John M. Sine

Born: Mon., Dec. 21, 1931
Died: Thu., Jul. 6, 2017


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 12, 2017
Location: Arehart-Echols Funeral Home

Memorial Mass

10:00 AM Thu., Jul. 13, 2017
Location: Sacred Heart Catholic Church


11:30 AM Thu., Jul. 13, 2017
Location: St. Ignatius Church Cemetery

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Dr. John Milton Sine of Issue, MD passed away peacefully at his home on 6 July, 2017, at the age of 85. Born 21 December, 1931, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Louise Sullivan (Sine) Henderson and John Milton Sine, Sr.

He was the beloved husband of Joan Reese Hungerford Sine for 58 years and loving father of six children: John D. Hungerford, and his wife JoAnne; Joan E. Hungerford; Evan E. Sine and his wife Beth; Andrea R. S. Watkins and her husband George; Tara S. Landis and her husband Jamie; M. Heather Sine and her husband John F. Loome, III; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his step father G. Gilbert Henderson. 

John grew up in Washington, D.C. and moved to the Sullivan family farm in Marbury, MD at the age of 14. He was in the Lackey High School graduating class of 1949, where he was active in the yearbook, newspaper, chorus, band (clarinet), and basketball and baseball teams. John served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1954, and enrolled in the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park shortly after his honorable discharge. He received a B.A. in English, with a minor in Philosophy from UMD in 1958, a M.A. in Dramatic Literature with a minor in Philosophy from New York University (NYU) in 1960, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Catholic University of America in 1972. It was during his time at NYU that he reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Joan Reese Hungerford. They wed on April 16, 1959, and moved back to Charles County, MD in Bryans Road in 1961.

In 1961, John joined the staff of the newly established Charles County Community College, where he taught English, Speech and Philosophy. He taught until 1965, when he was appointed Dean of the College and served in this position for the next 17 years. He oversaw the college’s growth from a small facility on Bumpy Oak Road to  it’s present campus on Mitchell Road, now known as the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). He was appointed President of the College in 1982 where he oversaw its greatest expansion, and led the institution for the next 16 years. The building of the Learning Resources Center, the Center for Business and Industry, the Fine Arts Center and the Health Technology Building are hallmarks of his presidency. 

Over his 37-year career, John was instrumental in expanding the college’s presence in St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties, creating and designing the concept of a regional community college for the residents of the entire Southern Maryland area. He was a strong advocate and active champion for higher education and was instrumental in setting the strong foundation for  the present CSM institution.

John served in many leadership positions and committees outside of the College, including the Charles County Economic Development Commission Board of Directors, Charles County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Board of Governors of the Southern Maryland Higher Education Facility, St. Mary’s Ryken High School Board of Directors, Physician’s Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Maryland Council of Community College Presidents (Chair), the Governor’s U.S. 301 South Corridor Transportation Task Force (Chair), Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, and the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission. He was also named Citizen of the Year  by both the Waldorf  Lions Club and Waldorf  Kiwanis.

Following retirement, John continued to enjoy his love of family, fishing, gardening, golf, music and reading.  In 2007, he took on one of his most challenging endeavors by writing and self-publishing his first novel, Cuckold Creek (2008), under the pseudonym Enis St. John. He then wrote Tobacco Styx Bridge (2010) and Trinity Island (2011). The fictional trilogy depicted  events set in Charles County.

John was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Issue, MD.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, 12 July, 5:00-8:00 PM at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, 211 St. Mary’s Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 201 St. Mary’s Avenue, La Plata, MD on Thursday, 13 July, at 10:00 A.M.  A Graveside Service will follow at St. Ignatius Church, Chapel Point.

Memorial contributions may be made to the College of Southern Maryland Foundation, CSM Foundation, Post Office Box 910, La Plata, MD 20646 or online at






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Robert K. Langley
   Posted Sat July 08, 2017
Joan, Heather and family: The Langley family sends our hearfelt sorrow for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and we remember John with fondness.
We pray for God's blessings for you and family.

Barbara Cunningham (WETBI)
   Posted Sun July 09, 2017
Dear Joan, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Barbara Cunningham

Karen Cragle
   Posted Mon July 10, 2017


With our Deepest Sympathy

Robin Fowler
   Posted Mon July 10, 2017

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Chris, Cindi, Sandy and Robin - SCCC.

With love at this sad time, Chris, Cindi, Sandy and Robin - SCCC

Chrisintina Adams
   Posted Tue July 11, 2017

FLORAL GARDEN BORDER    MEMORIAL CENTERPIECE was sent by Lois, Christina, John L. and Joanie .

Dear Sine Cousins,
We cherish our childhood memories of your Dad. We loved going to Nags Head with John Sine and watching him and our Dad battle it out on the tennis court at the Bryans Road house. He is a role model to us in every way; as an athlete; a Father; a husband; and a leader in our community. He always made us laugh feel loved. We miss him already and are fortunate to have so many Sine-Sprague family memories with your Dad to cherish. God Bless and Love to you All. Lois, Christina, John L. and Joanie

Dill and Glenda
   Posted Wed July 12, 2017
Joan and Family. Dill and I send our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We have such wonderful memories of so many happy times with Jay and your family. They are very special to us. God bless all of you and give you the strength you need. Love you.

Carolyn & Norm Chlosta (Swan Point, MD)
   Posted Wed July 12, 2017
Joan and Family -- Our condolences on the passing of John. He was a significant contributor to the educational systems (CSM, etc.) in Charles County. History will demonstrate over time that he added much value to Charles County and to the people that he knew/met throughout his lifetime. -- Carolyn & Norm Chlosta

Anne Shrout
   Posted Wed July 12, 2017
The Shrout family was saddened to hear about your father's passing. Joe & I send our deepest regrets for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Anne

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