Following Cynthia's death in December of 2001, her family experienced a tremendous outpouring of love and support. We are forever grateful for the comfort of all your letters, cards, and tributes. The impact of your contributions to causes that were important to Thia is impossible to measure. Thank you.

It is difficult to adequately describe what a critical role Cynthia played, or to convey why she was so special to those of us at CBF who were fortunate enough to work with her. Cynthia was always the epitome of “grace under fire.” The legislative session can become quite draining, yet Cynthia always maintained a quiet professionalism and strong commitment to do what was right for the Bay.

In her position as legislative counsel to the Maryland House of Delegates’ Environmental Matters Committee, Cynthia was instrumental in helping the environmental community, especially the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, secure the passage of several key laws aimed at protecting our water and natural resources around the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Her passion for the Chesapeake Bay and her sincerity in working with various interests challenged all of us to work that much harder. Cynthia shared our victories and occasional defeats. The entire staff at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation extends our heartfelt sympathies to Cynthia’s husband, family and friends. We will miss her dearly, yet always fondly remember what we achieved together.

Theresa Pierno
MD Executive Director

On May 17th, 2002, the Governor of the State of Maryland, Parris N. Glendening, proclaimed the day "Cynthia Weglarz Rountree Day" in honor of Thia's strong dedication for and work on behalf of the environment in the state Maryland.

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Cynthia’s work with The Maryland House of Delegates was recognized and commended when the House members presented Thia’s family with a House Resolution on May 17, 2002 in Annapolis, Maryland.

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As a token of respect and admiration, the Chicago City Council adopted a resolution on January 16, 2002, in memory of Cynthia. The resolution was presented to the family by Alderman Frank J. Olivo.

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More to be added soon.