Dorothy L. JamesSchoolteacherDorothy L. James, a retired...

July 15, 1995

Dorothy L. James


Dorothy L. James, a retired elementary schoolteacher who often was called upon to provide the costumes, decorations or scripts for programs at her school, died Tuesday after a possible stroke at her home in Randallstown. She was 81.

Mrs. James retired in 1977 from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt School near Park Circle, where she had spent most of her 38-year teaching career.

Born Dorothy Lorenz in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel School, the Institute of Notre Dame and what is now Towson State University. She also studied at Mount St. Agnes College and the Johns Hopkins University.

At Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, she had been president of the Mothers' Club, and prefect of the Sodality. In 1976, she was Mother of the Year in the parish that is now closed.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. James will be offered at 10 a.m. today at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, 4408 Liberty Heights Ave.

Her husband, Frank H. James Jr., died in November. She is survived by three sons, Frank H. James III of Rosedale, Stephen J. James of Westport, Conn., and Michael S. James of Danbury, Conn.; a daughter, Melissa M. James of Randallstown; two sisters, Mildred Bower of Westminster and Theresa King of Randallstown; a brother, William Lorenz of Pasadena; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Alvin C. Hutton


Alvin Campbell Hutton, an engineer who cherished a childhood that took place with some of the century's greatest inventions, died of heart failure Tuesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 90.

"Dad saw the Wright brothers fly in Washington and met one of them, Orville or Wilbur, I can't remember which," said his son, George A. Hutton of Annapolis. "He was following everything they did back then. I think he even went down to Kitty Hawk somewhere along the line."

A tinkerer in his own right, with several patents in the field of fire protection to his credit, the elder Hutton spent most of his career with the federal Bureau of Standards.

"He was involved very early in fire protection work, things like testing safes to see what they could withstand and burning Liberty Ships to scientifically understand mysterious fires," said the son. "He had a number of fire code patents from the 1930s and '40s."

Born in Washington, Alvin Hutton grew up on Capitol Hill and attended McKinley Technical School and George Washington University before joining the Bureau of Standards in 1925 as a fire protection technician. He worked in the bureau as a building materials specialist until 1953, when he joined the American Standards Association. He retired from the group, which lobbied for standardized building codes nationwide, in 1966.

Mr. Hutton spent most of his life living in homes along the Severn River in Epping Forest and St. Margarets on Mill Creek. An avid sailor who loved wooden boats, he spent many winters sailing between Annapolis and Florida after his retirement. Not long ago, he had restored two old boats: the "Stormy Petrel" and "West Wind."

L He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Mr. Hutton's wife, the former Virginia Simmons, died in 1945. He is also survived by a granddaughter, Virginia E. Hutton of Annapolis.

Services for Mr. Hutton were held yesterday.

Memorial donations may be made to the Providence Center of Baldwin Industries, 80 West St., Annapolis 21401.

Joshua H. Armacost


Dr. Joshua H. Armacost, who had practiced general medicine in Woodlawn for many years before joining the staff at Mount Wilson Hospital, died Tuesday of a respiratory illness at Broadmead, the Cockeysville retirement community where he had lived for nearly 10 years. He was 92.

Dr. Armacost retired in 1965 from the staff of the state tuberculosis hospital where he had specialized in pulmonary medicine since 1956. From 1928 to 1956, he maintained a general practice in Woodlawn.

A native of the Cockeysville area who was raised in Owings Mills, he was a 1921 graduate of Franklin High School. He attended Mount Vernon College on West Madison Street before graduating from the University of Maryland medical school in 1927. He served an internship in West Chester, Pa., before starting his practice.

For many years, he was a member of First Church of the Brethren on Liberty Heights Avenue, where he served on the building committee and was active in men's organizations.

After his retirement, he lived in Boonsboro, Pa., then in Sparks before moving to Broadmead where he had done volunteer work.

His first wife, the former Myrle Waneda Grossnickle, whom he married in 1925, died in 1976.

Services for Dr. Armacost were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Pauline Justice Chilcoat; three sons, Joshua Paul Armacost of Woodlawn, David L. Armacost of Lochearn and Robert W. Armacost of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Janet Daum of Timonium; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Joseph E. Warwick

Construction consultant

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