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Yale Rodman
Attorney Divorced 2
   I grew up in a nice midle-class neighborhood in Washington DC called Foxhall Village. I went to Hardy Elementary near Foxhall Rd and Q Street.  I was captain of the patrols.  The neighborhood was a wonderful mix of Jewish, Catholic and Protestant families.  It was idyllic there.
  There was a DC Dept of Recreation facility with a field and playground two blocks from my home.  There, I grew up playimng youth league football, baseball, soccer, basketball and tennis...every season.  Great experience!
   I ten attended Gordon Junior High School near Georgetown.  70% of the students at Gordon were bussed in to fulfill required integration of the public school system.

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 Post HS Education

Northwestern University
American University Law
MBA Certificate at American U

Work History

Rodmans Discount food & Drugs
Rodman Law LLC
Department of Justice/Contract Services


Adas Israel Congregation
Camp Buffalo Gap
Camp Ramah
Bd of Dir JCC/Rockville
President Chabad Bethesda/ChevyChase

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Alan Ross
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Retired High School Principal Married 2
When I was at Whitman, I was tiny. I started in 10th grade at 4' 10" and weighed less than 80 lbs. I played on the soccer team and wrestled, which were the highlights of high school for me as I was an average student at best. I had several friends but I find it amazing how many classmates I never got to know or never even met.

After graduation from Whitman, I attended American University and played Soccer there. I was chosen to the All-South Team twice and graduated with a degree in Health & Physical Education. I played two years with the Washington Diplomats in the North American Soccer League while teaching PE and coaching Wrestling and Boy's Soccer at Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Va.

In 1978, I moved to Woodbridge Senior High School and coached Football, Wrestling and  Girl's Soccer. I married Camille Easterly in 1980 and we have two daughters who are both teachers. I obtained my Masters Degree in Secondary Administration from Va. Tech in 1989 and became an Assistant Principal in 1990. I was named Principal at WSHS in 2004 and retired in 2007. My wife says that retirement is "the best thing ever invented"! and I have learned not to argue with her. 
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Frank Sanders
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Rock Climbing Guide Single
Life has been Good, to me, for seemingly no good reason. Idyllic Childhood in Bethesda, with all of You. College Sports & Degrees in Tennessee. School Teaching and Great Adventures in Wyoming, for 7 years. Carpentering, Un-Civil Engineering, Rock Climbing, Running, Biking & Paddling in California for 17 years. Now "Home at Last" in Wyoming for the past 2 decades, mis-managing a B&B and Rock Climbing Guide Service!! Tells the Story!! See Ya at Reunion, or Come for a Visit, Before!!! BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LIVE OUT THEIR DREAMS!!  Send Frank a MessageSend Frank a Message
Mark Schutz MD
Anethesiologist Committed Relationship 2
Life after graduating Whitman took me to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland where I played lots of soccer. I took my B.A. in Natural Sciences to Georgetown University and received a Master's Degree in Human Physiology. I missed Vietnam and landed in medical school in Juarez Mexico. I played a lot of soccer there too. Back to Maryland for my residency training at Johns Hopkins and G.W. University, getting board certified in Anesthesiology.
Before starting my career I took 7 months and back packed around the world.
For the last 34 yearss I have lived and worked in Bethesda,  just blocks from Walt Whitman.
Happily married for 27 years now divorced for 3. I have 2 great sons both of whom are Whitman graduates. My eldest is married and the youngest is still enjoying his youth.
Our family has owned a local chocolate candy and ice cream manufacturing and retail store, Kron Chocolatier for the past 20 years. 
Kron manufactures the same Swiss Chocolate ice cream and sauce that we all grew up eating at our favorite ice cream parlour in Bethesda, near Manhattan Auto.
As a young man scuba diving, karate, juggling and soccer were my passions when outside the operating room. Now Tai Chi, biking, kayaking and Bojutsu keeps me active.
Retirement is planned to start soon and I'll be off to my house in Naples, Florida. I can't wait. 
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Jim Shillito
retired Married
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Jack Spinnler
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Jack Spinnler


Occupation:  USDI-NPS, 1976-2008


Residing in Frederick, Maryland


Married to Anne Spinnler since 1973


I earned a degree in Outdoor Recreation from the University of Maryland in 1975.  I met Anne there in 1971 and we got married in 1973 at Gambrill State Park.  I worked for the National Park Service for 32 years as a Park Ranger (12 years) and Park Planner (20 years).  After retiring in 2008, I’ve worked part-time jobs such as Ballpark Tour Guide for the Baltimore Orioles, and Host at the Frederick Visitor Center.


As of 2020 I have been married to Anne for 47 years and we have three sons: Jake (age 42), Dan (age 39), and Dave (age 34).  Jake and his wife Sara have two daughters (Charlotte, age 9, and Claire, age 6); they live in Alexandria, VA, but will soon move to Switzerland for Sara’s job with the State Department.  Dan lives near us in Frederick, and Dave lives in Charleston, SC, where he’s a cook at the Wild Dunes Resort.


I still enjoy playing basketball and jogging.  I’ve completed 21 JFK 50-Mile ultra-marathons, and have also run 25 marathons.  I had a heart attack in 2016 (Anne helped save my life) so I’ve “down-shifted” to Half-marathons.  Anne and I were baptized (immersed) in 1975 and have been Christians for 45 years; we now worship at the Frederick Church of Christ.  God willing, I hope to see you at our 50-Year Class Reunion.

Robin Vierbuchen (Sproul)
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It's complicated Married 2
I reitred after 41 years at ABC News (and various ABC properties) in 2017.  I had been Washington bureau chief for the network for 23 of those years.  The day after I left ABC, I started working for my son-in-law, who owns a literary agency called Javelin.  I am executive vice president there, but really only working part-time (no commuting!).  We do non-fiction books, mostly by DC political figures, journalists, and historians.  It's a ton of fun working with my millenial colleagues!  I also do some non-profit work, mostly on journalism issues. 
My husband and I travel a lot (while we still can), and spend part of almost every day with our three wonderful grandchidren who live in Arlington.  Our older daughter recently moved to Paris, so visiting her will be a clear priority.  As for me - I've never moved from the Walt Whitman school district.  You can find me at the Westbard Giant on a very regular basis.
Cathy Staats (Taubman)
Certified veterinary technician retired Married 2
It's never to late to chase your dreams. Today, getting to enjoy our grandchildren, our friends and our crazy dog is when I'm happiest. Send Cathy  a MessageSend Cathy a Message
Lanny Vincent
consultant (retired)/teacher Divorced 1
In a reverse chronology, I am currently teaching at Santa Clara University (Silicon Valley) – intrapreneurship, creativity, engineering and the entrepreneurial mindset, thinking in systems and innovaiton theology (yes, that's correct, not a misprint)–after almost retiring from a private consulting practice for global corporate clients' R&D organizations since 1986, when I moved to San Francisco Bay Area.  Prior to that I was at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Neenah Wisconsin, after defrocking myself (I wanted to be an educated layperson and I kinda overdid it) from my role as a teaching elder (ordained Presbyterian minister), serving churches in Neenah, Wisconsin and Concord, NC.  Prior to that, Yale Divinity School and Davidson College after Whitman.

Along the way, a couple of books published, getting my daughter through USC and still trying to make sense of this world we all live in (which sometimes I am able to do, but it never seems to last for very long, so I guess sense is something we're supposed to keep making!).

Looking forward to our reunion.  
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Diane Nicholson (Wells)
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Geologist (retired) Married 1
I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1974, with a double major in geology and geography. Immediately thereafter, I attended Purdue University's geology summer field camp in Colorado. In 1976, I earned an M.S. in engineering geology at Purdue. After volunteering at the Smithsonian's gem and minerals collection during the bicentennial summer, Iwent to work as a geologist for Booz Allen Applied Research in Bethesda.

If we get a chance to talk at the reunion, I'll be happy to describe how I parlayed my education and experience as a geologist into founding and directing a personal shopping/wardrobe consulting service for Woodward and Lothrop. After that brief career detour, I worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, VA, and Denver, CO, for 25 years, retiring in 2004.

I married in 1980 and gave birth to my wonderful daughter in 1988. My first marriage ended in divorce after 16 years.

I was fortunate to later marry my wonderful husband Rob Wells and become stepmom to two sons and a daughter, all of whom have greatly enriched my daughter's life and mine. We are fortunate that three of our four children and three of our four grandchildren live near us in the Denver, CO, area, and we spend time with them frequently.

I enjoy playing tennis most days year round--socially, in leagues, and occasionally in tournaments. 

I haven't been to Bethesda for almost 20 years, having no family in the area, but I've bought my tickets and made my reservations to attend our 50th reunion. Thank you to Alan and all of the committe members and other classmates who are working so hard to plan what promises to be a wonderful reunion weekend.

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