Catherine E. Armstrong, 95, schools social worker...

January 16, 2002

Catherine E. Armstrong, 95, schools social worker

Catherine Elizabeth Armstrong, a retired city schools social work supervisor, died Saturday of heart failure at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 95.

Born in Baltimore, Miss Armstrong was raised on South Ellwood Avenue. She was a 1924 graduate of Eastern High School, graduated from what is now Towson University, and later earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree from the New York School of Social Work, now part of Columbia University.

She began her career as a teacher in 1926, and a decade later joined the school system's Child Guidance Service. In 1941 she was named its supervisor, and five years later became the city's acting supervisor of school social work.

She was supervisor of social work services for city schools from 1952 until her retirement in 1967.

A memorial service will held at 1 p.m. today at the retirement community's Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, 711 Maiden Choice Lane.

She is survived by a nephew, Frank Vargish of Lancaster, Pa., and a niece, Madelon V. Stewart of Princeton, N.J.

Basil B. Bradford Sr., 71, owned equipment company

Basil Brown Bradford Sr., former owner of Chesapeake Supply and Equipment Co., died in his sleep Jan. 9 at Corsica Hills Nursing Home in Centreville. He was 71.

The former Glyndon resident was president and owner of Chesapeake Supply and Equipment Co in Savage, a heavy construction equipment supply company, from 1976 until retiring in 1996. He had lived in Chestertown since the early 1990s.

Born and raised in Monkton, Mr. Bradford was a 1949 graduate of St. Paul's School for Boys. He worked as a heavy equipment salesman until establishing his firm.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Bradford enjoyed goose and duck hunting, deep sea fishing and traveling.

He was a member of Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge in Towson, and since 1994, had played Santa Claus for the Chestertown Boy Scouts.

Mr. Bradford's wife of many years, Sarah Marlow, died in 1985.

He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon, where a memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow.

Surviving are a son, Basil Brown Bradford Jr. of Ruxton; a daughter, Sarah Bradford Singleton of Key West, Fla.; and a half-brother, William W. Bradford of Sanford, N.C.

Brenda Hall, 56, teacher, transportation official

Brenda Hall, a state transportation official, died of cancer Saturday at Sinai Hospital. She was 56 and lived in Gardenville.

She was chief of the Minority Business Enterprise Compliance Division in the state Department of Transportation, where she worked for the past 19 years. She earlier taught at Fort Worthington Elementary School on East Oliver Street and directed a Head Start day care operation at the Kirk Avenue Multipurpose Center.

Born in Turners Station and raised on East Chase Street, she was a 1963 graduate of Dunbar High School. She earned her bachelor's degree from Coppin State College and a master's degree in education from Towson University.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Apostolic Faith Church, 27 S. Caroline St.

She is survived by her mother, Madeline Hall of Baltimore; and two brothers, Donald Hall of New York City and Anthony Hall of Baltimore.

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