Beth Bryson Librarian at Pratt


Beth Bryson, who headed several branch libraries at different times during her long career with the Enoch Pratt system before her retirement in 1976, died August 19 of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital.

A memorial service for Ms. Bryson, who was 78 and lived on Kilmarnoch Drive in Catonsville, will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave. in Catonsville.

Though she had worked briefly in Montgomery County after starting her library career in 1936, she spent most of her time at the Pratt.

During World War II, she served as a WAVE officer in the Supply Corps. She retired from the Naval Reserve in 1965 as a lieutenant commander.

A former president of the Soroptimist Club of Baltimore, she had been a governor of the South Atlantic Region of the Soroptimist Federation of the Americas.

She was a former president of the Woman's Club of Catonsville and on the board of the Friends of the Catonsville Library.

The native of Overton, Nev., who moved to the Baltimore area with her family as a child, was a 1931 graduate of Catonsville High School and a 1935 graduate of Western Maryland College. In 1936, she earned a master's degree in library science at the University of Pittsburgh.

She was a flower gardener, a world traveler who visited India several times and an Orioles fan who was interested in baseball statistics.

She is survived by two brothers, Dr. William J. Bryson of Sykesville and Brady O. Bryson of Westminster; a niece; and three nephews.

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