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Aberdeen High Hall of Fame revived; Constance Beims and Dr. Harold Standiford inducted

Connie Beims and Dr. Harold Standiford, center, the latest inductees into the Aberdeen High Hall of Fame, pose with students and committee members during their March 18 induction ceremony.
Connie Beims and Dr. Harold Standiford, center, the latest inductees into the Aberdeen High Hall of Fame, pose with students and committee members during their March 18 induction ceremony.(DAVID ANDERSON | AEGIS STAFF, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Two Aberdeen High School graduates were recently inducted into the school's Hall of Fame, the first inductions in several years.

The inductees were Dr. Harold C. Standiford, a retired physician and former medical director for infection control and antimicrobial effectiveness at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, and Constance "Connie" Ross Beims, who was a senior staffer for former Gov. Harry Hughes during the 1980s and vice president for external affairs at UMBC.

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Both graduated from Aberdeen High in 1956.

The induction ceremony was held March 18, and included performances from the school band, chorus and dance groups. Aberdeen students also introduced each inductee, whose likeness was captured in portraits created by art teacher Rick Morris.

"It was just wonderful to see this happen and see them get this recognition," Bel Air resident Linda Lemmon, who is a classmate of Beims and Standiford, said Tuesday.

Lemmon, who is a member of the Aberdeen High School Alumni Association and the Class of 1956, worked with association President Mark Schlottman to put together the nominations, and the school administration and faculty, led by Principal Mike O'Brien, arranged ceremony together.

"It's wonderful to see how they involved the students in the whole thing," she said. "It gives the students inspiration, to realize the alumni have done all these great things."

Lemmon said the school has overseen prior Hall of Fame recognitions, but the inductions have not taken place for several years after an Aberdeen High teacher who was heavily involved was transferred.

She said the Aberdeen High faculty was "very much in favor of pursuing it and going ahead with it" when she and Schlottman discussed with them revitalizing the Hall of Fame.

She said the Alumni Association will work with the school administration and faculty in the coming years on Hall of Fame inductions.

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"I think it will be a really great partnership." Lemmon said.

Standiford is also a Vietnam War veteran, and the Baltimore resident has been a professor and researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and a top official at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, according to a program provided by Lemmon.

Beims, who lives in Harford County, is the former executive director of the Maryland Commission for Women, and she has written about protecting the Chesapeake Bay coastal areas and Otter Creek Marsh.

She worked for the administration of Gov. Harry R. Hughes from 1981 to 1987, when she oversaw more than 10,000 gubernatorial appointments, and she was the chair of the Governor's Task Force on Violence and Extremism.

Beims is a member of the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, according to the program.

"They both were very good students and well-rounded students," Lemmon said.

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