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Mary T. Geeson, 76, art teacher, columnistMary...


Mary T. Geeson, 76, art teacher, columnist

Mary T. Geeson, who taught art for nearly 40 years, died Monday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 76.

A Parkville resident since 1948, Mrs. Geeson taught painting at Parkville Recreation Center from 1963 to 1993. She also taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and taught residents of Charlestown, the Catonsville retirement community.

From the early 1990s until her death, she wrote a weekly column for Patuxent Publishing Co.'s Northeast Times Reporter and Northeast Times Booster.

During the 1960s, she ran a program for Parkville-Villa Cresta teens at the Parkville Recreation Center. She was one of the founders of the Fells Point Festival.

Born Mary T. Hofstetter in the Erdman-Edison neighborhood of Southeast Baltimore, she was a graduate of Eastern High School.

Her marriage to Russell Geeson ended in divorce.

Plans for funeral services were incomplete yesterday.

She is survived by two sons, Stephen E. Geeson of Baltimore and Timothy E. Geeson of Towson; two sisters, Dolores Roach of Baltimore and Peggy Mannix of Frederick; and two grandchildren.

Carol Ann Brown, 62, elementary school teacher

Carol Ann Brown, a retired teacher, died Sept. 15 of undetermined causes at University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 62 and lived in Govans.

Mrs. Brown taught for 33 years at Dr. Rayner Browne, Francis Street and Coppin elementary schools in the Baltimore school system and retired in 1998.

Born in Baltimore, Carol Ann Humphries was a graduate of Douglass High School and earned her degree in education from Coppin State College.

She was a member of Sampson W. Brooks Temple for 20 years, where she was financial secretary and assistant daughter ruler.

In 1968, she married Freeman Leon Brown, a city recreation and parks employee, who survives her.

Mrs. Brown was a 45-year member of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, on Belair Road, where she was chairwoman of the trustees board, taught Sunday school and belonged to the mothers' board.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

She is also survived by three sons, Edward Griffin, Michael James and Paul Johnson; two daughters, Charlotte Griffin and Tabu Winslow-Morris; two step-daughters, Angie Wright and Towanda Pryor; six brothers, William Humphries III, Richard Holmes, Melvin Humphries, Joseph Humphries, Eric Humphries and Bruce Humphries; and two sisters, Barbara Sampson and Pamela Armstrong, all of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Harold Archer, 76, worked at Baltimore Sun Co.

Harold E. Archer, retired general services manager for The Baltimore Sun Co. and an ordained Methodist minister, died Tuesday of complications of Parkinson's disease at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 76 and lived in Fallston.

Mr. Archer began his career at the company -- publisher of The Sun, The Evening Sun and The Sunday Sun -- in 1947 in the circulation department, where he was home delivery supervisor. In 1961, he was promoted to superintendent of the transportation department.

He also served as assistant production manager and later was named general services manager. He retired in 1987.

Born in Frederick, the son of a Methodist minister, Mr. Archer graduated from Baltimore's City College and earned his bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He earned his master's in divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and was a Methodist minister before he joined The Baltimore Sun Co.

In the 1950s, he became a Lutheran and, as a lay minister, held positions and preached in churches belonging to the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

A former longtime Towson resident, he moved to Fallston in 1984 and joined Holy Communion Lutheran Church, where he was council president for several terms.

He was elected to the Synod Council for the Delaware-Maryland Synod and was active in Friends of the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Gettysburg, Pa., and was an advisory member of its board of directors.

A ham radio operator since 1952, his call letters were W3SKK. He also was interested in gardening and woodworking.

He was married for 34 years to Rosalie Sneeringer, who died in 1979. The following year, he married Clare C. Fox, who survives him.

Services for Mr. Archer will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Route 152 at Connolly Road, Fallston.

He is also survived by two sons, Lynn M. Archer of Glen Burnie and Dean T. Archer of Abingdon; and four grandchildren.

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