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Katherine 'Bette' O'Conor
Katherine 'Bette' O'Conor

Katherine Elizabeth "Bette" O'Conor, a family matriarch who founded a high school humanities program, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 2 at her Lutherville home. She was 85. Born Katherine Elizabeth Ellis in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Joseph T. Ellis, an air conditioning engineer, and Katherine Lurz Ellis, who worked on Capitol Hill. She was a 1946 Notre Dame Preparatory School graduate who attended Notre Dame of Maryland University. She grew up on Ednor Road in Ednor Gardens. As a young woman she made extra money by parking the cars driven by sports fans to the old Baltimore Stadium in the 1940s before Memorial Stadium was constructed on the same site. ...