Mitchell K. RigelHelped treat gamblersMitchell K. Rigel, a...


September 06, 1992

Mitchell K. Rigel

Helped treat gamblers

Mitchell K. Rigel, a founder and vice president of the board of the Compulsive Gambling Center in Baltimore, was killed Aug. 29 in a fire at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 60.

A memorial service for Mr. Rigel was held Wednesday at First Christian Church in the Florida community, where he had lived for about 20 years and worked as the owner of Regal Cars Inc., a used-car dealership. Earlier, he had sold both new and used cars for other dealers in Florida and in the Los Angeles area.

The native of Lima, Ohio, attended Pennsylvania State University.

Before helping to start the treatment center for compulsive gamblers in Baltimore, he had lived in Pennsylvania, where he directed a treatment center as an alternative to prison and an alcoholism-treatment program in prison and community alcoholism programs.

He also served on a Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Pennsylvania.

A recovering compulsive gambler himself, he was formerly married to Valerie C. Lorenz, who is executive director of the center in Baltimore.

His survivors include his wife, Virginia Rigel; three sons, Marc and Fremont Rigel of Harrisburg, Pa., and Jacob Rigel of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Joy Rigel of West Palm Beach; three stepdaughters, Patrice Reisser of Enola, Pa., Pamela Paul of Landisburg, Pa., and Denise Nani of West Palm Beach; two stepsons, Robert L. Paul of Enola and John Speake of West Palm Beach; four sisters, Lila Mae Mortimer and Penny Bess Bailey, both of Lima, Mellie Jo Hendricks of Owosso, Mich., and Laverne Guthrie of Alabama; and a brother, Robert Rigel of West Palm Beach.

Mary E. Everett

Health-care advocate

Mary Elizabeth Everett, who had been president of the Maryland Association of Hospital Auxiliaries and in 1991 became the first woman president of the trustees of the Wesley Home in Mount Washington, died Tuesday of cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 63.

A memorial service for the Lutherville resident will be held at 3 p.m. today at Towson United Methodist Church, Hampton Lane and Dulaney Valley Road, where she had been a trustee and member of the Sarah Circle.

Before 1991, she was for five years president of the Wesley Home managers.

Known as "Lib," she raised money for renovation of the institution's health-care center on West Rogers Avenue and for improvements to the main lounge and dining room. She also helped plan additional apartments.

She was especially interested in raising money for the Wesley Support Fund to aid needy residents.

Mrs. Everett performed more than 10,000 hours of volunteer work at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she was president of the auxiliary and chairwoman of geriatric services.

She had been a frequent speaker, often at churches, on care of the elderly.

The former Mary Elizabeth Elrick was born in Okmulgee, Okla., and raised in Winston Salem, N.C., where she graduated from Salem College in 1951.

Married to Thomas H. Everett Jr. shortly after her graduation, she moved to the Lutherville area and taught English at Towson High School in the early 1950s.

She was a member of the Junior Woman's Club of Towson and the Three Arts Club of Towson and an adult leader of the Girl Scouts.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include a daughter, Deborah E. Maciolek of Lutherville; a son, T. Stephen Everett of Lutherville; her mother, Lucille Daratt Elrick of Winston-Salem; two sisters, Joan Burton of Wiesbaden, Germany, and Elaine Cook of Athens, Ga.; a brother, Fred L. Elrick Sr. of Phoenix in Baltimore County; and four grandchildren.

Dr. Robert Richman

Retired veterinarian

Dr. Robert Richman, who had been a Baltimore veterinarian and real estate investor, died Aug. 29 of emphysema at his home in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 80.

Services for Dr. Richman, who moved to Florida in 1966, will be held today aboard a boat that will head at 4 p.m. for the ocean off Daytona Beach, where he had requested that his ashes be spread.

Dr. Richman retired in the early 1960s as owner of the Glen Burnie Animal Hospital, the last of several such businesses he owned and operated in the Baltimore area.

About three years ago, he sold the last of his downtown Baltimore properties.

Dr. Richman had been president of a Parents Without Partners chapter in the Baltimore area. He was an accomplished ballroom dancer, a sports fan and golfer.

A resident of Daytona Beach since 1974, he was a former president of the Peck Plaza Condominium Association.

He filed in May as a candidate for the Florida Senate but withdrew because of his illness. He was interested in improving health care for the elderly in Florida.

Born in Catskill, N.Y., he attended Cornell University before earning his degree in veterinary medicine at Auburn University.

He is survived by two daughters, Kerry Richman Mitchell of Owings Mills and Andra Richman Baylus of Daytona Beach; two sons, Brent E. Richman of Chicago and Dale Alan Richman of State College, Pa.; a sister, Dorothy Laven of Boca Raton, Fla., and Guilderland, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to a library building fund of Temple B'nai Shalom, 10020 Chestnut Wood Lane, Burke, Va. 22015, or to the Red Cross for Hurricane Andrew relief.

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