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July 25, 1992

L. W. Jennings Sr.

Horse trainer

Lawrence W. Jennings Sr., a native of Baltimore who trained thoroughbred horses that raced at tracks in Maryland, New Jersey and Florida, died July 6 of cancer at a hospital in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Mr. Jennings, who was 74, lived in Oceanport, N.J., in the summer and Hialeah, Fla., in the winter.

He was vice president of the L. W. Jennings Racing Stable Inc., the training business he started in 1954 and which now is headed by his son.

Mr. Jennings was a graduate of Baltimore City College and served in the Army during World War II.

Although he earlier had trained horses belonging to his father, Omer Jennings, who once owned the Pimlico Hotel, the younger Mr. Jennings began training other horses in 1954 at Maryland tracks. He kept horses at Maryland tracks until 1960, adding Monmouth Park in New Jersey as a racing venue in 1957.

After 1960, he trained and raced horses, some of which he owned, at Monmouth and the Meadowlands in New Jersey and at the Florida tracks.

His wife, the former Norma Bailey, died in 1969.

He is survived by his son, Lawrence W. Jennings Jr. of Eatontown, N.J., and Hialeah; and a brother, Omar Jennings of Catonsville.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Larry Jennings Backstretch Recreation Fund, for the benefit of racetrack workers, in care of the New Jersey Horsemen's Protective and Benevolent Association, 148 Route 537, East Colts Neck, N.J., 07722.

Rev. William Horton

Professor of religion

The Rev. William F. Horton, S. J., who taught at Georgetown University and served churches and other institutions in Maryland, died Tuesday of pneumonia at a Philadelphia hospital.

A Mass of Christian burial for Father Horton, who was 80 and lived in the infirmary at the Jesuit residence at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, was offered Thursday at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

He taught philosophy of religion at Georgetown from 1957 to 1968 and remained there for another 20 years as a counselor and retreat leader.

An assistant at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore in the mid-1940s, he also served in the mid-1950s as retreat director at Loyola-on-Potomac in Faulkner and later was assigned to Woodstock College.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1929 graduate of Loyola High School, then attended the Jesuit novitiate at St. Andrew-on-Hudson and Woodstock College, where he was ordained in 1942.

He also taught at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia and served in the 1940s and 1950s as assistant master of novices and as spiritual director at the Jesuit novitiate at Wernersville, Pa.

He is survived by a sister, Dorothy McKenna of Libertyville, Ill.; and by nieces and nephews.

Ruth G. Streckfus

Office manager

A memorial service for Ruth G. Streckfus, who retired about a year ago as office manager of the Industrial Roll Co., will be held at 3.30 p.m. tomorrow at Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road.

Mrs. Streckfus, 71, died of cancer July 15 at the Wilson Health Care Center of the Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. She had lived for many years in Cockeysville.

She had worked for about 30 years for the Baltimore factory equipment company.

The former Ruth G. Pyke was born in Atlanta and reared in China, where her parents were Methodist missionaries. She studied piano and voice at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Mrs. Streckfus was a long time supporter of the Chinese Overseas Christian Mission.

She is survived by a son, Frederick Michael Streckfus of Glen Arm; a brother, the Rev. James H. Pyke of Chevy Chase; a sister, Louise P. Bowling of Gaithersburg; and four grandchildren.

Martha W. Pointer

Music teacher

Martha Williams Pointer, who retired in 1972 as a music teacher in Baltimore public high schools, died Tuesday at a hospital in Columbia, S.C., after a heart attack.

Services for Mrs. Pointer, who was 79 and lived in Garden City Beach, S.C., were held Thursday at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Surfside Beach, S.C.

Joining the city school system in 1949, she taught at Patterson, Southern and Western high schools and headed the music departments at Southern and Western. For about the last 20 years of her career, she was also a part-time faculty member at the College of Notre Dame.

She played the piano, and had served the schools as a choral director and band director.

She also supervised the work of students at the Peabody Conservatory who were practicing to be music teachers.

Born in Jackson, Miss., the former Martha Williams was a graduate of Hillman College in Clinton, Miss., had a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University and at Peabody.

In Baltimore, she lived on Park Avenue in Bolton Hill.

She is survived by a long-time companion, Barbara Diering of Garden City Beach; and a sister, Marynel Eames of Georgetown, S.C.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Surfside Beach.

Andrew T. Gray

Social Security worker

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