George McDevittUB deanGeorge McDevitt, dean of auxiliary...

November 27, 1993

George McDevitt

UB dean

George McDevitt, dean of auxiliary services at the University of Baltimore, who was active in community theater, died Monday after suffering a heart attack while driving near his Lakeside Avenue home. He was 60.

He had been dean of students and had held several other posts. He joined the university as an assistant professor and chairman of the speech and drama department in 1969.

Since coming to Baltimore that year, he had appeared in several productions of the Matthew Players and also directed at least one dinner theater production.

Born in Effingham, Ill., he was a 1957 graduate of Quincy (Ill.) College and earned a master's degree in theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in Cleveland and a master's degree in speech and communications art at what is now Case Western Reserve University, also in Cleveland.

He was ordained as a priest in the Order of Friars Minor, the Franciscan Friars, and was assistant professor of speech and drama at Quincy, where he directed several Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas, and produced and directed a weekly television program. He also put on several shows at St. Joseph's Seminary.

In 1967, he appeared with Jack Nicholson in a Civil War film produced by the Franciscan Communications Center in Los Angeles. Two years later, he left the Franciscans and came to UB.

He had chaired the Governor's Committee on Employment and the Handicapped in 1982 and 1983, had been a member of the Maryland Human Relations Commission task force on the handicapped from 1981 to 1986, and was a member of the board of the Alliance Inc., a program for the disabled.

He had also been state membership chairman of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

From 1973 to 1981, he was a member of the Drama Advisory Panel of the Maryland State Arts Council, and in 1975 and 1976 he was on the prescreening jury of the American Film Festival.

Fond of succinct, colorful speech, he told a newspaper interviewer several years ago, "more parking around the University of Baltimore would be as welcome as rockfish in the bay."

A Mass of Christian burial was to be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd. in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Linda Van Steenhuyse; a son, Michael Paul McDevitt of Baltimore; four sisters, Rosemary Koste, Virginia Dasenbrock and Jane Schuette, all of Effingham, and Ann Platt of Bluffton, Ind.; and five brothers, Daniel, Lee, William and Eugene McDevitt, all of Effingham, and Donald McDevitt of Huger, S.C.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sara McDevitt Scholarship at the Cardinal Shehan School, 5407 Loch Raven Blvd. The scholarship is named for a daughter who died in 1987. Eleanor Wesley Stewart, former president of the advisory board of the Pikesville (now the Hannah More) Health Center, died Thursday of complications of a stroke at Skyfield, her home in Stevenson. She was 88.

She also did volunteer work for the Red Cross and was a member of several garden clubs.

The former Eleanor Clark Wesley was a graduate of the Agnes Irwin School in her native Philadelphia. She came to Baltimore after her marriage in 1930 to Latimer Small Stewart, who died in 1985.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Lane at Garrison Forest Road in Garrison, Baltimore County.

She is survived by two daughters, Eleanor Stewart Bedford and Cassandra Stewart Naylor, both of Stevenson; a sister, Margaret Eldridge of Newton Square, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. August G. Mannion Sr., a retired captain in the Baltimore Fire Department, died Tuesday of a brain tumor at the Joseph Richey Hospice. The longtime resident of the Erdman/Edison neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore was 83.

Captain Mannion, who was awarded several departmental commendations, retired in 1973 as commander of No. 28 Truck and No. 10 Engine at Chesapeake Avenue and Childs Street in Fairfield. In 1933, he joined the department at No. 10 Truck in West Baltimore.

His son, August G. "Todd" Mannion Jr., was killed in Vietnam in 1966. Captain Mannion designed his son's monument in Holy Redeemer Cemetery, and the gravestone was built with help from his son's Army buddies, who sent $113 for the effort. It carries the inscription: "Donated By MACV Advisory Team 31 Hau Ban Vietnam." Captain Mannion will be buried today in the same cemetery.

His wife, the former Katherine M. Peters of Baltimore, whom he married in 1937, was president of the Gold Star Mothers of Baltimore and Maryland and was national president from 1980 to 1981. She was the first mother of a Vietnam casualty to join the Gold Star Mothers' organization, and she and her husband were two of 125 people who participated in the groundbreaking for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington in 1981.

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