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July 16, 1993

Katharine B. Brown

Expert in tole painting

Katharine Bennett Brown, a native of Baltimore who was an expert in tole painting and reverse painting on glass, died Tuesday of cancer at her home at Roland Park Place.

Mrs. Brown, who was 87, had lived at Roland Park Place since returning here in 1984 from New Rochelle, N.Y., where she had lived since 1930.

Her tole work, traditionally decorative patterns in gilt on painted metal, also included similar work on wood. She also painted pictures, often highlighted with metal foil, on the back of pieces of glass that were then framed and viewed from the front.

She was a member of the Esther Stevens Brazer Guild of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, and her works were exhibited at the group's annual shows in Williamsburg, Va., and Cooperstown, N.Y.

The former Katharine Virginia Bennett was born in Baltimore and was a 1923 graduate of the Girls Latin School.

She worked in the Roland Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library until 1930 when she married Donald Maxon Brown and they moved to New Rochelle. Mr. Brown died in 1975.

A memorial service for Mrs. Brown was to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

She is survived by a daughter, Katharine B. Johnson of Spring, Texas; a son, Robinson B. Brown of Minneapolis; a sister, Mrs. H. Mayhew White of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.


Gerald L. Bosse

Athlete, coach, executive

Gerald L. Bosse, who was a star baseball player when a young man and later coached at the University of Baltimore, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 53 and lived in Phoenix.

At the time of death, Mr. Bosse was vice president of Martin Surfacing and Decking Inc., which installs running tracks and gymnasium floors. Earlier, he had sold aluminum, industrial adhesives and real estate and worked for a paving company.

Born in Baltimore, he was an all-Baltimore County basketball and baseball player at Milford Mill High School, from which he graduated in 1958. He also played basketball and baseball for local amateur teams.

In the early 1960s, he received All-America honors as a baseball player at the then-Baltimore Junior College. He left the school to play in the Milwaukee Braves farm system, where he was a first baseman.

A decade later, he coached both track and baseball teams at the University of Baltimore.

He also was active in youth athletic programs, coaching boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball and soccer teams in the Carroll Manor recreation program.

He served for a time on active duty in the Army Reserve after graduating from high school.

Services for Mr. Bosse were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Linda J. Weber; two daughters, Cheryl K. Bosse of Paris and Jill B. Dettor of Monkton; a son, Gerald P. Bosse of Phoenix; his mother, Doris Warch of Columbia; and a brother, Louis T. Bosse of Ellicott City.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Gerald L. Bosse Athletic Scholarship Fund at Dundalk Community College.

Bernard T. Kerrigan

Retired accountant

Bernard T. Kerrigan, a retired accountant for what is now CSX Transportation, died June 15 at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury of complications after surgery.

He was 69 and had moved from Perry Hall to Ocean Pines after his retirement in 1984.

He had worked for 42 years in the accounting department of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College.

After moving to Ocean Pines, he became a member of Stevenson United Methodist Church and of the Berlin-Ocean City Lodge of the Moose.

memorial service is to be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Arnolia United Methodist Church, 1776 E. Joppa Road, Baynesville.

Mr. Kerrigan is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Lee Wood; a stepson, Gary Williams of Parkville; a brother, Joe Kerrigan of Baltimore; a sister, Ursula Faucett, of Coatesville, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

Hildegard Robertson

Native of Germany

Hildegard Anna Robertson, who worked in the mid-1970s as an aide on school buses transporting handicapped children, died Monday at North Arundel Hospital of kidney failure.

Mrs. Robertson, who was 65, lived in Glen Burnie for 26 years. Earlier, she had lived in Germany, France, Thailand and several cities in the United States.

The former Hildegard Anna Schmidt was born in a part of Germany that became part of Poland after World War II. She moved to Nuremberg, Germany, with her family in 1945.

In 1955, she married Warren L. Robertson Sr., an American soldier stationed in Germany. They moved about extensively before he retired in 1968 as an Army master sergeant.

Services for Mrs. Robertson were to be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W. in Glen Burnie.

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