Joseph Williams, N.Y. high court justice, dies at 70Joseph...


April 22, 1992

Joseph Williams, N.Y. high court justice, dies at 70

Joseph B. Williams, a native of Annapolis who retired at the end of last year as a New York Supreme Court justice, died last Wednesday of a respiratory illness at a hospital in Hampton, Va. He was 70.

Justice Williams, who served on New York's Supreme Court for more than 14 years, and earlier had been a judge of the New York City Family Court for about 10 years, moved to Hampton after his retirement.

He was a 1938 graduate of Bates High School in Annapolis and a 1942 graduate of Hampton University, where he later was on the board of trustees.

The first black graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., he was a cadet and officer aboard merchant ships in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean before becoming a naval officer during World War II.

Recalled to the Navy during the Korean War, he was a river pilot in Korea and later a legal officer.

He had earned his law degree at New York University and had started his practice in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn between the wars. In the 1970s, he left the Family Court bench in New York City to head its Model Cities program. He was co-founder of the Coalition of Blacks in the Courts, an organization of New York court employees, and had been chairman of the board of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corp.

He is survived by his wife, the former Eva Coleman; a stepdaughter, Maria Holmes-Simms of New York; two sons, Joseph B. Williams Jr. of New York and John P. Williams of Annapolis; two sisters, Hazel Miles of Annapolis and Goldie Coles of Long Beach, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday at Mount Olive A.M.E. Church in Annapolis.

Richard I. Doak

City school official

A Mass of Christian burial for Richard I. Doak, who began teaching history in the early 1950s at Baltimore's Gwynns Falls Junior High School and retired 10 years ago as director of student placement in the city school system, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Pylesville.

Mr. Doak, who lived in Madonna, died Friday of leukemia at the age of 71 at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In the 1970s, he was principal of Northern High School and in the 1960s he was principal of Hamilton Junior High School.

He had taught at the Clifton Park, Pimlico and Hamilton Junior High schools and had been vice principal of Northern High.

The native of Western Pennsylvania moved to Baltimore as a child. He was a graduate of City College, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, where he earned a master's degree.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Rita Fitzsimmons; three sons, R. Timothy Doak of Forest Hill, Douglass G. Doak of Street and D. Jeffrey Doak of Pylesville; his mother, Mary A. Doak of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Dorothy L. Luzzie

Clothing business owner

Services for Dorothy Lovell Luzzie, retired owner of a women's clothing business, will be held at noon today at St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road, My Lady's Manor.

Mrs. Luzzie, who lived in Whiteford, died Sunday of a heart ailment at the Manor Care Towson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was 83.

She retired about 10 years ago as the owner and operator of Dorothy Lovell Ltd., a quality dress shop that she started in 1935 in the 2200 block of N. Charles St. At various times, she operated branches in Annapolis, Hagerstown and Chestertown in addition to the Charles Street store.

She had been a member of the old University Club in Baltimore and of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The former Dorothy Lovell, born in Baltimore, was a graduate of Eastern High School. She studied dance and voice at the Peabody Institute and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

From 1940 to 1970, she owned Bald Hill, a horse farm in White Hall. Her husband, Edward Allan Luzzie, who worked in real estate and public relations, trained race horses there. He died in 1958.

She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy L. Kiser of Whiteford; two sisters, Celeste Lovell Howser of Greensboro, N.C., and Beatrice Lovell Robinson of Neenah, Wis.; a brother, Robert M. Lovell of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Martha Hedrick Husk

Operated beauty shop

A memorial service for Martha Hedrick Husk, who had operated a beauty shop in the Brooklyn area of South Baltimore and was known for her volunteer work, will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at Chesapeake Baptist Church, 585 Old Oak Road in Severn.

Mrs. Husk died Friday of cancer at her home on Randall Street. She was 59.

She retired in 1985, having owned the Tiara Beauty Lounge in Brooklyn since the late 1960s. She had worked at other beauty shops before that.

The former Martha Pugh, a native of West Virginia, moved to the Baltimore area in the early 1950s.

Her first husband, Luther Hedrick, died in 1981.

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