Ruth Calder, 90, state hospital employee Ruth Calder, a...

March 16, 2002

Ruth Calder, 90, state hospital employee

Ruth Calder, a retired Spring Grove State Hospital secretary and former Catonsville resident, died March 9 of dementia at Copper Ridge nursing home in Sykesville. She was 90.

From 1960 until retiring in 1974, Mrs. Calder was secretary to the director of psychiatric educationat Spring Grove in Catonsville. Earlier, she had been a stenographer for the Baltimore County Board of Education.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Ruth Hamilton was a 1930 graduate of Ingram High School there. After attending secretarial school, she worked for several years for her father, a Pittsburgh coal broker.

She married Leonard Calder, an electrical engineer with General Electric, in 1936. The couple moved to Baltimore in 1942. Mr. Calder died in 1975.

Mrs. Calder was a member of Catonsville United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed bird-watching and caring for pets she adopted.

Mrs. Calder donated her brain to the Johns Hopkins University Department of Pathology, Division of Neuropathology Brain Resource Center, to aid the study of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

No services were held.

She is survived by a daughter, Lucy Calder of Towson. Another daughter, Barbara Calder, died in 1984.

Roberta H. Peach, 90, elementary school teacher

Roberta H. Peach, a retired elementary school teacher, died Sunday of complications of pneumonia at Genesis Spa Creek Rehabilitation Center in Annapolis. She was 90 and lived in Annapolis.

Born in Wilmington, Del., Roberta Hankin was a 1930 graduate of what is now Towson University. After teaching at Germantown Elementary School, she joined the faculty of Harford Day School, where she taught from 1958 to 1976.

She had been a United Way regional director, a Brownie troop leader and a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church altar guild in Bel Air.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at All Hallows Episcopal Church, on Central Avenue in Davidsonville.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, J. Compton Peach; a daughter, Anne Peach Biddle, of Davidsonville; and two grandsons.

Charlotte B. Hubert, 72, bank trouble-shooter

Charlotte B. Hubert, a former Union Trust Co. trouble-shooter and longtime Franklin Square Hospital Center volunteer, died there Wednesday of a heart attack. She was 72.

Mrs. Hubert, a former bank teller who began her career with Union Trust Co. in 1952, was one of the bank's trouble-shooters, sent to branch banks to help resolve problems. She retired in 1987.

The 45-year White Marsh resident, born Charlotte Kurtz in Baltimore, was raised in Pigtown. She was a graduate of the William S. Baer School.

Mrs. Hubert, said family members, had volunteered thousands of hours at Franklin Square.

She collected playing cards from all over the world, and was also an accomplished canasta and bridge player.

Her marriages to Richard Harry Burkhard and Frank Clements ended in divorce. Mrs. Hubert was married in 1955 to John T. Hubert, a career Navy officer, who died in 1987.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Parkwood Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3310 Taylor Ave., Parkville.

She is survived by a son, Richard Henry Burkhard of Sackets Harbor, N.Y.; two granddaughters; and a nephew.


Nellie Bradley, 112, who carried the title of Britain's oldest person and was a witness to three centuries, died Monday, said Richard Smith, manager of The Gables nursing home in Silsden in northeast England.

Ms. Bradley was listed in the Guinness Book of Records last year after her family tracked down documents that proved her date of birth.

The world's oldest person is Maude Farris-Luse, 115, of Morley, Mich., who was born on Jan. 21, 1887, according to Guinness.

Joseph W. Charles, 91, a gentle spirit who brightened the commute of millions of motorists, died Thursday of heart failure at an Oakland, Calif., hospital.

For 30 years, Mr. Charles spent weekday mornings standing on a busy Berkeley street corner to wave a cheerful hello to passing cars - a practice that earned him the name "Waving Man." After a fan presented Mr. Charles with a pair of bright yellow gloves, his waves became even easier to spot. The gloves are now in the Berkeley Historical Society Museum.

Hans-Georg Gadamer, 102, a German philosopher who devoted a scholarly lifetime to the exploration of human understanding and interpretation, died Wednesday in Heidelberg.

Mr. Gadamer was best-known for Truth and Method, his 1960 treatise on the shifting nature of understanding, or hermeneutics. Drawing on areas from classical philosophy to linguistics, the book became standard reading for generations of students and had an influence beyond the university campus in areas such as art and literature.

Metropolitan Timotheos, who took part in landmark Greek Orthodox talks at the Vatican this week, died of a heart attack Friday in Athens, Greece, church officials said.

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