Maritime Hall of Fame to induct Bentley tonight

May 12, 2004|By Meredith Cohn | Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF

Former Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, a longtime advocate for the U.S. shipping industry and the Port of Baltimore, will be recognized tonight for her work when she is inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in New York.

Bentley, a port consultant, is being honored for a career during which she served in the House of Representatives from 1985 to 1995, chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission from 1969 to 1975; maritime reporter and editor for The Sun from 1945 to 1969 and producer and director of the 1950s television series The Port that Built a City, among other accomplishments.

Bentley is one of five people expected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at an awards dinner at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Two other women have received the honor since the hall was created 11 years ago. Three to five people are inducted annually.

About 350 representatives of the global maritime industry are expected to attend the event, sponsored by the Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey.

Bentley was nominated by Gloria Cataneo Tosi, president of the American Maritime Congress and a former Bentley employee at the Federal Maritime Commission.

"Helen has had a lifetime of being identified with maritime," Tosi said. "When I submitted my nominating letter, there were many individuals who said it was amazing she wasn't already in."

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