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William S. James
[FINAL Edition]
The Sun - Baltimore, Md.
Date: Apr 19, 1993
Start Page: 10.A
Section: EDITORIAL
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In his quiet way, Billy James left a real mark on Maryland. Long before he died Saturday at age 79, there was a William S. James Senate Office Building in Annapolis, and a William S. James Elementary School in his native Harford County. These are appropriate memorials, for the General Assembly and public education were two of Mr. James's great interests, but the legacy of this studious and far-sighted man to his state will outlast anything made of bricks and mortar.

As a legislator, his initiatives led to the creation of the Maryland Environmental Trust, the state community college system, the Maryland Historical Trust, and the imaginative and wildly successful Program Open Space, which used a small tax on real estate transfers to fund the acquisition of parkland throughout Maryland.

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