Howard Recreation and Parks director dies of cancer

Gary J. Arthur died in his home

May 28, 2010

Howard County Recreation and Parks director Gary J. Arthur died at his Ellicott City home Thursday after a months-long bout with cancer, according to county spokesman Kevin Enright. He was 62.

He was a Baltimore native who played football at Baltimore's Polytechnic Institute. A Howard County employee since 1979, he had served as department director since December 1997. He oversaw a major expansion of Howard County's parks, with the addition of the 300-acre Blandair Park, the Western Regional Park in Glenwood and Meadowbrook Park in Ellicott City.

Enright said that as recently as February, Arthur drove a department truck with a plow during a snowstorm to clear the way for a pregnant woman scheduled to be induced when no other county driver or vehicle could immediately be found.

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