Rosalind B. Ortt, 91, proofreader, musician

April 06, 2003

Rosalind B. Ortt, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. proofreader and church organist, died Thursday of a cerebral hemorrhage at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson, where she had lived since 2001. She was 91.

Born Rosalind Britton in Chillicothe, Ohio, she moved with her family when she was a teen-ager to Abbottson Street near Clifton Park. She was a graduate of Eastern High School.

In her teens, she began studying piano at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and in 1928 performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Lyric Theatre.

During World War II, she worked at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River as an aviation specification expert.

Mrs. Ortt later joined Westinghouse Electric Corp. at its Hunt Valley facility, where she was a documentation and nuclear instrumentation control proofreader. She retired in 1984.

Mrs. Ortt, a longtime resident of White Marsh, was a church organist and choir director for many years. From 1970 until 1984, she was organist and directed three choirs at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Baltimore.

She was organist at the now-closed Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church on Frankford Avenue from 1984 until a broken hip brought her career to an end in 1996.

"Music meant everything to her," said Natalie Freeman of Parkville, a longtime friend.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road in Timonium. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland, 400 Georgia Court, Towson.

She is survived by a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. Her son, David Ortt, died in 1984. Her marriage to Norbert Ortt ended in divorce.

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