J. Howard HessPaint salesmanJ. Howard Hess, a retired...

November 21, 1994

J. Howard Hess

Paint salesman

J. Howard Hess, a retired paint salesman and consultant to architectural firms who had lived in New York but returned three years ago to his native Baltimore, died Nov. 14 of kidney failure at Keswick Home. He was 81.

As a Forest Park High School student, he was captain of the basketball team and a baseball pitcher. Before graduating in 1932, he was selected twice as an all-Maryland scholastic basketball team member and was named to the all-Maryland baseball team.

After high school, he worked for four years in the accounting department of Bethlehem Steel, where he coached company baseball and basketball teams. In the late 1930s, he played semiprofessional baseball on two Baltimore clubs and a team in Trenton, N.J.

Mr. Hess and his wife, who was a dancer in East Coast theaters, met in Baltimore. They married in 1943 and moved to New York, where she taught at the Julliard School. She teaches now at the Peabody Institute.

He worked in New York with the Merchant Marine Convalescent Center for the United Seamen's Service, later spending two years as regional director of the service's Southwest Pacific area in Sydney, Australia. He then entered the paint business.

A memorial service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, at Charles and Franklin streets.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary Jane Brown Hess; a daughter, Carol Hess-Vait of Baltimore; and two granddaughters.

Memorial donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 1107 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 202, Baltimore 21204, or to the Alzheimer's Association, 540 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore 21212.

Mary Louise Knapp

Administrative officer

Mary Louise Knapp, a retired administrative officer of the state health department's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, died Friday of a heart attack at her Timonium home. She was 63.

Mrs. Knapp, known to friends and colleagues as "Marylou," had worked for the state government since 1975, holding positions in various agencies, including the Lottery Commission, the Department of Economic and Employment Development and the Mental Hygiene Administration.

She was born Mary Louise Pearl in Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School in 1949. Four years later, she graduated from Goucher College with a degree in political science.

She retired from the state government this year and devoted her energies to her hobbies of needlework and gardening, and helping to care for her granddaughter, Katherine E. Machen.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Texas.

Besides her granddaughter, survivors include her husband of 38 years, Joseph S. Knapp III, a retired vice president and counsel of Chicago Title Insurance Co. of Maryland; three daughters, Joan O. Knapp of Chantilly, Va., Nancy K. Machen of Monkton and Gretchen K. Hoffman of Houston. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Margaret A. Stewart

Towson homemaker

Margaret Almeda Stewart, a Towson homemaker who had worked more than 20 years for Celanese Corp. in Cresaptown, Allegany County, died at Chesapeake Manor Nursing Home Nov. 10 of complications from a stroke. She was 83.

She was born Margaret Almeda Bender in Cumberland and married Richard Stewart in the late 1950s. He died in 1989.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church where she had been a longtime member.

She is survived by a brother, T. Randolph Bender of Severna Park; and two sisters, Ethel McLean of Arnold and Eleanor Wilson of Wheaton.

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