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March 20, 1992

W. H. Whiteford, co-founder of city law firm

W. Hamilton Whiteford, a founder of the law firm that is now known as Whiteford Taylor and Preston, died Monday in his sleep at the age of 88 in the home of a friend while on vacation in Naples, Fla.

Mr. Whiteford, who lived on Roland Avenue, died peacefully but the exact cause was not known, a member of his family said.

He retired in 1975 as a partner in the firm that he helped found in 1940, but he remained active with the firm until a little more than five years ago.

He was best known as a civil trial lawyer. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former president of the Baltimore City Bar Association, and was active in the Maryland State Bar Association.

He had been on the board of the Legal Aid Bureau and president of the Hospital Cost Analysis Service, a non-profit study agency. He also had been president of the Baltimore Country Club.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of City College who received a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1926 and his law degree from the university in 1930.

His wife, the former Lydia Burnham, died in 1982.

He is survived by three sons, Richard C. Whiteford of Sherwood Forest, David H. Whiteford of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and William B. Whiteford of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 2 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue. The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Services for Joyce S. Youse, membership director for the Greater Baltimore Committee, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter, 5513 York Road, where her husband, the Rev. Carol Henry Youse, has been pastor since 1977.

Mrs. Youse, who was 49, died Sunday at their home on St. Dunstan's Road after an apparent heart attack.

She had worked for the GBC since 1985. Between 1961 and 1967, she was on the Washington staff of Jack Miller, a former Republican U.S. senator from Iowa.

The former Joyce Schroeder was born in Lake City, Iowa, and was raised in Moorland, Iowa. She was a graduate of the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, which recommended her for the Washington position while she was still a student.

She met her husband, then assistant pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill, while working in Washington.

They were married in 1965. He served churches in Camden, N.J., and in LaVale in Western Maryland before moving to Baltimore.

At the Church of the Holy Comforter, she taught Sunday school (( classes, worked in youth programs and was a member of women's groups and the sister parish committee.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Kielley of Glen Burnie; three sons, Paul, Christopher and Timothy Youse, all of Baltimore; her parents, Albert and Irene Schroeder of Moorland; a sister, Janet Doster of Moorland; and a brother, Roger Schroeder, also of the Moorland area. Georgia P. Kerr, who was active in church and civic affairs, died Jan. 24 at Union Memorial Hospital of a respiratory illness.

Mrs. Kerr, who was 89, lived in Randallstown. She had been organist, choir director and Sunday school teacher at the First Presbyterian Church in Randallstown. She wrote a history of the church that was published in 1988.

She served on the board of the Presbyterian Home in Towson for more than 50 years and was a former president of the International Sunshine Society, which serves the elderly.

In Randallstown, she was a charter member of the Fieldstone Garden Club and the Randallstown Homemakers' Club.

She played the piano at meetings and other public functions in the area.

The former Georgia P. Stanfield was born in the Randallstown area and grew up on a farm there. She was a graduate of Catonsville High School.

As a young woman, she was a secretary in the economics department at the Johns Hopkins University.

Her husband, Howard W. Kerr, died in 1982.

She is survived by a son, Howard W. "Bud" Kerr of Mitchellville; a daughter, Georgeanna Mainhart of Glen Burnie; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services for Mrs. Kerr were held Jan. 27 at Loring Byers Funeral Directors Inc.


Patrick Ragland

Artist, tutor

Patrick Koontz Ragland, an artist and volunteer tutor of students with learning disabilities, died Jan. 27 in Baltimore. He was 41.

Services for Mr. Ragland were held Feb. 1 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Charleston, W.Va.

Mr. Ragland, who lived in Lutherville, was studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He worked with fibers.

The native of Charleston, W.Va., graduated from Millbrook School in Millbrook, N.Y. He earned an associate's degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City and a bachelor's degree in education from Goucher College. He also attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.

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