Dora M. Wiseman, 56, newspaper mailer Dora M. Wiseman...

September 15, 2001

Dora M. Wiseman, 56, newspaper mailer

Dora M. Wiseman, a former Baltimore Sun Co. mailer and homemaker, died Tuesday of pneumonia at University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 56 and lived in South Baltimore.

Mrs. Wiseman had worked in the Baltimore Sun Co. mailroom from 1990 until 1998, when she retired on a medical disability. Earlier, she had worked as a waitress at the Little Tavern.

Dora Handshew was born and raised in Shippensburg, Pa., where she graduated from high school. She was a waitress in Shippensburg before moving to Baltimore in 1981.

She enjoyed baking and was known for her cakes and cherry cookies, said family members.

Services are private.

Mrs. Wiseman is survived by her husband of 36 years, Jerome E. Wiseman; a son, Edward E. Wiseman of Reisterstown; two daughters, Shirley Wiseman of Connecticut and Amenda Handshew of Baltimore; a brother, Robert Handshew of Cleveland; and a stepbrother, Sheldon Staver of Shippensburg.

Ruth D. Skeen, 83, active church member

Ruth D. Skeen, a homemaker and active church member, died Wednesday of pneumonia at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. She was 83.

A North Baltimore resident who had previously lived in Relay for 40 years, Mrs. Skeen had been an active member of Relay Presbyterian Church, now Hope Presbyterian Church.

Since moving to North Baltimore in 1996, she had been a member of Govans Presbyterian Church.

Ruth Dygert was born in Pittsburgh and was raised in Roselle Park, N.J., where she graduated from high school in 1935. She earned her bachelor's degree from Western Maryland College in 1939.

It was there that she met her husband, William A. Skeen Sr., during a fraternity initiation that required him to obtain five dates on five successive nights. She was date No. 4, said family members.

She was married in 1941 to Mr. Skeen, an attorney and later a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Wright, Constable & Skeen.

She was a member of Rolling Road Country Club, where she enjoyed golfing and duckpin bowling. She was an avid bridge player, reader and traveler.

She also liked entertaining and was known for the birthday dinners she prepared for family members.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5824 York Road.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Skeen is survived by four sons, William A. Skeen Jr. of Miami, David W. Skeen of Roland Park, James D. Skeen of Govans and Stephen D. Skeen of Baltimore; a sister, Eleanor Haddon of Lavallette, N.J.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Irving Shapiro, 85, the only lawyer to become chief executive of chemical maker DuPont Co., died Thursday of cancer in Wilmington, Del.

The son of Lithuanian immigrants, Mr. Shapiro was chairman and CEO of the Wilmington-based company from 1974 to 1981. Upon retirement from DuPont, Mr. Shapiro was named partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's Wilmington office. He was of counsel to the law firm since 1990.

Mr. Shapiro joined DuPont in 1951 as an attorney in the company's legal department. He represented the chemical maker in a government antitrust case that resulted, according to Hoover's Inc., in DuPont divesting its 37 percent ownership of General Motors Corp. stock in 1962. Mr. Shapiro remained on DuPont's board until 1988.

Dorothy McGuire, 85, the lovely, soft-voiced actress who lent dignity and inner strength to such films as Gentlemen's Agreement and Friendly Persuasion, died Thursday night at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., her daughter, Topo Swope, said yesterday.

From 1943 to the 1960s, the Omaha, Neb.-born actress was a favorite leading lady to such stars as Robert Young, Gregory Peck, Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper, often playing the gentle, understanding wife.

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