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Anne Arundel County flags fly at half-staff in honor of former County Executive Bob Pascal

Anne Arundel County flags will fly at half-staff in honor of former County Executive Bob Pascal, who died Friday at 86.

Pascal lead the county from 1974 to 1982, after serving in the state Senate for one term. He later served as Appointments Secretary under Governor William Donald Schaefer from 1989 through 1995.

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County Executive Steuart Pittman said Pascal’s legacy is an example of working closely with those of opposing political parties to accomplish common goals.

Pascal, a Republican, endorsed a Democratic candidate for county executive after his term ended.

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The two never met, but Pittman said he is grateful to Pascal for his work in Anne Arundel County.

“Most people miss a time where party wasn’t everything. Whether it is good or bad, the two parties were closer together on policy than where we are now — people can draw their own conclusions about who moved left and who moved right,” Pittman said. “I think people miss the time when Democrats and Republicans were more closely aligned, and he certainly came from that time.”

After his time in public service, Pascal became involved in many philanthropy efforts throughout the county. He was passionate about mental health and substance abuse disorders. He started the Robert A. Pascal Youth and Family Services and contributed to the Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center and the Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

The Pascal Senior Activity Center in Glen Burnie and the Pascal Center for Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College are named in his honor.

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The flags will be returned to full-staff at the end of the day Thursday, Pittman said.

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