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August 19, 1994

William A. Pumphrey

Bus company owner

William A. Pumphrey, who had owned a bus company that transported Anne Arundel County students, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Odenton. He was 66.

He retired in 1990 as owner of Pumphrey Bros., the bus firm started by his father.

The Odenton native graduated from Glen Burnie High School.

For more than 40 years, he was a member of the Odenton Kiwanis Club. He had served on the board of the Bank of Glen Burnie and was a member of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company.

He was a member of Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church on Route 175 near Route 170 in Odenton, where services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Eleanor R. Ortman; a son, William A. Pumphrey III of Pasadena; a sister, Lois E. Barton of Odenton; and three grandchildren.

James C. Thomason

Wrote for publications

James Clarence Thomason, a writer, died Tuesday at Union Memorial Hospital of complications from brain surgery. The Catonsville resident was 50.

Mr. Thomason, who for many years had a sometimes incapacitating mental illness, produced newsletters for mental health organizations and was a contributor to newspapers and national publications, including Time magazine.

He was born in Washington as Robert Dennis Thomason, but later changed his name.

Reared in Beacon, N.Y., where he was an Eagle Scout, he was a graduate of the New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., where he was a national merit scholar, and of Towson State University.

He was a member of the Revisions Program in Southwest Baltimore.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St., Baltimore.

He is survived by his mother, Catherine Dennis Thomason of Towson; a sister, Joan T. Harrison of Ruxton; and a niece.

Memorial donations may be made to the UMAB Foundation, through Dr. Robert Conley, the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, P.O. Box 21247, Baltimore 21228.

I. Vivian Plack

Active in churches

I. Vivian Plack, who had been active in the Baltimore churches that her husband was assigned to, died Monday of cancer at the Lancaster, Pa., home of her daughter, Janice V. Trostle. She was 76.

She and her husband, the Rev. Paul Plack, had moved to Lancaster when he retired in 1991 after 10 years as assistant pastor of Calvary Tabernacle Church in Baltimore. Mr. Plack, who died in 1992, was pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Baltimore in the 1950s.

The Placks also lived in communities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where he was pastor of Independent Baptist or Christian Missionary Alliance churches.

The former I. Vivian Tag was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Towson High School. She also attended the Philadelphia School of the Bible.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at Calvary Tabernacle Church, 6008 Old Harford Road.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by three sons, P. Daniel Plack of Lititz, Pa., James S. Plack of Strasburg, Pa., and Philip W. Plack of Chester, N.Y.; a brother, H. Wesley Tagg of Parkville; two sisters, May Babikow of Rosedale and Leatrice Shumway of Parkville; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Marek Swiecicki

Radio broadcaster

Marek Swiecicki, a Polish Army officer during World War II and a Voice of America broadcaster and bureau chief, died Aug. 11 of cancer at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. He was 79.

The Washington resident, who retired from the VOA in 1991, wrote eight books dealing with World War II and with U.S. and European politics.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 7 p.m. today at Our Lady Queen of Poland Church in Silver Spring.

He is survived by his wife, the former Krystyna Kuratowska; a son, Michael Swiecicki of Columbia; and two grandchildren.

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