George A. Brehm Jr.Theater managerGeorge A. Brehm...


George A. Brehm Jr.

Theater manager

George A. Brehm Jr., vice presi- dent and general manager of Westview Cinemas, died May 31 of pneumonia at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick. The New Market resident was 71.

At the time of his death, Mr. Brehm, formerly of Catonsville, was still involved in the daily operation of Westview Cinemas, along with his wife of 17 years, the former Tobey Glee Patno, who survives him.

Mr. Brehm and his partner, Joseph Y. Einbinder, developed and managed the theater complex, which opened in 1965 and currently has 10 screens. They also owned the Elkridge Drive-In and the Edmondson Drive-In on Baltimore National Pike in 1954.

In the late 1970s, the Edmondson Drive-in featured a weekend flea market at its 18-acre site. It was one of the last remaining drive-ins in the Baltimore area when it ceased operation at the end of 1991.

Born and raised near Union Square in Southwest Baltimore where his father was a neighborhood physician, Mr. Brehm began his career in the late 1930s as an usher, and later as a projectionist in Baltimore movie houses.

Educated in city schools, he was a pre-med student when he left college and enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in England and France.

In 1977, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland College Park.

His professional memberships included the National Association of Theater Owners, and the state and Mid-Atlantic chapters.

For more than 40 years, he was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Catonsville, where he was an instructor in the Steven Minister training program. Services were held at the church June 2.

His first marriage ended in divorce.

Other survivors include three sons, William R. Brehm of Baltimore, George A. Brehm III of Sykesville and Christopher S. Brehm of Deland, Fla.; three daughters, Alma Henry of Elkridge, Ann Reid of Ellicott City and Alexis "Betty" Jones of Woodbine; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Steven Ministry Program, 928 Ingleside Ave., Catonsville Joffre Armand Heineck, a retired Naval Intelligence Command liaison officer and former chemical sales representative, died June 4 of cancer at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 76 and had lived in Annapolis since 1973.

He worked for the Navy Department as a liaison officer with foreign naval attaches from 1961 until retiring in 1975. After he retired, he founded Heineck Motors Inc., a wholesale Baltimore engine warehouse and repair firm that closed this year. He also worked as a travel agent with Annapolis Travel Service.

Before World War II, he was a bacteriologist at Armour & Co. After the war, he was a chemical sales representative for Olin-Mathieson Chemical Corp. and Calgon Inc.

During World War II, he was captain of the USS Barcello, a minesweeper that saw action in the North Atlantic. He also served with the Navy in Japan during the Korean War, and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant commander.

The Chicago native earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of Chicago in 1940. He was a graduate of the Naval War College, and earned a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University.

He was a member of Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax, Va., and St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington, Va.

His Annapolis memberships included the Alliance Francaise; the Wild Rose Shores Community Association, of which he had been president; the Chesapeake Sailing Club, of which he had been commodore; the Providence Club; the Polyglot Club; and The Lost Patrol.

Services were set for 9 a.m. today at the Fort Myer Chapel with inurnment in Arlington National Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Joan Kammerer; two sons, Jeff Heineck of Crofton and Gregory P. Heineck of Annapolis; a daughter, Camille Heineck Mittleholtz of Annandale, Va.; two sisters, Aimee H. Rupert and Irene H. McAdam, both of Catonsville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Annapolis Unit 110, P.O. Box 203, Annapolis 21403; or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Anne Arundel County, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis 21403.

W.J. Rodavitch Jr.


Dr. William J. Rodavitch Jr., a psychiatrist who headed the Child and Adolescent Short Term Unit at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, died Sunday at his North Baltimore home of cancer. He was 54.

Dr. Rodavitch had been a staff psychiatrist at the Towson hospital since he completed his residency there in 1972.

A native of the Pottsville, Pa., area, he was a 1962 graduate of Villanova University and a 1966 graduate of St. Louis University medical school.

He served an internship at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia in 1967 before serving two years in the Army Medical Corps, during which he was awarded a Bronze Star while serving in Vietnam.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road in Govans.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Ann Welsh; a daughter, Ann Rodavitch of Baltimore; and his mother, Pauline Rodavitch of Bristol, Pa.

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