Philip L. Wickenden, 60, health care consultantPhilip L...

June 06, 1996

Philip L. Wickenden, 60, health care consultant

Philip L. Wickenden, a health care management consultant and former assistant state insurance commissioner, died Sunday of complications after surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 60.

At his death, Mr. Wickenden was chief executive officer of Wickenden Group LLC, a mid-Atlantic regional health care management firm based in Towson that was an outgrowth of Wickenden & Co., a health care management and insurance consulting firm he founded in 1978.

Mr. Wickenden was assistant insurance commissioner from 1989 to 1991, responsible for regulations and market practices of life insurance and health management companies.

A native of New York City, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1957 from Princeton University and a master's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1963.

He began his business career with the Sun Oil Co. and in 1964 joined McKinsey & Co., a national consulting firm based in New York. He later worked for the Singer Co., and was sent to London as vice president and managing director of the company's European division.

He was chief financial officer and vice president of American Can Co., a subsidiary of M & T Chemicals Inc., until moving to Baltimore in 1980.

Despite his business accomplishments, Mr. Wickenden was most proud of having just celebrated 20 years of sobriety.

"He was very active in Alcoholics Anonymous and enjoyed trying to help others," said his wife of three years, the former Lynn Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

He is also survived by two daughters, Leigh Wickenden McIntyre of Ellicott City and Sandra Wickenden Ewing of Upperco; a stepson, Gregory Roberts of Glyndon; and three grandchildren.

Isobel Pirie Williams, 94, equestrian, world traveler

Isobel Pirie Williams, an equestrian and world traveler who was active in volunteer and civic activities in Anne Arundel County for many years, died May 30 at her Severna Park home after a short illness. She was 94.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Williams was the daughter of Samuel Carson Pirie, one of the founders of the Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. department store in Chicago.

A 1923 graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, she traveled extensively, including a trip to the mainland of China in 1930.

She married Benjamin D. Williams Jr., a native of Ruxton, in 1934, and they moved to Green Spring Valley from Sea Cliff, Long Island, in 1957. Mr. Williams died in 1981.

She enjoyed horse riding years ago, and rode in hunts in New York, Virginia and Maryland. She was active with the Caritas Society college charitable organization at St. John's College in Annapolis.

She is survived by two sons, Benjamin D. Williams III of Pomfret, Conn., and Rodney W. Williams II of Greenwood, Calif.; a daughter, Isobel Williams Pelham of Severna Park; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 14 at St. Thomas' Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane in Owings Mills.

Charles Edward Gibson Jr., 73, Philadelphia firefighter

Charles Edward Gibson Jr., a Baltimore native who was a retired Philadelphia firefighter, died Friday in Newtonville, N.J., of cancer. He was 73.

Raised in East Baltimore, Mr. Gibson graduated from Dunbar High School in 1941. He served in the Army during World War II.

After his retirement in 1978, he lived in Newtonville with his wife, the former Louise T. Killson.

Other survivors include his mother, Susie B. Gibson of Baltimore; a son, Charles Edward Gibson III of Philadelphia; a daughter, Zena Louise Gibson of Newtonville; a brother, Henry L. Gibson of Hampton, Va.; and three sisters, Aurora B. Chambers, Earlyne G. Moir and June O. Anderson, all of Baltimore.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at First Seventh Day Adventist Church in Newtonville.

Pub Date: 6/06/96

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