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Stuart Gray '77

May 2022

FAMILY UPDATE: Katie and I too are empty nesters and living near Gilman, as you will find out if you can attend our reunion. Andy Freeman could kick a soccer ball from his front yard and hit our house. We have lived in this neighborhood for 24 years thanks to Andy.

Our sons, Carter and Drew, bought a townhouse together in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore City. We still see them about once a week — mostly for crabs, oysters and rockfish. I still think Baltimore has the best crabs, oysters and rockfish in the country. Favorite dinner spots are Jimmy’s Seafood, Johnny’s in Roland Park and the Valley Inn.

CAREER UPDATE: Our business expanded during COVID with the increased use of technology. Since April 2020, I have been hosting a lot of Zoom calls as my clients are either retired or preparing for retirement. We do business in about 12 states, and the practice also focuses on managing 401k plans. My son, Drew, joined the practice this year, and we changed our name to Springlake Financial, which was Hap’s original idea. I read Hap’s “Career Update,” and he is too modest to admit that he is one of the top sales trainers in the industry. Katie is still managing a local family office, and Carter is still selling trial management software to law firms. Our dog, Marley, is still chasing FedEx trucks down the street.

FAVORITE BINGE: “Ozark,” “Yellowstone,” and “1883”. I watched “Yellowstone” and “1883” with Hap, and hopefully I’ll get an invitation to Jim’s house to watch “Ozark” when that new episode comes out. Other than that, I follow March Madness (picked Villanova to win) and European Champions League soccer (picked Chelsea to win).


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