Harriett M. Little, secretary to USF&G chairmen, dies

She had worked for the company for 52 years

December 24, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Harriett M. Little, who had been assistant secretary to four chairmen of the old United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co, died Dec. 18 of cancer at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson.

Mrs. Little died one day after her 88th birthday.

Harriett Michelmann, the daughter of a Baltimore architect and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on Pinehurst Road.

She was a 1940 graduate of Towson High School and attended the old Maryland College for Women in Lutherville.

She began working in 1943 as a secretary at F&G Fire Corp., which was later taken over by USF&G in 1952.

Mrs. Little rose through the ranks, eventually becoming assistant secretary to the chairman of USF&G. She worked for Walter Jeffrey, Williford Gragg, Jack Moseley and Norman Blake, before retiring in 1995.

The former longtime Mount Washington resident, who later lived in Cross Keys before moving to Blakehurst in 2009, was married in 1941 to Raymond F. Little Jr., who owned Environmentrol, a commercial heating and air conditioning firm. He died in 1996.

Her husband had been chairman of the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club and active in the U.S. Club Lacrosse, and she was shared his passion for the sport.

Mrs. Little was a world traveler; her favorite vacation destination was Curtain Bluff in Antigua, the West Indies, which she and her husband visited once a year for decades.

In her younger days, she enjoyed riding horses, and was an avid dog fancier.

Her companion of a decade, Henry Otto, died in 2007.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 8 at Blakehurst, 1055 W. Joppa Road.

There are no immediate survivors.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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