Dr. Watson Pindell,school official, is dead at 84A...


March 08, 1991

Dr. Watson Pindell,school official, is dead at 84

A memorial service for Dr. Watson F. Pindell, retired president of Prince George's County Community College and a former school official in Baltimore, will be held at 8 p.m. today in the chapel of Bonnie Blink, the Maryland Masonic Home, 300 International Circle in Cockeysville.

Dr. Pindell, who was 84, died Wednesday at Manor Care Ruxton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.

He headed the Prince George's County school in Largo from 1966 until his retirement in 1971 and then taught for several years at Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary, where he was a trustee emeritus at his death.

He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a mechanical engineering degree in 1928.

He taught mathematics and physics at Boys' Latin School until 1949 and then moved to what was then Patterson Park High School, where he coached football, wrestling and tennis and became vice principal.

He was named vice principal of the Polytechnic Institute in 1958 and remained there until 1963.

After serving as associate professor of mathematics and dean of the Evening Division at Essex Community College, he became administrative dean of what is now the New Community College of Baltimore.

He also taught courses at Towson State University and the University of Maryland in College Park.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1925 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, where he played on the football team. He won letters in football and track at Hopkins.

He earned a master's degree in education from Loyola College and a doctorate from the Teachers College of Columbia University.

In addition to teaching at the Bible college, he taught Sunday school at Timonium Presbyterian Church, where he a member of the Christian businessmen's committee.

He wrote "Milestones to Immortality," a book about the spiritual life of Abraham Lincoln, and was writing similar works on Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee when he became ill.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary B. Georgius; a son, Dr. Richard P. Pindell of Binghamton, N.Y.; a daughter, Gretchen P. Hoover of Baltimore; a sister, Rose Fried of Beverly, Mass.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary or to the Hunt Valley Presbyterian Church.

Jeannette Rosen

Annapolis civic activist

Services for Jeannette Rosen, a member of Annapolis area civic groups, will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at the Kneseth Israel Congregation there.

Mrs. Rosen, who was 73 and lived in Annapolis for 39 years, died Wednesday of a circulatory illness at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

She taught school for six years, starting in the late 1950s at the Germantown Elementary School.

A former president and a founder of the Covenant Guild, she also had been president of the Sisterhood of the Kneseth Israel Congregation and a member of the congregation's board.

She was a former president of the Annapolis Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, the Annapolis Chapter of Hadassah, the Caritas Society of St. John's College and the Anne Arundel Community Chest.

A former vice president and member of the board of the auxiliary of what is now the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

She also had been vice president of the Maryland Association of Hospital Auxiliaries.

She was a member of the board of the Annapolis Fine Arts Foundation, Helping Hand Association, Annapolis Opera and the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony.

She was born Jeannette Rosenstein in Baltimore and studied piano at the Peabody Conservatory aftergraduating from Western High School in 1934.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Manuel W. Rosen; two daughters, Barbara Wendel of Washington and Debbie McKerrow of Baltimore; two sisters, Florence Lerner and Mildred Hoffman, both of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

John V. Lyons

Operated Denton inn

Services for John V. Lyons, who operated a bed-and-breakfast inn called the Sophie Kerr House in Denton, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the house.

Mr. Lyons, who was 53, died Wednesday of cancer at the house to which he and his wife moved seven years ago.

It is named for a former owner who was the donor of the literary prize that bears her name at Washington College.

A native of Baltimore and a graduate of the Towson High School, he had worked as a journeyman plumber in Baltimore before moving to Denton.

He was a former member of the Maryland National Guard.

He is survived by his wife, the former Thelma Pollard; a son, J. Alex Lyons of Baltimore; three daughters, Mary L. Hardman of Willow Grove, Pa., Ann V. Hardman of Horsham, Pa., and N. Katie Lyons of Denton; his mother, Mrs. John V. Lyons Sr. of Ocean City; a sister, Elizabeth Louise Lyons of Berlin; and five grandsons.

Deaths elsewhere

Billy Jack Wills, third in a family of brothers who helped shapcountry-western music, died Saturday in Tulsa, Okla., at 65. Mr. Wills' eldest musical brother was Bob Wills, whose Texas Playboys became the model for western swing bands. Another brother, Johnny Lee Wills, led a popular swing band in Tulsa, Okla. Billy Jack Wills played bass and drums in the 1940s with the Texas Playboys. In the 1950s, he started the Western Swing Band.

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