Virginia Hall, former president of Board of Realtors, dies...


May 17, 1991

Virginia Hall, former president of Board of Realtors, dies at 0) 75

Services for Virginia Reeves Hall, who was the first woman to serve as president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors and was a member of the Real Estate Commission of Maryland, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Mountain Christian Church, 1824 Mountain Road, Joppa.

Mrs. Hall, who was 75 and lived in Bel Air, died Wednesday of cancer at Fallston General Hospital.

Last year, she headed the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, which had named her "Realtor of the Year" in 1972. She had also served as president of the Harford County real estate board in 1978.

She had served on the boards of the Maryland Association of Realtors, the National Associations of Realtors and the Central Maryland Multiple Listing Service.

She was a member of the Real Estate Commission of Maryland from 1984 until 1988. She also served in 1979 as president of the All Points Relocation Service.

The former Virginia Zell Reeves was a native of Sparta, N.C., who was reared in Bel Air and worked as a legal secretary there after her graduation from Bel Air High School.

In 1936, she married J. Vernon Hall, then of Fork. They started their own real estate business, J. Vernon Hall Inc., 20 years later.

They sold the business in 1981, but she remained associated with successor firms, Magill Associates; Magill Yerman and Company Realtors/Better Homes and Gardens; Meredith Real Estate/Better Homes and Gardens; and finally Prudential Preferred properties.

She also taught in the Mountain Christian Church Sunday school and was a member of the Inner Wheel of the Bel Air Rotary Club, the Harford County Historical Society, the Harford County Democratic Women's Club and the auxiliaries of the Bush River Power Squadron and the Boumi Temple Yacht Club.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include two foster sons, Samuel Kirkendall of Churchville and Frank Kirkendall of Westminster; a sister, Rose E. Taylor of Bel Air; two brothers, Ellis V. Reeves and George C. Reeves Jr., both of Havre de Grace; a half-sister, Sue Underwood of Homestead, Fla.; two half-brothers, Oscar Reeves and John Van Reeves, both of Sparta; and nine nieces and nine nephews.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Mountain Christian School.

Services for Dr. Lanson Y. Shum, an electrical engineer at the Westinghouse Manufacturing Systems and Technology Center in Columbia, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia.

Dr. Shum, who was 57 and lived in Highland, died Wednesday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He started working for Westinghouse in Pittsburgh when he came to the United States in 1970 and had been at the Columbia branch since 1983.

A native of Hong Kong, he was educated in England, earning a bachelor's degree at the University of Durham and his doctorate at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Since 1984, he had been a member of Volunteers for Medical Engineering. He was also a member of the Community Building Organization of the Howard County Office of Human Rights.

He had been active in the Chinese Language School in Columbia, serving at various times as teacher, principal and chairman of the board.

He had also chaired China Night projects at Howard County schools. The second of the programs of Chinese culture was held Saturday for the benefit of a computer room at Guilford Elementary School.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elsa Wong; a daughter, Eveline Shum of Highland; a son, John Shum of Highland; and five brothers, Edward Shum of Brookeville, Peter Shum of Wheaton, Paul Shum of Salem, Ore., and Donson and Leung-sang Shum, both of Hong Kong.

Elizabeth C. Kieffer

Author and librarian

Graveside services for Elizabeth Clarke Kieffer, an author, librarian and genealogist, will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown.

The former Baltimore resident died Monday at the Homewood Retirement Center of a liver infection. She was 91.

She was born in Frederick, where her father was a newspaper editor. He founded another paper before coming to Baltimore as an editor for The Baltimore Sun. Ms. Kieffer was reared in the city and graduated from Western High School and Goucher College.

Her library career began in 1921 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. She moved to Lancaster, Pa., in 1928 to become reference librarian for Franklin and Marshall College. From 1956 until 1959, she served as librarian of the Lancaster Historical Society. In 1959 she became archivist for the Historical Society of the Evangelical and Reformed Church, a post she held until 1966.

She began working as a professional genealogist, specializing in families of German extraction, in 1964 and also published many historical, genealogical and biographical articles.

She is survived by several cousins.


Herbert W. Fink

Public works employee

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