Susan Roberts RichieComputer programmerSusan Roberts Richie, a...


Susan Roberts Richie

Computer programmer

Susan Roberts Richie, a computer programmer for the Veterans Administration since 1990 and a long-distance and open-water swimmer, died of cancer Monday at her West River home. She was 57.

As part of her work for the VA in Washington, she created an oncology research software program. Earlier, she operated an automobile repair business in Deale.

Her daughter, Kathryn Holmes of New York City, described Ms. Richie as "quite an entrepreneur." Of her mother's swimming for pleasure and exercise, she said, "It was nothing for her to do a 5-mile swim in the Chesapeake Bay."

She enjoyed vacationing in Marathon, Fla., and was a ham radio operator with the call letters N3HIT.

Born in Montclair, N.J., Ms. Richie was raised in Scarsdale, N.Y., and was a 1957 graduate of West Town Friends School in West Town, Pa. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1960 from Douglas College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Services were to be private.

Ms. Richie's survivors, in addition to her daughter, are a son, James Holmes of St. Louis; a sister, Judith Demarth of Amherst, Mass.; her mother, Jean Batt Kagan of West River; and a friend, Martin Johnson of West River.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Registry, Rosewell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carleton streets, Buffalo, N.Y. 14263; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

Dorothy D. Hope

Homemaker, nurse

Dorothy Danforth Hope, a homemaker who had a brief career as a pediatric nurse, died Monday of cancer at her home. She was 77.

The 40-year resident of Catonsville was the daughter of Dr. Dave Danforth, a dentist who played baseball for the minor league Orioles. Raised in Waverly, she was a 1934 graduate of Eastern High School.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1939 from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and worked in the pediatric ward of University Hospital until her 1941 marriage to Dr. Daniel Hope Jr.

Services were held yesterday at Leroy M. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

Mrs. Hope's survivors, in addition to her husband, are two sons, David D. Hope of Catonsville and Daniel Hope III of Athens, Ga.; three daughters, Diane H. Belvin of Severna Park, Denise A. Hope of Walkerville and Dale H. Said of Point Claire, Quebec; two sisters, Jean Thompson of Accokeek and Elaine Harmon of Colesville; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Agnes Hospital Hospice Fund, 900 Caton Ave., Baltimore 21229; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

Theresa L. Patzschke

Federal worker

Theresa Louise Patzschke, a retired federal worker who enjoyed writing poetry, died Thursday in her sleep at the home of a niece in Daytona, Fla., where she had lived for the last 20 years. She was 97.

Formerly a longtime resident of the Fenwick Apartments on Loch Raven Boulevard, Miss Patzschke retired in 1959 after a 40-year career as an office worker with the U.S. Treasury Department.

Born on Central Avenue and raised in Hamilton, she was a 1916 graduate of Eastern High School.

"She was the matriarch of the family," said a great-nephew, John M. Fleig of Rosedale, who described her as "sharp and a person who didn't live in the past. She didn't take us back to her life, rather she got into ours and enjoyed the present."

She liked to attend family gatherings, play the piano and write poetry.

Services are planned for 10 a.m. tomorrow at Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson.

She is survived by seven generations of nieces and nephews.

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