Elizabeth R. Saunders, 66, interior designer

April 26, 1993

Elizabeth Rosasco Saunders, an interior designer whose work was known widely in the Baltimore-Washington area, died of kidney failure Friday at her home in Annapolis. She was 66.

Liz Saunders, as she was known professionally, was the founder of E/I Design Associates in Annapolis. She was a frequent participant in ocean yacht racing -- an avocation for many years.

Included in her design firm's work over the years were home interiors featured in many publications, among them Contract Interiors, Baltimore Magazine, The Sun, Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor.

After rearing three sons, Mrs. Saunders did graduate work in interior design and began her career in the field in 1965 designing home interiors for the Lord & Taylor department store in Washington.

Shortly after she and her family moved to Annapolis in 1968, she founded Elizabeth Interiors, which later became E/I Design Associates.

Mrs. Saunders was a member of the board of directors for the American Institute of Interior Designers between 1972 and 1976. She was the institute's assistant publicity chairwoman and editor of its quarterly newsletter.

Mrs. Saunders also put her design talents to work for numerous charities, designing showcase houses to benefit the Anne Arundel Medical Center and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

She did design work and helped raise money for the Anne Arundel Medical Center Hospice and was design coordinator for the Langton Green Project for the Anne Arundel County Association for Retarded Citizens.

She was a director of the Annapolis Rotary, was active in the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage and Historic Annapolis Foundation, and was a member of the Executive Campaign Council for the Charles Carroll House in Annapolis.

As a Pensacola, Fla., native, Mrs. Saunders grew up on the water and loved sailing. She crewed with her family and friends aboard a series of four ocean-racing yachts.

Sailing one of three boats named Spindrift or Airmail, which she decorated with a postage-stamp logo, she competed in three Newport-to-Bermuda races, two Southern Ocean Racing Circuits and many Annapolis-to-Newport races.

Mrs. Saunders attended schools in Pensacola and in 1948 received a bachelor of arts degree from the Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis.

Mrs. Saunders is survived by her husband of 46 years, David M. Saunders; three sons, Mark Saunders of Falls Church, Va., and Scott and Craig Saunders, both of Annapolis; a brother, William S. Rosasco of Pensacola, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

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