Katherine C. N. Mead, 92, active in...


Katherine C. N. Mead, 92, active in Episcopal affairs

Katherine Corning Norris Mead, a volunteer who was active in Episcopal church affairs, died of heart failure Saturday at her winter home in Naples, Fla. She was 92 and also lived at Roland Park Place.

She was a member of the Women's Guild of St. John's Episcopal Church and later Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, both in Baltimore. During the 1960s, she was president of the Bishops Guild of Maryland.

In Naples, she was a member of Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church.

She was a volunteer at the old Crippled Children's Hospital of Maryland, Church Home and Church Hospital.

She was born Katherine Corning in Baltimore and graduated from the Friends School.

She was a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and the Moorings Country Club of Naples.

In 1927, she married W. Oster "Kid" Norris, who coached lacrosse at the Mount Washington Club. He died in 1958. Several years later, she married Frank D. Mead, who died in 1991.

Services for Mrs. Mead will be held at 11 a.m. today at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets, Baltimore.

She is survived by a stepson, Allan J. Mead of Baltimore; a nephew, James C. Lindsay of Parkton; a niece, Marjorie Britton of Monmouth Beach, N.J.; and several other nieces and nephews.

Robert Melville Ratcliffe Jr., 49, senior HUD official

Robert Melville Ratcliffe Jr., a senior official in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a Columbia resident, died of undetermined causes Friday. He was 49.

Mr. Ratcliffe was director of HUD's multifamily housing program support division. He joined the agency in 1971 as a career intern.

The Pittsburgh native graduated from high school in Memphis, Tenn. He earned a bachelor's degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. in 1970 and a master's degree in urban planning from Howard University in 1971.

He was a member of the Baltimore chapter of the Guardsmen Club and the Hausa Club in Washington.

Services will be at 11 a.m. todayat St. John United Methodist Church, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Terese I. Pittman; a son, Robert M. Ratcliffe III of Columbia; a daughter, Brooke E. Ratcliffe of Columbia; his mother, Eddie Mai Herndon Ratcliffe; and a sister, Roberta Mai Ratcliffe, both of Memphis.

Anna E. McWilliams, 88, homemaker, avid sports fan

Anna Elizabeth McWilliams, a homemaker and sports enthusiast, died of heart failure Sunday at her Towson residence. She was 88.

Known as Libby, she was an avid Orioles and University of Maryland basketball fan who prided herself on seldom missing the teams' games, which she attended or followed via television and radio broadcasts.

She was born Anna E. Kirkwood in Mount Washington and was a 1927 graduate of Forest Park High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1931 from the University of Maryland College Park, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority.

She was one of the oldest members of the Woman's Club of Roland Park and was active in the Woodbrook-Murray Hill Garden Club.

In 1937, she married James O. McWilliams, who died in 1986.

She was a member for many years of Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road, Towson, where services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. today.

She is survived by a son, William Kirk McWilliams of Annapolis; a daughter, Elaine Shipley of Rodgers Forge; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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