Nancy Carolyn Ryer, 72, UM events coordinator Nancy...

March 20, 2002

Nancy Carolyn Ryer, 72, UM events coordinator

Nancy Carolyn Ryer, former special events coordinator and secretary at the University of Maryland, died of cancer Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 72 and lived in Ruxton.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Towson, Nancy C. Wulfert was a 1947 graduate of Girls' Latin School. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Maryland in 1951.

She taught second grade briefly at St. Paul's School, then in Mount Washington, and, in 1951, married David E. Ryer. The couple lived in New Orleans for several years, then moved to La Jolla, Calif., when her husband was named an administrator at University of California at San Diego.

Moving to Potomac in 1980, Mrs. Ryer went to work as special events coordinator and social secretary in the office of John S. Toll, then UM president and later chancellor of the University of Maryland System. She retired in 1988.

"She did a marvelous job and was extremely gracious and kind. She always stayed calm in the midst of turmoil. She kept it all going beautifully," said Dr. Toll, now president of Washington College in Chestertown. "She organized events and paid attention to every detail, from the guest list right on down to the writing of thank-you notes. She helped set the right tone and made many friends for the University of Maryland System."

Mrs. Ryer enjoyed gardening and was a member of Murray Hill Garden Club. She was also a dog fancier.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave., Towson.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, David C. Ryer of Baltimore and Michael C. Ryer of Marion, Mass.; a daughter, Ann R. Bittaker of Loomis, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Ethel M. Lawrence, 87, active at St. David's

Ethel M. Lawrence, a former Roland Park resident and homemaker who had been active in the affairs of St. David's Episcopal Church, died Saturday of pneumonia at her home in Princeton, N.J. She was 87.

Mrs. Lawrence, who had lived in Princeton since 1999, was born Ethel Mozealous in Jerusalem, N.Y. As a young child she moved to Baltimore and graduated from Seton High School.

In 1943, she married Carroll W. Lawrence, a real estate agent who died in 1986.

Since 1971, when she moved to Roland Park from Cockeysville, Mrs. Lawrence had been a member of St. David's. She served on many church committees and had been treasurer of its Nearly New Shop.

An avid fan of classical music, Mrs. Lawrence enjoyed attending Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts and playing the piano. She also was a gardener.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. David's, 4700 Roland Ave.

She is survived by two sons, R. Bruce Lawrence of Charlotte, N.C., and David Lawrence of Plymouth, Mass.; two daughters, Ethel Louise "Bunnie" Lawrence and Frances Alexandria Lawrence, both of Princeton; a stepdaughter, Carol Luber of Eldersburg; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Christine G. Lawrence, died in 1965.

Arthur H. Niewerth, 88, Edgewood Arsenal engineer

Arthur H. Niewerth, a retired engineer, died Saturday of a respiratory ailment at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 88 and lived in Hamilton.

He retired in the early 1970s as a quality control specialist in ballistics at Edgewood Arsenal, where he had worked for 30 years.

Born in Baltimore and raised on South Broadway, he was a 1931 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned an engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

He was a former treasurer, usher and council member at Grace Lutheran Church, and a Scoutmaster there for Cub and Boy Scout Troop 91.

He was an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road, Hamilton.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Rita Teresa Bell; a son, Richard Arthur Niewerth of Severna Park; a daughter, Nancy Elizabeth Bandelin of Baltimore; a sister, Helen McAllen of Lenoir, N.C.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Alfred Andrew Hall Jr., 76, BGE manager

Alfred Andrew Hall Jr., a retired manager of power distribution for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., died of complications of lung cancer March 13 at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 76 and a resident in recent years of Oak Crest Village in Parkville.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Hamilton area, he was a 1943 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He served in the Army during World War II and saw action in Europe as a tank turret gunner. He was awarded the Purple Heart and attained the rank of staff sergeant.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1950 and worked nearly four decades for BGE, starting there through a company program for students.

He had been a longtime resident of Towson and was a member of the Country Club of Maryland.

Services were held Monday.

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