Aldine R. BirdEditor, columnistServices for Aldine R...


January 07, 1992

Aldine R. Bird

Editor, columnist

Services for Aldine R. Bird, retired special events editor for the News American, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Szpindor Funeral Home in Trooper, Pa.

Mr. Bird, who was 87 and lived in Oaks, Pa., died Saturday of pneumonia at a hospital in Norristown, Pa.

He retired in 1978 after more than 40 years of service with the paper, which included stints as radio and television editor and as the author of the 'Mr. Fix It' column, in which he tried to help readers with problems.

He started working for the paper in the late 1920s as a Teletype operator who contributed stories to the Hearst chain's Sunday supplement, the American Weekly. He became a reporter in 1933.

In the early 1940s, he organized the first 'I am an American' day parade for the paper, a job he continued until his retirement.

He also organized shows at nearby military bases and later was active as a supporter of veterans groups. In 1974, veterans organizations in the Baltimore area held a dinner in his honor.

In his various posts, he also became acquainted with Bob Hope and other entertainment figures.

At the Seventh Baptist Church in Baltimore, he served as a deacon and as Sunday School superintendent.

A former master of the Mystic Circle Lodge of the Masons and a member of the Scottish Rite, he joined the Audubon-Oaks Lions Club after his retirement.

Though a native of Waycross, Ga., he settled in Biddeford, Maine, after his retirement.

His wife, the former Jennie L. Berry, died in 1980.

He is survived by a son, Richard Bird of Oaks; a daughter, Elinor Riede of Searcy, Ark.; a brother, Joseph Bird of Biddeford; a sister, Sue Gowan of Maitland, Fla.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Marlene Kilpatrick

Active in church

Services for Marlene A. Kilpatrick, a former employee of the Anne Arundel County Board of Realtors, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Jenkins Memorial Church, 133 Riviera Drive, Riviera Beach.

Ms. Kilpatrick, who was 55, was found dead of stab wounds Friday at her home in Arnold. The former Marlene Eaton was born and reared in Baltimore and had lived in Arnold for more than 25 years.

She was an active member of Jenkins Memorial Church and recently directed a landscaping project that included new parking lots, trees and flowers. The church project was completed last year.

She was also an active member of the support group, Single Again.

For the last 20 years, Ms. Kilpatrick was involved in volunteer work in soup kitchens, the Anne Arundel County public libraries and driving for the disabled.

In 1985, she resigned from the real estate trade organization after being stricken with multiple sclerosis.

Ms. Kilpatrick is survived by her two sons, David G. Kilpatrick of Pasadena and Joseph F. Kilpatrick of Annapolis; a daughter, Lisa G. O'Connell of Pasadena; a sister, Ruth Clark of Palm Harbor, Fla.; and a brother, William Eaton of Big Pine Key, Fla.

The family suggests that contributions be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1055 Taylor Ave., Towson 21204.

Christian F. Hansen

Co-founded travel agency

A Mass of Christian burial for Christian F. Hansen, a Baltimore travel agent, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Leonardtown.

Mr. Hansen, who was 54 and lived on Marshall Street, died Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital of complications from diabetes.

In 1974, he and a friend, Frederick P. Hulvey, founded Inner Harbor Travel, one of the first tenants in the World Trade Center. The company later merged with the Miglioretti Travel Agency.

A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, who studied pharmacy there, he switched to sales after coming to this country in 1958, first for Trans World Airlines and finally as district manager in Baltimore for Pan American World Airways.

In addition to Mr. Hulvey of Baltimore, his survivors include two brothers, Mogens and Niels Funch, both of Copenhagen. A Mass of Christian burial for retired Army Lt. Col. Delphin Etienne Thebaud Jr. will be offered at 1 p.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Ritchie Highway and Cypress Creek Road.

Colonel Thebaud, who was 73 and had lived in Severna Park since 1967, died Saturday of cancer at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Born in Baltimore, he was reared in various cities and was a graduate of Seattle University.

He also lived in various communities before his retirement from the Army in 1967.

After service in Europe during World War II, he left the service for a short time and worked at Social Security headquarters.

He is survived by his wife, the former Diana Sinclair-Hill; two daughters, Julia Anne Detch of Severna Park, and Josephine Thebaud Nelson of Norfolk, Va.; a son, Delphin E. Thebaud III of Severna Park; two brothers, Charles Carroll Thebaud of Columbus, Ga., and Vincent Joseph Thebaud of Towson; and six grandchildren.

Rae Ellen Alperstein

Health care specialist

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