GBC at 65: The First 5 Chairs

The 1st 5 Chairmen

In highlighting the story of the “GBC’s special role in the redevelopment of Baltimore,” the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 10th Annual Report provided a snapshot of the leadership of each of the GBC’s chairs from 1955 to 1965:



Clarence Miles1955, 1956 — Clarence W. Miles, Esq.
Partner, Miles and Stockbridge

“It was Mr. Miles who realized that the GBC could not expect to ‘legislate, enact, or enforce,’ but should afford a wholly new approach to urban development — that of a private enabling agency which would develop working relationships between private enterprise and public agencies.”





Charles Buck1957, 1958, 1959 — Charles H. Buck
Chairman of the Board, The Title Guarantee Company

“All that was so boldly begun was given added soundness, direction, and depth by the second GBC chairman, Charles H. Buck, who began, carried through, and ended his stewardship with the universal respect of the business community he represented and the public-private partnership he worked to cement.”





Arthur Grotz1960 — W. Arthur Grotz
President, Western Maryland Railway Company

“Mr. Grotz was well equipped to lead the GBC through a time of hard, even frustrating, work, but work absolutely vital to the next steps in Baltimore’s development.”






Robert Hobbs1961, 1962, 1963 — Robert B. Hobbs
Chairman of the Board, First National Bank

“With his amazing record of experience in civic, business and cultural groups, Mr. Hobbs had deep appreciation for the need to concentrate more and more on area-wide problems and solutions for the whole Baltimore Metropolitan area.”





James Rouse1964, 1965 — James W. Rouse
Vice President, James W. Rouse & Company, Inc.

“Time and time again throughout the years of the GBC, Mr. Rouse has sounded the alarm against piecemeal and narrow thinking, especially in regard to planning and has challenged Baltimore to think and plan with a comprehensive and regional point of view.”


See the complete list of past and current Board Chairs of the Greater Baltimore Committee here.

See the complete list of past and current Presidents and CEOs of the Greater Baltimore Committee here.

Learn more about the first five chairs here.

All of the above quotes are excerpted from GBC’s 10th Annual Report.

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