H. P. Whitworth Jr.Attorney, legislatorHorace P. Whitworth...


H. P. Whitworth Jr.

Attorney, legislator

Horace P. Whitworth Jr., a Western Maryland attorney and former member of the House of Delegates, died Thursday of cancer at Garrett County Memorial Hospital in Oakland. He was 82.

Mr. Whitworth, who graduated from Princeton University and the University of Maryland law school, started practicing law in Westernport, in Allegany County, in 1936. He continued to work until the week of his death. He was general counsel for the First United National Bank & Trust of Oakland.

During his career, he was an attorney for the Garrett County commissioners and the town of Westernport, legal counsel for Westvaco Corp. in Luke and legal counsel for the Upper Potomac Television-Cable Co. in Piedmont, W.Va.

In 1946, he was elected to the House of Delegates, where he represented Western Maryland for eight years. He was involved in many areas of legislation relating to the coal industry and strip mining, said his daughter, Nancy W. McIntyre of Baltimore.

"He was before his time in environmental issues," she said.

During World War II, Mr. Whitworth enlisted in the Navy and was a lieutenant in the Pacific Theater. He received several medals, particularly for helping evacuate American missionaries from China after the war, his daughter said.

Mr. Whitworth of Westernport had been a member and past vice president of the Maryland Bar Association and a member and past president of the Allegany County Bar Association.

He was a sailing enthusiast and belonged to local chapters of the Masons, American Legion and Rotary Club. He was a longtime member of St. James Episcopal Church on Main Street in Westernport.

Services were to be held at 2:30 p.m. today at the church.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Lorelle Headley; and four grandsons.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Tri-Towns Rescue Squad Ambulance Service, Westernport 21562, or to St. James Episcopal Church.

LeRoy Lipman Jr.

Owned hobby store

LeRoy Lipman Jr., who worked for several hobby businesses before founding one in Pikesville, and collected stamps, died Tuesday of emphysema at his home in the same community. The Baltimore native was 66.

Mr. Lipman founded The Armory, a wholesale game and hobby distributor, in 1976. He retired from the business in 1990.

He started his career in the hobby industry in the 1950s as a salesman with Holiday Hobbies in Baltimore. He also worked for Polk's Models N.J. and B. Paul Model and Hobbies PA before becoming president of Wholesale Hobby Distributors of America in the 1960s.

Mr. Lipman, who lived in Pikesville with his wife of 40 years, the former Nancy Liveright, also was a former vice president of the Baltimore Philatelic Society. He collected the postal history of Baltimore.

His collections won many national awards, including the Charles Root National Award from the U.S. Cancellation Club.

Services were private.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Max Lipman of Owings Mills, Roy Lipman of Pikesville and James E. Lipman of Potomac; two daughters, Lisa DeMoines of Pikesville and Anne Fradette of Union Bridge; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Maryland.

Jack Katz

Hess Shoes executive

Jack Katz, a former vice president of Hess Shoes, died Friday of complications from a stroke at his Florida home. He was 76.

Mr. Katz, who started working for Hess Shoes as a comptroller in 1956, became vice president and treasurer of the Baltimore-based company in 1973. He retired in 1983.

The Philadelphia native lived in Baltimore from the time he began working for Hess until he moved to Boca Raton, Fla., in 1988 with his wife of 43 years, the former Mildred Fresco.

Mr. Katz was a former member of the Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore.

Services were to be held at 10:30 a.m. today in Boca Raton. The family will observe shiva at 951 Desoto Road, Boca Raton, Fla. 33432.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Steven Katz of Baltimore; a daughter, Helene Shiffman of Boca Raton; a brother, Morris Katz of Pensacola, Fla.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Barbara Mae Ways Thomas, 71, a retired bartender from Laurel, died Jan. 13 of cancer at Howard County General Hospital. Services for the Cumberland native were private. Her first husband, William Kirby, was killed in Europe during World War II. In 1945, she married James Furstenberg. The marriage ended in divorce in 1962. In 1974, she married Thomas Thomas, who died in 1992.

She is survived by a son, James Furstenberg of Cumberland; three daughters, Barbara Grimes of Woodbine, Karen Lease of Columbia and Laura West of Daytona Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Memorial donations may be made to Howard County General Hospital, Oncology Department, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia 21044.

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