Barbara Ann Herron, 51, dedicated preschool teacherBarbara...

August 13, 1999

Barbara Ann Herron, 51, dedicated preschool teacher

Barbara Anne Coughlin Herron, a preschool teacher, died of ovarian cancer Thursday at Mercy Medical Center. She was 51 and lived in North Baltimore.

For the past three years, she taught 3-year-olds at Hunt's School in Riderwood. Earlier, she taught at Elmhurst Nursery School in Roland Park and in Baltimore County elementary schools in the 1970s.

"She was remarkable. She was the mommy replacement for the little kids. She never picked favorites," said Carole Agelopas, secretary at Hunt's School. "Even with her illness, she didn't like to miss school and took her chemotherapy after hours. She was here to the very last week of school."

Sally Morton, an Elmhurst School teacher, said, "She had a marvelous sense of humor and knew how to bring out the best in each child."

Born Barbara Anne Coughlin in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Blessed Sacrament School, Institute of Notre Dame, College of Notre Dame and Loyola College, where she received her master's degree in education in 1976.

Her marriage in 1976 to James J. Herron ended in divorce.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Lady Chapel of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

She is survived by a son, Brendan Patrick Herron of Baltimore; two daughters, Colleen Moira Herron and Caitlin Eileen Herron, both of Baltimore; her parents, Patrick J. Coughlin Jr. and Winifred Lynch Coughlin of Baltimore; two brothers, Patrick J. Coughlin III of Washington and Sean M. Coughlin of Baltimore; and two sisters, Eileen C. Bress of Bethesda and Meaghan C. William of Chatham, N.J.

Ronald Paul Upperman, 60, Harford College professor

Ronald Paul Upperman, a professor of education at Harford Community College, died of cancer Aug. 6 at Union Hospital in Elkton. He was 60 and lived in North East.

He joined the college in Bel Air in 1971 as a counselor and also served as coordinator of the Teacher Education Program.

Born in Hershey, Pa., he graduated from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania in 1961 and received a master's degree in counseling from Shippensburg University. He had a fellowship at the University of Maryland and earned a doctorate from Virginia Tech.

Mr. Upperman enjoyed gardening, golfing and skiing.

Funeral services were held Tuesday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruthann Baer, whom he married in 1962; two daughters, Wendy O'Donnell of Forest Hill and Lee Ann Nelson of Newark, Del.; his parents, Juanita and Paul Upperman of Hershey, Pa.; a brother, Dennis Upperman of Palmyra, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

Mary Ellen Coates, 60, former social worker

Mary Ellen Coates, a homemaker and former social worker, died Aug. 6 of cancer at her Rockledge, Fla., home. She was 60.

Born in Trenton, N.J., the former Mary Ellen Logan was raised in Sherwood Forest in Anne Arundel County and attended St. Mary's School in Annapolis, Notre Dame of Maryland and Annapolis High School. She graduated from Mount St. Agnes College in 1961.

She was a social worker with Catholic Charities in Baltimore in the 1960s and moved to Florida in 1973.

Funeral services were held Tuesday .

She is survived by her husband, William Bice Coates, whom she married in 1963; two sons, Daniel B. Coates of Rockledge, Fla., and Stephen F. Coates of LaBelle, Fla.; a daughter, Priscilla C. Saad of Cocoa, Fla.; a sister, Anne Logan Wilson of Gaithersburg; and four grandchildren.

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