Foundation Considers Making Columbia Home

April 17, 1991|By Staff writer

A foundation aimed at cultivating leadership qualities in high school sophomores is considering Columbia as its Maryland chapter's permanent home.

The Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation, founded by 1950s television actor Hugh O'Brian, has held several of its annual Maryland Leadership Seminars at the Columbia Inn. Members of the foundation's state board of directors are considering making that the permanent location and setting up a state chapter office in Columbia.

"We've talked about establishing an office in Columbia," said state chapter Chairman Kent Shaffer, an associate scientist with Martin Marietta Laboratories in Arbutus.

"We like the Columbia area because of the environment, the unique setting, the business aspects and cultural aspects," he said, adding that the location is convenient.

The foundation's board has not yet made a decision on establishing abase.

The foundation, founded by the actor who played title role in the "Wyatt Earp" series, will open its 13th-annual leadership seminar Thursday at the Columbia Inn for a record 230 students, each representing one of the state's public and private high schools.

The 33-year-old group's main activities involve giving the students a chance to interact with leaders in business, culture and government.

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