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Has Franklin '79


Bill Senft has joined the ranks of grandfather, and Jim Wilkerson still has two sons in high school. His oldest son, Jay, plays on the Gilman football and lacrosse teams. Jay earned a scholarship to play lacrosse at Providence College after graduation. His second son, Bennett, is a freshman on the golf team at Boys’ Latin where he hits the ball a mile like his Dad.

Our classmates Biff Poggi and Jon Jacobson are now the Head Coach and Associate Head Coach for UNC Charlotte, respectively. It will be fun to see how they develop the program there to compete with top Division I football schools. The team will play University of Maryland College Park on September 9. Part of their development plan is to bring successful people to speak to the team and motivate them to become a successful contributor to the team and society. Our classmate, Rick Snyder, spoke to the team about his career in the Navy rising all the way to the rank of a three-star admiral.

Marietta and George Kelly spend most of their home time in Denver where all of their children have settled currently. George has started another environmentally friendly business. Marietta recently returned from a trip to Paris with Lisa O’Donovan where they made sure the town knew they visited. All of the Kelly and O’Donovan young men and Louisa are representing their families well.

Rick Watts continues to travel with his RV throughout the United States and Mexico. In the summer, Rick races boats and is still a tremendous cyclist. He keeps in touch with Alex Montague locally. I remember Rick mentioning a bourbon trip with several of our classmates. I can’t remember all the participants, but I believe most of the Boston area alums were there.

David Portnoy is currently serving on the Alumni Board where I believe he mentioned that he had a recent grandchild born to the family too. Tom Booker is serving on Gilman’s Board, where has been involved with all of the recent major decisions and events happening. He is very excited to watch his son, Thomas, another Gilman graduate play against the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL opener for 2023 season for the Houston Texans.

This year, Gilman honored some past lacrosse championship teams during Alumni Weekend. Carville Collins was one of our classmates along with David WillisBill Senft and myself (Has Franklin) as part of the 1978 45th Anniversary Championship Team. The Carville family is doing well, but no one is currently following their father into law school. Dave Willis reports that his oldest son, brian, was recently married. He followed in his father’s footsteps by marrying a sharp woman like his mom.

Jill and Bryan Koerber are the ambassadors for the Mt. Pleasant area of Charleston, South Carolina. They want visitors to stop by and visit. I don’t think Bryan misses running the family paint business anymore as they have adjusted to their new lifestyle quite well. McLane Cover and Tenney now split their time between Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina, and Little Compton, Rhode Island. McLane still maintains an office in Boston and is still working full time. Their two children both live and work in NYC.

Tyler Blue spends much of his winter in Delray Beach, Florida these days. Adam Hitt has relocated to Vero Beach, Florida, for most of the year now. Marc Dubick’s youngest son, Elliott, plays lacrosse for the University of Maryland this year. He is a freshman so he has plenty of time to make his mark on the program. He is the fourth Dubick to play lacrosse for the Terps. Mike Cobb is officiating women’s lacrosse games in Baltimore and still playing paddle and pickleball competitively. 

Ted Millspaugh is still local and practicing law. Sean Darby’s elevator firm did some work for his condo association. Ted still hosts a huge tailgate prior to all Ravens home games. Sean’s children are both currently living and working in New York. I had the chance to catch up with Joe Carroll at a party honoring his daughter Hannah for getting married.

I reconnected with Tim Hsieh as part of the 40th reunion committee for Johns Hopkins. Tim is a very successful partner in his firm where he practices patent law. He keeps in touch with Greg Turk, also a member of our Hopkins class.

I am proud to report that my family is doing well. My daughter, Leslie, works for Johns Hopkins and is a proud supporter of the Blue Jays. Mac works for Washington College where is part of the development office working for the athletic department. Luke is an assistant lacrosse coach for Lebanon Valley College, and Drew is a retirement income strategist for Core Bridge Financial. Ellen now works and helps CASA of Baltimore County. I continue to help run Franklin Financial Group where we are financial advisors and employee benefit specialists. In my spare time I do a little coaching of lacrosse and play pickleball with my partner, Sean Darby.

Next year is our 45th reunion. Hopefully we can have a strong showing at our event.


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