Class Notes

Before 1960

Rita Hundley ’55 EDEC reunited with three of her former students from the first class she taught after graduating from then Maryland State Teachers College. “They were like my babies,” Hundley told the Towson Times, after reconnecting with Barbara Davis, Johnette Benson and Ellie Lewis 60 years later. Hundley went on to teach for more than 30 years with Baltimore County Public Schools, retiring in 2000.

Frances Bond ’55/’60 received the Mother Generosa McCafferty Distinguished Alumna Award in October from the Catholic High School of Baltimore, its highest honor. Bond, treasurer of the TU Alumni Association, was recognized for her individual achievements, contributions to the field of education, service to her community and loyalty to Catholic High.


John Schuerholz ’62, vice chairman of the Atlanta Braves, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a unanimous selection of a 16-member group that included Hall of Fame members, major league executives, media members and baseball historians. In 1981, he was general manager of the Kansas City Royals, leading the team to a World Series title in 1985. He then took the same position with the Atlanta Braves in 1991 and led them to 14 straight division titles, six National League pennants and a World Series title in 1995.

Jayne Astle ’62 and her former TU roommates, Phyllis Beardmore ’62 and JoAnn Scott ’62, placed in the top three of the 70 and over category at the Seaside 10 Mile Run & 5K Halloween Bash in Ocean City, Maryland, where they also received a prize for their “Grand Mummy” costumes. The three have remained friends through their many years of teaching.

Bob Hieronimus ’65 ART and co-author Laura Cortner, wrote The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World, published by Destiny Books of Inner Traditions International. The book is a symbolic exploration of female strength with its theme being the need to elect more women to positions of power.


Janet Dell Kurtz ’74 ENGL and David Farnham ’74 PHIL who were “college sweethearts” as TU students but later lost touch, reunited after 42 years and married in December 2016.

Anna Vitale Lybrook ’79 ACCT a CPA and shareholder of Stoy, Malone, & Co., was appointed treasurer of the Brigance Brigade Foundation that equips, encourages and empowers people living with ALS.

Fran Soistman ’79 executive vice president of Aetna and president of the company’s government services segment, became chair of TU’s Board of Visitors in September.


Andrea Burgoyne ’83 MUSC has been appointed executive director of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland.

Robert Baron ’85 was promoted to associate commissioner for property and casualty at the Maryland Insurance Commission. He will oversee the review of rates and forms filed by insurance carriers as well as the investigation of complaints from consumers. He started with the Insurance Administration in 2000.

Mike Rowe ’85, TV host and presenter of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” visited WBAL Radio to discuss his appearance at the Lyric Opera House in September. 

Tracy Brandys ’87 was promoted to senior vice president, market manager and director of sales for CBS Radio in its Baltimore market. She will oversee all Baltimore station operations including sales, programming, events, digital, marketing and promotions, engineering, finance and administration. The four stations include WJZ 1300 AM / 105.7 FM, WLIF 101.9 FM and WWMX 106.5 FM, as well as the CBS RADIO Up Close Performance Studio.

Francis Donovan ’88 GEOG, a former colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, was promoted  to brigadier general, becoming commander of the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in the Kingdom of Bahrain in June. He joined the Marines in 1986 as an infantry officer, and served in a variety of operations including Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His education continued at the Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College of the U.S. Army War College, where he earned a Masters of Strategic Studies. Upon completing the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, he spent two years as director, Expeditionary Warfare School, Quantico, Virginia.

Dennis Kane ’89 is president and CEO of KANE Construction, which won the NAIOP Best Interiors Award for its Qiagen Sciences renovation project.

Merrill Friedman ’89 PSYC, senior director of disability policy engagement at Anthem, Inc. and vice president of advocacy for Amerigroup, was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities by President Obama.


Cynthia Maskol ’94 joined the national law firm, Wilson Elser, as a partner in its Baltimore office. She is a former assistant general counsel for a large insurer and an experienced trial attorney who previously worked with Wilson Elser from 2009 to 2014.

Keith Ewancio ’94/’07, a human resources specialist for the Social Security Administration (SSA), received the 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Honor Award, which recognizes his work in pursuing diversity and inclusion within
the SSA’s workforce.

Ada Clark-Edwards ’95, a veteran prosecutor for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, was appointed to the Prince George’s County District Courtby Gov. Larry Hogan in July.

Dennis M. Robinson Jr. ’97 PSYC was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to the Baltimore County Circuit Court. An attorney at Whiteford, Taylor and Preston since 2006, he became a partner in 2011. His practice focused on product liability and business litigation.

Kelly Blair ’98 was named to Slate’s Top 10 List for her book jacket design of Tomorrow Will Be Different.


David Shapiro ’04 and his wife, Monique, announce the birth of their son, Elijah, in September.

Ashley Adams Aycock ’06 and her friends Cheri Feeny ’88 and Courtney Holmstrom ’05 founded LEO Wives Have Your 6, a charity to help Maryland Law Enforcement families during times of need and to boost morale of Maryland law enforcement officers. Diane Annolfo ’89 has also recently joined the organization.

Brisa De Angulo ’08 founder and CEO of the A Breeze of Hope Foundation, will be named one of Together for Girls’ 16 Global Heroes for 2017, which highlights and celebrates leaders to end violence against boys and girls around the world.

Jennifer Dodson ’09, chief creative strategist for Adashmore Creative, a marketing and advertising agency in Lutherville, Maryland. was named one of The Daily Record’s 2016 leading women, which honors  women under 40 for their career accomplishments.


Andrew Brown ’05/’13 MFA had his exhibit “Baltimore, Munich and a Chinese Restaurant” displayed last June at Charleston City Hall in South Carolina. His abstract paintings and drawings challenge the viewer’s perception through the use of illusionistic elements. His work is an interpretation of space, surface and experience.

Steven Novotny ’11, is a contract specialist with the U.S Department of Defense. He graduated from the Defense Civilian Leader Program, which is for high-achieving Department of Defense personnel and is used to cultivate leadership skills and place graduates on the fast track for leadership and supervisory positions.

Giulia Fiora ’11/’17 and Eric Lynch ’11 married on June 25, 2016, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Towson, Maryland.

Ashley Montague ’11 BUAD joined Brotman Financial Group in Timonium, Maryland, as an investment operations associate.  She is responsible for managing the reconciliation and performance reporting of client accounts, as well as client online access.

Devlin Lighty ’12 Au.D. joined the Oswego Health practice in New York, where the audiologist is providing hearing and balance services for clients using the newest technology.

Katie Dell ’12 participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course last summer where she studied coral reef ecology and the conservation of marine systems along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. She is a Baltimore County Public Schools science teacher in Randallstown, Maryland, and is pursuing her master’s degree at Miami University.

Kara Mcgonigle ’12, a recruiter for the Emerson Group, was named to the South Jersey Biz magazine’s “Twenty Under 40.” The list recognizes young professionals who “are already changing the face of our business community.”

Melinda Weber ’15 ENGL joined TU’s Division of Marketing and Communications as an operator and receptionist. She has also been working as a teacher at the Celebree Learning Center.