Mary `Tink' Harry, 96

Hospital lab supervisor

January 03, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Mary B. "Tink" Harry, who supervised hematology laboratories at two area hospitals, died Tuesday at Rock Spring Village, a Forest Hill assisted-living facility. She was 96.

Mary Biddlecomb was born in Fairport, Va., and moved to Northeast Baltimore with her family in the 1920s.

She was a 1929 graduate of Eastern High School and supervised hematology labs at what is now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and at Johns Hopkins Hospital for nearly three decades before retiring in 1975.

Mrs. Harry, who had lived in Middle River and was a longtime Forest Hill resident, enjoyed returning to Virginia's Northern Neck for family reunions and fishing tournaments.

She also traveled in England, Spain and Mexico. At 60, she rode the rapids of the Youghiogheny River, family members said.

Mrs. Harry was an avid reader.

"She also loved ice cream and raw oysters, though not served together," said a grandson, David Harry, a newspaper editor who lives in Cornish, Maine.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Survivors include two other grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Her son, Charles Henry Smith Harry Jr., died in 1999. Her marriage to Charles Henry Smith Harry Sr. ended in divorce.

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