James W. Wright Jr.
Services for James W. Wright Jr., who taught in the Baltimore school system's vocational schools for about 10 years, will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at Cookley's Community Baptist Church, 1208 Walnut Ave.
Mr. Wright, who was 66 and lived on Willow Avenue, died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of a respiratory illness.
Since September, he taught science at the Harford Institute after teaching courses in electronics at the Westside Skills Center.
Before becoming a teacher, he worked for the State Highway Administration and earlier for Martin Marietta Corp. after being transferred to the Baltimore area while working for the Radio Division of Bendix Corp.
A native of Parson, Kan., he attended a community college in Kansas City, Kan., and several other colleges before earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland at College Park.
During World War II, Mr. Wright served in the Army.
He also served at various times as a professional organist for several churches, including the Cookley's Community Baptist Church, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the First Baptist Church of Elkridge, the Bibleway of Elkridge and the Faith Deliverance Revival Center.
He is survived by his wife, the former Helen Ferguson; five sons, Anthony, David, Victor, Mitchell and Julius Wright; two daughters, Charlene and Muriel Wright; and many grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.
Robert Allen Beam
Retired voice teacher
Services for Robert Allen Beam, a voice teacher who appeared on Broadway opposite Mary Martin, will be held at noon today at Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld funeral establishment, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.
Mr. Beam, who was 71 and lived in Stoneleigh, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital after a long illness.
He retired nearly two years ago after teaching voice for many years at his home and playing the piano for ballet classes of the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.
A native of Baltimore and a 1938 graduate of Towson High School, he studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory of Music before going to New York where he sang in several musicals before taking over a part in the 1943 musical, "One Touch of Venus" opposite Mary Martin.
Returning to Baltimore he began teaching and also sang as a tenor soloist with the men's choir of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He earlier was a soprano in its boys choir.
His survivors include two sisters, Mary Jane Thornton of Timonium and Elizabeth B. Wood of Washington; a nephew and two nieces.