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    John Conkling '65 & Peter Maller '90
December 17, 2013
Dr. John Conkling ’65 and Mr. Peter Maller ’90 have been named the 2013 recipients of the Alumni Service Award in recognition of their many years of dedicated service to Washington College during which they’ve generously contributed both as volunteers and donors.

Dr. John Conkling ’65, an emeritus professor of chemistry, retired from Washington College in 2012. As former executive director and technical director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, John is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in pyrotechnics. He conducted The Summer Pyrotechnic Seminar at Washington College for 29 years and is the author of Chemistry of Pyrotechnics: Basic Principles and Theory (CRC Press, 1985).

John’s service to WC is vast and varied including a six-year term on the Board of Visitors and Governors (1990-1996), and several years spent representing his class on reunion planning committees. He also helped to found the athletic Hall of Fame, and chaired the Joseph H. McLain Memorial Committee as part of the capital campaign, raising $1 million to name the McLain Atrium in the Toll Science Center in Dr. McLain’s honor.

In addition to his volunteer commitments, John has been a donor to WC for 25 consecutive years. Among his contributions, a generous commitment each year to cover the cost of a beloved campus tradition: the fireworks display marking the beginning of a new academic year.


Peter Maller ’90, a Certified Financial Planner, is the managing partner and a founding partner of Heritage Financial Consultants in Hunt Valley, MD. His 20 years of experience in the financial planning industry, has earned him numerous accolades including Million Dollar Round Table “Top of the Table” status, ranking him in the top half of one percent in the industry.

Peter’s service to WC has spanned a number of Boards and planning committees, beginning when he joined the Visiting Committee in 1995 and extending to include time on the Sho’men Club Committee, Baltimore Alumni Chapter Steering Committee, and reunion planning committee for his 30th Reunion. He also offered his extensive professional knowledge as a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Board. Most recently, he served on the Hillel Campaign Committee, and holds a current seat on the President’s Leadership Council. Complementing his service as a volunteer, Peter has been a donor for 20 consecutive years, with membership in The 1782 Society.


The Alumni Service Award is given annually to an alumnus/a who has given outstanding and continued support to the College. Recipients have enthusiastically participated in the life of Washington College through personal involvement on leadership committees, association with the student body and engagement of fellow alumni. Their selfless commitment of time and talent has been augmented by their willingness to enhance the financial welfare of the College.

With the exception of present members of the Alumni Board and Awards Committee, all alumni are eligible to receive the Alumni Service Award. Nominations may be made by any person or group affiliated with Washington College—students, faculty, staff and alumni—and are reviewed by the Awards Committee and approved by the Alumni Board. Please consider nominating the outstanding alumni you know for consideration as recipients of the Alumni Service Award, or the other awards presented annually on behalf of the Alumni Association.

More information and nomination forms may be found online

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