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Dr. E. S. Stafford, retired Hopkins surgery...

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Dr. E. S. Stafford, retired Hopkins surgery professor

Edward Stephen Stafford, a professor emeritus of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died of pneumonia Nov. 18 at Menno Haven Nursing Home in Chambersburg, Pa., where he had lived for about 10 years. He was 87.

Dr. Stafford retired from Hopkins in 1977 after working there for about 50 years.

He was assistant dean of the Hopkins School of Medicine from 1967 to 1971 and associate dean from 1971 to 1974.

He was in private practice in general and thoracic surgery from 1946 to 1977. In the late 1950s, he also was chief of surgical service at Union Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Stafford did research on appendicitis, esophageal replacement and tetanus immunity. He wrote more than 40 scientific papers and co-wrote a textbook for surgical nurses.

He was managing editor of The Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Medical Journal in the 1960s.

He served in the Army for three years during World War II with the 18th General Hospital in the South Pacific and India. He was chief of the hospital's surgical service and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Dr. Stafford was a Chicago native and 1927 graduate of Yale University. He graduated from the Hopkins School of Medicine in 1931.

He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association and the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.

Dr. Stafford was an elder at the Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore for 15 years.

His wife, the former Frances Symington Lowell, whom he married in 1935, died in 1980. A sister, Jane Stafford, died in 1991.

A memorial service was scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the chapel of the Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring in Chambersburg.

Dr. Stafford is survived by three daughters, Marion S. Lorr of Ames, Iowa, Barbara S. Jones of Chambersburg and Jane S. McHale of Owings Mills; two sons, Charles B. Stafford of Sacramento, Calif., and William L. Stafford of Brookfield, Wis.; and eight grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Fund for Surgical Research of Alimentary Tract Disease, in care of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 615 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21205.

Lucille K. Fagan

Government secretary

Lucille Katherine Fagan, a retired Social Security Administration secretary who had set a girls basketball record in high school, died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease at her home on Glendale Road in Towson.

Mrs. Fagan, who was 85, retired in 1973 after 25 years at the Social Security headquarters. She had also worked at an Air Force office in Baltimore.

The former Lucille Katherine McGee, known as Katie, was a native of Punxsutawney, Pa., and a graduate of the Spangler (Pa.) High School, where the 74 points she scored in a basketball game in 1926 set a world record, according to a son. He said the record lasted for 40 years until 1966, when it was broken by a girl in South Carolina.

Her husband, John Francis Fagan, died in 1980.

In 1987, she won three gold medals at the Senior Olympics in Towson, one for walking a mile in 19 minutes and two for basketball shooting.

A resident of the Milford area near Liberty Road for many years, she had been active in the Forest Park and later the Arlington Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service for Mrs. Fagan will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Glen Arm Christian Fellowship, 6300 Loch Raven Blvd. in Baltimore.

She is survived by two sons, John Timothy Fagan of Parkton, and David Dickey Fagan of Towson; a daughter, Priscilla Davis of Hanover, Pa.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Emma E. Michael, who was active in civic affairs and Democratic politics in West Baltimore, died Nov. 11 of pancreatic cancer at the Deaton Specialty Hospital and Home.

She was 73 and lived in the Belvedere Towers Apartments. Mrs. Michael formerly lived on Braddish Avenue and had been president of the Braddish Avenue Neighborhood Club.

She had been active in the 4th District Democratic Organization. She ran for a seat on the City Council on the club's ticket in 1967, but was defeated in the primary election.

In the 1960s, she was a member of the Community Relations Commission and its predecessor, the Equal Opportunity Commission, the Baltimore City Social Services Commission and the State Commission for the New York World's Fair.

After the 1968 riot in Baltimore, she was named to a committee that studied the operation of the justice system during the disturbance.

She had also been a member of a Baltimore grand jury, heading a committee that investigated juvenile detention institutions. She served on a committee of the Division of Social Concerns of the Maryland Council of Churches and was a member of the Crownsville State Hospital Auxiliary, serving at one time as vice president.

She also belonged to the Northwestern District Police Community Relations Committee.

The former Emma Elizabeth Miller was born in Pink Hill, S.C, but was reared in Belmar, N.J. She attended public schools and Glassboro State Teachers College.

She and her husband, Charles F. Michael, came to Baltimore nearly 45 years ago. Mr. Michael, a former principal of Forest Park High School, died in 1976.

Mrs. Michael was a former member of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and a former president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Links. She also belonged to several bridge clubs -- the Daytimers, the Monday Niters and the M.P.s, or Mike's Products, whose members had all been taught the game by her husband, whose nickname was Mike.

A memorial service was held Nov. 19 at the March Funeral Home, on Wabash Avenue.

Mrs. Michael is survived by a daughter, Michele Powell-Larkin of Fort Washington; a sister, Juanita Miller of Baltimore; and a grandson.

E. Wallace Christhilf

Pioneer at WBAL

E. Wallace Christhilf, a pioneering staff member of WBAL Radio, died Nov. 15 of heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 87.

Known as Chris, Mr. Christhilf retired in 1984 as an engineering supervisor after a career that began in 1926 when commercial radio was in its infancy. Mr. Christhilf was recruited by the Consolidated Gas Electric Light and Power Co., which established WBAL in 1925, to take care of its transmitter in Reisterstown.

Ralph M. Sipes, a son who lives in Canberra, Australia, said, "Somebody mentioned his name to the fellows at the station, and he was hired because he lived near the transmitter. He would slog through the snow and all kinds of weather to take care of the transmitter."

Harrison Brooks, 85, of Hampstead who worked with Mr. Christhilf for nearly 50 years and was chief engineer, said, "We began working together in the old Gas and Electric building on Charles Street in 1940, and he was one of the best guys I ever worked with.

"You could put him anywhere, and he knew what he was doing. My gosh, he had been in radio so long -- he even helped me study for my license and never had a cross word to say about anyone."

Rowland Kraft, an engineer with WBAL-TV, said, "He was a walking history of the radio and television business."

Born and reared in Randallstown, Mr. Christhilf attended schools there and graduated in 1924 from Franklin High School. He briefly studied electrical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.

He was a resident of Reisterstown from 1920 to 1941, when he moved to Owings Mills. He and his wife, the former Alice Saffell of Reisterstown, were married in 1934. They had recently moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville.

Mr. Christhilf loved tinkering with radios and building them. "If he wanted something built, he didn't go out and buy it, he built it in his shop," said his son.

He had been an active volunteer fireman with the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company and had been captain of the Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company.

Services were held Nov. 19 at the Eline Funeral Home in Reisterstown.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Christhilf is survived by a brother, Donald L. Christhilf of Glyndon; a sister, Isabelle C. Cullison of Owings Mills; and two grandsons. Virginia A. Claffy, who had been active in church work, died Nov. 15 of Alzheimer's disease at the Meridian Nursing Center-Severna Park.

She was 76 and had lived in Manhattan Beach and then, for many years, in Cape Arthur.

She was born Virginia A. Reichenbach in Philadelphia and reared in Collingdale, Pa. She also lived in Springfield, Pa., and Muncie, Ind., before moving to this area in 1955.

In the 1940s, she colored photographs by hand in the part-time photography business that her husband, David Claffy Sr., operated in the Philadelphia area. He died in 1986.

At Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, she was a member of the Lutheran Church Women of America and visited the sick in nursing homes and at their homes.

Services were Nov. 18 at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Claffy is survived by three sons, David Claffy Jr. of Annapolis, Richard Claffy of Ferndale and Paul Claffy of West Friendship; two daughters, Linda Livesay of Glen Burnie and Patricia Nester of Glen Burnie; a brother, Donald Reichenbach of Holmes, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Grace Bailey Gragg

Active in church

Grace Bailey Gragg, who was active in church and community work in Baltimore, died of kidney failure Nov. 19 Friday at her home in Memphis, Tenn. She was 80.

She was born Grace Clement Bailey in Memphis and attended public school there. While a secretary at the Memphis office of United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co., she met and married Williford Gragg, a claims adjuster, in 1940.

A decade later, they moved to Baltimore where Mr. Gragg became president of USF&G; in 1970 and chairman of the board in 1972. He retired in 1980, and died seven years later.

At Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Mrs. Gragg was president of the women's association. She also was a member of a local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and a staunch supporter of Friends of McKim Community Center, an organization that provides social services for inner city children and their families.

After her husband's death in 1987, she returned to Memphis.

Services were held Tuesday at the Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis.

Mrs. Gragg is survived by a daughter, Frances Gragg Uhlenhopp of Banner Elk, N.C.; three brothers, Edward L. Bailey, J. James Bailey III and Robert S. Bailey, all of Memphis; two sisters, Charlotte Bailey Heiberg and Helen Bailey Sullivan, both of Memphis; and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the McKim Community Association, 1120 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore 21202.

Marie A. Ritter

Artist, teacher

Marie Antoinette Ritter, an artist and retired Baltimore art teacher, died Nov.20 of a stroke at St. Joseph Hospital. She was 91.

She had been a resident of the Manor Care Nursing Center in Ruxton for the past 10 years.

She retired in 1959 after a 35-year career with the Baltimore public schools. She taught art and sculpture at Eastern High School from 1947 until her retirement.

Her paintings had been exhibited in New York and had been shown throughout the South and West as part of several traveling art shows.

She was born and raised in Ridgely's Delight and made her home for 50 years on Chelsea Terrace in West Baltimore.

She received her early education in city schools, studied art at the Maryland Institute and Towson State Teacher's College and earned her degree from Johns Hopkins University.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Nov.23 at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.

She is survived by four nephews, James Cole of Timonium, Roger Ritter of Winchester, Va., Greg Ritter of Ellicott City and Leo Ritter of Catonsville; and two nieces, Anne Strohmer of Catonsville and Marylee Canfield of Annapolis.

Mary Margaret Lang

Guilford resident

Mary Margaret Lang, a longtime Guilford resident and volunteer, died Nov. 17 of cancer at Mercy Medical Center. She was 83.

She was born Mary Margaret Dougherty on Warren Avenue in Federal Hill, where her father owned P. Dougherty & Co., a towing operation. He named a tugboat after her, the Margaret.

"My mother wanted to go into the towing business, but my grandfather wouldn't allow it," said her daughter, Mary M. Lang, of Baltimore.

"He said it was not something that young ladies went into, and he wouldn't allow it. She had a great head for business and would have been very successful at it."

Mrs. Lang was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph's Academy in Philadelphia and received a bachelor's degree from Chestnut Hill College there in 1933. Last May she had gone to Chestnut Hill for her 60th college reunion.

During World War II, she was a volunteer driver for the American Red Cross in Baltimore, driving heavy supply trucks that carried blood.

In 1944, she married Rear Admiral Dr. Frederick R. Lang, who was the former chief of medicine at the United States Naval Academy and a member of the research team that studied the effects of the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. After he retired from the Navy, the Langs returned to their home in Guilford. He died in 1979.

Mrs. Lang was a member of the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, the New York Yacht Club and the Army-Navy Town Club in Washington.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Nov. 23 at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Lang is survived by two sons, Frederick R. Lang III of Bel Air and Dr. Francis P. Lang of Baltimore.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Medical Center, 301 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21202.

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