Eurith E. Roop, 99, personal secretary to college president for several years

May 23, 1998|By Jonathan Belitsos | Jonathan Belitsos,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Eurith E. Roop, a homemaker who as a young woman was personal secretary to the president of what is now Towson University, died Wednesday at the Roland Park Place retirement community. She was 99.

Born and raised in Baltimore, the former Eurith Rose graduated from Eastern High School in 1917 and attended secretarial school.

She was personal secretary to Lida Lee Tall, president of the Maryland State Normal School at Towson, for several years before her marriage at age 29 to Richard Roop, who worked in a family fertilizer business.

Mrs. Roop was a Red Cross volunteer during World War II and for many years was an avid bridge player with her husband. He died about 25 years ago.

The Roops had no children, but she was close to nephews and nieces on both sides of the family, spending holidays and many weekends at their homes.

"She was really a wonderful storyteller," said Nancy Rose Adams of Monkton, a niece and godchild of Mrs. Roop, adding that her aunt had a trick for keeping her memory sharp: Every night before sleeping, she would lie in her bed and recite the names of her family members, recalling the details of each person's life.

Another niece, Mary D. Obrecht of Sparks, said, "Eurith had gathered so many experiences and stories to tell. She was born when horse and buggies were used, and lived to see horseless carriages, cars and even airplanes. When she was born, Queen Victoria was actually queen. She was a true Victorian lady."

Her favorite story revolved around her romantic marriage. Before leaving for a summer tour of Europe, she secretly agreed to marry Richard Roop. When she returned, he was waiting for her on a New York dock and they promptly wed -- also in secret.

She was active in the Women's Civic League, the Woman's Club of Roland Park and the Maryland Chapter of the English Speaking Union, and was a lifetime member of Seventh Baptist Church.

A private funeral is planned.

She is also survived by two other nieces, Mrs. J.J.R. Hodges of Bluffton, S.C., and Suzanne D. Rose of Baltimore; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Pub Date: 5/23/98

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