Elizabeth H. Topping, homemaker, dies

Volunteer had earlier been a medical correspondent

  • Elizabeth Topping
Elizabeth Topping
March 24, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Elizabeth H. Topping, a homemaker and volunteer, died March 16 of lung cancer at her Homeland residence. She was 75.

Born Elizabeth Hemphill in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of a banker and a homemaker, and raised in Wyndmoor, Pa.

She was a 1953 graduate of Germantown Friends School, and two years later graduated from Centenary Junior College, now Centenary College, in Hackettstown, N.J.

While attending the University of Pennsylvania, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in 1957, she met her future husband, Brian Barclay Topping, a classmate. The coupled married in 1958.

Mrs. Topping worked as an imported-goods buyer for Strawbridge & Clothier department store and later as a medical correspondent for Smith, Kline & French, now Glaxo SmithKline.

The couple were living in Glenside, Pa., when Mr. Topping was named vice chairman and head of the trust and investment division of Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust in 1976. The couple moved to Baltimore.

Mrs. Topping volunteered at the Maryland Historical Society and Friends of the American Wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

She was a member of the Mount Vernon Club, Elkridge Club and Philadelphia Cricket Cub.

Mrs. Topping enjoyed spending summers at a second home in Winhall, Vt., and collecting antiques. She was an avid gardener and reader.

Services are private.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Topping is survived by two sons, Stephen Topping of Baltimore and Andrew Topping of Philadelphia; a brother, George Hemphill of Philadelphia; and two grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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