The Worcester County Commissioners and staff bid a fond farewell to our dear friend and former County Commissioner Louise L. Gulyas, who passed away Thursday morning, December 17, 2015.
Gulyas was elected as a County Commissioner to represent the Ocean City District - District Seven in 1998. She was the second woman ever to be elected as a County Commissioner, and she served four consecutive terms until retiring in 2014.
“Louise loved people, and everyone she met became an instant friend,” Commission President Jim Bunting said. “She championed the needs of her district and the interests of the entire county as a whole.”
“Louise was one of the most dedicated public servants I’ve ever known,” Commissioner Bud Church said. “She referred to Ocean City as ‘My Ocean City’ in almost every conversation I ever had with her. Worcester County and Ocean City lost a true public servant.”
Throughout her time in office, Commissioner Gulyas acted as a strong voice for senior citizens and the disabled. She served the Board of County Commissioners as vice president for three years and president for one year.
At the local level, Commissioner Gulyas represented the County Commissioners on the Worcester County Commission on Aging Board of Directors and the Wor-Wic Community College Board of Trustees. Regionally, she served as a member of the Gray Shore Committee Task Force and former chair of the Tri-County Council Health Care Committee and MAC, Inc. (Maintaining Active Citizens). Commissioner Gulyas also chaired the State Commission on Aging where she received the Governor’s Leadership in Aging Award for her advocacy efforts and support of senior citizens. In 2015, she was named to the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.
At the federal level, she was appointed as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.