Peter P. T. Merani, 62, political science professorPeter...

April 05, 1996

Peter P. T. Merani, 62, political science professor

Peter P. T. Merani, a professor of political science and former department chairman at Towson State University, died March 28 of complications of leukemia at his Roland Park residence. He was 62.

He joined Towson State as an associate professor of political science in 1965 and was made full professor in 1969. He also was director of the Center for the Study of International Relations and Public Policy at the university.

He was a member and former chairman of the university's Committee on International Studies and had also served as an assistant dean of the university.

Mr. Merani, who was a member of Gov.-elect Parris N. Glendening's transition team, was an expert on Southeast Asia and contributed articles to journals and books.

The son of a diplomat, he was born and raised in what now is Hyderabad, Pakistan, and was educated in private schools.

He came to the United States to study at the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1958, a master's degree in 1961 and a doctorate in international studies in 1964.

He became a citizen in 1963 and in 1977 earned a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1980.

Services were private.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Kathryn L. Bryan; two sons, Peter T. Merani of Towson and Paul B. Merani of Baltimore; three daughters, Pamela M. Gerry of Perry Hall, Patricia M. McClen of Columbia and Janice Busen of Woodbridge, Va.; two sisters, B. T. Merani and Devi Merani, both of Bombay; and two grandchildren.

Keith Norman Richwine, 65, English professor

A memorial service for Keith Norman Richwine, a retired professor and former chairman of the English department at Western Maryland College, will be held at 4 p.m. April 12 at the Little Baker Chapel on the Westminster campus.

Dr. Richwine died March 15 of kidney and liver failure at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 65 and lived in Westminster.

He was English department chairman for 31 years. He began teaching at the college in 1962 and was appointed department head in 1964. He retired in December.

He was an expert in American literature and wrote widely on Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, Lionel Trilling as well as Sigmund Freud.

He also researched the life of Gen. Robert J. Gill, an early %J benefactor of WMC, and Sadie Kneller Miller, a pioneering photo-journalist who graduated from WMC in 1885.

During the course of his research, Dr. Richwine discovered nearly a thousand images of Maryland that she had taken between 1900-1910 that had been considered lost. He later organized a traveling exhibition of the photographs after receiving a Maryland Council on the Humanities grant. He also lobbied successfully for Mrs. Miller's induction in 1988 into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame.

At Western Maryland, he founded a department newsletter and frequently contributed to the Hill, the school's alumni magazine. His professional memberships included the American Association of University Professors and the Modern Language and American studies associations.

The native of Harrisburg, Pa., earned a bachelor's degree in 1952 from Shippensburg University, a master's degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1955 and a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.

He collected the works of 20th-century American authors, including those of the Beat Generation.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Eleanor Nace; two brothers, Charles Richwine III of Harrisburg, Pa., and Larry Richwine of Halifax, Pa.; and two nephews.

Margaret D.M. Mangels, 91, physical education teacher

Margaret D. M. Mangels died of a stroke Monday at College Manor nursing home in Lutherville, where she had moved in 1988 from Ridgewood, N.J. She was 91.

The former Margaret D. Meyer was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a physical education teacher before her marriage in 1930 to John H. Mangels, who died in 1991.

Services were held Wednesday . She is survived by two sons, William A. Mangels of Ruxton and J. Peter Mangels of Ridgefield, Conn.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Eileen K. Smith, 80, former Baltimore resident

Eileen K. Smith, 80, a former Baltimore resident who died Sunday of cancer in Tulsa, Okla., where she had lived since 1940, was remembered at services there Tuesday.

She was born Eileen Keelty in West Baltimore, graduated in 1933 from Notre Dame Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1937 from Rosemont College. In 1940, she married Thomas C. Smith Sr. and moved to Tulsa. He died in 1971.

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