Helen B. Ward, 95, radio host in 1930s


July 03, 2006

Helen Buffington Ward, who had a long career as an advertising copywriter for local stores after a stint as a Baltimore radio show host, died Wednesday of pneumonia at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 95.

A Baltimore native, she graduated from the Friends School in 1928. She received a bachelor's degree in English in 1933 from American University in Washington.

She had a radio talk show on WFBR-AM from about 1934 to 1936 called Mac and Helen. It was among the earliest call-in and advice talk shows.

Mrs. Ward later worked in advertising for department stores in Baltimore. She wrote for Hutzler's, Stewart's and, for 15 years, Hochschild Kohn. She retired about 30 years ago.

In retirement, she was a regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Francis Scott Key Chapter in Baltimore, and a volunteer at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. In the past 12 years, she wrote for The Blakehurst Banner, a community newsletter. She also painted, exercised and played dominoes.

She married William Leroy Ward in 1937. Mr. Ward died in 1992.

A memorial service was held Saturday.

Survivors include two sons, W. Buffington Ward of Sand Bridge, Va., and Mark H. Ward of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a daughter, Cynthia W. Woolsey of St. Louis; six grandchildren; and six great-granddaughters.

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