Friends and family established the Brian M. Gardner Memorial Fund in March 1996 to provide an award in the Department of Government and Politics in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Robert Gardner established the Brian M. Gardner Memorial fund in his brother's memory. "This scholarship is a way to give back to the community," said Mr. Gardner. His brother, Dr. Brian M. Gardner, was a member of the University of Maryland community as a doctoral student in the Department of Government and Politics, a faculty member at the Institute for Governmental Service, and an adjunct professor at University College.
Brian Michael Gardner was born and raised in Manchester, N.H. In 1962, he received a bachelor of arts in government with honors from St. Anselm's College in Manchester. He received his master of arts in history and government from Niagara University in western New York in 1963, and then served for three years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. In the late 1960s, he moved to Washington, D.C. and started work on his doctorate. In 1981, he received a Ph.D. in American Government and public administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Gardner spent 20 years of his professional life serving the State of Maryland as a leader in state and local government reform and quality improvement. In the early 1970s, he was the assistant director of the Maryland Commission on the Functions of Government. In 1975, he joined the Maryland Technical Advisory Service, which later became the Institute for Governmental Service.
He became deputy director of the Institute in 1984 and was appointed its director in 1989. Dr. Gardner was an adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College, and an active member of the Maryland chapter of the American Society of Public Administration, serving as that chapter's president in the mid-1980s.
The award of a scholarship recognizing public service is an especially fitting tribute to Dr. Gardner. In a "Letter from the Director" introducing a 1990 report of the Institute's activities, he stated, "I believe that the proper role of a university, in addition to teaching and research, includes a commitment to public service."
Dr. Gardner was particularly devoted to helping the small local governments in Maryland. One of the last projects Dr. Gardner completed prior to his death in 1991 was an update of the Charter and Code of Ordinances of the Town of Princess Anne. Town officials recognized his commitment by dedicating the documents to his memory.
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