Member of the Catonsville High School Class of ‘72 catches

Formed by so many forces, the Catonsville Superior College Class of 1972 is celebrating our 50th calendar year of graduation from substantial faculty.

We are toddler boomers, a considerable and influential era, born in the middle of the infant bonanza several years (1946-1964). Born through a period of time of article-Earth War II optimism and as kids of the “Greatest Generation,” we have left an indelible mark on American heritage.

Influenced by our parents’ standard values, we grew up for the duration of some of the most radical modifications in American record. We ended up small children in the 1960s and witnessed firsthand the sweeping and spectacular changes of that decade — from the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr., to the civil legal rights motion to gentlemen landing on the moon. And, of course, the music explosion from Motown to the Beatles.

As young adults coming of age in the 1970s, we participated in the women’s legal rights movement and saw the end of the Vietnam War. Via all of this, we embraced the social accountability of our peers and the conventional values of our parents’ generation. We are lucky we symbolize the most exemplary values of two generations spanning two hundreds of years.

Now we are senior citizens, some of us with grandchildren and excellent-grandchildren. We convey a life time of encounters in eras of prosperity and turbulence.

How have we finished as small children developing up in Catonsville? Down below is a glance at the life of some of our classmates. All reveal similar values and life very well lived.

Jean Sando Holzman — Shock Trauma Nurse

Jean usually realized that she preferred to assistance individuals in her preferred nursing career. Students uncovered the worth of caring for and aiding in the nursing career in college or university. “If you did not embrace these values, then nursing was not for you,“ she mentioned.

After graduating, she attended the College of Maryland, School Park then pursued her last two yrs at the University of Maryland at Baltimore to acquire her bachelor of nursing degree.

In the summers of her junior and senior yrs, she labored at the University of Maryland Health-related Centre. It was there that her significant university good friend Linda Lane, ‘70, introduced her to the Shock Trauma Device. She remained there for 44 many years till her retirement, managing some of the gravest and most crucial conditions in drugs.

She remembers her significant faculty yrs as pretty standard. She explained that her classmates have been extremely respectful of their instructors and supported a solid neighborhood of studying by means of teachers, sporting activities and other extracurricular functions. She also famous the modify in dress code in her senior year of substantial faculty. “We were now equipped to have on jeans!”

But the most profound outcome on Jean in the course of her formative years was the women’s motion. Women had possibilities now. They could concentration on their careers or perform adaptable schedules and commit time with their people, as Jean did.

Jean has been married for 42 many years, has 3 young children and five grandchildren.

David Ditman — Superior College Teacher and Neighborhood Activist

As with many of our classmates, Dave was doubtful about his long term occupation when he graduated from superior school. For a while, he painted properties with his large faculty buddies. This, together with carpentry, has been a lifelong skill that he made use of in all his endeavors, especially in neighborhood provider work.

He attended Catonsville Neighborhood College or university, Frostburg Condition College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The very good, sound lecturers he experienced at Catonsville Large School encouraged him on this route. He graduated from UMBC with an training degree in historical past. After graduation, he taught at a Catholic center university in Baltimore and then for 30 decades at Howard Higher College, from which he retired.

Dave also remembers the classic values of balance and services to many others that he discovered through his significant school a long time. He is a lifelong resident of Catonsville and, now in retirement, serves his community via his participation in the Rails to Trails undertaking in Catonsville. He is also associated in several architectural organizations, most notable the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and the “Doors Open” celebration in Oct. Close to 50 rehabbed and restructured structures in Baltimore are open for public viewing.

Dave has been married for 42 years, has two sons and a single grandchild.

Michael Curry — Monetary Solutions Govt and Soccer Supporter

All through his everyday living, Michael has cherished soccer. He gleaned fantastic lifestyle skills from his pursuit of soccer — from teamwork and technique to planning, and eventually, in his adult decades as a sponsor of the U.S. soccer staff.

As a university student at Catonsville High School and at the U.S. Naval Academy, he performed soccer. He completed his scientific tests at the College of Baltimore, from which he graduated with a degree in accounting. Through Michael’s senior year in college at the College of Baltimore, his soccer team went to the nationwide championships.

Just after graduation, Michael worked in a variety of positions employing his accounting, automation and engineering techniques. He traveled all around the globe to realize these goals. He used most of his job at the Vanguard Group, Inc., and produced substantial contributions to the company’s growth.

In spite of his fast paced job, Michael remained an enthusiastic supporter of soccer. He thinks that his really like and help for soccer contributed as significantly to his profession accomplishment as his impeccable occupation qualifications. Throughout just one of his final years at Vanguard, Michael coached the nationwide soccer group in Brazil for one particular thirty day period. He also supports a generous endowment for soccer coaches.

In spite of his significant contributions to his vocation and the soccer globe, Michael claimed the seeds for achievements had been sown in the course of his times as a university student at Catonsville Superior School, exactly where he learned the rudiments of achievement.

“As a man of coloration, I was the to start with generation to expertise integration,” he stated. “I mastered the potential to get along with persons of various backgrounds and traditions at Catonsville Substantial College. I attribute my successes to my interactions with distinct peoples, my group company to soccer, and my resiliency — studying to obtain options amid failures.”

Michael is divorced with no youngsters but has a large, loving extended household.

H. Lance Bent — Entrepreneur

H. Lance Bent considers his father to be the most positive impact in his personalized existence and occupation. As a kid of an entrepreneur, he acquired worthwhile insights and instruction for his very own self-work.

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His father taught him that the most productive weapon that a person has is awareness of the environment about him. Prolonged right before graduating from UMBC, wherever he gained a diploma in psychology and economics/statistics and participated in his most loved activity, fencing, Lance experienced acquired worthwhile work skills via his get the job done as a lifeguard, raising animals, functioning on a farm and participation in household companies.

In all employment, he noticed prospects to understand further techniques. For example, whilst doing the job on a farm in West Virginia, he learned to method wooden at sawmills and to make streets and bridges. His appreciate of scuba diving led him to certify as a rescue diver. He has applied each ability that he has acquired over the several years in setting up his have businesses. Lance is the operator, together with his brother, of two effective Catonsville organizations — Melroy Plumbing and Heating, Inc., and BGEI Benroy Geographic Organization, Inc. He continues to oversee these firms.

He more credits the coaching he received at Catonsville High Faculty as fundamental to his successes, specially his musical coaching and sports activities participation. He also learned to make his have objectives and take duty for his education.

“Early on, I acquired to request the finest mentors, my father, some teachers, and my pastor, all of whom have experienced an outstanding, positive influence on my lifetime,” he explained.

Lance has been married for 46 years, has three little ones and five grandchildren.

On Sept. 3, we will come with each other to rejoice our 50th reunion at Matthews 1600, 1600 Frederick Road in our hometown of Catonsville. For a lot more information and facts about the approaching reunion and to invest in tickets, go to or call Patte Murphy Zumbrun at 410-917-5042.

Christine Sambuco Maxwell resides in Huntingdon, Pa., with her husband, William. She grew up in Catonsville and nonetheless considers Catonsville to be an perfect local community for household existence. A freelance author since significant college, Christine has prepared various posts for publications for much more than 50 yrs. She is a previous faith columnist for the Catonsville Times and is at the moment a contributing writer for a number of New Jersey magazines.

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