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Cynthia P. Walker, 56, financial services officerCynthia...


Cynthia P. Walker, 56, financial services officer

Cynthia P. Walker, manager and vice president of program administration for CMS Capital Financial Services, died Monday of cardiac arrest at Sinai Hospital. She was 56.

The Poplar Hill resident had worked for the business since 1997, when it was a subsidiary of First National Bank of Maryland. Since its separation from First National in 1999, she was responsible for formulating and administering credit and collection policies and procedures.

Cynthia Paul was born in Baltimore and raised in Sudbrook Park. She was a 1963 graduate of Milford Mill High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Connecticut College for Women in New London in 1967 - the year she married her high school sweetheart, educator H. Thomas Walker Jr.

She began her career in 1967 with Union Trust Bancorp and had been credit manager for Union-Tidewater Financial Co. Inc., its equipment leasing and finance subsidiary.

She was a founder in 1981 of Tidewater Funding Management Proprietary Ltd., which provided business analysis, planning and corporate services for clients. She later held executive positions with Equitable Bank, Signet Bank and Columbia Bank before joining CMS.

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

In addition to her husband, an education consultant and retired director of curriculum for Howard County public schools, she is survived by a son, D. Childs Walker II of Baltimore, a reporter for The Sun.

Rev. Leo M. Richter, 70, Lutheran pastor, chaplain

The Rev. Leo M. Richter, a Lutheran pastor, died Jan. 11 at Carroll County General Hospital of amyloidosis, a rare body protein disorder. He was 70 and lived in Reisterstown.

Mr. Richter became associate pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Catonsville in July 2000 and served a ministry to older adults. He had been pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Owings Mills for 20 years.

After a weekend of retirement in 1994, he began a series of interim ministries - at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Lochearn, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Catonsville and Galilee Lutheran Church in Pasadena.

Mr. Richter moved to Baltimore in 1959 as pastor of Church of the Redeemer in Irvington. Eight years later, he became a Navy chaplain, serving in Vietnam and at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Born in Ogallala, Neb., he graduated from St. John's College in Winfield, Kan., and Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He also held a degree in clinical psychology from American University. His hobbies included golf and bridge.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 929 Ingleside Ave., Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, the former Maryellen Spinale; a son, Ronald Richter of Reisterstown; a daughter, Camille Freedman of Ormand Beach, Fla.; and a granddaughter.

Katrine L. Lynch, 93, McDonogh School staffer

Katrine L. Lynch, a former housemother, dietitian and riding instructor at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, died yesterday of a stroke at her Hampstead farm. She was 93.

Katrine Lovell was born in Bath, N.Y., and raised in Elmira, where she graduated from high school.

In 1935, she married Willis K. Lynch, an educator. That year he joined the McDonogh School faculty. The couple settled on the campus, which became their home until they retired in 1973.

While her husband taught history and headed the riding department, Mrs. Lynch worked as a lower-school riding instructor, housemother and assistant dietitian.

In the summers, she and her husband taught riding at Camp Red Wing and Camp Red Cloud, two camps the school operated on Lake Champlain in upstate New York.

After retiring in 1973, the couple moved to a 20-acre farm in Hampstead, where they grew strawberries and raspberries, tended flower gardens and kept a cow or two.

Mrs. Lynch also enjoyed playing bridge.

Plans for a memorial service, to be held in the spring, were incomplete yesterday.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Lynch is survived by two sons, Michael W. Lynch of Hampstead and Patrick L. Lynch of Gladstone, N.J.; two daughters, Kittie Stuart of Hampstead and Mary L. Simmers of Boring; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Helen A. McIntire, 85, nurse, Candy Store owner

Helen Annette McIntire, former registered nurse and owner of an Annapolis store, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. The former Severna Park resident was 85.

During the 1960s and until selling the business in the late 1970s, Mrs. McIntire and her husband owned and operated the Candy Store in downtown Annapolis.

She was born and raised in Biddeford, Maine, where she graduated from high school. She earned her nursing degree in 1938 from Webber Hospital in Biddeford and a master's degree in obstetrical nursing in 1940 from the University of Pennsylvania.

She worked as a surgical nurse during World War II at hospitals in Jersey City, New York City and Honolulu.

In 1941, she married Robert Harry McIntire, a career Navy officer and author of Annapolis, Maryland Families. He died in 1999.

Mrs. McIntire was a member of the Annette Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Saco, Maine.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Our Lady's Chapel at Charlestown, 713 Maiden Choice Lane.

Mrs. McIntire is survived by a son, David D. McIntire of San Dimas, Calif.; three daughters, Carole Louise Prosser of Ashburn, Va., Lynne Avis Martin of Manteo, N.C., and Marla Fay Kohne of Cockeysville; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Viola Haney, 74, secretary for Army, USDA city office

Viola E. Haney, a retired secretary who worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, died Jan. 11 of Alzheimer's disease at Ivy Hall Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center in Essex. She was 74 and a longtime Middle River resident.

Mrs. Haney worked as a secretary in the department's Baltimore office from 1975 until she retired in the late 1980s. Earlier, she had been a secretary for the Army.

Viola Olson, a native of El Campo, Texas, graduated from high school there. In 1944, she married James Robert Haney. He later retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp. as a draftsman. Mr. Haney died in 1967.

After her husband's death, Mrs. Haney returned to college and earned an associate's degree from Essex Community College. She enjoyed museums and the theater. She also was an accomplished artist and worked in acrylics. Portraits and landscapes were her favorite subjects.

No services are planned, family members said.

Mrs. Haney is survived by two sons, James M. Haney of Middle River and Robert Haney of Hampden.


Michel Poniatowski, 79, a conservative former French interior minister, died Tuesday in Paris. He served as interior minister from 1974 to 1977, when he resigned to become then-President Valery Giscard d'Estaing's personal representative abroad. He served for 10 years as European deputy before being elected senator, holding his seat from 1989 to 1995.

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