Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame Award recognizes the service of members of the Calverton community to Calverton and general society. Hall of Fame members serve as role models to current and future Calverton students. We are proud of their achievements, and want to ensure that future generations have knowledge of the rich heritage of The Calverton School, a heritage due in part to their efforts.
Bonnie Miller '75
While a student at Calverton, Bonnie Miller ‘75 played every sport available to girls – field hockey, basketball, softball and cheerleading. She was also involved in the Literary Magazine, Yearbook, Drama Club and Glee Club. She served as Class President in 9th and 11th grades, Student Council Secretary in 11th and finally Student Council President in her senior year. After graduating from the University of Richmond in 1979, she returned to Calverton where she taught third grade. In 1985 Bonnie became a consultant for the Maryland Writing Project. The following year she became a coordinator and teacher coach in Calverton's Writing and Thinking Program as Calverton became a demonstration school for the state of Maryland. In 1989, Bonnie established the Admissions Program at Calverton. That year, in conjunction with the Lower School Head, Bonnie helped to create the summer camp “Summer Adventures at Calverton.” Bonnie was instrumental in building the Alumni Council, the Calverton Hall of Fame and Cougar Trails. She also co-chaired Calverton's 40th Anniversary Committee. She returned to the classroom, her first love, and taught first grade until she retired from The Calverton School in 2005. Her impact on students as a teacher has been tremendous, and she has influenced many young minds in a positive way. Bonnie is an Oyster farmer and currently resides in Reedville, Virginia.
Chloe Briscoe Ewalt learned at an early age the importance of knowledge, hard work, and good will. For the past 37 years she has touched the lives of more Calverton children and families than any other faculty member. In 1973, after graduating from Sweet Briar College, Chloe accepted an offer to teach Upper School English, seventh grade reading, and eighth grade civics at Calverton. The following January she moved to the Lower School to teach first grade. In 1983 Chloe took on the role of Lower School Head, in addition to her teaching duties. After devoting 17 years as Lower School Head and 30 plus years teaching first grade and other subject areas, Chloe worked briefly as the Librarian before establishing the first alumni office at Calverton. As alumni liaison, she successfully initiated an alumni council, and was instrumental in forming the Hall of Fame. Chloe also worked closely with the senior internship program. This past school year, Chloe returned to the classroom where she delights in learning from her fourth graders as much as they benefit from the lessons this true master teacher shares with them.
Over the years, her devotion and endless volunteer hours to such organizations as Christ Church, One-Room Schoolhouse, Historical Society, Delta Kappa Gamma, American Chestnut Land Trust, Farm Bureau, and Jefferson Patterson Park undoubtedly strengthen their place in our neighborhoods. A lifelong resident of Calvert County, Chloe and her husband, Bart, are parents of Matt Ewalt ’98, and grandparents to Lilly.
Richard Gray '74
During his years at Calverton, Richard Gray ‘74 was involved in many aspects of school life, including sports. He was part of two league championship teams: the ’72 soccer team, which was the first undefeated team in Calverton history, and the ’74 basketball team. After earning a degree at Washington College, he went on to the University of Baltimore Law School, where he earned the Law Faculty Award for the most distinguished graduate and graduated as the valedictorian of his class. Richard is the CEO of Gray & Associates, LLC based in Baltimore. He has been involved with the management and disposition of commercial loan and REO portfolios in both the legal and business arenas for two decades. He is the recipient of the Governor’s Salute to Excellence in recognition of his service in resolving the Maryland thrift crisis. Richard served on The Calverton School Board of Trustees from 1994 to 1997. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Alumni Council, and served as its President for two years. He also played a major role in the creation of the Hall of Fame. Richard currently lives in Annapolis with his wife, Kimberly, and their children, Hunter and Piper, while oldest daughter Erin attends Washington College.
Dr. Willem Roosenburg '77
Dr. Willem Roosenburg ’77 is recognized both nationally and internationally as an authority on turtle conservation and the diamondback terrapin. Willem helped design and implement an environmental education program in collaboration with Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and Maryland Environmental Services. This program involves the distribution of turtle hatchlings from Poplar Island to participating schools throughout Maryland. Willem's research was instrumental in developing regulations that require the use of turtle exclusion devices on Maryland crab pots. He also testified before the General Assembly in Annapolis when his research revealed a marked decrease and slow recovery of the terrapin population in the Patuxent River. His testimony resulted in passing a law prohibiting the continued commercial exploitation of Maryland's state mascot. He frequently lectures about his diamondback terrapin research to both public and scientific groups throughout Maryland. Willem has a BS from the University of Rhode Island in Zoology (1981), an MS from SUNY, Buffalo State College in Biology (1986) and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Evolutionary Ecology (1992). Willem is a professor at Ohio University. He currently resides in Amesville, Ohio with his wife, Kate, and their two children, Dirk and Selinde.
Donna Chaney Bunn ‘78
Donna was an active member and leader of the School community while she was a student at Calverton. She played multiple sports and served many years on Student Council in various leadership roles and also on the Student Disciplinary Committee. Donna graduated from Virginia Tech with a Business Management degree and returned to work at the family business, Chaney Enterprises, where she started working at age 16 in various positions. She became the Office Manager and then started the Human Resources Department. Upon her father’s death, she took over as Vice Chairman of the Board. Donna served nine years on The Calverton School Board of Trustees, six years as Vice President, and started the Trustee Committee. Since retiring from the Calverton Board, she has served on the Capital Campaign, Marketing and the Alumni Field Committees. She currently serves on the executive planning committee for the annual 3v3 soccer tournament. Donna is a parent of Philip ’08, Will ’09, Beth ’11, and Spencer ’17.
Dr. Elizabeth Cataldi
Libby served as Head of The Calverton School from 1987 to 2004. Her first involvement at Calverton was as a reading and writing coach, and she brought the “Writing and Thinking” project to Calverton. Before long, Calverton became a demonstration school for the State of Maryland and received recognition for the program both nationally and internationally. During Libby’s tenure as Head of School, she worked with the Board of Trustees to develop a master plan for Calverton, oversaw the acquisition of the “Hundred Acre Wood” and marsh properties, started the Annual Giving campaign, facilitated a successful capital campaign to build the Bowen-Thomas Science and Art Center, and many other initiatives. Libby has spent the last few years writing her book, Stay Close, which was published in 2009.
Fran joined The Calverton School in the fall of 1970 after teaching at Maret School in Washington, D.C., her alma mater. As a physical education teacher and athletic coach, Fran was instrumental in developing a strong physical education program at Calverton. In her first year she introduced the sport of field hockey to Calverton and began Field Day, a long-standing tradition that remains today. Fran devoted a great deal of time and talent to the students and her many contributions to the school included coaching basketball and softball, teaching driver’s education, and driving the school bus. In the fall of 1981, Fran became the first Athletic Director and after retiring in 1994 as Director of Student Support Services she returned to her first love, field hockey. Since then, she has been an assignor for the Tri-County Field Hockey Officials Association, vice president for the United States Field Hockey Association, and has traveled extensively with friends who support the national teams.\
Patricia Meagher, the first Headmistress at The Calverton School, worked tirelessly with the Board of Directors and the first families in the creation of the School. She had been teaching six grade and seventh grade geography at The Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland when she was interviewed for the position. At the time, Mrs. Meagher had been coming to Calvert County for the summers and most weekends since 1950 when her parents purchased Morgan Hill Farm in Lusby, so Calvert County definitely felt like home. During her tenure, she built a solid college preparatory program, along with the faculty she hired, and developed high standards academically and morally for all students. Calverton credits Mrs. Meagher with one of its most important traditions – a firm handshake – one that is carried on to this very day. Mrs. Meagher remained the Head of the School until 1981. Upon her retirement she began to devote more time to volunteer activities including working with the Red Cross and various environmental groups, as well as offering tax advice to elderly citizens. She has traveled extensively and visited every continent.
Rick Weber ‘75
Rick has had a distinguished career both as an athlete and an educator. During his years at Calverton, his outstanding basketball skills, as demonstrated with his 1,440 career points and 1,100 rebounds, combined with his solid sportsmanship, brought recognition and recruitment offers from over thirty notable college and university coaches, as well as early recognition to the School’s young athletic program. Rick earned numerous awards while playing varsity basketball each year for nationally ranked Roanoke College, graduating with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Health and Physical Education. He was a celebrated head varsity basketball coach at Amherst County High School in Virginia before returning to Calvert County in 1984 as a teacher, Athletic Director, and head varsity basketball coach at Calvert and Northern High Schools, earning numerous SMAC championships and coach’s awards. In between, Rick completed his master’s degree in Education Administration at Old Dominion University in 1992 while coaching there. Since 1997 Rick met with continued success as head basketball coach and Vice Principal at Northern and currently Huntingtown High School.
Wanda T. King
Wanda has served on the Board of Trustees for The Calverton School from 1987-2005, rejoining the Board in 2008, and is currently serving as Board President. She has led the Board of Trustees with vigor and enthusiasm and is personally involved in all committee work. Her achievements and contributions to the School are extraordinary. During her tenure on the Board, she has provided the leadership and financial support needed to ensure the School would not only survive but also thrive. This she has done anonymously in her quiet and reserved manner. She organized a fundraising effort at the School, implementing the first Annual Giving campaign. She has always been committed to seeing that many students are afforded the opportunity of a Calverton education. In 1998, she directed a master plan for campus expansion, with the completion of the Bowen-Thomas Science and Art Center in 2001. The Calvert County community greatly benefits from her involvement, including serving as co-chair of the hospital’s capital campaign and treasurer for her church, as well as raising funds for the Johns Hopkins Professorship in Pediatric Endocrinology and working on the Presidents Leadership Council at Washington College. Wanda is the parent of Michelle ’91, Christine ’92, Thom ’00, and Kate ’03.
The Founding Board of Directors:
The Honorable Perry G. Bowen, Jr.
James T. Briscoe
Charles C. Cox, Jr.
Dwight B. Galt, Jr.
Samuel J. Hammett
Robert Lee Horsmon
Owen H. Jones
Earl M. Thompson
Kenneth M. Wells
The Founding Board of Directors played an integral role in the formation of The Calverton School. Working with other concerned parents, they were all determined to have a school that stressed academic achievements above all else. These people characterized the strength of human spirit needed to give birth to a school. The early years were filled with frequent meetings, plenty of physical labor, and a frenzy of fundraising activities by countless individuals. The Calverton School was fortunate to have The Board of Directors lead this fledgling school with a steady, yet aggressive hand. These nine individuals knew the meaning of a hard day’s work and didn’t shy away from a commitment about which they felt strongly. Self-made businessmen, independent farmers, a judge, a writer…they all worked together to realize this dream of “building a school,” involving the entire family with their wives working just a diligently. As Judge Bowen once said, “Although I was part of it, it still seems - after all these years - an unbelievable accomplishment in such a short time. It is a tribute to the energy and commitment of all of the parents of those days.”