Carl Ortman

Class of 1967
Major/Minor: Philosophy

I still stay in touch with many of my OX brothers at the OX Open in Chestertown each year and a gathering here in St. Michaels, MD twice a year at the home of one of the members of that 1967 team.

Who was your favorite faculty/staff member? Story?

Joseph McLain was my favorite teacher (Chemistry). Saturday morning quizzes were the worst but Dr. M was always there on the lacrosse bench attending to players coming and going during the games. He also accompanied Coach Don Kelly on our away games. Best away game OOPS moment, as we sat in a bar at W&L, who comes in, but Coach Kelly and Doc M. Redemption was a sound thrashing of W&L the next day. Doc also attended our fraternity meetings occasionally to give us (he was a Theta) guidance to keep us “semi” straight.

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

My fondest memories come from two sources: my fraternity and my four years of lacrosse, especially my senior year. The brotherly relationship from being a Theta Chi was experienced every day after going through two days of initiation HELL and becoming a brother. That carried over to the lacrosse field where, in our senior year, 8 of the 10 starters were OX, we ended up 11-1 losing only to Hopkins in the 4th quarter, winning our 4th straight league Championship, being named All-American, and playing in the North South Game. We ended up being named the 5th best team in the US (back before there were divisions). We even hosted and beat the England National Team that was playing in the world games that year. I still stay in touch with many of my OX brothers at the OX Open in Chestertown each year and a gathering here in St. Michaels, MD twice a year at the home of one of the members of that 1967 team.


Campus Involvement
  • President of the Varsity Club
  • Head of the Homecoming Parade
  • Pledge Master for Theta Chi




How did your experience in Athletics influence your college experience?

Playing Lacrosse forced me to make grades that were good enough to keep me off of probation. I never wanted to disappoint either the Coach or my fellow athletes, not to mention my parents.

Graduate School
  • Towson University M.Ed in Elementary Education
  • UMBC/Century University, Ph.D. Philosophy of Education


Inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame (2001)

His citation is copied below:

When Carl Ortman decided to hang his “lacrosse helmet” at Washington College, it also meant another four years of lacrosse success for the Maroon and Black. During his career, WC won 38 games while losing only 10. The college won four consecutive Strobhar Division Championships, competing with the “big boys of lacrosse” and an outstanding team from England representing that country in the World Lacrosse Games. During these years, the college was never ranked lower then 10th in the country and rose to number five in Carl’s senior year. Carl, playing midfield his freshman year and crease attack his last three years, was instrumental in helping to produce a very potent offense. He personally accounted for 109 goals and 33 assists.

During his senior year, as co-captain, he was selected to the first team All-Strobhar Division, to the second team All-American and was selected to play for the South in the Annual North-South All-Star Game. Carl also served as President of the Varsity Club and Grand Marshal for Homecoming in 1967.

After graduation, Carl played club lacrosse in the Baltimore area and was named to the Club All-Star team. Professionally, Carl spent a brief time with IBM, but moved to Baltimore Friends School as the chairman of the math department. He also took on coaching the varsity lacrosse program and produced two Maryland Scholastic Champions. He has served as Headmaster of two private elementary schools and for the past nine years has been the Dean of Students at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. He became headmaster of the Phelps School in Malvern, Pa., in July.

Carl’s most memorable moments in WC lacrosse include beating Virginia, beating the Ivy League champions Brown, being 11-1 his senior year, beating the world games club team from England, scoring 8 goals against W&L and, most of all, playing with great and supportive teammates.

Washington College is proud and honored to induct Carl Edward Ortman into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 21st day of October, 2000.