James V. GuthrieShipping executiveA Mass of Christian...


November 11, 1991

James V. Guthrie

Shipping executive

A Mass of Christian burial for James Vincent Guthrie, a retired shipping industry executive and civic leader, will be said at 9 a.m. today at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 533 E. Jarrettsville Road in Hickory.

Mr. Guthrie, who was 78, died Friday of a heart attack at Fallston General Hospital.

He worked for 60 years in the shipping industry, beginning his career at the age of 17 as an office boy at the Panama Pacific Shipping Line in New York. In 1940, Mr. Guthrie moved to Baltimore to work for the Waterman Co. as an office manager. In 1955, he returned to Panama Pacific as the head of the Baltimore office.

He then moved to the Cottman Co. as vice president of operations and subsequently became president of the company until his retirement in 1978.

After serving as treasurer and vice president, he was elected president of the Steamship Trade Association. In that position he led Baltimore's shipping management in negotiations that eventually helped settle a longshoremen's strike that hit East Coast ports in 1962.

In 1963, Mr. Guthrie was named one of the original members of the Baltimore Economic Development Commission. In 1967, he was named to the board of examiners of the Association of Maryland Pilots. He served as the association's chairman from 1972 to 1979.

A noted expert on domestic water carrier transportation and port terminal operations, he often lectured at universities and industry symposiums. From 1958 to 1972, he was an instructor at the University of Baltimore.

During his retirement, Mr. Guthrie served as a consultant for industry concerns and wrote a monthly column, "It May Interest You to Know," published in the Baltimore Traffic Club magazine. In 1981, he wrote and published a book, "Automation on the Waterfront."

Mr. Guthrie was active with industry associations and in civic affairs. He served as an officer with numerous groups including the Traffic Club, Baltimore Maritime Exchange, the Propeller Club and the Maryland Commission for the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Born in New York, he attended parochial schools in the Hell's Kitchen district of the city and attended the High School of Commerce. During his years in Baltimore, Mr. Guthrie and his family lived in Bel Air.

Mr. Guthrie enjoyed sports and was an avid golfer at Maryland Golf and Country Club and Winters Run Golf Course. He also played the trumpet, piano and guitar. He sang with St. Dominic's choir in Baltimore and later was a cantor with St. Margaret Church in Bel Air.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Claire B. Ray; a son, John F. Guthrie of Towson; five daughters, Kathleen M. Swentzel of Joppatowne, Patricia M. Ruane and Theresa M. Thomas, both of Davidsonville, Claire B. Howard of Perry Hall and Gigi Kurowski of Bel Air; two brothers, Michael J. Guthrie of Long Island, N.Y., and Francis J. Guthrie of Naples, Fla.; a sister, Rita Cusick of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and 20 grandchildren. Services for Kathryn D. Wilson, a licensed practical nurse, will be at noon today at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 3459 Park Heights Ave.

Mrs. Wilson, who was 56, died Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital of kidney failure after a short illness.

She worked at Maryland General Hospital and James Lawrence Kernan Hospital before suffering a stroke seven years ago. After becoming disabled, she spent her time with her family in Northwest Baltimore. She enjoyed traveling, poetry reading and playing Scrabble.

Born in Littleton, N.C., she graduated from Douglass High School and received her nursing training at the Baltimore City Vocational Training School in 1965.

In addition to her husband of 40 years, Otis Wilson, she is survived by four daughters, Brenda Giles, Beverly Evans, Valeri Smith and Lori Smith, all of Baltimore; two sons, Daryl Wilson and Kenneth Wilson, both of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

Mary R. Herwig

Former election judge

A Mass of Christian burial for Mary R. Herwig, a Towson homemaker, will be at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Immaculate Conception Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.

Mrs. Herwig, who was 66, died of cancer at her home Friday.

Born in Baltimore, she graduated from Catholic High School in 1943. She was a school crossing guard in the 1960s and an election judge in Baltimore County.

A member of American Association of Retired Persons, she was also an active member of the Providence Homemakers Club. Mrs. Herwig enjoyed gardening, traveling and sewing, and she was known to give many of her crafts to senior centers.

The former Mary Appel married Bernard J. Herwig, a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. manager who died in 1983.

She is survived by three sons, John E. Herwig of Monkton, Bernard J. Herwig Jr. of New Freedom, Pa., and Mark J. Herwig of Parkton; a sister, Catherine Amass of Sun City, Fla.; and five grandsons.

Alta M. Nicewarner

Worked at USF&G

Services for Alta M. Nicewarner, a native and longtime resident of Baltimore, will be at 2 p.m. today at the Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, Ill.

fTC Miss Nicewarner, who was 97, died Friday of natural causes at the Randolph County Nursing Home in Sparta, Ill., where she had lived since 1984.

Born in Baltimore, she lived on North Avenue and in Anneslie. She worked at financial and business institutions in the Baltimore area, including USF&G. She moved to Illinois in 1973.

She was a member of Marissa Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by a niece, Helen Walters of Marissa.

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