New United Way chairman welcomed


The United Way of Central Maryland yesterday said hello to Joseph E. Blair Jr., the organization's new chairman, and it bade farewell to Norman O. Taylor, who attended his last annual meeting as president.

As expected, Mr. Blair was elected to replace James T. Brady, secretary of the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development, during the meeting at the Omni Hotel in downtown Baltimore. Mr. Blair, 63, is chairman of Baltimore Life Insurance Co.

The organization also elected Duane R. Dunham, president of Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point Division, and Patricia C. Jessamy, the Baltimore state's attorney, to three-year terms on its board of directors, beginning July 1.

Six people were re-elected to three-year terms on the board: H. Russell Frisby Jr., Benjamin H. Griswold IV, George V. McGowan, James H. McLean, Walter L. Saxon and James M. Uveges.

Mr. Taylor, who joined the agency in 1991, has resigned and will leave Aug. 31. His successor has not been chosen.

Independent United Way agencies have been tainted by criminal charges against William Aramony, the former head of their umbrella organization, United Way of America. Aramony was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison for stealing at least $600,000 to pay for illicit romantic getaways with young women, including a 17-year-old.

The charges hurt United Way agencies across the country and contributed to a decline in donations.

"I have never seen anyone handle a situation like this with as much dignity, energy or greater commitment than Norm Taylor," Mr. Blair said.

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