Mary Stella MorganChurch, civic activistMary Stella...

April 04, 1994

Mary Stella Morgan

Church, civic activist

Mary Stella Morgan, who was active in Roman Catholic Church work in Baltimore and was an early supporter of the civil rights movement, died Tuesday at Keswick of complications related to Alzheimer's disease. She was 81.

Born Mary Stella McManus in St. Thomas, Ontario, she was the widow of Dr. Russell H. Morgan, the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and chairman of its radiology department. Dr. Morgan died in 1986.

She met her husband when both were premed students at the University of Western Ontario. Mrs. Morgan left a medical degree program to pursue a career in nursing and support her husband while he completed his training.

She worked as a nurse in Chicago and Detroit from 1938 to 1942. The Morgans moved to Baltimore in 1946, when Dr. Morgan became a radiology professor at Hopkins.

She was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the early 1950s, when she was active in a voter-registration drive in predominantly black Baltimore neighborhoods.

An active Democrat, she campaigned for President John F. Kennedy and attended the 1960 Democratic National Convention.

As a member of the League of Women Voters, she worked on water quality issues in Maryland.

Mrs. Morgan was a charter member of the Friends of Mother Seton and was involved in the restoration of the Mother Seton House in the Seton Hill area of West Baltimore.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, Charles and 29th streets.

She is survived by two daughters, Monica Davies of Kensington and Mary Morgan Wunsch of Belmont, Mass.; a sister, Monica Phillips of London, Ontario; and a brother, Arthur McManus of Montreal.

The family suggested contributions to the Alzheimer's Research Center of Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21205.

Amy R. M. Porter


Amy Russell Manning Porter, an artist who ran a small, home-based decorating business in the Baltimore area with a childhood friend and continued to paint until a few weeks ago, died last Monday of cardiac arrest at the age of 101 at her home in Jamestown, R.I.

Mrs. Porter, a member of the second graduating class at Baltimore's Calvert School and a 1911 graduate of the Bryn Mawr School, studied at the Maryland Institute.

She decorated furniture, tin boxes, trays and other items for many years in the Baltimore area, working for a time with Ellen Page Smith, who had a Ruxton studio in the building that later became Graul's Market.

In 1988, Mrs. Porter moved to a family summer home in Rhode Island.

She and her husband, U.S. Navy Cmdr. William Hamilton Porter, had lived in Coronado, Calif., Washington, D.C., and Newport, R.I. She returned to Baltimore after Commander Porter's death in 1937.

During World War II, she worked at the Bendix Corp. She taught history at the Garrison Forest School in 1944 and 1945.

She was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore and gave the church the portraits she painted of two of its former rectors, the Rev. Noah Hunt Schenck and the Rev. Alfred B. Starratt.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Church, Cathedral and Read streets.

She is survived by two daughters, Priscilla Manning Porter of Washington, Conn., and Barbara Hamilton Porter of Jamestown; a son, William Hamilton Porter of Brewster, Mass.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Emmanuel Church, 811 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21202.

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