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By Blair Lee

Elinor “Judy” Agnew — The wife of former Maryland governor and U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew. “I’m not a real campaigner,” she said modestly. “I majored in marriage.”

Richard N. Dixon — Conservative Democrat, served 14 years in the state legislature and six years as Maryland’s first African-American state treasurer.

Oden Bowie. Scion of one of Maryland’s first families, college athlete, farmer; he served 45 years as staffer and then secretary of the state Senate.

Arthur “Art” Modell — TV mogul who bought the NFL Cleveland Browns in 1961 and pioneered televised NFL games. In 1995, he moved the Browns to Baltimore, where they became the Ravens.

John C. Coolahan — Gruff, straightforward, four-term Baltimore County state senator, nicknamed “The Lion of Halethorpe,” who later became a state judge.

Wilbur “Woody” Preston — Highly regarded Baltimore attorney who founded leading law firm, promoted legal aid and led 1980s’ savings and loan scandal investigation.

Clarence Mitchell III. Son of legendary NAACP lobbyist, Clarence III served 22 years in the state legislature as a strong civil rights advocate.

Joe Krivak. University of Maryland football coach from 1987 to 1991, he developed five Terp QBs who went on to the NFL. Coached during turbulent, post-Len Bias era.

J. Frank Raley. Visionary Southern Maryland state lawmaker who fought slots, led region into modern era.

Roscoe R. Nix — Lifelong civil rights leader who criticized liberal Montgomery countians’ “self-righteousness,” served on school board, built local NAACP and founded after-school tutoring programs.

Walter M. Baker. Fiercely conservative Cecil County Democratic state senator for 24 years, chaired Senate Judiciary Committee, defeated when Eastern Shore turned Republican.

Mildred Otenasek — Early Maryland feminist leader, president of state women Democrats, Maryland’s first woman Democratic National Committee member and longtime Notre Dame of Maryland teacher and trustee.

Paul A. Dorf — Son-in-law of Baltimore political boss, Jack Pollack, Dorf served seven years in the state Senate and 15 years as Circuit Court judge.

Eddie Yost — Popular Washington Senators third baseman during 1950s, nicknamed “Walking Man” for his keen ability at bat to draw walks.

Christopher C. Hartman — Former news reporter whose flamboyance made him the perfect press secretary for Baltimore Mayor Don Schaefer, whose PR stunts were usually Hartman’s ideas.

Arthur Dorman. Low-key P.G. county Democrat who served in House of Delegates, state Senate.

Joe L. Allbritton — Texas wheeler-dealer who bought the Washington Star, TV stations and Riggs Bank, which, under Allbritton, erupted in scandal.

George “Hunky” Sauerhoff. Old-style Baltimore politician, paratrooper, amateur boxer and ward healer who operated out of Sid’s Tavern and was known as “The Mayor of Pigtown.”

Michael James Sprague. Popular Charles County commissioner and state lawmaker, all-star athlete, fiscal conservative.

Joseph B. Kelly. Longtime sports writer, racing enthusiast known as “dean of Maryland turf writers.”

Francis X. Pugh — Mainstay of Maryland’s attorney general’s office for more than 30 years, highly respected lawyer and public servant.

Albert “Sonny” Abramson — Modest but vastly successful D.C. area real estate developer (White Flint, etc.), driving force behind the Holocaust Museum.

John P. Corderman — Skilled attorney, state senator, bar association president and Western Maryland Circuit Court judge for 16 years.

Robert S. Auerbach — Lifelong pacifist, socialist and animal-rights advocate who founded Maryland’s Green Party and ran as a perennial candidate.

Mary Bell Grempler — A legendary character who parlayed a part-time real estate agent’s job into top independent realty firm. Named one of nation’s top Realtors.

James H. Taylor — P.G. County’s first African-American Circuit Court judge, served 18 years.

Richard G. Hocevar — WSSC general manager and innovator who won the respect of politicians, staff and ratepayers.

S. Ann Brobst — State prosecutor and Circuit Court judge, known as tough and fair.

Bernard Kapiloff — Physician who dabbled in politics, published Montgomery Sentinel newspapers.

Larry “Donnie” Andrews — Reformed Baltimore murderer and drug dealer who inspired HBO’s “The Wire” character, Omar.

Alfred L. Brennan Sr. — Baltimore County attorney who founded law firm, served as judge for 14 years.

Mike Gordon — Montgomery County state lawmaker who represented Rockville and Gaithersburg.

Al Lipin — Anne Arundel County state senator who cast critical vote creating the Baltimore metro system.

William “Ned” Eakle — Howard County administrator who was appointed county executive to fill a nine-month vacancy.

Michael E. Loney — Anne Arundel County judge for 15 years, known as “a judge’s judge.”

Robert E. Stroble — Baltimore County state senator and school principal.

Alan L. Dessoff — Washington Post Maryland reporter and columnist in 1960s, press secretary to two Maryland U.S. senators.

Henry S. Parker — Four-term Wicomico County councilman, top vote-getter.

Michael L. Cady — Elected as Frederick County commissioner, Orphans Court judge.

Don Mincher — All-star Senators first baseman, hit Senators’ last grand-slam home run in D.C.

William H. McCullough — Served 26 years as P.G. County Circuit Court judge, helped disbar Spiro Agnew.

Mary G. Williams — First woman elected as Frederick County commissioner, also served on planning board.

Lois Stoner — League of Women Voters president, served 19 years as Montgomery’s State House education lobbyist.

Thomas Eichelberger — Beloved Frederick County register of wills for more than 30 years.

William A. Urie — Former FBI agent who served as Maryland secretary of Licensing and Labor in 1970s.

Blair Lee is CEO of the Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in The Gazette. His email address is