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Carlotta '68 Parr
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I graduated from James Madison University (JMU) with a BM in Music Education in 1972. After graduating from JMU, I taught choral music for one year in Nansemond County, Virginia before moving back to Arlington where I was a music teacher (K-12) for 18 years. During my tenure in Arlington, I taught general music at Abingdon and Claremont Elementary Schools, choral music at Kenmore and Williamsburg, and choral music and guitar, and served as the Music Department Chairman at Washington-Lee High School for eight years. While teaching in Arlington, I completed my Master of Music from Catholic University of America, and a Doctor of Music Education from Indiana University. In 1990, I moved to Indiana to serve as the Fine Arts Consultant for the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), Center for Program Development until 1998. During my tenure with the IDOE I was responsible for coordinating curriculum, program development, and student assessment in music, visual arts, theatre arts, and dance/creative movement. I am currently a Full Professor of Music Education and Chair of the Department of Music, and Director of the CCSU Summer Music Institute at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain, Connecticut. In addition to teaching methods courses for undergraduate music education majors, I also teach core courses for the Masters of Science in Music Education degree program. I was not able to attend the last reunion, so I am looking forward to seeing and reconnecting with everyone. Go Generals! Send Carlotta a MessageSend Carlotta a Message
James Sherwood '68
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Following graduation from Elon Univ. in ’72, with BS in hand, I returned to home (VA) to find a job but the country was just coming out of a recession and the only one drafting was the US Army at Saigon U.  I took a summer job as a bartender at the Crazy Horse in Georgetown until I could locate a job utilizing my new diploma.  Nevertheless, there was a bigger problem looming and that was to figure out a way to avoid reporting for duty in Saigon.  I decided to enroll in a Master’s program at Old Dominion University that fall.  I graduated with a MS (Clinical-Psyc), moved back to Old Town Alexandria and took my first job with the VA as a counseling psychologist.  That government job didn’t pay very well, but it was a start.  I was restless though and I decided to enroll in law school at the University of Denver in 1978.  I packed my worldly possessions into the back of my ’72 VW and headed west.  I arrived in early May to find 4 feet of snow on the ground and quickly found another bartending job at the Cherry Creek Country Club in hopes of saving a little money before classes started.  I met with my law school advisor in early June only to find out that employment during my 1st year would not be such a good idea.  The Dean suggested that I forgo a job during my first year or delay starting classes until the following year which would allow me to work and save and qualify for in-state tuition which was half as much.  Well, as fate would have it, I met a woman in Denver who was the only woman at the time, working as a full-time real estate broker with Grubb & Ellis Commercial Real Estate Company (G&E).  She was dating one of the firm’s local partners.  With her help I was able to land a job as a “runner” (OTJ training) with G&E, with one of the top brokers in Denver and the rest is history.  After making more money in my first year than I had made in 3 years combined with my VA government job, I was hooked.  The recession was raging in Denver so I applied for and landed a brokerage position back home with Barns, Morris and Pardoe, a DC commercial real estate company in 1980.  Even though interest rates were 18% and Jimmy Carter was on his way out the door, there were still lots of real estate deals to do.   The Reagan revolution was on its way and so was I.  I found myself in the right place at the right time and was able to do things I never thought possible.  After 6 successful years as a commercial broker in DC I became the local partner for Helmsley-Spear, Inc., a large NY based commercial real estate company, and opened a new office for the company at 370 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Wash. DC.
I relocated from DC to Tampa, Florida in 2004 where I am still active as a developer and real estate investor.         
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Douglas Tracey
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After attending High Point in North Carolina, I joined a small firm outside the DC beltway doing contract animal research for NIH and other government agencies.  In 1979 I joined Merck, a large pharmaceutical company in New Jersey, moving into drug clinical trials, where I spent the rest of my career traveling to investigator sites and coordinating the collection and submission of data to the FDA.
 
While at Merck, I met my wife, Anke, whose fluency with languages has always amazed me, and has made our travels so enjoyable.  (Also made me wonder what my GPA would have been if I hadn’t taken all of those Spanish and German classes at W-L and repeatedly flunked them!)  We have two wonderful children, Eric and Michele, both married, Eric with an 18-month old son, and Michele expecting her first in November.  Since we retired and moved to Florida we see a lot of the kids - they seem to like it down here too, just not enough to move!

Sorry we can’t make the reunion, but I’m sure everyone who makes it will have a blast!  We were lucky to go to such an amazing high school, in such a wonderful and interesting place to grow up.  
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Don '68 Orndorff
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Father of two sons, became a grandfather March 2019. Both sons seem to think I should be looking up to them! Just because they are 6’2” and 6’4”? And that they are smarter than me – just because they did very well in college and both have master’s degrees? OK, maybe they are correct on all counts. But you did not hear it from me. Older son is helping prepare young children, teaching elementary school. Younger son and his wife are both environmental scientists trying to protect our water resources.

After surviving (barely) four years with Bill & Mary in Williamsburg, I lived in Virginia Beach for ten years as a bank internal auditor. Promoted and transferred back to Northern Virginia. Soon after relocating I rebooted life with new wife and new career as CPA; both were very challenging! First son was born on April 15 to parents who were both CPAs! I tried to file for extension.

After too many years of missed family dinners and time with my sons, my older son “convinced” me that I needed another career change. Instead of accepting a position as CPA Partner, I gave my notice and started working as a contract CFO/Controller, initially with one of my former clients. I significantly reduced my commute to 13 steps to my home office. This provided much valued schedule flexibility (still working long hours, but under my schedule) and allowed my younger son to work on his homework on a table in my office. By the time my younger son graduated from high school, I was ready for career number four: CFO/COO for a small, local government contractor (an industry that I had intentionally avoided as CPA). I am currently trying to figure out “career” number five: Retirement and grandchild spoiler.
 
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Chris '68 Davis (McDermott)
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After graduation, I left Arlington for Harrisonburg, VA at that time Madison College, as a hopeful music educator.  A year later, having run out of funds, I was back at home, where I started my work life at C&P Telephone Company, in the footsteps of my father.   Best time of my life.
C&P paid my tuition to complete a double Bachelor’s degree (Art History and Computers) and two Masters’ degrees: at Marymount (MSIM) and GW (MBA).  I stayed in the communications industry through the infancy of the internet – managing the network build out of Comcast, Cable and Wireless and other small phone companies, then returning to the phone company to complete 23 years of service.   During this time, I married the love of my life, Mike McDermott in 1971, and raised 2 daughters – Erin and Kelly – in Reston, Va.
Over the following 20+ years I held various project management jobs in small companies and as consultant to various government agencies.   I’ve retired now after 48 total years of employment, enjoying my days, visiting our grandson in San Francisco, and our eldest daughter in Denver.
 
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Mark ' 69 Huey
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I am joyfully looking forward to reconnecting with some friends and acquaintances from years past, and thankful that I will be able to see some of the folks from the class of 1968, with whom my sister Marsha, of blessed memory, graduated.   Without belaboring what has transpired over the past 50 years, a somewhat dated family history, what we refer to as our "spiritual scavenger hunt" is located on our website:  outreachisrael.net 

 
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Brenda ' 69 O'Grady (Liistro)
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Where did the time go?  Following graduation from Duke, I worked in lobbying in DC and then returned to school for an MBA in marketing from The Wharton School.  I met my husband there and we moved to CT.   We have been married 40 years and have two daughters, one a patent attorney in Seattle and the other a fashion designer in NY from Parsons for the past 10 years but has now gone back to Parsons for her true love, interior design.  

I've been in marketing and new products since 1980 and in baby products since 1998 from VP of Marketing for Playtex Baby for 20 years, to General Manager USA for an English Brand, Tommee Tippee, and now,  General Manager Feeding and Care for Chicco.  I look forward to seeing everyone.
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Rob ‘68 Wattles
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Graduated from Va Tech in 1972 with BS in Psychology, aptly named.  Then stayed in the Blacksburg area working various construction jobs.  The rolled back to DC and worrked more construction until getting on with the Metro.  I stayed in railroad construction for 17 years excepting a five year gig in printing.  Met my wife Dani in Georgetown in 1977 and have been together since. Paul Harvey tournement of roses!   We have two children Sarah, in retail management and Joe, an Air Tanker pilot.  Dani and I have been running a small resort in Gunnison, Colorado since 1993.  The road goes on forever, and the party never ends! Send Rob a MessageSend Rob a Message
Paul ‘68 Marth
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Following graduation from law school at Wake Forest University, I served three years on active duty as an attorney for the army and then 17 years in the US Army Reserves retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. In 1978 I began practicing law in Greensboro, NC where I still reside. In addition to my law practice, I served several churches in North Carolina as a part time minister of music.  In 1993 I became a full-time minister of music and senior adults and part time attorney which continued until my retirement in 2016.  I met my wife  Phyllis at Wake Forest University and we recently celebrated our 45th anniversary.  I have a son David who has three little girls and a daughter Kristi who recently celebrated her 1st wedding anniversary. In retirement, I continue to be active in singing in two choirs and a male quartet and am very active in Lions Club where I serve as 1st vice district governor with responsibility for 1/5 of the clubs in North Carolina.  Send Paul a MessageSend Paul a Message
Ed '68 Gallagher
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Spent 4 years in the US Marines soon after high school. Then back to NVCC in Annandale. Been in medical ultrasound equipment sales for over 30 years.  Never thought of sales as a career path while in high school.
Been happily married for 40 years. One son who lives in Houston.
Lived in Washington DC area, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Houston and West Palm Beach. Now retired in Saint Augustine. Hope everyone is happy and well.
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