Helen Delich Bentley

The SBAA was saddened to learn that Merit Award recipient Helen Delich Bentley passed away earlier this month.  After becoming a popular reporter and television personality in Baltimore, Helen was offered an appointment to the Federal Maritime Commission in 1969.  Helen memorably refused the appointment until President Nixon made her Chair of the Commission, which she headed from 1969 to 1975. In 1984, Helen was elected to represent Maryland’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and served in Congress until 1995.  As a result of Helen’s tireless advocacy on behalf of the Port of Baltimore, the historic port was renamed in her honor in 2006.  Helen is remembered as a trailblazer in journalism and government.  May her memory be eternal.

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