Charlotte P. Bloom, 82, graphic artist

April 18, 2004

Charlotte Patterson Bloom, a retired graphic artist for the U.S. Public Health Service, died Monday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the Gilchrist Center in Towson. She was 82 and had lived in Wyman Park.

Born Charlotte Patterson in Baltimore, she grew up in Roland Park, where she attended high school. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the 1940s and worked briefly as an airline stewardess during the early 1940s, said a daughter, Caroline Singh of Parkton.

Mrs. Bloom joined the federal government as an artist in 1953 and received awards for her work in designing presentations for high-profile national campaigns involving seat-belt safety, cigarette smoking and river pollution, her daughter said. Mrs. Bloom retired in 1978 after a mild stroke, but continued to draw and paint, primarily portraits and landscapes.

She enjoyed music, and sang with the Baltimore Opera Company from about 1938 to 1942, said Mrs. Singh. Mrs. Bloom also had a way with houseplants, and with handiwork including crochet, embroidery and counted-cross stitch. She was married and divorced twice.

Funeral services were Friday.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by two other daughters, Charlotte Pope of Brandywine and Catherine Duvall of Croom.; a brother, Charles Patterson of Patzcuaro, Mexico; a sister, Elizabeth Allner of Bethesda; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

The family suggested contributions to a group she supported, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 70 E. Washington St., Hagerstown 21740.

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