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51 class year

career Brooks M. Whitehurst, New Bern, N.C., received the Who's Who Lifetime Achievement award.


65 class year

career Stephen Richard Huggins, Madison, Ga., authored “America's Use of Terror,” published by The University Press of Kansas.



73 class year

career Cloyd Nelson Long Jr., Bedford, N.Y., was inducted into the Met Section PGA Hall of Fame.

career Robert L. Pack, Miami, Fla., authored “Boomer Strong 1946-64: One Boomer’s Simple Message to the Rest of His Generation.”

career Stephen Tyler Rasnic Tem, Centennial, Colo., published “Figures Unseen: Selected Stories,” “UBO,” and “Blood Kin” and won a Bram Stoker Award for “Blood Kin.”

career Frederick G. Wright Jr., Alexandria, Va., received the W.N. Carey, Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

75 class year

career William Andrew Simantel, Hardeeville, S.C., retired after 38 years of service at Northrop Grumman Corp., Baltimore, Md.

76 class year

career Brenda Eileen McDaniel, Pilot, Va., authored “My Angel, My Hero.”

career Robert Alan Rapaport, Virginia Beach, Va., was reappointed commissioner of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission during the 2020 Session of the Virginia General Assembly.

77 class year

career Kevin Gregory Goodwin, Newark, Del., retired after 39 years with DuPont Capital Management.

career Linda Dexter Griffin, Myrtle Beach, S.C., retired as dean of student development for Louisiana Tech University.

career Johann Richard Kinsey, Helotes, Texas, was promoted to major general.

78 class year

career Thomas Pendleton Hood, Henrico, Va., was inducted into the Richmond Tennis Hall of Fame, 11/16/19.

career Ricky Lee Schoenthaler, Abu Dhabi, UAE, joined Dewberry as vice president and program manager in the Mid-Atlantic Water Group.

career Steven Lee Spurlock, Washington, D.C., was appointed to the 2020 American Institute of Architects College of Fellows jury.

career Robin Denis Stewart, Downers Grove, Ill., retired after 42 years with Armstrong Flooring.

career Joseph Edward Wells, Reston, Va., was promoted to senior principal at Dewberry.

79 class year

career Richard Lewis Fitzgerald, Middlebrook, Va., was presented with the Carl G. Luebben Lifetime Achievement Award.


80 class year

career Thomas Edward Goode, APO, AE., retired from the Department of Defense Dependents Schools System after 31 years.

82 class year

career Barbara Kretchman Jones, Hightstown, N.J., published “Wild Capital: Nature's Economic and Ecological Wealth.”

83 class year

career Vera L. Turner, Alexandria, Va., joined Maryland Public Television as managing director of membership.

85 class year

career Terry Keith Hull, Centreville, Va., joined Dewberry as a program manager for its intelligence community market segment based in Fairfax, Va.

career Thomas Joseph Wilson, Henrico, Va., authored “The Tennis Commandments” under the pen name TJ Faultz.

86 class year

career Barbara Ann Knuth, Ithaca, N.Y., received the Debra W. Stewart Award for Outstanding Leadership in Graduate Education from the Council of Graduate Schools.

87 class year

career Sandra Lee Smith Tucker, Leesburg, Va., was named 2019 Virginia Association of Marketing Educators Teacher of the Year.



90 class year

career Douglas Keith Clark, Springfield, Va., was appointed brigadier general in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

career Tracy Tate O’Dowd, Frederick, Md., accepted the job of director of sponsorship, Mid-Atlantic Division, Major League Lacrosse.

career George Joseph Weinstein, Roswell, Ga., authored “Watch What You Say (Southern Fried Karma).”

92 class year

career L. Christine McGinn Barbour, High Point, N.C., founding partner of Barbour Spangler Design, received the Triad Business Journal 2020 Outstanding Women in Business award for executive leadership, community involvement, and mentoring.

career Larry Wayne Hasson Jr., Danville, Va., was promoted to associate principal at Dewberry.

93 class year

career Sylvia M. DeSantis, Ardmore, Pa., recently published a book “\ka tas tro phe\ n., the dramatic actions of Kat Morgan.”

career Bryan Michael Hertweck, Moneta, Va., published a book, “Unabashed: Breaking the Bottle.”

career Usha Munukutla Parker, Annandale, Va., was promoted to counsel at Cantor Colburn.

94 class year

career Richard McNeil Wardrop III, Madison, Miss., has been selected to serve in governance on the American Board of Internal Medicine on the Internal Medicine Specialty Board.

wedding Richard McNeil Wardrop III, Madison, Miss., and Mackenzie M. Cary, 9/21/19.

95 class year

career Rosalee Edelstein Opengart, Signal Mountain, Tenn., published her first book, “Find Your Where: Turn the Tables, Negotiate your Success, and Live Life on Your Own Terms.”

career Alfred O. Taylor Jr., Arlington, Va., received the Path Makers Leadership Award at the University of the District of Columbia's 2020 Founders Day Ceremony.

96 class year

career Erin Garvin, Roanoke, Va., published a book, “The Bare Minimum Stretch Guide for Competitive Shooters. Easy Stretches You Can Do on the Range to Up Your Game and Reduce Pain.”

97 class year

career Sally Jewell Allain, Cabin John, Md., was selected head of the JLABS at Washington, D.C., Johnson & Johnson Innovation site opening on the new Children's National Research & Innovation Campus.

career Heather Redmon Leise, Richmond, Va., received her second R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence through the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond.

98 class year

career Gregory “Bo” Dwayne Elam, Great Falls, Va., assumed the role of CFO at General Dynamics Mission Systems.

career Amy Marie Zielenbach, Tampa, Fla., is digital adoption campaign director for Fidelity National Information Services Inc.

99 class year

career Christy Renee Soyars Dula, Charlotte, N.C., was named chief digital officer of MHI and is the first female executive in the association's 75-year history.

career Elise C. Caruso Foster, Cincinnati, Ohio, president/executive coach for Leadership Potential Consulting, has co-authored a new book, “Beautiful Questions in the Classroom.”

career Joseph Carter Medley, Staunton, Va., was promoted to shareholder at Timmons Group.



00 class year

career Eric L. Couch, Frederick, Md., is working in his small family business to help with the N95 PPE shortage. They have developed DECON95, a conveyor for health facilities to use in-house to decontaminate and reuse critical PPE, such as N95 respirators, through ultraviolet germicidal irradiation.

wedding Amy Melissa Smarr and Russell “Rusty” Louis Mclaughlin ’02, Alexandria, Va., 06/29/19.

01 class year

career Travis E. Hardy, Leesburg, Va., joined Dewberry in Northern Virginia as associate vice president and senior program manager.

02 class year

career Russell “Rusty” Louis Mclaughlin III, Alexandria, Va., delivered two TEDx talks on the freelance economy in 2019.

04 class year

career Liz Snyder Bowman, Alexandria, Va., joined the American Exploration & Production Council as vice president of communications.

career Amanda Kathryn Giobbi, Brooklyn, N.Y., made her movie acting debut in “The Social Ones.”

career Candace Leah Brintnall Steele, Arlington, Va., was named to the Presidents Council at Wilmington Trust N.A.

children Brittany Hardesty Tomblin, Stephens City, Va., a daughter, 09/28/19.

05 class year

career Jeffrey O’Neal Smith, Toano, Va., superintendent of Hampton City Schools, Va., was selected as one of four finalists for the AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

children Amith Sharan Ratnavibhushana, Herndon, Va., a daughter, 2/27/20.

06 class year

career Sonia Schmitt, McLean, Va., is capture executive director, Raytheon Intelligence & Space.

07 class year

career Christina Adrian Rustenbach Bump, Alexandria, Va., was promoted to principal at SmithGroup.

career Archana Prasanna, Potomac, Md., has a new novel, “Auspicious Beginning.”

career Jason Keith Steele, Radford, Va., is senior environmental scientist at Freese and Nichols in Winston-Salem, N.C.

career Alexander Rian Young, Warrenton, Va., has joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a research staff member.

children Ashley Anne LeFrois Flora and Michael E. Flora ’09, Christiansburg, Va., a daughter, 10/09/19.

career Robert Ryan Radspinner, Virginia Beach, Va., a son, 1/26/20.

08 class year

career Michael Robert Couch, Point Of Rocks, Md., is working in his small family business to help with the N95 PPE shortage. They have developed DECON95, a conveyor for health facilities to use in house to decontaminate and reuse critical PPE, such as N95 Respirators, through ultraviolet germicidal irradiation.

career Griffin Murphy O’Hanlon, Virginia Beach, Va., was named partner at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.

career Manisha Pravinchandra Patel, Greensboro, N.C., earned the “Legal Elite” distinction as published by Business North Carolina magazine.

children Benjamin Ernest Roudabush and Karen Ann Roudabush ’09, Mitchell, S.D., a son, 12/17/19.

children Kristin Moreno Westover, Fairfax Station, Va., a daughter, 08/17/19.

09 class year

career News Scott William Wiley, Richmond, Va., was promoted to shareholder at Timmons Group.



10 class year

career Nicole Rae Baldwin, Saint Leonard, Md., joined Klinedinst San Diego as counsel.

career Laura Anne Pennington Briggs, St. Paul, Minn., published her first book , “How to Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business.”

career John James Gannon III, Columbia, S.C., completed his studies in medicine at St. Matthews University School of Medicine, received his M.D. in June 2019, and entered the Family Medicine Residency Program at USC School of Medicine, Columbia, S.C.

wedding Courtney Marselle Lantier, Stafford, Va., and Adam Lantier, 02/29/20.

11 class year

career David K. Glenn, Glen Burnie, Md., was named a principal of NV5, an international professional and technical engineering and consulting services firm.

children John Robert Joyce III and Jessica Rose Joyce ’12, Dunn Loring, Va., a daughter, 11/23/19.

children Rachel Elizabeth Fieweger Moran and Sean Robert Moran, Philadelphia, Pa., a daughter, 3/12/20.

13 class year

career Danylo Andriy Villhauer, Mechanicsville, Va., was promoted to associate vice president at Dewberry.

wedding Emily Anne Mounce Ciarrocchi, Front Royal, Va., and Aaron Ciarrocchi, 3/28/20.

wedding Sue Mawyer White, Blacksburg, Va., and Eric Alton White, 2/29/20.

14 class year

career Travis Lee DePriest, Arlington, Va., has joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a research associate.

wedding Benjamin Galen Wilson, Ashland, Va., and Mackenzie M. Cary, 09/21/19.

15 class year

career Thomas Oliver Riegel, Glasgow, Va., was hired at Upstate Veterinary Specialists in Greenville, S.C., as a veterinary surgeon.

16 class year

wedding Eric Michael Zimmerman and Jocelyn Lamb Zimmerman ’17, North Bethesda, Md., 11/02/19.

18 class year

wedding Ashley Dawn Toth Washburn and Gavin Michael Washburn ’19, Yorktown, Va., 9/22/19.

19 class year

career Rebecca Lynn Bish, Blacksburg, Va., joined GuernseyTingle as an architectural designer.

career Nikki Maureen O’Regan, Williamsburg, Va., joined GuernseyTingle as an architectural engineer.


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