Marion A. Epps Fleet, 86, homemakerMarion A. Epps Fleet, a...

August 27, 1996

Marion A. Epps Fleet, 86, homemaker

Marion A. Epps Fleet, a homemaker and churchgoer, died of a massive heart attack Thursday at Harbor View Medical Center. She was 86 and lived in Southwest Baltimore.

The Baltimore native was educated in city schools.

Mrs. Fleet was a longtime member of Bethany Baptist Church in the 2600 block of Ridgely St., where she was a member of Willing Workers, which sponsors social activities at the church.

Four of her children -- three daughters and a son -- are deceased.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Village Baptist Church, 100 S. Hilton St.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Benjamin H. Fleet; three daughters, Corinne Jackson Lewis and Jacqueline Smallwood, both of Baltimore, and Brenda Johnson of Odenton; 33 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. John Timothy Garrity, a longtime management consultant and a founder of a firm that helps Eastern European countries switch to market economies, died of lung cancer Saturday at his home on Gibson Island. He was 72.

Mr. Garrity spent 28 years at McKinsey & Co., the international management consulting firm, retiring as managing director of its Washington bureau in 1978.

He then was executive vice president of Holland America Line until 1981, when he joined the adjunct faculties of the School of Organization and Management at Yale University and the Graduate Business School and School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

In 1991, in conjunction with Georgetown, he founded the Advanced Management Institute in Bethesda to provide management training that would aid in the conversion of Eastern European economies to the market system.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11: 30 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Chesapeake Roman Catholic Church, 1527 Macro Road in Pasadena.

He is survived by his wife, Rachael; three daughters, Katherine Potter of Baltimore, Barbara Garrity of Houston and Claire Sinn of Watertown, N.Y.; two sons, John Timothy Garrity Jr. of Wynnewood, Pa. and David Garrity of New York; two stepsons, Jon Lowder of Dumfries, Va., and Russell Lowder of Alexandria, Va.; two brothers, W. Arthur Garrity Jr. of Wellesley, Mass., and James L. Garrity of Rye, N.Y.; a sister, Margaret Shea of Worcester, Mass.; and 10 grandchildren.

Despina K. Kontoyianis, 81, seamstress

Despina K. Kontoyianis, a retired seamstress who helped Greek immigrants settle in Baltimore, died Saturday in her sleep at her Highlandtown residence. She was 81.

The former Despina Kootsouradis, known as Grace, worked from the 1940s until her retirement in 1976 as a seamstress in the Candler Building.

She was born in Chios, Greece, and immigrated to Monessen, Pa., where she graduated from high school. In 1934, she married John Kontoyianis and they moved to Baltimore in the late 1930s. Mr. Kontoyianis survives.

"She and her husband were an unofficial welcoming committee to new Greek immigrants who arrived in Highlandtown," said a nephew, the Rev. Manuel Burdusi of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Highlandtown.

Since St. Nicholas' founding in 1952, Mrs. Kontoyianis was a member of the church, where she was in Philoptohos, a women's bTC organization that helps the needy.

Her two sons are deceased, Nicholas Kontoyianis in 1966 and George Kontoyianis last year.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today 7 at St. Nicholas, 520 S. Ponca St.

Other survivors include two brothers, Kassandro Kootsouradis of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Gust Kootsouradis of Monessen; two sisters, Frieda Costas of Donora, Pa. and Lamona Burdusi of Bel Air; and three grandchildren.

DeMarquis D. Wyatt, 76, NASA administrator

DeMarquis D. Wyatt, 76, an administrator with NASA from the time of the space agency's inception until his retirement in 1973, died Aug. 13 at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a heart attack. He lived in Annapolis.

His 15-year career at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration spanned a heady time in space research and development, from experiments with the first supersonic wind tunnels to the Apollo moon landing and the creation of the modern rocket program.

After he retired from NASA, he became a consultant to the National Academy of Engineering and later a senior research associate at the National Research Council. He also served on several committees that completed studies for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy before retiring again in 1983.

He was born in St. Joseph, Mo., and graduated from what now is the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in science. In 1963, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate in engineering.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces reserves and worked as a researcher at the Cleveland engine laboratory of the National Advisory Committee, the precursor to NASA. There, he was head of the research division that tested aerodynamics using the first supersonic wind tunnel.

Mr. Wyatt had an appreciation for the arts; he supported the Annapolis Symphony, Colonial Players, and the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and was a member of the Archaeology Lab of the Historic Annapolis Foundation.

He was a member of Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Dubois Road outside Annapolis, where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 15.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Louise Dunlap; a son, Keith Wyatt of Los Angeles; a daughter, Katherine DeWitt of Reston, Va.; a brother, Frank Wyatt of Charles Town, W. Va.; and three grandchildren.

Pub Date: 8/27/96

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