Ernest P. Dallis Jr.Baltimore art teacherErnest P....


Ernest P. Dallis Jr.

Baltimore art teacher

Ernest P. "Dave" Dallis Jr., a Baltimore public schools art teacher, died Monday of liver failure at Bon Secours Hospital. He was 43.

A resident of East Baltimore's Washington Hill neighborhood, he had taught in the city school system for 11 years. For the last three years, he taught art at Armistead Gardens Elementary School.

"He was a person who was well-loved by the children, parents and staff," said Mary L. Mylin, the school's principal, who described him as an "extremely talented teacher who did an especially fine job of teaching art to special education students."

"Last year," she said, "he initiated the school's first art fair and received letters praising his efforts from [school Superintendent] Walter G. Amprey and [City Council President] Mary Pat Clarke. Everyone was impressed with his efforts."

He had taught music at City College and gave private piano lessons.

The native of Dover, Del., was a 1970 graduate of Holy Cross High School, who earned his bachelor's degree in 1977 from Immaculata College and a master's degree in music from Temple University in 1982.

He had a master's degree in special education from Pennsylvania State University. He did graduate work in mathematics and computer science at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

He began his teaching career at the Devereux Foundation in 1978, and taught in Dorchester County before joining the Baltimore system.

He composed classical music and was active in the choir of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, where he was a member. He was also a member of Citizens for Washington Hill Inc.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 4 at the Mount Vernon Place church, 10 E. Mount Vernon Place.

Survivors include his mother, Virginia A. Dallis of Havre de Grace; two brothers, John P. Dallis of Churchville and Gregory T. Dallis of Philadelphia; three sisters, Patricia A. Miceli of Baltimore, Irene T. Dallis of Philadelphia and Joanne Hartnett of Mililani, Hawaii; and special friends, Bill Campbell and Tom Howley, both of Baltimore.

William B. Watkins, a former builder and developer, died Thursday in his sleep at the Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ruxton. He was 88.

Mr. Watkins, a Timonium resident, retired in 1963 as chief executive officer of A. J. Watkins & Sons Inc., a house building and land development firm founded in 1918 by his father.

Mr. Watkins erected many houses in the city and developed Tanglewood in Catonsville, Fallsdale near 41st Street, and Hunters Hill and Pot Springs including its shopping center, near Towson.

He was president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland and was a former member of the board of the Real Estate Board of Greater Baltimore.

Born in Norfolk, he moved to Catonsville as a child, and was a 1924 graduate of Catonsville High School. He attended the Johns Hopkins University. During World War II, he was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

He was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club, the Hillendale Country Club, the Maryland Yacht Club and the Towson Rotary Club.

In 1933, he married Elsie Magersupp, who died in 1992.

Services for Mr. Watkins are planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by a daughter, Betty W. McKeown of Timonium; a brother, Edward F. Watkins of Reisterstown; three grandchildren; and a nephew.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

Sister Frances Cramer


Sister Frances Cramer, S.S.N.D. who taught in religious education programs and in high schools, died Friday in the health care center at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Sister Frances, who was 99 and was known as Sister Mary Dulcidia until the late 1960s, retired in 1980 and lived for a time in the order's former retirement home in Glen Arm before moving to the mother house.

From 1975 until 1980, she headed the religious education program for children ant a church in Sunbury, Pa., In 1970 and 1971 and again from 1972 to 1975 she taught and headed religious education programs at St. Mark's Church in Fallston. Between the Fallston assignments, she taught religion at a school in Temple Terrace, Fla.

She also taught English, French, Latin and mathematics in high schools that included the Notre Dame Preparatory School from 1953 to 1961, the old Academy of Our Lady in Washington, from 1961 to 1970 and at St. John's School in Frederick.

She also taught at schools in New York City and Malden, Mass.

She was born Sarah Frances Cramer in Annapolis and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1915.

She was a graduate of St. John's University and earned a master's degree at Fordham, University, both in New York City.

She did graduate work at Boston College, Catholic University and Case-Western Reserve University.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel at the motherhouse, 6401 N. Charles St.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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