Oscar E. Bonny, author, lecturer, dies at 81A memorial...


January 24, 1992

Oscar E. Bonny, author, lecturer, dies at 81

A memorial meeting for Oscar E. Bonny, an author and lecturer who was a Congregationalist minister before becoming executive secretary of Baltimore's Homewood Friends Meeting, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Meeting House, 3107 N. Charles St.

Mr. Bonny died Wednesday of cancer at his home on 31st Street. He was 81.

He had been Homewood's executive secretary from 1968 until his retirement in 1975. He helped establish the Homewood Day Care Center. He was a longtime supporter of the American Friends Service Committee. He also was active in civil rights, ecology, world population issues and counseling for Vietnam War resisters.

Mr. Bonny started Action in Maturity, an organization for the elderly in North Baltimore.

Mr. Bonny's autobiography, "At Home in the Universe," was published by Icarus Books in 1990. It told of his birth in Poland, where his father was a German Baptist minister, and the family's exile to Siberia at the hands of the Russians during World War I.

In 1920, the family fled famine in Siberia and lived in Ukraine, where his father served another church until 1926. But the family fled persecution again, first to Latvia, then to England and finally to Canada.

Functionally illiterate when he reached Canada, he was accepted upon applying a second time to the German Baptist Seminary in Rochester, N.Y. He graduated with honors and was awarded a bachelor of divinity degree in 1937.

In 1939, he earned a bachelor of arts degree at Sioux Falls College in South Dakota and was ordained as a Baptist minister.

In 1943, Mr. Bonny received a master's degree from Oberlin College and joined the Congregationalist Church -- now the United Church of Christ. He ministered at Congregationalist churches in Cleveland and in Kansas at Anthony, Kansas City and Topeka before moving to Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jane East; two sons, Erich Bonny of Eldersburg and Francis Bonny of Teaneck, N.J.; a daughter, Beatrice Starrett of Cleveland; four brothers, Erwin Bonikowsky of Guelph, Ontario, William Bonney of Vermillion, Alberta, Arthur Bonikowsky of Medley, Alberta, and Benno Bonney of Leroy, Saskatchewan; four sisters, Alma Pedde of Kelowna, British Columbia, Helen Kupp of Regina, Saskatchewan, Agnes Clark of Craven, Saskatchewan, and Agnes McLellen of Ear Falls, Ontario; and seven grandchildren.


Arthur H. Shapiro

Paper company president

Arthur H. Shapiro, retired president of the Maryland Cup Corp. and its West Coast subsidiary, died Saturday after an apparent heart attack at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.

Mr. Shapiro was president of Maryland Cup from 1960, shortly before stock in the family company was offered to the public, until his retirement in 1977. He had headed the Los Angeles subsidiary since 1945.

He remained a member of the board of the corporation, which produced ice cream cones, matches, paper and plastic cups, straws, various containers and other products, many of them under the Sweetheart trade name, until 1983, when it was merged with the Fort Howard Corp.

Mr. Shapiro was born in Baltimore. He was educated at City College and the Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to the West Coast, he lived in Chicago, where his father headed a subsidiary of the Maryland-based family business.

Mr. Shapiro helped establish the low-vision clinic of the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and had been a benefactor of hospitals and clinics in the Los Angeles area as well as the Jewish Community Federation and Temple Emanuel there.

He is survived by his wife, the former Bernice Dagan; a son, Frederick Shapiro of Malibu, Calif.; a daughter, Arlette Mosher of Los Angeles; a brother, Henry Shapiro of Chicago; a sister, Inda Pariser of Palm Beach, Fla.; and a granddaughter.

Services for Mr. Shapiro were held Monday in the chapel of Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Dr. Martha Schipper


Services for Dr. Martha Taylor Schipper, a pediatrician who was Frederick County's health officer from 1977 to 1987, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home in Frederick.

Dr. Schipper, 69, died Wednesday of cancer at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

After her retirement as head of the county's Health Department, she continued to serve as a consultant in pediatrics. She lived on her family's farm in Urbana.

From 1956 to 1961 and again from 1975 to 1977, she worked in school health services of the Montgomery County Health Department.

Dr. Schipper first joined the Frederick County department in 1963 and was involved in several programs for children there before becoming head of the department.

The former Martha Taylor was born in Altoona, Pa. She graduated in 1944 from Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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