A life-long resident of St. Mary’s County, Dr. Janice T. Walthour graduated from George Washington School High School in 1968 when it was one of the two public high schools for black students in the county. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Morgan State University, a master’s degree from George Washington University and a doctorate in administration and supervision from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Dr. Walthour worked in the public schools for 36 years as a teacher, resource teacher, assistant principal, principal and coordinator of academic intervention programs. She served as principal of George Washington Carver Elementary School for 15 years.
Previously she has served on the St. Mary’s County Family Assistance Center board of directors, vice-president of the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau board of directors, St. Mary’s Hospital board of directors; secretary for the board and chair of the Public Relations Committee, and the transition team for newly elected county commissioners; and the Community Affairs Committee of St. Mary’s County. A member of the Democratic Central Committee, Dr. Walthour was a delegate to the 1980 Democratic National Convention, and voter registration chair for the Committee to Elect Joseph Lee Somerville Sheriff of St. Mary’s County, first African American Sheriff in Maryland and eighth in the United States.
Currently Dr. Walthour serves as president of the county’s Unified Committee for Afro American Contributions (UCAC), which is responsible for erecting the African American Monument of St. Mary’s County, and co-chair of the education committee for the St. Mary’s County Branch of the NAACP. She is a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, St. Inigoes, where she is coordinator of Children’s Religious Education. She and her husband Larry live in Lexington Park.