Beverly G. Shapiro, 59, longtime W.B. Doner employee

January 13, 1998|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Beverly G. Shapiro, who was administrative assistant to the chief executive officer of W. B. Doner & Co., the advertising agency, for 27 years, died of lung cancer Friday at her Towson residence. She was 59.

Mrs. Shapiro was also personnel manager of Doner's Baltimore office, where nearly 200 people are employed.

In 1970, she joined the firm as a secretary to Herbert D. Fried, who was later named CEO and chairman of the agency, which also maintains an office in Detroit. She retired this year.

Before joining Doner, Mrs. Shapiro served as executive assistant to Dr. John Money, professor of medical psychology at the Johns Hopkins Medical School, who specialized in the study and treatment of sex offenders.

She had also worked in England as an assistant to the president of a chain of hotels.

A self-made woman who never attended college, the former Beverly Getz was born and raised in Hamilton and was a graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.

She volunteered twice a week at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, where she worked with patients with multiple personalities. She also was a volunteer at Union Memorial


In 1978, she married Calvin Barnes, who died in 1989. The next year, she married Arnold I. Shapiro, a retired businessman, who survives her.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Towson Universalist-Unitarian Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road in Lutherville.

Other survivors include her mother, Laura Charlotte Getz of Towson; a sister, Charlotte M. Biemer of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Margo D. Appel of Alexandria, Va.; a granddaughter; three nephews; and a niece.

Pub Date: 1/13/98

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