Rosalie S. Abrams (1916-2009)
MSA SC 3520-11515
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, June 2, 1916. Daughter of Isaac and Dora Silber. Attended Western High School; Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, Registered Nursing degree; Columbia University, 1939; The Johns Hopkins University, B.S., 1963, M.A., political science, 1969; Thesis: "State Governmental Structure Affecting Enactment and Implementation of a Federal Program: A Case Study of Medicaid in Maryland." Married William Abrams, 1954; one daughter, Elizabeth. Died February 27, 2009, in Towson, Maryland.
House of Delegates (D), District 5 Baltimore City, 1967-70. Member, Liaison Committee to the Constitutional Convention. Chair, Joint Committee on Medicaid Legislation; Health and Welfare Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. Organizer and first chair, House Democratic Study Group. Senate (D), District 11, 1971-74, District 42, 1975-84 (resigned, 1984). Senate Majority Leader, 1978-82. Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 1971-82. Chair, Finance Committee, 1983-84.
Private Career and Other Public Service:
Served in U.S. Navy Nurses Corps, World War II. Chair, Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland, 1978-84. Chair, Humane Practices Commission, 1973-86. Member, Commission to Study Implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, 1973-78. Member, Human Resources and Urban Affairs Committee, Southern Legislative Conference, Council of State Governments; State-Federal Assembly Committee on Human Resources, National Conference of State Legislatures, 1977-date unknown. Member, Democratic National Committee, 1979-date unknown. President, Maryland Order of Women Legislators. Director on Aging, 1985-95. World War II Memorial Commission, 1991-98. Health Care Decisions Act Advisory Council, 1994-96. First Citizen Award, 1999. Received numerous distinguished service awards and citations.
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