Beatrice Lipman Mayer, 78, expert bridge playerBeatrice...

July 30, 1996

Beatrice Lipman Mayer, 78, expert bridge player

Beatrice Lipman Mayer, an expert bridge player, died Thursday of heart failure at North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville. She was 78.

Born in Lancaster, Pa., she moved to Baltimore in 1922. An avid bridge player, Ms. Mayer did well at tournaments along the East Coast and was ranked a master by the American Bridge League.


Her husband, Alexander Mayer, died in 1986.

Services were held Sunday. Survivors include two sons, Ronald Mayer of Columbia and Terry Mayer of Pikesville; a daughter, Harriet Friedman of Boca Raton, Fla.; a sister, Anita Weiner of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

John C. Richardson Sr., 81, barefoot football player

John C. Richardson Sr., a Catonsville resident who gained fame as a barefoot football player, died July 21 of Parkinson's disease and diabetes at Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 81.

While living in an orphanage in Lynchburg, Va., Mr. Richardson ++ was part of an enthusiastic bunch of football players noted for their lack of footwear. The unbeatable "Shoeless Wonders" were lauded far and wide, from the New York Times to "Ripley's Believe It or Not."

College scholarships poured in for Mr. Richardson, who could punt a football 70 yards barefoot. He chose Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and earned a bachelor's degree in English.

He married Betty Jo Watson in 1940 and worked with her father, designing and building houses in New Mexico. When World War II began, the couple moved to Washington, where Mr. Richardson worked for the General Services Administration. The job eventually led him to Baltimore. He retired in 1971.

Memorial services were held Saturday. Other survivors include a son, John C. Richardson Jr. of Beaverton, Ore.; two daughters, Alice Temple Clark of Hawaii and Betty Ann Kelly of Pasadena; a sister, Sally Ann Hughes of Alexandria, Va; and three grandchildren.

Services tomorrow for Dale Anderson

Services for Dale Anderson, a former Baltimore County executive, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 106 Shamrock Road in Chester.

Mr. Anderson, 79, died of a heart attack Saturday at his Kent Island home.


Benjamin Barksdale: An obituary in the Thursday editions of The Sun incorrectly stated the age of Benjamin Barksdale of Baltimore, who died of a heart attack July 23. He was 76. The Sun regrets the error.

Pub Date: 7/30/96

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