Walter Tyler Johnson, 49, correctional officerWalter Tyler...

September 22, 1996

Walter Tyler Johnson, 49, correctional officer

Walter Tyler Johnson, an officer for 23 years at the Maryland House of Correction who was known for his fairness with inmates and penchant for wearing cowboy boots with his uniform, died of heart failure Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 49.

The Pikesville resident began work at the Jessup prison in 1972, after Army service and a year as a Baltimore police officer. He retired last year as a captain but remained president of the prison branch of the Maryland Classified Employees Association.

"He was always very cool and very relaxed," said Jerome Evans, a correctional officer who worked with Mr. Johnson. "He knew how to deal with the fire in here."

Mr. Johnson, a hulking figure, was nicknamed "Tex Johnson" and "John Wayne" because he wore black, pointed-toe cowboy boots with his khaki-colored uniform. Colleagues said he was a go-between for officers and management when problems arose and easily dealt with inmates.

He also was respected by former inmates. His wife of 21 years, the former Janet Grate, said he often met them at public places. "They always came up to him and spoke, because they felt he was all right, and they liked him."

Services were held yesterday at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore.

fTC In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Walter Tyler Johnson Jr. of Pikesville; a daughter, Adrienne Johnson of Pikesville; two brothers, Joseph Johnson and Wilbur Johnson, both of Baltimore; and two sisters, Dianna Ckyyou of Baltimore and Lillian Collins of Detroit. Hillary Clare Martick, a former Baltimorean who was a legal secretary in Los Angeles, died Sept. 9 after being struck by a car in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 43.

Ms. Martick, the daughter of Alexander R. Martick of Mount Washington and Helen Blechman of Baltimore, was born in Baltimore. She was a 1971 graduate of Western High School and earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1975. She was a U.S. Senate intern during her senior year.

After graduation, she was a reporter for the Harrisonburg, Va., Times, before attending the Law School of Catholic University of America, where she earned a law degree in 1979.

After moving to the West Coast, she was a legal secretary for firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Because of illness, she had not worked for the past several years.

An avid ballroom dancer, Ms. Martick organized fund-raising dances for charities, including the American Cancer Society.

Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Laurence V. Martick of York Springs, Pa.; two uncles, Sanford Martick and Morris Martick, both of Baltimore; two aunts, Rose Martick of Baltimore and Jeanette M. Miller of Washington; and a nephew, Zachary M. Martick of York Springs.

Memorial donations may be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, 1314 Bedford Ave., Pikesville 21209.

Pub Date: 9/22/96

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