The Baltimore Sun is pleased to announce the 2022 class of inductees into our Business and Civic Hall of Fame, selected for their leadership and community efforts. We will honor these 13 accomplished women and men at an awards banquet to be held June 2nd at the Center Club in Baltimore and in a special section to be released shortly thereafter.
This year’s award winners are:
A native of Baltimore, Andre M. Davis has a long career in the legal world, first as a federal attorney and later as a judge in the Baltimore City District Court and finally as a senior judge in the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, among others dishes. After leaving the Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017, he became Baltimore City Attorney until his retirement in 2020. Judge Davis has held senior positions with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Maryland; the Baltimore Urban Debate League; and the youth leadership group Community Law in Action.
Wanda Q. Draper, who grew up in Baltimore, is known locally as a longtime journalist, having worked as a reporter and columnist at The Sun from 1973-1983 and as a talk show host at Maryland Public Television. She then worked in community and public affairs at the National Aquarium and WBAL-TV before becoming director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in 2016. Ms. Draper is credited with reviving the once-struggling museum and uses her connections to increase revenue, increase attendance, and improve its online presence.
The founder, director and chief curator of the always innovative American Visionary Art Museum plans to retire this spring, 38 years after she and her late husband conceived the much-vaunted institution. LeRoy E. Hoffberger and 27 years after its opening. Today, AVAM is internationally known for exhibitions by self-taught artists who focus on issues of social justice through philosophical and often humorous art. Next on Ms. Hoffberger’s agenda? Write a play.
Earl and Darielle Linehan are known for their philanthropy, particularly at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where they developed the Linehan Artists Scholars Program with a generous donation in 1997 and endowed it in 2015. The school’s concert hall is named after the couple. But many also credit Ms. Linehan as the founder of Baltimore’s popular Ivy Bookshop, which she sold in 2011. Mr. Linehan is also President of private equity firm Woodbrook Capital.
Maggie McIntosh, a former teacher and a member of the House of Delegates since 1992, was Maryland’s first openly gay MP and the first woman to serve as the Democratic Majority Leader, blazing a trail for others on both fronts. She was instrumental in legalizing same-sex marriage in the state and made improving public education a focus of her political career. Ms. McIntosh will retire at the end of her term this year disappointment of their voters in North Baltimore.
Many may know her as the mother of Olympic superswimmer Michael Phelps, but Deborah Phelps has a long list of accomplishments of her own. A native of Allegany County, she began her career as a home economics teacher in Harford County public schools before moving to Baltimore County where she continued her career in education and added the role of lifeguard to her three children. She then became executive director of the Baltimore County Public Schools Education Foundation, where many say her leadership has been transformative. Ms. Phelps is an author, motivational speaker, and member of several advisory boards.
The longtime dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine will retire at the end of this academic year after 16 years as dean. But E. Albert Reece is not finished with medical school; He will return to the faculty, directing the Center for Birth Defect Research and continuing the studies he started in his laboratory to investigate the biomolecular mechanisms of diabetes-induced birth defects. dr Reece is credited with helping the school expand its capabilities and bring in significantly more research funding.
Effective July 1, the dean of Johns Hopkins Medical School and the CEO of the health system will retire after ten years at the helm. Paul B. Rothman, a rheumatologist and molecular immunologist, is known as a “passionate scientist, dedicated researcher, and deeply caring physician,” according to colleagues. Among the work for which Dr. Rothman will be best remembered for his development of the Wellbeing and Diversity and Inclusion Offices and the institution’s commendable response to the pandemic.
Laurie Schwartz is known as a tireless advocate for Baltimore’s businesses and residents. She helped found the Downtown Partnership in the 1980s and then served as its president for the next 15 years. She worked at City Hall under Mayor Martin O’Malley, then as an independent consultant before becoming Executive Director of the non-profit Waterfront Partnership in 2010. Ms. Schwartz is also a talented painter and an avid swimmer who plans to swim across the harbor once the partnership’s Healthy Harbor initiative makes it safe.
Clair Zamoiski Segal, a fundraiser whose clients include the Babe Ruth Museum, the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Center Stage, served as Director of the Mayor of Baltimore’s Advisory Committee on Arts and Culture for 15 years and is now Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Baltimore Museum of Art . During her tenure, the museum has taken bold steps to modernize and increase equity in its two collections, diversifying its works and staff, raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour, and inviting security guards to an exhibit called Guarding the Art curate. is scheduled to open later this month.
William Stromberg retired as President and CEO of T. Rowe Price in late 2021 after a 35-year career at the Baltimore-based money management firm, which was founded in 1986 after a stint as a summer intern. He continues to serve on the company’s board of directors as non-executive chairman. Mr. Stromberg also serves on the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and chairs the advisory board of the Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.
Alfred CD Vaughn, the longtime pastor of Baltimore’s Sharon Baptist Church, is widely regarded as a living legend among Baptist pastors—and was so named by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in 2010. Rev Dr Vaughn served several terms as President of the Baltimore Area Ministerial Conference and was recognized by U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings as a “dear friend” whose accomplishments “reach well beyond the walls of his church.” 2007. Rev. Dr. Vaughn spoke alongside former US Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton at the congressman’s funeral in 2019.
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