George H. HanstReporter and editorGeorge H. Hanst, an...

January 07, 1995

George H. Hanst

Reporter and editor

George H. Hanst, an Evening Sun copy editor and former Supreme Bench reporter who began working at the paper in 1957 and gained a wide following with his daily "Court Docket," died yesterday of complications from a brain tumor at his Rodgers Forge residence. He was 60.

He was born and grew up in Oakland, where his late father, George Herbert Hanst, was editor of The Republican, a weekly newspaper. After graduating from Washington College in Chestertown in 1956, he joined The Evening Sun as a copy boy and after a month began writing high school sports stories.

He then switched to police reporting. From frequent visits to the city's eight police district stations and headquarters, he developed a mastery of the city's geography.

"George was an irreverent character who loved and defended the English language, The Evening Sun, the Newspaper Guild, killer tennis, choir singing, oddball news and certainly, general irreverence in others. Yet he inspired straight respect among many friends," said Ernie Imhoff, acting assistant managing editor, photography and graphics.

From 1967 to 1981, Mr. Hanst covered the Supreme Bench. He became known for "Court Docket," the finely crafted daily report that covered funny, offbeat and serious trials and tribulations.

Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., now a judge of the Court of Special Appeals, said of Mr. Hanst: "He exemplified the finest in newspaper reporting. Judges, attorneys, prosecutors plaintiffs -- all unanimous about very few things -- did agree that they would get a fair and accurate account from a Hanst story. He will be greatly missed."

Mr. Hanst was a member of the Newspaper Guild and was active in the affairs of the Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the choir for 25 years.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at the church, 7601 York Road, Towson.

Mr. Hanst is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Barbara Mann; a son, Jonathan H. Hanst, and a daughter, Jennifer Hanst Krushensky, both of Baltimore; a brother, John Hanst of Phoenix; a sister, Jane Burks of Elkins, W.Va.; and his mother, Polly Johnson Hanst of Oakland.

Memorial donations may be made to the church. John Christian Eichler, who had recently completed an oral history of his family, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Cherry Manor Extended Care Centre in Reisterstown. He was 88.

"Pop was a great story teller," said his daughter, Carol Dorothy Parker of Reisterstown. "He completed taping six 90-minute tapes about life in Baltimore at the turn of the century as a gift for his family.

"He talked about horse-drawn fire engines, three-day, horse-drawn wagon trips to Hanover, Pa., and lavish lawn parties in Roland Park and Guilford, where he and his father supplied tents and decorations. During Prohibition, they decorated speakeasies, and that was steady work," she said.

Born and reared on Eutaw Street, the son of German immigrants, Mr. Eichler attended School No. 59, a German-speaking grammar school, and later the Polytechnic Institute.

He left school in the 11th grade and went to work for his father, who owned Maryland Awning and Tent Co. on North Eutaw Street.

During World War II, he was a pipe coverer on warships at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Later, he was a foreman for Steele & Co., a building supply company. He later worked at his son's gas station at Reisterstown Road and Rosewood Lane until he retired in 1972.

For more than 50 years, he was a member of Ionic A.F. and A.M. No. 145, the Scottish Rite, Boumi Temple, Knights Templar and Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

His wife, the former Thelma Moerken, whom he married in 1931, died in 1989.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Lane, Garrison.

Other survivors include a son, John Charles Eichler of Hampstead; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Ionic Lodge No. 145 A.F. & A.M., 85 Main St., Reisterstown 21136.

Mildred S. C. Karr

Balto. Co. employee

Mildred S. Carter Karr, a retired Baltimore County employee who was active in church work, died Dec. 28 of undetermined causes at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 84 and had lived at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson for five years.

She had been a member of the Towson United Methodist Church for over 40 years, where she "found great pleasure in participating in the annual fund-raising activities of the church," said her brother, Walter J. "Pete" Carter of Towson.

"She was a longtime member and loyal supporter of the church -- and that's the kind of member you need," said the Rev. Walter Smith, who knew her for 19 years.

She was employed for 20 years in the county tax assessment department and retired in the 1970s.

Born and reared in Remington in North Baltimore, she attended city schools and Eastern High School. In 1936, she married John M. Karr, a real estate broker, who died in 1975.

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