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Otenasek instrumental in preserving Baltimore's port

1:30 PM EST, December 7, 2012

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The Sun obituary about Dr. Mildred Otenasek (Nov. 26) failed to mention one very important civic contribution back in 1955 and 1956.

Then-Gov. Theodore McKeldin included Dr. Otanesek on the committee to change the Port of Baltimore and make it more competitive with neighboring ports. Even though she then was the Democratic National Committeewoman, she never once played politics but stepped in full tilt to learn about the problem — how railroad ownership and control of Baltimore's port inhibited it from competing with the other East Coast ports — and she expended every effort to help establish a public agency to take over.

When we failed with the Maryland General Assembly in 1955, she was one of the first to immediately pull the McKeldin committee together and prepare for the next General Assembly session. We were successful the next time around, and Dr. Otenasek was instrumental to that success.

Helen Delich Bentley, Towson

The writer is a former member of Congress.

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