James 'Jay' FaidleyWashington couturierJames Preston "Jay...

May 22, 1994

James 'Jay' Faidley

Washington couturier

James Preston "Jay" Faidley, a former Washington couturier from Baltimore whose Georgetown boutique was well known from the mid-1970s into the 1980s, died May 10 at Stella Maris Hospice after what his family described as a long illness. He was 51.

Over the years, Mr. Faidley worked as an interior decorator and as a hair stylist.

In 1972, he opened a Washington, D.C., boutique, called Elan of Georgetown, which the Washington Star described as "an exciting new couturier and boutique which has created a new feeling about fashion in the Washington area."

"It seems Mr. Faidley is a man of many talents," the paper reported. "He does interesting [designs] in custom-silk floral arrangements, does custom tailoring for men and women and designs and makes original clothes for women."

"I believe Washington women are ready to wear made-to-order clothing again, if they are reasonable and not too outrageously priced," he said in an interview at the time.

After his Georgetown business closed in the mid-1980s, Mr. Faidley moved back to Baltimore's Bolton Hill neighborhood. He enjoyed gourmet cooking and traveling.

Born and reared in Catonsville, Mr. Faidley was a graduate of Catonsville High School. He attended Maryland Institute, College Art and the Corcoran School of Arts in Washington, D.C.

He also studied in England, Spain and France before returning to the United States.

He was a grandson of John W. Faidley, who founded in 1887 the famed Lexington Market seafood business still known by the same name.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 1:30 p.m. today at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 110 W. Lafayette Ave., Bolton Hill.

He is survived by a brother, John W. Faidley Jr. of Pasadena; a sister, Nancy Faidley Devine of Ellicott City; his mother, Albinia F. Faidley of Catonsville; and three nieces.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Stella Maris Hospice Care Program to benefit the Monsignor Lyness Fund, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson 21204.

John V. Thornton

Retired teacher

John V. Thornton, a retired teacher, died Wednesday at Liberty Medical Center after being stricken with a heart attack while driving to his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 66.

Mr. Thornton retired in 1989 after a 21-year career in which he taught social studies at Joseph C. Briscoe Senior High School. Earlier, he operated a hardware store at 2702 W. North Ave. that was destroyed during the riots in 1968 after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King.

Born in the Waverly section of Baltimore, Mr. Thornton attended city schools, Coppin State College and Morgan State University.

He was a combat veteran of the Korean War and was discharged in 1952.

A member of the Hiram Grand Lodge of the Masons for more than 30 years, he held local and national Masonic offices.

"This Masonic order was his life," said Jewelle V. Thornton, a daughter, who lives in Los Angeles.

He was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church for many years.

Services are planned for 7 p.m. today at Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church, 4016 Park Heights Ave.

Besides his daughter, survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Shirley Fowlkes; another daughter, Elaine Cousins of Baltimore; a sister, Hester Louise Thornton of Baltimore; and a grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made to Hiram Grand Lodge Building Fund, 1205 Eutaw Place, Baltimore 21207.

Dorothy S. Evans

Secretary, piano teacher

Dorothy S. Evans, a retired executive secretary for a stone products company, died May 9 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center after an aortic aneurysm. She was 79.

Mrs. Evans, who lived on Ridgefield Road in Lutherville, retired about 14 years ago after 35 years with Harry T. Campbell Sons' Co.

After retiring, she opened her home to student boarders from Villa Julie College, Towson State University and Goucher College.

She was active in the Friends of the Towson Library and the Parkville Little League Baseball Association.

She was born Dorothy Schoenlien, graduated from Mount St. Agnes High School and attended night classes at the Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins she helped Vincent Jeffrey Evans edit a paper for evening school students. They later married. Mr. Evans, a building contractor, died in 1950.

She also completed studies of the piano at the Peabody Institute and later tutored children in piano in Southwest Baltimore.

A ballroom dancer, Mrs. Evans won several awards at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in the 1980s.

L A memorial service was planned for 1 p.m. today at her home.

She is survived by two sons, Vincent Jeffery Evans of Arnold and Lawrence Frederick Evans of Pittsburgh; a sister, Jane Kohlhepp of Lutherville; and a grandchild.

Christine Cihlar

Public affairs director

Christine Carol Cihlar, director of public affairs at St. Mary's College of Maryland, died Thursday of cancer at her home in the St. Mary's County community of California. She was 46.

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