Elizabeth B. Warbasse, 77, social sciences professor

October 18, 2005

Elizabeth B. Warbasse, a retired social sciences professor, died of cancer Wednesday at Coastal Hospice in Salisbury. The former Roland Park resident was 77.

Born Elizabeth Bowles in Summit, N.J., she earned a degree at Wellesley College and a master's degree in economic education from the Johns Hopkins University. She held a doctorate in American history from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass.

After teaching at Howard University in Washington and Wagner College on Staten Island, N.Y., she moved to Baltimore in 1966 with her husband, Dr. Richard Warbasse, who is now retired. He had been the chief of cardiology at St. Agnes Hospital and at the old U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Wyman Park. The two were married for 54 years.

She joined the Community College of Baltimore faculty as a professor of social and behavioral sciences in 1975 and taught for nearly 20 years. In 1986, she was named an acting dean of instruction and helped recruit high school students.

Dr. Warbasse was the author of The Changing Legal Rights of Married Women 1800-1861. She also contributed to the book Notable American Women, 1607-1950.

After moving to the lower Eastern Shore in 1994, she was chair of long-range planning for the Teackle Mansion in Princess Anne, where she lectured and was a curator.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hinman Funeral Home in Princess Anne.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Bradford W. Warbasse of Baltimore and James Warbasse of Alexandria, Va.; two daughters, Kristin Warbasse of New York and Wendyl Horning of Freedom, Ind.; a brother, Frank Bowles of Greeley, Colo.; and five grandchildren.

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