On Tuesday night the Greater Washington Board of Trade will honor a man, who during his term as president, helped to bring the board in closer contact with the region's political process as well as bringing more women and minorities into its membership.
R. Robert Linowes will receive the board's "Man of the Years" award for service to the greater Washington community and to the board. More than 350 business colleagues, governmental leaders and friends will gather for the presentation at the Capital Hilton. Maryland Sen. Charles Mathias will be the keynote speaker at the dinner.
Linowes, senior partner with the law firm of Linowes & Blocher, is the 34th recipient of the award, which was originated in 1947.
Linowes was president of the Board of Trade in 1978 and chairman of its economic development bureau the previous year.
Ralph Frey, this year's president of the Board of Trade, said, "I think this award is very deserved. Mr. Linowes has been involved in a wide variety of community activities over the years. He is a man of great dedication and outstanding ability who understands his responsibility to the community in which he lives and works and discharges that responsibility very well."
Former D.C. Mayor Walter Washington, a longtime friend and associate of Linowes, said that "during my services of nearly 12 years as mayor, he was always helpful, constructive and desirous of doing anything he could to help the city and its citizens. Bob was in the forefront of efforts that took the board out of its traditional function and converted it into an association with interest in the broader social and urban concerns of the city. This was a substantive movement for the board and Bob was in that leadership."