Agent Wins Top Honor

April 14, 1991

Robert M. Shirley, Carroll County 4-H extension agent, received a top award from the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service last month.

Extension Director Craig Oliver presented Shirley with the "Director's Award for Excellence" from the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service.

Shirley, 56, of Westminster, has worked in Carroll as a 4-H agentfor 12 years.

He is the seventh recipient of the award and the first 4-H agent to win it.

Walter C. Bay, acting regional director of the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service and Carroll County Extension Service director, also has received the award.

Shirley received the honor at the annual Extension Service luncheon March 27 in Columbia, Howard County.

He is active in 4-H horse riding programs for the handicapped and with the horse show at the Maryland State Fair.His wife, Hank, is involved with the Hoofbeat 4-H Saddle Club.

Before coming to work in Carroll County, Shirley worked as an agent in Baltimore County. Earlier this year, he received the "Excellence in Extension Award" from the College of Agriculture Alumni Chapter at theUniversity of Maryland.

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