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Wheaton College

Patricia P. Ritter, reporter

Patricia P. Ritter, a former Evening Sun reporter who later became a Life magazine staff writer, died Aug. 20 of pneumonia at the Atria assisted-living community in Kennebunk, Maine.

The Baltimore native was 83.

The daughter of a former president of United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co. and a homemaker, Patricia Phillips was raised on Northway in Guilford.

She attended Calvert School and graduated in 1947 from Bryn Mawr School. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

During the 1950s, Mrs. Ritter was a reporter for The Evening Sun. She left Baltimore and went to New York City to join the staff of Life magazine, where she...