As 2006 ends, some farewells to those we'll miss
By THE CAPITAL EDITORIAL BOARD
New Year's festivities are fueled by the knowledge that
we're glad to leave behind much of what happened in the prior year.
It's a relief to put a new calendar on the wall.
But every year a community loses something of itself -
people who made unique and priceless contributions. All that can be
done is to remember them.
While there's no room here for a truly comprehensive
list, here are just a few of those this community will miss as the
final seconds of 2006 tick away:
Tom Abercrombie, a globe-trotting
photographer and writer for National Geographic magazine.
Leonard A. Blackshear, the civil rights
and business leader who led the effort to put a memorial to Alex Haley
and Kunta Kinte at City Dock.
Robert Lee Cohen, who, as president and
founder of Annapolis Bus Co., spent decades seeing that children got
safely to school.
Bennett Crain, the widely respected
lawyer who helped spearhead the county's change to charter government.
Gilbert Crandall, a former state
tourism director and the creator of the slogan "America in Miniature."
Geaton Anthony DeCesaris Jr., who was
president of one of the largest building companies in the nation and
left a $3 million gift to Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Dick Haefner, an advertising executive,
wine expert, columnist, author and all-around Annapolis institution.
Bill Harris of Chester, known
universally as "Capt. Bill," who started the Harris Seafood Process Co.
and Harris Crab House.
Henry L. Hein, the businessman who for
decades worked tirelessly on the Glen Burnie Town Center revitalization
and many other area projects.
Alfred A. Hopkins, the Annapolis mayor,
alderman and sports editor who probably epitomized his native city -
the place he loved best on earth - better than any other single person.
Ejner "Johnny" Johnson, a director of
the state Department of Motor Vehicles and chief of staff and
legislative coordinator for Gov. Harry Hughes.
Florence Peterson Kendall, who helped
establish physical therapy in Maryland.
Cecil C. Knighton, the onetime "car
czar" who became the consummate Annapolis entrepreneur.
Harry Lindauer, the president of the
Annapolis Opera Company and a leader of the effort to build the
All-Faith Chapel and the Uriah P. Levy Center at the Naval Academy.
Nancy Lynn, aerobatics pilot and
co-founder of Lynn Aviation.
Louis Phipps Jr., former head of the
state Department of Natural Resources and a tireless advocate for the
Edward A. Praley Sr., a Glen Burnie
native who was chief of the county Police Department.
Marion E. Warren, an extraordinarily
talented photographer devoted to documenting this region.
Then there were the young men who died for their country
during military operations in the Mideast: Pvt. Eric Kavanaugh
of Severna Park, killed by an improvised explosive device; Staff Sgt. Christopher
Swanson of Rose Haven, killed while leading a patrol; and
Marine Cpl. Justin J. Watts of Crownsville, killed by
And there was yet one more towering figure we lost this
year: Philip Merrill, a philanthropist whose gifts
left their imprint on the University of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation, a diplomat and public servant who lent his talents to six
presidential administrations - and the publisher of this newspaper for
A final salute to all of these fine people as we clear
the boards for 2007. We'll miss them - and we'll always remember them.
Published December 30, 2006, The Capital,
Copyright © 2006 The Capital, Annapolis, Md.