Thomas C. Beale, 57, pathology lab workerThomas C. Beale...

November 23, 1996

Thomas C. Beale, 57, pathology lab worker

Thomas C. Beale, a longtime Columbia resident, died Nov. 16 of a heart attack at the Laurel Regional Hospital in Prince George's County. He was 57.

A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Beale moved to Columbia in 1971 and lived in the Owen Brown community.

Since 1974, Mr. Beale worked in the pathology laboratory at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington. From 1966 to 1974, he worked for the old Microbiological Research Association in Bethesda.

He and Mae Jacobs were married in 1965.

Mr. Beale enjoyed traveling, gardening and holding large parties at his Columbia home.

Services were held yesterday at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Terrence C. Beale of Columbia ; a sister, June F. Beale of Plum Branch, S.C.; and a nephew, Lecount T. Beale of Raleigh, N.C.

Harriett S. Sheets, 60, teacher, activist

Harriett S. Sheets, a former city schoolteacher and neighborhood activist, died Monday of multiple organ failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Hillendale resident was 60.

At the beginning of her career, Mrs. Sheets joined the faculty of Hazelwood Elementary School where she taught until the early 1970s, when she left to raise her family.

She helped lead the Hillendale Elementary School PTA in a successful battle to keep the school open after Baltimore County officials announced its closing. She was a member of Hillendale Improvement Association.

An accomplished needlepoint artist, Mrs. Sheets was known for the sweaters, gloves and hats she made.

She was a longtime member of Loch Raven Methodist Church.

She was born Harriett Sinclair in Baltimore and was raised in Overlea. In 1954 she graduated from Eastern High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from what was then Towson State College in 1958 and a master's degree from Loyola College.

Services were held Thursday.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, James B. Sheets Sr.; two sons, James B. Sheets Jr. and Jason S. Sheets, both of Baltimore; her mother, Irene B. Sinclair of Baltimore; a brother, Philip Sinclair of Parkville; and a sister, Doris S. Forster of Carney.

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