The Carroll County Sun News Profile of the Week


Name: Louis B. Scharon

Honored by The Carroll County Sun for: Being recognized by the Carroll District of the Boy Scouts of America asits first annual Distinguished Citizen and someone who has demonstrated the scouting principles of good citizenship, service to the community and concern for others in their adult lives

Age: 67

Residence; hometown: Uniontown

Education: Graduate of Catonsville High School, Baltimore County

Family: Wife: Betty, 66, retired as a secretary and part-owner for 10 years of Scharon's Black Eagle stationery store in Westminster sons: Mike, 41, runs Scharon's Black Eagle with his wife, and Steve, 41, runs an antiquarian book business in Raleigh, Mass.; daughter, Kathy, 38, lives in Richmond, Va., with her husband and four children

Place of worship: St. Paul's United Methodist Church, New Windsor

Activities/hobbies: Realtor for Long and Foster in Westminster since 1977; teaches required courses for the state real estate exam; writes real estate columns regularly for the Carroll County Times; member of The Carroll Players, the New Windsor Lions Club, the Advisory Board for Real Estate Education at Catonsville Community College, Baltimore County, and the Carroll County Literacy Council; hosts a county television program

Accomplishments: Member of the Carroll County School Board for six years, two as president; served as county commissioner from 1979 to 1982, two years as president; opened Scharon's Black Eagle with his wife after retiring from the C & P Telephone Co.

Recipient's comments: "It humbles a person, that's for sure. I do things because I feel they ought to be done, not for recognition. The fact that I was even considered was a surprise. I have always kept active in the community. I feel you ought to give back what the community gives to you, which is why I have always been so involved. About Boy Scouts, I was in the Scouts in 1935 and was a Scoutmaster after I was in the service. It really hasn't changed all that much. The Scout oath and the Scout law arelike something Will Rogers said many, many years ago that carry the same strength and the same truth. They are as fresh as when they weresaid 80 years ago. I have tried my best to live it all my life, but,being human, I do slip up. It's a good guide to live by. It's amazing when you think about the things you do every day that you learned in Scouting. It served me in very good stead when I served in the Pacific. I was able to use the things I learned about camping and taking care of myself. It's a good program and I hope it lives on for many years."

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