Udo E. Essien
Morgan State professor
Services for Udo E. Essien, professor of English and former acting chairman of the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, will be held at 10 a.m. today in the Morgan Christian Center on the campus.
Dr. Essien, who was 57 and lived on Burnwood Road, died Feb. 22 of leukemia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
A full professor since 1983, he had been on the Morgan faculty since 1969. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in linguistics, advanced grammar, composition, the humanities and African and European literature.
For 12 years he was coordinator of the freshman English program. He had been president of the Morgan local of the American Federation of Teachers.
His published professional papers included those dealing with composition and with the grammar and folklore of Efik, a Nigerian language.
Born in Nigeria, he graduated with honors from the University of Nigeria in 1964. He then became an assistant lecturer at the university and a teacher and principal in Nigerian schools before traveling to the United States and earning a master's degree in linguistics in 1968 at the University of California at Los Angeles. He earned a doctorate in 1978 from Georgetown University.
He is survived by his wife, Adiaha Essien; a daughter, Mmekutmfon Ida Essien of Baltimore; two sons, Ebakuwa Udo Essien and Sema Udo Essien, both of Baltimore; and a brother, sister and several nieces and nephews in Nigeria. A Mass of Christian burial for Marie F. Linhard, an artist who had been a longtime resident of the Eastern Shore, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Elizabeth's Roman Catholic Church in Denton.
Mrs. Linhard died Wednesday of heart failure at a nursing home in Hendersonville, N.C. She was 94.
She lived in Denton from 1925 until the death of her husband, Andrew B. Linhard, in 1974. She painted coats of arms for clients, painted china and lamp globes that were fired in her kiln and for her own pleasure painted in both oils and watercolors.
Born in Catonsville, the former Marie F. Read was educated at the Mount de Sales Academy and the Institute of Notre Dame.
From 1974 to 1980, she lived in Hampstead with a son, and then for 10 years lived in an apartment at St. Elizabeth Hall at the Cardinal Shehan Center. In 1990, she moved to North Carolina to be near a daughter.
She is survived by three sons, Andrew C. Linhard of Naples, Fla., Richard F. Linhard of Spring City, Tenn., and Leo D. Linhard of Marco Island, Fla.; three daughters, Ann Powers of Lutherville, Margaret R. Kilgore of Flat Rock, N.C., and Jane F. Hughes of Gaithersburg; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.