Name: Irby C. Cole
Honored by The Carroll County Sun for: WinningCarroll Community College's Outstanding Teaching Excellence Award
Residence; hometown: Finksburg; Fork, Baltimore County
Education: Bachelor's degree of fine arts and master's degree of fine arts from the Maryland Institute of Art
Family: Wife: Lynda, 34, homemaker; children: Aaron Cole, 6, a first-grader at Spring Garden Elementary; Adrian Cole, 13, a freshman at North Carroll High; Dorian Cole, 15, a sophomore at NCHS; Christopher Mercer, 16, a junior at NCHS; Kara Mercer, 13, an eighth-grader at North Carroll Middle
Activities/hobbies: Art instructor with Catonsville Community Collegesince 1967, "on loan" to Carroll Community College since 1976; enjoys painting, gardening, camping, nature photography; active in CarrollCounty Arts Council, member of Board of Directors; CCC Art Club adviser
Accomplishments: His paintings have won blue ribbons in exhibits and shows; he arranged for CCC's first art exhibit in fall 1990; acted as liaison between CCC and Arts Council to establish Kid's College; initiated CCC Art Club; has judged various art shows, including Wine Festival Poster Contest
Recipient's comments: "I was totally dumbfounded. It was announced in a faculty-staff meeting and then I heard my name and award. I had not tried for the award, but since it fell in my lap, I'm elated. I'm very pleased about it."
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