Clater Smith Jr., retired judge, dies at...


Clater Smith Jr., retired judge, dies at 59

Judge Clater W. Smith Jr., who retired from the Circuit Court in Frederick County March 1, died yesterday of cancer at his home in Frederick.

A memorial Mass for Judge Smith, who was 59 and had been a judge of the 6th Circuit since 1985, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Frederick.

Before becoming a Circuit Court judge, he had been a partner in the Frederick law firm of Shoemaker and Smith since 1964. Previously he was associated with the firm of Smith, Somerville and Case in Baltimore, in which his father had been senior partner.

In addition to his private practice, he had served as attorney to the Frederick County Commission and as an assistant attorney general.

A member of the Frederick County and state bar associations, he belonged to the Rule Day and Loophole law clubs in Baltimore and was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1950 graduate of the McDonogh School and a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1954 and a law degree in 1957.

A golfer who served as president of the board of the West Wind Country Club, he was also a runner who 12 times completed the 50-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail and the Chesapeake and Ohio towpath.

Judge Smith is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Winifred Corrigan; two daughters, Tracy Smith Holzapfel and Brady Smith Youmans, both of Frederick; two sons, Clater Wynn Smith and Hugh David Smith, both of Frederick; two brothers, Stainton Smith of Burke, Va., and Bog Slade Smith of Portugal; and three grandchildren.

Richard H. Hartwich

Had hair goods business

Services for Richard H. Hartwich, who operated an international wholesale and retail wig and hairpiece business in Baltimore, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld funeral establishment, 6500 York Road.

Mr. Hartwich, who was 76 and lived on East Belvedere Avenue, died early Tuesday at the Church Hospital of complications to heart surgery performed Jan. 31 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Since the early 1960s, he had been the owner of Richard Hartwich Hair Goods Inc., which deals in men's and women's wigs and hairpieces. He had been in the hair goods business in Baltimore since coming here in 1957, working from beauty shops he owned for the first few years, first on North Charles Street and then on Garrison Boulevard near Liberty Heights Avenue.

A pioneer in fashion wigs, those intended to allow women to make quick changes in hair color or style, he also invented an improved woman's wig sold under the trade name Perma-Coif.

Born in Aachen, Germany, he was trained as a wig maker and worked in his father's business before coming to this country in 1953 and working in beauty shops in New York, where he won many awards including three world championships in hair styling.

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia L. Russell; and a daughter, Karina Pakiz of Woodbine.

Deaths elsewhere

Marquitos Dominguez, 117, one of the oldest people in the United States, died Tuesday of heart failure in an Anson, Texas, nursing home six weeks short of her 118th birthday. Miss Dominguez reportedly was born in Piedras Negras, Mexico, on April 25, 1873. She lived in the Texas towns of Del Rio and San Angelo before moving to Anson in 1917.

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