Philip A. Madden, 71, microbiologist, singerPhilip A....


Philip A. Madden, 71, microbiologist, singer

Philip A. Madden, a retired U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) microbiologist who later worked in the state gypsy moth eradication program, died Saturday of cardiopulmonary arrest at his Davidsonville home. He was 71.

From 1953 to 1981, he was a microbiologist and electron microscopist at the USDA's Animal Disease Center in Beltsville. He then worked for the state Department of Agriculture's Forest Pest Management program, which attempted to suppress the destructive gypsy moth. He retired a second time in 1997.

He was born in Washington and raised in Hyattsville, where he graduated from high school. After serving in the Marine Corps for two years, he earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Maryland in 1952.

An avid barbershop singer, he was a member of the Sons of the Severn chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. He also belonged to the Davidsonville Ruritan Club and had served as scoutmaster for Cub Scout Pack 84.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church in Millersville.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Cecelia McCloskey, whom he married in 1954; three sons, Steven P. Madden of Pasadena, James E. Madden of Annapolis and Philip C. Madden of Davidsonville; a daughter, Kathleen Beach of Bowie; a sister, Helen VanFleet of St. Michaels; and three grandchildren.

Mildred M. Schwartz, 79, taught learning disabled

Mildred Margaret Schwartz, a teacher who assisted children with learning disabilities, died Tuesday of cancer at the home of her daughter in Annapolis. She was 79 and lived in Timonium.

A teacher at Bethlehem Christian Day School in Northeast Baltimore, she joined its faculty in 1987 and taught until last month.

"Millie would listen, observe, evaluate, and work closely with her students until she discovered their strengths, inspired self-confidence and understood their leaning styles," said Alice Moore, principal at the Bethlehem School.

Born in Boston, the former Mildred Joyce moved to Baltimore in the 1930s after her graduation from Hopewell High School and Fredericksburg State Teachers College in Virginia.

In the late 1960s, she returned to school and earned a degree in education from then-Towson State College, a master's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Loyola College and a second master's degree in Communicative Disabilities from the Johns Hopkins University.

In 1954 she married Allan E. Schwartz Sr., who died in 1991.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

She is survived by a son, Allan Schwartz Jr. of Elkridge; a daughter, Kathryn Parrott of Annapolis; a sister, Ilene Nonemaker of Hamilton; and three granddaughters.

Anne P. Leikus, 83, photography studio owner

Anne P. Leikus, co-owner of an East Baltimore photography studio whose specialty was photographing brides and students, died Sunday of cancer. She was 83.

Mrs. Leikus and her husband, Bruno, whom she married in 1940, operated the studio from their home in the 1700 block of Bank St., from 1948 until 1973, when they closed the business. Mr. Leikus died in 1997.

"They were part of the big-five photographers in town that included Udel, Bachrach, Paul Jordan and Rettberg. She managed the business while my father took care of all the photography, and there weren't many Polish weddings that they missed," said a son, Dennis A. Leikus of Timonium.

Born Anne Padnuk, and raised in Pigtown, Mrs. Leikus was the daughter of Russian immigrants who settled there. She was a Southern High School graduate.

She was active with Lithuanian cultural organizations and was a communicant of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, where services were held yesterday.

She is survived by two other sons, Bernard B. Leikus of Timo- nium and and Lawrence B. Leikus of Carney, and five grandchildren.

Charles H. Thornton, 81, Western Electric supervisor

Charles Hermann Thornton, a retired Western Electric supervisor, died Tuesday of pneumonia at Long View Nursing Home in Manchester. He was 81 and lived in Rockdale.

He retired in 1986 after working for 49 years with Western Electric Corp. He supervised the installation of telephone office equipment throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Born in St. Joe, Ind., where he graduated from St. Joe High School, he served as a quartermaster aboard the U.S.S. Eldorado during World War II. While in the Pacific Theater, he witnessed the famous raising of the American flag on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima.

He enjoyed tennis, volleyball, golf, fishing and bowling.

In 1950, he married the former Alta Ruth Carper, who died in 1958. In 1977, he wed the former Phyllis Papi, who died in 1997.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7902 Liberty Rd., where he was a member of the church council and an usher.

He is survived by a son, Robert Clarke Thornton of Manchester; two daughters, Leta Jean Barnett of Westminster, and Diane Sue Nethen of Arcadia; two stepsons, M. Keith Papi of Westminster, and Michael Papi of Hampstead; six grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren.

Alice H. Hechter, 85, homemaker, horse breeder

Alice H. Hechter, a homemaker who owned and raced thoroughbred horses, died Tuesday of pneumonia at Sinai Hospital. She was 85 and lived in Pikesville.

The former Alice Heineman, who was born in Northwest Baltimore, was a graduate of the Park School and earned a bachelor's degree from Radcliffe College.

Her marriage to Morton E. Rome, ended in divorce.

In 1953, she married Albert Lowenthal, vice president of Read Drug and Chemical Co. The couple owned and raced thoroughbred horses at Pimlico Race Course and in New York, Florida and New Jersey. Mr. Lowenthal died in 1979.

She married C. Allen Hechter, owner of the Baltimore Insulation Co., in 1980. He died in 1990.

She was a member of the Suburban Club and the Johns Hopkins Club.

Graveside services were held Wednesday .

She is survived by a stepson, Albert G. Lowenthal II of Scarsdale, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Alice L. Needle of Pikesville and Diana MacIntosh of Marathon, Fla.; six step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Sadye E. Hyde, 92, Aberdeen finance official

Sadye E. Hyde, a retired federal employee, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Ocean Pines home of her daughter. She was 92.

Mrs. Hyde joined the finance office at Edgewood Arsenal in 1948 and retired from Aberdeen Proving Ground 1973.

The former Sadye Henry, who was born in East Baltimore, graduated from Eastern High School in 1925. She had lived in Hamilton for over 40 years before moving to Ocean Pines in 1994.

For 54 years, she was a member of Gleaner Chapter No. 49 of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a longtime member of the Gardenville Moose.

In 1928, she married Jacob M. Hyde, who died in 1994.

Services will be held at 1: 30 p.m. Monday in the chapel at Parkwood Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3310 Taylor Ave., Parkville.

She is survived by a daughter, Ethel A. DeCarlo of Ocean Pines; a brother, Donald L. Henry of Salisbury; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Ruth L. Stephenson, 71, C&P; Telephone manager

Ruth Leona Stephenson, a retired telephone company manager, died Tuesday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 71 and lived in Towson.

Born Ruth Schockley in Baltimore, she was raised in the Mount Vernon neighborhood and attended Baltimore public schools.

As a young woman, she went to work for the old Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. as a switchboard operator. She had 25 years of service with the utility and retired 20 years ago as a manager at the Charles Street building.

A memorial service will he held at 1 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 419 Cedarcroft Road.

She is survived by a son, Philip Stephenson of Columbia; a sister, Winifred Zembower of Tariffville, Conn.; and a grandson.

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