Helen BrowneTeacher, volunteer tutorHelen Browne, a former...


July 12, 1993

Helen Browne

Teacher, volunteer tutor

Helen Browne, a former teacher and longtime volunteer tutor, died of of lymphoma Thursday at Howard County General Hospital. She was 82.

She was born Helen Kohler in Philadelphia, graduated from high school there in 1928 and earned a teaching certificate from a two-year college. She taught first grade until her marriage in 1939 to Joseph C. Browne.

The couple moved to Catonsville in 1942. Mr. Browne, former president of the Maryland Housing Corp., died in 1959.

For more than 25 years she transcribed printed material into Braille for the National Braille Association. She volunteered in an adult literacy program from 1990 to 1991 and was a tutor in the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program in Baltimore for almost 25 years until illness forced her to stop in December 1990.

Services were scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 905 Frederick Road in Catonsville.

Mrs. Browne is survived by two daughters, Susan M. Browne of Vineland, N.J., and Marjorie B. Burdette of Windham, N.H.; a son, Stephen J. Browne of Medfield, Mass.; and four grandchildren.

Jane Alger

Towson homemaker

Jane Alger, a homemaker, died Friday of cancer at her Towson home. She was 64.

She was born and raised in Guilford, graduated from Girls' Latin School in 1946, and received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Goucher College in 1951. She was also active in the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.

She married Shirley Knott Alger in 1953, and while her husband attended graduate school at Cornell she worked in the college library. She was also employed at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia from 1955 to 1956 while her husband continued his studies at the College of William & Mary.

Mrs. Alger enjoyed gardening and was an avid bird-watcher. She also played an old-fashioned pump organ and piano. In her younger days, according to her husband, she liked to paint in watercolors and sketch in pen and ink.

She was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church for 50 years.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. todayat the Mitchell-Wiedefeld funeral home, 6500 York Road.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Alger is survived by two daughters, Jane deGruchy Ishman of Austin, Texas, and Susan H. Pfeffer of Perry Hall, and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, in care of Boumi Temple, 4900 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21212; or Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson 21204.

Helen Alberta Shaw

Social worker

Helen Alberta Shaw, a retired social worker and longtime Towson resident, died Thursday of cancer at her Towson home. She was 78.

Born in Pendleton, Ore., she received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's degree from the New York School of Social Work at Columbia University.

The former Helen Henderson moved to Silver Spring in 1939 and became a social worker for Montgomery County, and later did volunteer work for Planned Parenthood there. In 1966, she moved to Towson to work as a medical social worker with disabled children for the state health department.

Mrs. Shaw's husband of 23 years, Robert A. Shaw, who managed a Pontiac dealership in Silver Spring, died in 1961.

Since retiring in 1974, Mrs. Shaw had enjoyed traveling and painting. An avid baseball fan, Mrs. Shaw was a season ticket holder at Memorial Stadium for almost three decades. She also volunteered at Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson and knitted mittens, scarves and hats for the homeless.

Memorial services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave.

Mrs. Shaw is survived by a daughter, Anne S. Miller of Columbia; two sons, Robert A. Shaw II of Cockeysville and Thomas M. Shaw of Crofton; a sister, Dr. Dorothy H. Heilman of Portland, Ore.; and five grandchildren.

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