Rudolph Gibson, who managed Maryland Workshop for the Blind concession stands in federal and state office buildings, died Thursday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Towson resident was 70.
Mr. Gibson, known as Rudy, had been legally blind since a childhood infection impaired his sight.
"He used to travel to Annapolis or Bethesda or wherever he was working by bus and streetcar," said his wife of 13 years, the former Naomi Snyder.
Milton L. Frank, a boyhood friend who lives in Southwest Baltimore, recalled that "when we were students together at the Maryland School for the Blind, he managed the wrestling team. During the 1940s, we used to go to nightclubs to hear big band music. We got around and had lots of fun.
"He didn't sit around and complain because he was blind," Mr. Frank said. "He tried to overcome it. He was a good fellow who would go out of his way to help people."
Mr. Gibson was born and reared on Mount Holly Street in West Baltimore and attended the old Sight Saving School on North Avenue and later the Maryland School for the Blind. He lived many years at the Mount Vernon Apartments at Cathedral and Monument streets and was a member of the Mount Vernon Methodist Church.
Services are to be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.
He had no other survivors.
Sister Genevieve Ryan, D.C., 94, former dean of studies at St. Joseph College and director of the Marian Center at the provincial house of the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg, died Feb. 7 of congestive heart failure at her order's retirement home there. She had been a member of the order since 1925.
A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Genevieve, who had studied at St. Joseph, later attaining a master's degree from Mount St. Mary's College and a doctorate in education from the Johns Hopkins University, was offered Thursday. Several cousins survive her.