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UMD’s Frank Quine Named DSA Winner for 2013

Served MDDC as liason between UMD's Merrill College of Journalism for almost 25 years
Frank Quine, the retired assistant dean of the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, has been named the winner of the Distinguished Service Award by the MDDC board of directors.
He will be recognized at the induction ceremony for the newly elected members of the MDDC Newspaper Hall of Fame, to be held at Merrill College’s Knight Hall in early June.
Quine was the liaison of the college to MDDC from the late 1980s until he retired from the college in 2010. He attended meetings, served on committees and kept MDDC and the college informed about the activities of the other. He arranged contributions from the college to various activities of MDDC for many years, including underwriting the cost of the Past President’s reception at several awards conferences.
When the college was building its new building, Quine was in charge of overseeing the construction. He made sure the MDDC Hall of Fame was included in the new building and also had a good location in its new home.
Quine has also worked on the MDDC Reese Cleghorn Internship program since its inception in 1998. He directed the program for a couple of years, and continues to serve on the Newspaper Education Committee which selects the interns and places them in MDDC member papers.
As Steve Crane, former assistant dean at Merrill wrote in his letter of recommendation: “I’m sure he did a thousand other things but I don’t know about them because – as anyone who knows Frank can attest – he never brags about anything but does everything with modesty and humility and great good humor, never drawing attention to himself but standing to the side and letting someone else stand in the limelight.”
Former Dean Thomas Kunkel and former Association Dean Chris Callahan joined Crane in recommending Quine for the award.
Quine’s portrait will hang in the MDDC office in the Annapolis Capital Building along with previous winners of the award.
Before coming to Maryland, Quine spent 18 years with the executive staff of the American Press Institute in Reston. He was director and CEO of API from 1979-87.
Quine is a 1959 journalism graduate of Kent State University in Ohio. He worked on Florida newspapers (Jacksonville and St. Petersburg) for 10 years as a sports writer, sports editor and news editor. He was news editor of the Evening Independent in St. Petersburg when he left to join the API staff.
He is a board member and treasurer of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C., the fundraising affiliate of the Washington Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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