Jean Cryor, a longtime leader in Montgomery County, and a member of the Planning Board who helped craft the White Flint Sector Plan, passed away last night. Cryor was one of the few Republicans elected to the Legislature in an earlier era from Montgomery County, serving until 2007, when she was appointed to the Planning Board.
On the Board, Cryor was known as an advocate for community participation and support for the arts and aesthetics. She was an active supporter of aid to low- and moderate-income families. Cryor led the effort to bring Randolph Hills, the oft-forgotten community to the east of the Sector, into the White Flint planning process.
Cryor also brought humor and a different perspective to the Board’s worksessions. She was a strong mentor to several generations of women in elected and appointed office in Montgomery County and Maryland, serving as the only Republican leader of Women Legislators of Maryland.
She was a former editor and publisher of the Gazette newspaper. You can find the Gazette story here: