Elizabeth S. Worcester, 92

Model, receptionist at law firm

August 10, 2007

Elizabeth S. Worcester, a former model and retired receptionist, died Saturday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. The former Roland Park resident was 92.

Born Elizabeth Sothoron in Baltimore, she was a direct descendant of George Read, a Delaware signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Robert Oliver, the Baltimore merchant and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad executive whose 68-acre country estate became Green Mount Cemetery in 1839.

She was raised in Bolton Hill and made her debut at the Bachelors Cotillon and the St. Cecilia's debutante ball in Charleston, S.C. After graduating from Notre Dame Preparatory School, she moved to New York City, where she was a professional model.

"She did an awful lot of work for Vogue," said her son, Robert O.C. Worcester of Monkton.

Mrs. Worcester was a receptionist for the Baltimore law firm of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman and Hollander from 1956 until 1981, when she retired.

"She really was the face of the law firm because she was extremely outgoing, friendly and warm," her son said. "She was always positive and optimistic."

She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America.

Mrs. Worcester, a Monkton resident since 2005, was a tennis player when she was young. She was a dog fancier and enjoyed vacationing in Warm Springs, Va.

She was a longtime communicant of St. David's Episcopal Church, where services were held yesterday.

Also surviving are a daughter, Josephine Bennett of Hollis, N.H.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her marriage to Gordon B. Worcester ended in divorce.

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