Madeleine Cooper, 74, community activistMadeleine Cooper...

July 02, 1999

Madeleine Cooper, 74, community activist

Madeleine Cooper, a community activist long known as the mayor of Govans, died of kidney failure Monday at her daughter's home in Stoneleigh. She was 74 and lived in Homeland Villages.

She retired in 1989 as the mayor's representative at Govans Multipurpose Center on York Road after 30 years of community work in the North Baltimore neighborhood. She was a founder of the Community Council of Govans.

She concurrently ran a catering business out of her Orkney Road kitchen and prepared small sandwiches and miniature pastries for Goucher College, the Catholic Evidence League and the Visitandine Mothers Club in Roland Park. In the late 1940s, she was banquet hostess at the Hotel Stafford on Mount Vernon Place.

The former Madeleine Cook was born in Baltimore and graduated from Mount St. Agnes High School.

In 1953, she married Lawrence J. Cooper, who died in 1992.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road.

She is survived by her son, Patrick W. Cooper of Summerland Key, Fla.; two daughters, Margaret "Mike" Berman of Stoneleigh and Mary Ayd of Lutherville; a sister, Mary Jo Davis of Arlington, Va.; and six grandchildren.


Charles H.S. Harry Jr., who died Tuesday, will be honored at services at 1 p.m. tomorrow at McDonogh School Chapel, 8600 McDonogh Road.

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