October 23, 2019

Seniors Advocate Who Became Community Icon Austin Heyman Honored for Lifetime of Service

Montgomery County resident Austin Heyman, whose leadership contributions on behalf of County residents span several decades, was recently presented with the AARP Maryland J. Joseph Curran Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received separate proclamations from County Executive Marc Elrich and the County Council to celebrate his long record of accomplishments, which include his strong advocacy on senior issues.

AARP Maryland’s award is named for the esteemed statesman J. Joseph Curran Jr., former state representative, lieutenant governor and longtime attorney general. It recognizes exceptional individuals who have exhibited a lifetime of exemplary commitment to volunteerism and civic involvement. Austin Heyman is only the second person to receive this honor from AARP Maryland.

The proclamation, presented on behalf of County Executive Marc Elrich, recognizes Mr. Heyman’s extraordinary accomplishments on behalf of the broader community.

“Montgomery County owes a debt of gratitude for all he has done,” said County Executive Elrich. “He has been a volunteer in our County since the 1970s and has worked with people of all ages to better their lives through advocacy. He and his wife Barbara devoted themselves to every aspect of community involvement from children and educational issues, to intergenerational and cultural understanding, to advocacy for older adults and the disabled. Austin is a community icon, a visionary and an inspiration to residents of all ages in Montgomery County.”

County Council President Nancy Navarro and Councilmember Gabe Albornoz recognized and celebrated Mr. Heyman as a visionary and integral leader of the community who has demonstrated a life of service, creativity, integrity and purpose.
Learn more about Mr. Heyman’s accomplishments and the honors he recently received.