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Dr. Bell is Senior Associate and former Director of the Washington College Center for Environment and Society. A native of Silver Spring, MD, he graduated from the University of Miami, Florida, and earned his Ph.D from Harvard University where E.O. Wilson infected him with a lasting love of ecological things. Retired since 2006, Dr. Bell continues his passion for birds and teaching through the Maryland Ornithological Society and its Youth Program ((YMOS).
For nearly 50 years, Dr. Stephen Goldman has been a serious collector of historical newspapers and their precursors. His extensive archive focuses on important historical events over the past 7 centuries. His collection forms the nucleus of the News History Gallery at the NEWSEUM in Washington, DC.
Forest Hansen has degrees in English and Philosophy and did graduate study in counseling. Hired by Lake Forest College to teach Western Civilization and Philosophy, he chaired both departments and eventually taught a variety of undergraduate and Master of Liberal Art courses. He also co-founded a highly successful program to study ancient Minoan, Mycenaean, Classical Greek, and Byzantine architecture and art on site in Greece and Turkey. After retirement, he and wife lived in England for ten years before moving to Easton in 2003.
Hunter is a native Eastern Sho' farm boy (several generations Chesapeake Bay front farm) who loves anything mechanical or flyable. Holds FAA Commercial Pilots license for all 'categories' and most 'classes' of aircraft, also FAA licensed Aircraft Mechanic and FAA Certified Flight Instructor. Hunter is an elected member of The Society of Experimental Test Pilots, as well as a former FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee Member. International award winning Aerial Photographer, unemployed blimp pilot and a bunch of other stuff.
Rich Harrison is the retired Director of Research & Development for Baltimore Aircoil Co., a worldwide manufacturer of evaporative cooling equipment and ice thermal storage equipment. During his 39 years at BAC, he developed numerous innovative components of those products and received ten patents. He has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from Purdue University. He resided in Columbia, Maryland, for 32 years and then found the light of the Eastern Shore.
Nancy Hesser, Ph.D., has taught literature in the US, DR Congo, and Mali. When she is not hanging out with her husband and canine companions in Dorchester County's salt marshes, she may be found teaching short story courses for various lifelong learning programs, focusing on such themes as American regionalism, the Roaring 20's, Caribbean voices, bar room stories, and flash fiction
Phil Hesser, PhD., has taught in the US and Africa and served as protection and education officer with UNHCR and program director with the Academy for Educational Development. Having received his B.A. degree at the University of California - Santa Barbara and M.A. and PhD. degrees at Binghamton University, he has continued his work in education as an Adjunct Professor of History at Salisbury University and is a part-time faculty member in History and Political Science at Wor-Wic Community College. Pursuing his interest at the intersection of landscape, life and livelihood in Delmarva and on the Bay, he wrote What a River Says: Exploring the Blackwater River and Refuge (Cambridge: Friends of Blackwater, 2014)) and is completing The Old Home Is Not There: The Native Land of Harriet Tubman with co-author Charlie Ewers.
Bruce Jones spent forty years in the health industry, as technician, as hospital administrator and later as executive management in information technology companies deploying first generation systems. He retired in 2008 to pursue lifelong learning, to travel, and to revel in leisure around the Chesapeake Bay.
Retired from Ford Motor Company, Hans is an Electrical Engineer who spent most of his career in IT. Hans was an early adopter of computer controls, including putting the first micro-computer onboard for vehicle engine control. Hans was assigned to Europe for 5 years where he learned that much of the user acceptance of new technology is culture driven.
Ron Lesher is a retired educator with experience as the administrator of the Eisenhower Math Science Grants for the State of New Jersey aimed at upgrading the skills of K-12 teachers to mathematics and science. Has taught physics at the high school level in Maryland; taught physics for non-science majors at Washington College.
John H. Miller, PhD, has taught literature courses at both secondary and college levels, including American Literature at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, under a Fulbright Fellowship. He has also taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Washington College, American University, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Academy for Lifelong Learning. Given his interest in things maritime he taught a course on literature of the sea as Visiting Lecturer and member of the University of Virginia’s faculty on two separate round the world voyages with UVA’s “Semester at Sea” program. He is also involved in several local non-profit organizations, currently serving as President of Allegro Academy, and board member of Chesapeake Forum.
Margot Miller holds a PhD in French literature and has taught at both the former ALL and the IAL at Chesapeake College since about 2005. Her specialty is contemporary women writers of French expression but she has branched out. She has a wide following for the depth of understanding she brings to literary discussion. Her first life was in psychology (counseling and cognitive studies) and she taught “How to Read a Text/How to become a Close Reader” when she was a TA at the University of Maryland, College Park. She finds multiple levels in literary fiction.
Suzanne Sanders earned a B.A. in Humanities from Johns Hopkins because, hey, somebody has to balance out all those pre-med students. She has worked as a journalist, bartender, metaphysical manager, poet, full-tilt mom, and Russian translator. She teaches the occasional class at Chesapeake College and volunteers at the library. She and her husband are currently lacking in the kitten department.
Raymond Vergne is a retired cardiologist who has a graduate degree in Education and interests in literature, history and music. His previous contributions to Chesapeake Forum include Don Quijote de la Mancha and History of the Papacy. He is currently secretary of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and writes the Program Notes for the subscription concerts. He was the organizer of the Chesapeake Chapter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, an international gourmet society, and oversees the Legends of Wine series for the Eastern Shore Wine Tasting group. His interest in Fascism originates from an unusual family experience.
Rich Wagner is a physicist who has worked in the fields of elementary particles, astrophysics, high-energy-density physics, and prediction of complex physical phenomena using very large computers. He was an Assistant Secretary of Defense in the 1980s, with responsibility for oversight of the US nuclear weapon program and of all Department of Defense matters related to chemical and biological weapons. Rich has studied topics at the interface between science and philosophy for many years. He holds a BA in physics from Williams College, and a PhD in physics from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Ginny, live in Oxford.