Edward C. Morton, 86, investment brokerEdward C....


Edward C. Morton, 86, investment broker

Edward C. Morton, a retired investment broker, died Tuesday of complications from cancer at his Roland Park home. He was 86.

He retired many years ago as an account executive for Chapin, Davis & Co., an investment banking firm in Cross Keys. He had earlier worked for the Treasury Department.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Preston Street near Charles, he was a graduate of the Calvert School and Gilman School before attending Princeton University, where he earned a degree in history in 1937. He attended the Harvard School of Business.

Mr. Morton served in the Army from 1941 to 1946 and was stationed in North Africa and Italy. He was recalled in 1951 and served two additional years in Germany. He was discharged with the rank of captain.

He held memberships in the Elkridge Club, the Baltimore Country Club, the Bachelors Cotillon, the Baltimore Assembly and the Sons of the Revolution.

His wife of 52 years, Florence D. Smith, died last year.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on St. Thomas Lane in Owings Mills.

Mr. Morton is survived by a son, Robert Janney Morton of Baltimore; a daughter, Linda Hulett Morton of Julian, Calif.; and two grandsons. A son, Edward C. Morton Jr., died in 1977.

Melvin S. Schaefer, 74, controller, accountant

Melvin S. Schaefer, retired con- troller of the chemical division at W.R. Grace, Davison Chemical Ltd. in Baltimore, died Wednesday of renal failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 74.

Mr. Schaefer, a Timonium resident, worked his way from accounting clerk to division controller during his 40-year career at Davison. He also was a certified public accountant.

The Baltimore native graduated from Polytechnic Institute and served in the Navy in Hawaii until he was discharged. He later graduated from the University of Baltimore, where he met his wife, Ellanora Adams. The two wed in the early 1950s while they were in school. His wife died in 1996.

Mr. Schaefer was an avid coin collector and was a member of the Imperial Glass Collectors Society.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Schaefer is survived by his son, M. Stephen Schaefer Jr. of Cockeysville; three nieces; and one nephew.

Patricia Anne Coulter, 48, Arundel health official

Patricia Anne Coulter, an administrator of community outreach for the Anne Arundel County Health Department, died Wednesday of breast cancer at her Annapolis home. She was 48.

Ms. Coulter held a variety of clinical and administrative positions. She began her career in Baltimore City schools at Lombard Junior High School.

Born and raised in Northeast Baltimore, Ms. Coulter attended Catholic High School and received a degree in psychology from Towson University.

Ms. Coulter collected books and music and had a keen sense of humor. She loved animals, children and gardening.

Shirley Shawen, Ms. Coulter's devoted friend, cared for her throughout her illness.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

She is survived by her father, John Coulter of Baltimore, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.


Gerald Solomon, 71, a retired U.S. representative, died Friday from congestive heart failure at his home in upstate New York. The firebrand conservative retired from the House in 1998.

"Nobody exemplified the spirit of America better than Jerry Solomon," House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Friday. "Nobody loved America more than Jerry Solomon. And nobody was willing to fight harder for freedom than Jerry Solomon."

Mr. Solomon, recognizable by his trademark crew cut, was chairman of the powerful Rules Committee.

A favorite cause was a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning. He was also an outspoken opponent of gun control, and in 1996 challenged Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island to "step outside" during a debate on the federal ban on assault weapons.

"My wife lives alone five days a week in a rural area in upstate New York," he told Kennedy. "She has a right to defend herself when I'm not there, son. And don't you ever forget it."

Princess Soraya Esfandiari Bakhtiari, 69, the second wife of the former shah of Iran, has died in Paris, a former Iranian official close to the family said Thursday. The cause and date of death were unclear.

The princess was born to a German mother and a father who was a member of Iran's powerful Bakhtiari family. She met Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in Tehran, Iran, in 1950, and married him on Feb. 12, 1951. In one German television interview, she described their first meeting as "love at first sight."

After they failed to have children, the shah divorced her in 1958. Though she lost the title of empress, the shah conferred on her the title of "royal princess" at the time of the divorce.

Russell "Rusty" Kershaw, 63, a guitarist and recording artist, died of a heart attack Tuesday in New Orleans. Over the course of a long career, Mr. Kershaw, the younger brother of Cajun recording star Doug Kershaw, performed with Neil Young, Chet Atkins, J.J. Cale and Charlie Daniels.

Marian Zurn Roberts, 96, a philanthropist and the first woman to become director of a western Pennsylvania bank, died Wednesday in Erie, Pa.

She served as bank director at Union Bank and Trust Company, which later became part of Mellon Bank. She also served on a number of civic organizations and was well known in local social circles. She was also active with the Zurn Foundation, which often supported Pennsylvania schools.

Daniel Wildenstein, 84, one of the world's leading art dealers and collectors, died Tuesday in Paris after surgery. The third in a dynasty of wealthy art merchants, Mr. Wildenstein was also a renowned art historian.

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