Poly Mail                                                                                             January 2018

Alumni Volunteers Needed for Poly Career Day 2018
On Friday, March 9, 2018 Baltimore Polytechnic Institute will host our annual Career Day and we would love to have alumni participation! As you are surely aware, the children of Baltimore are in need of positive and professional role models that will inspire them to greatness. You are that model! Please reach back and share your expertise with our students by agreeing to present at the Career Day 2018 on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. You will have a chance to meet 25-35 students during your presentation. A continental breakfast will be served from 8:15-8:50 a.m. in the library. In order to participate in Career Day 2018 at Poly, contact Anthony Harold with the CollegeBound Foundation team at aharold@collegeboundfoundation.org or 410-396-7030.  We hope to see you at this wonderful event! Please read here for more information, and contact us with any questions!

Honoring the Life of Jonathan Tobash '16
Jonathan Tobash '16
On December 18, 2017, Jonathan Tobash, Poly class of 2016's life was taken prematurely as a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The 335th murder of 2017 in Baltimore City took the life of this fine young man as he entered a local store to make a purchase, while unbeknownst to him, it was being robbed. Known for his friendly smile and genuine interest in his fellow students, Jonathan always had kind words for those he met. A rugby player at Poly, Jonathan was also in the JROTC program. He enjoyed basketball and video games as well.

After hearing a presentation by the CEO of Whiting-Turner Contracting, Mr. Tim Regan, Poly '73, in his JROTC class, Jonathan spoke with Mr. Regan about summer internships. He was told that they only hired college interns but to give Mr. Regan a call, as he was very impressed by him at their meeting. Jonathan went on to become the first high school intern at Whiting - Turner. After graduating from Poly, Jonathan enrolled at Morgan State University where he was a sophomore studying industrial engineering.

A friend of Jonathan's said that Jonathan "wanted his name to be remembered for something he did," something he achieved, and for his name to "stand for something when people said it." A young, promising life, cut needlessly short. Jonathan will be missed by his Poly family. His classmates have set up a scholarship memorial fund in his honor - The Jonathan Tobash Scholarship. The fund aims to award $1,000 to a Poly senior who seeks to major in engineering at Morgan State University. You can donate to the fund by clicking this link and put "The Jonathan Tobash Scholarship" in the comments section OR mail a donation to: BPI Foundation 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane Baltimore, MD 21209 with the check memo section: The Jonathan Tobash Scholarship.
Please check future Poly email blasts and web site for more information as it becomes available.

Ingenuity Program Students Selected as Semi-Finalists in Regeneron Science Talent Search
On January 19, representatives from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals visited students and faculty at Poly in recognizing Rebecca Brody and Claire Wayner, seniors participating in The Ingenuity Project research program, who were selected as semi-finalists in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search (formerly named Intel Science Talent Search). Our two Poly scholars were selected from 1,818 applicants hailing from 555 high schools in 45 states, and six overseas high schools! To read more about their incredible projects, click here. Congrats, Rebecca and Claire!
Poly Seniors Accepted to the Ivy League!
Poly is extremely proud of the impressive list of college acceptances that are rolling in. It is significant to note our seniors that were accepted to the Ivy League! Project Lead The Way is proud of the following students: Julian Briggs '18, admitted to Columbia University, which is ranked #16 in the world; Jasmin Thames '18 and Dang Khoa Bui '18, both admitted on scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, which is ranked #17 in the world. The Ingenuity Project is happy to report that Claire Wayner '18 was accepted to Princeton, ranked #7 in the world. Way to make us Poly Proud!

Budgetary Input Meeting for All Poly Stakeholders
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 5:00 P.M. in the library, Poly stakeholders are invited to provide their input on budgetary priorities for the 2018-2019 school year. Due to the new district funding formula, Poly will be facing a budget cut. At this meeting, Director Williams will discuss the budget process, but the bulk of the meeting will involve stakeholders breaking into self-selected groups to identify priorities for Poly. The areas of focus are: Academics, Climate, Technology, Security and a special group convening to discuss potential opportunities for fundraising. After the groups' reports, Director Williams will design a budget, taking into consideration the identified priorities. She will present her budget in the library on Wednesday, February 7th at 5:00 P.M. for a final discussion with the Poly stakeholders before presenting the budget to the district on February 13th. The identified priorities will also provide direction for any additional revenue in the coming year. Please demonstrate your Poly pride by actively participating, voicing your concerns, and offering your guidance!


Alumni Office Seeks Former Non-Degree Military Students
The Poly Alumni Office is searching for any Polytechnic student who left school before graduation to either enlist in the service -or- anyone who was drafted to serve in WWII and did not receive their Poly diploma. We are interested in getting in touch with anyone this applies to. Please send all information to Adrian Palazzi, Alumni Coordinator, c/o Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Alumni Association, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21209 or via email to apalazzi2@gmail.com. Please call the Foundation Office at 410-889-POLY (7659) with any questions or Adrian's cell at 410-952-8890.
Alumni Corner: C. Robert Daly
C. Robert Daly '60
Bob graduated from Polytechnic in February 1960 from the College Preparatory Course. While at Poly, he participated in numerous sports, including basketball, track and was part of the Varsity 56 - 59 MSA Championship golf team. Off the fields, he was involved in student government, a member of the honor society, teaching coach class and singing in the glee club.
After Poly, Bob graduated from the University of Maryland and then went on to become a fighter pilot. When his service to our country was completed, Bob went to work for Sealtest, where he held several positions.
With a passion for the game of golf, Bob decided to get involved in improving the game by developing new golf clubs, principally to improve the end result of some poor swing techniques which many golfers have. In 1975, Bob incorporated Tru-Stix Golf Co., where he developed and patented a "slice corrector" driver as well as other corrector clubs with an adjustable swing weight system that enables shifting the center of gravity to the heal or toe of the clubhead as required. The club face is opened or closed as needed for the correction of slice, hook or fade. He branched out making desk products using real wooden club heads including lamps, book ends, paperweights and penholder/perpetual calendar items. These products were sold world wide in Sears, JC Penny's, military, etc. Bob sold the business in 1980.
Now retired, Bob lives in Payson, Arizona, with Donna (his wife of 51 years). The Payson area is known for having the largest stand of Ponderosa pines in North America... making it one of three clear air zones in the world. Another successful Polytechnic alumni! 

In Memory
The Poly family is saddened to hear of the passing of the following community members:
  • Edward Rowny '33: General Edward Rowny, graduated from the College Prepartory Course at Polytechnic in 1933. Mr. Rowny headed off to West Point where he graduated and immediately began his career in service to his country. Known as the "Scholar General", General Rowny commanded troops in WWI, the Pacific, Korea and Vietnam. He subsequently served as an advisor to President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush. In WWII, General Rowny chased the German troops up the western coast of Italy in 1944. Then, as Assistant to General Douglas McArthur from 1950 to 1953, in Korea, he helped plan the brilliant American landing at Inchon. In Vietnam, General Rowny pioneered the use of helicopters in the fight against the Viet Cong. The General's motto was "the best way to avoid war is to be prepared for it". In 1979, General Rowny retired in protest to President Jimmy Carter's signing of the SALT II treaty. He then led the way for the Senate's subsequent refusal to sign SALT II. He was know as " a hard-line arms -- control adviser".  General Rowny was appointed to be chief negotiator for the strategic nuclear arms talks and then promoted to Ambassador. Ambassador Rowny passed peacefully on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Cause of death was cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease.
  • Nathan  Goldberg '37:  On December 29, 2017, Mr. Nathan Goldberg, class of 1937 passed. A graduate of the Polytechnic "A" course, while at Poly, Mr. Goldberg was manager of the basketball team his sophomore and junior years. After Poly, he attended Johns Hopkins University for one year and the served 4 ½ years in the Army under General MacArthur in the Pacific. After serving his country, Mr. Goldberg joined his father Harry, Poly '13 and brother Paul, Poly '34 in the family Electrical contracting Business, Harry A. Goldberg, Electrical Contractors. Mr. Goldberg is survived by his wife Lucille (nee Levin), 5 children and 6 grandchildren. He retired in 1983, but remained active in many ways. Beth El Congregation was his synagogue. Mr. Goldberg also was active at his Alma Mater, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, where the Aeronautics Lab is named in honor of his brother Paul, thanks to his efforts. He always attended the annual Alumni Dinner, where he very often was recognized as the oldest attending member of the association.
  • George "Bucky" Aloysius Kimmett, Jr.  On January 1st, 2018, "Bucky" Kimmett, Jr. passed away. Ironically this was also his day of birth (01/01/1929). Coach Kimmett grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Baltimore City College in 1946. While at City, Bucky played basketball, baseball and soccer.
    After graduating from City College in 1946, Bucky attended and graduated from Towson State Teachers College, now Towson University, where he played basketball, baseball and was the goalie on the men's varsity soccer team. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and went to Spring training before deciding his heart was in coaching and teaching. Bucky started his career in education at McDonogh, then on to Edmonson, eventually moving to Baltimore Polytechnic Institute where he taught mathematics for 31 years, from 1968 until his retirement in 1999. While at Poly, Bucky was an assistant coach to Coach Augie Waibel as well as coaching basketball, baseball and lacrosse. His love of basketball continued as he played on the Bykota Center Senior team in Towson which was filled with local stars from City College, Polytechnic, Patterson and other local schools. Bucky is survived by his wife Patricia A. Kimmett (Nee DeCorse), a son, a late daughter, eight grandchildren and two great children. 
  • Robert Dawson Cardwell, Jr. '54: Brigadier General Robert Dawson Cardwell, Jr., Polytechnic class of 1954 passed away on December 23, 2017 from complications from cancer and Parkinson's disease. Brig. Gen. Cardwell began his Air Force career immediately upon his graduation from Poly, graduating with his pilot's wings from Reese Air Force Base near Lubbock, Texas. In 1955 Brig. Gen. Cardwell went to Ashiya Air Force Base, Japan following his marriage to his childhood sweetheart the former Mary Virginia Clayton. In 1957 he was assigned to fly C-130 planes (his baby) out of Ardmore Air Force Base in Oklahoma. He then joined the Maryland Air National Guard as a full-time airman, eventually progressing to commander of the 135th Tactical Air Support Squadron, then, director of the 135th Tactical Airlift Group and group commander. In 1989, Brig. Gen. Cardwell was named chief of staff at Maryland Air National Guard Headquarters in Baltimore where he was promoted to Brigadier General in 1990. Brig. Gen. Cardwell flew more than 7,500 hours and earned the rating of command pilot. During his career he earned many awards including the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, as well as receiving a Distinguished Service Cross, a Meritorious Service Medal and a State Service Ribbon with three bonze crosses from the State of Maryland. Brig. Gen. Cardwell retired in 1995. He was an avid sailor, making multiple trips to Bermuda, as well as a golfer and avid reader of non-fiction.
  • Jonathan Tobash, Class of 2016 (see story above)
  • William Henderson, Class of 1955

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Reunion Calendar
Check out a list of upcoming reunions for all of the latest information! If you have updated reunion information, or need to add your class reunion to the list, please contact the Alumni Association at alumni@bpi.edu or 410-889-7659. Need help planning your class reunion? Check out the new BPI Reunion Planning Guide! Upcoming reunions include:
  • Class of 1998
  • Class of 1969
  • Class of 1968
  • Class of 2008
  • '71 Varsity Lacrosse Reunion
  • Class of 1999
  • Class of 2009
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