Florence L. Bain, 101, Commission on Aging...

February 25, 1997

Florence L. Bain, 101, Commission on Aging official

Florence L. Bain, the first chairwoman of the Howard County Commission on Aging and a former personal secretary to a Cabinet officer in the administration of Warren G. Harding, died after a stroke Sunday at the Rockville Nursing Home. She was 101.

Mrs. Bain moved to Columbia in 1967 "before the mud was dry," said her son, Henry Bain of Rockville, who worked for the Rouse Co. and helped design the new city.

She was 73 when she was appointed to the Commission on Aging in 1969 and retired in 1983, when she was 86.

On the commission she was responsible for developing many of the county's senior citizen programs. The senior citizen center in Columbia was named in her honor.

The former Florence Larson was born and educated in St. Paul, Minn. After studying typing and shorthand in high school, she and a sister opened a secretarial business there.

One of their early clients was the young, struggling writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, a St. Paul native who lived near their home.

Mrs. Bain came to Washington to work for the government during World War I.

In the Harding administration, she was among the first women to be a hired as secretaries to Cabinet officers. She worked for Secretary of Agriculture Henry C. Wallace, the father of Henry A. Wallace, who served Franklin D. Roosevelt as vice president.

In 1923, Mrs. Bain married Henry McRaven Bain, an agriculture department official and resided first in Washington then Chevy Chase until retiring to Leesburg, Fla. in 1958.

After the death of her husband in 1963, she moved back to Washington and later to Columbia.

Services at Arlington National Cemetery will be private.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Nancy Rehr of Wyomissing Hills, Pa.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Harold E. Moser, a retired professor of psychology at Towson State University and Hood College, died of emphysema Friday at home in Frederick. He was 92.

Dr. Moser began his long teaching career in Frederick County schools. In 1931, he joined the faculty at the school that became Towson State University.

In 1966, he retired as a professor of psychology at Towson State and received a Distinguished Career Service Award from the alumni association. He was named professor emeritus at Towson in 1975.

Also in 1966, Dr. Moser accepted a position as professor of psychology at Hood College and retired in 1972, but continued to teach extension courses for Hood.

Born in Myersville, he was a graduate of Hagerstown High School and earned a teaching certificate in 1924 from what was then the Maryland State Normal School.

In 1929, he earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University; in 1935, a master's degree from Columbia University Teachers College; and in 1947, a doctorate in research psychology from Duke University.

He was a co-author of a series of elementary-level mathematics textbooks, "Growth in Arithmetic," that were used throughout the United States for many years.

His professional memberships included the American Psychological Association, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa. He also was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick.

Services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, the former Marion Ogle; a daughter, Jean M. Godwin of Indialantic, Fla.; a brother, V. H. Moser of Baltimore; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two nieces.

Lynda R. Armiger, 62, children's librarian

Lynda R. Armiger, a retired Baltimore County children's librarian, died of ovarian cancer Feb. 17 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 62 and had homes in White Marsh and Rehoboth Beach, Del.

She was a substitute teacher in the county for several years and, in 1965, was hired as a children's librarian by Baltimore County Public Library. She retired in 1992 from the Loch Raven branch.

The former Lynda Lewis Rowe was born in Baltimore and graduated from Towson High School in 1951.

A memorial service was held Saturday.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph W. Armiger, whom she married in 1954; two sons, Joseph W. Armiger Jr. of Baltimore and Jeffrey S. Armiger of Annapolis; two daughters, Donna A. Mafale of Hamilton and Susan L. Armiger of Baltimore; a grandson; a niece; and a nephew.

Kathryn P. Stratton, a Baltimore resident for 42 years before moving to Bethany Beach, Del., died of cancer Friday at a daughter's home in Northampton, Mass. She was 77.

The former Kathryn Pease, who was born in Hazelton, Pa., came to Baltimore in 1940. She worked at a printing company and at two real estate offices.

In 1941, she married Stephen M. Stratton, and they moved to Bethany Beach in 1982 after he retired as telegraph editor of The Sun.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in Northampton.

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