Beth DaveyUM professorDr. Beth Davey, a retired professor...

April 09, 1995

Beth Davey

UM professor

Dr. Beth Davey, a retired professor of education at the University of Maryland who was recognized nationally for her research in remedial reading, died March 31 of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Silver Spring resident was 51.

Dr. Davey, who joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1971, trained teacher educators and reading specialists at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Former students recalled her dedication to teaching and commitment to research.

Dr. Davey guided many students into research and became a mentor to many, said Debbie Minke, a University of Maryland graduate student from Bethesda. "She was always very energetic, always upbeat and very encouraging. The students really gravitated to her."

Of Dr. Davey's many articles, one from the Journal of Reading in 1983 titled "Think Aloud -- Modeling the Cognitive Processes of Reading Comprehension" is cited in many textbooks, Ms. Minke said.

Jan Bowman, a former student and a friend of Dr. Davey's for more than 15 years, said: "I've never known an educator or professor who devoted more time and energy over and above what was required."

For more than 10 years, between 1974 and 1992, Dr. Davey was director of the Summer Reading Clinic at the University of Maryland.

In 1978, she began collaborating with professors at Gallaudet University in Washington and was involved in opening the Gallaudet Reading Clinic. She has been nominated for an award from Gallaudet, which specializes in education of the hearing-impaired.

"Beth got beyond academics," said Carol LaSasso, professor of education at the university, "and really got to know and care deeply about the deaf children."

The Niagara Falls, N.Y., native received a bachelor's degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1965 and a master's in educational psychology from the University of Rochester in 1969. She earned a doctorate in educational psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1971.

In the 1960s, she worked as a teacher and later as a reading specialist at public schools in Pittsford, N.Y. She also worked briefly as director of the University School Reading Center in Cleveland.

Dr. Davey was a member of the International Reading Association, the National Reading Conference, the American Education Research Association and the National Council on Measurement in Education.

She and her husband, George Macready, who she married in 1982, enjoyed traveling and had visited China, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Europe.

Other survivors include her mother, Hallie Stiegman of Walpole, Mass.; and two sisters, Ritta Jo Horsley of Boston and Christie Sue Jacobs of Newton, Mass.

Services are to be held at 7 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church, 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Donations for Breast Cancer Research, 11331 Amherst Ave., Silver Spring 20902; or to the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, Endowment for Breast Cancer Research Center, Oncology Development Office, 550 N. Broadway, Suite 801, Baltimore 21205. Donald P. Morrissey, a Severna Park resident and retired automobile company executive who had been chief financial officer of the Fund for Peace in Washington for about two years, died Friday of cancer at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Mr. Morrissey, 63, moved to Severna Park in 1987 when he retired from Chrysler Corp. after 30 years in posts that included general manager of import operations and vice president of the Chrysler Leasing Corp.

For three years after that, he was chief executive officer of Maserati Automobiles and vice president of DeTomaso Industries, parent company of Maserati.

Recently, he became a member of the founding board of Trans 2 Corp., an electric car manufacturer.

A native of Detroit, he was a graduate of the University of Detroit and attended its law school.

He was a member of Walden Golf Club in Crofton and the board of the alumni association of the University of Detroit.

Survivors include his wife, the former Gale Marr; a son, Christopher M. Morrissey of Brussels, Belgium; two daughters, Suzanne E. Morrissey of Chicago and Meghan M. Morrissey of Redwood City, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Roger R. Nolan Sr.

NASA financial analyst

Roger R. Nolan Sr., a retired financial analyst for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, died April 5 of cancer at his home in Edgewater. He was 59.

Mr. Nolan, who was assigned to NASA's Delta Launch Program at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, retired last year after 25 years with the agency.

From 1952 to 1955, he served in the Navy aboard the USS Stoddard and was stationed in Hawaii, Australia and the Philippines.

L Born and raised in Baltimore, he moved to Edgewater in 1969.

He attended Baltimore City College and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore.

He made model ships, gardened and sailed. He was an amateur artist who did sketches and portraits in oils and charcoal.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Mae Mueller; two sons, Steven G. Nolan of Edgewater and Roger R. Nolan Jr. of Edgewater; a daughter, Linda McLean, of Charlotte, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 3 p.m. today at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave., Annapolis.

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