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Art Donovan. NFL all-pro lineman who played on 1950’s championship Colts teams.

Earl Weaver. Hall of Fame Orioles manager who won 1970 World championship and four pennants.

Tom Clancy. Maryland author whose best-selling novels became hit movies, owned minority share of Orioles.

Richard Ben Cramer. Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who wrote Esquire’s seminal William Donald Schaefer profile.

Jack Pardee. All-American fullback at Texas A&M under Bear Bryant, All-Pro during 15 year NFL career, coached Redskins, Bears, Chargers and Oilers.

Dick Hug. Leading Baltimore businessman, prolific GOP fundraiser, University of Maryland regent.

Paul Blair. Eight-time Golden Glove center fielder who won World Series with both Orioles and Yankees.

Steve Muller. Johns Hopkins University president led unprecedented growth effort during his 18-year tenure.

Mary Corey. Beloved lifelong Sun employee who rose from college intern to top editor, broke glass ceiling.

Lord Nickens. Founded Frederick NAACP in 1936, dodged murder attempts to lead civil rights fight long before it was popular.

Elsbeth Bothe. Brilliant but eccentric Baltimore Circuit Court judge known for wit, fairness and decorating her chambers with skulls.

Lou Panos. AP and Sun fixture covered Maryland politics, including 40 General Assembly sessions, and served 6 years as Gov. Harry Hughes’ press secretary.

Larry Simns. Founded and led the Maryland Waterman’s Association, lobbied for commercial fishermen’s rights and for the Bay for 40 years.

Joe Alton. Anne Arundel County’s first county executive, architect of today’s charter government and a lifelong force in county politics.

John Tydings. Long-time Washington Board of Trade director who successfully pushed business’s agenda in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

Mac McGarry. Household name to generations of TV viewers who, for 50 years, watched “It’s Academic” in Baltimore and D.C. areas.

Lloyd Bunting Jr. Four-time All American lacrosse player whose Hopkins teams went 31-0 and won four national championships.

Vernon Dobson. Baltimore religious leader who founded BUILD and the Baltimore Food Bank, marched at Selma and worked with Martin Luther King Jr.

Ernie Crofoot. Son of a railroad worker, he became Maryland’s top labor leader, built AFSCME to 40,000 members.

Gus Triandos. All-star Orioles catcher and slugger beloved by Baltimoreans who named a street after him.

Ann Brobst. Baltimore County prosecutor who became tough but fair Circuit Court judge, widely respected.

John Harvill. Maryland’s all-time winningest high school football coach (312-97) over 43 years, trained a generation of future coaches.

Leonard Kerpelman. Gadfly civil rights lawyer who pushed his protests to the outer limits.

Bob Turley. “Bullet Bob” pitched Orioles first game in 1954, traded to New York Yankees.

Harold Carter. Baltimore pastor whose radio preaching and civil rights work made him a celebrity.

Jack Germond. Baltimore Sun Washington bureau reporter for 20 years, became syndicated political columnist.

Jerry Wolman. Rose from paint store clerk to real estate magnate and NFL Eagles owner but lost his fortune and ended in bankruptcy.

Phyllis Brotman. Baltimore PR whiz founded Maryland Public Broadcasting and advised many politicians including Mayor Schaefer.

Bobby Parker. P.G. County blues guitarist who played with Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke and Fats Domino and whose style was copied by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Santana.

Bob Fustero. The Giant stock clerk who set off alarms in his quixotic 2002 Democratic gubernatorial bid by winning 20 percent of the vote against Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the rest is history.

David Ross. Former P.G. County state delegate who served 15 years on the county Circuit Court.

Hattie Harrison. The “godfather” of Baltimore’s east side politics, set record by serving in House of Delegates for 40 years.

Ike Dixon. Four-term state lawmaker from Baltimore City.

Bill McCaffrey. Affable P.G. County state delegate who later worked for state Transportation Department.

Gerry Curran. Member of the Curran/O’Malley political family, served in state legislature.

Don Mason. Sparrow’s Point steel worker who rose to Baltimore County Council representing Dundalk.

Werner Fronos. Liberal Anne Arundel state lawmaker who ran for Congress.

Jack LaPorte. Top national mutual fund manager, quiet and respected Baltimore philanthropist.

Joe Blocher. Founding member of leading law firm, was the “workhorse” partner.

Dave Cahoon. Montgomery County councilman appointed to the circuit court.

Jack Kay. Built homes and apartments in suburban D.C. during the 50s and 60s boom, became a leading philanthropist.

Everett Wilson. Son of a sharecropper who broke the color barrier at St. John’s College, longtime state government worker.

Bill Brubaker. Founding member of the legendary Baltimore Colts marching band.

Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at His email address is