Jack R. MartinEquipment firm ownerJack R. Martin, retired...

March 09, 1995

Jack R. Martin

Equipment firm owner

Jack R. Martin, retired owner of a Baltimore contractors equipment company, died March 1 of respiratory failure at a hospital in Melbourne, Fla. He was 76 and lived in Barefoot Bay, Fla.

He retired in 1978 as owner of Lamplighters Inc., a supplier of barriers with flashing warning lights, and in 1979 moved from Towson to Deerfield Beach, Fla.

A native of Davenport, Iowa, he attended St. Ambrose College there and the University of Maryland before becoming an officer in the Army Air Forces in 1942.

During World War II, he was a pilot, flying transports and search and rescue planes in Europe and the Far East. After the war, he returned to Maryland and became a member of the Air National Guard, retiring in 1970 as a lieutenant colonel.

His memberships had included the Baltimore Yacht Club, the Fellsmere Lodge of the Masons in Sebastian, Fla., and York Rite and Boumi Temple in Baltimore. He also had belonged to pilots and veterans groups and other organizations.

Services were planned for 11 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Mr. Martin is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, the former Margaret Dowling; two daughters, Ane R. Stone of Baynesville and Patricia M. Brand of Timonium; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Phillip E. Lewis


Phillip E. Lewis, a retired printer and model train collector, died Sunday of lung cancer at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 66 and lived in Govans.

He retired in 1992 after 40 years at Dulany-Vernay Printing Co. and Rosedale Printers, a successor company. He began his career in 1947 in the art department of Hochschild-Kohn department store.

He collected antique Lionel and American Flyer electric trains.

"He loved setting them up in the dining room and having the neighborhood children come in and help him run them," said his wife of six years, the former Rose Marie Dawson.

Born and reared in Baltimore, Mr. Lewis was a graduate of parochial schools and Patterson Park High School. He was a member of the Litho Club.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Other survivors include a daughter, Kathleen P. Misek of Overlea; two brothers, Gerald Glyn Lewis and Joseph Alan Lewis, both of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 43025, Baltimore 21236-0025.

Louis Waitsman

Artist, writer

Services for Louis Waitsman, 49, an artist, writer and collector who died in a fire at his Milford Mill home Sunday , were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Brothers, 6010 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore.

"His life and artwork really enriched the Maryland Institute," said Raoul Middleman, a Baltimore artist who taught Mr. Waitsman when he was a student at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in the 1960s.

"His work was very magical, bizarre yet whimsical. He was fertilized by the things he saw and translated it into this fabulous personal vision. He loved comic books and was greatly influenced by them. He was truly an original."

Joe Giordano, an artist and teacher at Carver Vocational High School who was a student at the Maryland Institute and longtime friend, said, "He had an innocence about him. He had a great gift for drawing and painting and was able to put colors, and patterns together in a very complex way. He was fascinated by mythology, and that certainly found its way into his work. But later in his life he gave up visual art and focused on his book."

Mr. Waitsman had spent the last several years writing a book, which had stretched to about 6,000 pages.

"It was a combination of sci-fi, detective fiction and pulp magazine fiction, and he really let go with his inner pictures," said Dr. Ken Rudo, a Chapel Hill, N.C., toxicologist, who credits Mr. Waitsman with getting him interested in comic book collecting.

Mr. Waitsman was a 1963 graduate of Milford Mill High School and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1967 from the Maryland Institute.

He lived in his boyhood home in the 8000 block of Milton Ave.

He is survived by an aunt and several cousins.

James E. Johnson

Financial planner

James E. Johnson, a native of Baltimore and a financial planner, died Friday after an apparent heart attack while playing basketball at a recreation center in Philadelphia. He was 31.

He had been a financial planner at Fidelity Trust Bank during the seven years he lived in Philadelphia. Earlier, he was a substitute teacher at Woodlawn High School.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Woodlawn High and of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the 59th Street Baptist Church in Philadelphia and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mount Olive Baptist Church, York Road and Bosley Avenue in Towson.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lisa M. Smith; a son, James E. Johnson Jr. of Philadelphia; his parents, Joyce and Raymond Johnson of Northampton, Pa.; two brothers, Raymond Johnson Jr. of Randallstown and Bryan Johnson of Woodlawn; and three sisters, Karen Johnson of Woodlawn, Cheryl Sketers of Catonsville and Linda Harvey of Baltimore.

Dr. Karl-Heinz A. Rosler, 62, who retired in June as an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, died Friday of liver disease at University of Maryland Medical Center.

The Catonsville resident had been a member of the pharmacy school faculty since 1970 and specialized in pharmacognosy, the study of plants used in medicine.

A memorial service was held yesterday in UM's Pharmacy Hall. He is survived by two sons, Michael and Markus Rosler; his mother, Marga Rosler; and a sister, Margot Malisch. All are of Munich, Germany.

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