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Laura Elizabeth McGrath
Laura Elizabeth McGrath

Laura Elizabeth McGrath, a Columbia-based affordable housing advocate, died of colon cancer Sept. 22 at her Hyattsville home. The former Northeast Baltimore resident was 46. Born in Baltimore and raised in Gardenville on LaSalle Avenue, she was a 1982 Western High School graduate and earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also had a master's degree in applied anthropology with a concentration in urban planning and community development. While a college student, she had internships with the Democratic National Committee in Washington and Community Planning, Housing and Development in Arlington County, Va. At her death, she...