1881 - 1953
Richard Ignatius Quander (second from left) was a member of the US Army Band. He served in the Spanish-American War and World War I.
Dianne Quander is an American songwriter, best known for writing the song "Caught Up In The Rapture," with her writing partner Garry Glenn which was recorded by Anita Baker. She also collaborated on songs of various artists including "Take You To Heaven" by Earth, Wind and Fire, "Why Not Me" by Phyllis Hyman, "Flame of Love" by Je
Dianne Quander is an American songwriter, best known for writing the song "Caught Up In The Rapture," with her writing partner Garry Glenn which was recorded by Anita Baker. She also collaborated on songs of various artists including "Take You To Heaven" by Earth, Wind and Fire, "Why Not Me" by Phyllis Hyman, "Flame of Love" by Jean Carne and "Sweet Control" by Jon Lucien.
Dianne Quander is a native of Washington, D.C. She graduated from Howard University with a BA degree in Journalism and Television and Film. She worked at Radio Station WHUR FM in DC as a news reporter and then as an on-air personality (DJ). After WHUR she moved to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands where she worked at Radio Station WSTA playing a mix of R&B, Jazz, pop and rock music. After a year in St. Thomas Dianne moved back to Washington DC and worked at the Pacific radio station WPFW playing music on the late night early morning shift. She soon moved to Los Angeles to pursue a writing career as a lyricist. Dianne met her musical soul mate Garry Glenn and they signed a publishing deal with Warner Brothers Music/Warner Chappell and collaborated on songs for a number of artists. Dianne and Garry both branched out on their own and she collaborated with writer-producers such as Maurice White, George Duke, Hiroshima, David Cochran, Jermaine Jackson, John Barnes, Jeff Lorber and Stephanie Spruill and more. Dianne was with Warner Chappell for 8 years.
Additional songwriting credits: Cross Your Mind (George Howard), Steppin into the Night (movie Armed and Dangerous), Stay with Love (The Jackson's mini-series), Mind Blowin ( The Whispers), Just Another Lonely Night (Johnny Gill), Crazy Bout Your Lovin (Robert Brookins), Finding My Way Back to You (Chante Moore)
Clarence C. Quander, Jr. is a gifted singer. He performed with the group, The Intrepids and recorded on the Cottilion label, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. In 1971, "It's Just A Picture" was released, and in 1974, "After You've Had Your Fling." (Watch and listen to Clarence perform with The Intrepids on MPT in 1975.) Clarence h
Clarence C. Quander, Jr. is a gifted singer. He performed with the group, The Intrepids and recorded on the Cottilion label, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. In 1971, "It's Just A Picture" was released, and in 1974, "After You've Had Your Fling." (Watch and listen to Clarence perform with The Intrepids on MPT in 1975.) Clarence has served as a music minister at Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Washington, DC since 1984.
He has also served as the Finance Council Chairman since 2013, and he lead the parish facilities initiative in 2006 replacing the parish's outdated telephone system. Clarence, or "Q" as he has been called throughout his career, joined C&P in 1971, and rose through the ranks. In many instances, he was on the cutting edge of technology, developing policies and procedures, and required training of staff, local and outside the Washington area. In the early 80s, "Q" traveled regularly to New York, Miami, Las Angeles, and Alberta, Canada to pursue company mergers and partnerships resulting in the merger of C&P with the New York and New England Telephone Co. in 1984 to form Bell Atlantic. Known as a mentor and true leader, "Q" served as Diversity Manager in 1993 long before the wide acceptance of corporate DEI initiatives. "Q" served as an Upward Bound speaker, and was presented to young, aspiring African American college students interested in careers in telecommunications. In 1998, as Director of the Global Network Initiative, "Q" built the Network Operations Center for the corporate initiative to enter the long distance business, which merged with GTE to become Verizon. As a result of his contributions, "Q" was promoted through the ranks until retirement in 2003. He came out of retirement in 2004 to work on the FIOS project. After six years of retirement from the FIOS project, "Q" came out of retirement again in 2011 to work at the US Senate on a new telecommunications service, and the NextGen Telecommunications System and Cloud-based Unified Communications System at the US Department of Health and Human Services.
"Q" played on the company basketball team, Metro for several seasons, and competed in the Washington Metropolitan Corporate League. His top corporate motto is "Be Here Now
Clarence graduated from Anacostia High School in Washington, DC in 1968 and was in the first class of Federal City College, now the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC. He later attended the Wharton Business School, Executive Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
The Quanders: Since 1684, an Enduring African-American Legacy was released on January 29, 2021 and is available for purchase. Written and published by author and family historian, Judge Rohulamin Quander, this is the first detailed, historical account of the internationally known Quander family, one of the oldest documented African American families in the country with a 350 year lineage dating back to colonial Maryland. This new book is the first primary single source encapsulating this fascinating, multi-century story.