Irving Phillips Sr.Retired photographerIrving H. W...

November 25, 1993

Irving Phillips Sr.

Retired photographer

Irving H. W. Phillips Sr., a retired news photographer, died Monday of kidney failure at Union Memorial Hospital. The West Baltimore native was 73.

He retired in 1973 after 25 years as director of the Afro-American Newspapers photographic department where he had started his career in 1949.

Born and reared in West Baltimore, he studied in city schools and was a 1939 graduate of Douglass High School.

During World War II, he served with the Army in Europe, North Africa and Asia. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of sergeant and returned to Baltimore and his old job as a welder at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. shipyard until he joined the newspaper.

In his position as a photographer, he covered thousands of assignments including five presidential inaugurations and the 1963 civil rights March on Washington.

After retiring, Mr. Phillips owned and operated Phillips Photo in the Oldtown Mall until 1980. He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans and the Thursday Night Club and was a charter member of the Whitmore Rifle and Pistol Club.

Since 1952, he had been a member of St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church, where he was an usher and a member of the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Peter Claver Court No. 62.

A Mass of Christian burial was set for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Edward's Church, 901 Poplar Grove St., Baltimore. Interment will be in the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, the former Laura Mackay whom he married in 1941; three sons, Irving H. Phillips Jr., a former photographer for The Sun, Frank W. Phillips and Martin M. Phillips; two daughters, Laura P. Byrd and Sheila P. Major; a sister, Priscilla Lansey; and six grandchildren. All are of Baltimore. Sara Malin, whose spicy marinated roast beef was a feature of the West Baltimore delicatessen she and her husband ran for many years, died Tuesday of complications of diabetes at the Northwest Hospital Center. She was 80.

The longtime resident of Northwest Baltimore retired in 1973 as the owner of Malin's Delicatessen at 1030 W. Baltimore St., which she and her husband began operating in 1954.

Her husband, Abe Malin, who died in 1971, had been a partner with a brother in another delicatessen at Lexington Street and Fremont Avenue before he and his wife went into business.

In addition to preparing the roast beef which was marinated in a peppery sauce, she made the salads and cooked the soups for the restaurant.

According to her son, she became known as the Roast Beef Queen among the clients who included Marvin Mandel, who would order food to be sent to the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis while he was governor.

Born in Ustralenka, Poland, the former Sara Dunn came to Baltimore as a child with her family in 1920 and was a graduate of Eastern High School and Strayer Business College.

She was president of the Shaarei Zion Congregation Sisterhood in the late 1940s and was instrumental in having an arch bearing the words, "Where Heaven and Earth Shall Meet," erected over the entrance to the congregation's cemetery in Rosedale.

Services were scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the Sol Levinson & Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore.

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