Wanda W. LawlessArt teacher, researcherWanda Waleski...


January 06, 1993

Wanda W. Lawless

Art teacher, researcher

Wanda Waleski Lawless, who had been an art teacher and research worker, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital.

Mrs. Lawless, who was 78, had lived in the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville since moving from Baltimore's Ednor Gardens neighborhood in 1991.

From the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, she worked at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, training and testing rhesus monkeys used in a research program on the correction of eye defects.

Before moving to Baltimore in the 1960s, she had been a volunteer art teacher at schools in Charleston and Fairmont. W.Va.

She had also served as secretary and a member of the board of the Baltimore Association for the Visually Handicapped.

Born in New York City, the former Wanda Waleski was reared in Patchogue, N.Y.

A 1935 graduate of the Cooper Union, in New York, which at that time did not grant degrees, she later studied at the Maryland Institute, and in 1978 was awarded a bachelor's degree from Cooper Union.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in the retirement community at 711 Maiden Choice Lane.

Her husband, Sydney Lawless, who had been a chemical engineer at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, died in 1991.

She is survived by four daughters, Elizabeth Opal of Falls Church, Va., Helen Scott of New York City, Katharine Feiock of Baltimore and Molly Lawless of Seattle; a son, Joseph Lawless of Baltimore; two sisters, Helen Reilly of Bennington, N.H., and Tucson, Ariz, and Martha Nickels of Philadelphia; and six grandchildren.

Rita Reid

Program supervisor

Rita Reid, retired supervisor of the child support program of the State Department of Human Resources in Howard County, died of cancer yesterday at Howard County General Hospital. She was 61.

Mrs. Reid, who lived in Highland, worked for the state agency for 17 years, first in Prince George's County and then in Howard County.

The former Rita Colohan was born in Elizabeth, N.J., and reared in Washington, where she was a graduate of Anacostia High School.

She was interested in travel, gardening and bird-watching.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Fort Lincoln Funeral Home in Brentwood.

Her first marriage, to Charles E. Hurley, ended in divorce.

She is survived by her husband, George Reid; five daughters, Linda Kelsey of Churchton, Jane Carroll of Alpharetta, Ga., Mary Hurley of Frederick, Patricia Hurley of Aspen Hill and Kelly Reid of Columbia; five sons, Charles E. Hurley Jr. of New Carrollton, Thomas Hurley of Churchton, Joseph Hurley of Washington, Greg Reid of Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Jeffrey Reid of #i Columbia; her mother, Annabell Colohan of Columbia; a brother, James Colohan of Richmond, Va.; two sisters, Annamarie Michels and Elaine Johnson, both of Sebastian, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

Richard B. Gay


Richard B. Gay, retired vice president of an architectural firm, died Monday at the Bel Forest Nursing and Convalescent Home in Forest Hill after a stroke in November. He was 85.

Mr. Gay, who lived in Street, retired 16 years ago as vice president of Edmunds and Hyde. He had been associated with the firm or a predecessor since 1942, after beginning his career an apprentice with the Baltimore firm of Mottu and White while still in his teens.

He designed many hospitals, including a part of University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and buildings for the Memorial Hospital in Easton, Peninsula General in Salisbury and Dorchester General in Cambridge.

His commercial buildings included the Baltimore Life Insurance Building, and his church projects included the Epiphany Lutheran and Enon Baptist churches.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the old Maryland Institute on Market Place.

Fond of music, he played the piano, organ, trumpet and other instruments.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Street.

Mr. Gay's wife of 58 years, the former Helen Schreiber, died in 1987.

Surviving are two sons, Richard C. Gay of Towson and Robert H. Gay of Lutherville; a brother, Herman P. Gay of Aberdeen; a sister, Augusta Gay Liebmann of Easton; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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