Dr. Leon SeligmanDentist, dog breederDr. Leon Seligman...

OBITUARIES

July 30, 1993

Dr. Leon Seligman

Dentist, dog breeder

Dr. Leon Seligman, who practiced dentistry in Baltimore for almost 50 years and who bred terriers and judged dog shows, died yesterday of cancer at his home in the Annen Woods Apartments in Pikesville.

Dr. Seligman, who was 83, retired in 1983 from his Northwest Baltimore practice. He was a specialist in prosthodontics -- dentures and similar devices.

Born in West Fork, W.Va., he attended West Virginia University then came to Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland Dental School from which he graduated in 1933.

After he began his practice, he did graduate work at the dental schools of Ohio State University and the University of Pennsylvania.

During World War II, he served in the Army Dental Corps with the Army Air Forces in Columbia, S.C., and Richmond, Va.. He attained the rank of major.

Dr. Seligman was a fellow of the American College of Dentists, a board member of the Maryland State Dental Association and a president of the Baltimore City Dental Society.

He was a former president of the University of Maryland dental alumni and of the alumni chapter of the Alpha Omega dental fraternity.

In 1940, he bought a smooth fox terrier and began breeding them at Seligman's Foxtown Kennel. His dogs were placed in private homes during his military service but he rebuilt his kennel after the war, adding Cairn and Irish terriers.

He continued breeding and showing dogs until 1968. He also was a judge at dog shows, beginning when he was in the Army and the president of the Columbia Kennel Club requested his services. He continued judging shows until recently.

He was a former president and show chairman of the American Fox Terrier Club, and had been on the board of the Maryland Kennel Club since 1977.

Dr. Seligman was a member of the Beth Tfiloh Congregation.

His first wife, the former Ida Jacobson, died in 1985.

Services for Dr. Seligman are scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Sol Levinson & Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, Bee Binder Kafka Seligman; a son, Gary Seligman of Parkland, Fla.; a brother, Adolph Seligman of Baltimore; a sister, Sally Rosenthal of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Muriel R. Morgan

Homemaker

Muriel R. Morgan, a homemaker and Baltimore native, died June 19 of a heart attack at her home in Scranton, Pa. She was 65.

The former Muriel R. Barnes attended Baltimore public schools and was a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

In 1948, she married William E. Morgan. The couple worked at the Army Signal Corps Depot in Dundalk, which was transferred to Tobyhanna, Pa., in 1955. The Morgans followed their jobs, moving to Scranton.

Mrs. Morgan worked for the Signal Corps a few more years, then left to enroll in Scranton University, where she took courses in English and history. Mr. Morgan continued working for the Signal Corps until his retirement several years ago.

Mrs. Morgan was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Scranton and active in the churches Altar and Rosary societies. She also was a daughter of the Elks.

addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Paula D. and Sonia E. Morgan, both of Scranton; four sisters, Donna Johnson, Cecilia Carey and Sylvia Gay, all of Baltimore, and Yvonne Maddos of Duluth, Minn.; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered June 22.

The family suggests donations to the building fund of Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton, Pa. 18510.

Dr. Lester C. Gallen

Dentist for 58 years

Dr. Lester C. Gallen, who practiced dentistry in Baltimore for 58 years, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Villa St. Michael Nursing and Retirement Center in Northwest Baltimore.

Dr. Gallen, who was 87 and had lived in Pasadena for many years, retired from the practice of dentistry in 1986.

The native of New Brunswick, N.J., graduated from the University of Maryland dental school in 1928.

Dr. Gallen was on the board of governors of the Maryland State Dental Association and the executive council of the Baltimore City Dental Society.

He also chaired the insurance councils of both associations and was on the boards of pension and benefit plans for dentists.

Dr. Gallen was awarded honorary memberships in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

He was a member of the Centre Lodge of the Masons, the Scottish and York Rites and Boumi Temple. At Boumi Temple, Dr. Gallen played the accordion in a Dixieland jazz band, Pote's Little Symphony.

Dr. Gallen was a former president of the Lakeshore Road Improvement Association in Pasadena.

His first wife, the former Dottie Franklin, died in 1963.

Services for Dr. Gallen will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the First English Lutheran Church, Charles and 39th streets in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Beverly J. Beckstrom; and two stepsons, Eric S. Roehrle of Baltimore and David C. Roehrle of Westminster.

Patricia S. Jaeger

School, church worker

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