Raymond T. Harcum Jr., 65, SSA claims representative...

January 12, 2000

Raymond T. Harcum Jr., 65, SSA claims representative

Raymond Thomas Harcum Jr., a Social Security Administration claims representative and former educator, died Thursday from complications of surgery at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 65 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Since 1983, he was a claims representative at SSA headquarters in Woodlawn. He taught English at Harlem Park Middle School from 1966 to 1971.

In 1967, he organized and headed for two years A Better Chance, a program for disadvantaged youths, which held its summer sessions at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

He was director of the Model Cities Learning Center from 1971 to 1973. In the early 1970s, he also served as director of education and youth services for Park Heights Community Corp., which became Park Heights Street Academy.

Mr. Harcum taught English at the Community College of Baltimore from 1980 to 1985.

Born in West Baltimore, he was a 1953 graduate of Douglass High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from then-Morgan State College.

During the 1950s, he served in the Army.

He was a member of Southern University of Louisiana's strategy committee.

He was a member of Sharp Street United Methodist Church, where services were held yesterday. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Henrietta Evans; a son, Raymond T. Harcum III; a daughter, Tanya Harcum, both of Baltimore; a brother, Max Sidney Harcum of Baltimore; three sisters, Patricia Harcum Speights of Columbia, and Constance Harcum and Caroline Harcum, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

Mary Elizabeth McCabe, 78, salon beautician

Mary Elizabeth McCabe, a retired department store beautician, died Monday of a heart ailment at Washington County Health System in Hagerstown. She was 78 and had lived in Yale Heights in southwest Baltimore.

For nearly 50 years, she worked in the beauty salon of the Hochschild Kohn department stores in Edmondson Village, on Howard Street in Baltimore and at Security Square in Woodlawn.

Born Mary Elizabeth Bailets in Shamokin, Pa., she attended schools in Sunbury, Pa., and was a graduate of the Baltimore School of Beauty Culture.

She was married for 31 years to Philip Anthony McCabe, who died Dec. 9.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. today at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.

She is survived by a son, Dennis Titus of Harrisburg, Pa.; a daughter, Kathy Pompell of Smithsburg; two step-daughters, Julie Gillooie of Bel Air and Andrea McCabe of Havre de Grace; two brothers, John Bailets of Sunbury and Albert Bailets of Northumberland, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Edythe Cavell Kelly, 77, leasing agent, volunteer

Edythe Cavell Kelly, a former leasing agent and volunteer, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at her daughter's home in Felton, Pa. She was 77 and had lived in Ellicott City and York, Pa.

She was a part-time leasing agent for Town and Country apartments in Woodlawn.

Born Edythe Agnor in Baltimore, she graduated from Forest Park High School.

In 1941, she married Omer Kelly, an electrical contractor and former professional ice hockey player, who died in 1995.

She was president of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mother's Club in Baynesville in the 1950s.

A Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Timonium.

She is survived by three sons, Michael James Kelly of Timonium, David Anthony Kelly of Wilmington, Del., and Stephen Gerard Kelly of Columbia; a daughter, Karen Kelly Webster of Felton; a brother, Walter Agnor of Salisbury; two sisters, June Reed of Selbyville, Del., and Mildred Dellorto of Fort Myers, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

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