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Achievement Awards

2003 Achievement Award Recipients

Kevin Fitzgerald
Salisbury University
Surrattsville Class of 1971

Bob Marr
Colonel in the U.S. Air Force/Air National Guard
Surrattsville Class of 1971
Roberta Padgett Taylor
Administrative Assistant, Surrattsville H.S.
Surrattsville Class of 1953

Kevin Fitzgerald

Kevin is perhaps the most "famous" of the many fine artists to come out of Surrattsville.  Kevin's dramatic and gorgeous paintings (and other works of art) are sought out by collectors and art lovers world-wide, and his work is featured at major shows in the D.C. area and beyond. Kevin teaches art at Salisbury University (where he receives stellar, master-teacher ratings from his students), taught art at Worcester County High School for 15 years (where he designed the graphics education program), and has taught art at Wor-Wic Community College.  Kevin also is active in the charitable community, working to support the Assateague Foundation, the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation, and of course the Surratts Foundation.  Kevin's very interesting resume includes studying at the Corcoran School of Art, earning his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA (under full fellowship) at GW, restoring a 54-foot barge as a floating studio, and working on the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota with sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.  Kevin's work, and references to it, have appeared in many publications, including "Art & Antiques Magazine's America's Top 100 Collectors" issue , and this interesting reference in a February 2003 "More" magazine article: "The warm, elegant living room [of fitness celebrity Denise Austin] is anchored by a favorite Kevin Fitzgerald painting."  Kevin's official bio, which appears, for example, in the beautiful "coffee table" art book "Kevin Fitzgerald - Selected Works", mentions his Surrattsville roots!

Bob Marr

Bob is one of the many Hornets serving us all in the military.  Bob, a Colonel in the Air Force/Air National Guard, with a Master Pilot/Command Pilot rating currently flying F-15s, graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1975, and earned a Master's Degree in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry-Riddle.  Bob is the Commander of the Northeast Air Defense Sector, the fighter group that flies sorties throughout the Northeast to keep us all safe.  Bob has had a number of fascinating assignments during his career, and has received numerous awards and commendations from the Air Force.  Bob's official Air Force bio proudly mentions his Surrattsville roots!  The Foundation is especially proud to recognize such a distinguished member of the military in these trying times, and is thrilled that Bob's selection reflects the close historical bond between Surrattsville and the United States Air Force.

Roberta Padgett Taylor

Roberta certainly holds the all-time record for loyalty and service to Surrattsville!  Roberta attended Surrattsville through graduation in 1953, when she was Senior Class President, and has served the greater Surrattsville community ever since -- that's over fifty years, if anybody's counting! -- as administrative assistant at the School (and at Surrattsville Elementary).  Roberta's "favorite saying" under her 1953 yearbook photo is "Cheer Up!", and she's certainly cheered up thousands of Surratts students with her welcoming smile and wonderful personality.  There's probably not a Surratts student (since well before 1953!) who hasn't been touched by Roberta's kindness and who hasn't been aided by Roberta in some important way.  Roberta shows no signs of reducing her commitment to the School (despite a failed attempt to "retire" in 1995), so hopefully we'll be seeing her in the office for many years to come!



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