Within the past few weeks, Anne Arundel County has lost two citizens who have contributed greatly to the quality of life that we enjoy.
Robert Miller was my physics teacher at Glen Burnie High School in 1961. Mr. Miller was a wonderful and gifted teacher, and his life will live on in the hearts of many of his students.
Our physics class was immediately after lunch, which he often referred to as the "sleepy hours," but his good humor and excellent teaching skills managed to keep us awake, and make us enjoy learning. He was an example of teaching at its best, and we will miss him.
The other citizen was Papa John Schillinger, who ran a family farm in Severn.
Mr. Schillinger always had a smile for everyone and a kind word to help make your day better. Papa John raised a large family who will now carry on the farm business.
I attended the funeral service, and there was not a dry eye in entire church. Everyone who knew this man loved him. He loved his family, his farm, his county and every person he ever met.
Every time I pass his farm along Interstate 97, I will remember this giant of a men, who gave so much of himself to make this county a better place to live. We will all miss Papa John.
The writer is Anne Arundel County executive.