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    Mel ’64 and Adah ’65 Walker have moved from New Bern, North Carolina, to Cypress Glen Retirement Community in Greenville. While travel has been on hold for the past year, they look forward to resuming small-ship cruising in 2022.


    Emmy Lou (Spamer) Swanson '72 has been the volunteer CFO of her church for the past two years, and volunteers at an elementary school in a reading program.

    Elizabeth Barrow Cooper ’73 turned 70 in February. She and her husband, Jim, have retired and built a home on a lake in Kasilof, Alaska, on the Kenai Peninsula. If any classmates are in Alaska after the pandemic, please look them up. Pat Counsellor Hiles '73 and Valerie Greenly '73 have both been up to visit. Wonderful to see friends and show off Alaska.

    Kathryn (Simshauser) Oplinger ’73 received the Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 from Who’s Who of America for her contributions to the U.S. equestrian world. She is one of two U.S. dealers for and founding coordinator of the U.S. Eventing Association’s Young Rider Advancement Program for Area III. 

    Linda (Brettschneider) Drawsky ’76 started her career on Aug. 23, 1976, and recently retired, on Nov. 13. After 44 years of working in the insurance industry in Maryland, California, and Arizona, she is looking forward (post-pandemic) to exploring more of the world, enjoying new adventures, and meeting interesting people. Planned trips include a trip to Mongolia in September/October 2021 for the Golden Eagle Festival and a cruise to Antarctica in January 2022. If any of her classmates from the 1976 graduation class ever pass though Phoenix, Arizona, she invites you to look her up!

     After a lifetime as a Marylander, Judith (Judy) Mills ’77 has moved to Spring, Texas, to be with family. She welcomes connections with other alumni in the area.


    alumni on Zoom

    Chris Kiefer ’81 reports that last May Day, 18 WC alumni got together via Zoom to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their graduations and reminisce about an infamous 1978 May Day streaking incident that “starred” one of their own, Peter Abronski ’80. (The story made the Washington Post.) In the midst of a pandemic, the group also recalled the spring semester of 1978, when the College experienced a measles epidemic, quarantining all students on campus and cutting short the spring athletics season. Kiefer reports that the virtual gathering lasted more than three hours and was “an absolute blast.” He goes on to say “The call was respectfully chaotic. Some had maintained relationships through the years, while others had not seen [each other] in decades. [We] remembered and misremembered people and events, and recalled experiences that were a testament to foolishness and questionable decisions. The call was so well received that tentative plans are to do one every 40 years.”

    John Nevers ’81 is enjoying retirement on Singer Island, Florida, with his wife, Adriana, and his kids, John Red and Clara. John Red is first mate on a charter boat, and Clara has two more years of high school. Adriana is finishing her master’s degree in child life. John says he spends most of his time on his boat, a Grady White 360 Express.

    Lori Murphy Davison '82 and her husband retired in May of 2021 and, unlike most people who move south, they headed north—back to Burlington, Vermont where they are enjoying retirement and have actually taken up gardening. House hunting and moving during a pandemic was not easy but they're happy to be back.

    This year's Rockefeller Christmas tree came from what was once Gerry Smith's '83 grandfather's farm in Elkton, MD. Sheaffer Reese's '87 company KW Reese delivered the tree up to its destination.

    Gerald Smith '83Gerald Smith '83

    Hostess extraordinaire Amy d'Ablemont Burnes recently hosted a Washington College evening at her home in Boston, MA on  December 13. Alumni came from up and down the east coast to attend this fabulous evening with friends.Alumni gathering Pictured from left to right: Susie Chase '90 P'20, WC VP of Advancement and Alumni Engagement, Tom Tansi '85, Janice Daue Walker '85 (WC BVG member) Ethan Burnes, Amy d'Ablemont Burnes '85, Molly Hussman Ellis '85, Glenn Walker, Fannie Hobba Shenk '84 P'15 '19, WC Alumni Engagement Director.
    Alumni at dinner gathering
    Left side of the table front to back: Chastain Shenk '19, Ethan Burnes, Susie Chase '90 P'21, Molly Hussman Ellis '85, Jasper Burnes,  Right side of the table front to back: Fannie Hobba Shenk '84 P'15 '19, Tom Tansi '85, Janice Daue Walker '85, Amy d'Ablemont Burnes '85, Glenn Walker 

    Chris Santa Maria ’85 was recently elected chair of the board of trustees for the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) in Pennsylvania. With $59 billion in assets, PSERS is the largest pension fund in Pennsylvania and 19th largest in the country. Santa Maria is in his 35th year of teaching high school social studies in Lower Merion School District, and he has served on the PSERS board since 2017.  

    Tim Gray '86 has been named the new head coach for the men's and women's tennis teams at Occidental College.

    Carl Polhaus, Willy Thompson '86, Christine Charmack Thompson '86, Pete Emerson, Dave Hecksher got together to catch up.

    Carl Pohlhaus '87, Willy Thompson '87, Christine Charmack Thompson '86, Pete Emerson '90, and Dave Hecksher '90 caught up in July 2022.

    Pete Shafer '86 recently joined The Prosper Group, a global Digital marketing agency as Vice President Sales and Marketing after running his own marketing and communications firm called RSSL Advisory. Pete is also working part-time with NFL Game Day Operations as an official/referee. He lives in Lutherville, MD with his wife Lisa and his two daughters. His sons both live and work in the NYC metro area in investment banking and advertising.

    Kristina Henry and Fannie Shenk

    Kristina Tatusko Henry '88 poked Fannie Hobba Shenk '84 in her only good ear with a deceptively attractive head piece while pumpkin carving at Oktoberfest in Chestertown.

    Leslie d'Ablemont Feeley, Steve Feeley, Erica Munske

    Leslie d'Ablemont Feeley '88 and her husband Steve hosted Erica Munske '88 for the weekend in Charlotte, NC. They had fun checking out many of the local craft breweries.

     Carla Lynn Knight ’88 was appointed by Gov. Hogan in December 2019 as the first female judge in Queen Anne's County, Maryland. Knight, a county native, was formerly executive director of the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. She opened her own law office in 2002, where she practiced family law and wills and estates, and was an attorney for the Queen Anne’s County government. Her investiture on Jan. 31, 2020, was well attended by Washington College alumni, including judges in the local area: J. Frederick Price ’72, Harris Murphy ’93, Karen Ketterman ’90, and Joseph Getty ’74. 

    Billy Long, Chris Strong, and Chris Smith

    Billy Long '88, Chris Strong '87, and Chris Smith '89 celebrated a beautiful, early fall day at the Foxfield Races in Charlottesville, VA on Sunday Oct. 3.

     Marlene (Bruce) Mayman ’89 is moving to Germany, expanding her professional specialty in vocal massage therapy from her current practice in Frederick, Maryland. In private practice since 2008, she is trained to work with singers, people in speaking professions (actors, business presenters, trial lawyers, teachers), and with certain vocal pathologies, such as muscle tension dysphonia. In her wider practice as a massage therapist, she has focused on clients with pain, movement issues, and other medical need. Having majored in art at Washington College, she is also a talented pastel artist and occasional sculptor.


    In September 2020, Kate (Pynn) Van Name ’91 founded and became president of KVN Partners, a business management consulting firm located in Chestertown. In February 2021, Kate was elected to the board of directors for the Kent County Chamber of Commerce. She is currently on the boards of advisors for MOCingbird and Warrior Centric Health, two veteran-owned companies focused on optimizing health outcomes for patients and improving the lives of medical professionals.

    Carey Ann Smith '92 was Co-Producer for Animated Feature for "Mitchells vs Machines" and her team went to the Oscars as Nominees.
    Carey Ann Smith went to the Oscars for co-producing The Mitchells vs. The Machines(3/22)

    Ciaran O'KeeffeCiaran O'Keeffe '94 has dedicated the last three years to an international collaboration with a "Global Ghost Gang" of academic researchers in understanding haunting experiences. Their team has published journal articles and presented at conferences. The culmination of this research is a book published by McFarland and due out around Halloween 2021.

    After five+ years at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Susan W.H. Smith '95 is moving on to be the Director of the National Historic Landmark, Woodville. The home of John Neville (with ties to our George Washington) and his descendants was built in 1775 and the property of the Whiskey Rebellion. They are happy to be remaining in the wonderful city of Pittsburgh, in driving distance to WC!

    Tim Tawney '98 reports that in August 2021, his amazing 5-year tour in Paris, France as NASA's Europe Representative came to an end. His family returned to their house in Silver Spring, MD and is ready to plan their next adventure.

    Andrew Greeley '99 signs copies of his new book

    Andrew Greeley '99, longtime Dogfish Head Craft Brewery co-worker and General Manager of the Dogfish INN in Lewes, Delaware, signed copies of his new book titled The Dogfish Head Book: 26 Years of Off-Centered Adventures at the Rehoboth Beach brewpub, Brewings & Eats.


    Crystal RichardCrystal Richard ’02 is a law partner with Thompson and Richard LLP in Centreville, Maryland, and has joined the board of directors of the United Way of Queen Anne’s County. Richard earned a law degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law in 2005. She was named a partner with her current law firm in 2014. 

    Heather Russell '03 shares two big developments! Heather and her partner welcomed their son Simon into the world. She reports that parenthood has been an amazing journey so far. Heather also earned tenure at University of Richmond and is an associate professor of mathematics.

    Brian Krist '04 M'09 had two articles published this past summer: "Sealing the Bawdy House Door Open: An Examination of Unintended Consequences of Decriminalization and Sealing Statutes Upon Bawdy House Eviction Proceedings" in the New York Real Property Law Journal's spring/summer 2020 issue, and "Crossing the Streams: Separation-of-Powers Implications of Speech or Debate Clauses in Ethics Investigations" in the Richmond County Bar Association Journal summer 2020 issue.

    Sara Wuillermin ’05 has launched “Bury Me in New Jersey," a podcast focused on death, grief, love, “and everything in between.” The project spawns from her interest in holding space for conversations about illness, death, and dying. Wuillermin interviews a range of individuals who share personal and professional insights on these subjects. In the second season, she interviews fellow alumna Monica Bustard Hastings, who is a hospice nurse and clinical manager at Hospice of the Chesapeake. Listen on major podcasting platforms or at

    The project was inspired by Wuillermin’s mom's diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer's shortly after she graduated from Washington College. Since then, Wuillermin has been involved in Alzheimer's advocacy and work to promote grief and death positivity, including the podcast and training to become a death doula.

    Wuillermin works as a marketing and strategy consultant, and recently launched her own agency, Apiary Creative, providing services to  small- and mid-size businesses and nonprofits. 

    Chris Dodge ’06 has been accepted into the executive MBA program at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Class of 2023, and will matriculate in fall 2021.

     Erika Taylor ’07 graduated from Millersville University in December 2020 with a master of science degree in emergency management. She was hired as the disaster program manager at Hands On Nashville (HON) in January 2021. HON is an active member of Nashville Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, a coalition of community organizations responding to the many disasters affecting the city, including the March 2020 tornado, Christmas 2020 explosion, and the recent floods.


    Laura Walter '10 accepted a new job in 2021 as Special Projects Editor at the Delaware State News. This continues her career of writing and reporting on Delaware and Maryland's southern Eastern Shore.

    Art grads with Professor Harvey

    Professor Heather Harvey and two of her former students presented a collaborative art installation in Easton, Md at the Davis Arts Center. Pictured are Mimi King, Sydnee Schorr '16, Professor Harvey and Morgan Bench '18.

    Anna Cowden '10 started working as the Producer of the Territory Expansion and Localization team at CCP Games, a video game studio in Reykjavik, Iceland that has created games like EVE Online and Dust 514.

    Robbie Teel ’11 is pursuing a master’s degree in community engagement management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

    Jansen weddingKathleen Bromelow Jansen ’11 graduated with her MBA from University of Maryland Global Campus in December 2019. She also married fellow alum Dan Jansen ’11 in 2018 in Chestertown. They made sure to get some pictures at William Smith Hall on their wedding day, which is where they met. 

    Rae Ramos '13 is thrilled to share that he started a new job as Assistant Director of Architecture Sarasota, a non-profit that stewards the legacy of the Sarasota School of Architecture and provides a forum for the education, advocacy and celebration of good design in the global built environment. If any alumni happen to be visiting Sarasota, FL, he would love for them to visit!

    Valeria DiLisi ’14 recently passed the exam to become a board-certified behavior analyst. She currently has a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis and autism.

    Ann Hymes M'16 welcomes the publication of her book “Love & Lies: A Secret Memoir,” the sequel to her previous novel “Shadow of Whimsy: A
    Cape Cod Love Story.”  Published by Secant Publishing, the book  unravels secrets held for 40 years that answer family  questions and solve a mystery.

    Hunter Scott '14 has published a book.

     Ashley Myles '15 has joined the University of North Carolina rowing staff as a volunteer assistant. Myles was an assistant coach at Washington College, where, as a student, she won three Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference championships and rowed at three NCAA Division III Championships. Prior to her job at Washington College, she spent three years at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as the Diplomats’ assistant rowing coach.

    Kirsten Paul ’15 is currently a third-year veterinary student at University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She has finished her didactic portion of school and begun 14 months of clinical rotations at the teaching hospital until she earns her DVM degree. She is also recently engaged to fellow alumnus Joseph Alfera ‘15.

    After teaching in Guadalajara, Mexico, for the last four years and serving as the English coordinator at an elementary school, Caitlin Byrnes ’16 has moved to San Carlos, California, to pursue her career as a bilingual educator.

    Megan Harrison '16 moved from Maryland to Durham, North Carolina, where she started a new job in July 2021 as a disability analyst in North Carolina's Disability Determination Services (a division of the Department of Health and Human Services).

    Mason Faust '17 completed a master of science degree program in finance (STEM-designated) at University of Rochester-Simon Business School in  June 2018. From 2018-20, his career got underway with Under Armour Inc., serving as the designated finance partner and analyst charged with the financial management of various corporate functional budgets.

    Madi Shenk '19 is currently working on her M.A. in the History of Art at NYU IFA.  She and a group of students have recently launched Irradicant, an online art writing collective and collaborative learning space.  (4/22)

    Bailey Willems '19 works in human resources for the Chemours Company in Wilmington, Delaware. She recently appeared in the #PeopleOfWilm feature of Wilmington Today. 


    Bridget Caviola Stone wedding photoBridget Cavaiola Stone '03 married Geoffrey Stone on October 9, 2021 in San Diego, CA surrounded by loving family and friends including Jill (Brewer) Bard '03 , Lindsey George '03 and two WAC attendees Erin (Dore) Miller and Emilie (Johnson) Fredrick.

    Cate McMenamin and Neil Pervola WeddingCate McMenamin '16 and Neil Pervola '17 married on June 26, 2021, surrounded by their family and friends on a beautiful, sunny day at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club.
    Photo by Alexandra Kent Photography (Alex Crawford '16)

    wedding party

    Erika Salomon '07 married Stephen R. Taylor in Leola, Pennsylvania, in June 2019. Alumni Lindsay Bergman-Debes '07 and Amanda (Barnes) Stevens '05 were in attendance.

     Jennifer Gustafson weddingJennifer Gustafson ’07 was married Feb. 17, 2020, at Disneyworld to husband Clif. They have four “fur babies.” She was also recently promoted to major in the U.S. Air Force.  

    Carimanda Bayard wedding

     Carimanda Baynard ’08, of Silver Spring, and Ivan Cephas, of Washington, D.C., were married Jan. 19, 2020, at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland.

    A classically trained ballerina, Baynard  has three master’s degrees from American University, the National Intelligence University, and Georgetown University. She serves as a senior crisis communications professional in the federal government and is an adjunct professor. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

    Cephas, who holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Sciences, serves as a chief of pharmacy services in the federal government. He was a founding member and served as executive director and health administrator for CMS Health initiatives, a pharmacist-run health education nonprofit organization focused on HIV.

    The couple honeymooned in southern California and live in Montgomery County, Maryland.



    Colin Campbell Dickson, Professor Emeritus of French, died on May 21, 2022. Colin taught at Washington College from 1971 to 2003. After graduating from Amherst College (1959) and earning an M.S. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania (1961), he switched disciplines, eventually earning a Ph.D. in French studies (also from Penn, 1972). His dissertation was a study of imagery in Montaigne’s Essays.

    Colin was thoughtful and kind—his family remembers him as “gentlemanly.” He was a true Renaissance man, equally at home in the worlds of physics, geology, and mycology; crabbing on the Chester River; and introducing generations of Washington College students to the joys of French language and culture. Colin was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and to full professor in 1991. He served on numerous college committees and boards, and as chair of what was then called the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. 

    Colin is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Janice Lind, his daughter Erica Dickson (Keith Hupperts), and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members. Donations in his memory may be made to Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620; to Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002; or to Friends Central School, 1101 City Ave., Wynnewood, PA 19096. 

    John Peter Rolewicz ’12, of Odenton, Maryland, died July 24 after a courageous eight-month battle with a rare and aggressive cancer. He was 30. A natural athlete, Rolewicz was a two-time captain of the Shoremen baseball team and was proud to contribute to two playoff seasons, including one final playoff. After graduating cum laude with a double major in business management and economics, he worked as a financial analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton for seven years before starting a new position at Northrop Grumman last fall. He kept his love for baseball alive by umpiring for local high school and American Legion games on evenings and weekends. Among his survivors are his wife, Emily, his parents, two siblings, and numerous close friends who supported him through his illness. The family has requested memorial donations in support of the College’s baseball program. 

    Robert McLain "Lain" Hawkridge Jr. '80 died Oct. 29, 2020. He was born on May 12, 1958, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He attended St. Andrews Academy and St. James Academy. Seven years after graduating from Washington College, he settled in Kent County and never left. He worked for UPS and received his master’s degree in education from Widener University. His career as a teacher included teaching in the Baltimore City and Kent County public schools before joining the faculty of Radcliffe Creek School, where he was an Orton-Gillingham teacher for 10 years. He retired from teaching to care for his parents, Robert McLain Hawkridge and Sally Middleton Hawkridge, who both predeceased him. During this time, he tutored and coached people with learning disabilities primarily through Washington College and Bowman Educational Services/LINKZ.

    Hawkridge married Arlene F. Lee '82, his college sweetheart, in 1984 and again in 1999. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Ian McLain Hawkridge and Jennings Lee Hawkridge, and Ian’s partner, Sarah Bradham; his sister, Sally Hawkridge, and nephew, Tim Beken; his godsons, Will Wood and Art Mason; and his many beloved Middleton and Hawkridge cousins.

    During his time as a UPS delivery driver, Hawkridge marched in the 1997 Teamster’s National Strike, an expression of a lifelong passion for economic, social, and racial justice. In recent years he became a founding member of the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice (SACRJ) in Kent County. He was a primary organizer of the SACRJ food delivery program during the COVID-19 pandemic, extending vital food aid to schoolchildren and seniors in need during the shutdown of regular services. He personally delivered food to the seniors in the Baywood community, whom he came to call his friends.

    Hawkridge was deeply committed to family, community, young people, and equality for all. He loved chess, music, history, and books of all kinds. He was a dedicated member of Lani Parks’ book club. Hawkridge started an afterschool Scholastic Chess Club with Michael Harvey that taught students in every Kent County school. He was devoted to his Library Chess Program every Wednesday afternoon and the Thursday Night Chestertown Chess Club. For years he played chess at the Tea Party Festival as Ben Franklin and served as a Tea Party Festival Committee member. He made many friends in his journeys throughout the county, including during his weekly trips to the Chestertown Farmers Market.

    His fascination with music began as a child in the Holy Trinity Church choir and was evident every Thursday night during his Musicology Show on WKHS. He spent hours each week preparing to share his love for different artists and genres of music with his listeners. But he loved WKHS mostly for the opportunity to work with KHS students like “Johnny Rocker” and his fellow adult DJs. His most recent contribution to Kent County’s music scene was his work as a board member for the Chestertown Jazz Festival.

    The family requests that those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation to the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice in Lain Hawkridge’s name.

    Patricia Owings Sinclair ’74 worked as a retired French teacher in the Howard County Public Schools. She is survived by her husband Tim, daughter Shelly, and grandchildren Austin and Cali.

    Jack Copeland '73 died in February 2020. A great lacrosse player, Jack was captain of the 1972 team.  Read a tribute in his memory

    Jack Copeland

    Nancy Elizabeth Dailey Anderson '72 died suddenly at her home in Newport News Virginia on February 25, 2021.  After raising her daughter, she received her master's degree in Special Education from the College of William and Mary in 1991 and taught high school in Yorktown (VA) for 26 years.  She is survived by her husband, Daniel, a daughter, Jennifer, a step-son, Daniel, several grandchildren, and a brother, Tom.

    Dr. John Alexander Conkling passed away in Austin, Texas on Saturday, December 18, 2021. He will be remembered not only as the world's leading expert on fireworks, but as a devoted husband, loving father and beloved grandfather.

    A proud native of Baltimore, John was a 1961 graduate of Baltimore City College. He received his B.S. degree in 1965 from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and in 1969 his Ph.D. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University. Upon graduation from Hopkins, Dr. Conkling returned to Washington College as a chemistry professor, where he and his wife Sandra made Chestertown their home. During this time, he began consulting with Dr. Joseph McLain in energetic materials and pyrotechnics, which ultimately led to his storied career in the fireworks industry which spanned almost 50 years (with more than 40 trips to China).

    Dr. Conkling is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts in pyrotechnics. He served as the Executive Director and Technical Director of the American Pyrotechnics Association for over 30 years, and was instrumental in drafting many of the nation's fireworks regulations. He holds 8 patents and conducted Pyrotechnic Seminars at Washington College for nearly 3 decades. He is the author of The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics: Basic Principles and Theory, and BOOM! America's Ever-Evolving Fireworks Industry.

    A recipient of Washington College's Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Conkling retired from Washington College in 2012 and was awarded its Alumni Service Award in 2013 for his numerous contributions to the college. He and his wife were active in the Chestertown community supporting the college and local charities.

    He is survived by his wife, Sandra, and their children – Melinda Conkling Hart and her husband Ed Hart of San Antonio, Texas, and John Conkling, Jr. and his wife Tavia Conkling of Austin, Texas. He is the beloved grandfather of John Maxey Hart, Edward Austin Hart, Julia Valliant Conkling, and John Alexander Conkling, III.

    Nothing made "Poppy" happier than fishing with his close friends (the Fish Hawk Angling team), watching his grandchildren play sports, and enjoying the beautiful sunsets on the Chester River from his backyard surrounded by his family and many friends. His kindness, humor, generosity and keen intellect will be greatly missed.

    Services will be held in Chestertown in the spring 2022. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to Washington College or the Boy Scouts of America.

    Mortimer Vincent Lenane '60, passed away on May 26, 2022 in Columbia Maryland. Mort was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was born in Baltimore Maryland and grew up in Harford County where he excelled as a three-sport athlete for the Bel Air Bobcats, earning a scholarship to Washington College. He gained All American honors in Baseball and Soccer and was inducted into the Washington College Hall of Fame and later graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School. Mort married his college sweetheart, Antonia (Toni) from Long Island NY and they settled in Maryland to raise their two sons, Brad (Denver Co) and Kevin (Sun Valley Id).

    Mort had many interests, he traveled the world always immersing himself in the people and their cultures. He spent endless hours landscaping his beloved home on Amherst Ave. He loved Maryland seafood to the very end, especially Blue Crabs in the back yard. He volunteered for many years at the Maryland Special Olympics, loved his big and little dogs and believed in giving every one an equal chance.

    Mort is survived by his wife and two sons, his brother Thomas "Pat" Lenane and sister Katherine "Kate" Smith of Street Md, two grandsons, Kyle and Brandon and granddaughters, Taylor and Kana, great granddaughter, Kaila and daughters in-law, Fran and Ann Lenane. A celebration of life will be held in his honor date TBD. In lieu of flowers, you can donate to the Alzheimer's Association or Maryland Special Olympics in Mort's name.

    David Allen Sorflaten '60, age 88, paddled off into a final sunset peacefully on Oct. 9, 2020, from the shore of his home in Rock Hall with his life partner of 37 years, Pam Sine, by his side. 

    Born Jan. 23, 1932, in Sykesville, he was the son of the late Alvin Obert Sorflaten and Judith Vance Barton Sorflaten. He graduated from Sykesville High School and briefly studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory of Music before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Sorflaten served from 1952 to 1956 as a Navy hospital corpsman and x-ray technician aboard the repair ship USS Amphion, AR-13, and later on the heavy cruiser USS Des Moines, the flagship of the Sixth Fleet, which operated in the Mediterranean region.  

    After his honorable discharge, he moved to Chestertown, where he attended Washington College under the G.I. Bill while working part time at Kent & Queen Anne’s Hospital. After college graduation, Sorflaten married Anita M. Brown, raising three children together during their 19-year marriage.

    From 1960 to 1972, Sorflaten worked for the Campbell Soup Company in Chestertown, where he was active in the First Methodist Church, Boy Scouts, and the Rock Hall Yacht Club, where he crewed for several years on the log canoe Mystery.

    After returning to Carroll County in 1973, he worked for Telemechanique (later bought by the Square D Company) for 17 years. For several years during this time, he also wrote a weekly outdoor column for the Carroll County edition of the Hanover Sun. 

    In 1990, Sorflaten moved back to Rock Hall, on the Eastern Shore, where he was in sales for the Tri-State Electric Company for an additional five years. He enjoyed boating and fishing, and was an avid nature photographer. He was a member of the Rock Hall American Legion and an active volunteer with the Friends of Eastern Neck Island at the Eastern Neck Island National Wildlife Refuge.

    Marguerite May Kimbles of Chestertown, MD died on October 1, 2021. She was 87.

    She was born in Queen Anne's County near Church Hill on May 16, 1934, the daughter of the late John Seney and Eva Anderson Kimbles. She was a 1952 graduate of Centreville High School and in 1956 she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Washington College.

    Ms. Kimbles worked as a teacher for 11 years with Stevensville Jr. High and Church Hill Elementary School until 1970. She lived the majority of her life in the Church Hill and Price area. Ms. Kimbles was active with her alumni class at Washington College and enjoyed her biannual luncheons with the "Girls of '52" graduating class of Centreville High.

    She was a member of Washington College Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a former member of the National Teachers Association and the Maryland Teachers Association, and was also a member of the Price-Bethany United Methodist Church.

    Anne Matthews Childress ’60, a former News American editor and freelance writer, died Sept. 23 from heart failure. She was 81. Childress graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English. Because her grades were the highest ever recorded by the College, she was the first recipient of the George Washington Medal, created to recognize this academic achievement. She also received the Alumni Medal, B. Fox Medal, and a medal from the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors. She began her career in journalism as a $40-a-week "copy girl" working for the News American and eventually became a reporter; a feature writer in the paper’s Sunday Department; and a second-string music, film, and drama critic. 

    In 1964, Childress was named film critic and columnist, and later became editor of the Sunday entertainment section and women’s page editor. In 1974, she left the newspaper and became a freelance writer and consultant whose major clients included the U.S. Treasury Department and Health Care Financing Administration.

    Eleanor "Anna" May Sewell DeVaux Briggs '59 passed away on September 5, 2021. She is survived by her husband Arthur Briggs.

    Bill Litsinger '58 died peacefully in his sleep April 13, 2022.

    Kathleen J. Brackett White '58 M'80 passed from this world on July 20, 2022 at her home in Queenstown MD. 

    Joseph Keller '56, passed away peacefully January 2, 2022.

    Joan Vanik Grim ‘56 died Dec. 18, 2020, in Berlin, Maryland, as reported by Joshua Carey ’57.

    Janet Middleton Macera ’56,  who earned dual degrees in sociology and psychology, passed away at her home in Waterville, Ohio, on April 16, 2020. She was 86. She was married to Sam ’57 and the mother of Andy ’83. She was very active in community theater, where she served as secretary-treasurer for 19 years, and was a skillful bridge and pinochle player and avid bowler for 40 years. Sam and Janet were married for 63 years.

    Saylee Kerr obituary

    Saylee May Urig Kerr ’54 died peacefully May 24, 2020, surrounded by family. She was born Sept. 4, 1932, in Baltimore, the daughter of Saylee Engel Urig and Joseph Logan Urig. She attended Amherst Central High School in Buffalo, New York, and at Washington College studied English, was president of AOPi sorority, and made lifelong friends.

    Her daughter, Mary Lee Kerr, said in a note: “My mother's years at Washington College were some of the best of her life. She loved her AOPi sorority and enjoyed her excellent professors. She spoke of her college years fondly until her death. One of her best friends was Sigi Whaley '54, who still lives in Chestertown and volunteers at the College.”

    After working for Hutzler’s Department Store and the Noxema company, she worked in the placement office at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. There, she met Robert Kerr, whom she married in 1959. They lived in New Jersey, California, and Alabama before settling in Durham, North Carolina, where they lived for 55 years.

    When Kerr moved to Durham, she joined the Duke Campus Club and was a founding member of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. In spite of having multiple sclerosis most of her adult life, she cheerfully and tirelessly cared for her family, her home, her beloved cats, and her garden. She was a devoted and caring daughter, wife, mother, and friend.

    Kerr is survived by her husband, Robert Kerr; her daughter Mary Lee Kerr; son-in-law Timothy Bralower; and grandchildren Alex and Kate Bralower.

    Tom BoundsThomas "Tom" Lowe Bounds '55, 88, of Timonium, MD, passed away peacefully at home due to heart failure on January 4, 2022. Tom was unfailingly kind to all, had a wonderful sense of humor, and was well-liked by everyone. Tom grew up in Mardela Springs, MD, and graduated in a class of 12 from Mardela High School. He graduated from Washington College in 1955, where hemet Sue, his wife of 66 years. Tom was drafted into the Army in 1957 and stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, where his official duties included traveling around Germany and Europe playing third base for the 8th Armored Division baseball team. After the Army, he moved back to Maryland's Eastern Shore and lived in Salisbury, MD where he managed the Farmers Bank of Mardela Springs for more than 20 years. He loved to travel and instilled that love in his children and grandchildren. Tom was fortunate enough to see most of the U.S. and many beautiful places in Europe, including his favorite, Switzerland's Bernese Oberland, where he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by family. Tom loved baseball and coached Little League teams in Salisbury for many years. He also enjoyed watching baseball, soccer, and other sports on TV. 

    Tom's intellect, inquisitiveness, and memory made him a master of geography, trivia, and statistics, and he could beat most people at Jeopardy. He was a member of the Freemasons for over 50 years. He is survived by his devoted wife Dorothy "Sue" Reichlin Bounds, his children Kathleen Bounds Smith of Timonium, MD, William (and Diana) Bounds, of Pasadena, MD, and 3 grandchildren Andrew Warren Smith, Rebecca Ann Smith, and Arianna Sienna Bounds.

    James Metcalf

    James Metcalf ’53, passed away on April 19, 2019. He was 86. While at Washington College, he graduated with a degree in biology and minors in English and chemistry. He was a member of the Vernon Literary Society, earned a Mary Lu Chamberlain medal, and was a member of the Science Club. He was also active in the Washington Players, on the staff of the Pegasus, and leader of the band “The Washingtonians.” After graduation, Metcalf served in the U.S. Army, and then was a stock broker and financial planner. He and his wife of 50 years, Colette, retired to the Eastern Shore to enjoy life by the water.

    James R. Wright '48 of Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away on February 21, 2022.

    Born July 7, 1922 in Shawsville, Maryland, he was the son of the late James G. and Rose A. Wright, both lifelong residents of Harford County, Maryland.

    Surviving are his sons James A. Wright (Patricia) and Ronald K. Wright (Susan); grandchildren Nicholas R. Wright, Nolan C. Wright, Rebecca Zulema Wright, and Gina Valdes; brother Kenneth R. Wright and a number of nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Blanca Guerrero Wright.

    He attended public schools in Harford County, Maryland. His undergraduate years at Salisbury Teachers College (now Salisbury University) were interrupted by World War II when he enlisted in the U.S. Army (1942). He served as a commissioned officer in Tank Destroyers and in the Infantry in the European Theatre of Operations in the Second Infantry Division. He was a Purple Heart Veteran, and wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.

    Following his discharge from the Army in 1946, he again became a full time student. He earned degrees from Salisbury (B.S. Ed), Washington College (B.S.) and the University of Delaware (M.S. and PhD). His major academic field was organic chemistry. Subsequently, he completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development and was a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.

    He was married to Blanca Zulema Guererro of San Marcos, Texas in 1950.

    In his professional career, he first spent eight years as a research chemist in the laboratories of Standard Oil Company of California (now Chevron). Following that, he accepted a position with the Department of Commerce, National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in Washington, D.C. first as a senior research chemist and subsequently, as a manager of research programs. His final position in NBS was that of Deputy Director of the National Engineering Laboratory. He retired in 1985.

    He was a Charter Member of the US Senior Executive Service, an Emeritus Member of the American Chemical Society, a Fellow in the American Institute of Chemists, an Honorary Member and past President of the International Union of Laboratories for Research on Materials and Structures (Secretariat, Paris, France) and a Member of the Loyal Order of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for "Distinguished Achievement in The Federal Service"

    Power boating on the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends, travel throughout the USA and many foreign countries, the Antique Car Hobby (Buicks) and family genealogy were all activities he pursued over the years.

    He was a Charter Member of Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in North Bethesda, Maryland where he served in various capacities for more than 50 years.

    Betty Ann Lussier ’43, of Rock Hall, passed away on Nov. 30, 2017, at her home. She was 95.

    Lussier was born Dec. 20, 1921, in Alberta, Canada. Her family moved to the United States when she was 4. Her father had been a flying ace for the Royal Air Force in World War I, and after the war, he became a farmer. Lussier grew up in Rock Hall and Chestertown, and briefly attended Washington College. She transferred to the University of Maryland to study journalism but was anxious to join the war effort. She hopped a freighter to England in 1942, where she joined the British Air Transport Authority as a pilot.

    After a year, she joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, and served there as a counter-spy until the end of the war. She recounted her wartime experiences in a book she wrote five years before her death, "Intrepid Woman." Lussier married Ricardo Sicre, a captain in the U.S. Army, in England at the end of World War II (1945). At the time, they were both assigned to the OSS in Europe, where they met.

    After the war, Lussier moved to Spain and started a family with her husband, who had founded an import-export business with some wartime friends. However, she grew restless as a housewife, and after the birth of her fourth and last son, she moved to Morocco, where she started a corn farm and championed workers' rights. Her activities got her expelled from the country. She recounted these experiences in her book "One Woman Farm."

    As her children grew older, she moved to Switzerland, where they were studying. Concurrently she finished her B.A. degree at the University of Maryland. When her sons moved to the states for their college studies, she moved with them to New York and got a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. Upon graduation, she separated from her husband and became a social worker in the New York area, alternating with similar work in Africa for the United Nations and for Christian charity organizations. She also worked for AID in Senegal and in Morocco, where she spent three years teaching single and divorced women how to make a living and lead independent lives.

    Lussier divorced in 1975, but she and her husband remained best friends; neither ever remarried. Sicre died in 1993.

    After retirement, Lussier lived in Staten Island, New York, for a number of years before settling in Pacific Palisades, California. She spent most of her later years there, active in community affairs and busy writing her wartime memoirs. She was a frequent visitor to Rock Hall, where her older sister, Jane Strong, lived, and moved there in 2015 after developing Alzheimer's disease. She was cared for by her niece Joan and her two daughters, Rosalind and Holly.

    Lussier was predeceased by her eldest son, Ricardo Sicre, in 2011. She is survived by three sons: Emile Sicre, of Mallorca, Spain; Jay Sicre, of Madrid, Spain; and Penn Sicre, of Santa Monica, California. She had nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.


    Cameron Alexander MehtaLindsay Haislip Mehta '13 and her family are happy to announce the birth of their baby boy Cameron Alexander Mehta on October 12, 2021.

    Darren Colananni ’07 and his wife, Kristen, welcomed their baby girl, Alice "Ali" Colananni, to the world on March 12, 2021. Darren was also named to the board of Chance for Life, a nonprofit charity that raises money for pediatric cancer research.

    James Sutton McCormackJeanne (Clark) ‘07 and Travis McCormack M'05 are happy to announce the birth of their son James Sutton. Born July 29, 2020, in Rockville, Maryland, James joins his 2-year-old brother, Patrick.



    Hazel Sunflower FahertyNick Faherty '04 announces the birth of daughter Hazel Sunflower "Sunnie" Faherty, born April 3, 2020. Faherty and his wife, Bridget, moved from the East Coast three years ago to Seattle, where he is currently a global business director at Xenon Arc Inc.

     Hudson LangeJonathan '04 and Amy Lange '04 are happy to announce the birth of their son, Hudson Charles Lange. Hudson was born July 25, 2020, and welcomed with open arms by his big sister, Henley.

    Greg Ordile baby Greg Ordile '04 and his wife, Kathleen, welcomed Annaliese Barbara on Dec. 6, 2019. 

     Mollie Shipley weddingMollie Shipley baby 

    Mollie (Shipley) Smith ’13 married Garrett Smith on Oct. 27, 2018, with her Washington College women’s lacrosse teammates attending and participating in the wedding. The couple welcomed a baby girl, Collins Frances Smith, on Oct. 21, 2019. 


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