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Donald G. Foreman, 73, construction superintendent

Donald G. Foreman, a retired construction superintendent, died Saturday of heart failure at his home in Forest Hill. He was 73.

Known as "Jim," he retired in 1986 from Lake Falls Construction Co. where he had worked for 10 years as superintendent.

From 1946 to 1976, he was a general superintendent for Piracci Construction Co. and worked on such projects as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the National Air and Space Museum, both in Washington. Local projects included the USF&G; building.

He was born and raised near Waverly. During World War II, he was a gunner's mate in the Navy and was discharged in 1945.

He enjoyed vegetable gardening and raising orchids and was a member of Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Carpenters Local Union 101.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Eve M. Chedester; a son, Dean M. Foreman of Baltimore; three daughters, Donna M. Brackins of Glenelg, Darlene M. Meeks of Sparks and Dawn M. McDowell of Hickory; a brother, Jack Foreman of Fallston; and eight grandchildren.

Elizabeth Goodrich, 92, Baltimore seamstress

Elizabeth Goodrich, a retired seamstress in Baltimore, died Saturday of a respiratory infection at her home of the past two years in Hazleton, Pa. She was 92.

The former Elizabeth Price was a native of Baltimore, who had lived in Chase, where she was active in the Oliver Beach Association.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd. in Towson.

Her husband, Henry Goodrich, died in 1958. She is survived by a daughter, Doris Schaeffer of Hazleton, Pa.; a sister, Margaret Stroup of Baltimore; a brother, Milton Price of Hydes; two grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Gilbert B. Schiffman, 72, Hopkins professor emeritus

Gilbert B. Schiffman, professor emeritus in the School of Continuing Education at the Johns Hopkins University whose specialty was the teaching of learning disabled and illiterate students, died yesterday of cancer at his home in Columbia. He was 72.

Dr. Schiffman was made an emeritus professor at the school in 1971 after starting there 20 years earlier as director of the division of education. He also held posts at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and on the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics in the Hopkins medical school.

He served as chairman of the Special Education Advisory Board of the State Department of Education and, in 1977 and 1978, he was director of the National Right to Read Program.

He was an advocate of a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of learning disabilities and the use of technology.

He sponsored the Council for Exceptional Children's search for computer software for teaching, teacher training and related functions. With the staff of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, he developed a system for the U.S. Office of Special Education that allows teachers to create a multisensory program for an individual student.

He received awards for his work from the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Rehabilitation Association, the Maryland Rehabilitation Association, the Maryland unit of the International Reading Association and the American Council on Reading Disabilities.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College who attended the University of Baltimore before serving in the Army during World War II. After the war, he earned bachelor's and doctorate degrees in optometry from the Northern Illinois College of Optometry.

While practicing optometry, he went to night school at George Washington University, where he earned a bachelor's degree, and at Temple University, where he earned a master's degree in 1956. He later earned a doctorate in education from the University of Maryland.

After earning the master's degree he left optometry and became a reading specialist at Stemmers Run Middle School in Baltimore County. Promoted to supervisor in the Baltimore County school system, he then headed reading programs for the state and Prince George's County before joining Hopkins.

His wife, the former Aileen Lazins, died in 1992.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Howard Schiffman of San Diego and Dr. Mark Schiffman of North Potomac; and four grandchildren.

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