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Alice May Lewis Geyer, 98, Southern High...


Alice May Lewis Geyer, 98, Southern High teacher

Alice May Lewis Geyer, who taught English at Southern High School for almost five decades, died of a heart attack Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 98.

Born and raised in West Baltimore, Mrs. Geyer graduated from Western High School in 1920, where she was awarded the Peabody Medal for being top student.

She won a four-year scholarship to Goucher College through a competitive exam and graduated in 1924 as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. She earned a master's degree in English literature in 1951 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mrs. Geyer began teaching English at Southern High School in 1924 and remained there until her retirement as department chairwoman in 1972.

"They do not make teachers like her anymore," said Mrs. Geyer's sister, Sara Frances Lewis Faidley.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Stephens Traditional Episcopal Church in Timonium.

Mrs. Geyer is also survived by a cousin, Joan Marie Fernandez of Jacksonville, Fla., and friend Eugene Benjamin Adams of Catonsville.

John Richard Oare Sr., 81, longtime carpenter

John Richard Oare Sr., a carpenter who built custom homes in northern Baltimore County and southern Pennsylvania, died Thursday of congestive heart failure and kidney failure at his home in Parkville. He was 81.

Known as "Dick" to his friends and family, Mr. Oare was born and raised in the Govans section of Baltimore, attending Towson Catholic High School until being forced to go to work during the Depression. He married Anna C. DiVenanzio in 1940.

Mr. Oare learned the construction trade at the Fairfield Shipyards in Curtis Bay, building Liberty ships during the early years of World War II. He later served in the Navy in the Pacific.

"He told me that they were building ships so quickly that he once went an entire year without a day off," said his son, Robert D. Oare of Catonsville.

After returning from the war, Mr. Oare and his family settled in Parkville.

For many years, he built homes in northern Baltimore County and southern Pennsylvania, and the family lived for 15 years in a home he built in Monkton. His son, John Richard Oare Jr., lives in a house Mr. Oare built in York, Pa.

A memorial Mass will be held tomorrow at noon at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 9501 Loch Raven Blvd. Internment will be at 2 p.m. at the U.S. National Veterans Cemetery in Catonsville.

In addition to his wife and sons, Mr. Oare is survived by a daughter, Carole Anne Pauken of Memphis, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His son Douglas died in infancy.

Linda D. Lovell, 60, businesswoman

Linda D. Lovell, a homemaker and former Elkridge resident, died Wednesday of respiratory failure at Grand Strand Hospital in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was 60.

Mrs. Lovell had co-owned Gemini Home Improvement and Glass Craftsman, before moving to Conway, S.C., in 1996. She was married in 1958 to George E. Lovell, who survives her. Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Lovell is survived by two sons, George E. Lovell and David P. Lovell, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Cynthia L. Antoniolli of Pasadena; her mother, Hilda Sweikhardt of Baltimore; three sisters, Nancy Kuba of Conway, Cheryl Crusse of Mobile, Ala., and Jeanette Lawrence of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren.

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