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» IN MEMORIAM Thank You, Helen Delich Bentley By Richard Scher, Port of Baltimore T he first time I ever spoke to Helen Delich Bentley was over the phone. It was in December 2005 shortly after I had accepted my current position at the Maryland Port Administration. Helen was chairing a committee to plan a huge, black-tie celebration dinner to recognize the 300th anniversary of the Port of Baltimore. I picked up my phone and heard in a gravelly voice, "Richard, this is Helen Bentley. I want you to join my committee and help us plan the big event. See you at our meeting next week." I was not even asked. All I said to her was "Uh... OK." At that point, she said, "Good," then she immediately hung up. No thank you and no goodbye. I stared at the phone thinking, "Who was that person?" The truth is, that person turned out to be one of the toughest, most driven and tenacious people I have ever known. And she was 82 at the time! About six months later I received another call from Helen. "Richard, I want you to drive with me around the Port. I want to show you stuff. There are LOTS of great stories to tell." I of course said sure, that sounds great. Then she again hung up on me without saying goodbye. That was it. Nothing was confirmed on when we would actually do this. Thirty minutes later I received a call saying Helen was downstairs in our lobby waiting for me. So I grabbed a pad and pen and went down to meet her. When I saw her, I told her to wait right there, that I would go get my car and come pick her up. She said no, she wants to drive. I was not going to argue with her. At 83 then, she immediately became the oldest person to ever drive me somewhere. Yes, I was a bit nervous. I ended up having a fabulous time. We drove around the port for about an hour. Her historical knowledge and recall were incredible. She gave me some great story ideas that I would use in various ways. What a day that was. Helen Bentley lived 92 years and did so in a relatively healthy fashion until the very end. I would see her frequently at various meetings, public events and in social settings. At our monthly port commission meetings, it was not unusual, rather it was expected, that she would contribute on the topic of the moment by regaling all of us with things she had done on that specific topic during different moments of her life. If the topic was freight rail, she would say, "Let me tell you what I told Richard Nixon on that!" If the topic was labor, she would comment, "When I was chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission...." It was both entertaining and educational. When Helen would hold court like this, I would think how lucky we all were. There was no other port in the nation, maybe the world, that had a resource like Helen. She was a former maritime reporter and editor at the Baltimore Sun in the 1940s and 1950s when a female reporter was a rarity, especially working a port beat. She hosted a television show in the 1950's and 1960's that aired in Baltimore for 15 years called The Port That Built A City and State that really introduced the public to what a port is all about. She was appointed by President Nixon to be the first female chair of the Federal Maritime Commission and became one of the highest ranking females in the Nixon Administration. Oh yeah, she also became Congresswoman Bentley from 1985-1995. What an incredible life. Helen's work with the Port of Baltimore included helping us on labor and business matters and working with U.S. presidents and other elected officials to support various issues relating to the maritime industry. While in Congress, Helen strongly pushed to fund a 50-foot deep channel for the Port of Baltimore that would allow for the transit of supersized ships. That channel has been in service since 1990 and is a major reason why today Baltimore is one of only a few U.S. East Coast ports able to accommodate big ships. Helen Bentley leaves a legacy that is unmatched by anyone. On behalf of your beloved Port of Baltimore as well as the entire maritime industry, thank you Helen. ● Helen Delich Bentley died on Aug. 6, 2016, at the age 92. Helen Bentley leaves a legacy that is unmatched by anyone. 58 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2016

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Seaports Congestion and Cargo Movements
The Future of Automation
Port Cooperation: In the Name of Productivity
Strategy at Seaports Is Key to Handling Capacity Challenges
Thinking Outside the Box: Productivity at Non-Container Ports
Latin America’s Proactive Approach
Cruise Port Productivity — Upgrading Infrastructure for a Growing Industry
Modernizing America’s Ports for the Next Generation
Thank You, Helen Delich Bentley
Working Together for Seamless Experiences
Optimizing Systems for Profitability
New Orleans Marketplace
Index of Advertisers
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