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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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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
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
Janet Goldner
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Artist www.janetgoldner.com Divorced
When I was at Whitman, I was involved with the Montgomery County Student Alliance, a countywide student organization that organized for education reform much like the demands that were being made in universities in the late 60’s.  We published an “underground” newspaper and a manifesto of demands.  Along with students from other high schools, we presented our demands at a hearing before the school board. I also leafleted local Safeways in support of the United Farms Workers grape boycott as well as being active in anti-war activities. I organized a counter-prom that was held on the Washington Monument grounds!
 
I got a BA from Antioch College and an MA from NYU in art. A life-long cultural journey began when I first traveled to West Africa while I was at Antioch. I returned to Mali as a Fulbright fellow in 1995, working with artists and artisans. I still travel to Mali every year to do research for my own work, collaborate with Malian artists and direct cultural projects. 
 
My artwork explores culture, identity and social justice in various media: steel sculpture and installations that also include photography, video and sound. Bridging diverse cultures, my work celebrates the unique beauty and genius of each as well as what we have in common. I show my work nationally and internationally.
 
I’ve lived in New York City since the late ‘70’s. No retirement in sight!
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Eric Guttag
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Patent & Trademark Attorney www.guttagiplaw.com Married 2
Married now for 35 years with 2 boys.  Became a grandfather last year.  Will be "retiring" sometime this year from work after 42 years in IP/patent law but not from life.  Like my younger brother Mark (also my fellow Carleton College alum), been doing boardgaming and wargaming, and will continue to do so, along with playing golf (now for 6 decades).  Writing my first book that I started back in 2014 on the year of 1864 in the American Civil War.  Just did my 9th Black History Month talk at the local library.  Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2020.  God Bless! Send Eric a MessageSend Eric a Message
Matthew Harris
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Mid Atlantic District Sales Manager Hewlett Packard Married 3
Jim Hoffman
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Seed Lab Technician Divorced
Well, here we are on the cusp of 50 years--- wow can't believe it.   Remember graduating as if it were yesterday.  Hello to everyone.   I am reminded of one of the lyrics from a Grateful Dead song: "what a long, strange trip it's been", (but interesting).

I realize how lucky that we were to live in the Bethesda area back then.  We had a lot of advantages that other areas (like where I live now) don't have.   A lot of the neighborhood has had homes demolished, with monster-sized palaces replacing the older homes on 1/2 acre lots.   I guess that that is progress?

Mother Nature hasn't yet terminated my lease on this world, so I am still working. 

From Whitman, I was interested in forestry, so after I left college in VA before completion, I started work for ten years in Montgomery County on a tree crew.  That was not the most uplifting job, so I had decided to finish up my degree at U. of MD. 

Late bloomer that I was, I graduated there in '85, and then worked for the USDA in Beltsville for four years in the Sugarcane Quarantine program.   Got disillusioned with the RIF's and politics there, so I decided that I wanted to take a shot at my 'dream' job--- being "Hans the woodworker' in the Black Forest (actually Gaithersburg, MD), which was a great learning experience.  Graduated from their cabinetmaking/millwork training program at Montgomery College in the early 90's.  

Modern cabinetmaking is highly technical and fast-paced, and eventually my wife and I decided to move here to PA to the family farm..... in the March '93 "Snowicane"--- that was truly a wild drive.

The first work years here were rough: worked at tree/landscape nursery, True Temper (yes, those same folks that make your lawn and garden tools), an electric circuit board manufacturer, and worked in the 2000 Census, which was a great experience.

2001 I got a job PA Department of Ag helping to rid the state of the Plum Pox Virus that was hitting stone fruit trees, which was erradicated about 10 years later.

Later I moved to Nematology at Ag collecting soil samples to detect pathogenic 'critters' that were harmful to potato and soybean crops in the state.   I loved doing that, as I got to see the whole state for over ten years, and I didn't mind getting dirty (high pressure steam pressure washers can leave you looking like Pig Pen by the end of the day).   Analyzing the samples was cool, because there were several Rube Goldberg machines that we used to isolate the nematodes from the soil samples.   

That brings me to current time, where I work in the Seed Lab at Ag, which is extremely fast-paced, and I have to admit, it is a bit hard to keep up with the pace for an older dude, but... .

Right along with that, PA is facing a very serious scourge that will be decimating for many trees and crops--- Spotted Lanternfly.  Watch out MD!   Unfortunately, I have hundreds of 'host trees' (Tree of Heaven, which is an absolute garbage tree) that I will need to rid this 45 acre farm of if I am able.   Hmmm, in my 'spare time'.

Emerald Ash Borer has already killed almost all of the ash trees in the state about 4-5 years ago. 

April 1970 was the when the first Earth Day took place; well, things haven't improved much in the environment from what I can see.

OK, with all of that, I will send packets of No-Doz to anyone on request--- but I can say, life hasn't been dull.

I hated my picture from Whitman days, but I'll post a more recent shot.  I was lucky enough to sit next to this great man; he didn't say much, but his wisdom and humor are sorely needed in today's world!

I still see Jim Pond once in a while, as he, I, and and another friend get together and go fishing in N.C., go to Bluesfests in MS, and go on swamp tours with the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper and go BBQ scouting and the like in LA.
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Rachel Hopp
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Attorney Environment and Energy Law (Retired) Married
What a blast seeing everyone’s entries and thanks to all the committee for organizing this page. I am truly looking forward to seeing you at our 50th!

My journey since 1970 has gone down all kinds of interesting paths. After our graduation I flew off to Ghana, West Africa, to meet up with my parents and spent the summer touring there and in Europe. I returned for college, starting off at American University, but found the constant on-campus demonstrations during that tumultuous period a bit much. So, I transferred to Maryland. As many of you know, that campus also enjoyed all kinds of fun and games, not to mention tear gas wafting through the windows one fine spring day. I was convinced that spending my junior year abroad would be just the ticket. Alas I went to Venezuela, which was in the middle of an election, and found myself in the middle of some real demonstrations, including cars burning and an on-campus shooting. So, I scooted back to the good ol’ USA. Miraculously I managed to graduate from Maryland in ‘74, with a BA in Spanish. All in all it hadn’t been that huge a climb as I was always more than happy curling up to read one of the latest pieces of Latin American literature.
Following undergraduate school I worked at the U.S. State Department, with plans to join the foreign service. But I soon found I was interested in law. In ’79 I graduated from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. I spent a few years working for National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing. But I found my true professional passion in 1984 when I joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For the rest of my career I worked on domestic and international environmental and energy law issues in government, in private practice and for environmental organizations.
In 2017 I retired from my last Federal position as Legislative and Regulatory Counsel at the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center. Coast Guard gave me a fantastic send-off and I of course miss the heady issues that come with working in the Nation's Capital.
Since my retirement, I’ve tried to keep my head down and relax. But, it seems I’m not one to let grass grow under my feet for too long, and I seem to be nearly as busy as ever. I now head my congregation's green team and volunteer several environmental organizations, including most recently on the successful effort to make Maryland the 1st state in the nation to ban on EPS (aka Styrofoam). Hoorah! I’ve also returned to my life-long love of the guitar and currently play with the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society Orchestra.
I also did find love along the way and now live in the Gaithersburg/North Potomac area with my spouse and life partner of 23 years, Jessica Emami. Some family have passed-on. But we take every opportunity to play with my nephew’s three little ones (ages 5, 2 and 1) and go on long walks with our dog Beau (aka “Big Brown”). Thankfully we also have our health and still enjoy take spins on the C&O Canal. So, it’s all good!
 
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George CHRIS (Hutton)
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Sales & Marketing (retired) Single
Went from Bethesda, Got drafted in 1971, Vietnam--Germany
Came back went to Indiana State University for Soc-Psych (73-77)
Moved to Dallas Texas (77) lived in the Dallas area for 38 years
Parents passed away and left me a house in Melbourne/Viera FLA
In Florida Now for 9 years
Beach, Sun, and No Crowds or traffic
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Andrew Katz
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In-house Counsel Eversource Energy Committed Relationship 2
The Dome may be demolished but my memories of Whitman are intact (as best as possible for my age).  I am looking forward to sharing  the journey our friends have been on since 1970 at our 50th reunion!

My journey has taken me to a career in energy law; a wonderful 23-year marriage; adoption of two beautiful girls from Russia; a sad divorce and loss of parents; many interesting countries; some good restaurants; exploration on and below the water (sailing and scuba); the Dharma; mixed results using on-line dating sites; finding the amazing Jean Parcher on MeetMindful.com (seriously); and all with the guidance and help of numerous teachers and friends along the path.

I'm currently living in North Bethesda near classmates Wendy Frosh (different floors in the same building!) and Steve Kennedy is down the street.

At some point I may answer the call of retirement, but not yet.

   
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