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FSU to Honor Pealer with Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award to Honor Crawford

Frostburg State University will honor the lifetime of accomplishments and service of Cumberland, Md., native Woodward D. Pealer by granting him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at FSU’s 134th Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 16. Pealer’s honor will come during the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony at 10 a.m. The degree was approved by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

FSU will also bestow the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award on Quincy Crawford, Class of ’65, a leader in the financial services field, founder of First Financial Group and fervent supporter of FSU, during the College of Business and College of Education commencement at 2 p.m.

Pealer is a retired business leader and Judge of the Maryland Tax Court who has served his community and country through a variety of positions and activities over the years. In Cumberland, his leadership roles have included being past potentate of Ali Ghan Shrine Temple; two-term director of the Cumberland Chamber of Commerce; past president of the Sacred Heart Hospital; and vice president of the Cumberland Lions Club.

Pealer was also instrumental in organizing the area’s first County United Fund and has served as director of the Salvation Army and the Central YMCA and as chairman of the Brotherhood Dinner, National Conference of Christians and Jews.

As co-chairman of the Lions Sports Car Races, Pealer was successful in promoting the Cumberland area and contributing thousands of dollars to area charities. Additionally, he has offered his leadership as a member of the Wage and Hour Committee for the State of Maryland and as chairman of the Alcoholic Beverage Liquor Control Board of Allegany County.

Pealer has also served the United States with honor; he flew 55 combat missions with the 12th Air Force, which earned him a Purple Heart with an oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross, as well as an audience at the Vatican with Pope Pius XII. FSU dedicated the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall to honor him and his late wife, Virginia.

Quincy Crawford graduated from Frostburg State University in 1965 with a degree in mathematics and went on to enter the financial services field, becoming a general manager in Maryland for a national firm in 1971. In 1977, he founded First Financial Group, which has grown to 250 professionals and staff, generating approximately $20 million per year in annual revenue as the largest privately held financial planning firm in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to retirement, Crawford led First Financial Group to success as the firm’s sole owner, president and CEO.

Active in industry affairs, Crawford has served as president of the Prince George's Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the Baltimore Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the Maryland State Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the Baltimore Society of Financial Services Professionals. His work has earned him numerous awards and The Maryland State Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (MAIFA) has placed him in the MAIFA Hall of Fame.

Crawford remains a dedicated leader and supporter of FSU as he serves on the advisory board for the College of Business and the Board of Directors of the FSU Foundation. He also represents FSU’s interest on the University System of Maryland Foundation Board. He serves as campaign chair of Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg, the University’s campaign that is raising $15 million in support of student, academic and regional/cultural enrichment. He resides in Annapolis, Md., with his wife, Eugenia Zorn Crawford, FSU Class of 1967.

Tickets are required to attend commencement. For information about the ceremonies, visit the commencement Web site at

For more information about the honors, contact the FSU Office of University Advancement at 301-687-4161.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit

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