Public Service

Drawing upon over four decades of professional experience, Richard B. Callahan is currently retired, having spent the last 13 years of his career serving on the board of commissioners for the Public Housing Authority. During these years, Mr. Callahan helped the Public Housing Authority in upgrading and restoring various institutions in Annapolis, Maryland, including athletic facilities, the swimming pool and various community centers across six different public housing communities.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Callahan excelled as the director of recreation and parks for the City of Annapolis for over 30 years. During this time, he established an outdoor summer basketball league, hired additional employees to aid in the management of the expanded department, and built a brand-new basketball court complex that was named in Mr. Callahan’s honor with a federal grant. In the early stages of his career, he also persuaded the Mayor of Annapolis and its City Council to build the first public swimming pool in 1966. Although he has experienced many career achievements, Mr. Callahan is especially proud of installing a baseball facility in public housing, which was also named in his honor in 2006.

Before embarking on his career, Mr. Callahan pursued higher education at Washington College, from which he received a Bachelor of Science in psychology and education. Subsequently, he was featured among Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1960. During his collegiate studies, he was recognized as an accomplished athlete, having competed in All-Conference honors in basketball and All-American in lacrosse. Following the receipt of his bachelor’s degree, Mr. Callahan worked in the engineering industry prior to being appointed as the recreation and parks director.

As a testament to his success, Mr. Callahan was highlighted in OutLook by the Bay, a local Maryland magazine for active adults. Furthermore, he was recognized with the Peacemaker Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Anne Arundel County for helping the mayor stabilize the county following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. Looking toward the future, Mr. Callahan intends to continue enjoying his retirement.

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