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Fred Gregory   A 1958 graduate of AHS, Fred was one of the first African-American astronauts and was the first African-American pilot and commander of a space shuttle. He has extensive experience as a test pilot, manager of flight safety programs and launch support operations.  In February of 2005 Fred was appointed Deputy Director of NASA, in charge of all of the agency's operations. He currently resides in Annapolis, MD. 

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Martin Stickley  A 1952 AHS grad, Martin graduated from the the Univ. of Cincinnati with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His "summer jobs" included work at NBS, NRL and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. He married Dottie Riggs after graduating from college and moved to Boston for a fellowship at MIT where he was awarded a Masters in EE. He served in the USAF working at their Cambridge Research Lab (AFCRL) where he developed  the DOD's first ruby laser in 1960. He obtained a PhD in EE Northwestern U. in Boston. He spent 13 years at AFCRL heading up their laser physics branch.

He returned to D.C. as Director for Materials Sciences at Defense Advanced  Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He developed many new laser materials some of which were used in the laser guided missles in the Gulf War. After 5 years, he moved to the Depart of Energy as it's first Director of Laser Fusion.

He left government in 1979 to take a position as V.P. of BDM Corp. In 1990 he became a professor at the Univ. of Central FL. He served as an IPA with the USAF in London interfacing with Europe, Russia and Israel covering lasers, optics and materials. He resigned after a year to return to DARPA where he is currently employed.

He is the receipient of numerous awards including the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civillian Service Award. He is a Fellow of both the  Optical Society of America and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Martin and his wife currently reside in Arlington, VA. He has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

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BERT T. EDWARDS - After graduating from AHS in 1955, Bert went on to take a Bachelor's degree in 1959 from Wesleyan University and a MBA in finance in  1961. From '61 to '94 he worked for Arthur Anderson, LLP , serving as a partner for the last 23 years. In 1994 he became a consultant with The World Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development on projects in Palestine, Moldova, Viet Nam and Berlin. From May '88 to the end of the Clinton Administration he served as Chief Financial Officer/ Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of State. In July of 2001, Gail Norton, Secretary o the Dapartment of the Interior appointed him to his present position as Executive Director, Office of Trust Accounting, Department of the Interior. He is responsible for the accounting of approximately 250,000 individual Indian trust accounts and recently took on the same responsibility for approximately 350 Indian tribes. Bert currently resides in Rockville, MD. He has a son and a granddaughter in CA and a daughter, grandson and granddaughter in OH.

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HARDEN McCONNELL - A 1942 AHS graduate, Harden earned a B.S. in Chemistry from G.W.U. in 1947 and a PhD from California Institute of Technology (C.I.T.) in 1951. After a 2 year fellowship he joined Shell Developement Co. as a research chemist. 

He returned to C.I.T. in 1956 as Asst. Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in  in 1963. He moved to Stanford Univ. as Professor of Chemistry. He became Professor Emeritus in 2000.

His early contributions were in the area of magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He also made important contributions in various areas of solid state chemistry. In 1983 he founded Molecular Devices Corp., a manufacturer of scientific instrumentation and reagents.  

His awards, medals, honorary degrees and accolades are too numerous to mention here. Dr. McConnell and his wife Sophia raised 2 sons and a daughter and have influenced the careers of many young scientists.


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SANDRA BOCK - Sandy graduated from AHS in 1961 and received a degree in Latin and French from Mary Washington College in Fredricksburg, VA. After graduating from college, she taught languages and history to Chinese students in Peru. While there, she adopted a peruvian baby girl who is now 27 years old with a degree in biology from Howard University. 

Upon returning to the D.C. area, she taught at Holy Trinity H.S., St. Anthony H.S., and Regina H.S.. She is currently in her 14th year at St. Vincent Pallotti H.S. in Laurel, MD.

During her summer breaks she has returned to Mexico and South America on numerous aid missions.


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DONALD GRADY - AHS '51. Donald attended American U. for 2 years then transferred to Univ. of D.C. to graduate with degrees in Math and Physics. He taught in the D.C. School System for 2 years. He was ordained in the Washington City Presbytery in 1960. He served as a minister in Fairhaven, OH and married Alice Rene Turner  (also born and raised in D.C.) in 1961.

Don served in a pastorate and as part-time Chaplain's Assistant  and music director at a medium security prison. After 5 years in OH, he was in FL for 7 years where their 2 boys and a girl were born. Don has served in numerous positions in the Presbytery as well as a Trustee of Mary Holmes College. 16 years ago he was called to be Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church  in Sevierville, TN.

Don is very active in his community  severing in the Rotary Club, New Visions, Alzheimer Walks, Relay for Life and assists his wife, Alice,  in the Smokey Mountain Cancer Support Group.

Don's hobbies include stamp and coin collecting, gardening, playing the piano, singing, swimming and traveling, which he hopes to do more of now that he is semi-retired.

He is now officially retired as Pastor but still serves in an interim capacity as called on. Don, his mother, and Alice live at 906 Murphy Road, Sevierville, TN.


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CRAIG ANDERSON -  Craig graduated from AHS  in '56 and attended Lehigh University graduating with a BS in business administration (Marketing) in 1960 and an MS in Business Education in 1966 from Southern Illinois University.  He signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and made it to the major league team in June of 1961. He met his wife, Judy, in St. Louis that summer and they got married in October. He played in the Puerto Rican league that winter after going 4 and 3 with the Cardinals. He was aquired by the NY Mets in  the1961 National League expansion draft. He pitched the entire first season  of the "original Mets". Craig says, "We were awful but awfully popular too!". He played 4  more years with the Mets and their farm teams in Buffalo and Jacksonville.

After retiring in 1966, He spent the next 34 years as Athletic Administrator, varsity baseball pitching coach, and a fund raiser at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He was inducted into the Lehigh U. Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. Craig and Judy have 2 children, Jill and Mike, and 3 grandchildren, all living in Allentown, PA.

After retiring in 2000, Craig and Judy sold their home, bought a motorhome, and travelled the Continental US and Alaska for 3 1/2 years. They settled in Dunnellon, FL in May of 2003 with Craig substitute teaching a little and , of course ....., he's the pitching coach of the Dunnellon H.S. baseball team!


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LOUIS FANAROFF -  Raised above his family's grocery store in Anacostia, he graduated from AHS and enlisted in the Army during WW II.

After the war he returned to D.C., married, and bought the grocery store in the Wardman Park Hotel and operated it for several years. He then bought Spund's Grocery in the 3400 block of Conn. Ave. and ran that for a few years. 

In 1967, he and his brother-in-law, Stanford Steppa, bought the 2 Magruder's stores in Georgetown and Chevy Chase, which had operated since 1875. His business acumen kept the small chain afloat as giant national supermarket chains crushed local groceries across the nation. He expanded Magruder's into the 10 store chain it is today. 

Louis supported a large number of local and national charities. His wife, Helyn passed away in 1991. Louis died Feb 4, 2005 at age 84. He is survived by 4 children, a sister, 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.


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RALPH W. WEST. Jr. -  A 1954 AHS graduate,  Ralph graduated from The U.S. Naval Academy in June of 1958. His first sea tour was aboard the USS Jonas Ingram. Following that assignment, he attended Submarine School and Nuclear Power School in New London, CN and at the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Windsor, CN, completing the training in 1961.

He reported to the USS Tullibee where he qualified in submarines. Following this he had tours of duty on the USS Daniel Webster, USS Skipjack, a shore tour on the staff of Submarine Squadron 14 at Holy Loch Scotland, Executive Officer of the commissioning crew of the USS Porgy and command of the USS Gurnard from May '73 to May '76.

Shore assignments have included Assistant Chief of Logistics and Engineering Readiness on the staff of Submarine Group 5; Senior Member, Nuclear Propulsion Examing Board on the staff of Commander in Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet; Commander Submarine Squadron 15; Chief of Logistics, Submarine Force , U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Chief of Staff, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Following promotion to flag rank, Rear Admiral West was assigned in May of 1984 as Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command center, JCS. In June of 1985 he took command of Submarine Group 5. In January 1987, Rear Admiral West assumed additional duty as Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.


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MICHAEL G. FEKETE - After graduating from Anacostia High School in 1967, he attended George Washington University, earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering in 1971, and went to work for Pepco as an associate engineer that same year. He earned an MS in Engineering Administration from GWU in 1982. While at GWU he was active in Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, as well as the Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (President in 1971).

At Pepco he served as a Project Engineer, then a Senior  Project Engineer Civil. Later, he went to work with Fuel By-Products Support for 2 years and became Supervisor Asset Manager until 1988 after which he served as Senior Project Engineer in Predictive Maintainance Management starting in 1966. In 2002 he moved back to the engineering area as Senior Supervising Engineer in Maintainance Analysis and Planning where he develops power equipment maintainance strategies and helps manage a $200 million maintainance budget.

His community activities included membership in The American Diabetes Tour De Cure Committee, The Olney Chamber of Commerce where he worked on the Board of Directors and then took the position of President from 1996-1998. He also contributed his efforts to the Committee to Restructure Montgomery Chamber of Commerce in 1998. He is an active member of The Olney Lion's Club. Professional affilations include: Registered Professional Engineer in D.C. and Maryland, American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Mike enjoys traveling, golfing, landscaping and snow skiing. At home he keeps busy with woodworking and carpentry, and the care of his Golden Boys - the retrievers. He keeps up with The University of MD basketball, football and la crosse teams.

His best endeavor, according to him, was his marriage to Partricia Louise Garris, December 14, 1974.

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MELVIN EUGENE "MEL" CARNAHAN - February 11, 1934 - October 16, 2000. Mel was born in Birch Tree, MO. His father was the 8th District Congressman from Missouri for 8 terms. Mel graduated from Anacostia High School in 1951 and earned a BA in business administration from George Washington University. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbus, MO in 1959.

Mel married Jean Carpenter, also a 1951 AHS graduate, in Wash., D.C. on June 12, 1954. They had 4 children: Russ Carnahan, a member of the US House of Representatives;Tom Carnahan, a real estate developer; Robin Carnahan, elected in 2004 as MO Secretary of State; and Roger "Randy" Carnahan who piloted the plane and perished along with his father in a plane crash in October of 2000.

Mel's career started in the MO House of Representatives. In 1980 he was elected MO State Treasurer serving in that post until 1985. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of MO in 1984. I 1998 he was elected Lt. Governor of MO. In 1992 he ran successfully for Governor of MO. In 2000, Mel ran for the U. S. Senate against John Ashcroft. 3 weeks before the election his twin-engine Cessna, piloted by his son Randy, crashed near Goldman, MO killing all aboard. His name remained on the ballott and his wife Jean became the "unofficial" Democratic candidate. A Senate first, the deceased Carnahan won by a narrow margin. The then Governor Wilson apointed Jean to the vacant Senate seat which she filled until a special election in 2002.
MICHAEL FRANCIS "MOE" COLLINS -  one of 69 crewmen of the submarine USS Grunion which was lost off of Kiska, Alaska on July 30 1942 due to enemy action. He was the first Anacostia neighborhood boy lost in WW II.

He and his siblings were raised on Valley Pl S.E., about a block from old Nichols Ave and he graduated  from Eastern High School in 1936. Moe's brother Ambrose graduated from AHS in 1940. 

VFW Post 9619 in Morningside, MD is named "Scott, Collins, Johnson" in honor of the first local boys lost in WW II. Scott was also an Anacostia boy and a friend of Moe's.

Thanks to Mary Ann Collins Marino, Moe's niece, who was also raised in Anacostia, for providing this information.

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DAVID H. MARTIN  - Dave, who graduated from AHS in 1958, was a member of the basketball team. He also played basketball at Western Maryland (McDaniel) College where he graduated with a BA in 1962. At GWU he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa  honor society and  graduated with an LL.B., in 1968. 

He joined the U. S. Justice Department and became a federal prosecuter and strike force attorney. He was Chief Legal Counsel for the U.S. Secret Service.

 He founded, and is Board Chariman of, the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund.

Dave is married to C. Diane Martin and they have a son, David and a daughter, Jennifer.
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RICHARD "DICK" ABSHER - A 1962 graduate of AHS and a 6 season player in the National Football League from 1967 - 1972. While at Anacostia, Dick was a 3 sport star (football, basketball and baseball) in addition to playing summer baseball for The Washington Gas Light team which participated in the very competitive American Legion and Clark Griffith Leagues. He was easily voted "Best All Around Athlete" for his senior class. 

Although offered several athletic scholarships in both football and baseball, Dave enrolled at Bullis Prep for one year and again excelled at football, basketball and baseball. While there, due to increased exposure, his exceptional athleticisim and commanding size (6'-5" and 260 lbs.), he was offered numerous scholarships to Division 1 schools. Dick narrowed down his choices to several ACC schools and the Service Academies. Although his father was a teamate of the former player and legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant at Univ. of Alabama, Dick preferred to stay close to home and selected the University of Maryland.

In his first year at Maryland, Dick started at both offensive and defensive tackle and place kicker. Coach Tom Nugent recognized Dick's potential and, because of his outstanding blocking and good hands, told him to loose 30 lbs. and he would change his position to tight end. He became the starting tight end and handled kick-offs for the Terps the next 3 years. His senior year he was selected to the ACC First Team, participated in several bowl games and was selected as a 5th round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. He graduated with his class in 1967 with a double major in Business Admin. and Journalism.

During his tenure with the NFL, Dick played with 4 different teams ...., Eagles, Falcons, Saints and Redskins. Positions he played ranged from tight end, defensive end, long snapper, place kicker and middle line backer. Most of his professional carrer was spent at Atlanta and New Orleans where he was starting middle line backer. He was voted Outstanding Defensive Player for the Saints in 1970. His final NFL season (1972) he returned to the Eagles to play defensive end and middle line backer.

He was a member of The National Guard attaining the rank of Captain. After pro football, Dick entered the building and contracting business (his father and grandfather were also contractors) and had a successful carrer as a contractor of custom homes, commercial buildings and land developement in MD and VA. He is now retired and live with his wife Katherine and 2 daughters in Southern MD.

                                                                 


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REGINALD "REGGIE" RUCKER -  Reggie was a 1965 AHS graduate. He lettered in 4 sports and was an award winner. 

He attended Boston University from 1965-1969, where he majored in Education with a minor in History, graduating with distinction and winning the Scarlet Key. He played football and baseball at BU and is a member of the BU Hall of Fame in both sports. 

Reggie was not drafted but hired by the Dallas Cowboys in 1970.. In 1971 he was traded to the NY Giants. He finished his pro career with the Cleveland Browns in 1981. 

Reggie has stayed close to sports in advisory and announcing capacities. He has 3 children and currently resides near Cleveland, OH where his philanthropic work keeps him busy.