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Daniel Heaton, Class of ’74

Daniel Mark Heaton, age 60, devoted husband to Rebecca Heaton and loving father to Shannon Heaton, passed away in his Montgomery Village home on October 23, 2016.  Along with Shannon’s husband, Matthew Pembleton, Mr. Heaton is survived by his mother, Sandra Sheplee Heaton; his sister, Tinamarie Dixon and her husband William Dixon; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father John Allen Heaton and his brother Theodore Michael Heaton.

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Karen Work Seleznow, Class of ’74

Karen Work SeleznowAt 60, Karen passed with beauty and grace on July 28 at her home in Scottsdale, AZ. She fought cancer creatively and heroically for nearly a year, and is survived by her husband, Steve; mother, Joan Work; her cherished dogs, Rocky and Boo, and father-in-law, Eugene Seleznow, all of Scottsdale, AZ; her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Marc and Jane Seleznow of Oakland, Calif., and Eric Seleznow and JoAnn McInnis of Washington, DC; her niece, Jen Seleznow, a graduate student at Yale University, and her nephew, Michael Seleznow, of Baltimore, MD.

Karen, a life long fitness enthusiast, was a mentor, friend, adviser and leader to many, and a fierce advocate and volunteer for animal welfare, the arts, and the environment. She was founder and CEO of AXIS Communications, one of Washington, DC’s most prestigious brand strategy, design and marketing agencies serving Fortune 500 corporations, professional service firms and national non-profits where she won numerous awards for business strategy, creativity, and corporate philanthropy, including “Business Philanthropist of the Year” for three consecutive years, one of her proudest business achievements.

After relocating to Arizona in May 2010, Karen semi-retired, and began work as a marketing consultant and community volunteer on the boards or board committees of organizations such as the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Whiteman Family Trust, Ballet Arizona, and The Arizona Humane Society, among others. Her design background fostered an “extreme appreciation” of the visual arts, including curating the art gallery at Arizona Community Foundation.

A service to honor Karen’s life will be held on Saturday, September 10, from 9 AM to 11 AM, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, The Karen Work Seleznow Memorial Fund has been established at the Arizona Community Foundation for those wishing to honor her and her causes. For more information, please go to: https://www.azfoundation.org/karen – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=karen-work-seleznow&pid=180906849#sthash.hgaYJSTr.dpuf

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John Robert Fitzpatrick, Class of ’70

Robert FitzptrickJohn Robert Fitzpatrick, age 62, died at The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. John fought a courageous battle against ALS.

Born April 29, 1952, in Washington D.C., he lived many years in Frederick, MD and Ranson, WV, before recently moving to Myrtle Beach SC. John retired from Giant Foods after 32 years.

Survivors include his beloved and caring girlfriend, Kathy Yanklowski, of Murrels Inlet, SC. Son, James and his wife Gia Fitzpatrick of Brunswick, OH, Daughter, April and her husband Milton Aquila of Winchester, VA. Granddaughters, Sophia and Marisol Aquila, and special grandpuppy Kiwi Fitzpatrick, Sister, JoAnne and her husband Larry Grove of Kearnysville WV, Brothers, Michael Fitzpatrick of Shady Side, MD, Bob Fitzpatrick of Chester, MD and Jay Fitzpatrick of Beltsville, MD. Many nieces and nephews as well as many dear friends including those from MUSC. John was preceded in death by his father, James V. Fitzpatrick, Sr. and Mother, Marguerite A. Bowman.

There will be no formal service.

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William Christopher “Chris” Derby, Class of ’75

Chris Derby

March 18, 1957 – February 23, 2015

Chapel Hill

On the evening of February 23, Chris passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack in the comfort of his home. In addition to being a devoted family man, Chris was actively involved in the community. Chris was well-known for his positivity, leadership, boundless energy, generosity and integrity. As an active member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and board member at Extraordinary Ventures, Chris supported fellow business owners and members of the community. In addition, Chris owned The UPS Stores at Meadowmont and Fordham Boulevard and was a partner in Baguettaboutit.

Chris was fortunate to meet the love of his life, Marcy, at Catawba College; they were married in 1984. Chris was a devoted and loving husband, “Cool Rocking Daddy,” caring son, fantastic brother and genuine friend to many. His children, Brett, Kelly and Torri, brought out the best in Chris as he excelled at fatherhood, supporting their every endeavor from school to scouts to sports. Chris loved classic rock music, making mix CDs, the beach, performing magic to delight others, working in his yard, being the king of the grill and planning gatherings with his life-long friends.

Chris is survived by his wife Marcy, his son, Brett, 27, and his daughters, Kelly, 25 and Torri, 19, his sister, Julie Derby Jaecksch of Martinez, CA, and his brother, Lee (Shelley) Derby of Damascus, MD, mother-in-law/father-in-law, Patricia and Melvin Hook of Pittsburgh, PA, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lisa Hook and Peter Gillon of Washington, DC, Dave Hook of Emeryville, CA, Polly Hook and David Lawlor of Irvine, CA, John and Katherine Hook of Pittsburgh, PA, and Chris and Tammy Hook of Cleveland, OH, as well as eight nieces and nephews. Chris was predeceased by his mother, Catherine L. Derby.

Chris brightened each and every day with his enormous smile, opening his heart to family, friends, employees, customers and community members. Chris touched many lives and all who knew him will continue to strive to emulate him and carry him in their hearts and memories always.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street in Chapel Hill. In lieu of floral arrangements, the family requests that donations in memory of Chris be made to Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514.

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Leonard James Maloney – Class of ’67

Leonard Maloney

Leonard Maloney

Leonard J. Maloney, Jr., 65, of Germantown, MD passed away on January 5, 2015. Son of the late Leonard J. Maloney, Sr. and Mamie Ray Maloney. Survived by his wife, Loretta Frederick Maloney, as well as two children, Leonard J. Maloney III of Germantown, MD and Natalie Maloney of Rockville, MD. Also survived by three grandchildren, a sister, Patricia Fischetti of Virginia, and a brother, Robert Maloney of Friendship, MD. Predeceased by a sister, Judy Sisson. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2pm at the Roy W. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Rd. Laytonsville, MD 20882. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 801 Roeder Rd. Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

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Kenneth Patrick Ganey

Passed away October 3, 2014. He was predeceased by his parents A.J. “Bud” and Elaine (Sawaya) Ganey and brothers Gregg and Phil. Kenny was born and lived his entire life in the Washington area. He graduated from Robert E. Peary High School. He loved music, and he was always eager to learn. He is survived by his sister Patti; nieces Sarah, Lydia and Kelly; nephew Evan, and many other family members whom he loved dearly. A memorial service will be held November 8 at 1 p.m. For information contact ripkpg@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Jennifer Lea Schwartz (1955 – 2014) – Class of ’74

Jenny Lea Schwartz, of Harwood, MD, died of cancer on September 19, 2014 at age 58 in Baltimore, MD at Joseph Richey hospice. Born Janice Schwartz, Jenny changed her name when in her 20’s. This eccentric bohemian loved being involved with Groundhog Day festivities every year in Punxsutawney, PA when not performing energy work to help people and animals. She worked for the National Academy of Opticianry for ten years, rising from receptionist to Director of Education. She is predeceased by father Robert Allen Schwartz, Sr. and brother Robert Allen Schwartz, Jr. She is survived by mother Norma Jean Walker of Sligo, PA, step-mother JoAnn Schwartz of Portland, OR, half-sister Bethann Schwartz of Tacoma, WA, son Michael Connolly of Omaha, NE, and daughter Jessica Francis and grandson Patrick Francis of Kennesaw, GA. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Mayo United Methodist Church, 1005 Old Turkey Point Road, Edgewater, MD 21037. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

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David Baker – Class of 1964

David_BakerColonel (Ret). David J. Baker, USAF, 66, of Louisville, KY and formerly of San Antonio, TX died August 1, 2012 of melanoma while on vacation in Florida. Born in Pittsfield, MA, Dave pursued his first career in the US Air Force and served in various executive posts both in Germany and USAF base hospitals as a Medical Service Corp officer. After his retirement from the Air Force, Dave joined Humana Inc. as a Regional Executive Director of Humana Military Healthcare Services; in 2000 Dave was promoted to President and CEO of Humana Military Healthcare Services and served in this position until his retirement in January 2012. Dave held an MBA from the University of Florida and completed his undergraduate studies at University of Maryland as well as programs at the Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the Squadron Officers School. Dave was known by all who served and worked with him as a humble and inspiring leader. Dave possessed quiet and steady resolve in dealing with difficult and challenging leadership situations; for example, he coordinated the recovery mission after the Challenger disaster in 1986 while serving as Administrator at the Patrick Air Force Base military hospital in Florida. Dave was a key member of the Humana Military executive team and helped lead the implementation of the Humana Military Healthcare Services DOD contract in 1996 that today serves over three million military retirees and family member beneficiaries in the South and Southeast United States. Dave was a member of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, The Military Officers Association of America, and was on the Board of Directors of the Frazier History Museum in Louisville. Dave’s hobbies were visiting family, reading, playing tennis, and traveling. Dave told friends that he and his wife had the “trip of a lifetime” when they recently went on a European river cruise. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Colonel (Ret.) Wesley H. Baker, USAF, and mother, Thelma. Dave is survived by his wife, Connie, of Louisville, KY; daughter, Laura Rymes and husband William and his two grandchildren, Sydney and William (Quint) of Frederick, MD; sister, Susan Tarpley, and husband, Ray of Kingsport, TN; and nieces Treva Tarpley and Elizabeth Corpstein, Kingsport, TN; nephew, Anderson Tarpley, Nashville, TN and several grand nieces and nephews . Extended family members include Diane Baker, Niceville, FL; Jill and Scott Doyle, Minden, NV; Charles and Doris Steinman and Scott and Lynn Clark, Lancaster, PA; and Tara and Matthew Lightner, Denton, MD.

The family will hold a memorial service at St Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, Louisville, KY on Friday, August 17 at 3:00 PM. The interment service will be held on Friday, August 24th at 1:00 PM at Randolph AFB Chapel 1 with burial at the Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery where his parents are buried. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dave’s name to the Wounded Warriors Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org or mail to P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675), the James Graham Brown Cancer Center (529 S. Jackson St. Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40202), or the Bayfront Medical Center Health Foundation (701 Sixth St. South St Petersburg, FL 33701). – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?pid=159083194#sthash.xM4PhK8a.dpuf

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Steven T. Cymbalski – Class of 1972

STEVEN T. CYMBALSKI, Class of 1972

Steven T. Cymbalski, 51, of Fort Myers died due to an accident May 4, 2006, he was a son of the late Julian S. Cymbalski and L. Jeanne Cymbalski of Fort Myers. Steven attended the University of Florida, Gainesville and graduated from University of West Florida receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology, he moved to the local area in 1998 from Texas. Steve worked at many of the local hospitals in the mental health field, he devoted his life to helping people and leaves a legacy of caring for people, he enjoyed volunteering and he was a devout golfer.

Steven is survived by his mother Jeanne Cymbalski of Fort Myers his nephew Michael Cymbalski of Naples, many aunts, uncles, cousins and loving friends. He was predeceased by his father Julian S. Cymbalski in 2001, his brothers Kenneth in 1969, Michael in 1997 and a niece Jeanne in 1989.

A memorial funeral service celebrating his life [was] conducted in the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Tuesday May 9th.

In his memory memorial contributions may be made to the Mental Health Association of Lee or Collier Counties.

[Info obtained from news-press.com of Southwest Florida]

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Jay Glick – Class of 1975

Reported by Jay’s sister, Iva (1972) on February 11, 2006:

Jay passed in January 1982 after suffering injuries from a rope swing accident. The accident occurred at Montclair Lake in Virginia. He had a broken back and crushed eye socket. The eye injuries put him in a downhill spiral while at Woodbridge Hospital. They got infected which resulted in multiple brain surgeries to rectify the damage. The surgeries caused further irreversible damage. The accident happened in July 1981. After initial treatment at Woodbridge he was transferred to the VA Hospital in Washington DC. In late November 1981 he went into a coma and passed at the end of January 1982. Jay was never married. He served in the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg.

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