Catherine M.F. Lyles, 90, started black Girl Scout...

July 14, 1996

Catherine M.F. Lyles, 90, started black Girl Scout troop

Catherine M. F. Lyles, who taught in city schools for 34 years and founded the first African-American Girl Scout troop in Baltimore, died Wednesday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 90.

Mrs. Lyles, a grade school teacher, retired in 1968 from School No. 132 on Mount Street, near Riggs Avenue.

The former Catherine Marguerite Fauntleroy was born in Essex, Conn., the daughter of a Pullman porter. She moved with her family to Baltimore in 1920 and graduated in 1923 from Frederick Douglass High School. She earned her teaching degree from Coppin Normal School, now Coppin State University.

Her interest in Scouting began when she was a member of a troop in Connecticut. Astonished that there wasn't a troop in Baltimore, she and her friend Electra James decided to start one.

Mrs. Lyles and Ms. James, who was also black, went to Girl Scout headquarters on Charles Street and weren't prepared for the reception they received.

"A group of leaders were meeting. I asked to come in and find out how to start a troop in my neighborhood," Mrs. Lyles said last year in Pathways, a publication of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.

"They looked at us and said Ms. James [who was fair-skinned] could come in, but I couldn't. Ms. James told them, 'If she can't come in, neither one of us will,' " said Mrs. Lyles.

Eventually, the council agreed and established Troop No. 502 at Sharon Baptist Church, where Mrs. Lyles served as troop leader from 1933 to 1946.

She was a member of Sharon Baptist Church for 76 years and an avid student of the Bible who was a member of the Wednesday Bible class.

Her favorite leisure activity was playing Scrabble. "She was still whipping us from her hospital bed," her son, William T. Lyles Jr. of Baltimore, said with a laugh.

In 1941, she married the Rev. William T. Lyles Sr., who died in 1986.

Services for Mrs. Lyles will be held at 6: 30 p.m. today at Sharon Baptist Church, Stricker and Presstman streets.

In addition to her son, survivors include a daughter, Trezeline L. Brooks of Columbia; a brother, Carlvin I. Fauntleroy of Baltimore; a sister, Edith F. Parrish of New Rochelle, N.Y.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and special companion Phyllis G. Baker of Baltimore.

Mildred Krumm, 82, Good Samaritan volunteer

Mildred Naomi Wagner Krumm, a Baltimore native and volunteer with more than 10,000 hours of service at the Good Samaritan Hospital, died of colon cancer Thursday at a nursing home in Sunnyvale, Calif. She was 82.

Mrs. Krumm's dedication to greeting patients as they entered Good Samaritan won her a place on the hospital plaque that honors longtime volunteers.

The mother of two was raised on Lafayette Avenue in Baltimore and became a sales clerk at the May Co. in 1929.

While working in a candy store in 1931, she met James Krumm. They married a year later, when she was 19. She and her husband, a Navy lieutenant, lived a few years each in Oklahoma, Florida, New Jersey and Maine.

L The couple had two daughters. Mr. Krumm died in August 1955.

Mrs. Krumm became a part-time secretary for two Baltimore physicians after her husband's death. That work led her into volunteering, first at the gift shop at Mercy Hospital in the early 1960s, then, in the late 1960s, at the Veterans Administration hospital on Loch Raven Boulevard, where she escorted patients to their rooms.

While volunteering at the VA hospital, she also was a sales clerk for the Steiff Co. in Baltimore.

In 1976, she began her volunteer position at Good Samaritan Hospital, where she greeted patients, worked in the gift shop and health sciences library and sometimes filled in for physicians' vacationing secretaries.

Her volunteer service continued with her work in the Good

Samaritan Ladies Auxiliary until September 1994, when she moved to Sunnyvale, Calif., with her daughter Carolyn Kelly.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5303 Harford Road in Baltimore. Burial will follow at the Baltimore National Cemetery on Frederick Avenue.

Memorial donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospital, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd.

Mrs. Krumm is survived by another daughter, Debbie Christopher of Perry Hall; a sister, Madeline Mueller of Baltimore; three granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

Carl Shoffler, 51, detective in Watergate break-in

Carl Shoffler, a veteran detective who helped arrest the five suspects in the Watergate break-in, died yesterday of complications relating to pancreatitis. He was 51.

Mr. Shoffler, then a plainclothes detective in the Washington Police Department's robbery squad, and two other officers arrested the suspects at the Watergate Hotel after the June 1972 break-in.

He later testified before a Senate committee on Watergate.

Mr. Shoffler, who lived in Bowie, was born in Ashland, Pa., and attended public schools there. He served in the Army from 1965 to 1969 in Vietnam and elsewhere.

Mr. Shoffler is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Helene Elizabeth Boyd; two sons, Karl Shoffler of Laurel and Lorne Shoffler of Berlin; and a daughter, Scarlett Shoffler of Bowie.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete last night.

Pub Date: 7/14/96

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