Helen Gault Carr, 78, legal administratorHelen Gault...

Helen Gault Carr, 78, legal administrator

Helen Gault Carr, a homemaker and former legal administrator, died April 29 of respiratory failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 78 and had lived in Guilford for 10 years.


Mrs. Carr was a legal administrator at law firms while living in Glen Ridge, N.J., and South Orange, N.J.

Born Helen Gault in Minneapolis, she was the daughter of Dr. Charles C. Gault, a noted physician who was associated with the Mayo Clinic. She graduated from high school in Detroit and earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University.


After graduating from Gradwohl School of Laboratory Science in St. Louis, Mrs. Carr ran a laboratory in Sarasota, Fla.

She had held a private pilot's license and enjoyed playing classical piano.

She was an active communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered May 2.

She is survived by her husband of more than 50 years, John R. Carr; a son, Steven D. Carr of Mount Tabor, N.J.; four daughters, Mary Lou Sunderland of Baltimore, Jean T. Shindler of Plantation, Fla., Eileen C. Webb of Mandeville, La., and Susan C. Dobson of Basking Ridge, N.J.; a sister, Jean G. Maglione of Charleston, S.C.; and five grandchildren.

Bessie H. Mason, 78, Army personnel specialist

Bessie H. Mason, a retired personnel specialist at Fort Meade, died Monday of cancer at her West Baltimore home. She was 78.

The 49-year resident of Bentalou Street retired in the late 1980s after a 30-year career at the Army installation.

The former Bessie Hatchell was born in Norfolk, Va., and graduated from Douglass High School in Baltimore. She earned her bachelor's degree from what was then Morgan State College and did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.


In 1942, she married Samuel L. Mason, who died in 1997.

She was an active member of Faith Baptist Church in East Baltimore, where she served with the Junior Missionaries and the Young Matrons. She had been president of the Senior Missionary Society for many years.

An alto, she sang with the Faith Baptist senior choir for many years and was director of public relations and communications for the church.

"Her life was the church, and she traveled throughout the United States and Canada attending church conventions," said her daughter, JoeAnne Taylor of Baltimore.

Services will be held at noon today at Faith Baptist Church, 833 N. Bond St.

Mrs. Mason also is survived by a son, David Berry of Baltimore; and a sister, Harriett Jenkins of Baltimore.


Sister Ellen Horrigan, 91, St. William of York teacher

Sister Ellen Horrigan, a 69-year member of the Sisters of the Holy Union and a former St. William of York teacher, died Monday of a heart ailment at Catholic Memorial Home in Falls River, Mass. She was 91 and had been stationed at the sisters' Ten Hills convent.

She provided 5,000 hours of volunteer work at Bon Secours Hospital in West Baltimore in addition to her teaching duties at St. William of York Parochial School in the Ten Hills neighborhood.

She ministered at the Baltimore-area Red Cross headquarters and with the Maryland Right to Life group. She worked with migrant workers in North Carolina.

Earlier, she taught kindergarten and first grade in Fall River, Taunton and Lawrence, Mass., and in Patchogue, N.Y., and Swedesboro, N.J.

She entered the Holy Union novitiate in 1931 and pronounced her final vows in 1938 as Sister Mary Agnus. She later went by her given name.


Born in Baltimore, Ellen Horrigan was a graduate of the old St. Catherine's Normal Institute in West Baltimore and Providence Teachers College in Providence, R.I. She also attended the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Villa Julie.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Fall River.

Sister Ellen is survived by a nephew, Michael Crumling of Annapolis, and a niece, Patricia Sands of Catonsville.

Dr. William Dunseath, 77, chief of dermatology

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for Dr. William J. R. Dunseath, 77, former chief of dermatology at St. Joseph Hospital, now St. Joseph Medical Center, who died Saturday of cardiac arrest at his Homeland residence.

Dr. Dunseath retired in 1996 after 33 years at the Towson hospital.


He was born in Audubon, N.J., where he graduated from high school. He attended Bullis Preparatory School and was a member of the Class of 1946 at the Naval Academy. Because of World War II, classes were accelerated, and he graduated in 1945.