Rita M. DarinLibrarian at PrattRita M. Darin, a retired...

October 22, 1994

Rita M. Darin

Librarian at Pratt

Rita M. Darin, a retired librarian and longtime Charles Village resident, died Wednesday of cancer at Keswick. She was 74.

She began working for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in 1944 and retired in 1970. An early assignment was with the library system's horse-drawn bookmobile -- a converted street vendor's wagon that visited city neighborhoods.

Miss Darin and her sister, Grace Darin, lived in a 26th Street rowhouse for 30 years and later in the Marylander Apartments. In the late 1960s, they were part of the successful effort to change the name of the neighborhood -- then known as Peabody Heights -- to Charles Village.

"Peabody Heights was a name that was known only to old-timers," Grace Darin said.

Rita Darin was born in Virginia, Minn., and was a 1941 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in library science. She moved to Baltimore in 1944 to be near her sister.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at noon today at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, 2801 N. Charles St.

She is survived by her sister and several cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to Keswick, 700 W. 40th St., Baltimore 21211.

Janet Loar Morgan


Janet Loar Morgan, a psychotherapist in private practice, died Oct. 13 of a respiratory illness at her home in Northeast Baltimore. She was 42.

She had maintained her own practice for nearly four years and had offices in Charles Village. Before then, she had been a staff member or consultant at local hospitals, private health centers and social service agencies.

A memorial service was set for noon today at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, St. Paul and 20th streets, Baltimore.

She is survived by her parents, Howard H. and Carol S. Loar of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Karen Loar Baron of Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, John F. Loar of Allentown, Pa.; a friend, Mary Frances Streeter of Baltimore; and a niece and nephew.

Katherine Boyle

Orphanage volunteer

Katherine Lacy Harman Boyle, who had been a volunteer at St. Vincent's Orphanage, died Oct. 9 of cancer at Pickersgill, the Towson retirement community. She was 71 and had been a resident of Govans in Northeast Baltimore and later Bel Air.

Services were private. Survivors include her husband, F. Bernard Boyle; two daughters, Lacy Flynn of Towson and Downey Dress of Ellicott City; three sons, Darby and Scott Boyle, both of Timonium, and Bruce Boyle of Bel Air; two sisters, Anne Marie McNicholas of Queenstown and Editha Grice of Ruxton; two brothers, John Robert Harman of Amelia Island, Fla., and Thomas Harman of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and 12 grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Pickersgill.

Carol Wallace Knobel Robison, who had been a real estate agent in the Baltimore area, died Oct. 14 of cancer at the Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. She was 90.

A memorial service was set for 2:30 p.m. today in the Guild Memorial Chapel, Asbury Methodist Village, 201 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. Survivors include a grandson and a granddaughter.

Frederick S. Roffman, 51, a Baltimore native who was an expert on early 20th-century operettas, died Monday of pneumonia at a hospital in New York City.

Services were held Wednesday at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. Survivors include his stepmother, Ruth Roffman of Baltimore; a stepbrother, Dr. Barry Berman of Atlanta; and a stepsister, Judy Zimlin of Winter Park, Fla.

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