Digest

May 14, 2008

Aviator named new academy commandant

Capt. Matthew L. Klunder, a naval aviator based at the Pentagon, was named yesterday as the 83rd commandant of midshipmen at the Naval Academy. Klunder will replace Capt. Margaret D. Klein, the first female commandant, next month. She has been selected for promotion to rear admiral and assignment as operations officer at the Naval Network Warfare Command in Norfolk, Va., according to a news release from the academy.

A native of Alexandria, Va., Klunder graduated from the academy in 1982 with a major in physics. He holds a master's degree in aerodynamics and aviation systems from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree in strategic studies from the Naval War College.

Klunder is on the staff of the deputy chief of naval operations for information, plans and strategy.

Designated a naval aviator in 1984, he served several operational tours flying the E2-C Hawkeye. He commanded a carrier air wing, and was involved in relief operations for Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and for the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.

He has also been joint staff liaison officer to the U.S. Department of State, and has had a role in diplomatic and coalition efforts in the war in Iraq, the academy said.

Superintendent Jeffrey Fowler, who has stressed wartime preparation since taking office last year, praised Klunder's experience.

"Klunder was selected from a group of distinguished and highly qualified candidates," Fowler said in a statement. "He is superbly qualified to lead the Brigade of Midshipmen and brings a substantial amount of operational and leadership experience to the position."The commandant is the academy's equivalent to a dean of students, and is responsible for training, discipline and moral development of the academy's 4,300 midshipmen.

Anne Arundel

Glen Burnie

$2 million gift given to hospital

A Severna Park man donated more than $2 million of his estate to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, the largest estate gift the center has ever received, the hospital announced yesterday.

Millard H. Wilson Jr., a longtime Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. repairman, died of cancer last year. Wilson, 69, left the medical center three homes located on several acres of waterfront property in Cypress Creek and a boat. He had received treatment at the medical center, which is in the midst of a $117 million building project that includes a new patient tower.

The hospital will name a new critical care unit in his honor.

Baltimore

O'Donnell Heights

Infant wasn't hit by stray bullet

Baltimore police said yesterday that a 2-month-old baby boy was not grazed by a stray bullet, as had been feared, but rather probably suffered a minor head injury caused by scraping against something in his Southeast Baltimore home.

Witnesses reported hearing three gunshots about 6 p.m. Monday in the 6100 block of Plantview Way in O'Donnell Heights. One bullet hit a home on the block, and relatives grabbed the 2-month-old child and ran outside.

Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said doctors determined that the infant's wound was probably caused when relatives grabbed him and ran from the house. After analyzing its trajectory, police investigators determined that the bullet that entered the house could not have hit the child, Moses said.

Police initially took two men into custody for questioning, but no arrests had been made, Moses said.

Gus G. Sentementes

Curtis Bay

Leadership change at Coast Guard Yard

The commanding officer of the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Capt. Stephen C. Duca, has retired after 27 years of service. He was replaced at a ceremony yesterday by the yard's industrial manager, according to a statement from the Coast Guard.

Capt. John F. Kaplan assumed command of the 109-year-old facility off the Baltimore Beltway. It is the Coast Guard's last shipbuilding and repair facility. The yard also serves as headquarters for Coast Guard Sector Baltimore and Coast Guard Curtis Bay.

Kaplan is the yard's 39th commanding officer.

Baltimore County

Pikesville

Townsend to speak on grieving tonight

Former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will speak tonight at the 10th annual Irvin B. Levinson Memorial Lecture Series on Death, Dying and Bereavement. The program begins at 6 p.m. at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

Her talk, "The Awful Grace of God: How I Search for Wisdom in the Face of Death," addresses the way her father, Robert F. Kennedy, served as her role model for channeling personal grief into public service.

The event, sponsored by the funeral home and Jewish Family Services, will also include a talk by Harold Ivan Smith, a Kansas City-based author and grief counselor.

The program is free and open to the public. Doors will open for seating at 5:15 p.m.

Harford County

Belcamp

State DJS official charged with assault

The Department of Juvenile Services official who oversees Baltimore's 2,000 young offenders as area director has been charged with assault in Harford County.

Walter Jackson, 38, a senior DJS employee who became city director in June, was charged April 16 with assaulting a woman at his Belcamp home. A Harford County Sheriff's Office report states that the woman's shirt collar was torn and her back and neck appeared to be sore. Jackson is scheduled to appear in District Court in June on a second-degree assault charge.

DJS Donald W. DeVore said yesterday that Jackson immediately notified him about the allegation and "has been fully forthcoming about it." Jackson is not to have contact with juveniles until the domestic matter is resolved in court, DeVore said, but he is otherwise carrying out his normal duties.

Julie Bykowicz

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