Ann Remington Hull, 78, House of Delegates leader, university regent

November 04, 2003|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Ann Remington Hull, a former House of Delegates leader, gubernatorial aide and University System of Maryland regent, died Thursday of complications from Parkinson's disease at Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown, where she lived for the past six years. The former Takoma Park resident was 78.

Born Ann Remington in Seattle, she earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While studying for her master's degree in geography at Syracuse University, she met Gordon C. Hull. The couple married in 1948, and both became geographers for federal agencies.

After moving to Maryland in 1949 and while raising her family, Mrs. Hull became interested in politics. She was elected president of the Prince George's County League of Women Voters.

A Democrat, she was elected in 1966 to the House of Delegates from Prince George's County and served three terms. During the 1975-1976 session, she was the House speaker pro-tem.

In 1974, she received the Distinguished Citizen Award from Maryland Action for Foster Children in recognition of her efforts in the General Assembly.

After 12 years as a delegate, Mrs. Hull decided not to seek a fourth term - in part out of frustration when she did not win appointment to fill a vacancy in the state Senate. She took a job as staff director for urban affairs for the national office of the League of Women Voters.

But she soon had another job in state government - named in early 1979 as an executive assistant to newly elected Gov. Harry R. Hughes, working in the field of health and mental hygiene. Family members said she was an advocate for children and youth in foster care, group homes and residential facilities.

"She approached life with integrity and compassion," said her daughter, Suzanne H. Causton of Riverside, Ill. "She had a keen interest in the world around her and had a sense of justice."

She was chairwoman of the Commission to Revise the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Laws from 1985 to 1988. She was also a member of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

From 1989 to 1997, when she retired, she was a member and vice chairwoman of the state university system's Board of Regents.

She traveled extensively to Serbia and other Balkan countries, and was able to read the Serbo-Croatian language.

Mrs. Hull's husband died in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at Heron Point, 501 E. Campus Ave., Chestertown.

Survivors, in addition to her daughter, include a son, Peter C. Hull of Columbia; a brother, Scott Remington of Seattle; and three grandchildren.

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