Sister Theodora Baumgartner, 78, of Daughters of Charity...

September 08, 2001

Sister Theodora Baumgartner, 78, of Daughters of Charity

Sister Theodora Baumgartner, a member of the Daughters of Charity whose career included teaching, working with the poor in overseas missions and as a hospital receptionist, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg. She was 78.

A member of the Albany Province of the Daughters of Charity, Sister Theodora had worked as a receptionist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Pottsville, Pa., for nine years before retiring in 1998.

Born Mary Adelaide Baumgartner and raised in Baltimore, she was a 1940 graduate of Seton High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in science from St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg in 1951.

She entered the Daughters of Charity in 1943 and professed her vows in 1948.

Sister Theodora taught school at St. Ann's Parochial School in Bridgeport, Conn., from 1944 to 1951 and later at St. John's Parochial School in Albany, N.Y. She was a faculty member at Seton High School in Baltimore from 1956 to 1957.

From 1957 to 1967, she was assigned to the order's missions in Bolivia, where she taught and worked among the poor. After returning to the United States in 1967, she held various positions in New York and New Jersey, and from 1983 to 1989 was local superior of the St. Louise House in Albany.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered for Sister Theodora on Wednesday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg.

She is survived by a brother, J. Hampton Baumgartner Jr. of Bethesda; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Gladys H. Gilmore, 91, dietitian, homemaker

Gladys H. Gilmore, a retired dietitian and homemaker, died Monday of heart failure at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. She was 91.

Mrs. Gilmore, a longtime Ashburton resident, had been em- ployed as a dietitian for 20 years at the former Veteran's Hospital on Loch Raven Boulevard. She retired in 1975.

Born Gladys Hayes, she was raised on Madison Avenue and graduated from the old Colored High School, now Frederick Douglass High School, in 1925.

She was married in 1926 to Cornelius Myles Gilmore Sr., a mortician, who died in 1943.

Mrs. Gilmore was a parishioner for 74 years of Enon Baptist Church and a member of the church's Jessie Watkins Flower Guild.

She enjoyed playing pinochle, traveling and collecting salt and pepper shakers.

A requiem Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. James Episcopal Church, 1020 W. Lafayette Ave. in Baltimore.

She is survived by her son, Leon S. Gilmore of Baltimore; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

Elsewhere

Robert McAfee Brown, 81, a Presbyterian theologian who bridged tensions between Protestants and Catholics and became one of the best-known advocates of the liberation theology movement, died at a nursing home Tuesday in Greenfield, Mass., where he kept a summer home.

Sil Austin, 71, a jazz artist who recorded more than 30 albums and the Top 40 hits "Slow Walk," "My Mother's Eyes," and his signature song, "Danny Boy," died in College Park, Ga., on Sept. 1 of prostate cancer.

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