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November 14, 1991|By New York Times News Service @ Lenora Johnson Raleigh, N.C., native

Hanson Baldwin, military writer, dies at 88

Hanson Weightman Baldwin, retired military-affairs editor of the New York Times and the author of more than a dozen books on military and naval history and policy, died of heart failure yesterday at his home in Roxbury, Conn. He was 88.

A native of Baltimore and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Baldwin joined the Times in 1929. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1943 for his World War II reporting from the Pacific.

He was the son of Oliver Perry Baldwin Jr., managing editor of The Baltimore Sun early in this century, and Caroline Sutton Baldwin. He attended Boys' Latin School and the Severn School before entering the Naval Academy, graduating in 1924.

After three years of Navy service, he resigned his commission and began his newspaper career in 1927 as a reporter with The Sun. He left to spend a year traveling and went to work for the Times two days before the 1929 stock market crash. He became its military analyst in 1937.

Mr. Baldwin was one of the nation's leading authorities on military and naval affairs during the postwar transition from conventional warfare to the nuclear age.

After retiring in 1968, Mr. Baldwin continued to write on military affairs. He served as president of the Naval Academy Alumni Association from 1969 to 1971.

Mr. Baldwin is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Helen Bruce; two daughters, Barbara Potter of Woodbury, Conn., and Elizabeth Crabtree of Ridgewood, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.

Services for Lenora Johnson, who lived in Baltimore for many years, will be held at 7 p.m. today at Southern Baptist Church, 1701 N. Chester St.

Mrs. Johnson, who was 86, died Saturday of complications from asthma at her home on North Kenwood Avenue.

The former Lenora Davis was a native of Raleigh, N.C., and came to Baltimore in 1940 with her husband, Elvis Johnson, a steel worker at the Sparrows Point plant of Bethlehem Steel Corp. until he retired.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include four daughters, Betsy Banks, Josephine McMillian, Mary Taylor and Lillie Wynn, all of Baltimore; a son, James Johnson of Baltimore; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Herman L. Born

Ran his own company

A memorial service for Herman L. Born, retired president of a truck body manufacturing and repair company, will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Charles Street and Melrose Avenue.

Mr. Born, who was 78, died Tuesday of cancer at his home on Bellona Avenue in the Woodbrook area.

He retired last summer as president of Herman Born and Sons, which had been started in 1852 as a carriage- and wagon-building firm by his great-grandfather.

With the company since 1936, he served as vice president and general manager from 1940 until the death of his father in 1975.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Friends School and, in 1936, of Syracuse University, where he was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.

The former member of the Junior Association of Commerce and the Executives' Association belonged to the Concordia Lodge of the Masons and the Scottish Rite.

A saltwater fisherman, he also had homes in Henlopen Acres, Del., and Vero Beach, Fla., and was a member of the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, the Moorings Club in

Vero Beach and the Vero Beach Yacht Club. He was a former member of the Baltimore Yacht Club.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Kathryn Wilson; a daughter, Nancy Born Edwards of Columbus, Ohio; a son, Richard W. Born of Baltimore; and a sister, Elizabeth Born Little of Burlington, Vt.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the home care program of Stella Maris Hospice.

Raymond W. Hersh

City housing official

Services for Raymond W. Hersh, chief of administrative planning and services for the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development, will be held at 10 a.m. today * at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Hersh, who was 59 and lived on Lafayette Avenue, died Monday of cancer at the Joseph Richey Hospice.

Before working for the city for 10 years, he was manager of customer service and sales at the Random House facility in Westminster.

Before coming to the Baltimore area in the late 1960s, he worked for another publishing company, McGraw-Hill in Hightstown, N.J., where he was manager of order processing.

A native of Coopersburg, Pa., and a graduate of Milton Hershey School and Penn State University, he served in the Air Force in the Korean War.

Mr. Hersh was a member of the Freedom Lodge of the Masons.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas D. Hersh and Stephen W. Hersh, both of Westminster; a daughter, Jayne L. Bowersox of Westminster; a brother, Richard Hersh of Allentown, Pa.; his companion, Joseph Reich of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Orania Fitzhugh Otto

Teacher, church member

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