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We reflect on the alumni lives that have been lost and celebrate the legacies they have created, that will remain in our hearts and will forever embody the spirit of Poly.  If you have any questions about the following information, please contact the Poly Foundation and Alumni Office at 410-889-7659 or alumni@bpi.edu.

For a complete list of alumni memorial notices, please click here

Henry Earl "Pete" Clements, '42
Born in Baltimore, on November 13, 1925 and raised on Aisquith Street, retired Air Force Colonel Clements graduated from Polytechnic in 1942 from the "B Course. He died on August 10, 2018 of an acute cardiac event.

Immediately after graduation from Polytechnic, Colonel Clements enlisted in the Marines where he was sent to the Pacific Theater where he worked in radio communications. His love of serving his country and a knack for math and engineering, led him to enroll at West Point in 1949, where he served as president of his graduating class of 1953.

With the space race heating up, Colonel Clements was recruited to join what would become NASA. The agency sent him to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a Master's degree in aeronautical engineering in 1958. Colonel Clements worked in Houston, Florida and Washington, D.C. where he was Executive Officer to Mr. James C. Fletcher, the NASA administrator from 1971 to 1975 and again from 1986 to 1990. In Houston, Colonel Clements served as technical assistant to the Johnson center director and then as the center's associate director in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Colonel Clements spent two decades at NASA.

Colonel Clements was known for his great wit. He was so good at injecting humor even in the most serious situations according to Mrs. LeGrande his former secretary of Georgetown, Texas.

NASA awarded Colonel Clements with an Exceptional Service Medal, one of the agency's highest honors in 1980 and he was the recipient of the Air Force Legion of Merit.
Colonel Clements was especially proud to receive the Baltimore Polytechnic Institutes Distinguished Alumni Award at the Annual Alumni dinner in November 2002.

At the time of his passing, Colonel Clements was a resident of Oak Crest Retirement Community. He is survived by three children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 

Harvey Barnsley Kershaw, Jr. '34
Harvey Barnsley Kershaw, Jr. graduated from The Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Advanced College Preparatory Course in 1934. He eventually rose from teller to Chairman during his nearly half century with Provident Bank. In 2005, at the age of 87, Harvey, a resident of Ruxton passed away.

As the bank's president, Mr. Kershaw made it a point to answer all his phone calls personally by announcing his name -- without even a customary hello -- as the line rang. He also believed that the banks customers, whom he described as hard-working Baltimorean's, liked to have their savings noted in a passbook.

"He never forgot the effects of the depression" said Mr. Kershaw's son Robert Barnsley Kershaw, a Baltimore County attorney.  To read more about Mr. Kershaw's life and legacy, please click here.  

Robert L. Schweitzer, '67
Robert L. Schweitzer, was born in Baltimore and graduated from The Baltimore Polytechnic Institute General Technical Course in 1967. He passed away on July 7, 2013 at his home in Newark, DE at the age of 63. While a student at Poly, Robert played freshman basketball and was an activities representative.

Robert went on to college, where he earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University. Dr. Schweitzer worked as a financial economist at the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. In 1980 he moved to the University of Delaware where he held a joint appointment in the Department of Finance and the Department of Economics in the Lerner College of Business and Economics. While at the University of Delaware Dr. Schweitzer supported the University community through his dedication to the student athletes of the University.

From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Schweitzer served as the Finance department's first chair. He received the college's student choice teaching award in 2006. In 2007 he was awarded the Donald J. Pulglisi Professor of Finance, a position he held until his death.

Dr. Schweitzer published numerous journal articles in banking and finance. He was nationally recognized as a top-notch educator in coast to coast banking executive programs. A lifelong devotee of sports, Dr. Schweitzer refereed college and high school lacrosse for over 40 years. He also coached baseball and softball for his children. Dr. Schweitzer was a dedicated supporter of University of Delaware athletics. 

Jennie (nee John) Alexander '48
Jennie Alexander graduated from The Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Advanced College Preparatory Course in 1948. While at Poly, Jennie participated in numerous activities including wrestling, lacrosse and student government as an Activities Representative.

A retired attorney and noted furniture maker who practiced the art of green woodworking, she was a long time resident of Federal Hill. Jennie received a bachelor's degree from St. John's College and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Jennie was admitted to the bar in 1959. 

William "Bill" Corcoran '55
William "Bill" Corcoran, born in Baltimore, passed away on July 15, 2018 at the age of 81 in Windsor, CT. Bill graduated from the Advanced College Preparatory Course, at Poly and during his four years he participated in many activities, including athletics and extra-curricular. He was on the Poly Press staff for 4 years, Assistant Sports Editor for the Poly Cracker (yearbook), was in the annual Christmas play, and served in many capacities as an usher for commencement, the Poly Follies and the United Nations. Athletically Bill played JV Soccer, JV and Varsity Lacrosse, and wrestled for the Varsity squad.

After graduation from Polytechnic he attended and graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and then earned his PhD in nuclear Engineering from MIT along with an MS in Business from RPI.

After his years in Nuclear Submarines, Bill worked for Combustion and Engineering and Tenera Consulting Company. The last 21 years of his career he and his wife had their own safety consulting company, NSRC Corporation. He was honored as a fellow of the American Nuclear Society. Bill was awarded a Presidential Citation by the ANS for 45 years of dedication to safety in the nuclear power industry.

An avid runner, he completed 17 marathons. Bill was a skier, kayaker and hiker. Care for the environment was an important aspect of Bill's way of living.

Bill is survived by his wife and two daughters and two grandchildren.

Dr. Savas "Sam" Tsakiris '70
Dr. Savas "Sam" Tsakiris passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from Pancreatic Cancer. He was a 1970 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. Born in Kattavia, Greece in a small village on the island of Rhodes, he and his family immigrated to Baltimore, settling in Baltimore's Greektown.

As a youngster, Sam was an alter boy at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Ponca Street. At the time of his passing, he was a parishioner at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation where he was president of the parish council and assisted in fundraisers and annual festivals.

At Polytechnic, Sam graduated from the "B" Course Science option and participated in numerous activities including J.V. Football, Varsity Soccer, the Famous Poly Follies, student council, and the S.A.B.

After graduation from Polytechnic, He earned a bachelor's degree in 1974 from the University of Maryland, College Park and then in 1980 he graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

His dental practice was located in Dundalk on Merritt Boulevard, where he practiced for 37 years. In 2001, Sam and a partner developed the Boulevard Diner at the intersection of Merritt Blvd and Wise Ave., next to his dental office. The diner was well known for specialties including the "Big Ass Sandwich", "The Bayliner Club, "Crazy Bird Sandwich", "Yia. Yia Ananstasia's Original Stuffed Grape Leaves" and "The Holabird Strip" which was featured in a 2011 episode of Guy Fiere's "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" on the food channel.

"Prior to coming to America, he took soil from his home village so he could always remember his roots, placing some of the soil in his mother and father's caskets at their funeral", according to his daughter Dorothea Tsakiris of Hunt Valley.  She added that "His instructions to his family were to put some of the earth in his coffin, so that his birthplace would always be in his heart."   

He dedicated his life to helping others, including total strangers, and always loaned a helping hand.

James Patrick Klima, Jr. '50
Mr. James Patrick Klima, Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood. He was a 1950 graduate of Polytechnic. A graduate of the Polytechnic Advanced College Preparatory Course, Mr. Klima was on the track team for 3 years, served on the Banquet Committee his senior year as well as was on the Ways and Means (school store) Committee his senior year.

After Poly, Mr. Klima received a bachelor's degree in engineering and a second degree, a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University where he belonged to the Reserve Officers Training Corps and the Phi Kappa fraternity. He served in the Army as a first lieutenant and then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Mr. Klima began his career at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. in 1954 after his military service. He served in numerous positions, including assistant superintendent of general services. He remained at Sparrows Point until 1986 when he was named an administrative law judge at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. He retired in 1992.

"Mr. Klima had a great dry sense of humor. He loved to laugh and catch you in a mistake -- then laugh about it" said his college friend Donald Kirkpatrick of Naples Florida.
Playing guitar and composing songs were what he enjoyed doing. He was also a devotee of Broadway musicals and was an enthusiastic fisherman.

Alvin Alexander Jones, Sr. '60
Mr. Alvin Alexander Jones, Sr. was born in Baltimore and raised near Druid Hill Park, passed away on June 5, 2018 at the age of 76. Mr. Jones was a 1960 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

Mr. Jones went to work for Mercantile Bank where he had been recruited in the banks black men in banking program. In 1966 he joined H & R Block where in 1973 he was promoted to regional director, responsible for Baltimore, Washington and Northern Virginia. In 1976 he moved to New York where he was named regional director there.
After a stint with the NAACP and Wolpoff & Co. Mr. Jones started his own financial services firm in 1990.

Mr. Jones had a parallel career as an entertainment for the legendary Club Venus. Mr. Jones is survived by a son, two daughters and three grandchildren.

Everett Charles "Chuck" Dann, Jr. '64
Mr. Everett Charles "Chuck" Dann, Jr. was born in Baltimore and graduated from Polytechnic in 1964. He passed away at the age of 71 in Los Angeles California.
A graduate of the Polytechnic Advanced College Preparatory Course, Mr. Dann served on the ushering club for two years, was in the science club one year, was an activities representative for two years and was the manager of the JV Basketball team his sophomore year.  

After Poly, Mr. Dann attended and received a degree in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was also a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law from which he earned the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Law Review.

"Chuck had a keen and incisive mind. He could take a complicated mess and cut through it and make it simple" said Kelly Hughes Iverson his former law partner. " He was a patient teacher too"

In the 1990's he represented Robertshaw Controls when the firm was sued on issues concerning hot water temperatures. "He won every tap water scald case he tried" said Ms. Iverson. Other legal colleagues recalled Mr. Dann's ability to mentor. "His most striking characteristic was his ability to look forward, stay positive and make the best of bad situations", said Mr. Marshall.

Mr. Dann recognized the importance of technology in practicing law and to that end, he returned to school for a masters degree in computer system management from the University of Maryland in 2000. He retired in 2013.

Richard Anthony France '61
​​​​​​​Dr. Richard A. (Pop-Pop) France, born in Baltimore on May 11, 1943, passed away on April 25, 2018 at the age of 74 at his home in Ormond Beach, Florida. Richard graduated from the College Preparatory Course. At Poly, he participated in many activities, including athletics and extra-curricular. He was an activities representative ('58, '59), served on the student council ('58), was in the Railroad club ('58, '59), Poly Follies ('60) and was on the June Dance Committee ('61). Athletically Richard played baseball ('58, '59).

After graduation from Polytechnic he attended and graduated from Loyola University of Maryland, then Loyola College and the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Richard then served his country as captain in the United States Air Force in Orlando. His dental career lasted for 33 years.

Dr. France was an active member of St. Brendan Catholic church where he served in various volunteer capacities. He retired from dental practice in 2007. Dr. France was active in local, regional and national dental societies helping to serve the profession he loved.

Married to the former Josephine (Josie) Anselmi for 50 years, Dr. France had two daughters, both doctors and four grandchildren, whom he served as a strong role model for by teaching them the importance of commitment to faith and family. An extremely generous man, he was known for his great spirit, sharp wit, inimitable sense of humor and unbridled passion for "all things Baltimore", especially the Orioles. His friends always said that he loved and supported Polytechnic.

William "Bill" Thomas Hastings
Polytechnic Faculty 1965 -- 1990
William (Bill) Thomas Hastings, 82, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2018 with his final days spent surrounded by family and friends. Bill was known as "Coach" to all his students and athletes. 

A graduate of Penn State University, Bill spent two years in the U.S. Army before becoming athletic director at Glen Burnie High School. He moved to Polytechnic in 1965 where he became Poly's soccer and wrestling coach. His programs were extremely successful, including 28 individual wrestling champions.

In 1984 he became Poly's athletic director. During his tenure, a medical trainer was added to Poly's athletic staff, student athletes had access to an orthopedic surgeon at Children's Hospital and medical staff was available for football, wrestling and lacrosse contests. With help from alumni, Poly created a training room for athletes and staff.

With Mr. Hastings encouragement, soccer players created an annual alumni soccer game that has enabled Poly players from that era to remain a closely knit group.
A highlight of the Hastings years came in 1988 with the 100th Poly-City game held on Thanksgiving Day in Memorial Stadium before 12,000 fans resulting in attention from print and TV media, including ESPN.

Mr. Hastings retired from Poly in 1990 but remained active in area athletic associations. He has been involved with the Maryland State Wrestling Association from its inception. In 2001, he was inducted into the Maryland Secondary Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame, and in 2002 he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Mr. Hastings was inducted into the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Hall of Fame on November 3, 2006.

Mr. Hastings is survived by his wife of 54 years, 3 daughters, 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, June 1st at the Hastings home, 1712 Bachman Valley Drive, Westminster, MD from 11:00 am -4:00 pm. Please come casual and share your memories, pictures and stories. A full memorial listing can be found here.  

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions to go to a scholarship fund​​​​​​​ at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Foundation, c/o William Hastings scholarship fund, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21209    

Donald E. Smith '36
Donald E. Smith, a retired U.S. Defense Department engineer who worked in the field of rockets and missiles and was also a rose fancier, died May 16 from prostate cancer at the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville. He was 99. To read more about his incredible career and contributions to higher education in Maryland, please click here​​​​​​​ to read the article in The Baltimore Sun.  

Barry Leven '59
Mr. Leven passed away on February 7, 2018 at his home in Sarasota, FL.  A memorial notice can be viewed here.  

George P. Kolb '41
George P. Kolb was born in 1923 in a rowhouse on Warwick Avenue and later moved with his family to Monroe Street, then to Irvington in 1939. A graduate of Polytechnic, class of 1941, George was active as a student council representative, played Junior Varsity Ice Hockey and was a member of the Hi Y club. While attending Poly, he worked for his father installing tin roofs and making skylights. By age 18 he was a trained sheet metal mechanic.

George enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and was activated in January 1943. He did basic training in Miami then was sent to Selman Field in Monroe, La. where he was trained in primary and advanced navigation. After being trained as a B-17 navigator at Ardmore Army Air Force Base in Oklahoma, he travelled to Newfoundland, Northern Ireland and then England where his crew was assigned to the 457 Bomb Group, 751st Bomb Squadron at the Royal Air Force Filed at Glatton. Other flight missions included runs to Cologne, Hanover, Hamburg, Regensburg, Kiel and Belgium where his crew bombed ahead of paratroopers who landed during the ill-fated battle at Arnheim.
On November 2, 1944, as a 21 year old lieutenant, George was assigned to the 8th Air Force's 457th Bomb Group and was flying his 18th mission - and ultimately his last - deep into the heart of Germany. George was the lead navigator aboard a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, part of an air armada of 1,100 bombers whose mission was to strike the I.G. Farben Leuna oil refinery at Merseburg that produced synthetic aviation fuel. As a member of a crew of 10, George had authority once the "wheels were up and until they hit the ground again". His plane led the formation as 500 German fighters engaged the bombers in an attack that placed them under heavy fire for half an hour. After dropping their bombs, his plane was jumped by German FW 190's. They shot out the controls and killed the co-pilot who was riding as tail gunner. This resulted in his plane going down and George bailing out. He was captured and was a prisoner of war for seven months. The conditions were horrible as was the weather. Eventually he and his fellow prisoners of war were liberated by General George H. Patton on May 3rd, 1945. Discharged in 1946, as a lieutenant, he was decorated with the Purple Heart, POW Medal and Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters.

After WW II, George and his brother started a roofing business and in 2016 he dissolved the company and retired.​​​​​​​

Charles A. Bruns, '48
Charles Alan Bruns, Ph.D. was born n Baltimore in 1931. He distinguished himself as a student in the Advanced College Preparatory course while at Poly. Alan as he was known, was an activities representative in his freshman and junior years, a member of the metallurgy club his junior year, tutored his junior year, worked on the Poly Press staff his junior year, was a member of the Honor Society his senior year and was the Senior Class Treasurer.
Upon graduation from Polytechnic 1n 1948, it was off toTufts University, where he attended on an academic scholarship thru the NROTC and earned a B.S. degree in physics, graduating magna cum laude in 1952.

Alan then served four years active duty in the Navy, serving on the destroyer USS Lind in the North Atlantic. Later, he attended flight training in Pensacola, Fla where he became a naval aviator. As a pilot, he flew the AJ Savage off the USS Coral Sea and P2V Neptune anti-submarine patrol aircraft.

Alan began graduate school at Johns Hopkins University in 1956 graduating in 1961 with a Ph.D. in physics. Alan and his family of five moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he worked at the University of Michigan on cyclotron design and taught undergraduate classes.

In 1964, Alan moved to Lancaster, Pa and joined the physics department at Franklin and Marshall College. For thirty years, he taught graduate and undergraduate physics course with a special interest in optics. He also helped direct the local Phi Beta Kappa University Professors and Physics Teachers groups.

Family was a big part of his life and he was very involved in his son's scout troop as well as being involved in both the local park and planning commissions, Ground Zero, ACLU, and the Lancaster County Conservancy. He was a member of the Lancaster Unitarian Church.
Alan had three children, and four grandchildren whom he loved to go canoeing and camping with. A public Service of Remembrance for Dr. Bruns is being planned for June 23rd, 2018.

Alfred J. Koontz, Jr. '60
Alfred Joseph Koontz, Jr., 76, of Vero Beach, FL (Al) passed away peacefully at home on April 16, 2018 surrounded by his loving family, following a long and hard-fought battle with congestive heart failure.

He was born on March 6, 1942 in Baltimore, Md., the oldest son of Alfred Joseph Koontz, Sr. and Mary Agnes Valis Koontz. Al was predeceased by his parents and his loving wife, Kay, of 46 years. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Ann, and had looked forward to celebrating their 7th wedding anniversary on April 30, 2018. He is survived by four children, Debbie Kleban (Rick) of Marietta, GA., Denise Hall (Ken Paull) of Cohasset, MA., Stacy Boll (Alex) of Frankfurt, Germany, Alfred Joseph Koontz, III, (AJ) (Kim) of Vero Beach, FL , 12 grandchildren, his brother Jerry Koontz of Bradenton, FL., sister Mary Lou Baikauskas of Baldwin, MD., brother Ray Koontz (Nora) of Vero Beach, FL., and many loving nieces and nephews. He leaves behind his "puppy", Maggie Mae, whom he loved and who idolized him. 

Al shared a very special and mutual, unconditional love with his entire family and multitude of friends. He was a loving, caring man of great integrity, always trying to bring out the good in others and help them achieve their full potential , He was a very religious, spiritual man and took immense joy in serving as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach. He was a 1960 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and was named First Team State of Maryland Football Defensive Tackle in 1960. He was offered seventeen full four year scholarships at major colleges and universities across the country. He selected The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and played on the Nittany Lions Team which played in two Gator Bowls in 1961 and 1962. At 6' 5" and 270 pounds, Al was the second largest player on the team at that time and was considered a good prospect for the National Football League, until he sustained injuries to both of his knees.

Al earned his BS degree in Business Administration from Penn State. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with Price Waterhouse, earned his CPA, and was a rising star in the firm's New York Office. He later served first as Chief Financial Officer for Piper Aircraft Corporation and later as President of Piper Acceptance Corporation. He completed his full time professional career as the Executive Vice President-Finance and Administration of Todd Shipyards in Seattle, WA. Upon retirement, Al remained in high demand as a Consultant specializing in Corporate Management with a reputation for being skilled at turning around companies that were struggling to succeed. Simultaneously, he founded a father-son pay phone business, Public Telecom Provider (PTT, Inc.), that had over 500 pay phones on the East Coast of Florida. He so enjoyed mentoring and working with his son, AJ, in the business for several years. 

Martin J. Greiner '68
It is with deep sorrow, that the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute announces the passing of Martin J. Greiner, Poly class of 1968. We have just received confirming information that Martin was killed in the line of duty on December 10, 1974 while working as a officer on the Baltimore City police force.

Eugene Roy Louden '68
It is with deep sorrow, that the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute announces the passing of Eugene Roy Louden, Poly class of 1968. Eugene graduated from the "A" Course, science option. While at Poly, Eugene participated in numerous extra curricular activities such as the Stamp and Coin Club -- 1,2, JV Baseball -- 2, JV Wrestling -- 2, Ushering Club -- 3,4, Chess Club -- 4, and was in the Honor Society -- 4.

We have just received confirming information that Eugene was killed in a car accident on April 29, 1979.

Robert was loved for his adventuresome spirit, kindness, generosity, selflessness and endless willingness to help.  He gave generously to many social organizations.

Joseph Lewis Simon '45
It is with deep sorrow, that the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute announces the passing of Joseph Lewis Simon, Poly class of 1945 on February 23, 2017. 

Joseph had five children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Neal Nicholas Sauer '51
It is with deep sorrow, that the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute announces the passing of Neal Nicholas Sauer, Poly class of 1951. Neal lived the last five years of his life in Harwood, Maryland. Born on May 4, 1931, he was 86 years old at his passing.

After graduating from Polytechnic Institute, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was assigned to the Army Security Agency in Okinawa, Japan. Neal enjoyed a 54 year career in Federal Service, spending 50 of those years at the National Security Agency.

An avid Colts, Ravens and Army football fan, he was a military buff with a particular interest in World War II and the Pacific Theater.

Neal enjoyed traveling and gardening and his greatest passion was time spent with his family. Neal was married and had 2 children, 2 granddaughters and 4 great grandchildren.

Robert G.C. Eads '44
It is with deep sorrow, that the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute announces the passing of Robert G.C. Cooper, Poly class of 1944 on April 26, 2018. Robert graduated from the College Preparatory class and served as a student council representative his senior year as well as was part of the Victory Corps his junior and senior years. 

After a career in the U.S. Navy, Robert joined the Baltimore County Public school system where he served for 35 years, retiring as a Principal.

Robert had 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Gerrit S. Van Straten '50
Mr. Van Straten passed away April 24, 2018, at the age of 85, after suffering from a stroke. Born July 6, 1932, in Baltimore, Maryland, to the late Albert and Dorothy Belle van Straten (Patterson). Survived by his devoted and loving wife, Jane A. van Straten (Shields); children, Cynthia Phillips (Pat), Stevin van Straten (Karen), Katherine Howard, Karen Jackson (Roger), Carol Howard (Curt); 14 granchildren; 14 great grandchildren; sister, Gretchen Bowker; cousin, Lynne; cousin, Carey; aunt, Ferne Patterson. Graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, with a diploma, and The Ohio State University with a B. S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Charter member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and a current member of North Community Lutheran Church, having served as church president for each church. He devoted his life to the love of engineering and started this work at North American Aviation, then on to managing his own engineering firm for 34 years and finishing out a 64 year engineering career with the national A&E firm of WD Partners. He was a nationally registered Mechanical Engineer and individually registered as a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer in 49 states, the District of Columbia and the American Virgin Islands. He was also nationally registered as an atomic fallout shelter design analyst. He was a life member of The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) where he served as chapter President and on many national committees; full member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) where he served as chapter President and national President of the ASPE Research Foundation. He also was selected as the U.S. representative to the International Plumbing Conference in Europe. He was involved in the writing of various state and national engineering codes, wrote engineering articles for trade magazines, and authored plumbing, mechanical and electrical teaching seminars. His love for teaching was proven by the fact there are seven different engineering firms in the U.S. being run by employees that worked for his firm. He was given a national award for the best lighting design for large industrial manufacturing plants and developed a manufacturing process for titanium metal that allowed for the successful production of the wings on high speed naval aircraft. An engineering challenge by a client to provide a better method for energy conservation, and initial cost, led to a new HVAC design concept accepted by ASHRAE. He was a member of the Bexley/Berwick Kiwanis, the National Republican Glee Club (serving as past president of both clubs), American Legion, Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society, life member of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and the Ohio State University Alumni Associations. As a member of the national military society, Scabbard and Blade, his drill team won the marching competition and represented the State of Maryland in the first Eisenhower Inaugural parade. His passion for history was fulfilled in his association with the Motts Military Museum of Groveport, Ohio where he served as vice chairman of the museum board and provided the construction drawings for the museum facilities. This passion also included a large book collection of history housed from floor to ceiling in a home bedroom and part of the den library area as well as a life time membership in the Ohio Historical Society. Music was also an important part of his life where he, along with Jane, found much time to attend and participate in musical activities throughout the country. And when the wonder lust urge occurred, travel throughout the entire U.S.A. and 41 foreign counties fulfilled that bill. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Motts Military Museum, Groveport, Ohio, or to the charity of your choice. Visit www.schoedinger.com to send online condolences to the family.

David V. Brant, '54
Mr. Brant, a retired book editor and avid reader, died from heart failure at his Columbia home, where he had lived since 1975. He was 80.

David Vincent Brant was the son of Vincent Brant, former head of the mathematics department for Baltimore County public schools, and Fern Brant, a homemaker. He was born in Chestertown and raised in Dundalk and Lutherville.

He was a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, and in 1959 obtained a bachelor's degree in English from the Johns Hopkins University. After his time at Hopkins, he served in the Army before working briefly as a school teacher. He subsequently was a technical writer for Black & Decker Corp. and was employed in the city's department of finance.

In 1980, he was named book editor for the National Rifle Association, a position he held until he retired in the 1990s.

In addition to enjoying reading, he collected historic firearms and liked participating in marksmanship competitions.

His wife of 50 years, the former Joyce Presti, died in 2009.

Ross Jackson Koch '41
Born on January 8, 1920 and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Koch graduated from Polytechnic in June 1941. After Poly, Mr. Koch enlisted in the Navy and became a pilot, flying PBY aircraft. He accumulated over 2,000 hours flying over the Pacific Theater in WWII. He was honorably discharged in April 1946.

That year he married Babette Holbrook and together they had two sons, Mark Ross Koch and Gary Wallace Koch.

Ross started the Bucher & Koch Realty Company with partner Henry Bucher in 1954 and a long and distinguished career in real estate development and the building industry, predominantly in Pasadena, Maryland. His career spanned sixty-three (63) years. He was known for his commitment to quality home construction as well as his generosity and huge heart.  

Mr. Koch is survived by two sons, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Dr. Leroy "Roy" H. Smith, Jr. '46
Born and raised in Baltimore, Dr. Leroy "Roy" H. Smith , Jr. graduated from the famous Advanced College Preparatory Course at Polytechnic in June 1946. At Poly, Roy was known as an ice hockey player, playing JV hockey his freshman and sophomore years and Varsity his junior and senior years.

Roy went on to earn his PhD from Johns Hopkins University, then joined General Electric in 1954. He worked in research, design and development of turbomachinery, particularly axial-flow compressors and fans, with a long tenure as section manager of Aerodynamics. He retired in January 1994 and the continued to work as a consultant until 2006.

In 1969 Dr. Smith received the Perry T. Egbert Memorial Award for the outstanding technical contribution of the year for his creative and original aerodynamic definition of the CF6 engine fan configuration. In 1983, he was a co-winner of this award for the aerodynamic design and development of the 23:1 pressure ratio, 10-stage compressor for the NASA/GE Energy Efficient Engine. This compressor design formed the basis for the compressors in the GE90, GP7200, GEnx and GE9X engines.

Pat Cargill, Consulting Engineer, Compression Aero stated "Roy leaves a legacy in our organization for technical excellence and rigor, continuous learning and always pushing the state of the art. He was inspirational as a true gentleman, exemplifying integrity, respectful collaboration and mentoring".

A Poly Boy thru and thru.   

John J. Spangler '63
Born in Baltimore in 1945, John J. Spangler graduated from Polytechnic's College Preparatory Course in 1963. While at Poly, John played three sports, Football (JV - 1, Varsity -- 2,3,4), Basketball (JV -- 1, Varsity 2,3,4) and Baseball (JV -- 1, Varsity -- 2,3,4). In addition to his prowess in athletics, John was an activities representative and served on the Student Advisory Board, which was a student run body to govern the school.

According to coach Robert Lumsden, John Spangler was a key ingredient on Poly's football team. Coach Lumsden was quoted as saying "it's that extra effort that he put out which gained an extra yard and which made him an outstanding all-round player". John's teammates respected his ability and his attitude saying, "We think John is a fine all-around player who really plays intelligently. He's  a great team player because he hustles all the time". Serving as team captain, John always exhibited a great attitude and always credited his teammates for the team's success, never mentioning his own name.

John is survived by two daughters, two sons and three grandchildren. 

Joseph P. Oates '37
Born in Baltimore and raised in Canton, Mr. Oates graduated from Polytechnic in 1937. While at Poly, Mr. Oates began a life long affection for Notre Dame Football which drove him to attend the Navy vs. Notre Dame game on November 4, 1933 at the Old Baltimore Stadium.

After his graduation from Poly, Mr. Oates worked for Stillman Beer and the Old Globe Brewing Company before joining the Army in 1941 where he served in a medical unit. Mr. Oates was part of the invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944, something he kept from his family until the 50th anniversary of the invasion. It was while on vacation in Ocean City with his family that his son-in-law, Denny Moran, Poly 1967 asked where he was on that day and that he revealed his long secret. Mr. Oates received a Bronze Star for his actions in Normandy and went on to serve in the campaigns of Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He left the Army having achieved the rank of captain.

Returning home from his service to his country, Mr. Oates enrolled at Loyola University earning a bachelor's degree and then he went off to the University of Maryland Law School, earning his law degree in 1959.

After earning his law degree, Mr. Oates served as secretary to the dean and later her personal lawyer. He joined the State of Maryland office of the Comptroller and headed its Abandoned Property Division from 1965 to 1971. He retired in 1980 as director of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division. He maintained an elder law practice in Canton, closing his last estate at the age of 92.

Mr. Oates passed in March 2018 after enjoying his retirement spending time in Ocean City, Maryland. He was 98 at the time of his passing. He was also honored by the Orioles on June 6, 2014 along with other D-Day survivors. Mr. Oates is survived by three daughters, three sons and fourteen grandchildren.

Alfred J. Zang '46
Mr. Zang was born in Northeast Baltimore where he lived for the first 80 years of his life. His father passed away 2 years before he graduated from Poly, curtailing is college ambitions. While at Poly, Mr. Zang played shortstop on the Engineers Varsity baseball team where he excelled and was looked at by several minor league teams. His baseball career was cut short by a knee injury while playing flag football.

Married with two children, Mr. Zang did not let his lack of a formal college education hold him down. He worked for Davis Construction, Lardner and Wich and Cogswell Construction Co. where he was appointed Vice President. He then moved on to Roy Kirby and Son's Inc., retiring from there in 1992. During his career, Mr. Zang oversaw the construction of over eighty (80) projects including such notables as the conversion of the Civic Center to the Baltimore Arena and projects at Morgan State University.

His employers and fellow workers knew Mr. Zang as a man of integrity, efficiency, honesty and a dependable person, a real perfectionist. His son, Chris Zang said "my sister and I were really blessed. I didn't appreciate all the sacrifices he made until I had kids of my own. His devotion to his family and attention to detail were his hallmark." 

Charles G. Alder '45
Born on August 24, 1927, Charles Alder graduated from The Baltimore Polytechnic Institute College Preparatory Course in 1945. While at Poly, Charles was involved in student government, serving on the Student Council his sophomore and junior years. He also served as his class activities representative his sophomore year.

As a Sophomore, Junior and Senior, Charles focused on baseball along with academics. Playing the hot corner, third base, Charles excelled and helped lead the team to three consecutive championships going undefeated in 1944 and winning the Maryland Scholastic Championship (MSA). Charles was selected to the “All-Star Prep Baseball Team in both 1944 and 1945.

After graduation, Charles enlisted in the US Navy, serving on the U.S.S. Horace A. Bass and is a US Navy Veteran.

At the end of the war, Charles joined the Koch Office Supply Company where he enjoyed a long and successful career in sales.

On April 28, 1951, Charles married Doris May Rawlings and they enjoyed 66 years together. They had two children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Charles had many loves, including his wife, family, baseball, golf and of course Polytechnic.

Larrel L. Freeman '75

Hardin F. Appleby, City College Graduate
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Hardin Fred Appleby at the age of 91. A City College graduate, Fred was deeply respected and admired by the Administration, Faculty and students of Polytechnic.

Fred graduated from the University of Maryland, Towson University and Johns Hopkins after City College. He became a physical education teacher, coach and coordinator of Athletics in Baltimore City Schools.

Fred’s love, knowledge and understanding of swimming, track, soccer and baseball brought notoriety to Polytechnic with his many MSA championships. In 2013, the natatorium at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute was named after Fred for his many years of dedicated service. This came about principally as a result of the efforts of Mr. Phil Denkevitz, one of Fred’s proud swimmers.

Fred opened the first sports medicine clinic with his close friends Dr. Joe Martire and Dr. Bill Howard at Union Memorial Hospital. He also had many roles and titles in his life: World War II vet in the Navy, “Mayor” of Ocean Pines, grant writer for the yacht club and member of the Romeos.

Fred is survived by his wife of 68 years Eleanor, three children and six grandchildren and his brother.Poly is a much better school thru the dedicated efforts of Mr. Fred Appleby.

C. Richard Lehnert, Sr. '47
Dick Lehnert, Poly class of 1947 passed away peacefully on February 7, 2018 at Gilchrist Hospice. Dick graduated from the College Preparatory Course and while a student at Poly, he played JV Lacrosse and was a member of the National Honor Society. After graduating from Poly, Dick attended at Johns Hopkins University as a member of the ROTC program where he graduated in 1951 with a degree in Organic Chemistry. Dick married Alice Patten and on June 23, 2017, they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Shortly after getting married, Dick was deployed to Nuremburg, Germany with the 354th Construction Battalion of the Army to construct a tank training facility called Hohenfels and then to work on additional projects to rebuild southern Germany’s infrastructure.

Returning home after a two year tour in the Army, Dick joined the family business, E. Lehnert & Sons with his brother John Edwin. Dick developed a passion for refrigeration and bus air conditioning leading him to work for a couple of companies before founding Trans/Air in 1979 with brother Ed.

Dick had a passion for people which lead him to an extended involvement of over 50 years in the Towson Rotary (a Paul Harris Fellow award recipient) and the Scottish Rite (Mason’s). Here he shined in his philanthropic efforts. Dick is survived by his wife, Alice, their five children, thirteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A role model as a leader and a compassionate individual, Dick will be missed by his family and friends.

Paul E. McAdam '52

Joseph Edward Siegmund, Jr. '35
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph Edward Siegmund, Jr., Polytechnic 1935. He was 100 years old, having just celebrated his 100th birthday on August 9, 2017.

Mr. Siegmund was born in Baltimore and attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, where he graduated from the "A" Course. After Poly, Mr. Siegmund served under General George Patton in WW II in one of the units that broke the German siege of Bastogne. Mr. Siegmund then joined the Baltimore City Police force where he served for 27 years, retiring as a lieutenant. Always a person who cared about people, Mr. Siegmund was active with the March of Dimes for 40 years. Mr. Siegmund had a passion for golf and spent many hours on the course.

After retirement, he served for six years as President of the Baltimore Retired Police Benevolent Association and for eight years as a member of the Board of Trustees for Fire and Police Employees Retirement system.

Mr. Siegmund is survived by his son, Joseph III, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Thomas L. Saunders '75    
On January 11, 2018, Thomas L. Saunders, class of 1975 died of cancer at Howard County General Hospital. After graduation from Polytechnic in 1975, Thomas attended the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, where he earned a bachelor's degree in health and African American history. 

At age 17, Thomas founded the Rain Barrell disco club where nightly, 300 young people would dance the night away. Later, he founded a group and conducted bus tours focused on African American history. Thomas was also one of a group that founded the very popular Martin Luther King Day parade.    

A history buff and friend to many, the very likeable Thomas headed the Baltimore City Rumor Control Program, where he was known as "Mr. Rumor Control". Always wanting to assist his fellow citizens, Thomas handled phone calls enquiring about varied topics including once, when the government cheese wagon had been rumored to have been stolen. After investigating, Thomas found it had been robbed, and informed the callers that their cheese would be coming, but just a bit later than usual.

As Community Relations director, in 1990, he unveiled a research project about blacks' contributions to the horse racing industry. Thomas also started a 2 day Black History month February tour where 5,000 people participated in visiting historical points.

In 1999, Baltimore Heritage, a preservation society, presented their Honor Award to Thomas because of his historic promotion. Thomas was often heard to say that it was a shame the condition of the various sites honoring African Americans in Baltimore, due to all the trash that was around. He would say, that other cities seemed to keep the areas clean and neat and this reflected poorly on Baltimore. The Baltimore community lost a good man and a better friend.   

Nathan  Goldberg '37
On December 29, 2017, Mr. Nathan Goldberg, class of 1937 passed. A graduate of the Polytechnic "A" course, while at Poly, Mr. Goldberg was manager of the basketball team his sophomore and junior years.

After Poly, he attended Johns Hopkins University for one year and the served 4 ½ years in the Army under General MacArthur in the Pacific. After serving his country, Mr. Goldberg joined his father Harry, Poly '13 and brother Paul, Poly '34 in the family Electrical contracting Business, Harry A. Goldberg, Electrical Contractors.

Mr. Goldberg is survived by his wife Lucille (nee Levin), 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Mr. Goldberg retired in 1983, but remained active in many ways. Beth El Congregation was his synagogue. Mr. Goldberg also was active at his Alma Mater, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, where the Aeronautics Lab is named in honor of his brother Paul, thanks to his efforts. He always attended the annual Alumni Dinner, where he very often was recognized as the oldest attending member of the association.

George "Bucky" Aloysius Kimmett, Jr. 
On January 1st, 2018, "Bucky" Kimmett, Jr. passed away. Ironically this was also his day of birth (01/01/1929). Coach Kimmett grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Baltimore City College in 1946. While at City, Bucky played basketball, baseball and soccer.

After graduating from City College in 1946, Bucky attended and graduated from Towson State Teachers College, now Towson University, where he played basketball, baseball and was the goalie on the men's varsity soccer team. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and went to Spring training before deciding his heart was in coaching and teaching. Bucky was a four year starter on the varsity basketball team and Towson's first 1,000 point career scorer. He still ranks number 10 in all time scorer. Bucky was also a member of the first Hall of Fame class in  1964.

Bucky started his career in education at McDonogh, then on to Edmonson, eventually moving to Baltimore Polytechnic Institute where he taught mathematics for 31 years, from 1968 until his retirement in 1999. While at Poly, Bucky was an assistant coach to Coach Augie Waibel as well as coaching basketball, baseball and lacrosse. 

His love of basketball continued as he played on the Bykota Center Senior team in Towson which was filled with local stars from City College, Polytechnic, Patterson and other local schools.

Bucky is survived by his wife Patricia A. Kimmett (Nee DeCorse), a son, a late daughter, eight grandchildren and two great children.  A public viewing will be held on Thursday, January 25th between the hours of 4 and 8 PM at Rucks Funeral Home in Towson. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27th  beginning at 10 AM at the Ruck Funeral Home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Bykota Center, 611 Central Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204.

Jonathan Tobash '16
On December 18, 2017, Jonathan Tobash, Poly class of 2016’s life was taken prematurely as a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The 335th murder of 2017 in Baltimore City took the life of this fine young man as he entered a local store to make a purchase, while unbeknownst to him, it was being robbed.

Known for his friendly smile and genuine interest in his fellow students, Jonathan always had kind words for those he met. A rugby player at Poly, Jonathan was also in the JROTC program. He enjoyed basketball and video games as well.

After hearing a presentation by the CEO of Whiting-Turner Contracting, Mr. Tim Regan, Poly ’73, in his JROTC class, Jonathan spoke with Mr. Regan about summer internships. He was told that they only hired college interns but to give Mr. Regan a call, as he was very impressed by him at their meeting. Jonathan went on to become the first high school intern at Whiting – Turner.

After graduating from Poly, Jonathan enrolled at Morgan State University where he was a sophomore studying industrial engineering.
A friend of Jonathan’s said that Jonathan “wanted his name to be remembered for something he did,” something he achieved, and for his name to “stand for something when people said it.”

A young, promising life, cut needlessly short. Jonathan will be missed by his Poly family. His classmates have set up a scholarship memorial fund in his honor – The Jonathan Tobash Scholarship. The fund aims to award $1,000 to a Poly senior who seeks to major in engineering at Morgan State University. You can donate to the fund by clicking this link:
And put “The Jonathan Tobash Scholarship” in the comments section OR mail a donation to:
BPI Foundation
1400 W. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21209
Check Memo section: The Jonathan Tobash Scholarship

Edward Rowny '33
General Edward Rowny, graduated from the College Prepartory Course at Polytechnic in 1933. Mr. Rowny headed off to West Point where he graduated and immediately began his career in service to his country. Known as the "Scholar General", General Rowny commanded troops in WWI, the Pacific, Korea and Vietnam. He subsequently served as an advisor to President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush.

In WWII, General Rowny chased the German troops up the western coast of Italy in 1944. Then as Assistant to General Douglas McArthur from 1950 to 1953, in Korea, he helped plan the brilliant American landing at Inchon. In Vietnam, General Rowny pioneered the use of helicopters in the fight against the Viet Cong. The General's motto was "the best way to avoid war is to be prepared for it".

In 1979, General Rowny retired in protest to President Jimmy Carter's signing of the SALT II treaty. He then led the way for the Senate's subsequent refusal to sign SALT II. He was know as " a hard-line arms -- control adviser".  General Rowny was appointed to be chief negotiator for the strategic nuclear arms talks and then promoted to Ambassador.

Ambassador Rowny passed peacefully on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Cause of death was cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease.

Robert Dawson Cardwell, Jr. '54
Brigadier General Robert Dawson Cardwell, Jr., Polytechnic class of 1954 passed away on December 23, 2017 from complications, from cancer and Parkinson's disease. Brig. Gen. Cardwell began his Air Force career immediately upon his graduation from Poly, graduating with his pilot's wings from Reese  Air Force Base near Lubbock, Texas. In 1955 Brig. Gen. Cardwell went to Ashiya Air Force Base, Japan following his marriage to his childhood sweetheart the former Mary Virginia Clayton. In 1957 he was assigned to fly C-130 planes (his baby) out of Ardmore Air Force Base in Oklahoma. He then joined the Maryland Air National Guard as a full-time airman, eventually progressing to commander of the 135th Tactical Air Support Squadron, then, director of the 135th Tactical Airlift Group and group commander. In 1989, Brig. Gen. Cardwell was named chief of staff at Maryland Air National Guard Headquarters in Baltimore where he was promoted to Brigadier General in 1990. Brig. Gen. Cardwell flew more than 7,500 hours and earned the rating of command pilot. During his career he earned many awards including the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, as well as receiving a Distinguished Service Cross, a Meritorious Service Medal and a State Service Ribbon with three bonze bottony crosses from the State of Maryland. Brig. Gen. Cardwell retired in 1995. He was an avid sailor, making multiple trips to Bermuda, as well as a golfer and avid reader of non-fiction.
Kenneth Ulon Zajic '53
Mr. Zajic, of Silver Spring, MD, passed away peacefully on 12/12/2017 surrounded by the love of his family. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois (Lipman) Zajic; his sons Joseph (Amy), Aaron (Andrea), and David (Naomi); and his grandchildren Benjamin, Jennifer, and Ethan. After graduating from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1953, Ken was hired by the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company as an apprentice draftsman. While working full-time, he attended night school at the Johns Hopkins University, earning a BS in Electrical Engineering (1962) and an MS in Operations Research (1965). During his 43-year career with BG&E, Ken held positions ranging from Draftsman to District Engineer for Harford County.

From 1953 to 1968, Ken also served in the 29th Infantry Division of the Maryland National Guard, achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class. Ken was a strong believer in civic and community involvement. He served for many years on  the Board of the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Baltimore, and held positions at Beth Israel Congregation along with several other local civic organizations.  Ken also managed the Beth Israel Mikro Kodesh cemetery for many years, where he led the modernization of its operation and finances to ensure its continued viability.

After retiring, Ken and Lois moved from Baltimore to Leisure World in Silver Spring to be closer to their children's families. There, Ken continued to take leadership roles in the community, including three years as President of the Condominium Association. Most recently, Ken served two terms as a Commissioner with the Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities. 

In addition to his professional and community roles, Ken had many personal interests. He was an avid reader, a student of Jewish philosophy, and a regular concert-goer to his adult children's performances.  He pursued his model railroad hobby, participating for many years in the Leisure World Train Club. And even after his move to Silver Spring, Ken returned to Baltimore regularly to play golf with his long-time golfing buddies. He shared his enthusiasm for Maryland cuisine during many lunches and dinners with friends and family. 

Most of all, Ken was devoted to his family. He was fondly known as a "project" person to his wife, sons and neighbors. Together, they tackled improvements in their Randallstown home, such as a finished basement, a huge backyard shed, and two large raised gardens. He coached his sons' little league teams, supported their music lessons, and attended every game and concert. He sponsored the annual family beach week each August at Bethany Beach, often including the grandchildrens' friends.

Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Thursday, December 14, at 11:00 am. Interment immediately following at Mikro Kodesh Beth Israel Cemetery. In mourning at 9111 Sudbury Road, Silver Spring. Receiving from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Thursday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Saturday, 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Sunday. Minyan services at 7:00 PM on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Kenneth Zajic may be made to the American Cancer Society (donate.cancer.org) or the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Foundation (www.bpi.edu/donate

Michael Egan '42
Mr. Egan passed away on November 28th. Michael played center on the Poly football team and boxed while at Poly. After graduation Michael worked for AT&T before drafted into the Army where he served as a technical sergeant in the South Pacific during WWII. After the war. Michael returned to AT&T, while also earning his bachelor's degree in accounting at the University of Baltimore. Michael left AT&T to organize the Telephone Employees Life Insurance Co. In 1964, Michael reorganized the Michael Egan Insurance Agency, Inc., which he later sold in 2008.
In addition his business career, Michael served on the board of the Maryland Credit Union League, where he was President. Michael served as chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Party where he supported Helen Delich Bentley and Robert Ehrlich. 
Playing golf at Hillendale Country Club, where he was a board member and eating at some of Baltimore's finest restaurants, such as the old Greenspring Inn, Penn Hotel, Prime Rib the Peppermill and Liberatore's were his passions.

Ervin John Terwilliger '63: On Saturday, October 21, 2017, Ervin John Terwilliger, Poly class of 1963 passed away. After graduating from Poly, Erv served in the U.S. Army. His passion was ice hockey. Over the years, Erv coached many teams, starting with his son's team in Howard County. He then moved onto Mt. St. Joseph High School, where he coached from 1991 until 2012. Erv retired due to his health in 2012. During his coaching career, he earned 248 wins and many championships. Erv also played to late in his life, for the "Gerihatricks". He was elected to the Mt. St. Joseph Hall of Fame in 2016 for his outstanding efforts and dedication to the sport. A truly "Good Guy", Erv will be missed by friends and family.

Bernhard R. Works '43
Dr. Bernhard R. Works, Poly Class of 1943 passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2017. Dr. Bernhard enlisted in the Navy immediately after Poly, at the age of 17, serving in WWII and was honorably discharged. Married for 64 years to Nancy McKinney, they had two children, Larry and Chris. Dr. Works became a full professor in 1972, where he taught various courses including theatre history of design and technical production at the University of Illinois over his 34 year tenure. His major interests include contemporary theatre architecture, history of theatre, scene design and technical production. Retiring in 1993, Dr. Works was active after retiring, traveling every summer to Canada to fish with a small group of friends.

Stuart Hyatt '51
Mr. Hyatt Passed away on Monday, November 19th after a battle with cancer. Stu lived in Bellingham, WA for the past 20+ years. A lifelong hockey fan and player, Stu was a supporter of Poly and within the past couple of years was back in Baltimore to attend his class reunion.

Saul Seltzer '48
Saul Seltzer Engineer, owned design/build construction and engineering firm Saul Seltzer of Watchung, N.J., who was born on May 25, 1930, passed away on Aug. 14, 2017. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland, A. James Clark School of Engineering. Saul designed bridges and roadways for the Baltimore County Road Department upon his graduation.  He was a founding member of the Northern N.J. Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Kenilworth Manufacturers Association, a member and past president of the N.J. Society of Professional Engineers, and was a past recipient of Engineer of the Year honors, a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, amongst numerous design honors. Saul was also a life member of NCJW and Jewish Federation Builders Division. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Sylvia, of Watchung; his daughter, Lori -Jill Seltzer of Oakland Calif.; his son, Scott Seltzer and his wife, Sharon, of Warren, N.J., and daughter, Mindi Samer of Westfield, N.J. Saul was also the adored grandfather of Ella, Sydney, Laurel, Sammy, Evan and Lexa.

Mr. Seltzer was the model used for the "bust of the Poly boy" which stands in Memorial Hall. While at Poly, Mr. Seltzer was in and graduated from the Advanced College Preparatory Course. He was active all four years in the orchestra, was active several years in the Metallurgy Club (President) as well. In sports, Mr. Seltzer participated in track, soccer, and wrestling all four years at Poly.

Albert P. Hildebrandt '41
Albert P. Hildebrandt '41 passed away in Oyster Bay, NY, on July 2.  After BPI he studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where he was a Deke.  He became a Marine and went to the Harvard Business School.  He had a prefabricated housing company called Mayhill Homes. He loved learning, education, art, and architecture.  He is survived by, his daughter, Natascha Hildebrandt.

Edward "Ted" Funk '63 
Ted Funk, of Highland Park, Illinois, September 28, 2017, after a long illness. Dr. Funk was a research scientist with Exxon-Mobil and UOP, and a professor at the University of Illinois.

Charles Sullivan '56
Mr. Sullivan graduated from Poly 1956, and taught mathematics at Poly for 37 years and coached all levels of football, basketball and baseball for 27 years. He retired to Las Vegas in 1998, where he taught math at Durango High School and tutored student athletes at University of Nevada at Las Vegas. In 2012, Sullivan received 2 honors. He was named to the Poly Hall of Fame for his teaching and coaching and the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches for his record of 328 wins. A  memorial service will be held October 26 10.30 am at the Baltimore Church of the Redeemer, Charles St.

Carl Oliver Clark '55
Carl O. Clark was the first African American to graduate from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1955. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University in 1958. In 1976, he was the first African-American to receive a PhD degree in Physics from the University of South Carolina. In 1984, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Dr. Clark was a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and was initiated at Morgan State University in the Fall of 1956. Active for all of his 62 years in Alpha, he served as a long-time College Advisor for the Beta Delta Chapter at South Carolina State University while being a member of Delta Zeta Lambda Chapter in Orangeburg, South Carolina. In Delta Zeta Lambda, he served as Vice President, President, and various chairman of chapter efforts. In 2006, he was awarded the Alpha Living Legend Award by the South Carolina Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.  Dr. Clark was extremely active in other community and alumni organizations including being a Charter Member and the first president of the South Atlantic Chapter of the Morgan State University National Alumni Association. He was a Charter member of Phi Delta Kappa Honorary Society at South Carolina State University. He was inducted into the Polytechnic Hall of Fame in 2004 and named Polytechnic Distinguished Award Winner in 2005.

Ronald L. Ward, Jr. '37
On August 30, 2017, Ronald L. Ward Jr, 96, passed peacefully with his family by his side. He was the loving husband for 62 years of the late Jean B. Ward, father to Ronald L. Ward III and his wife, Susie Ward, and to Susan B. Ward and her husband, Frank Cullen, and grandfather to Matthew Ward and Kyle Cullen. He was well known in the sailing/racing world and held many awards for his contribution to the administration of the sport. He was Past Commodore of the Annapolis Yacht Club, Potapskut Sailing Assoc., Pasadena Sailing Assoc., and President of Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Assoc. as well as Chairman of the U.S. Sailing Association’s Judges Committee.

As an International Judge and Umpire, he officiated in major sailing events worldwide including four America’s Cup Race Committees, and longtime chairman of the Annapolis Yacht Club race committee. He contributed to the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) helping to bring the freedom of sailing to persons with disabilities, recovering warriors and youth in at-risk communities.

While being known for his sailing accomplishments, his greater contributions were as a research engineer for the U.S. Navy as an expert on sub propulsion system seals, retiring in 1977 as a department head at the Navy Ship R&D Center in Annapolis. His Navy civilian career was interrupted during WWII, where he served for 2 ½ years, and participated in the Normandy Invasion. Prior to his Navy service, he worked for the B&O Railroad and Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Co.

Edward Nathaniel Thomas Charles Williams, Sr. '69
On February 26, 2017 Edward NTC Williams, Sr. exchanged time for eternity when he passed away at his home in SC.  Edward graduated from the Poly Special College Preparatory Course and while at Poly participated in football both freshmen and sophomore year, served as an activities representative, served on the student advisory board, and was a member of the National Honor Society. His post Poly career is lovingly documented in the attached Homegoing program. The Poly family is saddened to hear of this loss. 

Harvey D. Kushner '48
Harvey D. Kushner, former head of a private consulting firm and a former Kensington resident, died July 31 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a fall. He was 86. He was a 1948 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1952 from the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering.

After college, he worked during the Korean War as a civilian at the Navy Bureau of Ships in Washington. He later joined Operations Research Inc. in Silver Spring, where he rose to become its president.

While living in Montgomery County, he chaired the Commission on Higher Education and Technology that led to two graduate education campuses for the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. He was a co-founder of the Montgomery County High Technology Council, and for six years served as its first chairman. Today, it is known as the Maryland Tech Council, a statewide organization.

He was a former member of the National Advisory Council of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins and the board of visitors of the Biotechnology Institute and former chairman of the board of visitors of the School for Public Affairs, both at the University of Maryland.

For more information on his life and legacy, click here for an article from The Baltimore Sun. 

Warren G. Sody '42
On Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 Warren G. Sody, Poly 1942 passed away. He was a highly decorated WWII veteran who parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day and later fought in the battle of the Bulge at Bastonge, Belgium. His decorations included the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman's Badge, French Croix de Guerre, French Gold Medal for the Normandy landing, Belgian Croix de Guerre, Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard and the Knight Order of the Legion of Honor. In his later years, Mr. Sody spoke to High School and College students about his days in WWII.

The extensive article is the Baltimore Sun, and can be found here

William F. Wielert '45
Poly is sad to learn of William's passing.  He was born Oct 31st 1927, and died on his birthday Oct 31st 2016.

Richard Roberts '66
Ricky passed away on March 15, 2017 and is survived by his wife Debbie, his son and his daughter.

Paul Evans Wareheim, Jr '48
Paul was born on September 18, 1929 and passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017. He was a resident of Baltimore, Maryland at the time of his passing.

Paul served in the Maryland National Guard from 1950-1963 and retired as a Captain.  He was married to Margaret.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to Calvert School 105 Tuscany Road Baltimore MD 21210.

Earle Maseth '47
Mr. Maseth passed away on December 7, 2016.

Theodore O. Poehler '52
Theodore O. Poehler '52, a Johns Hopkins University teacher and researcher, passed away of complications from cancer.  Read more about his 60 years of contributions to JHU and the legacy he leaves behind. 

James J. Honn '55
James Joseph Honn ("Joe"), 78, passed away on June 22, 2016. Mr. Honn was a graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute '55 and Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering. He had a longstanding career as a mechanical engineer with IBM and Lockhead Martin. He was a loving, supportive father and will be greatly missed by his daughters Susan Honn (Robert Bell) and Sharon Mears (Jon), his granddaughter Stephanie Albi (Anthony) and his three great-grandchildren, Lily, Cecilia, and Lucy. He was interred at the Zion Church of the Brethren in Luray, Virginia.  For inquiries, condolences, Susan Honn can be contacted at shonn@austin.rr.com

Bruce A. Hart '64
Bruce A. Hart, a retired Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel, died March 22nd, 2016 as a result of complications of being a quadriplegic since 1984.

While a student at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Hart lettered in football as a starting guard on the '62-'63 Poly Football team that played in the High School Orange Bowl in Miami, FL. Bruce attended Baltimore Junior College and Towson University playing both offense and defense and served as captain of the team, earning All-Juco honors.

Bruce was an accomplished high school coach, amassing an 89.91% winning percentage through coaching lacrosse, football, wrestling and boys' volleyball. Named "Coach of the Year" two times and "Man of the Year" once by the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Association were some of the many accomplishments of his career.

In 1980 Bruce was promoted to the rank of Major in the Army National Guard. On January 7th, 1984, returning from work at the armory, Bruce was hit by a speeding driver leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. He was retired from the military nine months later with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel Brevet.

Bruce never quit, becoming more involved after his accident in coaching and education. He rarely turned down any of the numerous speaking requests from schools and civic groups who wanted to hear his views on motivation and disability awareness.

Bruce was named the Distinguished Alumni of the year by The Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association at the Annual Dinner in 2012. His remarks were memorable, where he was noted as saying "There are two things that no one can take from you, your name and your reputation, only you can give them away."

Carroll A. Andrews '43
Carroll A. Andrews, age 90, passed away on December 6, 2016. After graduating from BPI, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he continued his education at Villanova and M.I.T. After 12 years of service he joined IBM as a Systems Engineer where he worked for the majority of his career. During his employment at IBM, he received his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and in 1961 he won the IBM Invention Award for the obtaining the most patents of any employee. He was an avid yachtsman and former Commodore of the National Yacht Club and Maryland Capital Yacht Club. Dr. Andrews is survived by his 3 children (Debra, Paul, and Nancy), his wife Marla, his step-daughter Julie Economos, 5 grandchildren, and 7 nieces and nephews. He also leaves a brother, Clarence Andrews, and 2 sisters, Emma Mae Marco and Dorothy Sarter.

Louis Ongsingco '70
Louis Ongsingco, Poly class of 1970 of Glen Burnie, passed away in December 2016.

L. Allen Wittel

Long-time Poly Band director, L. Alen Wittle passed away in his home in St. Petersburg, FL on December 15, 2016 at the age of 99.  

Nicholas D. Pocilukyo
Former science department head at Poly, passed away on January 12, 2017.

Warren R. Dempsey '63
Warren passed away June 1 at his home in Aiken, South Carolina after living with cancer for nearly two years. He was 71.

Larrell R. Freeman, '75 was a dear Poly alumni from the class of 1975 passed away on December 5, 2016. He was a very proud Poly alumni. Here is a link to his obituary.http://www.lorisfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Larrell-Freeman/#!/PhotosVideos/00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000/c0ce874c-d187-4603-9070-1805f4966486