Robert J. WeissBusiness consultantRobert J. Weiss, a...


Robert J. Weiss

Business consultant

Robert J. Weiss, a business management consultant who was active in Kiwanis International, died Sunday at his home in Timonium after a heart attack. He was 60.

Mr. Weiss had owned Daruma Management Inc. for about 10 years. Earlier, he had been president of ENSEC Service Corp., which provides security and janitorial services in federal buildings.

The New York City native served in the Air Force in Japan in the 1950s before moving to the Baltimore area.

He was a board member and a former president of the Towson Kiwanis Club, and had been chairman of the Baltimore Science Fair for many years. He was also treasurer and a former president of the Gunpowder Youth Camps, and was administrator of Kiwanis youth programs in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Mr. Weiss, who maintained perfect attendance at club meetings for 20 years and was active in several other Kiwanis organizations, received a citation for his work in administering the youth programs.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sachiko Ohisa; and his mother, Anna Weiss. Both are of Timonium.

Jake Cox

Bowie State professor

Jake Cox, a retired professor of education, died Saturday of cancer at Maryland General Hospital. He was 76 and lived in Forest Park in Northwest Baltimore.

Mr. Cox retired in 1979 after nearly 20 years at what is now Bowie State University, where he specialized in courses on audiovisual materials and equipment. He had also taught for about 10 years at what is now Morgan State University and earlier at Texas Southern University in Houston.

Born in Jackson, Miss., he attended Jackson State College before serving in the Army during World War II. After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree at Hampton University in Virginia and a master's degree from New York University.

Known to friends as "Uncle Jake," he was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and a former president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Hampton University Alumni Association, which often met at his home.

Services for Mr. Cox are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

He is survived by a son, John W. "Billy" Nixon of Birmingham, Ala.; a daughter, Melba N. Melton of New Haven, Conn.; three brothers, James O., Lonnie and Leslie Cox, and a sister, Johnnie Mae Byrd, all of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren.

Sandra Mae Kooser


Services for Sandra Mae Kooser, a hairdresser who was killed in an automobile accident Sunday in Baltimore, are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at Gonce Funeral Home, 4001 Ritchie Highway.

Ms. Kooser was 26 and lived in Linthicum Heights. She had worked as a hairdresser for nine years, much of the time at the Hair Cuttery in Cromwell Field Shopping Center in Glen Burnie.

The former Sandra Mae Vana was a native of Baltimore and a 1986 graduate of Andover High School. She was a member of Lee Street Memorial Baptist Church.

She is survived by her parents, Henry and Charlotte Vana of Linthicum Heights; a brother, Mark Vana of Linthicum Heights; and a grandmother, Irene Mae Vana of Baltimore.

Russell C. Walters

Mechanical engineer

Russell C. Walters, a mechanical engineer, died Sunday of complications of Parkinson's disease at his Lutherville home. He was 79.

Mr. Walters retired in 1984 from Westinghouse Electric Corp. after working since 1970 at its plant at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Earlier, he had worked for Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, beginning in 1939.

At Martin in the 1960s -- by then it was Martin Marietta Corp. -- he was program planning manager for the Vanguard rocket program.

Born in Tamaqua, Pa., he earned a mechanical engineering degree in 1939 from what is now Drexel University. He was a charter member and former president of the local unit of the Society of Aeronautical Weight Engineers.

Mr. Walters was a charter member and a deacon and elder at Babcock Presbyterian Church, 8240 Loch Raven Blvd., where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Ruth A. Reinhart; two daughters, Linda W. Miller of Glenarm and Ellen W. Krauk of Kingsville; a son, Russell Scott Walters of Bloomington, Ind.; and two grandsons.

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