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Ellen Reckhow

Ellen Reckhow, American county commissioner. Recipient Impact 100 Leadership survey award, Business Leader magazine, North Carolina, 1996.


  • Reckhow, Ellen was born on February 19, 1951 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Hyman and Claire Hayes (Rice) Waldman.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Boston University, 1972. Master in City Planning, Harvard University, 1974.


    • Planner City of Newton, Massachusetts, 1974-1977. Senior planner City of Lansing, Michigan, 1977-1980. County commander Durham (North Carolina) County, since 1988.


    Chairman Partnership for Children, Durham, 1998-1900, Triangle Transit Authority Board, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, since 1997, Middle-School-After-School steering committee chair, Durham, 1992-1999. Chairman Triangle J. Council of Governments, Durham, 2000-2001. Board directors Durham Child Care Council, since 1995.

    Member Durham Open Space and Trails Commission, since 1994. Member American Planning Association.



    Hiking, swimming, gardening, needlepoint.


    • Married Kenneth Howland Reckhow, June 21, 1975. Children: Sarah Elizabeth, Michael Waldman.
    • father: Hyman Waldman
    • mother: Claire Hayes (Rice) Waldman
    • spouse: Kenneth Howland Reckhow
    • children: Sarah Elizabeth Reckhow
    • Michael Waldman Reckhow
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    Born February 19, 1951
    (age 66)