Mary E. Bur, a registered nurse who was later executive director of the Maryland Lupus Foundation, died Sept. 12 of a hiatal hernia at her Roland Park Place home. The former Homeland resident was 88.
The former Mary Ellen Waters, the daughter of John Waters, a tool and die maker, and his wife, Helen Waters, a homemaker, was born in Philadelphia and raised in Ventnor City, New Jersey.
She was a 1946 graduate of Atlantic City High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1951 from Temple University in Philadelphia. From 1951 to 1953, she was executive secretary to the comptroller for the U.S. Army of Occupation in Heidelberg, Germany. She returned to New York City, where she was public relations director and literary chairman for the American Association for the United Nations.
In 1954, she moved to Wilmington, Delaware, when she took a job as a DuPont Co. secretary, and it was while she was working at DuPont that she met and fell in love with Lawrence J. Bur Jr., an advertising executive, whom she married in 1956.
They later moved to Baltimore, and Mrs. Bur was 38 when she returned to college and earned her nursing degree from the Community College of Baltimore. She subsequently was a registered nurse at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Baltimore.
She left nursing in 1984 when she was named executive director of the Maryland Lupus Foundation, a position she held until retiring in 1992.