Florence G. Oldham, Legg Mason researcher, dies

She had been a Red Cross worker during World War II

May 23, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Florence G. Oldham, a former Legg Mason researcher who had been a Red Cross worker during World War II, died May 13 of complications from a broken hip at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 94.

The daughter of an organist and a homemaker, Miss Oldham was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans.

After graduating from Friends School in 1934, she worked as a secretary during the late 1930s. With the outbreak of World War II, Miss Oldham served overseas in Africa, France, Italy and Germany for almost four years.

"She was a clerical worker and was up near the front lines. I remember her telling me that when Humphrey Bogart and his then-wife, 'Sluggy' [actress Mayo Methot], visited the troops, she handled all the PR," said Virginia Lee Mann, her longtime companion.

After the war, Miss Oldham held jobs in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington, before returning to Baltimore in 1964, and going to work in the research department of Legg Mason Inc.

Miss Oldham was assistant to Ernest C. Kiehne, a longtime Legg Mason analyst who died last year.

The longtime Towson resident, who had lived for the past 21/2 years at Morningside House Assisted-Living and Alzheimer's Care, retired in 1978.

She had been an avid traveler and bay sailor.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at the Oak Crest Village retirement community, 8800 Walther Blvd.

In addition to Miss Mann, survivors include three cousins, Florence W. Platt of Hunt Valley, Alice Gellner of Hanover, Pa., and Jane Simpson of Bodega Bay, Calif.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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