Dr. Olga Julia Catter, 65, federal worker

August 06, 2006

Dr. Olga Julia Catter, an athlete and a bilingual specialist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, died of cancer July 30 at her Columbia home. She was 65.

Born in Talara, Peru, she was a well-known track and field and volleyball athlete who represented Peru in competitions throughout South America and Europe, including the 1962 Iberian-American games. She earned a medical degree at the Universidad de San Marcos but did not practice.

She moved to Michigan in 1971 and eight years later relocated to Fallston before settling in Columbia.

Since 1995 she had been a member of the Baltimore Rowing Club, where services were held Thursday.

Family members said that, weather permitting, she rowed after work most days. She competed on the 2002 Maryland Senior Olympics volleyball team.

At her death, Dr. Catter worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville.

She served as an election judge in Howard County, and was a reader and artist.

Survivors include three sons, Ralph Rodriguez of Owings Mills, and Ben Rodriguez and Ivan Rodriguez, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Samantha Young of Ellicott City and Vanessa Rodriguez of Columbus, Ohio; and seven grandchildren. A marriage ended in divorce.

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