Kermit J. MosleyWildlife biologistKermit Jefferey Mosley, an...

Kermit J. Mosley

Wildlife biologist


Kermit Jefferey Mosley, an Annapolis wildlife biologist, died Oct. 9 of kidney failure at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore after a short illness. He was 38.

Mr. Mosley was a lifelong resident of Annapolis. He was a graduate of Annapolis High School, Anne Arundel Community College and Towson State University.


A specialist in Chesapeake Bay environmental issues, he worked with Environmental Services Inc., the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the State Highway Administration and the Maryland State Teachers Association.

He was a member of Van Buren Baptist Church in Annapolis.

Services were held Oct. 12.

He is survived by his parents, Frances Williams Mosley and Kermit Julian Mosley; his maternal a grandmother, Lillian Williams; a brother; David Russell Mosley; and a sister, Michele Mosley Allison. All are of Annapolis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 2526 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.

Marjorie Layng

St. John's secretary

Marjorie Smith Layng, former secretary to the president of St. John's College and a writer of family histories, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Meridian Nursing Center in Severna Park. She was 88.


Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park.

A native of Baltimore, Mrs. Layng was a resident of Round Bay, Severna Park. She was a graduate of Annapolis High School.

In 1924, she became secretary to the president of St. John's College.

In one of her family memoirs, Mrs. Layng recalled landing the job after a chance meeting with the principal of Annapolis High on the train home to Round Bay from Annapolis.

The principal told her to go to St. John's, "as she knew there was an opening, and to tell them she had sent me. I went and I got the job. My starting salary was $60 a month. The moral of this story is to always be polite to teachers, especially the school principal."

Mrs. Layng stayed at St. John's, where she later worked for the athletic director, until 1935.


In 1931, she married John F. Layng Jr. He died in 1979.

Mrs. Layng enjoyed writing poetry, painting on driftwood, crocheting afghans and gardening.

She was a member of the Severn River Association and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as well as Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, to which the family suggested memorial donations be made.

She is survived by a son, John F. Layng III of Glen Burnie; two daughters, Marjorie Layng Roxburgh of Crofton and Mary Layng Greene of Dixon, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Dorothy Rittenhouse

Sykesville dog breeder


Dorothy Hook Rittenhouse, a Sykesville housewife who raised champion chow chow dogs, died of cancer Thursday at Howard County General Hospital. She was 75.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home, 5695 Main Street, Elkridge.

Mrs. Rittenhouse lived in Sykesville for 28 years and, prior to that, in Catonsville for 10 years.

Born in Elkridge, she grew up in Ellicott City and graduated in 1936 from the old Seton High School in Baltimore. She worked briefly for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.

In 1942, she married George Kieffer Rittenhouse, who worked with his family's Catonsville building business, C. C. Rittenhouse.

For 40 years, she bred and raised chow chow dogs for shows, breeding 18 American Kennel Club champions at her Kido Kennels in Sykesville. She belonged to the Catonsville Kennel Club and the Southern Chow Chow Club, and she enjoyed playing bridge.


Her husband, George Rittenhouse, died in January.

She is survived by a son, Charles Kieffer Rittenhouse II of Towson; a brother, Donald Hook of Columbia; and three grandchildren.

Jane Mangum

Retired bookkeeper

Jane Caroline Mangum, a 71-year-old retired bookkeeper, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at North Arundel Hospital.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Barranco & Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway at Robinson Road.


The former Jane Slack was a native of Atlantic City, N.J., and a graduate of Annapolis High School.

The 50-year resident of Severna Park retired a year ago from Colonial Auto Supply in Severna Park, where she worked as a bookkeeper.

She had been a secretary for the Manhattan Beach Civic Association, a community news writer for the Maryland Gazette and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Co. She was also a member of Asbury United HTC Methodist Church and Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Her husband of 51 years, Charles B. Mangum Sr., died in 1989.

She is survived by three daughters, Jane Mulcare of Severna Park, Charlotte Rice of Baltimore and Mary Stafford of Severna Park; two sons, Charles Mangum Jr. of Linthicum and Joseph Mangum of Severna Park; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the Maryland Lupus Foundation, 7400 York Road, 3rd Floor, Baltimore 21204.