Class Notes

Ken Jennings and Scott Shewfelt on "Jeopardy!" set

Scott Shewfelt M.Jour. ’07 returned this fall for “Jeopardy’s!” new Champions Wildcard tournament, which pitted winners from the previous two seasons against each other for a spot in the Tournament of Champions.

Winter 2024 Class Notes


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Maria McGee M.Ed. ’23 was one of 37 promising high school science and math teachers chosen by the Knowles Teacher Initiative as a 2023 teaching fellow. Knowles Fellows gain access to more than $50,000, including stipends and funds for classroom materials, professional development and leadership activities. McGee teaches math at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Md., to emergent multilingual students. McGee earned a B.S. and M.Eng. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and worked as a civil engineer for the U.S. Navy. During her undergraduate studies, McGee spent summers teaching pre-algebra to middle schoolers at a year-round school in the Dominican Republic.

Anusuya Sivaram Ph.D. ’23 joined the nonprofit Institute for Defense Analyses as a research staff member in its Strategy, Forces and Resources Division. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international economics from Georgetown University.

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Dr. Ihuoma Emenuga MBA ’21 was nominated by Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott as the new health commissioner for the city's health department. Emenuga earned her medical degree from the University of Nigeria and a master’s degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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McKayla Kelly ’20 joined Choptank Community Health System’s Fassett Magee Medical and Cambridge Dental Center as a physician assistant. She received her Master of Health Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.


Claire Haas ’19, ’19, M.P.P. ’21 received the 2023 David S.C. Chu Award for Excellence in Research. She is a research associate in the Information Technology and Systems Division at one of the three federally funded research and development centers operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses. The award, named in honor of the former IDA president, is presented annually to a research associate who has made outstanding analytic contributions in support of IDA’s mission.

Gregg Hill ’19 joined the Carolinas-based law firm Robinson Bradshaw. He graduated from the Howard University School of Law as a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. At UMD, he was treasurer of its National Society of Collegiate Scholars chapter. Hill formerly served as a public relations intern for the Washington Football Team.

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Ikenna C. Ejimonyeugwo ’17 joined the intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel as an associate, focusing on patent law. His practice focuses primarily on life sciences, pharmaceuticals, software, biotechnology and engineering. He began his career as a life sciences researcher at UMD, developing an academic model that explored the integration of biology and business schemes in newly developed biotechnology inventions. He graduated from Delaware Law School, where he served as a staff member of the Delaware Patent Pro Bono Program, where he assisted underfunded inventors in filing patents.

Anthony Cade II ’16, M.A. ’17 wrote "Your New Journey: How to Thrive in Graduate School as a Person of Color,” a guidebook on how to prepare for, apply to, attend and graduate while thriving in graduate school, along with additional information on resume writing and the numerous careers available for someone with a graduate degree. He earned a doctorate from George Washington University and is a retired United States Marine; he has worked for numerous organizations in the corporate realm, NGOs and the federal government.

Monica McNutt M.Jour. ’13 became the primary New York Knicks radio analyst, calling most of the team’s games on 98.7FM ESPN New York. She continues her duties as a pre- and postgame analyst for select MSG Networks’ Knicks telecasts.

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Kristin Fallon MBA ’11 joined Bentley Systems, a leader in infrastructure engineering software, as chief marketing officer. She was previously global head of brand and digital marketing at GE HealthCare. She holds a B.A. in economics from Wake Forest University.

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Divya Prasad ’16 joined Friedlander Misler as an associate and member of the real estate and commercial transactions practice groups. She previously practiced in Baltimore, representing financial institutions and financing parties in structuring lending and leasing transactions. She clerked for the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore and earned her J.D. from American University.

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Tiffany Casey ’14 was selected for the American Public Transportation Association’s Leadership Class of 2024. Casey is the director of performance improvement at the Memphis Area Transit Authority in Tennessee.

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Michael Trail MBA ’14, principal and CIO of MCB Real Estate, was named to the Baltimore Business Journal's “40 Under 40” for 2023.

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David Lai ’12 became the first Asian American member of the New Carrollton (Md.) City Council. He is a teacher with Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Phil Ravita M.M. ’11 was added to the Maryland State Art Council's Presenting and Touring Roster. He hosts a jazz radio show at Mount St. Mary's University from 8-10 p.m. Mondays (WMTB 89.9 FM). He also received a grant from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts to present the show "Songs of Justice and Freedom" as a part of October’s annual Freefall event, and performs at music festivals in the Baltimore-D.C. region.

Kim (Klein) Barresi ’10 was named to the 2023 New York Metro Super Lawyers list, which recognizes top lawyers in their respective areas of practice. She is a partner in the banking and commercial lending department of Certilman Balin. Barresi earned her law degree and a certificate in environmental law, cum laude, from Pace University. From 2017 through 2023, Barresi was named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and to its Women’s Edition from 2019 through 2023.

Paul Plymouth ’10, director of state government and local engagement at Verizon, was named to the Baltimore Business Journal's “40 Under 40” for 2023. He earned an M.P.A. from the University of North Carolina.


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John Grimm ’06, M.A. ’08 joined Goodell DeVries as a partner in the firm’s commercial and business tort litigation and appellate practice groups. He was most recently a partner at a prominent Washington, D.C., litigation and telecom boutique, and previously served as an assistant attorney general in the Maryland Attorney General's Office civil litigation division. Grimm serves on the section council of the Maryland State Bar Association's administrative law and litigation sections; is the chair of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association's appellate committee, and is a founding member of the Cole-Davidson Appellate Inn of Court. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.

Natasha Mehu ’08 was recently named to Chase Brexton Health Care’s board of directors. She is a lobbyist at Manis Canning & Associates, advocating for clients' interests to Maryland's state and local governments. Previously, Mehu was the director of the Mayor's Office of Government Relations for the city of Baltimore. She holds a J.D. with a certificate in health law from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Nayla Danielle Bautista ’07, president of Volo City Kids Foundation, was named to the Baltimore Business Journal's “40 Under 40.” The nonprofit provides free youth sports programs and post-game snacks in order to break down barriers to athletic participation. She has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kristen Kirkwood ’07, executive director of the Harford Land Trust, a land-conservation organization in Harford County, was named to the Baltimore Business Journal's 40 Under 40. She earned a master’s degree in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University.

Bryant “Mack” McGee ’07, chief marketing officer at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, was named to the Baltimore Business Journal's “40 Under 40” for 2023.

Scott Shewfelt M.Jour. ’07 returned this fall for “Jeopardy’s!” new Champions Wildcard tournament, which pitted winners from the previous two seasons against each other for a spot in the Tournament of Champions. Shewfelt earned $48,000 in three appearances in 2021, then placed second in his tournament game for another $5,000.

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Charles Clancy Ph.D. ’06 was named chief technology officer in addition to his role as senior vice president and general manager of MITRE Labs. Clancy joined MITRE in 2019 as the vice president for intelligence programs. He previously served as the Bradley Distinguished Professor of Cybersecurity at Virginia Tech, and earlier as a research leader at the National Security Agency. In 2022 he was named a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his work in secure and wireless communications.

Ahmed Elyased-Ahmed ’06, vice president of strategic analytics for the Maryland Hospital Association, was named to the Baltimore Business Journal's “40 Under 40.”

Jason Sartori MCP '05 was appointed planning director for the Montgomery Planning Department in October. Sartori has worked for the Montgomery County Planning Department since 2016.

Joe Feldmann on "Jeopardy!" set

Joe Feldmann '04, who took home $45,000 on the TV series “Jeopardy!” in June 2022, returned this fall for the new Champions Wildcard tournament; it pitted winners from the previous two seasons against each other for a spot in the Tournament of Champions. He won $22,800 for his first outing and received a $10,000 consolation prize for his second game.

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Vanessa Smith MBA ’04 was appointed chair of Teach for America-Greater Philadelphia after serving on its advisory board for the past three years. She is president of and in 2021 was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. She holds a B.S. in commerce from the University of Virginia. Smith also serves on the board of technology firm Fastly and is a member of Jack and Jill of America and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

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Stephanie L. Williams M.C.P. ’04, president of Bozzuto Management Co., was named to the board of directors of Veris Residential, a real estate investment trust that primarily owns, operates, acquires and develops Class A multifamily properties.

Stephen Cobb ’03, a member at the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, was appointed as the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law’s inaugural Democracy Fellow to the Defending Democracy Initiative. Cobb has experience as former deputy attorney general of Virginia, providing private sector representation of candidates, political parties and nonprofits dedicated to voting rights, and as an Obama administration appointee. He has also lectured at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja, Nigeria, and traveled as a Fulbright specialist to share his knowledge of U.S. constitutional law and our judicial system with officials in Chisinau, Moldova.

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Steve Elliott MFA ’03 was named president of Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D. He was previously vice president of academic affairs at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. He held various positions there, including faculty member, department chair and dean, before accepting a vice president role in 2016.

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Shane Gleason MBA ’03 joined InspireMD as general manager of North America and vice president of global marketing. He most recently was vice president of sales, vascular interventions at Surmodics and before that, served as senior director, U.S. marketing at Edwards Life Sciences.

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Deborah Youmans MBA ’03 was appointed chief information officer at MITRE. She joined the company from Booz Allen Hamilton, where she served as vice president and deputy CIO. Prior to that role, she worked as director of Booz Allen Information Systems for more than 10 years. She holds a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech.

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Buffy Giddens ’02 was appointed county attorney for St. Mary’s County. Giddens became St. Mary’s County deputy attorney in September 2022, after serving as an assistant state’s attorney for 16 years. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

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Allyn (Bloomfield) Molina ’01 joined the board of directors of the YMCA of Montclair (N.J.). She is the group vice president, publishing at Wiley Publishing, where she manages publishing development for 2,000 research journals. Molina previously served on the board of the Sanctuary on the Green Alliance.

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Jigar Shah MBA ’01 was named to the “Time 100” climate list of the world’s most influential leaders driving business to climate action. He leads the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan programs office, which is responsible for the public investment of hundreds of billions of dollars into clean infrastructure and energy projects.

Robyn Dixon ’00, one of the cast members of the Bravo reality show “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” opened a franchise of GLO30, a monthly membership facial business, in Columbia. She also created the company Embellished, which sells satin-lined hats and other apparel.

KerryAnn O'Meara Ph.D. ’00 was named a trustee at Loyola University Maryland, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature. She serves as vice president for academic affairs and provost of Teachers College, Columbia University and previously spent 16 years at UMD, most recently as professor of higher education and special assistant to the provost for strategic initiatives.

Ryan Spiegel '00 was appointed by Gov. Wes Moore to represent District 17 (including the cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville) in the Maryland House of Delegates. Spiegel, a Gaithersburg City Council member since 2007, will serve out the remainder of former Del. Kumar Barve's term (through 2026). Spiegel graduated from Stanford Law School.


Joshua Janow ’99 was promoted to CEO of SMI Aware. He brings over two decades of experience as an attorney in big law and corporate general counsel, and executive business leadership to the role. He earned his law degree at Georgetown University.

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Raja Sundararajan M.S. ’98 was named executive vice president of strategy and customer solutions of Alliant Energy. He spent nearly 20 years with American Electric Power, most recently as executive vice president of external affairs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Lynn O'Brien ’97 was elected partner at the national law firm Quarles and Brady. O’Brien is a member of the Washington, D.C., office and the labor and employment practice group. She manages a wide range of business immigration matters, guiding employers in the hiring and sponsorship of employees. She has significant experience leading high-volume immigration programs and serves as a mentor within the immigration bar. She received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America.

Tucker Barnes M.A. ’96 was named chief meteorologist at FOX 5. He joined the D.C. TV station in 2003 and is married to fellow FOX 5 meteorologist Caitlin Roth.

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President Joe Biden nominated Judge Sherri Beatty-Arthur ’95, MBA ’11 to the District of Columbia Superior Court. She has been a magistrate judge for D.C.’s Superior Court since 2020 and previously served as an administrative law judge in the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings, among other roles. She received her J.D. from Howard University.

Hena Khan ’95 wrote the new picture book “Zain’s Super Friday,” a celebration of Muslim traditions, imagination, and the joy of community. Many of her children's books focus on contemporary Muslim life, including “Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns,” “Under My Hijab” and “Amina's Voice,” which was named to multiple best-of-the-year lists.

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Jordan Goldstein ’94 was named co-CEO of Gensler, the world’s largest architecture firm. Goldstein has been with Gensler since 1996. His recent projects included 2112 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Capital One’s Tysons headquarters and Marriott International’s new global headquarters in Bethesda.

Joseph Drayton ’93 joined the international law firm Proskauer as a partner in its intellectual property group. He has represented some of the nation’s most prominent companies before state and federal courts as well as the International Trade Commission. Drayton is based in the firm’s New York office.

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Seema Verma ’93 was named senior vice president and general manager, life sciences at Oracle. Most recently, Verma served as a senior advisor to private equity firms Cressy and Co. and TPG. Prior to those roles, she was administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Verma received her master’s in public health, health policy and administration from Johns Hopkins University.

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Disability rights advocate Melissa Scaletta Blubaugh ’92 was elected chair of the Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council. Composed of gubernatorial appointees who represent people with significant disabilities across the state, the council works with the Centers for Independent Living and Division of Rehabilitation Services to increase the impact of Independent Living services in Maryland. She was appointed to the council in 2020.

Brian Doheny ’92 was named chief operating officer at Lucet, a provider of behavioral health solutions and services to commercial health plans, government agencies and other sponsors of care. He was most recently vice president of Medicare trend and innovation at Humana and also held senior leadership positions at University of Louisville Health, CommonSpirit Health and Ascension. Doheny holds an MHA from Washington University in St. Louis and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Juliet Gilliam M.A. ’92 was named to the new position of vice president of media and entertainment relationships at the National Park Foundation. Most recently, Gilliam served as head of impact entertainment and talent integration at Special Olympics International. She has a bachelor's degree in English arts from Hampton University. She serves on the Horizon Foundation’s board of trustees and is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Columbia (Md.) chapter of the Links.

Andrew R. Kopsidas ’92 joined Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C. office as partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation group. As lead trial counsel, he represents clients before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and district courts in dozens of states. He joins Blank Rome from Hughes Hubbard & Reed and previously practiced at Fish & Richardson for more than 20 years. Before going to law school at George Washington University, he worked at NASA as a flight controller and systems engineer on the Hubble Space Telescope and several Space Shuttle missions.

Michael “Nathan” Shashoua ’92 wrote “Snapshot of a Warped Man,” a memoir of personal dysfunction addressing awkwardness, social alienation and twisted sexual fantasizing. Shashoua has worked as a journalist covering a variety of topics, including finance, technology, media, arts and entertainment, and local community news.

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Latanya Mapp Frett ’91, MPM ’95 was named president and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She was most recently president and CEO of Global Fund for Women, and before that was executive director of Planned Parenthood Global. Mapp Frett is also the author of “The Everyday Feminist: The Key to Sustainable Social-Impact Driving Movements We Need Now More Than Ever.” She serves on the boards of Oxfam International, Oxfam America, Management Sciences for Health and the Luminate Foundation. She is an adjunct professor of population and family health at Columbia University, a Woodrow Wilson fellow and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

President Joe Biden awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest award for technological achievement, to Jeong H. Kim Ph.D. ’91, namesake of an A. James Clark School of Engineering building. The chairman and co-founder of Kiswe Mobile was recognized for his advances in broadband optical systems, data communications and wireless technologies.

Brian Chappell ’90 was named to the board of trustees of Olney (Md.) Theatre Center. He is a partner at Hogan Lovells, where he is the head of a practice that concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, joint ventures, project development and finance transactions. Prior to obtaining his law degree at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Chappell was an electrical engineer. He has also served on the board of Arts for Learning Maryland since 2022.

Raul Fernandez ’90 was promoted to interim president and CEO of DXC Technology, an IT services provider based in Ashburn, Va. He had been CEO of DXC since 2019 and chairman since 2022, overseeing a restructuring at the IT services provider, which employed 130,000 across its ranks in 2022.


David Gehn ’88 became a partner at Fox Rothschild’s litigation department. Gehn has over 30 years of experience as a litigator with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to broker-dealers. Gehn was the NFL Players Association-certified contract advisor, representing active and retired athletes in the NFL and NBA. Gehn received his J.D. from New York Law School. Prior to joining Fox, Gehn was a partner at Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP.

Robin Champ ’88 was named the first vice president for strategic foresight at LBL Strategies, a certified veteran-owned small business specializing in strategy and foresight training and consulting. She most recently was chief of the Enterprise Strategy Division at the U.S. Secret Service and before that was chief of the Global Futures office at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

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Joe Niland ’86 wrote the recent novel “Just Kill the Hostages.” It was inspired by his 27-year career in the federal government, including the FBI’s counterterrorism division. He spent time embedded with the Green Berets looking for Americans held hostage in Iraq.

Longtime Texas Rangers radio play-by-play announcer Matt Hicks ’83 fulfilled a career dream by covering the World Series. Hicks started his career at WMUC.

Jim Jones ’83 was named the first deputy commissioner for human foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He oversees food safety, chemical safety and innovative food products, such as new agricultural technologies, to bolster the resilience of the U.S. food supply, reduce diet-related diseases and improve health equity. For more than 30 years, Jones held various positions in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, stakeholder community and private industry. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Clay Siegall ’82 was appointed chairman of the board of Tourmaline Bio, a late-stage clinical biotechnology company. Siegall is president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of biotech company Immunone. He previously served as the CEO and president of Seagen, which he co-founded in 1997. Under his 25 years of leadership, Seagen became the world leader in antibody-drug conjugate therapeutics, earned FDA approvals for four cancer therapies and grew to over $2 billion in annual revenue. Siegall received a Ph.D. in genetics from the George Washington University.


Pia Marie Winters Jordan ’78 wrote the book “Memories of a Tuskegee Airmen Nurse and Her Military Sisters,” focusing on the years during World War II when up to 28 Black women from the Army Nurse Corps—including her mother—staffed the station hospital on the base where the future airmen were undergoing training. Jordan explores how the nurses had to fight gender as well as racial discrimination. She continues to work on a multimedia documentary on the Army Nurse Corps members who served with the Tuskegee Airmen. She retired in 2018 as an associate professor in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University and now lives in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Career fraud fighter Haluk Ferden Gursel M.A. ’76 received the Lifetime Achievement in Compliance at the 2023 Excellence in Compliance Awards. Among his career highlights, he served in the internal oversight department with the World Health Organization from 1980-2006, contributing to the drafting of its quality assurance scheme. He also became a diplomat for the United Nations in 1991, acting as a resource person to help draft the organization’s fraud prevention policy, and he worked as the chief compliance enhancement officer for UNAIDS, establishing the accountability enhancement initiative. Gursel taught as an adjunct professor at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland, for more than three decades, and he is the founding member and president emeritus of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners chapter in Switzerland. He has published six books and several articles on financial and accounting issues.

Scott Angle ’75, M.S. ’78 was appointed provost of the University of Florida. Angle has worked for UF since 2020, and was named interim provost in June 2023. and was formerly the director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. He earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri with a focus on soil microbiology. He was a professor of soil science at UMD, where he later became director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station and Maryland Cooperative Extension. Following his time in Maryland, Angle served as dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia.

Daniel Goldberg ’70 joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as an adjunct research staff member in its Systems and Analyses Center. He earned his master’s degree in Soviet and East European studies from the George Washington University and is a member of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.


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Joy Haupt Carol ’68 published her 10th book, “Different Together: Bridges of Mutual Respect,” with Kyle Reese, a compilation of positive and inspiring stories about interactions and relationships between people of diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences and faiths to build understanding and respect for all people. Haupt Carol is a workshop and retreat leader, spiritual director, author and national speaker.


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Nelly Martha Osinga Branson B.L.A. ’07 died on July 5, 2023. She was born July 29, 1953, to Dutch immigrants Jan and Douwina Osinga and raised on Sweet Briar College's dairy farm in Virginia. She graduated from Amherst County High School and Sweet Briar College, the latter with a bachelor’s degree in American studies. She taught at Pleasant View Elementary School in Amherst County and then left to work at Delta Airlines, which she continued to do while raising her family in Silver Spring, Md. She later earned a landscape architecture degree from UMD. She then returned to Amherst, Va., to care for her mother. She was a devout member of the Amherst Presbyterian Church, a Girl Scout leader and community garden expert. Branson is survived by her children, Susie Branson Wilkinson and Molly Branson Worden; siblings Ieke Osinga Scully and John Harold Osinga; and nieces and nephews.

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Jonson Marin ’00 of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died on Dec. 15, 2023, due to complications from Lyme disease. He was 46. Born in San Miguel, El Salvador, Marin was a software engineer. He was an avid downhill mountain biker, snorkeler and paddle boarder. Marin also enjoyed playing chess, snowboarding, gardening and woodworking, as well as painting and drawing. Marin is survived by his wife, Maureen; daughters Lila and Carmen; siblings Sandra and Dixon; and two nephews.

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Deborah Lynn Dahl-Young ’90 of Bel Air, Md., died on Oct. 20, 2023, at Johns Hopkins Medical Center after a battle with kidney cancer. She was 56. Born in South Bend, Ind., she was a graduate of Joppatowne High School, majored in business at UMD and earned an MBA at the University of Baltimore. She spent her career in the employee benefits industry. Dahl-Young enjoyed the beach, boating, jet skiing, live music, dancing, traveling, reading, attending her daughter’s sporting events and snuggling with her dogs. Dahl-Young and her husband were attendees of Mountain Christian Church. She is survived by her father, Harry Dahl; stepparents Linda Dahl and William Shurlknight; husband, William F. "Buddy" Young; daughter, Madelyn S. Morehead; brothers, Michael and Daniel Dahl; a stepdaughter, Megan Pollhammer; a stepson, Ryan Young; two step-grandchildren; nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her mother, Patricia.

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Steven Mark Rochon ’90, M.S. ’97 died on Oct. 17, 2023, at the age of 56. Born at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., he earned two engineering degrees at UMD and began a long career as a civil engineer with the Maryland State Highway Administration. Upon retiring, Rochon worked part-time as a project manager with Jacob, a global engineering company. He was also a master of crosswords, puzzles and word games, and card games. He was a fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Dodgers and Maryland Terps. An excellent cook, he delighted in experimenting with recipes from various corners of the world. But he also held fast to his cherished family favorites, bringing comfort and warmth to gatherings with the tastes of time-honored dishes. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Crawford Rochon; sons Matthew Steven Rochon and Andrew Crawford Rochon; father, Kennth James Rochon Sr.; brother, Kenneth James Rochon; sister, Jennifer Rochon Herwig; nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Ruthann Richardson. He was predeceased by his mother, Linda Rochon.

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Joan Kathleen Hursen Szabo ’88 died on Aug. 18, 2023, at age 70. She lived in Bethesda, Md., after her hometown Pittsburgh and a time in Bloomington, Ind. Szabo earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign language education and taught at Eleanor Roosevelt and Suitland high schools in Prince George’s County, where she took her students on international trips. She was fluent in French and German and had working knowledge of Spanish, Russian and Italian. Szabo was a generous big sister and a loving aunt. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Dr. Attila Szabo; stepmother; seven siblings; four nieces; two nephews; five great-nephews; dear friends and students; and her last dog companion, Lindy.

Ronald Gregory “Greg” Bassett of Ocean City, Md., a longtime journalist on the Eastern Shore, died on Dec. 10, 2023, at age 63. He graduated from Wicomico High School, after having many of his photos of news events published by local newspapers. He earned an associate’s degree in newswriting from Chowan University and studied journalism at UMD, where he drove a Shuttle-UM bus and became a coordinator for two years. He joined The Daily Times in Salisbury in 1987 as a reporter and was promoted to editorial page editor two years later. From 1993–97, Bassett was an assistant news editor for the Washington bureau of Thomson Newspapers, then served as assistant city editor for the The (Annapolis) Capital before becoming managing editor of The Daily Times in 1999. He was later named executive editor, then general manager of Delmarva Media Group, until 2013. In 2014, he helped create The Salisbury Independent and served as host of PAC-14’s “One on One,” where he recorded more than 600 interviews with elected officials and other newsmakers. Bassett served as moderator of numerous political debates, where his tough questions mixed with his likable personality made everyone feel at ease. He earned numerous awards and accolades. His passions included golf, complaining about the Los Angeles Chargers, making people laugh, and his two children. He is survived by his children, Caroline “Annie” Bassett and Andrew “Will” Bassett; his mother, Joan Q. Bassett; a sister, Lisa Anne Bassett; his ex-wife, Catherine M. Bassett; cousins; and two nephews.

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Joan E. Petrosky M.A. ’83 died on Sept. 11, 2023, at the Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home in Liberty, Ohio, at age 72. She was born in Warren, Ohio, on May 15, 1951, and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. She received her B.S. in education from Bowling Green University and M.A. in history from UMD. Petrosky taught junior and senior high school in Ohio and in Maryland. After retirement, she was the caregiver for her parents. Petrosky was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mineral Ridge and enjoyed counting cross stitch, playing Scrabble and reading. She is survived by three brothers, Kenneth, Richard and Gary; and four nephews.

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Lawrence Gramling DBA ’82 of Milford, Conn., died on Oct. 17, 2023, at age 77. He was born and raised in Williamsport, Pa., and served in the Army during the Vietnam War. After attending the University of Scranton, Northeastern University (where he met future wife, Cathy) and the University of Maryland, he relocated in 1980 to the Connecticut town of Tolland. Gramling cherished his job as an accounting professor at the University of Connecticut as much as he enjoyed coaching youth sports for his children's teams. He earned his doctorate at UConn and rose to the rank of associate dean before retiring in 2018. Highlights of his sports fandom included seeing UConn win its 1999 national championship with his two oldest sons; attending the Pittsburgh Steelers' win in Super Bowl XL with his two youngest sons; and cheering as his daughter was Wheelock College's starting point guard. In addition to donating his blood, supporting his alma mater Scranton and creating a charity for Alzheimer's patients in which he jogged their memories with baseball stories and statistics, Gramling and his wife ran the volunteer bingo games at Woodlake in Tolland for nearly two decades. He loved to golf, was an avid bowler and visited his children and grandchildren every chance he got. In addition to Cathy, to whom he was married for 53 years, Gramling is survived by five children: Scott, Brian, Gary, Tim and Amy; nine grandchildren; and a brother, David. He was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen.

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Susan Nagler Beatty ’81 died on Oct. 28, 2023, three months after being diagnosed with cancer. She was 70. Beatty grew up in Hyattsville, Md., and graduated from Northwestern High School and UMD, then began her career in the U.S. House of Representatives, as an applications analyst for House Information Systems. It was there she met her future husband, Charlie. Beatty managed a boisterous household in Annapolis full of love, life and animals of all kinds. Her volunteer work at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County led her to employment there, and she rose to be executive director. After retirement, Beatty founded the Maryland Animal Adoption Center, which has placed nearly 100 animals in loving homes. She is survived by her husband, Charlie; her son, Paul; and her sisters, Betty Smith and Janet Nagler. She was predeceased by her daughter, Julia.

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Kristine Chase Ph.D. ’81 died on Oct. 24, 2023, at the age of 74, after a two-year battle with endometrial cancer. She grew up in Redwood City, Calif., then graduated from Woodside High School and UC Davis, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in economics. While completing her doctorate at UMD, she taught at the U.S. Naval Academy. She and her family then moved back to the Bay Area, and Chase taught at Mills College in Oakland and then joined the faculty at Saint Mary's College of California, where she served as chair of the economics department and dean of the business school. A fellowship in higher education administration took her to Arizona State University, after which she became Saint Mary's College’s chief financial officer, before returning to teach at the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration. After 32 years of service to the college, she retired in 2017 as professor of economics emerita. Before and after retirement, Chase traveled for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, assisting with accreditations and sharing her knowledge of higher education finance and governance. She served on the Contra Costa Community College Board, the board of the United States International University, and the board of Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay Area. After moving to Sierra Madre to be close to her daughter's family, Chase joined the board of the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library. She and her second husband, Andy Van Horn, shared their joy in nature with travel to six continents. Chase is survived by her husband of 13 years; brother, Thomas Terrill; son, Michael Chase; daughter, Karen Lencioni; stepsons Todd and Scott Van Horn; and six grandchildren.

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Alice Dailey Daum Coen Ed.D. ’81, of Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster, Md., died on Nov. 7, 2023, at the age of 83. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Coen graduated from Portsmouth High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Ohio State University, master’s in speech language pathology from Mississippi State University, and doctorate in teaching and learning, policy and leadership from UMD. She spent her career dedicated to education at all levels. In her later years, Coen remained active in her community, serving on the residence advisory committee and the board of directors of Carroll Lutheran Village. She is survived by her husband, Robert; her children, Elizabeth Daum and Nancy Daum; stepsons Tim and Todd Coen; three grandchildren; brother Daniel; and nieces, nephews and extended family. Daum was predeceased by her brother, Charles Dailey; and sisters Erma Leatherberry and Evelyn Walter.

Patricia “Pat” Yeager ‘78 died on Sept. 12, 2023, at age 88. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Yeager and her husband, Richard “Dick” Yeager, moved to Bowie, Md., in 1963, where they raised their five children. Yeager later graduated from UMD with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 1981, she became a teacher with the English department at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, where she worked until her retirement in 2009. She was an avid reader and excellent cook and had a keen eye for interior design, antiques and artwork. She enjoyed family beach vacations and traveling. Yeager is survived by her children, Kurt, James, Jennifer McHose and Amy Zwinge, as well as her brother, John Clemency. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years and her son, Thomas.

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Chulai Hsiao Ph.D. ’77 of Waltham, Del., died on Oct. 21, 2023, at age 76. Born in the farming town of I-lan, Taiwan, Hsiao was the oldest of seven siblings, the first to attend college and the only one from his family to leave his native country. He completed his undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine at National Taiwan University, where he met his wife, Tieetour. They married in 1971, then immigrated to the U.S., where Hsiao earned a Ph.D. in biological chemistry at UMD, then did postdoctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Hsaio worked as a molecular biologist first at DuPont, and then Wyeth, working on developing new techniques for studying biological cell processes and for producing therapeutic drugs. He and his wife raised their children in Wilmington, then moved to Waltham, Mass., when Wyeth merged with the Genetics Institute. An avid gardener and bird-watcher, Hsiao enjoyed the outdoors and often brought his family on trips to visit national parks. He loved camping at Acadia National Park, and in later years spent many happy hours with Tieetour at Walden Pond and Great Meadows in Concord. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Tieetour; two children; two grandchildren; four brothers and two sisters; six nephews; and 12 nieces.

Jenafred Juliet Shore M.L.S. ’77 of Annapolis, Md., died on Dec. 22, 2023. She was 72. Shore was employed by the Anne Arundel County Library System and served at the West Street Annapolis and Hillsmere branches. She was a devotee of the classical performing arts and worked with the State University of New York at Purchase, Princeton (N.J.) Ballet School and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, as well as volunteered with the Annapolis Ballet and Annapolis Opera. She enjoyed reading and knitting. Shore is survived by her husband of 48 years, Richard Kaminski; her children, Andrew and Alexandra; her sister, Gretchen; and a granddaughter.

Doris Mae Turner Hayes M.L.S. ’76 died on Nov. 10, 2023, at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Va. She attended Watson High School, Virginia State College (now Virginia State University), North Carolina Central College (now North Carolina Central University) and UMD. She worked for the Fairfax County Public Library.

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Raylena Church Fields ’75 died on Dec. 10, 2023, at home in Salisbury, Md. She was 70. She was born in Allen, Md., and after earning a journalism degree at UMD, she built a 30-year career in newsrooms in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. Her coverage of the death of Princess Diana won her two Emmys. When she left the industry, she volunteered as an associate producer on an independent film, and she earned a master's degree in religion from Lancaster (Pa.) Theological Seminary. She continued that interest in religious studies in Thailand and Japan, where she pursued a doctorate in peace-building at Payap University and Osaka University's School of International Public Policy, respectively. Not long after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013, she returned to the Eastern Shore and focused on pursuing a long-held dream: writing a children's book. Fields self-published “The Adventures of Natalie Hill” in 2017. She was a spiritualist, avid reader and world traveler who loved old Westerns, “Downton Abbey” and the color yellow. Fields is survived by her sons, Bradley and Paul; two sisters, Deborah and Althea Chandler; and a host of family and friends.

Helen Gary Warner German ‘75 of Greenbelt, Md., died on Oct. 23, 2023, at age 70, nearly seven years after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. She was born in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Parkdale High School and UMD. German retired from the U.S. Postal Service, where she served as a letter carrier for many years in College Park. She was a volunteer firefighter with the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department as well as an EMT, which began her second career as a paramedic with LifeStar, where she worked at the time of her accident. German loved the beach, reading great books, deep sea fishing and camping; she ran the Marine Corps Marathon, scuba dived and traveled the world. She was survived by her caretaker, Debbie Martin; a brother, David Warner; a niece; and a great-nephew.

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John Randolph Katkish ’75 of Williamsburg, Va., died on Nov. 5, 2023, at age 70. He was born in Washington, D.C., coached his younger brother's baseball team, and traveled to visit his older sister in Mexico and Alaska. He attended St. John's College High School and, in keeping with his devout Catholic faith, worked for The Pope Speaks publication as a young man. He studied business at UMD and began his career at Psychiatric Institutes of America. He later founded an investment management firm and received his MBA from New York University. He was a professor of finance at American University and Temple University, a ski instructor, an avid traveler and an active volunteer on numerous boards throughout the country, at his children's schools and at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Katkish was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Henderson Katkish. He is survived by his children, Andrea Mathis, Lauren Shaw and Christopher Katkish; five grandchildren; siblings Mary Auger and Ray Sanders; and many nieces and nephews.

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Lorraine Antoinette Alt ’74 died on Sept. 6, 2023, in Palm Coast, Fla., at age 87. She was born in Nanticoke, Pa., and met her husband at a high school dance in Philadelphia. A few years after their marriage, the couple relocated to Kensington, Md., eventually settling in Howard County. While raising her two children, Alt earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from UMD and began a long career with the government. During retirement, Alt became a longtime volunteer at Laurel Regional Hospital; she also volunteered with various veterans’ organizations and retirement associations. Alt enjoyed traveling with her husband, hockey, sewing, gardening, animals, and her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband of 62 years, Robert Charles Alt, her sister, Del Crowder, and her brother, Melvin Onofrey. She is survived by her son, Richard Charles Alt; daughter, Sandra Ann Loppatto; and four grandchildren.

Steven Charles Theodore ’74 died on Dec. 16, 2023, in Jacksonville, Fla., after a battle with cancer. He was 71. Raised in Wheaton, Md., Theodore and his twin sister, Gwen, graduated from Einstein High School and UMD. It was at the university that he met his wife, Julie, while sharing a piano in a music education class. He began playing with local bands as a trumpet player in junior high school, performing for teen clubs, church dances and Battles of the Bands. However, he soon followed in his father's footsteps as a professional electric and acoustic bass player in the Gene Donati Band, whose gigs included playing at the White House for presidents from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush. Theodore also taught instrumental music for 30 years for Prince George's County Public Schools; he retired after 14 years at Bowie High School. After living in Bowie for 40 years, the Theodores moved to Ocean City, N.J., then to a suburb of Charleston, S.C., and finally to Jacksonville. The couple also enjoyed traveling, particularly by cruise ship. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Julie; sisters Gretchen Wilson and Gwen Wilhelm; and aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and grand-nephews.

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Janet Marie (Rehkemper) Ritter ’73 died due to a long-term illness on Dec. 18, 2023, in Prince Frederick, Md. She was 75. Ritter graduated from La Reine High School in Suitland, Md., and majored in education at UMD, where she met her future husband, Bob Ritter ’71. Ritter retired from Prince George’s County Public Schools in 2004 after a 35-year career teaching every elementary grade and serving as a reading recovery specialist. She and her husband co-authored two memoirs: “Breaking Tecumseh’s Curse” and “Did You Choose Your Parents?” which spotlighted their early years together when he was a U.S. Secret Service agent. She enjoyed walking the North Beach, Md., boardwalk, antiquing, working crossword puzzles and traveling. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, the UMD Alumni Association and the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum. She supported many charities and causes. Ritter is survived by her husband of 55 years, Bob; children Caren Gallaudet and Rob Ritter; and five granddaughters.

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Marguerite Deborah Nye Corgan ’72, ’73, of York, Maine, died on Sept. 13, 2023. She was born in Washington, D.C., majored in English at UMD and later studied music and voice and earned her postgraduate degree in secondary education from California State University. Corgan nurtured her children, grandchildren, husband, home and gardens. She was also a prolific writer and talented artist and vocalist. She donated her money, blood and time to causes she held dear: PBS, the American Red Cross, the Nye family in America, genealogy and ancestry research. It was her dream, in her final chapter, to live near natural water and trees and in a place the grandchildren wanted to visit, so she did. Corgan is survived by her husband of 41 years, John A.F. Corgan; children John, Katharine, Alex, Erin and Paul Corgan; and nine grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Nye.

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Miriam Hull ’71 of Towson, Md., died on Oct. 22, 2023 at age 74. She was a graduate of Westminster High School, where she was its first majorette to incorporate twirling the baton with fire. She majored in elementary education at UMD, and became a teacher in Bethesda, Md., where she taught gifted and talented students. Hull enjoyed swimming, watching football, creating artwork and jewelry pieces, and being surrounded by nature. Hull is survived by sisters Elizabeth A. Hull and Nan Sanders.

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Sheila (Keigher) Sargent ’71, M.Ed. ’77, formerly of Back Bay, Boston and Richland, Wash., died on Oct. 23, 2023, at age 74. Born in Chicago, Ill., Sargent grew up in Richland and graduated from the University of Maryland. She loved to travel and teach, and worked with the Department of Defense schools in Germany for many years before returning to Boston and earning an MBA from Northeastern University. She devoted her later years to her family, small business, gardening and summering on Great East Lake, Maine. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Sargent Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Sargent Read and Kira M. Sargent; a stepson, C. Forbes Sargent III; a sister, Sharon Keigher; and seven grandchildren.

Martha “Marty” Bailey Schmidt Lanham ’70 died on Dec. 21, 2023, at her home in Westminster, Md. She was 75. She was born in Baltimore, earned a degree in photojournalism from UMD and worked in public relations for the Camp Fire Girls, the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the city of Westminster. Lanham was the office manager for her husband’s medical practice in Westminster and later became a tax specialist for H&R Block-Westminster. A lifelong equestrian, she was active in trail maintenance work at Morgan Run in Carroll County, where she also provided hot dogs to the workers. Lanham was also an avid supporter of the horse rescue work done by Days End and Gentle Giants. Lanham was an aerobics instructor in Westminster for decades. She considered her founding role in the Westminster Fall Fest as one of her greatest accomplishments. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dr. Howard G. Lanham ’70; and two sons, Austin Lanham and Mark Lanham.

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Helen Patricia (Mullen) Prout M.Ed. ’70 died on Nov. 9, 2023, at the age of 77. She grew up in West New York, N.J., where she met her future husband, Maurice, in kindergarten. She graduated from Saint Joseph's of the Palisades High School and Jersey City State, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education. After graduating from UMD, she was employed as a public school teacher and social worker before settling in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia and having children. While raising her sons, Prout earned a certificate in finance from Chestnut Hill College. Upon returning to work, she worked for over 20 years at Telerx, a company involved in health care and consumer products marketing, eventually becoming senior vice president of marketing. Despite her demanding schedule, Prout took care of her family, planning and preparing meals and helping with homework. She was an avid reader of the Wall Street Journal and viewer of CNBC and loved to travel, particularly to the beach at Manasquan, N.J., each August. Perhaps her signature family accomplishment was hosting Thanksgiving dinner for over four decades. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Maurice Prout; two sons, Christopher and Jeremy; five grandchildren; and siblings Kathleen Boland, Peggy Healy, Michael Mullen and Francis Mullen, She is predeceased by her brother, Patrick Mullen; and sister, Ann Marie Hughes.

David Lemar Remmert ’70, M.Ed. ’76 of Glen Burnie, Md., died on Dec. 19, 2023, at age 77. He was born in Madison, Wisc., and earned two degrees in education from UMD. Remmert taught physics, AP physics and AP computer science at Severna Park High School from 1969–2000. After retirement, he became a master barber at the Naval Academy for 14 years. He enjoyed fishing, RC airplanes, photography, skeet shooting, water skiing, boating and pheasant hunting. David also enjoyed riding long distances on his bicycle and training dogs for obedience trials. He took great pride in helping with baptisms, being the prep leader, and going on church missions with the children. Remmert is survived by his wife of 48 years, Louise M. Remmert; children, Lauren Remmert and David Harding; and siblings, Bill Remmert and Beth Murphy.

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Roy Eades ’69 died on Nov. 9, 2023, at the age of 77. Roy was born on Aug. 14, 1946, in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Riverdale, Md. He worked for Safeway for 42 years, working his way up from night stocker to store manager. Eades served as the director of risk management for Safeway’s Eastern Division for over a decade. He married Diane Havas in 1974 and had two sons, Ryan and Kevin. Eades got his dream job in 2010, working as an usher for the Washington Nationals until his passing. He is survived by his wife; sons; and two granddaughters.

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Mary Ethel Jacocks McCorkle ’68 of Hillsborough, N.C., died Dec. 18, 2023, at the age of 79. She majored in sociology at UMD and was an accountant at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, N.C., for many years. After moving to Emerald Isle, McCorckle enjoyed working at a local jewelry store, where she made lifelong friends. She loved dogs, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and enjoyed basket weaving. McCorkle was preceded in death by her husband, Tim. She is survived by her brother, Frank; two nephews and a niece; stepchildren Bill, Rick, Beth and Marty; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her dog, Maggie.

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James Lawrence Sherald ’68, M.S. ’72, Ph.D. ’74, of Alexandria, Va., died on Oct. 9, 2023, at the age of 77. He grew up in Frederick, Md., and graduated from St. John’s High School and UMD, where he majored in horticulture. Following his service in Vietnam, Sherald returned to the University of Maryland, where he completed both graduate degrees in plant pathology. During a 35-year career with the National Park Service, he was a research plant pathologist and later the chief of natural resources and science for the National Capital Region. His research led to the identification in 1991 of the introduced pathogenic fungus Discula destructiva, the culprit behind dogwood anthracnose. Outside of work and in retirement, Sherald gathered elm seeds to propagate trees, which he would then share with family and friends. He also enjoyed gardening and volunteered as a board member of Casey Trees, a Boy Scout leader, a tutor for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and a food pantry helper at United Community, as well as participated in activities through his church, Good Shepherd. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lynne; children Matthew, Kevin and Emily; and a grandson. He is missed by his walking and yardwork companion, Ginger.

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Pearl Alice Hanson Johnson ’67, M.Ed. ’73 died in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Dec. 28, 2023, after a short illness. She was 98. Johnson was raised in Idaho as the fourth of 11 children and attended Utah State University for one year. She worked as a doctor's receptionist and bookkeeper in her younger years. She married Rene Merlin Johnson in 1949 and had seven children. He managed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ New York/New Jersey Farm on the Eastern Shore, so the family moved East and as the children got older, Johnson completed her degrees in elementary education at UMD. In 1980, the couple purchased an old tobacco farm in Upper Marlboro and turned it into a family berry farm, which they ran until returning to Salt Lake City in 1986. In 1988–89 they served as missionaries in Sweden. She also enjoyed crocheting and donated around 40 afghans for newborns. Johnson leaves behind six children: Barbara Massey, Douglas Johnson, Virginia Black, Gordon Johnson and Roger Johnson; 38 grandchildren; over 100 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Alva Lu. She is preceded in death by her husband; two daughters, Corinne Hall and Margaret Itri; and her siblings.

Helen Louise Hedrick M.S. ’67 of Maysville, W.V., died on Oct. 19, 2023, at age 81. She attended Petersburg High School, Potomac State College, West Virginia University and the University of Maryland. She worked for the West Virginia Extension Service.

Martin Lewis Berger ’66 of Rockville, Md., died Dec. 18, 2023, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Raised in Silver Spring, Md., Berger attended Coolidge High School and UMD, where he studied education. He began his career teaching middle school history at Buck Lodge Jr. High School in Columbia, Md., then taught psychology for almost 15 years at High Point High School in Prince George's County. After retiring, he returned to teaching the Bullis School in Potomac. Berger also served as youth director for Washington Hebrew Congregation for 26 years. He ran a comprehensive youth retreat program, as well as junior and senior high school youth groups, and was a director of many Jewish summer camps. Berger is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn; children, Erica Berger-Brandt and Jonah Berger; two grandchildren; and a sister, Tina Levin.

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Charles Frank Galambos M.S. ’66 died on Oct. 14, 2023, at his Maurertown, Va., home at age 89. He was born in Kispest, Hungary, and the family immigrated to the U.S. in 1948. He received his civil engineering undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota and his master's degree in engineering from UMD. Galambos was a bridge engineer in the Senior Executive Service in the U.S. government and the chief of applied mechanics and structures at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. Upon retirement, he moved to Shenandoah County and became an accomplished wood turner. He was a charter member of the Wood Turners of the Virginias and of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, where he was a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; sons, Terry, Mitchell and Adam; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, William Galambos.

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Robert Geisler ’66 died on Sept. 14, 2023, from prostate cancer and congestive heart failure at the age of 81. Raised in Chevy Chase, Md., Geisler graduated from St. John’s College in Washington, D.C., then earned an associate’s degree from Montgomery College and B.S. in industrial engineering from UMD. Geisler worked for Westinghouse, General Electric, Vitro Lab, Defense Logistics Agency and the National Security Agency at Fort Meade until he retired in 2003. Geisler and his wife, Catherine, raised their family in Olney, Md., before moving to the Eastern Shore. Geisler was an active member of the Catholic community: he worshiped at St. Peter's in Olney, and St. Mary Star of the Sea and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Dorchester County, Md. He enjoyed boating, fishing, crabbing, gardening, playing cards and square dancing. Geisler is survived by his wife of 67 years, Catherine; three children, Todd Geisler, David Geisler and Julia Balsley; and brothers Paul and Raymond Geisler.

Richard Stephen Hammerschlag M.S. ’66, Ph.D. ’72 of Highland, Md., died on Dec. 28, 2023, at the age of 82. He received his B.A. in botany at Colgate University and his master’s degree in plant pathology at UMD. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as a first lieutenant at Fort Detrick, Md., and was involved with rice disease studies. Hammerschlag then completed his doctorate at UMD and a postdoctoral appointment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville. For the majority of his career (1974–95), Hammerschlag served as chief of the Center for Urban Ecology for the National Park Service, then was a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel from 1995–2007. Following retirement, Hammerschlag collaborated on several wetlands projects while remaining on board at Patuxent as an emeritus scientist, serving as a volunteer at the National Arboretum and elsewhere, redesigning sections of the eclectic home garden, traveling with his wife and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Freddi Hammerschlag; son, Dan; two grandchildren; and a brother, Alan.

Nancy Nealy Ragsdale M.S. ’66, Ph.D. ’74, a research associate for UMD’s botany department, died on Oct. 2, 2023, at her home near Crozet, Va., after a battle with lung cancer. She was 85. Ragsdale graduated from Griffin High School and attended Emory University, where she became a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She married her husband, William, in 1959 and moved to Connecticut, where she graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a B.S. in general science and chemistry. After moving to Silver Spring, Md., she completed her graduate degrees in botany at UMD. She spent most of her career at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she was involved with research, policy and regulations related to agricultural pesticides. An active member of the American Chemical Society, she served as chairman of the Agrochemical Division and other offices. After retirement, Ragsdale conducted tours as a docent at the U.S. Botanic Garden. She loved family, flowers, gardening, ballet, swimming, bicycling and visits to England. She is survived by her husband, William; daughters Nancy Virginia Ragsdale and Elizabeth Ragsdale Howard; and two step-grandchildren. She is predeceased by a grandson, Theodore William Howard.

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David Stern Kimmel M.Ed. ’65 died Nov. 14, 2023, at his Bowie, Md., home at age 87. He was born in Gray, Pa., and served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957. Kimmel earned a bachelor's degree in education from the California University of Pennsylvania and his master’s from UMD. He retired from the Maryland State Department of Education, working as a program support services branch chief for vocational education. Kimmel was a recipient of many state and national awards. His family, sports and the outdoors were his biggest passions. Kimmel was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a tremendous fan of the Terps and Pittsburgh Steelers. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bettie Jayne “BJ”; his son, Robert, and daughter Stacy; and five grandchildren.

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Dagmar Renate “Reni” Henney Ph.D. ’65 died on Sept. 16, 2023, at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, Del., after a struggle with cancer. She was 92. Henney was born in the Spandau section of Berlin, Germany, to a Catholic father and Jewish mother, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944. Her father, a scientist, was sought after for his involvement in the German rocket program. He and Henney went on the run, first from the Nazis and later from the invading Russian army. Henney arrived in the United States in 1951. She graduated from the University of Miami, majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics and chemistry, and meeting her husband, Alan G. Henney, in a nuclear physics class. She later earned a master of science degree in pure mathematics. The couple moved to Takoma Park, Md., and she became the first woman to earn her doctorate in pure mathematics at UMD. Henney became a professor at College Park and later accepted a position at the George Washington University, where she taught classes in calculus, finite mathematics, and measure and integration. She also served as an adviser to the university's chapters of Pi Mu Epsilon, Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. Henney was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was admitted into the National Association of Science Writers. Henney was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her son, Alan Gilbert Henney Jr.

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Carl E. Coppock Ph.D. ’64 died Sept. 23, 2023 at age 90. He and six siblings were raised on the family farm in Dayton, Ohio.  Coppock spent two years in Laos as an agricultural consultant with the International Voluntary Service. He earned a bachelor’s degree in dairy science at Ohio State University, a master's degree from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. During his career, Coppock was a professor and researcher of dairy science and nutrition at Cornell University and Texas A&M. After his retirement, he and his wife, Marjorie, took a university teaching position in Laredo, where they spent seven years before retiring to San Antonio. His volunteer service included constructing carts for paraplegics with Mobility Worldwide, working with Christian Assistance Ministry, and playing the piano weekly for hymns at Heartland Health Center. Music, family, a love of God, motorcycling and service to others were the joys of his life. He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Lynne Susanne; sons, Mark and Daniel; and three grandchildren.

Daniel A. Williams ’64 of Westminster, Md., died on Dec. 27, 2023, at Carroll Hospital Center after a brief illness. He was 81. Willams grew up in Baltimore and majored in Spanish at UMD. He earned master's and doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins University. In 2004, he retired after 31 years as professor of Spanish and Latin American history at Western Maryland College, where he was chair of the foreign language department for a number of years. Williams was an avid tennis player and won several Carroll County Tennis Association tournaments in the 35-and-over group in the 1980s. Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Jenny Haifley Williams; sisters Mary Ellen Lago and Carole Maner; son, Chris Williams; daughter, Casida O'Neill; and two nephews and a niece.

Barbara Lee Hamilton ’63, of Lonaconing, Md., died on Dec. 14, 2023 at age 82. She was a graduate of Valley High School in Lonaconing and majored in French at UMD. She lived in Washington, D.C., and worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She returned home to Lonaconing and worked for the Clerk of the Court Office for Allegany County. Hamilton is survived by her brother, Robert W. Hamilton; and a nephew and niece.

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Dusan "Dewey" Josef Schejbal ’61 of University Park, Md., died on Oct. 17, 2023, at age 89. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, he and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1947 and settled in the Washington, D.C., area. Schejbal graduated from Northwestern High School and enrolled at UMD, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. During college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent most of his service time in Germany. After graduating from Maryland, Schejbal spent his career with the federal government. He became a United States citizen in 1961. Schejbal was an avid tennis player and developed many close friendships with his fellow players. He enjoyed traveling with his family. Schejbal is survived by his wife of 60 years, Krista; daughters, Julie, Lisa and Nikole; and four grandchildren.

Virginia “Ginny” (Harvey) Coco ’60 died on Dec. 10, 2023, at age 84 at her home in Ocean City, N.J. She graduated from Girls High School in Philadelphia, UMD, where she majored in physical education, and Temple University. She and her husband, Bill, ran the Mannettes Gymnastic Club, where they coached and trained elite athletes. This eventually led them to coaching the 1972 Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team. After his death from pancreatic cancer, she became the athletic director at Masterman High School in Philadelphia. There, she won Pennsylvania's teacher of the year award in 1991. She stayed at Masterman and retired in June 2001. Coco became a permanent resident in Ocean City and became a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, joined the advisory council of the Ocean City Pops and was a member of Cape Shore Chorale. Survivors include a daughter, Gini; son, Michael; four grandchildren; and friend Bill Sundermeir. Coco was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Coco; and a grandson, Steven Eric "Ebo" Eberling Jr.

Thomas Floyd Trail M.A. ’60 of Moscow, Idaho, died on Nov. 2, 2023, at age 88. He graduated from Moscow High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Idaho, master’s in education from the University of Maryland and doctorate in experimental psychology from Montana State University. He represented Idaho 4-H club members in 1956 by traveling to Nepal as an International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) delegate, and was the 53rd American to enter Nepal. For 16 years, Trail represented the people of Latah County in the Idaho State House of Representatives. He strived to work across party lines; his proudest accomplishments included co-sponsoring the Promise Scholarship and Opportunity Scholarship Programs for needs-based students, passing minimum wage legislation for Hispanic farm workers, revamping the Idaho Public Retirement System and sponsoring three Victim ID bills that became law. He and Jo Ann, along with David and Suzie Trail, helped found the Mountain View 4-H Club. While spending most of his years in Moscow, Trail was a world traveler, visiting and living in over 100 countries, overseeing programs such as Peace Corps, Heifer Project and international exchange programs such as 4-H IFYE and American Field Service. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; his sister, Marilyn; his daughter, Ruth; his sons, Mark and Steve; and six grandchildren.

John Stanton Boteler ’59, M.A. ’73 died on Sept. 6, 2023, at his home in Olney, Md. at age 87. He grew up in Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and graduated from Gonzaga High School. At UMD, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He then served in the D.C. National Guard and attended Our Lady of Angels Seminary. Boteler was a devoted teacher and counselor at Our Lady of Good Counsel and various Montgomery County Public Schools for over 30 years. After his retirement he enjoyed traveling and volunteering at Montgomery General Hospital. Survivors include his brother, Gene; sister, Libby DeMattia; 16 nieces and nephews; and numerous great and great-great grand nieces and nephews. Stanton was predeceased by his brother, Bernard, and sister, Rose Mary McAleer.

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Robert Kremer Howell ’59, M.S. ’61, Ph.D. ’65, of Beltsville, Md., died on Dec. 17, 2023. He was 92. Howell was born in Stuarts Draft, Va., and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict, He earned a doctorate in plant pathology at UMD and worked his entire career as a research scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md. Howell was an avid gardener and woodworker and was active in both the Potomac Chrysanthemum Society and the National Chrysanthemum Society as a champion exhibitor, author, mentor and master judge. He was preceded in death by Bernice, his wife of 58 years; his sister, Jo Scott Calhoun; and his daughter, Anne Reeves. Howell is survived by his brother, John B. Howell; son, John D. Howell; one grandson; and his friend, Martha Wilder.

Edward John Standera Jr. ’59 died on Oct. 18, 2023, at the age of 89. Born in Nanticoke, Pa., Standera attended the University of Maryland after serving in the U.S. Navy. Standera moved to Florida to work as a consulting engineer, eventually working in Cape Canaveral’s space industry. While living in Florida, Standera met and married Martha Ann Hood and they had their son Joe in 1968. The family moved to Athens, Ga., where Standera became the assistant city engineer and eventually the public works director for Clarke County. Standera was later hired as the public works director for the city of Gainesville, Ga., where he became active in several civic groups focused on improving Gainesville and Hall County. One of his favorite positions was teaching American government at the University of North Georgia. Outside of his work, Standera enjoyed painting and photography. He is survived by his wife, Martha; his son, Joe; and his sister, Barbara Hough.

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Vernon Mason Briggs Jr. ’59 of Ithaca, N.Y., died on Oct. 1, 2023, after a short illness. He was 86. Briggs was president of his senior class at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and at UMD, where he majored in economics and received the Algernon Sullivan Award from the New York Southern Society to the undergraduate who best exemplified the principle of service to the university. Briggs earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in labor economics at Michigan State University. At the University of Texas at Austin, he was promoted to professor, devoted to the study of public policies designed to advance the economic well-being of American workers and their families; he won several teaching awards. In 1978, Briggs joined the faculty of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University as a professor, and earned emeritus status in 2007. He was a frequent witness at congressional and state legislative hearings, national commission meetings and public forums. He also served on the editorial boards of numerous academic journals. He was a longtime member of the National Council on Employment Policy as well as a member of the board of directors of the Center for Immigration Studies. Locally, Briggs was a member of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He enjoyed spending several weeks each summer in the Rocky Mountains, where, at a cabin he helped to build, he could read, write, hike and be with his family. Briggs is survived by his wife of 52 years, Martijna; two sons, Vernon III and Kees; four grandchildren; and a brother, Donald. His sister, Carol Millen, and brother, Robert, predeceased him.

Kenneth E. Lore Jr. ’59 died on Dec. 19, 2023, in Severna Park, Md. He was 87. He served in the U.S. Army, majored in government and politics at UMD, and worked for the National Security Agency.

Frederick William Kaufman ’58 died on Dec. 19, 2023, in Owosso, Mich. He was 102. Kaufman attended Baltimore High School and majored in English at UMD. He served in the U.S. Navy.

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James Colvert Robertson ’57 of Mechanicsburg, Pa., died on Dec. 17, 2023. He was a Korean War veteran, serving with the Army in 1952–53. He received his education from the University of Maryland and the George Washington Law School. Robertson was employed as an attorney with the Securities Exchange Commission, then for Mcnees, Wallace and Nurick and, later, general counsel for Consumers Financial Corp. He served as CEO and chairman of the board with Consumers Financial Corp. for 35 years. Robertson was on the board of directors of the Harrisburg Hospital, Susquehanna Art Museum, Kick It In for Kids, Keystone Sports Foundation, Elizabethtown College and the West Shore Country Club, of which he was a member for 50 years. He and his wife of 52 years, Grace, established a trust with the Greater Harrisburg Foundation to help needy students achieve a college education. Robertson enjoyed playing softball, tennis, golf and traveling with Grace. He is survived by her and four nieces and nephew. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Charles and Bill.

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Donald H. MacDonald Jr. ’56 of Winchester, Va., died on Oct. 7, 2023, at age 93. A native of Baltimore, he majored in electrical engineering at UMD, then served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant from 1952 until 1963. He worked his entire career at Bendix Radio Corp. in Towson, Md., as an engineer and marketing manager. MacDonald was a longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Glen Arm, Md., then Christ Episcopal Church in Winchester. He was also a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore. MacDonald is survived by his wife of 72 years, Betty; a son, David B. MacDonald; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Alison M. Doherty, and brother, James MacDonald.

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James Dayton Blackwell ’54, M.Ed. ’58 died at his home in Catonsville, Md., on Oct. 16, 2023, at age 91. After completing his degrees in music education at UMD, Blackwell was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves, ending his service career as a captain. He was the vocal music teacher at Catonsville Junior High School from 1958-64, at Woodlawn High School from 1964-85 and at Perry Hall High School from 1985-91. In 2016, his former Woodlawn students organized a reunion concert they called "Mr. Blackwell's Opus." He was also the organist/choirmaster at Epworth United Methodist Chapel from 1958-65 and at Catonsville United Methodist Church from 1965-88, continuing on as choirmaster until 2001. He later was organist at West Baltimore Methodist Church until 2006. Blackwell was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Kathleen MacAloney Blackwell, in January. He is survived by his children, Kathleen Louise Blackwell Bird, Mark Dayton Blackwell, Vickere Lee Blackwell Murphy and John Turner Blackwell; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Carol Quillen Rudolphi ’54 died on Dec. 26, 2023 at age 92. She graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory and majored in early childhood education at UMD, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. Rudolphi enjoyed spending summers at the family beach house in Dewey Beach, and was a long-term member of the Country Club of Maryland, where she enjoyed golf and playing bridge. She was preceded in death by her husband, G. Charles Rudolphi; sister, Barbara Dougherty; and brother, Frederick Mark Quillen. She is survived by sons Charles A. Rudolphi and Robert F. Rudolphi; and four granddaughters.

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Donald Powell Sanderson Sr. ’53 died on Oct. 19, 2023, at age 94. He was a lifelong resident of Woodbury, N.J., where he graduated from Woodbury High School and played baseball and basketball and quarterbacked the 1945 championship football team. After earning a horticulture degree from UMD, he served in the U.S. Army from 1953–55. Sanderson owned and operated C.J. Sanderson & Son, Florist until the age of 90. During this time, he served as chairman of the local FTD district and his business was recognized as a "Top 1,000" FTD florist in the world over 20 times and was named South Jersey Florist of the Year in 1984. Sanderson also served in Woodbury city government for 30 years, starting as councilman in 1972 and later as City Council president for 13 years and mayor of Woodbury for eight years. Instrumental in establishing the first mandatory curbside recycling program in the country, Sanderson traversed the country educating other communities about how to replicate it. He served on the United Nations’ 1991 World Earth Day Advisory Committee and the U.N. Recycling Committee. Sanderson was additionally a former president and lifetime member of the Woodbury Jaycees, where he led the charge to resurrect the Woodbury Fall Parade. He served on the committee to organize the Woodbury Midget Football Program, as the president and secretary of the Woodbury YMCA, and as a charter member of the Woodbury Breakfast Rotary Club. Sanderson was also an active member of the Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce, Florence Lodge #87 and South Jersey Old Timers’ Baseball Club. He was a lifetime member and former trustee and deacon of Central Baptist Church. He was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and enjoyed spending summers with family in Ocean City, N.J. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Judith; children Patricia Sanderson, Donald Sanderson Jr. and Heather Tierney; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Sanderson; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings Jack, Alfred and Kathryn Worthington.

Jackson Yeager ’52, ’59 died on Dec. 14, 2023, in Silver Spring, Md. He was 98. Yeager attended Montgomery Blair High School and earned degrees in German and electrical engineering at UMD. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked for McGraw Hill Publishing Co.

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Joseph B. Gildenhorn ’51, of Washington, D.C., a lawyer, real estate developer and former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland who supported the performing arts at the University of Maryland and established its Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, died on Oct. 21, 2023. He was 94. Gildenhorn grew up in D.C. and majored in business administration at UMD, where he met his future wife, Alma ’53. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal. After law school he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Upon returning to Washington, he worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission and went on to become a founding partner of The JBG Cos., a real estate development and management company. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed Gildenhorn to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, a position he held until1993. President George W. Bush appointed him to serve as chairman of the board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2002-13), and he continued to serve as co-chairman of the Wilson National Cabinet. Gildenhorn also served on the boards of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and the Council of American Ambassadors. He chaired the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2010. The Gildenhorns were recognized as "Washingtonians of the Year" in 1996. He and his wife also became the first couple elected to the Alumni Association’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2015, and they received honorary doctorates in 2022. They named the Gildenhorn Recital Hall at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and he was instrumental in the establishment of the Gildenhorn Institute for Bone and Joint Health at Sibley Memorial Hospital/John Hopkins Medicine. He was a past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. He also served on the board of the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Gildenhorn was an avid sports fan and loved his Terps and all Washington teams. He enjoyed golf and tennis at Woodmont Country Club and skiing in Aspen; his greatest joy came from spending time with family and friends. Gildenhorn is survived by his wife of 70 years; children Carol Winer and Michael Gildenhorn; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Blanche Speisman.

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Robert W. Reiter ’51, a lifelong resident of Baltimore, died at the age of 97 on Oct. 15, 2023. He was born and raised in the Pimlico neighborhood and graduated from Mount Saint Joseph High School. He was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corp in December 1946, then earned an accounting degree at UMD before starting a lengthy career in mortgage banking, initially at Baltimore Federal Savings & Loan Association. He retired as chairman of the board of directors of Liberty Federal Savings & Loan Association in 2014. Bob and his wife, Edith, raised their family in the Northwood neighborhood before later moving to Lutherville and then to Oak Crest Senior Living in Parkville. Reiter enjoyed Maryland steamed crabs, a good Manhattan, nickel-ante poker games, the Wall Street Journal, and travel. He is survived by four children: Robert W. Reiter Jr., Mary Anne DeSimone, Jane F. Lafferty and Karen E. Karwacki; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Mary Edith Reiter; and a brother, Frederick H. Reiter.

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Carroll "Gene" Selby ’50 of Frederick, Md., died on Oct. 22, 2023, at Homewood at Crumland Farms at age 94. Selby graduated from Frederick High School and UMD, and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He worked at Fort Detrick, Md., in the biological warfare division. He then transferred to the National Cancer Institute in Frederick until he retired in 2007. Selby was a member of the Philanthropic Lodge #168 in New Market since 1950 and of Calvary United Methodist Church. He was an avid fan of the Terrapins, Orioles and Redskins, and he loved to spend time with family at their beach house in Fenwick Island, Del. Selby is survived by his sons; Doug and Greg Selby; four grandchildren; a brother, Howard Selby; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria; and a grandson; Spenser Selby.

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Waldo Howard Burnside ’49 died on Nov. 5, 2023, his 95th birthday. He was born in Washington, D.C., and met his future wife, Jean Culbert ’50, in high school. They went to UMD at the same time; there, he joined the Gamma Chi Chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity and was a member of the Phi Kappa Honor Society, At the department store Woodward & Lothrop, he moved up from trainee to buyer to executive vice president of merchandising and sales promotion to chief operating officer and president. In 1980 he left Woodie’s to join Carter, Hawley, Hale as vice chairman and chief operating officer, and he and Jean moved to Los Angeles. He retired in 1991 as president, and the couple moved back to Maryland in 2018. His alumni activities at UMD included serving as a board member and president of the Terrapin Club, member of the Robert H. School of Business Hall of Fame, trustee of its board of visitors and trustee of the UMD College Park Foundation. While in California he helped the UMD Alumni Association set up chapters in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. In 2013 he and Jean received the Spirit of Maryland Award from the Alumni Association. In California, his community activities on civic and corporate boards included the Suburban Trust Company Bank, the Better Business Bureau and Blue Shield, Security Pacific Bank, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Sports Council, the Southern California Automobile Club Association as well as the national board of the AAA. Burnside was an avid sports fan and followed the Terps to any number of football and basketball games. He enjoyed playing golf at Columbia Country Club in Maryland, Los Angeles Country Club (president) and Pine Valley Golf Club (N.J.), as well as on trips to Scotland and Ireland. He is survived by his wife, Jean; four children, Diane, Leslie, Arlene and Bill; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. Burnside was predeceased by a sister, Virginia Burnside Cox.

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Janice Yvonne (Vieau) Jensen ’47 died on Oct. 20, 2023, at age 97. She majored in elementary education at UMD and became a physical education teacher and leader of the Title I program in the Sussex-Hamilton School District. She was a vivacious member of Gals on the Go at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Hamilton Education Foundation and WAHPERD. Jensen was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Gordon O. Jensen; and a stepson, John Jensen. She is survived by a son, Perry Trowbridge; stepsons Anthony Trowbridge, Michael Trowbridge and Michael Jensen; seven grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.


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