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20th annual Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame to induct five outstanding women

20th annual Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame to induct five outstanding women

February 12, 2016

Media Contacts:
Deidre McCabe, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Jacqueline Scott, Executive Secretary, Commission for Women, 410-313-6400

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the Howard County Commission for Women today announced the 2016 inductees into the County’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

“These exceptional women dedicated many years to making Howard County a better place to live,” said Kittleman. “Their leadership and significant contributions in philanthropy, community activism and education have ensured a brighter future for others. They are impressive role models and very deserving of this honor.”

This year the Commission has selected five outstanding Howard County women for induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame:

  • Martha Shirlene Bauman (posthumous award) – Named a life-time member of the PTA, Shirlene Bauman was instrumental in initiating better health care services for Howard County students. As an outgrowth of her volunteer services, she single-handedly started the first hearing and vision screening program for Howard County schools, becoming the first technician and coordinator for the Howard County Health Department. Her service to her community and love of music was evidenced by her 54 years as a member of the Grace Episcopal Church Choir in Elkridge, serving as choir director for 21 years.
  • Mae A. Beale – Mae Beale is a highly regarded civil and community activist in Howard County who has received numerous awards for her contributions, including a Howard County Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. As a charter member and President of the Southeastern Howard/Laurel Chapter of Continental Societies, Inc., her ability to build relationships with the Howard County Public School System and interact with community leaders enabled her chapter to establish partnerships with five schools in Howard County, providing programs, projects, and activities that made a difference in the lives of children and the community.
  • Frances and Ruth Brown (posthumous awards) – Frances and Ruth Brown are best known for donating their beloved farm, Mt. Pleasant, to the residents of Howard County. Their vision, caring and action on behalf of the education for future generations of children cannot be understated. The sisters' contributions to the field of teaching are also exemplary, as evidenced by their combined 97 years teaching the children of Howard County. Frances taught mathematics for 48 years in Howard County while Ruth began her career teaching grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse. After 49 years as a teacher, she retired as the senior teacher at Ellicott City Elementary School.
  • Mamie Johns Perkins – Mamie Perkins serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Education for Johns Hopkins University. She also serves as a professional development schools liaison for UMBC and Goucher College, and was appointed to the Howard Community College Board of Trustees in 2013. She is a well-respected leader in the field of education, first as a teacher for over four decades in Baltimore City and Howard County; then as an administrator in the Howard County and Anne Arundel County Public School Systems. The Daily Record selected Ms. Perkins in June 2015 as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, an honor that recognizes her extraordinary professional and community service leadership.

The 2016 class of inductees will be honored at the annual Women’s Hall of Fame ceremony on Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City. The event is free and open to the public. The ceremony will be immediately followed by a reception.

Since 1996, each March the Commission has inducted its honorees as part of Women’s History Month.

An interpreter for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be available, if requested, seven days prior to the event. To request an interpreter or other accommodations to attend, call the Department of Citizen Services at 410-313-6400 (voice/Relay) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.