Bearl Reuter

December 18, 1991

Bearl Reuter, an activist on behalf of the disabled, died Saturday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Services were being held today at the Jefferson Chapel, a funeral establishment in Charles Town, W. Va.

Mrs. Reuter, who was 44, lived on Belair Road.

She headed Baltimoreans Against Disabilities and Discrimination, which she founded in 1983 and which became the local affiliate of ADAPT Inc.

In 1981, she was a plaintiff in a suit to force the Mass Transit Administration to equip all its buses with wheelchair lifts and was a member of the board of Disabled in Action. Later she blocked buses, sitting in front of them to gain improvements in MTA services to the disabled.

Mrs. Reuter, who had used braces and crutches since having polio as a child, used a wheelchair after being injured in a 1979 automobile accident.

The former Bearl Schullenbarger was born in Salisbury and reared there, in Washington and in Deal in Anne Arundel County.

She was a graduate of the county's Southern High School.

She had worked as a communications technician for the Commercial Credit Co. since 1981.

Earlier, she was an executive secretary in the office of the Snow Valley Water Co. in Annapolis and did office work at the Providence Center in Arnold.

She made cakes for weddings and other special occasions for friends and customers.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Reuter; three daughters, Bunita DelGrosso of Chase, Rose Marie Mace of Bel Air, Crystal Dawn Lee of Philadelphia; a son, Seaman Apprentice Thomas C. Reuter of the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois; her mother, Margaret Miller of Ridgely; two brothers, Brian Miller of Tracys Landing and David Miller of Ridgely; a sister, Martha Ward of Edgewater; and five grandchildren.

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