Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
First of all, mezcal is not tequila. Tequila can only be made from the blue agave plant, while mezcal can be made from a whole bunch of different kind of agaves. But it's mezcal's production method, primarily the use of an underground baking process, that imparts its distinctive smoky flavor. You can find out a whole lot more about mezcal at Birroteca tonight, when Ilegal Mezcal founder Stephen Myers will be behind the bar, mixing cocktails and telling customers about mezcal's unique production techniques.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Binnie Ritchie Holum, a dancer, choreographer, playwright and actress who had been a co-founder of the Baltimore Women's Theatre Project , died Sept. 21 at her parents' home near Saranac Lake, N.Y., of a gioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor. She was 64. "Her talent was just endless and she had more energy than three people combined," said Harvey M. Doster, her collaborator, who is director of the International Baccalaureate Theater Program at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson.
September 8, 2011
The Daily Record has named AscendOne Corp. founder and Ellicott City resident Bernie Dancel one of its 2011 Innovators, an award created to recognize businesses and individuals who have had a positive effect and tremendous impact in Maryland. The Daily Record, a Baltimore-based business publication, will honor the 2011 Innovators at a dinner Oct. 26, at which time the 2011 Innovator of the Year will be announced. Dancel is one of 24 finalists. The Innovator of the Year recognition notes Ascend One's experiment in telecommuting that has resulted in nearly half of the company's employees working from home.
By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
When she returns to Baltimore, Zoey Washington walks the streets with relative anonymity. She'll pop into local boutiques unnoticed. This isn't the reception you would expect for a woman who founded a nationally recognized styling collective, LittleBird, focused on the teen and tween demographic, and who has held editing positions with some of the world's best-known glossies. Washington, a 31-year-old graduate of Garrison Forest School and Columbia University, prefers it that way. But Washington's resume reads like a who's who of fashion elite: She's held positions at Marie Claire, Vogue and Essence.
By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| April 16, 2013
Many parents have read, liked and tweeted Glennon Doyle Melton's popular essay " Don't Carpe Diem " about bucking traditional advice to enjoy every second with her kids. ("This CARPE DIEM message makes me paranoid and panicky. Especially during this phase of my life - while I'm raising young kids. Being told, in a million different ways to CARPE DIEM makes me worry that if I'm not in a constant state of intense gratitude and ecstasy, I'm doing something wrong. ") The founder of followed up that viral success with a book called "Carry On, Warrior" that describes overcoming her bulemia and drug and alcohol abuse to become the mother she is today -- imperfect, but who isn't?
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2001
Kenneth C. Hobart, former creative director of the Baltimore-based Becker Group and co-founder of a now-defunct greeting card company, died of AIDS Tuesday at his North Baltimore home. He was 48. Until leaving the Becker Group two years ago because of failing health, Mr. Hobart was creative director of the company that is one of the world's largest designers of holiday decor for shopping malls, casinos, corporate headquarters and cruise ships. "Kenny was like a million-watt light bulb," said Gordon Becker, CEO and founder of the 40-year- old design firm.
By William Patalon III and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2004
Human Genome Sciences Inc. hired a longtime veteran of Abbott Laboratories Inc. as its new chief executive officer yesterday, the second Maryland biotechnology firm in a week to reach outside the company for new leadership. Rockville-based Human Genome Sciences said its founder, William A. Haseltine, who retired last month, would be succeeded as CEO by H. Thomas Watkins. Watkins, 51, joins Human Genome after having spent most of the past two decades with pharmaceutical giant Abbott Labs and its affiliates.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Chieh "Jeffrey" Huang, a retired civil engineer who was a founder of the Chinese Language School of Baltimore, died Jan. 21 of pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 78. Mr. Huang was born in Beijing. After the Communists took over mainland China in 1950, he fled with his family to Taiwan, where he graduated from high school. He earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1957 from National Taiwan University. In 1960, he came to the U.S. to study for a master's degree in civil engineering, which he earned in 1962 from the University of Minnesota.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Janice H. Wilcox, former chief of staff for higher-education programs at the U.S. Department of Education and founder and CEO of Education Resources Group, died June 26 of neuroendocrine disease at her Towson home. She was 73. "Janice was the founder of the Patuxent Women's Coalition, and I was a member long before I became a City Councilwoman," said Sharon Green Middleton. "She touched my life, and I will always be grateful to her. She was the kind of person who did the little things in life well.
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2011
On Sept. 12, 2010, the University of Maryland needed a plane for a men's basketball recruiting trip, and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank delivered. Fifteen weeks later, the sport was different but the situation the same. As athletics officials raced to interview football coaching candidates, Plank paid for $31,735 in charter flights. The flights — Plank loaned or chartered a plane five times for Maryland's use in a recent two-year period at a cost of $123,906 — represented only a fraction of the contributions to his alma mater by the Under Armour founder, who helps Maryland keep pace in the ever-escalating athletics arms race.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Jon B. Singer, a successful Baltimore businessman who was active in Jewish philanthropic causes that ranged from helping those suffering from drug abuse to mentoring young men and women starting businesses, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 31 at his Pikesville home. He was 71. "His compassion and generosity knew no bounds. Even though he ran several businesses and was a devoted family man, he always found time to help those who were in need," said Jerry Sutton, who was executive director of House of Hope, a Reisterstown Road recovery facility that Mr. Singer founded for Jewish men struggling to overcome drug addiction and substance abuse.
Dan Rodricks | September 10, 2014
This should have been a totally tall week for Baltimore - tall ships and Blue Angels for War of 1812 commemorations; the Orioles, ever closer to a division title, back home to play the Yankees; Derek Jeter bidding farewell to Camden Yards; the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium to face their biggest rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday night on national television. Big stuff, tall stuff, a real wow week in the life of Charm City. And it's all still true, except for the clouds left by the Ray Rice storm.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Octavia Dugan, who founded a Village of Cross Keys boutique and was considered an arbiter of traditional fashion, died in her sleep of undetermined causes Saturday at Palm City Nursing Home in Palm City, Fla. The former Cromwell Valley resident was 98. Born Octavia Whelan Chatard in Baltimore and raised on Calvert Street, she was the daughter of Dr. J. Albert Chatard, a physician, and Alice Whelan, a homemaker. She attended the Baltimore Academy of the Visitation and Notre Dame Preparatory School, where she graduated in 1934.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Dr. Michael Beer, former chairman of the department of biophysics at the Johns Hopkins University who was an environmentalist who worked diligently to clean up and protect Stony Run and the Jones Falls, died Aug. 22. He was 88. Dr. Beer was dining with his companion, Patricia Laidlaw, at her Roland Park home when he was stricken with a heart attack. He was taken to Union Memorial, where he was pronounced dead, said his daughter, Suzanne C. Beer of Middle River. "In the early days of molecular microscopy he was one of the key figures," said Dr. Bertrand Garcia-Moreno, chairman of the department of biophysics at the Johns Hopkins University.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Donald C. Allen, a retired corporate lawyer who was a founder of the Baltimore law firm of Allen, Thiebolt and Alexander, died Thursday at his home in Jackson, Wyo., of pancreatic cancer. He was 82. The son of Donald E. Allen, a meat inspector, and Alice Diediker Allen, a homemaker, Donald Clinton Allen, the first of six children, was born and raised in Spokane, Wash., where he graduated in 1950 from John Rogers High School. Mr. Allen entered Princeton University in 1950 and withdrew three years later.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
Gordon L. Smith Jr., chairman of the board and a co-founder of Baltimore Capital Management and a former longtime resident of Phoenix, Baltimore County, died Aug. 17 at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., after open-heart surgery. He was 70. The son of Gordon L. Smith Sr., a salesman for real estate firm S.L. Hammerman Co., and Mary Louise Stansbury Smith, a Hochschild-Kohn sales associate, Gordon Lee Smith Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in the Loch Raven neighborhood. After graduating in 1963 from City College, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1966 from the University of Maryland, College Park.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
Paul Wilson Ramey, a member of the Army Corps of Engineers who was a founder of AIDS Action Baltimore, died of cancer Dec. 29 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 55 and lived in Hampden. Born and raised in Woodstock, Va., he was a 1975 graduate of Central High School who earned a civil engineering degree "with distinction" at Virginia Military Institute. He then served as a first lieutenant in the Army Reserves' transportation corps. After work at the Wilson T. Ballard engineering firm in Owings Mills, he practiced civil engineering at Whitman, Requardt and Associates from 1983 to 1991.
August 4, 2000
Robert A. Brooks, 69, a Midwestern telecommunications entrepreneur who started several high-tech companies, died Tuesday in St. Louis of complications after surgery. Mr. Brooks was founder or co-founder of five companies, including Cencom Cable Associates and Brooks Fiber Properties, two companies that he sold in the 1990s. Cencom was a predecessor to cable television giant Charter Communications Inc., now owned by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
David R. Millard, an oil company executive who was a co-founder of the Chesapeake Oil Co., died Aug. 15 at Stella Maris Hospice of cancer. He was 88. The son of Junius Samuel Millard, a pharmacist, and Marian Bentley Millard, girl's athletic director at Friends School, David Rockwell Millard was born in Baltimore and raised in the Armagh Village neighborhood of Baltimore County. Mr. Millard's paternal grandfather, David Rockwell Millard, was one of the pharmacists who founded the old Morgan & Millard Inc. pharmacy in the Roland Park Shopping Center, which is now the site of the Petit Louis Restaurant.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Radio station WNST Friday laid off five employees including the general manager, a show producer and two on-airs hosts. Station founder Nestor Aparicio told the staff Friday morning.  Here's what Aparicio wrote of the five and their dismissals: Today, I announced the departure of several veteran folks - Drew Forrester, Glenn Clark, Ryan Chell and my office staff of general manager Paul Kopelke and Ashley Bishoff - in effort to...
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