This page pays tribute to those Doves who are no longer with us.

The Executive Board and Committee Members of WHSAA, Inc. would like to express their sincere condolences to the families of these Departed Alumnae.

If you know of a Westernite who has passed away, and would like to share it with other alumnae, please submit verifiable information (copy of obituary or funeral program) to   If you have a photograph, you are welcome to send that as well.   You may pay tribute to a friend or loved one regardless of how many years have gone by.
Merle Smith, Class of 1973
All services for Merle E. Smith will be at the Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ
1063 West Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21223
Friday 21, 2020 Time:4:00pm-7:00 pm
Saturday 22, 2020 Wake: 10:00am-10:30am
Funeral: 10:30am Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions the services on Saturday, August 22nd will be limited to 55 people which will be Merle’s family.
Please be respectful of this restriction. The services will be live-stream. Information regarding the livestream will be sent later. Face coverings must be worn during all services.
Expressions of condolences can be sent to Merle’s cousin
Theresa McEachern
3506 Wild Cherry Road
Baltimore MD 21244
Please continue to keep the family in prayer.
Faye Johnson Mager
Class of 1957

Faye Johnson Mager of Annapolis and Virginia Beach passed away peacefully on July 18, 2020 at the age of 81. Faye was born in Baltimore, MD to the late Dr. William R. Johnson and Naomi Lucille (Allen) Johnson. Faye graduated in 1957 from both Western High School and the Peabody Preparatory Department where she studied Piano. Faye then went on to the University of Maryland and graduated in 1962 with a degree in Social Work. Her professional career as a social services caseworker spanned from 1962 to 1994 and included positions with the Howard County Department of Welfare, Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, and Anne Arundel Medical Center. Over the course of these assignments she worked tirelessly to help individuals and families in need as one of our community's personal links to the most vulnerable in our society. Faye met her husband, Irving "Pete" Mager Jr., while taking dance lessons and they were married in 1965, settling initially in Laurel MD. After her two children were born, the family moved to Annapolis, MD and established residency in Admiral Heights. Strong in her faith, she was an active member of Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis for 44 years where she directed Children's Sunday School and served on various committees. She was also a proud member of the Severn Town Club, through which she organized a group that worked with parents of battered children. Her love of animals, particularly her dogs, led her to pursue animal welfare legislation at the state level. Faye enjoyed the fine arts, ballroom dancing, ice skating shows, socializing with friends, and shopping on QVC. She would go anywhere that involved good food, music, or dancing. She also loved to travel, completing many journeys throughout the United States and Canada, as well as various countries over multiple continents including Europe, Asia, and Australia. But most of all, Faye enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was married to the late Irving Mager Jr. for 52 years and is survived by son William Grant Mager; daughter-in-law Kendall Loker Mager; grandchildren Robert Zachary Mager, Blake DeSales Mager, and Ava Lin Mager; son Stuart Patrick Mager; daughter-in-law Lesli Reyes Mager; and grandchildren Aryel Reyes Mager, Aiyana Reyes Mager, and Liam Reyes Mager. Also surviving are step-daughter Tami Litvak and her husband Jeff Litvak; grandchild Amber O'Brien and husband Richard O'Brien; great grandchild Sawyer O'Brien; grandchild Gerrit Lewis and his wife Valerie Lewis; great grandchild Nala Lewis; grandchildren Katie Lewis, Elizabeth Fine and husband Josh Fine, and Rebecca Lewis; step-son Bryan Mager and his wife Marsha Mager; and grandchild Tara Mager. A private burial will be held on September 6th in Elkridge, MD. A celebration of life gathering for her large circle of friends is intended for a future date post-COVID. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037.

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Published in The Capital Gazette on Aug. 9, 2020.

Submitted by Stuart Mager

Karen Lynn Smith, Class of 1982

Submitted by Natalie Haskins, Class of 1982

Tyra A. Hemsley-Womack, Class of 1980

Submitted by JA Gilchrist

Departed Alum from the Class of 1979
(Information provided by Jacqueline Pimento-Thornton
Class of 79 40th Class Reunion Secretary/December, 2019)

Jacqueline Josey
Carolyn Fisher
Patricia D. Kinsler
Carolyn Coleman
Michelle Coleman
Robin Hightower

Vida Harrell
Audrey Mack
Belzora Joppy
Jean Nepa
Cheryl L. Bradley
Lona Rhodes

Catherine Jones
Judy L. Stone
Stephanie Royster
Felicia Davis
Earline Little
Alma Crips

Keysha Stewart
Class of 1991

Submitted by Teri Cussaac, Class of 1991

Departed Alum from the Class of 1989
(Information provided by Aimee Ayers/August, 2019)
Sunee Atkins
Margaret Boyd
Kim Brown Higgins
Kahlala Carter
Sharonda Graham
Denise Shaw Harrison
Nadine Herbert
Diane Ostrofsky, Class of 1960

Peacefully and with dignity, Diane died April 17th (2019).

What I remember most about this Ostrofsky daughter was her steely intolerance to injustice.

My sister-in-law was born during World War II. Diane was of that young, vibrant generation of teen soldiers who, early on, fought the battle for civil rights. Diane was arrested in sit-ins protesting segregation and she proudly stood tall at the historic March on Washington.

As a dedicated history teacher in New York City, Diane was able to impart her personal story to her students to inspire them to help bend the moral arc of the universe towards justice.

I always admired Diane’s unwavering principled stand which came at the forefront of the civil rights movement at a time when it was highly unpopular and sometimes profoundly dangerous to espouse those views.

Thank you Diane for your passion and resolve. We who loved you will try to carry on your desire to make this a better world.

Submitted by Sandy Ostrofsky Gordon (Class of 1964), tribute written by Lee Gordon (brother-in-law)


Nadine Brown-Pulliam, Class of 1970

October 3, 1952 - January 11, 2019
Services entrusted to Vaughn Greene Funeral Services (York Rd location)
Submitted by Nicole Loney

Dr. Shawyn Jenkins (Williams), Class of 1994

Submitted by Nicole Loney

Michelle M. Bell, Class of 1994

Submitted by Nicole Loney

Le'Tanya Powell, Class of 1994

Submitted by Stacey Gales

Sarika Satterfield (McCoy), Class of 1994

Submitted by Stacey Gales

Departed Alum from the Class of 1973
(Information provided by Class Historian, Merle Smith/October, 2018)

Carol A. Armstrong

Diane Bass

Darlene R. Blackwell

Castillia Boone Lowery

Catherine M. Bowers

Blanche U. Brooks

Mercedes L. Drone

Juanez K. Easley

Sharon D. Furlow

Allie Floyd Coclough

  Kathy Gaines

Chianne D. Garnes

Toni Glover Jones

Janet Gregg Shaw

Karen Hare

Ann Harris

Leila M. Haynes

Gloria Hopkins

Janice Johnson

Rhonda Mobley

Karen Poulson

Valerie Pulley Jones

Karen Queen Harvey

Janine Readmond

Jo-Ann Scott Morton

Pamela J. Thompson Downer

Paula Tobias

Sherron B. Tucker

Marleen V. Venter

Chappell A. Wagner

 Linda Hinnant Johnson

Amy Lynn Robertson, Class of 1986

On May 10, 2015, Detective Amy Lynn Robertson departed this life after a battle with Leukemia.  She was 46 years old and a 28 year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department.  She also owned a Dreamz Travel Agency.
Her "Linkedin" profile can be viewed at
Submitted by Patricia McMillan, Class of 1986

Keyona Alexis Mark, Class of 2008

July 6, 1990 - March 1, 2018

Lori Goodman, Class of 1984

As a student at Western, she was an outstanding member of the dance team.
She returned to Western to share her expertise with the current students as dance teacher
and coach of the school’s award winning Dance Team for several years.
She was also the mother of our fellow alumna,
Zori Patrick (Class of 2012).

Michal Neverdon Merritt, Class of 1967

Michal Neverdon Merritt passed away on January 25, 2016.

Rosetta Gasque, Class of 1975

November 20, 1957 - April 5, 2010

Victoria Stevenson, Class of 1968

The Western High School Alumnae Association, Inc. continues to acknowledge fond memories of Mrs. Victoria Stevenson. She was a proud 1968 graduate of Western High School. She spent her entire professional career, 39 years to be exact, as an educator at her alma mater, retiring as the Math Department Chair in 2012. She was also a dedicated and long-time supporter of the Alumnae Association. She is truly missed. The current students have the opportunity to benefit continuing education with the awarding of the Victoria Stevenson Scholarship Fund, established in her name.

Muriel Handy, Class of 1967

Muriel Handy passed away on April 2, 2015

Dr. Rebecca Byrd, Class of 1975

Dr. Rebecca Byrd, Class of 1975,
passed away on April 8, 2010.
"Becky," as she was affectionately known by her classmates at Western, went to
medical school, and then on to become a doctor of Internal Medicine.

Paula Winslow, Class of 1977

Paula, after a short illness, passed away on September 13, 1996. She went to Morgan State University and earned a B. S. degree in Information System/Business. She was a member of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Inc. While employed by Baltimore City Public Schools as a substitute teacher, she continued to pursue her education at Coppin State College in the Master of Education program. Submitted by, Karen Thomas. Life comes at you fast.

Margaret R. Boyd, Class of 1989

January 3 1971- August 16, 2015
Margaret Rebecca Boyd passed with peace and grace on August 16th 2015, with her family at her side. For twenty years, Margaret worked as a Pre-Educator professional at the Maryland School for the Blind.

Margo Gibson Hughes, Class of 1982

Margo Gibson Hughes departed this life suddenly on February 3, 2012, at Franklin Memorial Hospital, in the presence of her loving husband, Herbert Hughes.

Rachell Webb, Class of 1975

Rachell passed away on February 23, 2015.

Lynn Tyler, Class of 1971

Lynn Tyler, class of 1971, passed on Saturday, July 30, 2011.

Carol Thomas Willis, Class of 1971

Ms. Willis passed away in August 2012.

Dorothy Jean Hobson Reisenweber, Graduated in the 1940s

Dorothy Jean Hobson Reisenweber passed away on August 23, 2012.

Georgia Gress Hager, Class of 1960

Georgia was born in November 20, 1941, and died March 13, 2002, in Virginia Beach, VA.
Submitted by her lifelong friend, Nancy L. Waters Lauer (class of Feb 1960)

Nanette Maria Contee, Class of 1975

Nanette Maria Contee passed in 1978. Loving sister of Marsha Contee White, Class of 1966. And best friend and god-sister, Juernene 'Chippy' Bass, Class of 1975.

Ursula Edith Rasken Geoghegan, Class of 1960

Ursula born August 4, 1942 and died December 28, 2004. She retired from BG&E, and lived in Ocean Pines until her death. Submitted by her lifelong friend, Nancy L. Waters Lauer (class of Feb 1960)

D. Winifred (Urban) Alt, Class of 1931

D. Winifred (Urban) Alt, Class of 1931, passed away on February 4, 2010 at 5 a.m.
After graduating from WHS, she attended Goucher College (1931-1933),
Maryland Institute College of Art (1951-1952),
and received her Bachelors of Science degree in 1955, from John Hopkins University.
She was employed with the Enoch Pratt Library until she retired.
Information submitted by her son, David Alt.

Sherryl Ryce Parrish, Class of 1974

It is with a very, very heavy heart that I post this information. This was my best friend for many years. Sherryl passed away on Tuesday July 19, 2011, from cancer. She is survived by two adult children, a grandson, one sister and one brother, along with a large group of other family members and friends.

Helen Besley Overington, Class of 1924

In 1928, Helen graduated from Goucher College and began teaching Biology and General Science in New York and Maryland. She earned a Master's degree in Cyology and Genetics from Cornell University in 1930. While at Cornell, she worked under Barbara McClintock, who would go on to earn a Nobel Prize for genetics in 1984, for work done during the time Helen assisted.

Debra Diane Hurtt, Class of 1970

Ms. Hurtt passed away on January 1, 2011. She was employed as a Clerical Associate at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 40 years. Lovingly submitted by Adriane Hill, Class of 1975 & Cathy Hill Ruffin, Class of 1979

Mrs. Karalee West, Class of 1958 (February Class)

Karalee died on December 26, 2010. She had fond memories of Western, where she received a top education and met lots of lifelong friends. Submitted by her husband, Richard L. Jones