Jeffrey H. Boutwell, Ph.D.

Freelance Writer - Editor - Consulting

Shark Attack on the Discovery Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland - November 2010
Florida Keys 2011
Our fabulous wedding reception at Cafe de Paris in Columbia MD on 4 August 2013
Santorini, Greece October 2016
Buthaina inducted into Union College Athletic Hall of Fame! November 2013
Hiking in Maryland 2012
Buthaina (Shukri) and I live in Columbia, Maryland - Buthaina works in development for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at George Washington University and I'm 'retired' from a 30+ year career in science and defense policy issues.  Buthaina and I married in 2013 after meeting in 2009.  My late wife Sara died in 2007, and 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 so far four grand-children: Cole and Erin (David), Siyah (Sarah), and Ben (Rachael).  We share our Columbia townhouse with two Maine coon rescue cats, Lili and Ava.

I now spend much of my time working on US-Cuba projects, previously with the Latin America Working Group of Washington, DC, and now with Ocean Passages LLC of Portland, Maine/Washington, DC and its schooner-based educational and marine skills training program (  I volunteer in Columbia: after-school mentoring/tutoring with 3rd and 4th 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 continue to take road trips in my 2005 Mini Cooper, see and read as much Shakespeare as possible, and visit family from Boston to Los Angeles.     

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

I'm not able to update the website as often as I'd like, but always enjoy doing so when there's time. 


Contact info: Jeffrey H. Boutwell

5489 Ring Dove Lane, Columbia, Maryland 21044 USA

phone: 443-864-4478; email:


Lili and Ava