S. Eric DiNenna, former zoning commissioner, diesA Mass of...


November 25, 1991

S. Eric DiNenna, former zoning commissioner, dies

A Mass of Christian burial for S. Eric DiNenna, a land-use attorney and former Baltimore County zoning commissioner, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

Mr. DiNenna, who once ran unsuccessfully for Baltimore County executive, died of a heart attack Saturday while on an overnight hunting trip to the Eastern Shore. He was 53.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. DiNenna attended Calvert Hall and Loyola College, where he earned a history degree. He graduated from old Mount Vernon School of Law, now part of the University of Baltimore, in 1963, and received an advanced law degree from the University of Baltimore in 1970.

Mr. DiNenna began his career as a claims representative for State Farm Insurance Co. and was an assistant Baltimore County attorney from 1967 to 1970.

In 1970, he became deputy zoning commissioner. Eighteen months later, County Executive Dale Anderson appointed Mr. DiNenna zoning commissioner -- then one of the county's most visible and powerful jobs.

During the next eight years, Mr. DiNenna ruled on scores of rezoning requests, shaping the future of many county neighborhoods. His decisions often sparked controversy.

At one point in 1973, an angry councilman accused Mr. DiNenna of trying to sabotage the County Council's zoning maps and predicted he would not be reappointed when his term ended in 1975.

But Mr. DiNenna was reappointed by the new county executive, Theodore G. Venetoulis, after he won high marks from civic associations around the county for his professionalism.

In 1978, he took a leave of absence to run an unsuccessful campaign for county executive. He left the zoning office in 1979 and went into private practice.

Mr. DiNenna lectured on planning and zoning for the Baltimore Board of Realtors and gave land-use seminars at Towson State University.

In 1982, he was appointed a court master by the Baltimore County Circuit Court to hear child support and alimony cases.

He also coached football, baseball and basketball for the Cockeysville Recreation Council.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Susan Coulthard of Phoenix; four sons, Eric, David, Matthew and Joseph DiNenna, and a daughter, Mary DiNenna, all of Phoenix; his mother, Anne DiNenna of Baltimore; and a sister, Veronica Dilworth of Kingsville.

Joseph Donhauser

Retired accountant

Services for Joseph G. Donhauser, a retired accountant, will be at 9 a.m. today at Holy Family Catholic Church, 9531 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

Mr. Donhauser, a Highlandtown native and most recently a Randallstown resident, died Thursday at Sinai Hospital after suffering his second heart attack in two weeks. He was 73.

Mr. Donhauser retired several years ago from the Council of Equal Business Opportunity. He formerly had been an accountant and financial adviser for several Baltimore-area construction companies, including Drummond & Co. and Ratrie, Robbins & Schweizer. Earlier, he worked for the Pennsylvania Water and Power Co. in Baltimore.

Mr. Donhauser was raised in Highlandtown and attended Mount St. Joseph High School. He graduated from the University of Baltimore and lived in Dundalk for about five years before moving to the Westview Park section of Catonsville, where he lived 20 years. He then moved to Randallstown, where he lived for about five years.

During World War II, Mr. Donhauser was an aircraft mechanic in the Army Air Corps.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, the former Mary Walsh; a son, Joseph M. Donhauser of Catonsville; a daughter, Patricia Ann

D'Arezzo of Randallstown; and 3 grandchildren.

F. D. Gladstone Sr.

Retired police captain

Services for Frederick D. Gladstone Sr., a retired city police captain, will be at 10 a.m. today at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Captain Gladstone, a Parkville resident for 52 years, died Thursday at Manor Care Nursing Home in Towson after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for a year. He was 83.

Captain Gladstone joined the police department in 1932 at age 24. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1958, and four years later he was moved from the Northeastern District and promoted to captain of the Northwestern District. In the early 1930s, he received a citizens award for bravery.

He was born Jan. 18, 1908, in Baltimore. The death of his parents prevented him from completing high school, but he was promoted in the police department by carefully study, according to his wife, Katherine Simpson Gladstone.

"We never went anywhere. All he would do is stay home and study," she said. "All he talked about was the police department. That's all he talked about," she said.

Captain Gladstone retired about 20 years ago, she said.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Frederick pTC Gladstone Jr. and Hugh Joseph Gladstone, both of Perry Hall; and a granddaughter raised by Mr. Gladstone, Donna Szymanski of Parkville. A third son, Michael M. Gladstone, died in infancy.

Edward C. Pritchett

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