James Lee Tawes Sr., 61, an advertising department administrator at the Baltimore Sun for many years, died today at Franklin Square Hospital after suffering a heart attack last week.
Mr. Tawes, an Air Force veteran, began working in the advertising department 35 years ago. He spent much of that time as the principal advertising makeup person.
In that job, he would help decide how many pages each section of the newspapers would be allocated and where various ads would run. He would consult with managers in the papers' editorial departments and other departments to determine the makeup of the papers.
Mr. Tawes, who lived in Parkville, was born in Crisfield. His family moved to Baltimore before his teens.
He loved crossword puzzles and was an avid sports fan. Outside his job, he spent most of his time caring for his son, who is mentally retarded.
His wife, Lillian, died in 1988.
He is survived by his son, James Lee Tawes Jr.; a sister, Mary G. Herget of Essex; a half sister, Kathy Retschler of Princess Anne; and a half brother, Edward Tawes of Trenton, N.J.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete.