E. J. Fitzsimmons Jr.
Bank vice president
Edwin J. Fitzsimmons Jr., 62, a retired Union Trust Co. vice president, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Mr. Fitzsimmons began his banking career in 1955 as a trust administrator for Union Trust Co., where he worked until 1960. From 1960 to 1968, he worked as an auditor for Kennecott Copper in Solley.
Mr. Fitzsimmons was then asked to return to Union Trust, where he resumed his duties as a trust administrator, and in 1973 was named vice president of the trust department. He retired in 1988.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Fitzsimmons grew up in Pimlico and was a 1947 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School. In 1960, he received a bachelor's degree in business from Loyola College.
He was in the Army from 1951 to 1955, serving as finance officer at Fort Holabird during the Korean conflict. He remained in the Army Reserve until 1972, when he retired as a major.
Mr. Fitzsimmons, who lived in Towson for 39 years, was a past president of the Paint and Powder Club charitable group, the Trust Association of Maryland and the Loyola High School Fathers Club. He was also a former member of the board of advisers of Villa Julie College, a board member of the Vagabond Theater in Fells Point, the treasurer of the Towson Elks Club and a member of the Towson chapter of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Marianita Deal; four sons, Michael G., Thomas D., Timothy J. and Edwin Joseph Fitzsimmons III, all of Towson; a brother, Charles Fitzsimmons of Towson; two sisters, Geraldine Hart of Towson and Eileen Batten of Gaithersburg; and two granddaughters.
Services for Mr. Fitzsimmons will be held at 11:15 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Joppa Road at Bosley Avenue, Towson.
The family suggests contributions to the Jesuit's Residence Fund, in care of Father McGuire, Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.
Robert Davidson Jr.
Retired NASA engineer
Robert J. Davidson Jr., who retired in 1980 as an engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center, died June 26 of heart failure at a hospital in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Graveside services for Mr. Davidson, who was 67, were conducted July 6 at a veterans cemetery in Wrightstown, N.J. He had moved from Cinnaminson, N.J., to Ormond Beach three months ago.
He had lived in Bowie from 1971 until his retirement from the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
He was with NASA since the late 1950s and earlier worked as an electrical engineer for the Navy at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
At NASA, he worked on several projects, including compact microwave ovens for use in space, cameras for weather satellites and VCRs for use in spacecraft.
After his retirement, he worked as a consultant to space contractors and others and as a quality control manager for a New Jersey manufacturing company until his final retirement in 1988.
Born in Allentown, Pa., he served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and then earned his electrical engineering degree in 1949 at the Pennsylvania Military College.
He later earned a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife, the former Mary B. True; three sons, Robert J. Davidson III of Baltimore, Michael Jeffrey Davidson of Bowie and Mark Stephen Davidson of Laurel; two daughters, Terry Erter of Odenton and Marybeth Puckett of Ormond Beach; two stepsons, Larry True of Palmyra, N.J., and Joseph True of White Marsh; and five grandchildren.
Dorothy E. Atkins
High school teacher
Dorothy Eaton Atkins, a retired teacher and 45-year resident of Baltimore, died Thursday at her home in Bolton Hill as the result of a heart ailment. She was 87.
Services for her will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2604 Banister Road.
Mrs. Atkins taught social studies and English at the former Sollers Point High School for 16 years and Deep Creek Junior High School for three years before retiring in 1967.
Mrs. Atkins was born in Morristown, N.J., and attended schools there. She graduated with honors in 1933 from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.
Mrs. Atkins served on the Deacons Board of Grace Presbyterian Church, where she had been a member since 1947. From 1970 to 1975, she served as the first woman member of the board of trustees of Johnson C. Smith University.
She was the founder of the Daytimers, a social organization for retired people, and was a member of the Morgan Wives, the Johnson C. Smith Alumni Association, and Les Huit Femmes, a group of her fellow Sollers Point teachers. She was also a Golden Light Member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Mrs. Atkins is survived by a son, Marshall F. Atkins of Singapore; a daughter, Sylvia A. Wilson of Columbia; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, 21202.
Jack E. Caplan, 73
Owned Caplan Grocery
Jack E. Caplan, a retired grocery store owner and hospital worker from Hebbville, died Wednesday at Sinai Hospital of an internal infection.
Services for the 73-year-old Subet Road resident were conducted Friday.
He retired in 1972 from the Caplan Grocery at Presstman and Stricker streets, which he had owned for about 10 years. Earlier, he had worked at a nearby store owned by an aunt. He retired again in 1985 after 12 years as a materials handler in the Central Supply Department of Sinai Hospital, where he sterilized and delivered materials and equipment for use in the hospital.
The Baltimore native served in the Army during World War II. He was fond of horse racing, frequently attending the Maryland tracks.
Mr. Caplan is survived by his wife, the former Sarah Wyatt; two daughters, Kimberly Caplan of Columbia and Vivian J. Brown of Silver Spring; a son, Calvin S. Brown of Baltimore; and a grandson.
Frank Novotny Sr.
Tool company founder
Frank J. Novotny Sr., co-founder of AF&G; Tool and Die Co., died Thursday at Carroll County General Hospital after suffering a heart attack at home. He was 78.
A New Windsor-area resident for eight years, Mr. Novotny was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He started his career in Dayton as a tool and die maker for National Cash Register Co.
In 1945, he moved to Baltimore, where he, his father, Anton Novotny, and his two brothers, Gustav and George Novotny, founded the AF&G; Tool and Die Co. in Arbutus. He served as vice president of the firm until he retired in 1976.
While he helped run the company, he took night engineering courses at the Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Novotny was a member of St. Luke's Church. He was also a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Boumi Temple Shrine of Baltimore and a former member of the Blue Lodge in Dayton.
He enjoyed woodworking and, for many years, gave his children and grandchildren handmade furniture at Christmas.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Helene Roh; two daughters, Anne H. Novotny of Laurel and JoAnne L. Lee of Severna Park; a son, Frank J. Novotny Jr. of Westminster; a brother, George Novotny of Shrewsbury, Pa.; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Luke's (Winter's) Lutheran Church, Route 75, New Windsor.
The family suggests contributions to the Organ Fund of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, in care of Darthean Fox, 21 Park Ave., Westminster 21157.
Christiana Mc Farlane
Native of Jamaica
Christiana Mc Farlane, who cared for recovering mental patients at her home, died Tuesday of cancer at her home on Bowman Avenue.
Services for Mrs. Mc Farlane, who was 76, will be conducted at 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. John's Lutheran Church, Coldspring Lane and Pimlico Road.
A native of Westmoreland, Jamaica, she came to Baltimore in 1966 and cared for three former Spring Grove patients who lived in her home.
She is survived by a daughter, Mae Jones of Baltimore; a sister, Vivian Mc Farlane of Westmoreland; three brothers, Rupert, Neville and Winston Mc Farlane, all of Westmoreland; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Donald A. Krinkey Jr., marathoner, dies at 28
Donald A. Krinkey Jr., 28, a marathon runner and restaurant manager, died of AIDS Wednesday at his home in Waverly.
Mr. Krinkey had been an editor for the monthly newsletter of the Health Education Resource Organization (HERO), which is dedicated to helping those suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome and preventing the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus that causes the disease.
"Donald never expressed anger or shook his fist about having AIDS. He was more concerned about the welfare of others than about himself, right up to the end," said Christopher Camp, Mr. Krinkey's longtime companion and former associate director of development for HERO.
"He lived his life as a marathoner, all the way to the end, the way he fought his illness," Mr. Camp said. "He's been an incredible example of courage to a lot of people."
During the final days of his illness, Mr. Krinkey worked at completing his contribution to the AIDS quilt to be shown as part of the Names Project Quilt Display in Washington on Oct. 12.
He sewed his name, but died before completing the quotation, "Live the journey -- for every destination there is another."
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Krinkey graduated in 1982 from Woodlawn High School and studied elementary education at Towson State University. He ran marathons at both schools.
He was a waiter and restaurant manager, working at Martin's West in Woodlawn, the Inner Harbor Marriot Hotel, the Downtown Athletic Club and the Lord Baltimore Hotel. He worked at the Security Square Mall Hecht Co. briefly before going on disability in February 1991.
Mr. Krinkey was an avid fan of model railroading and the music of Olivia Newton-John, and enjoyed spending time with his dogs, Beeno and Bagel.
Besides Mr. Camp, he is survived by his father, Donald A. Krinkey Sr. of West Virginia; his stepmother, E. Laverne Krinkey of Pikesville; four sisters, Linda Galvin of Keymar, Carol Ellis of North Carolina, Jacqueline Krinkey of Aberdeen, and Laura Krinkey of Pikesville; and a brother, Kevin Clancy of Westminster.
A Friday memorial service will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Care Consultants, care of Chase-Brexton Clinic, or the Buddy Program of HERO, both at 101 W. Read St., Baltimore. Md. 21201.