Baltimore Sun. Obituary published May 15 1992:
Elisabeth W. Duff, Community activist
A memorial service for Elisabeth W. Duff, who was on the board of the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point from 1968 to 1978 and was active in the successful campaign to block highway construction there, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Memorial Episcopal Church, West Lafayette Avenue and Bolton Street in Bolton Hill. Mrs. Duff, 78, died Monday at Church Hospital of heart and respiratory illnesses. A resident of the Church Home for about two years, she had lived earlier in Roland Park, Mount Washington and Federal Hill.
The former Elisabeth Wrightson was born at Sherwood Manor, a family farm in the Claiborne area of the Eastern Shore. She graduated from St. Michael's High School in 1932.
She was employed at the St. Michaels Bank between 1934 and 1946, a period when she won sailing championships at the Miles River Yacht Club in her 25-foot boat rigged like a log canoe.
She moved to Baltimore after her marriage in 1946 to Charles B. Duff, an insurance executive who was president of the Baltimore Opera Company before his death in 1983.
She was a staunch believer in the innocence of her cousin, Alger Hiss, who was convicted of perjury in 1950 for denying he gave secret documents to Whitaker Chambers for transmission to Communists.
She is survived by a son, Charles B. Duff Jr. of Baltimore; a brother, retired Army Col. Samuel H. Wrightson of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a grandson.
The family suggested memorial contributions to Jubilee Baltimore.