Ann A. BeuschLanguage professorAnn A. Beusch, a...

Ann A. Beusch

Language professor


Ann A. Beusch, a former language professor who headed the Department of Foreign Languages for the Maryland Department of Education, died Wednesday of a stroke at her Ellicott City home. She was 67.

She retired in 1984 after 17 years in the state education post. She taught in the Montgomery County school system from 1957 to 1967 and began her teaching career in 1953 at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis.


In retirement she remained active in the foreign language field as a consultant to school systems and textbook publishers, and as an adjunct professor in foreign language education at Hood College in Frederick.

"She was a teacher of teachers of language," said Jo Anne Beusch, a niece. "And because of her travels throughout the state she knew Maryland from end to end."

Born of American parents in St. Jean, Quebec, where her father worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Co., she was reared there and was a 1948 graduate of McGill University in Montreal. She received her master's degree in French literature from LaVal University in Quebec in 1950.

After a year at Radcliffe College, she continued her education at Johns Hopkins University, where she was awarded a master's degree in education in 1963.

A member of the Modern Foreign Language Association, she was designated a Chevalier dans L'Order des Palmes Academiques by the French government in 1981.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church in Elkridge.

She is survived by a brother, George J. Beusch of Baltimore; a sister, Alice M. Willett of Marblehead, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews.

Della E. Whorton


Owned Eichorn foods

Della Eichorn Whorton, who owned and operated a frozen food company for 20 years, died Wednesday of kidney failure at the Charlestown Care Center.

The 87-year-old Catonsville resident retired in 1970 from Eichorn Foods Inc., a company she and her son, Wally L. Bishop, of Sarasota, Fla., founded in 1950.

The business, on Caton Avenue near Wilkins Avenue, distributed food to restaurants and hotels in the Baltimore-Washington area. The company was sold when Mrs. Whorton retired.

During World War II, Mrs. Whorton managed the Bengies General Store, a grocery that served the Middle River area almost exclusively at a time when people began moving to the area for jobs at the Glenn L. Martin Co.

The store's owner, George Biddison, turned over its day-to-day operations to Mrs. Whorton, who was living in Long Beach in Essex at the time.


Born in Fall River, Mass., Mrs. Whorton was reared and educated in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Before moving to Baltimore in 1938, she lived in Miami, Fla., where she was a waitress for about three years.

Services were held Saturday at Evans Funeral Chapel in Timonium.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Gloria M. Linz of Phoenix in Baltimore County; a brother, Samuel Bousky of Adelaide, Australia; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Adrian Stutterheim

Translator and polyglot


Adrian Stutterheim, a retired Maryland Port Authority clerk who was proficient in nine foreign languages, died Thursday of a stroke at Harbor Hospital Center. He was 81.

Fluent in Dutch, Spanish, French, German, Latin, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Chinese, Mr. Stutterheim did translation work before going to work at the port authority, where he was employed for 12 years. He retired in 1978.

A lieutenant in the Dutch army during World War II, he was stationed in Australia, where he translated messages from Japanese into English. His unit was attached to U.S. Marine intelligence in the Pacific theater. He also served in South Africa and the United States.

Mr. Stutterheim's passion for foreign languages prompted him to return to school after his retirement. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1985, earning his bachelor's degree in the classics. Having mastered Latin and Greek, he then decided to take up Russian and Hawaiian, which he studied until his death.

Born and reared in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Mr. Stutterheim came to the United States in 1946.

Before moving to Linthicum in 1955, he lived in Baltimore for about eight years.


He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Everdina Boonstra; three sons, Mario J. Stutterheim of New York, Dennis I. Stutterheim of Tumbling Shoals, Ark., and Kenneth B. Stutterheim of Pasadena; a daughter, Heather Pierce of Kent, Wash.; and nine grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Glen Haven Memorial Park, 7215 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.

The family suggested donations to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Reservoir Circle, Suite 203, Baltimore 21208.

Patricia M. Mitchell

College registrar worker

Patricia McCormack Mitchell, a Baltimore native who worked at Mount Vernon College in Washington, died of cancer Friday at the Washington Home and Hospital. She was 53.


Mrs. Mitchell had worked in the registrar's office at Mount Vernon College since 1983.

In the late 1980s, she decided to pursue a longtime interest in interior design and in January received her bachelor's degree in the field from Mount Vernon College.

Born in Baltimore, the former Patricia McCormack attended the old Mount St. Agnes High School. After graduation she worked as a secretary at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1968 she moved to Washington.

In the early 1970s she worked for the Public Broadcasting Service as a secretary in the personnel department.

In the mid-1970s, she and her husband, C. Philip Mitchell, owned and operated an antiques shop in Georgetown. They were divorced in the early 1980s.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Georgetown.


Besides her former husband, she is survived by two sons, Kevin C. Mitchell and Patrick M. Mitchell, both of Washington; and a brother, Bernard McCormack of Ocean City.

The family suggested donations to the Lombardy Cancer Research Center at the Georgetown University Medical Center or the Gonzaga College High School Scholarship Fund.