The H. K. Douglas Cotton Lecture

The H. K. Douglas Cotton Memorial Lecture, established by Baltimore businessman Henry Kyd Douglas Cotton, annually features business and career lectures for students of Gilman School. The program was created by an endowment that Mr. Cotton established shortly before his death in 1979. The program reflects Mr. Cotton's strong belief in education and business.

The objective of the H. K. Douglas Cotton Memorial Lecture is to create a stimulating program to acquaint Gilman students with the various careers that are available to them. Mr. Cotton, aware that there were no specific business courses offered at Gilman, felt that there was a need for a program to "…instill in our students a better understanding of the world of business and economics."

Watch Video: 37th annual H.K. Douglas Cotton Lecture, March 24, 2017

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Cotton Lecture Participants


1981 James McBride
Union Trust Bank
  George Piendak
Public Finance, City of Baltimore
  Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr.
Chairman, Crown Central Petroleum
  Thomas Schweizer, Jr. ’62
Partner, Alex. Brown & Sons
1982 John H. Claster ’63
Claster Television Productions
  Peter L.C. George ’72
McCormick & Company
  Ronald M. Shapiro
Attorney, Shapiro & Olander
  Richard B.C. Tucker ’47
President, William T. Burnett & Co. (STX)
1983 George H. Bias ’72
Process Engineer, Merck, Sharp & Dohme
  H. Furlong Baldwin ’50
Chairman of the Board, Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Company
  Jack Moseley
President & Chairman of the Board, USF&G
  Hon. Stephen H. Sachs
Attorney General of Maryland
1984 J. Stanley Heuisler ’60
Editor, Baltimore Magazine
  Clark F. MacKenzie ’59
President, MacKenzie & Associates
  Martin L. Millspaugh ’43
President, Inner Harbor, Charles Center Development Corporation
  G. Remak Ramsay ’54
1985 Douglas L. Becker ’84
Managing Principal, The Sterling Group and Senior Management Consultant, Health Management Systems
  Robert G. Stewart ’49
Senior Curator, The National Portrait Gallery
  Thomas J. S. Waxter, Jr. ’52
Baltimore City Councilman and Attorney, Semmes, Bowen & Semmes
  David W.B. Willse ’66
President, Willse & Associates
1986 G. Gibson Carey ’51
Manager of Corporate Training & Development, Proctor & Gamble
  Dr. Richard S. Ross
Vice President for Medicine, Dean of the Medical Faculty, Professor, The Johns Hopkins University
  Jeffrey E. Salkin ’80
Reporter, WBAL-TV
1987 F. Barton Harvey III ’67
Deputy chairman, The Enterprise Foundation
  Dennis C. McCoy
Former Maryland State Delegate
  Robert B. Russell II ’51
Executive Vice President, Investment Counselors of Maryland
1988 Walter D. Pinkard, Jr. ’69
President, W.C. Pinkard & Company
  Rev. William Rich ’71
Chaplain, Goucher College
  Edwin Warfield IV ’72
President and Publisher, The Daily Record and Warfield's
1989 Michael J. Austin ’74
Product Manager, Black & Decker
  James A. Snead ’68
President, Zeiger, Hoopes & Snead Architects
  J. Richard Thomas, Jr. ’72
Partner, Thomas Associates


1990 Thomas S. Bowyer, Jr. ’57
President, Schmidt Baking Company

Gerry L. Brewster ’75
Executive Assistant to the Baltimore County Executive, Baltimore County

Mark M. Caplan ’76
Partner, The Time Group and Harbor Leasing Associates
1991 R. Leith Herrmann ’64
Headmaster, Harford Day School

William H. B. Howard, Jr. ’52
Medical Director, Sports Medicine Center, Union Memorial Hospital

L. Bryan Koerber ’79, P’12
Technical Representative, Budeke's Inc.
1992 J. Michael McWilliams
Partner, Tyding & Rosenberg

William M. Passano, Jr. ’48
Chairman, Waverly, Inc.

James S. Riepe
Managing Director, T. Rowe Price Associates
1993 Charles B. Duff, Jr. ’71, P’10
Director, Jubilee Baltimore

Michael A. Sarbanes ’82
Attorney, Community Law Center

Nicholas C. Schloeder, Jr. ’85, P’16
Employment Director, Choice Jobs Programs

Robert B. Tickner ’70
Coordinator, Baltimore City Head Start
1994 Benson E. Legg ’66, P’05
Judge, United States District Court

Bruce L. Rosenberg ’72
Teacher, Budapest University of Economics

Christopher Van Hollen ’41
International Affairs Consultant
1995 Edward C. Kiernan
Vice President and General Manager, WBAL/WIYY Radio

George P. Stamas ’69, P’06
Partner, Piper & Marbury, Legal Counsel, Baltimore Orioles

Craig A. Vander Kolk P’04
Plastic Surgeon, Director of The Johns Hopkins Cleft and Craniofacial Center
1996 Rudiger Breitenecker ’83
Attorney/International Business Advisor

Peter W. Ratcliffe ’83
Architectural Technician, Donald B. Ratcliffe A.I.A., Architects

Norman Steinberg
Writer and Director
1997 Mark R. Fetting ’72, P’05
President, Prudential Retirement Services

Lawrence T.P. Stifler ’59
President, Health Management Resources
1998 Allen D. Moore ’70, P’07
Documentary filmmaker
1999 Raymond L. Harris, Jr. ’85
Associate Pastor, Church of the Immaculate Conception

Gregory P.C. Lee ’86
Vice President, Global Structured Finance Group Salomon Smith Barney in New York

Charles M. Linehan ’88
Partner, New Enterprise Association (NEA)


2000 Eric L. Bryant ’88
Assistant Director of National Field Operations, NAACP
  Louis Reed Huppman, Jr. ’69
Technical Director, Environmental Resources Management
  Andrew E. Sinwell ’83
Madison Partners
2001 David B. Irwin ’66, P’08, ’10
Criminal defense and litigation, Irwin Green Dexter & Murtha, L.L.P.
  Garrett A. Pfeifer ’78, P’14
Founder, Maryland Screen Printers, Inc.
2002 Jonathon S. Jacobson ’79
Founder, Highfields Capital Management
  Nicholas D.D. Pryor ’52
2003 Michael J. Ewing ’64
President and Principal, Williams Jackson Ewing Inc.
  Thomas R. Washburn ’85
Founder and President, Moxley's Homemade Ice Cream Company
2004 Keefe B. Clemons ’85
Assistant General Counsel, Verizon Communications
  Jose Aguto ’83
Legal and Policy Analyst, American Indian Environmental Office, US Environmental Protection Agency
  Timothy Parker ’78
Editor, USA Today
Crossword Puzzles, Assistant Pastor, Tabernacle of Deliverance Christian Center
2005 Andrew D. Martire ’89
Head Master, Calvert School
  Jonathan A. Cordish ’85
Chairman of the media/film division and advisor to the private equity investment division, The Cordish Company
2006 Michael R. Ward ’76
Managing director of Nobska Ventures and co-founder and partner of Nobska Group
  Edward B. Brody ’82
Owner of ARUP, Inc
  Joshua H. Levinson ’89
Owner of Charm City Run
2007 Justin A. Redd '01
Baltimore City Teaching Residency program
  William B. Issacs '73
professor of urology at Johns Hopkins University
2008 Judah E. Adashi ’94
Composer and faculty member of Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore
  Eric D. Becker ’80
Senior managing partner and
co-founder of Sterling Venture Partners (SVP)
  Ryan J. Boyle ’00
Co-founder of Trilogy Lacrosse and Foundation
2009 Arthur A. Gleckler '84 
Software Engineer, Google Inc.
  Howard S. Goldman '83
Deputy Commander for Strategy & Policy
U.S. Navy
  Leonza Newsome III '88
Assistant Special Agent
United States Secret Service


2010 Charles Edwards II, M.D. '88
Medical Director of the Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Hospital, Baltimore

Jeff Seibert Jr. '04
co-founded Increo Solutions, Inc.
co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Slouch, LLC
2011 Jay Davidson '85

President & CEO, Baltimore Grand Prix

2012 Thomas S. Bozzuto, Jr. '92
President, Bozzuto Development Company

William B. Zerhouni '94
Chief Executive Officer, I Cubed Analytics, LLC

2013 Andrew Cameron '87
Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Mark Neumann '81
Chief Executive Officer, 510 Ventures

2014 Bill Buppert '97
Founder and President, Ruxton Chocolates

Derrick Wang '02
Composer, Lyricist, Pianist and Lawyer

2015 Tronster Hartley '94
Software Architect, Firaxis Games

Mark Shapiro '85
President, Cleveland Indians

2016 Victor Abiamiri '03
Portfolio Analyst, Brown Advisory

Josh Levinson '89
Owner, Charm City Run


Ian Miller '82
Chief Information Officer, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Felipe Albuquerque '83
Neurosurgeon, Barrow Neurosurgical Associates, Phoenix, Arizona

H.K. Douglas Cotton

Born in 1900, H.K. Douglas Cotton attended and graduated from St. James School in Hagerstown, Maryland. He continued his education at The Johns Hopkins University where he distinguished himself by winning the cup as the most outstanding student, being elected to the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society, and graduating Cum Laude. Mr. Cotton worked briefly for a Baltimore publishing company before founding Barton Cotton, Inc., a publishing and lithography firm that is noted for its promotional work for Catholic fund-raising efforts and other national organizations.

Throughout his life, Mr. Cotton was very supportive of the educational institutions that he attended. He served as president of the St. James School Board of Trustees and developed an association with Gilman while his grandsons attended the School. John Hubner Rice III '74, Douglas Cotton Rice '76, Robert Haldane Swindell III '78, Richard Carew Rice '80, Charles Trimble Swindell '81, Douglas Cotton Swindell '81, and James Parran Swindell '84 are all Gilman School graduates, as are his great-grandsons Wylie C. Rice '14, Taylor A. Swindell '14, and Theodore E. Swindell '14.