W. Robert Ecton
Retired shoe executive
Services for W. Robert Ecton, a retired shoe company executive who lived 21 years in the Towson area, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City.
Mr. Ecton, who was 73, died Dec. 12 in a Sarasota, Fla., nursing home of complications from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
He got his start in the shoe industry in the family's retail shoe business in Oklahoma City and as a wholesale shoe salesman. When he lived in Baltimore, Mr. Ecton was president of the old Dixon, Barton, Lambrecht Co., a manufacturer of women's shoes. He lived in the Wiltondale section of Towson from 1955 until 1976.
For the next decade, he was associated with the Florsheim Shoe Co., retiring as a vice president in New York in 1986.
A native of Oklahoma City and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma law school, he served in the Pacific during World War II, reaching the rank of major. His decorations included the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
While in Baltimore, he was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and the Grace United Methodist Church. More recently, be belonged to the Meadows Country Club in Sarasota.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Marian Brooks; two sons, W. Robert Ecton Jr. of Baltimore and Randolph Brooks Ecton of Bayville, N.Y.; a daughter, Elizabeth Ecton Little of Hunt Valley; a sister, Dorothy Ecton Singleton of Oklahoma City; and three grandchildren.
The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave. in Miami or the Hospice of Southwest Florida, 6055 Rand Blvd. in Sarasota.
Margaret S. Briggs
Retired P.E. teacher
Margaret Scott Briggs, who taught physical education at the Bryn Mawr School for Girls for more than four decades, died Saturday of a cerebral infarction at a Stevenson nursing home. She was 91.
Ms. Briggs was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and moved with her family to Baltimore at an early age. She was educated at the Bryn Mawr School, from which she graduated in the late 1920s. She received her professional training at the Chelsea School of Physical Education in London.
Ms. Briggs, who was known by her surname to students and staff at the school, returned to Baltimore and in 1934 began teaching physical education to all grades at the North Baltimore private school. She retired in 1975.
For many summers, she ran the Gordon Hill Day Camp at Bryn Mawr. She also was a former member of the Baltimore Field Hockey and Lacrosse associations.
There are no survivors.
In recent years, Ms. Briggs resided at the Holly Hill Manor nursing home. No services are planned, but memorial contributions may be directed to the Holly Hill Activity Program, 531 Stevenson Lane, Stevenson 21153.
C. Price Colvin
Was tennis champion
C. Price Colvin, a retired Arizona schoolteacher who was a well-known Baltimore tennis player more than half a century ago, died Nov. 29 of Alzheimer's disease in Sun City, Ariz.
Mr. Colvin, who was 83 and a native of Baltimore, had lived in Arizona since the early 1940s. He taught eighth-graders at the Andalusia School in the Phoenix area for nearly two decades before retiring in 1972.
He worked earlier at the Sparrows Point mill of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. -- one of several jobs Mr. Colvin had during the Depression years.
In Baltimore, he was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and Loyola College, where he played on the basketball and tennis teams. He also was an original inductee of the Loyola Hall of Fame.
Tennis was Mr. Colvin's main sport. He was a dominant figure on city courts in the 1920s and 1930s. He was the men's singles winner five years in a row -- from 1935 to 1939 -- in the municipal tournament sponsored by The Evening Sun, according to his son, Jonathan Colvin, a private investigator who lives in Glendale, Ariz.
Mr. Colvin also is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Ann Gustin; a brother, F. De Witt Colvin of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.
A daughter, Tabitha Hensley, was killed along with her husband in a 1979 traffic accident.
The family suggested memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation.