D. Page Elmore: An Eastern Shore Gentleman
D. Page Elmore was a friend to Salisbury University and the entire Eastern Shore. Known for his melodious voice and wry sense of humor, he advanced higher education in our region and in Annapolis.
Page loyally served for over a decade on the Salisbury University Foundation Board of Directors, including as treasurer. He also was a longtime board member of SU’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, taking a profound interest in preserving the history of the Peninsula. He had deep roots in Delmarva, and his love of the region and its people was always evident.
The delegate was generous with many of SU’s students. He encouraged the College Republicans to become involved in civic life. He honored championship-winning athletes on the floor of the House. An independent thinker, he supported small businessmen and entrepreneurs, interests he shared with the University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business.
A frequent visitor to campus, his ties to the University were also personal. Page endowed SU’s Margaret Johnson Elmore Nursing Scholarship in memory of his mother, a nurse. His wife Carolyn earned her Master of Education at Salisbury and his daughter Kathryn received her Bachelor of Arts in political science.
As a member of the House of Delegates since 2003, and as chairman of the Eastern Shore Delegation, Page was clearly a supporter of all things Delmarva, particularly Salisbury University. Many have noted his devotion to his committee work in the House where he served on the Ways and Means Committee.
Lest we forget, he helped make headlines and history when he introduced into the House the bill that made Smith Island cake Maryland’s official dessert.
We will all miss our friend Page, and his generous spirit and sly wit. The music of his manner--an Eastern Shore gentleman of the old school--will forever play in memory.