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Helen C. Cromer, led public TV volunteers

Helen C. Cromer, coordinator of volunteers at educational television station WEDU-Ch.3, died Tuesday (June 11, 1991) at Tampa General Hospital. She was 70. She died of pneumonia, said Leah Rickenbacker, the station's vice president of administration and a longtime friend.

Mrs. Cromer suffered a heart attack in September, Mrs. Rickenbacker said, from which she never totally recovered. But she remained officially in charge of the station's volunteers, which number between 600 and 700 and contribute about 15,000 hours a year.

"She managed to keep a rein on them and records on them," Mrs. Rickenbacker said.

Mrs. Cromer took charge of the volunteers in 1987 after nearly 20 years as coordinator of the station's fund-raising auctions. WEDU switched that year from the auctions to other forms of fund-raising.

Mrs. Cromer was born in Roanoke, Va., and moved to Tampa in 1955.

Survivors include her husband, Samuel; a daughter, Phyllis Scarborough, Yorba Linda, Calif.; two sisters, Isabel Thrasher and Melva White, both of Roanoke; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Friends may call today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Curry & Son Funeral Home, 605 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. A funeral service will be at the funeral home at 3 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Roanoke.

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