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In Memoriam 

Notices listed are published as In Memoriam obituaries are submitted and received.

Christopher R. Cox traveled and worked overseas during his distinguished journalism career. In this photo, shown previously in Insights 2012, Cox is pictured with a member of the Akha hill tribe in Ban Lorcha, Thailand.
Christopher R. Cox ’75
(1955–2013)

As an award-winning journalist, then freelance travel writer, Cox often traveled overseas, often to Southeast Asia. His feature stories appeared in numerous journals, including Conde Nast Traveler, Travel+Leisure, Audubon, ESPN: The Magazine, and Reader’s Digest. He received numerous awards for his reporting: he was honored at the National Press Club by the Eric Friedheim Travel Journalism Awards; in Hong Kong by the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Awards; and by Singapore’s World Gourmet Summit. He published two books: A Good Death (2013), a novel, and Chasing the Dragon: Into the Heart of the Golden Triangle (1996), nonfiction. 

Cox transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full athletic scholarship for track. He earned two masters degrees: an MA, English (McGill University) and an MLS (Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge).

Donald Drown
July 21, 2013
He taught physical education and was the men’s basketball coach at Rockville for more than 30 years. In 1988, he was inducted as the first member of the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bella Mischinsky ’88
June 28, 2013
She was a past Alumni Association board member.

Catharine Bell Wetteroth
June 25, 2013
She was an instructional assistant in the humanities department at Rockville.

Robert N. “Bob” Covell
May 18, 2013
He was a retired construction trades worker at Rockville.

L. Thomas Aldrich ’66
May 1, 2013 

Barbara A. Stuck ’66
April 23, 2013 

Homai Behram
April 16, 2013
She was a professor of English at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus from 1972 to 2001.

Van C. Wall
April 16, 2013
He was a professor of humanities/social sciences at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus from 2003 to 2011.

Ronald Lee Phoebus ’48
April 1, 2013

Frederick V. Gallion ’70
March 29, 2013

William M. Benson
March 25, 2013
After serving as registrar and associate academic dean, he taught history and political science at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus until his retirement in 1986.

Edward C. Duncan ’86
March 5, 2013 

Savion Christian Gabriel ’10
March 1, 2013

Paul Widem ’94
January 30, 2013

Madelaine T. Husic ’75
November 21, 2012

Dr. Bruce Carpenter ’82
November 8, 2012
He was a past Alumni Association board member.

Carl M. Schwendinger ’80
October 25, 2012

Anne E. Jeffers ’73
October 15, 2012
She worked at the Ethiopian National Museum in Addis Ababa and the Kenya National Museum in Nairobi, and published museum journal articles in Curator and Kenya Past and Present.

Albert Thomas Simmons, Jr.
February 10, 2013
He worked in the facilities operations department at Germantown from 1968 until his retirement in 1997.

Duck Lee
January 19, 2013
Duck Lee, 77, a retired Bell Atlantic executive who volunteered as a pitching coach for the Rockville and Germantown Campus baseball teams, died of cancer. He survived two military invasions during his childhood in China and Korea, but lost the chance to play high school baseball. After emigrating to the United States in 1955, he served as a baseball coach, scout, and mentor—including the last 15 years at Montgomery College, where he threw batting practice until a week before his death. He considered the baseball players and coaches his second family. He was buried in Montgomery College baseball apparel. The family requests that contributions be made to the Montgomery College baseball program. Make checks out to the Montgomery College Foundation (add In Memory of Coach Duck Lee Baseball in the memo line). Please send mail to the Montgomery College Foundation, 40 West Gude Drive, Suite 220, Rockville, MD 20850.

Dr. Robert M. Stewart
January 9, 2013
He was dean of students at Rockville from 1972 to 1982.

Eddie Lee Jeffries
January 3, 2013
He was a food services cook at Rockville.

Henry Hanson
December 30, 2012
He taught history at the College from 1971 to 1974.

Paul Van der Slice
December 9, 2012
She was an adjunct faculty member for the Rockville student development department from 1988 until her passing.

Kathryn F. Droubi
November 20, 2012
She was an office assistant for the Rockville business and economics department from 1989 until her passing.

Tom Guernsey ’64
October 3, 2012
He wrote the hit rock tune, “What a Girl Can’t Do,” with his band, The Hangmen.

George Tretter ’87
September 10, 2012

James W. Robb ’49
September 2, 2012

Dr. Steve Lietz
August 31, 2012
He served as department chairperson of counseling at Rockville and interim dean of students at the Germantown Campus.

Vince Pugliese ’52
July 28, 2012
He was inducted into the Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame, having taken a boxing championship and leading the football and basketball teams while at MC. He later taught at Montgomery Blair and Rockville high schools.

Katherine Ann Hoffman ’68
July 1, 2012

John R. Clugston
Bliss ’49
June 28, 2012 

Leroy Harris
May 20, 2012
He was a retired general maintenance worker on the Rockville Campus.

Carl E. Holmes ’52
March 31, 2012

Deborah Peabody ’74
March 8, 2012

Saul M. Honigsberg ’55
February 1, 2011

Sol Shaz, M.D., F.R.C.S. ’05
January 22, 2011

Donna M. Desmond ’72
December 31, 2010

Dr. Vergil Dykstra
December 31, 2010
He was the College’s administrative vice president from 1978 to 1989.

Dr. Wilfred Saint Jr.
December 5, 2010
He was a professor of sociology and academic dean of applied sciences at Takoma Park/Silver Spring.

Ruth Fawcett Hall ’90
November 30, 2011

Deborah Brodey ’83
November 28, 2010
She was assistant supervisor at the Rockville Campus library, having worked at the College for 24 years.

Mary Maynard
November 13, 2010
She served in the Rockville Admissions Office from 1960 until her retirement in 1980.

Arlene P. Simons ’74
November 5, 2010 

Mathilde Gardner ’77
October 8, 2010
She began her career at the College in 1967, retiring in 1992, and returning in 1996.

Joyce E. Phillips ’74
October 4, 2011

Jan C. Caveney ’70
January 27, 2011

Karen Schwartz ’87
December 29, 2010

Dr. Linda Mona
September 20, 2010
She taught chemistry and was co-chair of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Physical Sciences Department.

Robert C. Maddox ’64
August 28, 2010
He served on the College’s Board of Trustees.

Ann Munson
July 4, 2010
She joined the registrar’s office in 1965, moved to the institutional research office, and retired in 1983.

Adele Quartin Alperin ’76
July 2, 2010

Jill Irey
July 26, 2010
Professor Irey was beloved by students and fellow faculty and staff members alike. She began teaching in the interior design program in 1988. She was one of the first 10 recipients of the Montgomery College Outstanding Faculty Award.

In addition to teaching design, business, drafting, and internships, she served in assignments for the Alumni Association, helping develop alumni chapters in areas throughout the College. She expressed her passion for helping students by establishing what is now known as the Irey Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

She also served as education advisor to several industry organizations and participated in numerous interior design projects, with and without students, which included local and national publications of the work.

Milton F. (Sonny) Clogg ’48
April 5, 2010

Milton F. “Sonny” Clogg ’48, who devoted a great deal of time, talent, and treasure to the College over the years, passed away April 5. He was 86. Sonny entered Montgomery Junior College after completing his World War II military service. He became the College’s first student president and a member of its first graduating class. He went on to earn law degrees from the American University’s Washington College of Law, and then practiced real estate law in Rockville for more than 50 years.

He retired in 2003, and was later employed by the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Foundation. Sonny assumed a lead role in creating the Alumni Association, and he served as its president. He also was a founding member and early chair of the Montgomery College Foundation, and he served as campaign chair for the Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education on the Rockville Campus. He was the first individual to endow a fully funded scholarship at Montgomery College, and he gave generously to the College throughout his life. He was granted Montgomery College’s first honorary degree in 1996.

He received what was then known as the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award in 1989, and in 2002 the Alumni Association renamed its highest award in honor of his outstanding service to Montgomery College.

The Milton F. Clogg Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award—presented to alumni who have shown exemplary contributions over time to their professions, their communities, or the College—is the College’s most prestigious award for former students.
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J.B. Lankes
Bliss '38
March 11, 2010 

James T. O'Brien
March 7, 2010
Dr. O’Brien was a stalwart professor, transfer advisor, and mentor to many students in the Physics, Engineering, and Geosciences Department at Rockville.

During his 37-year tenure, he taught dozens of subjects in engineering and physics. Outside the classroom, he was also instrumental in securing union representation for full-time faculty members.

Matt Naiman ’76 said, “The course of my career was changed by the serendipity of meeting Dr. O’Brien…. I could always count on him to tutor me…through any of the math classes I took. He’d say, ‘I got you into this mess; I guess I can spare a few minutes to enjoy your misery.’”

Dr. O’Brien’s wife, Sylvia, established an endowed scholarship in his memory.

To contribute to the Irey Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship or to the Jim O’Brien Endowed Scholarship, call Kathy Stevens, annual fund director, at 240-567-4108.

Diane D. Gray
February 25, 2010 

William H. Lannon
Bliss '43
February 17, 2010 

Gerard W. Michaelis
Bliss '32
February 11, 2010 

Paul W. Laning Jr. '71
February 7, 2010 

John E. Grabowski
January 14, 2010
He taught part time in the Humanities Department at Takoma Park/Silver Spring from 1992 to 2001.

John M. “Bud” Lankes
Bliss ’39
January 30, 2010 

Evelyn Howard Holland
January 16, 2009
She was a supervisor of the Math Learning Center at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. She retired in 1992 after 24 years with the College.

Henry Boyce
January 2, 2009
He taught geography at the College from 1966 to 1991.

George Frederick Krafthofer ’57
December 28, 2009 

Donald E. Mitchell
Bliss '40
Decmeber 19, 2009 

Iris H. Carolla '71
December 9, 2009

Curt Harold Doerr
December 5, 2009
He taught biology at the College.

Ann Norris
November 18, 2009
A communication arts professor, she honed the writing skills of students who went on to work in radio and television.

Elizabeth B. Myers
November 13, 2009
She taught biology at the College and retired in the mid-1980s.

Wendell Jaquith
Bliss ’40
December 14, 2009
He retired from C&P Telephone Co. in 1982 as an engineer.

Fatt M. Lee
Bliss ’48
December 22, 2008

Donald B. MacDougall
Bliss ’48
December 22, 2008

Lee Clagget Warfield, Jr.
Bliss ’35
July 28, 2008

Don Bowman ’69
May 22, 2008
He was a sports editor at the Fort Worth, Texas, Star-Telegram.

David E. Olsen '70
May 5, 2009

Stephen P. Chevalier
Bliss ’54
April 3, 2008 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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