Dr. George J. VlasakPublic health professorDr. George J...


February 24, 1993

Dr. George J. Vlasak

Public health professor

Dr. George J. Vlasak, who helped found the department of behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and taught there for more than a quarter of a century, died Feb. 16 of heart disease.

Dr. Vlasak, a native of Czechoslovakia, was 69 and lived in Ruxton.

He came to Hopkins in 1966, where he helped found a program designed to teach health professionals about the political and social contexts of their work.

First as an assistant professor and, since 1969, as an associate professor, Dr. Vlasak schooled public health professionals, nurses, laboratory workers and others in such subjects as "Social and Behavorial Aspects of Planning Public Health Programs" and "Sociology of Health Organizations."

He was a member of several professional organizations, including the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association and the American Public Health Association. He also published numerous scholarly articles and symposium papers.

Born outside Prague in 1923, Dr. Vlasak came to North America for his advanced academic training, earning a master's degree from Canada's University of New Brunswick in 1951 and a doctorate in political science and sociology from New York University in 1956.

He worked as a researcher for the Canadian Department of National Health and Welfare and the Massachussetts Department of Health in the 1950s and early 1960s and also held academic posts at the University of Miami and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston before coming to Hopkins.

He enjoyed feeding birds and small sit-down dinners, for which he did most of the cooking.

A memorial service for Dr. Vlasak is to be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; and a daughter, Army Capt. Marian Vlasak.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Nature Conservancy, 1815 N. Lynn St., Arlington, Va. 22209.

Verna K. Sartwell

Office manager

Verna Kosiba Sartwell, office manager for a Silver Spring auto dealership, died Sunday of cancer at her home in Odenton.

Mrs. Sartwell, who was 57, had been office manager for Tischer Autopark Inc. since 1984 and earlier worked for another automobile dealer.

The former Verna Kosiba was born and reared in Pontiac, Mich., where she was a graduate of the Central High School.

She is survived by her husband, James Frederick Sartwell; three daughters, Margaret Sharon Sartwell of Odenton, Diane K. VanSickle of Williamsburg, Va., and Teresa Jean McVay of Jasper, Mich.; and four sons, James Frederick Sartwell II of Odenton, Elwood Frederick Sartwell of Elkridge, Gerald James Sartwell of Adrian, Mich., and Linus Chase Sartwell of Laurel.

Also surviving are her mother, Susanna Kosheba of Pontiac; four sisters, Mary Ann Tharp of North Palm Bay, Fla., Rose Funfeldt of Oxford, Mich., Susie Cooper of Pontiac and Linda Broome of Brighton, Mich; two brothers, George Kosiba and Joe Jacob Kosheba, both of Clarkston, Mich.; and 12 grandchildren.

Ellen L. Thomas

Was company officer

Ellen L. Thomas, retired treasurer of a family-owned clay mining company, died of a heart attack Friday at a hospital in Coatesville, Pa. She was 86.

A resident of Baltimore's Mount Washington area, Miss Thomas had been staying with a niece in Downingtown, Pa. She retired in 1971 from the old Thomas-Alabama Kaolin Co., a Baltimore firm that mined fine clay deposits in Alabama.

She was born at Fairmount on the Eastern Shore and moved to Baltimore as a child with her family.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Ralston and Bredickas Funeral Home in Downingtown, followed by burial in the Lorraine Park Cemetery, 5608 Dogwood Road in Woodlawn.

Survivors include her niece, Ellen Ann Roberts; a nephew, Thomas D. Roberts, also of Downingtown; a grandniece; and two grandnephews.

Ruth Hart Revell

40-year resident

Ruth Hart Revell, who lived in the Baltimore area for nearly 40 years, died Sunday of cancer at a hospital in Lynchburg, Va.

Mrs. Revell, who was 75, had moved from Guilford to Bedford, Va., after the 1971 retirement of her husband, Dr. S. T. R. Revell Jr., as professor of medicine at the University of Maryland.

The former Ruth Hart was a native of New York City and first came to the Baltimore area to attend Goucher College, from which she was graduated in 1939. She had been a member of the League of Women Voters and of three churches at different times as she and her husband moved about the area: the Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, the First Presbyterian Church in Annapolis and the Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.

A memorial service was scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the Bedford Presbyterian Church in Virginia.

In addition to her husband, her survivors include four daughters, Anne Ryan of Bloomington, Minn., Mary I. Revell of Charlottesville, Va., Terry LeTourneau of Charlotte, N.C., and Betty Field of Severna Park; a son, S.T.R. Revell III of Cote de Caza, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

Mary Emory Keene

Ex-Bendix secretary

Mary Emory Keene, a retired secretary for the Bendix Corp.'s Communications Division in Towson, died Feb. 8 of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice. She was 70.

She is survived by a brother, Robert H. Keene Jr. of Essex; a nephew, Robert H. Keene III of Essex; a grandniece, Lisa Fraser of Parkville; and a grandnephew, Robert L. Keene of Parkville.

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