Gilbert Fred OttoZoology professorGilbert Fred Otto, retired...

Gilbert Fred Otto

Zoology professor


Gilbert Fred Otto, retired professor of zoology at the University of Maryland in College Park and a former assistant dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, died Nov. 17 after a heart attack at his home in Silver Spring.

A memorial service for Dr. Otto, who was 90, was to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Adelphi Presbyterian Church, 9401 Riggs Road, Adelphi.


An expert on canine heartworm and parasites that infect both animals and humans, he taught at Hopkins from 1929 until 1953. During his years there, he was an assistant dean and an associate professor.

After leaving Hopkins, he joined Abbott Laboratories where he was head of parasitology and then director of agriculture and veterinary research.

He retired in 1966 as assistant to the vice president and director of personnel in charge of professional education and recruitment.

Dr. Otto then joined the faculty at UM, where he was a senior research associate after he retired in 1972.

He was a founder and former president of the American Heartworm Society, and edited its journal. He was also a past president of the Helminthological Society of Washington and the Illinois Mosquito Control Association, and belonged to 21 other professional organizations.

A native of Chicago, he was a 1926 graduate of Kalamazoo College, which in 1989 would give him its Distinguished Achievement Award. He earned a master's degree at Kansas State University and, in 1929, a doctorate at the Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

He was named one of the 75 Heroes of Public Health last spring during the 75th anniversary celebration of the Hopkins School of Public Health.

Dr. Otto was active in the Hillendale community in Silver Spring.


His wife of 55 years, the former Loudale Simmons, died in 1987.

He is survived by a son, Frederick S. Otto of Vail, Colo.; a daughter, Sandra Abbott of Alameda, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Hegner, Cort, Root Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.


Lila G. Whitton

Once a princess


Lila G. Whitton, who was born into Russian nobility but had lived in the United States since 1936, died Nov. 25 of heart failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center before doctors could repair a broken hip.

A memorial service for Mrs. Whitton, who was 78 and had lived in Elkridge Estates with a sister for about 10 years, was to be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today in the chapel of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, North Charles Street and Melrose Avenue, Baltimore.

The former Princess Elizabeth Galitzine was born on the estate of relatives in the province of Kazan on the Volga River. Her father, Prince Leon Galitzine, was the last imperial governor of the nearby province of Samara before the Russian Revolution.

In 1917 her family left Russia and she lived in Italy and in Nice, France, before coming to this country.

Mrs. Whitton had been a treasurer of the Cosmopolitans social club after moving to Baltimore.

Before moving to Baltimore, she lived in Princeton, N.J., where her husband, John Boardman Whitton, an authority on international law, was a professor at Princeton University. He died in 1977.


She is survived by a sister, Tatiana King of Elkridge Estates; three nephews; and six nieces.

Gwendolyn Walker

Teacher's aide

Gwendolyn V. Walker, a retired teacher's aide, died Thanksgiving Day at Liberty Medical Center after a heart attack.

Services for Mrs. Walker, who was 81 and lived on Parkwood Avenue in Baltimore, were to be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 1121 W. Lanvale St.

Mrs. Walker retired in 1977 after working as an aide at Westside Elementary School and other city schools for about 20 years.


Born in Baltimore, the former Gwendolyn V. Bogle was a #F graduate of Douglass High School. Her husband, William E. Walker Sr., is a retired mail carrier.

At Metropolitan United Methodist Church, she was a member of the Records and History Committee and the United Methodist Women. She was also vice president of the Friends Adult Fellowship Group and a former president of the E. S. Williams Guild.

She was also active in the Parkview Association, a neighborhood organization.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Alma W. Brown and Allyne W. Boyd, both of Baltimore; three sons, William E. Walker Jr. of Juneau, Alaska, John Walker of Baltimore and Keith L. Walker of Hanover, N.H.; 17

grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.