Percival WilsonTax lawyerPercival Wilson, a former IRS...

Percival Wilson

Tax lawyer


Percival Wilson, a former IRS field agent who opened a law practice after he retired from the IRS, died Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital after a series of heart attacks.

He was 75 and lived on Wickford Road in Baltimore.


For about 12 years, he had a private practice in Towson, specializing in tax law, following his retirement after 28 years of service in the Baltimore office of the Internal Revenue Service.

The native of Chevy Chase, who graduated from high school there, earned a business degree from George Washington University where he also studied accounting. He was a graduate of the University of Baltimore law school.

He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

In the 1950s and 1960s, he coached the Aces, a team in the Roland Park youth baseball program.

He was a member of the Sons of the Revolution, the Eastern Shore Society, the Baltimore Country Club and the Paint and Powder Club, appearing in club productions and handling lighting for them.

Services for Mr. Wilson were to be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave. in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mabel Main; a son, Edwin P. Wilson II of Rodgers Forge; and a grandson.

Z. T. Parks Jr.



Z. Townsend Parks Jr., who practiced law in Baltimore and then in Towson for a total of about 55 years, died Friday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville.

He was 83 and had moved to Charlestown from Rutledge on Wye, his home in the Queenstown area, in 1991.

He retired about three years ago from the Towson firm of Parks, Hansen and Ditch. Nearly eight years ago, he left the Baltimore firm of Wright and Parks, now Wright, Constable and Skeen, to join his son in the Towson firm.

His son, H. Emslie Parks of Glen Arm, is the Baltimore County solicitor.

Mr. Parks was a native of Forest Hill who was reared in Baltimore.


He was a 1927 graduate of City College; a 1931 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was editor of the yearbook; and a 1935 graduate of the University of Maryland law school.

He was a former vice president of the Baltimore City Bar Association and chairman of its grievance committee. He also represented the city group on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association.

He was also a member of the bar associations of Baltimore and Queen Anne's counties.

He was a former president of the Eastern Shore Society and a member of the Mount Washington Club.

His first wife, the former Harriet Forrester, died in 1972.

Services for Mr. Parks were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Old Wye Episcopal Church in Wye Mills.


In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife, the former Margaret A. Froehlinger; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Howard M. Wilkes Sr., a retired district manager for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, died of cardiac arrest last Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 68 and lived in Baltimore.

The lifelong Baltimorean was educated in the city public school system and received a bachelor of arts degree in history from then-Morgan State College in 1950. He earned a master's degree in social work from Howard University in 1960.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was a combat infantryman in the 92nd Infantry Division during World War II. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of corporal.

He started working at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services in 1955 and retired in 1990.

He was a member of the Delta Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and of the Baltimore chapter of the Howard University School of Social Work Alumni Association.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Wilkes was to be offered at 7 p.m. today at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Poplar Grove Street and Lafayette Avenue in Baltimore.


He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Barbara Colbert; two daughters, Patricia Wilkes and Stacey Wilkes, and two sons, Howard Wilkes Jr. and Barry Wilkes, all of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

Joseph Hirschmann

Retired attorney

Joseph R. Hirschmann, an attorney in private practice until last year, died of colon cancer Sunday at his home on West University Parkway. He was 87.

A lifelong resident of Baltimore, he graduated from Baltimore City College, the Johns Hopkins University in 1925 and the University of Maryland law school in 1928.

During World War II, he was a lawyer in the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. After the war, he went into private practice from which he retired last year.


He was a member of Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation, the Jewish Historical Society and the Johns Hopkins Club.

Services for Mr. Hirschmann were to be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. funeral home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Ruth Rosen of Baltimore; a son, Edwin Hirschmann of Baltimore; a daughter, Jane Rubak of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

Richard G. Sullivan

Retired FBI agent

Richard Gerard Sullivan, a retired FBI agent and former chief investigator in the Baltimore County state's attorney's office, died of pancreatic cancer Saturday at the Stella Maris Hospice.


He was 78 and lived in Towson. He had retired from the FBI in 1966 and from the state's attorney's office in January 1981.

He first went to work as an investigator and adjuster for the Royal Indemnity Co. in Boston from 1937 to 1941. He then joined the FBI.

From 1966 to 1971, he held a criminal justice position in Baltimore before he joined the Baltimore County prosecutor's office.

Educated in Boston public schools, he received a law degree from Suffolk University in Boston in 1941.

He was a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Sullivan was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Church, 200 Ware Ave. in Towson.


He is survived by his wife, the former Christine Voisinet; three sons, Richard G. Sullivan Jr. of Savage, Joseph P. Sullivan of Morgantown, W.Va., and Gerald F. Sullivan of Baltimore; three sisters, Marie Connell of Roslindale, Mass., Harriet Daley of Sandwich, Mass., and Ruth Guilderson of Duxbury, Mass.; a brother, Leo Sullivan of Canton, Mass.; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial donations to Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.

Sister Cosmas

Motherhouse laundress

Sister Mary Cosmas Yglesias, O.S.P., who ran the laundry at the motherhouse and other institutions of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, died Sunday of heart failure at the motherhouse, Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent in Catonsville.

Sister Cosmas, 81, was working in the laundry at the time of her death.


She had been at the Catonsville convent since 1974 and before that at the order's old motherhouse and at St. Frances Academy. She also had worked at convents in Cuba and in Missouri.

The former Felicia Livoria Yglesias was born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba, and entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence at the old motherhouse in Baltimore in 1938.

A Mass of Christian burial is to be offered at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel of the motherhouse, 701 Gun Road.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews in Cuba.

Nellie Neumann



Nellie Elizabeth Neumann, who worked as a dressmaker out of her Pikesville home and also took care of children in their Green Spring Valley homes, died Sunday of heart failure at a nursing home in Charlotte, N.C.

She was 86 and had moved from Pikesville to Charlotte in 1976, shortly after retiring.

The former Nellie Elizabeth Sitton was a native of the Bryson City, N.C., area and moved to the Baltimore area in the late 1920s.

Her husband, Frank Neumann, died in 1976.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Neumann is to be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Pikesville.

She is survived by a son, Philip Neumann of Charlotte; a brother, Frank Sitton of Stanly, N.C.; a sister, Thelma DeVese of Jarrettsville; a half-sister, Mamie Johnson of Charlotte; and three grandchildren.


The family suggested memorial contributions to the Baltimore Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

L. Claude Burch

Shipyard executive

L. Claude Burch, a retired executive at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard, died of cancer Saturday at Broadmead.

He was 75 and had moved to the Cockeysville retirement community from Homeland about five years ago.

He retired about 12 years ago from the shipyard, where he had worked for 40 years. He earlier worked for a short time for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.


The Baltimore native was a graduate of Loyola High School and the old Maryland Institute on Market Place.

His wife, the former Miriam Price, died in 1973. A brother, Francis B. Burch, who died in 1987, served as attorney general of Maryland from 1967 to 1979.

A memorial Mass for Mr. Burch is to be offered at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

He is survived by two daughters, Miriam Burch Guidera and Susan Burch Obrecht of Cockeysville; a son, L. Claude Burch III of Baltimore; two brothers, retired Navy Capt. Charles Burch of Norfolk, Va., and John Burch of Villanova, Pa.; two sisters, Constance Plummer of Baltimore and Phyllis Barry of Tucson, Ariz.; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, or to the Rev. John F. Guidera, S.J., Jesuit Mission, P.O. Box 26840, Baltimore, Md. 21212.

Mary F. Woltmon


Former nurse

Mary Frances Woltmon, a former nurse who had multiple sclerosis for about 26 years, died of respiratory failure Tuesday at Church Hospital. She was 53.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Ms. Woltmon bowled in the Hopeful Wheeler bowling league at the Severna Park Bowling Lanes.

Family members said she enjoyed writing, and had completed an unpublished mystery novel.

Services were conducted yesterday at the First Christian Church of Glen Burnie church.

Ms. Woltmon is survived by her mother, Frances Ratsch of Dundalk; a daughter, Dawn M. Mazur of Pasadena; a son, Eric D. Woltmon of Pasadena; two brothers, Herbert Ratsch and Eric Ratsch, both of Pasadena; and four grandchildren.