Tom Horton named Admiral of the Chesapeake

SALISBURY — Tom Horton has held a number of titles, award-winning reporter, acclaimed author and Salisbury University faculty member, among them.

Recently, he added another to his ever-growing resume: Admiral of the Chesapeake.

Outgoing Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley bestowed the honorary title during his final days in office, recognizing Horton’s 33 years as an environmental reporter for The Baltimore Sun and continuing writing career.

Horton’s books, including “Bay Country,” “The Great Marsh” and “Island Out of Time,” the latter chronicling life on Smith Island, MD, have been instrumental in recording the Chesapeake Bay’s history and heritage. They have earned accolades including the John Burroughs Award for nature writing and the Sierra Club’s David Brower Award. He also has written for publications including National Geographic, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

At SU, Horton is a faculty member in the Environmental Studies Department. His courses include “Exploring Delmarva: A Water’s-Eye View,” during which he and fellow faculty member Bill Nelson give students a hands-on look at the bay during a weeks-long kayaking and camping trip.

In addition, he recently led the conference “Growth and the Future of the Chesapeake Bay,” believed to be the first of its kind to bring together experts from a variety of fields to discuss growth and population issues, and the impact on the regional environment.

Horton was one of 16 to be named an Admiral of the Chesapeake this year. Others included Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker; Dr. Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; and Maryland State Delegate Maggie McIntosh.

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