Hundreds of Bethesda, Md. residents and well-wishers attended the recent renaming and grand opening of the Connie Morella Library, formerly the Bethesda Library.
Ambassador Morella, who is a Bethesda resident, served in the Maryland General Assembly from 1979 to 1986 and represented Montgomery County and the 8th Congressional District from 1987 to 2003. Following her congressional service Morella was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, where she served from 2003 until 2007.
Morella is a founding member of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame and was a second President of the Montgomery County Commission for Women. She currently is an ambassador in residence in the Department of Government at American University in Washington, D.C.
Montgomery Country Executive Ike Leggett stated that, “Connie epitomizes our ideal of a political leader, an independent-minded elected official willing to stand on principle, As a teacher and as a professor of English at Montgomery College, Connie’s passion for learning, language, and literacy match the vision of the Montgomery County Public Libraries as open, inviting gateways to information, ideas, and enrichment.”
For many years, Ambassador Morella and her husband, Anthony Morella, have shown outstanding support for the events and activities of the Italian American community in the Washington, DC area.