Thomas B. Athey, 93, trade organization memberThomas...


Thomas B. Athey, 93, trade organization member

Thomas B. Athey, a salesman for fertilizer products and a 50-year member of the Fertilizer Industry Round Table who was dubbed "Mr. Hospitality," died of heart failure Christmas Day at the Heron Point retirement community in Chestertown. He was 93.

Mr. Athey was born in Baltimore and graduated from the University of Maryland. During his five decades with the Fertilizer Industry Round Table, a trade organization based in Glen Arm, he was responsible for setting up meetings and arranging entertainment, which is how he earned his nickname.

Mr. Athey was married for 67 years to Florence Athey, who died in 1993.

Services will be private.

Survivors include a son, Eric Carter Athey of Aynor, S.C.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Russell Gearhart Hutter, 78, engineer, college instructor

Russell Gearhart Hutter, an engineer and college instructor, died of lung cancer Thursday at his Baltimore home. He was 78.

Mr. Hutter, who was raised in Cumberland and graduated from Allegany High School in 1938, served in the 8th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After the war, he attended Penn College in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated summa cum laude in 1949.

He returned to Baltimore, working as an engineer for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Bendix-Friez Electric Corp., Proctor Electric Co. and Westinghouse Electric Corp. He resigned from Westinghouse in 1985 and taught engineering at then-Catonsville Community College.

Mr. Hutter was the president of the Baltimore chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering fraternity, from 1972 to 1973. He was a member of the American Society for Quality Control Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Western Maryland Railroad Historical Society, the Ohr Masonic Lodge of Cumberland and the Boumi Temple of Baltimore.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Witzko Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville. Services will be private.

Mr. Hutter is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Tresa Vinilli Ireland; a son, Robert G. Hutter of Wellsville, N.Y.; two daughters, Sally H. Barba of Annapolis and Gale H. Taylor of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Luther L. Hutter Jr. of Cumberland; and two grandchildren.

Christopher N. Fedor, 25, electrician, outdoorsman

Christopher N. Fedor, an avid outdoorsman, died Tuesday when his kayak capsized south of the Conowingo Dam, sweeping him into the frigid Susquehanna River in Harford County. He was 25.

Mr. Fedor's body, which had been missing after the accident, was found Thursday about 1 1/2 miles from the dam.

Mr. Fedor, who was raised in Baltimore, was living in Cedonia at the time of his death.

He graduated in 1997 from Salisbury State University, where he was a member of the lacrosse team. He worked as an electrician at A & J Electric Inc.

Mr. Fedor and a friend had been fishing about a half-mile south of the dam, between Rowland Island and the shore, when the accident occurred about 7 p.m. Tuesday. The state medical examiner has not ruled on the cause of death.

A memorial service will be held at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cvach-Rosedale Funeral Home, 1211 Chesaco Ave., Baltimore.

Mr. Fedor is survived by his parents, Helen Lorraine Fedor of Baltimore and Paul Martin Fedor of Crown Point, Ind.; a sister, Randi Kaye Fedor, and a brother, Benjamin Allen Fedor, both of Baltimore.

Anne Gordon Mumford, 54, teacher, social worker

Anne Gordon Mumford, a teacher and social worker, died Wednesday at her home in Baltimore of lupus. She was 54.

The former Anne Rulon-Miller grew up in the Baltimore area, graduating from the Calvert School in 1956 and Bryn Mawr School in 1962. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1965 and began teaching history at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills.

Mrs. Mumford quit teaching to raise five children. She later earned a master's degree in social work at the University of Maryland's School of Social Work. Most recently, she had been employed as a social worker at the Harford Belair Community Mental Health Center.

Mrs. Mumford also was a volunteer at the Long Green Nursing Home, Chimes Inc. and the Franciscan Center in Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. tomorrow at First English Lutheran Church at Charles and 39th streets in Baltimore.

Mrs. Mumford is survived by three daughters, Katharine Giancola of Owings Mills, Elizabeth Mumford and Sarah Mumford, both of Bethesda; two sons, Phillip Mumford III of Augusta, Maine; and George Mumford of Baltimore; a brother, Bucky Rulon-Miller of St. Davids, Pa.; three sisters, Dolly Buswell of Charlottesville, Va., Francie Oesper of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Amey Upton of Arlington, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/03/99

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