Morgan H. PritchettPratt curatorMorgan H. Pritchett, who...


Morgan H. Pritchett

Pratt curator

Morgan H. Pritchett, who had been curator of library archives and head of the Maryland Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library and chairman of the modern languages department at Loyola College, died April 23 after a heart attack at his home on Ken Oak Road in Mount Washington.

Dr. Pritchett, who was 72, retired in 1984 after a year in the curator's post. He had started as head of the Pratt's Maryland Department in 1974.

Before that, he was associate professor of German at Loyola College, where he joined the faculty in 1958. He was named chairman of the modern languages department in 1965.

In retirement, Dr. Pritchett was working on a comprehensive study of free blacks in Baltimore in the 19th century. He was co-author of an article on Baron von Steuben, the Revolutionary War figure, in a journal of the Society for the History of Germans in Maryland.

He was on the State Commission on Ethnic Affairs and had assisted with Baltimore's German Festival. In 1967, he was bibliographer of the Germanic Section of the Annual International Bibliography of the Modern Language Association.

At the Pratt, he coordinated the research for "The Eastern Shore tTC of Maryland . . . An Annotated Bibliography." He wrote a chapter on Charles Center for "Baltimore: a Living Renaissance."

Born in Wingate, he grew up in Baltimore and was a graduate of City College. He earned a bachelor's degree at the Johns Hopkins University, a master's degree at the University of North Carolina and his doctorate at Hopkins.

He did graduate work at the University of Munich and was an educational adviser to the U.S. Army in Germany. He taught for a time at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Organizations to which Dr. Pritchett belonged included the Maryland Genealogical Society, the Maryland Historical Society and the Mid Atlantic Germanic Society.

He was a collector of German books, stamps, coins and antique watches.

His wife, the former Virginia Snyder, died in 1991.

He is survived by a son, M. Wingate Pritchett of Timonium.

A Mass was offered for Dr. Pritchett on April 27 at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington. The family suggested memorial contributions to the Endowment Fund of the Johns Hopkins University.

A Mass of Christian burial for John A. Montgomery, a former special agent of the FBI in Baltimore and a retired vice president of the Maryland National Bank, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.

He died Tuesday of cancer at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center at the age of 79.

The resident of Charles Valley Court in Towson retired from the FBI in 1963. During 20 years with the bureau, he specialized in espionage cases.

Shortly after leaving the FBI, he was employed by the bank as chief of security and the next year was named a vice president. He remained with the bank until 1975.

A founder and the first president of the Maryland Association for Bank Security, he had been head of the Baltimore Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and first vice president of the society's Middle Atlantic States Division.

He was a member of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers.

Born and reared in Lebanon Junction, Ky., he attended the Coast Guard Academy and, in the 1930s, worked for the Bureau of Prisons, becoming assistant to the warden of the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta.

In 1943, he received his law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta.

He was a former president of the Hibernian Society of Baltimore, which named him man of the year in 1982, and was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

He had been president of the Loyola High School Fathers' Club and a member of the Notre Dame Club of Baltimore.

He had been treasurer of the Wine and Food Society of Baltimore and a member of the Advertising Club of Baltimore, the Maryland Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Alcala Caravan of the Order of the Alhambra. He was a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Mr. Montgomery is survived by his wife, the former Letha "Ann" Hess; a son, John W. Montgomery Jr. of Westford, Mass.; a daughter, Janice M. Barre of Basking Ridge, N.J.; two sisters, Nancy Jenkins of Louisville, Ky., and Dora Jones of Lebanon Junction; three brothers, Edward Montgomery of Lebanon Junction, Thomas Montgomery of Bowling Green, Ky., and James Montgomery of Hendersonville, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service for Roger C. Skinner Jr., an Annapolis contractor who was injured in the May 11 crash of a private plane near Lusby, will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road.

It will be preceded by a service at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 1080 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville.

Mr. Skinner, who was 42 and lived in Epping Forest, died Sunday at the Washington Hospital Center of injuries he suffered when the plane crashed as it was taking off from the Chesapeake Ranch Airport near Lusby.

For 16 years, he owned the Hearthside Construction Co. in Annapolis.

A native of Fort Lewis, Wash., who was raised in Severna Park, he was a 1967 graduate of Severna Park High School and attended the Arundel Community College. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Though he was not the pilot of the plane that crashed, he was a licensed pilot and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was also a licensed commercial balloon pilot and a member of the National Balloon Pilot Association.

Mr. Skinner was also interested in motor boating on the $l Chesapeake Bay.

He is survived by a companion, Janet Gartrell; his mother, Doris Skinner Williamson of Severna Park; and a sister, Jeanne Russell of Ridgefield, Conn.

Mr. Skinner's brother, Douglas Lee Skinner, 38, of Lusby, was also a passenger in the plane and perished in the crash. Services for Douglas Skinner were held May 15.

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