Speed Elliott HopkinsOscar nomineeSpeed Elliott Hopkins, a...


January 30, 1993

Speed Elliott Hopkins

Oscar nominee

Speed Elliott Hopkins, a scenic art director for movies and theatrical productions, died Tuesday of a viral infection of the brain at the home of his mother in Sparks.

Mr. Hopkins, who was 44 and lived in New York City, was nominated for an Oscar for his work on Barry Levinson's "The Natural."

He had also supervised the artwork for the scenery in two movies that have yet to be released, Martin Scorsese's "Age of Innocence" and "Manhattan Murder Mystery," the eighth Woody Allen film on which he worked.

The others included "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy," "Zelig," "Radio Days," "September," "Alice," "Shadows and Fog" and "Husbands and Wives."

In addition, he had worked on "Desperately Seeking Susan," "Falling in Love," "Big" and on parts of "New York Stories."

The scenic supervisor for the Joffrey Ballet from 1983 until 1987, he also did art work on several Broadway shows, "Singin' in the Rain," "Return to the Five and Dime/Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," and "The Catherine Wheel."

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Hopkins was a 1966 graduate of the Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in 1970.

After serving in the Army, he earned a master's degree from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco.

He worked in the the scenic department of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco before moving to New York in 1978.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road in Glyndon.

Mr. Hopkins is survived by his mother, Marna Hopkins; and two sisters, Daisy Hopkins-Youngquist and Sydney Hopkins, both of Baltimore.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Gilman School, or to Broadway Cares, 165 W. 46th St. in New York.

Hyman Kravitz

Shoe merchant

Hyman Kravitz, who had his own orthopedic and corrective shoe business for 44 years, died Friday of cancer in the health center of the North Oaks retirement community in Pikesville.

Mr. Kravitz, who was 83, retired in 1989 as owner of his own shop for children and adults at 856 Park Ave. in Baltimore, which he had operated since 1945.

Before World War II, he did the same work at Hochschild's.

During the war, he served as a medical technician in the Army's 64th General Hospital in North Africa and Italy, fitting prostheses and assisting in surgery.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College who played tennis as a youth at Easterwood Park and was a member of the Easterwood Boys, a social club of people who used to play sports in the park.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Kravitz is survived by a sister, Bessie Kravitz Klaff of Danville, Va.; and nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Children's Hospital & Center for Reconstructive Surgery, 3825 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore 21211.

Camilla Sherrard

Retired principal

Camilla W. Sherrard, a retired school principal who served as chairman of the board of the Arena Players, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at her home in Baltimore.

The 79-year-old resident of Auchentoroly Terrace was twice a widow. Her first husband, Lionel Monsegue, died in 1956 and her second husband, Clifton W. Sherrard, died in 1990.

She retired about 15 years ago after more than 40 years as a teacher and principal in the Baltimore schools. The former Camilla White was a native of King and Queen Courthouse, Va. She moved to Baltimore to attend Douglass High School.

A graduate of Douglass and what is now Coppin State College, she earned a bachelor's degree at Morgan State University and a master's degree at New York University. She also did graduate work at the Catholic University.

In addition to serving as chairman of the board of the Arena Players, she was an active fund-raiser for the troupe for many years. She belonged to other groups, including the TGF Social Club and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Union Baptist Church, Druid Hill Avenue and Dolphin streets in Baltimore.

Mrs. Sherrard is survived by three brothers, Clifford, Milton and George White; three sisters, Mabel Lawrence, Lucille Russ and Myrtle Cole; and many nieces and nephews. All are from Baltimore.

Delmas F. Eichhorn

Engineer for Army

Delmas F. Eichhorn, a Baltimore native who retired as a civilian engineer for the Army, died Thursday of complications of Alzheimer's disease at a nursing home in Yorktown, Va.

The 74-year-old Yorktown resident retired in 1977 as chief engineer of the Military Traffic Management Command at Fort Eustis, Va. Earlier, he had worked for the Seaboard Airline Railroad in Norfolk, Va.

A graduate of the Polytechnic Institute, his college studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology were interrupted by service in the Army Air Forces as a bomber pilot. He once had to parachute from his plane after it was hit by enemy fire, an episode that gained him membership in the Caterpillar Club.

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