Priscilla L. Beirne, a retired Baltimore city public school educator who enjoyed reading, died Wednesday at her North Homeland residence from respiratory failure. She was 89.
The former Priscilla Griswold Long was the daughter of Dr. Perrin H. Long, who was head of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and a pioneer in the field of wonder drugs, and Elizabeth Griswold Long, a founder of the Baltimore chapter of Planned Parenthood. She was born in Hartford, Conn., and came to Baltimore when she was six weeks old, when her father joined Hopkins.
Raised on Thornhill Road in Homeland, she was a 1947 graduate of Roland Park Country School. She attended Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass., for two years. After marrying Patrick H. Walker in 1949, she transferred to Goucher College, and graduated in 1951.
Bonita J. Dancy, a retired Baltimore City Circuit Court judge whom earlier had been a domestic equity master for the Equity Master for 13 years, died Nov. 23 from Alzheimer's disease at Woodholme Gardens in Pikesville. She was 72.
Eulalia H. Barber, former director of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Baltimore City and Eastern Shore Home Care Providers who had been an active member of Olivet Baptist Church for 75 years, died in her sleep Nov. 17 at her Brooklyn Park home. She was 85.
Mrs. Beirne was an avid tennis player and reader, and for nearly 30 years was a member of the Miss Healy Book Club that takes its name from a former Roland Park Country School headmistress.
She had also been an active member since 1986 of the Xiamen Sister City Committee.
Plans for a memorial service to be held in January are incomplete.
Mrs. Beirne is survived by a son, Patrick H. Walker of Appomattox, Va.; a daughter, Elizabeth G. Cochran of Baltimore; a stepson, Daniel R. Beirne of Reisterstown; two stepdaughters, Mary B. Pearre of Union Bridge and Elizabeth B. Lippitt of Oak Park, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.