Ruth C. Dunlap, 77, NIH researcher, cellistRuth C. Dunlap...

February 25, 1996

Ruth C. Dunlap, 77, NIH researcher, cellist

Ruth C. Dunlap, who retired in 1988 after 22 years as a medical researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, died Tuesday of complications from cancer at her Columbia home. She was 77.

For more than 20 years, she was a cellist in the Columbia Orchestra. She also was a member of chamber music groups and area golf leagues, and volunteered at Red Cross blood drives.

Dr. Dunlap, known by her friends as "Toni," was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Her undergraduate degree was from Antioch Col

lege in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In 1966, she completed a doctorate in immunology and virology at the University of North Carolina.

Memorial services were held yesterday in Columbia.

Survivors include a son, James C. Dunlap of Encinitas, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara D. Gulgas of Youngstown, Ohio; a brother, George W. Comstock of Boonsboro; and four grandchildren.

David S. Sykes, 84, lawyer for 45 years

David S. Sykes, whose career as a lawyer spanned 45 years until he retired in 1985 from the firm of Pierson & Pierson, died Thursday of a heart ailment in his Owings Mills home. He was 84.

He was a founding member of a Baltimore branch of The Wig and Pen, a private club of judges and lawyers.

The Baltimore native graduated from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Law School. He was a Navy lieutenant during World War II.

Memorial services are private.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Jean Fleishman; two daughters, Wendy Sykes Mopsik of Towson and Laurie Sykes Hofheimer of Belleair Beach, Fla.; a sister, Ruth S. Cohen of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Ann Foster of London; a stepson, Eddie Rogers of Owings Mills; and four grandchildren.

Hilda Thomas Mumford, 87, girls' school headmistress

Hilda Thomas Mumford, who taught at two private girls' schools in Baltimore and retired in 1974 after four years as headmistress at Fox Hollow Girls School in Lenox, Mass., died Tuesday of cancer at the Fair Haven Retirement Community in Sykesville. She was 87.

She taught history at Bryn Mawr School in Roland Park, of which she was an alumna, from 1955 to 1963, and then headed the history department at Garrison Forest School for seven years, before going to Massachusetts.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by two sons, Philip G. Mumford II of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Thomas Tazewell Mumford of Portland, Maine; two daughters, Maria Mumford Carroll of Waterloo, Iowa, and Katharine Mumford Kirkpatrick of Bradley, Maine; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her husband of 20 years, Thomas Davis Mumford, died in 1955.

Eleanor Gibson Gambrill, 96, executive secretary

Eleanor Gibson Gambrill, an executive secretary whose nearly 40-year career at WBAL spanned the era from radio to television, died Tuesday in her sleep at Church Home Nursing Center. She was 96.

Miss Gambrill, a Roland Park resident until moving to the nursing home eight years ago, went to work at WBAL in 1925, when the station went on the air.

She was secretary to Frederick R. Huber, the station's first director who later became director of the Lyric Theatre. At the time, the fledgling station was owned by the Consolidated Gas Electric Light and Power Co., now Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., and was in the utility's Lexington Street headquarters. She retired from WBAL in 1962.

She began her career in the early 1920s as the secretary to the headmistress of the Roland Park Country School. She attended the Arundel School until it closed in 1916, then graduated from Roland Park Country School in 1918.

At her death, she was the school's oldest known alumna, said alumnae director, Ginny Wood Delauney. She continued her education at Strayer's Business College, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore. Born in Sudbrook Park, Miss Gambrill, the daughter of Baltimore businessman Albert Gambrill Jr. and Nannie Gibson Coulter Gambrill, was raised in Avalon in Howard County, and later moved with her family to Guilford.

She was a scion of William Gambrill, who settled in Calvert County in 1684. Her great-grandfather, Charles Alexander Gambrill, owned and operated Gambrill's Mills on the Patapsco River near Ellicott City in addition to extensive land holdings in Anne Arundel and Howard counties. The family name has been perpetuated in the Anne Arundel County village of Gambrills.

She was a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra volunteer and a member of the Second Presbyterian Church.

Services are private.

Her only survivor is a cousin, John Stewart Morton Jr. of Owings Mills.

William C. DeVilbiss, 71, printing firm vice president

William Charles DeVilbiss, who retired in 1990 as vice president of DeVilbiss Printing Co., which his father founded, died Feb. 17 of heart failure at his Towson home. He was 71.

He graduated from Calvert Hall College in 1942 and served in the Navy during World War II. He was in the Naval Reserve when he was called up during the Korean War.

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