Portion of 235 dedicated to J. Frank Raley

Lexington Park, MD- Representative Steny Hoyer made several stops throughout St. Mary’s County Monday, Dec. 4. After a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Hoyer joined the St. Mary’s County Commissioners in the dedication of a section of Route 235 to the late J. Frank Raley, Jr.—the founder of modern St. Mary’s County.

The dedicated section of Three Notch Road sits just outside of the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and Gate One of NAS Patuxent River. “J. Frank Raley was an extraordinary individual. He had visions beyond today—he was a thinker for tomorrow,” Hoyer commented.

Raley served in the House of Delegates and as a State Senator. He was known for his passion for economic development and education. Raley is credited for helping St. Mary’s College of Maryland become established as a four-year liberal arts college by the Maryland State Legislature.

Raley’s sister-in-law, Judy, said he was deserving of this recognition. “His whole adult life was devoted to promoting the county. He was also interested in promoting the base and bringing in contractors.”

Hoyer agreed, “He was indefatigable in his promoting of the quality in St. Mary’s County and Southern Maryland.”

Born into a family of politicians, Raley learned about serving the public at an early age. He also served our country during World War II in the United States Army.

After serving just one term as Senator, Raley’s work didn’t stop there. “He never stopped working for St. Mary’s County—he stayed active and influential,” Hoyer stated.

During his lifetime, Raley was seated on many committees throughout St. Mary’s County, including the Maryland Economic Development Commission, president of the Lexington Park, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees and St. Mary’s City Commission.

Raley passed away in August of 2012 but his legacy will forever live on in St. Mary’s County as a pivotal developer of this once poor, rural community.

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