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For Immediate Release (01-51)
Date: August 8, 2001
Contact: Gary Hong, 240-567-7869 or Brenda Gibson, 301-279-7960

Montgomery College to Present
‘Conversations with Remarkable People’

Lifelong Learning Institute's Six-session Series Kicks Off September 17

Montgomery College’s Lifelong Learning Institute will present "Conversations with Remarkable People," a non-credit continuing education class that provides attendees with the rare opportunity to meet and talk informally with people who were part of—or eyewitnesses to—history. Guest presenters, and the dates on which they will speak, include:

  • Tania Rozmaryn, who was born in Smorgon, Lithuania (New Belarus). On June 22, 1941, the Germans invaded Lithuania, violating the pact between Russia and Germany. The Germans killed Rozmaryn’s father during the first week of their occupation. (Monday, Sept. 17, 2-4 p.m.)
  • Ernest Alverez, a distinguished Naval officer and government executive, was the first American aviator shot down over North Vietnam. He was taken prisoner on August 5, 1964, and held in North Vietnam for eight and one-half years, until the general release of prisoners on February 12, 1973. (Thursday, Sept. 20, 2-4 p.m.)

  • William F. Surgi joined the Navy on his seventeenth birthday and retired as an Aviation Machinist Mate First Class on his sixtieth birthday. Surgi was in and out of the military for a total of 22 years. During his service years, he received two Purple Hearts. (Friday, Sept. 21, 2-4 p.m.)

  • Antonio Mendez is a retired CIA intelligence officer, author, and artist. He lives with his family and works in his studios and gallery on his farm in rural Washington County, Md. (Monday, Sept. 24, 2-4 p.m.)
  • Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga was born in Sacramento, California of parents who immigrated to the United States from Japan at the turn of the century. She was a high school senior when FDR signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942—which resulted in her incarceration in a Japanese internment camp for 1,145 days. (Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m.)

  • Pauline Betz Addie. During her years as a student at Rollins College, Addie became the U.S. women’s champion in 1942 and was elected to the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1965. After retiring from competition, she conducted tennis clinics at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. and organized tennis camps. She continues to teach privately. (Friday, Sept. 28, 2-4 p.m.)

"Conversations with Remarkable People" sessions are held at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus. The fee is $30 for all six sessions. Each registrant may bring one guest at no additional charge. For more information or to register, call the Lifelong Learning Institute at 240-567-7869.

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