Kathleen M. Raver, 94

The Baltimore Sun

Kathleen M. Raver, a former educator and homemaker, died Friday at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville of complications after surgery. She was 94.

Kathleen Moore was born and raised in Denton. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1933 from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, and studied nutrition at Pennsylvania State University.

During the 1930s, she was a student dietitian at the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Dietetics, where she studied with Dr. Elmer V. McCollum, who had discovered Vitamin A in 1913, and his wife, Ernestine Becker McCollum, a Hopkins dietitian.

In 1937, she returned to Western Maryland College, where she worked as the college dietitian for several years. During World War II, she volunteered with the Red Cross, where she instructed civilians that proper nutrition was possible when using ration cards and victory gardens. She was married in 1938 to Milson C. Raver, who became the first executive secretary of the Maryland State Teachers Association in 1944. He died in 1991.

"She lived with her husband on a Finksburg farm that had been in his family for five generations," said a daughter, Anne Raver, an author who also writes the "In the Garden" column for The New York Times. "She enjoyed gardening and walking, and is the Kathleen I mention in the column."

Mrs. Raver had been a member of the Girl Scout Board of Central Maryland, and was a member of Maryland's Chapter C of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, a women's educational organization.

She was also a member of the Woman's Eastern Shore Society, Maryland Historical Society and the Carroll County Historical Society.

Mrs. Raver enjoyed collecting antiques and rugs. She was also an avid reader whose favorite topics included history, politics and travel. She also liked attending concerts of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and visiting the Walters Art Museum.

She was a longtime member of Emory United Methodist Church, 1600 Emory Road, Upperco, where a memorial service will be held at noon Saturday.

"The church bell will be tolled for her 94 years," Ms. Raver said.

Also surviving are a son, James Moore Raver of Cumberland; another daughter, Martha R. Carlson of Sandwich, N.H.; a brother, Charles Virgil Moore of Denton; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. Another son, M. Carroll Raver, died this year.

An obituary in yesterday's editions of The Sun for Kathleen M. Raver misstated the number of her great-grandchildren. She is survived by two great-grandchildren. The Sun regrets the error.
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