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Nathan Conway, 84, percussionist, music teacher

Nathan Conway, a percussionist and music teacher who once performed with composer George Gershwin, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. He was 84 and lived in Baltimore.

As a young man, the Baltimore native, who was known as Nat throughout his long professional career, played in the house orchestra that accompanied silent films at Century Theater on Lexington Street.

"Nat was once paid a compliment by George Gershwin," recalled William Colbert, a longtime friend and local pianist.

"They were rehearsing 'Strike Up the Band' and Nat added some extra stuff different from the orchestration. They finished the rehearsal and Gershwin called out, 'Don't change it.' "

Mr. Conway played percussion with the Baltimore and National Symphony orchestras. When he was performing in Washington, he commuted by taxi cab.

"He was a great player of xylophone and marimba. He was a perfectionist. He never made a mistake," Mr. Colbert said.

Mr. Conway began his musical training at Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he won a scholarship. He also studied violin with Gustav Strube, founding conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

For many years, Mr. Conway taught drums at Shubert Music Inc., Northwest Baltimore music shop.

"He was a stately gentleman with a calm nature, dearly beloved by his students," said Dorothy Levin, who worked with him at the music store.

Services will be at 1 p.m. todayat Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lee Goverman; two sons, David Conway and Howard Yateman, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Jennifer Conway of Baltimore and Lois Ann Steinberg of Pikesville; a brother, Daniel Cohen of Baltimore; and a grandson.

Ellen Morrison Hart, 61, teacher, interior designer

Ellen Ruth Morrison Hart, a former Baltimore County public schoolteacher who became an interior designer, died of cancer yesterday at her Stevenson home. She was 61.

Born in Baltimore, she graduated from Forest Park High School and what is now Towson State University. She began her teaching career at Woodmoor Elementary School and later was a home teacher for infirm students.

About 25 years ago, she studied interior design at Maryland Institute, College of Art. She opened a business, Ellen Hart Interior Ideas, and decorated homes in Baltimore and other cities.

She married Jerome P. Hart, a former executive in the Hutzler's department store chain, in 1957.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Jed Hart of New York; and two daughters, Debra Hart Millman of Morgantown, W.Va., and Barbara Hart of Baltimore.

John Daniel Jones, 36, co-owned sign company

John Daniel Jones, co-owner of a Baltimore sign company, died Dec. 18 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was 36.

Mr. Jones suffered a cerebral aneurysm while driving in Crofton on Dec. 17.

The Highlandtown resident was a co-owner of Sign Effects, which had offices in Baltimore and Glen Burnie.

He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a degree in criminology.

He had been a member of Oxon Hill Volunteer Fire Company and belonged to the Laurel Boys and Girls Club and the Baltimore Elks Lodge.

A memorial service was held Saturday.

He is survived by his mother, Marie E. Hernan of Annapolis; his father, Albert J. Jones of York Springs; his stepfather, Robert K. Forsht of Columbia; three sisters, Charlene Shephard of Severna NTC Park, Marie Vasbinder of Abingdon and Suzanne Cook of Crofton; and two brothers, Patrick Jones of Burtonsville and David Jones of Raleigh, N.C.


Donald E. Brown: The place of death of retired journalism professor Donald E. Brown, who died Dec. 18 at Church Home in Baltimore, was incorrectly reported in yesterday's editions.

The Sun regrets the error.

Pub Date: 12/27/96

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