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Edgar L. Green Jr., 85, ad agency...


Edgar L. Green Jr., 85, ad agency co-founder

Edgar L. Green Jr., co-founder of a Baltimore advertising agency, died Friday of heart disease at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 85 and lived in Timonium.

For nearly 35 years, Mr. Green led the Foster and Green Advertising Agency, whose clients included Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co., Kiwi shoe polish, Fidelity and Deposit Co. and the Maryland Lottery. He retired in 1985.

He and Franklin "Wink" Foster founded the ad agency in the late 1950s. Its offices were on Chase Street in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.

Mr. Green learned about selling a product as a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and as president of his Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. While in school he promoted the Glenn Miller and Dorsey Brothers bands for dances staged in empty tobacco warehouses.

Mr. Green maintained a lifelong love of attending live performances. He made two trips each year to the West End of London to take in plays. He also subscribed to the Baltimore Opera, Mechanic Theatre and Center Stage.

Born in Catonsville and raised in Roland Park, he was a graduate of Boys' Latin School. He graduated from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1938. He also received a law degree from Chapel Hill.

During World War II he served as a pilot with the Army Air Forces. He was stationed in England.

He enjoyed growing perennials and was a member of the Maryland Club and the Scottish Rite Temple of Free Masonry.

In 1981, he married Judith Fennell, who survives him.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, where he was a member.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Richard Charles Green of Timonium and Jeffrey Edward Green of Perry Hall; and three granchildren.

William E. Teal, 49, mortgage firm founder

William E. Teal, executive vice president and founder of Mortgage Marketing Inc., died Saturday of cancer at his Woodstock home. He was 49.

Mr. Teal began his business career with Colonial Mortgage in 1975 and established Mortgage Marketing Inc. in Towson in 1995, where he was working at the time of his death.

An easygoing man who was known for his integrity, humor and unaffected charm, Mr. Teal was described by longtime friend David Saulsbury as always seeing the "positive in people."

"He was quick with a joke or funny story. He always found something he truly liked about everyone he met," said Mr. Saulsbury of Catonsville.

Born and raised in Irvington, Mr. Teal was a 1969 graduate of Merganthaler Vocational-Technical High School and attended Catonsville Community College. He served in the Air Force in Hawaii as a communications specialist from 1969 until being discharged as a staff sergeant in 1973.

He enjoyed playing in softball leagues and was a member of Turf Valley Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing.

He was a member of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Roman Catholic Church, 10800 Old Court Road, Woodstock, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, the former Bonnie McClain; a son, Shane Teal of Woodstock; a daughter, Tiffany Teal of Woodstock; a brother, Pete Teal of Catonsville; a sister, Sandy Ricassa of Ellicott City; his stepfather, Irvin "Abbie" Wirth of Catonsville; two half-brothers, David Wirth and Steve Wirth, both of Catonsville; and two nieces.

John Lawrence Seiss Sr., 60, city fire captain

John Lawrence Seiss Sr., a retired Baltimore Fire Department captain and former Perry Hall resident, died Sept. 19 of cancer at Englewood Community Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla. He was 60.

Born and raised in Waverly, Mr. Seiss was a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He began his career as a firefighter in 1965 and retired last year as a captain. He spent most of his career assigned to Truck 20 on South Conkling Street in Highlandtown.

After retiring last year, he and his wife of 40 years, the former Beverley J. Leight, moved from Perry Hall to Englewood, Fla.

He had been president of the Baltimore Fire Officers Local 964 and was a member of the Baltimore Fire Officers and Fire Fighters Retirees Association. He was also a member of BPOE Lodge 2378 in Englewood and Gulf Cove United Methodist Church.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Road.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John L. Seiss Jr. of Forest Hill; a daughter, Shelly Seiss of Edgewood; a sister, Shirley Carter of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Susan B. Matthews, 83, garden club member

Susan B. Matthews, a homemaker and flower arranger, died yesterday of respiratory failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. She was 83.

The 60-year Ruxton resident had been an active member of the Hardy Garden Club, where her flower arrangements won many awards. She also had been a judge for many years with the Federated Garden Clubs of America.

She also had been a longtime volunteer in the physical therapy department of Children's Hospital.

Susan Barrett was born and raised in Baltimore. She was a 1935 graduate of the Greenwood School on North Charles Street.

She received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1939.

She was married that year to H. Joseph Matthews Jr., a construction engineer with the old State Roads Commission, who died in 1979.

Mrs. Matthews was a member of the Ruxton Players, an amateur theatrical troupe, and played the piano. She also was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Druid Ridge Cemetery, Park Heights Avenue and Old Court Road in Pikesville.

She is survived by two daughters, Louise M. Longstreth of Riderwood and Barrie Matthews Peltz of Lexington, Mass.; a brother, John H. Barrett of Encinitas, Calif.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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