Pelham LawrencePerdue Farms presidentPelham Lawrence, the president...

Pelham Lawrence

Perdue Farms president


Pelham Lawrence, the president of Perdue Farms Inc., died Saturday from an apparent heart attack.

Mr. Lawrence died while on a church ski outing in Altoona, Pa. He was 47.


"He was a leader of high integrity and total loyalty, a friend who will be sorely missed," said Frank Perdue, the former chairman of the board who transformed Perdue into the nation's fourth largest poultry producer.

James Perdue, chairman of the company his father founded, said last night that he and other top managers would take over responsibility for day-to-day operations at Perdue.

Mr. Lawrence had been president of Perdue since July 1991.

After working for a bank in New York, he joined the Salisbury-based poultry processor in 1974 as treasury director and was appointed treasurer in 1977.

In 1980, he became chief financial officer and in 1983 was promoted to vice president of finance. He joined the board of directors in 1988 and in 1990 became executive vice president.

Perdue generated $1.23 billion in poultry sales in 1991. Each week, the company processes more than 7 million broilers and 3.1 million pounds of turkey, said Val Bembenek, a Perdue spokeswoman.

Mr. Lawrence was the younger brother of Miami Herald Publisher David Lawrence Jr.

"His death is a shock to all of us," David Lawrence said Sunday. "In a family where truth and fairness and faith always were stressed, Pelham set a wonderful example. He cared about doing right for others."


Mr. Lawrence's father, D.G. Lawrence, was the state capital bureau chief and political columnist for the Orlando Sentinel. He died in 1983 and was named to the Florida Journalism Hall of Fame two years ago.

The funeral will be tomorrow at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Salisbury. Arrangements are with Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury.

Mr. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Virginia M. Lawrence; two sons, Joseph and Michael Lawrence; a daughter, Ann Lawrence; his mother, Nancy Wemple Bissell Lawrence of Bradenton, Fla.; two brothers; and six sisters.

Mary J. Namerow

Health consultant

Mary Josephine Namerow, a nurse who operated a health services and policy research and consulting firm, died Saturday of an asthmatic attack at her office in South Baltimore.


Dr. Namerow, who was 40 and lived on W. Lombard Street, had been president of Namerow and Associates since 1985.

She also had been a consultant or researcher for other institutions, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and had taught at the University of Maryland and at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

Born in Covington, Ky., the former Mary Josephine Madden was a graduate of the Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati. She studied nursing at Northern Kentucky State University and the University of Cincinnati before earning a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland.

She earned master's degrees at Seton Hall and at Columbia University, and a doctorate at UM.

She began her career as a nurse at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where she became head nurse in the outpatient clinic. She was head nurse at the West Baltimore Community Health Center and also was an administrator at the Lafayette Square Nursing Home.

She was a clinical specialist in the care of the aged at the Newark, N.J., Day Center, and worked at the Fort Howard Veterans Hospital and another VA hospital in East Orange, N.J.


In addition to studies she did for organizations, she wrote many published professional papers.

A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she was TC member of the Phi Delta Kappa and Sigma Theta Tau honorary societies and received several awards for her work.

She was a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the Gerontological Association of America, the Council of Nurse Researchers, the American Statistical Association, the Association for Health Services Research and other groups.

Services are to be conducted at noon tomorrow at the Light Street Presbyterian Church, 809 Light St.

She is survived by her mother, Helen Madden of Crestview Hills, Ky.; four sisters, Amy Steward of Bloomfield, N.J., Patricia Madden of Atlantic Beach, Fla., Nancy Kelly of Orange Park, Fla., and Kate Harper of Crestview Hills; a brother, John Madden of Bangkok, Thailand; and her maternal grandmother, Nancy Thomas of New Castle, Ky.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Children's Hospital Research Foundation, Elland and Bethesda avenues, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.


Michael R. Mayo

Retired steamfitter

Michael R. Mayo, a retired steamfitter, died Saturday of cancer at Harbor Hospital Center.

He was 49 and lived on Sixth Avenue N.W. in Glen Burnie.

He retired nearly a year ago after working for 24 years for contractors through the hiring hall of Steamfitters Local 438 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Glen Burnie High School. He was in the Army in the late 1960s and served in Vietnam.


A member of the 1100 Gun Club, he was an avid deer hunter, crabber and fisherman.

Services were to be conducted at 9 a.m. today at the George J. Gonce Funeral Home, 4001 Ritchie Highway.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lauren Burns; a daughter, Michele Cluster of Baltimore; three sons, Michael Mayo, Glen Burns and Jason Mayo, all of Glen Burnie; three brothers, Phil Mayo of Silver Run, Lindsay Mayo of Glen Burnie and Jim Mayo of Mexico; a sister, Peggy Tenner of Teaneck, N.J.; and a grandson.