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Date: April 27, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Names Outstanding Alumni, Athletic Hall Inductees
This Year’s Recipients Known for Professional Achievement and Serving the Community

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A CEO of a private equity real estate fund who has raised millions for DC youth organizations. A retired dentist turned professional actor and drama coach. A native of Peru who now works as an executive at a Hispanic-owned broadcasting company. An award-winning athletic director. Stand-out college athletes.

What common thread ties together these extraordinary people? Each one attended or taught at Montgomery College. They were also all honored this month at the Montgomery College Alumni Association’s 2007 Outstanding Alumni Awards and the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

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

  • Irving Jacobs ’88 is a retired dentist who came to Montgomery College to begin his acting career. The Chevy Chase resident has taken every course in the theatre department and now volunteers as an assistant in the intermediate acting classes. He currently works as a professional actor, performing in local theatres and traveling to neighboring states to perform his one-man show.
  • Joseph E. Robert, Jr. ’73, of McLean, Va., is founder, chairman, and CEO of the J.E. Robert Companies, now one of the premier private equity real estate funds in the world with seven offices worldwide and a book value of $40 billion. In 1990, he founded Fight for Children, which has raised $105 million through contributions, matching grants, and public policy initiatives to support more than 140 youth-serving organizations in Washington, D.C.
  • Wendy Thompson ’92 oversees the operation of nine Telemundo affiliate television stations and three radio stations as vice president of operations for ZGS Communications, a Hispanic-owned broadcasting company in Virginia. Thompson, who lives in Bethesda, began her career at ZGS as a sales account executive, and then progressed to general manager only a year later.

Montgomery College coaches and former athletes are eligible for the Athletic 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:

  • Vincent W. Bateman ’71 was a member of the Rockville Campus baseball team in the early 1970s, and was named to the Maryland Junior College Conference First Team and All Region XX for two years. After Montgomery College, he was an All-American at the University of Maryland before coaching Montgomery County schoolchildren for 20 years. Bateman, who lives in Brookeville, returned to Montgomery College from 1985 to 1990 to serve as assistant baseball coach.
  • Tommy Davis ’69 played baseball and basketball at Montgomery College. In 1969, he led the basketball team to the Maryland Junior College Championship and was named to the All Tournament Team. He transferred to High Point University where he ran track, played soccer and basketball. Davis went on to teach physical education and health in the Montgomery County Public Schools for 32 years. In the 1980s, Davis, a resident of Olney, was an adjunct professor of golf at the College’s Germantown Campus.
  • Lacey Hart ’96, a resident of Wingate, North Carolina, played basketball for Montgomery College from 1994 to 1996. During that time, she was named NJCAA All American, Maryland Junior College All Conference First Team, and to the All Region XX team. She also earned Region XX 3-point champion honors and led the nation in scoring at the time. She transferred to Wingate University in North Carolina on a full scholarship and served as a graduate assistant. She continued to win awards for her basketball playing and now works for the university as the assistant women’s basketball coach.
  • Bruce Wagner worked at Montgomery College for 35 years as a physical education instructor, coach, and, from 1969 to 2000, athletic director for the College’s Takoma Park Campus. Under his leadership, the student athletic teams won six division titles in soccer, 12 co-ed tennis titles, two JUCO and two regional NJCAA basketball titles, and two swimming titles. The Rockville resident has held officer positions in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference and, in 1998 he was elected to the Region XX NJCAA Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

For more information about the Outstanding Alumni Award recipients or the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, call the Montgomery College Alumni Association at 301-279-5378 or e-mail

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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