Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Susan Fryer Ward (1935-2014)
MSA SC 3520-2670


Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 28, 1935. Attended Western High School, Washington, DC; The American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 1956-57; College of William and Mary, B.A. (government), 1957; McGill University School of Social Work, Montreal, Canada, 1958-59; University of Utah, M.S.W., 1961. Married Rev. Dr. Archibald Ward; two daughters. Died June 22, 2014, in Annapolis, Maryland.

Secretary of Aging, 1998-2003 Secretary of Aging, July 1, 1998 to January 15, 2003. Director on Aging, 1995-98. Director, Department of Aging, Prince George's County, 1982-91. Member, Task Force to Review and Evaluate the Delivery System of Services to the Elderly, 1990-91. Director, Department of Family Services, Prince George's County, 1992-95. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 1995-2003; Domiciliary Care Facilities Board, 1995-96; Task Force on Personal Care, 1996-97. Chair, Interagency Committee on Aging Services, 1995-2003. Chair, Task Force on Quality of Care in Nursing Facilities, 1999. Member, Subcabinet for Children, Youth, and Families, 1999. Chair, Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes, 2000-03. Chair, Innovations in Aging Services Advisory Council, 2001-03. Member, Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2002-03. Member, Aging Work Group, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2006-07.

Licensed certified social worker, Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners. Board Certified Diplomate, American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. Member, Maryland Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 1982-92 (chair, 1989-92); National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 1988-92 (president, 1990-92). Member, Board of Directors, Hospice of Prince George's County, 1983-97; Maryland Gerontological Association, 1995-. Delegate, White House Conference on Aging, 1995. Member, Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly, American Bar Association, 1996-. President, National Association of State Units on Aging, 2002-03 (board of directors, 1996). Director, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, 2003-11. Woman of the Year, Southern Prince George's Business and Professional Women's Club, 1980. Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, Prince George's County Chapter, National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1991. Gladys Noon Spellman Award for Excellence in Public Service, 1994. Social Work Pioneer, National Association of Public Workers, 2010. Influential Marylanders, Daily Record, 2011.

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