Portrait of Maurer hung in State House First woman to serve as Maryland treasurer died in June at 73

January 25, 1997|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

Lucille Maurer left an indelible mark on Maryland's history -- and now everyone can see it.

Yesterday, the state unveiled a 28-by-30-inch portrait of the late Maurer, the first woman to become treasurer of Maryland. The portrait will hang in the State House Calvert Room, then join the paintings of her predecessors in the state's treasury building.

The portrait depicts Maurer in a red suit with a state flag and state seal in the background. A plaque recognizing her leadership among Maryland's women and her commitment to education also is seen.

"What a wonderful testament to a wonderful person," Gov. Parris N. Glendening said during yesterday's ceremony. "The woman I knew was a woman of great compassion, integrity, fortitude and good old common sense."

Maurer became treasurer in 1987 after 16 years as a state delegate from Montgomery County. She retired last January after a brain tumor made it difficult for her to work. She died in June at 73.

She was known among state leaders for her work crafting the complicated formula that has been used for two decades to determine the amount of state education aid each county receives -- a formula known as Lee-Maurer, for Maurer and former acting Gov. Blair Lee III.

Under the formula, the richer a county was, the less state aid it received -- which benefited poorer areas such as Baltimore.

"We've come together today not so much in sadness, but in celebration," said Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein. "Lucy Maurer was an exceptional individual. She'll always have a place in the history books of Maryland."

Pub Date: 1/25/97

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