Leila M. Lee, 61, teacher, helped to integrate college...

January 30, 2001

Leila M. Lee, 61, teacher, helped to integrate college

Leila M. Lee, a retired teacher who helped integrate then-Maryland State Teachers College in Towson in the 1950s, died Friday of complications from a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Catonsville resident was 61.

Mrs. Lee was an honors student who graduated early from Douglass High School in 1956. She was one of four students who integrated what is now Towson University.

"She was allowed to attend school there but couldn't stay on campus," said her husband of 39 years, Donald E. Lee, a retired postal manager. "She was forced to spend hours each day commuting by trolley, changing cars several times, to reach school."

Mrs. Lee graduated in 1960 with a degree in education and began teaching in the Baltimore schools. She later earned a master's degree in education from Towson. She retired in 1992.

She was a longtime member of New Shiloh Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher. She also worked with the church's college-bound students, helping them select colleges and find scholarships.

Leila Smith was born in McCormick, S.C., and raised in West Baltimore. She enjoyed traveling, reading and writing.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St.

She also is survived by a son, Carlton E. Lee of Ashburn, Va.; a daughter, Adrienne O. Kristi of Baltimore; a sister, Miriam Gaskins of Catonsville; and two grandchildren.

David T. Murphy, 48, Air National Guard pilot

David T. Murphy, a senior master sergeant with the Maryland Air National Guard, died Thursday of cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 48 and lived in Timonium.

Mr. Murphy enlisted in the Air Force in 1971 and had been a flight engineer since 1972. At his death, he was a state Air National Guard instructor. Stationed with the 175th Wing base in Essex, he flew C-130E aircraft.

"Flying was always a passion," said Kevin J. Murphy, a brother who lives in Lutherville. "When we were kids, we used to go to the field to see our father fly, who had been a World War II fighter pilot.

"David also flew many relief missions to Somalia, Bosnia and Central and South America.," his brother said.

Born in Roland Park, Mr. Murphy was a 1971 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Texas, where a Mass of Christian burial was celebrated yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, the former Cathy L. Francis; his father, Thomas V. Murphy Jr. of the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County, four other brothers, Ralph J. Murphy, Wayne M. Murphy and Miles R. Murphy, all of Lutherville, and Brian J. Murphy of Bel Air; a sister, Susan A. Stec of Lutherville; and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret O. Maddox, 83, teacher at Western High

Margaret O. Maddox, a former Western High School teacher, died Saturday of complications from a fractured hip at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 83 and lived in Sparks.

A teacher of writing and business skills at Western in the 1960s and 1970s, she had earlier been an administrative assistant to Western Maryland Railway executives.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park, the former Margaret Ogier was a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1979, she was named Woman of the Year by the Hunt Valley Business and Professional Women's Club.

She belonged to genealogical societies and was a past president of the Fort Garrison Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames.

In 1942, she married Weldon Leroy Maddox, who died in 1999.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Immanuel Episcopal Church, Glencoe Road, Glencoe, where she was a member.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Maddox Anton of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a brother, Herbert Leakin Ogier Jr. of Houston; a sister, Adeline Ogier Bracken of Baltimore; a grandson; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Sara Ruth Lewis, 85, homemaker, volunteer

Sara Ruth Lewis, a homemaker and volunteer, died Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson from complications of a fractured hip. She was 85.

A former longtime resident of East Lake Avenue in North Baltimore, she volunteered at Church Home Hospital and Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She had served as president of the Mother's Club at St. Paul's School.

She was a former communicant of Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, where she had been chairwoman of the altar guild.

Born Sara Ruth Selfe in Havre de Grace, she was raised in Baltimore. She graduated in 1933 from Forest Park High School. That year, she married Earl R. Lewis, later president of Odorite, a Baltimore janitorial supply company. He died in 1995.

She was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.

Mrs. Lewis is survived by two sons, the Rev. E. James Lewis of Bethany Beach, Del., and Gary S. Lewis of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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