John Conrad HeckFormer dentistDr. John Conrad Heck,...


John Conrad Heck

Former dentist

Dr. John Conrad Heck, a retired dentist, former naval commander and avid tennis player, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Baltimore. He was 85.

Dr. Heck operated a private practice on Greenmount Avenue that spanned 45 years.

During World War II, he closed his practice, but he reopened it in 1949, taking patients for the next 34 years. He retired in 1983.

He entered the Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific theater with the rank of commander. Later, he served in the naval reserves with the 4th Marines Engineer Battalion.

For a number of years after the war, he worked for the Veterans Administration at the University of Maryland Medical Center, making artificial eyes of plastic.

In 1948, he traveled to Arizona to conduct research for the U.S. Public Health Service on the benefits of fluoride in the prevention of dental cavities.

For a few years after retiring in 1982, he was a volunteer counselor at Montebello Hospital.

He was a member of the Baltimore City Dental Society, the Maryland State Dental Association, a life member of the American Dental Association, the Gorgas Odontological Society, an original member of the 6th Napoleons (a chapter of the Sherlock Holmes Society), the Flag House, the St. George's Society and the Maryland Retired Officers Association.

Dr. Heck attended Baltimore City College and was a 1932 graduate of the University of Maryland Pharmacy School. In 1937 he graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Dental School.

He and the former Virginia Baker were married in 1939.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Mark Conrad Heck of Annapolis and Steven Henry Heck of Baltimore; a sister, Nina Neal of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

The family suggests donations to Union Memorial Hospice or St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 1834 E. Joppa Road, Towson 21234.


Harold B. Rees

Retired executive

Harold B. Rees, a retired executive for the Commercial Credit Corp., died Nov. 21 of cancer at the Hospice-By-the-Sea in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 72.

Mr. Rees moved to Baltimore from the Bronx, N.Y., in 1940 and began working for Ayares Finance Co. the following year. He met his future wife, Flora Miller, at Ayares Finance, and the couple were married in 1944. They moved to Florida last year.

In the 1950s, Ayares Finance was bought out by Commercial Credit Corp. Mr. Rees stayed with the company, serving as executive vice president of its subsidiary, International Rediscount Corp., and later as director of industry relations. He retired in 1987.

He also was a registered lobbyist for the consumer credit industry.

Mr. Rees was a member of the American Financial Services Association, the Maryland Financial Services Association and the National Second Mortgage Association.

He was chairman of the Temple Oheb Shalom parent-teacher association and a "loaned" executive to the United Way of Central Maryland.

Mr. Rees attended New Morris High School in the Bronx and took courses at the University of Baltimore. He completed a one-year accelerated program at Duke University while serving in the Navy, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1944.

Mr. Rees was an avid football and baseball fan who followed the New York Yankees and Baltimore Colts.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Clifford M. Rees of Santa Fe, N.M.; a daughter, Natalie H. Rees of Stevenson; and a nephew, Donald H. Stein of West Hempstead, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today in the Temple Oheb Shalom Gordan Chapel, 7310 Park Heights Ave.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Hospice-by-the-Sea, 1531 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, Fla., 33486-3395.

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