Medio Joseph Waldt Jr., 73, businessman

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Medio Joseph Waldt Jr., a retired automobile salesman and well-known figure in Northeast Baltimore, died Sunday of a cerebral hemorrhage at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 73 and lived in Lauraville.

For 46 years, he was a salesman at auto dealerships in the Baltimore area -- Boulevard Motors, Kelly Buick, Martin Motors, Scott Motors and Fox Chevrolet. He retired from Jerry's Chevrolet on Joppa Road in 1995 after serving 26 years as truck and general sales manager.

In 1961, he opened the Oriole Rambler agency at 901 E. 25th St., selling Marlins, Rambler Americans and Javelins. The dealership closed in the summer of 1969.

To emphasize his strong ties to the family, he often mentioned his children's birthdays in advertising copy for his dealership.

"He tried to stand for honesty and credibility when a customer walked in," said J. Brooke Waldt, a son who lives in Stewartsville, N.J. "His motto was 'Medio Waldt's Oriole Rambler -- buy a car from your kind of guy.' "

"Sometimes he wouldn't get the deal because he was so straight with a customer," said Len Burrier of Essex, a former co-worker. "He never lied to anybody."

Mr. Waldt was a member of the Chevrolet Truck Sales Hall of Fame and the Chevrolet Legion of Leaders.

He was well-known in the Harford and Belair Road corridor of Northeast Baltimore, where he was active in Democratic politics.

"He treated everybody fairly and was well-known for his strength of character," said Gerald J. Curran of Baltimore, a close friend and former member of the House of Delegates who will deliver the eulogy at services for Mr. Waldt.

Mr. Waldt served in the Navy during World War II, and was a past commander of the C. Markland Kelly Jr. Post of the American Legion and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Born in Baltimore, he graduated from Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Leonardtown and was a member of the Loyola College Class of 1949.

He was a board member of the Charlotte Hall Military Academy Foundation.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Pelham Avenue, where he was a Eucharistic minister, lector and parish council member.

Mr. Waldt is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Mary Margaret White; six sons, Medio J. Waldt III of Exton, Pa., Thomas F. Waldt of Timonium, J. Brooke Waldt of Stewartsville, N.J., and Christopher M. Waldt, Gerard R. Waldt and Patrick M. Waldt, all of Baltimore; two daughters, Anne Therese Radebaugh of Parkton and Sister Mary Judith Waldt, M.H.S.H., of Towson; a brother, Richard E. Waldt of Baltimore; and 17 grandchildren.

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David Ransom Smith, 83, surveyor, Scoutmaster

David Ransom Smith, a retired surveyor, died Thursday of cancer at Brightwood Center. He was 83 and lived in Lutherville.

He was a surveyor for the Towson engineering firm of Thompson, Grace and Mays through the 1960s. He was subsequently employed by the U.S. Postal Service at Lutherville, where he retired in 1982.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., he was raised in Towson and graduated from Towson High School in 1933. He was a 1938 graduate of Maryland State Teachers College at Towson, where he played on championship baseball, soccer and basketball teams.

He joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1927, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1930 and became a Scoutmaster in 1950. He retired from the organization in 1975 and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for his years in scouting.

He was a volunteer with Baltimore Reading Aides, a group that tutors adults.

He served in the Maryland National Guard.

In 1940, he married Shirley Mumford. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1989, he wed Alice Hopkins Waters, an art teacher and portrait artist, who survives him and lives in Lutherville.

He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Stoneleigh and Valley Presbyterian Church, 2200 W. Joppa Road, Brooklandville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

He is also survived by a son, Stephen R. Smith of Atlanta; two daughters, Lynn S. Short of Lutherville and Janet Shepherd of Iowa City, Iowa; two step-daughters, Darby Moyer of Valencia, Calif., and Courtney Waters of Columbia; a step-son, Garrett Waters of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Martha Phillips of Hampstead; three grandsons and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary Janice Fleck, 50, State Department employee

Mary Janice Fleck, a foreign service officer who was born in Baltimore, died of cancer Friday at Fairfax (Va.) Inova Hospital. She was 50 and lived in Falls Church, Va.

The former Mary Janice Otto was a 1967 graduate of Parkville High School and, in 1971, received a bachelor's degree in economics from George Washington University, where she also earned a master's degree.

She was an international economist for the Treasury Department and served as assistant treasury attache in Paris from 1979 to 1983.

In 1985, she joined the State Department and held posts in Washington; Caracas, Venezuela; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While overseas, she was a volunteer fund-raiser for local orphanages.

In 1997, she received the Saltzman Award, a State Department honor for excellence in the field of economics, for her work in negotiating trade treaties with Malaysia.

Services were held Sunday.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Fleck, whom she married in 1993; a stepson, John Fleck of Fairfax; her mother, Mary Baucom Croghan of Pikesville; and a sister, Karen Otto Badellino of Hatboro, Pa.

Elsewhere

Bernard Buffet,one of France's most prolific and successful postwar artists, committed suicide yesterday in Paris. He was 71 and had been suffering from Parkinson's disease.

News reports said Mr. Buffet had been driven to despair by Parkinson's, a debilitating neurological disorder that had prevented him from painting.

Tributes flowed in as news of his death spread.

French President Jacques Chirac called him "a great painter of our times," while Prime Minister Lionel Jospin praised Mr. Buffet as a man who had portrayed the sufferings of France as it emerged from the dark years of World War II.

Mr. Buffet produced more paintings and made more money from them than any French painter during the past five decades. But early acclaim gave way in later years to accusations that he was more interested in commercialism than artistic commitment.

Walter Bergman,100, a civil rights activist and a founder of the Michigan chapter of the ACLU and the Michigan Federation of Teachers, died Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Mich.

A member of the Freedom Riders, he was among those attacked on Mother's Day, 1961, by Ku Klux Klan members and other vigilantes in Anniston, Ala. Doctors believe a stroke he suffered months later stemmed from the beating he received. He was 61 at the time and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

Weldon W. Case,78, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Alltel Corp., died Thursday in Boca Raton, Fla.

Morris Pashman,87, a former New Jersey Supreme Court justice, died of leukemia Sunday in New York.

Pub Date: 10/05/99

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