Noteworthy Alumni

Below is a diverse sample of the many leaders whose foundation began in the halls of Boys’ Latin. Their fields of influence range from business, law & politics and literature to science & medicine, military service, visual & performing arts and religion. They are Pulitzer prize winners, Rhodes Scholars, doctors, lawyers, judges, entrepreneurs, inventors, filmmakers, bankers and fire-fighters. We hope you enjoy their stories.

Business

Jack B. Dunn III, Class of 1939
Jack B. Dunn was a twelve year Latinist, an excellent student, and a three star athlete.   Jack was the recipient of the 1939 Alumni Cup for “Leadership based on Character” and was selected a member of Boys’ Latin School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.  Jack was the grandson of Jack Dunn who owned and managed the International League Orioles to seven straight pennants from 1919 through 1925 and whose responsibility for a new player, “Jack’s new baby,” launched the everlasting nickname “Babe” Ruth.  Jack’s father played for the Orioles alongside Ruth.  After Princeton and serving in the Army Air Corps, Jack III returned to his family’s business of running the Baltimore Orioles.  Jack worked practically every job with the team, guided the minor league team to its new major league ownership, worked in the front office when the Orioles won their first World Series in 1966, and was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame in 2000.  For more information, click here.

 

Robert Graff Merrick, Class of 1912 
At BL, Robert was a good student in history, mathematics, Latin, French and German. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and then served in World War I where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Croix de Guerre. After his military service, Robert returned to Hopkins and received a Ph.D. in Political Economy.  In business, he quickly progressed to President of Equitable Trust Company and Chairman of the Board of the Maryland Title Securities Company. He worked as president of Equitable Trust Bank for nearly 40 years and grew the bank from a small bank with $20 million in assets and five branches to a $438 million operation with 53 branches in the Baltimore metropolitan area. His philanthropic pursuits grew through his years and many Baltimore institutions benefited from his enormous generosity.  Mr. Merrick served on many Boards throughout the Maryland region.  Today, the University of Baltimore’s business school is known as the University of Baltimore‘s Merrick School of Business due to Robert’s generous and avid support.  For more information, click here.

 

Joseph Sedgwick Sollers, Jr., Class of 1947 
At BL, Joe was a solid student and excelled at lacrosse. He is considered one of the greatest lacrosse goalies in the history of the game.  After his BL days, Joe attended Johns Hopkins where he was selected All-American, won the C. Markland Kelly Award for the nation’s most outstanding college goalie, and was awarded the William C. Schmeisser Memorial Trophy for the nation’s outstanding defensive player.  Joe was elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1987 and was inducted into the BL Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.  As a businessman, Joe became President of the William T. Burnett Co. where he was instrumental in making the company into one of the largest polyurethane producing entities in the country.  Joe is one of the founders of the STX Company and is best known for helping to invent the replaceable plastic head for lacrosse sticks which revolutionized the game in the 1970s. For more information, click here.

 

Ral Parr, Class of 1896
Ral attended the Carey School for Boys (Boys’ Latin School) for 8 years, completed his secondary education at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, and attended Princeton University.  After a fire in 1904 that nearly destroyed downtown Baltimore, Parr formed the insurance business, Parr & Parr, with his brother Henry Albert Parr, Jr. In 1924, Parr & Parr merged with the well established insurance agency Maury & Donnelly, and the new combined firm became known as Maury, Donnelly & Parr.  Ral gained a notable reputation in the insurance business, but it was horses that captured his heart and where he gained considerable fame.  Parr owned 1920 Kentucky Derby winner Paul Jones and Ticket of Leave who established the world's record for two miles in 1914.   For more information, click here.

 

William Hollington Skinner, Class of 1976
Bill “BF” Skinner reluctantly came to BL at his mother’s insistence – unhappy with a ½ days schedule in public schools due to overcrowding. Bill was not a gifted athlete, but he showed his value to the athletic program by videotaping basketball games using astate of the art reel to reel video recorder and camera he bought. There were no video cassettes in the early 1970s, and he remembers BL being one of the first schools to use this technology rather than 8mm film. Bill, even at the age of 14, was making money with his newly discovered electrical wiring skills.  It seemed as if he could do electrical work better than most electricians.  “Give it to Skinner, he’ll fix it!” people said.  After BL, Bill became a Master Electrician, obtained a General Contractors License, and began the Hollington Contractors Company as well as other entrepreneurial endeavors such as Spins Inc.,Skinner Systems, and Skinner Electronics. At age 45 with a love for driving fire trucks and serving the public, Bill joined the fire department. Three months of rookie school with 15 young men aged 18-24 proved to be a challenge. Bill endured hours of pushups and daily 2 mile runs along with long hours in the classroom. All of the hard work paid off, and Bill is proud to report that he “beat two of the youngsters in the 2 mile run, lost 30lbs and graduated with the distinction of being the oldest fire-fighter rookie in Louisiana - at age 45!”.  Bill started working 24 hour shifts, and on days off went to EMT school and then later to the LSU/Fire and Emergency Training Institute- one of the best fire schools in the country.  After two years of training and enough credits for an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science, he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006.  He is now the operations manager for a 98 square mile fire district with 4 fire stations and 14 fire trucks in St. Tammany Parish 50 miles north of New Orleans.  Bill writes, ”I love my job…..it is the most rewarding work I've ever done.  On my days off Skinner Electronics continues as I expanded the business to buy and sell lights, sirens and radios used by Fire, Police and other Government agencies.” For more information, click here.

 

Law & Politics

Enos S. Stockbridge, Class of 1904
Enos Stockbridge attended BL with his older brother Henry where they both took accelerated classes, including Algebra VI and Greek prose, and both went on to Amherst College. Enos graduated from the University of Maryland Law School, became a partner with Mullikan, Stockbridge and Waters which later merged with Miles, Walsh, O’Brien & Morris to become Miles & Stockbridge. Enos Stockbridge was known for his dedicated service to the city of Baltimore and his community. For more information, click here.

 

 John Sharpe Dickinson, Class of 1909
John Dickinson graduated #1 in his class from BL and went on to graduate from Johns Hopkins University at the age of 19 with a 99.2 GPA. At JHU, Dickinson was student body president and was awarded the Tocqueville Medal.   Dickinson went to Princeton University, delayed studies to serve in WWI, and then returned to Harvard Law School. He quickly became famous in the legal profession for his work publishing law books. He served in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Administration as Assistant Secretary of Commerce while he continued to teach law at the University of Pennsylvania. Then, he became Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Anti-Trust Division at the Department of Justice.  Later, Dickinson returned to Philadelphia permanently to take up private practice and to devote more time to his teaching and writing. He was described in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review by George L. Haskins as “ one of the most brilliant and distinguished men of our time…a scholar of world repute and a leader among men… as a public servant, a practicing lawyer, and a corporation executive.”  For more information, click here.

 

Thomas J. S. Waxter,  Class of 1917
While at BL, Thomas Waxter was a good student, strong athlete and Alumni Cup winner for leadership.  He graduated from Princeton 1921 and then graduated #1 in his class Yale Law 1924.  In his distinguished legal career, he was known for his social work and kindness as a judge in the Baltimore Juvenile Court and was recognized as a champion for the needs of people as the Director of Maryland's State Department of Public Welfare.  The Baltimore Sun reported Waxter as saying, "A civilization is known by the way it treats its young and its old people.”  Click 
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Literature

Hanson W. Baldwin, Class of 1920
At Brevard Street, Baldwin was an outstanding student and graduated as “best boy,” the equivalent of today’s valedictorian. He loved to write and was the Editor-in-Chief of our Inkwell.  He went on to graduate from United States Naval Academy, serve in the Navy and had a long career at the New York Times. Baldwin wrote many books about the United States military and earned a reputation as a leading authority on military affairs.   In 1943, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Correspondence based on his World War II reporting in the southwest Pacific.   For more information, click here.  


James Murray Kempton, Class of 1935 -- Pulitzer prize winner. 
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Science & Medicine

Dr. Arthur L. Bloomfield, Class of 1904 
At BL, Arthur L. Bloomfield was #1 in his class. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and then Johns Hopkins Medical School. Bloomfield taught medicine at Hopkins until he became a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and then Executive Head of the Department of Medicine at Stanford until his retirement in 1954.  Dr. Bloomfield is recognized as a pioneer in the use of penicillin and expert in infectious disease from influenza to peptic ulcers.  Stanford now has the Arthur L. Bloomfield Chair of the Medical School named in his honor and each year gives out the Arthur L. Bloomfield Award to recognize excellence in the teaching of clinical medicine.  For more information, click here.

Robert B. Craven, Class of 1961
At BL, Robert B. Craven was distinguished in academics and athletics, in football, basketball and lacrosse. Bob graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore.  Dr. Craven worked for the National Center for Infectious Diseases and became Chief, Epidemiology Section - Arbovirus Disease Branch for Infectious Diseases.  He retired as a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service after 32 years.  Dr. Craven traveled frequently to investigate disease outbreaks all over the world, including Sierra Leone as field director of the Lassa Fever Research Project.  His last assignment was as chief of the epidemiology section of the Centers for Disease Control in Fort Collins, Colo. Dr. Craven’s work is credited with discoveries in the changing epidemiology of rubella, Colorado tick fever, yellow fever, and biological & chemical terrorism. For more information, click here.

Calvin H. Goddard, Class of 1907
An excellent student at BL, graduated from Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Medical School and then the Army Medical School. He was a lieutenant-colonel in the army, served as assistant superintendent at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Director of the Cornell Clinic in New York City where he co-founded the Bureau of Forensic Ballistics. Goddard uncovered the technology that today solves thousands of crimes involving the discharge of firearms. He is often called the “father of forensic ballistics.” In his time, the technology burst into mainstream news when Goddard helped to convict one of Al Capone’s men in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Each year the Calvin H. Goddard Award is presented by the Forensic Technology Company to recognize the outstanding individual or group in the area of firearms identification.  For more information, click here.

 

Charles Snowden Piggott, Class of 1911
Following BL, Charles graduated from The University of the South (Sewanee) and completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University.  Piggott was a true pioneer in the scientific community for changing and expanding the world of marine biology and oceanography.  He has been called the founding father of ocean floor marine research and served as a scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington Geophysical Laboratory for twenty two years.  He also is recognized for his military service in founding military training schools for mine disposal after Pearl Harbor and with awards including the Order of the British Empire and the Bronze Star. He also worked for the State Department, for the Navy as a consultant at Yale University and for the National Academy of Sciences.    For more information, click here.

 

Military Leadership

John Knight Waters, Class of 1925
John was a 12-year Latinist and excelled in academics, football and baseball. After BL, Waters attended the Johns Hopkins University for two years and then the United States Military Academy where he earned a commission into the Calvary.  At West Point, he played football and was named captain of the lacrosse team. In 1934, he fell in love with and married Beatrice Patton, daughter of General George S. Patton. With the United States entrance into World War II, he began his distinguished military service which included becoming Brigadier General, Commanding General and four-star general, Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army, Pacific. He won many major awards including the Distinguished Service Cross for actions leading fellow prisoners, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star with clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart with cluster, and the Korean Service Medal. He was also received the French Croix de Guerre with palm.  For more information, click here.

 

Visual & Performing Arts

Alfred H. Barr, Class of 1918 -- Founding Director of the Museum of Modern Art
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J. Carroll Mansfield, Class of 1916
-- author of the longest running non-fiction daily comic strip, painter and advertising executive
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John Waters
Few people know that famous filmmaker and Baltimore native John Waters finished his high school career at Boys’ Latin. In a recent (May 27, 2010) YPR Midday interview with Dan Rodricks as well as in his recent Role Models book, John Waters reflected on his BL experience. John left another Baltimore-area private school (reportedly due to his hair!) and stated about his experience there  “I think really every interest I ever had was discouraged.” John finished up at Boys’ Latin where “they more understood me- understood me- better.” 
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Religion

Alexander K. Barton, Class of 1910
Alex Barton was an excellent student at BL and went on to graduate from Johns Hopkins University. In 1916, Barton was one of 32 Americans awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study in Oxford. He returned to Baltimore as an assistant minister at Christ Church. Although he was an excellent preacher, he wanted to pursue his love of teaching so went to University of California at Berkley, to teach. He is well remembered for selecting students with leadership potential and mentoring them on how to influence others to lead an exemplary Christian life. For more information, click here.

 

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