Albert Vierheller, pioneering horticulturistA memorial...


June 22, 1992

Albert Vierheller, pioneering horticulturist

A memorial service for Albert F. Vierheller, a retired horticultural specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Maryland and an expert on fruit growing, will be held at 7:30 tonight at Riverdale Presbyterian Church in University Park.

Mr. Vierheller, who was 98, lived in a nursing home in Lanham. He died June 5 of heart and lung ailments at Doctors Community Hospital of Prince George's County.

He retired in 1960, having joined the University of Maryland faculty in 1921 as an instructor of World War I veterans.

In 1923, he was the first person to earn a master's degree in horticulture at the university.

During his 36 years in the extension service, his demonstrations included tree pruning for apple growers, breeding thornless blackberry bushes and growing disease-resistant strawberry plants. His work with strawberries on the lower Eastern Shore made the state a leading supplier of strawberry plants.

He was secretary of the Maryland State Horticultural Society for 33 years, edited its newsletter and was active in the Peninsula Horticultural Society, which met in Salisbury.

Born in Parkersburg, W.Va., Mr. Vierheller was a 1918 graduate of West Virginia University. He served in the Army before joining the UM faculty.

He was honored on his 90th birthday by the West Virginia Horticultural Society. The Maryland chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, an honorary fraternity for extension service workers, named its scholarship fund for him. He had twice served as president of the chapter. He was also a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

A member of the College Park City Council in the 1950s, he was a member of the American Legion, the Mount Olivet Lodge of the Masons in Parkersburg and the York Rite.

His wife, the former Ethel Smith, died in 1972. He is survived by two nephews, William A. and Frank E. Vierheller, both of Parkersburg.

The family suggested memorial gifts to Riverdale Presbyterian Church or the Epsilon Sigma Phi scholarship fund. Services for Arthur A. Sipes, a retired personnel manager, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

A Parkville resident for six years, Mr. Sipes died Thursday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 64.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Sipes was orphaned when he was 6 years old. He was taken in by the Buckingham School in Buckeystown, which raised poor or orphaned children.

When he was 16, the school closed and he volunteered for Merchant Marine duty. He served during World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific.

In the late 1940s, he began working as a boilerman for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.

He also went back to school in his adult years, receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore in 1964, a master's degree in education from Loyola College in 1970, and another master's in 1972 from the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied psychology.

Mr. Sipes retired from BG&E in 1979 as a safety instructor. He then went to work as a personnel manager for Noxell Corp, retiring in February.

Mr. Sipes had served on the boards of directors of the Woodbourne School and the Baltimore area American Heart Association. He also was a member of the Parkville American Legion Post and the Hiram masonic lodge.

In 1983, he started an antiques and collectibles business with his companion of 10 years, Jean Plummer.

The two bought and sold at flea markets in the Baltimore area until Mr. Sipes was hospitalized in April.

Besides Ms. Plummer, he is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Cassell of Lutherville; his wife,with whom he had not lived for many years, Ida Sipes of Lutherville; and his sister, Betty Lane of Pasadena.

The family suggested donations to the University of Maryland Cancer Center, 22 Greene St., Baltimore 21201, and the American Heart Association, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21202.

Isadore I. Halikman


Services for Isadore I. Halikman, a retired accountant who was born in czarist Russia and emigrated to Baltimore with his parents as a small child, will be held at 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Halikman died Saturday of cancer at his Pikesville home. He was 76.

Born in the town of Gomel, in what is now Belarus, he was taught to be a barber by his father. After attending Baltimore City College and graduating from the University of Baltimore in 1940, however, Mr. Halikman established a private accounting business. He later joined the accounting firm of Isaac and Isaac.

After retiring in 1980, he became an accountant for his son, Dr. Louis S. Halikman, a Baltimore orthopedic surgeon.

During World War II, Mr. Halikman served in India and in Burma, now known as Myanmar, as a captain in the Army Quartermaster Corps.

He was a life member of the Maryland Society of Accountants and a member of the Har Sinai Congregation for more than 40 years.

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