Mary Elizabeth Lanier, 73, Camp Fire director Mary...

January 26, 2000

Mary Elizabeth Lanier, 73, Camp Fire director

Mary Elizabeth Lanier, former metro director of the Camp Fire Council of the Chesapeake, died Thursday of a stroke at the Millennium Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore. She was 73 and lived on Homer Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.

A volunteer Camp Fire Girl leader in her Brentwood Avenue neighborhood near the state penitentiary in the 1960s, she rose to head the local Camp Fire agency and infused an urban flavor to the traditional outdoors program.

"She brought powerful youth development to underserved communities," said Millie Baker, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Council of Camp Fire Boys and Girls. "She went into places that cops wouldn't go alone."

In the 1970s she started a Pied Piper summer program that traveled around the city to introduce children to Camp Fire. Her program was adopted by the national organization.

She also helped develop Camp Hidden Valley, a 102-acre Harford County tract where she took children for outings and overnight stays.

In 1983, her Camp Fire Boys and Girls Club won the Readers' Digest Award for outstanding children's programming.

"She was part of the movement that worked to bring about change in the quality of life for poor and underprivileged children in Baltimore," said daughter Deborah Morris, who lives in Baltimore. "She would take a winter coat off my back and give it to a child who needed it more."

After her 1986 retirement, she made African-American porcelain dolls. She was featured on television news spots and in newspaper articles for her doll-making and collecting.

Born Mary Elizabeth Porter in Suffolk, Va., she moved to Baltimore as a child. She was a 1944 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

In 1945 she married John Stanley Lanier, a retired printer, who survives her.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Calvin Scruggs Funeral Home, 1412 E. Preston St.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by two sons, John Lanier Jr. and Timothy Lanier: three other daughters, Jackie Lanier, Elladonna Lanier, and Jodie Haskett; a brother, James Porter, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Dorothy Price of Suffolk, Va., and Helen Garner of Alta Loma, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Rebecca Jane S. Feild, 77, made priests' vestments

Rebecca Jane Stromberg Feild, a Catonsville resident who made priests' vestments for her church, died Monday in her sleep. She was 77 and lived on Melvin Avenue.

A talented seamstress, she tailored the priests' vestments at her church for many years. She also sewed clothes for her children and Halloween costumes for her grandchildren.

Born and raised in Catonsville, the former Rebecca Jane Stromberg was valedictorian of her 1940 class at Mount de Sales Academy of the Visitation. She was a member of its alumnae association and contributed homemade articles to its bazaars. In 1944, she married William Allen Feild, a chemical engineer and member of the family that founded the Horn & Horn and Horn & Hardart restaurant chains. He died in 1992.

A Mass will be offered tomorrow at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church, 26 Melvin Ave., Catonsville, where she was a member of the Sodality of the Virgin Mary.

She is survived by five sons, William Allen Feild Jr. of Columbia, Anthony Peter Feild of Sykesville, Christopher Stephen Feild of Catonsville, David Matthew Feild of Lutherville and Joseph Henry Feild of Warrenton, Va.; two daughters, Ann Rebecca Feild of Baltimore and Barbara Jean Bryant of Catonsville; a brother, Henry Matthew Stromberg of Ilchester; three sisters, Ann E. Stromberg of Boston, Margaret Snellinger of Catonsville and Nancy Sexton of Frederick; and 10 grandchildren.

Regina Hammel, 79, teacher, chemist

Regina Hammel, a retired Baltimore County science teacher and former chemist, died Saturday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 79 and lived in Timonium.

Before her retirement in 1982, she taught science for 19 years at Towsontown and Cockeysville middle schools. She earlier had been a metallurgy analyst for Bendix Metallurgy Laboratories and a pigments research chemist for E. I. du Pont Co.

After retiring, she helped develop and operate Senior Box Office, a Baltimore County Department of Aging arts program. She served as its president and as a board member.

She was a member of the Dulaney Valley Women's Club and a volunteer for Theater Hopkins, the Baltimore Symphony Decorator Show House committee, the Hampton Mansion, Italian Cultural Circolo and the Baltimore County Library's literacy works program.

Regina Russo was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans. She was a 1936 graduate of Eastern High School and received a degree in chemistry in 1941 from College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where an award is given in her name to its outstanding graduate.

She also studied at the Johns Hopkins University and in 1972 received a master's degree in education from Towson University.

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