Baltimore's connection to White House curator

The recent obituary for Lorraine Pearce, the original White House curator, omitted two Baltimore connections "Lorraine W. Pearce, first White House curator, dies at 82," April 20).

First, William Voss Elder III succeeded Ms. Pearce as White House curator. He was widely known in Baltimore from his work on American and Maryland Decorative Arts principally at the Baltimore Museum. Further, although unnamed, Mr. Elder is portrayed as the curator in the recent movie "Jackie."

Second, John Pearce, Ms. Pearce's divorced husband and Baltimore native, was Maryland's state historic preservation officer in the 1970s. He is remembered for helping stop an interstate highway through Fells Point using Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Nancy Schamu

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