RECORD STAFF REPORT
6:15 AM EDT, August 29, 2013
Mark P. Becker, Bert J. Hash Jr., Robert "Bobby" Parker and Clark Turner have been announced as the Class of 2013 of the Havre de Grace High School Hall of Fame.
"We are very excited to add these distinguished alumni to our Hall of Fame," said Richard Hauf, the HHS faculty member who is chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee.
The induction ceremony for the Class of 2013 will be held on Friday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m., which coincides with the school's homecoming festivities.
Selection into the Hall of Fame is based on the alumnus' contribution to their chosen fields of study, ability to serve as a role model to current students and how the individual has exemplified the school's motto "Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve."
Eligibility is open to graduates of Havre de Grace High School, the former Havre de Grace Colored High School and the former Havre de Grace Consolidated High School. Harford County public schools were racially segregated until the 1965-66 school year.
Mark P. Becker
Becker, Class of 1976 of Havre de Grace High School, has achieved success in the educational field as an internationally known biostatistician, public health researcher, academic leader and college president.
After graduating from HHS, Becker earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Towson University in 1980. He then entered Penn State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in statistics in 1985. During the following 25 years, Becker focused on research, teaching and academic administration. He taught statistics at the University of Florida from 1985 to 1989 and was a post-doctoral fellow in biostatistics at the University of Washington before moving to the University of Michigan in 1989. While there, he was a professor of biostatistics and associate dean of academic affairs at the School of Public Health.
In 2001, Becker joined the University of Minnesota as dean of the School of Public Health and later took on the added responsibilities of assistant vice president of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response. In 2004, he was appointed executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina.
Georgia State University became Becker's new home in 2008, when he was selected to be the school's seventh president, a position he has held the past five years. At Georgia State, his goal has been to see that the Atlanta-based urban research institution, with an enrollment exceeding 30,000, reaches its potential.
Becker has been the recipient of numerous honors, awards and fellowships including Fellow, American Statistical Association; Fellow, Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program; National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Washington; honorary professor, Sichuan University; honorary member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; Delta Omega National Honor Society; Dean's (Alumni) Recognition Award, Towson University; Richard A. Rempel Faculty Award, University of South Carolina Student Government; and the Mary Hudson Scarborough Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Towson University.
Becker also has authored or co-authored numerous books, articles, conference proceedings, encyclopedia entries, book review and editorial introductions. He also has been a consultant for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Dallas, Texas; Johnson, Johnson & Roy Inc. (environmental services), Ann Arbor, Mich.; Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, Mich.; and the Center for the Study of Prevention Through Innovative Methodology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
Bert J. Hash Jr.
Hash, Class of 1965 of Havre de Grace Consolidated High School, attended Morgan State University where he earned a bachelor of science in business administration.
Hash is a seasoned financial services executive with more than 43 years experience in managing various aspects of financial services including branch banking, mortgage banking and consumer lending, and compliance administration. He is president and CEO of the Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore Inc., a position he has held since January 1997.
Before joining MECU, Hash worked for Equitable Bank for 15 years and Provident Bank of Maryland for 12 years. During his 17-year tenure in the credit union industry, Hash has been an active member of numerous committees. He has served as chairman of the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association, vice chair of the Maryland Credit Union Foundation and vice chairman of the African-American Credit Union Coalition. He is also a member of the CUNA Mutual Group Board of Directors.
In April 2008, Hash was appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley as one of the board of trustees for the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust and also a member of the Maryland State Department of Education Task Force on how to improve financial literacy in the state. Hash was appointed by the governor to the Lottery and Gaming Commission in November 2012. Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appointed Hash to the Baltimore City Fire Commissioners Board in June 2012.
Active in numerous professional and civic organizations, Hash serves as Loan Committee chair on the Baltimore Development Corporation's Board; as chairman of the board of directors for the Sandtown Habitat for Humanity; vice chair for New Song Urban Ministries; vice chair of Morgan State University's Foundation; chairman of the Industrial Development Authority of Baltimore City; treasurer of the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership Board; and as a member of the Financial Literacy Coalition of Maryland.
Hash's career and community involvement have gained him numerous recognitions and awards including the Morgan State University's Alumnus of the Year in 1999; Judith A. Burgin Memorial Credit Union Professional of the Year Award in 2004; CEO of the Year by the Credit Union Times Magazine in 2007; WMAR-TV "Lasting Legacy Award" in Baltimore in 2008; Credit Union Executives Society's Hall of Fame Award in November 2008; Wright Patman Credit Union Hall of Fame Award in 2010; UFSC Nathaniel Harris Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011; Associated Black Charities Torch Bearer Award in 2011; and the Credit Union Executive Society CEO Executive of the Year Award in November 2012.
Hash and his wife, Joan S. Hash, have been married for 43 years and live in Ellicott City.
Robert "Bobby" Parker
Parker, Class of 1962 Havre de Grace Consolidated High School, is known throughout Havre de Grace for his generosity and volunteer spirit.
Following high school, Parker enrolled at the New York Institute of Photography where he earned a commercial degree in photography. After completing his formal education, Parker was drafted into the U.S. Army and served honorably as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart. Returning home, Parker joined J.M. Huber Corp. in Havre de Grace, where he worked for 25 years before retiring in 2002.
For more than 30 years, Parker has been documenting African-American history in Harford County and throughout Maryland. He has donated both his time and expertise photographing activities at churches, schools, sporting events, fundraisers, elections and graduations. Parker is a member of the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association and, in recent years, he has devoted his time and energy to promoting former Negro League baseball players and documenting their achievements through both photography and video.
Parker's volunteer work has resulted in numerous awards, including a certificate of appreciation for support of the Havre de Grace High School Athletic Program; an NAACP award for contributions to the community; a Governor's Citation for volunteerism to Havre de Grace Parks and Recreation; a first place award from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association for spot news photos in 2003; an award from Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation in 2006 for 25 years of volunteer service; and the Unsung Hero Award from Morgan State University in 2011.
Parker and his wife, Beverly Johnson Parker, have been married for 32 years and have two children, Brandie and Lindsey, and one grandson, Patrick III. He also has a daughter, Janel Beverly, son-in-law, Sam Beverly, and grandson, Stephen Beverly, and a son, Sean Parker, from a previous marriage.
Turner, Class of 1972 Havre de Grace High School, is the owner of Clark Turner Signature Homes and is well known for his residential, commercial and mixed use development in Havre de Grace and throughout Harford and neighboring counties.
Turner's residential developments include The Residences at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace; James Street and Ellie's Woods in Bel Air; Charlestown Crossing in North East; Newport Landing in Port Deposit; Ridgely Forest in Elkton; Beech Creek in Perryman; Brighton Hills and Enclave at Briar Knoll in Phoenix; and Carrington at Millstone.
In the commercial arena, Turner has developed The Colonade and North Parke Centre in Bel Air, doctors' office complexes in Bel Air and the Susquehanna Workforce Network in Havre de Grace. He is also the developer of the mixed-use Water's Edge in Riverside.
The quality of Turner's work has earned him many honors and awards, including serving as president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland in 1978; National Winner - Pace Setter Award of Builders in 1990; Builder of the Year awarded by the Home Builders Association of Maryland in 1997; Community of the Year awards in 1998 and 2001; Showcase of Homes award for Water's Edge in 2000; Project of the Year award for Shores at Water's Edge in 2002; Land Development of the Year award presented by the Home Builders Association of Maryland Land Development Council in 2003; Best Community of the Year, Outstanding Condominium and Outstanding Townhome awards in 2004; Award of Excellence for the Triple Crown model at the Residences at Bulle Rock, Economic Development award from the City of Havre de Grace and the Baltimore Business Journal "10 People to Watch – Clark Turner" recognition in 2005.
Other awards and honors received by Turner include Best in America Living awards – Platinum and Gold Awards for the Residences at Bulle Rock in 2006; ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover" participant and Builder of the Year awarded by the Home Builders Association in 2007; Harford Award given by the Harford County Chamber of Commerce to top local businesses for contributions to the community, the economy and their employees in 2008; Gold Award from the National Association of Home Builders for 50-plus housing (for the best detached home in Bulle Rock) in 2009; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Land Development Council and the Baltimore Business Journal "Heavy Hitters Award" in 2010.
Turner also has been very involved in community service. He donated $50,000 toward the completion of James R. Harris Stadium at Havre de Grace High School; partnered with ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover" to build a new home for a deserving family in Port Deposit; was instrumental in making the James R. Harris Stadium Project one of the beneficiaries of proceeds from the McDonald's LPGA Golf Tournament at Bulle Rock ($14,000 donation); provided a Decorator Show Home for the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance fundraiser; served on a panel in Washington for a National Real Estate Forum; is affiliated with the Board of United Way; and was first to introduce tax incremental financing to Harford County for his development of Beechtree Estates in Aberdeen.
The Havre de Grace High School Hall of Fame inducted its first members in 2010. Current members are: David Craig, Class of 1967; Jim Harris, Class of 1961; Roy Mentzer, Class of 1939; Dr. George T. Stansbury, Class of 1939, Havre de Grace Colored High School; Milliard Tydings, Class of 1906; Dr. Irving Williams, Class of 1948, Havre de Grace Colored High School; Dr. Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack, Class of 1951; Dr. Frederick Hatem, Class of 1943; Robert L. Johnson, Class of 1944; Harry S. Johnson, Class of 1972; George B. Lisby, Class of 1949, Havre de Grace Colored High School; Madelyn Mitchell Shank, Class of 1945; Lou Ward, Class of 1968; Ernest J. Rodia, Class of 1961; Sheldon Cole, Class of 1943, Havre de Grace Colored High School; and Earl Christy, Class of 1961, Havre de Grace Consolidated High School.