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Henry P. Noll


Henry P. Noll, a retired upholsterer who participated in the first Human Flag pageant at Fort McHenry in 1914, died June 16 of heart failure at his Hamilton residence. He was 89.

Even though he was too young to be eligible for the Star-Spangled Banner human flag celebration that featured 6,500 city school children, he kept begging a teacher who finally permitted him to appear in the ceremony, said Joan McKew, a daughter who lives in Perry Hall. He had been a guest at each annual ceremony since 1984.

"He was a very patriotic individual and each Flag Day would dress up in red, white and blue," his daughter said.

He was born and reared in Locust Point, the son of Hungarian immigrants who came to Baltimore in 1903 and purchased a house there for $75. He attended city schools and left to go to work in the shipyards when he was in the fifth grade to help support his family.

He later worked at the Baltimore and Ohio railroad's Mount Clare Shops as an upholsterer, working on the road's executive and club cars. He retired in the 1960s and then went to work for Willard & Hierstetter, an upholstery firm on Harford Road, from which he retired in 1970.

He was a familiar figure at Homewood Field where he enjoyed watching the Johns Hopkins University lacrosse games. He also enjoyed traveling by ship and had taken eight cruises.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Anne Meninger; a son, Robert H. Noll of Forest Hill; another daughter, June Whittie of Bel Air; three brothers, Anton Noll of Hamilton, Joseph Noll of Ocean City and Jacob Noll of Forest Hill; three sisters, Katharine Humphreys and Julia Maskell, both of Hamilton, and Ruth Hering of Scotch Plains, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Maryland Chapter, 10616 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville 21030.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered June 20 at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church.


Gerard C. Smith

Disarmament official

Gerard C. Smith, 80, who advised four presidents on nuclear and disarmament issues, died of cancer Monday at Easton Memorial Hospital.

He was director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in the Nixon administration and chief U.S. negotiator for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks from 1969 to 1973.

He was ambassador at large for nuclear nonproliferation in the Carter administration and served in the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. President Jimmy Carter gave him the Medal of Freedom.

Mr. Smith is credited with the idea of establishing a hot line between Moscow and Washington to lessen the chances of an accidental nuclear confrontation.

He also was known for a 1982 article, with co-authors McGeorge Bundy and Robert S. McNamara, urging the United States to pledge not to be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict with the Soviet Union.

He was born in New York and graduated from Yale University and Yale law school. He worked for General Motors Corp. in New York before World War II, then during the war served in the Navy in Washington.

On leaving government service, he became a limited partner in Alex. Brown & Sons Inc. and founded Consultations International Group in 1981.

He retired to Easton in 1989, two years after the death of his wife, Bernice Latrobe Smith.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Smith Griffin of Washington; three sons, John Thomas Smith II of Washington, Gerard L. Smith of New York City and Hugh M. Smith of Easton; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Sidney Blum


Sidney Blum, a retired Baltimore workers' compensation lawyer in Baltimore, died June 30 of a massive stroke at the Pikesville home where he had lived for 34 years. He was 75.

Until his retirement in 1990, he represented two painters union locals, No. 1 and No. 1473; the Independent Oil and Chemical Workers Union; and Iron Workers Local No. 16.

At his death, he was a member of the Medical Fee Guide Commission for workers' compensation, to which he was appointed in 1960.

He was also a member of the liaison committee of the Baltimore City Bar Association for Workmen's Compensation and served on the Governor's Study Commission for Workmen's Compensation. He helped pass legislation that resulted in vocational rehabilitation for workmen's compensation cases.

He also was a strong advocate of sitting judges and for many years headed the Lawyers List Committee.

Born in East Baltimore, he was a 1936 graduate of City College, where he had served as advertising and business manager of the Collegian, the school's newspaper.

He continued his education at the University of Baltimore Law School, from which he graduated in 1941. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1942.

During World War II, he served in Army Counter Intelligence Corps and as part of his training was sent to Balliol College at Oxford University. He served in England, France and Germany before being discharged as a master sergeant in 1945.

He began his legal career in the office of his cousin Jacob Blum on the 31st floor of the Maryland National Bank Building on Light Street. Jacob Blum died Tuesday.

Two of Sidney Blum's sons, Larry Edward Blum of Baltimore and David Blum of Pikesville, eventually joined him in practicing law from the bank building office.

"There's always been a Blum practicing law in that building since 1936," said his wife, the former Shirlie R. Diamond, whom he married in 1941.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Blum was a member of the Jewish Big Brother League and the House of Correction Committee.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Synagogue and School, Liberty Jewish Center, 7000 Rockland Hills Drive, Baltimore 21209, where he was a member.

In addition to his wife and two sons, survivors include two other sons, Theodore Mark Blum of Gaithersburg and Jonathan Blum of Gloucester, Mass.; two brothers, Jesse Blum and Jerome Blum, both of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Private services were held July 1.

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