Mildred Gittings of Baltimore should have been included...

January 09, 1994

Mildred Gittings of Baltimore should have been included among the survivors in an obituary on her brother, the Rev.

Oscar Stancil, that appeared in Sunday's editions. The Sun regrets the error.

John R. Holzinger

Sun technician

John R. Holzinger, a communications technician for The Sun, died Wednesday of a pulmonary thromboembolism during surgery at Union Memorial Hospital to repair a broken hip he suffered during a fall on the ice Dec. 30. The Southwest Baltimore native was 51.


He was known by his newsroom colleagues for his encyclopedic knowledge of entertainment trivia and quite often would gently jostle them about an error that had made its way into print.

"He had a passion for the movies and theater, and that was his life," said Lou Cedrone, retired Evening Sun film critic and a longtime friend. "He would catch everybody up in their mistakes."

"The last things John talked about in a phone conversation Wednesday morning were news-related," said Ernest Imhoff, The Sun's readers' representative.

"He talked about Jack Kent Cooke and the Redskins, the recent Great Baltimore Snowstorm that wasn't and a Sun photographer and reporter being in Bosnia."

Mr. Holzinger lived all his life in the same South Gilmor Street rowhouse where he was born.

He attended Fourteen Holy Martyrs Elementary School and was a 1960 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School.

After a tour of duty in the Navy as a medical corpsman -- he was attached to the Bethesda Naval Hospital -- he was discharged in 1964 and went to work for Equitable Bank.

In 1968, he joined The Sun's wire room, where he handled wire copy and other duties.

"He was a conscientious worker," recalled Ramon R. Baier, chief of communications for the newspaper, who hired him.

"During snowstorms, he used to put on his coat, grab a broom and go to the roof and sweep the snow off of seven communication satellites which line the roof. He found it amusing that this multimillion-dollar technology had to be kept operating with a broom."

Mr. Holzinger had an extensive library of works on show business personalities, film histories and Broadway musicals. He also collected records and compact discs of film and show music.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon tomorrow at St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Hollins and Poppleton streets, with interment in Meadowridge Cemetery.

Mr. Holzinger is survived by his mother, Lula M. Holzinger, and two sisters, Carol A. Laucht and Joan L. Phelps, all of Baltimore; two nieces; and a grandniece.

Clifford E. Taggart Jr., a teacher and coach at the Gilman School, where he headed the department of foreign languages, died Dec. 29 of a coronary occlusion at Rose Hill plantation in Bluffton, S.C., where he was visiting friends.

He was 60.

Born in New York City, he was reared in Atlantic City, N.J., where he received his early education. He graduated from high school in Apopka, Fla.

Mr. Taggart earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1959 and a master's in education from Loyola College in 1971.

After his graduation from the University of Maryland, he was a traveling pharmaceutical salesman for Ayerst Laboratories; worked for the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas, from 1962 to 1963; and owned and operated Taggart's Tavern in Rockville before being hired in 1964 by Jack Williams, headmaster at Boys' Latin, to establish a Spanish language program and to coach.

He joined Gilman in 1970 and expanded its Spanish program and helped establish student exchange programs. He also coached junior varsity basketball.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955 as a parachute rigger.

An avid Orioles and Maryland Terrapins fan, he also enjoyed listening to jazz and counted among his friends many jazz musicians.

A memorial service was set for 2 p.m. today in the Gilman School auditorium, 5407 Roland Ave.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Charlotte M. Collins of Baltimore; two sons, Clifford E. Taggart III and Jeffrey C. Taggart, both of Baltimore; a daughter, Stephane Taggart of Melbourne, Fla.; and a brother, Jack L. Taggart of Hampstead.

Memorial donations may be made to the Donald Bentley Food Pantry, c/o Gilman School, 5407 Roland Ave., Baltimore 21210.

William M. Waugh

Retired accountant

William M. Waugh, a retired accountant who had also been a businessman, died Monday of cancer at his home in Fallston. He was 69.

He retired in 1992 as a partner in the accounting firm Waugh/Cross & Associates, then for about a year was a partner in the Auto Wash in Catonsville.

In the 1960s, he was a partner in Quinn/Waugh & Associates and later started Waugh & Co., which became Waugh/Cross.

Born in Lynchburg, Va., he was reared in Baltimore and earned an accounting degree at the University of Baltimore in 1951.

Before entering the accounting field, he was treasurer of Washington Aluminum Co.

During World War II, he was a B-26 bomber pilot in the Army Air Forces, serving in England, France and Germany.

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