Five to join Mount Airy Hall of Fame


The Mount Airy Hall of Fame has announced this year's five inductees, who include the wife of a charter member, a former teacher and a well-known agricultural leader.

The 2004 class will be inducted at the Mount Airy Historical Society's annual dinner March 16 at the American Legion home on Prospect Road.

Nominations for the five annual inductees are accepted each fall. People who have contributed to the Mount Airy community may be nominated.

This year's inductees are:

Josephine "Joan" A. Collins. The member and chaplain of the American Legion Auxiliary teaches religious education at St. Michael's Catholic Church. She is a community leader and a member of Calvary United Methodist Church.

Mary Barton Jacobs. The late philanthropist and humanitarian was responsible for building the Robert Garrett Sanatorium (formerly located on North Main Street in Mount Airy).

C. William "Bill" Knill. The Maryland Agriculture Hall of Fame member was a finalist last year for Mount Airy's Outstanding Person of the Year Award. He is a church leader and a community volunteer.

Virginia B. Norwood. A former longtime public school teacher and media specialist in area schools, Norwood is a church worker and leader of the Older Adult Ministry at Calvary United Methodist Church. She is also a community volunteer.

Her husband, Travis Norwood, is a charter member of the Mount Airy Hall of Fame.

A. Wayne Norwood. The late town councilman was an active member of Mount Airy Kiwanis Club and received its George F. Hixon Fellowship. He also served as president of the Mount Airy Alumni Association, and was a member of the Mount Airy Bicentennial and Centennial committees. Norwood was named Mount Airy's Outstanding Person of the Year for 2000, and was an avid gardener and a community volunteer.

Mount Airy's 2003 Outstanding Person of the Year Award also will be presented at the society's dinner. The five finalists are Jane B. Fleming, Margaret Ann Fritz, Tina Grogg, Franklin Johnson, and William and Carolyn Self.

Tickets are on sale for the March 16 banquet. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and a buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available from Travis Norwood at 301-829- 0489.

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