Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Gertrude Conger HorowitzComputer Analyst

Gertrude Conger Horowitz, 70, a computer analyst at Hood College for 18 years before retiring in 1999, died April 11 at Frederick Memorial Hospital from a pulmonary embolism and ovarian cancer. She lived in Middletown.

She was born in Lancaster, Pa., and was the great-granddaughter of Henry Clay Conger, who founded the Lewis and Conger department store in Manhattan. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Upsala College in New Jersey as well as a master's degree in computer science and an MBA from Hood College in Frederick.

She worked for AT&T as a computer programmer in New York and then left the workforce to raise her three children in the Washington area, where she lived for 42 years. She lived in Rockville, Damascus and Frederick. She then resumed her career, working for Hood College.

Mrs. Horowitz was active in the Beth Shalom Sisterhood and in the League of Women Voters, both in Frederick.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, John Horowitz of Middletown; three children, Elizabeth Horowitz of Gaithersburg, Carolyn Horowitz Southard of Dunn Loring and Daniel Horowitz of Alexandria; two sisters, Edith Conger Stedman of Gaithersburg and Margaret Conger Unsworth of Kendall Square, Mass.; and two grandchildren.

Winifred McMinimy MurphyTeacher, Homemaker

Winifred McMinimy Murphy, 100, a former junior high English and mathematics teacher in Washington, died of congestive heart failure May 6 at Ingleside at Rock Creek in the District.

Mrs. Murphy was born in Lewiston, Idaho, and grew up in Craigmont, Idaho, where her father was a lawyer for the Nez Perce Tribe. She moved to the Washington area in 1921, when her father took a law position with the Interior Department.

Living in Clarendon, she crossed the Potomac River via pontoon bridge (forerunner to the 14th Street Bridge) to attend Western High School, graduating in 1923. She received a bachelor's degree in English and mathematics in 1927 from the University of Maryland. She received a master's degree in mathematics from George Washington University in 1930.

She taught English and math at Taft Junior High School from 1929 to 1941 and then was a homemaker.

Mrs. Murphy was a founding member of the Alpha Rho chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority at the University of Maryland, a matron of Eastgate Lodge of the Eastern Star and a member of more than 10 choral societies in the Washington area. A lead soloist at Sherwood Presbyterian Church (now Northeastern) for 30 years, she was in recent years a member of National Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Raymond W. Murphy, died in 1977.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn J. Ahern of Cleveland; a son, Raymond W. Murphy Jr. of Great Falls; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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