T. Edward Lippy, a longtime Hampstead farmer and former president of the Carroll Board of Education, has been named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Rotary Club of Westminster.
Mr. Lippy, who has lived in Hampstead all his life, is the 32nd person to receive the annual award. Westminster Rotary Club President G. Lawrence Hogue presented the award to Mr. Lippy in ceremonies Wednesday night.
"I feel very honored," Mr. Lippy said yesterday. "That's about all I could say."
The Rotary chose Mr. Lippy, 63, as its outstanding citizen because of "his total service above self and especially his dedication to Carroll County, its children and its land," according to a program announcement.
Mr. Lippy graduated from Hampstead High School, then enrolled in the University of Maryland, where he received his bachelor's degree in agriculture in 1950. After graduation, he joined his father and brothers on the family farm.
Since then, the family has formed its own agricultural company. They farm more than 10,000 acres in Carroll and Baltimore counties.
Mr. Lippy served nearly 20 years on the county school board until 1990. He was appointed to the board by former Gov. Marvin Mandel in 1971, then was elected in 1978 and 1984. He served as vice president or president of the board 10 times.
"He served longer than anybody else -- elected or appointed -- in the state," said R. Edward Shilling, Carroll County superintendent of schools. Mr. Shilling -- a Carroll schools employee for 30 years -- cited Mr. Lippy's contributions in honoring excellence, establishing communication and getting parents and the community involved in school construction issues.
Mr. Lippy also has served on the board of the Central Maryland Association, a farm credit group. He has been past chairman of the district board of the Farm Credit Council and vice chairman of its national board. He is an executive vice president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Fowblesburg.
Mr. Lippy and the former Marjorie Klepper -- his wife of 36 years -- have a son, Tod, who works in New York City, and a daughter, Meg, who works in Hong Kong.