Santina A. Myrick, 60, radio sales managerSantina Alexis...

April 21, 1996

Santina A. Myrick, 60, radio sales manager

Santina Alexis Myrick, who was general sales manager for several Baltimore area radio stations and one of the first women nationwide to hold that position, died Thursday of leukemia at the University of Maryland Hospital. She was 60.

Mrs. Myrick of Glen Burnie was the first general sales manager at station WXYV-FM (V-103) when she was named to the job in 1981.

"She gave me and many others our first opportunities in radio sales," said Sheila Butler, an account executive at V-103. "She was the first and helped a lot of others in the sales field."

Born Santina Canfora, she was raised in New Castle, Pa., and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 1957 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. She married Wilbur Edward Myrick in 1957; they divorced in 1974.

She taught drama and art from 1958 to 1972 in grade schools in Alexandria, Va., and in Charlotte, N.C., before beginning her radio career as an account executive at a station in Charlotte.

She moved to Reisterstown in 1974 when she accepted a job as account executive with radio station WCAO-AM. She remained at the station until she began work at V-103 in 1981.

"She helped a lot of young women get into the field," Ms. Butler said. "She allowed you to explore your strengths and was very tolerant of the learning process. She recognized something in me that I didn't know was there."

Mrs. Myrick was general sales manager at WCBM-AM from 1985 to 1987, and at WWIN-AM from 1987 to 1989, when failing health forced her to retire.

Jerry Daniels, an account executive at station WWMX-FM who worked with Mrs. Myrick at WCBM, said she was very supportive of the station's salespersons.

"She was just a wonderful person who helped everyone," Mr. Daniels said. "Warm is not a good enough word to describe her."

Family and colleagues recall Mrs. Myrick as a modest person who was very businesslike and professional.

During her senior year at VCU, she won the "Miss Sweetheart" title in a beauty contest, for which entertainer Perry Como was host. Several days later, in an interview with a newspaper, she wore an old painter's smock.

"She just felt it wasn't important how she looked," said her daughter Mia Suzette Collins of Charlotte. "She felt that what was inside was important."

Mrs. Myrick moved to Glen Burnie eight months ago to be close to relatives.

Services are scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Church of Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave. in Glen Burnie.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Alex Martin-Myrick of Charlotte; another daughter, Miesa Alexis Myrick of Glen Burnie; two brothers, Joseph Canfora of New Castle and Philip Canfora of Ocean City; three sisters, Mary Stramella and Gerri Sinchak, both of Glen Burnie, and Margie Russo of St. Louis; and three grandchildren. George B. Guest, a political activist for 30 years in Baltimore and a former city police officer, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in New Hudson, Mich., where he moved last year. He was 54.

Mr. Guest spent much of his life helping black politicians attain seats of power. In the 1960s, he worked on the campaign that made Joseph C. Howard the first black judge on the supreme bench of Baltimore City, now called the Circuit Court. Later, he campaigned for former U.S. Rep. Parren J. Mitchell and was campaign treasurer for former state Del. Wendell Phillips. He was active in the re-election bids of Sen. Clarence W. Blount and others.

"He was always a volunteer who was committed fully to the candidate he worked for," said longtime friend Terry Taylor. "He was my heart."

A police officer for 10 years, Mr. Guest also owned the Guest House Deli on Liberty Road and Stop Private Investigations Service, which he ran for 18 years. He was a charter member of the Heritage United Church of Christ.

"The interesting thing he brought [to politics] was his organizational ability and his affinity for people," said Jim Davenport, a cousin.

He is survived by his wife, the former Garnetta Jones Harper; his mother, Lilian Davenport Guest; three sons, Anthony Guest, Kevin Guest and George Surrette; three daughters, Dawn Harper, Nicole Guest and Kelli Harper; a brother, Jerome Guest; two sisters, Debra Barnes and Diane Lett; and 10 grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. today at Heritage United Church of Christ, 3106 Liberty Heights Ave.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Wendell Phillips Foundation, a community foundation at the church that helps young men. Amalia C. Monios, mother of the Rev. Constantine M. Monios, dean of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore, died April 13 of heart disease at a Baynesville nursing home. She was 94.

Mrs. Monios was born in Greece. She and her husband, Michael, who died 13 years ago, owned a meat market in Monessen, Pa., for more than 40 years.

Also surviving are five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday.

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