Richard Dix Raynor, 60, distributor's sales managerRichard...

Richard Dix Raynor, 60, distributor's sales manager

Richard Dix Raynor, sales manager for a Baltimore steel distributor, died Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after suffering a heart attack while on vacation. The Bel Air resident was 60.


In 1972, he joined Durrett-Sheppard Steel Co. Inc. as a salesman and since 1987 had been sales manager of the firm, which sells steel plates, shapes and bars for fabrication and construction.

"He was well respected throughout the industry," said John Pazdernik, inside sales manager for the company. "He had the ability to make friends everywhere and at the same time protect both the customer's and company's interest."


Born and raised in Northeast Baltimore, he was a 1952 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in 1964 from the University of Baltimore. He served in the Army and was discharged in 1957 with the rank of specialist first class.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 533 E. Jarrettsville Road, Forest Hill.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Phyllis Jane Smith; a son, Stewart P. Raynor of Bel Air; two daughters, Kimberlee Dix Raynor LaPlume and Robin Dix Raynor Macomber, both of Bel Air; a brother, Charles H. Raynor of Towson; a sister, Helen Raynor-Coles of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Helen Rebecca James, 91, foreign language teacher

Helen Rebecca James, who taught Spanish and French in the Baltimore school system, died Sunday of complications from diabetes at Roland Park Place. She was 91.

Miss James moved from Hampden to the retirement center 11 years ago.

A 1922 graduate of Eastern High, she earned a bachelor's degree from Goucher College in 1926 and a master's degree in education from Duke University in 1928.

She was active in the Eastern and Goucher alumni associations. She was a communicant of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the Salvation Army and the Woman's Club of Roland Park.


Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Burgee-Henss Funeral Home, 3631 Falls Road.

Survivors include four cousins, David Bonn of Homeland, Leslie Bonn of Florida, Stephanie Bonn Flanagan of Easton and Alma Bonn Wolff of Shrewsbury, Pa.

Ella Augusta Banahan, 72, executive legal secretary

Ella Augusta Banahan, a retired executive legal secretary for the former U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, died Monday at University of Maryland Medical Center after a heart attack. She was 72 and lived in Southwest Baltimore.

The former Ella Augusta Schroeder was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of St. Martin's Academy and St. Martin's High School. She was a member of the Sodality at St. Martin's Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery Church, Old Frederick Road at Monastery Avenue.


She is survived by her husband, Harry John Banahan Sr.; two sons, Harry J. Banahan Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska, and Patrick M. Banahan of Morgantown, W.Va.; daughter, Jennifer Bean-Dempsey of Ellicott City; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.