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Edward C. Henry

Software engineer

Edward C. Henry, a software engineer, died Jan. 19 at his Columbia home of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. He was 29.

He had been a software designer for Media Cybernetics in Silver Spring since moving to the Washington suburbs in 1988. He retired last year because of his illness.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, and reared in Hershey, Pa.

In 1987, he earned degrees in electrical engineering and computer science at Pennsylvania State University. He worked at the university in State College, Pa., for a year before moving to Maryland.

He was a volunteer at Montgomery Community Television, a cable television station where he worked as a director and technician on shows that ranged from cooking programs to political debates.

A memorial service was planned for 2:30 p.m. today at Oliver's Carriage House, Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Survivors include his parents, Robert and Louise Henry of State College; three brothers, James Henry and Samuel Henry, both of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Thomas Henry of Hummelstown, Pa.; and his companion, Robert Kaplan of Columbia.

Memorial donations may be made to the AIDS Alliance of Howard County, Suite 433, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045; or Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, 666 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10012.

Margaret Coleman

Catonsville vice principal

Margaret Marie Coleman, retired vice principal of Catonsville Elementary School, died Jan. 23 at St. Agnes Hospital of complications of an infection. She was 89.

The resident of Kenwood Avenue in Catonsville retired in 1972. She had been vice principal of the school since 1953.

Earlier she taught at Arbutus Elementary School, where she also was vice principal for a time.

Born in Halethorpe where she was reared on a farm, she attended a one-room school nearby and graduated from Catonsville High School.

In 1989, a memoir of her childhood in Halethorpe, "Rich Accounts From My Memory Bank," was published by Vantage Press in New York.

A graduate of what is now Towson State University, she earned a master's degree at the University of Maryland College Park. She also studied at Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Baltimore County and Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville.

Her husband, Richard M. L. Coleman, died in 1972.

Services were held Thursday at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home in Catonsville.

Mrs. Coleman is survived by a son, David Michael Coleman of Summit Point, W.Va.

C. R. Wiedecker Jr.

Electrical engineer

Charles R. Wiedecker Jr., a retired electrical engineer, died Jan. 23 of kidney failure at a hospital in Philadelphia after becoming ill while visiting relatives in the area.

Mr. Wiedecker was 74 and had lived in Maitland, Fla., since 1968, when he was transferred to Florida from the Middle River plant of Martin Marietta Corp.

He began to work for the defense contractor when it was the Glenn L. Martin Co. and retired in 1984 after 45 years there.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and the University of Maryland.

During World War II, Mr. Wiedecker served in a Navy aviation unit in the Pacific Theater.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

He is survived by his wife, the former Irene Hube; three daughters, Carole Hunter of Towson, Patricia Clabbers of Langhorne, Pa., and Angela Hager of Deltona, Fla; two sons, Charles Wiedecker of Houston and Kevin Wiedecker of Winter Garden, Fla.; three brothers, Thomas Wiedecker of Pasadena, and George and William Wiedecker of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Jane Eberle of Baltimore and Mary Cowell of Spotswood, N.J.; and nine grandchildren.

Julia Dawson Brady

Neighborhood activist

Julia Dawson Brady, administrator of the Cape St. Claire Improvement Association and a former psychology teacher, died Tuesday of pneumonia at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. She was 57 and had lived in Cape St. Claire for about 10 years.

She also had edited Caper, the association's newsletter, and for the past five years had written a column, "Broadside," that appeared in the Capital in Annapolis. In the early 1980s, she taught at Anne Arundel Community College. She was a photographer, poet and pianist who played classical music and jazz.

She was born Julia Dawson in Nova Scotia, Canada, and reared in New Haven, Conn. She was a graduate of Wellesley College and earned a master's degree in psychology at American University in Washington.

She came to Maryland nearly 25 years ago, living first in Columbia, then in Annapolis before moving to Cape St. Claire.

Services were held yesterday at the Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road in Severna Park.

Survivors include two daughters, Janet Harding of Cape St. Claire and Jennifer Jordan Dunnebacke of Annapolis; and nine grandchildren.


Thomas W. Meads

Retired house painter

Thomas Wilbur Meads, a retired, self-employed house painter, died Wednesday of lung cancer at the Dulaney-Towson Health Care Center. He was 72.

He retired in 1976 because of ill health, said his longtime companion, Mary Constance Tiralla of Baltimore. He also had worked for a time at H. S. Crocker Printing Co.

During World War II, Mr. Meads served with the Army 203rd General Hospital in Europe. After the war, he attended the Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 1948, being elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He majored in English and was interested in writing all his life, Ms. Tiralla said.

For the past eight years, Mr. Meads had lived in the Hillendale area of Baltimore County, but spent most of his life in Govans in the city. He was born in Baltimore.

Services for Mr. Meads will be at 2 p.m. today at the home of his niece, Ridge Willard Pilcher, in Bel Air.

In addition to Ms. Tiralla and Mrs. Pilcher, Mr. Meads is survived by five nieces and nephews; and 11 great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family suggested memorial donations to the American Lung Association.

John Winfield Betts

Gulf Oil supervisor

John Winfield Betts, a longtime employee of Gulf Oil Co., died Friday of lung cancer at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. He was 75.

Mr. Betts, who was known as Joe, retired in 1976 as financial supervisor of the Philadelphia Division of Gulf Oil and lived in Trappe and Salisbury before moving to Methodist Manor House in Seaford, Del., in 1991. During his more than 30 years with Gulf Oil, he worked at offices in Baltimore, Easton and Salisbury.

As a young man, he was employed by the American Stores, American Oil Co. and Glenn L. Martin Co., before serving as a medic with the Army's 105th Field Artillery Battalion in Europe during World War II.

Mr. Betts was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Salisbury and a former member and officer of the Trappe Lions Club and Trappe PTA. During his retirement, he also worked on volunteer community projects in Salisbury and Seaford.

He was born in Baltimore and educated in city public schools.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Newnam Funeral Home in Easton. Burial will be at White Marsh Cemetery in Trappe.

Mr. Betts is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Charlotte V. Penn; a daughter, Carol B. Carey of Salisbury; three sisters, Ruth M. Shipley and Shirley L. Hunter, both of Baltimore, and Sarah R. Perry of Ocean Pines; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Benevolence Fund of Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford, Del. 19973.

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