Anastasia Nasis-Ravitz, 42, clinical pharmacistAnastasia E. "Staci"...


Anastasia Nasis-Ravitz, 42, clinical pharmacist

Anastasia E. "Staci" Nasis-Ravitz, a clinical pharmacist who loved the outdoors, died Thursday of complications from breast cancer at her White Hall farm. She was 42.

The New Jersey native retired earlier this month as a research officer for the Food and Drug Administration because of illness.

Ms. Nasis-Ravitz had previously worked at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Treatment.

At the FDA, she helped develop safety assessments for new prescriptions. "She was very dedicated to drug safety," said her husband of five years, Dr. Bernard H. Ravitz.

Ms. Nasis-Ravitz enjoyed being outdoors, especially working in her garden, Dr. Ravitz said. "She could barely walk and she planted the garden this year" with bok choy, bean sprouts, tomatoes, pumpkins and herbs, he said.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Ruck-Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson.

In addition to her husband, Ms. Nasis-Ravitz is survived by a 4-year-old son, Sean A. Ravitz; her parents, Lily and Homer Nasis of Cedar Grove, N.J.; a brother, George Nasis of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Athena Parsons of Hampton, Va.; and a niece and a nephew.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research, 8219 Town Center Drive, P.O. Box 43026, Baltimore 21236.

Margaret S. Howell, 92, active in Towson church

Margaret S. Howell, a longtime church volunteer, died Wednesday of a heart attack at Church Hospital. She was 92.

The former Margaret Elizabeth Spragins, who was involved in activities at Towson Presbyterian Church for 60 years, assisted her husband, Dr. Clewell Howell, in setting up his medical practice in Towson in 1928. Dr. Howell, who was considered Towson's first pediatrician, died in 1981.

Mrs. Howell was born in Helena, Ark., and graduated from Goucher College. She also was an accomplished pianist, having studied at the Peabody Conservatory.

Services will be at 2 p.m. todayat Towson Presbyterian, Chesapeake and Highland avenues.

Survivors include a son, Clewell Howell Jr. of Towson; a daughter, Martha H. LaMastra of Wilmington, N.C.; a brother, Dr. Melchijah Spragins of Cockeysville; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Sister Marie Ann, 75, taught for almost 30 years

Sister Marie Ann Meehan, a school spiritual director who taught for almost 30 years, died Wednesday of sepsis, a bacterial infection, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 75.

The former Elizabeth Ann Meehan, a School Sister of Notre Dame since 1938, was a spiritual and retreat director at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, and lived at the convent there.

The Baltimore native taught at several elementary schools, including St. Ambrose and St. Jerome in Baltimore, St. Jane Francis in Riviera Beach, and schools in Florida and Georgia. From 1966 to 1969, she was principal at Notre Dame Preparatory grade school and taught psychology at the high school.

She received her undergraduate degree at the College of Notre Dame and a master's degree in education at Loyola College.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St.

Survivors include three cousins, Lalide Metzger of Baltimore, T. Howard Metzger of Baltimore and William V. Heaphy III of Lutherville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the retirement fund of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, c/o Villa Assumpta, Baltimore 21212.

Dorothy Mann, 77, homemaker, volunteer

Dorothy Mann, a Hamilton homemaker and volunteer, died Aug. 14 of a heart attack at Fallston General Hospital. She was 77.

The former Dorothy Piraino, who lived in Hamilton for more than 35 years, was known in the area for her portrayals of Mrs. Santa Claus and the Easter bunny as well for decorating the front of her house appropriately for the season.

A memorial service was held Aug. 16 for the Baltimore native.

She is survived by three daughters, Drucilla Mann of Towson, Bonnie Turkin of Forest Hill and Edna Edwards of Austin, Texas; three sons, Frank Mann of Northeast Baltimore, Lee Mann of Towson and Jerry Mann of Hamilton; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband, Louis R. Mann, and a son, Louis R. Mann Jr., died in 1990.

Pub Date: 8/25/96

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