Donald Seth Baker, 32, radiologist, AIDS activistDonald...


Donald Seth Baker, 32, radiologist, AIDS activist

Donald Seth Baker, a former radiology technician and AIDS activist, died Thursday of AIDS-related complications at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 32 and lived in Columbia.

A former chairman of the AIDS Alliance of Howard County, he lobbied for the passage of the Veterans Insurance Reform Act of 1996, federal legislation that allowed veterans with terminal illnesses to convert and sell their life insurance policies.

Born in Tallahassee, Fla., he received his certification in radiology from Walter Reed Medical Center after he joined the Army in 1989. He was assigned to Fort Meade and was an X-ray technician for three years. He enjoyed travel, camping, hiking and cooking.

He was secretary of COMMAND -- Corps of Men Making a Noticeable Difference -- and a member of the HIV Health Services Planning Council and Metropolitan Community Church of Washington.

A memorial service will be held at 7: 30 p.m. today at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia.

He is survived by his parents, Earl and Alice Baker of Knoxville, Tenn.; a sister, Rebecca Light of Blue Ridge, Va.; and a niece.

James C. Enders, 50, retired police officer

James C. Enders, a truck driver and former Baltimore County police officer, died Thursday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he was vacationing, after being hit by a drunken driver. He was 50.

The Glen Arm resident was a truck driver for Leaseway Auto Carriers.

Mr. Enders was with the Baltimore County Police Department from 1970 until he retired in 1990. He served in the department's dive unit and the special weapons and tactics team, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

A motorcycle enthusiast, Mr. Enders owned a 1938 Flathead with a sidecar, a 1995 Dresser and a 2000 Dyna-Glide. He was a member of the American Motorcycle Association and the Harley Owners Group, Baltimore Metro Chapter. He was also a member of the Northwind Rod and Gun Club.

Born and raised in Parkville, Mr. Enders was a 1968 graduate of Towson Catholic High School.

His marriages to Linda Spence and Pat Eyet ended in divorce.

He was a communicant of St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road in Parkville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered today at 9 a.m.

He is survived by a son, James C. Enders Jr. of Perry Hall; a daughter, Kelly Enders Heath of Perry Hall; four sisters, Kathy Lang of Parkville, Jackie Butschky of Forest Hill, Carolyn Bassford of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Ginny Tewey of Charlotte, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

Mary H. Skarzynski, 82, Arundel homemaker

Mary H. Skarzynski, a homemaker who was active in senior citizen affairs, died Saturday at Mariner Health of Glen Burnie. She was 82.

Mrs. Skarzynski, a 47-year resident of the Poplar Ridge section of Anne Arundel County, was an active member for many years of the Golden Age Seniors Group where she helped plan East Coast bus trips.

She also enjoyed taking buses to Atlantic City or Dover, Del., casinos for a day's worth of gambling with her acquaintances.

The former Mary Helowicz was born and raised in East Baltimore, where she attended public schools. She worked in a Baltimore cannery until marrying Benjamin Skarzynski, a Bethlehem Steel Corp. boilermaker, in 1941. He died in 1978.

She was a longtime active communicant of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church in Pasadena, where she helped prepare the church's annual Thanksgiving dinner.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church, 8499 Virginia Ave. in Pasadena.

Mrs. Skarzynski is survived by two sons, Ed Skarzynski of Annapolis and Tom Skarzynski of Pikesville; a daughter, Phyllis Kisner of Pasadena; and five grandchildren.

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