Recent stories by Jacques Kelly

Patricia B. Tatar, Bank of Baltimore official

Patricia B. "Pat" Tatar, a former Bank of Baltimore official, died of complications of pneumonia Sept. 24 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 83.

Clifton Mansion transformed in $7 million restoration

In the summer of 2013, I visited the Clifton Mansion that sits atop the little hill in the Northeast Baltimore park and golf course as a $7 million restoration effort had just started.

Joseph V. Ridgely, Edgar Allan Poe scholar

Joseph Vincent Ridgely, a retired university professor who studied 19th Century Southern writers and was an Edgar Allen Poe scholar, died of complications of atrial fibrillation Sept. 27 in Silver Spring. The long time Roland Park resident was 93.

David Chirinos

David Chirinos, a former Marine Corps corporal who served in Afghanistan, died of complications of cancer and liver failure Sept. 13 at his Parkville home. He was 27.

Ida Goldberg, school fundraiser

Ida Goldberg, who raised funds for Jewish schools and had an award given out in her honor at the Talmudical Academy, died of renal failure Sept. 27 at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. The former Mount Washington resident was 104.

John M. Crocker, plumbing supply owner

John Morris Crocker, former owner of a Maryland Avenue plumbing supply business, died of kidney failure Sept. 23 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. The former Glen Arm resident was 95.

Walter E. Black Jr., chief judge of U.S. District Court for Md.

Walter Evan Black Jr., a retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland who ruled against the City of Baltimore in its efforts to acquire the Colts after the team moved to Indianapolis, died of Parkinson's disease complications Monday at his Easton home. The former Roland Park area resident was 88.

Peter J. Vogelberger Jr., nuclear engineer

Peter John Vogelberger Jr., a retired nuclear engineer and past president of Teledyne Energy Systems who headed the development of devices used in 1970s space exploration, died of undetermined causes Sept. 7 at his Lutherville home. He was 82.

John Hasslinger Jr., accountant

John "Jack" M.E. Hasslinger Jr., an accountant who managed a well-known family seafood business, died of heart disease Tuesday at his Mount Airy home. He was 63.

Former Sun reporter Joseph F. Nawrozki III dies at 70

Joseph F. Nawrozki III, a retired Baltimore Sun reporter who earlier had been on the staff of the old News American, died Saturday at his Bel Air home of leukemia. He was 70.

George E. Hauver, APG physicist

George Edgar Hauver, a retired Aberdeen Proving Ground scientist and amateur photographer who was a first-place winner in photo contests, died of dementia complications Sept. 17 at Bloom Assisted Living in Hilton Head, S.C. The former Bel Air resident was 87.

Carol E. Hackney, farmer

Carol Elizabeth Hackney, who worked in agriculture management who had a Carroll County farm, died of stroke complications Aug. 29 at the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville. The Eldersburg resident was 86.

Robert G. Keenan Sr., teacher and deacon

Robert Gately Keenan Sr., a retired Baltimore County public schools agriculture teacher who was a Roman Catholic deacon, died of a brain tumor Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Parkville resident was 77.

Vivienne Shub

Vivienne Shub, who played eccentric personalities as she delighted Baltimore theater audiences during a long and lauded run here, died of heart failure Thursday morning at the Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson.

From summer retreat to suburban haven, Sudbrook Park retains an original charm

Residents of Sudbrook Park are celebrating the community's 125th anniversary this week. It's been a quiet birthday party, in keeping with the neighborhood's subdued ways. A gathering was held on one of the neighborhood community triangle spaces where its curving streets bend.

Richard W. Parsons, Baltimore County librarian

Richard William Parsons, a retired Baltimore County librarian who also spent nearly 50 years as a residential advocate for Towson, died of cancer Monday at his Woodbine Avenue home. He was 87.

Octavia Dugan, Cross Keys boutique owner

Octavia Dugan, who founded a Village of Cross Keys boutique and was considered an arbiter of traditional fashion, died in her sleep of undetermined causes Saturday at Palm City Nursing Home in Palm City, Fla. The former Cromwell Valley resident was 98.

William A. Seiler III, real estate developer

William A. Seiler III, a retired real estate developer who was a U.S. Professional Tennis Association coach, died of liver failure in his sleep Aug. 30 at his Monkton home. He was 80.

William L. Hawkins Jr., insurance executive

William L. Hawkins, Jr., a retired insurance executive active in Catonsville softball, died of Parkinson's disease complications Sept. 10 at Suburban Hospital in Norristown, Pa. He was 88.

Priscilla Menzies, equine painter

Priscilla Fuller Menzies, an equine painter whose subjects include the fabled thoroughbreds Native Dancer and Secretariat, died of stroke complications Aug. 24 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The former Butler resident was 94.

Edgar Nash III, real estate broker

Edgar Nash III, a retired real estate broker who had been associated with the old Morgan Millwork Co,. died of heart disease Sept. 2 at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center in Easton. The St. Michaels resident was 86.

Philip Filner, molecular biologist

Philip Filner, a retired molecular biologist and community activist, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 6 at his Lutherville home. He was 75.

Barbara Dreyer, founder of online education firm

Barbara Dreyer, the chief executive officer and co-founder of an online educational business that served students who were not in traditional classrooms, died of breast cancer Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The White Hall resident was 59.

Verna Mae Cann, social services worker

Verna Mae Peacock Cann, a retired social worker and church musician, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 27 at Sinai Hospital. The Parkton resident was 81.

Albert A. Logan Jr., Boys' Latin teacher

Albert Asbury "Ab" Logan, a retired Boys' Latin School teacher who worked in Baltimore neighborhood organizing in the 1970s, died of cancer Aug. 25 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Cockeysville resident was 70.

Joan Erbe, artist

Joan Erbe, a prolific and successful artist who painted whimsical characters doused with wit and satire, died of stroke complications Aug. 21 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Cheswolde resident was 87.

J. Bruce Innes, health care executive

John Bruce Innes Jr., a former marketing executive for Genesis Health Ventures who was later a senior housing consultant, died July 22 of brain injuries suffered in a fall while he was vacationing in Greece. The Lutherville resident was 70.

Edith H. Cooper

Edith Henrietta Cooper, a retired Baltimore city public school crossing guard who was once voted the city's most popular safety officer in a newspaper contest, died of a respiratory ailment Aug 20 at Saint Agnes Medical Center. The Irvington resident was 92.

Liberty Tsakalos, H&S Bakery treasurer, dies

Liberty Tsakalos, a former corporate treasurer who managed the retail shop of the H&S Bakery, the Southeast Baltimore family-owned business that was co-founded by her husband, brother and father, died Tuesday of Alzheimer's disease complications at her Harbor East home. She was 94.

George J. Andreadakis, meat firm owner

George J. Andreadakis, a retired founder a wholesale beef firm who also owned a Towson restaurant, died of heart disease Monday at his Pikesville home. He was 91.

Lacrosse player Devin Cook remembered as motivated and popular

Devin Cook's community college lacrosse coach said that the 20-year-old, a business major who was active in lacrosse leagues around the city, wanted to use sports as a way of getting a scholarship and completing college.

Burger stand serves up root beer and nostalgia in Rosedale

Fans make pilgrimages to this Stewart's franchise on Pulaski Highway, the truck-battered stretch of U.S. 40 in eastern Baltimore County, to recall the food experiences of their youth.

Robert W. Awalt Sr., home builder

Robert W. Awalt Sr., who built homes in West Baltimore and in Howard County, died of kidney failure July 26 at his Annapolis home. He was 91.

John G. Sakellaris, Baltimore attorney

Rev. Joseph Messer, Roman Catholic priest

The Rev. Father Joseph Valentine Messer, a Roman Catholic priest who served in Glen Burnie and Severna Park, died Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 90.

Arnold M. Jolivet, director of the Maryland Minority Contractors Association, dies

Arnold M. Jolivet, a longtime advocate for minority- and women-owned businesses who was a familiar presence at City Hall, died Sunday morning at Sinai Hospital. The Village of Cross Keys resident was 71.

Russell J. White, trial attorney

Russell J. White, a retired trial attorney who won an acquittal in a nationally watched case in 1980 in which his client was accused of shooting boys throwing snowballs at his house, died of dementia complications Wednesday at the Heart Home in Lutherville. The Mays Chapel North resident was 85.

Ernest L. Caldwell Jr.

Ernest L. Caldwell Jr., a retired senior city planner and urban designer who did early studies for what became Oriole Park at Camden Yards, died of complications of Parkinson's disease July 8. The Stoneleigh resident was 74.

Sister Mary Mark Walsh

Sister Mary Mark Walsh, a retired teacher who was a member of the Sisters of Mercy for nearly 78 years, died of heart failure Saturday at the Villa, her order's Baltimore County retirement home. She was 97.

Police find missing rower dead in Talbot County

A 76-year-old St. Michael's man was found dead Sunday after he went missing while rowing in Broad Creek in Talbot County, Maryland Natural Resources police said.

Claudine Snowden, librarian

Claudine Snowden, a retired business school teacher and University of Maryland library worker, died of a respiratory ailment Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 92.

Patricia D. Johnson, teacher

Patricia Dixon Johnson, a retired teacher and educational volunteer, died of heart failure Monday at Roland Park Place. She was 90 and had lived in Phoenix in Baltimore County.

Patricia Wright

Patricia Wright, a retired college librarian and music aficionado, died of a pulmonary embolism Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 79.

Ann E. Stromberg, orthoptist

Ann Elizabeth Stromberg, a retired orthoptist who worked with children with eye conditions and trained medical students during her six-decade career, died of Alzheimer's disease June 4 at Somerford Home in Columbia. The Ellicott City resident was 91.

John W. Trageser Jr., mechanical engineer

John W. Trageser Jr., a retired mechanical engineer who headed a contracting firm, died of cancer Sunday at his Lutherville home. He was 88.

Charles A. Powell, electrical engineer

Charles A. Powell, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. electrical engineer, died of a stroke June 21. The Cockeysville resident was 89.

Walter Stankowski, tavern owner

Walter T. "Lucky" Stankowski, the retired owner of a Fells Point tavern and packaged goods store known for its Saturday afternoon music-making sessions, died of cancer June 17 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Highlandtown resident was 89.

James E.T. Hopkins, thoracic surgeon and World War II veteran

Dr. James Ellicott Tyson Hopkins, a retired thoracic surgeon and decorated World War II veteran who drew from his battlefield experience to advocate for the use of body armor, died Monday of heart failure at his home near Bel Air. He was 99.

Elliott A. Brager, lawyer and fundraiser

Elliott A. Brager, an attorney who was an accomplished fundraiser for HIV treatment and research, died of heart failure Monday at his Mount Washington home. He was 72.

Carlton Dotson, lottery spokesman

Carlton H. Dotson, a retired public relations spokesman for the Maryland State Lottery and tennis player who helped integrate the Druid Hill tennis courts in the late 1940s, died of stroke complications Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. A resident of Eutaw Place in Reservoir Hill, he was 82.

Rita R. Martin, counseled homeless women

Rita R. Martin, a counselor of homeless women at a Better Waverly residence, died of multiple myeloma and infection complications Monday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Lochearn resident was 69.

Steven Hsiao, Johns Hopkins scientist

Dr. Steven S. Hsiao, a Johns Hopkins scientist who studied how the brain perceives the shape, size and texture of three-dimensional objects, died of lung cancer June 16 at Hopkins Hospital.

Ann Kemp Thomas, volunteer

Ann Kemp Thomas, a homemaker who was a founder of Beautiful Baltimore, died of heart failure May 28 at the Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 84 and lived in Roland Park.

Odis Lee Sistrunk, police lieutenant colonel

Odis Lee Sistrunk Jr., a retired Baltimore Police Department lieutenant colonel known as the "Big O," died of undetermined causes May 19 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 65.

Franklin W. Trapnell, Army colonel

Franklin Waters "Buck" Trapnell Jr., a retired Army colonel who served in Vietnam, died of a heart attack May 31 while visiting family near Richmond, Va. The former Roland Park resident was 77.

Millie Tyssowski, Social Security budgeting official

Millie Tyssowski, a retired Medicare executive and Social Security Administration budgeting official, died of congestive heart failure May 16 at Sinai Hospital. The Dickeyville resident was 93.

Dr. Stanley R. Platman, psychiatrist

Dr. Stanley Roy Platman, a retired psychiatrist and health administrator recalled as a champion of community-based mental health services, died after heart surgery May 7 at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. The Guilford resident was 79.

Kurt Bluemel, ornamental plant grower

Kurt Bluemel, a perennial nursery owner and plants man who was called the "Johnny Appleseed of ornamental grasses," died Wednesday of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Baldwin resident was 81.

Kim Leatherman

Kim Alan Leatherman, who had owned a Talbot County landscaping business and was a charity auctioneer, died of pulmonary fibrosis May 9 at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester. The Easton resident was 67.

Louis Edward 'Scotty' Scott, trainer

Louis Edward "Scotty" Scott, a retired rider and thoroughbred trainer, died May 3 of heart disease at Sinai Hospital. He was 92 and lived in Pikesville.

Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Qureshi, surgeon

Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Qureshi, a retired surgeon who worked with the elderly residents of Baltimore's public high-rise apartments, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease May 6 at Quail Run Assisted Living in Perry Hall. He was 75 and had lived in Westminster and Linthicum.

Phyllis Evelyn Ally, medical office manager

Phyllis Evelyn Ally, a retired medical office manager and hospital dietitian, died of heart failure May 11 at Saint Agnes Medical Center. The Catonsville resident was 74.

Judge Robert L. Karwacki, city school board president

Robert L. Karwacki, a retired Maryland Court of Appeals judge who was president of the Baltimore City School Board Commissioners during the troubled early 1970s, died of kidney failure Monday at his Chester home. The former Mount Vernon resident was 80.

Edward L. Healy III, restaurant manager

Edward Leo Healy III, the former manager of the Perring Place Restaurant, died of sepsis after hernia surgery May 9 at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 55 and lived in Northeast Baltimore.

Fatal shooting brings weekend death toll in city to three

A man was shot to death in West Baltimore and another was found wounded Saturday night, police said.

Louise M. Flanigan

Louise Mullan Flanigan, who owned and operated the Ambassador Gift Shop for six decades in a landmark Tuscany-Canterbury apartment house her father built, died Saturday in her sleep of undetermined causes at the Blakehurst Retirement Community.

Eleanor Taylor, chemist

Eleanor Louise Taylor, a retired Johns Hopkins Hospital chemist, died of coronary artery disease May 6 at the institution where she worked. The Catonsville resident was 90.

Dr. Otis B. Michael, physician

Dr. Otis B. Michael, a retired physician and former chairman of the city's Commission on Aging, died of cancer May 2 at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital Center. The Pikesville and Inner Harbor resident was 82.

Mary B. Neale, nurse and sailor

Mary Bracken Neale, a retired natal intensive care nurse and ocean sailor, died of cancer May 10 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 74.

Martha I. Healy, bank trust officer

Martha Ida Healy, the first woman to be named a trust officer at the old Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. 50 years ago, died of cancer Wednesday at her Glyndon home. She was 95.

Charles R. Diffenderffer, executive chef

Charles Ross Diffenderffer, a former attorney who changed careers and became an executive chef, died April 24 at his home in the Mays Chapel section of Timonium. He was 49.

Richard Bankerd, hairstylist

Richard Bankerd, a hairstylist who owned a salon and competed in an international beauty event, died of lymphoma May 2 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. A resident of the Mayfield section of Northeast Baltimore, he was 71.

I. William Lustbader, Poly teacher

I. William Lustbader, a retired Polytechnic Institute mathematics teacher, died of congestive heart failure April 15 at his Delray Beach, Fla., home. The former Northwest Baltimore resident was 98.

LaVerne Kelly, schools music counselor

LaVerne Kelly, a retired public schools music counselor, died of a lung ailment April 22 at her son's Baltimore home. The Columbia resident was 83.

Rita Anne Ayd, matriarch of large family

Rita Anne Corasaniti Ayd, the matriarch of a family of 102 direct descendants, died of heart failure April 23 at her daughter's Northern Baltimore County home. She was 92 and had lived in the Lake Falls area.

Ray W. Kauffman, industrial shop owner, dies at 88

Ray W. Kauffman, who owned and operated E.J. Codd machine shop in Southeast Baltimore, died of sarcoma complications April 28 at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson. The lifelong Roland Park resident was 88.

Janis Ahalt Riker

Janis Ahalt Riker, a retired attorney and business owner who also ran a Howard County antiquarian bookshop, died of cancer April 8 at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 69 and had lived in Columbia for many years.

Frieda Fettweis

Frieda Fettweis, a retired master cake decorator who was the co-owner of Northeast Baltimore's Belmar Bakery, died of a stroke Sunday at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She was 96 and lived in Rosedale.

Donna Ellis, journalist

Donna Ellis, a longtime writer for the Columbia Flier and other publications, died of pneumonia April 23 at Howard County General Hospital. She was 72 and lived in Columbia.

Dr. M. Daniel Lane, Hopkins biochemist

Dr. M. Daniel Lane, a retired Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researcher, biochemist and esteemed teacher who made studies of the body's chemical processes that affect hunger, died of myeloma April 10 at the Charlestown Retirement Community. The former Mount Washington resident was 83.

William Voss Elder III, White House curator

William Voss Elder III, a retired Baltimore Museum of Art curator who assisted first lady Jacqueline Kennedy during the 1960s to bring antique furnishing to the White House, died of heart failure Thursday at Northwest Hospital Center. The Upperco resident was 82.

Martha Roach, South Baltimore activist

Martha E. Roach, a retired seamstress and teacher's assistant who was a Sharp Leadenhall community activist, died of pneumonia Saturday at Howard County General Hospital. She was 90 and had lived in South Baltimore.

John Ostrowski, sausage maker

John Ostrowski, a renowned Southeast Baltimore sausage maker who refused to sell his product to supermarkets for a wider distribution, died of Alzheimer's disease complications Wednesday at Somerford Place Assisted Living in Columbia. The Lutherville resident was 72.

Dr. Torrey C. Brown, state natural resources secretary, dies at 77

Dr. Torrey C. Brown, the former secretary of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources who banned fishing for rockfish, died of heart disease Sunday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Severna Park resident was 77.

Walter G. Amprey, city schools superintendent, dies at age 69

Walter Amprey, former Baltimore schools superintendent who served from 1991 to 1997, died of complications of a heart transplant Tuesday afternoon at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 69.

William A. Hubbard, chemical engineer

William A. Hubbard, a retired chemical engineer who headed a Baltimore business that created the orange-color coatings for Howard Johnson restaurant roofs, died of heart failure Monday at his Towson home. He was 92.

Raymond E. Callegary, attorney

Raymond Ernest Callegary, an attorney who practiced in downtown Baltimore for nearly 60 years, died of a brain hemorrhage Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 88 and lived in Timonium.

Dr. M. Daniel Lane, Hopkins biochemist

Dr. M. Daniel Lane, a retired Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researcher, biochemist and esteemed teacher who made studies of the body's chemical processes that affect hunger, died of myeloma April 10 at the Charlestown Retirement Community. The former Mount Washington resident was 83.

Philip C. Cooper

Philip C. Cooper, a retired design executive who had been president of a New York fabric and furniture house, ended his life in Baltimore April 3. He was 78 and lived on Mount Royal Avenue.

Dolores Mae Ali, technical writer

Dolores Mae Hammond Ali, a retired Social Security Administration technical writer, died of cancer Friday at her Randallstown home. She was 75.

Robert Dwight

Robert Lenox Dwight, retired engineer who founded the National Electronics Museum and was active in the Assateague Coastal Trust and the Cylburn Arboretum, died of pneumonia.

The Rev. Gerald Hynes, served in Parkville parish

The Rev. Gerald Hynes, a Passionist priest who served in a Parkville parish for nearly 30 years, died of a stroke April 16 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 90.

Orville Donnelly, retired physician

Orville Wright Donnelly, a retired physician who was a McDonogh School graduate, died of dementia complications March 28 at Kendall-Crosslands retirement community in Kennett Square, Pa.

Carol W. Hillery

Carol Williams Hillery, a retired software engineer who had worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute, died of lung cancer Friday at her Bolton Hill home. She was 69.

Howard H. Walters

Howard Homer Walters, a retired civil engineer and former president of Bell Atlantic Properties, died of kidney failure April 1 at the BayWoods of Annapolis. The former Cape St. Claire resident was 83.

Bernard Klemm

Bernard Klemm, a retired Baltimore County Fire department battalion chief who later became a bank courier, died of cancer Monday at his Dundalk home. He was 88.

Dixie Beatrice Lightfoot, soloist

Dixie Beatrice Lightfoot, a church soloist and homemaker, died of a stroke April 1 at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital Center. She was 95.

Denise Charrier McQuighan, database engineer

Denise Charrier McQuighan, a database engineer and Johns Hopkins University graduate, died of cancer March 5 at her Gaithersburg home. She was 55.

Dorothea Bache, scorekeeper

Dorothea Bache, a homemaker and retired Dorsey Speedway scorekeeper, died of cardiac arrest Friday at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The former Phoenix resident was 82.

Barbara Santamaria, nurse practitioner

Barbara M. Santamaria, a retired Veterans Administration nurse practitioner and a past president of the Maryland Nurses Association, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at Franklin Square Medical Center. The Oak Crest Village Retirement Community resident was 83.