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amesJohn Ames barnettSamuel Barnet

batchellerDavid Batcheller

christieJohn Christie daleyMatthew Daley friedmanHerb Friedman
harwoodBrooke Harwood hawesCharlotte Hawes hawkinsDick Hawkins
sub hukillJane Hukill

lanceDick Lance

mcintyreHoward McIntyre
bmillerBob Miller dmillerDawn Miller molloyPatricia Molloy
myersJohn Myers newellClayton Newell oberholtzerJudith Oberholtzer
premoDaniel Premo ratherLucia Rather robertsMichael Roberts
robinsonDavid Robinson rosenbergRichard Rosenberg smithTurner Smith
stengerJack Stenger
Richard Swanson
urdasSue Urda
urdajJim Urda    


              JOHN T. AMES is a retired Presbyterian minister, now serving as “Parish Associate” at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown.  He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (B.A., history) Union Theological Seminary (B.D., theology) and Duke University (Ph.D., American Religious History).  He served congregations in Bethesda, Maryland, Louisville, Kentucky and East Hampton, New York.  He and his wife, Gillian, moved to Chestertown in 2005.

  SAMUEL BARNETT has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University. He has taught philosophy, introductory religious studies courses, and humanities at the high school and college levels. Supposedly retired since Summer, 2010, Sam presently is an Adjunct Professor at several universities, teaching online undergraduate and graduate courses.


    DAVID R. BATCHELLER holds degrees from the College of Wooster (B.A.), University of Illinois (M.A.) and Ohio State University (Ph.D.). He is retired from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he served for 28 years in the Department of Communication and Theatre, first as Director of Theatre and then as Director of Broadcasting/Cinema.


    JOHN CHRISTIE is a retired partner from the Washington office of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP. His undergraduate degree was from Brown University and his JD degree from Harvard.


    MATTHEW DALEY spent most of his professional life in the Foreign Service and was assigned to India, Switzerland, Thailand and Turkey. He was the State Department representative on the Philippines Base negotiating team. During Washington assignments, he worked on Thailand and Burma, led the Office of Philippine Affairs and the East Asia and Pacific Regional Affairs Office. From 2001 to 2004, Matt was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Island states. He also served as President of the US-ASEAN Business Council.


    HERB FRIEDMAN fell madly in love with jazz at the age of 14, and has remained faithful and true for 67 years. Education at Syracuse (history) and Columbia (law) Universities did not diminish his musical enjoyment.


    BROOKE HARWOOD is a retired commercial airline executive with extensive international experience, particularly in Asia where he spent25 years with Northwest, Flying Tigers and Federal Express.  He returned to the U.S. in 1999 and retired to Chestertown in 2006 where he renewed his involvement with wooden boat building and sailing.  He is a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, a regular student at The Woodenboat School in Brooklin, ME, and volunteers at the Sultana Project in Chestertown.  He is particularly interested in the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court.


      CHARLOTTE STAELIN HAWES received her Ph.D. in South Asian History from the University of Michigan in 1977. In 2003 and 2004, she served as Coordinator for the Institute for American Studies Program at Washington College which hosted 20 South Asian Muslim students, and she was Director of Global Studies for Semester at Sea at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 and 2004.


    DICK HAWKINS and JANE HUKILL as a team, have been offering courses for many years through WC-ALL. They are both past Chairs of the WC-ALL Council.


    DICK LANCE is Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Cornell University. He is a past chair of WC-ALL and has been active teaching at Washington College and WC-ALL since he retired and moved to Chestertown in 1998. He has taught courses in computers, engineering, physics and digital photography for WC-ALL for the last 8 years.  For more information about Lance see his CV here.


    HOWARD MCINTYRE started writing poetry in 2004 as a result of a WC-ALL course on the enjoyment of poetry. Since that time he has presented an eight-hour program on Dante’s Divine Comedy to a local men’s discussion group. He has read his poetry at many events [publishing a book of poetry, Sunrise to Sunset, and all That Lies Between, in 2008] and for the past four years coordinated the Ann Hennessy Live Poetry Society’s annual reading. McIntyre has taken several WC-ALL poetry courses and has done extensive reading and research on poetics.


    BOB MILLER is a retired science teacher with a 35+ year passion for photography. He does all kinds of photography but has recently specialized in nature photography. He has taken his camera all over the world including Africa, Iceland, The Arctic, Australia, Europe and the United States. He has won many awards and was recently named Digital Photographer of the Year by the Arundel Camera Club. His photographs have been published in The Baltimore Sun, Backyard Gardens and most recently in the fine art photography magazine B&W. Bob enjoys teaching and loves to share his love for photography with others.


    DAWN L. C. MILLER holds a Masters Degree in Literature from Washington College. Her poems have been published in The Pegasus Review, Pegasus, Touchstone, Poetic Hours, and The Well Tempered Sonnet. She has presented poetry readings at the Potomac Celtic Festival, The Compleat Bookseller and the Joe Breeze Coffee Shop. Her self-published collections are available at The Compleat Bookseller. She has loved reading and writing poetry since childhood.


    PATRICIA MOLLOY is a former public relations executive with a B.A. from Skidmore College and an M.A. from Georgetown University. She continues to revel in the pleasures of old movies.


    JOHN P. MYERS received his Ph. D. and M. A. in sociology from Fordham University and a B. S. from Drexel University. He was a Professor of Sociology at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ from 1973 to 2010. He has several publications in race and ethnic relations and family background study.


    CLAYTON R. NEWELL retired from the Army in 1992 after 27 years of active service during which he served in a variety of infantry and field artillery assignments in Vietnam, Germany, and the United States. Since his retirement, he has been an independent military historian, consultant, and writer. His most recent book, co-authored with Charles R. Shrader, is Of Duty Well and Faithfully Done: A History of the Regular Army in the Civil War.

  JUDITH OBERHOLTZER, a retired college professor of music, holds the Artist Diploma in Opera at the Doctoral Level from Hartt College of Music. She has performed numerous major operatic roles with Commonwealth Opera of Massachusetts and Hartt Opera Theater and has also appeared with Connecticut Opera. Opera is her passion!


    DAN PREMO is Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at Washington College. A former chair of the Department of Political Science, he held the College’s Louis L. Goldstein Chair in Public Affairs for fourteen years. Professor Premo received his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Before entering academia, he served for eight years with the U.S. Information Agency in Guatemala and Colombia.


    LUCIA RATHER is a former Director of Cataloging at the Library of Congress. She has a doctorate in American History from the George Washington University.


    MICHAEL J. ROBERTS holds a bachelor’s degree, with a major in History, from Duke University and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Washington College of Law, American University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy, with extensive sea duty in the Mediterranean, plus service with the Naval Security Group in Washington. For over 30 years he practiced law in Washington, specializing in aviation and international law. While in the Navy he attended graduate school at the University of Maryland, and studied under Professor Gordon Prange, the foremost authority on Pearl Harbor and the early Pacific War. This led to a lifelong interest in and study of these subjects.


    DAVID G. ROBINSON retired as Chaplain and Department Head of the Religion/Philosophy Department at Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School in Bloomfield Hills, MI, where he taught courses in the areas of moral philosophy, Western Traditions and World Religions. David is a graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.), and after his “first” career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U. S. Navy, he graduated from Episcopal Divinity School (M.Div.) in Cambridge, MA. Since relocating to Maryland he has taught several courses for WC-ALL


      RICHARD ROSENBERG is the Artistic Director/Conductor of the National Music Festival and the Union Symphony Orchestra. He has served asDirector of the Christi Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of California, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, Hot Springs Music Festival and the Pennsylvania Ballet.upcoming engagements include concerts with the Orquesta Sinfònica de Bahía Blanca and the Orquestra de Câmara Eleazar de Carvalho. Mr. Rosenberg, whose teachers include Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan and Sir Roger Norrington, has recorded ten compact discs of American music for the Naxos Records label, and has produced several CDs with jazz legend Dave Brubeck.


    TURNER SMITH graduated from Williams College with a degree in History and received an MBA from the University of Virginia. He had a 30-year business career in finance with Alex Brown and later with the Bank of America, from which he retired. He has a lifelong interest in the Civil War.


    W. JACKSON STENGER earned a doctorate in history from Georgetown University. He is a retired academic administrator in the University System of Maryland, and he taught history in the evening division of University of Maryland University College.


    DICK SWANSON is an engineer with degrees in electrical engineering. He was raised in a furniture making family in the furniture manufacturing area of Jamestown, New York and completed the four-year high school program for furniture and cabinet making. He has continued his interest in furniture history, style and construction for the past 40 years, making and repairing quality furniture.


    SUE and JIM URDA by now might be categorized as semi-long term “come-here’s” as they enter their 22nd year of residence in Chestertown and Kent County. Both have been (and are) active in community life…Sue was one of the original organizers of WC-ALL, 20 + years ago. Both have participated in a number of WC-ALL events– Learn at Lunch; various class offerings; and, several board and committee responsibilities. They are alumni of Denison and Bucknell University.