Harry K. WolpertTalmudic scholar, is dead at age 100Harry...


March 16, 1991

Harry K. Wolpert

Talmudic scholar, is dead at age 100

Harry K. Wolpert, a 100-year-old Talmudic scholar and retired partner in a wholesale dry goods business, died Sunday at his home in the Windsor House Apartments after a short illness.

Mr. Wolpert retired as a partner in Max and Wolpert in the early 1960s but remained active in religious affairs.

At his death, he was chairman of the board of Ner Israel Rabbinical College, a post he held since 1939, and treasurer of the American Friends of Yeshiva Horav Bengis in Jerusalem, a position he had held for 18 years.

Rabbi Samuel H. Vitsick, president of the latter group, said Mr. Wolpert had such a good memory that he could reproduce verbatim lectures by scholars he heard 80 years ago.

Rabbi Herman Neuberger, president of Ner Israel, described him as a Talmudic scholar and a "very vivid storyteller who inspired people with his knowledge and his lively personality." Mr. Wolpert was a caring person who was interested "in individuals as individuals," he said.

Born in Lithuania, Mr. Wolpert studied at rabbinical colleges in Europe and in the United States, where he moved in 1911.

Though he never was rabbi of a congregation, he presided over services at his home in recent years.

His wife, the former Fannie G. Max, died in 1982.

He is survived by two daughters, Ruth Rudick of Baltimore and Phyllis Lifschutz of New Brunswick, N.J.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday at Ner Israel Rabbinical College.

Sister Beatrice

Teacher of music

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Beatrice of Jesus Bacchelli Oswald, O.C.D., who was a teacher and the wife of a pianist when she entered the Baltimore Carmelite Monastery in 1930, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in the chapel of the monastery at 1318 Dulaney Valley Road.

Sister Beatrice, who was 96 and the oldest member of the local Carmelite community, died Wednesday after a long illness at the retirement facility the School Sisters of Notre Dame maintain at their motherhouse, Villa Assumpta.

Sister Colette Ackerman, O.C.D., the prioress of the monastery, said yesterday, "She was a very cultured, civilized person" who would be remembered in the community "for her spirit of prayer, her feminine wisdom and graciousness and a refreshing sense of freedom and flexibility."

The former Beatrice Bacchelli was a native of Bologna, Italy, and sister of Ricardo Bacchelli, an author whose works include the novel, "The Mill on the Po."

As child, she met Henri Oswald, son of a Brazilian diplomat and composer. They were married in 1913 when she was 18.

They came to the United States in 1920, the year Mr. Oswald, a concert pianist, made his debut at Carnegie Hall. They came to Baltimore two years later.

He taught piano at the Peabody conservatory and his wife, who spoke five languages, taught piano and diction to opera students.

The couple decided together to enter religious orders. He became a Jesuit brother and spent many years as music teacher and choir director at the Georgetown Preparatory School before his death in 1972. She became the only married woman to join the Baltimore monastery in more than 100 years. No others have joined since.

She is survived by a nephew, Andrea Bacchelli of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and a niece, Elizobetta Foglietti of Florence, Italy.

Frank Dooley Day

Harford banker

Services for Frank Dooley Day, who had been an officer of two banks in Harford County, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cardiff.

Mr. Day, who was 70 and lived in Whiteford, died Wednesday at the Bel Air Convalescent Center after a long illness.

He was first associated with the First National Bank of Harford County and served as its president before it became part of the First National Bank of Maryland during the early 1970s.

He retired as a vice president of the Harford National Bank nearly 10 years ago, but remained on its board for several years. He also had been a board member of the Harford Mutual Insurance Co. and the Whiteford Packing Co.

In addition to his work in banking, Mr. Day maintained a law practice. He was a member of the state and county bar associations and the Maryland Bankers Association.

A native of Washington who was reared in Whiteford, he was a graduate of the Slate Ridge High School, Western Maryland College, the University of Baltimore law school and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

The former treasurer of the Bel Air Rotary Club also had been a member of the board of the Harford Community College.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mabel Whiteford; two daughters, Dr. Nancy Day Blake of Strafford, Pa., and Jeani Day Purcell of West Chester, Pa.; a sister, Jeanette Ragusa of Arlington, Va.; and two grandchildren

Richard Duklewski

Baltimore teacher

A Mass of Christian burial for Richard W. Duklewski, a Baltimore schoolteacher since 1968, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road.

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