Gertrude Bradley Dalrymple, 83, a longtime Bethesda resident and the founder and former editor of the old Bethesda Record, a weekly newspaper, was killed Sept. 2 when the car in which she was a passenger was struck by another vehicle near Port Republic, Md.

A spokesman for the Maryland State Police said Mrs. Dalrymple, who was riding in a car driven by Jeannine C. Bateman, 81, of Port Republic, was killed instantly when the car failed to yield to on-coming traffic and was struck by another automobile at the intersection of Maryland routes 2 and 264. Charges against Bateman are pending, police said.

Mrs. Dalrymple, who lived in Port Republic, was born in Richwood, W.Va. She graduated from West Virginia University. She moved to the Washington area in 1932. During the early 1940s, she founded The Bethesda Record and ran the newspaper until it ceased publication in the late 1950s.

She later wrote histories of Bethesda and the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, where she was a member. She worked briefly as a secretary at the National Institutes of Health before moving to Port Republic in 1965.

Her first husband, Reed Bradley, died in 1958. Her second husband, William L. Dalrymple, died in 1980.

Survivors include a daughter, Jane Lowe of Whitman, Md., and a sister, Willa Vincent of Oregon.