Tennis tourney honors memory of racket designer Howard Head


The inaugural Howard Head Memorial Tennis Tournament was a tribute to the memory of the man who invented Head Skis and Prince Tennis Racquets. It was held last Sunday at Head's club, the Baltimore Country Club, (BCC) with 20 teams playing men's doubles on BCC's beautiful grass courts. Even more people watched and stayed for the crab feast. Head's widow, Marty, flew in from her home in Vail, Colo., to give trophies to the winners of the tourney. Before his death, the Heads had a home in Baltimore.

(Remember, it was Pam Shriver, coached by her teacher and mentor Don Candy, who really introduced the Prince racket to the world when she used it in her first U.S. Open. Her success inspired people all over the country to try the oversized racket.)

The honor of winning the first Howard Head Memorial trophy went to Mike Gisriel, partner with Gisriel and Brush, and Earl Schuebel, Mercantile Bank, who won in a tight match against Bud Adams, president of Belair Road Supply, and his partner Bill Quade.

From what I hear, plans for next year include a two-day mixed doubles tournament and other festivities. All proceeds are donated to Campaign for Our Children, a teen-age pregnancy prevention program that emphasizes abstinence. The program began in Baltimore under the direction of Hal Donofrio, chairman of Richardson, Meyers & Donofrio, organizer of the Head Memorial.

Donofrio had lots of help from his wife, Sherri Thompson, a Legg Mason VP; Bert Criste, Criste Family Foundation and a banker; Charlie Obrecht, partner with P.F. Obrecht; Steve Painter, senior account manager, Bethlehem Steel; Joe Peters, investor; George Stamas, partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering; Ollie Travers, president and CEO Schenuit Investments; Mike and Judy Davies, he's president of Henry Albert Jr. Co., and she works in admissions at Loyola High School; Connie and Bill Pitcher, he's chairman of PDP Group, Inc., Stuart Quarngesser, and Pam Shriver, tennis professional.

College party

Margaret and Jim McManus (McKay's) lovely Monkton horse farm was a perfect setting for a party they gave last week for the Board of Trustees of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and its interim president, Dorothy Brown. She has taken a year sabbatical from her post in the history department at Georgetown University to serve her alma mater.

To ensure a good party, there's nothing like good food, a taste of wonderful fall weather in a country setting and guests like Peter Martin, president and CEO of Provident Bank and the vice chairman of the school's board of trustees. Martin was there with his wife, Kristyn; nearby was Gino Gemignani, executive VP of Whiting Turner; Tom Healy, executive VP of RCM&D; and Carleen Cekal, provincial counselor, School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Other board members at the party were Janet Marie Smith, one of the architects of Oriole Park and Camden Yards, her husband, Bart Harvey III, the Enterprise Foundation; Helen Passano, her publisher husband, Mac; and Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Friedman, with her husband, Richard; Jim Knott, of the philanthropic Knott family, who it is "guesstimated" have over decades given millions of dollars to the College of Notre Dame. He was with his wife, Carroll, always a stylish addition to a party.

Two former board members, Bernie Trueschler, retired CEO of BGE, and Hallie Rice, chairman of E.I.L. Instruments, with his wife, Virginia, received a warm welcome from Sister Kathleen Feeley. She retired as president of the college, four years ago, after having served for more than 20 years. They also enjoyed chatting with newer board members Steve Geppi, president of Diamond Comic Distributors; Ed Hale, chairman and CEO Hale Intermodal Transport; Patricia Mitchell, an alum and director of marketing for IBM; Kathleen Beres, alum who works with NASA; and Sister Patricia McLaughlin, assistant director of the Caroline Center.

The McManuses also invited a few guests like the Rev. Harold Ridley, S.J., president of Loyola College; Tom Scheye, provost of Loyola, and his wife, Paula; Matt DeVito, chairman of the Rouse Co., with his wife, Rosetta; and Jim Constable, an attorney, and his wife, Katie.

Ladew delights

Many thanks to my Monkton connection, Margaret McManus, for telling me about the delightful time she and her husband, Jim, had at the Ladew Topiary Gardens 25th anniversary dinner dance.

Nearly 350 guests were treated to a French cabaret under two huge, white tents featuring nostalgic French music and can-can girls in frilly skirts flying in every direction. And, of course, a divine buffet was prepared by Jane Fallon Caterers. The evening honored the founders of the preservation group, Sybil Brown, Betty Constable and Leith Griswold.

"Les Girls" co-chairs Toni Griswold, Wendy Griswold and Liz Von Kessler, shared the work as well as an interest in the honorees. Toni and Wendy's mother-in-law, Mrs. Griswold was an honoree as was Liz's mother, Mrs. Constable.

Guests included Sue and Jack Luetkemeyer, Constance and Bonnie White, Sally and Deke Miller, the McManuses' daughter, Mary Fontelieu, with Dr. Alex Guba, Ed Hale, Roy Kirby Jr., Sue and Mike Abromaitis, Bibber and Wally Dow, Reeveley and Dick Moore, and Caroline and Jerry Stautberg, and of course, Ladew's new executive director, Jenny Shattuck.

Fashions from history

Projects of the Junior League of Baltimore will benefit from its Oct. 6 American Girls Fashion Show at Bryn Mawr School, 109 W. Melrose Ave. About 40 local girls will model historically inspired clothing from Colonial times, mid-1800s, Civil War, turn of the century, and World War II. Show times will be 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call the league at (410) 296-0748 for tickets, which are $20.

Pub Date: 9/22/96

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