Louis S. Sagi, 74, Baltimore County educatorLouis S. Sagi...

February 14, 1996

Louis S. Sagi, 74, Baltimore County educator

Louis S. Sagi, a retired educator and devotee of rail travel, died Friday at Stella Maris Hospice of cancer. The Fallston resident was 74.

Mr. Sagi retired in 1982 from the Baltimore County public school system where he was a pupil personnel worker for 25 years. Earlier he had taught history in high school from 1951 to 1956.

Born in Lackawanna, N.Y., he was a graduate of Buffalo area schools. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1949 and a master's degree in history in 1952 from what is now the State University of New York at Buffalo.

During World War II, he flew 35 missions as a B-24 bombardier with the 15th Air Force in Italy. His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters.

After the war, he joined the Air Force Reserve and later transferred to the 175th Tactical Fighter Group of the Maryland Air National Guard. He was the unit's executive officer when he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1969.

A rail buff, he crossed Canada by train and traveled through Europe aboard the legendary Orient Express with his wife, the former Betty Fischler. They were married for 48 years.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. today at the McComas Funeral Home, West Broadway and Williams Street in Bel Air.

Other survivors include a son, Mark S. Sagi of Fallston; a daughter, Ann Sagi Ward of Towson; his mother, Julia Tobias Sagi, and a sister, Irene Norton, both of Higden, Ark.; and a niece.

Bryson G. Christhilf Sr., 77, headed equipment business

Bryson G. Christhilf Sr., who retired last year as president of a Timonium construction equipment company founded by his father, died Monday of complications after surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Brooklandville resident was 77.

He retired as president of S. M. Christhilf & Son Inc. after selling the company, which was founded in 1929. He had spent his entire business career there.

Born and raised in Cedarcroft, he was a 1936 graduate of City College and took courses at St. John's College in Annapolis.

He hunted deer and waterfowl and raised Labrador retrievers at his farm on Langford Bay in Kent County.

He was a member of the Maryland Club, the Baltimore Country Club, the Society of Colonial Wars and the Sons of the Revolution.

He was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Boyce Ave. in Ruxton, where services will be held at 12:30 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Elizabeth Myers; and two sons, Bryson Gill Christhilf Jr. of Towson and James Merryman Christhilf of Lutherville.

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