Ann D. Dandridge, 60, seaport marketing director

January 10, 2004

Ann D. Dandridge, marketing director for National Historic Seaport of Baltimore, died of lung cancer Monday at her Roland Park home. She was 60.

Born Ann Davis Dandridge in Baltimore and raised in Stevenson, she was a 1962 graduate of Garrison Forest School. She earned an associate's degree in communications from Centenary College for Women in Hackettstown, N.J., in 1964. She also studied at the University of Maryland, College Park and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Ms. Dandridge began her public relations career with the Maryland Constitutional Convention that was held in Annapolis in 1967.

In a career that spanned nearly 40 years, Ms. Dandridge held public relations, communications and marketing positions with the Baltimore County government, WBAL Radio, Crown Central Petroleum Corp., the Walters Art Museum, the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting and Annapolis Boat Shows Inc.

Since 2000, she was marketing director for the city's National Historic Seaport.

Ms. Dandridge was an avid reader and a lover of golden retrievers. She enjoyed vacationing in Cambria, Calif.

Her marriages to William C. Stifler III and Christopher C. Hartman ended in divorce.

A memorial gathering will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Living Classrooms Foundation, 802 S. Caroline St.

Ms. Dandridge is survived by a son, William C. Stifler IV of Baltimore; a daughter, Sarah Stifler of Los Angeles; a brother, Pete Dandridge of New York City; a sister, Sarah P. Dandridge of Oakland, Calif.; and two nephews.

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