Joe Getty resigns as director of historical society


The president of the Historical Society of Carroll County announced yesterday the resignation of the director and the appointment of the museum curator as his successor.

"We are sorry to see Joe Getty go, but he is pursuing career objectives which are important to him," said Jacob M. Yingling, society president.

After a meeting of the executive committee yesterday, Mr. Yingling named Jay Graybeal as director.

"He will be great at the job," said Mr. Getty of his former co-worker.

Joseph M. Getty, since 1987 director of the society that administers local history programs and two museums, resigned his position Jan. 3 to pursue a law career.

Now 41, he said he developed "a sudden interest" in the law field about two years ago when he ran for a seat on the county charter board.

"I was in and out of courts filing papers," he said. "Before that time, I had little contact with the legal profession."

He has found little difference in the writing and research aspects of both professions, he said.

"The major change is now I don't have administrative responsibilities and I can be more focused on the law," he said.

The Manchester resident is about "halfway" through his studies at the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore and hopes to finish in about two years.

He is working three days a week at Stoner, Preston and Boswell, a Westminster law partnership, and attending classes 10 hours a week. Recently, he has resigned from several volunteer committees.

"I am focusing my energies on getting my law degree," he said. "My work and study schedule hasn't turned out to be much busier than I was before with volunteer work."

He will continue working with the historical society part time, writing the 1994 publication and directing fund-raising projects.

"I plan to continue some kind of relationship with the society," he said.

Mr. Getty cited the society's "increased visibility" in the community and educational outreach programs as his notable accomplishments.

"It has been rewarding seeing first-hand the vitality of a volunteer, nonprofit organization in Carroll County," he said. "I have truly enjoyed working with our volunteers: officers, board members, librarians and tour guides."

Mr. Graybeal has served as curator for the society since 1988 and is responsible for mounting the present exhibit: "Carroll County and the Great War for Civilization 1917-1919" and its companion publication.

He said he is grateful for the years he spent working with Mr. Getty.

"It is unusual for two people in a working relationship to find their talents, backgrounds and interests dovetail so nicely," said Mr. Graybeal.

He has already set one goal for the society. "I want to expand volunteer participation," he said.

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