Patricia P. Ritter, reporter

Patricia P. Ritter, a former Evening Sun reporter who later became a Life magazine staff writer, died Aug. 20 of pneumonia at the Atria assisted-living community in Kennebunk, Maine.

The Baltimore native was 83.

The daughter of a former president of United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co. and a homemaker, Patricia Phillips was raised on Northway in Guilford.

She attended Calvert School and graduated in 1947 from Bryn Mawr School. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

During the 1950s, Mrs. Ritter was a reporter for The Evening Sun. She left Baltimore and went to New York City to join the staff of Life magazine, where she covered science and wrote the "Life Goes to a Party" feature.

In 1958, she married Norman Ritter, another Life staff writer, and the couple lived in Washington and Atlanta before returning to New York City.

After her marriage, Mrs. Ritter left Life to raise her family, and since 1977 had lived in Kennebunk.

While living in Chappaqua, N.Y., she volunteered with the PTA and taught remedial reading.

She enjoyed painting, singing and appearing in amateur theatricals. She also was an avid golfer.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Ritter is survived by a son, Gordon Ritter of San Francisco; a daughter, Cynthia Ritter of Keene, N.H.; a brother, Brian Phillips of Kennebunk; and six grandchildren.

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