Hilary R. Curtiss, 63, benefits consultantHilary R...

February 21, 1997

Hilary R. Curtiss, 63, benefits consultant

Hilary R. Curtiss, 63, a retired benefits consultant and former Towson resident, died of a stroke Feb. 11 at his Tennessee home.

Mr. Curtiss, who had moved to Johnson City, Tenn., four months ago, retired in 1989 from Benefacts Inc., where he had been a senior benefits consultant for 20 years. Earlier, he worked for Nationwide Insurance Co. in Baltimore and Annapolis.

Known as Larry, he was born in Rochester, N.Y., and as a child moved to Salisbury, when his father was appointed publisher of the Salisbury Times.

He was a graduate of Wicomico High School, earned a bachelor's degree in 1956 from Washington College in Chestertown and served in the Army until 1958.

He was stricken in childhood with polio, but he was not left crippled.

In recent years, he had suffered from post-polio syndrome, which affects some muscles.

In his retirement, he enjoyed pursuing his hobby of securities analysis and managing his investment portfolio.

He and Janice Hopkins were married in 1960. She died in 1975.

He is survived by a son, John R. Curtiss of Lancaster, Pa.; a daughter, Cecile Curtiss of Timonium; his mother, Guinevere C. Curtiss of Alexandria, Va.; a brother, Alan C. Curtiss of Old Lyme, Conn.; two sisters, Linda C. Prause of Reisterstown and Gail C. Boardman of Alexandria, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, 200 E. Padonia Road in Timonium.

James V. Wood, 75, Westinghouse engineer

James V. Wood, 75, a retired Westinghouse engineer, died of cancer Feb. 7 at his Towson home.

A native of Newport, R.I., Mr. Wood served in the Army in Europe during World War II and attained the rank of staff sergeant. He graduated from Tri-State College in Angola, Ind., in the early 1950s, then was an engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Pittsburgh.

He retired in 1986 and settled in the southern Maryland town of Issue.

Mr. Wood and Mary Justa Buddinger were married in 1950. She died in 1986. Mr. Wood moved to Towson in 1995.

He enjoyed woodworking and crafted many dollhouses, birdhouses, toy garages and Christmas ornaments for his grandchildren and friends.

He is survived by four sons, James V. Wood Jr. of Cincinnati, John L. Wood of Baltimore, Thomas M. Wood of Towson and Patrick J. Wood of Catonsville; a daughter, Mary Kathleen Wood of Atlanta; and seven grandchildren.

Services were held Feb. 10.

Francis S. Johnson, 53, beauty salon owner

Francis S. Johnson, 53, a hair stylist and designer who owned a popular Charles Village beauty salon, died of cancer Feb. 9 at North Charles Health Care Center.

Mr. Johnson, a Bolton Hill resident, opened Studio 808 in the 2200 block of N. Charles St. in 1978, and operated it until last year when he sold the business because of ill health.

Earlier, he worked for 10 years as a hair stylist for Glemby International Salon in the Woodward & Lothrop department store in Columbia.

Born and raised in Dunnsville, Va., he moved to Baltimore in 1960 to attend Apex School of Beauty. He also attended Coppin State College.

After graduating from Apex, he went to Paris and studied with Vidal Sassoon. He also studied design in Toronto and London, and from 1982 to 1995 traveled throughout the world for Revlon, teaching and giving hair-styling seminars.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 1 at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, at Lafayette and Park avenues.

Mr. Johnson is survived by a brother, Wilbert Johnson of Baltimore; two sisters, Elrean Holmes of Baltimore and Patricia Holmes of Dunnsville; an uncle, Nathaniel McGuire of Los Angeles; an aunt, Ellen Johnson of Tappahannock, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Dr. Thomas E. Terrell of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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