Helen King KrantzWorked on books, filmsHelen King Krantz...


July 28, 1993

Helen King Krantz

Worked on books, films

Helen King Krantz, who assisted in her husband's writing and filmmaking, died Sunday at Roland Park Place after a stroke.

She was 93 and had lived at Roland Park Place since the death in 1983 of her husband, Dr. John C. Krantz Jr., who headed the Pharmacology Department at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

She helped him in the preparation of textbooks, journal articles, speeches and a book on eloquence. After his retirement in 1965, she also worked with him on historical and scientific films for the university.

The former Helen Clarine King was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Eastern High School.

Before the death of her husband, they had lived in Ruxton and on Gibson Island.

For many years, she was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, where she also belonged to the Rugged Circle. She was also a member of the Grachur Club, the Gibson Island Club, the Woman's Club of Mount Washington, the Gibson Island Garden Club and the L'Hirondelle Club of Ruxton.

Services for Mrs. Krantz were to be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today at Faith Presbyterian Church, Loch Raven Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue.

She is survived by a daughter, Claire Krantz Loecher of Woodbrook; a sister, Margaret Brinkerhoff of Pine, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Faith Presbyterian Church or to St. Christopher's-by-the-Sea Church on Gibson Island.

Margaret Denison

Grew prize daffodils

Margaret Denison, who was active in gardening and other groups, died July 19 of a circulatory illness at Keswick, where she had lived for six years.

Mrs. Denison, who was 92 and known to many as Pat, had lived in Homeland for many years.

The former Margaret Pfau was a native of Terre Haute, Ind., who came to Baltimore to attend Goucher College where she graduated in 1923.

A gardener who grew prize-winning daffodils, she helped to write the bylaws of the Homeland Garden Club.

She was a founder of the Three Arts Club of Homeland and did weaving, enameling and metal working.

She played the guitar, organ and piano and played in and wrote music for a stringed instrument group at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore.

She had also been a member of the Maryland Jockey Club, the Baltimore Country Club and the Woman's Club of Roland Park.

She and her husband, Alfred B. Denison, who died in 1972, were also award-winning ballroom dancers.

A memorial service was to be conducted at 3 p.m. today in the chapel at Keswick, 700 W. 40th St. in Baltimore.

Mrs. Denison's survivors include a nephew, George Pfau of San Francisco, and a niece, Betty Wright of Milwaukee.

James Prettyman

Martin-Marietta retiree

James M. H. Prettyman, a retired purchasing agent for the Martin-Marietta Corp., died Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Prettyman, who was 83 and lived on Bolton Street, retired in 1974 from the basic research division at Martin-Marietta. He then worked as business manager for Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church until he retired again about 10 years ago.

Born in Milford, Del., he was a graduate of the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., and attended the University of London in England and the University of Dijon in France.

He served on the vestry of Memorial Episcopal Church in Baltimore and on the boards of the Memorial Apartments and the Bolton Hill Swim Club.

A graveside service was to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at St. George's Episcopal Church in Lewes, Del. A memorial service is to be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Memorial Episcopal Church, Lafayette Avenue and Bolton Street.

Mr. Prettyman is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Barbara Rolfe; a son, John S. Prettyman of Downingtown, Pa.; two daughters, Virginia Nurco of Annapolis and A. Yardley Prettyman of Narragansett, R.I.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Edwin H. Utz

Arundel fire retiree

Edwin H. Utz, retired communications division chief in the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, died Saturday of cancer at Harbor Hospital Center in Baltimore.

Mr. Utz, who was 62 and lived in Glen Burnie, retired in 1977 after 28 years in the Fire Department.

A native of Brooklyn Park and a 1947 graduate of Glen Burnie High School, he served in the Navy from 1948 until 1950.

He sang in the choir of Christ Lutheran Church in Millersville, was treasurer of the Ben Franklin Lodge of the Masons and was a scribe of the Annapolis Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

He was a member of Local 1563 of the International Association of Fire Fighters and of the Glen Burnie Lodge of the Moose.

For 20 years during the Christmas season, he had played Santa Claus for neighbors, friends and fellow workers.

Services were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at Christ Lutheran Church, 8245 Jumpers Hole Road in Millersville.

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