- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 29, 2006

BERLIN, Md. (AP) — Maryland Delegate K. Bennett Bozman, a retired Berlin pharmacist who served in the legislature since 1991, died April 27 of bacterial meningitis. He was 69.

Mr. Bozman died while being transported from Atlantic General Hospital to Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.

Mr. Bozman, a Democrat, had served as deputy majority whip since 1995. He was a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Joint Committee on Federal Relations and the Joint Audit Committee.

Mr. Bozman was born in Norfolk. He attended Washington High School in Princess Anne, Md., and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. He served in Coast Guard from 1961 to 1969.

“We’ve lost a great friend and a giant of a man who’s done a lot for this Lower Eastern Shore,” said Jim Purnell, president of the Worcester County Commission. “He knew how to get things done out of Annapolis. When he told you he was going to do something, you could bank on it.”

A Worcester County commissioner from 1978 to 1990, Mr. Bozman said in January that he would seek another term as delegate but planned to wait to file until after the 2006 legislative session ended.

In the Maryland General Assembly, if a vacancy occurs in either house through death, resignation or disqualification, the governor appoints a replacement nominated by the appropriate party’s state central committee.

Mr. Bozman is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

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