Irvin E. Beatty, 87, Armco Steel technician Irvin E...

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May 28, 2001

Irvin E. Beatty, 87, Armco Steel technician

Irvin E. Beatty, a retired Armco Steel metallurgical technician, died yesterday of cancer at his Bel Air home. He was 87.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Beatty graduated from City College. He worked at Armco Steel for 47 years and retired in 1987.

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He was married for 42 years to the former Gladys Brown, who died in 1979. In 1981, he married Bernadine St. Clair.

Mr. Beatty was a longtime member and past president of the Rustless Club, an Armco social club. For many years, he was chairman of the club's Christmas drive to raise funds for children at Kernan Hospital.

He also was a founder of the Brehms Boys Club in East Baltimore, coaching baseball and running the club's fund-raisers.

An avid Ravens fan, Mr. Beatty was a season-ticket holder and attended the Super Bowl game won by the football team.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Beatty is survived by a daughter, Beverly Martin of Bel Air; a son, Charles Beatty of Hampstead; two stepsons, Robert St. Clair and Randy St. Clair, both of Bel Air; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Beatty donated his body to science. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 141 N. Hickory Ave., Bel Air.

Patricia Ann Corey, 54, nurse, infection specialist

Patricia Ann Corey, a nurse and nursing administrator at Baltimore hospitals for nearly 30 years, died Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of leukemia. She was 54.

Mrs. Corey spent most of her career as a sort of medical detec- tive at then-Provident Hospital, at one time the city's only hospital for African-Americans. As a specialist in infection control, she tracked down the sources of infection within the hospital and worked to prevent them, said her husband, Thomas Corey.

She was also a confidante to a large circle of women who sought her advice, her husband said. "If you gave her a secret, nothing -- let me tell you, nothing -- could get it out of her," Mr. Corey said.

A native of Wilmington, N.C., and a 1969 graduate of Wilmington public schools, Patricia Green won a scholarship to attend the Provident-Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Baltimore. After getting her nursing certificate, she immediately went to work at Provident Hospital, while earning a bachelor's degree in nursing from University of Maryland.

She met her husband in 1971, when he crashed a party in her apartment at the Baltimore County building where they both lived.

"I followed the music," said Mr. Corey, an attorney and division chief in the Baltimore solicitor's office, "and it was instantaneous after that."

They married in 1978 and have lived in Catonsville since then. Mrs. Corey remained at Provident Hospital, later Liberty Medical Center, as a nurse and nursing administrator until it closed in 1998. She then went to work as an administrator at the Johns Hopkins employee health plan.

She was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church in Catonsville. She was also involved in the nursing sorority Chi Eta Phi and was an avid reader of romance novels, her husband said.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Miera Corey, a student at Morgan State University, and three brothers, Lawrence Green of New Bern, N.C., Jimmie Green of Savannah, Ga., and Oscar Green of Wilmington, N.C.

A memorial service was held yesterday at Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, Catonsville.

Florence C. Walters, 77, volunteer and gardener

Florence C. Walters, a lifelong volunteer who delivered food for Meals on Wheels until she was 76 years old, died Wednesday -- the day after her 77th birthday -- at Johns Hopkins Hospital of respiratory failure.

Born in Baltimore, she lived in Hagerstown and Glen Burnie as a child, graduating from Glen Burnie High School in 1942.

During World War II, she met Coast Guardsman Ken Walters on a blind date. The two were married in 1946.

A Northwood resident since 1951, she was active in the Northwood Homemakers Club and volunteered at the Maryland School for the Blind, Our Daily Bread, Meals on Wheels and Good Samaritan Hospital.

A talented gardener, she persuaded city officials to plant ornamental pear trees along many Northwood streets, said her grandson, Mark Walters of Bel Air.

Mrs. Walters was a communicant at St. Thomas More Church and was an active member of the Sodality of Mary.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

In addition to her husband and grandson, she is survived by sons Ken Walters Jr. of Bel Air and Neil Walters of Baltimore, and daughters Susan Porembski of Overlea, Christine Walters of Bel Air and Lynne Gibbons of Forest Hill.

Ruth Byer Davis, 87, worked in medical office

Ruth Byer Davis, a longtime Dundalk resident who worked for many years in her husband's medical office, died Wednesday of heart failure at her home. She was 87.

Born Ruth Byer in Edgemere, she graduated from Sparrows Point High School. She worked at First National Bank until her marriage to Dr. Melvin Davis in 1943. He died in 1983.

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