Cawley speechless, he says, after building is named for him

October 25, 1991

Wayne A. Cawley Jr., an amiable Caroline County farmer who has been Maryland secretary of agriculture for 12 1/2 years, says he was speechless for the first time in his life when he learned that the department's headquarters outside Annapolis would be renamed in his honor.

"And when I could speak, I said 'Thanks,' " Cawley told the state Board of Public Works this week in Annapolis.

The board, which consists of Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Treasurer Lucille Maurer, officially named the facility the Wayne A. Cawley Jr. Agriculture Building during its weekly meeting in Annapolis.

Cawley is scheduled to retire from his Cabinet post Nov. 1, although he will serve as a consultant to the department at Schaefer's request. Cawley will be succeeded by Robert L. Walker, deputy agriculture secretary.

Cawley said he was "humbled" by the board's action. "I'm more proud of being a farmer than any other title," he said.

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