Ethel S. Braun, president of the Baltimore real estate brokerage E.G. Rock Inc. for 55 years, died Jan. 6 of heart failure at her Glen Arm home. She was 98.
Ethel Segerman was born in Baltimore and raised on Mount Royal Terrace. After graduating from the old Mount St. Agnes High School in 1930, she moved to California, where she lived for two years in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
She returned in 1932 to Baltimore, and six years later married Wilson J.C. Braun Sr., who worked for the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.
From 1940 to 1942, she lived in Omaha, Neb., where her husband was the chief engineer responsible for constructing a Martin Co. plant that built B-26 and B-29 bombers.
The couple returned to Baltimore in 1942, and she went to work for her mother, Edna G. Rock, who had established a real estate company of the same name in 1932.
After her mother retired in 1955, Mrs. Braun took over the business and was its president at her death.
According to family members, Mrs. Braun completed her last real estate transaction in August.
She was known to many in the business as "Miss Carter," a name derived from her father, George Carter Segerman Sr.
"Over the course of seven decades in business, Mrs. Braun rented, managed and sold apartment buildings throughout Baltimore, with a concentration of activity in the Mount Vernon area, where the Rock office has always been located," said her grandson, Wilson J.C. Braun III.
The former Homeland resident, who moved to Glen Arm in 1966, had been a parishioner of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, where she had been a Sunday school teacher.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at her church, 5603 N. Charles St.
Also surviving are a son, Wilson J.C. Braun Jr. of Greenville, Del.; a brother, George C. Segerman Jr. of Bradenton, Fla.; and a granddaughter. Her husband died in 1970.