Alice Courtney Fry, 86, teacher, writer, volunteer...

July 06, 2000

Alice Courtney Fry, 86, teacher, writer, volunteer

Alice Courtney Fry, a teacher and writer, died June 29 of natural causes at Augsburg Lutheran Home in Lochearn. She was 86.

Ms. Fry contributed several articles to The Sun - fluid, first-person stories on subjects ranging from rainbows to jogging.

In a 1975 piece, she wrote about an organ grinder and monkey that appeared on the street when she was a child in Roland Park: "From far away, the children caught the sound of the plaintive melodies, whose origin they well knew. Pennies were hastily collected, followed by a quick look into the kitchen for a ripe banana."

A Baltimore native, Ms. Fry attended Eastern High School and took classes at the Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College and Vassar College. In the mid-1930s, she began teaching pre-school students at Friends School of Baltimore.

In 1961, she began teaching emotionally disturbed children at Children's Guild, a position she held until her retirement. Ms. Fry volunteered for numerous social causes and demonstrated against the Vietnam War.

In 1987, Ms. Fry and her sister, Eleanor Kirkland Fry, now deceased, moved from Baltimore to the coastal community of Blue Hill, Maine. A few years later, Ms. Fry moved to Church Home in Baltimore, then to Augsburg Lutheran.

In addition to jogging, Ms. Fry enjoyed cooking, gardening and bird watching.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St. In October, her ashes will be scattered at Blue Hill.

Ms. Fry has no immediate surviving relatives.

Elizabeth Gilpin, 90, schoolteacher, principal

Elizabeth Gilpin, a longtime teacher and principal in Baltimore public schools, died Sunday from a cerebral hemorrhage at University Hospital. She was 90 and lived at Broadmead in Cockeysville.

In 1929, she began her teaching career at Margaret Brent Elementary in Charles Village, where she stayed until the mid-1930s. She moved to Curtis Bay Elementary and Junior High where she served as vice principal.

Later, she served as principal of Highlandtown, Winston and Windsor Hills elementary schools before retiring in 1970.

Miss Gilpin was born in Baltimore and graduated in 1927 from Western Senior High.

She attended what was then the State Normal School, now Towson University, and later earned a bachelor's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University and a master's in education from the University of Maryland. She also did postgraduate work at Duke University, Columbia University, University of Chicago and Hopkins.

Miss Gilpin enjoyed sailing, contemporary art, literature and the theater. She traveled throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.

"She loved everything she did," said longtime friend and fellow Broadmead resident Charlotte Hurtt. "She had a very high sense of style. She was always the life of the party."

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 26 in the Broadmead Auditorium, 13801 York Road in Cockeysville.

Miss Gilpin is survived by a niece, Shirley Gavlak of Santa Ynez, Calif., and a nephew, Levering H. Gilpin Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.

George W. Moran Sr., 81, telephone industry worker

George W. Moran Sr., whose love of radio and other modes of communication led him to wartime service in the Army Signal Corps and a career in the telephone industry, died June 29 of complications from a stroke at Charlestown, the Catonsville retirement community. He was 81.

Before moving to Charlestown five months ago, Mr. Moran had spent 20 years at retirement homes in York, Pa.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., he attended New York City public schools and took business classes at St. John's University. In 1942, he married Wilma L. Trommer before he joined the Army during World War II.

During wartime service in North Africa, France and Italy, he worked as a French and German interpreter in the Signal Corps.

After returning from the war in January 1945, Mr. Moran resided in Queens, N.Y., and joined the New York Telephone Co. as a technician. When he retired in 1977, he was in charge of marketing and operations for the populous northern suburbs of New York.

He was an avid amateur radio operator.

His wife died in 1992.

A memorial Mass for Mr. Moran will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 2935 Kingston Road, York.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Country Meadows of Leader Heights, 2760 Pine Grove Road in York.

He is survived by two sons, George W. Moran Jr. of Baltimore and John G. Moran of Phoenix, Baltimore County; and four grandchildren.

Hildegard C. Joeres, 89, saleswoman, tutor

Hildegard Charlotte Joeres, a naturalized American citizen who returned to her native Germany when the widening of Northern Parkway forced her to leave her home, died June 29 in her sleep in Schorndorf, Germany. She was 89.

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