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Kosta Achin
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Retired Single
Occupation:  Retired Structural Analysis Engineer – Spacecraft
Marital Status:  Single
No. of Children:  None
 
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High school - When I entered Walt Whitman my height and weight were about 5 ft and 100 lbs, respectively.  I was small, not strong, not athletic although I liked sports, and a good student mostly due to effort – all in all an easy mark for “tough” guys to pick on.
 
Teachers that I admired were Mr. Melnick in geometry and Dr. Boyle in English, both in 10th grade.  I also liked Mr. Geiger, my physics teacher in 12th grade, and liked and appreciated Mrs. Carroll, my math teacher in 11th & 12th grades.
 
Mr. Melnick was a young former Marine who looked like it with his broad shoulders and square jaw.  The exception was his thick-rimmed eye glasses.  He expected you to memorize the theorems and postulates in the book, perform homework proofs using those, gave tests with soft music playing, and gave every student an alphanumeric identifier (mine was E1) so you could look up your grades which were posted at the front of the class.  The only disappointing part of his class was some students asking to copy my homework – in particular a fellow named Paul Ahearn.
 
Dr. Boyle’s English class was the last one in which we were taught grammar - a big flaw in the education system then.  It was the first year that I understood that grammar was just a bunch of rules unlike math which had some logic.  I always remember in a later English class receiving a composition paper back with “More” written on the top.  I felt like saying “More what?”
 
Weirdest teacher – Mr. Woodward in chemistry class.  Couldn’t believe it when one day he squeezed my upper arm.
 
Sad moment – Learning that my chemistry lab partner Ronald Morse had drowned.
 
Memorable occasion – Riding with Alan Gartenhaus in a Dodge Charger as he took the corner on I-495 as it approached where I-70S merged in.
 
Disappointing occasion – During high school graduation practice, seeing the smartest girl in my 9th grade French class “walk” up the aisle obviously high on something.
 
Loved cars and motorcycles – Remember an off-white Austin Healey 3000 driven by Lanny Vincent.  Also a green Triumph motorcycle either a Trophy or a Tiger – rider unknown.
 
Highlights of life outside of school – Ice skating/hockey on the C&O canal during winter, shooting baskets at the playground in the woods behind my house and walking in those woods.
 
Friendships from high school – Still friends with Hank Males.  Don’t know why it worked out since he’s more a jock and I’m more a nerd.
 
So that’s high school.
 
College – Georgia Tech (BS - 1975), University of Maryland, UC Berkeley (MS in Mechanical Engineering - 1976 & in Civil Engineering - 1983)
 
Georgia Tech then had a very good reputation, was underfunded and had poor quality facilities.  After one quarter transferred to Maryland.  There had the best math teacher I ever had – funny and great at explaining calculus.  Great food – all you can eat, including sausage links and cheese cake.   Went back to Tech for the reputation.  As one of my fellow students said, “Tech is a process of elimination, not education.”  However, even Tech had some outstanding teachers - my 1st physics teacher, my 2nd chemistry teacher and my 1st thermodynamics teacher.  Unfortunately I also learned about attitudes in the Old South, some warmth and lots of bigotry.
 
UC Berkeley was/is a marvelous school.  However I was in the Mech. Engrg. Department specializing in Heat Transfer.  Turns out not my interest due to the way it was taught.  Needed a course in Statistical Thermodynamics like I need a hole in the head.  They preferred students who were into research and going for a PhD.  Later on managed to get back into UC Berkeley in the Civil Engrg. Department.  They knew you wanted to build things and that was for me.
 
Work – Ford Motor Co., Sandia National Labs, UTC Chemical Systems, Raytheon Missile Systems, Lockheed Martin Space
 
Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, MI – My dream job in cars after my MS in Mech. Engrg. or so I thought.  Turns out Ford had very bad products - e.g. Mustang II, Ford Granada, Ford Maverick, Ford Pinto - and poor engineering.  But there was fun there.  Many engineers loved cars and enjoyed abusing company cars.  It was like teenage boys in high school but with more toys.  Left after one year (1976-1977).
 
Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA – If you were smart enough to be a PhD and liked working on nuclear weapons, a great place to work.  People there were very smart.  It was a great place to learn.  Unfortunately, I was not smart enough to be a PhD, didn’t care for nuclear weapons and so I had to leave.  However I learned a lot and during that time (1977-1984), I took a leave of absence and obtained my second Masters, the one that taught me the basics of my trade – structural analysis.
 
United Technologies Corp., Chemical System Div., San Jose, CA – Turns out a solid rocket motor company with a bad reputation - Was great because I got to learn about composites, but its reputation was deserved and I left after one year (1985-1986).
 
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tewksbury, MA – From employees a generation younger than myself, I learned that Raytheon had been a family-oriented company in the past but by the time I started working there it was just into profit.  These old timers were wonderful people - some of whom I still know today.  But company was not a place to stay.  Left after three years (1986-1989).
 
Lockheed Martin Space, Sunnyvale, CA – The best defense company I’ve worked for.  Not perfect but with much more integrity than the other defense companies I’ve worked for.  People were very impersonal.  Didn’t have the warmth of the old crew at Raytheon.  Still as I said, the best defense company I’ve worked for.  In my 25 years there, I only worked on one really neat project, a large composite structure.  It was a fantastic experience and when that was over I thought there would be many more building such composite structures.  Unfortunately, it didn’t happen – a bummer.
 
Highlights Outside of Work – Seeing Yosemite for the 1st time, walking among giant redwoods, backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountains, owning a Mazda RX7 car and BMW G650GS and Honda CRF450R motorcycles, living in Northern California.
 
Retired - June 2015.
 
Hopes for the Years Left – Outdoors hiking and backpacking in the redwoods and the Sierras.  Visiting other countries and hiking the mountains in Europe.  Riding my motorcycle.  Reading and staying current in world affairs.  Staying in touch with my sister and her adult children.  Staying in touch with old friends.  Staying mobile as long as possible and then peacefully passing away without being a burden.
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Paul Ahearn
Loan Officer Widowed 2
I spent four years at the University of MD (College Park), and graduated with a degree in English in 1974. Naturally, with an English degree I became a salesman.  For the past thirty-four years I have been "originating" loans, helping homebuyers achieve their American Dream.
 I met the woman (Margaret Ann O'Hagan) of my dreams in 1978, and for thirty years we had as close to a "perfect marriage" as possible. Unfortunately, Peggy passed away in 2008 due to ovarian cancer. Fortunately, we managed to raise two beautiful boys, Paul III and Conor. Paul the 3rd is twenty-eight years old, living in Columbia, SC, and having a successful career as a lawyer in the SC Law Enformcement Department. Conor is twenty-two, living with me in Olney, and is attending MC while working at Arclight at the Montgomery Mall. He is a real sweetheart.
 
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Linda Walleigh (Alban)
retired Married 3
Fernando and I have lived in quiet Laytonsville for over 10 years.  He still works every day, while I enjoy retirement. 
I taught Special Education for 35 years.  It was a career that I loved.  I am now glad to be retired.
Nathan and Alec are both single living and working in the Metro area.
Rebecca married Pete Marsh and they live with their daughter, Fiona, in Denia Spain.  We do not get to visit them as often as I would like.
Looking forward to seeing many people that I have lost touch with.



 
Craig Birch
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Retired Systems Engineer Married 3
After a year of college in West Virginia I joined the Navy and spent 6 years on submarines home ported out of Charleston, SC. The following 34 years I worked in IT with IBM, Bell Atlantic, and EMC Corp. In 1987 I was transferred to Charlotte, NC., where I met my wife of 30+ years. I have 3 daughters and 4 grand children. I am retired now living below The Blue Ridge Mountains in Elkin, NC. Send Craig a MessageSend Craig a Message
Charles Cell
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Retired Married 3
I entered Kindergarten at Wood Acres, then attended Western, then Whitman.  I graduated Franklin and Marshall College, then a Masters Degree.  Married Inger Brown, 1978.  I worked most of my career as a civilian, Army logistics, out of Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois.

In the several years prior to my retirement much of my time was spent in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, and a year back and forth to Korea for an emergency project.  I was sent to operations with operating problems, to help resolve problems.  The work schedule at all the overseas locations was 12+ hours a day, 7 days a week.  In the mid-east I lived in tents and converted shipping containers.  It was challenging, rewarding work.

We now live on Cape Cod, with a house in the White Mountains in New Hampshire where I’m working on an extensive remodel.  I like the view in NH….

Proud of my kids – my youngest son was a born and raised Iowa boy, finished college calculus his Junior year of HS, graduated HS a year early, graduated U of Iowa with a degree in mechanical engineering, minor in math and business, then an MBA.  An engineer and an after-work soccer coach for a HS girls soccer team that he led to two state championships. My daughter - degree in accounting, lives in Jacksonville Beach, FL., doing marketing for the Association of Tennis Professionals (international men’s professional tennis).  My oldest son graduated from the Harvard Business School, speaks a little Chinese, worked for a time in China, and now lives in Oxford, England. 

I stay busy.  In addition to my remodeling work in NH I do minor projects on my kids’ homes, refurbish antique furniture and art, manage investments, fish, cook, ski, visit the kids, travel, and (per Mark Twain) regularly ruin some nice walks by playing golf…
 
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MJ Cochran
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NPR Newscaster (ret) jeancochran.net Single
 I took the road less traveled.  Never married, pursued a career in journalism and devoted my life to NPR.  And I don't regret it for a minute! After working 33 years, writing news in the middle of the night and delivering it throughout the weekday mornings, I am thoroughly enjoying retirement.  Volunteering at the Washington EAR (reading the WashPostSports page for a dial-in handicap service) and narrating books and magazines for the Library of Congress' handicap service.  Also walking, biking, strength training and practicing yoga, all on a regular basis.  I'm going to return to my golf game soon!  I've also volunteered to be Webmaster for this-here Reunion site.  I'd love to hear from you!  And let me know of improvements or fixes you'd recommend.  See you on 10-10-2020! (Oh, and at the Pony Express Bar on 10-09-2020!)   /MJ Send MJ a MessageSend MJ a Message
George "Ted" Constantine
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Intelligence Officer (Retired) Married 4
Following my years at Walt Whitman, earned BS Geography, University of Maryland, MA Geography, George Washington University, and then post-graduate courses in Civil Engineering (Hydrology) at Penn State Univ, Univ of Texas (Austin), Univ of California (Davis).

My professional career began working 8 years as a surface-water hydrologist with an international engineering firm, and then 30 years as an intelligence officer serving several years each at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA), the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence & Research (INR), and finally the Dept of Homeland Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A).

Professional assignments took me throughout the world: some 20 countries to include 11 in Europe, 2 in the Middle East, 7 in Asia; as well as 30 of our 50 states in the USA ranging from Hawaii to California to Massachusetts to Florida and many states between. Learned much. Perhaps the most eye-opening experiences were in the former Soviet Union (Russia & Ukraine) and in China and India.      

My family, though, is what matters most.  My wife, Sharon, and I married in 1978, raised four beautiful--and successful--children (Basil, Andrea, Catherine, Alexandra), and we currently enjoy our two grandsons with another on the way. Sharon and I live in Bethesda.

Our family life is centered on our faith. And especially rewarding was our parish priest asking that I apply my geographic skills to select the ground to build a new church. And for that our parish came together, settled on a sound piece of earth on what was then farm land along River Road in Potomac, Maryland, where we built a magnificant edifice: Sts Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church.   
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Paula “Coe” Coe (Corder)
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Homemaker Married 4
Occupation:  homemaker now
3 sons, 1 daughter, all married, 11 grandchildren
Husband:  Lee, 44 years, Senior Vice President, Young Life International

love life, travel lots, good friends and wonderful family.  All happy and raising the most beautiful grandchildren a grandma could have.  Remember fondly fun times in high school!  Not as limber but still cheer for my teams!  

picture of a fun summer vacation with the fam!
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Barbara (Buz) Risk (de Boinville)
writing teacher Married 2
I am looking forward to the reunion, seeing old friends, making new friends, and especially seeing my sister Nan. All the reunions have been super. Many many thanks to the hard-working organizers. As to myself, what's up with me, I have a part-time job I like, teaching writing at George Mason University. My husband and I watch our first grandchild one day a week. Her name is Eloise, she turned one in January, and she brings me so much joy and makes me feel young. Life has been difficult in some ways, but I am rolling with the punches as best I can and with God's help. The older I get, the more I enjoy being quiet in nature, watching birds, digging in my garden, basking in sunshine. I just cut back my sedum today. All the knubby green growth under the brown dead stalks. New life. Spring is coming. And so is our reunion. With my best wishes to all our classmates. Rock on. Buz
Cooky Schuman (Goldblatt)
Artist Married 2
Remember Spring 1970? There was so much possibility in the air! As I left for college  and grad school in Cincinnati, I thought that I might live in the DC area sometime in the future.  While that has not happened I have had a pretty eclectic professional life, working in advertising and marketing, in Cincinnati and Chicago. Moving to Austin, Texas in 1983, I switched focus to motherhood ( 2 amazing daughters), performing folk, rock, jazz and experimental music, helping to build the Jewish community infrastructure and eventually starting a small real estate firm that focused on bringing life back to rundown houses. Now I'm a (self taught)  digital artist, with clients in the U.S. and abroad and am involved in a startup that focuses on the young mom market. My husband, David, is winding down his medical career, and we are planning on splitting our time between Austin and Portland, OR
where our favorite (and only) grandson lives. I never imagined anything like the life that unfolded or the possibilities that lay ahead! Best wishes to "all y'all"!
 
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