Distinguished Alumni Award

The 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award is Valerie Saxton Sharpe '76, P'09.


Valerie was nominated for this award by a former student, a former peer at Frostburg State University, and her fellow Hood classmates. All cited her incredible dedication to teaching special education curriculum, and her focused career growth through the achievement of advanced degrees in the arena of K-12 special education. In addition to her extensive teaching career, including here at Hood from 1994-2008, Valerie’s active participation in multiple professional societies and government education agencies, as mentor, administrator, and advisor clearly demonstrate her dedication to bettering the educational opportunities for society’s most marginalized learners. Additionally, Valerie has co-authored a book on the topic of the brain’s executive function and its role in student success, and has had many articles published in educational journals. Though retired, Valerie continues to use her leadership skills in service to her neighborhood as VP of her community board, overseeing multiple projects to enhance the quality of life for all her neighbors.

2021 Valerie Saxton Sharpe, '76, P'09

2020

 Linda J. Allan '70, M.S.'78
2019Cynthia F. Nofziger '79
2018Kim F. Hall '83, Ph.D. and Leslie A. Hawkins '73

2017

Ellen B. Drogin Rodgers ’82, Ph.D. and Ashley Norris Barthlow ’92, DVM
2016Peter W. Cha ’81, D.D.S. and Martha Thomas, M.D., ’71, P’99, P’09
2015Rev. Margaret Muncie '70 and Professor Aldan Weinberg '75
2014Mary Jo Sottile Manning '64, J.D., and Carolyn Cantagalli Dumaresq '69, Ed.D.
2013Christine L. McHenry, M.D. '73 
2012The Honorable Donald E. Beachley '77 and Lt. Colonel Virginia Procino Hartmann '72
2011Patricia Chapple Wright, Ph.D. '66, H '90 and Joan B. Gillece, Ph.D. '76 
2010Ruth Whitaker Holmes, Ph.D. '55, H '93 and Portia Whitaker Shumaker '55
2009Carol Lumb Allen '59, Martha Shortiss Allen '59, Gayle Hamilton Blakeslee '59, Janet Hobbs Cotton '59, Edith Howard Hogan '59 and Nancy Rogers Huntsinger '59
2008Susan Warshaw Stinson '68, Ed.D., Harriet Fox Riehl '68 
2007Susan Gearey Van Pelt '79, Judith Stohr Gavaler '61 
2006Eleanor Gambrill Bowers '46, Anna Hart Johnson-Winegar '76 
2005Nancy McAdams Baggett '65
2004Lois White Lowry '54
2003Phyllis Chamberlin Hutson '55
2002Jane Kulla Boorstein '49
2001Lois Vars Mason '51
2000Ruth Whitaker Holmes '55
1999Georgia Shank Vance '32
1998Doris Reininger DeHart '48
1997Bonnie Kloeblen Hagerman '66
1996Helvise Glessner Morse '46
1995F.Baird Wigton Lloyd '57
1994Dianne Beebe Barske '66
1993Patricia Kienzle Ross '65
1992Betty Pickell Cleaver '44
1991Ruth Duff Eager '41
1990Adamadia Deforest '55
1989Nancy Tressel Brown '57
1988Beryl Ann Pfizer '49
1987Eva Sayegh Teig '65
1986Anna May Wilson Hughes '39
1985M. Jacqueline McCurdy '55
1984Sally Herman Lunt '52
1983Mary Edith Tatem Williams '45
1982Margaret Grim Smith '28
1981Esther Hottenstein '29
1980

Charlotte Baker King '10