Katherine RocheSecretary, fund-raiserKatherine Dougherty Roche, a retired...

Katherine Roche

Secretary, fund-raiser


Katherine Dougherty Roche, a retired secretary who was an active fund-raiser for the Carmelite Monastery in Towson, died Thursday of complications of heart disease at her home in Towson.

The 92-year-old Baltimore native retired in 1966 after working part time for a decade as a secretary at the Baltimore school headquarters. She earlier worked as a secretary at the Army's Baltimore Signal Depot at Fort Holabird for 20 years.


The former Katherine Dougherty was the last surviving member of the Class of 1919 at Mount St. Agnes High School. She also was a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites and of the Carmelite Guild.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at the monastery, 1318 Dulaney Valley Road.

She is survived by two daughters. Katherine R. Smeton and Mary Ann R. Ensor of Towson.

K? The family said contributions may be made to the monastery.

Francis C. Purdum


Francis Carlton Purdum, an engineer in Maryland and Virginia, died Sunday of cancer at his Easton home.

Mr. Purdum, 59, worked for Gipe Associates Inc. in Baltimore and Easton. The Baltimore native was a 1952 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and later earned a mechanical engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University.


He served in the Army from 1956 until 1958.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Easton.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Joan M. Feori; a daughter, Maureen P. Marcus of Annapolis; a son, David Paul Purdum of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.