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Margaret M. Freed, 76, singer who performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


Margaret M. Freed, a professional singer who performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at chamber music concerts and on radio and television programs in the 1940s and '50s, died Thursday. Miss Freed, a soloist for four decades at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore, was 76 and had lived in Towson.

Miss Freed suffered from a myelo dysplasia, a rare blood disease. She died at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson.

She was the fifth of six children born on a farm in New Freedom, Pa. They scraped together enough money to buy a few musical instruments. Miss Freed's father, Paul, played violin and trombone in a band.

"It was amazing that they were so poor and yet they had a piano, a violin, a trombone," said Nancy Langer, Miss Freed's niece. "Their house was just full of music."

When she was 17, she took a bus to Baltimore and auditioned at the Peabody Conservatory. Her renditions of two operatic pieces earned her a full three-year scholarship to Peabody, where she studied with Frank Bibb, a noted pianist and teacher.

She received a bachelor's degree in music from Johns Hopkins University and began her career with the BSO in 1947, performing classical and opera pieces as a soprano. She also sang with the Baltimore Municipal and Park bands and with the Mozart Society ensemble in Washington and in New York City.

Throughout the 1950s, Miss Freed also sang church and classical music on various Baltimore radio programs, and in the early 1950s joined the chorus at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Cathedral Street, where she was the featured soprano for nearly 40 years.

Miss Freed worked for 30 years in Baltimore for the Maryland Department of Human Resources, retiring as a supervisor of a data processing unit in 1985.

Miss Freed and her two sisters, Harriet Freed and Grace Langer, bought a house together in the 1950s in Towson after Mrs. Langer's husband died. Together, the three sisters helped raise Grace Langer's two children, Nancy Langer, who now lives in Los Angeles, and Phillip Langer, who resides in New York.

A memorial service was held yesterday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

In addition to her two sisters, niece and nephew, Miss Freed is survived by a sister, Leona Shaffer of Hanover, Pa.

Margaret R. Adams, 91, hospital volunteer

Margaret Roberts Adams, who spent her adult life volunteering at cultural and health organizations, died of heart failure Wednesday at Roland Park Place in Baltimore. She was 91 and lived in Stevenson.

Born Margaret Roberts in Bethlehem, Pa., and moved to Baltimore as a child. After graduating from Westover School, a private boarding school in Connecticut, she returned to Baltimore and married Nicholas Adams Jr., a doctor. They divorced in 1959.

Mrs. Adams worked at the Flag House, a museum on Pratt Street dedicated to Mary Young Pickersgill, who made the 30-by-42-foot flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Mrs. Adams also volunteered at the now-defunct Pikesville Health Center and at Union Memorial Hospital, where she was president of the hospital auxiliary.

She is survived by a son, Nicholas F. Adams III of Stevenson; a daughter, Bardelle A. Offutt of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.

Pauline L. Reiter, 93, head dietitian at hospital

Pauline L. Reiter, a dietitian and member of civic organizations, died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. She was 93.

Born Pauline LeClaire in New Hampshire, she moved to Baltimore in 1929 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire. She earned a dietetics degree from Johns Hopkins University.

She worked as a dietitian at Baltimore City Hospital, now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and became its head dietitian during the mid-1930s.

In 1937, she married Robert A. Reiter, who died in 1990.

Mrs. Reiter was active in several organizations, including the Southern Medical Association and the Daughters of the Revolution of 1776, a patriotic organization. She also served as president of the alumnae chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority, of which she was a member for more than 60 years.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Pat Martin Room at Edenwald, 800 Southerly Road, Baltimore.

Mrs. Reiter is survived by a son, Robert A. Reiter Jr. of Bel Air; a daughter, Ann Reiter of Columbia; a grandson; three granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.

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