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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Feb. 9, 2018 7 p.m.: FSK to Celebrate Naming of Louis V. Beard Memorial Gymnasium

Feb. 9, 2018 7 p.m.: FSK to Celebrate Naming of Louis V. Beard Memorial Gymnasium

Just released Jan. 11, 2018 Carroll County Public Schools
125 North Court Street
Westminster, Maryland 21157

For Immediate Release

Stephen H. Guthrie, Superintendent

FSK to Celebrate Naming of Louis V. Beard Memorial Gymnasium

Francis Scott Key High School will hold a ceremony to celebrate the naming of its gymnasium as the Louis V. Beard Memorial Gymnasium on Friday, February 9, 2018. The ceremony will take place at halftime during the girls varsity basketball game, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Beard served FSK as an administrator for over 20 years.

Mr. Beard began his professional career as a teacher at the Robert Moton School in Westminster in 1955. Soon after beginning his teaching career, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served from 1955-1957.  He was honorably discharged and returned to teaching at Robert Moton School and was advanced to principal, where he served until 1965.

In 1965, Mr. Beard was assigned to Francis Scott Key High School where he served as assistant principal for one year until he advanced to principal in 1966.  With this appointment, he became the first African American to hold such a position in Carroll County.  He served as principal of Francis Scott Key for the next 20 years, influencing the lives of countless students and faculty in positive ways until his retirement in June 1986. 

Mr. Beard leaves a legacy of dedicated service and outstanding accomplishments as an educator, humanitarian, and civic leader.  During his tenure as principal of FSK, Mr. Beard expanded the athletic program and added an auditorium, football field, and gym.  Among his many accomplishments, he was the first African American honored by the Carroll County Jaycees with the Distinguished Service Award.  He served as past board member of numerous county agencies and service organizations, including the Y.M.C.A, Department of Social Services, Community Action Agency, Carroll County Hospital Board, and the Bowling Brook Home for Boys.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Guy Babylon, from New Windsor, long-term keyboardist for Elton John has passed away

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UPDATE: Be sure to read Jennifer Jiggetts’ Carroll County Times story. She did a great job: Elton John's keyboardist, New Windsor native dead” at 52 By Jennifer Jiggetts, Times Staff Writer Friday, September 04, 2009

When he was in seventh grade, Guy Babylon and several of his New Windsor friends formed a band.

They performed at the New Windsor carnival, gave small concerts by Babylon’s pool and won many talent shows in Carroll County. The band rehearsed wherever it could.

Those practices would set the foundation years later for a more famous gig for Babylon: backing up Elton John.

Babylon, John’s lead keyboardist, died Wednesday night in California. He was 52.

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Elton John's keyboardist, New Windsor native dead


Guy Babylon, from New Windsor, long-term keyboardist for Elton John has passed away

September 3, 2009

By Kevin Dayhoff

Guy Babylon, 52, died Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, California, according to family sources and Elton John’s official website.

He was born on December 20, 1956, in New Windsor, the son of Graham and Mary Babylon, owners of the Babylon Vault Company, a Carroll County business that has manufactured burial vaults since 1930.

After he attended Francis Scott Key High School he earned his BFA in music composition from the University of South Florida. In 1980, six months after graduation he moved to California, where he quickly established himself as an accomplished keyboardist and composer and respected session musician.

Babylon, as a young man, was known to be a national level swimmer and a family member noted with pride that he once beat Mark Spitz, of Olympic swimming fame. Babylon died of an apparent heart attack while swimming.

Elton John, who according to his official web site, is on holiday in Nice, France, said: “I am devastated and heartbroken at the death of Guy Babylon. Guy played over 1000 shows with me, and we worked together on The Road To El Dorado, Aida, Billy Elliot, Lestat and Gnomeo and Juliet, as well as on countless albums.

“He was one of the most brilliant musicians I ever knew, a true genius, a gentle angel - and I loved him so much. David and I send our deep condolences to Kathy, Max, Ben and Jessica, to Guy's parents, to Kathy's parents and to all his immediate loved ones.’

The web site reports, “Guy's first performance with Elton was for a benefit at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles in July 1988, and his first world tour as part of the Elton John Band began two months later in Miami, Florida.

“Guy became lead keyboardist on May 26, 1992, and has been the only synth man on stage since the Walden Woods Benefit Concert in the fall of 1993.”

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