Dr. Socrates KendrosGynecologistDr. Socrates Kendros, a...

September 23, 1994

Dr. Socrates Kendros


Dr. Socrates Kendros, a gynecologist in Baltimore for 28 years, died Saturday in his sleep of heart failure at his Riderwood home. He was 68.

He had an office at Church Home and Hospital but also practiced at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and at St. Joseph Hospital. He retired in 1990.

He was a native of Thessaloniki, Greece, where he graduated from medical school. He came to the United States in 1955 and after a year as an intern in Chicago, he was a surgical resident in Baltimore. He eventually became chief surgical resident at Church Home and Hospital.

He then studied gynecology at the University of London and returned to Baltimore, where he was a resident in gynecology at Sinai Hospital before starting his own practice.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Paula Ouziel; a son, Thomas Kendros of Cockeysville; three sisters, Niki Foros and Kleio Kendros, both of Thessaloniki, and Nouli Hatzioanou of Athens; a niece and a nephew. The Rev. W. Vincent "Bill" Bechtel, retired head of the English JTC Department at Mount St. Joseph High School, died Tuesday at home in Ellicott City of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 75.

Father Bechtel retired in 1989 after teaching at the school for 10 years. He had previously taught at the old St. Paul's Latin High School and Cardinal Gibbons High School. He also taught courses at other schools, including Mount St. Agnes College, where he produced plays, and the Institute of Notre Dame.

He had also been an assistant at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville for many years.

In his first assignment as a priest, he was associate pastor of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville from 1950 until 1962. From 1973 until 1979, he was administrator and then pastor of St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Woodlawn.

Born in Nesquehoning, Pa., he was a graduate of public schools there and of a business school in Philadelphia. He worked for an oil company before studying for the priesthood at St. Charles College in Catonsville in 1941. He also studied at St. Mary's Seminary on Paca Street and in Roland Park and was ordained in 1950.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Mark Church, 30 Melvin Ave.

He is survived by a sister, Arlyn Curran of Ellicott City; and several nieces and nephews.

Madeline Johnson

Baltimore native

Madeline L. Johnson, a Baltimore native, died Tueday of an intestinal disorder at a hospital in Cottonwood, Ariz. She was 90 and had moved from Towson to Sedona, Ariz., in 1990.

The former Madeline L. Stansbury graduated from Western High School and worked as a bank teller as a young woman. She did more than 5,500 hours of volunteer work at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson.

Survivors include her daughter, Janet M. Price of Sedona, and a grandson. Services were set for today in Sedona. Plans for services Monday at Parkwood Cemetery in Baltimore were incomplete yesterday.

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