John L. Ickes, 73, model, actor, teacher


John L. Ickes, a model, actor and teacher, died April 14 of cancer at his home on Park Avenue in Baltimore. He was 73.

Mr. Ickes, a vocal music teacher who also gave private instruction, taught in Baltimore County schools from 1950 until he retired from Catonsville High School in 1975. He began his teaching career at Hagerstown High School in 1948.

He had been employed as a travel agent for Charles Center Travel from 1978 until he retired a second time last year.

He performed in local dinner theaters and was an extra in the 1976 Warner Bros. film, "All the President's Men." He also worked for local agencies, modeling men's clothing.

"Because of his white hair, which he had since his early 30s, he always appeared as the father of the bride in advertisements," said Joseph R. Clodfelter, his companion of 20 years.

At age 70, Mr. Ickes became a certified scuba diver.

"He enjoyed diving on wrecks, and observing coral reefs and fish," Mr. Clodfelter said. "He did dives in the Grand Caymans, Bonaire, Cozumel and Hawaii and managed to become an accomplished underwater video photographer."

Interested also in classical music and particularly organ music, Mr. Ickes, who was a longtime subscriber to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, accompanied the BSO on its 1994 Asian tour.

Born in Pavia, Pa., he was a 1939 graduate of Bedford High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana State Teachers College. He got a master's degree from Columbia University in 1948 and continued doctoral studies at Peabody Conservatory and the Johns Hopkins University.

Commissioned an ensign in 1943 during World War II, he served aboard the destroyer Gillis and the supply ship Lavaca in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1945.

A memorial service for Mr. Ickes will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cathedral and Read streets, where he was a communicant.

He is survived by two sisters, Margaret Corle of Irwin, Pa., and Reba Leslie of Claysburg, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Baltimore, 6701 N. Charles St., Towson 21204.

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