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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2013
Mary Lee Davis, a retired secretary and former Dundalk resident who enjoyed performing in community theater, died Dec. 21 of heart failure at her Clearwater, Fla., home. She was 81. The former Mary Lee Brown was born and raised in Rivesville, W.Va., where she also graduated from high school. In 1949, she married John Walter Davis, and the couple moved to Dundalk when her husband went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Sparrows Point. Mrs. Davis worked as a secretary in Bethlehem's public relations department for many years, and spent the last decade working for McLean Contracting Co. in Curtis Bay, until retiring in 1996.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2013
Mary Lee Davis, a retired secretary and former Dundalk resident who enjoyed performing in community theater, died Dec. 21 of heart failure at her Clearwater, Fla., home. She was 81. The former Mary Lee Brown was born and raised in Rivesville, W.Va., where she also graduated from high school. In 1949, she married John Walter Davis, and the couple moved to Dundalk when her husband went to work at Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Sparrows Point. Mrs. Davis worked as a secretary in Bethlehem's public relations department for many years, and spent the last decade working for McLean Contracting Co. in Curtis Bay, until retiring in 1996.
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May 2, 2007
Margaret Virginia Garman, a homemaker and church choir member, died April 24 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Oak Crest Village. The former Ruxton resident was 83. Born Margaret Virginia Pfeiffer in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, she was a 1941 graduate of Eastern High School and earned a bachelor's degree in home economics and music from Hood College. For 27 years, Mrs.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2012
Anne B. Leavitt, a retired registered nurse and an alto singer who was a longtime member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Choir and Baltimore Choral Arts Society, died June 21 of a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 79. The daughter of a dentist and a registered nurse, Anne Lovelace Gorsuch Benson was born in Baltimore and raised in St. Margarets and in a home next door to the old Marconi's restaurant on West Saratoga Street. Mrs. Leavitt was a 1950 graduate of Eastern High School and earned her nursing degree at the old Hospital for the Women of Maryland in Bolton Hill.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | June 20, 2009
Anne W. Chase, a retired Harford County elementary school librarian who was also an accomplished storyteller and church choir member, died June 13 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Baltimore's Arlington neighborhood. She was 77. Anne Williams, the daughter of a pastor and a homemaker, was born in Suffolk, Va. The family moved to Harrisburg, Pa., in 1936 when her father, the Rev. John B. Williams, was named pastor of the Second Baptist Church. After graduating from John Harris High School in Harrisburg in 1949, she enrolled at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1953.
NEWS
September 12, 2002
Adrienne C. Thorr, a retired hospital administrator and longtime church choir singer, died of cancer Sept. 4 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Ellicott City resident was 68. Born Adrienne Paur Carle in Baltimore, she was raised in Mount Washington. Her studies at Goucher College were interrupted by her 1954 marriage to Richard S. Holland. After raising her family, she returned to Goucher and earned a bachelor's degree in 1985. She also earned a master's degree in English literature from the Johns Hopkins University.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | April 5, 1998
John Edward Starr was not a showy person -- except when he was singing.He had a rich, full, booming baritone that he displayed in choruses and choirs in the Annapolis area for about three decades.The Annapolis resident died Tuesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 84.Mr. Starr sang for many years with the Annapolis Choral Society and was one of the original members of the Annapolis Chorale in 1974. He also sang with a barbershop quartet in the late 1950s and for his church choir.
NEWS
May 3, 2006
Tamicka Smithson, Dunbar SPORT TRACK AND FIELD GIRLS STATS -- Although only a freshman, Tamicka Smithson has emerged as a versatile runner in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. She runs everything from the 200 meters to two miles, but 400 meters is her best event. SIDELINES -- Smithson plans to become a pediatrician and carries a 95.5 academic average. She has received a certificate of merit from first lady Laura Bush for her academic excellence and already has earned a $1,000 Dr. Ben Carson Scholarship.
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February 28, 2005
Albert Findlay Carr, who retired from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. after 37 years, died of cancer Saturday at Franklin Square Hospital Center. The Oak Crest Village resident was 79. Born in New Bedford, Mass., he came to Baltimore in 1948 after his graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Carr held various positions with BGE, including assistant to the treasurer and general supervisor in various commercial departments. He retired in 1985. He was an active member for more than 40 years of Roland Park Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, trustee and elder.
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By Tim Smith and By Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | September 8, 2002
The healing power of music will be put to another test this week as people gather to remember 9 / 11. The remembrance will begin with music by Mozart, performed in more than 20 time zones around the globe at exactly 8:46 a.m. on Wednesday (the time the first plane tore into the World Trade Center). Fittingly, the specific work is Mozart's drama-rich Requiem, which he didn't live to finish -- a sobering metaphor for all those who died before their time on that shiny September morning. This idea of the "Rolling Requiem" originated some months ago with the Seattle Symphony Chorale and was quickly embraced by ensembles in at least 43 states and 24 countries.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | December 11, 2009
Marie Betsy Smith, an active member of Waters African Methodist Episcopal Church and its choir, which she enriched for many years with her distinctive contralto, died of cancer Dec. 4 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 80. Marie Betsy Franklin, who was born into a musical family, was raised in East Baltimore. She learned to play piano at an early age and after graduating from Dunbar High School in 1948, attended the Baltimore Institute of Music and Art on a scholarship.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | November 26, 2009
C harles Winfield "Sonny" Ellis Jr., a retired social worker and gospel singer who was choir director at New Psalmist Baptist Church, died of sepsis Nov. 16 at Sinai Hospital. The longtime Catonsville resident, who had lived in assisted-living facilities for the past two years, was 73. Mr. Ellis was born and raised in East Baltimore. He was a 1954 graduate of Dunbar High School and attended Loyola College and the Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Ellis had worked for the state Motor Vehicle Administration and was a social worker for four years for the Maryland Department of Social Services before retiring in 1998.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | June 20, 2009
Anne W. Chase, a retired Harford County elementary school librarian who was also an accomplished storyteller and church choir member, died June 13 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Baltimore's Arlington neighborhood. She was 77. Anne Williams, the daughter of a pastor and a homemaker, was born in Suffolk, Va. The family moved to Harrisburg, Pa., in 1936 when her father, the Rev. John B. Williams, was named pastor of the Second Baptist Church. After graduating from John Harris High School in Harrisburg in 1949, she enrolled at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1953.
FEATURES
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun music critic | February 18, 2008
An obscure and fascinating chapter of African-American history came vibrantly to life Saturday night, along with an obscure and fascinating example of 19th-century entertainment. This dual exploration of the past was a result of an ambitious venture by the Music Center at Strathmore, which moved from its usual presenter mode into producer status with Free to Sing: The Story of the First African-American Opera Company. Such a hefty title might arouse suspicions of stuffiness, but this sold-out multimedia presentation steered clear of a lecture-y tone.
NEWS
May 2, 2007
Margaret Virginia Garman, a homemaker and church choir member, died April 24 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Oak Crest Village. The former Ruxton resident was 83. Born Margaret Virginia Pfeiffer in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, she was a 1941 graduate of Eastern High School and earned a bachelor's degree in home economics and music from Hood College. For 27 years, Mrs.
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By Jacques Kelly | December 23, 2006
The Rev. Ernest Smart is back, regularly preaching in North Baltimore and leading his flock of about 200 members at a nondenominational group, the St. Andrew's Christian Community in Roland Park. "I felt hungry to have a church family," said the 69-year-old clergyman of his decision to remain preaching. Smart, who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, moved to Baltimore in 1981. He retired as a Presbyterian pastor in 2002, after years at Second Presbyterian Church in Guilford; he stepped down from there in 1999 because of a heated denominational controversy.
NEWS
February 28, 2003
On February 26, 2003 LYSE LAPORTE PFELTZ of Baltimore and Canada beloved wife of Norman Pfeltz and loving mother of her four children Chris, Mark, Lorraine and Tommie and devoted grandmother of her seven grandchildren succumbed to her long term battle with emphysema. Born in Montreal, Canada on March 11, 1942 to Laurent and Rachel; sister to Jacques, Lucien, Lionel, Jeannine, Alain, Robert, Rene, Peire and Liliane. She moved to Baltimore in 1964 after her marriage to her husband of 39 years, Norman Pfeltz and the birth of their first son Christopher.
NEWS
By SANDY ALEXANDER and SANDY ALEXANDER,SUN REPORTER | June 23, 2006
The Ellicott City Chorale gets its rich sound by combining the voices of teenagers from Mount Hebron High School with those of adults from Bethany United Methodist Church. Now the singers will see what that combination sounds like echoing through some of the largest domed cathedrals in the world - including St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican - during a 12-day, six-concert tour of Austria and Italy that began yesterday. "Put [the school and church singers] together and you have a solid group," said Patrick Gilbert, 17, of Woodstock.
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