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James S. Burke Jr.Musician, model makerJames S....


James S. Burke Jr.

Musician, model maker

James S. Burke Jr., a jazz musician and a maker of ship, train and architectural models who had a reputation as a perfectionist in both vocations, died Tuesday after a heart attack at his home in Fells Point.

Mr. Burke, 50, had been ill with diabetes and kidney failure.

He became interested in building model trains in the 1960s, but the business he had operated since 1991 -- Museum Quality Models -- specialized in making ship models and displays for architects from their building plans.

One of Mr. Burke's customers was a tugboat company, for which he built 25 scale models of a boat to be used as corporate gifts.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Burke was a graduate of Douglass High School. He studied music there and at Morgan State University.

His military service, from 1966 to 1968, was as a drummer in an Army band.

He played drums in professional jazz groups in Baltimore and Philadelphia into the 1980s. He often played in the 1970s with the Vernon Wolst Trio.

Major Boyd, a saxophonist who had known Mr. Burke since high school days, recalled him as "a strong melodic drummer who encouraged and supported me when I was getting started."

"He was a good friend, a loyal friend," Mr. Boyd said.

Before starting his model-building company, Mr. Burke worked in an interior design business.

His wife of nearly 26 years, the former Leah Davis, described him as "a perfectionist who paid astute attention to detail in both music and model making."

"He was extremely dedicated to what he was doing," she said. "He wouldn't let himself be sidetracked."

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road in Owings Mills.

In addition to his wife, his survivors include two sons, Hammond Burke and James Grant, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Joan Grant of Baltimore; and five sisters, Barbara Lightfoot of Palmyra, N.Y., Marilyn Queen of Columbia, Jo-Ann Holly of Seabrook, N.J., and Janet Oskay and Nancy Spencer, both of Baltimore.


Robert L. Judy

Army colonel

Retired Army Col. Robert L. Judy, a Silver Spring resident who had commanded Army hospitals in Texas and Germany, died Monday of pneumonia at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 76.

His daughter, Judy Akila Reitz of Sparks, is executive vice president of Bayview.

Colonel Judy was a native of Washington Court House, Ohio.

He began his Army service as an enlisted man. He served in the Medical Service Corps for nearly 29 years, retiring in 1970. His decorations included a Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star and service medals from World War II and the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Maryland while serving in the Army.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Other survivors include his wife, the former Ann Alvardo; two other daughters, Cheryl Lee Judy of Baltimore and Kathleen Romain Judy of Dayton, Ohio; and two grandchildren. Sister Mary Lauretta Hamman, a retired teacher of high school business courses, died Thursday of heart failure at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was 92.

Sister Lauretta retired in 1981, having taught business courses at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis since 1972.

She also had taught at high schools in Camden, N.J., and Phila- delphia, and, from 1962 until 1966, at what was then St. James Business School in Baltimore. From 1950 to 1956, she was a sister superior and an eighth-grade teacher at St. Benedict's School in Baltimore.

Earlier, she was assigned elementary schools in Camden, Pittsburgh, Pa., New York City, Roxbury, Mass., Rochester, N.Y., and Buffalo, N.Y.

Born Anne Hamman in Baltimore, she entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922.

She completed her high school education at Holy Angels Academy in Fort Lee, N.J., and attended Fordham University and Nazareth College before graduating from Mount St. Joseph College in Buffalo, N.Y.

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

Sister Lauretta is survived by several cousins.

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