Billie Kotlowitz, executive director of the thematic studies program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, died June 17 of lung cancer at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. The former Baltimore resident was 67.
She started working at the college as an intern in 1972 at the inception of the thematic studies program. She was responsible for developing the program's counseling services. In 1980, she was named executive director of the program.
"The aspect of her job that was most absorbing and most important to Billie was her work with students," said Betsy Gitter, head of the English Department thematic studies program at John Jay.
"The long lines of students waiting to see her every day was an indication of how greatly they valued her counsel. She advised students in every aspect of their lives -- She provided academic counseling, personal counseling, drug and alcohol workshops, social service agency referrals, and financial and career counseling."
Born and reared on Lake Drive, the former Billie Leibowitz was a 1945 graduate of the Park School and earned a bachelor's degree from Goucher College in 1949.
In 1950, she married Baltimore-born writer Robert Kotlowitz, former managing editor of Harper's Magazine and author of four critically acclaimed novels set in Baltimore.
They divided their time between their residence on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and a 19-acre farm in upstate New York.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Daniel J. Kotlowitz of New York and Alex W. Kotlowitz of Oak Park, Ill.; and a sister, Peggy L. Snyder of New York.
Memorial donations may be made to the Billie Kotlowitz Memorial Fund, c/o John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Room 523, 899 10th Ave., New York, N.Y. 10019.
Services were held June 19.
Gordon L. Henry
C & P employee
Gordon L. Henry, a retired telephone company employee, died Saturday of heart failure at his Hamilton residence. He was 79.
He began his 47-year career with Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co., now Bell Atlantic, as an office boy and retired in 1977 as a repairman.
He was born in Baltimore and grew up on The Alameda. He attended public schools and Baltimore City College before going to work in 1930 for the phone company.
He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Doric Lodge of the Masons, the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Epiphany Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Virginia Rittenhouse; a son, John-Scott Gordon Henry of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Donald L. Henry of Salisbury; and a sister, Sadie Hyde of Baltimore.
Memorial donations may be made to Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Ave., Baltimore 21206.
Services were held yesterday.
Rev. Andrew Reaves
The Rev. Andrew Reaves, pastor of Evening Star Baptist Church and a retired crane operator at a chemical plant, died June 3 of cancer at his home on Braddish Avenue.
Mr. Reaves, 70, who was ordained in 1967, had been pastor of the West Baltimore church since 1973.
Born in Lake View, S.C., he moved to Baltimore in the late 1940s after serving in the Army during World War II. He retired in 1986 as a crane operator at the Davison Chemical Division of W. R. Grace & Co. in Curtis Bay, where he had worked for 35 years.
His wife, the former Kathryn Jones, died in 1992.
He is survived by two daughters, Ruby Nell Jenning of Philadelphia and Dawn Williams of Baltimore; four sons, Miles Reaves, Jeremiah
Reaves, Alvin Reaves and Brother Matthew Reaves, all of Baltimore; a brother, Daniel Reaves of Syracuse, N.Y.; three sisters, Willie Briggmen of Dillon, S.C., Allean Davis of Syracuse and Lillian Bethea of Baltimore; 25 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services were held June 9.