Hail, farewell to Ramsey


June 27, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

In May of '92, Tucky Ramsey, owner of Presenting Baltimore, and lobbyist Carolyn Burridge founded Network 2000, an organization devoted to promoting females onto corporate and civic boards.

They were chided at the time by Tucky's husband, the late Federal Court Judge Norman Ramsey, who said he couldn't support an organization that discriminated based on gender. At a recent Network meeting, members voted to admit males. Ironically, the first member is the judge, elected posthumously.

It seemed only fitting that Carolyn announce this at Monday's memorial service held for Judge Ramsey at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Judge Ramsey's death left a void in our community that was evident at his memorial service, where he was lauded as a husband, father, community leader, attorney, judge and confidante to mayors and governors. Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Lt. Gov. Mickey Steinberg, State Comptroller Louis Goldstein, City Comptroller Jackie McLean, Secretary of Juvenile Services Mary Ann Saar, State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick, attorneys Dick Bennett, Dave Owen, Ed Shea, Frances Reaves, Arnold Weiner; and Judges Mary Arabian, Edward Northrop, Ellen Hollander, Jim Miller Jr. and Hilary Caplan were but a few of those attending.


More than 300 friends and family gathered at the Omni International Hotel to tell Hope Quackenbush "thanks for the memories." And what memories they are -- "Sly Fox," "Grease," "The Wiz," "Hello Dolly" and "Les Miserables" are but a few of the nearly 200 productions she brought to the stages of the Mechanic Theater and Lyric Opera House in her 15 years as the managing director of the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts.

Although she's leaving that job July 1, she will continue to serve on the board of directors. Sandy Hillman, executive with Trahan, Burden & Charles and president of the center board, orchestrated the luncheon and was among those heaping praise on Quackenbush for putting Baltimore on the theater map. Well-wishers at the luncheon included Peter Culman, her Center Stage counterpart; Sam Wilson, Arena Players founder and artistic director and T. Edward Hambleton, Walter Sondheim, Joanna Myers, Marion Pines, Ted Herget, Claire List, Marti Head, Nan Rosenthal, Marie Henderson, Bob Embry and, last but certainly not least, Clarisse Mechanic, the owner of the Mechanic Theatre, who sat, not at a reserved table at the front -- imagine that! -- but in the last row of unreserved tables, with her brother, Blue Baron, whose band was well-known around here in the big band era.


Over the last 35 years, Victor Frenkil, founder of Baltimore Contractors, says he's probably folded 150,000 one dollar bills into the initials of presidents, mayors, doctors, executives and even reporters.

I was chatting with him about origami recently, and he was talking about the death of his longtime friend, John B. Connally, whom he said he'd met when Connally was secretary of the Treasury. When Connally learned about Frenkil's hobby, he asked him to fold several low serial number bills into his daughters' initials. And, as recently as 1991, Connally wrote to ask him to fold two low serial un-circulated bills, from his Treasury heyday, into a star for the top of a Christmas tree.

But there's a catch to the dollar bill game: When Frenkil sends your initials, he inserts a card asking that you make a face-value contribution to the American Cancer Society.


The Children's House at Johns Hopkins Hospital became a reality last year, thanks to the Grant-A-Wish Foundation and generous contributions from people like Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum and Paula and Richard Poteet.

Now it's important to keep the money coming to run this home-away-from-home for children who are undergoing treatment at Hopkins or the Kennedy-Krieger Institute. With that goal in mind, Howard L. Perlow, vice president of Residential Title & Escrow Company in Pikesville, decided to throw an annual golf classic to benefit the house. Last weekend, golfers from some 80 companies teed off at Caves Valley Gold Club and raised $25,000.

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