Max Morgenstein, businessman, diesServices for Max Morgenstein,...


Max Morgenstein, businessman, dies

Services for Max Morgenstein, retired owner of a Baltimore lending company and a founder of Beth Jacob Congregation, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the congregation synagogue in the 5700 block of Park Heights Avenue.

Mr. Morgenstein died of cancer Wednesday at Sinai Hospital. He was 91.

Baltimore had been his home since the year 1900, when he was an infant brought to the United States by his parents -- modest Austrian immigrant bakers.

Mr. Morgenstein graduated from the Polytechnic Institute and attended an accounting school, eventually becoming a certified public accountant. He was affiliated for half a century with the Standard Finance Co., until his retirement in 1975 as owner of the lending business located in the Tower Building.

In 1937, he was one of several men who founded Beth Jacob. He served as its treasurer, seating chairman and vice president, and had been a member of its board of directors continually since the congregation's founding. He was honored by the congregation at a testimonial dinner in 1976.

Mr. Morgenstein was active in the Hackerman Lodge of B'nai B'rith and managed its investment club. As an octogenarian, he drove his car as a volunteer worker for Meals on Wheels -- expressing his wish to "help the old folks."

His wife of 63 years, the former Clara Landau, died in 1987.

Surviving are a daughter, Selma Pustin of Baltimore; a son, Dr. Karl Morgenstein of Hollywood, Fla.; a sister, Lillian Small of Baltimore; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his companion of the last 2 1/2 years, Lillian Rosenfeld of Baltimore.

The family suggested donations to the Max Morgenstein Memorial Fund at Beth Jacob Congregation.

Francis Valentine Dinhaupt, who was known as Frank Valentino during much of his career as an opera singer and teacher at the Peabody Conservatory, died June 14 of kidney failure at a nursing home in Fairfax, Va. He was 84.

A baritone, he sang with the Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years before teaching at Peabody from 1962 until his retirement in 1977. He lived in Severna Park during his years at Peabody, remaining there until he moved to Fairfax about five years ago.

A native of New York City, he was reared in Denver, Colo., and began studying music there. Mr. Dinhaupt went to Italy to study in 1926. He gained his professional name after an opera producer in Italy decided his name was too American and christened him Francesco Valentino.

Before joining the Metropolitan in 1940, he sang at many European opera houses, including LaScala in Rome and Glyndebourne in England. In addition to singing with other companies, he performed 26 roles in 21 seasons at the Met.

His wife, the former Edith Taylor, died in 1975.

He is survived by two daughters, Judith Sardella of Fairfax and Marion Newman of Hermitage, Tenn.; two sisters, Margaret Marquis of Denver and Madeleine Capossela of New York City.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered June 17 at St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church in Fairfax.

Raymond Sauer

Shipping clerk

Services for Raymond H. F. Sauer, a retired Western Electric Co. shipping clerk, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Mr. Sauer, who was 77 and lived on Marietta Avenue in the Hamilton section of Baltimore, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital of heart and kidney failure.

He retired in 1976 after working for 40 years at the Point Breeze plant of the telephone equipment manufacturing company. The Baltimore native was a member of the Point Breeze Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

His wife, the former Beatrice A. Stewart, died in 1986.

He is survived by a son, Robert L. Sauer of Abingdon, and three grandchildren.

Dorothy A. Godwin

Lived in Roland Park

Dorothy A. Godwin, who lived in Roland Park during the late 1930s, died June 14 at a nursing home in Upland, Calif., after a short illness.

Mrs. Godwin, who was 85, moved to California from Charlottesville, Va., about 35 years ago. The former Dorothy Ashby Morton Deming was born in Alexandria, Va., where her father, the Rev. William Jackson Morton, was rector of Christ Episcopal Church for many years.

Her survivors include her husband, retired Army Col. James A. Godwin; a daughter, Dorothy Ashby Deming Taylor of Santa Barbara; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Copyright © 2020, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad