Alice Irene Hare, a retired Johns Hopkins University student-loan officer who wrote about high school sports in the 1940s for The Evening Sun, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 23 at St. Agnes HealthCare. A resident of Charlestown Retirement Community for the past 15 years, she was 81.
Born Alice Irene Brown in Baltimore and raised in the Gwynns Falls section, she was a 1941 graduate of Western High School, where she was class secretary for three years and athletic association president for four years.
She also was an editor of the school's yearbook, Westward Ho! After graduation, she became a newsroom clerk and within a few months began writing high school sports news under the name Irene Brown. She later wrote a column, "Ladies Only," and covered numerous sporting events until leaving the newspaper in 1951.
After raising her family, Mrs. Hare became a student-loan officer for Hopkins. She retired in 1989.
Services were held Tuesday at Charlestown.
Her husband of 33 years, Lawrence V. Hare Jr., an executive in the machine tool industry, died in 1978.
Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Hare Cutchin of Frederick; a brother, Frederick W. Brown of Timonium; three sisters, E. Myrta Schiller and Amy Ellen Donnelly, both of Catonsville, and Doris Wilson of Reisterstown; two granddaughters; and two stepgrandchildren. A daughter, Holly Wade Hare, died in 1962.