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Betty G. Hocker, opera singer and composer

Betty G. Hocker, opera singer and composer

Betty G. Hocker, a retired Baltimore opera singer and composer who wrote the "Fort McHenry March" at the time of the nation's bicentennial, died Saturday of complications from dementia at Stella Maris Hospice.

The longtime Roland Park resident was 101.

The daughter of a businessman and a homemaker, Sara Elizabeth "Betty" Gumpper was born into a musical family in Butler, Pa. Her father played the banjo and piano and had a small band, while her mother also played the piano and sang.

She was raised in Butler and was valedictorian of her 1928 graduating class at Butler High School.

"She was also voted Most Popular Girl," said a daughter,...

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