Dr. Harold Wilson
• Harold served as Wakefield's first principal from 1953 to 1964.
• He created the foundation for excellence prevailing in the school from the beginning.
• He developed innovative approaches, necessary to deal with the creation of a new school and a changing student body.
• He was the guiding force that lead to successful integration in 1964.
• Neal was a much loved and respected teacher and coach at Wakefield for many years.
• He set a high standard of academic excellence, serving as a role model for both students and staff.
• He came to Wakefield in 1964 from Hoffman Boston to be the first African-American teacher and coach.
• He was instrumental in smoothing the transition toward racial equality.
• Edward "Eddie" Marsh served Wakefield for many decades on the custodial staff and as the head custodian. He treated the school as if it was his home and the students and staff as his family.
Hunter "Patch" Adams ‘63
• Patch has dedicated his adult life to promoting joy as the greatest tool to health and changing how health care is provided around the world.
• He is the founder of the Gesundheit Institute and a frequent lecturer.
• His life and work was featured in a movie starring Robin Williams.
Pete Arntson ‘56
• Pete is a well known and respected attorney whose practice is devoted primarily to estate planning and administration.
• He has served on numerous charitable and nonprofit organizations.
• He created the Wakefield High School Education Foundation which awards scholarships to Wakefield graduates.
Henry Hudson ‘65
• Henry served as Commonwealth's Attorney for Arlington County.
• He was U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
• He was Director of the United States Marshal Service.
• He was Judge of the Circuit Court of Fairfax County.
• He has been appointed by President Bush to serve as a Federal District Judge.
William Newman ‘68
• Bill began his career out of college as an actor with roles on stage and in soap operas.
• He has become a lawyer, and elected official.
• He served as the first African-American member of the Arlington County Board.
• He was appointed to serve as a judge in Arlington Circuit Court.
• He now has been named Chief Judge.
Conchita Saulmon Mitchell ‘66
• Conchita served on the Arlington County School Board, 1988-1994.
• She is the Founder of the Arlington Education Foundation.
• She is the Former Executive Director of the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization.
• She is a Member, Arlington Board of Zoning Appeals.
• She is the Founder, Wakefield Alumni Association.
• She is Board Member, Wakefield Foundation.
Dawn Chatty ‘65
• Dawn is the Deputy Director for Refugee Studies and Reader at Oxford University.
• She is an Expert in forced migration of refugee young people and women in the Middle East.
• She has an undergraduate degree with honors and PhD from UCLA.
• She has a Masters in social anthropology from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.
• She is a Fulbright professor at University of Damascus.
• She is a United Nations Technical Assistance Expert.
Henry "Ric" Duques, ‘61
• Henry is CEO and Chairman of First Data Corporation.
• He was Co-Captain of State Championship basketball team in '61.
• He is a major contributor to George Washington University and the Wakefield Education Foundation.
Richard A. Kidd, ‘61
• Richard is the ninth Sergeant Major of the Army
• He served two combat tours in Vietnam
• He was awarded a Legion of Merit Award, a Bronze Star and various other medals and awards
Doug Mills, ‘78
• Doug is a nationally acclaimed photo journalist
• He won Pulitzer Prizes in 1993 and 1999
• His photos include "Mr. President we are under attack" from 9/11/01
• He has an Eyes of History Award
Douglas Wheeler, ‘57
• Doug is President of the Washington Performing Arts Society
• He has a Patrick Hayes Award of the International Society for the Performing Arts
• He brought artists to the Kennedy Center, Lisner Auditorium, Constitution Hall and George Mason University
Julian Stein, Staff ‘53 - ‘64
• Julian started the first cross country team at Wakefield (District Champs in '55,'56 and '57)
• He initiated intramural sports program
• He refined the adaptive physical education, program which received national acclaim
• He is Executive Director of AAHPERD
• He taught at George Mason University
• He has been honored by the International Olympic Committee, The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity
Barbara J. "Bobbie" Whittier Staff ‘66 - ‘98
• Barbara won a Presidential Award for Science and Math
• She is in Who's Who of American Teachers
• She has been named an Outstanding Educator by the Washington Academy of Science
• She is on the Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences
Staff ‘54 -‘86
• Maynard was coach of Wakefield's only basketball state championship team
• He coached teams that went to state three times
• His efforts led to a smooth integration of Wakefield
Big Al Carter ‘68
• Al was an artist of great renown
• His work is part of the Corcoran Collection
• His work has hung in the Freer Gallery
• He was an art teacher for 20 years
Paul Ferguson ‘83
• Paul was an Arlington County Board member 1995 - 2007
• He was the youngest Member ever elected
• He was Chair of the County Board 1999, 2003 and 2007
• He is past Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission
• He is an Environmentalist
• He is a Trustee of the Wakefield Education Foundation
Donna Floyd Fales ‘58
• Donna is in the Florida Tennis Association Hall of Fame
• She is a member of the William & Mary Athletic Hall of Fame
• She is a member of the Virginia All-Sports Hall of Fame
• She is a ranked in USTA Top 10 from 1960-1963, 1965-1966; No.1 in the East 1966
• She was U.S. Champion Girls 15 Singles 1955; Girls' 18 Indoor Doubles 1956
• She was U.S. Intercollegiate Singles Champion 1959
• She was Canadian Singles and Doubles Champion 1960
• She was U.S. Clay Court Singles Champion 1962
• She was U.S. Mixed Doubles Champion 1966
• She was Chair, USTA/National Junior Tennis League Committee 1985-1987; Vice Chair, USTA Wightman Cup Committee; founder and president, NJTL Miami Chapter 1974-1989
• She was 2005 U.S. National Senior Grass Court Singles and Double Championship
• She was International Tennis Federation's Super Senior World Individual Singles Championship
John Moran ‘62
• John is a Performer,Director, Writer and Producer
• He was involved in "Time of Remembrance", Washington Monument Ground 2006
• He was involved in "Vital Voices", Kennedy Center 2006
• He has a Discovery Channel Einstein Award, 2004
• He is responsible for the Fulbright Prize Awards Ceremonies
Seth Shostak ‘61
• Seth is a professional Astronomer
• He is a Radio host
• He is author of 3 books and over 250 articles
James Bregman '60
• Jim was the first American to win a medal in Judo at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, receiving the bronze medal for his weight class.
• He won gold medals in the 1964 National Judo championship and in 1965 at the Macabian Games.
• He also won a bronze medal in the 1965 World Championship.
• He has run an international Judo training camp for twenty years
• He is a leader in the American and international Judo community.
Karen L Bune '72
•Karen has 30 years experience in the criminal justice system.
• Her specialty is victim services.
• She has made numerous contributions nationally and world-wide.
• She focuses on domestic violence issues.
• She is an adjunct professor at George Mason and Marymont Universities.
• She has devoted her life and career to working in the criminal justices system and dealing with crime victims.
• She has excelled in all respects and serves as an outstanding graduate of Wakefield.
William Lee, Teacher and Gymnastics Coach
• Mr. Lee brought acclaim to Wakefield by guiding the '66 gymnastics team to a state title.
• He served as a role model and mentor for decades, as a coach and teacher at Wakefield.
• He was elected posthumously.
Ron Terwilliger '58
• Ron is a business leader and philanthropist.
• He is a graduate of the Naval Academy,
• He was Chairman and CEO of Trammell Crow Residential, the largest developer of multi-family housing in the United States.
• He is Chair Emeritus of the Wharton Real Estate Center
• He is chair of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, to whom he has left a $100 million legacy gift to help low income families obtain housing.
Jerrold W. Grossman '66
• Jarrold is a graduate of Stanford and MIT and a professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
• He is the author of 36 major research publications, and nearly 20 other publications, as well as a sophomore level textbook on Discrete Mathematics.
• He is a member of many national Mathematical Associations, a consultant to major industries, a reviewer of research proposals for the National Science Foundation, and a regular presenter at Scholarly Conferences.
• He is also noted for his discovery of "Grossman's constant" (approximately 0.7373383).
• He also finds time for serious competitive bridge.
Kevin Mannix '67
• Kevin received his JD from UVA.
• He has served as a law clerk to the Oregon Court of Appeals, as Assistant Attorney General for Oregon, as Assistant Attorney General for the Territory of Guam, as Administrative Law Judge for Oregon.
• He served five terms (ten years) in the Oregon House of Representatives.
• He was chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Criminal Law.
• He also served a partial term in the Oregon Senate, filling out a term by appointment.
• He was the chief sponsor of more successful legislation (135 bills) than any other single legislator in the last 50 years.
• His legislative accomplishments include:
♦ Authoring Oregon's Anti Stalking Law,
♦ Establishing the Tax Court Magistrate Division,
♦ Reforming the adoption laws to make adoptions quicker and less expensive,
♦ Authoring major workers' compensation reforms,
♦ Passage of a host of anti-crime legislation, and reforms to improve access to our courts.
• He was the Republican nominee for Governor of Oregon in 2002 .
Robert Shostak '66
• Robert founded Vocera Communications, Inc. in 2000 and serves as its Chief Technology Officer.
• He founded Portera Systems and co-founded ANSA Software, where he authored the Paradox database.
• He previously conducted research in computer science digital design at the Stanford Research Institutes.
• He is recognized as the father of the branch of computing known as Byzantine Agreement.
• He has published over 20 articles in various areas of computer science.
• He holds BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees in computer science and applied mathematics from Harvard University.
Gregory A. Timberlake '68
• Gregory earned his Bachelor's degree in 1972 and then his M.D. in 1977, from the University of Virginia.
• His active duty assignments included tours as battalion surgeon, and chief of General Surgery and director of Surgical Services.
• He was recalled in August 1990 during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, assigned as a general surgeon aboard USNS Comfort.
• He currently is the assistant deputy surgeon general for Total Force Integration at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
• His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals.
• He also received the Naval Cross of Merit from King Juan Carlos of Spain.
• He was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal in 2008.
• He is author or co-author of over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and several books and monographs on the care of the sick and injured.
Richard Tuten '72
• Richard is in his 16th season as the Denver Broncos' strength and conditioning coach, after amassing an impressive resume in some of the most high-profile collegiate programs nationwide.
• He has two Super Bowl rings with the Denver Broncos, defeating the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII and the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII.
• He is one of the NFL's most well-respected strength and conditioning experts,
• He has helped shape the careers of such players as Champ Bailey, Terrell Davis, John Elway, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Sharpe, Rod Smith, Tim Tebow and Hall of Fame member Gary Zimmerman.
• He has also written three books on strength and conditioning.
• He is a 1978 Clemson University graduate.
Sheryl Wilkerson '81
• Sheryl is a highly respected lawyer with extensive legal, business management and government affairs experience.
• She is President of Willow, LLC, a consulting firm and Willow Garden Design, LLC
• She was Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Corporate Services for Ygomi LLC.
• She has served at the Federal Communications Commission as a Legal Advisor to the Chairman, Director, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Attorney Advisor and Special Counsel to the General Counsel.
• She was Staff counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation under Senators Ernest F. Hollings and Daniel K. Inouye, a Legislative Assistant to Timothy E. Wirth, former Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications, and an Attorney Producer for the Federal Judicial Center.
• She has been associated with a law firm and several trade associations and government affairs firms in the Wash., DC area.
• She was a senior member of the 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential Campaign DebateTeam.
• She has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, Wash., DC and a B.A. with honors from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
• She serves on several private and non-profit boards.
• Sally taught Latin at Wakefield from 1974 until 1992.
• She was well known and respected among the students and her colleagues as an exceptional teacher.
• She has developed methods, courses, instructional materials, and training sessions that have been used to improve Latin instruction for students throughout the country.
• She has been recognized at the national level with several significant awards including:
• The American Philological Association Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Pre-Collegiate Level and,
• The American Classical League's Merita Award.
• Her publications include an edition of Cicero's Somnium Scipionis, and a Review and Test Preparation Guide for the intermediate Latin student.
• She was an original founder of the National Latin Exam. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Rockefeller Foundation.
Dr. Marie Shiels-Djouadi
• Marie began her service as Principal at Wakefield in 1987, becoming the first female high school principal in Arlington.
• She initiated the HILT program in Arlington.
• She continued innovations to raise the expectations and achievements of children thought to be incapable of learning much.
• She created the Foundation Program for Academic Excellence, which divided ninth-graders into four "houses", each with their own team of educators.
• She created the very successful Senior Project.
• She was able to bring academic achievement to kids thought to be "too tough to teach."
• Her renown in education was recognized in at least two articles in newspapers.
♦ One was written when she announced her retirement in 2001, titled "At Wakefield High, Improving Education A matter of Principal."
♦ The other, in the Washington Post in 2010, called her "The Fixer: Former Wakefield High Principal Marie Shiels-Djouadi Works to Improve Other Schools."
• She has continued to work in schools after her retirement.
• She continues to be a mentor to educators.
• She put Wakefield "on the map" and is credited with laying the ground work for the innovation and success that has taken place at Wakefield over the past decades.
Willard "Woody" Brittain, Jr. '66
• Woody earned a BS from Yale, and an MBA from Harvard
• He was a Partner and COO at Price Waterhouse Coopers
• He founded Professional Resources on Demand
• Yale created the Woody Brittain Leadership Award in his honor
• He was awarded the Yale Medal in 2011.
• He was on the Board of the Washington Ballet, the Northern Virginia and National Urban Leagues
• He was a Volunteer teacher at Eliot Junior High School in Washington D.C.
• He sponsored scholarships from the Northern Virginia Urban League and Discovery Project in Alexandria, and through the DaVita Foundation,
• He founded the Woody Brittain - Education is the Equalizer Award scholarship
Timothy Hill '62
• Timothy earned a baseball scholarship to George Washington University.
• He was a member of the Washington Senators A and AA teams
• He was a baseball coach at Yorktown High School, at South Florida Community College, and at Manatee Community College
• He was voted Conference Coach of the year 18 times
• He is a member of the Florida Junior College Hall of Fame
• He is a member of the George Washington University All-Century Baseball Team
• He is a member of the Manatee Community College Hall of Fame
• He is a member of the National Junior College Baseball Hall of Fame
• He was honored with "Coach Timmy Hill Day" in Bradenton, Florida
Ezra Knight '80
• Ezra is an Actor and Voice Over artist in TV, Stage and Radio
• He has been awarded the Arena Stage Helen Hayes Award and others
• He is a teacher with The Acting Co. and the Theater for a New Audience
• He has appeared in "Law and Order-SVU", "Blue Bloods", "Ugly Betty", "Third Watch", "On Stage in Othello"
• He has made commercials for McDonalds, Vicks, GoDaddy and other companies.
Dr. William Lang '79
• William is a Distinguished Graduate of West Point
• He served as the Army White House Physician from 1996-99
• He was the Deputy Director of White House Medical Unit and Deputy Physician to the President in 2000
• He is the Assistant Chief Medical Officer at US Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. David Lee '77
• David is the Chairman of the Board of the Arlington Free Clinic and a clinic service provider
• He is the Medical Director and Vice President of the Medical Staff at Virginia Hospital Center
• He was the Past President of the Arlington County Medical Society
• He practices through Dominion Anesthesia.
• He is a UVA graduate; Editor of the UVA Medical School Handbook, and a member of the Raven Honor Society.
Larry Randall '65
• Larry was the first African-American on a Wakefield athletic team (football) in 1963
• He was a Northern Virginia Wrestling Champion, and Championship football team captain
• He was a member of the California University of Pennsylvania championship team
• He was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2011
• He is also a member of the Hall of Fame National Association Inter-Collegiate Athletes
• He is a teacher in the Arlington Public Schools and coach at Oakridge and Wakefield
• He has received awards from Arlington Public Schools and the Maryland Capital Parks and Planning Commission.
• He is the Director of the Prince Georges County Summer Camp Program.
Donald Stover '59, '61-91
• Donald was a soft spoken but gifted math teacher
• He used hands-on instruction using various teaching tools of his own device
• He was active in many math societies
• He provided proofs and instructional lesson plans for other math teachers
• He was published in "The Mathematics Teacher"
• He provided input and instructional literature for Casio Graphics Calculators
• He was Arlington's Teacher of the Year in 1990.
Tom Hawkins '59
• Tom was Fire Chief in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria
• He was present at the 14th Street Bridge Air Florida tragedy
• He was present at the 9/11/01 Pentagon attack.
Kenya Hunter '90
• Kenya was a member of the Regional Championship Basketball Team while at Wakefield
• He was the Assistant Coach at North Carolina State, Duquesne, Georgetown, and Nebraska Universities.
Thomas Moe '61
• Thomas is a retired Colonel in the USAF,
• He was a Vietnam Prisoner of War for 5 years.
• He became the Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.
• He earned 2 Silver Stars, 2 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Medal for Valor.
• He is a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame and Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor.
Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings '63
• Elizabeth is a highly esteemed translator of important historical texts from French.
• She is acclaimed by The Times Literary Review.
• She has translated Democracy in America by deTocqueville, Greek Thought, and The Mind of Thucydides.
James C. Rosapepe '69
• James is a Maryland State Senator.
• He is a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland.
• He sits on the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee,
• He is the Chair of the Joint Commission on Cybersecurity, and is the Deputy Majority Whip.
• He was President Clinton's Ambassador to Romania and wrote Dracula is Dead.
Christine Boyd Stopka '72
• Christine established the athletic training specialization, the Student Injury Care Center and a community out-reach program serving Florida High Schools while a professor at the University of Florida
• She established the Special PE and Exercise Therapy Lab, and the Adapted Aquatics program.
• She is a Master teacher of Adapted Aquatics for children and teens with disabilities
• She has published over 300 books.
George M. Richardson Staff '65, '66 '67
• George was the principal of Hoffman-Boston Junior-Senior High School when the senior high school students were integrated into Wakefield,
• He came to Wakefield as an Assistant Principal.
• He smoothed the transition of the Hoffman Boston students into the student body of Wakefield.
• He was the Principal at Hoffman-Boston when it closed in 1964
• He became an Assistant Principal at Wakefield from 1965 to 1967.
• He was the first African American Assistant Principal at Wakefield
• He was one of the first African Americans in Arlington's Committee of 100.
Thompson Boyd '70
Mathematician, Engineer and Medical Doctor who is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of Health Care Management and Health Information Technology, particularly with respect to patient data privacy and cybersecurity.
Helen Chung Vasiliadis '79
A 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, was a member of the Jhoon Rhee International Demo Team in 1989 and a World Association of Kickboxing Organization Champion, is in the Diamond Masters Hall of Fame, appeared on the Regis Philbin Show and most recently was awarded as a Champion Legend in American Martial Arts.
William Evinger (staff)
At Wakefield for 20 years, he was the Social Studies Chair, is a Master Teacher for student teachers, serves on the World Geography Textbook Selection committee, and has 9 educational publications, in addition to consulting with the National Geographic Society, the GED Testing Service and the Houghton Mifflin company.
Cynthia Bayless Gallois ('63 but met requirements early)
The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and an author/educator/researcher in the field of Psychology and Behavioral Studies.
Jane Alison Hale '66
A professor of French and Comparative Literature at Brandeis University, until her retirement in 2014, who advocated, participated and established literacy projects for families and children in Africa.
Doris Jackson (staff)
At Wakefield served as Director of counseling beginning in 1990, Assistant Principal beginning in 1998 and Principal from 2002 to 2009. She has been the Arlington Principal of the Year, and received the Washington Post's Distinguished Educational leadership Award as well as the NAACP Community Service Award in 2007. She was one of five principals from the U.S. featured in a Newsweek article titled "The Principal Principle."
Fred '60 & Jim '63 Parker
The brothers opened the "Hard Times Cafe" in 1980 which has grown to include locations in Nationals Park and the Verizon Center. In 2005, USA today named the Hard Times Café as one of the 10 best places for chili.
Jim Scancarelli '59
A cartoonist who writes and draws the syndicated comic strip "Gasoline Alley", and is a well-known and prize winning bluegrass fiddler.
Kelly Thompson '72
An attorney practicing in and advocating for children with special needs. She established the Special Needs Trust Fund at the ARC of Northern Virginia and was instrumental in the passage of the Disabled Military Child Protection Act.
John Westgate '66
As an aviator during the Vietnam War, had 5 tours and flew 285 combat missions earning various medals and notoriety, particularly for being the youngest pilot to fly a B-52 in combat and for safely landing a B-52 with 4 of the 8 engines out. He has recently been featured in the book "The 11 Days of Christmas" chronicling the bombing of North Vietnam.