Michael J. FochiosRestaurateurServices for Michael J...


February 20, 1992

Michael J. Fochios


Services for Michael J. Fochios, a Baltimore restaurateur who was a collector of Greek religious icons, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Preston Street and Maryland Avenue.

Mr. Fochios, who lived on West 25th Street, died Tuesday after a stroke at St. Joseph Hospital, where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 43.

About a week ago, he sold the Wyman Park Restaurant, at 25th and Howard streets, which he had owned since the death of his father in 1981. The neighborhood restaurant was started by his father and grandfather in 1939.

The younger Mr. Fochios was also the owner of the Petros Restaurant, which he and a cousin started on 25th Street next door to the Wyman Park Restaurant in the mid-1980s.

Petros, named for the pelican that is a symbol of the Greek island of Mykonos, was praised by critics both for its food and its decor, which included two icons painted by Mr. Fochios.

He became interested in icons -- stylized religious subjects painted on wood -- as a teen-ager on a trip to Greece, when a relative gave him one that dated from 1604.

On another trip in 1970, he acquired 11 icons, nine of them from family members. The number in his collection remained about 25 as he gave icons to family and friends and acquired new examples to replace them.

Mr. Fochios learned to restore and paint icons, and he once said he wished he could stay for a time in a Greek monastery to improve his technique.

He was the author of a book, "In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit: A History of Eastern Orthodox Saints," published by Phanari Publications.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of City College and the University of Maryland. He worked in the right-of-way section of the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works before taking over the Wyman Park Restaurant.

He is survived by a brother, Van N. Fochios of Woodbine; a grandmother, Leona Fochios of Edgemere; two nephews; two

nieces; two grandnieces; and two grandnephews.

Martin Davison

Clothing manufacturer

Services for Martin Davison, a retired clothing manufacturer and an artist, will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Davison, who lived on Cross Keys Road, died early yesterday of Alzheimer's disease at Church Home. He was 79.

He retired in the late 1970s, having owned the Western Coat Pad Co. and the Cleveland Coat Front Co. for nearly 50 years.

He held several patents on clothing machinery.

The Baltimore native was a member of the first graduating class at Forest Park High School, and he designed its yearbook.

After studying at the Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Institute College of Art, he became a commercial artist for the Lord Baltimore Press before entering the clothing business. He continued to study art and worked in oils and pastels.

He was a member of the Coast Guard Reserve unit that guarded the port of Baltimore during World War II. As a member of the Patapsco River Power Squadron, he taught courses in piloting and navigation.

He had been an adult leader of the Boy Scouts and a bowling league official at Oheb Shalom Congregation.

He is survived by his wife, the former Betty Sutton; a son, E. James Davison of Owings Mills; a daughter, Ellen D. Greenberg of Rockville; a stepson, David Kleinman of Woodbridge, Va.; two stepdaughters, Phyllis Bond of Randallstown and Linda Sutton of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Rena Kirstein of Baltimore; a brother, Irvin Davison of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

John M. Dennis Jr.

Banker, farmer

Graveside services for John McPherson Dennis Jr., who had been a banker, farmer and seafood packer, will be held at 1 p.m. today at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick.

Mr. Dennis died Monday at the William Hill Manor Health Care Center in Easton. He was 91.

Before moving to Royal Oak on the Eastern Shore in 1956, he was a vice president of the Union Trust Co. and operated Essex Farms in Baltimore County, west of what is now the interchange of the Beltway and the Interstate 83 Harrisburg Expressway. It was a dairy farm on which Mr. Dennis raised Holstein cattle. He later used the Essex name for a farm on the Eastern Shore.

In the 1970s Mr. Dennis, who was known as Mac, operated the Imperial Crab Co. and experimented with crab-picking machinery.

The Baltimore native was educated at the Marston School and the Johns Hopkins University.

He had been a member of the Elkridge Club and a subscriber of the Bachelors Cotillon.

His wife, the former Miriam Schnepfe, died in 1985.

His survivors include a sister, Mary Frances Dennis Gould of Cockeysville, and a niece, Frances Gould Fox of Arnold.

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