golfing, boating, traveling, breakfast with the Romeos, Terps basketball, Redskins football, Orioles and Rays baseball, and laughing with friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Caroline; three sons, Tom Jr., Kevin and Don Watt; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Mark Watt, and a sister, Gail Shaffer. He was preceded in death by his sister, Juanita Berghane.
Robert Ardinger ’73, an accomplished wheelchair basketball player who fought for disability rights, died of complications from pneumonia on April 10, 2023. He was 74. Born and raised in Catonsville, Md., Ardinger contracted polio at age 2 and began his disability activism in high school, according to The Baltimore Sun, chaining himself to the building’s front door to protest its lack of accessibility, a tactic he used years later outside a Colts game at Memorial Stadium for the same reasons. He earned a history degree from UMD and education degrees from Morgan State University and the Johns Hopkins University. He was founder and president of Ardinger Consulting & Associates, which reviewed programs, policies and building plans for accessibility compliance. As a lobbyist in Washington, Ardinger co-wrote regulations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and fair housing legislation. As a program manager for HUD, he oversaw a nationwide program to implement the accommodation requirements of Section 504 in all assisted housing programs. A lifelong Edgar Allan Poe fan, he coined his wheelchair basketball team the Baltimore Ravens (now called the Maryland Ravens) in the 1970s. Ardinger is survived by his wife, Cheryl Kent; a brother, Doug; and three nieces.
Juline Larsen M.L.S. ’72, ’83 of Silver Spring, Md., died on May 2, 2023, at the age of 87. Larsen attended the American University in Beirut and obtained a B.A. in Russian literature at George Washington University, followed by a master’s in library science and, later, a B.A. in interior design at UMD. Her subsequent business was named Pemberly Interiors, because she loved the novels of Jane Austen, and reread all of her published novels every year, in a fixed seasonal sequence. She was known for a love of literature, art and music. Larsen is survived by her husband of 46 years, John Hornstein; and other family and friends.
George C. Safford Jr. ’73 of Gambrills, Md., died on May 2, 2023. He was 77 years old. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., to George C. and Florence Safford, Safford served in the U.S. Army as a heavy equipment mechanic stationed in Alaska before studying business and management at UMD. Safford had a long career in construction sales. Known for his kindness, keen sense of humor, and storytelling, Safford enjoyed sports cars and history. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Ruth “Ruthie,” and one niece and nephew. He was predeceased by his sister, Barbara “Lynn” Huff.
Helene Hatsuno Horimoto Zeug M.S. ’72, of Honolulu, died on April 21, 2023, at the age of 82. Born in Wailuku, Maui, Zeug received a B.S. degree in home economics from the University of Hawaii, a master’s degree in family life and human development from UMD and a Ph.D. in human development from the University of Hawaii and Newport University in California. A devoted participant and volunteer with 4-H for 70 years, she was elected Campus Collegiate 4-H Club president while a student at the University of Hawaii and later was a Hawaii delegate to the National 4-H Club Congress. In 1963, she began her professional career as a 4-H specialist on Oahu, becoming the state’s program leader in 1985. She also authored or co-authored numerous 4-H program materials, served as coordinator of the Hawaii 4-H LABO exchange with Japan, started one of the first urban 4-H programs in the country, and established 4-H programs for disadvantaged youth. She was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 2020 after her retirement, only the second person in Hawaii to earn the recognition. She also earned a Grace Frysinger Fellowship and Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension Home Economists, and a similar recognition from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. She is survived by her husband, Mark Zeug; a daughter, Marlene Zeug; a son, Curtis Zeug; and three siblings, Harold Shigeo Horimoto, Lori Ann Nobuko Miguel and Chester Horimoto. She was preceded in death by her brother, Calvin Horimoto.
Dr. Carol N. Ruckman ’72 died on March 15, 2023, at her home in League City, Texas, after a short illness with aggressive cancer. She was 72. After graduating from UMD, she completed her medical degrees at Baylor University. She had a successful medical career as a pediatrician and emergency medicine physician in Hurricane, W.Va. She was active in quilting and gardening clubs in the Bluefield, W.Va., area. She is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Vaughn and Rebecca Heryford; five grandchildren; her ex-husband, Dr. Richard Ruckman; her brother, Paul Nyberg, and her niece, Kori Nyberg.
John W. Shanley M.A. ’72, who worked to preserve affordable housing, died at the University of Virginia Hospital on Jan. 30, 2023. He was 77 years old. Raised in Washington, D.C., he graduated from Gonzaga High School and Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. He earned a master's degree in sociology from UMD, a master’s in urban planning from Catholic University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore. He was a manager in the Maryland Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1976 to 1999, then moved to the Department of Housing and Urban Development until his retirement in 2015. His work in the affordable housing market followed him to Arlington, Va., where he was active in the Arlington Housing Corp. Shanley served as president and board member of the Skyline Community Action Partnership, whose goal is to combat poverty. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of Greene Hills Club. He was also a devoted father, coaching many of his daughter’s youth sports teams. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Susan Korfanty, and his daughter, Sara.
Michael John Wigglesworth M.A. ’72, Ph.D. ’77 of SIlver Spring, Md., died on April 16, 2023. He was 79. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Bethesda and Chevy Chase, Md., he attended Gonzaga College High School and Catholic University before joining the U.S. Air Force and serving in Vietnam. Following his discharge, he enrolled at UMD to study clinical psychology, and after earning his doctorate, began a long career with the National Security Agency. He is survived by his sisters, Ann Barbieri, Patsy Fissell, Elaine Dorsey and Judy Sgroi; brothers Paul, Pierre and John; 19 nieces and nephews; and 25 great-nieces and nephews.
Stephen Paul Bartels ’71, of Webster, N.Y., died on May 4, 2023, at age 75. He grew up in Bethesda, Md., and became an ophthalmologist at the Eye Research Institute of Boston after marrying his wife, Judith Anne Bartels, in 1978. His lifelong dream was to find a cure for glaucoma, and he pursued his research in New York until his retirement in 2012. Bartels is predeceased by his parents, William C. Bartels and Mary T. Bartels; and a brother David G. Bartels. He is survived by his wife, Judith A. Bartels; a daughter, Ashley M. Bartels, a son; Robert J. Bartels; and siblings Mark, Paul, Julia, Brian and Justin Bartels.
Daniel Joseph DiBenedetto ’71 died on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023, at his Asbury Park, N.J., home. He grew up in Orange, N.J. and summered in Spring Lake, N.J. for over 50 years. He graduated from Orange High School, UMD and the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he was editor of the law school newspaper. He joined and was soon named partner at the law firm Toner, Kuttner & Toner, which evolved to Toner & DiBenedetto. He was appointed assistant city attorney for Orange in 1976 and became the nation’s youngest city attorney two years later, at the age of 28. In 1984, Dan was appointed business administrator for the city of Orange, and in 1986 was named a municipal court judge there. In 1980, DiBenedetto moved to Manhattan in 1980, where he had a penchant for theater and opera, and was president of his co-op board for more than 30 years. In 1999, he bought a home in Asbury Park, splitting his time between two locales. He became a member and subsequently director of the Urban Enterprise Zone Board and chairman of the Planning Board in Asbury Park. He also joined the Greater Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce and was its president for 10 years. DiBenedetto received the chamber’s Lifetime Honoree Award in 2017. He was also a municipal court judge of Asbury Park from 2011 until his 2021 retirement. In addition, he was a member of the West Essex chapter of the Sons of Italy, where he was president for 20 years, and in 1985 was named its Man of the Year. He loved to travel and socialize and was passionate about defending animal rights, which led him to rescue a pit bull named Sadie. DiBenedetto is survived by his sister, Marguerite Brennan; brother, Joseph DiBenedetto; nieces and nephews, along with seven great-nieces and nephews. DiBenedetto is predeceased by his brother-in-law, Peter Brennan, and a nephew, Jeffrey Brennan.
Lucienne Marie Beach ’70 of Severna Park, Md., died on May 3, 2023, two days after turning 75. She earned a degree in French language and culture at Maryland and worked for eight years as a bilingual secretary for Monsanto Chemical in Brussels, Belgium. She traveled through Europe extensively. On returning to the USA, Beach worked for a savings and loan office in Santa Barbara, California, for several years. Meanwhile she took up flying planes and achieved a pilot's license for four-engine airplanes. Later she gave up a lucrative job in California to care for her elderly and bedridden mother in Plano for over five years until her mother's death. Beach is survived by her brother, Lawrence Beach.
Edward C. Whitman Ph.D. ’70, of Potomac, Md., died on May 10, 2023, at age 82. Born June 12, 1940, in Newark, N.J., and a proud product of public high school, Whitman attended MIT on an Alfred P. Sloan National Scholarship. Participating in a co-op program throughout college with the Naval Ordnance Laboratory (NOL) in White Oak, Md., he left MIT with S.B., S.M. and E.E. degrees and remained a devoted U.S. Navy civilian employee for 40 years. After a decade of development engineering at NOL—while also earning a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland—Whitman moved into Navy management and a long series of senior-executive positions. He served as the Science Advisor to the Admiral of the 6th Fleet in Naples, Italy. Later he worked at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for C4I and Space Programs, and as technical director to the oceanographer of the Navy. Whitman followed his retirement from the Navy in 1998 by joining the Center for Security Strategies and Operations as a naval science advisor. For five years, he also served as senior editor—and frequent contributor—to Undersea Warfare magazine. He later co-authored the comprehensive history of anti-submarine warfare, “Hunters and Killers, Volumes I & II.” In his spare time, he studied Italian and joined the American Balalaika Symphony, a Russian folk-instrument orchestra, after teaching himself to play the domra-bass. His well-read book and music library was becoming one of the great collections of the world, and his love of history was shared for decades in a quotation of the day distributed to hundreds of recipients. He loved to travel, attend theater, cook and entertain guests. His proudest role was that of father and grandfather. Whitman was predeceased by his wife, Katherine, in 1988; and his brother Robert Whitman. He is survived by twin sons, Robert and Michael; a daughter, Leslie Ann Dahring; his partner, Debby Witt; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
David Madison Healey ’69, died at his Hagerstown, Md., home on April 25, 2023, at age 80. Healy graduated from North Hagerstown High School and attended Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio., for two years before transferring to UMD, where he graduated magna cum laude with an English degree. He worked for the state of Maryland and retired in 2001 after 32 years. He was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing and golfing with friends and family. A true Marylander, he loved seafood, often eating crabs every Friday with his son. He was a loving father who was always present and involved. He loved animals and had many throughout this lifetime, his favorite being his chocolate lab, Casey, as well as his cat, Katie, who was with him until the end. He is predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Nancy Gail Lindsay Healey; children David Scott Healey and Laura Healey Hartley; two brothers, James Albertus Healey and Allan Tombaugh Healey; a sister, Ann Kline; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Carol Lynn Main ’69 died on April 9, 2023, at home near Lancaster, Pa. She was 77. Main was born in Baltimore and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Gettysburg College—where she met her future husband—and received her master's at UMD. Her passions were history and the German language, both of which she taught during her career in Pennsylvania public schools, mostly at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury where thousands of students (including her sons) knew her as "Frau.” While at Shikellamy, she was involved in the Peer Leadership program, helping nurture student growth. Main was also a member and past president of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary organization of women educators. In retirement, she led regional history tour groups and served as an ESL instructor in Lancaster County. A congregant of the Lutheran Church of America (now ELCA), Main served as pastor's spouse at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altoona and Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury. In 1987, when her husband, Don, was elected bishop of the Upper Susquehanna Synod (USS), her mission expanded as well. Most Sundays, Main joined him on congregational visits across the 142 churches in their region. She fostered the Leading Into Nurturing Community Committee, a support group for spouses of clergy in the USS, and served on the synod's Ansbach-Würzburg Kirchenkreis Partnership Committee. In retirement as a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Main continued to advocate for its support of the global community. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, A. Donald Main; three sons, Austin Donald II, Christopher Kent and Scott Frederick; four grandchildren; and two cousins.
Michael Wright York Ph.D. ’69 of Coventry, Conn., died on April 7, 2023, at age 84. Born in Dallas, he was a graduate of Southern Methodist University and earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from UMD. He was a general medicine and surgical psychologist at the Washington, D.C.m Veterans Hospital and the Martinsburg (W.Va) VA Medical Center before teaching at the University of New Haven from 1970 to 2008. He and his psychology students cooked monthly for the Columbus House shelter in New Haven. In Coventry, he enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading, listening to classical music and practicing tai chi, and he was a storyteller and entertainer for his family. York is survived by Janet, his wife of 62 years; a daughter, Kathleen York Skrabacz; a son, Matthew York; sister, Mary Jane York Sledge; and four grandchildren.
Kenneth Robert Baker ’68, of Greencastle, Pa., died on May 1, 2023. He was 77 years old. After graduating from UMD, he received his master’s from Shippensburg State College. He had a nearly four decade teaching career in Washington County Public Schools before retiring in 2006. He was a Boy Scout leader, volunteered at the Maugansville Fire Department, and was instrumental in developing the STARS Program at Smithsburg High School. Baker enjoyed biking, camping, birdwatching and taking photographs, and was a skilled carpenter and accomplished square dancer. Hiis biggest passion was his faith: He loved teaching and studying the Bible. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Baker; daughters Jennifer L. Miller and Allison M. Heefner; a brother, Tom Lacy; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson.
Andrew Gwynn Bowie Jr. ’68 of Annapolis, Md., and Swan's Island, Maine, died on May 1, 2023, after a brief illness. Gwynn was raised on his family farm, Beechwood, near Upper Marlboro and studied political science and French at UMD. He also graduated from the George Washington University and University of Maryland School of Law, where he was a member of the Maryland Law Review. He served during Vietnam with the 2290th U.S. Army Hospital Reserves. Gwynn's legal career included serving as assistant attorney general for the state of Maryland, attorney for the State Aviation Administration at BWI Airport during its construction; partner at Smith, Somerville and Case, and shareholder at Wharton, Levin, et al., where his practice was devoted to the defense of physicians and health care providers. He also served on the Governor's Commission to revise the Maryland code. He was named one of "Washington's Best Lawyers" by The Washington Post and was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates. Bowie was an enthusiastic sailor, skier, diver and an instrument-rated commercial pilot, and he never tired of studying the French language, literature and culture. His memberships included the Annapolis Yacht Club, Seabrook Island Club (S.C.), L'Alliance Francaise de Washington, Southern Maryland Society, American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Bar Fellows and Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Mahoney Bowie; a sister, Roselynne Bowie Broussard; his beloved chocolate lab, Rocky; two nephews; and many cousins.
Sean Durkin ’68, M.S. ’72, of Phoenix, Ariz., died on April 22, 2023. He was 76 years old. Born in 1946 in Baltimore, Md, He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in electro-physics at UMD and spent his career in the defense electronics industry at the Naval Research Lab in Washington D.C and in Belmont, Calif., at Dalmo Victor. He enjoyed traveling and listening to a wide variety of music. He is survived by his son, Michael Durkin; and a granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Durkin; and a sister, Kathleen Akins.
Robert Douglas Tune ’67, of Parkville, Md., died on April 8, 2023, just shy of his 79th birthday. A proud Maryland native, Tune graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School before earning a bachelor's degree from UMD, a master's degree from Towson State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He spent more than 30 years working in Maryland schools, primarily Baltimore County Public Schools. Tune loved watching his sons play sports year-round and catching an Orioles or Ravens game with family. Tune also had a deep appreciation for live music, and attended numerous concerts and events. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kathleen "Kathy" Tune; sons Robert "Robbie" and John Tune; and one grandson.
James G. Busick Jr. ’66, longtime tennis coach at the Gilman School in Baltimore, died on May 10, 2023, in Charleston. S.C., after a long illness. He was 80. Busick grew up in Cambridge, Md., and learned to play tennis from his father, James Sr. ’33, who competed on the UMD men’s tennis team for three years. At 14, Busick played his first sanctioned regional tennis tournament in Baltimore, and lost to the legendary Arthur Ashe in a close three-set match in the finals. He led the Maryland tennis team to the ACC championship victory in 1964. Upon graduation, he began a long teaching and coaching career that culminated in 30 years at the Gilman School. When he retired in 2011, Busick’s all-time win/loss record was 284-60-3 with 10 MIAA A conference championships. He was selected high school coach of the year by The Baltimore Sun, and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame for Cambridge-South Dorchester High School in 2023. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Lee Busick; his daughter, Stephanie Jamison Busick; a stepdaughter, Kate McAllister Walker; a grandson; and a brother, William T. Busick.
Charles Joseph "Chuck" Mannix ’66 died on April 11, 2023 at the age of 79 while recuperating from heart surgery in Wayne, Pa. Mannix was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Bethesda, Md. He was an alumnus of St. John's College High School in D.C. and UMD, where he studied history and was president of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. Mannix had a successful career in sales working in IBM's offices in Baltimore, D.C., Trenton and Philadelphia, and was a member of the “100 Percent Club" for 26 years. A lifelong hunter, he traveled to bird and game hunting events around the world and had a duck blind in the front yard of his former home on Kent Island. Chuck also had encyclopedic knowledge of guns and was a highly accomplished sporting clay and five-stand shooter. He was the 1992 national live pigeon shooting champion, placed first in the Pennsylvania State Championship Side-by-Side Shooting Class A competition, and won numerous awards at regional sporting clay events. He was an active member of the Delaware County Field & Stream Association in Pennsylvania and the Quinton Sportsmen's Club in New Jersey, and is a former member of the Vintagers Order of Edwardian Gunners, where he combined his love of history and shooting. He was also an award-winning photographer, blackjack player and avid sailor who restored a wooden Herreshoff racer. Mannix is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary Anne; his children from his first wife, Rawle: Anne Elliott Brown and Christopher John Mannix; and sister Charlotte Moran.
Diane Alexander Shankman ’66 of Silver Spring, Md., died on May 7, 2023, at age 78. She graduated from Wheaton High School and graduated from UMD with a degree in textiles and clothing. Shankman held a variety of positions in the federal government, recently retiring from the Department of Health and Human Services. She previously spent many years working for a catering company. A lover of all things visual, especially fashion and design, she carried her own unique style everywhere she went. She is survived by her son, Scott; three grandchildren; a sister, Myra, a niece and nephew; and many cousins.
Margaret H. Eads ’65, of Washington, D.C., died on Jan. 19, 2023. She was 79 years old. Born in Miami, she and her family moved north with stops in Anacostia and eventually Clinton, Md., in 1950. Eads taught at elementary schools in Prince George’s County, paused for 18 years to raise her children, then in Arlington County, Va. She, assisted by her husband George, was an avid gardener. She is survived by her husband George, a son, Geoffrey; daughter, Betsy Good; two brothers, Tom and Bill Hall; and three grandchildren.
Robert E. Weisblut ’65, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died on May 1, 2023 at age 82. He was born in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 1941. He joined the U.S. Army while still attending Calvin Coolidge High School and served six months training at Fort Knox, Ky. He then entered George Washington University for a year and a half before being recalled to active duty for the Berlin crisis. He completed his college degree at the University of Maryland, where he joined Delta Sigma Pi fraternity and became vice president. He later served as president of its alumni group. Weisblut was employed for seven years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He then founded the company Total Protection Systems Alarm and CCTV Co. Weisblut also collected ivory carvings and was president of the International Ivory Society. He was predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline Bander. He is survived by his sister, Janet Gritz, and her two children, Larry and Bonnie.
Elizabeth Matthews ’65 died at her home in Delmar, Md., on May 4, 2023. She was 79. Soon after graduation from UMD, she began her microbiology career as a lab technician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She put her career on hold for a few years after marrying and having children, restarting it later and working for H.B. Kennerley & Sons in Nanticoke, Md., the Esham Poultry Co. and Worcester County. Finally, in 1976, she began 25 years of service to the town of Ocean City as supervisor of its water and wastewater laboratory, where she earned a Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award in 1996 and retired in 2002 with commendations. She was an inveterate traveler who visited 49 states and nearly 30 countries, as well as a member of St. Francis de Sales parish and its Parish Council, serving as a lector for many years. She also served on the local Library Board, serving as president of the Salisbury Branch of the American Association of University Women for many years and volunteering for organizations including the Washington School for Girls, Easter Seals of Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Unbound, Coastal Hospice and Community Players of Salisbury. A Delmarva Shorebirds season ticket holder for decades, she could be found at the games of all local sports teams. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ernest Matthews; two daughters, Theresa Elizabeth Haggerty and Barbara Lynn Matthews; a grandson; two sisters, Janet Appel Strong and Judith Lovelace; and several nieces and nephews.
Adriana Garcia ’64, M.A. ’67 died on March 31, 2023, at Calvary Hospital in New York City at age 82. After completing her degrees at UMD, she earned a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Illinois. Garcia was professor of Latin American and Caribbean studies, and professor of Spanish at City College, City University of New York. In addition to her 34 years in higher education, she was acting president of Hostos Community College, CUNY in 1986-87. Garcia received numerous honors, including listings in Who's Who of Hispanic Americans and Who's Who of American Women and the 1985 Chancellor's Faculty Award, CUNY. Garcia was an advocate for access to higher education for all, and dedicated her career to the betterment of education in the Hispanic community. After retiring from CUNY in 2007, she continued to teach and mentor. She traveled widely, enjoyed museums and other cultural venues, was an avid reader, and was fluent in several languages. Garcia is survived by a brother, Rafael Garcia; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Philip Roy Rever ’64, a longtime UMD supporter, of Pikesville, Md., died on May 6, 2023. Born on Kodiak Island, Alaska, Rever grew up in Kansas, Idaho and North Carolina. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from UMD and a Ph.D in education from the University of Iowa. He went on to take leading roles at American College Testing and the Higher Assistance Education Foundation. He was a devoted Terp who volunteered for his alma mater for six decades, including serving as president of the student government, president of the Alumni Association, and trustee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, where he raised funds to create the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. He met and married Pat, his wife of 32 years, at Maryland, and later met his second wife, Brenda, while serving on a UMD campaign committee. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Brown Rever; a brother, Jack; a sister, Patricia; children Stephanie Chu and Matt Rever; stepchildren Gene Lipitz, Jon Lipitz and Amanda Lipitz; and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia.
A.W. “Bill” Ruff Ph.D. ’64, a retired research scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, died on April 24, 2023. He was 92. He was born in Newark, N.J., and earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Rice University, an M.S. from the University of Arizona and a doctorate from UMD. Ruff joined the Metallurgy Division of the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in 1957 and held several research and management positions including division chief. In 1987 he transferred to the Ceramics Division and carried out wear/friction of metals and ceramics until retiring in 1994. Ruff was active in Grace United Methodist Church, including serving as trustee chair and vice chair, beginning a monthly news item regarding global warming and participating with the Men's Group and ushering team. Ruff and his wife Joan were nature lovers and enjoyed their weekend mountain cabin in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.. He pursued hobbies including woodworking, stained glass, music and genealogy. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Joan, his daughter, Christy Spurlock; two sons, James and Mark Ruff; two stepdaughters, Susan North and Karen Nichols; a stepson, James Marshall; and 10 grandchildren. Ruff was predeceased by his stepson, David Marshall.
John Marshall David ’62, M.S. ’72 died on May 11, 2023, from cardiovascular disease at age 88. John was born in 1935 in Galveston, Texas, David graduated from Kirwin High School (now O’Connell High School) and joined the U.S. Navy. While there, David developed an interest in electronics that led to a career with the Harry Diamond Laboratories, which later became part of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. He was promoted to chief of ARL’s Radar Branch in 1988 and to Associate Director of the Sensors Division in 1992. He retired from full-time work in 1993 and moved to Spring Grove, Pa., where he and his wife Mary lived for the remainder of their lives. David volunteered for SCORE, a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring to those wishing to start small businesses. The onetime youngest Eagle Scout in Texas enjoyed hiking, camping and hunting and shared these interests with his children, particularly during family trips. He also enjoyed classical music and the performing arts; he and Mary were longtime subscribers to several theater companies. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Mary (Vignola); and a brother, Rex David Jr. He is survived by six children: Joseph, Philip, Lydia Fazio, Stephen, Peter and James; 13 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; seven nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
William Sawtelle Ratchford II M.A. ’62 died at his Annapolis, Md., home on April 23, 2023, at age 90. He spent his childhood in Baltimore and summers on the Magothy River and in Bethany Beach, Del. He graduated from Poly High School in 1950. He served as director of the Maryland Association of Counties and, later, of the Maryland General Assembly’s Department of Fiscal Services. Known as Maryland’s chief fiscal watchdog, Ratchford guided the state through the 1970s recession and 1980s savings and loan crisis. After retiring from the state in 1996, he acted as a consultant for the city of Baltimore. He was a devoted father and grandfather, and it was a tradition for the whole family to vacation together in Bethany Beach each summer. He and his wife, Nancy, spent their winters in Key West, Fla. He is survived by Nancy, his wife of 65 years; daughters Linda Hesford and Wendy Rhoe; and three grandsons.
Elliott W. Weiner ’62, of Pikesville, Md., died on April 9, 2023, at the age of 83. He graduated in 1963 from one of the first classes of the University of Maryland School of Physical Therapy. He spent many years as director of rehabilitation medicine at Maryland General Hospital (now known as University of Maryland Medical Center) and at Bethlehem Steel, and he was a founding partner of Greenspring Physical Therapy Associates. When he retired at the age of 81, Weiner was the oldest practicing physical therapist in the state. His interests included golfing, reading and sharing dinners with family. His Florida home was the center of family fun every winter for the past 27 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Susan; two children, Julie Minch and Stacy Weiner; two grandchildren; and loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Leonard Weiner.
The Rev. Richard E. Fouse ’61, of Cold Spring, Ky., died on Dec. 21, 2022. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA); he served 13 congregations in five states and was the vice moderator and moderator of the Presbytery of Cincinnati from 1999-2000. Fouse is survived by his wife of 32 years and four daughters.
Carol Goldberg ’61, of Bethesda, Md., died on March 9, 2023. She grew up in Hanover, Pa. After graduating from UMD, she traveled to Germany to join her husband, Gerald, who had started his career in the military. The couple later founded a successful equipment rental business in Washington D.C. Goldberg enjoyed cooking, horses, mahjong and exercise. She’s enjoyed spending time with family as well. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Gerald; children Eric Goldberg and Lynn Abrams; and six grandchildren.
David Dashiell Keck ’61 died suddenly on April 27, 2023 while recovering from a heart procedure. He was 84. Keck was born in Baltimore, graduated from Westminster High in Carroll County and studied marketing at UMD. He served three years in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam. Keck worked 44 years in the supermarket industry, the last 29 of them with Safeway. Keck was an avid fisherman and lover of travel. He is survived by his son Charles; stepdaughters Cynthia, Debra and Diane; six grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and companion Nancy Ciccone. Keck was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene. His first marriage, to the late Lois Keck, ended in divorce.
Lynne C. Astrich ’60, of Bethesda, Md., died on Feb. 5, 2023. She was 84 years old. She graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, and at UMD, she majored in Spanish, was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and was crowned Miss Maryland. For 32 years, she worked at the Norwood School and was a part of its administrative team and board of trustees. She volunteered for the Florence Crittenton organization, the Washington National Cathedral, St. Francis Episcopal Church and several political campaigns. She was a member of Bethesda Country Club since 1976 and a founding member of the Fallsmead Book Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; and survived by her daughter, Alicia Rago; a son, Craig Astrich; a brother, Lee; and four grandchildren.
Dr. Charles Pellicane ’60 died on May 12, 2023, at the age of 85 after a brief illness. Pellicane graduated from St. John's Prep, Brooklyn, N.Y., studied zoology at UMD and completed his degree at Georgetown University Dental School. He served for three years as a captain in the U.S. Army. He went on to become a dentistry practitioner in New York City, most recently at the Bureau of Dental Health Service. Pellicane was survived by his children Anthony, Marissa and Janine; seven grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Angela Susnjara and Rosanne Washington. He is also survived by his companion of many years, Alice Sun.
Nancy T. Ladyman ’59, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, died on April 5, 2023. She was 87. Born in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., she graduated from UMD with a degree in international relations and moved to Germany, where she married, before moving to Liverpool, U.K. and finally back to the U.S. to raise a family. After her divorce in 1997, she spent most of her remaining years in Coeur d'Alene, where she loved to golf (and watch golf on TV) and celebrate more than three decades of sobriety. She is survived by her son, Brian B. Ladyman; two grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her older sister, Lois, and her twin, Carol.
Deborah G. Lord ’59 of Cape Porpoise, Maine, died on Jan. 12, 2023. She was 85 years old. Born in Washington, D.C., she majored in music at UMD, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. While residing in New York City, she taught music to young students at a Manhattan private school. Following a move to Boston in 1993 and earning her master’s degree at Boston University, she worked with the city’s Head Start program as a social worker for two years before moving to Kennebunkport to be near her family. She was an active member in her faith communities, including volunteering with the Stephens Ministry in New York and Boston, and serving as a substitute organist at Church on the Cape, where she formed the Ministry of Caring. She also served on the Board of Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine, and among the first board of directors for Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. She and her husband were also initial supporters of the Endupoto Primary School for the Maasai children of Tanzania. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, William Lord; children, Barb Oliphant, Ann Burgh, John Lord and Susan Lord-Peters; a brother, William Gude; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Lary Lyn Acker ’57 of Chester, Md., died on May 2, 2023. He was 87 years old. Born in Harrisonburg, Va., Acker studied history at UMD, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He began his business, Acker and Sons Plumbing and Heating, in 1961. Acker was involved with the Associated Builders and Contractors for many years, as the president of the local chapter and as an officer for the national chapter. In 1988, he chaired its national convention in Washington D.C. He served on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Washington YMCA and was named volunteer of the year. He also served on the local board of YMCA Camp Letts in Edgewater, Md., and was a business donor for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA. Acker loved his family, boating, his John Deere tractor and his home on the water. He is survived by his wife, Lynne Acker; his four children, Holly Acker Godaire, Bradley Lyn Acker, Kimberley Acker Yates and Rodney Lyn Acker; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Gloria Acker Shifren; and a brother, Darryl K. Acker.
Robert Charles Pearson ’57, of Dallas, died on Jan. 13, 2023. He was 87 years old. At UMD, he was elected to the national leadership fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa, and graduated at the top of his class. He and his wife, Nancy Lee Moore, met on campus and were wed immediately following their graduations. The couple moved to Michigan, where he attended the University of Michigan, graduating with an MBA. After a short stint at Eastman Kodak, he spent the bulk of his career at Texas Instruments in Dallas, where he rose to vice president of finance. Pearson later began a second career in investment management.Pearson was an avid runner who completed three marathons and distance walker; he also enjoyed collecting antique walking sticks. Pearson is survived by his wife, Nancy; a son, Jeff; a brother, Larry Pearson; and two nieces.
Leslie Leibowitz ’56, M.S. ’90, of LaValle, Md., died on April 7, 2023, after a yearlong battle with ovarian cancer. She attended Allegany High School and earned a bachelor's degree in radio and television communications at UMD. Leibowitz became a psychotherapist after getting a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Frostburg State University. She spent her career at the Allegany County Health Department Out-Patient Addictions Family Therapy Program and at Psychological Services of Western Maryland, where she taught about grief and loss, managing anxiety and depression, and practiced individual and couples' therapy. Leibowitz loved her high school "Lunch Brunch," her YaYa sisters and her Past Perfect volunteer group, along with dogs and the Baltimore Ravens. She is survived by her husband Barney; daughter Nancy; sons Mark and Michael; five grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was predeceased by her eldest son, Steve Leibowitz; and sisters Lois Lazarus Schwab, Iris Eustace Halmos and Shaila Pai.
Robert Henry Merson Jr. ’56 of Laurel, Md., died on May 6, 2023 at age 91. He grew up in Mount Rainier, Md., and graduated from McKinley Tech High School. He went on to study marketing at UMD. An accountant, Merson spent the first years of his career at Sears and Roebuck, in Long Island, N.Y. In 1976 he moved his family back to Maryland to take a job with the federal government. He worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and then the Department of Commerce for the next 30 years. After retirement, Bob and his wife, Fran, traveled extensively and enjoyed participating in local activities from their condo in Laurel, Md. Merson is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Merson. He is survived by his five daughters, Kathleen Regan, Lynn Kmiotek, Sharon O’Neill, Diane Peterson and Nancy McCarthy; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Jeanne M. Monk ’55, of Alexandria, Va., died on Nov. 22, 2022. She was 89 years old. She graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., and at UMD majored in speech and was a member of Delta Sigma Alpha sorority, an athlete in the Women's Recreational Association and an avid participant in the broadcasting and theater departments. Monk began a 27-year career in human resources for the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of Interior in 1955. By the 1970s, she was at the forefront of systemic change in age and gender discrimination, including her 1974 appointment as coordinator for the Age Discrimination in Employment Act program in the Office of Federal Equal Employment Opportunity. In retirement, she was active in the Methodist Church, including as a staff member of Community Bible Study and Sunday school teacher, an avid traveler, and a longtime caregiver to her mother. She is survived by family members David Alderton and June Alderton Hudson; many cousins; and cherished friends.
Esther "Es" Joan Campbell ’54, of Newman, Ga., died on April 8, 2023. She was 91 years old. She graduated from Frederick High School and at UMD was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She married Homer "Jim" Briscoe Campbell in 1957 and soon moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was an educator and Title I specialist with the Broward County School System and retired in 1996 with 27 years of service. She was active in the Pompano Junior Women's Club and the First United Methodist of Pompano before joining Christ Church United Methodist of Fort Lauderdale in the early 1970s. Campbell co-founded the GEMS (Generous Energetic Motivated Seniors) ministry there to support local children and families in need, and was a leader in it for over 20 years. In 2014, she was invited into the Fort Lauderdale chapter of P.EO., an international service organization supporting women’s educational opportunities, where she served as treasurer. Campbell enjoyed planning and celebrating every holiday, event and season of life with family and friends. She is survived by her son; John Campbell; daughters, Lynn Campbell Tinsley and Laren Campbell; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Charles Paul Grier ’54 died in Dallas at the age of 92 on Jan. 29, 2023. Grier grew up in Florida, where he was senior class vice president, captain of the varsity baseball team and a varsity basketball player at Montverde Academy. He attended Montgomery Junior College in Maryland, but paused his education in 1949 to enlist in the Navy as a hospital corpsman. At UMD, he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. After graduating, Grier worked at the National Bottlers Association in Washington, D.C., and in 1960 became head of the quality control laboratory at the Dr. Pepper Co. He spent 34 years at the company in Dallas and St. Louis, playing an instrumental role in modernizing its operations, and for many years was the one person who mixed the secret flavor ingredients together in a refrigerated steel vault. Grier retired in 1994 as senior vice president in charge of operations and research. He served as president of the Society of Soft Drink Technologists and the National Soft Drink Association. Grier also remained a member of the naval reserves for 41 years until he retired at the rank of captain in 1990. Upon his commission into the Navy Medical Service Corps, he spent many years supporting what is now the Naval Research Laboratory. He also served as commanding officer of multiple units and served on the board of governors of the USO. After his retirement, Grier took to writing, being a regular contributor to the Pepper Upper newsletter and the Mosquito Beaters, a magazine in Cocoa, Fla. Grier enjoyed gardening, reading, listening to classical music, and most of all, spending time with his family. He taught many of his grandchildren how to fish and supported them at their sporting and musical events, and he and Helen also traveled around the world with their children and grandchildren. Grier was predeceased by Helen Grier, his wife of 65 years; his son, Thomas Grier; and a sister, Gail Lewis. He is survived by his children, John Grier, Susan Grier and Robin Vettoretti; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
William J. Raymond ’53, a longtime resident of Farmington, Conn., died on April 2, 2023, in Pasadena, Calif., at age 92. Born in Washington, D.C., he attended Roosevelt High School there and at UMD joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the ROTC program. After graduating, he served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force (1953-55) and the Air Force Reserves until 1962. Raymond then had a long career in advertising and marketing in the New York metropolitan area, including at Chesebrough-Ponds, the Shulton Company, and later the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He founded the Farmington-based Raymond Marketing Group in 1989. Raymond was also a member and longtime chair of the Farmington Republican Town Committee and the Republican State Central Committee. He was an avid reader, history buff and lover of dogs. As a widower, he lived near a daughter in Pasadena. Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; his first wife, Dorothy Sarter; a sister, Elizabeth Bares; and two nephews. He is survived by three daughters, Dana Raymond, Lynn Raymond and Carol Raymond; three stepdaughters, Cherie Byrne, Deborah Whitten and Laurie Whitten; a stepson, Gary Whitten; a niece; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Anne Teresa Simpson Locke ’53, of Raleigh, N.C., died on Jan. 19, 2023. She was 91. She attended public schools in Washington, D.C. and graduated from UMD, where she was an early childhood education major and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and senior class historian. She taught kindergarten before raising a family with her husband, Robert Randolph Locke; they moved to Raleigh for his job in 1965. Her career path also included managing FairLanes Bowling Centers in Raleigh and Cary, N.C., working for EDS (Electronic Data Systems) on the North Carolina State Health Plan. Her last position was receptionist in the office of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, where she volunteered as a eucharistic minister, secretary of the Parish Council and bookkeeper for the Children of God Mission in Guatemala. Locke was also a member of the Captain Johnston Blakeley Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812, where she served as president, historian and state veterans services representative. She also played tennis and enjoyed bowling and traveling with family. Locke was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, her parents, and her older brothers, William Francis Simpson Jr. and Philip Anthony Simpson. Locke is survived by her children, Robert Randolph "Randy" Locke Jr., Susan Locke Clifton, Elizabeth "Liz" Locke Schimmel, George Francis Locke and William Paul Locke; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Col. Walter E. Scheyett ’52 of Southern Pines, N.C., died on March 28, 2023. He was 95 years old. He was a letterwinner in football at McKinley High School then enlisted in the army and served in Japan with the occupation forces in the 1st Cavalry Division. After his honorable discharge, he enrolled at Maryland, where he was active in sports and was vice president of Sigma Chi fraternity. He then graduated from the Medical College of Virginia and worked in hospitals in Virginia, Maryland and Michigan, as chief, director and administrator of departments in Rehabilitation Medicine. In 1968, Scheyett accepted a commission in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps in 1968, where he served for 23 years in various reserve and active duty positions. At the age of 80 he converted to Catholicism and became an active member of Sacred Heart Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid golfer and student of Civil War history. Scheyett died two days after the death of his wife of 70 years, Rosa. He is survived by his daughters, Dr. Anna Scheyett and Juanita McCarron; and three grandchildren.
Ida Barksdale Crawford Stewart ’50, a longtime vice president at the Estée Lauder Cos. and a special assistant to company founder Estée Lauder, died on March 25, 2023, at the Clinton (S.C.) Presbyterian Community. She was 100 years old. She was a graduate of Clinton High School and Winthrop College (now University) in Rock Hill, S.C. She began her career as an elementary school art teacher in Conway, S.C., then taught at the Winthrop Training School in Rock Hill. Stewart left to pursue a degree in education from UMD, where she co-authored the book, “Camp Counseling,” the definitive camping manual for many years. She joined Bristol Myers, where she promoted Ipana toothpaste through Susie Sunshine and Bucky Beaver, then moved to Coty cosmetics. In 1961, Ida joined the Estée Lauder Cos., where she worked for 39 years full time, then as a consultant for several more years. With her colorful clothing and signature hats, she was a frequent guest on daytime radio and television programs. Following her retirement, she launched her company, A Different Approach, to conduct workshops for diverse audiences, and continued to work at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She volunteered at the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park in New York City, with Habitat for Humanity, and for St. Peter's Church and the Meals on Heels program at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. Stewart was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Murray Stewart; two sisters, Mary Crawford Gath and Dorothy Crawford Herbert; her brother, James Wade Crawford; and cousins.
Mary Honora Wohlgemuth ’49 of Annapolis, Md., died on April 20, 2023, at age 96. She grew up in Baltimore, attending All Saints Elementary School, Trinity Preparatory School and Forest Park High School. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from UMD, where she was a member of the Newman Club and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Upon graduation, she worked as an elementary school teacher in the Baltimore City public schools. She and her husband George moved for his job with International Paper Company to Evanston, Ill., New Rochelle, NY., Short Hills, N.J., Winnetka, Ill., Los Altos, Calif., and Summit, N.J., where they settled for 30 years. Upon his retirement, they returned to Maryland and spent 20 years in Sherwood Forest until a final move to Ginger Cove in Annapolis. From wherever they lived, the family returned every summer to his family's cottage on Bembe Beach in Annapolis. After their children were grown, the couple explored the world. Wohlgemuth served as a Girl Scout leader and on many PTA and school committees. During their years in Summit, she was a volunteer at Overlook Hospital and worked with developmentally disabled children in the Title I program. She was a devoted grandmother and loved hosting her grandchildren and attending family events along with many sports games and school events. In addition to her parents and husband of 64 years, George, Wohlgemuth is predeceased by her brother, James Joseph Whelan III; and a daughter, Mary Patricia Herse. She is survived by her children, George F. Wohlgemuth Jr., James Wohlgemuth, Daniel Wohlgemuth, Honora “Norie” Sutor and Mary Katharine Devitt; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Charles Edward White ’43, M.S. ’55 of Silver Spring, Md., died on March 27, 2023. He was 100. He was born in Washington, D.C., and after earning a B.S. in aeronautical engineering during World War II, joined the Army Air Corps. He later worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center until his retirement at 82, receiving a master’s degree at UMD and traveling extensively as part of his job. As a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church in D.C., he led Bible study, sang in the choir and served in many leadership roles over the years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Florence Gassner White; a son, Mark G. White; and a brother, John White. He is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
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