Catonsville's Manley to be special guest for college fundraising roast

The Community College of Baltimore County will roast one of college's pioneers during a special event 6-9 p.m., Saturday, May 4, in the Q Lounge on the school's Catonsville campus, 800 S. Rolling Road.

Catonsville resident Jack Manley, one of the original faculty members and the founding athletic director for what was then Catonsville Community College, will be the special guest of honor at Saturday's event.

"Jack Manley's vision, innovation and tenacity helped set the foundation for CCBC," said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis, in a release. "More than 50 years later, CCBC continues to be recognized nationally for being a trendsetter and developing innovative programs. The college's path toward success was set early on by a generation of strong leaders, like Jack, whose programs and contributions live on today."

A Wake Forest University graduate whose teaching career began at what is now Queen Anne's County High School in the early 1950s, he started teaching and coaching at Catonsville High in 1959.

For several years, he would teach and coach at the high school during the day, then hustle across South Rolling Road to teach and coach at the college in the evening.

Manley, a member of the inaugural class of the CCBC Athletics Hall of Fame, started intercollegiate athletics at the college, where he was a fixture for 25 years.

He also pioneered a community college physical and health education curriculum that was the first in Maryland to be compatible with existing programs at four-year institutions.

Seen as a man ahead of his time, Manley was a supporter of women's equality in athletics.

"I always felt that athletics was just as important for women as they were for men," said Manley, in a release. "Of course, at that time, not very many people felt that way because they did not have too many sports in college. From the very beginning, our women got the same uniforms, same meal allowance as the men."

Manley, 85, also embraced the concept of wellness as a life goal. In 1975, he and Dr. Raymond Barr created the PACE (Prescribed Active Cardiac Exercise) program for post-cardiac patient rehabilitation. It was the first program of its kind not based at a hospital.

He also brought opportunities to improve health and fitness to local senior citizens, drawing hundreds to the college weekly as part of a Senior Fitness Program that offered participants a chance to exercise, swim and socialize. The program began in the mid-1970s and continues to attract 500-600 seniors to fitness classes every year.

He and his wife, Berchie, have two children and several grandchildren. Their son, Neil, died at age 30 in a 1987 motorcycle accident.

The May 4 roast benefits the school's athletic programs.

Tickets are $50.

For information, call 443-840-3129.  

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