Dr. John Mil­ton Sine

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Dr. John Mil­ton Sine of Is­sue, MD, passed away peace­fully at his home on 6 July, 2017, at the age of 85. Born 21 De­cem­ber, 1931, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Louise Sul­li­van (Sine) Hen­der­son and John Mil­ton Sine Sr.

He was the beloved hus­band of Joan Reese Hunger­ford Sine for 58 years and lov­ing fa­ther of six chil­dren: John D. Hunger­ford, and his wife JoAnne; Joan E. Hunger­ford; Evan E. Sine and his wife Beth; An­drea R. S. Watkins and her hus­band Ge­orge; Tara S. Lan­dis and her hus­band Jamie; M. Heather Sine and her hus­band John F. Loome III; 12 grand­chil­dren; and two great-grand­chil­dren. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; and his step fa­ther, G. Gil­bert Hen­der­son.

John grew up in Washington, D.C., and moved to the Sul­li­van fam­ily farm in Mar­bury, MD, at the age of 14. He was in the Lackey High School grad­u­at­ing class of 1949, where he was ac­tive in the year­book, news­pa­per, cho­rus, band (clar­inet), and bas­ket­ball and baseball teams. John served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1954, and en­rolled in the Univer­sity of Mary­land (UMD) Col­lege Park shortly af­ter his hon­or­able dis­charge. He re­ceived a B.A. in English, with a mi­nor in Phi­los­o­phy from UMD in 1958, a M.A. in Dra­matic Literature with a mi­nor in Phi­los­o­phy from New York Univer­sity (NYU) in 1960, and a Ph.D. in Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Administration from the Catholic Univer­sity of Amer­ica in 1972. It was dur­ing his time at NYU that he re­con­nected with his high school sweet­heart, Joan Reese Hunger­ford. They wed on April 16, 1959, and moved back to Charles County, MD in Bryans Road in 1961.

In 1961, John joined the staff of the newly es­tab­lished Charles County Com­mu­nity Col­lege, where he taught English, Speech and Phi­los­o­phy. He taught un­til 1965, when he was ap­pointed Dean of the Col­lege and served in this po­si­tion for the next 17 years. He over­saw the col­lege’s growth from a small fa­cil­ity on Bumpy Oak Road to it’s present cam­pus on Mitchell Road, now known as the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (CSM). He was ap­pointed Pres­i­dent of the Col­lege in 1982 where he over­saw its great­est ex­pan­sion, and led the in­sti­tu­tion for the next 16 years. The build­ing of the Learn­ing Re­sources Cen­ter, the Cen­ter for Busi­ness and In­dus­try, the Fine Arts Cen­ter and the Health Tech­nol­ogy Build­ing are hall­marks of his pres­i­dency.

Over his 37-year ca­reer, John was in­stru­men­tal in ex­pand­ing the col­lege’s pres­ence in St. Mary’s and Calvert Coun­ties, cre­at­ing and de­sign­ing the con­cept of a re­gional com­mu­nity col­lege for the res­i­dents of the en­tire South­ern Mar yland area. He was a strong ad­vo­cate and ac­tive cham­pion for higher ed­u­ca­tion and was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting the strong foun­da­tion for the present CSM in­sti­tu­tion.

John served in many lead­er­ship po­si­tions and com­mit­tees out­side of the Col­lege, in­clud­ing the Charles County Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion Board of Direc­tors, Charles County Cham­ber of Com­merce Board of Direc­tors, Board of Gov­er­nors of the South­ern Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Fa­cil­ity, St. Mary’s Ryken High School Board of Direc­tors, Physi­cian’s Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal Board of Direc­tors, Mary­land Coun­cil of Com­mu­nity Col­lege Pres­i­dents (Chair), the Gover­nor’s U.S. 301 South Cor­ri­dor Trans­porta­tion Task Force (Chair), Trial Courts Ju­di­cial Nom­i­nat­ing Com­mis­sion, and the Ap­pel­late Ju­di­cial Nom­i­nat­ing Com­mis­sion. He was also named Ci­ti­zen of the Year by both the Wal­dorf Lions Club and Wal­dorf Ki­wa­nis.

Fol­low­ing re­tire­ment, John con­tin­ued to en­joy his love of fam­ily, fish­ing, gar­den­ing, golf, music and read­ing. In 2007, he took on one of his most chal­leng­ing en­deav­ors by writ­ing and self-pub­lish­ing his first novel, Cuck­old Creek (2008), un­der the pseu­do­nym Enis St. John. He then wrote Tobacco Styx Bridge (2010) and Trin­ity Is­land (2011). The fic­tional tril­ogy de­picted events set in Charles County.

John was a mem­ber of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Is­sue, MD.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held Wed­nes­day, 12 July, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Are­hart-Echols Fu­neral Home, 211 St. Mary’s Ave., La Plata, MD 20646. A Mass of Chris­tian burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 201 St. Mary’s Ave., La Plata, MD, on Thurs­day, 13 July, at 10 a.m. A grave­side ser­vice will fol­low at St. Ig­natius Church, Chapel Point.

Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Foun­da­tion, CSM Foun­da­tion, P.O. Box 910, La Plata, MD 20646 or on­line at http://foun­da­tion. csmd.edu/giv­ing/in­dex.html

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