For the record

October 25, 2004

Betty Jane Lee, R.N., a retired emergency room nurse from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, received the 2004 William J. McCarthy Distinguished Service Award on Sept. 27. The annual award was established by former Board Chairman William J. McCarthy to recognize individuals for extraordinary service to the Medical Center and who exemplify the best traditions of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Lee is the daughter of the late Rev. William Claybon and Mary Bell Claybon of Hagers-town.

Lee, a 45-year veteran of Hopkins Bayview, began her nursing career at Henryton State Tuberculosis Hospital in Carroll County, Md. In 1959, she came to Baltimore City Hospitals, Hopkins Bayview's predecessor institution, to train in its licensed practical nursing program. Lee continued her education and earned an associate's degree from the Community College of Baltimore and a BSN from the University of Maryland.

Robert Marshall, emergency department administrator at Hopkins Bayview, notes, "When Betty Lee arrived at Baltimore City Hospitals 45 years ago, the A building was the main hospital and CPR was a new procedure. Throughout the changes in science and technology or campus redevelopment, Betty always maintained a positive attitude and cheered staff and patients with ready smiles. She was an inspiration to us all."


Lee's devotion to service extended beyond her professional career. She continues to be a community volunteer and is an active participant of AARP, NAACP, Eastern Star and the New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown, Md.

On Oct. 9, during its Alumni Weekend Remembrance and Recognition Service in the school's chapel, Mercersburg Academy presented Harold L. Brake of St. Thomas, Pa., with The Class of '32 Plaque Award and Neil E. Carstensen of Mercersburg, Pa., with an Alumni Council Service Award.

Celebrating his 50th reunion as a member of the Class of 1954, Mr. Brake received The Class of '32 Plaque Award for outstanding "character, service, and achievement." The plaque is considered to be Mercersburg Academy's highest honor,

After graduating from Mercersburg, Mr. Brake's father took ill. Therefore, instead of attending college, he helped with his family contracting business, and under his leadership, the Charles E. Brake Co. has prospered into a major construction company and regional employer. Throughout the years, Brake has continued to support the academy and its programs, and from 1982 to 1987, he served on the school's Alumni Council.

Brake is a current board member of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation and the Chambersburg Area Development Corporation. Honored by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce as "Businessman of the Year," he is a director of Keystone Financial Bank, Chambersburg Hospital, and Lutheran Social Services. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Appeals Board, chairman of the Franklin County Foundation, and vice-chairman of the Franklin County Planning Commission.

In 2001, in memory of their daughter, who passed away after battling pancreatic cancer, Brake and his wife, Dolores, established the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women's Center, which offers residents of Franklin County diagnostic services, education, counseling, and patient advocacy on all types of medical conditions affecting women.

Carstensen, a former math teacher at the academy, received the Alumni Council Service Award for his 37 years of outstanding service to the school. During his tenure, he worked in a variety of capacities: four terms as head of the mathematics department; teacher of statistics, algebra, and pre-calculus; dormitory dean; member of the school's counseling staff; director of the school's farm program; and field hockey coach.

Carstensen, who holds a bachelor's degree from Parsons College, an M.S. from the University of Iowa, and a M.Ed. in secondary school counseling from Shippensburg University, has also taught mathematics in the School Year Abroad (SYA) Program - in France during the 1978-1979 and 1997-1998 school years; and in Italy from 2000 to 2001.

He has retired from Mercersburg, and is teaching in France again this year, making him the academy's teacher with the longest SYA service. His daughter and son, Angela and Jamie, both graduates of Mercersburg Academy, accepted the award in his absence.

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