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In This Issue FEATURES 3 Gilman at its Best Take a look back at Mark R. Fetting’s ’72 time as president of the Board.
4 Celebrating 125 Years
It has been a remarkable 125 years for the Gilman community. Thanks to generations of countless individuals, our School has achieved so much and has touched so many lives. We persist with honoring our mission by educating boys in mind, body, and spirit and in modeling the Gilman Five: Honor, Integrity, Respect, Humility, and Excellence for our boys as we embrace opportunities to grow and to learn.
80 Fond Farewell A fond farewell to Johnnie L. Foreman, Jr., Lori Bristow, Shanthi Kumar, Marc Hoffman, Adrienne Beam, Jim Kraft, and Joan Hurley.
90 Founders Day 2022 96 In Memoriam Anton J. Vishio, Sr. Elizabeth S. “Betsy” McDonald Jack Garver
DEPARTMENTS 28 Alumni News
42 School News
78 Service Learning
54 The Work Ahead
100 Class Notes
Dear Gilman Family, Early in my time at Gilman, I spoke often of the importance of honoring both “timelessness and modernity.” It is language I employed to capture the importance of balancing these potentially dueling forces acting on the institution’s trajectory. I will admit that it is a bit of a clumsy phrase that does not exactly roll off the tongue; perhaps “tradition and innovation” or “tradition and progress” — or even simply “old and new” — would have worked better. Whatever the right terminology, each force does play a critical role in Gilman’s continuing evolution and, ultimately, our effectiveness as a school dedicated to the education of boys in mind, body, and spirit. As I reflect in 2022 on Gilman’s first 125 years, I find a vibrant institution and school community that, in the spirit of those dueling forces, have undergone significant change and also held dearly to some time-tested foundational elements. Those elements include a focus on the boys’ well-rounded growth and the development of strong character, rooted in values that we now call (relatively new tradition!) the Gilman Five: Honor, Integrity, Respect, Humility, and Excellence. While we still firmly subscribe to our mission and values, what it means and looks like to educate the whole boy is markedly different in 2022 than it was in 1897 — and in 1947 and 1997. Evolution is in the School’s DNA; after all, Gilman’s founding, which we now view through a lens of tradition and nostalgia, was itself a bold, new move that brought to Baltimore a different way of thinking about a day-school education for boys. To honor that founding tradition, we need to continue to think boldly about the boys we serve. To that end, the Gilman community of today is more richly diverse, and the program that the boys experience is more expansive and dynamic than ever before. Even so, today’s Gilman boys still understand what it means to be “first-class citizens.” Another mark of the School’s continued evolution: In its final meeting of the 2021‑2022 school year, the Board of Trustees approved the slate of new trustees through a proposal that included the motion to change the title of Gilman’s head from “Headmaster” to “Head of School.” This decision is based on the belief that the new title more accurately and appropriately captures the role of a school leader in 2022. As you dive into the pages of the Bulletin that follow, I hope that you enjoy seeing both the rich traditions that form a common thread for generations of Gilman boys and men and the marks of the real progress of the last 125 years. Both the traditions and the progress should and will continue to distinguish Gilman as a leader in boys education. Sincerely,
Henry P. A. Smyth Head of School
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Gilman at its Best Mark R. Fetting ’72 led the board with honor and grace, with fortitude and mastery. He held a firm belief that his responsibility was to protect and enhance the fiscal strength of the School and to have oversight — but not intrusion — over the headmaster. “I’ve had a great partnership with Henry,” he says. I tried to be a source of counsel when we met weekly.” He chuckles. “But we actually met a lot more than that. It has really become more like a 24/7 partnership.” It’s true that all board chairs face unique challenges during their tenure. But not every board chair comes up against a decadesold sexual abuse case, a global pandemic, and a nationwide racial reckoning. Fetting got more than he bargained for when he signed on as Gilman’s board chair in 2018. He believes that a leader is accountable for moving things forward at times when there are not perfect answers. His most recent four years on the board — he also served two terms in the early 2000s — showed him the importance of being able to talk through difficult and sensitive issues, like racism, and allowing a sense of belonging to all who have concerns around those issues. “There was a lot of soul searching. We had many hard but necessary discussions. I’m very proud of the progress we’ve made,” Fetting says, acknowledging that it’s far from over. “I hope community, inclusion, and equity continue to be at the forefront of what Gilman stands for.” At Founders Day this year, he said: “We have learned a lot over these past four years about meeting and overcoming challenges together. Let us today recommit to the values that define what it means to “Be Gilman.” Let us do so by also committing to what I will call The Gilman Compact, an extension of what Mr. Callard and Mr. Finney called a community school. •W e will not shy away from the important issues or tough topics of the day. We will embrace them, listen deeply, and address them responsibly. • We will utilize all of the Gilman Five in our work: Honor, Integrity, Respect, Humility, and Excellence. • We will be inclusive and offer belonging to all who engage constructively. • We will do the work to understand the complexities of issues that are difficult to discuss. • We will encourage a process and language that unites. These are skills that get better over a lifetime of learning and, most importantly, are essential to a life well-lived.” With regard to what started out as a two-week extended spring break in 2020 and turned into a two-plus-year worldwide pandemic, Fetting and the Executive Committee effectively supported the School’s leaders in making many complicated decisions for days, weeks, and months on end. Of that time, he says, “We saw Gilman at its best. The Health Committee with experts in all disciplines, the faculty and staff, School Nurse Edie Meacham.” He pauses in awe when he mentions the nurse’s name. “She is an absolute hero.” He believes Gilman honored its commitment to deliver an excellent
education even when the physical campus was closed and students were engaged in distance learning. Of course, serving as board chair isn’t just about putting out figurative fires. Much of the work that is done goes on during the quiet times between managing urgent issues. “We put together the strategic plan, and then COVID slowed its implementation, but we are back at it,” Fetting says. The most recent part of that implementation is the campus master plan. The Board looked extensively at how the campus currently exists and debated what changes will serve the needs of the School in the long term. The new fitness center, which will be ready at the start of the 2022-2023 school year, is the first step. Some decisions have required little debate. In 2019, Gilman welcomed its first pre-kindergarten class. “I hope future chairs have as clear a victory as we had on that launch,” Fetting says. “It’s been a total success.” Because of that expansion of the Lower School, the next chair, Fetting notes, may grapple with how to best utilize classroom space. Fetting recently visited the Lower School as part of the festivities to celebrate his 50th reunion. He and some of his former classmates had been paired up with third graders as pen pals, and on this day, they got to meet in person. The boys asked the alumni what their greatest Gilman memories were. For Fetting, the answer was easy. “My friends, my teachers, my coaches.” But Fetting’s Gilman memories go on beyond his days as a student — they include his three terms on the Board. Meetings aren’t usually something people speak about fondly, but Fetting smiles when he talks about coming to Roland Avenue all these years to connect with the members of the Board in the Gilman Room. “Someone would open the window and there would be boys running around outside,” he says. “I have always appreciated those simple, sublime sounds of our boys playing and learning.” Although he is moving on from attending meetings, making decisions, and providing leadership, we know that Mark will still return to School from time to time to hear the sounds of playing and learning. We thank him for his unwavering dedication and service to Gilman. Summer 2 0 2 2
1896 Anne Galbraith Carey faces a dilemma: where to send her 8-year-old son, Frank, to school. She decides that Baltimore needs a school where the whole boy would be educated in mind, body, and spirit, preparing him for college as well as a life of honor and service. Her plan is to create a school where boys could live at home and learn in a country setting with vigorous morning studies, a hot meal for lunch, study hall, and afternoon athletics. With the help of her friend, Louise Este Fisher Bruce, Mrs. Carey recruits early supporters for a new school in Baltimore.
125 YEARS What can happen at Gilman over 125 years? In short, a lot. Thanks to generations of countless individuals, our School has achieved so much and has impacted so many lives. On the pages that follow, you will find many milestones in Gilman’s history and read stories from alumni, faculty, former faculty, and other community members. We acknowledge that this timeline is not a comprehensive list of important events at our School but rather a snapshot of milestones. While we have done our best to report accurately, please let us know if you see any inaccuracies.
1897 On September 30, The Country School for Boys opens for classes at Homewood House. Thirty-two students enroll in three Lower School grades. While most of the students come from nearby neighborhoods as day students, a handful of students live on campus. Lower School tuition is set at $150 a year for day students or $600 a year for boarding students. “Dinner” (now called lunch), which was held every day at 1:30 p.m., is an additional charge of $1.75 per week.
FOUNDERS DAY ADDRESS, 1899 Our ideal for our boys’ character is this: That they shall grow up independent, self-controlled, and honest to the core. That they shall learn to respect men for what they are, not for who they are. And finally, that their aim in life shall be to search out the right, and their happiness, to do it. If we can sometimes give to Baltimore a man like that, we shall feel that this school was not founded in vain.
– Frederick Winsor, Gilman’s first Headmaster
Students publish the first student paper, The Blue and The Gray. The publication is a combination of a school newspaper and literary magazine. In 1914, the Gilman News takes over the reporting, and in 1918, Gilman students publish the first issue of the Cynosure yearbook.
“THE FIRST COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL” 1926 We had no idea of being original. Our difficulties were so great, and the solution seemed so obvious, that we thought many people in many places must already have what we wanted — a school in the country near town, with a planned day of work and play, and a well-ordered house which was being lived in by kind and sensible people. Of course, the planned day was to include well-planned and good food.
1903 The William A. Fisher Prize, also known as the “Fisher Medallion,” is Gilman’s highest honor and is awarded in the first year that The Country School has a graduating class, in 1903. The prize is conceived of by Louise Este Fisher Bruce in honor of her late father, William A. Fisher, who served as the first president of the School’s Board of Trustees from 1897 until his death in 1901. Mrs. Fisher envisions the prize as a way to reward leadership and scholarship.
After sixty to seventy letters of inquiry had been written and answered, we found that we were in for an experiment, and that this fact had to be concealed from our fellow townsmen if we wanted either their money or their boys. As I remember it, the concealment of the fact that the school would be an experiment was the only piece of disingenuousness of which we were guilty. –Anne Galbraith Carey 4
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1904 The Country School for Boys baseball team wins the School’s first baseball championship. The team plays a total of seven games, posting a 6-1 record. Gilman has to wait 72 years for its next baseball championship, when, in 1976, the team wins the Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA) B Conference championship. Gilman’s baseball team wins its first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) A Conference championship in 1996, and, to date, baseball has won a total of six MSA/MIAA championships.
LETTER, WRITTEN IN 1912 But the actual fact is that the whole conception of an all-day school in the country for boys, combined with a boarding school, and designed to furnish city boys the routine of a whole day in the country so that their studies and sports alike should be under school direction, originated with Mrs. Carey and was, of course, inspired by her own insistent demand that our oldest boy, who was then only nine years of age, should have such a school to go to if possible. While I represented Mrs. Carey on the Board of Trustees and helped her in every way I could to put her views into execution, the suggestion, when she first made it to me, seemed to me impracticable; but that was due to the fact that our Baltimore private day schools, which I had attended myself as a boy, had fixed in my mind the idea of a school day beginning at nine o'clock and ending at two or half past two, with a brief recess for a hurried lunch. As I received the subject rather coldly, Mrs. Carey, who knew Dr. and Mrs. Gilman very well, took the matter up first with Mrs. Gilman and afterwards with Dr. Gilman himself and they gave her enough encouragement to justify her in trying to go further with the project. She then interested Mrs. William Cabell Bruce, the daughter of the late Hon. William A. Fisher, who interested her husband and father in the project, and I then undertook the task of raising a fund of about twelve thousand dollars ($12,000) to try the experiment. I succeeded in this work, under daily pressure from Mrs. Carey, and, to make a long story short, after many struggles and much adversity we succeeded in establishing the school. Of course, its novelty made the resistance great but Mrs. Carey always felt that the School was organized on proper lines and that it would eventually prove its case, and the result seems to have justified her judgment not only in regard to this school but in regard to a number of others which have been modeled after it.
1906 The Alumni Association is formed. The first President of the Alumni Association is Iredell W. Iglehart ʼ04.
1910 The Country School for Boys moves from Homewood to 5407 Roland Avenue. Architectural firm Parker, Thomas, and Rice design the main building. On October 4, the School opens its doors to 175 day and boarding students while 200 bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, steamfitters, plumbers, and mechanics continue to work. Due to exclusive admissions practices, many of these laborers were not able to send their own children to the School. Admission opened to Jewish, Asian American, and African American students between the 1940s and early 1960s.
While Mrs. Carey has tried to keep in the background, my own feeling is that she has been too successful in doing so. So far as I am personally concerned, I deserve no credit at all because my interest in the project was entirely inspired by Mrs. Carey and my work has practically all been done under pressure from her, but it is proper that it should be recorded somewhere that Mrs. Carey was the actual originator of the country school idea on which the Gilman School and its followers are patterned, and that it was her persistent work and enthusiasm which finally brought about the foundation of the Gilman School and which kept it going during its early years. Dr. Gilman's interest in the school grew entirely out of the interest of himself and his wife in Mrs. Carey.
1910 On December 20, The Country School for Boys officially becomes The Gilman Country School for Boys in honor of Daniel Coit Gilman, the first president of Johns Hopkins University and an early advisor to the School’s founders.
–Francis King Carey SU M MER 2022
1911 Gilman School’s pioneering spirit strikes again with the Open Air School. In order to reap the benefits of fresh air, Gilman builds pavilion classrooms open to the elements. The fresh air of Gilman’s Open Air School is not only supposed to help ward off the spread of contagious diseases but also stimulate the Lower School students’ minds. During the winter, students keep warm by wrapping in blankets and keeping their feet in boxes filled with hot stones. The Open Air School operates at Gilman from 1911 to 1922, at which point a new Lower School building opens.
STUDENT/FACULTY MEMORY I attended Gilman from 1936-1946. It was a memorable experience both as a student and as a faculty member. My fondest memory as a student was the relationship I had with fellow seniors. We would do things together. I hunted and fished with them.
I contributed to Gilman in not just athletics but also by serving on committees and working with headmasters who one will never forget! Being a member of the athletics directors fraternity was challenging and rewarding. I hope I had an impact, and I feel I did because there were many, many students who thanked me for being a teacher and an athletics director, and that was an emotional experience. I had what I feel was a very strong and friendly relationship with faculty and especially with students, most particularly with those whom I coached, but it was actually all of the students who thanked me for being a coach and what I did for Gilman.
The first Gilman-McDonogh football game is played on October 9. Gilman beats McDonogh 35-0. Football is one of the original interscholastic sports at Gilman, and the team’s first undefeated football season is in 1905. Gilman has won a total of 26 MSA/MIAA Conference championships, including its first MSA B Conference championship in 1940 and first MSA A Conference championship in 1976.
1917 Debating begins at Gilman in the early 1900s, and in the fall of 1917, the Areopagus and Pnyx debating clubs are founded. The term-end debate question that year is “Resolved, that universal disarmament should be adopted at the close of the present war.”
– Retired Army General Warren A. E. Magruder ’46, former Athletics Director/faculty member
My favorite story to share from my time as a student was participating in the sixth form speaking contest. I won the debating prize my senior year, but this experience was certainly most memorable. I learned so much at Gilman. Some of the character traits I embody today were learned there, like the value of honesty, hard work, and, most importantly, caring for others.
Edward T. Russell establishes the Gilman wrestling program in 1918, and on February 14, 1920, Gilman hosts the first Maryland Interscholastic Wrestling Tournament. In 1924, the varsity wrestling team wins the league championship, beginning a streak that continues until 1932. In 1953, Gilman wins its first of 16 MSA/MIAA varsity wrestling championships.
–Haswell Franklin ‘50
1921 The first Gilman Circus is held on October 29 to raise funds toward a permanent gymnasium. About $1,000 is raised. Future Gilman circuses raise funds for scholarships, the Alumni Auditorium, and the pool.
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The tradition of sixth form speeches begins.
I have so many fond memories from my 13 years at Gilman. I remember morning chapel in “A” Study Hall where Mr. Callard read from the Bible; there was a prayer, and we sang a hymn. I remember mandatory attendance at football games with a teacher monitoring our behavior in the stands. During WW2, we had air raid drills where we marched from the Lower School to the ground floor of the Upper School and lined the walls of the corridor until the “all clear” bell rang. I remember the nerve-wracking sixth form speech at the podium in “A” Study Hall, debates with Roland Park Country School in the old dining room, our sixth form dance in the Common Room, and so many more memories.
The first faculty houses are built. Additional houses open in 1947 and 1969.
1932 Coach and faculty member Edward W. Brown establishes varsity lacrosse at Gilman. George Chandlee ʼ32 serves as captain and midfielder on that team. Chandlee later returns to Gilman and coaches the varsity lacrosse team from 1947 to 1970. Gilman wins its first of 16 MSA/MIAA A Conference championships in 1947.
–Ted McKeldin ‘55
STUDENT MEMORY I started at Gilman when I was about 10 years old in 1947. I was the School’s first Jewish student. I remember one day in the dining room, which is now the foyer of the library in Carey Hall, Mr. Finney came up to me. He was a teacher at the time, and he had just learned I was Jewish. He didn’t believe it, and he was curious about it. So we talked. He thought diversity was important and would be so proud of the mix of students at Gilman now.
1934 Edward W. Brown starts the ice hockey team in the winter of 1933-1934, and the team continues to play through the 19401941 season. Ice hockey returns as a varsity team in 1991 and wins its first of six MIAA B Conference championships in 2004.
I learned how to work and how to study at Gilman. The teachers — one was better than the next. Bill Porter taught me physics and chemistry; Mr. Williams, biology. I had Roy Barker for public speaking and English. My sixth form speech topic was about as dull as you could imagine, and everybody was falling asleep as I delivered it. But the assignment was a very good exercise that taught me so much about public speaking.
1942 Gilman publishes its first Alumni Bulletin in March 1942. Longtime Gilman faculty member Adolay G. Hausmann edits the Bulletin from 1942 to 1955.
1947 An effort to raise funds for the War Memorial Scholarships begins. The scholarships honor the 39 Gilman men who lost their lives during World War II.
I can say without question that the Gilman experience was incredibly important in shaping my life. Our three sons attended as well.
–George Hess '55
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Under Headmaster Henry Callard, there is a greater push for music and art education. Mr. Harold Wrenn creates a new art history course in 1949 at the sixth form level. A class in painting is also held for interested underclassmen. A studio course in creative art at the fifth form level is instituted in 1958.
1950 The basketball team wins its first championship in the Private School league. On February 27, 1967, the varsity basketball team (shown in photo) plays at the Civic Center in front of approximately 4,500 spectators, winning the division championship. Basketball has won a total of 14 championships to date.
1951 No longer located on a rural campus, Gilman drops the “Country” from its name to become The Gilman School.
1952 Gilman is granted a Cum Laude Society, an academic honor society. Nine students are elected to the first group.
1952 The Traveling Men, an a cappella group, is founded on the model of Yale’s famous “Whiffenpoofs.” The group’s repertoire includes standard barbershop-style tunes, as well as sacred choral works and popular songs. Over the years, the Traveling Men — or T-Men — appear several times on local radio and television and perform regularly in the Baltimore community.
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Hard, steady work makes up for a lot. Proud to be an early Cum Laude member. Striving is life’s most important battle for all of us. –Judge Tom Waxter ‘52
FACULTY MEMORY When we participated, we played hard and smart and tough, and it became sort of a mantra of the football team, which eventually became the mantra for the athletics department, and maybe in some cases even the Gilman culture — the term “Be Gilman.” And, for me, as a coach and an Athletics Director, I took great pride in the fact that Gilman teams — whether they were smaller, bigger, taller, whatever, always competed hard. We played smart, and we were tough, and that was what we wanted our opponents to remember us by.
1955 The Alumni Association, with encouragement from the Board of Trustees, establishes the gilman fund. The Fund becomes the lifeblood of the School, providing the flexible, immediate financial support to the School, its people, and its programs.
1956 Under the supervision of self-taught architect and superintendent of maintenance John Krizek, the Alumni Auditorium is completed. The Auditorium becomes the venue for Gilman’s chapels, assemblies, and musical and dramatic productions.
–Sherm Bristow ‘67, former Athletics Director
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Coached by English teacher Roy Barker, the varsity tennis team wins its first MSA A Conference championship in 1958. Gilman’s varsity tennis team goes on to win 27 more championships, including 14 in the MSA and 14 in the MIAA A Conference.
During the school year 1950-1951, the glee club numbered about 45 boys from the top two forms and was directed by Joseph Turner. The repertoire consisted of several of the more traditional hymns, college songs, and easy folk songs like “There’s a Church in the Valley.” A small group of interested singers had been formed variously named the Octet or the Belladeres. I was too young in 1950, but the next year (1951-1952) a new director, William Porter, was appointed. Although the repertoire remained essentially the same, four new fifth formers joined the Belladeres, now expanded to 12 voices, including Dick Allen, Bill Ryland, Bill Myers, Carter Volz, and myself. A Gilman News issue notes that the songs sung at the fifth form dance included “Bright College Years” and “Old Nassau.” I am pretty sure we had added “Tea for Two” and “Sing Along With Me” (the latter a Mills Bros. pop song), “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Coney Island Baby,” and “Down By The Riverside.”
1961 With encouragement from Headmasters Henry Callard and Ludlow Baldwin ’22, the Gilman Board of Trustees votes that “qualified applicants for admission to the School should not be excluded because of race or color.” Only a decade earlier, in 1947, the first Jewish student enrolls at Gilman. Following the Board’s decision, in 1961, the first Asian American student enrolls, and in the fall of 1963, the first two African American students enroll.
This is when things started to get interesting. The Belladeres added Bill Trimble, John Seiler, George Urban, and Harry Thomas from the class of ’53 plus Charlie O’Donovan, Neil Bouscaren, and Gary Carr from the class of ’54. Carter Volz had an older brother at Yale singing with one of the numerous subWhiffenpoof a cappella ensembles, The Spizzwinks(?)! Carter himself was a gifted musician with a wonderful tenor voice, a ton of enthusiasm, and, best of all, a pitch pipe that he knew how to use.
1961 The Gilman News announces a contest on March 3: A $5 prize will be awarded to the student who comes up with the best “nickname” for the School. John Sheldon ’62 is announced on June 2 as the winner with his idea of the Gilman Greyhound for the school mascot. He later said the Greyhound was a natural pick because of the School’s colors and the animal’s speed.
The brother passed a piece of music to Carter and then on to Mr. Porter, both of whom approved of adding “The Persian Kitten” to the Belladere’s repertoire. Carter Volz was then appointed the group’s pitch pipe. Although we practiced regularly at the home of Mr. Porter, Carter led all of the unscheduled voluntary rehearsals we held outside of School, usually at someone’s home who had a piano and the requisite tape recorder. The 12 of us enjoyed each other’s company and the song immensely, especially the somewhat racy overtones of the lyrics and the enthusiastic response from audiences. We suggested to Bill Porter that we change the name of our group to reflect the tagline of the song: “He was a ratchin’, scratchin’ traveling man.” We began presenting ourselves as the Traveling Men and using the song as our final piece de resistance.
1962 Gilman School opens the science building, a new building dedicated solely to the teaching of sciences.
1967 Mathematics teacher Ned Thompson ʼ45 introduces Gilman’s first computer, a closetsize machine on the second floor of Carey Hall. Over the following half-decade, Gilman’s technology continues to evolve, adding a fiber-optic network, automated library catalog, resource databases, full internet access, tablets, and more.
That was 69 years ago and we thought we were hot stuff. Today’s version of the Traveling Men really is hot stuff. The arrangement has changed somewhat, is more complicated, and requires singers with considerable musical talent. Whenever we old-timers hear the song, we can’t help but remember the good old days and thank our lucky stars for what Gilman had to offer. –Pierre Bouscaren '53 SU M MER 2022
1967 With the encouragement of Headmaster Ludlow Baldwin ʼ22, faculty members William B. Campbell ʼ52 and Redmond C. S. Finney ʼ47 establish Operation Challenge, later known as Upward Bound. The program works to mentor and prepare disadvantaged students for college. Bill Greene, who became Gilman’s first African American faculty member in 1969, succeeds Bill Campbell as Director of Gilman Upward Bound in 1970.
1967 Latin and Greek teacher Anton Vishio expands the annual Latin Declamation Contest to include a full day of activities, including skits, trivia, and a chariot race.
1968 The first four African American students graduate from Gilman. They are Gregory Emery, David Robinson, Stuart Simms, and Willard Wiggins.
1970 Students and parents meet with Headmaster Finney and Mr. Campbell to discuss the creation of the Black Student Organization, and the group first meets in the fall of 1970. Additional student affinity groups open in the following years, including the creation of the Jewish Student Association in 1979 and the Asian Awareness Club in 1982.
FIRST BLACK GRADUATES The School has kept its eye on the fact that diversity is important, and by diversity I mean both economic and racial. They also realize that they are part of Baltimore. The whole idea that this is some elitist place that is sort of above or outside of Baltimore is not a credible understanding.
> > > > And they realize that the School can be even greater — based on the factor of diversity. –Stu Simms ‘68, one of the first Black graduates
When I was teaching up on the third floor of Public School 91, I went down and these two fellows were there, had trench coats on … It was Reddy Finney and Bill Campbell. Mr. Finney asked me if I ever wanted to come to Gilman.
1971 The Board of Trustees establishes the Parents Association, first as an ad hoc committee in the spring, then as a formal organization in the fall. The purposes of the Association are to “assist in improving communication and cooperation among Faculty, Administration, Trustees, Alumni, Students, and Parents, and to assist those groups in furthering the well-being of the School” (By-Laws of The Parents Association of the Gilman School, 1971).
I think for any kid, if you’re from a different culture … it’s a plus. It’s a completely different environment. It’s a positive environment. They will learn from that majority group and that majority group will learn from you. When I go around now and I see my portrait up on the wall, I think someone thought I did a good job and has respect for me. – Bill Greene, first Black faculty member, retired teacher, and administrator
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1971 Longtime Gilman English teacher A.J. Downs and The Bryn Mawr School’s (BMS) John Barry Talley direct the successful production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” starring members of Gilman and BMS. The directors and cast decide to build on the momentum to start the Gilman Summer Theater (GST), which continues to perform Gilbert & Sullivan shows in Gilman’s Alumni Auditorium. In 1978, the company rebrands as The Young Victorian Theatre Company (Young Vic).
MIDDLE SCHOOL OPENING We were all pioneers in the same venture together. The biggest aspect of that adventure focused around the design of the School itself, which was a singlestory, open space Middle School concept, which was all the rage at the time, and we recognized early on that we had a group of traditional-minded teachers who were teaching in a very modern space that they really weren’t trained for specifically. The building presented a number of challenges — challenges in terms of what defined a classroom. Remember that there were no walls at all in the Middle School. Everything was open space. So what defined a classroom were portable bulletin boards, lockers on wheels, and movable furniture. And so there was a lot of interplay between what was going on in one classroom and what was going on in the next classroom, and that presented a number of challenges.
1971 Soccer is one of the earliest team sports at Gilman, played over the years in both the fall and winter. In the fall of 1971, the Gilman varsity soccer team wins its first Conference championship in the MSA C division. Following the success of the 1971 season, the team goes on to win the B Conference championship the following year. The team has won a total of five MSA/MIAA Conference titles, in the A, B, and C Conferences.
As the years evolved, the Middle School was closed in little by little. So where there were no walls, we started to build walls, and we created classrooms. Little did we realize that when we did that, we had totally disregarded the ventilation concerns and the heating concerns because open space works a lot differently than zone heating, and so that was a challenge as well.
In September, the John M. T. Finney Middle School building opens for a brand new division consisting of three grades — what had previously been known as lower sixth form and upper first and second forms. The building is originally designed as an open-space school with removable walls. Over the years, the physical structure of the building changes, with more traditional, closed classrooms added in 1976. In 1993, Gilman’s Board of Trustees approves the construction of a new Middle School building, and John M. T. Finney Hall is rededicated on September 9, 1994.
But the Middle School was a special place, despite the challenges that the building presented. In some ways it brought us closer as a faculty and as a student body, because we were constantly in the process of improving not only the physical space but developing a curriculum around that space. And so over the years there has just been an evolution on multiple levels, both programmatic, curricular, and physical plant, with the heart of every decision focusing on: What can we do to better serve the needs of boys and better prepare them for the world ahead? –Don Abrams, retired Middle School teacher
1972 With the growing demand to educate more boys from Baltimore, the boarding department closes. Boarding students had been living on campus from the School’s establishment in 1897 through 1972. Students and some faculty and staff lived on the second and third floors of the main building (now called Carey Hall).
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While there were a handful of coeducational classes with both BMS and Roland Park Country School (RPCS) students as early as the 1960s, formal coordination with BMS begins in the spring of 1974. In the years that followed, the number of students exchanged by both schools would range from the 80s to low 100s. The trischool community fully blossoms in 1987 when RPCS joined the coordination effort. In 2001, bridges are constructed to facilitate ease and safety of movement among the three campuses.
I don’t believe in things happening by chance — I believe you have to work to make things happen. I first came to Gilman in 1978. Cross country was one of the major fall sports, and the boys on the team were running about a 10-minute mile. Now, in my 44th year at Gilman, our fastest runners are finishing a 5K in about 15 minutes.
The team has also grown over the years. We used to be able to fit the entire team, including coaches, in one minivan. Once I took over the program in 2006, we started to have 25 or 35 boys on the roster.
Cross country is the backbone of our whole running program. It leads into indoor track in the winter and then outdoor track in the spring. Kids who run cross country are unassuming and eclectic. They are bright and hardworking. They are just out there to run faster and stronger. That’s the great thing about cross country. We are all in this together, working towards getting better.
1974 1974 sees Gilman’s first varsity golf team. Coached by Frank “Bill” Andrews, the team has a 9-2-1 record and is MSA co-champions with Loyola. The team has won a total of 10 MSA/ MIAA A Conference titles to date.
–Joe Duncan, cross country coach, Upper School teacher
THE BEGINNING OF PREP-ONE Our basic goal was to create a curriculum that embodied the Gilman tradition of mind, body, and spirit for students coming from more than 15 different kindergarten programs and to give them time to develop social and academic skills essential for first grade. We focused on math, fine motor skills, and early literacy with an emphasis on phonics. We believed in learning by doing, so we created experiences that would interest the boys and pique their curiosity to learn. For example, when we studied the letter D, we cooked “Dirt Dessert,” we counted and played dominos, we made an art project about dinosaurs, and we played Duck, Duck, Goose. We used all our senses to study that letter.
1976 On October 29, Gilman dedicates the school pool, which is the result of 10 years of Gilman Circus fundraising led by science teacher Bill Porter.
1978 After several years as a squad team, track and field becomes a varsity sport in the late 1960s. The team wins its first MSA B Conference championship in 1978 and again in 1985 under Coach J. Thompson. Head Coach Johnnie Foreman leads Gilman’s track and field program for decades of excellence from 1988 until 2020, with a record of 165-45-3. Track and field has won a total of 16 regular season MSA/MIAA Conference championships and 12 MIAA A championships meets to date.
The early years of pre-first, which we now call prep-one, were spent in the Cottage, which was a little white house situated where the Lumen Center is now. We cooked in the kitchen, went on nature walks. We explored, we moved around. Our day was catered to the needs of boys.
What sets our program apart from other pre-first programs in the area has always been the exposure to all of our resource subjects as well as the fundamental ones — including art, music, Design & Woodworking, PE every day, and swimming.
During the winter of 1978-1979, the varsity swimming team wins the MSA B Conference championship. Although a handful of Gilman students competed at MSA meets prior, swimming premieres at Gilman as a junior varsity team in the winter of 1976-1977. To date, the team has won a total of seven MSA/MIAA championships.
–Dia Matthews, former pre-first teacher, current kindergarten teacher 12
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I started at Gilman in 1986 as the head athletic trainer. At that time, I didn’t know it, but I was the first female athletic trainer hired in an all-male school in the United States. What I’m most proud of at Gilman would be two things: One, as an athletic trainer, helping the many boys over the 36 years that I was there. And two, during the pandemic, offering as many field sports as we could to keep the boys active. Athletics instills competitiveness, cooperation, sportsmanship, and it’s an integral part of a boy’s development at Gilman. –Lori Bristow, Co-Athletics Director and athletic trainer
I got involved with social justice projects during my time teaching in Massachusetts, and I looked for ways to integrate social justice with academics. I had a conversation during a conference with John McGill, Gilman’s Headmaster at that time, which turned into an opportunity to return to Gilman and pursue this work. When I was a student at Gilman, there were few organizations available for students to serve the community. Today, there are endless options where the boys can choose to commit their time in service to underserved communities or to the organizations that address issues affecting them.
1981 The Alumni Association establishes the May Holmes Service Award to honor outstanding service to the School. May Holmes, who worked at Gilman for 60 years, is the first recipient, followed by Henry Callard, Charles Gamper, Ludlow Baldwin ʼ22, and Dawson Farber ʼ35.
1981 Gilman opens its athletic training room, becoming the first independent school in Maryland to have a full-time certified athletic trainer. In 1986, Gilman becomes the first boys’ school in the United States to hire a woman (Lori Bristow) as the head athletic trainer. Gilman continues to lead the way by adding a second trainer to the staff in 1998.
Community service becomes a graduation requirement with a minimum of 50 hours in one placement during one calendar year. This requisite reflects Gilman’s history of being a community school; ongoing community service projects include Green Grass, food drives to support the Donald Bentley Food Pantry, holiday toy and clothing drives, and a Red Cross blood drive. In 2021, 467 students/ families register to participate in Service Saturday activities, a recurring event held throughout the school year.
Over the years, Gilman students have contributed to the tremendous impact made by local, national, and global nonprofits. Students have found a passion for service through their work and have remained connected to organizations — or particular issues — beyond fulfilling the community service requirement. – Donell Thompson ‘91, Director of Service Learning, Middle School math teacher
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1980 Cross country becomes a varsity sport at Gilman in 1965 and the team wins its first MSA A Conference championship in 1980. The team has won a total of four MSA/ MIAA Conference championships to date.
1990 On September 6, 33 students enter Gilman’s brand new pre-first in the renovated Gilman cottage. Longtime teachers Diane Rogers and Dia Matthews lead the new grade, which Gilman creates as a transitional year for some students before entering first grade. One of the best-known traditions of what is now called prep-one is the annual Turkey Tango, which teacher Cheri McElroy first teaches in 2001 and becomes a highlight of the all school Thanksgiving Convocation in 2003.
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The Reginald Tickner Writing Center, financed by a gift from parents and students of the Class of 1993, is launched to honor Mr. Tickner, who taught at Gilman from 1951 to 1992. The Center helps students with the process of writing through a system of student consultants and college interns working oneon-one with students.
In the early 1990s, Coach Johnnie Foreman begins an indoor track club. In 1996-1997, indoor track becomes an official MIAA sport. Indoor track has since won a total of 11 MIAA regular season championships and six MIAA meet championships.
A journalist I know once told me that every writer has an imaginary coterie of mentors, editors, and colleagues who they are “secretly” writing for, who they imagine in their heads as they do the work and whose approval they are secretly seeking. I can’t say if this is true for everyone, but it is certainly true for me. Sitting among my pretend panel is Mr. Christian, who taught me and countless other students Dante, Charles Dickens, and a course on comparative religion. Am I going deep enough or just skipping stones off the lake? These are the questions that I think of every time I read something over, and they are questions I know he wrote in the comments to high school papers. As I recall, the Writing Center opened just as my class arrived in the Upper School, and it always seemed like a department apart from the rest of what happened on the floors below. Until you went there. I did, at first to receive help on college essays, and later to take a class in creative writing with Mary Azrael. She introduced us to a world of poetry and fiction small magazines. On the day I graduated, I remember she said to me, “I know that writing will always be a part of your life.” I don’t know if I knew then what she meant, but here we are. –David Freedlander ʼ96, journalist
With Headmaster Arch Montgomery ’71 leading the way, the Gilman community from all over the globe comes together to celebrate 100 years. A book of Gilman history, “Gilman Voices,” is published.
I came to Gilman in 1984 as JV track coach and was named the head track coach in 1988. At the time, it was just outdoor. A gentleman walked up to me and said, “Coach Foreman, I know the success in the track programs you’ve had in Baltimore City Public Schools. You’ll never make track popular here.” I said, “Sir, I appreciate your conversation, but when I’m finished, they’re going to have to build another trophy case to put the trophies that I’m going to bring in here with the track program.”
>>>>> Indoor track was part of the public school program, but it was not part of the MIAA. So I started it as a club sport at Gilman. We rented space at the Essex campus of CCBC on Saturday mornings with other independent schools in the area. With help from Tim Holley ’77, I wrote a proposal to the MIAA and the heads of independent schools. It took about two years and a lot of hard work, but then it became an MIAA-sanctioned winter sport. And it was popular. Because of my efforts, the championship Foreman Cup is named for me. Over the years I had at least 17 championships in the MIAA or MSA. You can’t win a championship in Baltimore City without running through Gilman. – Johnnie Foreman, Director of Community, Inclusion, and Equity, former track coach 14
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The Gilman squash team plays its first season as a competitive interscholastic sport in 1997-1998. But it would be 10 years before squash would become an official MIAA sport during the 2007-2008 season. Between 2008 and 2017, the varsity team goes 130 and 0 in MIAA matches, wins 10 straight championships, and is ranked seventh in the country after the 2016-2017 season. The team has earned a total of 12 MIAA Conference championships to date.
When a person doesn’t feel safe for whatever reason, it’s all they can think about. My subjective experience at school growing up was that I felt very alone. I didn’t know anyone who was openly out and gay at school. It just wasn’t something people talked about. By senior year, I heard whispers … I realized there may be others like me. So I talked with Headmaster McGill and Assistant Head of School Mr. Schmick. Mr. Kirby agreed to be the advisor, and I started to lay the groundwork to found the GSA at Gilman — then referring to the Gay-Straight Alliance, now it stands for the Gender and Sexuality Alliance — in the fall of 2002. I founded the GSA so there would be a space dedicated to creating a positive, safe environment for everyone. The group’s message is “I see you, I see this thing you might be worried about. And you are going to be fine. You are welcome here.”
2000 Gilman begins fielding an intramural water polo team in the early 1980s, and the team earns varsity status in 1986. In 2000, water polo becomes a MIAA-sanctioned sport, and the team wins its first of three MIAA championships to date.
I recently returned to campus for the first time in about a decade to speak at assembly. I was blown away by what I saw — a trans day visibility board in the Middle School, pride flags in classrooms. It’s been really healing for me to see what’s happening at Gilman now.
Gilman volleyball plays its inaugural MIAA season in the fall of 2003. After a 4-4 start, the varsity team improves its record to 14-6, finishing its first season fourth place in the MIAA. In its relatively short history, the team sees tremendous success, winning seven MIAA A Conference championships.
–Matt Cahill '03, GSA founder at Gilman
I think the combination of knowing that our last year together coincided with a momentous milestone in Gilman’s history inspired the class to put every effort into making it a great school year. I remember we felt, and continue to feel, pride in being the centennial class. We really thought it was important to acknowledge this moment in the School’s history. That year seemed particularly significant as legendary teacher/coach Nick Schloeder retired, and Sherm Bristow stepped down as the football coach.
For me, the year was marked with all of the things you want in a senior year. We were faced with challenges, learned from our mistakes, supported one another in victory and defeat, fought and loved like brothers, and I think we genuinely respected each other. We have a very talented and close-knit class. We wanted to connect the occasion of our graduation with the roots of the School, so we held it at the original Homewood campus. As a faculty member having now seen what goes into a graduation, I cannot imagine what a challenge that was for the folks who had to run the event! It was a special day for sure. – John O. Schmick ’97, Upper School dean of student life, dean of student activities, president of the class of 1997
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In the spring, senior Matt Cahill (then Matt Morris) along with faculty advisor Mr. Christian Kirby, establishes Gilman’s Gay-Straight Alliance. Later, this will be called the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, which hosts an annual Week of Dialogue to facilitate an open and educational conversation about LGBTQ+ topics within the Gilman community.
2007 A new era begins when boys return to Carey Hall on December 10 after an 18-month, $15 million renovation. Eight months later, in September 2008, the Lumen Center opens. The new building expands the capacity of Carey Hall and features a 400-seat dining hall, an art gallery, 10 large classrooms, a lecture hall, and the woodshop.
CAREY HALL RENOVATION Carey Hall was built in 1910. It was an extraordinarily extensive renovation. The entire inside of the building was gutted, everything torn out. For the better part of two academic years, we used portable classrooms on the terrace and all around the campus. The quality of the Gilman experience was not affected throughout that time period. It all went smoothly.
The renovation was a major effort on the part of the School and Headmaster John McGill, who was very effective in both the management of the whole renovation process but even more so with the fundraising that went with it. He had certain leadership skills that were needed at that point in time. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend the ribbon-cutting when the renovation was complete but I know it was a wonderful ceremony. I keep a picture from that day in a special place in my home. I see it every morning and think of Gilman. –Charles C. Fenwick, Jr. ’66, Board of Trustees President 2006-2010
2009 In September, Gilman welcomes its first class of kindergarten students in 50 years. The 1958-1959 school year was the last year for kindergarten at Gilman until 26 boys join the community in a new wing in the Lower School.
A NEW KINDERGARTEN CLASS
The green dinosaur bench where all of the kindergartners got their photos taken has never left my memory, and when I visited the Lower School recently, I was happy to find the green dinosaur hadn’t left my old classroom either. The friendly competition in dodgeball and kickball during kindergarten PE class laid the foundation for friendships and friendly rivalries that still exist today! The friendships I made with my kindergarten classmates have definitely stuck with me. One of my best friends, who is also my volleyball teammate of four years, was in my kindergarten class. One of the most rewarding things about being here for 13 years is seeing how my classmates and lifelong friends have grown. Looking at the kindergarten version of my friends and seeing what paths they are taking in life is fascinating and inspiring. So much growth can happen in 13 years. – Wesley DeCosta ‘22, member of Gilman’s kindergarten class in 2009
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THE GILMAN FIVE
Headmaster John E. Schmick ʼ67 introduces the Gilman Five, a uniform framework of expected behavior for all Gilman boys: Honor, Integrity, Respect, Humility, and Excellence.
The idea for the Gilman Five came to me after a conversation with a parent who suggested the need for a clear and concise model for character that could be taught at all levels. To choose the five values, I asked all faculty and staff to list three values that they thought were most important for all students. I asked the same of all students through homerooms and advisory groups. Each constituent was given a 3x5-inch index card to write their choices and return to a faculty member. They were compiled by the amazing Pat Franz, and five values rose to the top: Honor, Integrity, Respect, Humility, and Excellence. It is immensely gratifying to see, more than a decade later, those values being lived and taught by students and teachers at Gilman. I feel such great respect and gratitude for the Gilman family that has embraced them. –John E. Schmick ’67, Headmaster 2007-2013
It was an honor to help attract talented students to get access to the wonderful opportunity of Gilman. It was a worthwhile challenge to figure out how to support those students’ success academically, socially, and personally. The core aspiration at the origin of the FGP was to help Gilman become its greatest self by making the School more accessible to more students who wanted to reach their greatest potential. By advocating for the students to faculty and administration, encouraging and building relationships with their families, and by being a positive and encouraging presence for the boys of the FGP, the late Eric Marner (may he rest in peace) and I created a “zone of proximal development” where the boys could be encouraged to push past any perceived limitations. In turn, Gilman is pushed by their presence, their competitive spirit to achieve, and most of all, by the unique spirits, gifts, and perspectives they add to the intellectual, social, and cultural mosaic of the School.
I hope that the program becomes part of the DNA of Gilman so that it can be seen not only as an opportunity to diversify Gilman but also as a core driver of the mission of Gilman to be an excellent school that offers great opportunities for any boy willing to work hard to take advantage of opportunity. I would love to see the program resourced enough to empower its directors to search every corner of Baltimore for talented students of any and every background. –Mike Molina, first Director of the Finney-Greene Program
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Under the leadership of Athletics Director Tim Holley ’77, the School begins a multi-year renovation of the athletic fields, including converting Brown Field in Alexander Sotir Stadium to a synthetic turf playing surface; updating Chandlee Field to create a highquality, natural grass, multi-sport playing surface; and relocating and reorienting Barrett Field, the varsity baseball field.
The Finney-Greene Program honors the legacy of two Gilman greats: Redmond C. S. Finney ’47, longtime faculty member, and Headmaster for 24 years, and William A. Greene, Jr., Gilman’s first African American faculty member, and later, Assistant Headmaster. The program provides boys who show potential, grit, and commitment with additional support throughout their educational journey at Gilman. The inaugural group includes seven students.
BLACK ALUMNI 50TH ANNIVERSARY
A weekend in October has been 50 years in the making: the commemoration of the first Black students to graduate from Gilman in 1968, and a celebration of the more than 480 Black alumni who have followed. Throughout the weekend, more than 160 alumni spanning six decades come from across the country and as far away as Africa and London, returning to campus to reconnect, celebrate, and participate in the festivities, which include town-hall assemblies, mentoring sessions, and a recognition banquet.
The planning of the 50th anniversary of the first Black alumni brought back a lot of memories for me. I got to hear stories from my family I had never heard. The anniversary was an opportunity to weave alums who may have lost touch with the School back into the fabric of the Gilman community. The weekend’s events provided an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with the School. It also allowed Gilman to look candidly at this significant time in our School’s history — and also through the lens of how the School dealt with the difficult issues.
Gilman welcomes its youngest Greyhounds with the launch of a pre‑kindergarten program. The inaugural class of boys joins the School’s Early Childhood Program, which is comprised of pre‑kindergarten, kindergarten, prep‑one, and first grade.
The planning committee’s objectives were to ensure that all members of the Gilman community were included. Our initial event was a welcome reception, held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History. Co-chair Karlo Young ’97 and I wondered, “Will anyone show up?” Within 30 minutes, the museum was packed wall-to-wall with attendees reuniting and networking. We pulled it off! The banquet the next night was one of the last large-scale public Gilman events that Mr. Finney attended prior to his passing. There were grown men in tears, seeing him for the first time in many years. It was also an honor to hear from Stu Simms ’68 and the late Willard Wiggins ’68 on their firsthand campus experiences as well as recognize the families of the first Black graduates.
2019 The W. P. Carey College Counseling Center becomes the official home to Gilman’s college counseling team in November. The new offices are located on the south side of Carey Hall on the terrace level and include private offices, a comfortable waiting area, and a beautiful conference room. The inspiring space speaks to the value placed on building relationships and the important role college counseling plays in helping students shape their futures.
We were also pleased and most humbled to recognize Mr. Greene. During his remarks at the banquet, he spoke from the dais [I’m paraphrasing] that he knew if he had made life better for the education of boys at Gilman then he had done something important. And he did! Through the efforts of many, we fully endowed a scholarship in conjunction with the First Things First campaign in Mr. Greene’s name in order to help students with financial need.
>>>>>> One takeaway we had for those attending anniversary events is that we emphasized no matter the experience someone had at Gilman, we all have the opportunity now as Black alums to take care of the next generation and to make stronger connections with the current Black students at the School. Our 50th anniversary of the first Black alumni events not only established a Gilman precedent, but also motivated our fellow independent school peers to recognize their first Black alumni as well. – Marcus Simms '95, 50th Anniversary of Black Alumni Committee co-chair
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W. P. CAREY COLLEGE COUNSELING CENTER It is the aim of the Gilman College Counseling Office to cultivate a culture of hospitality. We seek to create an environment where students feel comfortable, welcome, and at home. The elegant layout of the W. P. Carey College Counseling Center incorporates both past and future, highlighting the historical elements of the original building, while also featuring a modern design. Light pours in through the 19th century, 10-foot windows, and student art adorns the walls. In a typical year, we expect to host hundreds of meetings with students and their parents. The center has four private offices for one-on-one meetings and a comfortable waiting area where students and guests can gather. The beautifully appointed conference room is available to hold regular staff meetings and host the more than 100 college admissions representatives who visit Gilman each year. The inspiring space speaks to the value placed on building relationships, and the important role college counseling plays in helping students shape their futures.
– Sarah Ross, Director of College Counseling
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SCHOOL DURING A PANDEMIC
The COVID-19 pandemic forces the campus to close in March. Students, faculty, and staff leave for spring break expecting a few weeks at home. Plans change, however, and the physical campus remains closed for the remainder of the school year. Instead, Gilman implements ConnectED virtual learning. With increased safety protocols, Gilman reopens for hybrid learning — a combination of in-person and virtual classes — for the 2020-2021 school year.
Leading up to spring break 2020, I started meeting with the administrative team to review our pandemic plan and to revise travel plans for the School’s spring break trips. The first time Gilman was directly impacted resulted from a Model UN trip to Yale University in late January 2020. Students gathered from all over the world in New Haven, Connecticut, and about halfway through, an international participant became symptomatic (and later tested negative for COVID). They ended the program early, and our group came home on a bus. I remember meeting them with Henry when they arrived back at Gilman to reassure families and to ask that their sons stay home for a few days just in case. As COVID-19 spread from Italy and into Spain, we had to cancel the choir trip to Italy and then the eighth grade trip to Spain. Next to go were the domestic trips for lacrosse, baseball, and tennis. At the time, we agonized over these decisions but it quickly became clear that canceling was the right thing to do. As we left for spring break on March 13, we thought we might have to be off for a few more days when the vacation ended. Instead, area schools were closed through the end of the school year.
What is hard to put into words is the day-to-day uncertainty: We didn’t know what the virus was going to do, we didn’t know what was safe and what wasn’t. And there wasn’t much guidance from the CDC or Maryland Department of Health for opening schools.
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home. With an amazing team, we worked to prepare for the reopening of school that fall, developing protocols The School prioritizes health and wellness, establishing the role of for tracking and reporting illness, screening, cleaning, and Director of Wellness and Support. Plans to open the C. Markland A 4,000-square-foot space dedicated to fitness anddisinfecting, wellness atmaking Gilmansure we had protective equipment and Kelly, Jr. Health, Wellness, and Fitness Center in the Redmond C. S. Finney Arena in the fall of 2022 are underway. quality ventilation, training for employees and providing education for families, and keeping up with federal/state/ local guidelines. As I look back on it now, it is amazing to think of all that the team accomplished over the course The C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Health, of that summer.Wellness, Once we back will in August, andstarted Fitness Center feature: I had my regular work plus contact tracing, working with the Performance turf Baltimore City Health Department, for agility and powerkeeping exercises track of cases, and continually revising and adapting our protocols as the A large strength and conditioning area situation changed.
The C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Health, Wellness, and Fitness Center
Open space for team training and workouts
Through it all, I have learned that Gilman School is made up A mezzanine level for cardio of individuals whoand aremetabolic kind, intelligent, patient, and willing training equipment to drop everything to help out. The fact that School has New equipment, including TRX, been up and running since August 2020 is a tribute to this kettlebells, bands, and so much more! community. –Edie Meacham, RN, MSN, school nurse
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125 Years of Leadership
125 Years of Leadership We thank the following individuals for their steadfast guidance and leadership and for upholding the standard of excellence that still defines Gilman, making it the school that it is today.
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FREDERICK WINSOR ROLAND J. MULFORD SAMUEL WARDWELL KINNEY EDWIN B. KING FRANK W. PINE L. WARDLAW MILES E. BOYD MORROW HENRY H. CALLARD LUDLOW H. BALDWIN REDMOND C. S. FINNEY ARCHIBALD R. MONTGOMERY, IV JON C. M. MCGILL JOHN E. SCHMICK HENRY P. A. SMYTH
WILLIAM A. FISHER FRANCIS M. JENCKS JOSEPH S. AMES JOHN M. T. FINNEY CHARLES S. GARLAND EDWARD K. DUNN SR. RICHARD W. EMORY I. RIDGEWAY TRIMBLE OWEN DALY II WILLIAM J. MCCARTHY
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J. RICHARD THOMAS GEORGE E. THOMSEN GEORGE B. HESS, JR. JAMES S. RIEPE STEPHEN T. SCOTT RAYMOND L. BANK CHARLES C. FENWICK, JR. PAUL F. MCBRIDE SCOTT A. WIELER MARK R. FETTING
EVOLUTION OF THE GILMAN SEAL The Gilman seal is a contemporary interpretation of the very first seal of the Country School for Boys, designed in 1907 by Hamlet S. Philpot, Greek, Latin, and History Master from 1904 to 1913. The shield’s heraldic emblems represent our founder Anne Galbraith Carey’s notion to educate boys in mind, body, and spirit. The book signifies scholarship, the bees embody industry, and the crosses stand as a symbol of spirituality. The chevron, upon which the bees sit, represents builders or others who have accomplished some work of faithful service. The complete circular form carries elements consistently found in our seal, through all its interpretations. The star, our cynosure, anchors the adage on the book, “Ad Astra,” an abbreviated version of “Ad astra per aspera,” which means “to the stars through difficulties.” The motto, “In Tuo Lumine Lumen,” translates to “in thy light we shall see light,” words from Psalm 36 that have been part of the seal since Mr. Philpot’s design.
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Gilman Then and Now
1922 1972 TUITION
Day Pupils Lower Forms IV-VI (grades 4-6): $425 Upper School Forms I-II (grades 7-8): $500 Upper School Forms III-VI (grades 9-12): $650
Grades 1-3: $1,150
Five-Day Boarding $1,050-$1,150
Grades 10-12: $1,600
Grades 4-6: $1,300 Grades 7-9: $1,550
Seven-Day Boarding $1,100- $1,250
UPPER SCHOOL DAY
CAMPUS & TECHNOLOGY
Division/Boarding Breakdown: 100 Lower School boys in the Open Air School 202 Upper School boys 47 seven-day boarders 29 five-day boarders 226 day students
Division Breakdown: Lower: 243 Middle: 170 Upper: 321
Upper School begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 1:20 p.m. with a recess of 10 minutes for sandwiches. “Dinner” (which is now called lunch) is served at 1:25 p.m. Athletics and afternoon study period occupy the afternoon. The school day ends at 5:30 p.m.
Upper School starts at 8:30 a.m. The day begins with Chapel (with form meetings on Fridays), followed by several 40-minute periods, which include lunch and study hall, and a short recess. Athletics is held in the afternoon. The school day ends at 5:15 p.m.
he Lower School building opens, and the T Open Air School closes in September 1922.
ilman purchases a new 2100A HewlettG Packard computer, and computer programming is added to the form V and VI math curriculum.
ennis courts are added to the campus T footprint. ew sewage pipes are laid under the athletic N fields.
he Gilman library moves from the Gilman T Room to the Fisher Memorial Reading Room. n April 11, 1972, Gilman breaks ground on the O new John M. T. Finney Middle School.
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2022 Lower School Pre-Kindergarten: $17,750 Kindergarten: $23,055 Prep-One to Fifth: $30,275 Middle School: $31,000 1922
Upper School: $33,200
Enrollment: 1,040 Division Breakdown: Lower: 320 Middle: 240 Upper: 480
Upper School begins the day at 8 a.m. There are three 80-minute courses in the morning, followed by lunch and community time. Two afternoon blocks include health and character education, music ensembles, clubs, and study hall. Athletics begins at 4 p.m.
Each student uses his own laptop and/or iPad. he School has innovation labs, a maker space, T 3D printers, and robotics clubs. I n the spring of 2022, Gilman breaks ground on the C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Health, Wellness, and Fitness Center.
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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE
GILMAN OF TODAY
TO STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WHO ARE AT THE SCHOOL 20, 30, OR EVEN 100 YEARS FROM NOW? In the Gilman community, our core Gilman values shine. Through the hardships and divide facing this modern world, Gilman stays strong together in mind, body, and spirit. –9th grader
Gilman is a place where boys come to learn about themselves, be challenged in mind, body, and spirit, and spend their days building unforgettable relationships.
I would describe the Gilman of today as a great place to learn and grow. I’ve had a lot of fun here; however, I’ve also learned a lot from the teachers and my peers. I’ve learned to try and stay on top of my work and seek help when it is needed. –8th grader
Gilman is very special. Every day at Gilman is a new experience, one that is full of learning and delight. Gilman holds tight to meaningful traditions and ways of the past while also moving with the present, adapting and changing. –10th grader
I would describe it as a place that welcomes you into its family, that cares and educates you. I love Gilman!
Gilman is a place that allows for the ambitious to realize their goals while simultaneously building men of great character. It’s filled with a surplus of incredibly talented individuals, both in the faculty and student body, who fully invest into the community.
I would describe Gilman as a school that wants students to strive to be their best selves. Also, I think everyone at School is kind and respectful to the teachers. –8th grader
It is a fun time that makes everyone a better person and it teaches you lessons that you will use for your whole life. –7th grader
Gilman is a place where students and faculty look out for, celebrate, and challenge one another. It is a place that pushes us all to grow and, at the same time, knows how to laugh heartily and savor the moment. –Faculty/Staff
I would describe our school as a community that counts on everybody and needs every single person to thrive. I hope that this amazing school lasts for centuries. –4th grader
I would describe it as a great place for socializing and learning. I have made many friends here and learned a lot. –6th grader
After more than a year of virtual alumni events, we were so excited to welcome back to campus alumni celebrating milestone reunions on three glorious fall weekends in October and November. Because of pandemic-related rescheduling, the fall Alumni Weekend celebrations brought back 20 classes (those ending in 0s, 5s, 1s, and 6s), as well as a few select post-50th reunion classes. In all, hundreds of alumni and their partners, spouses, and guests toured the grounds, took in a football game, sipped cocktails on the terrace, and enjoyed a tasty meal together. Funny Gilman stories and lasting memories abounded, and the phrase “Remember when…” could be overheard time and time again.
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Over three days in late April, nearly 600 alumni and guests from near and far (as in Sao Paulo, Brazil far!) descended upon campus to participate in 32 different events. It was a fun and moving testament to the remarkable relationships that make Gilman so special. The festivities kicked off on Friday with a campus tour, including a stroll through the halls that were filled with amazing student artwork. Then came the fifth annual Gilman Forever Luncheon followed by the Senior Panel Discussion. The Class of 1972 started their 50th reunion celebration in a meetup with their third grade pen pals followed by a festive cocktail party that evening. Friday culminated with the first-ever Taste of Baltimore in which alumni of all ages mingled with faculty and staff and delighted in the culinary options of five Gilman alumni restaurateurs. On Saturday morning, alumni lacrosse players from 1976-2017 filed onto campus to learn about the current Greyhounds lacrosse program with head coach Tony Incontrera. Another campus tour and art walk — this one led by history teacher Bill Gamper ʼ71 — followed the morning’s exploratory activities and concluded at a tent on Harris Terrace, where hundreds of alumni and guests gathered for the All-Reunion Class Cocktail Reception. Despite the festive evening, many were up early on Sunday morning to gather in the Alumni Auditorium to celebrate the life and impact of longtime faculty member and coach Anton Vishio, Sr. The Alumni Association Board of Governors, in conjunction with the Gilman Black Alumni Society, tilled soil and planted crops at the Afya Community Garden in Park Heights as part of the Gilman Gives Back service day. 30
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Careers In… One positive outcome of the pandemic was the concept of the virtual visit. What used to take logistical coordination and, often, travel and accommodations, now can be handled with minimal scheduling and a Zoom room. We were delighted to welcome the following alumni who took time to meet with current Gilman students or other alumni to talk about their careers.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP The Gilman Entrepreneurs Network featured a compelling pitch from Zach Ranen ʼ14 on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, who introduced his new business, RAIZE, to the group. RAIZE is an online bakery that is crafting no-sugar-added, low-carb, gluten-free desserts, such as cookies and brownies. Best yet, all of their treats are fresh-baked and delivered to you! After explaining his idea, introducing his team, and assessing the market and competitive landscape, Ranen took questions and comments from the group. Learn more and follow Ranen’s journey at eatraize.com.
LAW Michael Brown ʼ00, assistant attorney general at the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, Stephen Demos ʼ09, transactional attorney at Bowie & Jensen, and Singleton Mathews ʼ02, partner at Client First, joined a group of students via Zoom on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, for a student-alumni networking event. Brown talked about the lawyer’s “survival skill,” which involves accepting the fact that you will never know everything about the law and need to be able to point a judge in the right direction when you don’t know the answer immediately. Demos reminded the boys that what we don’t see in Hollywood portrayals of the law is that lawyers are really problem-solvers. “You may not have every answer,” he said. “But you do have the skills to find them.” And, Mathews expressed surprise at the amount of logistics and relationship-building his role has demanded (even more so than legal knowledge) and warned that practicing law can consume a lot more of your life than you expect it to.
SERVICE The Veterans Day observance at Gilman featured a special treat. Colonel Matthew Bartlett ʼ95 joined the assembly via Zoom from Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, where he commands the Air Force’s 449th Air Expeditionary Group. This group is composed of approximately 700 airmen who provide armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, as well as airlift, base support, personnel rescue, and expeditionary response throughout East Africa. Bartlett spoke to the boys about why he chose a life of military service (“I serve because of all of the guys here and the responsibility to one another.”), the value of character over competency (“You can train people to be better at their job. You can’t train them to be more moral.”), and three questions he asks before embarking on any task: Can we? Should we? Who can help? Asking these questions before taking action, be it in military or civilian life, helps to make sure you are doing the right things for the right reasons with the best possible team and the highest probability for success, he argued. Clearly moved, the students’ applause at the conclusion of his talk could be heard up and down Roland Avenue, if not all the way in Djibouti!
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TECH Brendan Aronson ’08 and Adam Belzberg ’10 shared their experiences and insights with students on Wednesday, January 19. Aronson, who previously served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, co-founded Paintru with several Gilman alumni. Their company takes the photos you send them and turns them into oneof-a-kind works of art by way of a crew of talented painters around the globe. When the students logged on, he reminded them that growth — be it of a business or a career — isn’t always linear: “It’s often two steps forward, one step back.” He continued, “I feel like I’ve got some really good networks I’m a part of, but Gilman is at the top of that list.” He concluded by encouraging the boys to cherish their current experiences. “Enjoy your time at Gilman,” he said. “It’s a special place. I really value the connections I made there. Enjoy your time with your classmates, and be kind to one another.” Belzberg works as an engineer at Netflix, which he jokingly called “an up-and-coming streaming service,” in the San Francisco Bay area. He talked to the students about how surprised he was to learn about all the different types of jobs out there. He said, “It’s incredibly insightful to be able to speak with them and find out what they are doing. Just even knowing that an opportunity exists can help you align your interests.”
MEDICINE Everyone knows what a doctor and nurse do, at least on a fundamental level, but we figured not many current students know much about pharmaceutical drug development or how to found and develop a medical startup. So, for April’s student-alumni networking event focused on the medical industry, we invited Jake Beverage ʼ94, vice president of alliance management at AbCellera, and Dr. Manan Shah ʼ02, founder of Windly, to speak to students. After explaining the basics of drug discovery, development, and commercialization, Beverage encouraged the boys to “understand a certain aspect of the industry, get skills, and get competent” and reminded them to always keep learning. Shah was quick to point out to the students that they shouldn’t always feel like they have to follow the set path. He said, “I didn’t like the way allergy care was being done and thought we could do it a better way. Look for problems you think can be solved and go work on them!”
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THE ARTS Sam Bank ’02, Jack Mitchell ’09, and Rob Marbury ’89 joined nearly 20 students on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, to discuss careers in the arts. Bank, who is founder and producer at Braintrust, talked about how his failure to make it as a TV writer allowed him to instead become a multimedia producer. He encouraged the boys to keep an open mind about career paths, to not be afraid to change those paths, and to never feel like it’s too late to switch gears. Mitchell, lead composer and vocal director for “The Story Pirates” podcast, reminded the boys that worlds are small and so many people know each other. He said, “The connections you make in your first project will build and build and build. You never know how the connections you make when you are just starting out will snowball and evolve. Don’t wait till someone gives you a job to start working in the arts. Don’t be afraid to create your own art. Plus, you’ll get better at what you do by doing it!” And Marbury, imre’s vice president of creative, admitted that selling pretzels for 10 years allowed him to pursue art before finding a field — advertising — that allowed him to put his film production and writing skills to good use. He encouraged the boys to cultivate the ability to flow with change, which he has found to be critical to success. “Trust in your peculiarity,” he said. “We learn a lot about how to take tests and produce results, but in order to do that, we must stay curious!”
FINANCE More than 20 students joined Yale Hoffberg ʼ11, Kevin Robbins ʼ94, and Andrew Schwab ʼ10 on Friday, December 3, 2021, to talk about careers in finance. Hoffberg, who is a financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management in Baltimore, informed the boys that there are a multitude of areas on which one can focus in the financial industry, encouraged them to always be open to new ideas, and urged them to “be open and willing to go above and beyond. Have a problem-solving mentality.” Robbins, general partner at Blue Delta Capital Partners and co-founder of Wolf Den Associates outside of Washington, stressed the value of finding great mentors throughout your career and challenged the students to chart their own paths. He said, “Don’t be afraid to hop off the ‘treadmill,’ take stock, and run your own race. As a high achiever, the easier path is often to just continue doing what you’re doing.” Schwab, a vice president (leveraged finance) for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been surprised by how much people move around within the industry, and he underscored the value of informational interviews. “Do a bunch of one-on-one coffee chats,” he said. “It really helps narrow down what you want to do.”
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GEN GOES CRYPTO Nearly 20 members of the Gilman Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) focused on cryptocurrency during their quarterly discussion on February 2. Panelists Alex Benfield ’10, Bill Miller IV ’99, and Sam Winter ’09 shared their experiences and fielded questions from attendees.
FOURTH GRADERS CONNECT WITH MARYLAND LEADERS NFL linebacker Brandon Copeland ’09 and Maryland Legal Aid Chief Counsel Stuart Simms ’68 were among the group of Marylanders interviewed by fourth grade students as part of their African American Leadership Project (AALP). Culminating with a written paper and visual aid, this project was designed to teach the boys how to consult primary sources, take notes, and organize their thoughts in a clear and coherent manner. The boys asked Copeland and Simms about their upbringing, professional achievements, and which of the Gilman Five most resonated with them. Stuart enjoyed the conversation so much that he encouraged the boys to interview David Cahn ’86, a Baltimore-based attorney whom Stuart had mentored early in his career.
Benfield, a crypto analyst at Weiss Ratings, talked participants through the use cases of cryptocurrencies, the risk of future government regulation, and the viability of personal Bitcoin mining explorations. Miller, a longtime investor in cryptocurrencies and digital assets, explained the relative merits of Bitcoin versus other cryptocurrencies (including stablecoins), the distinction between a currency’s volatility and its risk, and how institutions might approach investments in crypto. And Winter, a senior software engineer at Coinbase, highlighted the value of decentralized financial networks (aka, defi), encouraged potential investors to consider diversifying across cryptocurrencies, and reminded everyone to look at advances in technology as opportunities for investment. In wrapping up the call, Benfield put everyone at ease by saying, “Nobody on this call is too late. The best thing to do is start learning and, if possible, start investing. Explore what is interesting to you.”
GBAS PLAYS JEOPARDY A dozen members of the Gilman Black Alumni Society (GBAS) Mentoring Program gathered via Zoom on Saturday, February 26 for a fun and informative customized game of Jeopardy, prepared by host extraordinaire, Justin Adams ’13. In honor of Black History Month, the questions focused on the ABCs of Black history, trailblazers, famous quotes, and more. Said Tyrone Crosby ’96, “The game was very competitive with the little brothers [i.e., mentees] showing their vast knowledge of Black history.”
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Life-Saving Progress LGBTQ+ ALUMNI SPEAK WITH STUDENTS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES AT GILMAN
Matt Cahill ‘03 formed Gilman’s GSA — then referring to the GayStraight Alliance and now standing for Gender and Sexuality Alliance — when he was a senior. He returned to School on Wednesday, May 4 to speak to Upper School students about the importance of introspection and empathy. He called Gilman’s progress related to LGBTQ+ support “life-saving” for students, and he challenged the boys to work to continue to improve the culture of belonging at School for their peers and future Greyhounds. Read more and watch his talk at gilman.edu/cahill.
Dr. Rodney Glasgow ’97 returned to Gilman to present during Upper School assembly during the School’s Week of Dialogue on Thursday, April 7. Glasgow spoke about his time at Gilman as a Black, gay student. He said though it was often challenging, he also experienced enormous love through the friends he made and under the mentorship of adults like Coach Johnnie Foreman. Since graduating from Gilman, Glasgow has become a trailblazing leader of diversity, equity, and social justice work in schools and communities nationally. Read more and watch his talk at gilman.edu/weekofdialogue.
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Seniors Get Down to Business
IN ENTREPRENEUR CLASS
Nathaniel Badder ’94 is a self-described “recovering entrepreneur.” He is also the Director of Alumni Relations at Gilman, and his previous experience running his own business is what inspired him to teach the Entrepreneurship class this spring. The challenge presented to the boys when the class began was to identify a real-world problem and then to develop a viable business solution to address it. To assist them along the way, Badder brought in alumni experts from a variety of fields — most entrepreneurs themselves — to share their knowledge and experiences. Class sessions included topics on fundamental business practices like product development, marketing and branding, and sales. To conclude the semester, on Tuesday, May 10, they held “Demo Day” — a Shark-Tank-style competition, which brought three alumni/sharks back to Roland Avenue: Josh Levinson ’89, owner of Charm City Run, Sebastian Seiguer ’90, CEO of emocha Mobile Health Inc., and Frederick “Beau” Smith ’99, senior risk manager at the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. The sharks asked challenging and probing questions of the two teams after their presentations, which included creative videos, industry research, survey data, business plans, and financial projections. Up first was Parrot, whose idea was a platform for high school students to showcase their artwork and where interested customers can browse and make purchases. They ambitiously projected that in three years using a commission-based model, Parrot could be making $5 million!
The sharks convened privately and returned with their decision. “Both teams did a really nice job,” said Seiguer. He commented that Hot Golf’s team was clever to isolate the savings customers would experience from no longer losing golf balls should they purchase the product. They liked how Parrot’s idea involved a real product that exists right now. “Both teams showed how they pivoted through challenges,” he said. Ultimately, Parrot came out on top. “It’s a real idea. If you don’t do it, someone will.”
Next up was Hot Golf, a company that seeks to solve a problem for golfers who lose golf balls (aka, all golfers!). The team’s products: 1) a golf ball pouch heater, which heats golf balls using the same technology as baby bottle insulated pouch warmers, and would be paired with a thermal scope, and 2) 3D-printed glasses with high contrast that would allow golfers to better distinguish golf balls from the rough. Though the products are still in the research-anddevelopment phase, their financial graphs project more than half a million dollars in profit down the line! Alex Benfield ’10, Crypto Analyst at Weiss Ratings Kevin Buerger ’87, CEO at Incubeta US Jonathan Cooper ’98, Vice President of Engineering at Versapay Haftan Eckholdt ’83, Chief Science Officer at Understood Jason Finkelstein ’94, CMO at Gladly Jason Griswold ’93, Co-Founder & CRO at REIN Harris Jones ’80, Managing Partner at Swallow Point Ventures JD Kameen ’10, Co-Founder & CEO at Paintru Jack King ’10, Software Investor at JMI Equity Nick Owsley ’93, Co-Founder at TipHero Zach Ranen ’14, Founder & CEO at RAIZE Garrett Weinstein ’14, Founder at CareFull John Wise ’96, Growth Strategy Consultant at Material
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YOON SHIN I’ve enjoyed using drones to capture imagery, and it’s been fun learning about what goes on in the fairly new drone industry. Yoon Shin Mentor: Eno Umoh ’04 Global Air Drone Academy
Senior Encounter Senior Encounter, the capstone experience of the senior year, enables each senior to explore a field of interest with an adult who works in that area. During Encounter, seniors spend two weeks engaged in a full-time internship of their choosing under the supervision of a mentor. In the past, students have participated in internships in a wide range of fields including medicine, business, education, technology, engineering, architecture, film, and environmental sustainability. The connection with the mentor is at the heart of Encounter. This close working relationship is intended to provide the student with insight into the mentor’s job and the broader field in which they work. In turn, seniors are eager to learn and to contribute their own talents and skills. Interested in getting involved next year as a mentor in your field? Reach out to Director of Alumni Relations Nathaniel Badder ’94 at email@example.com or Associate Director of College Counseling Anna Follensbee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Max Chong Mentor: Yale Hoffberg ’11 RBC Wealth
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Ryan Joyce and Cal Tortolani Mentor: Brett Hollander ’03 Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Joshua Lee, Teddy Zois, and Jacob Muher Coppermine
Mac Nichols and Nate Perry Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Maragakis PP’21 Director, ALS Center for Cell Therapy and Regeneration Research and Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital
JACK GOLDMAN Working in a metal shop taught us to measure twice and cut once, how to be responsible and reliable, and how to weld. BENNETT MOSK My encounter has been truly transformative. Being able to watch important court cases while in constant discussion with the judges, clerks, and interns has allowed me a clear view of the world of law, and certainly piqued my interest in this arena for the future.
Some seniors weren’t quite ready to leave the halls of Gilman, and they chose their Encounters in various roles in the Lower School.
Jack Goldman and Aidan Feulner Mentor: David Hess ’82 Hess Industries
JACK NUERMBERGER Working with the Oyster Recovery Partnership and the Shell Recycling Alliance, we are helping to restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay area. We are learning a lot about oyster conservation and population growth, and doing some manual labor collecting oyster shells to provide the baby oysters a substrate to grow on. MATT GROSSMAN Encounter has been an incredible experience getting a firsthand look into what it takes to run the Baltimore Museum of Art from the back-ofhouse operations. Through my work with the HR and PR teams, I helped with the museum’s ongoing diversity and equity work, sat in on press interviews and exhibition walk-throughs, helped to create content for the BMA socials, and met with the curatorial staff at the museum. I particularly enjoyed my time walking through new exhibitions with members of the local press. MAX CHONG My daily routine consisted of reading about the market in the morning and catching any huge headlines that could affect the market. We then went on to call clients and talk about portfolio strategy and how to maximize their returns while maintaining a low-risk approach considering what’s going on in the market right now. Throughout the day, we looked at multiple portfolio managers and performed stock analysis to decide which managers will not only maximize the clients’ returns but also match their investment interests. MANAV PARIKH My encounter was in the pediatric operating rooms at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I was able to view live surgeries — including full liver transplants, suboccipital craniotomy, and lobotomy — up close in the operating room, interact with anesthesiologists, nurses, and surgeons, and learn about the intricacies of surgical operations. I also practiced simple surgery techniques, such as tying surgical knots, phlebotomy (administering needles for IV), and intubation.
Bennet Mosk ion P’25 Audrey Carr Mentor: Hon. Judge and Chief Judge e Administrativ urt for Baltimore City t Co of the Circui
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Jack Nuermberger and Dan iel Griffin Mentor: Kramer Whitela w, Shell Recycling Technician, Oyster Recove ry Partnership
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Manav Parikh Mentor: Aileen Mendez PP’21 CRNA anesthetist at Johns Hopkins Hosp ital
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What’s the Buzz? board of trustees. Rogers, who also serves as the chief counsel for Brown Advisory, succeeds fellow Gilman alumnus Andy Brooks ’74 in this role. Says Rogers, “I’m excited to support the team that performs the important and impactful work of Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound, which serves our students and community by changing lives through challenge and selfdiscovery.”
BOOKER HEADED TO HOUSTON TO PLAY FOR TEXANS Thomas Booker ’18, a defensive lineman for Stanford University, was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft with the 150th overall pick. In an interview with Pressbox, Booker credits his time at Gilman for helping him develop his versatility. “My parents sent me to Gilman so I could become everything,” Booker said. "I could become the scholar, the athlete, the person in the community."
REESE’S PRIVATE LIBRARY OF BOOKS AND ARTIFACTS TO BE AUCTIONED OFF Christie’s began auctioning the personal Americana collection of acclaimed rare book dealer William Reese ’73 in May. The sale, performed in 700 lots, carries a total estimated value of $12 million to $18 million. “The grand irony,” said longtime friend and historian Ann Fabian, “is that Bill [who passed away in 2018] would be the best possible witness of the sale at Christie’s. He would be the one who would be really interested in the prices things got, their ultimate fate, the way their meaning as objects changed as they moved around.”
BOND, KING EARN ALL-IVY LEAGUE LACROSSE ACCOLADES Piper Bond ’18 (left) and Sam King ’20 (right) earned All-Ivy League Lacrosse recognition this spring. Bond, a senior short-stick defensive midfielder at Penn, was a unanimous First Team selection, and King, a sophomore attackman at Harvard, earned Honorable Mention recognition. King was also named Harvard Male Rookie of the Year and profiled in The Crimson.
ROGERS NAMED BOARD CHAIR AT CHESAPEAKE BAY OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL The Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School named Brett Rogers ’94 chair of its
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MAHESHWARI WORKS ON FREE SPEECH STATEMENT AT DAVIDSON Varun Maheshwari ’19, who just completed his junior year at Davidson College in North Carolina, worked with a group of students, faculty, and alumni there to draft a statement affirming Davidson’s commitment to free speech and inquiry. “This document ... is designed to help us find common ground so we can listen to one another,” said Maheshwari.
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employees, consumers, and stakeholders.” Hines has previously held executive positions at Morton Salt, the J.M. Smucker Company, and General Mills.
side dishes to fill out the feast. They also provided refrigerated trucks to assist with delivery and storage of the meals.
BOZZUTO, HURLEY COLLABORATING ON DEVELOPMENT PROJECT Toby Bozzuto ʼ92 (left), president and CEO of The Bozzuto Group, and Cheo Hurley ‘92 (right), president and CEO of THG Companies, are bringing their companies — Bozzuto Construction, a subsidiary of The Bozzuto Group, and THG — together for the development of the new Somerset II Apartments in downtown Baltimore. THG is providing subcontracting services for the drywall component of this residential development project.
HINES NAMED PRESIDENT OF STAPLES PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS Daron Hines ’96 was named president of Staples Promotional Products (SPP). “I couldn’t be more excited to join SPP,” says Hines. “SPP is an industry leader with an incredibly innovative team and an unparalleled global supplier network. I look forward to working alongside the team to build upon SPP’s successful track record of creating meaningful brand experiences for
DEMUTH AND MACFARLANE EARN FIRST TEAM ALLCENTENNIAL CONFERENCE LACROSSE HONORS
MARSHAK’S OTORO ENERGY AWARDED $4.14 MILLION FROM DOE FOR WORK ON BATTERIES
Will deMuth ’18 (left), a senior midfielder at Franklin & Marshall College, and Teddy Macfarlane ’18 (right), a senior defenseman at Dickinson College, were named to the All-Centennial Conference Lacrosse First Team this spring. Macfarlane was also named the Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
The U.S. Department of Energy selected OTORO Energy, a company founded by Michael Marshak ʼ02, for funding to manufacture flow battery technology for long-duration energy storage. The project will partner with Raytheon Technologies and the University of Colorado Boulder, where Marshak is also an assistant professor of chemistry focusing on batteries, catalysis, and renewable energy.
HUDSON AND TRUE CHESAPEAKE OYSTER CO. TEAM UP WITH BEA GADDY TO SERVE THANKSGIVING DINNER Each year, the Bea Gaddy Family Center provides a hearty and hot Thanksgiving dinner to nearly 2,000 people in need. In 2021, because of the pandemic, the nonprofit didn’t have the kitchen space to prepare the meal that it usually does, so they reached out to their community for help. In stepped Patrick Hudson ’04 and his team at True Chesapeake Oyster Co. who gave their time slicing and dicing
STANLEY NAMED DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS AT COLLEGIATE SCHOOL After a nationwide search, Collegiate School (Richmond, Virginia) announced that Andrew Stanley ’91 was appointed director of athletics. Stanley has served as the school’s associate athletic director for the last 14 years. S ummer 2 0 2 2
UPDATE ON THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY, INCLUSION, AND EQUITY May 20, 2022 Dear Gilman Community, of Johnnie Foreman, our longtime Director of In October, I announced the retirement at the end of this school year that our search for a new director was already underway, Community, Inclusion, and Equity (CIE). In that letter, I explained year. Spring break has clearly come and gone and, while we with an eye toward naming the new person by spring break of this right person for the job. Recognizing the importance of have interviewed some strong candidates, we have not yet found the the following steps: supporting our CIE efforts while the search continues, we are taking Joe Valentine-White, Assistant Director of Community, Inclusion, school year.
and Equity, will serve as interim director during the next e to support the office and all of its efforts.
Tangie Mason, administrative assistant for the CIE Office, will continu
Johnnie for several years as part of his CIE Executive A number of teachers in each division have been working closely with titles that these teachers will hold in addition to their Committee, and we plan to name them CIE Division Coordinators, have been recommended as part of our commitment regular teaching positions. These new roles, which are permanent and r structure for our CIE work, particularly as it pertains to to CIE regardless of the search timeline, help to formalize a stronge share those teachers’ names as we start the new school faculty professional development and student programming. We will year. er, Assistant Head of School for Pre-k–8, will lend their Peter Kwiterovich, Assistant Head of School, and Shonique Alexand closely with Johnnie and team. support to the CIE office next year. Both have already been working me that he is a call Finally, and while I will certainly respect his retirement, Johnnie reminds consulting role next year.
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e to identify and interview candidates, now with an Working with the search advisory committee and others, I will continu Johnnie’s successor by spring break, I firmly believe — eye on a start date of July 1, 2023. While I had certainly hoped to name the best person for this important role, even if it means and the advisory committee agrees — that the top priority is finding it will ultimately take us as a school. extending the timeline. I remain excited about this search and where as thoughtfully as possible while supporting the ongoing These steps will allow us to continue our search for a new director to share, I will certainly do so. In the meantime, I wish efforts and operation of the CIE Office. When there is more news everyone a successful close to the school year. Sincerely,
Henry P. A. Smyth Headmaster In Tuo Lumine Lumen
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BRYN HOLMES PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR; NED EMALA NAMED ASSISTANT AD After serving for four years as the Assistant Athletics Director at Gilman, Bryn Holmes has been promoted to Associate Athletics Director. Holmes also teaches math in the Middle School and is the varsity wrestling head coach. “I am excited to take on more responsibilities in the athletics department. Obviously, with a legend like Lori Bristow retiring, I have some big shoes to fill. With that said, I feel extremely lucky to be working with Russell Wrenn during this role change. He has been and, I’m sure, will continue to be a great mentor,” Holmes said.
Replacing Holmes as Assistant Athletics Director is Ned Emala ʼ13, completing the athletic department’s leadership team. Emala played football, squash, and lacrosse as a Greyhound and played four years of football at Dickinson College. Following a few years of work outside of education, he joined the faculty in 2019 as a Foreman Fellow. Emala currently teaches Art History and World Cultures in the Upper School, and he coaches varsity football, JV squash, and JV lacrosse. In his new role as assistant AD, Emala will continue to teach and coach. “I am truly honored to take on this new role,” Emala said. “I really believe in Gilman’s commitment to creating an environment where our athletes can develop and grow a strong sense of character, learn how to be men of integrity, and, while striving for success, conduct themselves with honor and respect on and off the field.”
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KATIE THOMAS NAMED ASSISTANT HEAD OF LOWER SCHOOL Fifth grade teacher Katie Thomas has worked tirelessly to support Gilman’s mission through her extensive work on committees, task forces, and teams. “Katie is well known across divisions and throughout the Gilman community as a leader and collaborator, and she will help advance the Lower School’s goals and, undoubtedly, help forge our path forward,” said Head of Lower School Linda Fussell. In her new role, Thomas will work collaboratively with Fussell to provide leadership, structure, and support in all aspects of the Lower School, focusing on curriculum development and implementation. Thomas spent nine years teaching in the Baltimore County Public School System at Padonia International School before joining the Gilman faculty in 2012. She graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in elementary education, and she earned a Gifted and Talented Education Certificate and an M.S. in human resource development: educational leadership from Towson University. “I am looking forward to working more closely with students, faculty, and families in grades pre-kindergarten through five,” Thomas said. S ummer 2 0 2 2
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Lower School Builds Community Through House Program Think Harry Potter without the magic. That’s how one staff member described the house program initiative that got underway at Gilman Lower School in the 2021-2022 school year. Instead of Gryffindor and Hufflepuff, houses are named with Latin words that correspond with the “Gilman Five” — Honor, Integrity, Respect, Humility, and Excellence — words that comprise the code of ethical conduct at the School. The House system is designed to build a sense of belonging in an inclusive, caring, and supportive environment. Lower School faculty, staff, and students in all grades are sorted into five “houses,” where members build community with one another. The system includes athletic, academic, and artistic pursuits and promotes self-esteem, self-identity, belonging, and pride. Age is no barrier to collaboration: Younger students look up to older students and older students support the younger ones. Through shared goals, Gilman’s house program promotes deeply meaningful relationships and connections.
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Middle School: Author Stacy McAnulty
Lower School: Author Jerry Pallotta
Middle School: Author Christina Soontornvat
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There was such an overwhelming positive response to the virtual author visits that came out of the 2020-2021 school year during the pandemic that the Gilman libraries decided to keep it going! Below are some of the guests boys heard from this school year.
Middle School: Author Erin Entrada Kelly
Third Grade: Author Tonya Duncan Ellis
Third and Fourth Grades: Author Matthew Swanson and Illustrator Robbi Behr
Second Grade: Poet Laura Shovan (below)
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Second Grade: Author Adrea Theodore and Illustrator Erin K. Robinson
Lower School: Poet Janet Wong (above)
Seventh Grade: Author Nancy B. Kennedy
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FRANCIS J. CAREY, JR. LECTURE:
Whitney Soule Whitney Soule, vice provost and dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, visited the Upper School on Thursday, October 14, 2021, for the second annual Francis J. Carey, Jr. Lecture, which is designed to connect Gilman students and the School community to deans of admission at leading colleges and universities.
Pictured left to right: Board of Trustees President-Elect Andy Brooks, Director of College Counseling Sarah Ross, Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania and Carey Lecture speaker Whitney Soule, Head of School Henry P. A. Smyth, Chairman and President of the W. P. Carey Foundation and Gilman Trustee William P. Carey II, and Executive Director of the Carey Foundation Juliana Harris.
Soule spoke to the student-filled auditorium on the topic of applying to college during a pandemic. She talked about the history of the test-optional concept — an idea that has been around for a while but picked up momentum only in the last decade, and especially since the emergence of COVID-19. With regard to extracurricular activities, Soule reminded the seniors in the audience, “The people reading your applications, like me, also had our experiences altered, interrupted, stopped … We understand what the pandemic has done.” She emphasized that applicants will not be compared to one another on the basis of who achieved the most or who suffered the most during the last year. “We are looking at each of you as individuals.” Soule also provided guidance on writing, advising the boys to “show yourself” through their college essays. “Do not write what you think we want to hear …. Write what you have to say,” she said. She told them to, above all else, be authentic. When choosing where to apply, she said, “The best education you can possibly undertake in college is one at a place that suits you.” She encouraged boys to work with their college counselors to develop a list that is right for them. “Respect the tremendous opportunity of your education at Gilman. … To be in this school where those who teach you and support you and challenge you are close enough to you on a regular basis to know you … This is a gift.” Watch the lecture at gilman.edu/careylecture.
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Greg Bader and Arif Joshi Head of School Henry P. A. Smyth introduced the 40th H. K. Douglas Cotton Lecture on Wednesday, April 6, reminding the students of the lecture’s origins in 1979. Mr. Cotton thought “it was important for Gilman students to be exposed to the world of business.” The first speaker, Greg Bader ’93, shared, “When I was back at Gilman, one of my absolute passions was baseball.” He always knew he wanted to make a career in baseball, but with limited athletic abilities, he wasn’t quite sure how he would make that happen. Nevertheless, he has worked for the Baltimore Orioles since 1994. Now he is senior vice president of administration and experience, but he didn’t start out in that role, of course. His first job with the organization was as a public relations intern, a “great break” he got after his freshman year in college through a Gilman classmate’s father. Bader had been nice to this classmate, helping him with his math work in the sixth grade, he said, reflecting on how this simple act of kindness came back to pay him in spades. His internship responsibilities included clipping articles about the Orioles and then creating photocopied packets of those clips for the executives. “I took this clip thing very seriously,” he remembered. He offered students advice about entry-level or menial jobs like that one: “If you’re given an opportunity to work in the place you love … do the job.” “Twenty-eight years later, I’m going back to the ballpark that I came to as a freshman in college, and I get to have that same kind of excitement level,” he said. In his current position, Bader is one of five on a senior leadership team running the day-to-day business operations of the club. He doesn’t clip articles anymore; rather, he is involved in business strategy, marketing and advertising, special events, and creative content development.
doctors” but had no interest in following in their footsteps. “I knew exactly what I didn’t want,” he said. He ended up applying early to the Wharton School of Business only because he heard another Gilman student had done so. His first job out of college was in an emerging markets fund. It was only after six months of working there that he realized emerging markets were about bonds — and not stocks as he previously had thought. “I got to where I am today by not knowing what I wanted to do,” as well as “a little bit of luck, and a lot of hard work,” he said. He explained what he does in his current job — investing wealthy institutions’ and individuals’ money around the world — and said he prepared a speech on “how to make you guys rich,” both financially and in terms of character. On the financial front, he talked about real estate and explained how buying a house can generate wealth over time as the property appreciates. Then he talked about the stock market and how “you want to be buying when others are selling and selling when others are buying.” When it comes to becoming rich in character, Joshi recommended investing time and effort into relationships with “people different from you,” noting that the core interests of most people around the world are the same. “The goal of immersing yourself in other people’s life stories is to build bridges,” he said. “I would encourage all of you guys to say yes” — to community service, to organized sports, to studying abroad, to hosting an exchange student, and other opportunities that arise. “Say yes to anything that will help you hear someone else’s perspective.” Watch the lecture at gilman.edu/cottonlecture.
He emphasized the importance of his Gilman education in getting him to where he is today, and he listed several members of the Orioles organization who are fellow Gilman alumni. Every spring, they host a Gilman student for his Senior Encounter. “Last time I was here,” he said, standing at the podium in the Alumni Auditorium, “I gave my senior speech about setting your own path and expectations.” He had the same message for the students in front of him at the Cotton Lecture: “Chart your own path … if you can find your passion and make a career out of it, it’s a heck of a lot of fun.” The second speaker, Arif Joshi ’94, managing director at Lazard Asset Management in New York, said that after listening to Bader, he realized what he needed to share with the students. “While Greg ran towards something, I ran away. And where I found myself was on Wall Street.” He explained that he comes from a family “full of
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Tania James Upper School English teacher Patrick Hastings introduced the esteemed speaker for 2022 and gave background information on the annual Mountcastle Lecture series. Tania James is the author of three highly praised works of fiction: the novels “The Tusk That Did the Damage” and “Atlas of Unknowns,” and the short-story collection “Aerogrammes and Other Stories.” Her most recent book, “The Tusk That Did the Damage,” was named a Best Book of 2015 by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, and NPR, shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice. James shared with the students that she typically writes fiction, but for this lecture, she read to them a personal essay entitled, “Guilt and Hope and Fruit and Cake.” Written in the second person as if a letter to her former self, the essay took the audience on a journey beginning with James finding out she was accepted to college. The essay paints a picture of James as she begins college and meets friends, figures out a major, and observes her mother’s bewilderment at her wanting to study filmmaking. She goes on to graduate school to pursue creative writing. Her mother wants to know “what her plan is.” She attempts to join the workforce. She acquires a literary agent. Later on, she grieves the loss of her grandfather and is asked to write a eulogy, since, after all, she’s the writer of the family. After the wake for her grandfather, she sees she has missed calls from her agent. She finally has an editor who wants to publish her book. Upon hearing the news, her mother bursts into tears and says, “You have no idea what you put me through.” The essay circles back to her relationship with her mother several times, closing with the realization that “this is the gift of loving and being loved. This is the curse and the cake.”
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Following the reading, James answered a few questions from students about her process of coming up with ideas for fictional stories and how writing personal stories feels like a “journey of confusion” for her. She said she usually experiences writer’s block not when she begins to write but rather when she’s trying to end a story. After assembly, Tickner Writing Fellow Sam Cheney led a discussion with James and interested students in the library. Watch the lecture at gilman.edu/mountcastle.
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Triple the Spirit Triple the Spirit brought together students from Gilman, The Bryn Mawr School, and Roland Park Country School on Wednesday, April 13. From cheering on the tri-school teams to enjoying good food and conversation and even a fun game of four square at Gilman Lower School, it was a shining example of what our one community in three schools is all about.
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Wellness: WE’RE IN IT TOGETHER “During the pandemic, people were struggling, and many were coping with that on their own. I wanted to find a way to connect them to resources and make wellness visible and fun,” said Director of Wellness and Support Christina Kim. That’s how she started thinking about the idea for the Wellness Fair at the beginning of the school year. Kim partnered with both the parent wellness committee and the faculty and staff wellness committee to plan the event, held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3 and 4. The groups were very enthusiastic. “Parents were an integral part of organizing and executing the two days,” she said. The fair brought a wide variety of vendors promoting different aspects of wellness to campus. “Having vendors talk about different kinds of wellness expanded people’s understanding of what types of resources are out there. All students, as well as faculty and staff, were invited to participate in health and wellness activities and learn strategies for healthier lifestyle choices,” Kim said. Dozens of representatives from local businesses sat at vendor tables educating the Gilman community about mental health, physical fitness, financial wellness, healthy sleep, dental hygiene, and more.
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A food truck offered healthy smoothies to attendees. “Vendors were really excited to be there because they hadn’t been able to attend a fair in a long time.” In addition to vendors, Upper School student leaders from Peer Ed, the Mindfulness Club, and One Love, as well as Gilman faculty also represented booths on wellness. Everyone who visited was given a wellness card to take to different stations to get stamped. Fully stamped cards could be submitted for raffle prizes. Vendors commented that the students who stopped by their stations didn’t just get their cards stamped; they were engaged in the educational components, too. Faculty and staff had an opportunity to visit booths to learn more about their HR benefits and get biometric screenings. Now that the event is over, Kim is looking ahead to what the future may hold for the Wellness Fair. “Maybe it can expand beyond Gilman. It could include families and more community members. This was just a start,” she said. Kim hopes the message people took away from the event is that wellness is fun and important, and there are people available to help. “We’re in it together.”
FOCUS ON WELLNESS With the addition of Director of Wellness and Support Christina Kim in the 2021-2022 school year, the entire school community engaged in new wellness initiatives. Bestselling author Dr. Michael Thompson visited Gilman over two days in March and gave engaging talks to students, parents, faculty, and staff. The parent wellness committee formed this year and took its efforts to the next level. In addition to planning the Wellness Fair, the committee created resources for parents on topics of wellness and distributed them through social media. In partnership with research organization Authentic Connections, Gilman surveyed students, parents, faculty, and staff. The results provided insights into the factors most impacting students’ well-being, ways in which students feel most supported, and potential areas of improvement. Parents gathered via Zoom in April for an evening with psychiatrist Dr. Arman Taghizadeh ʼ95, aka “Dr. T,” as he guided parents to identify the pressures students face, recognize potential mental health vulnerabilities, and understand the psychological impact of using intentional language to support children. Dr. T also joined Gilman at the Wellness Fair. Math department head and track coach Jeff Gouline realized that athletes need support not only in physical fitness but also in mental wellness and growth mindset. So he developed a character education curriculum to help students overcome performance pressure and develop resilience. Three Gilman teachers attended “RULER” professional development from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, regulating).
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What’s the Buzz? PARK APPOINTED TO SERVE ON MARYLAND YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL Jason Park ’23 was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to serve on the Maryland Youth Advisory Council for a second year. The group of 23 high school and college students from 10 Maryland counties will give feedback and recommendations regarding public policies and programs that affect their future.
WANG WINS CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION FOR MARYLAND’S THIRD DISTRICT Justin Wang ’22 was announced as the winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Maryland’s Third District. The competition recognizes the inspiring work of young artists from each congressional district and showcases the creativity of our nation’s future artists. As the winner, Wang’s artwork will be displayed in the underground tunnel leading from the Cannon House Office Building to the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for a period of one year.
During his first year on the council, Park says they focused on improving youth mental health and providing resources to youth during the pandemic. “We also worked for major legislation in Maryland, such as protecting the voting rights of all counties’ student members of the board and providing free hygiene products in public school bathrooms across Maryland.” Park was also elected as secretary of the council. “With this position, I will act as a liaison between young people in Maryland and the policymakers of their communities by speaking about possible solutions to the problems affecting youth in Maryland.”
NARASIMHAN ATTENDS BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING SOCIETY’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE Arjun Narasimhan ’23 attended the high school competition at the Biomedical Engineering Society's (BMES) National Conference in Orlando, Florida, one of only 20 participants chosen to present in person. More than 5,000 conference attendees had the opportunity to view his presentation. Narasimhan says he “was proud to represent Gilman” as he met leaders in the field of biomedical engineering. 52
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GILMAN ROBOTICS TEAMS VICTORIOUS AT COMPETITION Three of the five Gilman robotics teams came away with awards at the First Chesapeake FIRST Tech Challenge Laurel Qualifier competition on Saturday, February 5. The Upper School FIRST Tech Challenge team, DéJàva, was runnerup for the most prestigious honor, the Inspire Award. DéJàva also won the Connect Award, and they came in second place for the Think Award. The eighth grade FIRST Tech Challenge team, CyberDogs, won the Judge’s Choice Award. The CyberDogs also came in third place for the Design Award. The seventh grade FIRST Lego League (FLL) team, CyberHounds, won the Judge’s Choice Award for their competition. A huge congratulations to the students and their coaches — Elana Resnick and Lynn Nichols for the Upper School teams; Katie Schmidt and Lynn Nichols for the Middle School teams — on their hard work and success!
FIFTH GRADER PERFORMS VIOLIN CONCERT TO BENEFIT KENNEDY KRIEGER INSTITUTE Fifth grader Matthew S. and his older sister Maggie, both accomplished violinists, have been performing benefit concerts for many years. Together, they have raised around $30,000 to benefit nonprofit organizations for children, such as Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI). They debuted at Carnegie Hall in May and took the stage together again in Baltimore in June to perform for an audience of philanthropists and peers.
SIX STUDENTS SELECTED FOR 2022 ALL-STATE CHORUSES Out of 1,900 students from across the state auditioning this year, all six of Gilman’s auditioning choral students were selected for the 2022 All-State Junior and Senior Chorus. In order from left to right: Teddy Martin, Junior All-State tenor Jackson Heether, Junior All-State baritone Morgan Fanyo-Tabak, Senior All-State tenor Dominic Yap, Senior All-State bass Sanjay Geevarghese, Senior All-State tenor Sammy Jin, Senior All-State tenor
FOURTH GRADERS WIN TWO AWARDS AT ROBOTICS COMPETITION RESOLVED: GILMAN STUDENTS WIN POLICY DEBATE Danny Gallagher ’23 and James Mackrell ’23 won the varsity policy debate at the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational on Friday, February 4. The tournament is part of the National Circuit for high school debate. This win awarded the Gilman juniors a bid to the Tournament of Champions on April 23. Their topic was whether or not the U.S. federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.
Sunny Legend Robot, the robotics team formed by fourth graders Ethan S. and Gavi W., along with another friend, came away with two achievements from the First Lego League Qualifier event at Rockville Science Center on Saturday, February 19, a competition for children ages 9-16. In their first-ever robotics contest, they won first place for the Robot Performance Award. They also won second place for the Champion Award. These wins advanced the team to the Maryland State Tournament, which was held in March. There, they won the First Robot Performance Award!
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Established in 2021, Gilman’s Juneteenth Speaker Series is designed to highlight and celebrate modern-day contributions to African American culture and initiatives. This school year’s speaker series was supported by generous gifts from the 2020-2021 Juneteenth fundraising effort. The series included (pictured starting from top left):
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• André Robert Lee, filmmaker • Susan Yao, educator • Izetta Autumn Mobley, Ph.D. and Drew Hawkins, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture • Molly Baldwin, founder and CEO, Roca • Richard Antoine White, DM, tubist, inspirational speaker • Richard Bell, author of “Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home” • Phoebe Kilby Baldwin and Betty Kilby, co-authors of “Cousins” • Brendan Kiely, author of “The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege”
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Authors Dr. Lawrence Brown and Lawrence Lanahan joined the Gilman community on Thursday, October 21, 2021, to discuss Baltimore’s history in regard to racial divide, residential segregation, and redlining, as well as the continuing impact on individuals and communities.
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READ MORE AT GILMAN.EDU/WILKERSON Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson spoke to the Gilman community on Tuesday, March 29 about our country’s invisible caste system, radical empathy, and bringing hard topics to light.
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Cultural Arts Festival Brings Together Diverse Gilman Community The Office of Community, Inclusion, and Equity was excited to bring back — in person — the annual Cultural Arts Festival on Sunday, February 27. The event highlighted the rich diversity of the Gilman community and celebrated art, music, history, and customs of cultures from around the world. Attendees were issued “passports,” in which they collected stamps for each culture display they visited. They enjoyed entertainment including musical acts, taekwondo by Perry Hall White Tigers, and tai chi and lion dance performances by Korean Culture and Art of Maryland. Participants sampled foods from different countries, played games, and learned how to write their names in different languages. “The Cultural Arts Festival allows us to gather and learn how diverse the Gilman community really is. I love that we can bring together so many cultures and shared experiences,” said event co-chair Meisha Dockett P’23. “To see how much work our fellow parents and the CIE department put into this event, exhibiting traditional clothing, artifacts, and food from their culture is truly amazing. This is such a teachable moment for everyone, and I am honored to be a part of it. This is what makes our community so special.”
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APIDA HERITAGE MONTH May is APIDA Heritage Month, and this year marked 60 years of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) students at Gilman. In honor of this historic milestone, students were invited to participate in a poetry, art, and photography contest, and the Parents of Asian American Boys at Gilman Affinity Group made special “We are Gilman” t-shirts that were available for purchase. On the back of the t-shirt, the Gilman Five is written in nine different languages representing the School’s APIDA community, and on the back of the sweatshirt, there are translations of “Gilman” written in six different languages. The profits from the sale were donated to the gilman fund in appreciation for the School’s effort to build an inclusive community over the last six decades. Thanks to the Gilman community’s fantastic support, 245 t-shirts and 38 sweatshirts were sold in less than three weeks, raising more than $3,000 for the gilman fund. Friday, May 13 was a schoolwide dress-down day dedicated to wearing APIDA shirts or dressing down in orange — signifying courage, happiness, and good health.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT LEADERSHIP DIVERSITY CONFERENCE (MSSLDC) Seven Gilman students participated in the MSSLDC, held virtually on Wednesday, April 6. The conference supports sixth through eighth graders from Maryland-area independent schools and their Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) public partner schools. Students took part in presentations and engaged in small-group activities based on skill-building around identity, voice, and community, all led by student leaders.
AIMS FACULTY DIVERSITY CONFERENCE Gilman hosted the AIMS Faculty Diversity Conference on Thursday, May 5 with keynote speaker Caroline Blackwell, vice president, equity and justice for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Blackwell spoke to the challenges that our community is facing and also highlighted what she sees as progress in our work. The conference continued virtually on Friday, May 6 with topics such as talking about race and racism in the classroom.
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) held its People of Color Conference (PoCC) November 29 through December 2, 2021. A group of 12 Gilman faculty, staff, and students attended virtually, learning more about the concept of “Reckoning with Impacts, Rolling with Just Intent,” which was this year’s theme. Upper School classics teacher Sarah Miller said PoCC 2021 was the best online event or virtual learning experience she has ever attended. Though she enjoyed the keynote speakers, including award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien and civil rights and liberties expert john a. powell, the most value for her came in the affinity group sessions. “It’s the most powerful and meaningful part of the entire conference every year,” she said. In both 2020 and 2021, Miller participated in the TRA — transracial adoption — affinity space. She explained that members of the group keep in touch after the conference is over via an email chain and a WhatsApp thread. A year after the 2020 PoCC, she feels like she knows some of the repeat participants who have shared their experiences throughout the year. Miller hopes to bring back what she learned at the conference to her teaching and mentoring experiences at Gilman. “I have been more conscious about explicitly sharing and owning my own identity to my students and colleagues. I’m aware of [other] faculty and staff who are transracially adopted, but I do not know of any students. I’m hoping that if Gilman does have TRA students that they will come to see me as an adult they can identify with or turn to in times of need.” S ummer 2 0 2 2
Summaries contributed by coaches and athletics administrative assistant Joe Lizana.
FOOTBALL 4-5 The Greyhounds finished with their best record in four years, narrowly missing qualifying for the playoffs. The team had several exciting games, including a last-second loss to the eventual Conference champion, its first A Conference victory in four years, and a game-winning field goal in overtime. The team had four All-Conference selections: Miles Roberts ’23 (center), Ahmir Crawley ’23 (defensive tackle), Kam Custis ’24 (defensive end), and Dejuan Lane ’24 (safety), all who will return to next year’s squad. Ke’Yon Torain ’22 will continue his career at Bowie State while wide receiver Kolt Pearce ’22 will join the team at Penn State. The future of Gilman football is very bright. The roster boasted 60 players with only seven graduating seniors. Nick Bach, the head coach for the last four seasons, has built a solid foundation for the program. Coach Bach has accepted a position in Georgia and will hand the football program over to the new coach, Scott Van Zile.
SCOTT VAN ZILE IS THE NEXT HEAD FOOTBALL COACH Gilman School is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Van Zile to the position of head football coach and physical education teacher. Van Zile brings a wealth of experience as a longtime Division I college football assistant coach and a head coach at neighboring St. Paul’s School for Boys. Van Zile’s college coaching résumé includes 13 years at Monmouth University, as well as stints at Elon University and Towson University, where he is an alumnus. His focus at the college level was the offensive side of the ball, where he has coached a variety of positions and served as an offensive coordinator. Coach Van Zile also served as the recruiting coordinator at Towson. Van Zile spent the past two years leading St. Paul’s football program and teaching physical education in their middle school. In that short time, he became a beloved figure on campus to boys and teachers alike. “The future of Gilman football is bright as we welcome Coach Van Zile into the Greyhound family,” said Director of Athletics T. Russell Wrenn ’96 in a letter to the Gilman community. 58
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TEAM RECORD: 12-7 / MIAA RECORD: 6-5 (Lost to McDonogh in the semifinal of the MIAA Championship. Gilman finished third place in the MIAA) Captain Jack Nuermberger ’22 had a breakout year on offense, while his co-captain TJ Matteini ’22 contributed vastly both offensively and defensively. They had good support from Drew Garvey ’23 and Timothy Brooks ’23, who also contributed on both sides of the ball. In addition, Nuermberger, Matteini, and Brooks were selected for the All-MIAA team. With the maturity and experience gained over the 2021 season, the team and coaching staff are excited for a higher level of play in the fall of 2022.
CROSS COUNTRY 4-3 The cross country team began their season in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, at the Bulldog Invitational. This was followed by two first-place finishes at the Greenspring Valley Invitational and the Maryland Cross Country Invitational. The final Invitational prior to Conference competition was the Skip Grant Invitational where the Greyhounds captured second place. The Hounds produced solid results in Conference meets with a 4-3 record, and a fourth-place finish at the MIAA Conference meet. The season ended on a high note in November with a second-place finish at the Maryland Private School Championship, held at Georgetown Prep. The highlight of the cross country season was the opportunity for Gilman to host a meet. The meet was held at St. Mary’s Seminary, located directly across the street from campus, and it was a huge success. The Greyhound faithful turned out strong to support the team, and the boys had a great day. Gilman is looking forward to hosting this meet again in the fall of 2022. The squad was led by team captain Pieter Heesters ’22, who received MIAA All-Conference honors. Ryan Collins ’24 and Nathan Koshy ’24 were also strong contributors who will lead next year’s team. SU MME R 2 0 2 2
VOLLEYBALL 19-1 Varsity volleyball enjoyed an outstanding season, realizing a 19-1 record and winning the MIAA championship. The Greyhounds focused on skills and development on and off the court. During each practice and game, the team reviewed and measured progress made toward achieving their preseason goals, an approach that produced purposeful improvement and team spirit. Team objectives were met by emphasizing the advancement of the program, and de-emphasizing individual statistics. The 16-man roster was led by a strong senior class comprised of nine players: Wesley DeCosta ’22, Alex Garrison ’22 (All-MIAA), Fletcher Goodell ’22, Charlie Guyton ’22 (All-MIAA), Michael Hemker ’22 (All-MIAA), Gobi Hernandez ’22, Morgan Mednick ’22, Nico Shelby ’22, and Will Wittstadt ’22. Next year’s squad, which will be led by returning All-Conference performer Seth Lindt ’23, will need to refocus and reload. Not only will the Hounds lose nine seniors but they will also graduate five of seven starters. The team and coaches believe they are up to the challenge and are excited about the fall season.
SOCCER 10-11 The Gilman soccer team narrowly missed making the playoffs in 2021 with a record of 10 wins and 11 losses. This was the first time in several years the Hounds did not make the playoffs but the squad viewed the season as a success. The team worked hard, showed continual improvement and were competitive in each contest. The competitive drive and development was evident late in the season when the Greyhounds defeated nationally ranked Calvert Hall 1-0. Several Greyhounds had outstanding seasons and earned yearend recognition. Carter Capodanno ’22, who was an All-MIAA Conference selection, will continue his soccer career at Loyola University in the fall. Elijah Brijbasi ’23 emerged as one of the state’s premiere players and secured All-Conference and First Team AllState honors. Joshua Melancon ’23 was the team’s leading scorer and proved that he will be a prominent player for Gilman next season. The Greyhounds are very excited about next year and the immediate future. The squad returns six starters and has a tremendous group of young talented players in the program.
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TEAM RECORD: 3-2 THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT MIAA CHAMPIONSHIP Senior captain and Johns Hopkins University commit Bryce Lloyd ’22 wrapped up his prolific Gilman swimming career bettering his 100 backstroke school record (50.72 seconds), as well as helping the 200 free relay of Timothy Brooks ’23, Brody Schrepfer ’23, and Jackson Heether ’25 to a new school record. Lloyd now holds four individual school records (100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, and 100 back) and is on all three (200 free relay, 400 free relay, and 200 medley relay) record-setting relays!
SQUASH 14-3 The 2021-2022 Gilman squash team had a dominant season. The Hounds opened up against national powers Conestoga and Haverford. After dropping these two matches, Gilman’s squash team went 9-0 in Conference competition and swept the Conference tournament. Upon securing the MIAA Conference championship crown, the Greyhounds headed to Nationals. At Nationals, (Division 1), Gilman went 3-1 and finished the year as the ninth-ranked high school team in the country. The Greyhounds’ final victory at Nationals was against Conestoga, avenging an earlier season defeat. Gilman’s squash team is poised for another strong performance next year. The Hounds return eight of their top nine players, losing only Caleb Woo ’22, who was named All-Conference this year. Returning to the Gilman squash team next season will be All-MIAA Conference performers Tommy Soltanian ’23, Isaac Mitchell ’24, Jason Sutton ’23, and Charlie Fenwick ’23.
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ICE HOCKEY 7-4-1 Gilman’s varsity hockey team entered the 2021-2022 season seeking its third consecutive B Conference championship. The season presented many obstacles including ice shortages, COVID delays and rescheduled games. The 13 seniors on this year’s squad led the team past the many challenges to achieve a 7-4-1 record and a berth in the Conference playoffs. The Greyhounds advanced to the semifinals but lost in overtime to the eventual Conference champions. This year’s Hounds on ice were led by All-Conference Oscar Woloson ’23, (19 goals and 10 assists). Other major contributors included two All-Conference performers, Kyle Morris ’22 and goalie Ryan Alevizatos ’22.
TREVOR SHATTUCK IS THE NEXT VARSITY ICE HOCKEY COACH Upper School science teacher Trevor Shattuck will take over as the varsity ice hockey head coach after 11 years as JV coach (and 16 years coaching ice hockey in the league — his first five at Severn before coming to Gilman). He succeeds Zach Collins, who, after 15 years as Gilman’s varsity ice hockey coach, stepped down in order to pursue new professional opportunities and spend more time with his family. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Shattuck will continue to teach Upper School science and serve as an advisor to Upper School students.
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The Gilman basketball team had an exciting and productive year. The team finished 10-12 in the regular season and had momentum entering the Conference tournament. In the first round the Greyhounds knocked off rival McDonogh, advancing to the quarterfinals. Their opponent in the semifinal round was Saint Frances Academy, which was the #1 seed in the tournament and ranked #24 nationally. After trailing by 21 points at halftime, the Hounds caught fire and bested Saint Frances 70-69. The Gilman victory propelled the Greyhounds into the semifinals for the first time in School history. Unfortunately, the team ran out of magic and were eliminated in the semifinals. The undisputed catalyst of the team was Christian Winborne ’22 who will continue his basketball journey at St. Joseph’s University. Winborne was named All-MIAA and First Team All-Metro. He led the Conference in scoring both as a junior and a senior, scoring an incredible 1,067 points as a Greyhound (20.1 points per game average). Christian achieved these impressive statistics in only 53 games. He was named All-Conference as a sophomore and senior (no All-Conference selections were made his junior year due to COVID and an abbreviated season). Other leaders on the hardwood were “Mr. Everything” Jalen Marshall ’22 and “Big Man” Kolt Pearce ’22. Returning starters Dejuan Lane ’24, Yasir Supreme ’24, and Matt Parker ’23 will take on larger roles next year along with returning players Luke Frankovich ’23, Hayden Carpenter ’23, Quin Horensky ’23, George Guyton ’24, and Tyler Marshall ’25.
INDOOR TRACK 3RD PLACE Indoor track photo by John Nepolitan
Gilman’s 2021-2022 indoor track team was led by captains Pieter Heesters ’22 and Donovan Young ’22. The Greyhounds were excited to be competing after the cancellation of last year’s season due to COVID restrictions. The captains led the team through strenuous workouts and unpredictable weather conditions. The combination of outstanding leadership and continued team effort produced constant and continued growth. The indoor track team competed in five league meets this winter. The league did not keep score during regular-season meets due to health restrictions. However, in the MIAA championship meet the Greyhounds finished third out of 12 teams. Top performers at the Conference championship were All-MIAA Conference athletes Heesters, Young, and J.B. Brooks ’22. At the conclusion of the MIAA season, Young, Brooks, and Jemmel Green ’25 competed in the New Balance Indoor Nationals held in New York City. This event is the country’s most prestigious indoor track competition. Brooks won first place in the Rising Stars 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.09. Young won a national championship and received All-American honors at the meet. His winning triplejump leap of 48 feet, 11.75 inches is a new MIAA and Maryland state record.
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WRESTLING 8-3 Gilman grapplers had a breakout season in 2022. The Gilman wrestling season began with the team winning the Knightmare Invitational at Parkville High School. In dual competition, the Hounds were 8-3 and finished fourth in the Conference out of 17 teams. In the MIAA championship, 11 of 14 wrestlers finished in the top six slots. In the Independent State Championship eight of 14 Gilman wrestlers finished in the top eight positions. The Gilman wrestling program achieved these results by creating internal competition and relying on outstanding senior leadership. The squad was led by captains Dylan Kamenetz ’22, Daniel Griffin ’22, and Jack Nuermberger ’22 and Jack Goldman ’22. This senior leadership was on full display when practice was suspended mid-season for 20 days due to COVID restrictions. When practice resumed, the seniors led by example and inspired a strong finish to the season. This strong finish included a victory over McDonogh (first time in 20 years) and winning the Gilman Duals (first time in 35 years).
TENNIS 10-1 The 2022 Gilman Greyhounds tennis team continued their unprecedented success winning their eighth consecutive MIAA title over Severn School and their 28th overall team title since 1958 (MSA, MIAA), the most of any Gilman team. Senior captains Rohan Milak ’22 (Johns Hopkins University), Ben Cordish ’22 (Emory University), and Andrew Brinckerhoff ’22 (Lehigh University) led the way to an undefeated league season 8-0. Alex Nabit ’25 and George Khairallah ’24 went undefeated in league doubles with different partners. Victories over Landon School and Potomac School allowed the Greyhounds to finish the season 10-1. The team also finished third place in the 16-team invitational tournament outside Philadelphia. This prestigious tournament capped off a very successful spring. Additionally, Andrew Hannan ’24, who is currently undefeated, led five Greyhounds into the MIAA All-Conference First Team for 2022. The future looks very bright for the Hounds.
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LACROSSE 7-11 This year’s Greyhounds were a young and scrappy lacrosse team. The squad developed and matured during the season and remained competitive in each contest. The young players showed enthusiasm in embracing new roles, which produced a positive energy and culture. The Hounds finished just shy of a 500 record but remained in the playoff hunt until the last week of the season. The highlight of the year was a victory over highly regarded and heavily favored Loyola Blakefield. The Greyhounds were led by Kyle Morris ’22 (All-Conference goalie and Virginia commit), Chase Brody ’22 (Army commit), Ethan Villamater ’22 (Washington & Lee commit), and captain Bo Webster ’23. The Gilman lacrosse program has a strong nucleus, and next year’s team will closely resemble this year’s roster. The Greyhounds will return with talented players who are proven leaders, with several players coming back from injury. The off-season focus will be growth in strength, speed, and size. A commitment in these off-season areas should produce a very successful campaign and a formidable unit next year.
BASEBALL 8-19 The Greyhounds fielded a very young squad this year that showed steady improvement throughout the season. As the year progressed, the Hounds gained momentum and ultimately secured a playoff spot. The team was led by Cooper Sidell ’23, who was selected AllConference, and Colin McPherson ’23, who ended the year with a .389 batting average. Other team leaders included catcher Danny Leikus ’24 and junior Adam Hicks ’23. The most improved player was Juno Yoon ’23, who led the team in stolen bases. The inspirational leader of the baseball team was Trevor Khouzami ’22 leading the team on the mound with the most relief appearances. The Hounds return 10 players who started multiple games in the 2022 season. The number of returning starters and contributors to the Gilman baseball program is generating excitement for the Hounds’ future prospects. Look for the Gilman baseball team to make a strong showing next year.
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GOLF 13-3-1 Gilman varsity golf had a strong spring that ultimately culminated with a second-place finish in A-Conference play. Despite a talented lineup and countless hours of preparation, the season ended with a hard-fought playoffs loss. Head coach Mike Wallace described his 2022 group as a “cohesive, dedicated, and selfless unit that featured positive contributions from a variety of players.” Leading the way for the Hounds were All-Conference players Bennett Espenshade ’24 and Max Bellone ’22, while Brayden Garrison ’24, Collin Snavely ’22, Charlie Fenwick ’23, Jack Bissonnette ’23, Tucker Hathaway ’22, Noah Johnson ’23, Tolliver Wyskiel ’23, and Tyler Grogan ’22 each found a way to additionally contribute to the collective success of the mission. “This group was a selfless little army that took every swing for everyone else on the team, all year, and I’m so proud of our resilience. This group has also accumulated quite a few impressive stats along the way as well, several of which were modern era record-setting,” said Wallace. “We played with purpose every day, and we balanced the fun with the work in a way that makes it all come to life. This is a talented group, and one that certainly has the fire within. Our 2022 run was epic, and despite the sting of our unusual loss at the end, we played with class and honor, and we did it all together.” Next season is looking very bright for the golf team.
TRACK AND FIELD During the 2022 season, captains Donovan Young ’22, Jalen Marshall ’22, Pieter Heesters ’22, and Max Chong ’22 led the Gilman track and field team to an MIAA dual record of 3-1, first place at the Woodward Relays, and third place at the MIAA Championships. Marshall, Young, and Brooks won All-MIAA honors. These excellent seniors also set several school records, including Marshall’s high jump (6'5"), Young’s triple jump (48'11.75"), and Brooks’s 110m HH (14.15) and 300m IH (37.06). Dejuan Lane ’24 joined these three athletes at the Penn Relays, where they set a new school record in the 4 x 100m (41.93) and made the National Final for the first time in School history. Jemmel Green ’25 joined Young and Brooks at New Balance Outdoor Nationals in June, and the team looks forward to building upon this success in the future.
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2022 NATIONAL SIGNING DAY
With proud families and coaches present, 13 senior athletes committed to college athletics for the fall 2022.
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Riley Holcomb Occidental
Christian Winborne St. Joseph’s University
Kolt Pearce Penn State
JB Brooks University of Mississippi
Carter Capodanno Loyola University
Bryce Lloyd Johns Hopkins University
Ke’Yon Torain Bowie State University
Jalen Marshall North Carolina A&T State University
Chase Brody United States Military Academy West Point
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Kyle Morris University of Virginia
Donovan Young University of Maryland, Baltimore County
13 schools from Maryland to California
Ethan Villamater Washington & Lee University Craig Williams Hampton University
11% of the Class of 2022 will play a sport at the college level.
Athletic Buzz JB Brooks ’22: First place in the Rising Star 60m Hurdles (8.09), which set a new Gilman record in the hurdles.
GILMAN’S SAILING TEAM TAKES FIRST PLACE On Saturday, March 26, Gilman’s sailing team had its debut regatta. Gilman tier 1, led by world champion sailor and team captain Luke Woodworth ’23, took first place in A fleet. Gilman’s A Fleet boat was captained by Woodworth and crewed by Liam Rivers ’25. The B fleet boat was captained by Thor Cohen ’25 and crewed by Jonah Milstone ’25.
IMPRESSIVE SHOWINGS AT NEW BALANCE INDOOR TRACK NATIONALS; YOUNG ’22 A NATIONAL CHAMPION AFTER TRIPLE JUMP WIN
Jemmel Green ’25 set two personal bests: Eighth place in the Freshman 800 (2:05.40), and 14th place in the Freshman Mile (4:37.56).
Over the same weekend, Donovan ended his high school athletic career as a national champion after taking first place in the Boys Triple Jump Championship event. Donovan’s mark of 48'11.75" is a new Maryland state record and is a major addition to an already successful athletic career to date. “I’ve never won a national meet; I’ve always come close but never quite got it,” said Donovan in a post-meet interview with RunnerSpace.com. “So, for me to come out my senior year, it was something special, and I know when it matters, I can put something out there and compete with the best.”
It was a big weekend for several Gilman athletes at the New Balance Nationals: Indoor held over the weekend of March 13 in New York. Donovan Young ’22: First place in the Championship Triple Jump (48-11.75), and ninth place in the Championship Long Jump (22-4.50), which set a new state, league, and Gilman record in the triple jump.
GILMAN SQUASH COMES IN #9 AT US HIGH SCHOOL NATIONALS Over the weekend of February 24-27, Gilman’s varsity squash team traveled to Philadelphia to
compete in the 2022 US High School Nationals. The Hounds were seeded #10 in the first division at Nationals, which consists of the top 16 teams in the country. Despite losing a hard-fought match (5-2) to St. Paul’s (New Hampshire) in the first round of the main draw, Gilman went on to win the most consecutive matches at Nationals in the program’s history. En route to the ninthtenth playoff, the Hounds beat two perennially strong programs from Massachusetts: Belmont Hill School (5-2) and Andover (4‑3). These wins led Gilman into a rematch against Conestoga High School from Pennsylvania, to whom the Hounds lost 4-3 in the regular season.
HOUNDS WIN FRANKLIN ’50 GILMAN DUALS, FIRST TIME SINCE 1987 For the first time since 1987, the Hounds won the Haswell M. Franklin ’50 Gilman Duals with victories over The Kiski School (Pennsylvania), St Benedict’s (New Jersey), and Green Farms Academy (Connecticut) on Saturday, January 15.
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WINBORNE ’22 GROWS INTO BASKETBALL STAR AT GILMAN Christian Winborne ’22 was featured in the Baltimore Sun on Sunday, January 23 about his commitment to basketball and his achievements so far. “I try to [practice] every day because that’s the only way to see true progress — if you keep going and going and going,” he said in the piece. Read the whole article at baltimoresun.com.
In October 2021, Bryce Lloyd ’22, a varsity swimmer since his freshman year and Cum Laude Society inductee, qualified for the Scholastic All American Team for USA Swimming by swimming a Winter Junior National qualifying time in the 200 backstroke while achieving a grade point average above 3.5 for the 2020-2021 school year.
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Examining Landscapes, Growing Artists
The strong Gilman visual arts program encourages boys to grow their artistic personas. The opportunities available to our students are as limitless as the imagination, and their experiences mold the boys into well-rounded young men with lifelong appreciation for the arts. One such endeavor occurred when Lower School art teacher Trevlin Alexander guided second graders in examining an array of landscapes — mountain, coastal, flat, and fantasy — while searching for common characteristics in each. The boys then created their own distinct watercolor landscapes, which gave them an opportunity to experiment with a bit of whimsy as they selected color combinations. Using a tape-resist technique, each student populated his landscape with birch trees, and many chose to add a tire swing or a hammock and gently falling snow as a finishing touch.
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Seventh graders always look forward to their end-of-year excursion to Washington, D.C., where teachers guide students through several monuments and memorials to discuss the historical context, design qualities, and symbolic significance created by the designers, architects, and sculptors. Since last year’s seventh graders missed this opportunity due to the pandemic, the-noweighth-grade students headed to our nation’s capital with an added stop to Vincent Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience on Thursday, April 14.
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In art class last year, they studied historical accounts of Van Gogh’s life, specifically as it pertains to his mental health and art-making. This year, they completed lessons on markmaking within landscape drawings, utilizing Van Gogh’s work as references. The D.C. tour traditionally complements history and art curricula, with the World War II and Vietnam Veterans memorials of particular focus and interest. During this visit, students learned that 39 Gilman alumni and one faculty member lost their lives in WWII. They were encouraged to read the inscriptions on the memorial walls in order to find another Gilman connection: a quotation from alum, author, and namesake of the Middle School library, Walter Lord ’35. Students also learned about the Vietnam War experience, as conveyed by Lance Bendann ’63, a Vietnam War veteran. Before the field trip, Bendann reached out to former classmates who also served so he could document their stories. When his son, Middle School history teacher Chris Bendann ’03, shared the compiled accounts from Gilman alumni with the students at the memorial site, it was a truly meaningful experience.
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Finding Their Way in Art
The following pieces were created by students in Karl Connolly’s Advanced Studio Art class. “The Upper School senior art space is a wondrous place. Occupied this year by 12 young artists, the sense of community was palpable,” Connolly said. “It is a singular privilege to work alongside such terrific young artists as they work to find their way in art.”
“SENSORY OVERLOAD” OIL ON CANVAS, 24X24 BY MAC NICHOLS ’22 There exists a kind of utility to art. It is more than the abstract, time-wasting, and seemingly pretentious activity that many “pragmatic” thinkers make it out to be. It is a tool through which we seek to understand. For me, art has served as a large exercise in empathy. I paint to better understand the life of my autistic brother, as well as bring that experience to others. In this painting, for example, I explore the idea of sensory overload: an often overlooked but extraordinarily debilitating portion of the autistic experience.
“TRADITIONS, TRADITIONS” OIL ON CANVAS, 24X36 BY MATT GROSSMAN ’22 What’s so special about Gilman’s studio art program are the people that comprise it. Growing as an artist, student, and person for four years with the same group of people and under the instruction of the same teacher — Mr. Connolly — builds a classroom culture like no other. The people in the art program are some of my best friends, and the times we spent in the art room are some of my fondest memories. My thesis focuses on nostalgia: small moments of joy that make our Gilman experiences so personal and powerful. My work explores themes of ‘growing-up’ and ‘fitting in’ — ideas central to my experience in the Studio Art program at Gilman.
“THE DOCKING” OIL ON CANVAS, 24X30 BY CAL TORTOLANI ’22 I feel like art and the community surrounding it are like a golf course. You rarely go to a golf course and see amateurs hitting the ball into every obstacle possible. The art community is similar as it often gives off an expert-only type of vibe. Nevertheless, I have cherished my four years as a slightly under-qualified art student. For me, art doesn’t need to have some bearing sense of depth or purpose behind it. If you want to paint a barn, go do it, and I do it a lot. Just like how Chef Gusteau says “anyone can cook,” anyone can make art.
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“SPRING BREAK” OIL ON WOODEN PANEL, 12X12 BY AARON MENG ’22 Coming into the art program at Gilman, I was ready to tackle the complex world of art making. Through numerous successes and perhaps even more failures, I slowly developed my technical abilities, understanding ideas like color matching, composition, positive shape, and negative space. But looking back on my earlier works, I see images, not art. As I gained more freedom to pursue my independent study, I discovered the real key to art: inquiry. Unlike math or grammar, art is not learned through a set of rules. To approach the discipline, there must be action and engagement. And as I leave the art program four years later, I see the true value of art. There exists an emotion and history that lies far beyond the technical elements — the true difference between an image and a work of art.
“DISRUPTION” BY MARCO KARAKOUSIS ’22
This series, created for the Personal Directions II course, aims to display the disruption of patterns found in nature by human intervention. I used drone photography to reveal humanmade creations like roads, houses, trails, and even farm equipment that disrupt natural patterns. I photographed areas in and around Baltimore that people pass by on a regular basis to reveal the impact that humans have on nature from an aerial perspective that people usually don’t observe. I have noticed several recurring patterns in nature and, for the most part, these patterns seem disorderly or chaotic unless influenced by humans. On the other hand, patterns found in human-made objects are much more orderly and geometrical when seen from an aerial view. When driving on the road or walking around a neighborhood, you might not observe this contrast, but when viewed from above, there is a clear separation between what is human-made and what is natural.
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Upper School students from Gilman, Bryn Mawr, and RPCS performed “Clue” January 27-29. Audiences witnessed a very unusual dinner party where each of the guests had an alias, the butler offered a variety of weapons, and the host was found … murdered! Attendees laughed from the edges of their seats as they enjoyed this whodunnit-madcap-comedy based on the cult-classic film and the popular board game.
Artistic Challenges Inspire Creativity Q&A WITH “CLUE” DIRECTOR JOHN ROWELL How did you decide to do a staged reading again? We had a good experience last year with “The Government Inspector” in the staged reading format. I knew then that I wanted that show to look and feel like a fully staged production, with the exception being that actors would mostly be at music stands reading from their scripts, and I felt we achieved that. I was excited to try it again, and “Clue” seemed like a good piece to do in this format. It also has a lot of obvious name recognition. Everybody has played the board game at some point in their lives! How was it received by the students and/or the audience? The play is very funny, and we gave the audience a good time. It’s silly fun, which it’s meant to be, and the script is a nice combination of verbal wit and physical comedy and sight-gags, which I felt we were able to accomplish in creative ways, given the limitations of a reading. I was proud of the actors for finding ways of being physically comedic, even while simply standing at their music stands. It was a really good acting challenge for them, and they rose to the occasion. 74
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Were there any specific challenges or obstacles to overcome? There are already built-in limitations when you decide to stage a play as a reading, but I’ve been very intentional that these two productions have the look and feel of a full production as much as possible. I think it’s unusual to do a reading as fully produced as we have done with these last two plays — fully incorporating lighting, costumes, sound, and a decorated set. In the case of “Clue,” our designer, Chris Flint ʼ07, created a really beautiful rear projection design that transported the characters to all the different rooms of the mansion. I don’t feel like the limitations of a staged reading, as I’ve been referring to them, are obstacles at all. They are artistic challenges that force everyone — me, the actors, the designers — to be more creative and think out of the box. I also think this format challenges audience members to use their imaginations, too, and actually invites them to be a part of the storytelling, and I love that.
“Every performance reminded me why I love theater.”
POE DOUB ’22
The backstage culture of our show was absolutely incredible. I would run off from a scene and be met with a sea of high fives from the other cast members. The level of support and excitement never waned. The first act paints a moving and rather tragic environment for the protagonist, Alice, while the second act presents perseverance and redemption in the face of that tragedy. Both overcoming massive obstacles and facing the evil in ourselves is something that we have all had to grapple with at some point in our lives.
Being back on stage with a large cast was a clear reminder of why I’ve done theater for so many years! Being back around so many of my close friends after school was so much fun, and I also loved the opportunity to make new friends and meet many underclassmen. The energy and adrenaline that I felt being on stage with such a large group of people and in front of such an enthusiastic audience was an unmatched feeling.
MIA BOYDSTON ’23 (BRYN MAWR)
I had a really fun time being able to be there with so many other people just singing for the first time in a few years. The most challenging part for me was the fact that I had never been this prominent in a show before, and it was hard to try and navigate the tiny amount of time that I got to spend backstage without the spotlight on me. The biggest standout moment for me was the sitzprobe, where we got to sing with the band for the first time. I had an absolute blast during that.
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Inspired by a true story, “Bright Star,” tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the 1920s and 1940s. Students from Gilman, Bryn Mawr, and RPCS performed the musical May 5-8.
The one word I would use to describe the “Bright Star” story would be unexpected. I remember many audience members telling me that they couldn’t believe that they could get so sucked into a bluegrass musical. It’s a story in which everyone can find a piece of themselves.
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Live Music Makes a Comeback
Concerts returned this school year with multiple in-person performances for families and friends in the winter and spring. “We are thrilled again to have the opportunity to make music — let me rephrase that — live music,” said Music Director Ariel Dechosa in his welcoming remarks at the Upper School winter concert.
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Service Learning Above all else, Gilman seeks to help boys grow into men of character. We believe that the qualities of honor, leadership, dedication, and service to others must be emphasized and reinforced through all aspects of the school community. Here are some of the service learning projects in which students participated this school year.
ANOTHER READ-A-THON IN THE BOOKS Lower School boys collectively read for more than 4,893 hours during their monthlong annual read-a-thon in February/March. The original goal was 500 hours, a milestone they reached on the very first day! And, as if the thousands of logged reading hours weren’t accomplishment enough, the boys also raised nearly $25,000 for Thread, a Baltimore organization that works to bring connection throughout the community.
ACADEMIC SUPPORT PARTNERSHIP A partnership between Gilman and Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School (BMPCS) brought students from BMPCS to Gilman’s campus every Wednesday afternoon beginning in February for a math lesson with Director of Service Learning and math teacher Donell Thompson, Jr. ’91 followed by one-on-one tutoring sessions with Upper School students. Their time at Gilman wasn’t limited to classroom learning; the students had access to other resources on campus as well.
HOOPS FOR HABITAT Touted by Thompson as “the most lit occasion” of the school year, Middle Schoolers enjoyed a fun-filled Hoops for Habitat event (including both basketball hoops and hula hoops) in the Old Gym on Tuesday, February 22. All proceeds — $1,400! — benefited Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, which works to meet Central Maryland’s need for affordable housing.
SUSTAINABILITY STUDENTS SHARE THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR Sustainability students revived use of the geodesic dome-shaped greenhouse — or geodome — that sits behind Gilman’s athletic fields and hadn’t been used since 2017. The project — to use aquaponics, a system that marries the ideas of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water instead of soil), to grow food — has been ripe with lessons not only about crop production but also about collaboration. The group looks forward to donating crops from their harvest to the Donald Bentley Food Pantry.
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Johnnie L. Foreman, Jr.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY, INCLUSION, AND EQUITY
38 YEARS AT GILMAN
By Tim Holley, Jr. ʼ77 Director of External Relations “SUGAR AND SPICE!” A phrase of flexible meanings that is forever etched in Gilman’s lexicon, it is the perfect exclamation as we bid a fond farewell to this Gilman legend! Personally, professionally, institutionally, locally, and nationally, Mr. Foreman has been an exemplary guide and mentor to many. A devoted teacher, coach, administrator, and role model since his arrival on Gilman’s campus in fall of 1984 (and before at other schools), Mr. Foreman is an incredibly influential advocate and leader. If Gilman ever erects its own version of Mt. Rushmore, Mr. Foreman’s image would be among those honored! Prior to Gilman, although both born and raised in Baltimore, our paths never crossed. I have known Johnnie since I joined the Gilman faculty in the spring of 1985. Johnnie is a very proud alumnus of Douglass High School in West Baltimore and Morgan State University in East Baltimore. From our first encounters, our connection and roles bound us together. We were both molded at Gilman by two other Gilman legends, Reddy Finney and Sherm Bristow. Mr. Finney and Mr. Bristow have been lifelong and cherished mentors to me since my childhood, and they both were instrumental in bringing Johnnie to Gilman and mentoring him, turning his blood blue and gray forever! To say that Johnnie Foreman was a pioneer at Gilman defines much of his presence on our campus. His first job at Gilman was as the lead physical education teacher in the Lower School. Johnnie has a physical education background, and his leadership in that area radically changed the curriculum in that division. Before Johnnie’s arrival, the Lower School athletics program mirrored the Middle and Upper Schools’ programs. Due to Johnnie’s expertise and training, the Lower School athletics program changed into a more age- and developmentally appropriate health/physical education program. Over the years, Johnnie’s expertise extended into the Middle and Upper School athletics programs. During his tenure, he became the Director of Middle and Lower School Athletics, a new position created by the
aforementioned Sherm Bristow. Eventually, after Sherm’s retirement in 1997, I became the Athletics Director, and Johnnie’s title was changed to Associate Athletics Director. Johnnie’s athletics administration appointments, the first of their kind at Gilman, forged new paths and job descriptions. While doing his jobs in athletics administration, Johnnie also left his indelible mark as a coach at Gilman, in the MSA, and in the MIAA. He coached varsity football as an assistant coach for more than three decades, under three different head coaches. Over those same three decades, as Gilman’s varsity head track coach, Johnnie built the most successful indoor and outdoor track programs in the Baltimore metro area. To say that he is the most revered track and field coach in Baltimore is no exaggeration. With each appointment in his career, through his groundbreaking work, Johnnie created new positions and job descriptions. Since Johnnie moved on from athletics administration, his pioneering models remain staples of the athletics administration infrastructure. His legacy lives on. Even more groundbreaking than his contributions to athletics are his contributions to building community, inclusion, and equity at Gilman and beyond. Johnnie is Gilman’s first Director of Community, Inclusion, and Equity, having assumed the newly created position in 2002. Over his years in this position, Johnnie put Gilman on the map nationally as a pioneering diversity practitioner. His accomplishments, honors, and awards are too many to mention here. Suffice it to say that Johnnie has well-deserved legendary status on and off campus. So, what can I say to one of my “big brothers” as he leaves his rich legacy at Gilman? The most appropriate thing to say, and I know I speak for many, is that we will miss him and can’t thank him enough for his enormous contributions to Gilman. As he demanded from his track athletes, he gave Gilman his all and ran a great race! We are grateful, in his debt, and give God the Glory for him! Now, following one of Johnnie’s tenets, I write from the “I” perspective. From the bottom of my heart, I love you, owe you, and will miss you much around campus. Fare thee well, my brother!
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CO-ATHLETICS DIRECTOR AND ATHLETIC TRAINER
36 YEARS AT GILMAN
By T. Russell Wrenn ’96, Director of Athletics As I write this fond farewell in honor of a hero of my youth, a mentor, and now a colleague, Mrs. Lori Bristow, I am awe-struck reminiscing on the profound impact
that she has had on Gilman and generations of Gilman boys. I have known Mrs. Bristow since I arrived at Gilman as a sixth grader in 1989, joining, as countless thousands of Gilman boys have over the years, the afternoon line at the training room to get an ankle taped. Any military operation would be humbled by the precision and organization of that afternoon ritual as Mrs. Bristow worked her magic! Without question, I and many others have benefited profoundly from her presence at and commitment to Gilman. Lori’s hiring by Gilman in 1986 changed the way independent boys’ schools operated. She was the first woman, full-time athletic trainer hired by a boys’ school in America. This was a significant structural change for Gilman and subsequently, many other boys’ schools, making Lori a real pioneer. Lori’s spirit, enthusiasm, expertise, and professionalism became the hallmark of her tenure as Gilman’s athletic trainer. A tireless practitioner for more than three decades, Lori ensured that Gilman boys, and sometimes students from other schools, received the very best sports medicine care available. As a frontline health care provider, Lori tended to the treatment needs of every boy at Gilman who needed it. Gilman students in general, and athletes specifically, had no greater advocate and supporter than Lori. As a fully committed member of the Gilman community, Lori also treated faculty, staff, spouses, alums, and countless others (truly, the list is endless!) related to the Gilman community. Lori provided care to anyone at Gilman who needed her expertise, setting an
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unprecedented standard in her profession. Over her years at Gilman, Lori has mentored many young, aspiring future athletic trainers, teaching them the “Gilman way’’ in sports medicine service. Beyond Gilman, Lori has been a national leader in the NATA (National Athletic Trainer Association) for many years. Widely recognized as one of the top athletic trainers locally, regionally, and nationally, her leadership and staunch advocacy for her profession and those practicing it is the stuff of legend. A former protégé, now head athletic trainer Nick Pitruzzella reminisces: “Lori Bristow was/is my mentor for more than two decades now, not only as a sports medicine professional but as a Gilman person in general. As the saying goes, she has probably forgotten more about sports medicine than I will ever know, even though she has tried to teach me everything she knows. As for Gilman, I know she bleeds blue and gray. Lori not only made Gilman sports medicine a revered name in the Baltimore metro secondary schools but she also made it a household name around Maryland and beyond. When she leaves Gilman, she leaves a legacy that is possibly greater than any other legacy in secondary schools sports medicine. I can assure you, we will still be looking to her for words of wisdom when we need them.” Beyond her prodigious talents in the athletic training world, Lori has been a significant leader in the Gilman community. She has been a teaching faculty member and longtime administrator. Officially, she has served Gilman in athletics administration since 1993. In 2018, she became a Co-Athletics Director, again marking a pioneering first. Although that milestone is the culmination of many years of commitment to Gilman’s mission of educating boys in mind, body, and spirit, the reality is that Lori has been a strong leader and voice in athletics administration since she arrived on campus.
Her input has been an integral part of athletics decision-making at Gilman for decades. “From day one when she arrived in 1986, Lori’s voice in what we did in the overall athletics program was vital,” reminisced former Athletics Director Tim Holley ’77. “In her time here, she worked with three different ADs, one co-AD, and a few other assistant/associate ADs. To say that we ran everything by her before making any final decision is a very accurate statement. Her expertise went well beyond her specialty. She led with us.” Working with and mentoring others in athletics administration, Lori’s leadership, innovation, and care for Gilman Athletics can be seen in every aspect of the athletics curriculum, culture, and facilities. Associate AD Bryn Holmes notes, “No one cares as much about Gilman as Lori. Her investment in the community runs throughout. She is the consummate teacher — from my time as a fellow in the Middle School to my current role, Lori has been there to listen, advise, teach, and help in any way she can.” Personally, and I feel that I can speak for thousands of others at Gilman, there are not adequate words to express my gratitude, thanks, and best wishes to a woman who embodies all that is Gilman. Her positive imprint on Gilman will be a part of our School in perpetuity. Now, she joins the list of other Gilman giants who have committed their lives and talents to our School. As is the case with any institution, Gilman will go on, but Lori’s departure marks the bittersweet end of a career filled with prodigious “firsts” and accomplishments for Gilman and beyond. As she and her husband, Sherm, another Gilman legend, enjoy their rest in Delaware, I hope that she always remains a phone call away. I am sure that I will need to call her for her input. Some things will never change. On behalf of all Gilman boys past and present — and the entire Gilman community — thank you, Mrs. Bristow!
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MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL TEACHER
46 YEARS AT GILMAN
By Peter Kwiterovich ’87, Assistant Head of School Even today as Assistant Head of School — and almost 43 years later — I succinctly remember my first day in class with Mr. Kumar. On that early fall day, as I sat looking out the window daydreaming about the next recess as a seventh grade student, my mind quickly shifted back to the classroom as Mr. Kumar walked in. His reputation as a teacher was one of acute intellect who loved history and possessed a keen sense of humor. I would quickly learn that his previous students had him pegged perfectly. As my journey through Gilman parallelled Shanthi’s time, I came to recognize his profound care for each student, his unbridled enthusiasm for Gilman, and his love of soccer. Shanthi Kumar is retiring this year after 46 years of service to Gilman School. It is these qualities that have enabled him to impact countless students both in the classroom and on the athletic field. Sherm Bristow ’67, who served as Athletics Director 1980-1988 and 1992-1997, recounts of his time working with him: “I fondly remember Shanthi’s kindness, his old-school teacher/coach approach to his teams, and his gentlemanly approach to everyone he met.” Shanthi immigrated to the United States in the winter of 1968 to be with his brother and sister-in-law after a civil war in Africa derailed his plans to teach there. Having come from a family of educators, with his father a middle school principal and his mother a teacher, he would ultimately choose the same career path. It would not take long for Gilman to discover him. Shanthi’s career at Gilman, like many other iconic teachers, started with Alex Sotir, then Athletics Director at Gilman (1971-1980), as he recruited him to coach soccer for four summers at camp. It was at the end of this time that Mr. Finney was introduced to Shanthi and hired him to teach middle school history and coach basketball and soccer at the start of the 1977-1978 school year. Andy Cameron ’87 and current parent, reminisces, “We all loved Mr. Kumar; he could fill up blackboard after blackboard with U.S. history notes (we copied every word), and he could run around the soccer field smiling ear to ear. He never aged and he never changed and that was a very, very good thing.” 84
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In addition to teaching full-time in the Middle School until 2004 and part-time in the Upper School as a tutor, substitute teacher, and resource for faculty and staff through this academic year, Shanthi impacted Gilman in many ways. Exemplifying his love of soccer, he served as varsity soccer coach from 1981-1987, accumulating an impressive record of 41-14 through the 1985 season. His commitment to Gilman was further exemplified in his role as director of summer programs. Before coming to Gilman, Shanthi taught for almost seven years in India and the Baltimore Public Schools for five years. He graduated from Nizam College in Hyderabad A.P. India and attended both Morgan State University and Loyola University, earning two master’s degrees. With a final tally of almost 60 years of teaching, Shanthi Kumar is a truly remarkable educator. Perhaps it is best to summarize the totality of his career with the words of Paul Killebrew, who, as Head of Middle School (1976-1986), originally hired Shanthi: “His qualities of character and integrity, his standards of behavior, his professionalism, and his commitment to education are all outstanding.” On behalf of the entire Gilman community, we thank you, Mr. Kumar, for your service and commitment to the School and its students and families.
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SUPERINTENDENT, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
29 YEARS AT GILMAN
By Brooks B. Matthews ʼ87, Upper School History Teacher and Christopher P. Downs, Middle School History Teacher The shorts were a dead give-away. It seemed that, no matter the temperature, you could count on Marc Hoffman wearing shorts. A close second, however, was the warm smile usually followed by a deep belly laugh that Santa would be proud of and which would contagiously spread to all around him. As “Hoffy” and his golf cart sped around Gilman’s campus, perpetually in motion and seemingly everywhere at once, I wondered how that golf cart seemed to travel at much greater speeds than the average cart. What I came to realize, however, was that Marc’s tremendously positive energy propelled that cart and anything else he worked on. Marc Hoffman served in several capacities at Gilman, but his greatest impact was his professional, thorough, and thoughtful stewardship of Gilman’s facilities. In a place where kids are always front and center, Hoffman made sure that whatever was needed to make the Gilman experience for students, parents, and alumni as great as it could possibly be was done and done well. During his tenure, tremendous changes took place on Gilman’s campus, including — most notably — the renovation of Carey Hall, the construction of a new Lower School, and the reconfiguration of Gilman’s athletic fields. Marc Hoffman treated every task with great care and almost fanatic attention to detail. Equally important, his leadership of the maintenance and grounds staff fostered a work environment of collaboration and appreciation that manifested itself in a closer Gilman community. Beyond taking care of the facilities, Hoffy loved to coach, and he served as a loyal assistant coach to four different varsity lacrosse head coaches. The ultimate assistant coach, Marc energetically and willingly did whatever was needed, and the players loved him for his passion, knowledge, and unconditional support. It should come as no surprise that every Gilman MIAA championship lacrosse team has had Marc Hoffman on its sideline. Similarly, like he did for the academic facilities, Marc oversaw and worked on countless repairs and renovations to improve the homes of dozens of faculty and staff who lived at Gilman during the last 86
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quarter century. In addition, while he and his wife, Janet, raised their family on campus, Hoffy served as the unofficial mayor — or was it cruise director? — of faculty housing, helping to ensure that Gilman was a vibrant and fun community 24/7/365. In many ways, Marc Hoffman was the embodiment of any successful school. Those who make their livelihood in education know and regularly say how a school is not about the bricks and mortar but about the people. Marc — despite his job description — represented that in all of the best ways. He brought personality and relationshipbuilding to the job of physical plant development. Marc, as much as anyone else, understood that the bricks and mortar and fields were important to develop so that the people at Gilman could thrive. In taking care of the fields and facilities, Marc was directly taking care of the students, faculty, and coaches. And yet, it was his care of and for the people of Gilman that set him apart from others. Because whether he was speeding on that golf cart to fix a leak, meeting with an architect, or playing in his 1,000th lacrosse game, Hoffy would just as likely come to a screeching halt and genuinely ask how you and your family were doing. Each encounter left you feeling warm and cared for. For all his success and impact as Gilman’s can-do guy, Hoffy’s legacy might be his unwavering prioritization of his family, friends, and faith that allowed him to be the best person he could be and serve Gilman in the finest way possible.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, UPPER SCHOOL
25 YEARS AT GILMAN
By Iva Turner, former Head of Upper School Gilman is fortunate to have a cadre of outstanding administrative assistants who are the foundation of so much that makes Gilman so special. I am proud that I was responsible for hiring one of these talented and dedicated individuals: Adrienne Beam. I recall perfectly the day Adrienne came to interview for an administrative assistant position. I was immediately struck by her ebullient personality, upbeat approach, and friendliness. There was, however, one detail in her impressive résumé that caught my attention: Adrienne had previously worked as a flight attendant, a high-demand job to be sure, requiring levelheadedness, cheerfulness, and nerves of steel — qualities that translated perfectly to the life of a school. As an administrative assistant, Adrienne was at the epicenter of everything that happened on a day-to-day basis. Her interaction with students, faculty, and parents was key to setting the tone for the academic day. All day long, Adrienne was a problemsolver, model of efficiency, and reassuring presence. An expert scheduler, organizer, and archiver, Adrienne possessed an invaluable institutional understanding that I called upon before starting any initiative. I relied on her judgment and depended on her organizational prowess and advance preparation whether we were figuring out the budget or planning the prom. Totally self-directed, Adrienne planned everything carefully in advance with astounding skill. She improved upon what went well and was a sharp critic of what did not. Whether organizing a parents’ night at the beginning of the year or overseeing awards day and graduation at year’s end, Adrienne attended to every detail so that the School could showcase its faculty, honor its wonderful students, and demonstrate its commitment to the community.
Adrienne was an invaluable partner to me, John Schmick, and Rob Heubeck, and frankly to all the Upper School faculty. None of us could have done our jobs without her staunch work ethic and expertise. But what I also know is that she had an impact on students as well in how she kindly interacted with them, how she found solutions, and how she stayed committed to them and the School. We all recognize the impact that teachers have on students, but I always thought she, too, was a model to Gilman boys of professionalism and excellence. Finally, I hope Adrienne is proud of the vital role she played in the life of Gilman. She leaves a legacy of dedicated service and expertise that made Gilman stronger. I, for one, couldn’t have asked for a finer colleague and friend. Enjoy retirement, Adrienne.
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Jim Kraft, Ph.D.
UPPER SCHOOL MATH TEACHER
11 YEARS AT GILMAN
By Jeff Gouline ‘00, Upper School Math Chair Jim expertly taught geometry, pre-calculus, and calculus while designing a Number Theory and Cryptography class largely based on his experience in that field. Jim has also been a caring and supportive advisor and a staunch advocate for his colleagues. Even a casual interaction with Jim makes two facts abundantly clear. First, Jim is passionate about mathematics. Second, he cares for his students deeply and humbly. A trip to Jim’s class puts these two traits on full display. In many ways, the class is a casual place: students sit where they please, engage in a lively banter among themselves and the teacher, and often joke with each other. Simultaneously, the discussion of mathematics is formal and focused. Jim insists on precise notation and mathematical rigor, choosing to formally prove nearly every result he uses in an approach more common in a college course. Aaron Meng ʼ22 perfectly captures the essence of this experience when he says, “Whether it is through sharing his passion for math, poetry, music, or numerous other things, I see a real love of teaching inside of Dr. Kraft. He not only works to give each one of his students a strong foundation in mathematics, but more importantly an overall memorable and engaging academic experience. I feel extremely lucky to have had the chance to be both a student and advisee of Dr. Kraft.” As a teacher who spends most of his time with Gilman’s strongest math students, Jim also finds himself interacting with many of our boys who feel intense pressure to excel in all they do. One of Jim’s great qualities is his ability to look beyond the immediate and convey this worldview to others in difficult situations. He continually reminds them that their lives are far more than a single quiz grade, a college decision, or a career. Instead, he turns their attention to the myriad opportunities before them and the ability
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to pursue their passions. In this way, Jim spends much of his time outside of class working as a counselor to students who sometimes fail to meet their own high standards. As a colleague, I will miss Jim’s eclectic set of interests. He loves baseball and poetry, horse racing and Bob Dylan. Jim has an encyclopedic knowledge of scripture and a deep interest in language. His annual Holocaust assembly makes that incomprehensible tragedy human and personal. I will surely miss being able to walk into his office and have him answer a question about kashrut, help me with a challenging integral, or give me a good recommendation for my next read. Jim made me a better teacher and broadened my knowledge in countless ways. While we will miss his presence on the third floor, he has certainly earned his retirement and accompanying change of pace.
UPPER SCHOOL MODERN LANGUAGES TEACHER
6 YEARS AT GILMAN By Clare Lincoln, Upper School Modern Languages Teacher “Bongiorno!” This greeting has been the start of countless mornings for members of the Modern Language department these last few years, from none other than our dear friend Joan Hurley. Her cheerful and giving nature will be sorely missed by both students and colleagues alike. When I came to Gilman five years ago, Joan quickly took me under her wing and helped make this place feel like home to me. It feels like she has been here much longer than six years, but perhaps her long track record of excellent teaching is the reason. It could also be because Joe Duncan had tried to bring her on at Gilman many years prior. At any rate, we are lucky that she chose to end her career here with us and with our boys. Joan made her way down to Baltimore after starting her career at Choate Rosemary Hall. Here in Baltimore, she spent 10 years at St. Paul’s School before moving to Garrison Forest, where she went on to lead their world language department. How lucky we were that she decided to come back to teaching after a short pause, and that she chose here. Joan brought her expertise and connections with a language school in Gijón, Spain, and established a culturally rich immersion program for the tri-schools that was wildly successful (before COVID put it on hold). Speaking of Gijón, it is impossible to write about Joan and not mention the place that means so much to her, and that so much of her career has come back to. Early in her teaching career, Joan began taking groups of students to Gijón, and through summer after summer of travel, she developed meaningful and close relationships with many of its citizens. Joan knew the home-stay families personally. She knew the teachers at the language school personally. Her dedication and passion for Gijón and its culture enabled her to tailor the experience to each group of students that came through the program. It was because of Joan that so many students had the opportunity to live and study in Gijón and experience life in Spain outside of the big cities. The authenticity of the
experience that she was able to provide is one that is hard to come by at all, nevermind for people as young as high school students. Joan is known to all as a teacher who is ready to do whatever it takes to help her students succeed in Spanish. Throughout her years as a teacher, she developed strategies to take complex language and make it accessible for all. She often shared with me the words of her mentor, “que hablen, que hablen, que hablen,” which underlines the importance of student voices in the class as a means for language acquisition. Students remember Joan as a compassionate teacher who took their lives into account and expressed a real interest in what they were going through. They knew that they could go to her for extra help and be met with a person who was invested in their success. Joan’s retirement is a moment to celebrate, no matter how much I know I will miss her. In her own words, she is leaving while she still loves it, and isn’t that just what we should wish for our dear colleagues? Qué lo pases bien, amiga.
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Founders Day 2022
Founders Day 2022 On a sunny day with a “Carolina-blue” sky — as Head of School Henry Smyth described it — 120 young men took an important step toward their futures on Saturday, June 4 in the stands of Sotir Stadium. The Traveling Men performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by an invocation led by Director of Community, Inclusion, and Equity Johnnie Foreman — the last time he would do so at Gilman before his retirement at the end of June. 90
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“Class of 2022, welcome to your Founders Day,” Smyth said in his opening remarks. He referenced an insight from soon-to-begraduate Jack Goldman’s senior speech about how we are the average of the five people with whom we surround ourselves. Smyth wanted to alter the theory just a bit; he thinks it could be more than five people. “Your social circles are going to continue to expand and change, and the accumulation of the relationships in your lives will help define you,” he said. “How you interact
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with the people, places, and events in your lives … will also help to determine the type of world we all live in.” He recounted reading “Secret Wisdom of the Earth” by Christopher Scotton, and he shared a wise lesson from the book about labeling versus understanding. “Labeling provides an easy way out by allowing us to fit things neatly into categories that work within our boundaries.” He went on to say that “seeking to understand … challenges us to push our own boundaries and expands our knowledge of the people, places, and things around us.” Smyth continued to offer nuggets of wisdom to the group: Express curiosity and not judgment. Live with both confidence and humility. Lean on your strengths and lean on each other. Be first-class citizens. Practice the Gilman Five. Stop and say hey. Come back often to Gilman to visit. Valedictorian Poe Doub ’22 began with a quote from an unassuming children’s book character: “How lucky am I to have something so special that makes saying goodbye so hard?” Winnie the Pooh’s sage advice felt fitting as Doub explained what made Gilman so special to him. He acknowledged several teachers like Middle School science teacher Coach Wally and Upper School classics teacher Toby Broadus. “Teachers like these made students so excited to come to class. With so many teachers like this at Gilman, it makes it so hard to say goodbye.” Doub fondly remembered moments during his senior year spent supporting his classmates. “One of the clearest reasons that this
goodbye is so hard to say is because of these guys behind me.” He continued on to say that while the big things — major academic milestones, athletic achievements, and artistic accomplishments — are worthwhile, it is the smaller experiences, like sharing time with friends or teachers during an off period, that make a place like Gilman so special. Doub emphasized the power of positivity and the ability all people have in their own lives to focus on the blank road in front of them where they get to write their own stories and effect positive change to make contributions in the world. Smyth presented a number of faculty and student awards, followed by additional remarks by outgoing Board President Mark R. Fetting ’72 and two moving pieces sung by the Traveling Men. After the celebratory awarding of diplomas, Foreman spoke about the years he spent at Gilman since 1984. “The young men I had the opportunity to coach and teach, they made me feel at home,” he said. “I love every part of this community. It’s been a blessing.” “Let’s hear it for Coach!” someone shouted from the audience. Foreman concluded, “Life is best when you build bridges between people.” Diplomas in hand, members of the Class of 2022 walked between the sections of chairs filled with their proud families, two by two. As they processed off the stage, they engaged in intricate handshakes, hugs, dances, faux golf swings, and even a brief piggyback ride. Congratulations to the Class of 2022!
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IN THIS GRADUATING CLASS ATTEND
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of the class headed to a top 200 school ranked by The Wall Street Journal
Ü 6 FINALISTS RECEIVED RECOGNITION FROM THE NATIONAL MERIT Ü 6 SEMIFINALISTS Ü 19 COMMENDED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:
28 schools welcomed two or more incoming freshmen from Gilman
Six of the eight Ivy League schools include Gilman graduates in their first-year classes, with Cornell and Dartmouth welcoming the most, at three.
Boston College (3) Boston University (2) Bowie State University Brown University Bucknell University (3) Case Western Reserve University Clark Atlanta University Clemson University (2) Colgate University (2) University of Colorado Boulder Cornell University (3) The City University of New York Dartmouth College (3) University of Denver (2) Drexel University Duke University Elon University (2) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2) Emory University (2) Franklin and Marshall College George Washington University Georgetown University Georgia Institute of Technology Hampton University Indiana University-Bloomington
James Madison University Johns Hopkins University (4) Lehigh University Loyola University Maryland University of Mary Washington (2) University of Maryland – Baltimore County University of Maryland – College Park (7) Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Miami University of Michigan – Ann Arbor University of Mississippi (2) New York University North Carolina A & T State University Northeastern University (2) University of Notre Dame (2) Oberlin College Occidental College Pennsylvania State University University of Pennsylvania University of Portland Princeton University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College University of Richmond (2) University of Rochester Saint Joseph’s University University of South Carolina – Columbia (3) Southern Methodist University Stanford University Syracuse University (5) Tufts University (2) Tulane University of Louisiana (3) Union College United States Military Academy United States Naval Academy University of Vermont (2) Villanova University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (3) University of Virginia (3) Wake Forest University (4) Washington and Lee University Washington University in St Louis (3) William & Mary (2) Yale University
ALUMNI TIE DELIVERIES
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Two years ago, the Gilman Alumni Association Board of Governors re-imagined the tradition of presenting the graduating seniors with their Gilman ties during the final weeks on campus. Because of pandemic restrictions, we couldn’t bring the Class of 2020 together in Centennial Hall to receive the ties, so instead, we took the ties to the boys. The event provided a great connection between the alumni and the students and was so well received by all that we repeated it last year. Once again, the experience produced such rave reviews that we did it again this year! On Wednesday, June 1, members of the Alumni Association Board of Governors, the faculty, and the boys’ families — all Gilman alumni themselves — drove to each graduating senior’s home to present him with his Gilman tie. In all, 48 “drivers” delivered ties and class pins to the 120 members of the Class of 2022. Special shoutouts go to Brooks Matthews ’87, who piled up 164 miles making seven deliveries between Ellicott City and Annapolis, and to David Clinnin ’69 who graciously filled in for another alumnus who had a last-minute conflict and made a slew of deliveries as far north as Phoenix, Maryland. Although their look has evolved over the years, these ties remain cherished mementos of Gilman graduates dating back to the School’s earliest days. It is our sincere hope that this small gesture helps the Class of 2022 to understand their importance within the Gilman community and the support that they have from the School’s entire alumni base. In an email to the graduating seniors the day after the deliveries, Alumni Association Board of Governors President Malcolm Ruff ’02 and Director of Alumni Relations Nathaniel Badder ’94 wrote, “As your days on Roland Avenue draw to a close, we hope that the delivery of your Gilman tie will serve as an impactful and important milestone. In particular, we hope that you feel — as we both do — that Gilman instilled in you a core set of values that will help steer you as you embark on the next chapter of your life. And, we hope that you will view this tie as a connection between you and the network of more than 8,000 Gilman graduates who have previously passed through the School’s halls. Most importantly, we hope that you will lean on these men for advice, guidance, and support at every step along your journey.”
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ANTON J. VISHIO, SR. 1940-2021 By former Headmaster John E. Schmick ʼ67 (with help from Jeff Christ, Iva Turner, and Cary Woodward) Gilman lost a legend on October 27, 2021. Not many men or women have left as indelible a mark on the School as Anton Vishio, who passed away at the age of 81. He was a teacher, coach, scholar, friend, and mentor for so many. Anton was a true classical scholar, and students left his classroom with a love for classics and, most importantly, a love for him. Anton came to Gilman in 1965 at the urging of then Headmaster Ludlow Baldwin. It was with a handshake that he received his first offer to teach, and for the next 45 years, despite all the urging and multiple requests from the Business Office, he never signed a contract, just held out his hand and shook on the deal with five successive headmasters. His word was his bond. Anton was hired as a Latin and Greek teacher and tasked with the job of resurrecting a declining Latin Department. By the strength of his enthusiasm and personality, he soon resuscitated that “dead language” and made it come alive. Perhaps his most ingenious ploy was the start of the Chariot Races. Every spring, Middle School Latin students made “chariots,” which were pulled by friends in races around the track, rivaling scenes from “Ben-Hur.” This annual event still goes on today although it has been moved from the track to a softer course on the fields. He was a teacher with high expectations for his students, and students often complained about having to translate so many lines each night. But underneath this facade of discipline, he loved his students and would do anything to help them. There are countless stories of his kindness, too many to single one out, but the fact that he stayed connected to so many of his pupils over so many years is a testament to his caring. When he officially retired, he was dressed in a toga with a laurel leaf crown and grandly paraded in a chariot (really a decorated golf cart) around the fields to the chants of “Hail Anton” by multitudes of people. Anton was the original “triple threat”: teacher, coach, and mentor. A veritable whirlwind of activity, he also coached football and basketball, and was one of the most popular advisors in the School. For years, he oversaw the third form (ninth grade) and helped those new boys acclimate to the Upper School. In his later years, he became the Dean of Faculty and made the transition to Gilman so much easier through his approachability and caring nature. A teacher’s teacher and a bit of a rebel, he always insisted that his colleagues be treated fairly and respectfully. But he was, perhaps, proudest of his contributions to the community. Long before community service was a requirement, Anton started service opportunities. He began Operation Green Grass, which brought children from Baltimore City to the campus every Saturday for a morning of activities and mentoring. He was a tireless supporter of the Special Olympics and even organized Special Olympics events on the campus. He started a program to make sandwiches for people experiencing food insecurity, and each week students still put together peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to be distributed by Our Daily Bread. People leading all sorts of community projects would call him, and he would invariably organize a cadre of Gilman boys to help out. His energy and enthusiasm for service carried over to the faculty, and many of his colleagues found themselves driving on Saturday mornings to Paul’s Place, Echo House, or Our Daily Bread. He cared for his fellow human and wanted to impart that care to his students and to the entire Gilman community. Anton was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Ann Vishio. He is survived by five children: Anton Vishio, Jr. (Ellie Hisama) of Toronto, Canada; Alexander Vishio of Dallas, Texas; Krista Vishio (Jay Mallin) of Silver Spring, Maryland; Eva Martire (Andrew Martire) of Wilmington, Delaware; and Miriam Vishio (Farah Qureshi) of Rockville, Maryland; and nine grandchildren. 96
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ELIZABETH S. “BETSY” MCDONALD 1931-2022 Elizabeth Seiler “Betsy” McDonald, longtime first grade teacher, sister of John C. Seiler ’53 and Lewis P. Seiler, Jr. ’60, and mother of John E. “Sandy” McDonald, Jr. ’75 and David G. McDonald ’78, passed away on April 5, 2022, at the age of 90. Betsy taught first grade from 1970 until retiring in 1994. Her retirement, however, did not last long, and she was back immediately as a part-time reading instructor until she really retired for good in 1997. For many years that followed, she continued to be a presence in the Lower School, volunteering and baking cookies with the boys. Her devotion to Gilman and its boys never wavered. She and her co-teacher, Wilma Hilliard, shared the Class of 1947 Meritorious Teaching Award in 1987-1988, and Betsy was named the Edward T. Russell Chair for 1990-1991. The School also honored her with a plaque near the 1B classroom and an outdoor planting and plaque near the Middle School. In 2006, the Alumni Association Board of Governors recognized her remarkable tenure at Gilman with the May Holmes Service Award. “As a first grade teacher, she was so positive and caring. She loved each and every student and did all she could to teach them about manners, about being a gentleman, and how to be a good person,” said John E. Schmick, former headmaster and longtime teacher. “She loved Gilman, and even late in retirement, she would come back and substitute teach whenever she could. Betsy touched many lives, including mine as a friend and colleague. She enriched the entire school community.” Betsy was a 1950 graduate of The Bryn Mawr School and attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1957. Betsy is survived by her husband of 67 years, John Etchison McDonald; two sons, John E. McDonald, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia, and David G. McDonald of Palm Beach, Florida; a daughter, Elizabeth M. “Libby” Peard, of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire; two brothers, John C. Seiler and Lewis P. Seiler, Jr., both of Louisville; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
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JACK GARVER 1925-2021 Robert Jack Garver, internationally renowned watercolorist, died on August 2, 2021. He was 96 years old. Jack attended Carnegie Tech and earned his BFA in 1950. He always thought of himself as “an artist who teaches.” His teaching career spanned 40 years. Headmaster Henry Callard hired Jack at Gilman in 1951. In Jack’s own words: “After speaking with Mr. Callard for 15 minutes, I said I would take the job. I would have done it for nothing if he had asked me.” He spent one year working with Gilman art history teacher Harold Wrenn, who had a comprehensive collection of art slides, and then began building the Gilman studio art department. He taught Studio Art and History of Art at Gilman through 1966 when he left to start the art department at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. He later taught Set Design at Goucher College. He also taught many adult workshops and classes. The lasting impression Jack made on his students was what he considered one of his greatest accomplishments. Many former students called, wrote, and sent him holiday cards for years. A number of those students went on to become professional artists thanks to their time with Jack, and that was a great source of pride for him. Jack is survived by his wife, Shirley, and his daughters, Kristen and Jan.
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Jack said that creating this
watercolor of Carey Hall
was “a work of love.”
In Memoriam We remember those who have died recently. May they rest in peace. 1940
Mr. Robert K. Rigger
The Rev. Thomas W. Claggett, III
Mr. Michael R. Ward
Mr. Carroll S. Jackson
Mr. Richard W. Graham, III
Mr. Samuel E. Monroe, III
1944 Mr. Donald A. Deutsch
1948 Mr. Robert L. Rich
1949 Mr. Angus L. MacLean, Jr. Prof. W. Clapham Murray
1950 Mr. Walter W. Brewster Mr. Bruce A. Grove, Jr. The Rev. Canon J. Fletcher Lowe, Jr.
Mr. Benjamin W. Jones Mr. Richard C. Riggs, Jr.
1960 Mr. William L. Cook, III
1962 Mr. Paul L. Borssuck Mr. Stuart K. Eason
1964 Mr. Robert A. Brown Mr. Peter J. Schweizer
1965 Mr. Temple Grassi
1979 Mr. John H. O’Donovan
1981 Mr. Christian M. Darby Mr. Michael G. Hess
1987 Mr. Herbert Burgunder, III
2007 Mr. Alexis T. Bullen Mr. Christopher C. Wills
2013 Mr. Nicolas Vincent Fertitta
Dr. James H. Dorsey, Jr.
Mr. Thomas B. Eastman
Mr. Charles A. Gomer, III
Mr. William F. Blue
Mr. John L. Harvey
Mr. Edward K. Dunn, Jr.
Mr. M. King Hill, III
Mr. Jack Garver
Dr. Charles O’Donovan, III
Mr. Edward L. Rosenberg
Dr. Charles R. Roe
Mr. Joseph H. Young
2014 Mr. Luke P. Wilhelm
2025 Mr. Benjamin Brandenburg
Mrs. Anne D. Jordan Mr. Eric S. Marner Mrs. Elizabeth S. McDonald Ms. Lisa Scherr Mr. Anton J. Vishio, Sr.
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Class Notes The following notes were submitted by Gilman alumni, mostly in the spring of 2022.
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1951 Bob Swindell firstname.lastname@example.org
1952 Bruce Follmer email@example.com
1953 Pierre Bouscaren firstname.lastname@example.org
Pandemic be damned, the class of 1953 carries on with typical vigor, when possible, and enthusiasm, always. Your Virginia-based correspondent enjoyed a ride with Bill Eaton from his new D.C.-based digs up to the Gilman Forever luncheon last April. Either Bill has gotten taller or I’ve shrunk significantly. We discussed our mutual love of “cruising” and travel in general. Bill has been in 100 of the 195 existing countries and is ready to get moving again. We had hoped to be joined by George Urban in Silver Spring, Maryland, for the drive but unfortunately his wife, Alicia, had recently seriously injured her back so the good doctor was busy doctoring good. Suburban Maryland must have something special going for it because Harry Thomas and Karen have moved from Tarrytown, New York, to beautiful Gaithersburg. Harry is in his element! He told me he is now showing his splendid profundo basso in two different choral groups whilst also making time to attend BSO performances locally. Next year it’s Gilman Forever Luncheon time, Harry.
At that same event I spent some time with Cary Woodward who was his usual talkative self and seems to know everyone and everyone knows him. Doug Godine was predictably there at the power table when Bill and I arrived so we commandeered two seats and enjoyed exchanging pleasantries during lunch and having our pictures taken together to commemorate the event. Bill Trimble, the fabled high jumper in Owings Mills, has throttled back his skiing schedule but remains ready and willing to help this scribe file a brief recounting of the formative Traveling Men years of 1952-1953 found previously in this publication. We’ve been in touch with Andy Gantt recently who has indicated willingness to receive classmates (at my request) in Wingina, Virginia, to learn more about his successful timber operation … planning is still in the works. Our Massachusetts operative, Cristobal Bonifaz, is keeping busy negotiating publishing rights to the second edition of his book, “The Curse of Eleuterio Rodriguez, A History of a People.” He also wanted to pass on an advisory for those of us with pacemakers, evidently he has one: If your car battery needs a jump, do NOT do it yourself. The electromagnetic radiation from the cables will zap the pacer and send you back to the hospital to have it fixed. He and I suggest AAA! As for me, formerly known as Pete Bouscaren, Sarah and I have just euthanized our 14-year-old springer spaniel and replaced him with a goldendoodle puppy named Sophie … very active, not housebroken, a momma’s girl thank heaven. I’m still enjoying singing in two choral groups, learning to cook, and writing class notes.
1954 David Woods email@example.com
A recent comment by a Wall Street Journal columnist who confessed to longing for the “tranquility of the mid-20th century” got me thinking. The middle of the 20th century was our time. How different from today. That was very much the time when we grew up, went to school, graduated from Gilman and then college, started our careers, got married and had children in classic 1950s style. “Our” President was Ike. I thought about it again as I heard from the few of us who are left from Gilman ’54. We are pretty much really, really retired. To wit: Larry Wagner walks with a cane, but still gets to his boat so he can head out into the Gulf of Mexico to catch whatever is biting. His and Deedee’s son, Kip, has moved from Baltimore to a key a few down from Marathon Key where Larry and Deedee have been for many years. Their other two children remain in Baltimore working in the family business, which Larry sold a few years ago. Scott Sullivan, who is also the corresponding secretary for the Yale class of 1958, reports that he stays pretty much close to home. Actually that is “fake news” from a former Newsweek reporter. It’s a “fact” that becomes obviously fake as he goes on to report that he has recently been to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and D.C. visiting friends who are alive and the funerals of others who are not. And then to top it off he is flying to Paris for his 85th birthday. While there he will travel for a meal or two at his grandson’s five-star restaurant called L’As des Neiges in Les Gets, a picturesque small Summer 2 0 2 2
town in the Haute Savoie ski resort area in the French Alps. He also put in capital letters that he will visit his THREE GREAT GRANDSONS. Gary Carr says he isn’t doing much but breaking his back carrying pavers to repave their walk. He says he misses the Classes of ’54 and ’55 lunches that Tom Swindell of ’55 put together for many years at the Valley Inn and then at the L’Hirondelle Club. Sadly they lost a beloved grandson last fall. He was a brilliant and extremely talented dancer who was in great demand. I caught New Yorker Remak Ramsay during a lunch break in his condo building on Central Park West. He said for all of his professional working years, that premiere location was a straight shot subway ride to the theater district and very convenient. He was eager to get out of the City and back to Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. He has spent many summers there, often in company with the Wyeth family and, in particular, Jamie Wyeth. He has a very large and self-described “scholarly” art collection that he hopes some institution like Gilman or Princeton might be happy to have. Carlton Seitz reported that his heart is ticking in a way that makes his doctors happy after some trouble in September of 2020. That gives him the energy and confidence to pursue his passion for gardening, genealogy, and, most recently, writing a biography of his former wife’s great uncle Leon Forrest Douglass. Douglass was a Nebraska farm boy who went on to a long and immensely lucrative career in the film and sound industries from which he held many patents, perhaps most notably the wind-up Victrola. The book
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is on Amazon, and Carlton can get you an author’s price for it. Dick Fryberger may be the most chilled out of all. He reported (in April) that he and Nancy were ready to leave their assisted/independent living digs in, I believe, Cambridge and join their friends and neighbors in beautiful Chocorua, New Hampshire. They have spent many summers tucked in between imposing Mt. Chocorua and lovely Lake Chocorua. I must admit to some immediate confusion and then amusement when he spoke of “the porkies, chipmunks, mice, and birds (who) are wonderful friends as well and share our 1790s farmhouse with us in good and bad ways!” Frank Loweree reports that the past two years have been among the best of his life despite the pandemic. He and his wife, Linda, are enjoying great personal and spiritual satisfaction from the daily in-person lunchtime 12-Step session they lead. They are specifically for people with no computer access and thus cannot attend the Zoom sessions. He also is continuing his freelance writing and recalls fondly a visit he and Linda made to Camp Deerwood on Squam Lake in New Hampshire a few years ago. Of course, no class notes are complete at our ages if we don’t acknowledge with fondness and sadness the memories of lost friends and classmates. Class president soon-to-be-doctor Charlie O’Donovan was part of a large extended family that can boast a current and past cohort of seven doctors, including Charlie’s brother Crossan, and his son, Charlie. His father, Charles, was our pediatrician when we lived in Baltimore. Charlie was my wife’s cousin.
Our classmate Charlie was one of the most widely regarded and respected internal medicine practitioners in the Greater Baltimore area. Following his graduation from Gilman and Yale he earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins, interned at Vanderbilt, served in the Army Medical Corps in Arizona and joined a private practice in Baltimore as an internist. He subsequently left to form his own internal medicine practice. He developed a specialty in infectious diseases and served several Baltimore area hospitals. He retired in 2003. He lost his first wife in 2004. He married Katherine Alban in 2007. He was the father of two sons, one of whom is married to the daughter of another 1954 classmate, the late Hal Whitaker. Like his father, Charlie was known for mincing no words when it came to his patients. He came straight to the point and they trusted him as a result. An avid golfer, one of his favorite playing partners was the longtime Orioles shortstop Billy Hunter. Which prompts me to add a note not in his obituary: “PeeWee” (an early nickname) O’Donovan was a terrific second baseman! And in that regard he shared the Gilman baseball team’s middle of the infield with Shortstop Cliff Harding. Clifford Harding, Jr. left us in January of 2021, cause unknown. Perhaps one of you knows something and could let me know. I’ll follow up with the information with an email to class members only. What I think I remember about Cliff is that he transferred from Southern High School, but maybe Poly. He was always positive and tremendously likable and compassionate, very good-looking, a
terrific athlete and stand-out on the football team. He went on to Johns Hopkins where he played lacrosse and was a standout in that sport also. Some of us last saw him at our 65th reunion. He was always upbeat, even when he was devastated when I spoke to him after both his wife and son died within a few months of each other. He moved to Connecticut to be close to his daughter, Mary Virginia Wilson (Ginger). She was the one who let me know of his death last summer. As for me, no COVID — yet (May 1) and still adjusting to life after losing Evie after 68 years of dating and marriage. Thirty-four years ago we sold our four-story Tudor and bought what she called our “wheelchair house,” which it is. Not one step and the doorways are wide enough. We subsequently added an office wing for me. So I have no need to leave our beautiful location halfway down the second hole of the golf course. I spend my days: 1) doing light committee work with a couple of nonprofits; 2) helping a handful of longtime insurance clients navigate the ever-changing and old-age unfriendly cybersystems; 3) talking to Verizon, Xfinity, American Express etc. etc., you name it, trying to untangle the latest new cybermess; 4) administering the household, paying bills, calling the exterminator to get rid of moths, mice etc., the plumber, electrician, gardener, lawn people, window washer etc.; 5) getting some daily exercise (no more five-mile runs); and 6) talking to and spending time with our four children, their spouses, and eight grandchildren. P.S. Here’s a quiz: Who were the other two class officers? I’ll buy a glass of wine or a beer for those who answer correctly at our 75th reunion. Ha!
1955 Theodore McKeldin firstname.lastname@example.org
Theodore McKeldin: Things have returned to normal and we have resumed our trips to Florida and New Hampshire. We are also going on a cruise on the Great Lakes in the summer. No awards to report for us but our granddaughter is graduating in May 2022 from Princeton and is the co-recipient of the Pyne Honor Prize and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. We are really happy for her. My grandson is a freshman at College Park and enjoys it a lot. He hopes to get into their undergraduate business school in the fall of 2022. Charlie Cole is now domiciled in Florida but returns to their house in Baltimore County in the spring. He and Barty enjoy croquet and are often Hillsboro Club champions. Bev Compton reports that he fell at home and broke his pelvis, which was operated on. Soon he will have a hip replacement. Tommy Swindell and Mac Plant are happy residents of Blakehurst.
1956 Mert Fowlkes email@example.com
What a year 2021 was! Once again I regret to report the passing of another classmate. Tom Claggett died in Frederick in December. He was an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church, and was a direct descendant of Captain Thomas Claggett, who emigrated from England to Calvert County, Maryland, in 1671. I am cautiously optimistic that we are getting back to normal, although some aspects of our lives may never be the same again. Judging from the responses
that have come in from classmates, we are doing well and staying active, and we are optimistic about the future. In that vein, Ron Nelson reports from Fort Myers, Florida, that he and Cynthia are doing well, and he’s looking forward to our 70th class reunion in 2026! How’s that for positive thinking?! His son and daughter live nearby “so it couldn’t be better,” he said. Tom Carroll stays active in Havre de Grace where he and Winnie have lived for many years. His recent activities include restoring an old Skipjack, the “Martha Lewis,” which is an oyster dredge built in 1955. It will soon be sailing again to show school children about the essential part of history on the Chesapeake Bay. Good job! Sandy Dugan writes from Wrenshall, Minnesota, that he, too, hopes to come back for our 70th reunion. He has recently started taking guitar lessons to keep up with his grandson, but he finds it to be a very humbling undertaking! But it’s always good to learn something new at any age, I hear! Another Floridian is Ambler Moss, who reports from Coral Gables that he and Serena are happily settled in a house that they bought in 1982, and are fortunate to have two grandchildren nearby. He has retired from his professorship at the University of Miami, and he looks forward to traveling to Spain and England once again when conditions are right. Fritz Baukhages continues to split his time between his home in Luray, Virginia, and his condominium in Southern Pines, North Carolina, where he and Ann have wintered for many years. “ Not much going on except golf and seeing doctors,” he said. But it sure beats the alternative! Summer 2 0 2 2
Joe Healey wrote from New Vernon, New Jersey, where he was on safari from his home at the Maryknoll Society in Nairobi, Kenya. During his time in the U.S., he has done a great deal of genealogical research using DNA testing and Ancestry.com, and has successfully traced his family back for five or more generations on both sides. Joe keeps up with Bentley Offutt and Dave Sowell. Harry Lord spent a week in a remote region of Yellowstone National Park in January seeking and tracking “remarkable wolf packs reintroduced there nearly two decades ago.” He and Sarah continue living in their Baltimore home of many years. He reported that Charlie Webb wrote a lead article in a recent issue of Maryland Historical Magazine about historic preservation of Annapolis, and many of the sordid tales pertaining to the early history of the city. Cooper Graham reported from Baltimore that he and Pat are fine, both children are fine, and they were planning a trip to England in the spring to visit their daughter. Sandy Watkins sent an interesting report on his life in Annapolis! He is a retired physician (hematology/ oncology) after 49 years of practice. He and Gail have a son and a daughter, and five grandchildren. He currently runs a farm in Rock Hall, Maryland, where he hunts, fishes, and runs his retriever. Bill Zeeveld reports from Hendersonville, North Carolina, that he still enjoys his home office engineering consulting business. His most recent noteworthy activities were all medical-related: successful cataract surgery, minor concussion from a fall on black ice, and COVID infection after three vaccination shots.
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Mike Fisher continues to split his time between his homes in Black Butte Ranch, Oregon, and Rio Verde, Arizona, and he reminded us that he has lived “out West” for more than 60 years! His health is good overall, but he says that bad knees, bad shoulders, and sciatica have slowed him down considerably.
blossomed, of so many of life’s simple pleasures previously taken for granted.”
Nick Penniman mentioned that a 70th reunion sounds interesting, and that “88 years is achievable.” He lives in Naples, Florida, where he has been for many years. He is working on a fourth book right now; this one is about Collier County, Florida, and how 70% of the county, including Big Cypress National Preserve, came into public ownership. Nick keeps up with Ambler Moss, Harry Lord, and Graham Slaughter.
Mert Fowlkes: My life continues to be good, with both of our children and all three grandchildren nearby here in Richmond. Sue and I still visit Bermuda regularly (her original home), and I’m still playing with old cars, including a ʼ49 Ford just like the one I had while at Gilman. Good memories!
Leland James reports from his longtime riverfront home in Irvington, Virginia,that life is good, although a few back and leg problems have curtailed some of his traveling. He has three sons and three granddaughters, all spread out from Colorado to New York.
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Sam Smith says that he is finally seeing the light at the end of his project to identify and catalog the War of 1812 Maryland Participant Burials. All of this data has been sent to the Maryland State Archives and the Maryland Historical Society. He and Judy are doing well and exercising as much as possible. Howard Stick reports (via Christmas card) that he and Alyce are doing well. They enjoyed a sunny vacation in Jamaica recently — their first venture out of the U.S. in two years. Their health is good, and they stay busy gardening at home in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, working on their New Hampshire retreat, and maintaining their Bucks County, Pennsylvania, farm. He said, “what a revelation and appreciation has
Dick Biggs, Dave Eaton, and yours truly continue to enjoy periodic Zoom sessions. They both are happily settled in Baltimore, and Dave enjoys having two young grandsons living nearby.
1957 Frank Gluck: Several years ago, members of our class established a fund to provide means for faculty to take summer courses or sabbaticals to enhance their professional development. It has continued to be highly successful, and over the past year, we have received notes from thankful faculty who have benefited from the program and have used the material they have gained to enhance their teaching skills and benefit their students. Our class should be very grateful and proud to receive this positive feedback and see how this fund has been put to good use. Over the past year, we lost three of our classmates: Dickie Graham, Dickie Riggs, and Billy Hill. Dickie Graham and many of us had been friends through our Calvert and Gilman days and had been a close neighbor to Jim and Judi Gieske in Easton. Many of us should remember the touch football and softball games he hosted next to his home on Greenway (and the nice
soft drinks he supplied). Dickie Riggs and I were good friends growing up, and even though we saw each other infrequently after I left Baltimore, I became impressed with his dedication to alumni events involving our class and his loyalty to the School. Although he struggled with Parkinson’s disease for several years, he seemed to maximize the quality of his life through exercise and keeping up with medical advances in combating the disease. He was a dear friend to many of us. Billy Hill rarely returned to the States after he became an ordained minister in Scotland, but he was highly regarded by our class. He was class treasurer for several years and was voted “hardest worker” in our Cynosure poll. We were the closest of friends at Calvert and Gilman, as well as tent mates at Camp Wallula. Our families also vacationed in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. One of my fondest memories with Billy is the roofball games we played at Wallula and the “walkoff” home run I rolled to win the game, inducing an uncharacteristic temper tantrum that I wish I could have recorded. After he resided in Scotland, I never saw or heard from him again but all accounts reflect that his was a life well-lived. John Lewin, our class Renaissance Man in residence, has added another creative skill to his repertoire. During the pandemic, he and Tolly began to take up painting in earnest. He shared many of them with me, and I must say, they are impressive. I’m including one to share with everyone. Move over, Paul Gauguin! John, Tolly, and their two dogs, Oscar and Ernie, are living full
time in Bethany Beach. They hope to take a Baltic cruise this summer. A few weeks ago, Pat Mundy contacted me to see if I knew the name of the Carver High School wrestler who beat him in the semi finals of the 175-pound weight class of the MSA interscholastic tourney. He wanted to try to locate him and reminisce about the match. Since I was one of the team managers, I was able to identify him as Cal Matthews. He was Carver’s star wrestler, who had pinned all of his opponents in the first period. According to Pat, “Had lost too much weight and, despite Frank Riggs’ urgings, never lifted any weights.” Fortunately, Gilman secured the MSA championship when a Carver wrestler pinned his Mervo opponent in the unlimited finals. Interestingly, Matthews lost his finals bout to one of Pat’s nemeses from McDonogh, John Keener, in a stunning upset. This had been the first year the MSA had been integrated, creating a new and improved landscape for high school sports. How great it was to have been present at the very beginning! Pat, I hope you were able to locate Cal. Aside from a few medical issues which have, for the most part, resolved, Crossan O’Donovan reports that life in his and Brenda’s Raleigh, North Carolina, retirement community is slowly normalizing. Despite most of the family getting COVID, all have tolerated it well with no residua. His biggest concern seemed to be how well the Orioles would perform next season, and whether the win drought would finally be over. Crossan’s glass has always been full with all things in life. I’ve had some nice conversations with Eddie Brown over the past few months. Other than laments over the loss of more classmates, we both agreed that life was still good for both of us.
Eddie seems to have nearly completely recovered from a small stroke that occurred a few years ago, and is back playing golf on a regular basis. He and Joyce plan to remain in the house they built on Woodbrook Lane for the foreseeable future. Eddie has lived in the same area for most of his entire life. I can remember sledding on the hills of his parents’ property when we were at Calvert. So nice to see that stability remains with the Browns. I recently had a great conversation with Bruce Brian. He and Linda have established permanent residency in Priest Lake, Idaho, after splitting time between there and the Villages in central Florida. We have reluctantly agreed that we are at the stage of life where we have Column A: The body parts that work, and Column B: The body parts that don’t work, and we pray that Column A wins. Bruce is bothered by issues affecting sensation in his feet and balance, which limit athletic activities, resulting in appropriate frustration. On the positive side, we talked for more than an hour, reminiscing about our times spent together at Gilman and Vanderbilt, where we both trained as residents. How reassuring it is to be able to recognize the good old days as they were and to be able to remember them as if they only occurred yesterday! It’s a blessing. Millard Firebaugh seems to have lots of time and opportunity to spend with his family in the D.C. area. Health-wise, things seem to be doing well. A big piece of news is that two of his four grandchildren have just gotten their driver’s licenses. “Everyone, be careful out there.” I guess those living in the D.C. area should take this to heart. Jim Gieske reflects a saner experience with the COVID pandemic over the last two years, “Our quiet corner of MarySummer 2 0 2 2
land (Easton) has been spared many of the ravages of COVID thanks, in no small part, to a high vaccination rate and a lot of common-sense behavior modifications.” Through the entire experience, he and Judi have maintained a high level of health and have been able to keep up with family living in the area. Although their zest for travel has been limited, they were able to take an unforgettable trip to the Galapagos islands. Despite lamenting the loss of many in our midst, they feel very blessed. Gus Lewis reports that he and his wife, Debby, are vertical “most of the time.” They were able to travel to Florida this winter and are planning a river cruise in Europe this summer. He recently attended the class reunion dinner with Eddie Brown and Sam Hopkins. Gus continues to keep up with Jerry Downs, the only surviving teacher from our days. “Except for memory problems, he is in pretty good shape in his mid-90s. When reminded he easily recalls a great deal. He remembered faculty calling Roy Barker “blow top.” Debby recited Robert Frost’s “The Road Less Traveled,” and he recited the whole poem. Next time, we will try him on a speech from Hamlet or Macbeth.” Jerry’s first form English class was the first one I attended as a new Gilman student. What a kind and enthusiastic human being! I received some nice news from our part-time classmate, Butch Khoury, a few days ago. On the day I received his news, he was to be married to Eberly Barnes in his home town of Del Mar, California. Butch had lost his previous wife to a brain tumor, and it’s nice to see this joy reenter his life. Walter Birge writes that life in the Concord area is quiet but stable. “Susan keeps me on the straight and narrow, 106
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and, happily, our son, Jesse, lives nearby. Serving on a town committee and as a corporate for our local hospital gives me a sense of worth.” This news also seems to reflect that life for the Birges remains stable and fruitful. Nice news from the person we voted “Has done most for Gilman” in 1957.
the ultimate in feedback and gratification. Hospice and palliative care have been some of the greatest advances in medical care during my career. They were nonexistent in 1965, when I started. I’m so grateful to have been able to play a role in their development.
It’s nice to see that Sam Hopkins and his wife, Genya, are continuing to have good health and are enjoying life. They still live in Roland Park and play tennis on a weekly basis. According to Sam, “I continue to remain active with trying to educate people about how and why the human ecological predicament involves much more than climate change and that we were fully informed about it over 50 years ago in the Limits to Growth study done by a team at M.I.T. I am active in a Montgomery County-based group that meets once a month on Zoom. It welcomes all. I invite all of you to contact me and attend whenever you like.”
Despite a few mild impairments and limitations from a stroke I suffered nearly four years ago, I’m still able to enjoy the important things in my life. I have a wife and family, who remain healthy and vibrant, and friends who have meant so much through the isolation created by COVID. I’m still able to work out at a local fitness center, which has provided a physical and social godsend. My most important activity outside the home has been volunteering at the residence at the hospice where I had previously served as a board member for 12 years. During my term as president, we had made the decision to build the facility, which became operational at the turn of the century. Witnessing the effectiveness of the facility and hearing all of the positive comments from patients and families has provided
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Herb Tinley and Betty have settled in nicely into their new home in Huntsville, Texas, where they are close to her son, after many years in Florida near Ft. Myers, where they have been active in the cruise business, successfully setting up and accompanying client groups on trips. They have visited a large number of places around the world. They did a January trip in the Caribbean with a music group. They have a very nice cruise planned to Lisbon in September, which Tom Ahern will join. Herb has promoted Portugal as the location of some fine cruises. Herb has been fortunate to have a good W&L friend who lives in Atlanta, has tickets to the Masters each year, and invited Herb to come this year, as he has previously, and for closing day! Herb has a daughter in Atlanta who attended Saturday with Herb’s friend’s daughter, both of whom also went to W&L. Tom Ahern is looking up and moving on from his marital breakup last year. He is in the process of relocating to the Clearwater area near his daughter and is selling his homes in Key Largo and Miami. He has also met a lady in the Clearwater area. Tom continues to be
active and successful in buying properties for both rental and flipping. The market in Florida is good. Marsha and John Ramsay have enjoyed several nice trips in the last year after the relaxing of travel limits. In August they visited Ahmic Lake in Canada where the family has had a summer home for decades and they go every summer, but they missed 2020 because of COVID. This year, time was limited by the late Canadian release of their ban on crossing the border, but nonetheless they were excited to be there. In December, they visited Belize for 10 days where they met up with their kids, who came in from Arizona, and, as they put it, had a very interesting and exciting time with water and many other activities. In March, they met up with a number of friends at Longboat Key in Florida near Sarasota, where they have met a number of times, and had a great time socializing, enjoying the great beach there and other activities including attending the opera. Frank Pine and his wife, Lorraine, have spent the winter in Baltimore at the Village of Cross Keys. They will spend the summer in the Adirondacks, returning to Baltimore in October. Frank continues to pursue his photography, and both continue birding. Frank continues to support efforts to control invasive species in the Adirondacks and helps with efforts to maintain pristine water quality and robust ecology. He is president of a small local Adirondack NGO that provides funds for a visitor center and for environmental education for underprivileged students. Bill Spencer-Strong and Sylvia went on a fantastic eight-day journey through the Holy Land in early April. They were blessed to see many sites normally not seen and endured no long lines. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime.
Otherwise they have continued to enjoy themselves in the Villages. Billy continues to play golf two or three times a week, nine holes only, befitting his age. The place is growing like mad with continued building. He feels it could conceivably become joined with Orlando. Rick Uhlig has a new lady in his life, Midge Menton, who he has been seeing since last year. Rick’s wife, Susan, passed away in 2020 after a serious stroke in 2018, and Midge’s husband, John, passed away six years ago. Rick and Midge enjoy their time and travels together, most recently a two-week trip to Florida. They will be returning to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, again this summer, for a week of air shows and gathering of 600,000 aviation enthusiasts and 10,000 airplanes. As a “rusty private pilot” from the 1960s, Rick has been refreshing his skills recently but feels he will soon follow Hobie’s example and retire from flying. Rick and Midge, always looking for new adventures, hope to attend the annual Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival this fall. Ted Gans, like Rick, has also found a new lady companion, Valerie Wilson, and has found that there is life after 80. He has been seeing and traveling extensively with Valerie. They both extend best wishes to the class of ’59. Charlie Offutt, who spends a long winter in Naples, Florida, and spends some time working with the city government, offers this successful effort of his and a significant change with the City Council. “Having completed a three-year term on the Naples Police Retirement Board, I was successful in presenting to the City Council rationale for a board seat that had been traditionally awarded to a council member for the past 30 years become an open seat
to all city residents, with the council member currently holding the seat withdrawing from consideration for another term.” Bonnie and Chip Markell have enjoyed a year, though somewhat restrained by COVID, marked by frequent visits with family and eight grandkids, the renewal of their annual spring visit to Captiva after missing 2020, the annual summer visit with family to Ocean City, and opportunities to meet with friends. We agree with Ted and wish all of ’59 the best of 2022. Don McPherson and his wife, Ann, are thrilled that their former daughter-in-law, Anna (wife of their deceased son, David), and her three children have returned to the Baltimore area after living in Europe for years. Among other roles, Don and Ann now happily drive the boys to St Paul’s School and the young daughter to preschool. They are pleased to have all four of the family back in the United States and obtaining excellent educations.
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Walter (Bucky) Buck: Randi and I are still raising our two grandsons (ages 18 and 15) and have been doing so for nearly eight years. Their mother was our second daughter, who died of a brain aneurysm in 2007 (I know there are some missing years here but things got quite complicated for a while). The boys are great, and keeping up with them has been a whole lot of fun. A Friday night football game in Bloomfield, New Mexico, (find that on your map) or in Bernalillo or Socorro or wherever, is an experience in itself and a whole lot of fun, seriously. No one believes us or almost no one, but we could not think Summer 2 0 2 2
of a better way to spend retirement. Nothing like getting home after a dinner out and hardly being able to navigate around the parked cars on your residential street because half of the Albuquerque Academy football team is in the backyard plotting some raid or other on various girls’ houses. As of this moment (April), all is good. I hope it stays that way and wish all the best. Jim Winn: On April 22, 2022, Randy Cockey, Ted Knowles, Karl Mech, and I attended the Gilman Forever Luncheon at the School. This reunion event was a well-attended gathering for any alumni more than 50 years out. The highlight of the event was the granting of the first annual Richard E. Evans Spirit Award. Richie’s daughter, Brooke, came up from St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, to be a part of the ceremony. Stan Heuisler: “Speech after long silence; it is right… That we descant and yet again descant, Upon the supreme theme of Art and Song” —William Butler Yeats Our iconic English teacher and drama director A. J. “Jerry” Downs, age 97 and a half, is here in another section of the Roland Park Place retirement community where I live, and we visit. Beyond the same street address we share the same June 21 birthday! When we talk, we more than pick up right where we had left off. It feels as though we never left off. He knew me well back then, and it is therefore regenerative how well he still knows me. And boy, he puts a lump in my throat when he puts his head back and recites Yeats’s poetry. I am also blessed by another sense of timelessness through Gilman because I see Timmy Baker often. He has for two decades been the impresario of 108
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our community’s remarkable Iliad lecture series on eclectic subjects to an audience who live here and, widely, elsewhere. Iliad’s events are energizing in the moment but may be far more valuable in follow-up readings, discussions, and ongoing learning engagement. Bravo, Downs and Baker. Another recurring connection to Gilman is in memories of the five years my late wife, Betsey, spent heading the art department and where, as John Schmick told the Sun, “she really revolutionized the School.” And as I mounted a show here of my paintings of the five-year work/travel trip around the world Betsey and I took on the “hippie trail” in the early 1970s, I remembered Jack Garver’s studio art class at Gilman. Trying to get us into abstraction, Mr. Garver asked the class to contemplate a “big simple shape.” Someone in the class quickly piped up that the class “already had a big simple shape: Heuisler.” Enough epiphanies. I am here enjoying accomplished men and women and, in almost all cases, their politics. My two children and their children flourish. Kate and her husband, overseas development experts, are ending seven years in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and evaluate options on a next posting. Their two daughters, 13 and 9, attend an International School with 51 nationalities. Naomi, the older daughter, recently delighted her Cambodian school with her thoughts on the rhythm and relevance of Langston Hughes’s jazz poetry. My son, Alec, is lead brewer at Peabody Heights Cooperative, and his wife is a graduate admissions counselor for the Maryland Institute College of Art. Their son Niko, 6, just started Roland Park’s public school and their daughter, 3, is right behind him. Niko, starting in little
league baseball, “plays terrific,” as Earl Weaver used to put it. And, as we have had a summer home in Rehoboth Beach for almost three decades, our overseas and local families enjoy our beach time, awash in family recipes and games that stay the same while tastes, skills, and chatter improve. Is the beach all about rituals offering us measuring sticks? And I tell my grandchildren about growing up with comfortable ’50s assumptions until the next decade allowed us to challenge and change a lot of them. This hopefully will give me a chance to get their skinny on the seemingly flawed things we are handing them and how they plan to recalibrate. This chatter all happens as watermelons stay crunchy, tomatoes ripen, white peaches soften, and corn turns its starch to sugar. Research of family relationships has now established that I am a direct descendent of Leonard Calvert, Lord Baltimore. A Heuisler cousin recently died in New York, and one of her children and a friend, both California lawyers, were really into genealogy and traced it back. The line goes back through my grandmother and her Gardiner family from Southern Maryland. There had previously been rumors about the Calvert lineage but the two lawyers nailed it with wills and deeds and gravesites. For real. Through the Gardiners of Southern Maryland, my grandmother’s on my father’s side of the family. John Zouck: Judy and I now are permanent residents of New Hampshire, but still spend time at our house in Maryland, for which I seem to have taken on the role of caretaker, having decided to hold on to it for our son John and his wife, Stacey, who live in Vermont. We hike and bike, but at a rapidly declining tempo, and Judy took up skiing since
it’s close by and free for people over a certain age (which birthday we celebrated in G.H.W. Bush fashion by surviving dual tandem skydives).
... All very long-long from Baltimore, Maryland, and Gilman — supports upon which my life was built — and yet, perhaps, not so very long-long.
Ned Sullivan: Ski season ended as of April 24 in Aspen, with a bit of new snow but not-so-great weather for the final day. I finished my winter job at Bonnie’s Restaurant on Aspen Mt. on Easter Day, staying healthy all winter and remaining masked even after the mandate was dropped in March. I’m off to Greece for two weeks with friends in early May, and no definite plans for the summer after that except hiking.
Ted Knowles: Eighty is the iconic age I never thought I would reach. I have looked forward to the “80s” experience. However, having reached this milestone, a specialized heart scan showed that I have partial blockage of two coronary arteries. The scan, called ‘coronary calcium scoring scan,’ shows the percent of occlusion of the arteries. I have not had symptoms, but was just curious about how the coronaries were getting along. So I think of this as a proactive move. I see the cardiologist next week. This test was developed in 1990, but is not widely known by the general public, even after so many years. It has not yet become one of the standard preventive health screening tests, though it should be.
Bill Dorsey: Senescing gently in a house built 350 or so years ago, in the middle of an estate bought from a family who’d owned it for 450 or so years — since the time of the English Civil War — looking out over relatively unspoilt North Norfolk, UK, farmland/countryside … A book, written pseudonymously and with tongue-in-cheek, about becoming an English country squire; follow-on volumes will portray the ‘seated’ squire as ‘in charge’ and then ‘unseated.’ … After a youth substantially misspent... but then the huge, redemptive good fortune of a career analyzing and consulting on mid-east and southAsian geo-political and macro-economic affairs … and non-food, primary commodities. … … Good health; a lovely and loving partner; two children, two grandchildren and, I hope, ‘counting’ … … And pondering in reverse order of importance, presumably: a war in Ukraine; a new European and world order; a ‘rolling’ pandemic... and climate change/degradation of our earth’s environment…
For the fourth year in a row, Gretchen and I are gathering our three sons, their wives, and our five grandchildren for one week at the beach. This year it is Dewey Beach. They all love being together, and we love it too. I have been retired for 11 years, which have sped by in a flash. We have taken a memorable trip to Morocco, and one to Sicily. Our next one, to Portugal, has been postponed by the pandemic. We cherish visits with our grandchildren. Besides all that, I’ve enjoyed changing a flat tire or two, and tilling our vegetable patch and zinnia garden. King Barnes: I miss seeing Richie Evans and classmates at our bi-monthly class lunches that he used to organize. I am attending lacrosse games at Archbishop Curley (Friars) as Wilson IV plays crease attack there and looks forward to football in the fall.
Max Robinson: I’ve now been retired for 25 months. I had originally planned to work until next year, but decided to let my grandmother have the title; she worked until she was 81. And, all my friends disappeared from the 4:30 a.m. MARC train to D.C. and from the 3:02 northbound. I sleep until 5 a.m. instead of 2 a.m. now. Reading, woodwork, flower and bird photography, writing, dogs, robots, Python, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and an elliptical machine consume my days. I’ve got a couple of models of artillery ordnance I keep telling myself I’ve got to start real soon now. I occasionally visit with Karl; we eat and compare woodworking projects and are just generally friends. Now that we’re both 80, it’s nice to think our friendship has endured for 75 years. Kathryn has retired from teaching and is working as a community college counselor, which is rather more involved than I would have ever imagined. Our daughter, Aleksandra, departed Pew Research for a federal job, still writing and editing. She and husband Greg are building a new home in Virginia where she plans to have some chickens. Peter Wood: Here’s my update, with dubious personal health news up front, as it is for most of us at this stage. After a heart event in June 2021, good doctors gave me two stents, and they added a pacemaker last November. I’ve mended well. Cataract surgery this summer should round out my bionic quest for a while. That said, I have used COVID isolation to create an expanded edition of my short book, “Strange New Land: Africans in Colonial America” (2003). It should be out from Oxford University Press in 2023, aimed at the many Americans, like most of us, who learned little or nothing about African American Summer 2 0 2 2
history in our school years. Unable to shake the history bug, especially as the discipline comes under mindless attack, I headed to Charleston in May to give a paper about early French exploration and to take part in a session about my book on early South Carolina, Black Majority, which will be 50 in 2024! Gilman, through Mr. Garver and others, did reinforce my early interest in American art. I later combined that with my study of African American history, pushed further by my involvement with the Menil Foundation’s impressive project on the Image of the Black in Western Art. With them, I co-curated an exhibition back in 1987 of Winslow Homer’s important but neglected Black images. I went on to write books about two of his most striking paintings, Near Andersonville and The Gulf Stream, arguing that it helps to know some American history in order to understand them. Last year, I even delivered a Zoom lecture on Homer to a Russian audience for the U.S. embassy in Moscow, before decent relations with that beleaguered country came to such a cataclysmic halt. Naturally, I was delighted this spring to learn that New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has opened a major exhibit entitled “Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents.” Whether I manage to visit from Colorado is another matter. From the edge of the Rockies, I send good wishes to all my classmates. Lew Seiler: I have just celebrated, if that applies, my 80th birthday, impossible that we are getting to that age but it is happening. My activities include working at Churchill Downs in the capacity of a seasonal employee since 2002, wonderful job and nice coworkers; however, I know practically nothing about wagering except favorite colors, jockey silks, gray horses. I am also learning Spanish but slowly since my 110
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memory, never much to lean on, seems to desert me when it comes to learning the fine points of the language. I speak with my teacher for weekly lessons via Zoom and last summer visited her at her home in Puebla which is approximately two and a half hours southeast of Mexico City. Lastly, I have become an ardent Cincinnati Bengals follower, and what an exciting season we had. I grieve for the Orioles and Cincinnati Reds. On that happy note I leave you for now, and thanks for including me as part of the class; what a school! Kent Mullikin: Looking back over the sequestered time of the pandemic, I’ve done a lot of reading — history, biography, fiction … and more mysteries than I care to admit. And then there’s “Becoming an English Country Squire,” an entertaining memoir by one W. D’Arcy Henry. Something about the author’s intellectual style and ironic humor reminded me of a classmate whose name escapes me. If you haven’t read it, take a look. In the past year, after vaccination, we felt secure returning to Swan’s Island, Maine, for the summer after skipping it for the first time in 40 years in 2020. It was good to find house and boats in good shape and to be visited by both daughters and their families. It was also good to see classmate Kennedy Boone, who has been going to the island longer than we, and his wife, Debby. Back in Chapel Hill, we enjoyed a surprisingly good basketball season as the Tarheels, under new coach Hubert Davis, made it all the way to the NCAA championship final, sending Duke’s legendary Coach K to a well-deserved retirement in the semifinal game. Best wishes to all members of the class of ’60.
John Rouse: Greetings from Rome, Italy. This year, believe it or not, marks my 37th here in Rome, which may be my last since Yasuko and I are planning to return to the States at the end of this year or in 2023, depending on how things go. It seems like I’ve spent of this past year coping, though not very well, with the COVID-19 vaccination and boosters, masking and international travel constraints, doctor visits, waiting for the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Service approval of my Japanese wife Yasuko’s Green Card application, and enduring daily mostly disappointing news coverage on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Although we haven’t been able to travel internationally since December 2019 or make a return visit to the States, we have been able to travel a bit here in Italy, visiting for the second and third times Padua, Modena, Mantova, where we saw Andrea Mantegna’s famous circular mural. And we were able to do some enjoyable mountain trekking in the Val d’Ega Valley in the south Tyrol to escape the summer heat. In July 2021, we also managed to join an interesting tour to Pompei, Herculaneum (Ercolano) and Cilento in the Naples region. While there, I started reading Alberto Angelo’s recent book “The Three Days of Pompeii,” which provides a graphic description, based on archeological and ancient witness evidence on what Pompeians must have experienced back in 79AD when Mt Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompei in volcanic pebbles and Herculaneum in volcanic ash and mud. Other than that, we’ve been more or less homebound, although I’ve managed to keep myself busy serving as an board member of the Chijnaya Foundation,
a development NGO that works in the Puno region of Peru, which I’ve been been supporting since 2005, and participating in monthly Zoom meetings with our Rome Writers Group where I’m still trying to finish a mystery novel based partly on my Japan experience.
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The 2021-2022 year marked our slow emergence from the pandemic. We took two steps forward and one step back several times, but it appears that the steps back are getting smaller as we go. Unfortunately, we lost two of our classmates, Ed Muhlenfeld, who died in August, and Ridge Warfield, who died in October. Brief write-ups for each are included in the notes below. We started the year celebrating our 60th year of graduating from Gilman with a party at Edie and Jim Garrett’s. Coincidentally, it was on the same date of our graduation 60 years prior.
And now to the individual correspondences. Pope Barrow says he is still playing pickleball, swimming, dancing to old time rock and roll, racing his sailboat, growing veggies, and watching grandkids ride horses and play hockey. He
says he wrote a memoir of his life entitled “Lucky Dog,” but it is too embarrassing to publish. He also seems to have time to write to me when Yale is lucky enough to beat Princeton in any sport. Henry Hopkins sent a report about Pope’s sailing prowess. Last June, Pope’s racing sailboat, the infamous Black Dog, aka “Blackie” or the “Bad Dog,” won the Geico Cup on the Potomac in a very tough and exhausting race. A ferocious current and other difficulties too numerous to list were overcome by Pope and his crew of Henry Barrow and Melissa Crawford. Pope was at the helm the entire race. The photo is of the award ceremony and shows the skipper and crew in the middle with the Fleet Commodore on the left and the Geico rep on the right. It was Henry’s birthday so he took home the cup plus the entire goodie bag, including the skipper’s Geico t-shirt. Henry is still spending time in Florida, Maryland, and Vermont. He was in town enough to host our Friday evening
dinner on our 60th Reunion weekend. On a sad note, Henry’s beloved stepmother passed away this winter. She was a dear friend to many of us and attended many of our class events. Henry also worked to organize an archive of Gilman-related Class of ’61
pictures. If you haven’t taken the time to look at them, the URL to view them is henryhopkins.smugmug.com/GilmanSchool/n-bCFNSr/
Rick Born didn’t send any notes in, but he and Elaine manage to keep busy with family and friends. They are regular participants in our Grumpies dinners (when we have them). This past fall they managed a land trip to Italy. Their wine tasting group has just restarted in April. Steve Cordi reports that Carl Cummings and Elaine and Rick Born have helped him resuscitate his long-dormant bridge-playing skills, and he finds himself in demand as a regular substitute for various octogenarian bridge groups. His wife, Marque, also says he is still dealing on Ebay. Chris Creed reports: “Since I’m retired and living in a CCRC, there’s nothing earthshaking for me to report. I still do a little church work, and we get to our second home at The Sea Ranch (north Sonoma coast) when we can. Over the next year or so we have trips planned to Scandinavia, the Great Lakes, and Japan and hope it will be possible to have these adventures.” Carl Cummings had to deal with the unpleasant task of closing his parish’s school, which became unsustainable due to the pandemic. He still had time to shepherd Steve Cordi in his bridge Summer 2 0 2 2
playing. There is a rumor that Carl will retire officially soon so that he can play more golf in warmer climates. You didn’t hear that here. Jack Emory sent this news: “Not much to report. We are back in Vero Beach for the winter after a hiatus last year because of the pandemic. This is a good winter to be out of Maine. The family is all fine. I will refrain from bragging about our two daughters and grandchildren. My tennis game will be a work in progress until the end.” Scott Falkner seems to be doing well. He reports “COVID dominated most of our family’s concerns. Children and grandchildren had the infection, Katie and I were fully vaccinated and did not. I completed therapy for prostate cancer that appears to have been successful. Katie and I became Stephen Ministers associated with our Episcopal church, and a new world of helping people opened up. The grandchildren continue to be our primary focus. We have a grandson at Miami University in Ohio. Our oldest granddaughter graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee and will get her nursing degree in December 2022. I look forward to news of our classmates and hope all are well. I particularly look forward to Peter Wilkes’s Facebook entries and share many of them.” Ormond Hammond is still in Hawaii enjoying the never-ending summer. He joined us via Zoom at our 60th reunion dinner, and his Facebook page has posts of wonderful Hawaiian scenes. Bill Hardy and wife Lin are settling into their new home at Broadmead, a CCRC in Hunt Valley, Maryland. It has been a good change and a chance to make many new friends. He reports: “Our oldest granddaughter graduated from Penn in May and is 112
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now in graduate school at Queens University in Belfast. Our grandson is in his junior year at Penn (what happened to Princeton?). Our youngest granddaughter is a sixth grader and is a goalie for her soccer team. Our travels have been limited to visiting our son in Phoenix, where we did get to see Linda Muhlenfeld, but we are getting geared up for some travels in May, July, and September. We enjoyed seeing people at our 60th reunion gatherings in June at the Garretts’ and in October.”
April) five days of downhill skiing at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon, and had dinner with a Princeton classmate and his wife in Bend. I then went on to Park City and Deer Valley, Utah for another seven days of skiing with brother Doug, Gilman ’64, Princeton ’68.”
Frank Morgan announced last June his opening of a new law office in the fields of trademark, copyright, business, and entertainment. His website is fmorganlaw.com. Ed Muhlenfeld died August 29, 2021. He was a devoted Gilman graduate. After graduating from Princeton and receiving his master’s from Georgetown, he served as a captain in the Army in Vietnam where he earned the Bronze Star. His interest in finance and investment led to his lifelong career being recognized as one of the top stockbrokers in the U.S. He and his wife, Linda, lived in Paradise Valley, Arizona, near Phoenix. They had five children between them and nine grandchildren. Because of Ed’s service to our country, he was buried with full military honors. On a personal note, my wife and I always enjoyed seeing Ed and Linda during our visit to Phoenix to see our son. Rick Ober has kept himself busy doing many different things. He writes, “Carol and I spent a great week in November 2021 in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada watching 45+ polar bears. As part of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, helped staff the New Jersey Legislative Apportionment Commission which adopted the first bipartisan legislative map in its history. Just finished (in
Mac Passano has, as always, been busy. He reports: “This June, I will be celebrating two granddaughters’ graduation from RPCS! Emma (Catherine’s oldest) as a senior going to Connecticut College, and Courtney (Tammy’s oldest) from Lower School to Middle School at RPCS. Also in June, my youngest daughter, Sarah, turns 40! Sally Ridgely and I continue to “pound the pavement” while walking three to four miles daily, usually six times a week. Good health and happy times to all!” Walter Reuben sent a note that he is doing fine and is very busy with his business endeavors, walterfilm.com. Tom Salisbury, our Northwestern classmate, is finally back in his house he remodeled. Living in Sequim, Washington, he reports: “One more year flying by much too quickly. We continued to stay home, as we were ‘lucky’ enough to live in a high COVID-rate county. This 15th year that we’ve lived in Sequim saw extensive landscape improvements with new rock walls, garden beds, and turning a weed
nightmare into a decent lawn. Even managed to complete several electrical jobs as well as some concrete and deck sealing/staining projects. Also used the year to change how, what, and when I eat. Took me 78 years, but I finally learned how to eat well. Still driving down to Seattle to get wet macular degeneration injections, but a new drug is allowing fewer trips. Both hips and my one remaining OEM knee continue to chirp at me, but I try to respectfully ignore them for now. This past year also found me able to see my grandson, Camden, play baseball in Sacramento, as games were livestreamed. How things have changed since we were 13! This year will see a return to growing fruits and vegetables as well as doing additional landscaping projects and adding a maintenance equipment building. Finally, a pair of eagles has taken up residence in one of our conifers, so we’ve enjoyed watching them as they’ve built their nest and settled in. Probably the geese, heron, swans, and ducks in the neighborhood, also wanting to start families, aren’t quite as excited.” John Snead sent this: “Mary and I are spending the month of March and early April in Amelia Island, Florida. Our oldest grandson, Jack, is finishing up his freshman year at the University of Vermont. Looking forward to the resumption of our 1961 class dinners!” John Stockbridge always gets the distance award when he drives from Bedford, New York, to Baltimore for our Grumpies gatherings. He bunks down at Chez Hardy’s when he comes. He writes: “Another year of COVID has been a challenge. Zoom calls, masks, a change to work and recreation, but a time of good health for our family. Our four adult kids and seven grandchildren have all had another year of well-being. My wife, Anita, and I had a wonderful
reunion with our classmates and spouses. Sixty years is hard to believe, but the Gilman spirit keeps it going. As Town of Bedford historian, I am continually working on genealogical and property questions for our town, which was founded in 1680. I am grateful for a field that rewards curiosity. Land marking and preserving historic properties is another part of the job, and Anita and I spend a good amount of time maintaining a local nature sanctuary. She is also very involved with local photo and garden club work and is a great cook! The latest news for us is the adoption of a rescue puppy. Rosie (named after Cracklin’ Rosie) is a black lab mix full of energy and joy … keeps things hopping! All the best to the class of ’61.” Harry Swope is still residing in California. He still has ties to the east coast as he writes: “Last December, our daughter, Alexandra, was married at the Hitchin Post during “Cowboy Christmas” in Las Vegas. She now owns two veterinary practices. My son, Forrest, continues at his senior position in information technology at The University of Virginia. His oldest daughter, Stella, graduated from the University of Mary Washington in three years — during the pandemic! She moved to LA last summer, and within two weeks, landed a job and a place to live. The company she works for does a lot of post-production work (trailers, etc.) for most of the major studios. My wife, Libby, continues in her second career of doing interior design work ranging from kitchens to whole houses. I continue as a board member of the Naturopathic Medicine Institute, trying to save the humans.” T Tall is still very active in and around the Middlebury, Vermont, area. The pandemic slowed things down for him as they did for all of us, but things are
starting to move again. His note says: “Our son Chris was married remotely in December 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin. When we broached the idea of a wedding reception in Vermont, his wife, an epidemiologist, wisely suggested we wait until 2022. This sage advice long before Delta or Omicron were even in our vocabulary! So, in June we will hold the big event here at Tall’s Folly Farm.” Ridge Warfield left our class after our first form year. He graduated from St. Paul’s and then Virginia. After graduating from Virginia, he joined the staff of Boys’ Latin Middle School as a math teacher and subsequently coached football and lacrosse. Even though he left Gilman, Ridge was a friend of many of the class. The class sends its condolences to his wife, Lynn, children, and grandchildren.
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For the last two years, we have been wary of COVID (being the older population), but those classmates who responded to my request for news are generally healthy and staying active, physically and mentally. Much is changing in the world, but those of us with grandchildren find enjoyment there and an appreciation of the grounding Gilman gave us. Andy Barnes: Sara and Andy continue to enjoy good health “with the usual manageable aging challenges with which we all contend.” While ratcheting back expert work as an advisor on large real estate litigation around the country, he keeps mentally sharp by service on several San Francisco-area boards dealing with urban planning and research on aging. Andy splits time between his San Francisco home base, Summer 2 0 2 2
Hawaii in winter, and Martha’s Vineyard for part of the summer. Working on “a lifestyle that is prioritizing more personal time” (sound familiar?). He has three children “pursuing interesting and very different lives from Portland, Oregon, to Washington, D.C., and three grandchildren ranging from 13 to 22.” Winston Brundige: “All the news for me and my family is the pandemic. With age and medical issues putting us at a high risk, we have been extra careful ... and have avoided COVID so far.” Ann and Winston still have managed to get together with their daughter and his brother (Gilman ’72) several times by long driving trips or at their second home in southwestern Utah. “Golf is one activity we can still do safely.” Renny Daly: “COVID the first of the year; new hip in January (to match the earlier one on other side), and now the knees are complaining.” Long COVID in February treated with colchicine (usual gout treatment) that helped with no side effects. “Sad when we get to the point that most of what we have to report relates to medical events.” Charlie Davidson: Expecting his first grandchild in August (by the time these notes are printed). “Mainly reading, writing, editing, and walking outdoors in my old age.” Considering moving to a retirement community, but lots of things to do and think about. Charlie Emmons: Margie and Charlie are still living in Yarmouth, Maine, and Holderness, New Hampshire, “depending on the season.” All three children live close: Beth and family with three children (two daughters at Bates College and son at Yarmouth High School) live a mile away; son Chip and Rachel McCarthy are avid gardeners in Hollis, Maine, in a 1790s farmhouse 114
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with three acres that produce fresh vegetables in the summer; son Matthew and Heidi live on a farm in Holderness, New Hampshire, with two children and myriad big dogs, alpacas, chickens, etc. Margie and Charlie have put a deposit on a “retirement community” in Falmouth, but the move is several years away. “Fully retired (boring) but relatively healthy.” Charlie made an interesting proposal: through a college group (including John Hart, carpooling partner since Calvert School days), they have been having Zoom luncheons monthly and wondered whether any of us Greyhounds would be interested in something similar. I enthusiastically endorse the idea and think it would be a great way to reconnect, particularly those of us at a distance. Computer expert John Hart would be glad to host the calls. Let me know your thoughts (firstname.lastname@example.org). Jack Emory: “Still hitting too many unforced errors in tennis, escaping 48 years of Maine winters in Florida, working for some private foundations that help the underserved in Maine (hoping it might help with a good reference into Heaven), two successful daughters in Boston; 54 years and counting with Katherine.” John Hart: “Hard core retired, and probably totally unemployable and unmanageable at this point; I did, however, have a satisfying academic and business career in computer science and software engineering with the usual highs and lows.” John and Linda will have passed the 55-year mark by the time you read this, and they are “generally healthy and COVID-free, have most of our original parts (generally functional)” and hope to get back to domestic and foreign travel now that COVID is abating. Son Bob and Megan live in Hinsdale, Illinois, with
twin sons. As John points out and as we all learn, the grandchildren not only beat us in all games but “are rapidly getting to the point where they know more than Grandpa about all sorts of things.” Daughter Elizabeth and Mark live in Washington, D.C., and work as consultants, mostly to the government, in defense and homeland security. Follows politics, war, and peace closely (credit Mr. Baldwin’s American History course). “We were fortunate to attend a school such as Gilman. There are few like it. From time to time, if temptation tempts, a signal goes off deep in the brain about what Gilman would expect. Most of the time, I’ve listened to that signal. Perhaps not always, but there’ll be a next time to get it right.” Well said. Buzz Marek: Splits time between Bowleys Quarter near Baltimore on the Bay and Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, home. Buzz and Nancy have two children (Gilman and Bryn Mawr educated). Son Charlie and Meghan live in Mount Washington and their children are at Gilman and Bryn Mawr. Daughter Dawn and Kristopfer live in Alexandria, Virginia, where their two children attend school. Buzz and Nancy enjoy teaching the grandchildren skiing, swimming, boating, and traveling on the Bay (summer) and in Florida (winter). Fully retired and not a health issue of note. Bob Oster: Retired from Brown Advisory in February and splitting time between Baltimore and Florida. Don Proctor: Judith and Don are doing well. Two days before Thanksgiving 2021, his last case was resolved (in the client’s favor!) so now he is fully retired from 52 years of law practice (except for some trustee duties). Ray Robinson: Retired in 2005 after 40 years in the Army as a full colonel and senior executive Army civilian, sold their
horse farm in southern Maryland, and promptly moved to Japan to be with Darlene and their youngest daughter. Darlene was already there and in Okinawa (if I follow the chronology) working in various positions with the military, and Ray kept busy with various jobs including teaching. They have finally retired to San Antonio where Ray is “keeping off the streets and out of trouble” with gardening and writing his memoirs. Some health issues (Agent Orange and Vietnam) but ever a positive outlook. Tim Schweizer retired from Brown Advisory in the same month as Bob Oster. Charles Slagle: Condolences for the passing of his wife, Darcy, and son Chad, both due to muscular dystrophy a number of years ago, and daughter Suzanne, in infancy. Three grown grandchildren, two out of college and the third will have finished by the time you read this. Retired to Delaware 12 years ago after running a home owners service in Baltimore for 35 years. Also by the time you read this, Ray will have married MaryAnn, who took care of his father in his final years. Ken Van Durand: Limited report from our ambassador in Central Florida: “I continue to enjoy retirement to the max — I was born to be retired!” Notwithstanding his University of Miami alma mater making it to the NCAA basketball Elite Eight, Ken lamented his “worst bracket of the century.” There is always next year! Van Wolf: Second grandchild, Mila James, was born March 2022 to second son Chris and Maddie, living in Dallas. Son Casey and Alicia’s first born (George IV, February 2021) is a bundle of delightful excursions. The two older sons are living in Dallas (a 10-minute
walk apart) and both in some variant of the financial world. Daughter Libby is living with Ann (continuing to thrive working for the principal, soon to be president, of local Jesuit boys high school) and me in Phoenix while she pursues a graduate degree in physical therapy and works as a tech at a PT clinic (not sure she expected this but her dance career in NYC crashed when the pandemic closed the city and she found a new relevant outlet). Not yet completely retired from practicing environmental law but time is increasingly consumed with service on the board of Ballet Arizona. We escape the heat by retreating to Flagstaff and visiting grandchildren. Hope to range wider in travels in the coming year. In memoriam: Kirk Eason, August 2021.
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In contrast to the tone of much news that has confronted us over the past couple years, I am pleased to be upbeat, mostly to say no word has reached me about any of us passing on. Surely, COVID has impacted all of our lives. According to John Dunning: “Because this has been an extremely boring two years, I have no news to report.” Ernie Cornbrooks wrote: “After two false starts due to COVID restrictions, we managed to pull off the wedding of my youngest daughter, Charlotte. She married one of her Washington & Lee classmates, Alex Newell. We have eight grandchildren: two in Sarasota; three in Baltimore; and three in Bath, England.” Ed Supplee reported, “Feeling like I’ve been living in a cave for two years.” COVID concerns reduced Ed and Sally’s
typically extensive travels to a trip to Hawaii, one to Asheville, North Carolina, and a few spots in their home state of California. Ed said his granddaughter Piper is searching for an acting career in Los Angeles. Bruce Marston weathered the pandemic with daily birding excursions and regular trips to the gym. John Claster reported: “All good here in Florida. We’re weathering COVID pretty well since we were outside all the time.” John Zink retired from his law practice in late 2019 and suspects that being outside taking a lot of walks has served his good health. John has a daughter in Baltimore with two grandchildren, both who attend Gilman. He has a second daughter and three grandchildren in New York and also a third daughter and three more grandchildren in California. Ted Leach is now “fully retired” after eight years of teaching at Quinnipiac’s Frank H. Netter School of Medicine. He now looks forward to more time with family. Daughter Beth and her husband, Singen, had a baby girl six months ago and have moved to Doylestown, Pennsylvania, from Georgia, where daughter Kate is now in her 10th year as a zoo vet. Robin Baker also has a new granddaughter living five minutes from him and Mary. Robin still works with MetraMetric, which he describes as a “great time.” George Scarlett continues teaching at Tufts and also spends increasing time contributing to environmental education. Ward Coe still practices law, much of it pro bono for worthy causes, at an office in a downtown building that COVID rendered sparsely populated and relatively safe. He and Christy were set to go hiking in Israel during late March Summer 2 0 2 2
with the Sierra Club, which abruptly canceled the excursion.
trips to high end destinations around the U.S. and occasionally beyond.
Bill Paternotte, who admits having begun to “ratchet back” his investment career, has had more time to enjoy golf, hiking, and cross country skiing. His fingers are crossed that planned visits to Zimbabwe and Dubai will happen this summer.
After living on Taplow Road for 70 years, Ted Rugemer and Virginia are happily settled in at Broadmead. Their son Edward, who teaches history at Yale, and his wife, Kate, have three boys ages 17, 16, and 13. Son John, who has a counseling practice in Bozeman, Montana, has two girls aged 13 and 11 with his wife, Laurie.
Bob Dobbin reports his children and grandchildren are all healthy. The biggest change in his household has been the arrival of a 2-month-old puppy named Mrs. Brown. All is steady with Jimmy Rouse. He continues to spend three hours in the morning working to improve Baltimore’s public transit with the nonprofit Transit Choices. He spends another five or six hours during the afternoon working on art in his studio. Jimmy’s remarkable work is something to see and enjoy. You can do so by searching the web: “portfolio Jimmy Rouse.” Jack Nesbitt reported he now has five grandchildren. Otherwise from Jack: “Not much new, finished my walnut spice box, added a turntable and engine house to my train layout, I still nurse along a few orchids as well as roses and dahlias in the summer. Had a family vacation in New Hampshire last summer and got back to Canada for two weeks.” Carol and Tom Farley’s grandkids from San Diego spent a week with them in Baltimore during a week off from school, albeit without their mother who teaches Spanish there in another school district. Tom also spends time playing golf and working out at the Towson YMCA. Bob Dyer, while usually in town, enjoys a significant amount of travel. It includes visits to his place by the Choptank on the Eastern Shore as well as accompanying Paige on her business 116
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Lance Bendann reports, “I am certain I am at the highest levels of the good life, and for that I am thankful every day.” Lance suggests that his habit of daily walks, often to and from the Gilman campus, could be a factor. “Fitness, he says, “is the key to full life.” Yours truly, in addition to a variety of daily fitness programs going back nearly four decades, took advantage of COVID seclusion by writing my memoir, which is nearly complete and should be in print within a year. Until then, if eager to read a soon-to-be released book authored by a classmate, let me suggest “Dare to Disturb the Universe” by Charles W. “Chuck” Newhall, who was with us in the first and second forms. I met with Tom Chase this past summer in Bethel, Maine, to visit the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum. (Editor’s note: The museum was founded by alumnus Larry Stifler ʼ59 and his wife, Mary McFadden.) Tom continues to correspond with classmates regarding a plethora of information about our class. Some of it goes back as far as 65 years — and even longer for those few of us who attended Calvert. With assistance from Teddy Mudge, Tom has been working ardently to recruit our class’s small Calvert contingent for a 65th Reunion. Teddy, as well as John Loeb, who did not attend Calvert, got word on one of the email chains about my upcoming trip
to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Though neither Teddy nor John reported news of themselves, both were kind enough to contact me with restaurant recommendations in NOLA that I look forward to trying. One more item: Some Baltimore classmates have gathered twice for lunch during the past year. Very short notice about Ed Supplee being in town led to Dyer, Rouse, Bendann, Paternotte, Coe, and yours truly showing up in November to meet Ed for lunch at the Valley Inn. It inspired putting together another luncheon in March with time to get out notice. Bendann, Dyer, Nesbitt, Zink, Coe, Farley, and yours truly showed up. Dave Larrabee had planned to attend, but got laid up with a sore back. Terry Ellen also wanted to be there but refrained in consideration of immunocompromised people in his household. Your class secretary is eager to hear from classmates who would like for such get-togethers to be scheduled on a more regular basis, perhaps two or three times a year.
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This year I have decided to do two things differently. The first is to quote a 1964 high school graduate who did not go to Gilman, and the second is to abandon my past tradition of quoting actual classmates in alphabetical order. Instead, I will give pride of place to inputs received in chronological order, which requires some self-selected shuffling of the alphabetical deck. Non-classmate Bill Clinton reported that “I first met Fife Symington in early 1965 when he came down from Harvard to visit a school friend from Baltimore, Tommy Caplan, who was my classmate
at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Tommy lived just a few doors down from me in a freshman dorm, and we had become good friends by the time Fife came to visit.” He went on to say, “the three of us palled around one chilly afternoon and evening, and I enjoyed the visit, even though we were as different in our backgrounds as daylight and dark.” He added: “In today’s culture, where disagreement so often seems to require personal disapproval and distancing, we might not have gotten to know each other. But I liked him. He was neither affected nor arrogant, and seemed as curious about my life as I was about his.” Later in his foreword to the book by journalists Robert Nelson and Jack L. August Jr. called “Old Money New West: Fife Symington and the Uniquely American Landscapes that Made Him, Broke Him, and Made Him Anew,” published in 2021 (and thus fair game for this update), he states: “I saw Fife a few more times during college. A couple of years later he helped me out of a real situation. By now, several competing versions of Fife’s rescue of me in Nantucket Sound, just off West Beach in Hyannis Port, have made the rounds. All are probably true, up to a point. For what it is worth, my memory is of scraping my hands, arms, and legs badly on a barnacle-covered rock. I gasped when I had become exhausted swimming against a strong tide. The rest-stop was a painful nightmare, so I let go hoping I could make it back to shore. Fife was on the beach, saw what was happening, and rushed out to help me. Luckily, we hit a long, narrow sandbar halfway in and could walk the rest of the way. But Fife hadn’t known that the sandbar was there or how much trouble I was in when he bolted to my aid. I never forgot his instinctive kindness and courage.”
How different late 20th century American politics and history might have been had Fife not been on hand at a critical moment! The two of them also overlapped when they were governors, and Clinton also said “especially after 1994, as America grew much more polarized, I’m sure more than one Republican told him he should have just let me drown. I used to kid him about it, too.” In an email exchange I later had with Fife on this subject (but not specifically for these notes), he responded: “It was nice of Bill (Clinton) to write the forward. Although we come from different political backgrounds, we always maintained a cordial friendship.” As I have done before, I recommend this book to all fellow Gilmanites who want to learn more about Fife and the American landscapes (mainly politics in Arizona) it describes. Moving on to the rest of us, I will start with Jeff Miller, who wins this year’s gold star for being the first to respond with an update. Jeff informs us that he does “not have much to say about what I did this year, but some nice things happened to my daughter, Caroline Miller Solomon. She was inducted into the US Deaf Sports Hall of Fame and the 2021 Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. As with most hallof-fame inductions, these swimming accomplishments all occurred many years ago.” Proud Papa Jeff was too modest to say anything directly about Caroline in his write-up, but he did include a shield that says more about her achievements from which I, being far less modest, will also cite virtually verbatim: Caroline participated in two Deaflympics. At the 1989 one in Christchurch (I assume New Zealand) she won four gold, three silver, and one bronze. Four years later in Bulgaria, she won nine
gold and one bronze. Due to her wins at both, she won the Athlete of the Year honors in both 1989 and 1993. She also participated in the 1995 World Swimming Championships in Belgium where she won six golds and broke the 100-butterfly deaf world record. She also still holds the US Deaf Swimming records for three events in long course meters (LCM): 100 Butterfly, 200 IM (I would guess Individual Medley), and 400 IM). In addition, she was a four-year varsity swimmer for the aforementioned University, where among other awards and achievements, she is still one of the top best performers in Harvard swimming history in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 IM. Outside the pool — but not completely outside the water — Caroline has a MS in biological oceanography from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in the same subject from the University of Maryland, and she is currently a professor of biology and director of the School of Science, Technology, Accessibility, Mathematics, and Public Health at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Jeff (“senior”) also reported that “there is another Gilman connection here,” noting that his son “Jeff, (Class of 1995) portrayed his sister in his senior speech. He signed the speech, and a classmate vocalized it, for which he won the senior speaking prize.” On behalf of all of us, very warm belated kudos to both Caroline and Jeff (‘junior”) as well as to their happy parents! Bill Anderson tells us from sunny Florida that he wished he had something exciting to report “but I don’t.” Nonetheless, he observed that “Patti and I had hoped to travel some during the last year, but due to all the noise about COVID and all the airline restrictions, we just said the heck with it. We will try again later this summer, but at this point, I’m not real optimistic. Summer 2 0 2 2
Our family is doing great — everyone healthy, including the two of us. We keep marching into geezerhood, knowing full well that the only thing geezerhood beats is the alternative.” However, another classmate — I think it was either Doug Green or Josh Gillelan, in reaction to Bill, affirmed that none of us looks like a “geezer” to him. So, I guess geezerhood, like beauty, is in the eye of the proverbial beholder. Leith Herrmann writes: “Susie and I have a few big events ahead. Our son, Will, is getting married in Colorado in July. At age 45, he is not one to rush into things! His bride, Carly, is a gem, and we are immensely happy for both of them. In September, Susie and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in Maine. Our daughter, Jenny, had been invited to ski at the Special Olympics World Winter Games (not to be confused with Paralympics) last January in Kazan, Russia. Needless to say, between COVID and the world political situation, the games were canceled. No word on whether they will be rescheduled — preferably at a more neutral venue. We returned to Sanibel for a week in March, then traveled to London in April for the wedding of Susie’s niece. Still playing lots of guitar, golf, and pickleball.” Leith clarified that Sanibel is an island off the west coast of Florida and that he would be meeting another former classmate Neil (Sandy) Harris and his wife, Ann, there together with another couple. McKee Lundberg writes: “Lissa and my grandchild, Peter Raso, born December 2021. We will now have to get used to the Phoenix/Santa Fe commute.” He later beat his own record with the shortest follow-up email response when I asked him to clarify if Peter was his first by answering simply “yes!” 118
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Gally Warfield was not too far behind in the short-response category, but he did say “2020 and 2021 will go down in our collective history as either lost years or pivotal ones. I choose to look forward with great hope and enthusiasm for the days and years ahead. I feel others of our ilk are doing the same. I have nothing but respect and love for all of our classmates flung far and wide across this nation and world. Peace be with you, brothers! Go forth and prosper!” Bert Keidel reports that he is “still waiting for final publication of my book on China (the publisher now says March), but in the meantime I’ll be slipping down to Florida next week to give a seminar and NPR radio interview at Florida Southwestern State College and a talk to a foreign policy group in Naples. I finished up 2021 teaching an undergraduate course on “Current Events in East Asia,” which included North Korean nukes, China Xinjiang Uighur developments, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South China Sea, and South Korean political changes. It is all so interesting! The book, “China’s Economic Challenge: Unconventional Success” is not news for the class, since it has been “forthcoming” for so long. And the price is pitched for libraries at $158. I for one look forward to reading it, I just need to figure out how to pass myself off as a library. Speaking of China, Stuart McCarthy wins this year’s award for most creative (but not only) use of emojis! If there were a second one for use of acronyms, he would have won that one, too, but I will let you figure out what they mean. He writes: “I am hunkered down here in HK thinking about how to deal with the CCP and the local government. The depression that is generally felt throughout HK, a lot of people have
decided to bail out. Firsthand, one of our main underwriting lines is marine cargo insurance. HK export volumes of HH Goods/Personal Effects business has boomed. The volume is up 180% over 2019. In a normal year if we managed 5-6% growth, that would have been “interesting.” Meanwhile the local government is tediously incompetent. HK is now China, and we are caught up in the lousy decision-making apparatus of both the hugely nationalistic local government and Beijing. Meantime I have decided to soldier on for perhaps two years more at the most. Many of my friends, both expats and locals, have decamped. Last, but not least, I have connected with a lady friend who keeps me from going off the deep end.” On a sadder note, Doug Ober reports: “I’m still on my journey of recovery from Fran’s death last April, helped by numerous friends here and elsewhere.” But as to happier recent news, he notes: “In October, my first grandson, Jackson Douglas Mele, was born to daughter Carlin. That brightened my general disposition by a lot. I’ve been to Salt Lake City to visit him several times; what a treat. He joins Isabelle, 25, and Piper, 5, in the lineup. Impossible for me to catch up with Fife and others. I’m in the process of building a new, smaller home here in Jackson Hole and will be able to welcome classmates after June (I hope). Son Mac ’09, lives with me here for now.” He also tells us that “I continue to downhill and Nordic ski, fish, hike, and bicycle for exercise as my knees are holding up pretty well. Acupuncture and yoga are certainly a help and I’d recommend them both to all. I’m headed back to Salt Lake in March to ski with brother Rick ’61, who keeps fit in New Jersey most of the time. This summer, I plan to focus on building a respectable golf game. Other activities include the board of
the St. John’s Health Foundation (local hospital support) and chair of its investment committee as well as the board of the local homeowners association. Not very exciting, I’m afraid, but I’m thoroughly enjoying retirement.” Rick Reese observes that not any dramatic changes have happened for the Reese family in the past year. “ Life has been getting back to a semblance of normalcy, with caution where needed. At this writing, Linda and I are both as healthy as can be expected for those of our advanced stage of maturity and enlightenment. Best wishes to all the rest of our classmates for a better year ahead in 2022. Bob Locke, who may be the runner up for the “short and sweet” award this year, informs us that “seeing as I am one of the elder statesmen of our class, I guess it is only fitting that I am in the vanguard to move into a retirement community, Roland Park Place. All I can say is when you wake up in the morning and it is snowing, it is really nice to be able to just roll over. Plus, there are many very interesting people here. (JHU is a big feeder.) Of course, we each need to find our own way.” Also, among the “going forth crowd, David Abrahamson reports, and I quote: “David Abrahamson reports that, inspired by a few classmates, who over the years have found happiness in distant locales, last spring, he and his wife bought a second home in a small village less than an hour north of Lisbon. The plan: For the next few years we’ll be sort of “snowbirds plus.” A month or so in Evanston, Illinois; a month or two in Portugal (at least six out of every 12 months). As I’m sure you can imagine, almost 300 days a year of sunshine, the bluest of blue skies and a lovely people/culture all make for a very welcome change from the Upper
Midwest. Further, we went through the intense bureaucratic hassle of obtaining the special visas that have allowed us to apply for and now become legal residents of Portugal. We plan to keep our U.S. citizenship, but we like it there so much that after five years we can apply for Portuguese/E.U. citizenship as well.” Doug Green gets the “perhaps only one still working full time among us” award with our condolences, but he is soon planning to “go forth” as well. The complete story in his words: “I am still working full time, e.g., defending Duke Energy in antitrust litigation in the western district of North Carolina. Laurie and I are building a house in Cassique on Kiawah Island, and by 2023, we expect to be denizens of South Carolina. We will be grandparents for the fourth time in September, compliments of my stepson Sam, an amazing entrepreneur, and one of the leaders of the business of addiction and recovery communities on the gold coast of Florida. Stop by my son Dan’s winery, Jaffurs, if you are in California and want some nectar of the gods. Laurie’s other son, Peter, has been brought on as director of sales at Insidesource in New York City, one of the nation’s leading designers and providers of customized business environments (i.e., what to us old coots are office spaces).” He subsequently added that “Dan’s winery, Jaffurs, is in Santa Barbara. He specializes in Syrah. Their wine is really wonderful.” Bob Pine informs that “we have started to get out and about in spite of COVID. Last summer we rented a house in the Bergerac region in SW France for five weeks enjoying sights, food, and friends. Then our daughter, Olivia, informed us she was changing jobs and moving to Florida. We spent Christmas in Delray helping her find an apartment in West
Palm Beach, and then in February 2022 helping her move in. All is well with us in East Hampton. We hope to rent our house here this summer so we can spend time in Crete and probably again in France.” Bill Barton writes that “my wife, Jane and I are happily celebrating our 56th year of marriage in May. We reside in the incredibly beautiful and still rural Worthington Valley, Baltimore County, just across the road from Sagamore Farm. We spend the end of each summer and early fall at our oceanfront home in Sea Isle City, southern New Jersey. Two of our granddaughters are in or entering college this year. My general contracting business is moving along nicely. We are all happy, healthy, and growing wiser by the day. Anybody remember Mr. Lipscomb and Word Wealth? Strange how some of the words, whose definitions we memorized, continue to pop up in our minds … “Dearth” for one. We have three children, each married to their original brides, and five grandkids. Looking forward to others’ updates. God bless each of you!” After Bill’s contribution, the next input I received for these notes was: “Nancy and Fred Kelly are celebrating 46 years of marriage in Savannah in the winter and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, in the summer. We have a daughter with two grandchildren, a boy and a girl, in Savannah and a son with two, also a boy and a girl, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Still running the Severn Riverkeeper Program and particularly enjoying the return of otter families to the river as we clean up the water. My fishermen friends freaked out this past summer as large stripers were jumping off a living shoreline that we had helped happen several years ago.
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Josh Gillelan writes that “Allison and I, at a mere 27 years, are still in Prince George’s County, where the 200-acre farm across the road and down the hill has turned into fields full of McMansions on ⅙-acre lots and the colonial-era road, still only a lane and a half wide when I came here five months after law school, is now a by-passed cul-de-sac in “Country Club Acres” (though we’re free of the burden of “membership” in the homeowners association). Ready to be outta here (and outta any metro area) by mid-summer. Probably Chestertown (good tidewater, academic community, blue island). Daughter Hannah and great son-in-law Stephen, with the standard one of each, Irene and Tek, 15 and 12, live on a cove of the Magothy, and my mother’s still alive, in Easton, and three surviving sibs are still in Maryland too, so staying close. Sold our second (winter) house in the corner of New Orleans’s Garden District at the onset of COVID.” Josh also mentions that: “I haven’t entirely quit practicing law (another reason to stick with the state where I’m licensed, although I’ve had a total of one case that originated here), but I’m down to only a handful of longterm cases that approach having run their course and a very occasional 9th-Circuit case; otherwise accepting only the gravy — already-briefed cases referred to me to do 9th-Circuit oral arguments (“remotely” now). A dose of adrenalin every three or four months. Oh, and let’s see: MD Senior Olympics 2021 archery gold medalist, “barebow recurve” discipline, 75+ (don’t ask how many competitors I had to defeat...). Hope we’re all upright and mobile for our 60th reunion next year (joints are mostly worn out, stamina starting to crash; how long can the brain continue to function? Sorry to be a bit morbid, but we are 75…).” 120
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Jim Campbell, like some others, states “I do not really have any ‘updates and major milestones’ to report.” He then goes on to say that “my travel for the last two years has consisted of two or three lunches in Washington, D.C. (although this is about to change). I am still working, albeit from home, still married to the same woman (Karen), still have the same kids (with no new grandkids). Perhaps the biggest news is that my son Chris is building a house for his wonderful young family in Tsukuba, Japan, a satellite city of Tokyo. A great adventure for the Tokyo Campbells, but not such good news for the grandparents, who wish the grandkids were a little closer at hand!” David Allan, who has also not graced these updates for some time, likewise submits “not much to report in the Allan family.” However, importantly, he adds: “both my wife, Bonnie, and I are retired. Bonnie is very active in Outward Bound and NAMI, the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, and I, along with several relatives, am working with the Baltimore Community Foundation to fund urban gardens in the city. Son Scott lives in Jericho, Vermont, and has been practicing psychiatry for more than a decade. Son Mike lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Katie, and their two children, Hattie and Crosby.” Dr. Steve Mason writes that “I am fortunate to split my time 49:51 between Baltimore and Naples, Florida. I continue to work part time in both locations in cardiology. In Maryland I’m with the Hopkins group at GBMC. In Florida, I frequently see Tee Winstead, and yearly we both see Neal Harris in nearby Sanibel. Last month, Bert Keidel visited and spoke learnedly to the Naples Discussion Group, which I chair, about China and its economy,
about which he has recently published a 400-page book. My four children are spread from NYC to Taiwan, and one daughter lives in Owings Mills where her three daughters attend Garrison Forest. In Baltimore, after homesteading in Ruxton, then Homeland, we downsized into an apartment in the Colonnade across University Parkway from the Hopkins campus, which became our “backyard” for walks and picnics during the depths of COVID time. I sympathize with all who have been through the downsizing trauma; yet, how lucky many of us still are!” Dr. Hershey Sollod shares that the “biggest news for me is retiring from my psychiatric practice of more than 45 years. I am very grateful to have had such a fulfilling career. Now to figuring out/designing this next phase. It has been helpful to read about how others in our class have been going about this. Barbara and I are just beginning to spread our wings as COVID is receding. We have 10 grandkids between us (and five daughters) which should keep us hopping! Best wishes to our class of 1964. Wow, our 60th year reunion within sight!” Harriot Weiskittel, wife of Ford Weiskittel, wins the best supporting contributor award by responding on behalf of her husband when I requested that he provide an update. She wrote in response: “I doubt that Ford will. Last year was a one-off submission!” However, she helpfully added “Pretty unexciting here, especially with the pandemic. Our daughter and her family moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, so are now 415 miles away instead of 15. Not having the two granddaughters nearby has dramatically lowered the fun quotient.” Upon further prompting, however, Ford did authorize that she be quoted, so there you have it.
Forward-looking Bill Stafford asks: “Now that we are beginning to handle COVID more matter-of-factly, I wonder if we could have a gathering of classmates in or passing through New England in early summer or late fall? I’d be happy to organize if those who fit the categories I mentioned (‘in’ or ‘passing through’) would like to respond to me indicating an interest.” Still avoiding downsizing, John Redwood reports that, like some others, he also continues to work a fair amount, as an independent consultant. Over the past year, he completed a study for MOPAN/OECD together with several other World Bank retirees and good friends on how multilateral organizations including the IMF, the World Bank, the regional development banks for Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Development and Environment Programmes (UNDP and UNEP), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) have responded to the Paris Climate Agreement for which he conducted case studies of ADB, IDB, and UNEP, and prepared country profiles of Brazil, India, and Indonesia. He also led and finalized an institutional assessment of UNEP, and worked on two climate change-related evaluations for ADB. Currently he is working on a water sector evaluation for ADB and two evaluations for the World Bank. He also reports that Lúcia, André, and (soon to be 18 and now looking at colleges) Victoria are all healthy and well. Currently in his fourth year, André has also been approved for two more years (at least) teaching in the music department at SUNY Albany starting next fall. Our travels have been largely restricted to walks in
the neighborhood, sometimes made more interesting by running into our distinguished neighbor, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, his wife, Marcelle, and several members of his ever-present security detail, as he is now again the President pro tempore of the Senate, and thus third in line for the presidency after Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the latter, as he is sure everyone recalls, being the daughter of Charm City’s former Mayor Tommy D’Alesandro. Finally, on a very sad note, Bob Brown’s wife, Susan, wrote, “Bob passed away September 6, 2021, while we were on our way to Key West. He had fond memories of his time at Gilman. His granddaughters are running cross country and track, and Bob ran cross country at Gilman. He enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with his family.”
Hamilton Easter: For those who are interested, this is a train of thought for my attempt to ride a bicycle across the U.S. Even though I bought my first 10-speed Schwinn Continental in grad school, I didn’t start seriously riding until about 1990 after I had begun my orthopedic practice in Dover, Delaware. It was a great way to unwind. One of the first riding events that I did was the MS Bike to the Bay with John Glenn, a general surgeon, and Bob Radnich, an OB-GYN. We had a great time on that
two-day, 150-mile ride. At some point I met up with the Dover bike riding group, who were all younger than me and I had a hard time keeping up with them, but it was always fun. Sometime around 2006, at the age of 60, I began thinking of riding across the U.S. I realized that I would have to wait until I retired, in order to take that much time off, and also have the time to train. I retired at the end of 2012 and signed up to ride cross country in the fall of 2015 with Trek Travel. That plan was thwarted by total knee surgery in May 2015. A second plan for the fall of 2017 was also thwarted by a second total knee surgery. Dr. Phil Davidson did an excellent job of two knee replacements and I was soon climbing the hills of Park City. To add difficulty to the plan I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015. They say the third time’s a charm, so in November of 2020, I hired a cycling coach and began training. I didn’t publicize this attempt, because I didn’t want to explain to everyone why it never got off the ground, but it has gotten off the ground, and my wife, Barb, and I started the adventure of a lifetime. We rented a Sprinter van for a support vehicle and on Saturday, July 10, Barb and I set off for Oregon. On Sunday, July 11, we arrived in Astoria, Oregon late in the afternoon on a beautiful sunny day. After checking into the hotel, we changed into our cycling clothes and headed to Fort Stevens Park on the coast. Upon arriving at the coast, I did the mandatory dipping of the bike in the Pacific Ocean, started my Garmin and headed back for a short 16-mile ride to Astoria. A superb start to a long adventure.
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Over the next 68 days, we rode through an amazing country. The first part was along the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, through canyons, valleys, and mountain passes. We went through Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Minnesota, crossing the Mississippi into La Crosse, Wisconsin. We then traveled south along the Mississippi, crossing the river into Iowa and arriving in Muscatine, Iowa on August 23. In Iowa we passed by the site of Field of Dreams. From there we crossed the Mississippi a third time and headed east. Mother nature smiled on us as we missed wildfires in Oregon and Idaho, but that smiling brought several days of 103-degree heat. From eastern Oregon to Montana, we saw endless fields of wheat, and in South Dakota and Iowa, nothing but corn and soybeans. We pushed east through Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio with more corn, corn, and corn. We missed — by less than a quarter mile — a tornado in Illinois. After Ohio there was a short sprint through Wheeling, West Virginia, and into Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh. From Pittsburgh we took the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) into Cumberland, Maryland, and the C&O Canal Towpath to Williamsport, Maryland. From there it was to Gettysburg and onto Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The final leg was south to Delaware, finally arriving in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Thursday, 122
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the rain, and the pain from standing in the way of him accomplishing his goal.
I couldn’t have completed the trip without the support of my wife, Barbara, my four children, Jennifer, Jamie, Jeff, and Katie, my sister-in-law Linda, my niece Christina, and good friends Chris and Cheryl, and biking buddies Tom and Jen, all of whom took turns driving the support van and cheering me on. Oh, I didn’t mention only one flat tire in South Dakota.
In late January, Thomas Beck, Ted Bedford ’60, David Johnson, and Rob McCormick caught up with one another at the home of Gary and Missy Gill (RPCS ’76 and sister of T. Beck) in Vero Beach, Florida. Cathy and Tom Beck, and Barbara and Rob McCormick were in Vero visiting Alice and David Johnson. A great time was had by all, despite missing Norris “Wiz” Cook ’58 and his wife, Joan.
For those who like statistics: 3,841 miles, 68 days from start to finish, 60 days of cycling and eight built-in rest days, 122,401 feet of climbing, and 273 hours of cycling. My wife posted the following on September 17, 2021: The pride I feel for my partner of 43 years is beyond measure. What my photos did not show was the suffering he went through on a daily basis to make his dream happen. Often the beautiful scenery we rode by went unnoticed because his energy and focus went into completing the necessary mileage that day. Despite the challenges of every single ride, Ham got his very stiff body out of bed the next morning and started again. The going was tough most of the time, yet he never gave up. For him this trip didn’t count unless the end was at the Atlantic. The bright spots for him were sharing this journey with our four children whose collaborations and planning made this crazy idea possible and whose constant motivation in their own particular style warmed his heart and helped him pedal on. Also having my sister, niece, and our best of friends join us brought their fresh perspective and smiling faces and allowed me to be on the road with Ham, knowing what I needed to say to keep the heat, the trucks, the hills, the wind,
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First up, Tinsley Van Durand, or TVD for short. While dodging tornadoes in Alabama, Tinsley reports his daughter, Parker, 25, is getting married in June and moving to Nashville, which seems to be a popular spot for people her age. Jack Turnbull has been on the road, at least as much as the pandemic allows, visiting the Biltmore in Asheville in all its Christmas glory and also checked out the National Gingerbread Competition at the Grove Park Inn. They also spent several weeks in Williamsburg catching up on the nation’s colonial times, as well as visiting with family nearby. I received an email from Fred Whelan, saying that it has been a quiet year, with
reading, music and a new grandchild (#12)! Fred wonders if, with the wars, politics, and the environment, what life will be like for his latest grandchild, and indeed for all our grandchildren. Charlie Lang retired and has moved from Miami to Santa Fe. Clay Primrose, our class expat, says all is well in San Miguel (de Allende, Mexico). Clay wrapped up a two-year stint as the chief people officer for Nectar Cannabis (largest cannabis outfit in Oregon), while finishing their dream house in San Miguel. Clay still enjoys working with interesting people and going to interesting places. Fourteen years in Mexico still delivers the best of expat community, culture, and cost of living. Checking in also is Tom Webster, hoping that all in the class are enjoying good health during all the craziness. Tom is playing golf two to three times a week and traveling to the beach house as often as possible. By the time you read this, Tom will have welcomed his second grandchild in April. Life in a small southern town moves along for Tom at its usual slow pace, but that’s just fine with Tom. I also had a nice email from Dawson Farber. He just wasn’t satisfied with having sold his marina business in 2016 and being retired, so he purchased Cape Cod Colonial Tables in Chatham. A young couple was leasing the business and property, plus a home. They were due to be evicted by a New York developer, who was going to level the land, but Dawson said, “Not on my watch!” So he saved the Fullmers’ growing business and found something to keep him busy. When the Fullmers’ children contracted COVID, Dawson jumped in while the family was quarantining and, by the way, sold $150,000 of custom
chestnut tables. Dawson is also building a second home on his property for his youngest son and his family. His son and family live in Roanoke and, much like the Farber family living in Baltimore in the way past, like to escape heat and humidity, so they summer on the Cape. Dawson’s son retired from Pepsico at age 43, and Dawson admits that his son is “Way smarter than me!” Steve Thomas is still working every day at Thomas & Libowitz, P.A. and still living in the house he and Audrey built on Hillstead Drive. Audrey is still managing commercial real estate and playing golf. In fact, I bumped into Audrey and Tome on the golf course last fall. Daughter Stasia also lives in Lutherville with husband Matthew and their two children Lyra (7) and Paul (4). Matthew is a marketing director for a large regional electrical distributor. As we might expect, both Stasia and Matthew also play a variety of racquet sports and Matthew loves to play golf, mostly at BCC. Stasia is an attorney with Tome’s firm, in Corporate and M&A. Daughter Alex has two children, Baer (4) and Zeya (6 months). Alex and husband Max live in Marina del Rey, California, where Alex is also an attorney and Max is an engineer working for a Comcast subsidiary. Lastly, son Steven is married to Becca, with one daughter, Zoe (3 months). Steven is an engineer for Amazon in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They live near the water in Hingham, Massachusetts. David Winstead is also still working in the legal world and living in Chevy Chase with wife Page. Their younger daughter, Lindsay, is to be married on Squam Lake in New Hampshire in June. I am able to play golf with David about three or four times a year, which is always enjoyable. Temple Grassi was able to join us often before he passed
away in the fall. We miss him and think about him often. Gordy Allen and Janice welcomed a fourth (and last) grandchild with the arrival of Norah to son Ben and Megan early in 2021. Older sister Livia, now approaching age 3, is very happy to have a little sister to play with! Ben and family live in Baltimore, close to Calvert School. He continues working for Catholic Relief Services, and while his usual need to travel to Africa for CRS outreach has been curtailed by COVID, he has taken on some part-time adjunct teaching posts at Loyola and, more recently, at Catholic University. Meanwhile, daughter Rebecca has continued to build a strong medical practice in Seattle, that employs nine doctors, including Rebecca and her two partners, and two therapists at five locations in the Puget Sound area. Sons Odin and Kepler, ages 8 and 5 respectively, are doing well in school, despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, thanks to the full-time involvement of their father, Charles, whose previous job was lost due to COVID. Gordy and Jan have stayed active through their love of biking, hiking, kayaking, the outdoors, and their retreat on the Oregon coast.
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Retired Judge Ben Legg reports that he and wife, Kyle, now enjoy the winter months at their place on John’s Island in Vero Beach, Florida, where Kyle managed to become elected president of the island community (a post that Ben likens to being mayor of a small city!). Ben reports that daughter Jennie is a high school guidance counselor, living in Sudbury, Massachusetts, with husband Chris, a teacher of neurophysics at Boston University Medical Summer 2 0 2 2
School, and they have two children who visit Ben and Kyle often. Son Charlie and his wife, MJ, “have just had a lovely baby girl, Nellie” and “if anyone would like to see several hundred pictures of Nellie, give me a call.” Charlie and family live in New York, where Charlie works in private equity and MJ as a lawyer. Son Matt and wife Mallory live in Baltimore, where both are lawyers, Matt in private practice and Mallory at Kennedy-Krieger, helping children. Ben closes, “I recall my days at Gilman and my friends, vividly and fondly. Best wishes to all of you.” Dave Irwin and Kendi are now fully settled into the newly renovated primary home in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Now that the pandemic has waned, Dave has resumed a pattern of weekly commutes back to Towson, where he continues his law practice in association with the Baltimore firm of Kramon & Graham and plays in a weekly tennis match with Charlie Fenwick and me. Dave proudly reports that son Mark is about to graduate from Georgetown Law School and will start working with the Office of the Public Defender in Louisville, Kentucky. Dave’s oldest son, Emmett, continues his law practice in Baltimore, specializing in elder law and matters relating to social security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Both Dave and Emmett were recently listed in a Top Lawyers feature in Baltimore Magazine. “Your children, even as adults, continue to occupy a lot of your thoughts and time.” Thus writes Michael Stanton, who along with Maureen, married away daughter Abby last September. The newlyweds took up residence in a townhouse in nearby Oakland. Second daughter Brenna and her good friend Doug used the pandemic lockdown 124
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time to explore, spending a couple of months working remotely from the Roma Norte neighborhood of Mexico City. Upon returning to San Francisco in March, they announced the exciting news of their engagement. Mike’s architectural firm staff employees are now returning to the old normal of spending more of the work in the office, “a very positive development, bringing back the personal interaction so important to the architectural design process.” After a February visit with Brenna and Doug, Mike and Maureen braved the world of travel, spending several days in the Pacific coastal city of Zihuatanejo, which “while it may not have all the romantic allure suggested at the end of “The Shawshank Redemption,” is a very pleasant coastal town with a very different vibe than places like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta and boasts fine local seafood and a tranquil venue to decompress.” Bryson Cook retired at the end of 2021 from his 47-yearslong practice of law at Venable LLP. He was one of Venable’s longest tenured and most productive lawyers. He was very happy to be able to bring an end to the weekly commute from Palm Beach, Florida, to Baltimore and back, and now he has embarked on a new consulting practice, Cook Consulting, LLC, utilizing his many years of experience and knowledge to advise business owners as a problem-solver. Lew Rumford and Fran found a new winter retreat a bit further north on the Intracoastal waterway near Palm Beach, and this provided some degree of comfort as both he and Fran had finally been “discovered” by the latest COVID variant. Lew’s case proved to be much more nasty and persistent than expected, but happily he recovered in time for a very fun visit from daughter
Julia, her husband, Richard, and joyful grandkids, Eliot and Emma. A third grandchild is on the way, due to arrive in mid-May, and Lew is proud of his portable grandparenting capabilities. “Dishwashing is one of my specialties,” he says. He is also excited to have an expanding cast for his legendary family videos, which “take him forever to edit” and reach what he claims to be “one of the tiniest audiences on the planet.” Gill Deford writes, “In April, Laura and I broke our two-plus years of not flying, by visiting our son/stepson, Alex, in Miami. After spending his generation’s required 10 years living in Manhattan and Brooklyn, Alex, now 38, moved to Miami, where his business is finding investors for small hedge funds and real estate deals. Our son Jack, 22, is in his junior year at Hampshire College in western Massachusetts. Oddly enough, despite the great devotion to sports on both sides of his family, Jack has zero interest in sports. But, he loves gaming and wants to do something in that area after finishing college. It’s a real passion with him, and we hope he can pull it off!” Conway Zeigler provided the impetus for a mini-reunion of our class of 1966 for the reunion weekend last November. Several of us gathered at the Valley Inn for lunch, Conway drove over with Chip Leonard, meeting up with Dave Irwin, Greg Jones, George Rich, and yours truly. That evening, following the alumni cocktail reception, we gathered with Greg and Marguerite Jones and Charlie Fenwick for dinner in the tent designated for reunion classes greater than 50 years out. Later in the evening, Conway had organized a gathering hosted by Greg and Marguerite for tastings of some of Conway’s extensive collection of single malt scotches and were rejoined by George Rich for
that occasion. Conway has plans for resumption of travels in 2022, starting with his 50th Princeton reunion in late May. Then, in June, his destinations will include New York City and Newport. Conway has quite a bucket list of travels on his drawing board for the summers of 2022 through 2025, to destinations in England, Ireland, Scotland, France, and Italy! Charlie Fenwick sends the following update on his seven grandkids: “The oldest, Annie Fenwick, just completed her freshman year at Bucknell. The youngest, Bowdie Johnson, just turned 4 and lives with his family, including a brother and sister, in Charleston, South Carolina. Elsewhere, across the pond, are a sister and brother living outside of Oxford, England. One loves all things having to do with ponies, and the other seems to have developed quite a British accent and loves all things relating to English “football.” Grandson Charlie, a Gilman junior, is the lone grandchild living in Baltimore. “His demonstrated ability as a Gilman golf and squash player places him at a higher level than either his father or grandfather ever achieved!! Hard to believe and sad! All seven are wonderful, healthy children, and not one has anything in common [in terms of favorite activities] with any of the others!” Last fall, Rick Green reported the arrival of his second grandchild. Rick’s son, Yeardley, and his wife, Chris, welcomed Thomas Yeardley Green, nicknamed TYG, as in “Tigger the Tiger,” a favorite Winnie the Pooh character. TYG joins big sister, Birdie, now aged 3. Rick Buck: Barbara and I, after 27 months of sidestepping COVID, finally fell victim to it in April. Thankfully, Barb’s case was moderate. Mine was more toward the severe end of the
spectrum, bringing all of the symptoms we had heard about, except severe respiratory issues. Upon the advice of Dave Irwin, who, along with Kendi, had COVID a couple of weeks ahead of us, we were able to be prescribed for, and obtain, the Pfizer oral anti-viral med, and it seemed to relieve or eliminate the symptoms, except the cough, in short order. We were glad to have it! COVID once again caused us to have to cancel a planned and paid-for trip, this one to Spain and Portugal, and plans to do something special for our 50th wedding anniversary last summer never even got to the drawing board. Hopefully, 2022 will yield an opportunity at least for a U.S.-based getaway of some sort. Children and grandkids continue to be shining stars for us, and for that, we are very grateful.
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We’ll miss the perpetual smile of Chuck Gomer, who died December 21 at his home in Aquia Harbor, Virginia. Chuck prepared himself for a distinguished career in financial management during his Gilman days, learning the art of dressing for success. As classmates struggled to pass for presentable, Chuck showed up in monogrammed shirts and blazers bedecked by a coat-of-arms on the breast pocket — about as uptown as it got in 1967. Chuck had that cosmopolitan, polished look down pat, and he wore it well.
ness, managing portfolios for Delaware Management Company, Thompson Siegel & Walmsley and Davenport & Company, where he was a founder of Davenport Asset Management’s fixed income division. Upon his retirement in February 2021, Chuck was senior vice president for fixed income investments. Chuck got around: Ocean City, Carolina’s Outer Banks, and barrier islands near Cape Charles, Virginia. Trips to Germany, England, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and France. Really loved Paris. Scuba diving at Grand Turk and Cozumel. Rafting the Colorado. Dedicated attendee of The Rolling Stones concerts. Golfer and early morning swimmer. Avid follower of North Carolina’s basketball and lacrosse fortunes. Longtime member of North South Skirmish Association, a black powder shooting competition held in various locations throughout the south. The group made their own ammunition, sewed their woolen uniforms by hand and erected replica encampments. In 2017, Chuck met Alejandra Rose Lukaszew. Described as “the love of his life,” they married in 2018. Survivors include his wife Ale, two daughters and three siblings. His nieces and nephews called Chuck “Uncle Goofy.” The grandkids called him G-Dad. The family suggests we think of Chuck the next time we hear his favorite, the Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
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Evans Lansing Smith is chair and core faculty of the Mythological Studies Program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. In the 1970s, he traveled with Joseph Campbell on mythological study tours of Northern France, Egypt, and Kenya. He has taught at colleges in Switzerland, Maryland, Texas, and California. He is the recipient of awards for distinguished teaching and publication from Midwestern State University in Texas, and the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California, and he was nominated for the International Writer of the Year by the International Biography Centre (Cambridge, England). His Ph.D. in literature is from The Claremont Graduate School, and he has an M.A. in creative writing from Antioch International (London and Dublin), and a B.A. in English from Williams College. He is the author of a novel, two books of poetry, plus eleven books and numerous articles on comparative literature and mythology. He has given presentations for the C.G. Jung Institutes in Küsnacht and New York City, the Seattle Friends of Jung, the Modern Language Association, the American Association for the Study of Popular Culture, the Study of Myth Conference at Pacifica Graduate 126
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Institute, the Ojai Writer’s Conference, and the Casa dei Pesci at Circeo San Felice in Italy. His edited volume of Joseph Campbell’s writings and lectures on the Grail Romances was published in 2015, and his edition of the Selected Correspondence of Joseph Campbell in 2019. He has also led mythological study tours focusing on the Grail Romances in England and France. The current volume brings together essays and reflections on the complex interrelationships between literature, film, art, mythology, and life gathered over the course of a 40-year career, so greatly enriched by the simple but now endangered activities of reading, writing, and teaching.
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This edition of our Class Notes is solely dedicated to one of our most incredible leaders and great friend who passed away earlier this year, Jack Harvey. His memorial service and following reception were a testament to the great esteem that so many had for Jack and a testament to his wonderful family. For those of you who could not attend that day, I will provide a brief overview, and for those who could I am sure that you share my sentiments and will enjoy these reflections. Jack struggled mightily with the horrible Lewy Body Dementia disease. Those who attended our 50th reunion a few years back will remember his visit to that event. His brother, Bart, has told me several times how much that visit meant to Jack even though most of us could not recognize it. Bart did, however. While mentioning Bart, his eulogy at Jack’s service was truly moving as were
the reflections of Jack’s four daughters, who have been such a bedrock for him. A fitting way to end this reflection is to quote from the poem that Rose and Grace Harvey read at Jack’s service, “When Great Trees Fall” by Maya Angelou. “And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.” We are all better for having had Jack in our lives! Bruce Danzer: For the past five years I’ve been focused on renovations of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, including the past 18 months as the on-site architect. FAWC is a leading long-term residency program for emerging artists, writers and poets and one of the world’s most renowned. Work is nearly complete on the Stanley Kunitz Common Room, Hudson D. Walker Gallery & Bookstore, Mullin Light & Courtyard, eight studios, five apartments, and installation of 150 solar panels. LAB [3.2] Architecture continues to be a design consultant on projects with Flansburgh Architects (Boston & Richmond). New buildings were recently completed for the American School Foundation of Guadalajara, a science building for Northfield Mount Hermon, and Malden City Hall. Next up: Provincetown Police Station, Nauset Regional High School, and the Lili’uokalani Center in Honolulu. Thanks to the Hawaii project, my partner, Tom, and I spent a week at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel just before COVID. We’re ready to travel again:
planning a quick trip to Miami Beach in April. Next, we’ll visit my brother John in Madrid and Xabia. At the moment I simply look forward to another “summer sabbatical” in Provincetown. Among other things, I’ll be finishing work on my book (45 years/45 design projects).
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I would first like to acknowledge and thank my predecessor, Howie Baetjer, for 50 years of class notes. I seriously doubt that I will be doing this for the next 50 years. He covered our class well, and his notes were always informative. Many of us are now retired and are grandparents, so yes, Howie, this was a good time to retire from the newsroom. As for myself, as Bones McCoy in StarTrek famously repeated, “I’m a doctor, not ____.” In my case, I am not a writer or novelist, but will do my best with these notes, as I am sure you drop everything to read them as soon as they arrive in the mail. If there is any fake news or misstatements, please let me know and my fact checkers will get right on it! As Howie stated in the last Bulletin, our job has become significantly easier thanks to the list-serve set up by Bob Cole. It has kept many of us informed and been a forum for exchange of ideas and knowledge. Several more memorable contributions, for me, were from Jade Tippett, Page West, Mark Morrill, and John Rennenberg. Most recently, we have been discussing a western reunion with a sleepover at Duane Chase’s home in Denver. Thanks to Harry Shaw, our reunion (one year late) began at his newly renovated home in west Towson on
Friday night, April 22. There was a good turnout with photo documentation provided here. Bob Cole was the camera man. A few classmates stopped by my house for a light breakfast Saturday morning, including Frank Meeder. Frank has had a kidney transplant and looks well. He shared some memories of Nick Shloeder. The Saturday night official dinner was held in the common room, with a slideshow of our class showing in the background. The food was great; however, the attendance was down from the previous night. Don Gettinger won the award for greatest distance traveled, coming from California, with Duane a close second. The headmaster, Henry Smyth, stopped by for a chat and answered a few questions. It was a fun weekend with great weather, and the camaraderie is still there! To the best of my knowledge, only two of us live outside the country, including Derrick Matthews in Kenya and Brad Harrison in China. I count 28 classmates in the Baltimore/Washington area. I recently heard that Stan Wilson now lives in Idaho, and Steve Peck has moved to Santa Fe. Most of us are now retired or headed in that direction. Allen Moore retired from teaching film at MICA here in Baltimore in May and no doubt will be spending a lot of time at his farmette near the Blue Ridge in Virginia. Bruce Beehler is leaving for a long trip to Alaska this June, as he continues to pursue the Hudsonian Godwit. I continue to practice radiology full time, but will be cutting back next July as I now have two small grandchildren. As I write this, it looks
as if COVID is in the rearview mirror, and I hope that none of us have any lingering effects. I had Omicron in January but got through it in a week. Let’s hope for a sane 2022, as another chaotic election approaches this fall, and perhaps the western reunion will become a reality! For those who don’t have it, the list-serve for our class is Gilman70email@example.com.
(front row) Bowe, Rosenberg, Moore, Simmons, Shaw, Quartner. (middle row) Haciski, Hecht, Baetjer, Pistell, Fitzpatrick, Tickner, Zouck. (back row) Rennenberg, Wise, Gettinger, Sexton, Beehler, Mueller, Marcus, Russo, Chase, Glover.
Boo Smith: In April 2022, the University of Virginia’s men’s lacrosse team celebrated the 50th anniversary of its 1972 championship team, the first in school history. Included on that roster — and back for the celebration — were a host of Gilman alumni including: Tom Duquette ’69, Scott Howe ’71, Bob Proutt ’68, Boo Smith ’70, John Stalfort ’69, and Stuart Webb ’68.
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Also on campus that weekend was the 2011 championship team, which was celebrating its 11th anniversary. Two more Greyhound alumni were on that roster and back for the celebration: Conor McGee ’09 and Harry Prevas ’09.
that’s for sure! Charlie Duff gave Chris a “welcome back” reception, which Tom Casey, Bill Scherlis, and Randy Beehler attended (I was there, too).
James Brundige: I am working with the Bonobo Conservation Initiative to protect nine million acres of bonobo habitat in the Democratic Republic of Congo (bonobo.org), and I recently made a film about our efforts, featuring Ashley Judd (ourhomeplanet.us/special-places).
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Michael Blum: Hello, everyone. Annette and I really enjoyed last fall’s 50th reunion weekend, even though the funeral for Anton Vishio occurred amidst the otherwise-joyous celebrations. I miss Mr. Vishio already! Since then, I’ve been busy mostly in the theater — my production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” ran at Spotlighters on St. Paul Street in January and February, and my production of “Twelfth Night” opens this coming fall (so I’m already working on it). “If music be the food of love, play on!” Classmates Charlie Duff, Tom Casey, and Harry Turner were in the audience at “Much Ado,” along with their wonderful spouses Lydia, Beth, and Martha, respectively. Hope to see more local classmates in the future! There’s nothing like live theater, especially coming out of the pandemic (which I hope we are doing …). I join us all also in welcoming Chris Minkowski back to Baltimore — I don’t know if he’s open to giving free Sanskrit lessons but there wouldn’t be a better source, 128
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Richard Thomas: These class notes come on the heels of what was a hugely successful 50th reunion for our class. Forty-plus members of our class attended one or more of the reunion events, and these events included functions such as the Third Grade Pen Pal Meetup, Supplee After Party, Class of ’72 Memorial Service, lunch with the headmaster, and the Fetting/ Smith farewell lunch. The memorial service not only honored our deceased classmates but allowed us the opportunity to dedicate our reunion to Messrs. Edeline, Fitzpatrick, Pika, Woodward, and Schloeder. Many congratulations and thanks go to Angus Gephart and Scott Sherman for co-chairing our reunion with an extremely talented and hardworking committee consisting of Messrs. Bowie, Byron, Fetting, Kelly, Orrick, Talalay, Taylor, and yours truly. Thank you also to Mary Ellen Porter from the Gilman Development Office for her outstanding efforts to make this a memorable weekend. I also wanted to thank Alan Kaufman for his coordination of what has been proven to be highly anticipated and well-received “monthly lunches” at different Baltimore restaurants with our classmates. This initiative has served to even further bring us together. Once again, thanks to the entire group for making our 50th reunion the most successful of them all.
The above picture is from filming at the bonobo orphanage near Kinshasa. The baby bonobos, whose mothers have been killed, are raised by human mothers and are very adapted to human interaction. Charlie Carroll: All is well after the Christmas rush. Emilie and her husband, Ted Carter, were in from Baltimore with two grandsons, Tommy, 5, and Will, 8 months. The boys are a handful, only to be outdone by our granddaughters, Annie, 6, and Eleanor, 5. They came up with our daughter Brooke from Nashville with her husband, Ben. We spend time with them at different points in the year as we enjoy Nashville and consider it our Florida equivalent. Our son Charlie was in after the holiday with his wife of five years, Maggie, who were off to a pre-surge planned trip to Columbia over New Years. They were married in Baltimore and we had a fun local reception and various dinners, etc. at New Year’s Eve 2016 with family and friends. It was an interesting experience
to be in Baltimore with many of our close friends from Chicago at that wedding. A great time was had by all. Bean and I transitioned to Delaplane, Virginia by May 2019. I retired from a large group orthopedic practice and faculty position at Northwestern University after 31 years. The time in Chicago was wonderful for all of us. I still teach ethics and professionalism to the orthopedic residents (by Zoom due to COVID). We last visited Chicago in July 2019. I hope to return to live when the pandemic subsides. We opened a small solo hand orthopedic surgery practice in Middleburg, Virginia, which is running at an easy pace. Bean runs the front desk and finances. I answer all of the phone calls. It’s a team effort. I am also doing some consulting in the health care world and was part of a digital start-up health care venture out of Boston called Cohere Health, which started in 2021. I have only met my colleagues by Zoom and look forward to one day visiting the office in downtown Boston. Time is also filled with family, bad golf, horseback riding, and tending to a small farm in Northern Virginia. We participate in outdoor fishing and still do some wing shooting and are enjoying the fourth quarter of our life together. We hit 41 years of marriage last June. We are going to keep moving along as I observed in Chicago with patients and friends that activity keeps the mind alive. Full retirement has not treated some of my patients’ friends from Chicago well. We enjoy what we are doing together. COVID has slowed down travel and other life activities but we are very blessed to have moved to a rural area where we can be outside most of the time.
I will look to connect as we come to Baltimore with some frequency for family as my siblings are there, mother is at Blakehurst, and one child and two grandsons are in Glen Arm. It continues to be a great run. I am sad in some sense that we moved in 1987 to Indianapolis for my hand surgery fellowship and then to Chicago in 1988. We had a great life there though between Winnetka, Chicago, and the northern suburbs as the kids got into horses. I spent a good amount of time and coached with Fred Stuart who I have known since the days of Boy Scouts and McDonogh 72 and the Panners. He was a source of news for me for years. I recently connected with Tuck Washburn and I keep up with Franklin Morton, who, with his wife, Debbie, were part of the family when we all lived in Chicago. Jonathan Hyde: I just got to Beaufort, North Carolina, from St. Croix, where I was both cook and watch captain.
Nathan Nachlas: Hard to believe 50 years is around the corner. It was great to hear from some long forgotten names recently! My wife, Franny, and I were blessed to have our second wedding this January, when our oldest daughter, Hannah, married our new son-in-law, Connor. Our eldest son, Alex, lives in California and works for Apple. His wife, Aline, works for Google. Must be amazing pillow talk! Our newly married
Hannah is a physician assistant and works for one of my physician partners. My youngest daughter, Courtney, lives in Colorado, teaches science, and is getting married in October. Our youngest of four, Jake, lives in Boca Raton with us and works in the user experience space.
Alex Nachlas, Connor Reed, Hannah Reed, Nathan Nachlas, Fran Nachlas, Courtney Nachlas, Jake Nachlas
As for me, fixing noses here in Boca Raton since 1987. Franny is a recently retired nurse. We spend as much time as we can with our kids and getting involved with our community. Mike Van der Loos: I left Baltimore after my freshman year at JHU, first for the EPFL in Lausanne. I then moved to Silicon Valley and Stanford for a Ph.D., the first 20 years of a research career, a fantastic and enduring marriage, and two great kids who are now professionals in their own right. About 14 years ago, my wife, a Canadian, and I moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada, where we are both faculty at UBC. I am now 50% retired from my position, and we are living most of the time in our home in Whistler, immensely enjoying this year-round outdoor activities mecca. I see from our class notes that time is running its inevitable course with many of our families: Condolences are now often to be paired with congratulations on the arrivals and accomplishments of our progeny, and so I pass mine to Summer 2 0 2 2
you. My father died many years ago; my mother is still alive and well, in Switzerland, at age 90, and a continuing reason to visit there as often as possible to see her and my sister’s family. John Sinclair: Having retired three years ago from the practice of law, I now focus on running the Sheridan Foundation and pursuing my history interests, particularly the American Civil War. It must be in my DNA as I recently discovered that my great, great grandfather, William Henry Sinclair, fought in the Civil War for the Union Army, including at Gettysburg. He was a farmer and house carpenter on Tilghman’s Island. I am currently researching other ancestors; the first Sinclair arrived in Talbot County in 1716. I have a lot of work to do! My three grandchildren are a joy and blessing. I ask God to give me the time and health for my wife and I to watch them grow into young adulthood. My Class of 1972 50th reunion was a blast! Smiles and laughter were neverending. A great and talented band of brothers. Many thanks to Gilman for bringing back the band for one last formal hoorah reunion.
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David Cross: I am still working as an attorney for the California Labor Commissioner, helping workers get paid. I just finished a four-weekend run in the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the Woodland Opera House, a state historic park near my home in Davis. My Gilman Latin came in handy for a number of the songs. Two of my boys moved to Hawaii last year. I had the honor of performing the marriage ceremony for one of them at a beach on Oahu. Looking forward to the next reunion!
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Our annual December holiday luncheon in 2021 kept up with the times: We had a hybrid gathering with classmates aboard the USS Constellation moored in the Baltimore Inner Harbor and a few of us spread around the country on Zoom. Andy Murray has been on the board of the Historic Ships of Baltimore for many years, and secured the Captain’s Cabin for the lunch. The Living Classrooms Foundation, headed by James Bond ’77, manages the care of the ship, and events involving it. On board the USS Constellation were Andy Murray, Bill Nesbitt, Andy Brooks, Clinton Daly, Doug Nelson, Bill Fritz, Dave Emala, Henry Blue, Courtenay Jenkins, Tom Tamper, Mac Finney (who kindly brought honorary guest Mr. Cary Woodward), and A.C. George. On Zoom were Bruce Cameron, Hal Stockbridge, David Seiler, Julian Chisholm, and Greg Pinkard. Late scratches
included Jamie Murray, Peter Bowe, and Ross Pearce, who were missed. Chris Rowsom, the executive director of Historic Ships of Baltimore, spoke of the history of the Constellation, the last sail-only warship built by the U.S. Navy in 1855, and of the tireless efforts to restore and maintain this National Historic Landmark treasure of Baltimore. It was great to gather physically and via Zoom for this annual gathering, and many thanks to Murray and Bill Nesbitt, the heavy lifters this year! Next December, Courtenay Jenkins will host us at Paul’s Place, an Episcopal 501(c)3 doing great work in Baltimore providing local programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families fostering hope, dignity, and growth. On behalf of the Class of 1974, I am proud to congratulate our classmate Andrew M. Brooks as the incoming President of the Board of Trustees of Gilman School. Andy takes the reins this July, and I expect this role will essentially be a third career for him. Speaking for us all, we wish him the best in this important role in challenging times. So what happens when one sends out a call for class notes on a surprising 80-degree day in April in Maryland? You get Mac Finney writing from his hammock set up under a shade tree. Mary and Greg Pinkard check in while glamping on Assateague Island. Bill Baker writes that he, John Rice, and Bill Fritz went to the Orioles opening day at Camden Yards. Peter Bowe writes he and Barbara have moved from the Baltimore Inner Harbor to Annapolis on the water, which should provide inspiration for
him as publisher of DredgeWire. Peter continues to serve on the Gilman Board of Trustees and on the Board of Center for Urban Families, a Baltimore nonprofit supporting fathers and families to help achieve stability and economic success. Henry Blue writes that he is practicing for upcoming golf tournaments in North Carolina, Virginia, and New York, culminating in an International match this October in Canada, the Devonshire Cup. Doug Nelson and Clinton Daly became grandfathers again to a baby boy, John Riggs Nelson. Clinton continues as President of the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Center for History & Culture. Dave Emala also has welcomed three grandchildren into the world, which includes a set of identical twin boys, Hunter and Finney. Ross Pearce writes that son Parker is a junior at University of Virginia on the dean’s list in the McIntire Business School and that Parker’s UVA team won the 2022 National Polo Tournament in Horse polo against Texas. His daughter Jessica is getting married in December, and daughter Elizabeth and Ian had their second child last year and named her Pearce. Ross and wife Holly will be very busy this spring with the National Steeplechase races in Maryland this April, as Ross continues as an official and organizer. Andrew Felser reports he has unretired as an attorney, and moonlights acting as a film noir police detective in “The Interrogators.” The season one episode is written by Andy and features him playing Detective Stich! https://youtu.be/Nm41UmlCin4. David Seiler continues working in Baltimore for a specialty manufacturing
company and has resized his role to senior director. Dave Rich writes that he and Madelyn continue to carve out a happy existence in Homeland, a neighborhood a brisk walk from the Gilman campus. With a tight labor market, Dave finds himself busier than ever with his remote recruiter role on the projects team at executive search firm Korn Ferry. Dave is planning post-pandemic travel this year to spots including Nantucket, La Jolla, Naples, and Hamilton, New York. He can’t believe our class’s 50th reunion is just two years away. Jim Vandenberg continues playing golf in retirement and traveling between Richmond and Nags Head. Mike Fisher writes that he and Honey are enjoying retirement in Delaware and spending time with their four grandchildren. They travel between Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, and Mike keeps busy creating, critiquing, and managing condominium reserve studies. Jock Whittlesey and wife Monique are living in a book-filled apartment in Jupiter, Florida, where they enjoy an ocean swim or a beach walk nearly every day. He laughed as nearby Fort Lauderdale declared a “cold weather emergency” this past winter when temperatures plummeted into the high 30s for a day or so. His son, Philip, a Coast Guard lieutenant junior grade, is in flight training in Pensacola, where he recently executed the “split-S” aerobatic maneuver mentioned in “Top Gun.” Jock works half the year via computer for the State Department as an editor for the Human Rights Report. In his upcoming extended summer vacation, he and Monique are planning to take the ocean liner Queen Mary II to England and spend a few weeks there.
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Most of us are turning or have turned 65 so I guess we have our own answers to the questions posed by the Beatles back when they were pondering what must have seemed imponderable then, life at 64: “Will you still need me, will you still feed me//When I’m 64.” (I’ve always found the next lines slightly less desperate, in a winsome way: “You’ll be older too//And if you say the word//I could stay with you.”) Anyway, we will have compared notes on how well the life and marriage thing is working out at a class get-together hosted by John Colston in June, in honor of our more or less collective 65th. That rite-of-passage that has its own cachet, courtesy of Medicare. (Bruce Matthai admitted in his group e-RSVP that he had actually turned 66. That was the only biographical news he provided but I guess that was enough.) There are other literary lodestars to guide one’s passage through the far reaches of (let’s be generous) middle age. Dylan Thomas comes to mind: “Do not go gentle into that good night,// Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Thomas died at 39, in Greenwich Village, pummeled into a fatal coma by pneumonia and alcoholism, so while he had plenty of rave in him, he never got a chance to direct it at his own old age. But, based on a handful of responses I got for notes submissions, we have a few ravers amongst us, albeit of a more health-conscious variety. Joe Wingard reports: “I feel really lucky and grateful as we each fight the Summer 2 0 2 2
aging battle. I am the last Wingard at the family manufacturing business in Baltimore that my father started when our class was in first grade. Brought some internal/external partners in, as owners now, so I am a true part-timer. They haven’t kicked me out yet. Leaves time to enjoy life a little more, taking monthlong kiteboarding ventures in Oregon or North Carolina or even some kite skiing in Idaho, carefully. Also still playing the drums a bit with a band called the Village Idiots … We are. The muscles and body are usually sore. I always knew that beer would be good for something. Looking forward to seeing folks at Colston’s. A real easy drive for me.” John Tompkins reports: “I have recently heard from Pip Smith about his amazing exploits at the Boston Marathon. Pip is quite the runner! Pip finished in just over four hours, a pace of approx nine minutes per mile despite a calf injury. He was not happy with his time although it was faster than his time 10 years ago!” That is a good attitude, miffed that he didn’t kick his 10-year-younger self’s butt in the 26-miler. John had other news: “Also checked in with Charlie Proutt the other day. He seems at peace getting the nursery open for another busy spring season as a widower. Bill Harwood and I shared memories of these and other classmates and threatened to bust out our guitars the next time we see each other around the June 16 affair chez John Colston. Being perhaps the youngest member of the class of 1975, I thought we might reprise “When I’m 64!” Chances are Bill will have a few clever songs up his sleeve.” Well, I’ve already got the “When I’m 64” thing covered and whatever Bill did or 132
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didn’t come up with, it’s in the archives now. John, who’s a thoughtful chronicler of family life, had this to say about domestic adventures with his most excellent wife, Sara, and a sort-ofnostalgic trip to what he describes as a once-dusty, now-shiny Gilman. “Just back from our snow-bird trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I had the opportunity to drop by our school the other day for a lacrosse game with our 7-year-old granddaughter. We had a chance meeting with Justin Tucker (Ravens kicker and perhaps the most accurate kicker in NFL history!). He could not be a nicer young man. We really lucked out that this was “Triple the Spirit” day for Gilman, RPCS, and Bryn Mawr. Little Caroline saw lots of girls decked out in their zany spirit outfits. And the lax team did very well vs. Hereford High School. I was amazed at how different it feels walking through Carey Hall. What I remember as a dusty, cave-like basement is now very shiny and new looking. They have redeveloped so many of the buildings on the campus, you would be hard-pressed to recognize it.” Selwyn Ray checked in which is always a good thing. He writes: “Dr. Hooper, I have a good one to share … I hope that you are just being you, I am working on that and it is really rewarding. The titles and bank accounts have some role but the key is “inner peace”… I read this quote the other day … “the bad news is time flies, the good news is, you are the pilot.” Nice huh, Hoop? In Peace, Sel” I am being me, I think, and this year I do have some news to share. For the past few years, I’ve been working on a book with a friend of mine, Jared Fishman, who, a decade ago, as a young Dept. of Justice civil rights attorney, investigated
and subsequently prosecuted a bunch of New Orleans cops for horrific crimes committed against African American citizens in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina. The title of the book is “Fire on the Levee” (I won’t go into the grisly details here but a fire and a levee were involved), and, unless something goes badly awry, it will be published sometime in or around April 2023, by a HarperCollins imprint. Whether cable TV does something with it or not will likely have been decided by the time you read this. OK, back to grandchildren. They used to be something of a class of ’75 novelty act, now they’ve gone mainstream — by the gross. Bo Lewis reports: “No real changes with me. Made it through COVID with one minor incident and still an investment advisor in Towson. I spend a lot of time chasing the five grandkids, which is great. Hope to see everyone at a reunion sometime soon.” Five is impressive but Sandy McDonald, our class advertisement for the good and procreative life, has two-upped him. Sandy reports: “Vanna and I are coming up on 20 years in Richmond. Evidently, our 12th move was the charm. Not really sure what our children and spouses do outside of home, but they are birthing babies like bunnies at home. We are up to seven grandchildren — five in Charlotte and two in Richmond. Oldest ones are twins who just turned nine. Birthday presents? Yup, two bunny rabbits, Chip and Moon, who were still alive the last time I checked in.” New generations step up, older ones fall away. Many in our class, especially the former Lower Schoolers, will remember Sandy’s mom, Betsy McDonald, who
taught first grade at Gilman for many years. She passed away this year. “Mom had 87 great years followed by three really tough years due to Alzheimer’s. She was the queen of brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Don’t know what happened to the brownie recipe, but Libby also makes killer chocolate chip cookies.” (I’m pretty sure that’s Sandy’s sister Libby. She was in my Bryn Mawr French class!) Another classmate living the overstuffed domestic life and, by the sounds of it, enjoying it, is Pat O’Shea. His precis has a plugged-in “way we live now” vibe — digital health platforms, COVID bounce-back (grown) kids … golf. “Here goes. I would guess that many of you haven’t met my wife, Maria, whom I met at Alex. Brown and married at the ripe old age of 39, after which we dove headfirst into child-rearing. Immediately upon emptying the nest some 20+ years later, Maria and I feathered it again to welcome our COVID bounce-backs. All three “kids” — Bryan (36, Gilman ’04), Rick II (24), and Brigid (23) — spent the majority of the last two years with us at our home in Rehoboth Beach. Sprinkling in visits from extended family, it was actually a lot of fun … er, most of the time. After a healthcare investment banking and capital markets career of over 25 years taking me through New York (Salomon), Baltimore (Alex. Brown) and finally Richmond (BB&T), I’ve most recently been working on a couple things, most notably a digital health startup back in Baltimore, ICmed, where we are commercializing a new value-based care model in which providers and payers help consumers to “Own, Share & Learn” from their personal health data. With traction at UMMS and elsewhere, we are just now
turning toward a major venture round of funding, and it’s an adventure both harrowing and rewarding. Everyone knows I’m a big UVA guy, and right now I’m serving on the Darden School Foundation Board and as chairman of the Darden Alumni Board. Finally, I’m not playing enough golf but expect to be fresh from a trip when we meet. I look forward to seeing everyone in June and, in general, spending more time back in Baltimore.” As family is a big theme here, I’m reprising one of my favorite and least conventional family stories — Adam Weisenberg discovering the halfbrother he never knew he had, thanks to one of those family ancestry genetic home tests. He gave us the short version in last year’s notes. Now you can punch in the URL and listen to Adam, a Boston corporate lawyer, and his brother, an MIT professor, give a fuller account in this NPR interview: wbur.org/radioboston/2022/01/26/local-brothers Adam calls it “a literal bromance,” and says, maybe a little ruefully, if his dad had known Dr. Michael Yaffe, he would have been his favorite child. Last year, Adam approvingly quoted an acquaintance who opined that being a grandparent was the one thing in life that wasn’t overrated. So I figure, John, Bo, Sandy (and Adam) are onto something good. Here at the Bulletin, we have yet to bring together family members through genetic technology but we can mentally reconnect you with people you might have forgotten you ever knew. Take Patrick Jacob. I, and likely others, distantly remember Patrick as this very blonde, very obstreperous, very British young man who left Gilman after seventh grade. (I think it was seventh grade.) Well, Patrick is alive and well, and he writes back with plenty of bluff
British good cheer, definitely a glass three-quarters-full guy, er, chap.
“I feel a bit of an imposter as I left Gilman in 1970 so never graduated (though I did graduate from Millfield School in England, just!). The picture above is of me and my granddaughter, Piper, who was born on my 60th birthday. I continue to run my business as a technology investment banker in London, marveling at the pace of change I see and the good fortune many of us have to live in these wonderful times (well, COVID excepted!) — so exciting and hopefully technology and the democratization of information will make the world a better place for the dispossessed and oppressed, as well as for us. I just got back from Venice (air travel … remember that!) which I am pleased to say has survived the plague though there is much evidence of the damage done by the 2019 flood. I spend about half my time in London, which is a truly great place that I heartily recommend visiting; too few Americans are coming! Although long ago, my fond memory of Gilman was of a collegiate place which created a sense of the importance of civic duty and of honourable behaviour; lots to like about that. Convivial greetings to all classmates, Cheers.”
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Life is good — and retirement makes it even better! Best wishes and love to you all!”
Another Gilman lost sheep: Ross McKenrick. If memory serves, Ross left Gilman after eighth grade to go to boarding school. Those of us who went to Calvert knew Ross well. He was a friend and the smartest boy in our class. (Funny, how that stays with you.) His note from a slow-speed RV tour of the West with his wife, Chris, hits a soulful note. “Hey gang! Today we are in Indian Springs, Nevada, (northeast of Las Vegas in the Desert Wildlife National Refuge and due east of Death Valley, California). My wife, Christina (43 years!), and I are amidst our three-week victory-lap tour around some of the western states as I retired from Microsoft earlier this month (school’s out forever!!). We still live in Seekonk, Massachusetts — not far from Brown University where we met so many years ago and raised three wonderful children who have all moved west. Our daughter, Mida, lives in Corvallis, Oregon, and has two wonderful children (1 ½ and 3 ½). About a year ago, rented an apartment there and have been bicoastal. As westerners do, we bought a truck and a fun RV trailer, popped a couple of ebikes on the back, and just go!! Chris had been soldiering through a 10-year epic battle with her breast cancer, but she is a trooper and this rig makes it possible for us to tour at our own pace and enjoy this amazing country! 134
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Ross’s note, touching on the kind of health issues that some of us have faced, and the rest of us will, sooner or later, brings me to Hank Young whom we lost this past October. That was a shock, one that a lot of classmates shared, thanks to group emails sent out by Bill Harwood and John Tompkins, among others. It was lung cancer, and, although I don’t know the details as well as some, it was fast. Hank, high-energy lawyer, mountain climber, family man, and then gone.
The Baltimore Sun obit was spot-on. Bill was quoted: “He had a personality that was his own — flinty but never rude or unfriendly … He was an adventurous guy and had a spirit that said, ‘Let’s try this.’” Hank’s older brother Steve put it well: “Although known for his quick, sharp wit and sarcastic sense of humor, Hank was at heart a softie. On numerous occasions, he, along with Ann and his children, came to the aid of family and friends.” Bill reminded us in an email he sent shortly after Hank’s passing: “We’ve had a tough sequence losing Kevin [Kamenetz], JP [Jon Pine], Jaime Bealmear, Mike Phipps, and now Hank over the last few years.” More recently, Bill recalled Hank’s memorial service in November:
“It was a wonderful tribute to him, especially his lifelong commitment to hiking adventures and his work as an attorney. A group of long-term friends and work associates gave personal, thoughtful and, at times, humorous anecdotes of him — all caught the unique character of Hank as we knew him 40+ years ago. An especially moving tribute opened the service — a person for whom Hank worked pro bono for 18 years to get released from wrongful imprisonment — an incredible story, including the full life the individual has gone on to attain after his release. Eight classmates were able to attend (Reiley [McDonald], Ian [MacFarlane], Gerry [Brewster], John Colston, Joe Howard, Joe Wingard, John Tompkins, and myself) plus a few guys from the classes of ’74 and ’73. The family asked me to sing a few songs — one with Hank’s daughter, Emma — hard for me to express that experience with words … but grateful.” John Tompkins weighed in as well: “This loss is very hard. Hank taught me how to finger pick folk songs from James Taylor and Cat Stevens. We used to while away hours on school nights burning up the phone lines while the rest of you were studying. Hank befriended me at that crusty AWC before I landed at Gilman. He hosted legendary parties in middle school when “Abbey Road” was new. He showed me it could be cool to sing and even dance on stage at a school that really celebrated jocks! He helped recruit me into the T-Men, which helped me discover a truly lifelong interest in performing music. As young dads we both discovered that our first-born sons learned differently. He was gracious in sharing his mature perspectives with me as we each navigated through those years.
I will really miss Hank. Have even forgiven him for the basil leaves!” Hank and I weren’t close friends but we enjoyed a nice connection. He was a journalist before he was a lawyer and I remain grateful to him for showing me around the Vermont small city, daily newspaper scene when I was having a distinct post-collegiate failure to launch. We got into an email groove near the end, before I knew it was near the end. We traded a few mountain climbing adventures online, and then — he must have been feeling old — he flipped that other poet named Dylan (Bob) on his head. He wrote: “With apologies to Mr. Zimmerman, ‘I was so much younger then, I’m older than that now.’” Then, in the next email, he let me know it was just about over, in this life anyway: “Out. Cancer. See you next time around.” Hope so.
Members of the Class of 1975 gathered for a mini reunion at the home of John Colston ʼ75 in June 2022.
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About six months after an inter-class reunion, celebrating the 45th anniversary of our graduation with other Gilman alumni marking their own quin-
quennial milestones, we returned to the internet in late April to share updates on our lives, livelihoods, and lifestyles. More of us have shed that one in the middle, and accordingly enhanced the other two. Jim Burgunder wrote from Switzerland of “splitting our time between our place in Rheinfelden, currently being renovated, and our place in the mountains next to a school that our sons attended. Anna is now entering her final year at Deloitte before her mandatory age 60 retirement. I am filling my time by getting active in that school in the mountains, while trying to learn French — but I am experiencing that learning languages comes much more slowly now than before. I have two sons working in the U.S. now, and one attending a graduate program in Lugano.” Jim added, “We are now warming up to a plan for the fourth quarter of life. Net: things are good with ‘ups and downs’, and with the ‘downs’ making the ‘ups’ feel more satisfying.” Sylvester Cox combined vacationing and family time, writing that “Judy and I traveled to Southern California for a couple of weeks last year to see Lindsey, who moved there in the fall of 2019, a few months prior to the pandemic. From there we spent a few days in the desert, where the temperature rose as high as 114 degrees. Hot as heck, and we had a blast!” “Judy continues with the Red Cross, where she’s been since 1990,” Sylvester wrote, “and I split my time at the [Baltimore City Circuit] Court between juvenile and adult court. Our youngest, Erin, is with AT&T, and has shocked me having worked there for a couple of years, as opposed to the millennial trot of a new job annually. It was great
seeing everyone who attended the 45th reunion activities last year.” Also taking part in our email thread at the end of April, Frank Vecella wrote, “The sad news on my end is that my mother passed away last week. The happy news is that my wife, Pam, and I sold our house in Dallas last year — after spending the past 39 years as transplanted Texans — and are now back on the east coast full time. Going forward, we will be spending the winter and spring months in the Florida Keys, and the summer and fall months on Lake Winnipesaukee, in New Hampshire. We also became first-time grandparents in December.” Clearly counting down to his retirement, Keith Christian assured us that “I’m alive and well in Philly. One more year of police work, then I’m hanging up my handcuff key. I recently had dinner with Chris Lambert and his wife. They were in Philly for the weekend. Can’t wait to get back to Baltimore, I need a real crab cake.” Henry Thomas wrote, “Tina and I are doing great, and about to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Still working hard, as I have two daughters getting married this year. We couldn’t convince them to get married on the same day. Our oldest daughter is married and lives in San Francisco. They had our first grandchild a year ago. Sure wish they lived closer.” From Boston, Bob Thomas advised that “Polly and I are starting to scale back our formal work commitments without fully embracing the ‘R’ word, which somehow doesn’t describe what we hope the future looks like when we are not working full time. We’re hoping to downsize to a smaller space sometime soon, but the prospects of decluttering are rather overwhelming! Both Summer 2 0 2 2
daughters are doing great. One is at Harvard Divinity School, and the other is working at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, living in the Remington neighborhood. There’s a nice symmetry to having her there in the old hometown.” John Purnell likewise updated us on his own transition, writing, “I have not retired either, but am increasingly involved in theater so maybe I should. I am lighting “Rock of Ages” at Annapolis Summer Garden. Then I revert to an on-stage persona playing Mayor Josiah Dobbs in “Bright Star.” As if that is not enough time suck, I am now on the Annapolis Transportation Board. So, I am most definitely not a man of leisure!” Mark Caplan was preparing to be on his way to New Orleans for French Quarter Fest, where “Linda and I hope to spend time with Blazer [Catzen] and Kathy. How things do not change. Continuing the relationship of Henry and Mark are our daughters Annie and Molly … friends, former roommates, and both getting married this year. Dixon [Harvey], under Janet’s leadership, is involved with ReBuild Baltimore, a worthy initiative on the Eastside of the city. Fun to see many of you around our hometown.” Back on campus, Mark “took what I describe as a run, others as a fast walk, around the Gilman fields on Tuesday. The school, like us, appears to be holding up okay. Fun to see the young people out at play.” Mike Austin wrote of what has followed a son’s death and a daughter’s move, along with notes from his social media chats with classmates and changes in his work and health regimen.
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“It’s been a tough year, but we are doing well. With church, family, and friends we have made it through those tough moments,” Mike wrote. “We were able to plant a tree in Marcus’ honor in the front yard on his birthday in September. It is a Crape Myrtle with purple blossoms, since he was a Ravens fan.” Mike added, “My wife, Wanda, and I are empty nesters, for now. My daughter, Mallory, and her four kids, ages 7, 6, 3, and 2, moved out back in November after three years. We have to manage their evening and overnight stays during the weekend. But they miss Poppy and Gammie. They are a handful and wear me out when they stay. We were able to keep two potted flowers that we received last year. Big Marc and Markie we call them.” On LinkedIn, Mike has “touched bases with Kirk Smith, Henry Thomas, Bobby, etc. I had a chat with Jim Burgunder last year and Bobby a few months ago. Keith, Sylvester, and I had a text thread last fall during the Ravens and Eagles (Keith is the fan) games. Dave Campbell is a grandfather now. Carl Combs got married last year. A wonderful woman finally got him.” Mike is “coming to the end of a three-year research study (contracted position) at the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. I work primarily out of Cherry Hill [as a] career coach. So I am back in the market this summer. I put my career aspirations on hold to be there for my son. I feel that I have one more move to make.” In a move to keep fit, Mike has “changed my lifestyle and diet to improve my health. While many of us will be 64 this year, I say that I feel more like 54. To keep diabetes, arthritis, and any other chronic diseases that will pop up at bay, I have minimized eating dairy
foods and drinks, red meats, and cheeses in favor of plant-based, vegan-based, and Keto-friendly (low to moderate carbs) types of food with healthy oils and herbs. Once I get my exercise groove back on, the weight will come off, too. I have lost 15 of my COVID-19 20-pound weight gain. Trying to get down to 230 from 265-pound peak. I try to just eat fish during the week and meat on the weekends if I want. Versus three to five years ago, I have no pains when I get out of bed.” Ham Davis updated us with news that “our youngest graduates high school this year and is headed to Purdue in the fall. We have a family situation that has my wife, Kiki, in Brooklyn at least once a month. The fact that I am fully retired makes it less stressful. Had been riding my mountain bike a lot, until I hurt my back last summer. Still in recovery mode, but eager to get back on the trail.” “My Mom is blessed with good health, and I grow more and more appreciative of that as I hear the news of losses that our class has suffered,” Ham wrote. “As I read the class notes, I am struck by the abundant evidence of good character and civic contribution, and am proud to have known you all. The pandemic curtailed my travel to Baltimore the last couple of years, but I had a chance to connect with a few of our classmates last month and it refreshed my soul to do so.” Dixon Harvey chimed in that it’s “all good on this end. Heading east from a conference and project site visit in Southern California. It was good to be with people again. Stopping in Denver tonight for a glimpse of our grandsons and kids there. Jan and I will have the boys (1 and 3) for 10 days in June. We welcome any strategies for survival.”
Dixon and Jan “celebrate 37 years in June, and she didn’t ditch me during the pandemic. We [also] became vegan when COVID hit, and it has been great for our health. (Truth be told, we are not hard-core, and when we go out, we happily eat whatever is served.)” “Kids are all good. Our daughter and son in law in NY had a girl in October, and Madeline is adorable.” Dixon added, also noting that he’s “working about half time, and Jan and I are fully engaged in helping our beloved city get healthier. It was great catching a glimpse of some of you all last fall. For any of you out-of-towners, you always have a bed when you want to visit Baltimore.” Andy deMuth thanked “everyone for making our 45th giving effort and reunion another success. When we get back on campus, I don’t feel any older.” Andy wrote that he and Lynne “are settling into our new lifestyle. I still enjoy working, and do it full time. We are in Baltimore weekdays and try to beat everyone over the Bay Bridge for the weekend. We spend most weekends at our new place in Easton. I got my first boat, and this captain does not know how to properly handle it, so boaters, beware on the Tred Avon. I am still on the tennis court, although the shoulder is not always up to the wear and tear. That has forced me onto the pickleball court. It is definitely an old people’s game. I look forward to a few tennis matches with Ken [Volk], if his knees and my shoulder hold up. We both need an extra dose of Advil when we play. It was great to see Ham when he was in town a few weeks ago. We can pick up where we left off without missing a beat.”
As for the younger deMuths, their father wrote, “We have two kids who are smarter than either of us. Robbie is a computer science engineer and works for Appian in Tysons. He is headed to his 10-year Gilman reunion this weekend with several other sons of the class of ’76. He is getting married in the fall in Charlottesville. Katie is finishing up her doctorate in Occupational Therapy at USC in LA. Dad did not pay any extra to get her in. She did it all on her own.” Laurey Millspaugh sees “a fun pattern here as we all shift our attention to far-flung children and health. Jinks and I are no exception. We find ourselves traveling a lot, often south, to Richmond, where our oldest son, Martin, is a teacher at St. Christopher’s, and north, to Brooklyn, where our younger son works for a start-up helping those with low credit establish it. As I write, we are headed to Brooklyn as spectators/ cheering section for the boys in the half marathon on Sunday.” Laurey recently underwent a second knee replacement, “and got the green light to start tennis after a 30-year hiatus. It is unlikely I’ll beat Jinks though, as I never did before with good knees, but I am looking forward to a sport other than biking, which I love as well.” During the week, Laurey added, “I still work in Bethesda investing on behalf of Dutch partners in real estate in developments as we expand to the Carolinas and Florida and into senior care facilities. But best fun is a little bit of teaching in ULI’s UrbanPlan course for [high school] kids. I go to an inner city D.C. school, where in a project base module, students assume all roles of community building including development. This next generation is quicker and smarter!”
A number of the emailed comments included brief references to the passing of classmates’ parents or in-laws, and Charlie Moore wrote that attending a service for his mother-in-law brought back memories of an earlier event at the same house of worship. “Laura, Bryan and I just returned to Baltimore from Florida, by way of Woods Hole for Laura’s mom’s funeral,” Charlie wrote, “in the same small, ancient church in which Laura and I were married 42 years ago, this August. Several of the attendees from all those years ago made a point of bringing up the stories of the rowdy group from Baltimore and Dartmouth, making the police reports three nights in a row, hottest day ever, [and a] plunge into the ocean. They were much amused by my sharing what happened next to those wool tuxes when the groomsmen decided to go over to Martha’s Vineyard the following day, leaving the wet suits in the plastic bags in the car, and all the more tickled when I told them that the son of the owner recalled the event some 30 or so years later as Bryan was renting a prom tux, just from the name and address. His own father had told him the tale of the crew, which had attempted to claim that the suits were wet and shrunken from simply having been in a swimming pool, only to have some seaweed fished from a pocket!” Charlie reported that “Bryan is attending that same Gilman 10th Reunion with ’12 classmate Robbie deMuth, whereas Laura and I are headed to the Baltimore Creative Alliance gala, a costume event with the theme this year of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ I’m going as bedraggled, poor ‘Charlie’ and Laura will be shimmering as my ‘golden ticket.’ The Creative Alliance is a terrific arts organization, with which we’ve been involved for quite Summer 2 0 2 2
a while, located at the old Patterson Theatre near Patterson Park.” In addition, Charlie noted, “We’ve spent much of the past winter in Florida again with my mom. Bryan had returned from his work in Shanghai at the beginning of COVID, and we all gathered in Florida, where we could both work from afar and manage to play golf nearly every evening. Bryan is a nice golfer, low handicap from the [farthest-distance tee box], whereas Laura and I are raw rookies. Fortunately, he is a very patient coach! I’m still far more comfortable with balls that move fast, [and] though pickleball does appear to be the right speed now, this darn [golf] ball that stares back at you sitting still is quite another thing. Fortunately, I buy balls by the hundred at the local flea market.” “Bryan has just left the very successful ‘start-up’ he had joined five years ago, Crimson Education, now grown more than ten-fold, to become COO of a new start-up, CEO Discovery. They launch next month their platform helping financial sponsors, primarily VCs and private equity firms, discover and get to know curated CEO talent for their current and prospective portfolio companies. The company is currently located in the Palm Beach area, so within 40 minutes of where we live down there, so we hope to be able to see a lot of him next year. Laura and I continue to drive forward our own tech company, DinnerTime, hopefully with an attractive exit in the foreseeable future!” Charlie closed with his gratitude, to “redouble Andy’s thanks for all the support you guys showed in our class reunion effort last year. It was truly outstanding, both in percentage of participation and overall financial support. A testament to how we feel 138
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about each other as a class, our appreciation for the opportunities we shared, whatever our passions were back then and now. I very much hope that we can find ways to stay connected, visit together in person again soon!” Phil Scott wrote that he’s “still punching the clock in NYC, but the pandemic has brought an unexpected silver lining in that I was able to work remotely from the Maine coast for a little more than half of the last two years. Now, I’m back to the office, but the summer-in-Maine bug has got me, and Lindsay and I are planning a more permanent address change to our home in Castine next year.” “Our four kids have spread the Scott clan to LA, Austin, San Juan, and Brooklyn, but no grandkids yet,” Scott added. “We will likely need to rethink our winter location plans as the family grows, but for now, Maine is a reliable draw, and we stay pretty active — hiking, camping, on the water, or at the golf course!” Dodging the pandemic and developing an exit plan from his medical practice, Bill Matthai wrote, “I have gone into work most weekdays over the last two years. We are lucky that none of us have had COVID. I must say, I am surprised. I anticipate working for about another two years. I think the latest I will work is June 2024, maybe an earlier departure. Jan reminds me each day that she goes out to play golf that I could be doing that, too!” Bill added, “Charlotte has finished her masters in architecture and is working in Boston with a firm that is designing the new School of Architecture for MIT. Interestingly, I think she may be the only MIT grad on the project. She is hoping to move to Los Angeles over the summer, however. Alice is a third-year
medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. She is trying to figure out what specialty she likes. Overall, this means that both girls will be employed in a year!” Just thinking about retirement can affect at-work alacrity, as Nick Richardson pointed out, but for now, “Anita and I are both well and still in the working world. While I have no plans to retire, I would have to say that, on any day, I’m one really crappy week from retirement. Knowing one can retire is reassuring, but it has made me less tolerant of banking bureaucracy than I used to be — and I was never that tolerant! Are the rest of you finding that, too? I’m afraid that I’m a ‘curmudgeon in training’!” Nick and Anita’s “two sons are presently local, for which we’re very thankful. Matthew ’10 is recently engaged, with a date set in 2023, and he and Madison just bought a house outside Baltimore. Will ’14 is in D.C., and periodically plays music gigs in our area, which are always fun to attend. In the daylight hours, Will’s an engineer with AWS, building their data centers” in Northern Virginia. “COVID seems to have reduced my classmate sightings,” Nick added, “although, at its height, Scott Graham and I would routinely get together for 6:30 a.m. walks before clocking-in to work from home. I’ve been back in the office for close to a year now. Occasionally, Anita and I would have a Dixon sighting in the late afternoon, when he would be jogging, and Anita and I walking at Sheppard Pratt or on the Towson University campus nearby.” Suber Huang provided an update on worldwide and national pandemic statistics, both test-positive cases and deaths, and told of his son’s experience,
in a location hit hard by the illness from the onset. “Our eldest, David, survived two and a half years of internal medicine residency in NYC before developing COVID,” Suber wrote. “For those who find masking difficult, try it every single day while at work. In hospitals and healthcare facilities, it is an exhausting fact of life. He has recovered and is back at it again. In May, he will be married to a former classmate who is a star at McKinsey, and in July, he will begin a three-year fellowship to become an oncologist. Way tougher and more compassionate than his parents. Our daughter, Jennifer, is an intern in internal medicine at UC Irvine and will begin her residency there in ophthalmology. She has become an avid windsurfer who has traveled the world looking for air — Half Moon Bay, the south of France and Fortaleza, Brazil. I don’t remember med school or residency quite the same way! Our youngest, Dan, is working from home in [San Francisco, and] is now a VP for EastDil Secured, one of the world’s biggest commercial real estate underwriting firms. He seems to be thriving despite the workload. It’s been interesting to see how his childhood and high school friends have become closer and closer as they navigate life in this unprecedented time.” “Since my last report,” Suber added, “I lost my father, and Cindy, her mother. We are lucky to have had them for 90 years, [and] luckier still that my mother celebrated her own 90th and continues her determined life’s work to cure cancer. She was the first woman professor at Hopkins and is now the longest tenured in its history. We marvel that she has cut back to only five days a week. Pandemic isolation has made mourning difficult, without
a memorial service and without the companionship of family, colleagues, and friends. Patents, papers, and developing a multivalent COVID vaccine haven’t been able to replace a companion of 71 years. Cindy continues in private practice dermatology and continues to enjoy both the benefits as well as challenges of solo practice. She is an avid gardener accompanied by our golden, Halsted III. We happily await our new daughter-in-law, also a Cynthia!” Reflecting on his career, awards, related projects and recreational pursuits, Suber closed with “feeling profoundly grateful for family, friends, and to have a life of meaning. I have plans to continue working as a retina specialist for another 19 years, and only wish it could be longer. I continue to be active in research and consulting. Proud to have been inducted into the Retina Hall of Fame and this year to give the President’s Award for the Vitreoretinal Society of India, to receive the Fight for Sight Vision Research Advocate Award for founding the Future Vision Foundation, and to receive the American Society of Retina Specialists Packo Award, given for extraordinary service to the Society and the profession. I have had tremendous satisfaction discovering an inner creative side. This year, I will produce my 12th and 13th documentary films, which celebrate the men and women who have made breakthrough discoveries that help people see (FutureVisionFound.org). A minor regret is that my first major photography show, a three-month solo exhibition at the New York Foundation of the Art, was canceled (twice) due to the pandemic, as well as our Calvert 50th anniversary. Compared to the lives lost and the suffering in the world, it is truly the most insignificant sacrifice. I am playing more competitive tennis than ever and
having the time of my life. I return to Baltimore from Cleveland quite often now, to be with my mother.” Henry Jenkins wrote that he was “holed up here in Owings Mills for a bit having just had a minor back operation last week performed by Charles Edwards II ’88, which was a complete success. No heavy lifting and no boogying for a few more weeks. Quite a relief after eight months of not being able to stand up straight comfortably finds me in a much better mood.” Henry added, “My wife, Annie Baetjer Jenkins, is doing well as are both sons, Benjie ’10, and Timmy ’12. Both are here for the weekend. Benjie lives in D.C. and works for Ankura as a consultant for energy joint ventures. Timmy lives in Nashville and is teaching seventh, and next year, ninth grade English and coaching fresh/soph lacrosse at Montgomery Bell Academy. He is excited to be together today with his Gilman classmates to celebrate their 10th. The beat goes on!” Continuing his reacclimation to life stateside, Arthur Cromwell wrote, “After three years in Woodbridge, Virginia, my wife and I are still readjusting to the ol’ USA after almost eight years in Venezuela. No bars on our windows and no 12,500-volt fence around the house — still hard to get used to.” “Good can come out of anything; my wife and I got into the habit of taking a much longer prayer time together each night, which we still continue,” Arthur wrote, in the aftermath of troublesome issues that followed their relocation, and he expressed his gratitude for the chance to spend more time with his family. “Saw my father, 91, and mother, 88, on Easter with a few of my six siblings in Baltimore. Summer 2 0 2 2
Parents [are] doing well for their ages, and still grateful to have them — my condolences to all who lost a parent this past year. My youngest son, Jon, and his wife remain in Catonsville, where they are doing well. He is still at a major electrical supplier. I am hearing about all the gadgets a new hybrid Toyota Rav has. When he told me he bought the car with four miles on the odometer, I had to confess I didn’t know what that was like. Elder son Ben and his wife live in Eagle Harbor, Maryland, and he works nearby for T-Mobile.” Now just four years shy of our 50th reunion, Arthur added, “I have been threatening for years to finally show up at a reunion. Now that the pandemic seems to be winding down, maybe it’s finally the time. But at our age, I am afraid I might give somebody a heart attack from the shock after 46 years.” Bill Spragins sent his “greetings from the Bay Area on the West Coast. While reading these messages coming in on a Friday afternoon/evening, it caused me to think back on just what we were doing on Friday afternoons. My conclusion: during the winter, for those who were not wrestling or playing basketball, it boiled down to one thing: me and some others were participating in team building and motivational techniques for the upcoming weekend at Taylor Baxter’s house! No need to share any more details.” For Bill, “Full retirement is not in the plans any time soon, as there are bills still to be paid in California. We got a break last week when gas prices fell to a bargain $5.10 per gallon! And college looms: we are into decision-making mode as Barbara’s son Spencer was accepted into Purdue and into the Engineering School at U Cal–Santa Barbara, wonderful news given the [number] of applications into the U Cal system 140
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this year increased by as much as 50% (post-pandemic rush) and they did not take SAT scores, one of Spencer’s strongest suits. He also completed his Eagle project for Boy Scouts and captained the Robotics team to a win at the Monterey Regionals, the first time in over 15 years his high school has won a robotics event. It has been a big learning experience for me these last few years, from gaining an appreciation of the breadth and depth of the skills that the Boy Scouts teach, and how you piece together a robot on a limited budget that can shoot balls into a basket, climb three levels of a rack, and play defense.” Describing weather’s impact on his recreation and travels, Bill wrote, “We welcomed periods of rain the last few weeks that we did not get the last few Aprils, and should hopefully push the inevitable fire season this summer back by four to six weeks (keeping fingers crossed), … after getting record amounts of rain in October and December, then the driest January through March in recorded history here (like absolutely NOTHING during our wettest season). Weather people out here have coined a new term: climate ‘whiplash.’ So we did not ski for a third straight season as we were all set to go the first week of January with the wonderful snow that fell, but forecast 50-mph winds in the Sierras shut down the lifts that week, and then no snow for the rest of the season! So we called an audible that first week and went to Santa Barbara instead (Barbara’s hometown) and hung out with close friends of hers, not a bad option. Last fall, we also went on our first lengthy vacation since the pandemic, spending time split between Boston and Maine (Reddy Finney country in Acadia National Park). We went in mid-October for fall colors, but of course the unusually warm weather this fall produced no frosts, and we were
early by a few weeks. The good news was the trails were all dry and we got a lot of good hikes in. Last week we finally went to Yosemite after two years of pandemic limitations. It was my first time, and the place rocks, including a hike up to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls.” Back on the job, Bill added, “Barbara continues to work as an attorney for the U.S. Patent Office with a specialty in high tech, matching wits against attorneys representing Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc. My ‘semi-retirement’ business of facilitating executive meetings on large design and construction projects nationally was dependent on in-person meetings pre-pandemic. The flow of work has been up and down the last few years as we worked virtual sessions into the mix, but is finally back on track to being very busy now. I do have some projects in the Washington D.C. area and will make the effort to loop through Baltimore when I can and say hi.” Once a classmate, always a classmate, so we welcome the update from Richard Mulligan, who wrote, “At the risk of being considered a bit of an interloper, reading all these responses brought back many memories of my time at Gilman, which ended after ninth grade. Through the years I have occasionally seen many of you (The Maryland Xmas lunch comes to mind), and have enjoyed catching up.” “When I left Baltimore in the fall of 1977 for my second year at UVA, I never really came back,” Richard wrote, “other than for quick visits. During my eight (!) undergraduate years in Charlottesville, I often saw the W&L crowd during road trips. There were a lot of Gilman grads in Lexington in those days! After finally graduating, I moved to NYC and took a job on the municipal bond trading desk at Smith Barney. New York in my 20s
and 30s was a blast, but 26 years ago, Lindalee and I decided to move to Richmond, Virginia, where I joined Wheat First with some old UVA and Hampden Sydney pals. While still in the capital markets side of public finance after 38 years (now at Raymond James), I’ll soon hang up the spikes and start enjoying life a little more.” In the meanwhile, Richard added, “These days we spend most of our time in Richmond and Virginia Beach, although, since our daughter Haley is a computer science major in UVAs Engineering School, I get to visit my old stomping grounds on a regular basis. Since my parents passed, I rarely get to Charm City anymore, but will always remember my time there. It actually felt good writing this up, as it was really a walk down Memory Lane. I hope to make the 50th reunion!” Frank Rosenberg wrote concisely of loss, love, and family projects. “Brother Ned ’73 passed away peacefully in his sleep in late December, [and the family] appreciated the genuine fondness for Ned exhibited by his classmates, from the other excellent class of the ’70s,” Frank wrote. “Daughter Amanda bought a 1,000-square-foot ‘shed’ for over $1M in El Cerrito, California, near Berkeley, with her great boyfriend. They love their new home and neighborhood.” Frank “visited son Brent ’05, twice in the last 30 days; good for the heart and soul. Wife Ann is building a ‘she-shed’ — her name for it! — in her beloved Anguilla; she just submitted plans for approval, and it looks great.” Clearly impressed by Charlie’s comprehensive account, Frank’s brief remarks closed with, “I am still working and enjoying it, but traveling a lot more
lately. Instead of boring you with my exciting travel travails, I yield my quota of words to the Gentleman Goalie of Greenspring, so he may add to his report.” He didn’t, which leaves just enough space for a fond adieu, and a thanks for playing, from your Southern Maryland correspondent, who continues getting bent out of shape once or twice a week in yoga class, training and participating in volunteer mediation, and taking part in a couple other nonprofit activities culled from what was once a longer list of potential post-retirement pursuits. Serving on the host committee of an in-person convention in Ocean City attended by more than 5,000 people, after a year’s delay and many months of Zoom meetings, was a rewarding opportunity. Après-pandemic travels for Linda and me generally have been close to home, mostly visiting friends and family in Maryland and Virginia, but we did take a road trip to Key West last fall. The highlight may have been the third day of the ride home, beginning with a morning cruise down the Spanish mosstinseled streets of old Savannah, and through the expediency of interstate highways, ending in the golden glow of dusk on the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Tim Holley (center) tees it up in July 2021 with Will Harris (left) and his father, Jeff Harris (right). Photo credit: Tyler Gearhart.
Tim Holley and David Reahl ’82 reconnected for a round of golf. Tim and David coached the varsity basketball team at Gilman together from 1987-1989. At that time, David was a teacher-coach at Gilman before leaving education to pursue other interests. Tim is still working at Gilman. As part of our 45th Reunion celebration, members of the Class of 1977 got together for some golf at Mount Pleasant and some grub at Das Bierhalle on the Friday of Alumni Weekend.
Hap Cooper: FAMILY UPDATE: The Coopers are great. On impulse, we bought a house on Nantucket during the depths of COVID and have really loved being up there as much as possible. It’s one place that has the power to suck the kids back. Jen is still the McDonogh learning specialist and has launched a side business helping non-McDonogh families navigate the complex set of challenges facing students with learning differences (cooperlri.com) — check it out. Becca (28) is marrying Matt Rees (USNA ’17) Summer 2 0 2 2
in June after a COVID-imposed year postponement (after which we’re flying to France for the wedding of George Brush’s daughter, Somers). Becca is the new business manager at The Tiger Inn in Princeton, and Matt is teaching at the Naval Academy and an LSM for Chaos in the PLL. They closed on a house in Annapolis last week. Rachel (24) is assisting a film producer in Los Angeles. They recently completed “Cruella” and are now working on “Batgirl.” I’m looking forward to seeing her and bf Matt Maeder (PU ’19) at Princeton reunions in May. I will shortly write my last tuition check to Stanford, as Julia (22) is poised to graduate in June. We had a great father-daughter 14-day cross country road trip taking her car to Palo Alto in August. I’m trying to figure out how to pull off Julia’s graduation, a three-day consulting gig in NYC and Becca’s wedding all in the same week. CAREER UPDATE: I started Prospect Street Consulting in 2007 to deliver sales skills training and process consulting to sales organizations (mostly financial services and healthcare companies) — and am still at it! COVID slowed things down as we had to retool from live to virtual training, but companies are going back live/hybrid this year. Facing a new mortgage, a wedding and a final year of tuition, I must say that I can’t get back on the road soon enough! Who among you knows somebody running a sales operation? Let me know :) FAVORITE BINGE: I just blew through the latest season of “Ozark” (a Fritz Haller recommendation) and 1883 “Tombstone” (a Stu Gray Recommendation). Lots of people getting shot. Jen prefers “The Gilded Age,” in which 1880s high society women shoot meaningful glances at each other for an hour straight.
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CRAZIEST THING GOING ON: I am finalizing my trip to Copenhagen for a jazz festival (wife’s idea) and to the 150th playing of the British Open at St. Andrews (my idea). Hopefully things calm down both COVID-wise and war-wise. Below is a picture of me with one of my co-workers on the last day we were in the office.
Richard Lundvall: The Lundvalls are doing OK. Both kids are in Colorado. Katie in Durango, and Ned and his wife and new baby reside in Salida. They all are living the life with snow sports, fly fishing, and extreme sports (Katie backcountry snowboards and is running a 100-mile marathon in September). We have a new granddaughter, Nellie Grace, now 14 months old. Barry Saunders: FAMILY UPDATE: We are empty nesters in our same ’70s house tucked in Chapel Hill woods … lately rebuilding window sills with Bondo and replacing chunks of siding. We are basically borrowing this place from the bugs and moss that really own it. Sue is a homemaker and magpie scrap collector for her collage/assembly art. Daughter Eleanor lives across town in Carrboro, Paris of the Piedmont. She’s an infectious disease fellow at UNC. Daughter Haley lives on a sailboat in Marina del Rey. She is a cinematographer with a great eye, always on lookout for more work in feminist/progressive filmmaking endeavors. Dingo Bodie
just found out his DNA results and is a little disappointed at how much pit bull ancestry he has. CAREER UPDATE: I am mostly very happy with my scholar/teacher post in social medicine, an interdisciplinary department at UNC. Lately I’ve been teaching approaches to biomedical controversies that highlight how social forces shape our science. I also get to serve on thesis/diss committees in anthro, communication, and religious studies. I wish there were fewer meetings about medical curriculum reform and more time to write.
That work is a young person’s game! I now work full-time in development. It’s been a good place for me to reunite with former students and players. Rewards in education tend to be deferred, and I feel very thankful to be reaping some of those doing this kind of work! Hard to fathom that when I started teaching at Gilman, the “kids” who were seniors that year are now 54 years old! “Time and tide…”
CRAZIEST THING GOING ON: We never owned a boat when I was growing up near Annapolis; I worked summers/ weekends at a boatyard and on OPBs (other people’s boats). So, came to sailing mostly in midlife. We now have a trailer boat problem (too many hubs and lower units to service). Bay Hen (21’, sharpie gaffer catboat, our camper/ gunkholer), Mud Hen (17’, open gaffer catboat, better for day trips with dog), Jet 14, Laser, 15’ Whaler. We sail often on nearby Jordan Lake, and drag the Bay Hen or Whaler to Harkers Island (to fish and camp around Cape Lookout) as often as we can. False albacore coming through soon. Also crazy: Heels in Sweet 16!
Stephanie and I have lived in Perry Hall since 1998 and will celebrate 39 years of marriage this June. Our three daughters, Deniece (34), Tammy (30), and Camille (20) are well and spread out across the country. Deniece lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Daniel, her stepson, Emerson, and her son, Brooks. She is expecting a third child (confirmed to be a girl) this summer. Our granddaughter will be named Waverly. Stephanie and I LOVE being grandparents! Plus, LA is a great place to visit in the winter! Deniece works for Spotify, running a team that contracts their podcast content. Tammy lives in D.C. and is a litigation lawyer at the firm of Arnold and Porter. Camille lives in St. Louis and is working her way through the college experience. COVID and national events have made her path (and most of the kids her age) a little unconventional compared to our youth. As a freshman, she attended Lindenwood University and had the great experience of being a part of their DII National Championship Women’s Lacrosse team last spring (2021). My parents are still with us! Dad is 90, and Mom is 87. The Good Lord has smiled on us in every way; we are thankful and blessed!
Tim Holley: All is well with the Holleys. I am still at Gilman, although in a different capacity than I was at our 40th reunion. I “retired” from being the AD, teaching, and coaching in 2018.
I get to see some of you either around campus or on the golf course! I truly cherish our long friendships and relationships! To say that Gilman has been a SIGNIFICANT part of my life is an
FAVORITE BINGE: “Patriot,” spy dry comedy (which had me from the father/ son duet of “If I Needed You” and the too-close-to-home head injury of John’s work competitor). Spoiler: deliveries get waylaid, parking spaces get appropriated, pipelines leak. Also “ZeroZeroZero.” More deliveries waylaid.
unquestionable understatement! I can’t thank God and my parents enough for providing the opportunity for me to be a part of Gilman and our class! Bob Johns: Susan and I are doing well. We were fortunate enough to have all four children, their significant others, and our granddaughter with us in Florida for the Christmas holidays: • Jen, Andy and Amelia came from England • Rich, Stef and “Bobert” (Nickname for grandson due June 1) came from NYC • Kelly and Matt came from D.C. and are to be married in June • Steph and Gary also came from D.C. and are to be married in October In case anyone doesn’t recall my personality, I’m still a strong Myers Briggs “J” like Sgt. Joe Friday … “Just the facts ma’am.” Tim O’Shea: All good with the O’Sheas. Our three adult children are finding their ways, the oldest Andrew in Philadelphia with wife Hannah and grandchild George. Middle child, daughter Tori has evolved from a teacher/coach to a finance/investment professional and seems to be on a good path personally and professionally here in Richmond, Virginia. Youngest son Riley is also in Richmond, will wed in June, uses data to facilitate corporate strategy, and is beginning to show signs of sharing his father’s stubborn obsessions. Great to have two of three here and the third traveling through frequently. Kim and I will be married 40 years this June. (That felt weird to type.) She keeps busy with home redecorating (our daughter-in-law is a designer), preparing meals before evening study halls for at-risk students attending schools like Gilman here in Richmond, some church activities, pickleball/golf, and constantly Summer 2 0 2 2
demonstrating patience and flexibility as she adjusts to having her husband work from home. Speaking of work, I sold my health analytics business to an HCM/software company in 2019, worked through a two-year integration transition, and am now a product leader in that technology company, all while knowing very little about software or basic product management. I am almost always the oldest guy in the Zoom room. I think I’ve figured out a way to go to a parttime advisory role sometime by the end of 2022, which will allow me to also continue advising startups in the health and benefits tech space. My goal is to stay busy without having a job. Working in a little more golf and travel will become a priority. I couldn’t be at the reunion this year. But I reflect often on how lucky I was to attend Gilman. I think I learned to apply myself, take on challenges, and to enjoy some success and suffer in defeat there. More importantly, I think of the Gilman culture and role models we shared, starting of course with Mr. Finney, but so many others too. It’s really special to see guys like Tim Holley follow in their footsteps. I will always cherish my Gilman classmates and our experiences together. Stuart Gray: FAMILY UPDATE: Katie and I too are empty nesters and living near Gilman, as you will find out if you can attend our reunion. Andy Freeman could kick a soccer ball from his front yard and hit our house. We have lived in this neighborhood for 24 years thanks to Andy. Our sons, Carter and Drew, bought a townhouse together in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore City. We still see them about once a week — mostly for crabs, oysters, and rockfish. I 144
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still think Baltimore has the best crabs, oysters, and rockfish in the country. Favorite dinner spots are Jimmy’s Seafood, Johnny’s in Roland Park, and the Valley Inn. CAREER UPDATE: Our business expanded during COVID with the increased use of technology. Since April 2020, I have been hosting a lot of Zoom calls as my clients are either retired or preparing for retirement. We do business in about 12 states, and the practice also focuses on managing 401k plans. My son, Drew, joined the practice this year, and we changed our name to Springlake Financial, which was Hap’s original idea. I read Hap’s “Career Update,” and he is too modest to admit that he is one of the top sales trainers in the industry. Katie is still managing a local family office, and Carter is still selling trial management software to law firms. Our dog, Marley, is still chasing FedEx trucks down the street. FAVORITE BINGE: “Ozark,” “Yellowstone,” and “1883.” I watched “Yellowstone” and “1883” with Hap, and hopefully I’ll get an invitation to Jim’s house to watch “Ozark” when that new episode comes out. Other than that, I follow March Madness (picked Villanova to win) and European Champions League soccer (picked Chelsea to win). John Eliasberg: I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for 38 years. My daughter is married and is a surgeon and researcher in NYC. My son lives in Brooklyn Heights, works for Big Tech, and enjoys running and travel. After living and working in New York, Florida, and California, I retired a few years ago. We sold our home in San Diego and now split time between Maine and Connecticut. I do a little consulting for banks and put a lot of effort into water projects in Maine. I
lost my mom last summer. If you’re ever in Maine near Acadia when there isn’t snow and want to say hello, drop me a line. I hope to be in Baltimore at the end of June to celebrate the centennial of my grandmother’s founding of what is now Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make our reunion, but I hope you had a wonderful time. Ed Wyche: FAMILY UPDATE: My wife, Christine, and I both retired last year and we are still trying to figure out the right cadence for our daily lives (most of my ‘figuring’ takes place on the golf course). We live about 30 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina, in the town of Denver, which is on Lake Norman. We have two daughters: Nicole (our oldest) is a VP of strategy and impact for a marketing and brand management firm in D.C. Our youngest daughter, Kelly, is just getting her footing after receiving her MBA from Yale during the height of the pandemic. She is currently living with us and working (remotely) as a team leader for the Google Creative Lab in NYC as well as working on starting her own company focused on support for intentional communities and diversity, equity, and inclusion training. FAVORITE BINGE: I don’t do much binge watching, but my wife is a huge fan of the “Outlander” series so I’m always hearing about what’s going on with Claire, Jamie, Brianna, etc. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the reunion, but I do get back up to Maryland fairly often to visit family. My mom and dad are 89 and 86 and still going strong but starting to slow down a bit. Fred White: FAMILY UPDATE: My wife, Chadijah, and I are preparing
to celebrate 40 years of marriage this coming June. We are still here, near Baltimore. I lost my mother back in 2018, but my father is still going strong as he approaches 86. Our daughter, Alicia, retired from her professional career performing with a ballet company in South Carolina after stints in NYC with Alvin Ailey where she graduated from Fordham University. She decided to return to college to study nursing. COVID has been tough on her, but we have supported her the best we can. She moved back to Baltimore with her children, so we are playing the grandparents role. Our grandchildren are Antonio (10), Abram (6) and Aria (20 months). The 10-year-old challenges Grandpa to race. I’m glad to report, I am still champ, but yelling “look over there” before yelling “go” will only last but so long. LOL. Our son, Fred III, currently works with a company building electronics since graduating from the University of Maryland. He is currently engaged to be married to a wonderful woman named Margaret. She is pursuing her masters in social work. My brother Joe (two years behind me at Gilman) has retired to Bel Air, Maryland. He recently became the grandfather of a beautiful little girl. CAREER UPDATE: I am semi-retired but still doing work for the software company I have been with. Looking to wind down over the next couple of years. My wife was home from teaching after COVID shut schools down. She decided it was time to retire and we both assisted with virtual learning for our grandsons until they returned to school. FAVORITE BINGE: I get to watch how many ways the wheels on the bus go round and round around town.
AAAAHHHHHH! Our little Aria loves it though. Jim Scriba: FAMILY UPDATE: No, I have not had any kids lately, but Debbie and I do have a couple of godchildren we see regularly. One struggles with schizophrenia and I cannot imagine families without the resources to support a kid like that. Tough stuff. The other two are doing well — one is an SE at Palo Alto networks (I did that) and the other is about as crunchy as one can be — she is an awesome kid. Brooke is a yoga teacher, and now does teacher training with a focus on trauma-informed yoga. Using yoga to overcome issues like eating disorders. My wife, Debbie, and I are well, and enjoying our small town, Sausalito. We both retired a number of years ago and stay busy. There is the Historical Society where I am the computer guy, managing an upcoming rescheduled fundraiser, and putting together exhibitions, etc. I am still trying to get my golf handicap down, we ski a lot, play on a bocce team, do yoga, and I volunteer with Sausalito Beautiful. Sausalito Beautiful’s goal is to assist the city in maintaining and improving its green spaces. I am the only guy on the bocce team and we just renamed ourselves “Belles and Balls.” You can see where I fit in. Debbie is active with church and the Sausalito women’s club. CAREER UPDATE: I packed it in a couple of years ago and now I volunteer and goof off. BINGE: Skiing, when there is snow, or sailing, when there is not. I have almost 100 races under my belt in the last five years or so. And yes, “Ozark” rocks. Just started watching “Inventing Anna,” Ruth Langhorne reimagined. Crazy story, although it gets redundant after a few episodes.
If you pass through Northern California and give me fair warning, I could be persuaded to take you for a sail around the bay. With the wind-induced fog in the summer it can be quite a ride. Mark Schuster: FAMILY UPDATE: Jeff and I are enjoying being back in the LA area. We found a place in La Cañada Flintridge, a town next to Pasadena. Our boys are high school seniors. Jacob will be going to Caltech in the fall, and Scott will be going to UC Berkeley. They’re both interested in various aspects of engineering. Neither wants to follow in my footsteps as a history major. We’re excited for them to be moving on to college, but we’re not sure how we (or our dog, Windsor) will adjust to being empty nesters. Maybe we will start reading books again or even go out on week nights. We welcome any suggestions! CAREER UPDATE: Nearly five years ago, I became founding dean and CEO of the new Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine in Pasadena, California. I wasn’t looking to leave the east coast, but the mission of the school really appealed to me. We focus on teaching patient-centered and team-based care, incorporating community and population health, emphasizing equity and inclusivity, countering student burnout and depression, and harnessing the best technologies and pedagogical approaches that we can for our curriculum. We don’t have a traditional cadaver lab, but instead use plastinates, augmented reality, and imaging. We also don’t have typical classes on specific disciplines, like biochemistry and physiology; instead, we have small-group, case-based learning in which we integrate biomedical, clinical, and health systems science through our organ-based courses. We welcomed our first (amazing) class in the summer of 2020. So, have I Summer 2 0 2 2
succeeded in convincing those of you with kids heading to med school to send them our way? FAVORITE BINGE: This week’s binge was “The Dropout” — chilling. Last week’s was “Bridgerton” — fun. We’re waiting for the final episodes of “Ozark” later this month and are eager for “Ted Lasso” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” to return — I guess that’s an odd pairing. The pandemic gave an opportunity to finally watch “The Wire,” as compelling as I’d been told. CRAZIEST THING GOING ON: The craziest thing going on? I don’t know. I did laundry today and felt elated that I was able to pair all the socks. Kind of crazy that that feels like a victory. I will try to get a hobby before the next reunion. Damon Roach: FAMILY UPDATE: I appreciate the opportunity to send this note to you all. My wife, the fabulous Sandy Dodson, and I are still living in Federal Hill (read South Baltimore) not far from where I grew up in Locust Point. Sandy is a 12-year Saint Mary’s of Annapolis girl having been raised in the Annapolis community of Eastport, for those of you familiar with the area. Her family has been Annapolitans for generations. She is the government relations manager for Maryland Auto Insurance. We have been together for 17 years and married for 10. This is the second rodeo for both of us. She is the light of my life. CAREER UPDATE: I am still working in the broadcast television systems business, and I am the business development manager for Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark LLC supporting our efforts in NextGen TV. NextGen TV is the commercial name for the Advanced Television Systems Committee’s new IP-based terrestrial television broadcast 146
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technology, or free and over-the-air TV known professionally at ATSC 3.0. The technology is rolling out across the U.S., is being broadcast in South Korea, and Jamaica and is under consideration in Brazil and India. I am also in discussions with several other Caribbean Island nations about NextGen TV. Unfortunately, I was not able to make the 45th reunion festivities as it conflicted with my business and professional duties in attending the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas. I will take this opportunity to wish each of you and your families all the best as we march into our 60s. Tim Lambert: FAMILY UPDATE: My wife, Kate, and I are marking 20 years in Kensington, Maryland, just north of the Washington, D.C., line. COVID saw our two daughters (ages 20 and 23) living with us. Both are well and thriving. Kate continues as a public elementary school teacher, now focused on English as a second language. CAREER UPDATE: I had the privilege of being one of the first employees of a new federal agency that opened its doors in 2011 called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, founded by Elizabeth Warren. I’m a civil rights lawyer by training, and I helped to start the CFPB’s office of fair lending. During our early years, we brought landmark redlining and other cases. Our work was significantly curtained during the prior administration and now has accelerated again. Prior to the CFPB, I worked at the Department of Justice doing voting rights cases and, later, at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, doing housing discrimination cases. I actually went to law school about 12 years out of college and, in that gap, did service work including
with homeless people in New York City and Guatemalan refugees in southern Mexico. It’s been a very interesting ride, to be sure! FAVORITE BINGE: “Mad Men.” I decided to watch it, in large measure, because my father was a “Mad Man” himself, a Madison Avenue advertising executive in New York City during the same period (early 1960s) as fictionalized in the show. Watching the show, I can channel what it must have been like for my dad’s days in that period. Also, the acting is great! CRAZIEST THING GOING ON: The day after the reunion this year, I’m heading to central Massachusetts for a weeklong silent meditation retreat. Over the years, mindfulness meditation has played a major role in my spiritual life, and I’ve relied, more and more, on periods of silence to maintain a sense of well-being and groundedness among all the challenges of life. Peter Wharton: FAMILY UPDATE: My husband, Grey, is in his second decade at NASA and worked with the James Webb telescope team, which is based in Baltimore. By the time this gets published we’ll hopefully see some of the incredible insights into the origins of our universe the Webb telescope promises to bring. He’s also the head speechwriter making sure NASA leadership says stuff we mere mortals can understand. Lately this has meant increasing travel, and as my travel gets back to normal we find ourselves playing tag-team dads to our five dogs. My brother John ’76 also lives in Southern Maryland, and during COVID, we began getting together every week, a habit I hope sticks. CAREER UPDATE: A couple of years ago I joined TAG Video Systems, a
media technology company based in Tel Aviv as their chief strategy and cloud officer. I had first discovered this company when I was migrating PBS into the Amazon cloud and was won over by their technology brilliance and ability to squeeze more compute capability out of servers than anyone I had ever seen. In the last year we’ve achieved 380+ Gbps of real-time video throughput through a single Dell server, something that I still think defies the laws of physics, and over 100m of hours usage in the cloud last year, another number I’m having trouble comprehending, especially as we weren’t even in the cloud when I started. After consulting with them for a year I joined the company at the start of COVID, so the show last week in Las Vegas was the first time I’ve met most of my colleagues in person. What a strange, fun, exciting, and fast-moving world it’s been.
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Everyone received the email that our classmate, John O’Donovan, passed away in January 2022. Lisa and sons, Jenks ’17 and Henry ’18, had his memorial service in March, which had a good showing of his Gilman classmates. John Chrystal made the drive from Boston to pay his respects while David Parker came down from New York where he still is an employee benefits executive. Patrick Edeline came from Northern Virginia where all of his daughters are now starting to get married. He also was visiting with his father, Claude, former Gilman French
teacher and soccer coach, who is recovering from a broken hip. Rick Watts was able to attend. He is fully enjoying retirement as he and Berta spend the winter months in Mexico. He also enjoys traveling as he took his family to the Galapagos Islands. Craig Russell made the trip from California to pay his respects. He is looking to settle there now that he has retired from the government. He and Nancy love their Olive Farm in Spain. Bill Senft was there with Louise. They recently joined the ranks of being grandparents as their daughter, Paula, has a new baby girl, Phipps. George Kelly did an outstanding job with the eulogy. He and Marietta are spending more time at their Denver condo where all their children are based. Plus, George has a new business venture and appears to be traveling more now than ever all over the world. Sam Hillers did not make it back for the memorial, but he was able to get back to Baltimore in January to say his goodbyes to O’D in person. Sam’s oldest child graduated from Colorado this year. Ted Millspaugh was able to attend and pay his respects to a fellow Ravens fan. Ted still throws outstanding tailgates prior to Ravens games. He is still practicing law but has now switched to a firm with a Baltimore office. Ted tells me that Guy Davis is doing much better after his recent health scare. Guy is doing well enough that he continues his practice as a national expert in bankruptcy accounting and recently switched firms. Tyler Blue was able to be there. He is still working but has transitioned to spending the winter months in Delray Beach, Florida.
McLane Cover was able to get there, too. He is still headquartered in New England but is making the move to winter in the Savannah, Georgia, area. Our classmate, Bart Classen, was there as well. Joe Carroll did one of the readings for the memorial service. Joe’s daughter, Hannah, was married last year. This should now allow Joe to finalize his plans to get married to Susan as she is a wonderful person. Bryan Koerber made the journey from Charleston, South Carolina, to pay his respects. He and Jill are becoming a top mixed doubles team in pickleball. Any visitors to the area are welcome to play them as they are accepting all challengers. Michael Cobb was also there. He continues to be one of the top officials for women’s lacrosse as well as a top-notch paddle and pickleball player. He is getting ready for the Koerber Challenge. Speaking of outstanding pickleball players, Patty and Sean Darby were in attendance. Sean continues to grow his elevator inspection business while in pursuit of a Pickleball National Championship. He is playing in the National Senior Olympics for Pickleball in Florida this May. Sean’s daughter, Julia, graduated from Tulane in May. Hopefully, he had no transportation issues getting from Florida to New Orleans. His son Charlie ’17 is now living in NYC. From social media, I see that Alex Montague is still enjoying some of the old high school events by attending the spring steeplechase races. Although from the picture I saw, he is better behaved today than when we were
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younger. He finally had a hat to block the sun rays. Carter Buxbaum still lives in Richmond where one of his consulting clients is Sean’s elevator inspection firm. I believe that at least one of his children is following their father to study at UVA. Speaking of the University, David Mulholland has been seen as a spectator at several UVA Men’s Lacrosse games this spring. He is enjoying the Cavaliers recent dominance in the sport. Jim Wilkerson is continuing to improve his health since his major surgery. He has retired and spends all his time with his family. His youngest son, Bennett, is getting ready to start high school at Boys’ Latin. I know that father and son have been playing golf. His son Jay ’24 plays lacrosse, football, and also wrestles at Gilman. He has the potential to be better than his dad. Marc Dubick’s youngest child, Elliott, is going to MD to follow in his father and brother’s footsteps to play lacrosse. Marc is still in the real estate development business with no signs of slowing down. He and Draga spend much of the summer in Bethany Beach if you are ever looking for dinner partners. Biff Poggi and family have moved to the University of Michigan for most of the year now where his youngest child, Mary, is a freshman. Biff is also on Coach Harbaugh’s coaching staff. This past season they beat Ohio State for the first time in a decade. Tom Booker’s son, Thomas ’18, was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the recent NFL Draft. I was glad that I was able to attend his draft party. It was a very special day and moment for the Booker family. Head coach Lovie Smith called Thomas directly to inform him of the team’s selection.
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As for myself, I am still in the financial services and employee benefits business with my three brothers. My oldest son, Mac ’14, works with my brother, Henry, in the employee benefits area. My daughter, Leslie, is getting a master’s from Notre Dame of Maryland in contemporary communications. Luke ’15 is an assistant lacrosse coach at Susquehanna University while Drew ’17 is becoming a top flight pickleball player in his spare time. He works for AIG and is waiting to find out if he will need to move to Houston. Ellen and I are in a good spot. We both plan to continue to work while adding some social travel now that all our children have finished their college degrees.
celebrated 36 years of marriage, and are enjoying their two “practically perfect” grandchildren in Baltimore.
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Our 45th reunion is in two years. Start planning to attend now. Remember, these notes are only as good as the information that I receive. Rick Snyder: Retired from the Navy on August 1, 2021, after 38 years, as a Vice Admiral. Relocated back to Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and starting a new chapter in the consulting business. Welcomed grandchild number four just before retirement. David Portnoy: Semi-retired after more than a dozen years as a head of school in Texas and Nevada, “Cousy” has launched his own consulting firm, trained as a legal mediator with classmate Bill Senft’s wife, Louise, (dusting off the J.D.), wrestled with pancreatitis, completed three volumes of his comic strip “Ivy Daze” (for sale at The Ivy Bookshop), recorded a slew of new COVID-themed song lyrics to popular melodies (see YouTube), and delivered the keynote at Gilman’s professional development day on diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools, drawing on more than 30 years of working in schools, including Gilman, Bryn Mawr, and RPCS. He and Shira recently
We were able to get a few classmates together for a lunch recently, which was very nice. Our invite list is getting bigger and, if you would like to be included, please let me know. Brian Lyles was unable to attend but says he has been keeping busy with marketing and internal corporate communications projects at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies, plus charitable duties as the new president of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) and immediate past president of the CityLit Project. Also, he recently moved to Highfield House, which everyone should remember was the location of our graduation party.
Paul Danko has now been married for over a year and is the Brady Bunch plus one. I see Paul often at the golf course and he is doing well. Keith Keel is enjoying being Pop Pop. Jeff Salkin did make the lunch and told me his daughter moved to London and, on a recent visit, he was able to connect with Alan Livsey. He was happy to report Alan is doing well. Tom Scott, Roland Mackenzie, Alan Macksey were all disappointed they were unable to join us. All three seem to be doing well. David deMuth missed the lunch due to a bout with COVID. It was great seeing Hans Wittich again. Hans shared this nugget: “Had a really great random virtual encounter with a classmate. Out of the blue, got an email asking, ‘Is this the Hans Wittich from Gilman?’ It was from Paul Bierman! He is a professor at University of Vermont. He apparently was researching some old army stuff for a book he’s writing, and stumbled across some information about a guy who went to McDonogh (Joe Franklin), and it mentioned his sister Jean Wittich. The guy was my uncle, who was a career army guy. Had some great back-and-forth with Paul, glad to report he is a super good guy, even after all these years, hadn’t seen him since graduation!” Bill Atkins was able to make it from D.C. to the lunch. He had to make sure he won his big trademark case first. Mark Hillman was also able to cross two beltways and make it to the venue. Mark is doing a terrific job with his mutual fund, as my clients can attest to. Keep up the great work.
Paul Hazlehurst was the best dressed at the lunch. All those reading this, please get up off the floor. While he was best dressed, he was still 30+ minutes late so that part has not changed. Charlie O’Donovan made it to the get-together as well. I hadn’t seen Charlie since his dad’s memorial service. Charlie, your dad would have been proud of your eulogy. Charlie also just got back from a weekend visit with John Zentz in St Louis. I believe they tore up John’s shooting club. Also seen at Charlie’s dad’s service was Grif Morrel. Grif is still in North Carolina and is a proud grandparent to boot. Speaking of grandparents, Bruce Ann and Shockey Gillet have two grandchildren and live on a horse farm. Shockey was another lunch attendee. Mark Licht made it as well and still remains a bachelor. Roger Levin took time out of his busy schedule and came south from his PA office midweek. Steve Plunkert also made it to the lunch and is also a grandparent. Steve unfortunately left before we were able to get our picture taken. Next time, brother. TJ Woel said he would be there as well, but somehow was a no show. We do talk from time to time, but, TJ, we would like to see you in the flesh. Will Griffith is still surfing every day. My family is doing well. My oldest is working in the ER at St Joe’s. My middle daughter is finishing her junior year at Coastal Carolina. My son is finishing his junior year in high school and has straight As. He wants to major in artificial intelligence in college. My wife is still loving her career as a nurse. I
do not know anyone who works harder. I am still trying to play my 100th course in top 100. I was happy to see Tim Codd play my white whale, Augusta National, a week before their big tournament.
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Jim Cavanaugh: Continuing my scholarly work as a professor in the department of physical therapy at the University of New England. Currently I am a co-investigator on a five-year, multi-site clinical trial studying the effect of a physical activity (walking) intervention for persons with Parkinson disease, mediated by mobile-health technology. Deb and I just celebrated 34 years of marriage. Rob (31) is finishing a Ph.D. in communication science at Pitt. Katie (28) teaches middle and high school Spanish in Raleigh, North Carolina. We’ve started spending winters in the Charleston, South Carolina, area, where we’ve met a great group of tennis and pickleball friends. Tom Finney: Well, it is hard to believe that another year has flown by, and I am very grateful to be back in the office with my partners. This is my fourth year with Merrill, and I could not be happier. Without a doubt the greatest satisfaction I experience every day is being a father and seeing what were my young children who have now become young adults. My daughter, Georgie, is about to finish her first year of graduate school for physical therapy and my son, Tommy ’18, is graduating from University of Delaware in May. My friendships and the wonderful experiences of my Gilman education remind me each and every day of how lucky I am and how much I look forward to whatever the future holds. Stay well! Summer 2 0 2 2
Mark Neumann: Things are good in the Neumann household and we are enjoying our empty-nesterhood. Our oldest, Paul ’13 is getting married in June to the girl he took to his junior prom. He obviously didn’t take a dip in the harbor as I recall some classmates did at our prom! We continue to spend a lot of time in Bethany Beach (yes, even in the winter) and I can usually be found bartending at The Penguin on weekend mornings. Willy Moore: Sitting here on a pleasant rainy Sunday, contemplating what to share with the fellas from ’81. Our house is now quiet, having just deposited our younger son, Ben, at the train station for his trip back home to NYC. He came home for his older brother’s 29th birthday. I am still in shock at the mere thought of being the father of a 29-year-old … that means I am … UGH, can’t even go there. But hey, it is not so bad, because one classmate has a child in their 40s, I think! Enough about feeling old, as all is great with the Moores. Young Ben Moore is still climbing the ladder at EY’s investment banking industrials group in NYC, and he is enjoying living in the Turtle Bay area of the City. He has a great flat with two frat brothers, and because of the COVID mass exodus of people from NYC, he is paying less in rent than his brother was paying in an apartment building in Fed Hill of Baltimore. Older brother Henry is doing exceptionally well in his position with Flywheel Digital on Locust Point, and just bought a great 1870s three-story row home in Federal Hill. He has a rooftop deck that looks at the water of the harbor in one direction, and he can turn 90 degrees to see a stunning view of downtown. He walks to work and is loving life. Caroline is traveling quite a bit, as she is getting close to moving to the construc150
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tion phase of a large deal in Charlotte, and she expects to get a long stalled medical research and lab space project with University of Maryland moving within the next few months. And work is going gangbusters at Southway Builders. We were just honored with a Project of the Year award for a City affordable housing building, and we were just listed #7 on the Baltimore Business Journal’s list of contractors in Baltimore with the most work in the city. Everyone above us on the list are multi-billion-dollar-a-year businesses, and we are #2 for Baltimore-based businesses. I marvel at what our great teams have accomplished since I started as the company’s first hire in February of 1993. It has been a fun ride! Back in July, the Moores and Burnetts had a long weekend together at Hal and Jeremy’s beautiful vacation spot on Lake Norman in North Carolina. I can report that both Hal and Jeremy have been doing a lot of traveling ever since Hal got his pilot’s license. He is still keeping a full book of patients in Winston Salem, but he is also taking advantage of the ability to pick up and go on a moment’s notice. Also of note, on May 8, Hal’s son Ben follows in his dad’s footsteps by graduating from Duke University. In October, we had our 40th reunion on campus. Given we were still in questionable COVID territory, I think the showing was pretty decent. We had Skip Cerf, Andy Rich, Del Dressel, Tom Fusting, Carl Etchison, Doug Hoffman, Sam Riley, Bobby Greenfeld, and Terry Swindell for dinner, and I think we had Tom Finney, Cotton Swindell, and Peter Cho, who were only able to stay for cocktails. My wife, Caroline, was the sole significant other to join in the fun. Apologies for
those I have missed; remember, I have a 29-year-old kid, and my memory ain’t what it used to be.
Skip Cerf, Andy Rich, Del Dressel, Tom Fusting, Carl Etchison, Doug Hoffman, Willy Moore, Sam Riley, Bobby Greenfeld, and Terry Swindell
Several months ago, Tom Snider, Marcus Ranum, and I had a great lunch with Steve Siwinski. I would share some of the old stories, but I am unsure if the statute of limitations has yet been reached and we don’t want to make it too easy for law enforcement; best to leave it to your imagination! Also Rob Hopkins and I had a chance to catch up with Clarke Griffith when he was in town to help his siblings with his mom’s service and estate. Reflecting on the pastoral beauty of Maryland compared to his life in NYC, Clarke suggested he would consider trying to buy a getaway place in Maryland. From my perspective, there is nothing finer than the Land of Pleasant Living, so I hope we get to see Clarke with a greater level of frequency. In April, Caroline and I got to spend some quality time with Ted Xanders, who was in Baltimore for the first time in three years. Ted is the managing partner at a law firm in LA that specializes in appellate work. His wife, Julie, was finally able to get away from being the chief legal counsel for Times Mirror, and is now very happy to live a more manageable life as the legal counsel for
the regional law school. Ted’s daughter, Rory, is in college in Edinburgh, Scotland, and his son, Conor, is back in LA after graduating from college in Connecticut. Lastly, if any of you ’81 out-of-towners are hoping to come to town for any reason at all, know that Hotel Moore is open and we would be glad to have you. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you over the coming year. Best to you all!
Owen and Willy Perkins in Lake Michigan, between games of the doubleheader.
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Charlie Price: Enjoying being a grandfather. My first daughter gave birth to a boy in August 2021. My second daughter is getting married the same day as our 40th reunion, April 23, 2022. Sorry, walking her down the aisle will take priority. At least we’ll all be having a good time that night. Adding two sons-in-law and a grandson hasn’t made a lick of difference — my wife and daughters still hold all the power. I continue in my role as a partner in the law firm of Koshiba Price & Gruebner, specializing in general civil litigation, real property litigation, title and escrow litigation, insurance coverage, and bad faith litigation, labor and employment law, and personal injury litigation.
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Five Gilman alumni — Gerry Brewster ’75, Eben Eck ’83, John Purnell ’76, John Worthington ’81, and captain George Doub ’82 — teamed up on behalf of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club (GSVHC) to defeat The Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C., 3-2 in a backgammon match on February 10. The win was GSVHC’s second victory in the seven matches since 2016. This year’s match and the dinner that followed celebrated the life and friendship of Mr. Temple Grassi ’65, who passed away last year.
The GSVHC winning team (from left): George Doub (captain), Eben Eck, Gerry Brewster, John Worthington, and John Purnell.
Owen Perkins: I didn’t realize it when this picture was taken in late August of 2021, but I was two days into what turned into a monthlong road trip that went more than 5,000 miles from Colorado to Maine to Baltimore and multiple points along the way. I’m still writing about baseball for outlets for which I’ve been writing for more than 20 years, including MLB.com (since 2002) and the Telluride Daily Planet (since 1993). It was mostly a family trip, but the Rockies were in Chicago, and Chicago was on my route, so I covered the series and caught up with David Reahl (my Roland Park Little League teammate from the c. ’72-’76 Bearcats and a classmate since at least ’78) and Andy Owens, classmates since at least ’73. We met after a doubleheader at Wrigley that took three extra innings before the Rockies beat the uniforms formerly inhabited by the Cubs. In a sign of the times, most of the bars in Wrigleyville were closing about an hour after the nightcap ended, but we found a place open until 10 and closed it down as we reminisced. Billy Heller couldn’t make it, citing a commitment to perform surgery in the morning. I told Heller, “Surgery schmurgery,” but he held fast. David and Andy are doing great, and it was a fantastic way to set the tone for one of my best road trips ever. We’d last rendezvoused during the 2003 playoffs when the Marlins beat the Cubs on the way to winning the World Series. Please make plans to join us next time in 2039 for the O’s–Cubs Fall Classic! It was also great to see fellow 12-year men Dave Hess and Wells Obrecht as well as Sally Hess and lots of other friends for a celebration of the life of Patricia Barrett Perkins, my mom, at Lake Roland Park on what would have been her 90th birthday, September 11, 2021. Dave and Wells are both doing Summer 2 0 2 2
great, and it was really special to spend the afternoon with these lifelong friends. Alex Gavis: After 25 years working in house at Fidelity Investments, I retired at the end of 2021 to embrace new adventures. My wife, Jane, and I are in the process of downsizing from our home in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and I am taking on teaching several courses at a local law school and also doing a lot of volunteer nonprofit work. My youngest is graduating from NYU/Tisch this spring, and our oldest is working in Chicago, so we are truly empty nesters. Brian Doud: On April 23, 2022, the Class of 1982 celebrated its 40th reunion with a cocktail party on the Harris Terrace with all reunion classes followed by a dinner and reception in the library. In attendance were Chris Alevizatos, Dirck Bartlett, Frank Bonsal, Terry Booker, Scott Bortz, Scott Bowerman, Ned Brody, Taylor Classen, Jim Cooke, John Danko, Van Dorsey, George Doub, Brian Doud, Mitch Ford, Joel Getz, Les Goldsborough, Jay Goldstein, David Hess, Tom Hoen, Willy Howard, Nick Kouwenhoven, Tim Krongard, Glenn Lacher, Bill Mathews, John Morrel, Tim Naylor, Pat O’Brien, Wells Obrecht, Owen Perkins, Wendell Phillips, Doug Riley, Tim Robinson, Joe Seivold, Ross Taylor, Ed Villamater, Tom Waxter, Peter Wilson, David Wright, Alberto Zapata, and Bruce Zukerberg. Reunion preparations began in early 2022 when Tom Waxter and Doug Riley used strong-arm tactics, false promises, and guilt-tripping to convince me, Jim Cooke, Joel Getz, Wells Obrecht, and Ed Villamater to participate on the reunion committee. Many thanks are extended to the Development Office staff of Nathaniel Badder ’94 and Erin Ross for their assistance in planning and executing this event. 152
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Before the reunion, the committee met for a quick celebration at Tom Waxter’s house and to exhale a sigh of relief that people were actually going to come to the reunion! In attendance were Tom Waxter, Brian Doud, Doug Riley, Joel Getz, Jim Cooke, and Wells Obrecht. Dirck Bartlett and Tim Naylor stopped by for the free appetizers and beer! The evening began with a cocktail party in a tent on the Harris Terrace which, by the way, looks totally different from our days at the Tech. The tent hosted an open bar and hors d’oeuvres as our classmates erased the years to begin our night of reminiscing, catching up, and reacquainting ourselves with “boys” with gray and/or thinning hair and larger and/or thicker waistlines. After an hour or so on the Harris Terrace, we made our way up the inner stairwell — which does not seem as scary as I remember from third form when I would see Tom Booker ’79, Joe Carroll ’79, Biff Poggi ’79, Ned Finney ’79, Jimmy Wilkerson ’79, and Has Franklin ’79 running down those stairs at full speed — to the Common Room which also looks incredibly clean and unused! We made our way down the hallway to the library where our memories of days gone by conjure up an image of Miss May Holmes walking slowly towards the swinging doors and Mercer Neale’s office and classroom lurking on the right where a trash can with Gilman School IDs once lay full. Today, that hallway is gone and the library has extended out into that hallway. We met in the area of the library that once housed the check-out desk and the magazine racks along with select reading areas when we were students. The Lower School students in our group, particularly those who started in first grade/lower first form, were remi-
niscing of the old dining hall and eating lunch in that arena. After a few more cocktails, Tom Waxter, as co-chair of the reunion committee, welcomed the guests back to campus and we held a moment of silence for our classmates who are no longer with us: Bobby Bone, Paul Cripps, Kurl Erlbeck, Calvin Lauf, Tinu Patel, Robert Perkins, Lawrie Riggs, Larry Seidman, and Chuck Wilder. Doug Riley also added a few words as co-chair of the reunion committee reminding us of our shared experiences and the close brotherhood that remains because of those shared experiences. He closed hoping that the closeness we have remains forever. Amen to that, Doug. Yours truly, in keeping with my position as class secretary, also thanked the attendees, pointing out that Ross Taylor came the farthest traveling across the country to join the festivities. Ross did come without his better half, as Kathleen was left at home watching the triplets. Plus, the last time Ross brought Kathleen, he was a non-entity at the reunion, easily out-shined by his wife! I also took the opportunity to thank the non-graduate contingent of Frank Bonsal, Terry Booker, George Doub, Willy Howard, Pat O’Brien, Wendell Phillips, and David Wright, who are a testament to the connection Gilman builds with its students and this class has retained. I also had to comment on and thank the McDonogh contingent — Terry Booker, Willy Howard, and Pat O’Brien — who attended the reunion. I am taking this opportunity to say thank you to one of our classmates who prefers to remain anonymous for paying for the reunion party in the library. The reunion committee had asked me to come up with some entertainment with David Knipp. Unfortunately, I learned
that David would not be attending and I was left to my own devices. Tom Waxter, rightly so, was concerned with what I might say or do but I assured him that it would all come together — wink, wink. So, the day before the reunion, I decided to create a quiz of 40 questions for our 40th. I reviewed the survey with my wife who promptly eliminated almost half of my questions as inappropriate, rude, and potentially slanderous/ libelous. Please email me for a full list of the questions. Mr. Siwinski stopped by and worked the room, stopping to chat with many of us. It was good seeing him and I am grateful he spent the time talking to us. Headmaster Smyth stopped by for a moment, as well. The Bagel Squad attendees — Scott Bowerman, Ned Brody, Jay Goldstein, and Bruce Zukerberg — did sneak out to grab dinner somewhere and talk trash about John Harrison, Rick Friedman, and Jay Brennan. School administrators kicked us out at 10 p.m., and some of us — Brian Doud, Ross Taylor, Joel Getz, David Hess, Les Goldsborough, Wells Obrecht, Owen Perkins, and Alberto Zapata — met at the Mt. Washington Tavern for an additional drink and more reminiscing and trash-talking about classmates who did not attend. Dan-O Senft paid his respects to us and it was great seeing him and, more impressively, having him remember many of us. To those of you who attended the reunion, thank you for taking the time to come and reconnect personally. To those of you who could not attend, I hope you try to make the 45th reunion in 2027. If you would like reunion photos, please contact me.
Chris Alevizatos and his wife, Amy, have a daughter, Sarah, attending the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. His oldest daughter, Kayla, has made him a grandfather and his son Braeden just graduated from Maryland majoring in architecture. His son Ryan is graduating from Gilman Class of 2022. Chris continues to practice as a urologist with Chesapeake Urology Associates. Dirck Bartlett and his wife, Christy, are empty nesters on the Eastern Shore where Dirck continues his work at Ilex Construction. His daughter, Katherine, is in Baltimore, and his son, Peter, is in Washington, D.C. Rumor has it that Dirck’s property abuts the property of Willis Magill ’83 and the gunfire from those properties during hunting season is quite impressive. I cannot confirm Sam Rhee is the game warden/weapons master for the Magill-Bartlett Hunting Club. Frank Bonsal is now managing partner at Bonsal Capital, which invests in pre-seed, seed, and early-stage focused companies that target the future of learning and work. Nick Brader continues to run NJB Engineering, concentrating in land planning and site feasibility analysis development with extensive experience in site feasibility studies, and civil engineering projects. Ken Brown is in Baltimore where he is a performing artist — under the performance name “Analysis” — and a writer, minister, bookseller with more than 20 years of experience in transformational education and ministry, dissemination of information and dynamic performing arts. Ken continues as a bookseller at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse. Aaron Bryant continues in his role as curator of photography, visual anthro-
pology, and contemporary history at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. Taylor Classen continues in his role as a partner for Delbert Adams Construction Group in Baltimore. His son Taylor ’20 was mentioned recently in an alumni email about purchasing the luxury watch brand Towson Watch Co. from Sagamore Ventures, a venture capital firm owned by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank. Jim Cooke has left Network Media Partners after 25 years and started Wasitacatisaw LLC, a company committed to building a better catamaran. I enjoyed speaking to Jim’s wife, Anna, reminiscing about the business district that was on Coldspring Lane in the mid-’70s to mid-’80s. Jim’s son JB ’07 is in Dallas and his son Max ’10 is in Fort Lauderdale. He and Anna have a daughter, Paula, at McDonogh. John Danko continues with the family business as president and CEO of Danko Arlington, which specializes in military and commercial aluminum and bronze sand castings, 3D sand, and 3D plastic printing of rapid prototypes and production parts. John made a brief appearance at the reunion before a multi-state trip to the Midwest where I learned his eldest son, Daniel, was deciding between the University of Maryland and Lafayette College (Dad’s alma mater) for college. Van Dorsey continues in his role of general counsel for the Maryland Insurance Administration. Van’s daughter, Julia, is a member of the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams at UNC. George Doub continues practicing law in Baltimore. I learned at the reunion that George is also a member Summer 2 0 2 2
of the four-name club: George Moffett Cochran Doub III. George did confirm he only uses one of his middle names. Mitch Ford continues in his role as senior vice president, financial advisor, and portfolio management director of The Ford Group at Morgan Stanley where he is fortunate to work with his dad and brother Mac ’81. In the file of “It’s a Small World,” I learned at the reunion that Mitch’s wife and I were contemporaries at Johns Hopkins but did not know each other. Obviously, Susan went to class. Les Goldsborough continues in his role as director of philanthropic planning at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. I happen to be “The Godfather” to Les’ youngest son, Adger, whom I dote upon with gifts of noise-making and destructive capabilities. As a side note, I am also “The Godfather” to the sons of John Marty ’91. I am either truly blessed to be honored as such, or these people should really know better. Dr. Jay Goldstein continues in his role as a lecturer at the University of Maryland where he lectures on the growth, learning, understanding, and application of psychological skills training for sport and exercise and the stress management for life, the biopsychosocial aspects of children in sports and the management of youth fitness, sports and educational programs. I contacted Jay when Mike Nesmith of The Monkees passed away, retaining some piece of information in my brain that Jay liked The Monkees. He responded with: “It’s either amazing or crazy that you would remember such arcane data about the musical preferences of my youth! Still, it is good to hear from you.” Dr. John Harrison continues practicing medicine as an internist affiliated with
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the Academy of Lifelong Learning at University of Maryland Baltimore.
Jamey Hebb is a senior client solutions executive with Manheim Auctions.
Tim Krongard is a partner at Anchor Capital Management Company. I enjoyed catching up with Tim at the reunion where I was reminded his wife Frances is a “Brookie” (she comes from Mountain Brook, Alabama) and hearing his commentary on a wide variety of topics!
David Hess and his wife, Sally, recently bought another house in Hampden. Over drinks at the Tavern, Dave explained the benefits of having a city location to make his life a bit easier when he wanted to stay in town to supplement his country living at his studio in Phoenix. I did learn, from a friend from graduate school, that Dave was commissioned to create a 70-foot-long, 32-foot-high sculpture arching over the circular drive in front of the Greensboro Science Center. The sculpture ‘Relativity’ took Dave seven months to design and eleven months to fabricate, and is intended to engage viewers’ imaginations and symbolize a spirit of discovery and learning. Dave did have one of the best comments at the reunion. Tom Hoen continues in his role as senior vice president of growth technologies at Network for Good, which provides simple and smart fundraising software for nonprofit organizations. Will Howard is a freelance editor working in Baltimore for clients such as Johns Hopkins University, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Sheridan Journal Services. I caught up with Will at the reunion, and while he does miss Taos, New Mexico, he is glad to be home near his sister Beth and his brother JB ’81. David Knipp continues in his role as vice president at Obrecht Commercial Real Estate working every day with Wells Obrecht. Nick Kouwenhoven continues in his role as the executive director for
Glenn Lacher is a real estate agent with Long & Foster in Lutherville. At the reunion, Joe Seivold led us in a hearty rendition of “Happy Birthday Lenny Lache” to celebrate Glenn’s 58th! Dr. Bill Mathews has retired from his research work at The Johns Hopkins University. He and Michaela are splitting time between their home in Ruxton and Avalon, New Jersey. John Morrel continues in his role as principal at Marshall Craft Associates, a high-quality, technically advanced, solutions-based architectural design firm based in Baltimore. Simon Najar is a purchasing manager at DTLR where he manages the procurement and contract negotiation for goods and services for 85 door national retail operations. Tim Naylor continues as president of Naylor Antiques, which advises clients on appraisals and consultations on specific pieces to acquire or sell. One of Tim’s sons lives in Honduras and the other lives in Boston. Wells Obrecht continues in his role as president of Obrecht Commercial Real Estate, working every day with David Knipp. For the foreseeable future, I cannot use Wells as a source of news, gossip, and lies as he is an esteemed member of the Tech’s Board of Trustees. I caught up with Wells’ better
half, Mary, at Tom Waxter’s reunion committee gathering and learned that their son Charlie is in New York, son Teddy is at Tufts and daughter Annie is graduating from RPCS. Pat O’Brien continues his role as owner of Patrick Reid O’Brien Studio, which specializes in custom art and commercial design. Dr. Leigh Panlilio continues in his role as a research fellow at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health with concentration in the neuropsychopharmacology of opioids, stimulants, cannabinoids and nicotine. Dr. Mark Peeler continues as a vascular surgeon with Cardiology Associates in Annapolis, Maryland, and Chester, Maryland. Doug Riley has made a full recovery from the brain surgery he had in 2020 to correct an arteriovenous malformation. Doug brought his wife, Choya, to the reunion, and she was absolutely charming. Doug provided the music that accompanied the reunion slide show. As an aside, Tom Waxter and I did note a preponderance of Wells Obrecht images in that slide show. Doug was kind enough to grant my one musical request: “Dazz” by Brick in honor of our friend Chuck Wilder (it was Chuck who introduced me to that song in 1976!). In return, I introduced Doug to “Jugg King” by Young Scooter and “Show Da World” by L’il Boosie. Doug and Tim Robinson were a bit shocked at my current musical tastes. After the reunion, Doug sent me the following: “I am coming up on my fifthyear wedding anniversary to Choya Riley. Tim Robinson was the best man at my wedding. I have a 32-year-old stepdaughter who just started working
at a YMCA in Baltimore. I am still playing electric bass guitar and loving it, and am trying to master golf although I know that may not be possible. Workwise, I am still doing front-end software development and backend database design (C#.Net and T-SQL).”
will never forget. I was touched that Mr. Vishio kept that image after all these years and knowing too that I was not one of his stellar students!
Tim Robinson continues in his role as a senior systems engineer at Northrup Grunman. Tim’s son, Talbott, is graduating from UMBC in 2022 and his daughter, Rebecca, attends Columbia. Edwin Villamater continues in his role as chief of the department of anesthesia, Northwest Medical Center in Baltimore and a clinical assistant professor of anesthesia at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Eddie’s son, Ethan, is graduating from the Tech in 2022 and his daughter, Emma, is at BMS. I contacted Rhett Waldman before the reunion and he let me know he was unable to attend due to family obligations and the end of Passover. He asked me to consume all the trayf, to which I heartily agreed. Rhett and I also corresponded when Mr. Vishio passed away in October. We both agreed how fortunate we were to have him as a teacher at Gilman. Recently, Mr. Vishio’s son Anton ’86 sent me a kind note after I wrote to him following his father’s passing. In return, he sent me a photo of me and Mr. Vishio taken at the Roman Coliseum in 1986. I was visiting Rome with my parents and heard a familiar distinctive voice. I followed it and found a group of students surrounding Mr. Vishio listening intently to some story to which added I some unasked-for levity, which did not go over well with Mr. Vishio. He yelled out, “Who said that?” and I emerged from the crowd with a big grin and received a bear hug from one of my favorite teachers. A moment I
Tom Waxter remains a partner at the law firm of Goodell DeVries concentrating primarily on product liability defense. Tom deserves A LOT of credit for keeping the reunion committee focused and on point with regular calls and emails. We missed seeing his better half at the reunion but she was in Nashville visiting one of his daughters. Tom’s son, Jake ’15, is in Denver, and Wax mentioned another daughter in Baltimore. Peter Wilson continues in his role as principal and director of business development at Waldon Studio Architects in Baltimore. Scott Bortz continues his career as a partner for Tribek Properties in Charlotte, North Carolina, which specializes in ground-up development, property management, brokerage, disposition, and acquisition. I enjoyed spending time at the reunion with Scott and his better half, Cathy, who are enjoying the life of empty nesters. Dr. Scott Bowerman continues in his role as an orthopaedic surgeon with Rome Orthopaedic Center in Rome, Georgia. Scott focuses mainly on joint replacement of the hip and knee as well as general orthopaedics. Jay Brennan is enjoying retirement in Salem, South Carolina. Summer 2 0 2 2
My sources tell me that Ned Brody continues in his role as founder and partner of Foundry.ai, a technology studio focused on data science to design, prototype, and concept-test ideas across multiple industries, from healthcare to media. Ned and his wife, Toni, live in Washington, D.C. My sources tell me that Jay Dugan splits time between Baltimore and South Florida these days. I understand he, Geary Stonesifer, and Herb May have been hanging out recreating Calvert and Gilman days! Charlie Eck has relocated to Jupiter, Florida. After more than 10 years at the Richards Group in Dallas, Doug Eyring is now creative director with Eyko Creative, his own boutique agency in Dallas. Jose Maisog continues in his role as senior data scientist for Blue Health Intelligence in Washington, D.C. Blue Health delivers insights that empower healthcare organizations to improve patient care, reduce costs, and optimize performance with the largest, most up-to-date, and uniform data set in the healthcare industry. Wendell Phillips is vice chancellor for external affairs and military relations at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Wendell is a member of the leadership team at Fayetteville State, and his team oversees relationships with local and county officials, state and federal representatives, military partners and key stakeholders, and business development leaders near the university. I asked Wendell at the reunion if he rode his “hog” to Baltimore to which he replied he left his motorcycle in Fayetteville!
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Ransone Price continues in his role as an actuary at Genworth Financial in Richmond, Virginia. Bill Rush continues in his role as a client executive with Optum Healthcare Solutions. John Sanders continues in his role as manager of international trade for The David J. Joseph Company managing the international ferrous raw materials marketing and procurement actions of Nucor Steel (a Fortune 150 Company) with specialization in the European and MENA regions. John and Kathy recently moved to Daniel Island, South Carolina, in Charleston. I spoke to Jeb Saunders to invite him to the reunion. Unfortunately, due to family obligations, our class president was unable to attend. Jeb continues his role as special deputy attorney general, North Carolina Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Division where he assists seniors who are victims of fraud and files civil actions against businesses and individuals engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices. Jeb sent in the following: “You may like this poem by Rick Friedman from Jack Thompson’s math class. Whenever we had a quiz, it seemed like Joey Seivold managed to miss it, with an orthodontist excuse. One morning, instead of turning in the quiz, Rick wrote: There once was a student named Joe Who never to math class would go. He missed every assignment For dental realignment But was burned when he finally did show. Rick remembered this poem, and said Jack Thompson wrote an epitaph on his quiz, “Yes, but he didn’t get a zeRO.” Joe Seivold continues in his role as headmaster of Berkeley Prep, Tampa’s premier college preparatory institution.
For those of you who may not be aware, Joe was elected to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2020 where he joins his dad, Joseph ’79. If you are curious to learn more of Joe’s story, go to YouTube and search on “Path to Follow Podcast Episode #66 — Joseph Seivold ’82.” This is a Gilman podcast with a teacher interviewing our classmate and puts “Joey” in a truly different light! Geary Stonesifer continues in his role as president and owner of Mrs. Peters Smokehouse, which specializes in smoking local wild fish on open racks with local hardwoods. Randy Wilgis is now chief executive officer at Hoowaki, LLC, which specializes in microsurface technologies and friction solutions. The company recently adapted its existing technologies to develop the first injection molded nasopharyngeal collection swab for COVID-19 testing. Peter Williams continues in his role of director of business development for Baker Roofing. Alberto Zapata continues in his role as senior counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. At the reunion, Al mentioned his struggles dealing with the social life of his 18-year-old daughter, Emilia! Bruce Zukerberg was looking trim and fit at the reunion obviously benefiting from his new life as a retiree. Dr. Chris Cebra continues in his role as the department chair for clinical sciences; Glen Pfefferkorn and Morris Wendorf Endowed Professor in Camelid Medicine; Professor - Large Animal Medicine at Oregon State University. Rick Friedman is still at his off-season home in rural Utah.
Ben Kim continues in his role as deputy chief counsel at The Walt Disney Company where he is the lead attorney for the Disney media and entertainment distribution and Disney streaming technology teams, covering tech for all Disney brands, including ABC, ABC News, Disney+, ESPN, ESPN+, FreeForm, FX, Hulu, Marvel, National Geographic, and Lucas. Dr. TR Levin continues in his role as a gastroenterologist with The Permanente Medical Group, Inc where he runs the clinical practice of gastroenterology managing a department of 17 physicians and clinical research in cancer screening and implementing large clinical programs. Stephan Miller continues in his role as senior director of clinical development at SANIFIT, a biopharmaceutical company focused on treatments for calcification disorders. Crawford Parr continues in his role as a commercial pilot based out of Anchorage, Alaska. Charlie Price continues in his role as a partner in the law firm of Koshiba Price & Gruebner. Charlie specializes in general civil litigation, real property litigation, title and escrow litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, labor and employment law, and personal injury litigation. Wallace Simpson is a technical program manager at ServiceNow. Wallace continues with his passion for photography — check out his website wallacesimpsonphotography.com. Ross Taylor continues in his role as CFO of Codexis, a leading protein engineering company that applies technology to create high-performing enzymes for improving the cost and quality of pharmaceuticals and food
ingredients, to enable sequencing of minute quantities of DNA for medical diagnostics, and to create novel biotherapeutics. Ross and his wife, Kathleen, have their hands full with teenage triplet boys who are loud, aggressive, and pugnacious — words that do not describe Ross Taylor! It seems Ross and his boys have become fans of the Tampa Bay Bucs, particularly Tom Brady, and have traveled to see the Bucs play. Dr. Bill Heller continues in his role as an orthopedic surgeon with Midland Orthopedic Surgeons in Chicago, specializing in conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder, treating all upper extremity conditions, including fractures, arthritis, work-related injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other traumatic or chronic injuries. Andy Owens missed the reunion and sent in the following: “Son, I’m geezin’! I just had knee replacement surgery and cannot travel. Best wishes to all!” Andy and I were reminiscing with Paul Danko ’80 about a trip to St. Louis, Missouri, and the last time UNC made the basketball national championship, and his son Justin dropped by Birmingham on their way to a college visit at the University of Alabama. We enjoyed some good southern ribs and barbecue, and I did my best to convince young Justin of the benefits, primarily aesthetic and bacchanalian, in attending Alabama. It did not work as I believe he will be attending Miami of Ohio. Owen Perkins drove in from Denver to attend the reunion. Owen sent in the following right after: “In the thick of the pandemic, the Gilman Class of ’82 celebrated its 50th reunion in grand style — an occasion “Of Primary Importance,” as the old Lower School newspaper founded by John Schmick’s first class read across the banner. I know, I know, it doesn’t add up, and I was told
there would be no math. But before Mr. Culbertson goes into conniptions, we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of our first day of school in the Gilman first grade, and we had some 16 or 17 classmates — more than half our inaugural roster — make the virtual reunion. Attendees included George Doub, Van Dorsey, David Rothschild, Wells Obrecht, John Morrell, Van Dorsey, Ken Brown, Wendell Phillips, Mark Sherman, Ned Wagner, Alberto Zapata, David Wright, Willy Howard, Ricky Friedman, Dan Jarrett, and me, Owen Perkins. Faculty members Rob Harwood and Leith Herrmann also joined us, and as Ken put it, our computer screens were filled with “aged ancient history.” After sharing memories of Temple Grassi, Mrs. Duay, Mr. Merrick’s legendary musicals (“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” — sorry to bring back trauma, Dave!), our Dancing Doobie second grade teach, Candy Rosenberg, Wendell’s “I’m Going to Get You Sucker” goldfish shoes, and the legendary sleepover birthday parties he hosted, snakes and chickens in Mr. Webb’s science class, dodgeball, a myriad of musical memories, Van’s Civil War fox holes on the hills by the playground, and George Doub’s endless efforts to wrestle “Birds on the Wing” from me while I maintained a streak of at least 33 times checking it out from the library (without a fine) to relish the tale of the Orioles 1966 World Series sweep of the Dodgers, we turned to an exciting version of Show and Tell that would make Antiques Roadshow green with envy. We brought some things we’d made at Gilman to share, and John Morrell kicked it off with his set of salad servers, along with a plant stand, both returned to the original manufacturer when his mom sold her house. George Doub Summer 2 0 2 2
brought a clay impression of a pressed leaf from Mr. Hilliard’s shop class — which we need not remind anyone was not a playground. I brought a beautiful lamp, which looked surprisingly like a 2x2 block of wood with a lightbulb twisted into it along with a toolbox that still carries my essential hammers and spare saw blades. David Rothschild brought a spectacular Pat O’Brien original race car drawing from second grade. Pat didn’t join until second grade, but he sent word that he still has clay in his clothes from Mrs. Feldman’s art class. We tried to keep it short, but we ended up having to turn the lights out when it got close to three hours of reminiscing and reuniting. The last 45 minutes or so naturally evolved into a discussion of the changing times we navigated at Gilman, as the School went through groundbreaking transitions in striving toward a student body that better reflected our city’s racial, economic, and religious diversity. It’s been exciting to see Gilman up the ante on these ongoing efforts over the past couple of years, recognizing our challenging history and keeping focused on building a better future. We were all incredibly proud to reconnect with friends after 50 years and to see how those little Lower Schoolers turned into remarkable men we’re honored and fortunate to still call friends. A year later, I hit the road for a 5,000mile road trip with my 16-year-old dog, Willy, that started in Chicago with a post Rockies-Cubs double-header meet-up with Andy Owens and David Reahl — both doing great and sights for sore eyes — and ended with a celebration of my mom’s life that brought me back to Baltimore with Wells and Dave and a bunch of Baltimorean neighborhood friends.
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I remain a baseball writer, and I was blown away last month to win six awards for Sports Reporting, Sports Features, and Sports Columns from the Society of Professional Journalism. The last couple years have been especially gratifying, as I’ve seen Major League Baseball finally live up to the promise the game made 75 years ago when Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, giving me the opportunity to address everything from social justice, civil rights, climate change, and voting rights through the lens of baseball. And speaking of voting rights, I remain active in community organizing and public advocacy, with my main focus on getting the corrupting influence of big money out of our politics. We’re in our first cycle of publicly financed elections in Denver after years of drafting legislation and working to get it passed with an astounding 71% vote at the polls — winning every precinct in the city! We’ve now passed or are working on passing major campaign finance reform in the six biggest cities in Colorado, and we’re helping similar efforts in cities, counties, and states across the country, as well as working on efforts to preserve the democratic ideal of fair elections on the national level. It was great to be back in Baltimore with now 17-year-old Willy and to see everyone at the 40th reunion, and though I’m still making my way home to Colorado as I write, I can’t wait for the 45th! Thanks again for all your work on behalf of our class. It was great to see you and everyone last month.” One of the highlights of the reunion was a poem Owen read for those of us who met for drinks at the Mt. Washington Tavern. The poem was forwarded to Owen by Jeb Saunders. According to Jeb, “We were reading for Nick Schloeder’s class “Fire in the Lake”
about Vietnam. Owen hadn’t done the reading, and the quiz was about the Viet Minh. I seems that Owen did not have an answer to a question on the quiz and, in response to the question, wrote the following poem: The Viet Minh Where did they begin This question we should pursue. Where did they come from Where did they go And exactly what did they do? This question if you please Should not be asked of me Because I don’t know what to say. I didn’t read the book It’s not in the notes I took And I don’t feel like snowing today.”
Gary Raab continues in his role as vice president of innovation and business development for Flavor Materials International. David Reahl continues in his role as managing director at USAA Real Estate Company. Terry Booker is managing partner for Axis Partners in Philadelphia, which specializes in health equity strategy and health industry expertise. Terry’s nephew Thomas Booker ’18 was just drafted by the Houston Texans. I did not call Hollyday Compton as I did not want to hear him gloating about Liverpool Football Club and singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” or singing that wretched Steven Gerrard chant. Hollyday continues in his role as vice president of sales, SecqureOne Inc., which provides cyber security solutions and compliance services while also delivering industry-defining insights and vision to organizations looking to augment and improve their overall cyber security, IT risk, and governance in Norwell, Massachusetts. Vincent Hom is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he serves as an infor-
mation Technology Specialist for the Smithsonian Institutions. Mike Liebson is now a vice president of marketing at New at Horizon Soft, LLC, focusing on supply chain planning software using machine learning and artificial intelligence in Acton, Massachusetts. Ian Miller continues in his role as chief information officer at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York. Michael Jeffrey is now a novelist still living in Perth, Australia. Amatsia Spigler is chief executive officer at Hakshiva, a nonprofit organization in Beit Shemesh, Israel, dedicated to the belief that every child deserves a loving, supportive presence in their lives and this presence should have the professional support to really make a difference in that child’s life. Mazel tov and lots of naches in your new role, Rebbe Amatsia! It was great to see former Lower School classmate David Wright at the reunion. In speaking with David, I learned he is now a broadcast journalist with PBS. David, who holds dual citizenship in Canada and the United States, and his wife are now living in Canada. As for your class secretary, my wife, Leigh, and I have now been in Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, for 12 years. I continue in my role as CMO of Thompson Tractor, the exclusive provider of Caterpillar equipment in Alabama and northwest Florida, and Hyundai Forklifts in Georgia and Tennessee. My eldest, Patrick, is moving to New York City where he works in the data consultancy practice for Ernst & Young. My youngest, Sean, is graduating from the University of Georgia magna cum laude and is about to start
his working career as a data analyst with Yancey Brothers in Atlanta.
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Haftan Eckholdt: I have this recurring COVID-times dream that I am sitting at a table in some new restaurant Tony Foreman built with my husband, John, and Felipe Albuquerque and his wife and children. We are drinking champagne and eating snails and birds and organs, and the deliciousness just keeps coming. Then I wake up. And it is really happening. Joel Cohn reports: “All is well. Both kids are in NYC and ‘off the payroll.’ We find ourselves going there what seems like once a month.” Andrew Sinwell emailed: “Writing this as I just watched Coach K’s hopes for a fairytale career-end come to a grinding halt. I care because a) sports fairytales are worth cheering for (but not betting on) and b) I have a junior at Duke. One other daughter is in college at Wake Forest and my twins are juniors in high school. Both are still playing lacrosse, which warms my Baltimore soul. The greatest girl player in the country last year was a graduate of our kids’ school here in Dallas, so you can say the game has taken hold really well down here. Hope there is a big turnout for the 40-year reunion next year! I had a great catch-up with David Nelson a month ago. We hadn’t spoken in a few decades so that was pretty cool! David has three kids, slightly younger than mine, lives in Denver, and still rides a skateboard! Admirable at age 57. Looking forward to seeing a few more classmates at our 45th Calvert reunion in May.”
On the other side of the Duke/UNC rivalry is Gino Freeman, MD: “Enjoyed watching UNC’s run through March Madness. Not much new besides my iPhone 12.” Congrats to David Watts, who was married to Ashley Ingraham on May 14, 2022. Keith McCants’ IG post looked different so when I asked, he said, “Daughter and fiancé relocated to Dallas area in January. I started a new position at Queens U of Charlotte and should close on a house in the first half of May. CT house should hopefully be sold by then. Rescued dog (Raven) is much happier when morning walks are on their regular schedule.” Is it me, or does Rob Demuth get funnier every time he gets a new bionic body part? He emailed: “My life has become some strange combination of Groundhog Day and a Progressive Insurance commercial. Consistency can’t be all bad — Cal Ripken rode it all the way to the Hall of Fame. I knew I had a problem when I regaled my neighbor about the merits of my new weed eater. My oldest daughter, Sophie, will graduate from Fordham University in May, and Lauren will be finishing her first year at UCLA. I’m looking forward to visiting her for some of the Southern California lifestyle and college football games. My wife, Jenny, continues to work in the electrophysiology department at Hopkins. If you don’t know what electrophysiology is you soon will. I’m nearing 25 years at Morgan Stanley via Legg Mason.” Jay Schmidt: “All is well with me. Michelle and I are having a blast raising Lily, who is now 3. My oldest, Henry, is a CPA and lives in Federal Hill. Caroline is a freshman at Ole Miss, and Georgia is a sophomore at McDonogh. I run Summer 2 0 2 2
into many of our classmates on a pretty regular basis, and am still at Franklin Templeton, which used to be Legg Mason.” Alan Fleischmann has begun traveling again now that the shadows of the pandemic are lifting. Things are going really well with his firm Laurel Strategies. His hobby has become among SiriusXM’s most popular radio shows: “Leadership Matters.” Check it out at leadershipmattersshow.com. Their girls, my nieces, Laura Julia (18) and Talia (15), are thriving at Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC) High School. Laura Julia is heading to Barnard College at Columbia University, and Talia is a track star. Dafna, Alan, and the girls are wonderful family to Jen, me, and our kids. Similar to Alan, my new hobby has been my new podcast, “It’s the Climb,” where I either interview adventurers on unbelievable mountains or people who have overcome tough obstacles, climbing huge figurative mountains. Also, like Alan, I’ve hit the road again giving keynote speeches, including a fun trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Kids are doing great finishing up their last year at West Towson Elementary. In addition to Jennifer’s psychotherapy practice and my work, we’ve officially become chauffeurs taking the kids to their sporting events. ICYMI on social media: Derek Reid made the list of Influential Black Professors at Butler University. Haig Kazazian celebrated a decade as CFO at Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Jim Harper celebrated his 57th birthday in Italy. David Cosby finally released an “album” of his original music. Look for it on Apple and Spotify. Royal Farms constant expansion is keeping Peter Ratcliffe’s architectural firm pretty busy. 160
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1984 If you would like to serve as class secretary, please contact Gilman’s Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach, Nathaniel Badder ’94, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arthur Gleckler: I just visited Baltimore for only the second time in two years. This was the first time that my wife and daughter had seen my parents in person in all that time. I made sure to drive by Gilman to see whether it was still there. After these two strange years, it seemed important to question every assumption. Gilman was there, and it looked as impressive and inviting as always. I had a great time catching up with classmates Doug Becker and Matthew Joseph, too. My most interesting news is that I’m co-chair of a software engineering workshop that’s being held in Slovenia in September.
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Billy Logue has been delivering babies in Łódź, Poland. After earning his medical degree last year in Łódź, he has been sampling various medical specialties. In his spare time, Billy has been developing plans to open Poland’s first country music bar. “I fell in love with country music after Gilman at Vanderbilt (in Nashville),” he writes. “My dream is to invite American bands here to expose the Polish people to the genre. They’ve never really heard country music.” For details, check out “Bring Johnny Cash to Poland” on GoFundMe. Billy observed more Ukrainians coming into his city after their country was invaded. “The Polish people have exhib-
ited an incredible mix of faith, humility, and generosity,” he writes. Reflecting on his time at Gilman, he added, “I feel blessed to have been surrounded by so many amazing people. It was a challenging, formative time and among my proudest experiences.” David Cook was one of the first to support Billy’s “Bring Johnny Cash to Poland” campaign. When he is not golfing or fishing, David has been winning duckpin bowling tournaments. Father Raymond Harris serves as a consultant to the National Black Catholic Congress, which represents African American Roman Catholics and affiliated organizations. Kurt Schultheis got married in August. “Last year we fled the suburbs and moved to Fells Point,” he writes. “I’m on Baltimore Street, two blocks from where Bob Landon’s dad used to live.” Bob Landon is living in a small village in Spain (pop: 400) and growing his own vegetables. Joe Jennings’s daughter, Alexia, is headed to Stevenson University in the fall. The pandemic forced Tom Washburn to “retire” from his wine distribution business. He’s been purchasing and renovating rental properties around Baltimore, including a row house in Hampden. “It’s been fun and challenging because of high housing prices, supply constraints, and crazy inflation, among other things,” he writes. Drawing on his experience with digital media, Steve Comfort has launched a new venture called GTM Tech Consulting. During ski race season, he can be found on the slopes cheering his daughter.
Ben Miller and his family moved to London from Hong Kong in 2014. “I attended two wonderful Gilman alumni gatherings in town a few years ago,” he writes. “I hope they do more.” During March Madness, Ben flew to D.C. for a reunion with Phil Koh, Jon Cordish, and Rushika Fernandopulle, who came down from Boston. “We got in one hike, but mostly we just caught up,” writes Phil. “Ken Kang joined us to watch the NCAA semifinal Duke-UNC game. Everyone is well and coping with empty-nest syndrome except Ben, whose twin boys are only 14.” Because of his empty nest, Ken Kang recently sold his home in Vienna, Virginia, and moved back to North Bethesda, Maryland. “I’m still working at the IMF, focusing this time on the macro impact of digital money and global policies to address the pandemic,” he writes. Walker Jones’s daughter recently finished her first year at Grinnell College and his son finished his junior year at St. Mark’s School. In Boston, Walker sees Mitch (Caplan) Rock, Richard Ginsberg, and Dennis McCoy ’84. Nick Schloeder coached the Gilman JV baseball squad last spring. The team included the sophomore son of Teddy Winstead, who has been back on the Gilman sidelines with his camera, snapping photos of football and baseball. Video lecture publications by David B. Levy [PhD; MLS] can be found on youtube.com. For other print publications, find him on LinkedIn.
1986 If you would like to serve as class secretary, please contact Gilman’s Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach, Nathaniel Badder ’94, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1987 If you would like to serve as class secretary, please contact Gilman’s Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach, Nathaniel Badder ’94, at email@example.com.
ising basketball player, just starting high school, and their son, Julian, is entering his third year at the University of Florida. Doug Kaufman: Speaking of 50th birthday celebrations, Doug, Greg Friedman, Eric David, and a couple other friends are heading to Asheville, North Carolina, for a collective birthday party in late September! Sounds like it’ll be a trip to remember. Greg Friedman is already transitioning into a more peaceful chapter of his life. He and his wife, Meg, are getting ready to send their youngest off to college; he’ll be a freshman this fall at Boston University. With an empty nest, they’re looking forward to traveling in the winter. They plan to spend two to three months in Utah and the Canadian Rockies.
In January, members of the Class of 1987 gathered at Johnny’s in Roland Park to celebrate the School’s first win at the Haswell M. Franklin ’50 Gilman Duals Wrestling Tournament in 30 years. Pictured left to right are Peter Kwiterovich, Hugh Marbury, Rick Roebuck, Matt Wyskiel, and Louis Angelos.
1988 David Carroll firstname.lastname@example.org
1989 Winston Rigsby email@example.com
1990 Jon Sung firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Horwitz is still loving his return to Baltimore. Like many of us, he’s approaching the big “Five Oh,” and he’ll do so in style with Jen, his wife of five years. Their daughter, Janessa, is a prom-
Greg still works with Doug Kaufman in Baltimore but will be stepping back to enjoy this much more pleasurable phase of his life. He’s open to hearing travel ideas! Sam Knowles would also love to travel, but with two young kids (3 and 5) and a career at a D.C. law firm, it sounds like travel will have to be on the shorter side. He’s very appreciative of a great life with his wife and kids in northern Virginia and references the Joe Walsh song, “Life’s Been Good”: “I can’t complain but sometimes I still do.” We all know that feeling. While dreams of retiring in Spain must seem like a distant light at the end of a long tunnel, Greg Friedman reminds us, “It’s been a blinding 20 years!” Jack Shaw: Since so many of us have travel on our minds, Jack would like us to know that his company, Epic Europe, was once again (for the 11th year Summer 2 0 2 2
running) named Condé Nast Traveler’s Switzerland and Alps specialist! As we all know, the pandemic was not kind to the travel industry, but Jack made the best of it. He took advantage of a two-year shutdown by completely renovating and restoring a 200-year-old farmhouse in the Val Ferret of Switzerland. Using the skills he first learned from Mr. Brune, then honed during our senior project, he painstakingly dismantled, cleaned, re-milled and reinstalled every piece of wood, from floors, beams, wall panels, and ceilings back into the house! He moved in last fall and looks forward to welcoming any friends who find themselves in that corner of the Alps!
1991 Jared Spahn email@example.com
It is hard to believe but we have turned the corner. We have become those old guys we never thought we would be. Yes, I have marked us down officially as old, having now celebrated our 30th reunion. Well, if those words alone don’t make you feel old, then how about these … At our next reunion, we will be celebrating with my son, Carter, and James Edwards’s son, James, at their 5th reunion as members of the class of 2021. Thank you to Alex Shawe and Andrew Thut for being our reunion leaders this year and for all of those who made it out for the rescheduled reunion date. While some of you may still be scratching your heads as to how we got this far, some members of our class are focused on bringing a little cheer into the world. If you have a chance please Google our classmate, Matt Riggs, and read the beautiful story of his kindness and empathy for a neighbor of his in need. Matt took it upon himself to 162
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make a simple connection to a neighbor who was isolated and dealing with issues that many faced during the COVID period. Matt strung a holiday light strand from his house to hers so that she knew the neighborhood was thinking about her during the holiday season. Little by little his entire neighborhood did the same, showing a physical sign of connection and love. Thank you, Matt, for your inspirational deed. I did get a chance to email with Chang Oh who is getting ready to celebrate his 18th anniversary with his wife, Erin. They have two children who will both be in high school next year in Howard County. Gilby Kim and I were able to exchange messages. Gilby and his family are in Baltimore where Gilby enjoys his change of career from army ranger and professional firefighter to clinical social worker at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. He enjoys hiking with his boys and helping them learn a little bit about his own childhood. Gilby and his boys have taken to watching movies on a VCR; their favorite is Austin Powers. Way to fight the Netflix monopoly, Gilby! Gilby is not our only class member who currently works for the Veterans Administration. John Fishman has for many years been a chaplain in the VA hospital near his home in California. He continues to inspire us all with his weekly Instagram posting where he shares his personal experiences of the week, provides his own commentary of the current state of world affairs, shares his favorite quote of the week and caps it all off with a l’chaim (a toast) with his favorite “spirit” selection.
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Members of the class of 1992 caught up for a day on the boat in Middle River, Maryland. Shown left to right are Victor Carter-Bey, Geoff Berry, Cheo Hurley, Antoine Hutchinson, and Dana Underwood.
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1994 Boyne Kim firstname.lastname@example.org
John Kim came back to Charm City and gathered a crew for dinner in September 2021. John Bond, Brett Rogers, Mitchell Whiteman, Jason Finkelstein — who recently moved back to town — and Than’l Badder joined him at Johnny’s in Roland Park. Of the six, four were 12-year Gilman men and the other two came in fourth and seventh grades. Lots “back then” stories were told and good laughs were had.
Peter Bogue: I recently learned that my childhood neighbor (right across the street on Rugby Road), Nick Weisser ’96, is not only a premier
paddle tennis player but that he lives a town over in Rowayton, Connecticut. He joined me at Brooklawn CC for a match. I was by far the weakest player on the court, but with Nick as my partner, we had a really fun close match against two of Brooklawn’s finest. We ended up losing in three sets 2-1, but all were close. It was so fun to see him for the first time in 25 years or more. After Gilman, Nick played lax at Williams.
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1995 If you would like to serve as class secretary, please contact Gilman’s Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach, Nathaniel Badder ’94, at email@example.com.
1996 Lee Kowarski firstname.lastname@example.org
After almost 800 days of the pandemic, I finally tested positive for COVID just as the class notes were due, so please forgive anything that I miss in this brief update. Luckily, thanks to being vaccinated and boosted, my symptoms have been fairly mild, and I was able to get on Paxlovid right away, so I expect a smooth recovery. Sean Kiernan recently switched sports agencies to Athletes First, which is the biggest agency in the NFL. His role expanded to working with both NFL players and coaches/general managers. It has been a great transition and while busy, has allowed Sean to enjoy plenty
of family time with his son, including taking him to the Super Bowl and other games.
Russ Wrenn (Athletics Director) and Steve Ruark (photography teacher) both work at Gilman.
Brett Brandau, who started working for SMBC (a large Japanese bank) to launch a consumer bank in the U.S., is moving with his wife (Jen), son (Turner), and daughter (Piper) to Orlando, Florida to enjoy the sunshine and be able to go water skiing year-round.
Tommy Knowles continues his work at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where they recently launched an amazing new deep sea exhibition. Tommy lives near there with his wife, Meghan, and their daughter, Maisie (5).
Jason Mersey started a new position at Davidson Kempner, building out a new team (which will hopefully allow him to be a client of mine, and will certainly mean more frequent trips to New York). Jason continues to split time between Chicago and Austin, Texas (where his wife, Rachel, is the associate dean of research for UT-Austin’s Communication School). Jason Yang remains a butcher in New York City, but changed companies last year to Ends Meat, where his team puts out some amazing stuff that I have been lucky enough to enjoy with Jason and his wife, Lizzy, at their home in Brooklyn. I was also able to catch up recently with John Boyle, who lives in Columbia with his wife, Tara, and son, Johnny. We all got to watch a rare Orioles victory together at Camden Yards (over the Yankees, no less). Evan Kreitzer remains in the mortgage business and lives in Owings Mills with his wife, Keren, and their two boys and three dogs. He spends his evenings and weekends as a car service for the boys’ club soccer and lacrosse practices/ games. I hope to get to see him when the Ravens take on the Jets this year (although that hasn’t worked out well in the past for my Jets). Some additional quick updates that I am aware of:
Kevin Frank remains in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Rebecca, and their daughter, Elanor (3). Kevin is an attorney for Atmos Energy and lectures on energy topics at UT-Dallas’s business school. John Raiti is still in Seattle, where he has two children and teaches in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Washington. Noah Gallico continues to work at NBCUniversal and live in LA with his wife, Sarah, and their two boys. Chaz Howard remains the university chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania and VP for Social Equity and Community. He lives in Philly with his wife and two daughters. David Boyd is a veterinarian living in Virginia with his wife, Carrie, and three children. As for me, it has been nice having things get back to a bit of more normalcy in NYC — going out to restaurants, concerts, plays, etc. (at least when the COVID rates have been low). I continue to work for SS&C Technologies, where my team provides data and analytics to asset management firms. I hope to get to see many of you over the coming months as I do more work travel or if you come to visit New York. If we aren’t already connected, you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @kowarski, as Summer 2 0 2 2
well as on Facebook. I welcome your updates!
1997 Will Lanahan email@example.com
Erik Atas and his wife welcomed their first child, Jason, into the world over the holiday season. It was a fun way to end Erik’s first year as a judge in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Their favorite activity is to take Jason out on long strolls up and down Roland Avenue. Additionally, Erik was elevated to chairperson of the board of directors for Maryland Youth & The Law (MYLaw). Fun side note: this is the organization that runs the same Mock Trial program that Erik competed in during high school.
1998 Chad Prather firstname.lastname@example.org
And away we go … We begin with an announcement from — and congratulations to — the Stamidis family. Mark Stamidis and wife Kathy welcomed their little girl, Elliana Zoe, in September 2021. Before too long she’ll be chasing her older brother, Christian, himself a very spunky 3½-year-old who is growing up way too fast. Congratulations, also, to Darby Butts for the continued success of 20Mission Cerveza Gastropub, which is thriving in Medellín, Colombia. The brewery has developed into a multi-category food and beverage company and will soon be exporting. Darby is now the vice chairman on the board of directors. (Prather note: If you haven’t already, you should check out 20Mission Cerveza online. A seriously next-level establishment!) Though busy with operations 164
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in Medellín, Darby travels whenever possible. A recent highlight: doing wildlife conservation work at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, specifically with the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. When Darby travels, I suspect he does so in airplanes. Speaking of flying (how’s this for a transition?) … Jeff Feige’s company has come out of stealth mode, publicly announcing its existence in January 2022. Radian Aerospace is working on a vehicle capable of transporting people and cargo from traditional airports into space (and back). Jeff, a founder of the company, has been working on this project quietly for the last few years. It’s exciting to now share what Radian Aerospace is up to! When not working, Jeff is likely flying his own airplane up and down the east coast or skydiving with friends. Back on the ground, Will Spencer and family — wife Katie, son Alex (10), and daughter Charlotte (3) — continue to reside in Tabernacle, New Jersey. Recent highlights and spare-time doings include a spring ’22 trip to Disney World and ongoing restoration of an old British car. On the topic of cars, Will shall one day own an Emira, the last of the gasoline-powered Lotus. (I vote he name the car Mary Margaret, for she will be glorious, indeed! And they shall travel, Will and MM, o’er many lands, until the last of the Loti be driven into the sea, much as the unicorns before them! And Sudhir’s van.) Which brings me to Sudhir Desai. I do love this update: “Sofía and I have been honing our non-technology-based skills, in my case welding and distilling, so that even after the economy crumbles we’ll be comfortable.” Yes! Yes to good welding! Yes to good distilling! And yes to good comfort!
Hey, you know what’s comfortable? Pajamas. You know who likes pajamas? Jon Cooper likes pajamas. Jon lives in Mt. Washington with his wife, Sarah (BMS, ’98), son Ben ’24, daughter Emma (BMS, ’27), and two golden retrievers, Dory and Daisy. Jon serves as a BMS class parent and volunteers as a mentor for Gilman’s Upper School entrepreneurship elective. He continues as VP of engineering at Versapay and has delighted in working from home these past two years, basically wearing pajamas the entire time. Onto another Jon … Jonathan Markham and crew are larger in number since Jon’s previous update. Anna (now 4) is hanging well with older sibs, James (10) and Alexandra (13). On the work front, Jon continues to invest in undervalued biotech companies. Alongside colleagues at Ingalls and Snyder, he has proudly seen many investments mature from pre-clinical science experiments into real, lifesaving products, specifically in the field of novel therapeutics. The progress in this work has been awesome, and Jon is grateful to have played a small role. Beyond biotech, Jon is adding to his real estate portfolio in and around Atlanta. In recent years he has branched into larger, more complex commercial deals, noting the thrill of adding value to otherwise unseen or unappreciated places. In his spare time, Jon has become an avid swimmer, logging one to two miles daily (too much, I say), often in open water. (If anyone is looking for a contemplative solitude that also keeps you in shape, Jon highly recommends swimming.) From swimming to baseball… Stuart Cherry is spending lots of time watching his sons play travel ball: Nate (13) plays for the 13U Baseball Warehouse Badgers, and Jared (8) for the 8U Roland Park Rangers. Stu and
wife Stephanie, along with Nate, Jared, and Jordana (5), continue to live in Pikesville. Happily, the Cherry family celebrated Nate’s bar mitzvah in March. Professionally, Stuart was recognized earlier this year as a Super Lawyer by Baltimore Magazine. Also this year, Governor Hogan appointed Stu to serve on the board of the SEED School, a state-created public boarding school aiming to provide children an exemplary, tuition-free education and living experience. Congrats, Stu! Also deserving congratulations: Tom Prevas. (This is very cool, and classic Prevas…) Back in April, Tom twirled real fancy-like for the 2022 Alzheimer’s Association Memory Ball Dancing Stars! Tom was among the featured performers, each dancer selected for their leadership and commitment to the fight against memory-related diseases. Dancing for several late family members and for friends within Baltimore’s close-knit Greek-American community, Tom raised more than $50,000 (!!!) for the Greater Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Very awesome, and well done, my friend! Finally, we Prathers remain happy and well in Nashville. Sam (11) survived his first year of middle school. He plays baseball and has taken up trombone — a lovely instrument, I’m sure, but loud and possibly joyless; every note Sam plays announces the lumbering sorrow of a lost elephant. Meanwhile, Lucy (8) has turned into quite the ballerina. She wants to be a famous performer. Or a luxury property investor, whichever comes first. Katie and I continue to work for Metro Nashville Public Schools. I am coordinating a Teacher Leadership Institute focused on equitable teaching, collective efficacy, and the affirmation and sustainability of community cultural wealth. This past
year I also carved into the ed-writing space. I contributed the afterword in Carol Tomlinson’s recent book, “So Each May Soar: The Principles and Practices of Learner-Centered Classrooms” (ASCD, 2021), and, in December, I wrote a feature article for ASCD’s EL Magazine. I’m proud to say that my article, “The code for student engagement,” is a finalist for an Associations, Media, & Publishing EXCEL Award. The article is about embracing, nourishing, and guarding kids well. In other words, good teaching.
1999 Bill Miller IV email@example.com
Darryl Jordan recently graduated from Teachers College with a doctorate in music. He and his wife, Linda, welcomed their fourth child, Gavin, as they all moved to a new home in East Orange, New Jersey. He is still actively involved in music as a vocal director at the FAME school, LaGuardia High School in NYC and a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices! In the throes of a midlife crisis, Bill Miller has moved to Sarasota, Florida. He plans to keep the family’s place in Baltimore for summers and vacations. Beau Smith writes, “With nothing of interest to share personally, I commend Del Schmidt for his service to the Alumni Association. This was his last year on the alumni board. I think he logged more years in this capacity than he did as a 12-year man in his ‘student’ days.” Tim Webb recently welcomed Henry James Webb this January. Henry’s older brother (Timmy) and three sisters (Avery, Georgia, and Mason) are doting on him. Mom and Dad are questioning
their sanity with five little ones running around … Mike Rogers has been busy with work but is glad concerts are finally back. He recently went to see the Orioles play in LA with Evan Bedford, Kwaisi, and Kenny Kang. Word has it they kept all banter to 2022 standards. Charlie Marek is currently reliving the glory days of Roland Park baseball through his son. Go Toppers and Rangers! He’s also working on his soccer skills with his daughter and hopes to understand the game by the end of the year. Chris Anderson’s son, Colin, recently found a Gilman 5A & 5B compositions book from 1992. Chris has since digitized the work for those interested.
2000 Charlie Ring firstname.lastname@example.org
2001 If you would like to serve as class secretary, please contact Gilman’s Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach, Nathaniel Badder ’94, at email@example.com.
2002 Chris Atkins firstname.lastname@example.org
2003 John Mooney email@example.com
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2005 Tyler Hoffberger email@example.com
Scott Goldscher was recently promoted to vice president of sales for Tanteo Tequila — an ultra-premium craft tequila brand that shares distillery ownership with the agave farmers themselves.
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Giff Brooks lives in San Francisco with his wife, Haesun. He recently joined a startup fintech company named Ness as their head of credit. He also spent a week visiting George Gruner in Aspen this winter to ski and enjoy the winter scenery (photo below). George is our neighbor in San Francisco too, so they get to see each other often!
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2008 Will Finney firstname.lastname@example.org Evan Redwood email@example.com
Zach Fang: To no one’s surprise I pursued a career in politics. Met my wife on Bernie in ’16. More recently I was Andrew Yang’s National Organizing Director and then had a contract helping Hollywood celebrities use their social media effectively for the election, which led to a side hustle of paying young TikTokers of color to register people to vote, which we’ve expanded into the first influencer marketing company in the political space. My wife still does campaigns so we move every six months. Still no kids, house, etc. but we’re currently moving to Albuquerque, so if anyone is there, look me up. Evan Redwood: My wife, Emily, and I just celebrated our baby’s first birthday on March 27. Our daughter, Ella, is keeping me plenty busy as is Columbia Business School where I am pursuing my MBA in its executive program.
Brendan Simmons and his wife, Heather, moved to Marietta, Georgia, in July 2021 (suburb of Atlanta and her hometown) and welcomed their first child, a girl named Emerson, in April. Brendan continues to work remotely at the Atlantic Council, a foreign policy organization in D.C. and returns to D.C. on a monthly basis.
Matt Holman and his wife, Kelsi, welcomed a little girl into the world. Ainsley Vittoria Holman was born on September 12, 2021. Jamie Wiles: After a brief stint as an independent middle school science teacher in Huntsville, Alabama, I moved back to Baltimore and earned a nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University. I currently live in Baltimore with my wife and work as a clinical nurse researcher in transplant and oncology infectious diseases at Hopkins, with a focus on organ transplantation in persons living with HIV. My wife, Mary Grace, and I were recently married with several Greyhounds in attendance, including Walter Hazard, Grady Kidder, William Nicholas Nolan, Matthew Hunter Holman, and wedding party members George Peter Sourlis and Evan Andrew Redwood.
Sam Frank is owner and founding partner of Four Twelve Roofing, which was named the fastest growing company in Baltimore by the Baltimore Business Journal. He also married Grace Jacoby at the Baltimore Museum of Art on May 28. Welcome to the Gilman family, Grace! Jason Frankel qualified for the Ironman World Championship in which he competed on May 7 in St. George, Utah. Danny Johnson M.D., is moving back to Baltimore this summer for a fellow-
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ship in orthopedic trauma at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. His wife, Emily Merkel M.D., will be joining the department of dermatology at Johns Hopkins. Will Finney lives in NYC with his girlfriend, Laura Mintz, and their COVID puppy, Bluebell. Will is in his seventh year of working for Linkwell Health and recently promoted to VP of client engagement. He frequently visits Baltimore and can be often found at classic car shows. Rick Bowie was recently hired as offensive coordinator for the Valdosta State Blazers. Valdosta State is aptly nicknamed TitleTown for their Division II national football championships in 2004, 2007, 2012, and 2018. George Sourlis recently moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he continues to practice dentistry and has partnered in a local private practice. For George, it has been great to connect with several of the local Gilman alumni living in the Charlotte area. He hopes to see more members of the Gilman class of 2008 soon. Patrick Fiske: I am excited to say that this past year, my wife, Noémie, and I had our second daughter. I have been enjoying working at Maxim Healthcare staffing as a business development manager for the schools division in the Baltimore office for the past five years. Noémie is finishing her fifth year as a RCPS teacher and will be transferring to Redeemer next year. We are still living in our house in Towson and love catching up with friends when they come back to town for brews or play dates. Ryan Motevalli-Oliner: I am living in Columbus, Ohio, with my wife, Brittany, and our 7-month-old son,
Emmett. I am currently working at my other alma mater, Kenyon College, as the senior business operations manager in the office of admissions. In 2020, I received my masters of education in enrollment management and policy from the University of Southern California.
am in Command of the Headquarters Company and have been since August 2021.
Steve Siwinski: I commissioned from the University of Scranton in 2012 as an Artillery Officer and moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Finished Artillery Basic Officers Leader Course in March of 2013 and went to Fort Drum, New York. Served as a Company Fire Support Officer (FSO) and Platoon Leader for Delta Company 2-22INF, and Troop FSO for 1-71CAV then moved over to the Brigade Fires Battalion, 3-6FAR. I was the Alpha Battery 1st Platoon; Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, and Executive Officer.
My wife, Hailley, and I have a beautiful 1-year-old daughter, Diana.
I deployed in September of 2015 to May 2016 to Erbil, Iraq, as a targeting officer for the British 22SAS. Redeployed and moved to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, in June 2016 to switch jobs from Artillery to Intelligence. I attended the Military Intelligence (MI) Officers Transition Course and MI Captain’s Career Course then moved again in February 2017 to Fort Carson, Colorado. At Fort Carson, I was the 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group Intelligence Officer (S2) for 14 months before moving down to 242nd EOD Battalion (BN) to be their S2 for a deployment from November 2018 to August 2019 to CENTCOM. I spent time in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Oman. Redeployed and moved to the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) in September 2019. I spent 22 months in Mission Operations. Currently I
I was selected for promotion to Major and will be moving to Fort Campbell, Tennessee, this summer, where I will be the 52nd EOD Group S2.
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2021 Gilman alumni gathered in the Mile High City to cheer on the Ravens as they faced the Denver Broncos on October 3, 2021. Pictured left to right are Alex Puthumana, Coleman Tirone, Blake Benfield, Hugh Ward, Mac Franklin, Chris Watson ’11, Haswell Franklin II ’79, and Jake Waxter ’15. Good times were had by all, in no small part because the Ravens handed the Broncos their first defeat of the season with a 23-7 win.
Members of the Class of 2015, many sporting Ted Lasso-style mustaches, caught up at an Irish Pub in New York in February. Pictured are Peter McIntyre (seated in front) and left to right, Andy Matthews, Adam Luray, Carlyle Turner, Jimmy Williams, with Graham Duncan in the back.
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Members of the Class of 2021: Charlie Pope, Capp Reynolds, Ben Tewey, Carter Spahn, Heath Otenasek, Cole Emry, Tucker Hebert (front), and Ethan Maddox, who had taken the senior elective, “Perspectives in Modern War,” sat down to catch up and reminisce at Atwater’s in Baltimore with their former teacher Jay Brooks ’10 in December 2021.
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