Arthur Dorman, who represented Laurel's 21st District for 38 years, in both the Maryland House and Senate, died Feb. 17 at his home in Charlottesville, Va. He was 85.
In an email announcement sent out by the current District 21 delegation— State Sen. James Rosapepe and Delegats Barbara Frush, Joseline Peña-Melnyk and Ben Barnes— Dorman was remembered as "a public servant's public servant." The District 21 delegation members credited Dorman with making the University of Maryland the state's flagship campus and bringing Metro's Green Line toPrince George's County.
Dorman served as speaker pro tem of the House for four years and chaired the Prince George's delegation. With his wife, Betty Dorman, he campaigned in the 1960s to get land for Laurel Regional Hospital, then worked to secure both public and private funding. In 2003, he lost to Del. John Giannetti in the Democratic primary and left state politics after authoring more than 300 pieces of legislation. In addition to his career as a legislator, he had an optometric practice.
Funeral services were held Feb. 20 at Beth Torah in Adelphi.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun