Charlotte Hatcher, choir director, organist

March 10, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Charlotte T. Hatcher, a retired choir director and church organist, died Friday of complications from a gall bladder infection at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Timonium resident was 75.

Charlotte Thompson was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. Her interest in music began when she was a child and studied piano.

After graduating in 1951 from Towson High School, where she had been active in the school's music programs, she earned a bachelor's degree in music from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, in 1955.

Mrs. Hatcher, who also had been trained in pipe organ, began her career at St. John's United Methodist Church on St. Paul Street in 1955.

She subsequently played the organ at Central Presbyterian Church, North Avenue United Methodist Church, Riverside Baptist Church and Fairview United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.

For nearly 20 years until retiring in 1989 because of arthritis, Mrs. Hatcher was organist and choir director at Cockeysville Baptist Church, where she was also a member.

Earlier, she had performed with the Glenn L. Martin Co. Glee Club.

She was a member of the American Association of University Women and the American Guild of Organists.

She was an avid duckpin bowler and enjoyed traveling throughout the country in her recreational vehicle with her husband of 50 years, John H. Hatcher, a retired electrical engineer with Baltimore County public schools.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Also surviving are a daughter, Barbara Lynn Lassahn of Lancaster, Pa.; and a brother, Robert C. Thompson of Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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