Alan is a long-time resident of Great Falls, and has recently joined the Village as a Nonresident Social Member. He is actively involved in the Village’s survey of neighborhood residents designed to help increase our membership. He is married to Jean Manning, who serves on the Village’s Board of Directors.
Alan is a career academic – having retired just over two years ago from his position as a Professor of Marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He is a world leader in the application of marketing to nonprofit organizations, social marketing, and the market problems of disadvantaged consumers. He is the author or editor of 18 books and numerous articles. Alan has advised, carried out research, and conducted seminars for the World Bank, American Cancer Society, AARP, American Red Cross, and public health programs in the developing world, among others.
His previous academic appointments included the State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Illinois, UCLA, and the University of Connecticut. Before academia, Alan worked for two years at General Motors of Canada (he was a Canadian then) and, prior to that, driving a parts truck (and being picked on by the mechanics) at his father’s automobile dealership.
Alan enjoys golf, reading, gallery-going, and walking his two Cotons.
Leslie Barrett Rothblat
Leslie grew up in Long Island, graduated from the University of Connecticut and did her graduate work at San Jose State in California. In 2006 she retired from Montgomery County Public Schools where she had been an ESOL teacher for many years. That same year, Leslie and her husband Larry sold their Bethesda home of 35 years and moved to The Columbia Residences in the West End.
Leslie happily found that adjustment to urban life and retirement was not a difficult one. She is able to continue to enjoy gardening by tending the plants on her terrace and at her beach house in Delaware. For exercise and transportation, Leslie walks everywhere. Retirement has offered her more time to devote to artistic endeavors, and watercolor painting is a joy she has discovered. (Village volunteer Lynn Cates photographed Leslie next to some of her watercolors.)
Leslie and her husband also enjoy hiking and cooking with their son and daughter-in-law who live in the Metro area. As a new member of the Village, Leslie has enjoyed meeting other members and participating in various activities. The Wednesday morning Yoga Class is one of her favorites.
John moved to Foggy Bottom in 1966, left in 1978 and then moved back to the neighborhood in 1999. He has been here ever since. John was in the transportation field most of his career and wound up retiring from the Postal Service Headquarters in 1989. John is one of our newest members, having joined the Village in January.
John says he leads a simple life of a little periodical reading; walking; volunteering at the Smithsonian and at George Washington University Hospital; and he says, “Just minding my own business.”
John says he joined the Village because he may need a little help from time to time with transportation, and he is looking forward to meeting folks he might not otherwise have gotten a chance to know.