Remsen V. WoodInventor, company ownerRemsen V. Wood,...

Remsen V. Wood

Inventor, company owner


Remsen V. Wood, 94, an inventor who owned a company that makes iridescent ornamental films and now holograms, such as the eagles or maps used on many credit cards, died of cancer Friday at his home on Wine Spring Lane in Riderwood.

Mr. Wood owned the Diffraction Co., which he started in 1954.


Before then, he worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory with diffraction gratings of glass or polished metal used to separate light of different wave lengths for scientific purposes. He invented a process to make the microscopic grooves in the gratings in spirals rather than in straight parallel lines so that the iridescence can be visible from more than one direction.

Dean Hill, a mechanical engineer and vice president of the company, noted that Mr. Wood had a background in art and science, and said, "Some people view this as a matter of art and some as a matter of incredible mechanical precision. He saw it both ways."

Mr. Wood also used his knowledge of art and science in designing and building his two-story concrete brick home in Riderwood.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., he was a graduate of Amherst College, where he studied physics and mathematics. In the 1930s, he also studied oil painting in Paris. Interested in world affairs and the environment, he was a frequent author of letters to the editor of The Sun.

A memorial service was set for 3 p.m. today at Henry W. Jenkins & Sons Co., 4905 York Road, Baltimore. His wife, the former Rosalie Carey, died in 1985. He is survived by a daughter, Constance Wood Wynd of Cockeysville; and three grandchildren.

Guy C. Gordon

Retired welder

Guy C. Gordon, a retired welder, died Friday of cancer at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla. He was 68.


The former Edgemere resident retired in 1986 from Boilermakers Union Local Lodge No. 193 on West Patapsco Avenue, which he worked out of for nearly 40 years. He moved to Punta Gorda, Fla., in 1988.

Born in Southwest Baltimore and reared on Frederick Avenue, he attended public schools.

He joined the Army in 1943 and was an ambulance driver with the 488th Ambulance Company during the Rhineland campaign in World War II. In 1946, he was discharged and returned to Baltimore.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars while living in Baltimore.

Mr. Gordon is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Emma G. Oliver; a son, Guy R. Gordon of Baltimore; two daughters, Linda C. Stabilito of Federal Way, Wash., and Geraldine G. Holliday of Baltimore; two brothers, Earl T. Gordon of Punta Gorda and Gerald E. Gordon of Tooele, Utah; a sister, Gladys J. Fishpaw of New Oxford, Pa.; a stepbrother, Charles J. Auman of Ormond Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will not be held.


The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 3890 A Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, Fla. 33952.

Theodora Lankford

Severna Park resident

Theodora B. Lankford, a homemaker and former Severna Park resident, died Sunday in the Williamsburg, Va., nursing home where she had lived since 1990. She was 90.

She retired in 1980 from Maria's Country Store in Severna Park where she had worked since 1970.

In 1952, she and her husband, Edward A. Lankford, whom she married in 1930, moved to Severna Park from Windsor Hills, where they lived for many years.


Mr. Lankford, who had been the credit manager for K. Katz, a men's clothing store, died in 1973.

A native of Charles Town, W.Va., Mrs. Lankford attended public schools there. She was also active for many years at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.

Private services are today at Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town.

She is survived by a son, Edward A. Lankford Jr. of Little Torch Key, Fla.; a daughter, Linda L. Moorman of Williamsburg; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ethel May Greene

Active in the community


Ethel May Greene, who lived in the Hillendale area for many years, died Sept. 28 at a home for the elderly in Annapolis. She was 90.

The former Ethel May Johnston was a native of Bonnieville, Ky., and came to the Baltimore area nearly 50 years ago. Her husband, M. Spaulding Greene, a retired executive of the Princess Shops, died in 1987.

She twice served as president of the Colony Club, a local women's group, and was also a member of the Woman's Club of Towson, the Three Arts Club of Homeland and Loch Raven United Methodist Church.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Loch Raven United Methodist Church, 6622 Loch Raven Boulevard in the Glendale section.

She is survived by son M. Alan Greene of Annapolis and two grandchildren. The family said memorial contributions may be made to Loch Raven United Methodist Church.

Sister Claretta


Educator, librarian

Sister Mary Claretta Kempf, S.S.N.D., who taught in elementary and high schools, died Monday of pneumonia in the health care center at her order's motherhouse, Villa Assumpta in Towson.

Sister Claretta, 92, moved to Villa Assumpta in 1986 after her retirement from St. Hubert's Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia, where she was, at various times, a religion, social studies and Latin teacher and part-time librarian.

Before joining St. Hubert's in 1964, she taught for five years at the John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School, which she had attended as a student in her native Philadelphia.

The former Anna Marie Kempf entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922 and completed her high school education at the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore. She also studied at Fordham University and earned her bachelor's degree at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

She taught briefly in the 1920s at Blessed Sacrament and Sacred Heart of Jesus schools in Baltimore and had teaching assignments in New York City and Pittsburgh.


In Baltimore, she taught from 1941 until 1945 at St. Ann's School and from 1935 until 1941 at St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery School.

From 1946 until 1959, she taught at St. John's School in Frederick, and for a year before that had been superior and teacher at St. Paul's School in Ellicott City.

A Mass of Christian burial is set for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the chapel of Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St., Baltimore. She is survived by a sister, Marie Kempf of Meadowbrook, Pa., and two brothers, Frank Byron Kempf of Glenside, Pa., and John J. Kempf of New Jersey.