Elizabeth B. Taylor, 85, nurse, champion swimmer...

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March 14, 2001

Elizabeth B. Taylor, 85, nurse, champion swimmer

Elizabeth B. Taylor, a former psychiatric nurse and a champion swimmer with the Maryland Masters Swim Team, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at her Arnold home. She was 85.

She was a psychiatric nurse at Seton Psychiatric Institute in Baltimore, which closed in 1973.

Until last week, family members said, Mrs. Taylor was anticipating competing in the YMCA Nationals swim meet next month in Florida. It would have been her first competition in the 85-89 age class.

She began swimming with Maryland Masters in 1987 and had been the YMCA's national champion in the 100-meter individual medley event, which requires a swimmer to do the butterfly, the breaststroke, the backstroke and freestyle.

Mrs. Taylor took up competitive swimming in 1985 after attending Swimmercize classes in Howard County.

Born Elizabeth Brown in Augusta, Maine, she was reared in Portland, Maine. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Worcester Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts in 1938 and received additional certification in public health from Simmons College in Boston.

She was working for the Maine Public Health Service when she was called to active duty during the early days of World War II. She was a Navy nurse stationed in Norfolk, Va., from 1941 to 1945.

While in the Navy, she married Norman R. Taylor. After the war, the couple moved to Lochearn, where they lived for 42 years. Mr. Taylor died in 1986.

An avid world traveler, Mrs. Taylor was 84 when she completed the arduous hike to the hidden city of Petra in Jordan.

She was a longtime member of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by a son, Jay Taylor of Amman, Jordan; a daughter, Caroline T. Christensen of Arnold; five grandchildren; and special friend Gordon Schreitz of Catonsville.

Dorothy Niemeyer, 64, state official

Dorothy Nash Niemeyer, a retired state official, died Saturday of cancer at her Reisterstown home. She was 64.

Until she retired in 1996, Mrs. Niemeyer was chief of the contract services division of the Maryland Department of General Services, working with the state Board of Public Works and the state comptroller. She had joined the agency in 1977.

In 1965, she was a founding member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Owings Mills, where she had been a youth group leader.

Dorothy Nash was born in Baltimore and reared in Reisterstown, where she graduated from Franklin High School in 1954. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1958 from Towson State Teachers College and later was a part-time school teacher.

In 1958, she married William H. Niemeyer II, who survives her.

She enjoyed traveling to Europe, playing bridge and cross-stitching.

Services for Mrs. Niemeyer will be held at 11 a.m. today at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 515 Academy Ave.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, W. Leland Niemeyer II of Catonsville; a daughter, Cynthia N. Schaeffer of Severna Park; two brothers, William I. Nash of Hampstead and Kenneth A. Nash of Upperco; a sister, Alice N. Seohnlein of Reisterstown; and four grandchildren.

Arthur Lee Fishpaw, 84, design engineer

Arthur Lee Fishpaw, a former Bel Air resident and retired Martin Marietta Corp. design engineer, died Sunday of complications from dementia at Bethany Village Retirement Community in Mechanicsburg, Pa. He was 84.

He moved to Bethany Village in 1992.

In the late 1930s, Mr. Fishpaw joined Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, where he worked on the World War II-era B-26 Martin Marauder bomber. Later, he participated in the Titan missile program and the Gemini, Mercury and Skylab space projects. After retiring from Martin Marietta in 1974, he worked for Thiokol Corp. and AAI Corp. in Hunt Valley until the late 1970s.

Mr. Fishpaw was born in Baltimore and grew up in Hampden and Govans. He graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1935 and studied engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.

For many years, he was an active member of Bel Air United Methodist Church and the Amicus Club, a social club.

He was a member of Camp Hill United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today in the community room at Bethany Village Retirement Community, 325 Wesley Drive.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Mary Lou King; a son, Thomas Fishpaw of Marlton, N.J.; and a daughter, Carol Webster of Lake Forest, Ill.

Delores R. Pope, 64, pianist, schoolteacher

Delores R. Pope, a pianist and retired early childhood teacher for Baltimore public schools, died Sunday of complications from multiple sclerosis at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 64.

Until retiring from teaching in 1974 because of illness, Mrs. Pope had taught in the early-admission program at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School on North Payson Street. She began teaching in 1958 and had earlier taught in Cherry Hill.

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