Evelyn Byrd Herold, 80, physical therapist

November 01, 1994|By DeWitt Bliss | DeWitt Bliss,Sun Staff Writer

Evelyn Byrd Herold, a retired physical therapist who kept extensive scrapbooks on subjects ranging from Baltimore history to natural disasters, died Friday of cancer at her Roland Park home. She was 80.

Beginning in 1993, she donated more than 50 scrapbooks compiled between 1972 and 1992 to the library at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville. The donation included books, magazines, maps of the Chesapeake region and recordings of classical music.

Another donation was described as "kind of astonishing" by Bruce Quackenbush, executive director of the Pride of Baltimore Inc. It was a collection of every newspaper article on the Pride of Baltimore and Pride of Baltimore II clipper ships.

"She gave us our own history," Mr. Quackenbush said, explaining the organization had nothing nearly as complete.

Mrs. Herold formally presented her donation of the Pride scrapbooks during a shipboard ceremony, and was a guest at last June's graduation ceremony at Mount de Sales.

She began making scrapbooks, as her mother and a grandmother had done, as a child.

She donated scrapbooks on Baltimore's weather to the National Weather Service but kept her three favorites -- on the Statue of Liberty, Old Baltimore and Storms -- and several complied by her mother and grandmother.

Born in Baltimore, the former Evelyn Morton Byrd attended the Roland Park Country School and graduated from Girls Latin School in 1934. She later was historian of the Roland Park Country School alumnae association.

She was a 1939 graduate of the Boston-Bouve School of Physical Education and worked briefly in Charleston, S.C., before joining the then-University of Maryland Hospital where she was head of the outpatient physical therapy department until 1943. She then was a member of the Army until 1946, when she returned to University for a time.

She then worked at several hospitals and retired in the late 1950s.

In retirement, she was a volunteer at University Hospital and president of its auxiliary in 1972. She was a former president of the American Physical Therapy Association and campaigned for state licensing of physical therapists.

She was a member of the Mayflower Society, the John Eager Howard chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a former president of the Baltimore chapter of the Dames of the Court of Honor.

In 1950, she married John Alan Herold, who died in 1980.

A memorial service was set for 10 a.m. today at St. John's Huntingdon Episcopal Church, Old York Road and Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore.

She is survived by a brother, Morton Custis Byrd of Baltimore; four nephews and a niece; four grandnieces; and two grandnephews.

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