Alice M. RussellNurse, office managerAlice M. Russell, a...


April 16, 1993

Alice M. Russell

Nurse, office manager

Alice M. Russell, a nurse who had managed her husband's medical office in recent years and was active in church and other groups, died Monday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 59.

Mrs. Russell was office manager for her husband, Dr. William Bruce Russell, for about 10 years. They lived on Wilmary Lane in North Baltimore.

As a young woman, she had worked as an operating room nurse at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City and at Freedman's Hospital in Washington.

Married in 1958, the former Alice M. Ward ended her nursing career in 1962 when she and her husband moved to

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. They moved to Baltimore two years later.

Born in Bartlesville, Okla., she attended the Holy Epiphany School in Leavenworth, Kansas, before graduating from the Sumner High School and the Kansas City Junior College, both in Kansas City, Kansas, and the Freedman's Hospital School of Nursing in Washington.

At the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, she sang as a soprano in the choir, of which she was president. She served twice as a member of the church vestry.

A Mass for Mrs. Russell will be offered at noon today at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, 2300 W. Lafayette Ave.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Russell's survivors include a daughter, Robin Allen of Baltimore; three sons, William Bruce Russell Jr., Stephen Ward Russell and Jeffrey Allen Russell, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Betty Taliafero of Kansas City, Kan., and Glenda Faye Fenwick of Toledo, Ohio; a brother, Irvin Ward, also of Kansas City, Kan.; and a grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Oblate Sisters of Providence or to the Phoenix Center, P.O. Box 392, Lutherville 21094.

Elizabeth J. Cassell

Baltimore waitress

Elizabeth Josephine Cassell, who was a waitress in a South Baltimore tavern for 11 years, died Tuesday of heart failure at her home on Hanover Street. She was 53.

She had worked at Lombardi's Tavern from the mid-1970s until the mid-1980s.

A native of Baltimore, she was a graduate of Southern High School.

Services for Ms. Cassell were conducted yesterday at the Helfenbein Funeral Home in Chestertown.

She is survived by her father, George J. Beecher of Baltimore; a daughter, Kim E. Edge of Centreville; a son, Ernest B. Gowe Jr. of Wittman; a brother, Stuart Cassell of Pasadena; three sisters, Barbara Harrington and Louise Sgroi, both of Baltimore, and Frances Amereihn of Frederick; and five grandchildren.

Margery Donaldson

State program planner

Margery S. Donaldson, a retired program planner and evaluator for the Maryland Department of Human Resources, died Feb. 22 of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. She was 76.

Mrs. Donaldson, who lived on Wickford Road in North Baltimore, retired in 1985. She had started to work in the 1960s for the Department of Employment Security as an employment counselor and as host of a television show about people seeking work.

The former Margery Smith was a native of New York City, where she was educated at the Horace Mann School, the Lincoln School and Barnard College.

Her first marriage, to William Elmendorf, during which the family lived on both the East and West coasts before settling in Baltimore in 1956, ended in divorce.

Her mother, Florence Quinn Smith, sang principal roles in light opera as a young woman, and Mrs. Donaldson maintained an interest in the theater, performing with community theater groups as a young woman.

A memorial service for Mrs. Donaldson will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Grace Episcopal Church, Main and Brumbaugh streets in Elkridge.

Her survivors include her husband, Thomas Donaldson of Baltimore; three daughters, Ann T. E. Dunbar of Baltimore, Julia O. Elmendorf of Norris, Tenn., and Sarah E. Zirpoli of Phoenix, Ariz.; three stepsons, Thomas Donaldson III of Pittsburgh, Dougal S. F. Donaldson of Oakland, Calif., and Andrew B. Donaldson of Flemington, N.J.; and a stepdaughter, Mary R. Donaldson of Washington.

Charles P. Baker

Atomic bomb physicist

Charles P. Baker, a retired nuclear physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II, died Jan. 21 of cancer at Fairhaven, the retirement community in Sykesville. He was 82.

Dr. Baker moved to Fairhaven about 10 years ago from Hilton Head, S.C.

He retired in 1976 from the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, where he had helped build a 60-inch cyclotron that is still in use. He continued to serve as a consultant there for several years after his retirement.

Between 1943 and 1946, he worked for the Manhattan Project, first at Los Alamos, N.M., and then on the island of Tinian, where he was in charge of the Pit Team that assembled Fat Man, the bomb dropped on Nagasaki Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the bombing of Hiroshima.

Born in Leominster, Mass., he was a graduate of Denison University. He earned his master's degree and doctorate at Cornell University.

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