John W. Wright Jr.Computer technicianA Mass of Christian...


April 06, 1991

John W. Wright Jr.

Computer technician

A Mass of Christian burial for John W. Wright Jr., a computer technician at The Baltimore Sun, will be offered at 1 p.m. today at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church, 4416 Wilkens Ave.

Mr. Wright, who was 44, died Wednesday of cancer at his home on Clarenell Road in Violetville.

He began working for The Baltimore Sun in 1986 after the closing of the News American, where he had worked for 20 years with computers and electronic equipment.

In recent years, he also worked part time at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Southern High School and Radio Electronic Television Schools Inc.

As a volunteer with Pets on Wheels, he took a pet Chihuahua to visit patients in nursing homes. He had been a member of the National Guard.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jo Ann Dobson; a son, John W. Wright III of Violetville; a daughter, Stacy E. Wright of Violetville; two sisters, Patricia Davis of Arbutus and Pauline Iman of Baltimore; and three brothers, Jesse and James Wright, both of Baltimore, and Joseph Wright of Dundalk.

Mary G. Sawhill

Active in church

Mary G. Sawhill, who was active in Presbyterian church work, died Tuesday after a short illness at a retirement community in Palo Alto, Calif., where she had lived for eight years.

A memorial service for Mrs. Sawhill, who was 83, was held yesterday at the Towson Presbyterian Church, where she had been a deacon when she lived in the area.

Mrs. Sawhill also had headed the Hunger Program of the Presbytery of Baltimore and its women's organization, the Presbyterial.

She had also served on many committees of the Synod of the Piedmont, where she was a representative of the Presbytery.

She was born Mary Gipe in Kittanning, Pa., and reared in Toledo, Ohio. She came to Baltimore to attend Goucher College, where she majored in romance languages and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

After teaching in other cities she returned to Baltimore in the early 1940s with her husband, James M. Sawhill, who was retired as a vice president of what is now Techalloy Maryland. He died in 1967.

Mrs. Sawhill is survived by two sons, John C. Sawhill of Washington and James M. Sawhill of Yorktown, Va.; two daughters, Mary Monroe Hodder and Sally Supplee, both of Palo Alto; two sisters, Dorothy Clement and Joan Lewis, both of Toledo; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Samuel Rothblum

Graduate student

A memorial Mass for Samuel R. Rothblum Jr., a graduate student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, will be offered at 2 p.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Mr. Rothblum, who was 24 and lived on Stonehurst Road near Phoenix, died Thursday after an apparent heart attack during a pickup basketball game on a Towson playground.

He was studying molecular biology and was expected to receive a master's degree with honors this spring.

He worked at University Hospital in a research program, studying babies born to addicted women.

Born in Camp Pendleton, Calif., he was reared in Phoenix and was a 1984 graduate of Dulaney High School, where he was elected to the National Honor Society, and a 1988 graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

He played piano, guitar, synthesizer and harmonica, and he liked to ski.

He is survived by his parents, Samuel R. and Charlene Rothblum of Phoenix; a sister, Kelly Schnitzker of Towson; a brother, Gregory Rothblum of Towson; and his grandparents, Sam and Mary Rothblum and Gladys Ellis, all of Silver Spring.

The family suggested donations to the American Diabetes Association.

Deaths elsewhere

Harry T. Montgomery, 81, who as deputy general manager had helped guide the Associated Press through a generation of innovation and growth, died of lung cancer Thursday in Greenwich, Conn.

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