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May 07, 2006|By MARY GAIL HARE

Marcia J. Reinhart

Occupation

Part-time librarian and computer specialist for the Carroll County Public Library system.

In the news

For the past 15 years, Reinhart has helped organize the National Day of Prayer observance in Maryland, serving twice as the state chairwoman for the event held annually on the first Thursday of May. She began the observance in Carroll County and has seen participation grow from about a dozen people to the more than 400 who attended ecumenical services this year at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Career highlights

A 1969 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, she has worked in computer-related occupations. A job at the University of Maryland Health Science Computer Center brought her to Maryland more than 30 years ago. In addition to her work at the library, Reinhart is active in her church, the Gathering Place in Westminster, and is involved in several volunteer activities, including Marriage Savers, where she and her husband are mentors.

Personal

Reinhart, 59, who grew up in Tenafly, N.J., married Scott Reinhart, associate director of the Carroll library system, in 1977, and their daughter was born two years later. They now have two grandchildren. When her husband was diagnosed with a severe illness in the early 1990s, she vowed she would "do something for God" if he recovered. The push for a statewide observance of National Day of Prayer became that something, she said.

Philosophy

"If we make prayer our focus, our lives will come together. We can run around doing a lot of things, but there is not a lot of reason for living except to serve God."

[ Mary Gail Hare]

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