George Dean Jr.Civil rights lawyerGeorge W. Dean Jr., a...

December 08, 1993

George Dean Jr.

Civil rights lawyer

George W. Dean Jr., a lawyer who won a landmark case overhauling Alabama's mental hospitals and establishing the rights of the mentally ill, died yesterday at his home here. He was 64. Family members said he died of an apparent heart attack.

The native of Montgomery, Ala., first gained renown for his civil rights work in Alabama.

He later gained wealth representing an heir to billionaire Howard R. Hughes' estate.

In the 1970s, Mr. Dean was an attorney for wards of Alabama state mental hospitals in a class-action case that led to then-U.S. District Judge Frank M. Johnson's order establishing that such wards of the state have a constitutional right to adequate care.

He also was the lead attorney in the resulting litigation that led to Judge Johnson's order for a sweeping overhaul of Alabama's widely deplored mental institutions.

As the mental health case wound down, Mr. Dean represented a woman from Montgomery, Avis Hughes McIntyre, who was a relative of Howard Hughes and who shared in the final settlement of the billionaire's estate.

Mr. Dean and his wife, Jane, later moved to Chestertown.

Funeral arrangements were pending yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, four daughters and a son.

Margaret Nelson

Office manager

Margaret Mary Nelson, an office manager for a Hunt Valley firm, died Nov. 28 of meningitis at her home in Ashland, northern Baltimore County. She was 35.

She was office manager for Otis Insulation in Hunt Valley, where she had worked since the late 1980s. Earlier, she worked for the Baltimore County government.

She was born Margaret Mary Klein in Lutherville and received her early education at Immaculate Conception School. She was a 1975 graduate of Towson High School and earned her bachelor's degree in 1979 from the University of Maryland.

Services were held Dec. 1.

In 1983 she married Douglas Nelson, who is employed by the AAI Corp. in Hunt Valley.

She is also survived by a stepson, Michael Nelson, and a stepdaughter, Jennifer Nelson, both of Ashland; two brothers, George A. Klein of Towson and Steven P. Klein of Lutherville; a sister, Dorothy K. Dustman of Catonsville; her mother, Margaret L. Klein of Lutherville; and many nephews and nieces.

Memorial donations may be made to the Baltimore County Infants and Toddlers Center, 18 Egges Lane, Baltimore 21228.

Dr. A. Papathanassiou


Dr. Athanassios Papathanassiou, a retired psychiatrist and neurologist, died Saturday of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 64 and lived in Catonsville.

Dr. Papathanassiou retired a year ago after about 20 years as a staff psychiatrist at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville.

Before his retirement, he also maintained a private practice in northern Anne Arundel County and served as a staff psychiatrist at the Maryland Correctional Institution at Jessup. A native of Lamia, Greece, he was a graduate of the University of Athens medical school.

He first came to this country in the early 1960s and served residencies in neurology at a hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., and in psychiatry at Spring Grove. He practiced for a time in Greece PTC before returning to Spring Grove as a staff member.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Preston Street and Maryland Avenue in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joann Kozuchowski; a son, Nicholas Papathanassiou of Catonsville; a daughter, Kate Papathanassiou of Catonsville; and a brother, George Papathanassiou of Athens.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Crisanta Gutierrez

Active in Hispanic groups

Crisanta Arribas Gutierrez, a homemaker who worked briefly as an esthetician in the 1970s, died Dec. 1 of cancer while on a visit to Spain. The Ellicott City resident was 60.

She was born in Laredo, Spain, and was educated at St. Vincente de Paul parochial school in her hometown and at El Colegio de Los Sagrados Corazones, a finishing school, in Santander, Spain.

She moved to the United States in 1960 and married Dr. Luis J. Arribas, a psychiatrist who retired as a division director at Springfield Hospital Center in 1983. The couple lived in Sykesville before moving to Ellicott City in 1968. Dr. Arribas died in 1992.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, Paulskirk Road and Chatham Road, Ellicott City.

She is survived by two daughters, Rosa Maria Arribas Smith of Virginia and Maria Arribas Hovet of Colum

bia; four brothers, Dr. Jesus Gutierrez of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Jose Gutierrez, Miguel Gutierrez and Joaquin Gutierrez, all of Spain; and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

Richard J. Patro


Richard J. Patro, a retired photoengraver, died Monday from complications of diabetes at Stella Maris. He was 66.

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