Peggy Davison wears many hats, one a halo

April 23, 1995|By SYLVIA BADGER

Peggy Davison wears many hats these days. In Baltimore County, she's a practicing psychotherapist who was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Goucher with a degree in clinical psychology and who went on to earn a graduate degree in psychology from Loyola.

But there's another side to Peggy Davison. When she was 16, she was tapped to replace the lead singer of the '60s group known as the Angels. (She was the lead voice behind the hit song "My Boyfriend's Back.") Davison will not be in her office over the next few weeks, because she and the other Angels are on a tour that will take them to Alaska and the Midwest and that will end at Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City May 5-7, where they'll be singing some of the group's other hits like "Til," "Cry Baby Cry" and "I Adore Him."

Humanitarian of the year

Frank Bramble, president and CEO of First Maryland Bancorp and its principal subsidiary, First National Bank of Maryland, was selected as this year's humanitarian of the year by the Arthritis Foundation of Maryland.

He's in good company -- there have only been three honorees before him -- Hank Butta, former C&P CEO; Jim Rouse, founder of the Rouse Co. and the Enterprise Foundation; and former Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

More than 300 people arrived at the Haytt Regency last Monday evening to support the foundation and to praise Bramble for his commitment to Baltimore through working with area youth.

VIPs who came to honor him were Cardinal William H. Keeler, who gave the invocation; Mayor Kurt Schmoke; Nancy Grasmick, Maryland superintendent of schools; Bill Jews, Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Dr. Edward L. Morris, chairman of the foundation's board of directors; and celebrity mouthpiece Ron Shapiro, who was master of ceremonies for the event. Shapiro's celeb stock went way up with Bramble et al. when he presented him with a basketball autographed by Michael Jordan.

Others at the party were Judy Sussman, GM of Perring Athletic Club; Brenda Crabbs, Arthritis Foundation board member; John Paterakis, H&S Bakery; Dr. Morton Rapoport, CEO University of Maryland Hospital; Trip Dryden, Dryden Oil; and Matt DeVito, former Rouse Co. chairman, who spends a lot of time these days working on the city's Empowerment Zone grant.

High notes

Samantha McElhaney, a 17-year-old from Clinton, was the winner of the Rosa Ponselle Gold Medallion Award competition held recently at Goucher College. This was the fourth annual All Marylanders competition, sponsored by the Rosa Ponselle Foundation.

I am told that this foundation was established in 1982 with funds the legendary Metropolitan Opera soprano left in her will. She was a resident of Maryland for the last 40 years of her life.

Mary Gosier, an 18-year-old soprano from Silver Spring who studies with Elizabeth Daniels at the Catholic University, and Jason Knight, a 19-year-old bass baritone from Ellicott City who studies with Stanley Cornett at the Peabody Conservatory, were the other two top winners.

They were among the 100 or so young Marylanders, ages 8-21, who performed before a jury consisting of Teresa Apolei, an American soprano; maestro Igor Chichagov, conductor-vocal coach associated with Rosa Ponselle for more than 30 years; Elayne Duke, president and competitions co-coordinator of the Rosa Ponselle Charitable Foundation Inc; Felicity Jackson, artistic administrator of the Glimmerglass Opera Company; and Mary Jane Phillips-Matz, co-founder of the American Institute for Verdi Studies.

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