Ellen Bruce Bordley, 96, benefactor of arts

July 22, 2004

Ellen Bruce Bordley, a homemaker and benefactor of the arts, died in her sleep Tuesday at Roland Park Place. She was 96.

She was born Ellen Bruce Fisher in Baltimore and raised in the 700 block of Park Ave. and at a summer home in Ruxton. She attended Bryn Mawr School and the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

"After leaving Masters, she traveled in Europe for a year before returning to Baltimore, where she made her debut in 1926 at the Bachelors Cotillon," said a daughter, Ellen Bruce Gibbs of Sparks.

In 1930, she married Dr. John Earle Bordley. Her husband, a retired chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, died in 1993.

The couple made their home for years on Woodlawn Road before moving to the Roland Park retirement community in 1984.

Mrs. Bordley regularly attended performances of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Opera Company. She was an antiques collector and liked visiting art galleries.

She was a longtime communicant of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Baltimore.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Green Mount Cemetery, 1501 Greenmount Ave.

Mrs. Bordley is survived by another daughter, Anne Bordley Moss of Chestertown; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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