The March 9 obituary for Olga von...


The March 9 obituary for Olga von Hartz Owens reported incorrectly the job held by Mrs. Owens' late husband, Hamilton Owens, from 1943 to 1956. Mr. Owens was editor in chief of the Sunpapers.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Olga von Hartz Owens

Active in music groups

Olga von Hartz Owens, a violinist who was active in music in Baltimore, died of heart failure Friday at the age of 101 at home in Roland Park Place.

A native of Rutherford, N.J., who moved to Baltimore with her family shortly after the 1904 fire, she attended Eastern High School but left before her graduation to study violin at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, from which she graduated in 1913.

That year, she ended a short professional career to marry Hamilton Owens, who was editor of The Evening Sun from 1943 to 1956. He died in 1967.

She remained active with the Peabody all her life, serving as president of its alumni association and as a member of its board in the 1930s.

At her 100th birthday in 1991, she played the same selection she had played when she was awarded her certificate in violin at Peabody. She also remained close to Eastern, playing the violin at the opening of its North Avenue and Broadway building and then again at the opening of the 33rd Street School. At her 94th birthday, she was presented an honorary diploma as a member of the class of 1909.

In 1938, she and the late Celia Brace started the Women's String Symphony of Baltimore, partly as a protest against the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's policy of refusing membership to women. Though the women's orchestra was disbanded in 1941, the policy was changed and many of its members were hired by the BSO.

She and her husband, with other local amateurs and professionals, also started the Sunday Night Orchestra, which played for more than 30 years until the late 1960s.

At her Riderwood home, Thornberry, she entertained many writers journalists and musicians, including John Dos Passos, William L. Shirer, Werner Janssen, Howard Barlow, and an oboist with the Baltimore Symphony, Mitch Miller.

When her family settled in Baltimore, they lived for a year on Hollins Street.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Henry W.

Jenkins & Sons Inc., 4905 York Road, Baltimore.

Mrs. Owens is survived by three sons, James Hamilton Owens Jr. of Ann Arbor, Mich., Lloyd Owens of Chicago, and Gwinn Owens of Baltimore, former Evening Sun op-ed editor; two daughters, Lydia Owens Gillespie and Olga Owens of Baltimore; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Peabody Conservatory.

Demetria Campbell

Sought marrow donor

Demetria Campbell, the 21-year-old college senior whose need for a bone marrow transplant spurred a citywide campaign to recruit black donors, died Sunday of complications from leukemia.

Ms. Campbell, who had been staying at the Northwest Baltimore home of an aunt, nurse Vanessa Jones, took a turn for the worse and died at Sinai Hospital.

The Baltimore native and 1989 graduate of Seton Keough High, "Tria" Campbell was working on a business degree at Virginia's Hampton University when she was diagnosed with leukemia in 1991.

Chemotherapy failed to send the disease into remission, and doctors urgently recommended a bone marrow transplant late last year. But no compatible donor could be found through the national registry.

The low number of registered black donors prompted Ms. Campbell's parents to mobilize a campaign to dramatically increase the numbers of potential black donors -- an effort that was coordinated by the American Red Cross, Clergy United for Renewal of East Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the National Marrow Donor Program.

Celebrities added their endorsements, including Baltimore-born actor Charles Dutton, star of Fox TV's "Roc," who appeared at a December gathering at the War Memorial to start the campaign.

Tory Leonard, a spokeswoman for the state health department, said yesterday that the campaign added several hundred black donors to the registry, but apparently did not generate a match for Ms. Campbell.

"We wanted to thank all the people who gave us their support and were typed for Tria," her father, Roland O. Campbell Jr., said yesterday, "and we must continue for all those who Tria represents."

He suggested that memorial donations be made to the African-American Marrow Donor Program at the American Red Cross, 4700 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21215.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Oliver and Caroline streets, where she was a member.

Ms. Campbell also is survived by her mother, Deborrah C. Jones; two sisters, Roshonda Wiggins and Lea Campbell; a brother, Roland Campbell III; her maternal grandparents, Ruth and William Jones, and her paternal grandmother, Doris Campbell. All are of Baltimore.

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