Clarence W. BarnettLongtime civic activistClarence W. Barnett,...


Clarence W. Barnett

Longtime civic activist

Clarence W. Barnett, a retired division merchandise manager for Hochschild Kohn department store who was long active in civic affairs, died of cancer at his home in Pikesville on Saturday. He was 86.

He began his business career in the 1920s working in New York advertising agencies and was vice president of Ida May Candies, a family business.

He moved to Baltimore in 1932 and worked for Huyler's Restaurant, an ice cream and soda fountain on Lexington Street.

He joined Hochschild Kohn's in 1933 and worked there until his retirement in 1968.

Before he retired, he served on the board of the Citizens' Planning and Housing Association, which he joined in 1934, the Mayor's Advisory Committee to the Housing Bureau of Baltimore, the Association of Commerce's Education Committee, the advisory committee of the United Nations Association of Baltimore, the board of the National Council of the USO, and the board of the Central Scholarship Bureau.

He was an automobile arbitrator for the Consumer Protection Agency and was an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange.

He was also active in the Mental Health Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, the Travelers' Aid Society of Baltimore, the United Way of Central Maryland, Community Chest and Planned Parenthood.

"He spent his mornings attending various board meetings and spent his afternoons and evenings at the Suburban Club playing bridge, said his daughter Margery Wolpert of Mount Washington. He also liked sailing and golf.

Mr. Barnett was born in Boston and reared in Far Rockaway, N.Y. He attended both New York and Columbia universities during the 1920s.

He and the former Kathryn Dallett were married in 1933. She shared her husband's interest in civic affairs. Then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer honored her in 1982 with a Kitty Barnett Day in recognition of her civic activism. She died in 1982.

Services for Mr. Barnett are to be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, his birthday, at the Suburban Club, 7600 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by another daughter, Wendy Brotman, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; two granddaughters; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Mental Health Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, 323 E. 25th St., Baltimore, Md. 21218.

Herbert P. Strack

Retired chemist

Herbert P. Strack, a retired chemist with Lever Brothers Co., died of kidney failure Friday at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 96.

A chemist for Southern Cotton Oil Co. near Savannah, Ga., from 1920 to 1928, he worked with Dr. David Wesson, who discovered the refining process for cottonseed oil in 1899, later marketed under the trade name Wesson Oil.

From 1928 to 1936, he was a chemist at the state agricultural laboratory in Nashville, Tenn., testing feed, fertilizers, foods and drugs.

Before moving to Baltimore in 1938, he worked for Hecker Brothers, the makers of Gold Dust and Silver Dust, popular soap powders from 60 years ago. He worked in their New York office for 22 months until Lever Brothers bought the company. He was then transferred to the Lever Brothers plant on Holabird Avenue in Dundalk.

Born in Myerstown, Pa., he was a graduate of Myerstown High School and Albright College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

In 1922, he married Lola Latimer Gay. The couple had lived in the Wiltondale section of Towson since the late 1930s.

The Stracks joined the Maryland Ornithological Society as charter members in 1945. Avid bird-watchers and gardeners, their flower garden was featured in a Sun Magazine article on March 19, 1978.

Mr. Strack was a member of the Baltimore Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Mount Moriah Lodge, the Scottish Rite.

Before joining Towson Presbyterian Church in 1984, he and his wife had been members of University Baptist Church for 40 years.

Services for Mr. Strack were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Towson Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake and Highland avenues.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Herbert Strack Jr. of Birmingham, Mich., and Willard A. Strack of Lutherville; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Mount Moriah Masonic Order in Towson or to the Benevolence Fund of Towson Presbyterian Church.

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