June Kathleen Roper, a former board chair of Howard County General Hospital, died Nov. 29 at Vantage House after a fall she suffered at her apartment.

The longtime Columbia resident was 87.


Born in Minneapolis and raised in Malvern, Pa., she was the daughter of William Greeley, a stockbroker, and Kathleen Greeley.

She attended Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa. and earned an associate's degree in fashion design at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Mrs. Roper moved to Columbia in 1968 and became a stockbroker for Alex. Brown & Sons. She later worked at Merrill Lynch.

Active in numerous community organizations, she sat on the board of trustees of Howard County General Hospital and served for a time as its chair. She also was a volunteer president of the annual Columbia Birthday Celebration.

Mrs. Roper also was a board member of the National Family Resiliency Center until 2003.

Her husband of 18 years, Hugh Roper, a retired Army officer, died in 2004.

Mrs. Roper was a longtime communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Columbia Vantage House chapel, 5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Survivors include three daughters, Stephanie Duncan of Columbia, Carol Carmen of Schertz, Texas, and Sarah Derrico of Columbia; a sister, Suzanne Jones of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A previous marriage to Robert Cameron, a Rouse Co. executive, ended in divorce.

—Jacques Kelly