Nell B. Langford, 91, art teacher, portraitist and genealogist


Nell B. Langford, a former art teacher, portraitist and genealogist, died Tuesday of cancer at Holly Hill Manor in Stoneleigh. She was 91.

Mrs. Langford, a longtime Rodgers Forge resident, began teaching art in the late 1940s at Notre Dame Preparatory School and later taught at Forest Park High School. She retired in the mid-1960s.

Working from a converted garage-studio at her home, Mrs. Langford painted oil portraits and landscapes of Baltimore and Maryland scenes.

Another lifelong avocation was genealogy. Mrs. Langford had researched and privately published about 21 volumes of genealogical information about her paternal and maternal family.

A vigorous and active woman, Mrs. Langford walked 10 blocks daily until moving to the nursing home in the spring.

"She didn't believe in driving if she could walk, so she walked to her appointments and errands," said her daughter, Beverly Evans Lyons of Rodgers Forge.

The former Nell Buchholz was born and raised on North Calvert Street. She was the daughter of Heinrich Ewald Buchholz and Nellie Gascoyne Buchholz.

She was an Eastern High School graduate, attended Ohio State University and earned her bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1943.

Her father was president of the well-known Baltimore publishing firm Warwick and York and wrote a column for The Sun using the nom de plume Ezekiel Cheever. He was also a member of the Saturday Night Club and a longtime friend of H. L. Mencken, the Baltimore journalist.

She was married in 1929 to John Kenneth Evans, a Baltimore attorney, who died in 1973. Her second marriage, to John W. Langford, ended in divorce.

She also enjoyed gardening and traveling.

Services were yesterday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Langford is survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 6/27/98

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