Margaret C. Schweinhaut, 93, former state senatorFormer...

March 19, 1997

Margaret C. Schweinhaut, 93, former state senator

Former state Sen. Margaret C. Schweinhaut, a champion of the elderly who served in the Maryland legislature more than three decades, died Sunday at her home in Kensington. She was 93.

The Montgomery County Democrat, who wielded significant influence in Annapolis, lost her Senate seat in 1990 because of her anti-abortion stance in a district whose residents strongly supported abortion rights.

"She seemed to raise the stature of political officeholders by the way she conducted herself, her demeanor, her style," said Maryland political analyst Keith Haller.

A native Washingtonian, Schweinhaut attended George Washington University and the old National University Law School. Her husband, the late Henry A. Schweinhaut, was a federal judge.

She spent six years in the House of Delegates, beginning in 1955, before serving in the Senate. Her tenure there was interrupted by an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1962.

In the legislature, she pushed for meal programs, recreation centers and assistance for impoverished seniors. She championed the environment, gun control and housing while staunchly opposing the death penalty.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11: 30 tomorrow at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church in Kensington.

She is survived by two daughters, Joan S. Delehanty of RTC Monmouth Beach, N.J., and Mary Ann Thebus of Chicago; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Charles B. "Chic" Duerr, a lifelong Baltimore area resident and World War II veteran, died Sundayof cancer at his Catonsville home. He was 72.

Mr. Duerr worked at the Procter & Gamble Co. plant in South Baltimore for 37 years and retired in 1986.

He was born in West Baltimore, where he attended St. Edward's parochial school.

During World War II, he served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 and fought in Belgium, France and Holland. He was awarded several decorations and was discharged with the rank of corporal.

He married Doris Insley in 1950, and they settled in Catonsville. They also had a summer home on Nabbs Creek in Anne Arundel County.

Since the 1950s, he had been a member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville, serving as Eucharistic minister during Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrowat St. Agnes, Old Frederick Road and St. Agnes Lane.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Robert W. Duerr III of Pasadena, Joseph Duerr of Catonsville and Charles B. Duerr Jr. of Severna Park; two daughters, Linda Duerr Sindler of Lutherville and Sharon Duerr Gruzenski of Arbutus; a brother, Lee Duerr of Perry Hall; three sisters, Elizabeth Loats of Baltimore and Sister Marie Duerr, and Sister Mary Catherine Duerr, both of Columbia; and four grandchildren.

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