Rose C. Rumford, 85, child welfare activistRose C...

January 23, 1998

Rose C. Rumford, 85, child welfare activist

Rose C. Rumford, who was active for many years in child welfare and health care organizations, died of pneumonia Jan. 11 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 85.

Since 1985, the former Guilford resident had lived at Broadmead, the Cockeysville retirement community, where she was a


The former Rose Clymer was a native of Rockwood, Tenn., who moved to Doylestown, Pa., in 1925. She graduated from the Dwight School in Englewood, N.J., in 1930 and from Wellesley College in 1934.

She did graduate work at the Pennsylvania School of Social Work in Philadelphia, where she was a social worker.

In 1936, she married Lewis Rumford II, former president of Standard Lime & Cement Co. in Baltimore, and moved here. Mr. Rumford died in July.

In Baltimore, Mrs. Rumford had been president of the Maryland Children's Aid Society and a director of Fellowship of Lights, the Baltimore Chapter of the American Red Cross and the International Eye Bank.

She was a member of the Mount Vernon Club, the Guilford Garden Club, the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Maryland and the League of Women Voters.

Since 1945, she was a communicant of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer on Charles Street, where a memorial service was held Jan. 14.

She is survived by a son, Lewis Rumford III of Washington; three daughters, Beatrix Tyson Rumford of Williamsburg, Va., Ellen Rumford Bogardus of Irvine, Calif., and Elizabeth Rumford Thwaite of Atlanta; a brother, Frederick H. Clymer of Harwinton, Conn.; a sister, Emily E. Clymer of Kennett Square, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.

Herbert Alphonso Lee-Cooper, a professional musician, died Jan. 12 at Washington Home Hospice in Washington. He was 50.

A native of Hampton, Va., Mr. Cooper graduated from Hampton Institute with a degree in music in 1969 and served in the Army until 1971.

After he was discharged, he attended the Catholic University in Washington, studying voice and organ. He also studied with renowned French organist Conrad Bernier.

Mr. Cooper came to Baltimore in the 1970s and was organist and music director at City Temple of Baltimore Baptist Church on Dolphin Street from the late 1980s to 1993, when he assumed a similar post at White Stone Baptist Church on Baker Street.

A memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow at White Stone Baptist Church, 3001 Baker St.

Mr. Cooper is survived by a sister, Michelle Cooper of Prince George's County; and an aunt, Lucille Kennedy of Washington.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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