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Class Notes - Winter 2015

By Terp Staff

Victoria Seng


Odunola Ojewumi ’13 has been elected to the board of directors at America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. Ojewumi works at the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C., is a freelance writer and serves as a community activist through her nonprofit, Project ASCEND, a scholarship and grant program that provides high school students opportunities to attend college and create their own public service programs.


Corey Peltier ’12, M.Ed. ’14 and his wife Tiffany were featured on a January episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters,” which profiled their move to Bryan, Texas, as Corey began graduate studies in special education at Texas A&M.

Bray CreechFinancial adviser Bray Creech M.B.A. ’11 has joined Joel Adams-Raymond James Financial Services Inc. in Asheville, N.C. He previously worked as the director of leadership gifts for a nonprofit in Washington, D.C.

Victoria SengVictoria Seng ’10 and Hunter Nelson ’10 were married on May 10 at St. Peter’s Parish in Olney, Md. A reception followed at Catoctin Hall at Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville, Md. Terps in their wedding party included best man Bobby Seng ’12Clare Whittaker ’10Kelley Chubb ’10Karam Hijji ’10Warren Zentz ’10Rashid Kaviani ’10 and Nick Kostreski ’10. Many other Terrapins, including the bride’s father, John Seng ’79, and the groom’s mother, Kathy Gigliotti-Nelson ’80, were in attendance. The couple met during their freshman year in Chestertown Hall and now live in Fort Worth, Texas, where Victoria works in state advocacy for the American Heart Association and Hunter is an aerospace engineer at Bell Helicopter.

Baltimore Raven Torrey Smith ’10 was named the franchise’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, honoring a player for his community service and excellence on the field. He was one of 32 NFL players nominated. Smith was recognized for his efforts to educate and support underprivileged children through the Tevin Jones Memorial Scholarships Fund, the Torrey Smith Foundation and the new Torrey Smith Reading Oasis program.


Charo Bishop ’09 represented the Redskins Cheerleaders at the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl in Scottsdale, Ariz. Bishop has been a member of the group for four seasons and is one of four team captains. She works full time as a public accountant.

Rock singer Tony Tulloch ’08, also known as BXHXLD, released his independently produced debut album, “wait,” this fall. While a student, he and friends in the band the Free Radical performed at venues around College Park.

Matthew Wagner ’09 has been named to Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of “30 Under 30” in education. He is the director in the Office of the President at the College Board. Forbes wrote that he has been “integral to two of the largest educational events the U.S. in recent years: the development and implementation of the Common Core Standards and the redesign of the SAT. He formerly served as head of special projects at Student Achievement Partners, developing and implementing the Common Core.”

Jenna B. Berman ’07 has joined Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia as an associate in the Labor & Employment practice group. She came to the firm from Wisler Pearlstine LLP and earned her law degree from Villanova University. She has volunteered with organizations committed to helping inner-city youth, including the Support Center for Child Advocates; the Juvenile Victim and Witness Services Unit of Philadelphia’s district attorney’s office; and the Katie at the Bat Team, where she served as a board member.

Alida AndersonAlida Anderson Ph.D. ’06 has written the book “Arts Integration and Special Education: An Inclusive Theory of Action for Student Engagement.” She is an associate professor in the College of Education at American University.

Writer, director and actor James Gardiner ’06 directed a short film musical, “Warning: Take Only as Directed,” presented by Adventure Theatre MTC. The film serves to reduce parent and teen prescription drug abuse and was written by former Adventure Theatre MTC Board Chair Trish Glowacki, whose son, Charlie, died in 2011 due to a drug overdose.

Mihaela Moscaliuc Ph.D. ’06, assistant professor of English at Monmouth University, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at Al. I. Cuza University in Iasi, Romania, this spring. She is teaching courses in American literature and culture, assisting with curriculum development and facilitating cultural exchanges at the university and in the larger community.

Terry Eberhardt

Terry Eberhardt M.M. ’05, Howard County public schools’ instructional facilitator for music, is one of 25 semifinalists for the 2015 Grammy Music Educator of the Year Award. He previously taught music and directed the choir program at Marriott’s Ridge High School.

Domonique Foxworth ’04, a former president of the NFL Players Association who is in his final year at Harvard Business School, is the new chief operating officer of the National Basketball Players Association. Previously, he was a cornerback for the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens.

In “Carl Maria von Weber: Oberon and the Cosmopolitanism in the Early German Romantic,” music historian and theorist Joseph E. Morgan M.A. ’02 reassesses the composer’s work and aesthetics not just for their influence but also as an expression of the aesthetics and cosmopolitanism that underlay the early Romantic and Nationalist movement in Germany. He is an assistant professor of musicology at Middle Tennessee State University. Before that, he served on the faculty at the New England Conservatory, Boston University and Brandeis University.

Teresa MoyerTeresa Moyer M.A ’02 critiques racism in historic preservation in her new book, “Ancestors of Worthy Life: Plantation Slavery and Black Heritage at Mount Clare.” She demonstrates that a landscape’s post-emancipation history can make a powerful statement about black heritage. Moyer is an archaeologist with the National Park Service and coauthor of “The Making of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: A Devil, Two Rivers, and a Dream.”

Conor O'CroininConor B. O’Croinin ’00 has been named partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP. Based in the firm’s Baltimore office, he works on a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters throughout the country. He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law and joined the firm in 2011.


William Patrick Mowitt M.S. ’99 and Laura Elizabeth Petes were married on Sept. 27 at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Annapolis, Md. A commander in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Officer Corps, he serves as executive officer of the NOAA ship Pisces, home-ported in Pascagoula, Miss. He is a graduate of Williams College and received master’s degrees in marine and estuarine environmental science from UMD and in public administration from American University.

AnnMarie WaltonAnnMarie Walton ’99 is one of 10 nurses recognized with the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award created by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. An oncology nurse at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, Walton noticed a pattern of young Hispanic men, mostly farm workers, being diagnosed with leukemia and launched a study to investigate how they could protect themselves in the fields. She also advocated enhanced protections for health care workers handling hazardous drugs, such as chemotherapies. Her work led to policy changes in North Carolina. She is an American Cancer Society Doctoral Scholar, a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, and a recipient of an NIH Fellowship in Cancer, Aging and End of Life.

William A. Taylor M.A. ’98 is assistant professor of security studies at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Taylor won grants from the Society for Military History, Harry S. Truman Library Institute and Angelo State University Faculty Research Enhancement Program, and a George C. Marshall/Baruch fellowship to research “Every Citizen a Soldier: The Campaign for Universal Military Training After World War II,” published with Texas A&M University Press in 2014.

Dr. Harshita Saxena ’97 co-edited the textbook “Basics in Adolescent Medicine: A Practical Manual of Signs, Symptoms and Solutions,” published by World Scientific. She is a pediatrician in the Adolescent Medicine Division of the Department of Pediatrics at Walter Reed National Medical Military Center in Bethesda, Md.

Chris Bourg M.A. ’94 is the new director of the MIT Libraries, which includes 260 staff members and more than 5 million items in print and digital formats. She came from Stanford University, where she was associate university librarian for public services.

Craig Carlson Ph.D. ’94, chair of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, has received the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. The award recognizes scientists who have made considerable contributions to the field of limnology (the study of inland waters as ecological systems) or oceanography.

Lorrie SprecherLorrie Sprecher Ph.D. ’94 had her second novel, “Pissing in a River,” published by the Feminist Press at the City University of New York. It’s about a woman who moves to London with nothing but her guitar and her collection of punk music, then finds a best friend and new lover, forms a band, Lesbian Raincoat, and rewrites the story of her life. For more information, visit

Harish Chopra M.S. ’93 has joined Syska Hennessy Group, a global consulting, engineering and commissioning firm, as an associate partner and regional health care practice leader. He is based at the firm’s Chicago location.

Hillary J. Moonay ’93 has been named a partner at the Doylestown, Pa., office of Williams Family Law, P.C. Formerly of counsel at the firm, Moonay was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 and 2015 editions and has been named a Pennsylvania “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters as part of its Super Lawyers program. She is an assistant coach for her daughter’s travel soccer team and has been a parent support volunteer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the Cleft Lip and Palate Program since 2009. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan.

Anita Kassof M.A. ’92 is the new executive director of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. She most recently served as deputy director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, and previously was associate director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Bill ThompsonBill Thompson ’92, M.A. ’97 is The (Lakeland, Fl.) Ledger’s new opinion page editor. He came from the Ocala Star-Banner, where he was a senior reporter covering county government, and previously served as the newspaper’s assistant editorial page editor. He also has worked for the Tampa Tribune covering Pasco County.

Tracey Doebling Williams ’92, who has served as Delta Gamma Fraternity’s assistant executive director since 2007, has been appointed its executive director. After working for the fraternity as a collegiate development consultant and a colony consultant, Williams joined the executive offices staff in 1996 and has risen through its ranks. She holds an M.E. in college student personnel from Ohio University.

David BiespielEvery month from 2003–13, poet and critic David Biespiel M.F.A. ’91 published a brief essay on poetry in the book review of The Oregonian in what became the longest-running newspaper column on poetry in the United States. In April, Antilever Press will publish his collection, “A Long High Whistle: Selected Columns on Poetry.”

Joe Valeri ’91, M.S. ’99 has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Lucernex Technologies, a provider of cloud-delivered integrated workplace management system solutions. In addition to co-founding Lucernex in 2000, Valeri was the vice president of products and chief information officer.

Outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley on Dec. 31 appointed the following Terps to judgeships in Circuit and District Courts:

  • Karla Natasha Smith ’91 to Montgomery County Circuit Court. She had served on the District Court for Montgomery County since 2012 and for the previous 16 years as an assistant state’s attorney, including five as chief of the Family Violence Division in the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.
  • Cathleen Marie Vitale ’85 to Anne Arundel County District Court. She practiced in Anne Arundel County for all of her 25-year career and most recently maintained a solo practice in Glen Burnie, specializing in civil trial practice, family law matters and mediation. From 2010-14, Vitale served as a state delegate, and 11 years before that as a county councilwoman.
  •  Holly David Reed III ’79 to Montgomery County District Court. He had been a solo practitioner in Silver Spring since 1999, focusing on civil litigation, criminal defense, family law and domestic violence matters.

Daniel FeinbergDaniel Feinberg ’90 has been hired as a senior systems architect in Dewberry’s Fairfax, Va., office. He’s responsible for information technology and geographic systems (GIS) project management and technology initiatives at the company. He has 25 years of experience in the field.

Martin PietruchaMartin Pietrucha Ph.D. ’90, director of the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, has been elected vice president of the research and education division of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. A member of the Penn State faculty since 1990, Pietrucha is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Pietrucha received his bachelor’s degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and his master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.


Georgette KiserThe Carlyle Group has hired Georgette Kiser ’89 as its new chief information officer and a managing director, based in Washington, D.C. She previously spent 19 years at T. Rowe Price, where she was most recently vice president and director of enterprise solutions and capabilities for services and technology.

Diane Komara LeeIn summer 2014, Diane Komara Lee ’89 studied model community-based efforts to preserve Bornean species along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah (East Malaysia) on the island of Borneo. Diane, a teacher at Magruder High School in Gaithersburg, Md., took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program.

Griffin Corpening Ph.D. ’88 was a member of NASA’s mission management team that guided decisions during the launch of the unmanned Orion spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in December. The Orion orbited Earth twice, 3,600 miles above the surface, before re-entering the atmosphere at 20,000 mph and safely splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming.

A scholarship fund named for the late Brian Lyons ’87 is seeking to raise its endowment to $50,000 and double the amount of the annual scholarship to $2,500. It is awarded to a worthy computer science major who displays a passion for computer science and another academic discipline or extracurricular activity, in addition to an interest in an emerging software engineering discipline. Lyons was the CEO of Number Six Software when he died in a 2007 motorcycle crash. For more information on the “50 Days of Giving” fundraising project, visit

Brian SullivanBrian Sullivan ’87 is the new director of technology operations for United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the nation’s transplant system, under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Services and Resources Administration. Previously, he was vice president of systems operations at NeuStar, and he held increasingly responsible positions for AOL. Sullivan earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and M.S. in systems engineering from George Mason University.

Republican Chris Reilly ’85 plans to seek a fifth term as a York County, Pa., commissioner. He got his start in politics in 1989 when he was elected mayor of Dallastown at age 26, the youngest person to hold the position. In 1995, he became the youngest person elected to the county commissioner’s office at age 33. Prior to becoming a commissioner he worked at York College as an administrator and was an executive with the York County Chamber of Commerce.

Stephen HaagaStephen C. Haaga ’83, a Department of Defense civilian in Kabul, Afghanistan, ran the Marine Corps Marathon—Forward there in October. A 10-time veteran of Marine Corps Marathons, he recorded a time of 5:58, his best in a decade, despite the city’s altitude of 6,000 feet.

“Invisible Me,” a young adult novel by Debbi Mack ’82, was published in December. “Deep Six,” the fourth novel in her Sam McRae mystery series, will be out by March. Mack was among the first authors to make The New York Times’ ebook bestseller list, with the first novel in the series, “Identity Crisis.”

An update of Dave Ungrady ’81’s first book on Terps athletics, “Tales From the Maryland Terrapins”, was released in late September. It includes new information about women’s basketball, men’s soccer and field hockey. He also developed the Born Ready Project, which teaches life skills, focusing on decision-making and resilience, primarily to teenagers and young adults. The project evolved from his 2011 book, “Born Ready: the Mixed Legacy of Len Bias.” Ungrady was a member of the soccer and track and field teams at Maryland.


Boul and O'Briant

David Harris Boul ’79 and Thomas Lorenzo O’Briant Jr. were married Nov. 15 by Mayor Rahm Emanuel at City Hall in Chicago. The couple met at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, from which O’Briant graduated and Boul received a master’s degree in history. Boul is the executive director of One Chicago Fund, a nonprofit organization that supports civic projects in Chicago. Until 1999, he was a senior supervising producer of Oprah Winfrey’s show.

Real estate investor and EagleBank CEO Ron Paul ’78 was the Robert H. Smith School of Business’ December 2014 commencement speaker. A version of his remarks was later printed in The Washington Post.

Incoming Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Democrat Rona E. Kramer ’76, a former state senator from Montgomery County, to lead the Department of Aging. Kramer, who served in the Senate from 2003 to 2011, is part of what Hogan, a Republican, has promised will be a bipartisan administration.

Hogan tapped Kenneth C. Holt ’74, a former state delegate, as secretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development. Holt, a Republican who represented parts of Baltimore and Harford counties in the legislature, is the founder of a software engineering firm and the owner and operator of a farm where he breeds racehorses.

Earl P. Williams Jr. ’73 has spent more than 30 years researching Continental Congressman Francis Hopkinson’s role in designing the U.S. flag. He found that Hopkinson designed a flag with seven white stripes and six red ones and 13 six-pointed stars for the national flag. And for the Navy, which he was running at the time, he designed one with seven red stripes and six white ones— what our current U.S. flag is based on. Hopkinson also designed the green Department of the Treasury seal on paper money and nearly all elements in the Great Seal of the United States. Williams’ information has been incorporated into the Wikipedia entry on Hopkinson.


Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr. ’69, based in West Sacramento, Calif., has been installed as the president of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church is the largest member church of the World Methodist Council with more than 13 million members. Brown’s two-year term as council president is in addition to his regular responsibilities. Since 2008, Brown has been the resident bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, serving as the leader of 360 congregations with 78,000 members. Brown earned a master of divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary.


Pearl EllerinPearl Queen Ellerin ’71, M.A. ’75, a former teacher and longtime resident of Greenbelt, Md., died Sept. 25 in Mountain View, Calif. She was born in nearby San Carlos, Calif., on Jan. 31, 1925, and later moved to San Francisco, where she graduated from George Washington High School. She was a lifeguard at the city’s Jewish Community Center in 1944 when she met Navy Lt. Albert Ellerin while he was on shore leave. They wed two years later and arrived in Greenbelt when he became the community’s first pharmacist. She led the local Girl Scouts, expanding the number of troops in the 1940s from one to 14, and she and Albert were major fundraisers for their local synagogue. She later returned to school and graduated from Prince George’s Junior College before enrolling at Maryland. Those degrees led to a 16-year teaching career in county public schools. In 1995, the couple retired to South Florida. Albert died in 2003, and Ellerin returned to her West Coast roots in 2003 to live near her son’s family and several childhood friends. She is predeceased by one granddaughter and is survived by her son, Michael, daughter Susan and two grandsons.

Dorothy E. Marvel ’70, M.L.S. ’73, a retired librarian and inveterate gardener, died of ovarian cancer Nov. 19 at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 84. The daughter of August Carl Winterstein, an electrician, and Julia Emre Winterstein, the former Dorothy Eleanor Winterstein was born and raised in Highlandtown. She graduated in 1947 from Patterson Park High School. A talented pianist, she also studied classical piano at the Peabody Conservatory. After her 1948 marriage to William Carlton Marvel, a sheet metal fabricator, the couple settled in Catonsville, where they raised their two daughters. Discouraged from attending college by her father, Marvel never lost her dream of getting a college education. She enrolled at what is now the Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville, where she earned a 4.0 GPA and graduated first in her class in 1968. Marvel became the librarian for Adams Express Co. in 1976, when the firm moved from Wall Street to Baltimore. She retired in 1995. Marvel was a longtime member of the Catonsville Garden Club, where she had served two terms as president. She was a longtime member of the Catonsville Historical Society and the Mountain Club of Maryland. Marvel was predeceased by her husband in 1985. She is survived by daughters Diedre Emre Marvel and Dana Boyce Marvel; two nephews; and a niece.

John Curtis Sr.John M. Curtis Sr. Ph.D. ’61, a former university professor, died Dec. 7 at the age of 91, according to The Port City (N.C.) Daily. He was born and raised in Franklinville, N.C., enrolled in North Carolina State (NCS) College in 1940 and joined the U.S. Army ROTC unit there. Called to active duty in WWII, he served almost four years in the infantry. After completing Officer Candidate School, he led troops in England, France, Germany and Austria. He was awarded medals including the Bronze Star (combat), Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He remained active in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired in 1976 with the rank of colonel. He returned to the college after the war and completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics, then enrolled at UMD. After working at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and NCS, he returned to UMD as professor and head of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and was later appointed state director of the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, where he served until his retirement. In addition, he wrote a large number of articles and publications and consulted, led studies and presented seminars around the world. He was a member of many scholastic, honor, professional, fraternal and social organizations, along with the Topsail Presbyterian Church, where he helped to develop its Perpetual Care Cemetery Organization. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Pauline (Dahlquist); two former wives, Suzanne and Leslie; sons John and Jefferson; a sister, Mary C. Wallace; four grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Corbett Clark ’58 of Atlanta, a decorated World War II hero, died Oct. 10. He was 93, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. During his military career, he was awarded the Silver Star for going behind enemy lines to obtain a Japanese general’s surrender. He took his family all over the United States and Germany, and one intelligence assignment gave Clark the opportunity to learn Russian. He retired from the military in 1961, but held onto his Russian and taught the language at Gordon High School. He also worked in the civilian personnel office at Fort McPherson.While in the military he learned calligraphy, and he wrote thank-you letters and poems for each nurse and doctor who helped him in the hospital. His poems were put into in an anthology titled “Expressions from the Heart.” Clark also published his book of WWII experiences titled “From Hell to Surrender” in 2002. Clark was predeceased by his wife Sarah Louise Morgan. He is survived by daughters Susan Meredith, Nancy Clark and Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

C. Frank WheatleyC. Frank Wheatley Jr. ’57, a member of the University of Maryland Innovation Hall of Fame, died Oct. 18. He was 87. Born in 1927, he grew up in Baltimore and enlisted in the Army in 1944 to support the war effort in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged, reaching the rank of sergeant. After the war, Wheatley earned a degree in electrical engineering at Maryland. In Newark, N.J., Wheatley was hired at the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), where his contributions included a transistor-based auto radio and the design of an all-transistor high-fidelity stereo amplifier. Later, he went on to help invent the Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor, a significant contribution to the advancement of power electronics. Over his six-decade career, he acquired at least 56 patents. He and his wife, Carolyn, raised five children in Franklin Township, N.J., where he was a scoutmaster and committee chair with the local Boy Scout troop and saw his three sons advance to the rank of Eagle Scout and one daughter to Gold Award in the Girl Scouts. He received the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ top honor, the Pioneer Award, and was named to the Innovation Hall of Fame of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the New Jersey Inventors’ Hall of Fame. Following the 1997 death of his wife, Wheatley retired, and he returned to Maryland in 2009. He is survived by his children, Penny, Thomas, Peter, Carl and Regina; along with 10 grandchildren and his brother, Thomas.

R Klein

Ralph Lincoln Klein ’49, founder of the nine-store Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland supermarket chain and a major philanthropist in his native Harford County, died Nov. 22, according to The Baltimore Sun. He was 88. Klein, the only child of general store proprietors Maurice and Sarah Klein, was born in Fallston on July 29, 1926. Following graduation from Bel Air High School, he attended St. John’s College in Annapolis for two years before being drafted in 1945 to serve in the Army. He was deployed to Europe, where he remained following the surrender of Nazi Germany and rose to the rank of technical sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1947 and enrolled under the GI Bill at UMD. While at Maryland, Klein pledged the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity, where he forged many lifelong friendships with the brothers, among them future Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel and Samuel Lefrak. After graduation, he returned to Harford County, where he and his father formed a general retail company. They bought the assets of another local retailer in Forest Hill, and became locally famous for selling “100,001 things under one roof.” The building was expanded three times until the business relocated a mile south to its present location in 1978, where Klein developed the first of what would be several retail plazas in Harford County anchored by his family’s supermarkets. In 2009 the company joined the Wakefern Food Corp. cooperative and began trading as Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland. Klein was also a leading figure in the successful battle to repeal Maryland’s “blue laws,” which prohibited retail sales on Sunday. He served for more than two decades as a director of Forest Hill State Bank, and led the bank through its merger with Mercantile Bancorp, which has since become part of PNC Bank. In addition, Klein and his wife, the former Shirley Snyderman, were dedicated to improving the quality of health care in Harford County. They encouraged physicians to open their practices in Harford County, and developed an office park near their store in Forest Hill with four medical professional buildings and an assisted living facility. The couple was among the leading proponents and supporters of the $10 million capital campaign to underwrite construction of the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center campus that opened in 2000. Klein also provided construction funding for the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company’s Forest Hill substation and the Harford Equestrian Center’s observation tower. He was a founding member of Temple Adas Shalom in Havre de Grace and a lifelong congregant of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley; their three sons, Andrew, Michael and Howard (all of whom subsequently became full partners with their parents in the family enterprise); and eight grandchildren.

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