Walt and Polly Jakobowski of Potomac announce the engagement of their daughter, Maria, to Jules Willinger of Baltimore, son of Barbara Willinger, also of Baltimore. Ms. Jakobowski graduated from Churchill High School and the University of Delaware. She is vice president, Global Fund Services, at Deutsche Bank in Baltimore. Willinger is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and is an account representative for Worldcom. An October wedding is planned.
The Montgomery County Human Rights Commission held its second annual Human Rights Hall of Fame ceremony on March 21 at Indian Springs Country Club in Silver Spring, inducting 23 residents. Among those being honored, were:
Elizabeth Scull of Potomac, posthumously, who served as a Human Relations Commissioner, as a County Councilmember and organizer for equal housing protection;
Fernando Bren of Potomac, for his work on the Human Relations Commission, the Community Housing Resources Board Inc. of Montgomery County and the Fire and Rescue Commission;
Bertram Keys Jr. of Bethesda, for his work as executive director of the Human Relations Commission from 1967-1971;
Rose Kramer of Bethesda, a civil rights activist, School Board member and County Councilmember, who pushed for desegregation in the 1960s;
K. Patrick Okura of Bethesda, a youth mentor who has served on the Human Rights Commission, the Public Schools Citizens Advisory Board, the Substance Abuse Advisory Council, the Mental Health Advisory Board and the Asian-American & Minority Advisory Board;
Gary Howard Simpson of Bethesda, posthumously, an attorney who fought to preserve and protect the civil rights of many citizens including minorities and women;
Frances L. Abrams of Rockville, a founder of the Montgomery County Commission for Women;
Judge David Cahoon of Rockville, a legal adviser and member of Citizens for Good Government and former County Councilmember who was instrumental in enforcing the county’s law for desegregating places of public accommodation;
Shirley Johnson of Rockville, who was instrumental in establishing the Voices vs. Violence program instituted by the county’s Mental Health Association and served on the planning committee that launched the Montgomery County African-American Health Initiative;
and William Gibbs of Rockville, posthumously, a county schoolteacher who was instrumental in winning equal pay for black teachers.
Negar Adib, a physical therapist residing in Potomac, was part of a 13-member Global Volunteers team that traveled to Quito, Ecuador, in January. Adib volunteered at Camp Hope, a day-care center for disabled children.
The county is seeking applicants to fill six vacancies on the Commission for Women. Three vacancies must be filled by applicants endorsed by organizations interested in the status of women, and three by individuals applying on their own behalf. Three incumbents are eligible for reappointment. The 15-member commission advises the county on issues pertaining to women, ensuring legal and economic equality, and administers programs for women including a counseling and career center. Members serve three-year terms without compensation and meet the fourth Wednesday of each month. Applicants should write by April 15 to County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, Md. 20850.