Mildred M. Hirschfeld, 89, naval intelligence officer

June 17, 2005

Mildred M. "Mickey" Hirschfeld, a former naval intelligence officer and a homemaker, died June 9 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda of complications from an infection. The longtime Ocean Pines resident was 89.

Mildred Myrick was born and raised in Norfolk, Va., and earned a bachelor's degree in 1935 from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. In the late 1930s and 1940s, she taught in high schools in Virginia and New Carrollton.

She enlisted in the Navy in 1943, serving as a naval intelligence officer in the states and in the Pacific during World War II. She held the rank of lieutenant at her discharge in 1952 - the year she married Henry G. Hirschfeld, a career naval officer. He died in 1980.

For the past 25 years, while living in Ocean Pines, Mrs. Hirschfeld played piano for an exercise group at the Berlin Nursing Home. She volunteered with the church organization Diakonia and Interfaith Caregivers.

She was an avid gardener and a member of the Ocean Pines Garden Club. She also enjoyed listening to classical music, feeding birds and caring for dogs.

Mrs. Hirschfeld was a member of Berlin Baptist Church in Berlin, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Survivors include a son, Robert H. Hirschfeld of Jericho, Vt.; two daughters, Susan A. Fester of Berlin and Janie M. Lehman of Nanjemoy; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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