Jeffrey H. Boutwell, Ph.D.

Freelance Writer - Editor - Consulting

Shark Attack on the Discovery Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland - November 2010
Florida Keys 2011
Sarah, Jess, Siyah, Fiona, Jack, John, Buthaina, Christmas 2019
Our fabulous wedding reception at Cafe de Paris in Columbia MD on 4 August 2013
Sarah and Siyah, Freedom HS, Woodbridge, VA, October 2018
Buthaina and Jack - Sept. 2019
The Delaware Beaches, Summer 2014
Mary Lou's 60th Birthday, St. John, January 2013
Santorini, Greece October 2016
Buthaina inducted into Union College Athletic Hall of Fame! November 2013
Boot's 70th Birthday, Deer Isle, Maine, August 2018
Jeffrey's 60th birthday, Winchester, June 2010
Hiking in Maryland 2012
David and Cole, LA, Summer 2014
Jeffrey, John, Jessica, Sarah, Jack, Siyah, Buthaina
It's December 2020 amid social distancing and the coronavirus pandemic.  Friends and family all say that Thanksgiving was the most relaxed, and low key, ever, and Christmas promises to be the same. Better times are coming in 2021 on a number of fronts. 

My pandemic project since March has been writing a biography/history of George S. Boutwell (1818-1905) and his pivotal role in the shaping of America's social, economic, and foreign policies as Massachusetts Governor, Representative and Senator, as well as Abraham Lincoln's Commissioner of Internal Revenue and Ulysses Grant's Secretary of the Treasury.  George and I have a common ancestor in James Boutwell, an indentured servant who emigrated from England in 1632; George is the second cousin of my great, great-grandfather, Rodney Cleaves Boutwell (1811-1891), who lived in Lyndeborough, New Hampshire - George was in Groton, Massachusetts.  More info on Articles and Publication page!

We enjoyed some beautiful days this summer at the beach in Lewes, Delaware as well as get-togethers with Sarah and Siyah and Jess, John and almost one-year old Jack.  In early September Buthaina and I spent a week in the Asheville, NC area, hiking in the Smokies and visiting the Thomas Wolfe home and museum, the Vanderbilt cottage at Biltmore, a fascinating Cherokee Native American museum, and the North Carolina Arborteum.

Highlights of the 2019 Christmas holidays were our annual Boston family get-together and participating in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery in mid-December, sharing Jack O'Brien's first Christmas with John and Jess, Fiona, and Sarah and Siyah, and our annual New Year's Day open house featuring George Washington's original eggnog recipe, replete with rye whiskey, dark rum, brandy, and sherry. 

Buthaina retired in October 2019 from 12 years at George Washington University and a career of 30 years in academia that included the University of Baltimore Law School. Two weeks before that, on Sept. 17, 2019, her first grandson was born - Jack Krauss O'Brien, 9 lbs and 3 oz and with a beautiful smile - Jack is now 15 months old.

I 'retired' from a 30+ year career in science and defense policy issues in 2010.  Buthaina and I met in September 2009 (our first date was lunch at Founding Farmers on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC) two years after my late wife Sara died in November 2007.  Between us Buthaina and I have 5 children: David and Sarah (mine), Jessica (Buthaina's), and Rachael and Laura (my step-daughters from Sara); and now five grand-children: Jack (Jessica), Cole and Erin (David), Siyah (Sarah), and Ben (Rachael).  We share our Columbia townhouse with two Maine coon rescue cats, Lili and Ava.

Beginning in 2012, I began spending a good deal of time on US-Cuba projects.  First it was educational and marine research projects involving members of the Hemingway family, with Mavis Anderson and the Latin America Working Group of Washington, DC.  That transitioned to working with Greg Belanger and Steve Schwadron and Ocean Passages LLC of Portland, Maine, and sailing a 131-foot schooner, the Harvey Gamage, to Cienfuegos, Cuba for educational and marine skills training programs.  Unfortunately, Trump administration policies have crippled US-Cuba cooperative efforts, with real damage done to Cuban entrepreneurs in the tourism and other economic sectors.    

I volunteer here in Columbia: mentoring/tutoring with 3rd and 6th graders, as a driver with Neighbor Ride, and starting up a Youth in Philanthropy program with the Community Foundation of Howard County.  A special honor has been serving as a board member of a family foundation, the Charles H. Hood Foundation in Boston, supporting pediatric research and children's health, primarily in New England but also nationally and internationally.  I retired from the board in December after serving for 25 years.    

In October 2018 I had to replace my 2005 Mini Cooper S after 13 years of wonderful road trips with a gorgeous silver/black used 2017 Mini John Cooper Works roadster.  I continue my love of Shakespeare but don't make it quite so often to my beloved Blackfriars' Theatre at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia.  And of course, there are road trips and visiting family as much as possible, from Winchester MA, Albany NY and Killington VT up north, to St. Louis, Kansas City and Los Angeles out west.       

My working career consisted of 30+ years focusing on international security, nuclear weapons, and Middle East issues for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Boston (1982-2000) and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (2000-2010) in Washington, DC.

Buthaina and I play a good deal of USTA tennis; we've both been fortunate to have been on teams that went to the national championships in Phoenix in recent years.  Our teams were soundly trounced, but the experience was unforgettable.   We hike, play golf, enjoy music and theater in both Baltimore and Washington, follow the Washington Capitals (2018 Stanley Cup Champions!) and get together for meals, music, hiking and other pastimes with a wonderful circle of friends



Contact info: Jeffrey H. Boutwell

5489 Ring Dove Lane, Columbia, Maryland 21044 USA

phone: 443-864-4478; email:


Lili and Ava