Jeannette WaltersProfessor, singerJeannette Walters, a...

June 09, 1994

Jeannette Walters

Professor, singer

Jeannette Walters, a professor of music and a soprano who began her career in Baltimore, died June 1 at a New York City hospital after a heart attack aboard an airplane on which she was returning from Madrid, Spain. She was 52.

Ms. Walters, who moved to New York City about 1970, was head of the voice faculty and a professor of music at Long Island University's C. W. Post campus in Brookville, N.Y. She had taught there for about 15 years and was director of the Summer Opera Workshop.

She also was chairwoman of the voice department of the International Institute for Chamber Music at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, Germany.

Born in Philadelphia, she came to Baltimore with her family at the age of 14 and was a graduate of Dunbar High School. After studying in the preparatory department of the Peabody Institute, she won a scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she earned a teacher's certificate, an artist's diploma and a bachelor's degree. She later earned a master's degree at C. W. Post.

In 1962, she came in second in the Metropolitan Opera's regional auditions, and three years later she was the mid-Atlantic regional winner and a national finalist.

Ms. Walters sang frequently with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Opera Company, the Metropolitan Opera, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra and European orchestras. She also sang at Carnegie Hall.

She had been a leading soprano with the American National Opera Company.

She was interested in contemporary music and appeared with the Kennedy Chamber Players at the Kennedy Center in Washington and with Continuum at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.

She also gave premiere performances of works by Raoul Pieskow, Anne Le Baron and others.

Ms. Walters appeared on public television programs in the United States and on radio programs in Germany.

For several years, she performed in concerts with her brother Edward Walters of Potomac, a clarinetist, and Stephanie Watts, a pianist. The trio was preparing a recording of its work.

Services were held yesterday at Eastern United Methodist Church in Baltimore. Another service will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City.

She is survived by her parents, Roland and Edna Walters of Baltimore; four other brothers, Roland Walters Jr. of Columbia, Alfred Walters of Frederick, John Walters of Perry Hall and Daniel Walters of Baltimore; five nieces; and eight nephews. Joseph G. Klein Jr., a retired circulation supervisor for The Baltimore Sun, died Monday of a heart attack at his Overlea home. He was 72.

He began his career with the newspaper as a carrier in the Dundalk area in the late 1960s. In 1968, he was appointed a route supervisor. He retired in 1985.

"He was good with the delivery boys and enjoyed working with them," recalled a daughter, Kathleen A. Klein of Overlea.

"He loved people and had a great sense of humor. He was always good for a laugh and could dish it out as well as take it," she said.

"He loved sitting in his yard and drinking beer," she said. "He converted an old refrigerator that held a half-barrel of National Premium and fitted it with a tap. He was also fond of bock beer. That was his favorite."

Mr. Klein was a lifelong resident of Overlea and was educated at St. Joseph's School in Fullerton. After graduation, he went to work at Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. He worked for the aircraft manufacturer during World War II. He had a draft deferment because of a hearing problem.

After the war, he worked as an oil truck driver for Sherwood Sinclair Oil Co. and was a milkman for Sealtest Dairy before going to work for The Baltimore Sun.

In 1943, he married Mildred Benda of Baltimore, who died in 1990.

Mr. Klein started each day having coffee at his home with John Benda, his brother-in-law. A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 1 p.m. today at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, Belair Road and Willow Avenue, Overlea.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by another daughter, Barbara J. Rushing of Baltimore; a sister, Florence Ermer of Charleston, S.C.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to St. Michael's School, 10 Willow Ave., Baltimore 21206.

Kenneth M. Gahs

School principal

Kenneth M. Gahs, a retired Baltimore County high school principal, died May 28 after a heart attack at his home on North Furnace Road in Jarrettsville. He was 59.

He had been working part time at Aberdeen Proving Ground as an editor for AAI Engineering Support Inc. since retiring in 1991 after two years as principal at Perry Hall High School.

From 1980 to 1989, he was principal of Kenwood High School and for two years before that principal of Perry Hall Junior High School.

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