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:


Ian Harding '05

Ian Harding '05, seven-time Teen Choice Award winner on Freeform's most-watched series, Pretty Little Liars, will present his memoir, "Odd Birds," on Thursday, April 19, at 6:00 p.m. Follow the link to register to attend.


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 Rich 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 A. 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.


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 A. Drozd Memorial Lecture. "A Man of Misconceptions" is a biography about Athanasius Kircher, a seventeenth century German Jesuit, scholar, scientist, and author.


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.


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.


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.