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A. Harriett GrauTeacher, artistA. Harriett Grau, a...


A. Harriett Grau

Teacher, artist

A. Harriett Grau, a painter and former teacher, died Wednesday of cancer at her home in Charlesbrooke. She was 72.

Mrs. Grau taught art at Towson Catholic High School from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, then was a docent at the Walters Art Gallery.

She painted in a realistic style in oils and water colors, often painting landscapes and still lifes. She had a one-woman show at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Her works also were shown in a regional exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

She was born Harriett Hisley in Baltimore and graduated from Trinity College Preparatory School in Ilchester and the College of Notre Dame. She did graduate work at the Maryland Institute, College of Art and earned a master's degree in art education at Towson State University.

She was a former president of the Three Arts Club of Homeland and a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, the American Association of University Women, the Baltimore Water Color Society, the Engineering Society of Baltimore, the Women's Auxiliary of the American Medical Association and the Women Educators of Baltimore County.

She and her husband, Dr. E. Gordon Grau, collected antique toys, and she was a member of the Antique Toy Collectors of America.

Dr. Grau, who died in 1983, had been a psychiatrist in Towson and president of the Baltimore County medical society.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9 a.m. today at Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Mrs. Grau is survived by two sons, E. Gordon Grau II of Kaneohe, Hawaii, and Dr. J. Grayson Grau of La Grange, Ga.; a daughter, Ann Hisley Brandau of Stoneleigh; a sister, M. J. Ketcham Haynes of Seattle; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Hospital.

William E. Collier, a hardware store owner and nurseryman, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Idlewylde. He was 58.

Mr. Collier had owned Bill's Idlewylde Hardware for 27 years and owned Parkway Nurseries, which he operated part time after going into the hardware business.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Towson High School and earned a business degree at the University of Maryland College Park.

He was a member of the Mount Moriah Lodge of the Masons and the Maryland Nurserymen's Association.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers +V Forge.

He is survived by a sister, Nancy C. Fait of Towson; and two nieces, Virginia Bartlett of Silver Spring and Carolyn von Schnell of Baltimore.

Oliver Y. Harris Jr. 78, a Baltimore native who retired in 1973 as superintendent of transportation at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, Va., died Wednesday of kidney failure at a hospital in Gloucester, Va.

The resident of Bena, Va., was a graduate of the Randolph-Macon Academy in Virginia and attended the Johns Hopkins University. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II as a navigator on a B-17 bomber that was shot down over Berlin. He was a prisoner of war for a year.

Services were to be held today in Gloucester Point, Va. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Edwards; a daughter, Ellen White of Chesapeake, Va.; a son, Jim Harris of Bena; and a grandson.

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