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August 31, 1991

William J. Humphreys



William J. Humphreys, a Salisbury native who started a long career as a newspaperman at The Baltimore Sun, where he worked in the 1920s and 1930s, died of cancer Aug. 21 at a son's home in Montreal. He was 85.

Mr. Humphreys had lived in Montreal for about a year and in Washington for about 10 years before that.

A son of N. A. Humphreys, who had a lumber business and was active in Republican politics on the Eastern Shore, he graduated from Tome School in Port Deposit and, in 1927, from St. John's College in Annapolis.

He then worked at The Sun for nearly nine years before moving to the Associated Press in New York. He lived in England and France for many years, writing for the wire service and for the New York Herald Tribune. He also worked in Washington for the Paris Herald Tribune. Before retiring about 10 years ago, he was a free-lance correspondent and worked in public relations in the United States and in Europe.

Mr. Humphreys is survived by his wife, the former Derval Healey, who lives in France; two sons, Michael Humphreys of Montreal and Liam J. Humphreys of Suva, Fiji; three daughters, Derval Anderson of England and Laure Humphreys and Claire Humphreys-Jan, both of France; a sister, Julia Humphreys Wachter of Hagerstown; and five grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Humphreys were held Wednesday in Montreal.

Eileen W. Collins

Church organist

Eileen W. Collins, a retired church organist and choir director, died Tuesday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of respiratory illness.

Mrs. Collins, who was 84 and lived on Dunellen Drive in Towson, worked at the Towson United Methodist Church in the 1950s and at Faith and St. Mark's United Church of Christ in the 1960s. After that, she was a substitute organist at various churches until her retirement about five years ago.

The former Eileen Watson was a native of Kennebunk, Maine, and a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. She was a member of the American Guild of Organists.

She was also a member of Mensa, an organization of people with high IQs, and liked to play bridge.

Her husband, William C. Collins, is a retired engineer for the Western Electric Co., now AT&T Technologies.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, William W. Collins of Towson and John C. Collins of Austin, Texas; and a granddaughter.

Private services were planned.

Elsie L. Helfrich

Baltimore native

Graveside services for Elsie L. Helfrich, a native of Baltimore, will be held Sept. 9 in the Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

Mrs. Helfrich, who was 96, died July 26 of heart disease at a nursing home in St. Augustine, Fla., where she lived for about six months.

The former Elsie Lipps moved 50 years ago from the Baltimore area to the Washington area. She later lived in Lexington, Ky., for many years.

Her husband, William G. Helfrich, died in 1949.

Her survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Nelson of St. Augustine and Sue Dauphin of Jupiter, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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