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Date: April 28, 2004 (04-46)

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Montgomery College Honors Outstanding Alumni, Athletic Hall Inductees
Six Alumni Chosen for Achievement Awards, Three Named to MC Hall of Fame

Montgomery College recently honored several of its successful alumni, former athletes and coaches at its 2004 Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction.  Six alumni received the Milton F. Clogg Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award and three new members were inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Montgomery College’s Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award recipients are selected each year for demonstrating exemplary service to their community, profession and/or to the College. Among this year’s honorees:

·        Carlos Horcasitas ’78 is chief executive officer of Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Properties, LLC, a petroleum distribution company which does business in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia.  Mid-Atlantic operates a petroleum transportation company, a chain of gasoline stations, and is involved in the development of commercial real estate.  After attending MC-Rockville, Horcasitas transferred to George Washington University for his bachelor’s degree.  The Germantown resident also graduated from Dartmouth College’s Minority Business Executive program.

·        Dr. Robert C. Maddox ’63 worked for 28 years as an attorney, including seven years as senior partner/executive vice president at Maddox & Shelton in Montgomery County.  At Montgomery College, he served two full terms on the Board of Trustees and twice chaired the nominating committee for the Board of Trustees.  Now a Potomac resident, Dr. Maddox attended the Takoma Park Campus of Montgomery College and received an associate of arts degree, before transferring to the University of Maryland for his bachelor’s and law degrees.

·        Robert Parker Moltz ’67 is president and CEO of Weaver Bros. Insurance Associates, Inc., a large insurance agency and brokerage firm headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.  Since 1998, the Potomac resident has served on the Montgomery College Foundation Board of Directors and was the first chair of the foundation’s Planned Giving Committee. He established the foundation’s Legacy Society for donors who wish to include Montgomery College in their estate planning.

·        Sarah Silberman epitomizes the phrase: “lifelong learner.” At age 95, she has now been enrolled as a sculpture student at the Rockville Campus for more than 20 years. In that time, the Silver Spring resident has taken or audited more than 170 classes at Montgomery College.  Silberman is considered an “artist-in-residence” by the art faculty because she serves as an inspiration to all around her. Silberman originally studied sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in the 1920s and the Corcoran in 1940.

·        Richard Thompson ’78 is a freelance cartoonist who works regularly for The Washington Post.  One of his cartoons, “Cul de Sac,” is seen every Sunday in The Washington Post Magazine and another, “Richard’s Poor Almanac” appears in the Style section.  Prior to getting his own features, Thompson’s artwork was also seen in Gene Weingarten’s Sunday column.  The Arlington, Virginia resident’s work has also appeared in National Geographic, Yankee, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, and Air & Space magazines.  He has received two Reuben Awards, the official award given to cartoonists by the National Cartoonists Society.

·        Stacy T. Wood ’74 works as a community planner with the National Capital Planning Commission in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining the NCPC, he worked for the City of Rockville, as a community planner, for more than 20 years.  Wood, a Rockville resident, received his associate in arts degree from Montgomery College and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland.  For more than a decade, he has served on the Montgomery College Alumni Association Board of Governors.  Currently, Wood is chair of the Alumni Board Nominating Committee.

At the recent Alumni Awards Dinner, the Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its three newest members.  Montgomery College coaches and former athletes are eligible for the Hall of Fame by demonstrating outstanding athletic achievement as a student, outstanding contributions as a coach, and/or outstanding athletic achievement as a player or coach after leaving Montgomery College. Among this year’s inductees:

·        William L. “Butch” Bernard ’76 was an All-American for both his 1975 and 1976 seasons on the Montgomery College-Rockville men’s soccer team.  During the 1975 season, the College’s men’s soccer team won its first state championship with a final record of 10-3-1.  Bernard went on to captain the 1976 team, earning the titles of most valuable player and leading scorer that season with nine goals and four assists.  After Montgomery College, Bernard went on to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.  He now lives in St. Louis, Missouri as contractor in home construction sales.

·        Dan Harwood ’79 played on the Montgomery College-Rockville basketball team, scoring 1,137 points in two seasons.  That record puts him in second place on the all-time scorer’s list at the College.  After attending Montgomery College, Harwood went to Boston University on a full scholarship, where he played under Coach Rick Pitino.  After college, Harwood spent several years playing professional basketball in Europe, but he eventually returned to Montgomery County to coach basketball.  The Rockville resident has served as boy’s basketball coach at Magruder High School for the last 13 years, taking his 2000-2001 team to the state championships.

·        Phil Martin was head football coach at Montgomery College-Rockville from 1982 until the program’s end in 2002.  During those 21 years, Coach Martin won over two-thirds of the games that he coached, with a final record of 137-58-9.  He sent more than 188 players to play at four-year colleges and universities.  Twenty of those players advanced to Division I schools on NCAA scholarships, and seven have gone on to play professional football.  His 1986 and 1990 teams played for the NJCAA national championships.  In November, 2002, Coach Martin was inducted into the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame.  After retiring from Montgomery College, Martin became an assistant football coach for the Shenandoah University Hornets, a Division III team, in Winchester, Virginia. 

Montgomery College’s 2004 Outstanding Alumni Awards dinner was held at the Rockville Campus on April 23. For more information about the 2004 award recipients or the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/alumni or call the Montgomery College Alumni Association at 240-567-5378.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.