Emma Carroll Diggs, homemaker, dies at 97

Worked in archives of National Geographic Society

November 13, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Emma Carroll Diggs, a homemaker and volunteer, died Nov. 2 of a stroke at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. She was 97.

Emma Carroll Gibbs was born in Danville, Ky., and raised in Adelphia. After graduation from high school, she earned a degree in 1933 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

During World War II, Mrs. Diggs, who was known as Emma Carroll, worked in the archives of the National Geographic Society in Washington.

In 1942, she married Dr. Everett S. Diggs, a gynecologist, who later established the gynecology and urology divisions at the old Hospital for Women of Maryland on Bolton Hill.

Dr. Diggs, who had served as chairman of the department of gynecology at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, died earlier this year.

Mrs. Diggs, a longtime Towson resident, had been an active member of the old Women's Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.

She had been a trustee and board member of the Presbyterian Home of Maryland, and had volunteered at St. Paul's School for Girls and McDonogh School.

Graveside services were Nov. 5.

Surviving are a son, David Diggs of Vienna, Va.; a daughter, Mary Diggs Pine of Largo, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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