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Obituaries

Quinton D. 'Q.D.' Thompson, head of McDonogh Middle School for 32 years

Quinton D. "Q.D." Thompson, who as McDonogh School's first Middle School head and witnessed sweeping changes at the school during his career there, died Saturday of cancer at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. He was 95. "Q.D. was legendary. He was an amazing man and educator. He made...

  • Gordon E. Horak, computer programer, dies

    Gordon E. Horak, computer programer, dies

    Gordon E. Horak, a retired Social Security Administration computer programmer who enjoyed performing in amateur theater, died of pulmonary fibrosis May 13 at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. He was 83. The son of Albert Horak, a city employee, and Emma Kraft Bados, a homemaker,...

  • Shelda Bond, former Miss Maryland USA who later became a therapist

    Shelda Bond, former Miss Maryland USA who later became a therapist

    Shelda Jean Bond, a former Miss Maryland contestant in the Miss USA contest who later became a therapist and counselor, died of an apparent heart attack April 29 at her Sparks home. She was 75. Born Shelda Jean Farley in Baltimore and raised on Delrey Avenue in Catonsville, she was the daughter...

  • Frederick J. Holste Jr., Baltimore County police officer

    Frederick J. Holste Jr., Baltimore County police officer

    Frederick J. Holste Jr., a retired Baltimore County police officer and a former Parkville resident, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook, Pa. He was 92. Frederick John Holste Jr., the son of Frederick J. Holste Sr., a milkman, and Betty Wiedenhoeft...

  • Ward Wesley Smith, antiques seller and Homeland resident, dies

    Ward Wesley Smith, antiques seller and Homeland resident, dies

    Ward Wesley Smith, who worked in community development and later sold antiques and collectibles on the internet, died May 11 of Lou Gehrig's disease, amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, at his Homeland residence. He was 64. Born in Montclair, N.J., he was a 1970 graduate of Dulaney High School. He...

  • James W. Stevens, longtime Homeland resident and cathedral usher, dies

    James W. Stevens, longtime Homeland resident and cathedral usher, dies

    James W. Stevens Jr., a financial planner in Baltimore known as "Big Jim" for his 6-foot-5 bearing, and who became the content old guard of the Homeland neighborhood, died Thursday of cancer. Mr. Stevens lived nearly all of his 81 years among the winding lanes and stone cottages of Homeland. He...

  • Cora V. 'Betty' Webb, WWII combat nurse, dies

    Cora V. 'Betty' Webb, WWII combat nurse, dies

    Cora V. "Betty" Webb, a former World War II Army combat nurse who served with the 164th General Hospital and later cared for the wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, died May 3 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of undetermined causes. She was 94. The daughter of Tilden E. Storey, a tenant farmer,...

  • Betsy Miller, registered nurse and Roland Park Place resident, dies

    Betsy Miller, registered nurse and Roland Park Place resident, dies

    Betsy Miller, a former registered nurse who was a charter member of the Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame Maryland University, died of heart failure May 2 at her Roland Park Place home. She was 92. The daughter of Floyd Oswald Frederickson, a traveling salesman, and Nellie "Nettie" Turner, Bettymae...

  • Beverly S. Hickman, popular Catonsville High assistant principal

    Beverly S. Hickman, popular Catonsville High assistant principal

    Beverly S. "Bev" Hickman, a popular assistant principal at Catonsville High School who was also a devout Francophile, died May 5 of ovarian cancer at her Catonsville home. She was 69. "As a teacher, Bev was energetic, caring and really got the kids engaged," said Matthew Ames, principal of Catonsville...

  • Theodore J. Wies Jr., financial consultant

    Theodore J. Wies Jr., financial consultant

    Theodore J. Wies Jr., a former owner and president of Wies and Associates, a financial consulting firm, who later became financial manager and treasurer at Loyola High School, died from heart failure May 4 at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 82 and lived in Towson. The...

  • Mary Anne Heckwolf, health insurance executive

    Mary Anne Heckwolf, health insurance executive

    Mary Anne Heckwolf, a retired Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance executive, died May 7 after a fall related to brain cancer at her Glen Arm home. She was 68. Born in Baltimore and raised on Kimble Road in Ednor Gardens, she was the daughter of Leonard J. Heckwolf Sr., an Amoco Oil human resources...

  • Chase Ridgely III, developer and farmer

    Chase Ridgely III, developer and farmer

    Chase Ridgely III died of congestive heart failure April 8 at Genesis Health Center in Silver Spring. The former Brooklandville resident was 61. Born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton and Brooklandville, he was the son of Chase Ridgely Jr., a Ramsey Barry Brown & Bond insurance executive, and Nancy...

  • Charles S. Fiske Jr., engineer with Whiting Turner and longtime Monkton resident, dies

    Charles S. Fiske Jr., engineer with Whiting Turner and longtime Monkton resident, dies

    Charles Stewart Fiske Jr., a retired official of the Whiting Turner Contracting Co., died of pancreatic cancer May 4 at his Monkton home. He was 83. Born in Baltimore and raised on Wingate Road, he was the son of C. Stewart Fiske, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. engineer, and his wife, Elizabeth...

  • Blair P. Browne, port executive and longtime Lutherville resident, dies

    Blair P. Browne, port executive and longtime Lutherville resident, dies

    Blair P. Browne, former owner and president of ship ceiling firm Waterfront Co. who later became vice president of the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore, died April 28 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of complications from a fall. He was 93. The son of Robert Benson Browne, founder of...

  • Marie Lucille Summers, longtime Sister of Bon Secours, dies

    Marie Lucille Summers, longtime Sister of Bon Secours, dies

    Sister Marie Lucille Summers, a member of the Sisters of Bon Secours who became known as "Sister Smiley" for her infectious positivity as she dedicated her life to serving the sick and elderly, died Thursday of a heart attack at a hospice facility in Marriottsville. She was 87. For Sister Summers,...

  • Lori S. Goodman, city schools dance instructor at Western High, dies

    Lori S. Goodman, city schools dance instructor at Western High, dies

    Lori S. Goodman, a former auditor whose love of dance led her to become a professional instructor and director of the award-winning Western High School Dance Team, died April 25 from lupus at Sinai Hospital. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 50. "Lori was a dynamo when it came to her...

  • Harry St. A. O'Neill, retired Harford District Court judge, dies

    Harry St. A. O'Neill, retired Harford District Court judge, dies

    Services for Harry St. A. O'Neill, a retired Harford County District Court judge who earlier had been a trial magistrate and a judge for the county's People's Court, will be held Thursday in Parkville following his death earlier this year. Judge O'Neill died of cancer Jan. 21 at Gilchrist Hospice...

  • Obituaries: until you're in them, you should read them

    Obituaries: until you're in them, you should read them

    Donald Graham, the former chief executive officer and chairman of The Washington Post Company, has said he reads the daily newspaper in the "correct manner," starting with the sports section before going on to serious news. I disagree. The correct place to start reading any newspaper — if you still...

  • Mary Irene Traeger, BUILD organizer, dies

    Mary Irene Traeger, BUILD organizer, dies

    Mary Irene Traeger, who was among the founders and a treasurer of the community organizing group Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, died of cancer April 11 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 84 and had lived in Gardenville. Born in Baltimore and raised on Montford Avenue, she...

  • Betty J. 'Betsy' Sapp, special events director

    Betty J. 'Betsy' Sapp, special events director

    Betty J. "Betsy" Sapp, a former flight attendant who later became director of special events at Goucher College, died April 19 of ovarian cancer at Mercy Medical Center. The Hydes resident was 81. The daughter of Harry Herbert Hayes, a railway postal clerk and inventor, and Clara Jane Clements...

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