After developing programs and assisting Howard County's senior citizens for 19 years, the director of the county's Office on Aging has announced that she will retire in November.
The retirement of Vivian Reid, 70, of Catonsville comes as the Office on Aging is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Several events will be held next month to mark her retirement and the office's anniversary.
Ms. Reid joined the Office on Aging after working with a statewide program for battered and neglected children in Connecticut.
She led the office's growth from a small operation at the Oakland Mills Village Center in 1976 -- when no more than about 50 seniors at a time would gather for social events -- to eight centers that serve more than 3,000 county seniors on a regular basis. Two more centers are due to open next month, including one in western Howard County.
"We wanted to reach out to the entire county," Ms. Reid said. "I'm very proud of being able to help."
Ms. Reid said she has not set the day she will retire, but she plans to step down by the end of November.