Loretta C. TazwellSchool secretaryLoretta Cryor Tazwell, a...


Loretta C. Tazwell

School secretary

Loretta Cryor Tazwell, a retired secretary in the Baltimore public school system and poet, died Sunday at the Liberty Medical Center after a heart attack. She was 68 and lived in Forest Park.

She retired in 1989 after many years at the William S. Baer School on North Warwick Avenue in West Baltimore, but she continued there as a volunteer. She was also a volunteer for the national office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development.

She published two books of poetry that she had written and also read her works to literary groups. She was a member of the Howard Thurman Book Club at Union Baptist Church and the book club at the Forest Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

The former Loretta Cryor was a Baltimore native and a graduate of Douglass High School and the Cortez Peters Business School.

Her husband of 41 years, Monroe P. Tazwell, died in 1990.

She was a member of the New Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1501 McCulloh St. in Baltimore, where services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

She is survived by a son, Damon Tazwell of Baltimore; a daughter, Munzio Tazwell of Pittsburgh; a sister, Phyllis Winborne of Baltimore; two brothers, Wallace and Jessie Cryor, both of Detroit; and two grandchildren. Jeanne S. Newman, a researcher, died Oct. 24 at the West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown of injuries she suffered in an automobile accident on nearby Interstate 68 on Oct. 7. The resident of Cedarcroft in Northeast Baltimore was 65.

Dr. Newman had been a senior scientist at University Research Corporation in Bethesda since 1983. At the time of her death, she was researching the improvement of health-care delivery in developing countries.

She had earlier worked in Nigeria for the Population Council, had been co-director of the International Division of the American Friends Service Committee, and had taught at the Park School in the early 1960s, the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and the University of Arizona.

She was chairwoman-elect of the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association.

The former Jeanne Sumner was a native of Medford, Mass., who earned a bachelor's degree at Goucher College, a doctorate at the Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree in business administration at Loyola College.

Since moving to Baltimore in 1951, she had been a member of the Homewood Friends Meeting, the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, the American Friends Service Committee, the Friends Committee on National Legislation and the Quaker United Nations Office.

She is survived by her husband, John Brown Newman; two daughters, Katherine Newman Zohir of Baltimore and Pixie A.B. Newman of Chicago; a son, Jon Newman of Glen Rock, Pa.; and four grandsons.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Mildred A. Whidbee

Guidance counselor

Mildred A. Whidbee, a retired high school guidance counselor in the Baltimore school system, died Nov. 2 of heart and respiratory failure at a nursing home in Dunloring, Va. She was 84.

The former Mildred Addison was a Baltimore native and a graduate of Dunbar High School and Howard University. She also held a master's degree from Loyola College.

Her husband, Eugene Whidbee, died in 1977.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 2300 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore.

Survivors include a sister, Esther Brownley of Baltimore; and four nieces and a nephew.

Norma A. Taylor

Retired housekeeper

Norma Amelia Taylor, a retired housekeeper, died Saturday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of a ruptured blood vessel. She was 84 and lived in the Parkwood area in Northwest Baltimore.

The former Norma Amelia Campbell was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Douglass High School. Her husband, James W. Taylor Sr., died in 1955.

Services were set for noon today at the Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore.

She is survived by two sons, Robert and Larry Taylor; a sister, Hilda Palmer; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. All live in Baltimore.

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