Richard N. Dixon, former state treasurer
As Carroll County's first black resident elected to a state position, Richard Dixon broke barriers.
His achievements continued on as the state's first black treasurer and the first from Western Maryland to service in a state constitutional office in 100 years.
Dixon, of New Windsor, died June 7 at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore following a stroke earlier that week. He was 74.
"He had a very positive influence on this community, this county and this state," his sister Trudy Dixon Green said in June, noting his more than 30 years of public service and his eight years in the Army.
Dixon served on the county's Board of Education from 1975 to 1977, then as a state delegate for the county from 1983 to 1996, where he was known for his sense of humor and story-telling, Sen. Joseph Getty, R-District 5, told the Times in June.
In 1996, he assumed the post of state treasurer and stepped down in 2002 due to declining health.
"The fact that I'm African-American didn't make a difference," he told the Times in November 2002 of his political career. "My views reflected the views of Carroll County residents, they had to reflect those views. It's been a pleasure serving the people of Carroll County."