Llewellyn E. Albert, 90, secretary for Schaefer

February 26, 2003

Llewellyn E. Albert, a former executive secretary in Baltimore's Department of Public Works and for then-City Council President William Donald Schaefer, died of undetermined causes Sunday at FutureCare Cherrywood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre in Owings Mills. She was 90.

Born Llewellyn E. Lurz in Baltimore and raised on Federal Street, she was a 1928 graduate of St. Katherine's Commercial School. She began her career with Crown Cork & Seal Co. Inc. in the early 1930s.

"It was during the Depression, and when people were summoned to the office it usually meant they were given a pink slip and about to be fired," said her daughter, Elizabeth Claire Albert of Columbia. "She went crying thinking she was about to lose her job. Instead, she found out she was being promoted to executive secretary and would be working for the president of the company."

After leaving Crown Cork & Seal in 1944, she raised her children, and returned to work after the death in 1966 of her husband of 28 years, William C. Albert, general manager of the Maryland Tobacco Growers Association.

After a year in the admissions department of the Johns Hopkins University, Mrs. Albert went to work for the Baltimore City Council. From 1967 to 1971, she was executive secretary to its president, Mr. Schaefer. For the next decade, until retiring in 1981, she was secretary to the city's deputy public works director.

Mrs. Albert lived for many years on East Belvedere Avenue until moving to the health care center three years ago. She enjoyed gardening and travel. She also studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and liked painting flowers and landscapes in watercolors and oils.

She was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Mrs. Albert also is survived by two sons, William C. Albert of Midlothian, Va., and Robert L. Albert of Owings Mills; and six grandchildren.

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