Bricks Lay Foundation for Future, Preserve the Past at CSM

Family and friends of CSM Professor Charles K. Walsh gather by a memorial brick placed on the Leonardtown Campus as a tribute to his life.

While it may seem a small name on a brick, a few black letters on red clay, these bricks that now fit into the walkways at all three College of Southern Maryland campuses give a timeless tribute to the people and places that make this region unique. On April 27, 2016, a Brick Recognition Ceremony was held for the latest of these walkways to be created, at the Leonardtown Campus.

The Brick Program at CSM has paid tribute to some of the people who make the greatest contributions to the region. Friends, families and businesses have funded the program of engraving names, where they can be seen by future generations of students, faculty and visitors to the campuses.

CSM Foundation Chair Rané Franklin was one of the speakers at the April 27 ceremony, and said that the people and organizations whose names were on the bricks are the people who “share in the vision to 'transform lives, one at a time.' It starts with a brick, or a scholarship, a room naming or an event sponsorship. That generosity and investment enriches our todays and immeasurably impacts our community?s tomorrows.”

“The CSM Brick Program provides both a way to memorialize and pay tribute to loved ones and members of the community who are our true champions,” said Dr. Tracy Harris, vice president and dean of the Leonardtown Campus.

The bricks at the Leonardtown Campus have been laid in honor of: Brad and Linda Gottfried; Askey, Askey & Associates CPA LLC; Arthuretta Bowman; Former State Senator Roy Dyson; Steve, Toni and Vinny Kruszka; Al and Lisa Leandre; Leonardtown Campus Student Services; and Metro Restaurant & Janitorial Supplies.

Bricks laid in memory of individuals include: George “Fred” Darney IV; W. Wilson Higgs; Benny Carroll Morgan; James Edward Russell Jr.; Melissa Solms-Baruth; and Charles K. Walsh.

To view photos from the Brick Recognition Ceremony, visit For information on the program, visit