What’s the Story Behind This Old Photo?
We’re continuing to find old, unlabeled UB photos and could use your help. Do you know the people pictured in this image? Do you know when or why this photo was taken?
Fill us in: Contact the Office of Alumni Relations by email or at 410.837.6131.
And the Story Behind the Last Photo Is ...
The old photo featured in our last issue generated several responses; our thanks to everyone who weighed in. We hope you’ll share more stories about future photos.
From David Juppe, M.P.A. ’88, D.P.A. ’11:
I cannot identify the event, but the man who is speaking (in the wheelchair) is David Thompson, an equity specialist with the Maryland State Department of Education. He and I were in the M.P.A. program in the mid-1980s. I think he graduated about the same time as me, in 1988.
From Francis D. Polk, J.D. ’66:
The man who has his fist in his face may be Professor Vincent Chillemi of [the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk]. I worked with Vince at Dundalk during the 1980s. I do not know what his U of B connection may have been.
From Erica Cryor, J.D. ’78:
I believe that the [fifth] person from the left is Eric Byrd, who is now deceased. The gentleman in the wheelchair worked at the University during the mid-’70s. He was in the front lobby of the building across from the train station on Charles Street. I can’t remember his name. The last time I saw him was before 2006.
From Deborah Verbeck, B.A. ’78 (by phone):
The man in the wheelchair is David Thompson. He recently passed away, but Verbeck believes he was an instructor at UB or giving a symposium at the time the picture was taken.
From Gerald Tich, B.S. ’62 (by phone):
He believes the meeting had to do with affirmative action. The man in the wheelchair is David Thompson, and to Thompson’s left is Vincent Chillemi, [former] director of the Single Step Program at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk. At the end of the table, the man writing is Kali Mallik, a longtime director at Alliance who [later worked] for the Maryland State Department of Education in the Division of Rehabilitation Services.
From Beatrice (Madison) Kinyua, M.P.A. ’84 (by phone):
The third man to the left of the woman in the black jacket is Kinyua’s cousin, Eric L. Byrd, who was an administrator at Baltimore City Community College and at Morgan State University.