Jean Gatow Haviland, 84, merchant marine enthusiastJean...

July 15, 1996

Jean Gatow Haviland, 84, merchant marine enthusiast

Jean Gatow Haviland, who took an avid interest in the `D merchant marine and received calls from around the world, died at home on West University Parkway on Friday of liver failure at 84, after developing breast cancer.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she attended school in New York City and worked during the 1930s for National Carloading Corp., primarily a railroad freight-shipping company, said her brother, Albert F. Gatow Jr. of Waltham, Vt.

In 1950, she married Dr. E. Kenneth Haviland, an associate professor of mathematics at the Johns Hopkins University, who died after an automobile accident in 1989. The couple lived for many years in the Roland Park area.

The couple shared an enthusiasm for the merchant marine -- the world's commercial ships. They collected historical items, wrote articles and had worldwide contacts with others who shared their interest in ships and the sea.

"She specialized in wrecks, and she had scuba divers from all over the world contacting her for information," Mr. Gatow said. "She wrote a book, 'The Concrete Ships of World War I,' in the early 1960s, about the concrete ships. Their hulls were made of pressed concrete."

Graveside services will be at 11: 30 a.m. today at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road in Timonium.

In addition to her brother, Mrs. Haviland is survived by a niece and a nephew.

Mary Kathryn Shipley, 75, genealogist, active in DAR

Mary Kathyrn Shipley, an avid genealogist who was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and worked as a consumer-protection volunteer, died June 27 at Keswick Home in Baltimore after a stroke. She was 75.

Raised in Catonsville, Mrs. Shipley was a 1938 graduate of Catonsville High School. She began her bookkeeping career with Rowleys Transportation in Baltimore and Harvey R. Shipley & Sons in Finksburg. She retired from a position at the Hannah More Academy, at that time a private girls school in Reisterstown.

Mrs. Shipley then went to work as a volunteer, assisting residents who called the Maryland attorney general's Consumer Protection Division.

One of her hobbies was genealogy, and she spent more than 20 years researching her family's ancestry. She belonged to the Maryland State Society of the DAR and served as a state regent for the John Eager Howard chapter from 1986 to 1988. She also supported the Crossnore School, a project of the national DAR.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Woodlawn Cemetery, 2130 Woodlawn Drive.

Mrs. Shipley is survived by three daughters, Mary Louise Kimmelshue Dorn of Clearwater, Fla., Barbara Lee Kimmelshue Kearns of Hampstead, and Janet C. Shipley of Baltimore; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Crossnore School, P.O. Box 249, Crossnore, N.C.

Pub Date: 7/15/96

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