Governor Larry Hogan Pays Tribute to Retiring MDOT Photographer, Timothy Hyman
66-Year State Employee Never Took a Sick Day
ANNAPOLIS, MD (Sept 16, 2015) – Today at a Board of Public Works meeting, Governor Larry Hogan paid tribute to 66-year state employee Timothy Hyman, who spent his life capturing the historic moments of Maryland’s transportation network being built. At a 1963 event celebrating the completion of a key element of the Eisenhower Interstate System, Hyman photographed President John F. Kennedy at the dedication of I-95 from the Baltimore Beltway to the Delaware line, just two weeks before the president was assassinated in Texas. At 79 years old, Hyman served nearly all his life as the photographer for the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA).
“Today, we honor a man who represents the very best of Maryland through his dedicated public service,” Governor Hogan said. “With nearly seven decades without taking a sick day and always having a smile on his face, Tim Hyman truly is an inspiration to us all. We wish him a long and happy retirement.”
The governor spoke about Hyman’s storied career, displayed some of his most memorable photographs, and presented him with a proclamation recognizing his hard work and a lifetime of service to Maryland.
Hyman began his career as the staff photographer for the State Roads Commission, now SHA, in 1949. He was assigned a daunting task – to document the construction of the first span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. He and his vintage Graflex Pacemaker camera chronicled the three years of construction and ultimately the opening ceremony.
Kennedy was in his first term as President and was preparing to launch his re-election campaign with a trip to Texas in November of 1963. Tawes, a Democrat, had been reelected to a second term as Maryland Governor in 1962, having first been elected in 1958, succeeding Republican Governor Theodore McKeldin, who also served two terms.