Percival WilsonTax lawyerPercival Wilson, a former IRS...


April 27, 1993

Percival Wilson

Tax lawyer

Percival Wilson, a former IRS field agent who opened a law practice after he retired from the IRS, died Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital after a series of heart attacks.

He was 75 and lived on Wickford Road in Baltimore.

For about 12 years, he had a private practice in Towson, specializing in tax law, following his retirement after 28 years of service in the Baltimore office of the Internal Revenue Service.

The native of Chevy Chase, who graduated from high school there, earned a business degree from George Washington University where he also studied accounting. He was a graduate of the University of Baltimore law school.

He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II.

In the 1950s and 1960s, he coached the Aces, a team in the Roland Park youth baseball program.

He was a member of the Sons of the Revolution, the Eastern Shore Society, the Baltimore Country Club and the Paint and Powder Club, appearing in club productions and handling lighting for them.

Services for Mr. Wilson were to be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave. in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mabel Main; a son, Edwin P. Wilson II of Rodgers Forge; and a grandson.

Z. T. Parks Jr.


Z. Townsend Parks Jr., who practiced law in Baltimore and then in Towson for a total of about 55 years, died Friday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville.

He was 83 and had moved to Charlestown from Rutledge on Wye, his home in the Queenstown area, in 1991.

He retired about three years ago from the Towson firm of Parks, Hansen and Ditch. Nearly eight years ago, he left the Baltimore firm of Wright and Parks, now Wright, Constable and Skeen, to join his son in the Towson firm.

His son, H. Emslie Parks of Glen Arm, is the Baltimore County solicitor.

Mr. Parks was a native of Forest Hill who was reared in Baltimore.

He was a 1927 graduate of City College; a 1931 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was editor of the yearbook; and a 1935 graduate of the University of Maryland law school.

He was a former vice president of the Baltimore City Bar Association and chairman of its grievance committee. He also represented the city group on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association.

He was also a member of the bar associations of Baltimore and Queen Anne's counties.

He was a former president of the Eastern Shore Society and a member of the Mount Washington Club.

His first wife, the former Harriet Forrester, died in 1972.

Services for Mr. Parks were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Old Wye Episcopal Church in Wye Mills.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife, the former Margaret A. Froehlinger; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Howard M. Wilkes Sr., a retired district manager for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, died of cardiac arrest last Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 68 and lived in Baltimore.

The lifelong Baltimorean was educated in the city public school system and received a bachelor of arts degree in history from then-Morgan State College in 1950. He earned a master's degree in social work from Howard University in 1960.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was a combat infantryman in the 92nd Infantry Division during World War II. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of corporal.

He started working at the Baltimore City Department of Social Services in 1955 and retired in 1990.

He was a member of the Delta Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and of the Baltimore chapter of the Howard University School of Social Work Alumni Association.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Wilkes was to be offered at 7 p.m. today at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, Poplar Grove Street and Lafayette Avenue in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Barbara Colbert; two daughters, Patricia Wilkes and Stacey Wilkes, and two sons, Howard Wilkes Jr. and Barry Wilkes, all of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

Joseph Hirschmann

Retired attorney

Joseph R. Hirschmann, an attorney in private practice until last year, died of colon cancer Sunday at his home on West University Parkway. He was 87.

A lifelong resident of Baltimore, he graduated from Baltimore City College, the Johns Hopkins University in 1925 and the University of Maryland law school in 1928.

During World War II, he was a lawyer in the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. After the war, he went into private practice from which he retired last year.

He was a member of Temple Oheb Shalom Congregation, the Jewish Historical Society and the Johns Hopkins Club.

Services for Mr. Hirschmann were to be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. funeral home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Ruth Rosen of Baltimore; a son, Edwin Hirschmann of Baltimore; a daughter, Jane Rubak of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

Richard G. Sullivan

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