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Nicholas Russo, TV producer, dies at 75

Nicholas W. Russo, who raised thoroughbred horses with hi daughter at Brush Hill Farm near New Market since 1988 and was the creator and producer of a widely syndicated sports television show, "The Flying Fisherman," in the 1960s, died Saturday at Frederick Memorial Hospital of complications from diabetes. He was 75.

Mr. Russo was chairman of the board of GG Communications, which he started after producing the fishing show.

The Boston native worked as a publicity agent in Hollywood before World War II, when he served in the Army Air Forces as a bombardier stationed in the Aleutians.

Returning to Hollywood, he produced plays at the Beaux Arts Theatre and started a talent agency, Rusdan Inc., with John Danyo.

In 1952, he returned to Boston, wrote radio and television commercials and became managing director of the New England Summer Theater.

Mr. Danyo, who was also a longtime friend, said about Mr. Russo's idea for a fishing program, "Everyone in the business told him that kind of show wouldn't go." The show featured fishing authority and tackle salesman Vern Gaddis, who flew all over the country in his own plane.

The pilot of the show was an instant success when tested in New York, and the show was nominated for an Emmy award in 1967.

GG Communications specialized in children's programming and obtained the rights to foreign films, including a 1975 Japanese animated production of "The Little Mermaid." Released on videotape in 1989, the movie sold 600,000 copies, winning a sales award from the International Tape Association.

Fond of golf, Mr. Russo was a member of the Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick and the Wollaston Golf Club in Milton, Mass.

He was also a member of the board of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Inez Clavijo; his daughter, Stephanie Peddicord of New Market; two sons, Anthony Richard Russo of Quincy, Mass., and Dr. Thomas A. Russo of Rockville; and two grandchildren.

Services were private, but the family suggested that memorial ,, contributions could be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Saville C. Jett

Civic, church activist

A memorial service for Saville C. Jett, who headed many civic and church organizations in Baltimore, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

Mrs. Jett, who was 89, died Tuesday of a heart ailment at her home on East 31st Street.

She was a former president of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, which incorporated as a non-profit organization, started an endowment and built an addition to its Roland Avenue clubhouse while she was in office. She also headed the Woman's Civic League, the League of Women Voters in Baltimore City, the Goucher College Alumnae Association, the Grachur Club, the Little Garden Club and the women's #i associations of the First Presbyterian Church and later the Second Presbyterian Church.

A former treasurer of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, she also was a flower show judge. Collecting antique fans was another of her hobbies.

She was on the board of the YWCA and was chairman of the 1955 meeting of the Baltimore Association for Adult Education.

The first president of the auxiliary of the Greater Baltimore

Medical Center, she was also a board member of the auxiliary at Maryland General Hospital.

An extensive reader and a member of the Friends of the Enoch Pratt Library, she belonged to the Child Study Association.

A former recording secretary of the Baltimore Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she also belonged to the Three Arts Club of Homeland and the English-Speaking Union, the Sherwood Forest Club and the Baltimore Country Club, where she started a women's nine-hole golfing group.

Born in Baltimore, the former Saville Clift was a graduate of Western High School and Goucher College. She attended the University of Maryland law school while she was a student at Goucher.

Her husband of more than 65 years, R. Samuel Jett, a Baltimore attorney, died last December.

She is survived by a son, R. Samuel Jett Jr. of Baltimore; a daughter, Sally J. Janney of Charlottesville, Va.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the endowment fund of the Woman's Club of Roland Park.

Jason E. Dukes

Had painting company

A memorial service for Jason E. Dukes, retired owner of painting company, will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at his home in Avon Park, Fla.

Mr. Dukes, who was 79 and had moved from Glen Burnie to Avon Park six years ago, died Wednesday of pneumonia and congestive heart failure at a hospital in the Florida community.

He retired in 1983, selling the Dukes Painting Co. to a relative. The company, which he operated for about 30 years, specializes in interior commercial painting.

A native of Daisey, Ga., Mr. Dukes held several jobs in Georgia before coming to the Baltimore area.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lida Cathey; a son, Robert Byrd of Waves, N.C.; a daughter, Earlene Thomas of West Point, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Helene G. Graham

Historian, poet

A Mass of Christian burial for Helene Goldsborough Graham a historian, genealogist and poet, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Mrs. Graham, who was 88 and lived on Somerset Road, died Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.

She was a genealogical researcher who also did heraldic art for her private clients. She lectured on these subjects and history, particularly the history of Maryland.

She also wrote many articles on historical subjects and was co-author of a book, "You Will Find It in Maryland."

A prolific poet, she had published many works in magazines.

Her heraldic art was exhibited in such hotels as New York's Waldorf-Astoria, Washington's Mayflower and Baltimore's Belvedere.

Twice historian of the Women's Eastern Shore Society, she was active in the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the National League of American Pen Women and the Three Arts Club of Homeland.

L She was also a life member of the Texas Heritage Foundation.

She helped start the Lady Bagot-Evelyn Slark Unit of the British and American Relief Fund during World War II, and was active in the Maryland Children's Aid Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The former Helene Goldsborough was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Mount de Sales Academy and St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg. She also did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, J. Stirling Graham; and a daughter, Camilla Stirling Auget of Washington, D.C., and Aspen, Colo.

Vincent C. Urbaitis

Assistant to VA head

Graveside services for Vincent C. Urbaitis, retired assistant to the head of the Baltimore office of the Veterans Administration, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Boniface's Cemetery in St. Clair, Pa.

Mr. Urbaitis, who was 71, died Wednesday of respiratory disease at his home in Roland Park.

He retired in 1976 after working in Baltimore for what is now the Department of Veterans Affairs for 30 years.

Born in St. Clair, he was a graduate of the St. Clair High School and served in the Coast Guard during World War II. He later graduated from the University of Baltimore.

A tenor, he sang in the choir at St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church in St. Clair.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mildred Margaret Gustatus; daughter, Karen Smith of Baltimore; and a grandson.

The family suggested memorial contributions to St. Paul's School in Brooklandville.

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