Rev. R. M. CoolahanChaplain, teacherThe Rev. Richard M...


April 08, 1992

Rev. R. M. Coolahan

Chaplain, teacher

The Rev. Richard M. Coolahan, S. J., who had been a hospital chaplain, teacher and Jesuit official, died Saturday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 80.

Father Coolahan had lived in retirement at the Jesuit Provincial residence in Roland Park since 1990.

A Mass of Christian burial for Father Coolahan was offered at 11 a.m. yesterday at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Roman Catholic Church, 10800 Old Court Road, Woodstock.

For seven years before his retirement, he was chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Earlier, he had served hospitals in Bakersfield, Calif., and El Paso, Texas.

He was a chaplain at Fort Meade from 1969 to 1973 and had done similar work at Fort Bliss in Texas.

From 1948 to 1952, Father Coolahan was an associate pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Washington. After a year as treasurer of the Jesuit novitiate in Wernersville, Pa., he was on the staff of downtown Baltimore's St. Ignatius Church from 1953 to 1966.

Father Coolahan also served churches in Philadelphia, Chambersburg, Pa., Holland, Pa., Moorestown, N.J., and Jonesboro, Ga., and taught at three high schools: Gonzaga College in Washington, St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia and St. Peter's High School in Jersey City.

A native of Baltimore and a graduate of Loyola High School, he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

He also studied at Woodstock College, the former Jesuit seminary at the western Baltimore County line where he was ordained in 1943.

He is survived by three sisters, Mildred Doyle of Fairfield, Conn., Loretta Coogan of Cazenovia, N.Y., and Cecelia Coolahan of Towson.

Wilbur Cummings

Services today

Services for Wilbur Cummings, a native of Manning, S.C., who moved to Baltimore after her marriage in 1943, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Leadenhall Baptist Church, 1021 Leadenhall St.

Mrs. Cummings, the former Wilbur Scott, died Saturday of cancer at her home on Linnard Street. She was 69.

She is survived by her husband, Laurie Cummings; two sons, Bernard and Edward Cummings, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Patricia Jones of the Brooklyn Park area and Dorothy Cummings of Baltimore; three sisters, Hulean Ragin of Manning and Inez Lemon and Statesburg Shuler, both of Baltimore; a brother, James Scott of Manning; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

D. Radcliff-Umstead

Languages professor

A memorial service for Douglas Radcliff-Umstead, a Baltimore native who was professor of Romance languages and literatures and director of the annual International Film Festival at Kent State University, was held Monday on the campus in Kent, Ohio.

Dr. Radcliff-Umstead, who was 52, was killed March 22 in the crash of a USAir jet taking off from La Guardia Airport in New York.

He was a graduate of Baltimore City College and, in 1960, of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

He earned his doctorate in 1964 at the University of California at Berkeley before joining the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, where he was director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

From 1977 to 1985, he was chairman of his department at Kent State.

Fluent in eight languages, he wrote on drama, film, women's studies and the Holocaust.

He is survived by his mother, Lulu Umstead of Kent; two brothers, Ronald and Gilbert Umstead, both of Catonsville; and a sister, Marlene Hetzel of Baltimore.

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