Margaret E. Berman, 81, compiled cookbookMargaret Eleanor...

December 07, 1996

Margaret E. Berman, 81, compiled cookbook

Margaret Eleanor Berman, a Fells Point native who compiled "The Tall Ships Cookbook," died Wednesday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 81 and lived in Bel Air.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, at Route 22 and Route 543 in Bel Air.

She was born Margaret Jung in Fells Point above her parents' business, the Flat Iron Corner Tavern and Restaurant.

The establishment, popular with steamship captains and seamen from around the world, took its name from its pie-shaped building at Fell and Wolfe streets.

Mrs. Berman, who was named "Miss Fells Point" in 1930, was educated at local parochial schools and was a riveter at Middle River's old Glenn L. Martin Co. during World War II.

A collector of recipes, Mrs. Berman included her own favorites -- Poor Man's Barley Soup, Rigger's Oyster Stew and Crab Soup Inner Harbor -- in her 1990 cookbook, "The Tall Ships Cook Book."

She dedicated the book to Fells Point and the seamen and captains that have called there over the years.

In 1941, she married Philip Berman, a mail carrier. The couple lived for many years in Parkville, before moving to Harford County, in 1985. Mr. Berman died the next year.

Mrs. Berman, a member of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Hickory, worked part time in the circulation department of the Aegis newspaper from 1985 until 1990.

She is survived by two sons, Philip M. Berman of Forest Hill and Paul M. Berman of Parkville; two daughters, Winifred E. Portmess of Fredericksburg, Va., and Beatrice Grabowski of Jarrettsville; and many grandchildren.

Harry L. Smith Sr., 65, attorney at Martin-Marietta

Harry L. Smith Sr., a retired Martin Marietta Corp. attorney, died of cancer Tuesday at his Potomac residence. He was 65.

Mr. Smith began working for the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River in 1958 while attending law school at the University of Maryland. He earned his degree a year later. His work at the aerospace company involved the consolidation of Martin Co. and American Marietta Corp., which produced Martin Marietta Corp. in 1961.

In 1974, he was appointed associate general counsel for Martin Marietta's cement division, then was named general counsel for the corporation's aluminum division. In 1985, he was promoted to corporate associate general counsel, a position he held until his retirement in 1991.

After retiring, he volunteered with the Montgomery County Bar Association's pro bono program, and was a Montgomery County election judge and a board member of Potomac Community fTC Foundation. At his death, he was studying for a master's degree in liberal arts at the Johns Hopkins University's Washington campus.

Mr. Smith was an usher at St. Francis Episcopal Church on River Road in Potomac, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Ann Baldwin; two sons, Stephen W. Smith of Potomac and Harry L. Smith Jr. of Boston; two daughters, Eleanor Baldwin Smith of Lutherville and Ann Elizabeth Plowman of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; a brother, Arthur Smith of East Haven, Conn.; three sisters, Leslie Shafer, Barbara Drummer and Joan Gibbons, all of Buffalo, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/07/96

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