E. Read Beard Jr., 72, steeplechase race devotee E. Read...

February 16, 2000

E. Read Beard Jr., 72, steeplechase race devotee E. Read Beard Jr., a devotee of Maryland steeplechase races, died Friday of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 72 and lived in Guilford.

He grew up in a family in which horses were a way of life. His mother, Miriam Smith Beard, owned Blockade, winner of the 1938, 1939 and 1940 Maryland Hunt Cup, an event Mr. Beard attended each spring. He was a subscriber of the steeplechase run in the Worthington Valley in Baltimore County.

"He was a quiet, conservative and formal gentleman," said his wife, the former Zabelle S. Howard Soghomonian. The couple married in 1993. "Our first formal date was an invitation to attend the Hunt Cup."

Born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton, he attended Roland Park Country School. He also was tutored at home and attended a private school out of state. As a young man, he rode horses.

He was a member of SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. today at Henry W. Jenkins & Sons, 4905 York Road.

Deborah M. Wainwright, 54, college professor, official

Deborah Marie Wainwright, director of minority affairs at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, died Thursday of a heart attack at her Owings Mills home. She was 54.

She was an associate professor at the school and headed its office of minority affairs, where she helped minority students adjust to college life. She joined the school's counseling services unit in 1972.

"Most of her life was devoted to shaping young minds," said her sister-in-law, Carolyn Wainwright of Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore, she was raised on Moreland Avenue and was a 1964 honors graduate of Forest Park High School. She earned a degree in history from what now is Morgan State University in 1968, and a master's degree in counseling from Montclair (N.J.) State University.

A Mass was offered yesterday at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Poplar Grove Street and Lafayette Avenue, where she was chairwoman of the Altar Guild and a member of the Blessed Mother Sodality.

She is survived by her ward, Ashlie Brown of Owings Mills; her brother, Steven Wainwright of Baltimore; a half-brother, Eccleston Wainwright Jr. of Los Angeles; her longtime companion, Jerry Loftin of Baltimore; and nieces and nephews.

Patricia J. Courant, 63, teacher at Patterson High

Patricia J. Courant, a former teacher in Baltimore, died Saturday of cancer at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. She was 63.

The Lexington, Mass., resident taught mathematics at Patterson High School in Southeast Baltimore from 1957 until 1963, and at Wayland (Mass.) High School and Lexington High School from 1965 until 1975.

At her death, she was working as a private tutor.

The former Patricia Louderback was born in East Baltimore and was a 1954 graduate of Patterson. She received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and education in 1957 from Maryland State Teachers College at Towson, now Towson University, and a master's degree from Boston College in 1965.

A prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Zannino Funeral Home, 263 S. Conkling St.

She is survived by two daughters, Allison Lawler of Omaha, Neb., and Natalie Courant of Somerville, Mass.; her parents, Jennings and Josie Louderback of Highlandtown; two brothers, Kurt Louderback of Parkville and Klint Louderback of Fallston; a sister, Phillis Baumann of Glen Arm; and several nephews and nieces.

Katherine B. Miller, 101, homemaker, club member

Katherine B. Miller, a homemaker who was active in several clubs, died Saturday of pneumonia at Broadmead in Cockeysville. She was 101.

A former Guilford resident, she had lived at the Cockeysville retirement community since 1979.

She was a founder of the Mount Vernon Club in 1929 and member of the Junior League, St. George's Garden Club and the Amateur Garden Club.

The former Katherine Baum was born in Omaha, Neb., and raised in Philadelphia. She was a 1917 graduate of Miss Spence's School in New York City and moved to Baltimore in the early 1920s.

In 1931, she married L. Vernon Miller Sr., an attorney and partner in the Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury. He died in 1965.

She enjoyed golfing and playing bridge.

Mrs. Miller was a communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Services are private.

She is survived by three sons, Decatur H. Miller and James H. Miller, both of Baltimore, and L. Vernon Miller Jr. of Annapolis; and three grandchildren.

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