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John C. Stidman, WMAR-TV pioneer

John C. Stidman, WMAR-TV pioneer

John C. Stidman, an artist and pioneer of WMAR-TV who spent 38 years at the city's first television station as a director and producer, died Wednesday of complications from a fall at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. The longtime North Baltimore resident was 90.

John Charles Stidman was born in Baltimore and raised in the Forest Park neighborhood, the son of Amos F. Stidman, a broom salesman, and Florence Eder Stidman, a manicurist.

He graduated from Forest Park High School in 1940 and the University of Maryland in 1944, with a bachelor's degree in science and plans for medical school.

He served as a medic in the Army infantry on the European front in World...