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Retiring state highways employee honored for his 66 years of work without a sick day


Tim Hyman took this photo in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy joined Governor Tawes at a ribbon cutting ceremony for Interstate I-95.

Tim Hyman, the longest serving state employee, documented state highway projects from one end of the state to the other over his 66 years under a dozen governors.

But his most impressive feat may have been that he did it all while not taking a single sick day in nearly seven decades.

“He career began when SHA was known as the State Roads Commission and his service spans every governor since William Preston Lane,” said Gov. Larry Hogan, who presented Hyman with a state proclamation honoring his service and his retirement. “His very first assignment was to document toe construction of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge named after William Preston Lane, the first governor that he served under. ”

Hogan noted that Hyman didn’t just document the various phases of a highway projects under construction. He also captured the faces of the Maryland residents who built the projects.

“Since that time has captured on film the history of Maryland and many milestones,” Hogan said. “Tim took his most famous picture in 1963 when President John F, Kennedy joined Governor Tawes at a ribbon cutting ceremony for Interstate I-95. It was President Kennedy’s last official appearance before he was assassinated and Tim took that picture.”

So what’s the secret to a long career without taking a sick day, asked Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot.

“Ignoring everything,” Hyman answered.