Paul Case, a veteran news reporter and public affairs officer who was an accomplished piano player, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Severna Park. He was 59.
Mr. Case, a Baltimore native, began his journalistic career with the Maryland Gazette in Anne Arundel County. In 1962, he became a general assignment reporter for the News American, where his varied assignments included police and courts, Baltimore County and Ocean City.
He left the News American in 1964 to cover the California Legislature for the Associated Press, then returned to the Baltimore newspaper in 1965 as a reporter and feature writer.
In 1966, Mr. Case left newspapers to become public relations director of what was then Towson State College. He held the same position at the Peabody Institute from 1969 to 1971.
From 1974 until his retirement in 1989, he worked as a public information officer at Army installations, including the Army Laboratories Command in Adelphi.
He also was a terrific keyboard player, according to Steve Horwitz, a friend. Mr. Case played solo and with bands at parties, for the Chesapeake Restaurant in Baltimore and until a few weeks ago at the Annapolis Yacht Club. His audiences included such notables as Princess Diana and the Kennedys, said a cousin, Roy Tansill.
A graduate of City College, Mr. Case served in the Army, mostly in Germany, from 1957 to 1959. He then entered the University of Maryland at College Park, where he edited the school's daily newspaper, the Diamondback, and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1962.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, on Governor Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, with burial at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.
Survivors include his mother, Lila Case of Baltimore; a sister, Mary Lila Williamson of Hollywood, Fla.; and two cousins, Mr. Tansill of Severna Park and Bernice Tansill of Baltimore.
The family suggested donations to the American Cancer Society.
M. Rosella Herman
M. Rosella Herman, retired principal of the old Curtis Bay Elementary School, died Sept. 28 after a stroke at the Wesley Home, where she had lived since 1980.
Miss Herman, who was 96, retired in 1960 as principal of School 208 at Church Street and Fairhaven Avenue, just off Pennington Avenue. She began teaching in elementary schools in Baltimore in 1918.
At St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Forest Park, where she became a member in 1908, she was active in the Women's Society for Christian Service, now the United Methodist Women, and with ministries to children and youth. Last year, she became a member of Elderslie-St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Mount Washington.
In 1985, she received a Channel 13 Salute for her work as a volunteer tutor at Warren Elementary School in Cockeysville. The Baltimore native was a graduate of Western High School and of what is now Towson State University.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Wesley Home, 2211 W. Rogers Ave.
William J. Tate, who managed restaurants in Baltimore and in Anne Arundel County, died Oct. 13 at Johns Hopkins Hospital of a brain tumor. The Pasadena resident was 31.
Survivors include a daughter, La'Kina Ellen Tate of Glen Burnie; his parents, Wilbur K. and Lorinda Tate, both of Pasadena; two sisters, Peggy Jo Tate of Pasadena and Laura Lee Whittemore of Hanover; and his grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Johnson of Lincolnton, N.C. Services were private.