James B. OsbornMath teacher, coachJames Bradley "Brad...

May 14, 1994

James B. Osborn

Math teacher, coach

James Bradley "Brad" Osborn, died Tuesday after a heart attack at his home in Bel Air. He was 44.

He had been at Bel Air High for a year. For two years before that, he taught at Harford Technical High School, where he also was athletic director.

He began his teaching career as a substitute teacher in the Baltimore County and Cecil County school systems, and from 1990 to 1991 at North Harford High School.

He began coaching at North Harford in 1986 as an assistant baseball and football coach, and was named junior varsity coach in both sports in 1990.

Before becoming a teacher, he was an assistant manager of Beneficial Finance offices in Baltimore County and a loan officer at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Credit Union.

The Illinois native moved with his family to Aberdeen while in his teens. He graduated from Aberdeen High School, where he played football and baseball.

He graduated from Harford Community College and Towson State University, and served in the Air Force from 1975 to 1977.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Howard K. McComas III Funeral Home in Abingdon.

He is survived by his wife, the former Susan A. Clements; a son, Christopher D. Osborn of Bel Air; his father, James P. Osborn of Abingdon; his mother, Charlene F. Osborn of Bel Air; and a sister, Nancy A. Chester of Bel Air.

Stefania T. Ervin

Designed clothing

Stefania T. Ervin, who designed and made women's clothing and owned a Havre de Grace shop that specialized in the woolen clothing of her native Iceland, died Tuesday of cancer at Harford Memorial Hospital. She was 70.

Mrs. Ervin, who had lived in Havre de Grace since 1950, owned the Midnight Sun, which she started in the early 1980s.

She was active in her community and helped persuade the town to furnish space for a teen center, which she operated in the 1960s and 1970s. She had also been a member of the PTAs at Havre de Grace elementary and high schools, and had been a substitute teacher and volunteer at the high school.

She chaired the Goodwill Committee of Soroptimist International Havre de Grace, maintaining contacts with Soroptimist groups in Iceland and Denmark. She also organized entertainment for the Havre de Grace Art Show and headed an annual fashion show.

The former Stefania Torfadottir was born in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, and reared in Reykjavik, Iceland. The English language major graduated from the University of Iceland after doing part of her studies as an exchange student at Northwestern University.

In 1949, she married Wilbur S. Ervin Jr., a meteorologist who was working in Iceland.

Other survivors include two daughters, Stefania Crum of Oreland, Pa., and Cynthia Height of Havre de Grace; four brothers, Gummindar, Ainar and Gunnar Torfasson and Krisjan Adolphson, all of Iceland; three sisters, Vilborg and Hjorn Torfadottir, both of Iceland, and Kalli Adolphdottir of San Diego; and three grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Havre de Grace United Methodist Church.

Services for Bobbie Lee Mullins Jr., a forklift operator who died Tuesday after being beaten and stabbed at the home of an acquaintance, were planned for 11 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

Mr. Mullins, 30, lived on South Port Street in East Baltimore and worked at several warehouses. He was a Patterson High graduate.

He is survived by his wife of seven years, the former Dianna L. Bednarski; a daughter, Samantha L. Mullins; his parents, Cheryl A. and Charles A. Yost; and a brother, John A. Yost. All are of Baltimore. Other survivors include five sisters, Sheri L. Mullins of Raleigh, N.C., Theresa Yost of Airville, Pa., Kandie L. Yost of Baltimore, Stacey L. Yost of Burtonsville and Melissa D. Yost of Taneytown; and his maternal grandparents, Hubert and Loreana Withrow of Glen Burnie.

Jacqueline D. Porter

An artist with a needle

Jacqueline Dorothy Porter, whose hand-embroidered quilts and birds were known from Cape Cod to Baltimore, died May 5 of heart failure at her home in Brewster, Mass. The former resident of the Murray Hill section of Baltimore County was 69.

She had spent summers on Cape Cod since the early 1960s. She and her husband, William H. Porter, settled there permanently in 1980, when he retired after a 33-year teaching career at the Gilman School.

The couple, who had been childhood sweethearts, married in 1945.

"She was a remarkable artist with a needle and thread, and her exquisite quilts and embroidered birds were widely shown and admired," Mr. Porter said.

Mrs. Porter was born in 1925 in New York City. Her mother was Dorothy Benjamin Caruso Ingram, the widow of renowned tenor Enrico Caruso. Her mother divorced her father after a brief marriage.

Mrs. Porter was educated in Europe and in New York, and spent the early days of World War II in France, where her mother was a member of the French underground.

She and her mother escaped from France in 1942 and returned to New York.

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