Port Namesake and Former Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley Dies

668px-hdbentleyHelen Delich Bentley, former Maryland Congresswoman, Federal Maritime Administration Chair, Baltimore Sun reporter and namesake for the Port of Baltimore, died on Saturday at the age of 92.

Congresswoman Bentley first came to Maryland to work for The Baltimore Sun in 1945, after earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. After a brief stint covering labor, she was dispatched to cover port operations.  In 1950, she launched a television show on WMAR called “The Port that Built the City and State.” She covered inefficiencies of the Port of Saigon as the U.S. became more involved in Vietnam, which later led to her appointment by President Richard Nixon as the chair of the Federal Maritime Administration.  She was first elected to Congress in 1984, where she served for a decade. In 2004, she was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame. In 2006 during the celebration of the Port of Baltimore’s 300th anniversary, Governor Robert Ehrlich named the port after Congresswoman Bentley.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a memorial service will be held in October.