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Marion Doris Gutman, 92, city housing worker

Marion Doris Gutman, a former employee of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, died Friday at College Manor in Lutherville. She was 92.

Miss Gutman, a 1925 Goucher College graduate and lifelong Baltimore resident, was a social worker with the Jewish Family and Children's Society from 1926 to 1940.

She worked for the federal government from 1940 until 1946, when she accepted a job with the city housing authority. Miss Gutman worked for the housing authority as an assistant in information services for 23 years. She retired in 1969. In 1964 she received the Sondheim Award for outstanding public service.

After she retired, Miss Gutman was associated with the Women's Board of the Baltimore Museum of Art. She was a longtime member of the Suburban Country Club at Pikesville and the Citizens Planning and Housing Association.

She is survived by her brother, Arthur J. Gutman of Baltimore, and his wife, Mary Louise Gutman.

Services and burial will be at 1 p.m. today at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Cemetery, 2100 Belair Road in Baltimore. The family suggests donations to the Marion D. Gutman Perpetual Book Fund of the Enoch Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore 20201.

Muriel Waltz Kable, 81, teacher, master gardener

Muriel Waltz Kable, who was the first woman chemistry major to graduate from Western Maryland College, died Wednesday at Carroll Lutheran Village Health Care Center after a long illness. She was 81 and had lived in Westminster.

Mrs. Kable, who was known as Muff, was born in Baltimore. She graduated from Western Maryland in 1936 and was the class valedictorian. She taught school in Baltimore until she married Dr. Charles H. Kable II, who was a veterinarian in Westminster.

She was a member of Ascension Episcopal Church and was active in Carroll Garden Club, achieving the status of master gardener. She belonged to the Carroll County Historical Society, Western Maryland Alumni Association, Westminster Women's Club and the city's Tree Commission.

She is survived by two sons, Charles Kable III of Herndon, Va., and Dr. John Kable of Westminster; four daughters, Ann Walsh of North Scituate, Mass., Susan Williams of Springfield, Va., Margaret Tibbs of Brookneal, Va., and Martha Kable of Westminster; and 15 grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ascension Episcopal Church, 23 N. Court St., Westminster. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick. The family suggests donations to Carroll Garden Club for the benefit of Belle Grove Square, P.O. Box 1649, Westminster 21158.

Samuel Gold, 79 textbook publisher

Samuel Gold, the founder of a Baltimore textbook publishing company, died Dec. 14 in Fairfax, Va., from injuries he received that day in an automobile accident. He was 79.

Services were held yesterday at Sol Levinson Funeral Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

In 1950, Mr. Gold founded the Dangary Publishing Co., a downtown business specializing in high school and college textbooks as well as yearbooks.

A native of South Baltimore, Mr. Gold graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in 1935. He served in the Army during World War II and married Clara Pumpian in 1935.

Upon his retirement in 1982, Mr. Gold maintained residences in Lakeworth, Fla., where his wife lives, and Baltimore. He was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

He also is survived by three sons, Gary K. Gold of Columbia, Daniel M. Gold of Carbondale, Colo., and Eric F. Gold of Pikesville; a sister, Molly Fell Weitzman of Moorestown, N.J.; and five grandchildren.

Charles C. Rush, 41, belonged to union 22 years

Charles Christopher Rush, who was a member of Local 25 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, died Dec. 13 of heart failure at his Northern Parkway residence. He was 41.

Mr. Rush, who joined the union in 1974, worked on such projects as the building of Francis Scott Key Bridge, Ocean City beach replenishment projects and deepening Chesapeake Bay ship channels.

He was born and raised in Northeast Baltimore and graduated from Northern High School in 1974.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by three sons, Matthew Rush, Chris Rush and Jeramy Rush, all of Baltimore; his parents, Charles H. and Jewel H. Rush of Phoenix; a brother, John W. Holloway of Baltimore; and three sisters, Stephanie Lynne McCarty of Lutherville, Ginger Ann Cronauer of Baltimore and Sharon Kelly of Tarboro, N.C.

Francis M. Rackemann Jr., 77, garden columnist

Francis "Frank" Minot Rackemann Jr., retired garden columnist for The Evening Sun and founder of Beautiful Baltimore and the Men's Garden Club of Greater Baltimore, died of complications of a stroke Dec. 16 at his Bare Hills residence. He was 77.

Mr. Rackemann raised chickens, donkeys and goats at Copper Hill Farm, his 1860s-era home near Lake Roland, where he had lived since 1962.

He joined the newspaper in 1954 and retired in 1984. He started writing the "Fun With Gardening" column in 1963 and also handled general assignments and was a music critic.

In 1971, he founded Beautiful Baltimore, a group that established a garden in the triangle at Centre and St. Paul streets and hung baskets of plants on downtown streetlight poles.

In 1959, he started the Men's Garden Club of Greater Baltimore. The group met at the Cylburn Arboretum, whose newsletter he edited. He also helped found the Horticultural Society of Maryland.

Born and raised in Boston, he was a 1937 graduate of the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., and attended Trinity College and Columbia University. He also studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris in the early 1950s.

During World War II, he served as a coxswain aboard a Navy minesweeper and destroyer in the North Atlantic.

Mr. Rackemann willed his body to the Anatomy Board of 'D Maryland. Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.

He is survived by his wife, the former Adelaide Crawley, whom he married in 1957; and a sister, Elizabeth Rackemann of Boston.

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