Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Helen Delich Bentley (1923-2016)
MSA SC 3520-1969

Brief Biography:

Born November 28, 1923, in Ruth, Nevada. Attended the University of Missouri, B.A. (journalism), 1944. Married to William Roy Bentley (d. July 23, 2003). Died August 6, 2016, in Timonium, Maryland.

Reporter and maritime editor, The Baltimore Sun, 1945-1969. Television producer 1950-65. Appointed chair of the Federal Maritime Commission by President Richard Nixon, 1969-75. Columnist and editor, World Port Magazine, 1971-75. International consultant and CEO, HDB International, 1975-85. Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1985-95; Republican. Member, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries; Committee on Public Works and Transportation; Budget Committee; Selected Committee on Aging. Unsuccessful candidate for Republican nomination for governor of Maryland, 1994. President and CEO, Helen Bentley & Associates, Inc., a lobbying and consulting firm specializing in maritime relations. Managed an antiques business with her husband Bill in Cockeysville, Maryland, until 2007. Circle of Excellence, Maryland's Top 100 Women, The Daily Record, 2002. Unsuccessful candidate, U.S. House of Representatives, Second District, 2002. Headed search committee to name director of Port of Baltimore, 2005. Port of Baltimore renamed in her honor as the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore, 2006. Received Governor's International Leadership Award, 2006. Received Speaker's Medallion, 2010. Received First Citizen Award, 2013. Inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, 2013.

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