Laura Amos Bull, who served as president of the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers during the late 1950s, died Nov. 13 at Fallston General Hospital of complications to a stomach ulcer.
Mrs. Bull, who was 86 and moved from Towson to Jarrettsville about four years ago, had earlier lived in Harford County and headed the county PTA Council and the Jarrettsville High School Parent Teacher Association.
Later, she served as legislative chairman of the national PTA organization and was present in the White House for the signing of several educational bills for which she had worked.
During the late 1940s, she also served as president of the Maryland Council on Education and as a leader in the Maryland Council of Homemakers Clubs.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, she also served as superintendent of the main hall at the State Fair at Timonium, where cooking, crafts and other products of the home were exhibited.
She had also been active with the Maryland Association for Adult Education, the National Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration, the Baltimore Metropolitan YMCA, the United Nations Association and other groups dealing with legislation and education.
A member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Nu and Delta Kappa Gamma honor societies, she had been cited for her work by the Phi Delta Kappa honorary society.
The former Laura Amos was a native of Cooptown and a graduate of Jarrettsville High School. She was active in 4-H Clubs and had been named the "most outstanding 4-H girl in the Eastern United States." She continued working with the organization as an adult and was named a 4-H All Star.
At the University of Maryland, she won letters in track, basketball and marksmanship and was captain of the women's rifle team.
Before her graduation with honors in 1926, she also gained a nickname, Betty, by which she was known for the rest of her life.
For three years after her graduation, she was a nutritionist in the Philadelphia school system.
During World War II, she served on civil defense advisory committees.
She was a member of the Maryland Line Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, the University of Maryland Emeritus Club and the American Association of University Women.
Her husband of 57 years, Fred L. Bull, retired professor of agriculture at the University of Maryland and retired extension soil conservationist for the state, died in 1986.
She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy O'Donnell of Jarrettsville; a son, Robert Bull of Temple, Maine; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Private services were held for Mrs. Bull.