Five women will be inducted into Howard County's Women's Hall of Fame on March 10, in recognition of their contributions to the community.
"These exceptional women dedicated many years to making Howard County a better place to live," County Executive Allan Kittleman said. "Their leadership and significant contributions in philanthropy, community activism and education have ensured a brighter future for others. They are impressive role models and very deserving of this honor."
The 2016 class of inductees will be honored at 7:30 p.m. in the Banneker Room of the county government's George Howard Building, in Ellicott City. The ceremony, which will be followed by a reception, is free and open to the public. Since 1996, each March the Howard County Commission for Women has inducted its honorees as part of Women's History Month.
A Columbia native for 44 years, Beale is regarded as a civil and community activist and has been committed to enriching the lives of students in the Laurel community.
In 2012, Beale was awarded the Howard County Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been involved with the Southeastern Howard Laurel Chapter of Continental Societies, Inc., a public service organization that promotes health, employment and humanities to vulnerable children.
Working with the chapter, Beale partnered with the Howard County MultiService Center to provide access to free dental screenings and recreational activities. Through the partnership, the county also distributed supplies and backpacks to hundreds of children in the southeastern county.
In 2015, she was selected the Howard County Democrat of the year, an award that acknowledges individuals who exemplify the values of the party.
Beale also was the fundraising chair for the Howard County Center for African American Culture, a volunteer for the Columbia Festival of the Arts for more than 20 years, and a Ministry Leader at St. John Baptist Church, in Columbia.
She currently serves on several boards, including those of the Howard County Foundation for Black Educational Culture Achievement, Relay for Life, and the Howard County Center for African American Culture.
Beale says it is a privilege and an honor to serve the citizens of Howard County, the people who inspired, motivated and gave her the opportunity to serve, according to a Howard County government press release.
Perkins has demonstrated commitment to the field of education, according to her biography released by the county. Prior to being appointed to the Howard County Community College Board of Trustees in March 2013, Perkins was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and a professional development schools liaison for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Goucher College. She was also appointed the interim superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools for 2013.
Perkins worked in the Howard County Public School system for 26 years, including in such roles as acting superintendent, deputy school superintendent, chief of staff, and elementary and health education curriculum coordinator.
Prior to her work in Howard County, Perkins taught for 13 years in Baltimore City Public Schools. Her roles included classroom and summer school principal. Perkins has served on several boards, including those of the American Heart Association, Grassroots Homeless Shelter, Drug Advisory Board of Howard County, and the Johns Hopkins University Advisory Board.
The Daily Record selected Perkins as one of the top 100 women in Maryland in June 2015. Perkins lives in Marriottsville.
M. Shirlene Bauman
Born in Elkridge in 1925, Bauman lived during the Great Depression and suffered from childhood pleurisy and pneumonia. Bauman was granted early confirmation in the Episcopal Church, graduated from Elkridge High School in 1941 and married her high school sweetheart, Howard Bauman, after his discharge from the Navy.
She taught at Grace Episcopal Church's Sunday school and was a member of its choir for 54 years. A self-taught pianist, Bauman was also the choir's director for 21 years. Despite her lengthy battle against cancer, she continued her work at the church.
Bauman worked to expand health care services for Howard County students. She started the first hearing and vision screening program for county schools, becoming the first technician and coordinator for the Howard County Health Department. She assisted visiting dentists and coordinated paperwork for polio vaccines, according to the county's press release.
She founded the Elkridge Rotary Club's "Inner Wheel," a club for the wives of Rotarians. She also founded the Elkridge Road Runners, a club for senior citizens, and served as the first president of the Elkridge Historical Society.
She died on March 3, 1988. "Her humility and servant's heart made a lasting impact on the lives of both young and old, and her achievements will long be recognized, appreciated, and enjoyed by the citizens of Howard County," according to a statement from the county.
Frances Louise Brown
Born and raised at Mt. Pleasant Farm, in Woodstock, Brown descended from eight generations who farmed the land. Upon graduating from the Towson Normal School and earning a master's degree from the University of Maryland, Brown taught math for 48 years. She served as a mentor to younger teachers and helped organize the Howard County Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators.
Brown was also a member of Patapsco Grange #403 for 20 years. She help found the first Howard County chapter of the Homemakers Club, a group designed to give rural women information about farming, gardening, childcare and household efficiency.
Like her sister Ruth — another inductee this year — Brown's "most enduring gift" to the county was the legacy of the family farm, which is now the Howard County Conservancy, according to the county release. The conservancy provides educational experiences for students, reaching roughly 16,448 middle and high school students since it opened. Mt. Pleasant is home to 232 acres of rolling hills, streams and woodland.
Last year, the conservancy donated 1,478 pounds of fresh produce to the Howard County Food Bank. The conservancy's bees have produced 135 pounds of honey.
"Frances lived a simple, unpretentious life, yet her contributions as an educator, mentor and volunteer had a profound effect on the citizens of Howard County throughout her distinguished career," according to the county's press release.
Ruth Davis Brown
Like her sister, Ruth Brown lived and grew up on the family farm. She also graduated from Towson Normal School and earned her master's degree from the University of Maryland.
Beginning her teaching career in 1924, Brown taught students from grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse. She retired as the senior teacher at Ellicott City Elementary School after 49 years.
She helped organize the Howard County Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Like her sister, Frances, Brown worked with the Patapsco Grange #403 for 20 years.