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Dennis Rawlins '61


A photo-bio of my ever-inspiring wife is at, chronicling her from high school “brain” to scholarship-Harvard-grad to one-month NYC model to half century as devoted college librarian. Bio ends with photo of Lyric Opera House’s prominent star-granite Rachmaninov Memorial (100% funded by her) for the Baltimore 1934/11/7 world premiere there of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, the composer himself at the piano. Of sponsors’ names in the granite, all eight have Gilman School connexions, including two well-remembered faculty members: the late Christine Sarbanes and (DR’s closeby childhood neighbor 1937-1947) Ruth Weaver Williams.

Click on bio’s final glowing link “Rachmaninov Memorial” to hear him play the justly beloved 18th variation in 1934.

Just had first birthday for planet Uranus. Here on Earth it’s 84th!, but staying active anyway:

Astronomical-history research papers (2018-2020) beautifully illustrated by Griffith Observer at (geodesy), (Great & Greater Pyramids), (heliocentrist Aristarchos' genius & vast universe)

Our publication DIO: The International Journal of Scientific History (& fitful satirical supplement, The Journal for Hysterical Astronomy) is now at work on Vol.32 (late 2021)

Vols.7&10 made NYTimes p.1. Vol.26 is a play, “Shakespeare’s Perfect Crime: From Topless Queen to Feckless Armada to Godless Resurrection” at

Vol.30 is “Subtractions From the Sum of Human Knowledge”:

Hope to get together again a few last times with classmates before we vanish — grateful to so many, including Gilman, for exceptionally fortunate, wonderful lives.


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