Edward J. SchaeferJohns Hopkins trusteeA Mass of...

Edward J. Schaefer

Johns Hopkins trustee


A Mass of Christian burial for Edward J. Schaefer, a Baltimore-born industrialist and benefactor of the Johns Hopkins University, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Bluffton, Ind.

Mr. Schaefer, founder and owner of Franklin Electric Co. in Bluffton, died Thursday at Caylor Nickel Hospital there after a long illness. He was 90.


Mr. Schaefer was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and Johns Hopkins, where he earned a degree in engineering. He left Baltimore in the late 1930s to work for General Electric in New York and Indiana.

He moved to Bluffton in 1956 and founded Franklin Electric, a manufacturer of small and industrial-sized motors. The firm once specialized in making electric motors for underwater use.

"The only thing that man did was work," said Carl Goodwin, a longtime friend and Bluffton resident. "Engineering was his life. He tested motors at his home. He couldn't drive a car worth a darn, but he could design a battleship, I think."

Mr. Schaefer maintained ties with Baltimore, serving as an alumni trustee at Hopkins and as a member of the board of trustees of the Johns Hopkins Fund. He donated $1 million to Johns Hopkins to establish a chair in his name.

His wife, Hildegarde, died four years ago.

Mr. Schaefer is survived by two daughters, Diane Humphrey of Bluffton and Patricia Schaefer of Muncie, Ind.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Indiana Technical Institute, 4919 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, Ind. 46825.

Marie Doris Edelen


Retired nurse

Marie Doris Edelen, 77, a retired nurse, died of cancer June 24 at the family home in Bryantown.

Services were held July 10 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Bryantown.

Miss Edelen was born in Bryantown and graduated from the Georgetown University School of Nursing. She had been a nurse at the U.S.-run Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone for 30 years before retiring to St. Petersburg, Fla.

She returned to Bryantown recently because of illness.

She is survived by a brother, Richard Edelen of Bryantown, and four sisters, Cecile Swann of Severna Park, Kathryn Bonifant of Bryantown, Mary Rose Council of Pinehurst and Peggy Hopkins of Annapolis.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles County Hospice, La Plata.

David Guy Whitten

Insurance manager

Services for David Guy Whitten, a retired insurance office manager who traveled the nation to find work during the Depression, will be at noon today at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

Mr. Whitten, who lived at 7206 Lanark Road, died of cancer Friday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 82.

Born in Hammond Bay, Mich., Mr. Whitten left his hometown during the Depression to harvest wheat in Nebraska and work in a California mining camp.


He moved to Baltimore in 1952. He was manager of the Towson office of the Washington National Insurance Co. until his retirement in 1962.

Mr. Whitten was a member of the Mount Moriah Blue Lodge, Scottish Rites and Boumi Temple.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Miriam Price; two sons, David G. Whitten of Rochester, N.Y., and Richard Whitten of Newark, Del.; a daughter, Rilla M. Whitten of Rising Sun; a brother, Gerald Whitten of Pontiac, Mich.; two sisters, Ruth Blumer of Saginaw, Mich., and Rilla King of Pontiac; and five grandchildren.

James H. Webb

High school student

Services for James Hollyday Webb will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Church in Easton.


The 17-year-old youth died Saturday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center from injuries suffered in an auto accident Thursday on Old Trappe Road in Talbot County.

The Easton native was a graduate of The Rectory School, a private junior high school in Pomfret, Conn. He was to enter his senior year this fall at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn.

James played goalie for an intramural ice hockey team and was on the school's junior varsity lacrosse team.

He was also a member of the Taft Repertory Theater and the National Thespian Club.

In Oxford, Md., where he lived with his parents, he raced Laser I and Laser II sailboats at the Tred Avon Yacht Club for three years. He was a member of the International Laser Racing Association and recently won the Junior Sailing Regatta held in Rock Hall.

He also loved to ski.


He is survived by his parents, Dr. Charles A. Webb Jr. and Dr. Ann H. Webb; two brothers, Charles A. Webb of Rumson, N.J., and William H. Webb of Oxford; and his maternal grandfather, James H. Heroy, Jr. of Birmingham, Ala.

The family suggested that contributions be made to the Junior Sailing Program at the Tred Avon Yacht Club, P.O. Box 337, Oxford, Md., 21654 or to the Taft School, c/o Mr. Donald Oscarson, Watertown, Conn., 96795.

Jeanette G. Askin

Dry goods dealer

Services for Jeanette Goldman Askin, who once operated a Baltimore dry goods store, were held Friday at Sol Levinson and Brothers, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mrs. Askin, who lived in Diplomat Condominiums on Clarks Lane, died of cancer Wednesday at Sinai Hospital. She was 80.


The Baltimore native was a graduate of Eastern High School.

She worked as a dental technician before taking over the family-owned dry goods business, Askin and Askin, at 321 W. Baltimore St., after her husband Milton died in 1968. The store closed in 1977.

An avid reader, Mrs. Askin volunteered at the Wellwood Mini Library.

She was a volunteer and board member at the Northwest Senior Center.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph Askin of Baltimore and Stephen Askin of Los Angeles; a sister, Molly Walstrom of Seattle; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.