Eleanora Cooper O'Donovan, environmentalist, dies at 83A...


August 14, 1991

Eleanora Cooper O'Donovan, environmentalist, dies at 83

A memorial service for Eleanora Cooper O'Donovan, an avid environmentalist, will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave.

Mrs. O'Donovan, who was 83, died of a heart attack last Monday at the Keswick Home, a nursing home in Baltimore.

The Baltimore native attended the Roland Park Country School, Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, and the College of Notre Dame, from which she graduated in 1932. Throughout her life, she took French and Spanish lessons and was fluent in both languages.

She worked for the Junior League of Baltimore and was president of the organization from 1936 to 1937. Mrs. O'Donovan was on the women's board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and for many years was a reading tutor for the Brown Memorial Tutoring program, helping children in the Baltimore school system.

Mrs. O'Donovan supported numerous environmental, conservation and preservation organizations. She was also an avid baseball fan and tennis player who loved to travel.

She was a member of the Elkridge Club, the Mount Vernon Club and the Baltimore Country Club.

Her husband, Dr. Charles O'Donovan Jr., died in 1962.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Charles O'Donovan III of Ruxton and Dr. John O'Donovan of Dundalk; a daughter, Eleanora Yaggy of Sparks; a sister, Barbara Cooper Rouse of Annapolis; and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Brown Memorial Tutoring program, the Roland Park Country School, the College of Notre Dame or the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Louis Silberstein, a Baltimore lawyer, died Monday following a stroke at Sinai Hospital.

Mr. Silberstein, who was 87, was born in Lithuania and came to Baltimore in 1905.

He was educated in the Baltimore school system and graduated from the University of Maryland Law School in 1928. From 1928 until a month ago, he had a law practice in Baltimore.

In 1947, he was named city solicitor for Baltimore and remained in the position for about 10 years. During World War II, he worked for the selective service system and received a commendation.

Mr. Silberstein was a corporate attorney and legal counsel for the Londontown Corp., which produces the London Fog raincoat.

He was a founding member of the Beth El Synagogue and remained active there until his death.

He is survived by the former Bessie Rabinowitz, his wife of 59 years; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Barbara Silberstein of Brooklandville; a daughter and son-in-law,Myra and Sheldon Goldgeier of Greenspring; two sisters, Sarie Silverton and Mollie Eisenberg, both of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Agus Scholarship Fund

at Beth El Synagogue, 8101 Park Heights Ave.

Services were held yesterday at the Beth El Synagogue.

Mary T. Flora

Communications liaison

A Mass of Christian burial for Mary Thomasina Flora, a longtime Parkville resident and Baltimore County schools employee, will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road, Pikesville.

Ms. Flora, 40, was the victim of a homicide Sunday in Baltimore County.

The Baltimore native lived most of her life in the Parkville and Carney areas and was educated in the county school system. She graduated from Perry Hall Senior High School in 1970.

She worked for several employers, including a banking firm, before becoming a computer technician with the National Cash Register Co. in the early 1980s.

About six years ago, she became the Baltimore County school system's communications liaison to local phone companies.

Survivors include her mother, Constance M. Dewey, and two brothers, Norman W. Flora Jr. and Joseph A. Flora, all of Parkville.

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