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Harriet Jane Lathroum

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Harriet J. Lathroum of Honey Brook Harriet Jane (Davis) Lathroum, 86, of Honey Brook, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Brandywine Hospital following a brief illness. Born on Sept. 28, 1926 in Seattle, Washington, she was daughter of Ray Nathan Davis and Jane (Parry) Davis, both educators. After the death of her father in 1940, Harriet and her family moved across the country to Virginia. She graduated from Herndon High School in Herndon, Va. in 1943 and from there attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., where she majored in mathematics. Upon her graduation in 1947, she studied mathematics at the graduate school of the University of Maryland, where she taught returning veterans from WW II. There she met Leo Wesley "Red" Lathroum, another mathematician, and they married on July 3, 1948. Together, they settled in suburban Washington, D.C. and had three children. After more than a decade raising children, Mrs. Lathroum returned to teaching mathematics in Prince George's County, Md. She ended her career in the Queen Anne's County school system on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she and her husband moved in 1973. She continued to live in Queenstown, Md. for the next 33 years. Shortly after her husband died in 2002, Mrs. Lathroum moved to Honey Brook, to be near her daughter, Barbara Lathroum of Downingtown. She spent her last years at Heatherwood Retirement Community. Mrs. Lathroum lived a long and rich life. She was a lifelong member of the American Association of University Women. Wherever she lived, she was active in community affairs. Most recently, she was an active member and officer in The Kent Island Federation of Art in Stevensville, Maryland, and an avid supporter of the arts in Queen Anne's County. She and her husband were enthusiastic square dancers and they traveled widely. To every situation, Mrs. Lathroum brought a keen intelligence and a vibrant sense of humor. Many will miss her infectious laugh. Mrs. Lathroum is survived by a brother, Byron Davis of Manassas Park, Va., and a sister, Mrs. Nancy Davis Costa of Adelaide, South Australia; a daughter, Barbara Lathroum of Downingtown, Pa.; two sons, Robert Lathroum of Kingman, Ariz. and William Lathroum of Glen Burnie, Md.; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. The family will hold a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd at Heatherwood Retirement Community, 3180 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. The family requests no flowers. Contributions may be made to the Kent Island Federation of Art, 405 Main Street, Stevensville, MD 21666, or to the , 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Arrangements are being handled by the James J. Terry Funeral Home.

Published in The Daily Local on Feb. 26, 2013
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