Local artist John Englehart is dead
John Englehart, who began drawing and painting at age 81 to express a lifetime of experience in mental institutions and who achieved recognition for his work two years later, died yesterday of complication from prostrate cancer at Maryland General Hospital.
He was 84.
A collection of about 70 of his drawings, including a series of self-portraits, was exhibited at the April 1990 opening of BAUhouse, an arts center at 1713 N. Charles St.
"His work has a channeling of the kind of pain that comes from having lived a long time," Baltimore artist Lyle Kissack was quoted as saying in The Evening Sun.
Mr. Englehart -- diagnosed as schizophrenic with mild retardation and aphasia -- was institutionalized at age 11 at Rosewood State Hospital in Owings Mills. He continued to live in mental hospitals until 1971, when he moved to a boarding house in West Baltimore. Three years later, he moved to the Inns of Evergreen South, a South Baltimore nursing home.
It was there in 1988 that he met Anne Watts, a Baltimore artist and musician working as a recreational aide. She said she persuaded doctors to reduce his medication and cajoled him into communicating with her.
The two became friends, and a few months later, Mr. Englehart began speaking and drawing about his life. Ms. Watts, 29, described his work as "really raw, expressionistic and abstract. It looked sort of childlike, but it was much deeper."
He worked in pastels, acrylics, tempera and charcoal. Many of his pictures depicted the work he did while living in institutions, much of it outdoors. Ms. Watts said his work resembled that of artists Paul Klee and Joseph Beuys. His pictures were "snapshot images of his past," she said.
The self-portraits displayed at BAUhouse were done after Mr. Englehart was told he had cancer, wrote Sun art critic John Dorsey in a review of the opening, and many of them dealt with images of death and resurrection. "The best test of Mr. Englehart's work is that it sticks with you," Mr. Dorsey wrote. "The images are memorable.
"The drawings and paintings here are quite childlike in their simplified images, but they wouldn't be mistaken for a child's work."
Ms. Watts said Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles had been considering making a movie based on Mr. Englehart's life.
Mr. Englehart enjoyed watching the sailboats in the Inner Harbor and liked the illustrations in the New Yorker magazine. He chewed tobacco and idolized film cowboys Tom Mix and William S. Hart.
He was born somewhere in Anne Arundel County and has no known surviving relatives, Ms. Watts said.
6* A private memorial service is planned. A Mass of Christian burial for the Rev. William A. McEvoy, retired pastor of the St. Anthony Shrine, a Roman Catholic parish in Emmitsburg, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Annunciation, 5212 McCormick Ave., Rosedale.
Father McEvoy, 78, died Friday of cancer at Franklin Square Hospital.
After retiring in 1983 at the Emmitsburg shrine, which he first served as administrator in 1978, he assisted at various churches the Baltimore archdiocese, including the Annunciation parish, where he lived for about three years. He moved to St. John Hall, Long Crandon, a retirement home for priests in Baltimore County, about a year ago.
From the late 1960s until 1976, Father McEvoy was administrator and then pastor of St. Michael's Church in Poplar Springs. For the next two years, he was co-pastor of downtown Baltimore's St. Alphonsus Church.
His first assignment after his ordination in 1946 was at St. Jerome's Church in Baltimore. He also held various administrative positions with the archdiocese.
Born in Baltimore, he was educated at St. Martin's School. After eight years of employment unrelated to the priesthood, he resumed his religious studies at St. Charles College and St. Mary's Seminary.
Msgr. W. Francis Malooly, chancellor of the Baltimore archdiocese, described Father McEvoy as "a quiet unassuming man, given much to solitude. He was a man of prayer, a dedicated and devoted priest, who could be depended upon to carry out faithfully whatever tasks he was asked to undertake."
Father McEvoy is survived by a sister, Marie Anna Blomeier of Cockeysville, and a number of nieces and nephews. Harry L. Cummins, a retired supermarket deli manager, died Jan. 11 at his home in Zellwood, Fla., after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 79.
Born in Springfield, Mass., Mr. Cummins moved to Baltimore as a teen-ager and lived most of his life in Northwest Baltimore and Randallstown. He moved to Florida last year.
A graduate of City College, he owned a couple of small grocery stores in West Baltimore before becoming a deli manager for supermarkets in Baltimore and Northern Virginia.
After leaving the food business in the early 1970s, he went to work in inventory control for Central Building Supply in Baltimore for 14 years. He retired three years ago.
He was an avid duckpin bowler throughout his life.
"A loaf of french bread, all crust and mush inside, that was Harry Cummins. Once you got past that crust, people were very fond of him," said his wife, the former Norma Elfonte, whom he married in 1981.
His first wife of 45 years, the former Jeanette Sylvia Glazer, died in 1980.
A son, Ronald Cummins, died in 1988.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Marvin Cummins of Bowie; three daughters, JoAnn Smetak of Columbia, Ellen Zollman of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and Nancy Weisblatt of Zellwood, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
The family suggested memorial gifts to the Hospice of the Comforter, 841 Douglas Ave., Suite 101, Altamonte Springs, Fla. 32714.
A. Lillian Scally
Public health nurse
A Mass of the Resurrection was offered Jan. 9 for A. Lillian Scally, a longtime public health nurse with the state, at the chapel in Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium.
Miss Scally died Jan. 6 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 83.
Born and reared in Baltimore, she was a descendant of the Sanner family, one of Maryland's early Colonial families.
She was a 1927 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School and, three years later, of the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She received her bachelor's degree from Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn.
Miss Scally later received a master's degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University.
She was employed by Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. For many years she worked at a clinic in Essex. She also worked at a migrant labor camp in Belle Glade, Fla., and near the end of her career, for the Instructive Visiting Nurses Association in Baltimore.
She is survived by two sisters, Roberta Scally Travieso and Sister M. Anthony Scally, both of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.
G; Memorial donations may be made to Stella Maris Hospice.
Rose M. Romero
Teacher, SSA supervisor
Rose Mitchell Romero, a retired teacher, world traveler and longtime supervisor with the Social Security Administration, died cancer Jan. 2 at her apartment in the 6400 block of Loch Raven Boulevard. She was 90.
Mrs. Romero had moved out of a nursing home and into an apartment six months before her death because she preferred to take care of herself, according to a longtime friend and the executor of her estate, John Ross of Riviera Beach. "She was happier there," Mr. Ross said. "She didn't need anybody."
Mrs. Romero was born Rose Kropf in Baltimore, but at age 7 her name was changed to Mitchell after her mother, Olive, was divorced and married Howard Mitchell, who worked for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad.
The next year her family moved to Laurel, and she graduated from Laurel High School in 1919. She later earned a teacher's certificate from the Maryland State Normal School in Towson and taught school in Berwyn Heights for several years.
She joined the Social Security Administration in October 1936, where she became a supervisor and earned numerous awards for her job performance. She retired in 1965.
Beginning in the 1920s, Mrs. Romero began traveling around the world and continued to do so long after her retirement.
Mrs. Romero lived in Laurel until 1957, when she moved to an apartment in the 8400 block of Loch Raven Boulevard. In 1989, she moved briefly to Riviera Beach, then to a nursing home and finally back to an apartment on Loch Raven Boulevard.
Mrs. Romero was married and divorced twice, the last time to Antonio R. Romero from August 1950 to 1960.
She has no known survivors. She was buried at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Laurel on Jan. 4.
Harold F. Brown
Air Force sergeant
Harold F. Brown, a retired Air Force technical sergeant who also had seen service in the Army and Navy and later was a civilian worker at the Goddard Space Flight Center, died Jan. 2 of cancer at Maryland General Hospital. He was 66.
The Cloverdale Road resident retired in 1964 from the Air Force while assigned to a unit with head quarters at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina that staffed satellite tracking stations. He had been in the Air Force since 1950, but he began his military service in 1942 in the Navy. In 1946, he enlisted for four years in the Army.
The Baltimore native was a student at Douglass High School when he joined the Navy. He completed his high school while in the service.
He worked at Goddard for about five years after retiring from the Air Force.
From his youth, when he was an avid reader of Popular Mechanics and Popular Science magazines, he was fascinated by automobiles and other machinery, and he was known for his mechanical ability.
Mr. Brown is survived by two sisters, Frances B. Lockwood of Baltimore and Dolores B. Scott of Randallstown; a brother, Gilbert C. Brown of Millersville; and several nieces and nephews.
& Services were private. A memorial service for James H. Morris, a longtime employee of Bethlehem Steel Corp. who managed the Sparrows Point shipyard from 1958 to 1967, was held in Seattle Jan. 7.
Mr. Morris, who was 78, died Jan. 4 at University Hospital in Seattle after a long bout with cancer. He retired from Bethlehem Steel in 1976 after nearly 40 years with the company, which he joined in Quincy, Mass., in 1938.
He was transferred to Baltimore in 1946 and spent the bulk of his career here. He was named manager of the shipyard in 1958, a position he held until 1967. While working at Sparrows Point, he lived with his family in the Pinehurst section of North Baltimore.
In 1967, Mr. Morris went to Asia to open the steel company's Singapore shipyard, where he remained for 3 1/2 years. He returned to the company's Bethlehem, Pa., headquarters and became an assistant to the vice president for shipbuilding.
Upon his retirement in 1976, Mr. Morris and his first wife, the former Marie Keohan, moved to Gibson Island. After the death of his wife in 1980, Mr. Morris moved to Seattle, where he remarried in 1981.
A native of Boston, Mr. Morris attended public schools in Quincy and obtained an engineering degree from Lowell Institute, the night school affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
An avid sailor, Mr. Morris kept a 32-foot Chesapeake sailboat at Gibson Island for years. He was a member of the Gibson Island Club and L'Hirondelle Club in Ruxton. While he was general manager at Sparrows Point, he was involved in the United Way campaign for Baltimore.
He is survived by his second wife, the former Kriss Olson; a son, James H. Morris Jr. of San Francisco; a daughter, Patricia Franklin of Seattle; and six grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial donations to the Washington Advocates for the Mentally Ill, 802 N.W. 70th St., Seattle, Wash. 98117.
John F. Dodd
Services for John F. Dodd, a retired roofing contractor, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at his home on Turnmill Court in White Marsh.
Services for Mr. Dodd, who was 79, were held Thursday at the Evans Funeral Chapel in Parkville.
He retired about two years ago from the Dodd Roofing Co., which he started in the Baltimore area in the late 1940s.
The Floral Park, N.Y., native had been in the roofing business in New York and in Norfolk, Va. He came to Baltimore after serving in the Navy during World War II.
Mr. Dodd, with a son and a grandson, drove in stock car races in the 1950s and early 1960s.
He is survived by his wife, the former Violet Eudy; six sons, John T. Dodd of Pasadena, Gordon Dodd of Frederick, Michael and Danny Dodd, both of Glen Burnie, and Eric and Frederick J. Dodd, both of White Marsh; four daughters, Marie Livolsi of Gainesville, Fla., Linda Dodd of White Marsh, Debbie Surratt of Rosedale and Denise Surratt of Salisbury, N.C.; two sisters, Catherine Fortunata of New York and Marie Hessler of Florida; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dr. Donald B. Hebb
Chief of surgery
Services for Dr. Donald B. Hebb of Glyndon, a former chief of surgery at Franklin Square Hospital, will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at St. John's Church on Butler Road in Glyndon.
Dr. Hebb died Thursday of a stroke. He was 81.
Born in Baltimore, he attended City College and St. John's College in Annapolis. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins medical school in 1939 and was a captain in the Army Medical Corps during World War II.
He practiced general surgery in Baltimore for 35 years and served as clinical director of surgery at the Maryland General Hospital. He was a member of the Baltimore City Medical Society, the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and numerous other medical societies.
Dr. Hebb was married to the late Mathilde Mylander Hebb. He lived at Northwest Farms in Glyndon for 40 years and was an active cattle breeder and horticulturist.
He is survived by two daughters, Dr. Jean Swank of College Park and Harriet H. Notzon of Butler; a son, Donald B. Hebb Jr. of Glyndon; and five grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Maryland General Hospital or to Franklin Square Hospital.
Richard J. Mehling
Richard J. Mehling, a retired planner for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correction, died Tuesday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center after a stroke. He was 60.
Mr. Mehling, who lived on Lord Byron Lane in Cockeysville, had worked for the state for nearly 15 years before retiring five years ago. Earlier, he had been employed by the Martin Marietta Corp.
The Baltimore native was a 1949 graduate of Loyola High School and later graduated with honors from the Johns Hopkins University.
He was a fan of the lacrosse teams at both schools and did volunteer work for the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Another of his interests was a New Orleans jazz record collection.
He is survived by two sons, Brian R. Mehling of Parkville and John W. Mehling II of Lebanon, Pa.; a daughter, Beth Steinbacher of Parkton; a sister, Margaret M. Peterson of San Jose, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements for a memorial service were incomplete. The family suggested memorial contributions to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Lionel A. Jackson
Cherry Hill teacher
Lionel Angus Jackson, a native of Cherry Hill who became a generous and committed elementary school teacher, died in Los Angeles of cancer Jan. 9. He was 41.
Mr. Jackson attended Baltimore public schools and earned his undergraduate degree from Morgan State University in the early 1970s and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1978. He taught in Baltimore's public schools from 1972 to 1979, when he moved to Houston and became an assistant public school principal there. He moved to California in 1983.
When Mr. Jackson fell ill last fall, he was working as a "mentor teacher" at Normandie Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was also pursuing his doctorate in education on a campus of the California State University.
He was a past president of the Morgan State chapter of the Maryland State Teacher's Association, and a member of the Los Angeles Church of God in Christ.
Members of his family, who sometimes referred to him as The Governor because of his take-charge attitude, said he succeeded in encouraging his students to excel.
"Lionel loved educating minds so much that he used personal funds to purchase books and materials needed in the classroom," said his sister, Cleoda R. Walker of Cherry Hill. "Lionel loved the Lord and life."
He is survived by his mother, Leslie Elizabeth Jackson of Baltimore; two sisters, Mrs. Walker and Audrey Jackson-Kelly, both of Baltimore; four brothers, Otho L. Jackson, Samuel Q. Jackson and Gary R. Jackson, all of Baltimore, and Sgt. Maj. David Jackson of Delaware.
A memorial service for Mr. Jackson was held in Baltimore Jan. 13. Family, colleagues and other friends have established the Lionel Angus Jackson Scholarship Fund at the Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church, 8199 Cherry Hill Road, Baltimore 21225. A Mass of Christian burial for Lucy L. Milukas, a retired teller who had worked for Maryland National Bank and Commercial Credit Corp., will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 6736 Youngstown Ave.
Mrs. Milukas died Friday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center of sazery syndrome, a form of lymphoma. She was 66.
She retired in 1988 after three years at a Commercial Credit branch at Charles and Saratoga streets. Previously, she had worked for 14 years at Maryland National's office at Baltimore and Light streets.
Mrs. Milukas, who was born in Mahanoy City, Pa., moved to Dundalk in 1950 with her husband, Edward B. Milukas, who survives. They were married 42 years.
Other survivors are a daughter, Susan Milukas, and a son, Edward B. Milukas Jr., both of Highlandtown, and a sister, Wanda Schmidt of Overlea.
John R. Chapman
Services for John R. Chapman, retired president of a Baltimore marine and industrial engine company, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Christ Episcopal Church in St. Michaels.
Mr. Chapman, 74, died Thursday of heart failure at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He had lived in St. Michaels since 1983.
He retired in 1972 as president of Curtis Engine and Equipment Co., which he and two partners founded in 1950.
Born in Madison, Wis., and reared in Minneapolis, Mr. Chapman attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.
He served as a first lieutenant in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.
In 1946, he moved to Baltimore to work with the Bank of America.
Mr. Chapman enjoyed traveling, boating and gardening.
He was a member of L'Hirondelle Club in Ruxton, the Potapskut Sailing Association, the Rotary Club of Baltimore, the Poplar Island Yacht Club, the Cruising Sailors of St. Michael, the Navy League and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Mr. Chapman was a former warden of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton. He had been a member of the board of Kanawha-Gauley Coal and Coke Co. in Charleston, W.Va.
His son, John R. Chapman Jr., died in 1962.
Mr. Chapman is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Frances Jerman; a daughter, Edith C. Gillis of Pasadena; a brother, Frederick R. Chapman of Wichita, Kan.; and three grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Ruxton, Md., 21204.
C. William Martin IV
A memorial Mass for Chester William Martin IV, a Pasadena resident who died Wednesday when the helicopter he was piloting crashed in Edison, N.J., will be offered at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.
Mr. Martin, president of Beverage Capital Corp., a Baltimore County bottling company, was returning from a business trip in New York City when his helicopter apparently developed engine trouble. He was 52.
Since 1984, he also had been president of SunDun Inc., a beverage vending company in Beltsville. He was a former vice president of Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. in Baltimore and Houston.
Born in Kankakee, Ill., Mr. Martin moved to the Washington area in 1955 and attended Montgomery Blair High School and Montgomery College.
His hobbies included boating and billiards, as well as flying.
Mr. Martin was a member of Heroes Inc., which raised money for families of police officers and firefighters disabled or killed in duty.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Patricia Martin; three daughters, Kelly Gilder of Kensington and Katie and Karen Martin, both of Potomac; a sister, Margaret Cohen of Atlanta; two brothers, G. Hall Martin of Potomac and Stephen A. Martin of Burtonsville; and a grandson.
The family suggested memorial contributions to Heroes Inc., 719 10th St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001.
Lucille M. Stair
Laundry firm officer
Lucille M. Stair, an officer of a Baltimore laundry company who was active in maritime activities, died Thursday of cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Oncology Center. She was 80.
Private services were held yesterday.
Mrs. Stair had been secretary-treasurer of Up-To-Date Laundry Inc. since 1946. Her husband of 55 years, William S. Stair Sr., is the company's president.
She was a former president of the Women's Maritime Association, which worked to attract new business to the Port of Baltimore. Much of the family's laundry business came from crews on ships docked in the port.
Mrs. Stair was born and reared in New York City and worked as a secretary at the YMCA there before she married. In 1938, she moved with her husband to Catonsville.
She and her husband were active in the annual Shriner's circus, which raises money for Shriner activities and children's hospitals.
Other survivors are a daughter, Nancy Compton of Bridgeport, W.Va.; a son, William S. Stair Jr. of Catonsville; and three grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions in Mrs. Stair's name to churches, synagogues or charities of the donor's choice.