Joseph Mack, AIDS educator, dies at age 77
A memorial Mass for Joseph Jenkins Mack, a peace activist who became involved in AIDS education when one of his sons was diagnosed with the disease, will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today at Immaculate Conception Church at Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.
Mr. Mack died Friday of cancer at his home in Ruxton. He was 77.
He and his wife, Elaine H. Mack, began speaking to area church and school groups about acquired immune deficiency syndrome after their son, Jerome A. Mack of Santa Rosa, Calif., learned he had the disease and asked his parents to join him in helping to educate people about it. Jerome died in 1988.
Mr. Mack also spoke out in 1969 to oppose the Vietnam War. When his youngest son, Jody Mack, received a draft notice, Mr. Mack -- a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II -- paid for a half page in The Sun to publish a letter he wrote to then-Cardinal Lawrence J. Shehan asking for help in keeping his son out of Vietnam.
Two of his older sons had served in the military during the Vietnam War, and Mr. Mack wrote that he had come to the "unshakable conclusion" that the Vietnam War was "morally indefensible."
"If there has ever been any war of which it could be said that we knew enough to say it was unjust, then this must be it," he wrote.
Jody Mack eventually received a deferment, although not as a result of his father's letter.
Mr. Mack volunteered at Bon Secours Hospital, the Johns Hopkins Hospital Oncology Center, the Over-60 Employment Counseling Service, Our Daily Bread and the Assistance Center of Towson.
He also helped a family of Laotian refugees settle in Baltimore.
For most of his career, Mr. Mack worked for several insurance companies as a salesman. In 1972, he retired from the Social Security Administration.
He was a Baltimore native and a graduate of Calvert Hall College and Loyola College.
A daughter, Millicent Youngs, died in 1989.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Tina Baylis of Corte Madera, Calif., and Toni Wizenberg of Oklahoma City; three sons, Christopher Mack of Oklahoma City, John Mack of Phillipsburg, N.J., and Jody Mack of Snowmass Village, Colo.; two brothers, William F. Mack and Jerome E. Mack, both of Baltimore; a sister, Margaret Ann O'Day of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Oncology Center, 550 N. Broadway, Baltimore, 21205.
Services for Garner Denmead LeViness, a Baltimore attorney known for television ads in which he proclaimed himself an honest lawyer, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave.
Mr. LeViness, who was 57, died Saturday at Sinai Hospital after collapsing at his Roland Park home. An autopsy is being done to determine the cause of death.
At the close of his television commercials, which aired on local stations for the past four years, an off-camera voice asked, "What kind of a lawyer are you, Denny LeViness?"
"Honest," answered Mr. LeViness, from his seat behind a desk.
A Baltimore native, he graduated from the Gilman School in 1953 and attended the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore. He received a law degree from the University of Baltimore law school.
He practiced law for about 30 years, and for the past decade operated a private practice specializing in personal injury cases at 914 St. Paul St. Mr. LeViness was a volunteer counselor for Alcoholics Anonymous for at least 20 years. He headed fund-raising efforts this year for the Gilman School. He was a member of St. David's church.
A cat lover, he also enjoyed jogging and spending time at his beach houses at Rehoboth Beach, Del. His letters to the editor were frequently published in The Sun.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara LeViness; a sister, Elizabeth ,, L. Nottingham of South Orange, N.J.; and two nephews.
His mother, Hildegarde Denmead LeViness, died Jan. 13. His father, Charles T. LeViness III, a reporter for The Sun in the mid-1920s, died in 1974.
Radio music show host
A memorial service for Herbert Emerson Francisco, a retired postal worker who was host of a classical music radio show in Harford County, will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at Bel Air United Methodist Church, 21 Linwood Ave.
Mr. Francisco died May 11 as a result of complications from pneumonia at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 75.
He began his career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1935 as a railway postal clerk on a route from New York City to Washington. In 1961, he began working as a postal service officer for the Maryland-West Virginia region. He retired in 1971.
Mr. Francisco moved to Bel Air in 1966.
For the past 11 years, he was an announcer for the "Morning Classics" radio program on WHFC-FM at Harford Community College. Chopin's Third Etude and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" were two of his favorite works.
He served in the Navy aboard the USS Intrepid during World War II and in Japan during the Korean War.