Longtime Georgetowner Worth Bateman Dies
By August 14, 2023 0 707•
Worth Bateman, who lived on the west side of Georgetown with his wife, Grace, and their family since 1980, died peacefully on Aug. 6. He was 85-years-old and had cancer.
Born on a small farm in Carroll County, Maryland, Worth earned an undergraduate degree at McDaniel College, and a Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University.
He had a career in government, working at the Defense Department and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Johnson administration, and at the Department of Energy in the Carter Administration. From 1969 until 1977, he was Senior Vice President at the Urban Institute, where he led research on social policy affecting urban areas. He founded the Land Use Center there, which focused on how government policies affect development patterns.
Worth was a skilled carpenter, an avid sailor, and an accomplished chef. After he retired, he operated a wine-grape vineyard on the Maryland farm where he was born, and wrote plays and published several books of poetry. He loved opera and baseball, following the Orioles from their first game in Baltimore in 1954, until mid-way through their amazing season this year.
Worth was a good neighbor, and a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. Services at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and inurnment at Holy Rood Cemetery are private.