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Mary Jane “Janie” Abell Scully ’43 died January 6, 2010, in Leonardtown, Maryland, at age 86. Janie lived in St. Mary’s County her entire life, graduating from St. Mary’s Seminary in 1943 with an associate’s degree in business. She worked as a kindergarten teacher at Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown and as a secretary at Chopticon High School in Morganza. Janie belonged to the St. Aloysius Church Ladies of Charity organization and the Auxiliary of Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. She is survived by her children Leone Scully Gatton, Mike Scully, Kenny Scully, Carl Scully, and Addie Scully Watts; her brother B. Kennedy Abell, Jr.; six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the Auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 50, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.
Yvonne Blackwell Poggie ’56 died April 7, 2010, in Jacksonville, Florida, at age 73. A native of Baltimore, she and her sisters, Gay Blackwell Lally ’51 and Ann Blackwell McNeil ’51 all attended St. Mary’s Seminary Junior College. A graduate of the Union Memorial School of Nursing in Baltimore, she worked as a nurse at both Beaches Hospital and the Florida Department of Health in Jacksonville, before retiring in 2002. She was a devoted member of the Women of the Moose and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Victor Poggie; her daughters Yvonne Poggie and Caroline Poggie Keeney; sisters Gay Lally, Ann McNeil and Keith Killian; and two grandchildren. Charitable contributions may be made, in her memory, to the Moose Lodge 455-WOTM Chapter 305, 3834 Southside Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32216.
Bonnie Dixon Dunn ’66 died April 21, 2010, in Harwood, Maryland, at age 64. Bonnie grew up in the area now known as the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary in Upper Marlboro, Maryland She grew up in 4-H and never lost her love for youth programs and nature. She received her associate’s degree in physical education and recreation from the College in 1966, and in 1998, received her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland University College. Bonnie, shown here with her grandson, Jacob Bjerknes and his friend, Lindsey Winemiller, was a naturalist at the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission for over 35 years. In 1987, she helped establish the Patuxent River 4-H Center, an environmental education and youth facility, in Upper Marlboro, serving as the center’s facility manager and naturalist until her death. She is survived by her children, Mike Dunn and Kathleen Bjerknes; her mother, Alma Dixon; two sisters, Mary Etta Canter and Ginger Tayman; and three grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the Patuxent River 4-H Foundation, 18405 Queen Anne Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774.
Daniel Anthony Dincher ’86 died May 12, 2010, in Westminster, Maryland, at age 46. A native of Arlington, Virginia, he grew up in Westminster where he played varsity lacrosse. After St. Mary’s College, he worked as the head of the purchasing department for Tracor Incorporated at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Daniel is survived by his parents, Charles and Maureen; his brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Andrea Dincher and their children, Evan and Carly. Contributions may be sent to Mark Reed, 683 Lake Drive, Westminster, Maryland 21158, for a memorial fund.
IN MEMORIAM - FACULTY AND STAFF
Harry Potter died June 25, 2010, in Valley Lee, Maryland, at age 77. A native of New Castle, Pennsylvania, Harry moved to St. Mary’s County in 1972 when he became a food service manager at the College. He later operated the Ceramic Shoppe in Callaway, Maryland. A member of the Lexington Park United Methodist Church, he sang in the choir and helped at special events. Most recently, he and his wife of 54 years, Barbara, volunteered at the St. Mary’s Hospital gift shop. He is survived by his wife; son and daughter-in-law, DuWayne and Terri Potter; daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Keith Leimbach; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Duane McFarland; and seven grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, Maryland 20692, or St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, P.O Box 527, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Many faculty, staff, and alumni remember Harry as a friend to everyone and as a man who touched many lives. For more memories of Harry Potter, visit the alumni web page at www.smcm.edu/alum.