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2017 Honorees

  • Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Barbara Mikulski

    Barbara Mikulski

    Everybody in Maryland knows Barbara Mikulski, Baltimore's warrior for the working class. Her rise from Highlandtown social worker and community activist to political glass ceiling buster as a five-term U.S. senator (setting the record as longest-serving woman in the Senate as well as the first...

  • Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: David Cordish

    David Cordish

    Hanging in the lobby of David Cordish's office is a framed ledger his grandfather used to record the monthly rent payments on the apartments he owned near what is now Mondawmin Mall. It's a reminder both of just how deep Mr. Cordish's family roots run in the real estate business and of just how...

  • Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: George Russell Jr.

    George Russell Jr.

    To call George Russell Jr. a pioneering African-American lawyer is entirely warranted. He is a man of notable firsts — first black Circuit Court judge in Maryland, first black city solicitor of Baltimore, first credible black mayoral candidate in the city, first black appeals court judge in the...

  • Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Henry A. Rosenberg Jr.

    Henry A. Rosenberg Jr.

    Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. can't recall giving much serious thought to living anywhere but Maryland, which is good news given his family's lasting impact on the Baltimore region. He was born into wealth — he's a direct descendent of the Blaustein family, the Linthuanian immigrants who founded the American...

  • Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Lainy LeBow-Sachs

    Lainy LeBow-Sachs

    Lainy LeBow-Sachs remembers the moment her life changed. She saw a flyer for someone who was running to be the city's next mayor. Her children in school, the Massachusetts native was interested in getting a job, but her professional experience was limited to a two-year stint as a second-grade teacher...

  • Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Michael Cryor

    Michael Cryor

    You might call Michael Cryor the Kevin Bacon of Baltimore — he's seemingly not more than a degree or two of separation from anyone in town. That doesn't just go for the folks in Baltimore's boardrooms or City Hall, where he has been a quiet voice in the ears of a succession of mayors dating back...

  • Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Doreen Bolger

    Doreen Bolger

    Doreen Bolger's impact on Baltimore's art scene could scarcely be overstated. As director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, she not only dramatically elevated the museum's curatorial standards (upgrading how artwork is displayed and explained to visitors) and improved the organization's finances,...

  • Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Brit Kirwan

    Brit Kirwan

    In academic circles, William E. "Brit" Kirwan is regarded as nothing less than a national treasure. It's not simply because of his profound impact on Maryland's colleges and universities or even that he's a master lobbyist who could talk Republican birds down from Democratic trees, if necessary,...

  • Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Betsy and George Sherman

    Betsy and George Sherman

    Baltimore has its share of philanthropists, but what makes Betsy and George Sherman stand out is the focus and the intensity of their commitment. She was a preschool teacher, he was a corporate executive for some of America's best-known companies. Together, they have not just opened their checkbook...

Hall of Fame, Class of 2016

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