Friends of five Md. victims join in tears and laughter Mother and son, teacher among those recollected

July 20, 1996|By Rafael Alvarez and S. Mitra Kalita | Rafael Alvarez and S. Mitra Kalita,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Dan Thanh Dang, Tanya Jones, Suzanne Loudermilk and Jal Mehta contributed to this article.

A handful of friends who loved James Henry Hurd III gathered at the young man's Canton apartment in Baltimore yesterday to mourn the 29-year-old passenger of TWA Flight 800 with beer, tears and stories that made them laugh the way Jamie used to.

"We always hung out, partied and traveled together. We were sort of like an old married couple," said Simon Stansfield, Hurd's best friend and longtime roommate. "He'd have me and everyone else rolling in stitches."

Funeral arrangements for Hurd and other Marylanders lost when the jet exploded over Long Island, N.Y., Wednesday night remained incomplete yesterday.

Also killed were Paula Carven, 42, a TWA flight attendant, and her 9-year-old son, Jay, both of Bel Air; Pamela Crandell, 28, a first-grade teacher in Crownsville; and David Hogan, a Paris-based composer of choral music who graduated from Peabody Institute in the 1970s.

A memorial Mass for the 47-year-old Hogan will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday at the American Cathedral in Paris, according to friends.

Jamie Hurd was en route to Paris with 229 others Wednesday night, on a trip to see Hope Schab, a teacher of French at Woodlawn High School. Hurd, who managed his family's Glen Burnie automotive service center, had been dating Schab for the past year.

The couple was planning to spend three days on the French Riviera this week.

"What I most admired about Jamie is how motivated he was about everything, but that he still really knew how to work and play," said Schab, 24, who cut short her six-week visit to France after learning of the tragedy and returned to Baltimore Thursday.

Both Schab and Stansfield were staying in close touch with the Hurd family, who flew to New York Thursday morning.

Stansfield was asked to search the apartment for dental and medical records to help identify his friend -- an outgoing, athletic graduate of Towson State University.

Pamela Crandell gave up an accounting career to help people -- young children making their way through the rigors of grade school. Crandell earned her master's degree in teaching last year at Johns Hopkins University and had just finished her rookie year at South Shore Elementary School in Crownsville this spring.

Crandell's natural flair for teaching was apparent, said Linda Poole, a Hopkins professor who served as the young woman's mentor. But her talent was particularly evident one day on the playground.

Crandell was monitoring would-be scientists from the third grade as they collected field data. First the fire bell rang for a surprise drill and then a garden snake crawled out of the sand near a jungle gym.

All the while, Crandell was being watched by Poole and all the while, the apprentice kept cool.

"I have seen people who would have dissolved under far less," said Poole. "But she handled it with her usual good humor and the calmness of an experienced teacher. Pam was the kind of person who, when people thinking about going into teaching came in and met her, it really helped them believe that they, too, could make that career change."

Near Bel Air, teachers at Ring Factory Elementary School were grieving over the loss of one of their fourth-graders, Jay Carven. The boy was traveling on vacation with his mother, Paula.

The school's guidance counselor and the chief of psychology for Harford County public schools met yesterday with several teachers. "It is real important for parents to deal with facts, not conjecture," said Robert L. Christopher, supervisor of elementary schools in Harford. The counselors will be available to parents Monday at (410) 638-4186.

It's the second time in a year that the Ring Factory community has had a school member hurt in a plane crash. Art teacher Mary Dawn Dumm survived a commuter plane crash in Georgia last summer and is recovering from injuries and burns.

"It's phenomenal it would be the same school," Dumm said yesterday. "When I heard about the crash on television, it all came back to me."

Pub Date: 7/20/96

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