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John Koppelman, 78, investment bankerJohn Van Cortlandt...


John Koppelman, 78, investment banker

John Van Cortlandt Koppelman, a former investment banker who worked in a firm founded by his father, died Feb. 3 of Parkinson's disease at Keswick. He was 78 and lived in western Baltimore County.

He was a graduate of the Gilman School and Princeton University. He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and served in the 110th Field Artillery until his discharge in 1946.

He then worked in his father's investment firm, Walter Koppelman & Co., and at Robert Garrett & Sons as an investment banker. He later moved to Flynn & Emrich Co., and then to Ward Machinery Co., where he was a purchasing agent until retiring in 1982.

He served on the Gilman Alumni Board, the Planned Parenthood board and the vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Junior Association of Commerce and the L'Hirondelle Club.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cathedral at Read streets.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Nannie Mitchell; two sons, Lawrence Koppelman of Boulder, Colo., and A. Mitchell Koppelman of Alexandria, Va.; three daughters, Lucy Saunders of Weston, Mass., Elizabeth White of Asheville, N.C., and Grace Drown of Leeds, Maine; two sisters, Grace McCabe and Sarah Banks, both of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren.

Mildred C. Curtis, 86, Baltimore City educator

Mildred C. Curtis, an educator in the Baltimore school system, died of cancer Sunday at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 86.

She taught home economics then was a counselor and jobs coordinator at Carver Vocational-Technical and Dunbar high schools. She retired in 1973.

A native of Wilmington, N.C., the former Mildred Coel earned a bachelor's degree from Virginia State College and a master's degree in counseling from Columbia University.

She was a member of the Southern Baptist Church, 1701 N. Chester St., which was founded by her father. Services will be held at noon today at the church.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert L. Curtis; and several cousins.

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