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January 1, 1991
Myrtle C. Brittingham, a retired receptionist for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Perry Point, died Friday of heart failure at the Laurelwood Nursing Home in Elkton. She was 83.A native of Perryville, Cecil County, the former Myrtle Chamberlain retired in 1972 after 20 years of service as a telephone operator and receptionist at the medical center. She had been married twice, to Clarence F. Brittingham and to Sydney B. Wychgram, both deceased.She was a member of Perryville Presbyterian Church and of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Susquehanna American Post No. 135.Mrs.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
An Annapolis medical practice will pay $22,500 to a former employee who claimed she was discriminated against because she was pregnant. Officials for Annapolis Internal Medicine said Tuesday they agreed to the payment to settle a lawsuit filed last year by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission on behalf of the employee. Jonathan P. Kagan, an attorney for Annapolis Internal Medicine, said the doctors decided to settle rather than bear the expense of defending it at trial. The doctors deny any wrongdoing, he said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | July 5, 2009
Anna Jeannette Raines, a retired receptionist and bookkeeper who had been an avid figure skater in her earlier years, died in her sleep Monday at the Pickersgill retirement home in Towson. She was 101. Anna Jeannette Taylor, the daughter of a butcher and a homemaker, was born in Hampstead and raised in Reisterstown. After graduating from Franklin High School in 1925, she went to work as a receptionist and bookkeeper for Dr. George L. Zimmerman, a Harford Road physician. "She also assisted in the delivery of many babies," said her son, John M. Raines Jr. of Glen Burnie.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Joan B. Brady, a former accountant and receptionist, died Jan. 2 of Alzheimer's disease at Ellicott City Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 84. The daughter of Frank Brinegar, a steelworker, and Blanche Brinegar, a homemaker, Joan Brinegar was born and raised in Charleroi, Pa., where she graduated in 1948 from Charleroi Area High School. Mrs. Brady worked as an accountant in Charleroi before moving to Columbia in 1990, when she went to work as a receptionist for the Greenwich Group, a Rockville insurance company.
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April 14, 2006
Carmela V. Schmitz, a former receptionist and active churchwoman, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at Mercy Ridge Retirement Community in Timonium, where she had lived for the past four years. She was 84. She was born Carmela Violetta DiMaggio in Baltimore, the daughter of immigrant Italian parents. She was raised on East Biddle Street and was educated at the old St. Paul Parochial School in East Baltimore. During the 1940s, she worked for the Davison Chemical Co. until leaving to raise her family.
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August 6, 2004
Ruth Tyson-Curtis, a retired medical lab receptionist, died of a heart attack Monday at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Catonsville resident was 68. Born Ruth Tyson in the Bronx, N.Y., and raised in Manhattan, she moved to Catonsville with her family and was a 1955 graduate of Baltimore County's old Benjamin Banneker High School. After living for a time in New York, she moved to Baltimore in 1974 and a year later began working at the former University Hospital. She retired in 1999 as the pathology laboratory's receptionist.
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February 5, 2005
E. Berkeley Schoenfelder, a retirement community receptionist and Frederick resident, died of pulmonary failure Jan. 29 at Washington Hospital Center. She was 74. Evelyn Berkeley Ludwig was born in Baltimore and raised in Baltimore Highlands. She was a 1948 graduate of Catonsville High School. For more than 20 years, Mrs. Schoenfelder worked as an operating room receptionist and later secretary at what is now St. Agnes HealthCare in Southwest Baltimore. For the past 12 years, she had been a receptionist at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville.
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October 22, 2007
Sister Helen Dych, who worked for several religious institutions as a teacher and receptionist in Maryland, died Wednesday of heart failure during surgery at Providence Hospital in Washington. She was 76. Sister Helen was a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in the Chesapeake Province. For the past six years, she had worked as the daytime receptionist at St. Jerome's Rectory in Hyattsville. "Her passion was people," said Sister Geri McPhee, who knew Sister Helen for about 30 years.
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July 24, 2004
Grace F. Novasio, a former receptionist in a Bolton Hill apartment house, died of heart failure Tuesday at a daughter's Hagerstown home. She was 84. Grace Florence Stock was born and raised in New York City. She lived in Newport, R.I., before coming to Aberdeen Proving Ground in the 1960s as an ordnance worker. During the 1970s, she worked in the accounting department of Melart-Reeds Jewelers in Annapolis. For the past 14 years until retiring this year and moving to Hagerstown, Mrs. Novasio was a receptionist at Memorial Apartments on McMechen Street, where she lived.
NEWS
May 11, 2004
Maria E. Kirk, a homemaker and former receptionist, died of heart and renal failure Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Lutherville resident was 93. She was born and raised Maria Elizabeth Nickol in East Baltimore. She was a graduate of the old St. James the Less Parochial School at Aisquith and Eager streets and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. She worked in the accounting department of Capitol Bakery until her marriage in 1940 to Howard Kenneth Kirk, an insurance agent who died in 1994.
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March 21, 2013
I should have helped him. He was an older man with slightly slumped shoulders and an uneven cadence that slowed his pace.   "May I help you?" the young receptionist greeted him with an overly bright smile. I wondered if she needed to speak so loudly. We were the only two in the waiting area. I looked down at the clipboard in my lap that pinched a half dozen pieces of paper — medical forms to fill out, check off and sign my life away. He replied to her in a soft tone, his phrases short, but precise.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 14, 2011
Alexandra R. Rich, a homemaker and former hospital receptionist, died Nov. 2 of heart failure at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The longtime Roland Park resident was 102. Born and raised in Roland Park, Mrs. Rich was a 1927 graduate of Western High School. During the 1930s and early 1940s, she was a receptionist for Dr. Angus McClean at the Johns Hopkins Hospital's Wilmer Eye Clinic. She was married in 1943 to Edward Larmour Rich Jr., a Baltimore attorney, and lived in a home in the 5100 block of Roland Ave. He died in 1976.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2011
Lola M. Baxter, a retired telephone operator and receptionist who greeted guests at the WMAR television studios, died of complications from a broken hip Aug. 26 at Gilchrist Hospice Care of Howard County. She was 101 and had lived in Towson. Born Lola Marie Annen in Baltimore, she lived in the 2900 block of Greenmount Ave. in Waverly and could recall how the International League Orioles played their games immediately behind her family's home at old Oriole Park. She told her children that she watched Babe Ruth play baseball there.
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By Laura Vozzella | May 5, 2011
Terry Shepard, a reader from Otterbein, wrote me to share these thoughts: "As we review the lessons of the career of William Donald Schaefer, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller may wish to particularly note one: Don't hang on too long. "As studies have shown, as we age, the frontal lobes of the brain atrophy. And since these help inhibit, among other things, some inner thoughts from becoming speech, their atrophy allows hidden bigotry to be revealed. (See the October, 2007, journal Current Directions in Psychological Science or the Newsweek article on it by Googling ' Why Grandpa Says Inappropriate Things ')
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2010
Shelley B. Meyer, who had been the friendly and welcoming receptionist at St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, died Friday from a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Reisterstown resident was 40. Shelley Boggess, the daughter of a pediatrician and a homemaker, was born in Durham, N.C., and raised in Roanoke, Va. She was a 1988 graduate of St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Va., and earned a bachelor's degree in art history in 1992 from Salem College. Mrs. Meyer moved to New York City in 1994 where she was a receptionist at Julius Lowy, an antique frame dealer and restorer.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | July 5, 2009
Anna Jeannette Raines, a retired receptionist and bookkeeper who had been an avid figure skater in her earlier years, died in her sleep Monday at the Pickersgill retirement home in Towson. She was 101. Anna Jeannette Taylor, the daughter of a butcher and a homemaker, was born in Hampstead and raised in Reisterstown. After graduating from Franklin High School in 1925, she went to work as a receptionist and bookkeeper for Dr. George L. Zimmerman, a Harford Road physician. "She also assisted in the delivery of many babies," said her son, John M. Raines Jr. of Glen Burnie.
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