Charlotte Sue Zentz Lister, retired pharmacist who was a docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art, dies – Baltimore Sun

Charlotte Sue Zentz Lister, a retired pharmacist who taught at the Baltimore Museum of Art, died of dementia on July 3 at Inspir Carnegie Hill in New York. The former Pikesville resident was 98 years old.

Born in Baltimore and raised above her father’s pharmacy, she was the daughter of Milton Zentz and Dora Barshack, a housewife.

She attended Robert E. Lee School No. 49 and graduated from Forest Park High School, where she met her future husband, Leonard Lister. She attended Goucher College and transferred to the University of Maryland where she was the only woman in her pharmacy class.

As a pharmacist, she worked alongside her father in his store, initially located on West Pratt Street and later on Park Heights Avenue in northwest Baltimore.

“Unlike many women of her time, Charlotte trained and pursued a professional career as a pharmacist following in her father’s footsteps,” said friend Ann Teat Gallant.

She married Leonard Lister, a physician and internist, in 1944. They raised their family in Baltimore and later Brevard, North Carolina, where she worked in a pharmacy, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where he worked in medicine. industrial.

She returned to Baltimore and enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

“She was a professor at the Baltimore Museum of Art and she had a passion for the Impressionists,” said one son, Dr. Philip Lister.

She was a vibrant force.

One granddaughter, Molly Weissman said: ‘She was a prodigious learner and a voracious reader. She was whimsical, often wearing a mix of patterns and colors. She was caring and kind, but never one to swallow criticism. She was horrified by the politics of today’s world and donated to causes she believed in.

A friend, Pamela Shuggi, said: Charlotte was a very special person. I have memories of sipping a soda and discussing life with her. She advised me not to give up either on the work front or in the search for a companion. We chatted for a while and she told me the secret to quitting smoking: celery.

Her social worker, Ellen Finney, said: ‘She loved mysteries and adopted the nickname Sherlock Holmes as she was always quick to point out any anomalies or anything she noticed was wrong. She paid attention to thoroughness and mundane details throughout her days and reported on her findings.

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Ms Finney also said: ‘She was always quick with a curious quip followed by a hearty laugh. She was a generous soul, always trying to provide us with a variety of items that meant something to her.

“While she was here [living in New York] she taught us so much, and in death she will continue to teach the next generation of future doctors as she chose to donate her body to medical science.

For many years, Ms. Lister resided at the Colonnade on West University Parkway and belonged to two book clubs.

Her neighbor Debby Hellman said: ‘Charlotte has been a precious girlfriend, someone I could talk to about just about anything. I remember during the first weeks of the pandemic…Charlotte and I had a phone conversation from our balconies.

“It was a pleasure to see each other clearly from our respective perches as we talked on the phone,” Ms Hellman said. “Sometimes I’d give her a few pieces of rugelach I’d made and she’d send me back some of her rose-carved radishes. She was a lovely neighbor and a wonderful friend.

Her friend Mrs Gallant said: ‘She was smart and stylish. Even when she opted to start wearing sturdy orthopedic shoes, she completed the outfit with a colorful Marimekko dress and arts and crafts jewelry.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Eric Lister of Portland, Maine, and Dr. Philip Lister of New York; one sister, Marlene Brown of Delray Beach, Florida; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, Dr. Leonard Lister, died in 1988. A granddaughter, Liza Lister, died in 1996.

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