Price Jr., amusement park owner, dies at 79Services...

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November 20, 1991

A. B. Price Jr., amusement park owner, dies at 79

Services for Arthur B. Price Jr., a retired amusement park and swimming pool owner who served in a number of posts in government and sports, will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. John's-Huntingdon Episcopal Church, Greenmount Avenue and Old York Road.

Mr. Price, who lived in Carroll County, died Monday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after an apparent heart attack. He was 79.

He retired in 1969 after 19 years as a partner in the family-owned Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. For many years he also was a partner in the company that owned the old Lakewood Swimming Pool in the 2500 block of North Charles Street.

From 1968 to 1984, he was a member of the State Roads Commission. After the Maryland Department of Transportation took over most of the commission's functions in 1970, Mr. Price served on its Transportation Commission.

Mr. Price was educated at City College, the Polytechnic Institute and St. John's College in Annapolis. He had lived in Baltimore and for a number of years in Randallstown.

While a resident of Baltimore County, he was chairman of the board of Supervisors of Elections, an appraiser for the Orphans Court., and a member of the Democratic State Central Committee. He headed the Second District Democratic Club.

The former president of the South Atlantic Association of the Amateur Athletic Union had also been chairman of its swimming committee.

In 1946, Mr. Price headed a national AAU indoor championship at the Bainbridge Naval Training Station at Port Deposit and in 1948 served on the United States Olympic Swimming Committee. He was made a life member of the AAU in 1953.

In 1962 and 1963, he headed March of Dimes fund drives in Baltimore County.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Martha Susan Wray; a daughter, Martha Wertz of Carroll County; and two grandchildren.

C. G. Johnson Sr.

Fleet administrator

A Mass of Christian burial for C. Gilbert Johnson Sr., who retired in August as fleet administrator at Baltimore's Central Garage, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd.

Mr. Johnson, who lived on Gittings Avenue, died Saturday of heart failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 69.

From 1954 to 1960, he was an automobile salesman with D.S.& D. Motors, a Chrysler dealer. He then worked for Luby Chevrolet until 1975, when he joined Suburban Chevrolet. He began working for the city in 1981.

Most of the time that he sold Chevrolets he was a member of the General Motors Corp. Legion of Leaders, the top 10 percent of its salesmen.

Between 1946 and 1954, Mr. Johnson was a salesman at Hess Shoes on Howard Street.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of City College, he was a Marine Corps bombardier in the Pacific during World War II, when he contracted malaria. He was decorated with the Purple Heart.

He was grand marshal of the 1982 St. Patrick's Day parade and was president of St. John's Old Timers of the 10th Ward from 1973 to 1988, a period when its membership grew from 50 to more than 800.

He was a fund-raiser for St. Elizabeth's School and Habilitation Center and had been active in the 1978 campaign to relect Gov. William Donald Schaefer as mayor.

The former commander of Chapter 8 of the Disabled American Veterans, he was also a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a trustee of the Towson Lodge of the Moose and a member of the Baltimore Athletic Club.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, the former Agnes C. Boland; a son, Charles G. Johnson Jr. of Baldwin; three daughters, Mary Helene Miller and Anne Johnson Wedge, both of Baltimore, and Winifred Buettner of New Freedom, Pa.; two sisters, Betty Waldner of Westminster and Eileen Fowler of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

Ida S. Porges

Retired teacher

Services for Ida S. Porges, a native of Baltimore and a retired teacher, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapel in Rockville.

Mrs. Porges, who was 87 and lived in Rockville for two years, died Monday at a hospital in Bethesda from complications following surgery.

She retired in 1970 after 25 years as a junior high school English and social studies teacher in Kansas City, Mo. Earlier, she taught at the Sparrows Point High School.

A native of Baltimore and a graduate of Western High School and what is now Towson State University, she worked in the office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Baltimore during World War II and during the same time period earned a civil engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University.

Later, she earned a master's degree in education at Columbia University in New York.

A soprano who studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, she appeared in the chorus of local Metropolitan Opera productions as a young woman.

In 1925, she flew the English Channel as a passenger in an open cockpit plane. In the late 1920s, she worked in Baltimore as a secretary to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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