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December 22, 1993

Sister Leonard

English teacher

Sister Mary Leonard Leonard, R.S.M., who taught at schools in Baltimore, Washington, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, died Sunday of cancer at The Villa, a retirement home in Pinehurst for members of religious orders.

Sister Leonard, who was 75 and moved to The Villa last June, had been assistant professor of communications at Pensacola Junior College in Florida since 1972. For six years before that, she taught English at the Catholic High School in Pensacola.

Co-author of a book, "Vocabulary for Everybody," she was a member of several professional groups, including the Sisters of Mercy Higher Education Colloquium, Phi Delta Kappa Business Fraternity and the American Business Communications Association.

After entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1944, she taught music in the Mount St. Agnes lower school in Baltimore and at elementary schools in other states.

She then became an English or journalism teacher at several high schools including, from 1963 to 1965, Holy Trinity High School in Washington.

A native of Minneapolis, the former Elizabeth Parker Leonard was reared there and in Baltimore. She had been certified as a music teacher in Minnesota before entering the order.

A Mass of the Resurrection was to be celebrated by Monsignor James Amos, chancellor of the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese, at 10 a.m. today at The Villa, 6806 Bellona Ave.

Alvah A. Davidson

Retired from GM

Alvah A. Davidson, a retired maintenance worker at the General Motors Corp. plant in East Baltimore, died Saturday at a hospital in Columbia, S.C., after a stroke.

He was 81 and lived in Millersville. He was staying with a daughter, Arletta C. Rowe, of Vance, S.C, for the winter when he was stricken.

He retired in 1973 after working for GM for 27 years.

A native of Pounding Mill, Va., who was reared in Bluefield, W.Va., he worked as a crane operator at a Portsmouth, Va., shipyard before moving to Baltimore in 1946.

Services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Beryl M. Brugh; two sons, Billy J. Davidson of Lost River, W.Va., and Alvah R. Davidson of Norfolk, Va.; a sister, Beulah Blankenship of Fredericksburg, Va.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert E. Van Horn


Robert E. Van Horn, who had been in the real estate business in Maryland and then the resort business in Estes Park, Colo., died Dec. 6 after a heart attack at his home there.

Mr. Van Horn, who was 48, had moved in the early 1980s to Colorado, where his businesses included the Streamside Cabins and Trout Haven Fishing Ponds.

He worked in Annapolis for Aeronautical Research Inc. before entering the real estate business and becoming a manager for Lenora Gordon Inc. Later, he opened and managed the Annapolis office of Chris Coile and Associates as well as offices in Carroll County and elsewhere in the state.

Born and reared in New York state, he attended Hobart College and then American University in Washington. He served in the Army as a courier for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In Maryland, he had been active in the Anne Arundel County and Carroll County Realtor boards andserved as president of the Anne Arundel County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

A memorial service was to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Baldwin Memorial United Methodist Church, 921 Generals Highway in Millersville.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Felsman; three daughters, Donna Ford of Easton and Julia L. and Laurel H. Felsman, both of Estes Park; his mother, Pauline Van Horn of Annapolis; his former wife, Barbara Van Horn of Annapolis; and a granddaughter.

Louis A. Smith

BG&E supervisor

Louis A. Smith, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. supervisor and collector of area trivia, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 82.

The Lutherville resident retired in 1976 after a 49-year career in the downtown headquarters of BG&E, where he was a supervisor in the drafting department.

He was named Baltimore Trivia Champ in 1985 by The Evening Sun's Other Voices Page, successfully completing a trivia test that was designed on the previous year's columns by "Baltimore Glimpses" author Gilbert Sandler.

"His mind was like a steel trap for Baltimore and Maryland historical facts," said his stepdaughter, Pat LaFlamme of Lutherville. "He read a great deal, and it was always Maryland history."

He was reared in East Baltimore and attended city schools including Polytechnic Institute. He later completed his high school education in night school.

His first wife, Elizabeth Borchert of Baltimore, whom he married in 1934, died in 1959.

Survivors include his wife, the former Ruth Abel of Baltimore, whom he married in 1965; two daughters, Joan S. Faust of Atlanta and Judith S. Valentini of Springboro, Ohio; a stepson, Brian N. Hare of Cockeysville; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville, with interment in Parkwood Cemetery.

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