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Date: November 8, 2002 (02-68)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Wootten Among Outstanding Montgomery College Alumni
2002 Award Recipients to Be Recognized at November 15 Dinner 

            Recently retired coaching legend Morgan Wootten is among former Montgomery College students to be honored this month as outstanding alumni.  The College’s November 15 Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner provides a setting for the first major public tribute to Wootten following his surprise retirement November 6.  Notables from Wootten’s storied career are expected to turn out in force for the event.   

            Wootten, class of ’52, is only the third high school coach inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  Ending his career after 46 years as coach at DeMatha High in Hyattsville, Wootten holds the all-time record for victories by a high school basketball coach. 

            One of Wootten’s most remarkable accomplishments is the fact that every DeMatha senior basketball player for the past 30 years has received a college scholarship.  Twelve have moved along to the National Basketball Association.

            Adrian Branch, one of those former NBA players, will emcee the November 15 Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner, to be held in the Theatre Arts Arena on Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus at 51 Mannakee Street. 

            The public is invited; some tickets remain available at $25 per person.  To reserve tickets, call Bernice Grossman of the Montgomery College Alumni Office at 240-567-5378.

Other outstanding alumni to be honored at the dinner include Gregory Wims, class of ’70, past president of the state of Maryland and Montgomery County chapters of the NAACP.  Wims has spent more than 30 years volunteering with Montgomery County organizations and causes. 

            One of Wims’ most noted accomplishments is the Victims Rights Foundation, Inc., of which he is founder and volunteer president.  The organization raises money to help crime victims, their families, and communities.  He has headed or served on the boards of several community service organizations in the Washington, DC area.           

Also to be honored this year: 

  • World renowned artist Howard C. Behrens ’56.

  • Investment executive and Montgomery College advocate
                Robert F. Costello III ’64.

  • Real estate broker and community activist Donald E. Dworkin ’62.

  • 2002 National Teachers’ Hall of Fame inductee Dana K. Kelly ’75.

  • Irvin H. ’47 and John F. Schick ’39, graduates of the Bliss Electrical    School,  forerunner of the Montgomery College Takoma Park Campus. 

  • Harvard graduate and NIST CFO Jorge R. Urrutia ’74.

Honorees will receive the Milton F. Clogg Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, presented each year to alumni who have demonstrated exemplary service to their community, profession, and/or to Montgomery College.

The evening also will include inductions into the Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame.  Inductees for 2002 are:

Dennis J. Casey ’78  Casey, a basketball All-American, was leading scorer and rebounder for the 1977 and 1978 MC basketball teams, as well as the MVP for both teams.

Francis A. Parry, Jr. ’69  Francis Parry was a member of the track and field team that won the Maryland JUCO and Region 15 NJCAA championship in 1968 and 1969.

1990 MC-Rockville Golf Team  Under head coach Dutch Hahn, the 1990 golf team-Bernie Deane ’92, Michael J. Devine ’91, Brian R. Grimes ’91, Michael J. Kenny ’94, Michael Meyer ’95, and Scott A. Peterson ’90-went 15-0 to become the Maryland State JUCO champions and the JUCO Division III National Champions.

 The Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame was established by members of the MC Club and College coaches.  It recognizes former student athletes and MC coaches.

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