David A. BantaPharmaceutical officialDavid A. Banta, who...

David A. Banta

Pharmaceutical official


David A. Banta, who worked in the Baltimore-Washington area for nearly 20 years before moving two months ago to Kissimmee, Fla., died Sunday in a hospital there of injuries he suffered in an April 6 automobile accident. The former Elkridge resident was 46.

In Kissimmee, he was executive director of the American Sun Bathing Association.


From 1991 until going to work for the association, he was regional director of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association in Washington. For two years before that, he was director of pharmacy relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland.

From 1977 until 1988, he was executive director of the Maryland Pharmacists Association and the Baltimore Metropolitan Pharmaceutical Association. He also taught at the University of Maryland pharmacy school.

For a brief period, he was deputy executive vice president of the American College of Health Care Administrators in Alexandria, Va. Before moving to this area, he was assistant executive director of the Indiana Pharmaceutical Association.

He was a founder of a national pharmacy newsletter.

Born in Lafayette, Ind., he was a 1969 graduate of Ohio State University. After serving for two years as an Army officer, he earned a master's degree in journalism and public relations at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., in 1973.

A memorial service was planned for 10 a.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Towson, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road.

He is survived by his wife, Robin R. Platts; two sons, Scott A. and Matthew D. Banta, both of Baltimore; his parents, Joseph and Phyllis Banta of Brooksville, Fla.; his brother, Warren Banta of Toms River, N.J.; and a sister, Jean Smith of Manassas, Va.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Sunbathing Association Legal Fund, 1703 N. Main St., Kissimmee, Fla., 34744. John M. Sheets Sr., a retired lieutenant in the Baltimore County Fire Department, died Wednesday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 66 and lived in Dundalk.


He joined the Fire Department in 1951 and retired in 1973. Much of his career was spent at the Dundalk station, but he also worked at stations in Edgemere, Halethorpe and Catonsville.

During retirement, he worked until the mid-1980s as a maintenance supervisor at the Dundalk Marine Terminal, USF&G; Corp., the Sparrows Point Country Club and, finally, Mars Supermarkets.

He was born in Sparrows Point and reared in Dundalk. He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Missouri.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Duda-Ruck Funeral Home, 7922 Wise Ave. in Dundalk.

He is survived by his wife, the former Blanche H. Haller; a son, John M. Sheets Jr. of Lansdowne; his mother, Ada B. Sheets of Dundalk; three sisters, Delcie Dyes and Helen Gogel, both of Dundalk, and Shirley Albery of Interlachen, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Ann Wilhelm-Davis


Hospital volunteer

Ann E. Wilhelm-Davis, a volunteer at Rosewood State Hospital for 40 years, died Monday of respiratory failure at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 88 and lived in the Elkridge Estates Apartments in Roland Park.

She began volunteering as a teen-ager at the old Lutheran Mother House for orphans and at a local church.

During World War II, she was a nurse's aide at Church Hospital. But it was her work at Rosewood, where she was a Red Cross Gray Lady and president of the auxiliary, that earned her many citations.

She was honored by President Jimmy Carter and Maryland Govs. Theodore R. McKeldin and J. Millard Tawes, the Red Cross and WJZ-TV.

Born Ann E. Dawson in Salisbury and reared in Roland Park, she attended city schools and graduated from Western High School.


In 1925, she married F. Osborne Wilhelm, an investment banker who died in 1971. In 1976, she married S. Chaplin Davis, a Baltimore businessman who died in 1988.

Services were planned for 4 p.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., Roland Park, where she was a longtime member.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary W. Barton and Jane W. Daniels; a stepdaughter, Maury D. Leahy, all of Roland Park; five granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.

Memorial donations may be made to Union Memorial Hospice, 201 E. University Parkway, Baltimore 21218.

Katherine R. Hoyt

Worked at Bryn Mawr


Katherine Rogers Hoyt, retired assistant to the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School, died Wednesday of leukemia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 77 and lived in Towson.

She had worked at Bryn Mawr since she moved to Baltimore in 1966 and retired in 1981. She earlier worked at the Kimberly School in Montclair, N.J.

Born in New York City and reared in Upper Montclair, N.J., Ms. Hoyt was a graduate of Sweet Briar College.

She was a volunteer at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Meals on Wheels and a tutorial program at GBMC.

She was a member of the Towson Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake and Highland avenues, where services were planned for 11 a.m. today.

She had no close surviving relatives.