Marion Bowers, 65, science teacher, volunteerMarion...

September 23, 1999

Marion Bowers, 65, science teacher, volunteer

Marion Bowers, a retired science teacher who devoted many hours to volunteer work at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, died Sept. 16 at her Gwynn Oak home.

Ms. Bowers, who had had surgery a year ago for a heart condition, was 65.

"Marion was one of the best volunteers I ever worked with," said David Schofield, coordinator of the aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Program. "From her years as a biology teacher, she knew everything about our animals, and with her strong conservation background, she was wonderful at talking to the public about how to prevent animals from washing up on our beaches because of something we did to them or their environment."

Ms. Bowers logged 2,500 hours at the aquarium after her retirement in 1995. She also did work for the Lauraville Improvement Association and traveled frequently to assist Earthwatch, an international environmental organization.

The former Marion Schneider, who was born in Baltimore, graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1956 and later received a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University.

She taught at Towson Catholic High School, Eastern High School in Baltimore and Kenwood High School in eastern Baltimore County. She was active in state and national science teachers associations and participated with her students in many Chesapeake Bay Foundation field trips.

A memorial service is pending.

She is survived by her husband, Paul B. Bowers of Sebring, Fla., whom she married in 1957; a son, Peter K. Bowers of Woodlawn; a daughter, Ellen Bowers Clifton of Billings, Mont.; and a brother, Charles Schneider of Arnold.

Barbara Rae MacCoy, 68, Arundel school board member

Barbara Rae MacCoy, a former member of the Anne Arundel County school board, died Sept. 16 of heart failure at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del. She was 60.

The former Severna Park resident became active in education out of concern about teen-age drug and alcohol abuse in the Severna Park-Annapolis area. She was appointed to the school board and served from 1977 to 1983.

The former Barbara Rae Young was born in Baltimore and was a 1956 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School.

She ran her lawn care business -- Lawn King of Annapolis -- and sold real estate -- first in Anne Arundel County and later in Rehoboth Beach, Del., where she moved in 1987.

Services were held Monday.

She is survived by her husband, Robert A. MacCoy, whom she married in 1959; a son, Michael A. MacCoy of Lewes, Del.; two daughters, Kelly L. Linnenkamp of Severna Park and Amanda Wilson of Hinsdale, Ill.; a brother, David W. Young of Silver Spring; and six grandchildren.

Nancy Lee Ryer, 51, homemaker, bingo player

Nancy Lee Ryer, a housewife who enjoyed bingo, camping and crabbing, died unexpectedly Monday at North Arundel Hospital. She was 51 and lived in Pasadena.

Services for the Baltimore native will be held at 10 a.m. today at Charles L. Stevens Funeral Home, 1501 E. Fort Ave.

Mrs. Ryer is survived by her husband, Earl D. Ryer Jr.; a son, John Welsh Jr. of Pasadena; four daughters, Deborah Trent of Thoroughfare, N.J., and Melissa Buskirk, Elizabeth "Libby" Shriver and Amanda Jerosimich, all of Pasadena; three sisters, Diane Eichner of Glen Burnie, Pat Ferguson of Dundalk and Kate Metz of Delaware.

George E. Hopkins, 84 counter-intelligence officer

George E. Hopkins, a former counter-intelligence officer who investigated welfare fraud for Baltimore City and for Maryland, died of cancer yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 84 and lived in Linthicum.

Mr. Hopkins was born in Baldwin, graduated from Towson High School in 1932 and attended the University of Baltimore Law School from 1933 to 1935.

During and after World War II, he worked in Germany, Japan and Brazil as an Army counter-intelligence officer.

In 1959, he retired from the military and shortly afterward helped start the investigations unit for welfare fraud for the City of Baltimore. He later worked in a welfare investigations unit for the state of Maryland until his retirement in 1977.

He enjoyed traveling, cars, woodworking, reading and following sports, particularly the Orioles and boxing.

Burial will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former E. Rebecca Guthrie; a son, George E. Hopkins Jr. of Linthicum; a daughter, Carolyn Hopkins of Pasadena; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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