Murray KirschmanBaltimore homebuilderMurray Kirschman, a...


December 17, 1992

Murray Kirschman

Baltimore homebuilder

Murray Kirschman, a Baltimore homebuilder for more than 40 years, died yesterday of emphysema and heart failure at Sinai Hospital.

Services for Mr. Kirschman, who was 84 and a resident of Pikesville, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

He had been honored in 1980 by the Pikesville Community Growth Corp. for "lending his wisdom, experience and resourcefulness to the Pikesville community."

One of his favorite projects was the Alley Shops in downtown Pikesville, the collection of retail stores and offices that became a key part of the community's redevelopment efforts in the 1970s. The shops were developed in partnership with Merrill Reif, a longtime associate.

Mr. Kirschman's interest in the growth of the suburbs led to his involvement in the early planning of a subway line from downtown to Northwest Baltimore.

He was born in Philadelphia, but moved to New York City as a child. He was a graduate of Fordham University Law School and practiced law in Manhattan for several years before moving to Baltimore in the late 1930s.

Entering the homebuilding business here, he built rowhouses in Highlandtown and other areas of East Baltimore.

During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the Army and worked in the chemical warfare program at Edgewood Arsenal.

After the war, he began a development and construction business that left its mark on communities throughout the metropolitan area. In the 1950s and 1960s, he built dozens of rowhouses in the city and developed new areas of Pikesville and Ellicott City.

Mr. Kirschman was an avid fisherman. He loved history and politics, and was an accomplished golfer who played the sport until his late 70s.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, the former Ethel Rubiner; a daughter, Mary Jo Kirschman of Baltimore; a sister, Mary Asch of New York City; and two grandchildren.

William Muly

Chemical engineer

William Muly, who retired as a chemical engineer for the Exxon Corp. after working in Baltimore, several foreign countries and New Jersey, died Sunday of pneumonia at the home of a niece in Bel Air.

Services for Mr. Muly, who was 82 and had lived in the Augsburg Lutheran Village in Lochearn since 1987, were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He moved to Augsburg Village from Madison, N.J., where he had settled before his retirement about 15 years ago.

He started his career with Exxon at the old Standard Oil Refinery in Baltimore but left in 1958, after the Baltimore refinery was shut down, for assignments abroad where refineries were being built.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and the Johns Hopkins University.

Active in Hopkins alumni groups, he also belonged to the Exxon Service Club and a retired men's group in Madison.

His wife, the former Elnora Marie Streb, died in 1988.

He is survived by three nieces, Marie Schlueter of Bel Air, Joan Kroggel of Silver Spring and Carol Lee Hensel of Timonium; and four nephews, Emil Muly of Knoxville, Tenn., Carl Muly of Arnold, Kent Clark of Los Angeles and Dale Schulz of Annapolis.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Bethany Lutheran Sunday School Scholarship Fund at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lakewood Avenue and Madison Street.

Rev. Bruce Johnson

Baltimore pastor

The Rev. Bruce Johnson, pastor of Mount Hebron Baptist Church, died Saturday of liver failure at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Services for Mr. Johnson, who was 42 and lived on Erdman Avenue, were to be conducted at 7:30 p.m. today at the church at 2651 W. North Ave.

He had been pastor of Mount Hebron for four years and assistant pastor for a year before that.

From 1983 until 1987, he was assistant pastor at Grace Memorial Baptist Church, Eden and Chase streets, in East Baltimore.

He was ordained about 10 years ago and was a licensed preacher for 10 years before that. For many years, he had been assistant to the pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, 6000 Loch Raven Blvd.

He had worked for about 15 years for the Equitable Trust Co. as a computer operator but was forced to retire because of ill health about 10 years ago.

Born in Baltimore and a graduate of City College, he also attended the Victor Business School and took courses from the American Institute of Banking.

In addition, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in theology and divinity in an extension program in Baltimore of the Virginia Seminary and College in Lynchburg.

He was a member of the Congress of Christian Education of the National Baptist Convention and of the Hampton University Ministers Conference.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sandra Bell; two daughters, Erica and Erin Johnson; a sister, Martiz Johnson; and a brother, David Johnson. All are of Baltimore.

Elizabeth B. Hays

Registered nurse

Elizabeth Butler Hays, a native of Baltimore and a retired registered nurse, died Monday at her home in Carlisle, Pa., after a series of strokes.

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