Bricks at CSM honor loved ones, ser­vice

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The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (CSM) hosted brick recog­ni­tion cer­e­monies this spring at the Leonard­town Cam­pus, cel­e­brat­ing the le­gacy rep­re­sented by five newly ded­i­cated bricks that have been added to the walk­way in front of the Wellness, Fit­ness and Aquat­ics Cen­ter, and at the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus, where three bricks were added in front of the John E. Harms Aca­demic Cen­ter.

“The CSM Foun­da­tion Brick Pro­gram pro­vides both a way to memo­ri­al­ize and pay trib­ute to loved ones and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who are our true cham­pi­ons,” CSM Pres­i­dent Brad Got­tfried said to the friends, sup­port­ers, fam­ily mem­bers and col­lege em­ploy­ees gath­ered for the Leonard­town event in April.

The bricks were pur­chased through the CSM Foun­da­tion by fam­ily mem­bers and friends. All pro­ceeds from the pro­gram sup­port CSM Foun­da­tion pro­grams and schol­ar­ships with the great­est needs, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

One of the five Leonard­town bricks hon­ors Mary Wash­ing­ton, long­time mem­ber of the St. Mary’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and ed­u­ca­tion ad­vo­cate. Wash­ing­ton, who was present at the event, was noted as the first African-Amer­i­can woman elected to of­fice in St. Mary’s County as a board of ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber in 1996.

The re­main­ing four bricks at the Leonard­town Cam­pus were placed in memo­riam.

A brick for Eric T. Askins, a 2016 grad­u­ate of Great Mills High School and stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more County, was of­fered by his par­ents, Laura and Joseph Askins. Eric Askins re­ceived his driver’s ed­u­ca­tion train­ing and life­guard train­ing cer­tifi­cate at CSM. His two fa­vorite things in life were driv­ing and life­guard­ing. He is sur­vived by his par­ents and a brother, Travis.

A brick was placed in mem­ory of Dan C. Dar­ney by his sis­ter, Su­san Trossbach. The youngest of six chil­dren, he grad­u­ated from Great Mills High School in 1979. He worked in nurs­eries and on ships from the Sea­far­ers Harry Lun­de­berg School of Sea­man­ship. He also worked as a painter, start­ing a paint­ing com­pany that he co-owned with his brother, Fred. He is re­mem­bered as a hard worker who loved sports. He is sur­vived by three sis­ters.

CSM staff mem­ber Bev­er­ley Rus­sell spon­sored a brick for Roland and Eva Higgs, de­scrib­ing the cou­ple as “salt of the earth” peo­ple who self­lessly helped oth­ers. The cou­ple raised five bi­o­log­i­cal chil­dren and a mul­ti­tude of oth­ers, in­clud­ing Eva Higgs’ younger brothers and some nieces and neph­ews and other “strays” that “just seemed to end up on the farm.”

The cou­ple later tran­si­tioned to car­ing for the el­derly, work­ing with the Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices and tak­ing in those who were “un­place­able” or had spe­cial health needs. Roland Higgs died from Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease in the early 1970s, and Eva Higgs died in the mid-1990s.

A brick was placed in mem­ory of Den­nis “Scott” Mat­tingly by CSM staff mem­bers Toni Kruszka and Mau­reen Rotto-Coar, who were friends of Scott’s par­ents, Den­nis and Deb­bie Mat­tingly. He is re­mem­bered as car­ing, lov­able and friendly to ever yone he met.

At the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus cer­e­mony May 17, bricks were placed to honor Dr. Richard H. Beers, Mar­cia N. Kent and CSM Pres­i­dent Dr. Brad Got­tfried and his wife, Linda.

Beers re­tired af­ter 14 years at CSM, where he is cred­ited with in­creas­ing in­ter­est in the col­lege’s physics pro­gram. “He has grown the col­lege’s physics pro­gram and cour­ses from see­ing those stu­dents who avoided Physics I, II and III, to fill­ing all of his classes each se­mes­ter, in­clud­ing sum­mers,” Got­tfried said in the re­lease. Beers cre­ated a course “Physics is Phun” to in­tro­duce CSM stu­dents to STEM and the sciences in gen­eral.

Got­tfried noted that Beers also sup­ported CSM’s science pro­gram fi­nan­cially. “Dr. Beers and his wife Bar­bara’s gen­eros­ity has re­sulted in the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus hav­ing the best equipped physics lab in all of South­ern Mary­land, ri­val­ing those at ma­jor uni­ver­si­ties,” he said in the re­lease.

A brick was placed to honor Kent, who works in the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Busi­ness Of­fice at the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus. “She al­ways has a smile and a hug for those in need,” Got­tfried said. “This brick was do­nated in recog­ni­tion of her ded­i­ca­tion, con­tin­ued sup­port and years of ser vice to the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land and its stu­dents.”

The third brick from the Prince Fred­er­ick cer­e­mony hon­ored the Got­tfrieds. CSM Vice Pres­i­dent and Dean of the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus Dr. Richard Flem­ing of­fered re­marks about the cou­ple’s im­pact on the col­lege as Dr. Got­tfried pre­pares to re­tire.

“He is known in our South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity for ad­vanc­ing the col­lege and the many part­ner­ships he has cre­ated to help our stu­dents, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity,” Flem­ing said, not­ing that the Got­tfrieds have sup­ported the col­lege fi­nan­cially with an an­nual and an en­dowed schol­ar­ships fund and a re­cent pledge of a $100,000 de­ferred gift as part of their liv­ing trust.

“Dr. Got­tfried has been able to es­tab­lish more than 50 guar­an­teed ar­tic­u­la­tion agree­ments with col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. In ad­di­tion, Dr. Got­tfried’s vi­sion of a cen­trally lo­cated cam­pus has been re­al­ized with the open­ing of the Re­gional Hugh­esville Cam­pus its first build­ing, the new cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing,” Flem­ing said in the re­lease.

In­di­vid­u­als can have per­son­al­ized bricks placed for a $200 do­na­tion. For in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gram, go to www.foun­da­ or email


Mary Wash­ing­ton, long­time mem­ber of the St. Mary’s County Public School Board, kneels be­side the brick ded­i­cated in her name at CSM’s Leonard­town Cam­pus.

CSM Pres­i­dent Brad Got­tfried and his wife, Linda Got­tfried, stand be­hind the brick ded­i­cated in their name at the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus.

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