Anita Bar-Uryan Boland, 77, technical librarian

May 27, 2002

Anita Bar-Uryan Boland, a retired technical librarian and a longtime resident of Guilford who was known for her skills as a cook and hostess, died Friday at Sinai Hospital from a cerebral hemorrhage after a stroke. She was 77.

Mrs. Boland and her husband, John J. Boland, a professor of environmental economics at the Johns Hopkins University, married in 1976 and lived in the Guilford area for 25 years before moving into an apartment on North Charles Street.

Born Anita Gelernter in Vienna, Austria, she immigrated with her family to British Mandate Palestine, now Israel, before the start of World War II.

She was married three times. Her first marriage, in 1946 to Nicholas Panayotopoulos, ended in divorce. While working in Paris in 1954, she met and married an American serviceman, Robert C. Green, and they settled in Baltimore. After Mr. Green died in 1966, she changed her name to Bar-Uryan, the Hebraized version of her family name.

The Bolands met when they worked at the former Hittman Associates Inc. in Columbia. She was a technical librarian for Hittman and for the former Aircraft Armaments Inc., also in Columbia. Mrs. Boland was multilingual and, at times, fluent in German, Romanian, Hebrew, Greek, French and English.

She was known as an exceptional cook and also enjoyed decorating the Guilford residence that contained art and artifacts collected during the couple's travels throughout the world.

"She kept a book of the menus she served at dinner parties as well as a list of the guests," said Mr. Boland. "She served multicourse meals, but never repeated a menu at a dinner party. She cooked dishes from the Mediterranean, Western Europe, Greece, the Middle East, Indonesia, China, India and Mexico. She used to travel all over town to get the ingredients for the dinner."

Private services will be held in Israel.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two stepsons, four stepdaughters and a brother, Meir Bar-Uryan of Tel Aviv, Israel.

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