Rich Drozd Lecture Series

Rich Drozd

The Annual Richard A. Drozd Lecture is a living memorial to an uncommon teacher who, during 29 years of faithful service, immeasurably enriched the Georgetown Prep community.

Mr. Rich Drozd, who died in June 2010, was a beloved English teacher at Prep and coached cross country and track for many years. A true man for others who made an impact on his students, colleagues and friends, he spent countless hours performing and leading Christian Service projects. He was inducted into Prep's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

The Drozd Lecture Series has been honored to host the following guest speakers:

2019

Jerry Seib, P'06, '10, '12

Jerry Seib P'06, '10, '12 is the executive Washington editor for The Wall Street Journal. He was previously the Washington bureau chief, overseeing the Journal’s news and analysis from Washington. He also developed the digital edition of the Washington bureau that includes his own column and commentaries, a real-time version of Washington Wire and other features and columns. Mr. Seib appears regularly on networks such as CNBC, Fox Business Network, CNN and the BBC as a commentator on Washington affairs. He also writes a weekly column, “Capital Journal,” which brings an insightful, predictive and original understanding to politics, national affairs and foreign policy. He also has responsibility for The Wall Street Journal/NBC News polls. Mr. Seib also co-authored Pennsylvania Avenue, Profiles in Backroom Power: Making Washington Work Again, and is currently working on his second book.


2018

Ian Harding '05

Ian Harding '05, author of "Odd Birds," presented at the seventh annual Richard Drozd Memorial Lecture. A seven-time Teen Choice Award Winner on Freeform's most-watched series, Pretty Little Liars, a social media influencer with over seven million followers, and an avid birdwatcher? Yes, you read that correctly. Ian Harding '05 is all of these things, and so much more. In "Odd Birds," Harding explores the unexpected world of a young celebrity through the lens of his favorite pastime — birding.


2016

Del Wilber '93

Del Wilber '93, author of "A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad," presented at the sixth annual Richard Drozd Lecture. In the book, Del "tells the inside story of how a homicide squad - a dedicated, colorful team of detectives - does its almost impossible job."

Dr. Stephen J. Ochs

Dr. Stephen J. Ochs, Georgetown Prep's Lawler Chair of History, presented his book, "A Cause Greater Than Self: The Journey of Captain Michael J. Daly, World War II Medal of Honor Recipient," at the fifth annual Richard Drozd Memorial Lecture. Published in 2012, "A Cause Greater Than Self" is the biography of Captain Michael J. Daly '41, Georgetown Prep's only Medal of Honor recipient.


2015

John Glassie '79

Glassie, who has written for The New Republic, The New York Times, and The Paris Review Daily, presented his book, "A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change" at the fourth annual Richard Drozd Memorial Lecture. "A Man of Misconceptions" is a biography about Athanasius Kircher, a seventeenth century German Jesuit, scholar, scientist, and author.


2014

Mark Shriver '82

A senior vice president with "Save the Children," Shriver is also the author of “A Good Man,” his critically acclaimed portrait of his father, Sargent Shriver, the visionary statesman and activist whose many achievements included the creation of the Peace Corps.


2013

William Gildea

Gildea is a longtime Washington Post staff writer and the author of the “The Longest Fight,” his highly acclaimed biography of Joe Gans, the first African American boxing champion and a pivotal figure in early 20th century America. Gildea is the father of two Prep alumni, Billy ’84 and David ’86, both of whom are former students of Mr. Drozd.


2012

Del Wilber '93

An award-winning reporter for The Washington Post, Wilber made The New York Times bestseller list with his first book, "Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan." It also contains homage to two of Wilber's English teachers at Prep: the late Mr. Drozd and Don Cheeseman, whom Wilber credits with inspiring him to become a journalist.