Betty Lee Dickens, 72, teacher, hospital volunteerBetty...

November 02, 1997

Betty Lee Dickens, 72, teacher, hospital volunteer

Betty Lee Dickens, a former elementary school teacher and hospital volunteer in Salisbury, died of cancer Thursday at Chancellor Care Center in Delmar, Del. She was 72. Born Betty Saumenig in Baltimore, she graduated from Catonsville High School in 1943 and the University of Maryland in 1947.

In the 1960s, she taught at Delmar Elementary School on the Maryland side of the border town, then moved to Prince Street Elementary School in Salisbury. For the past three years, she was a volunteer in the coffee shop at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

Marriages to Charles Ernest Moorefield, an insurance agent, and Richard H. Dickens, a parks and recreation director in Deerfield Beach, Fla., ended in divorce.

She is survived by a son, Craig Moorefield, and a daughter, Linda Stuart, both of Delmar; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 7: 30 p.m. today at Short Funeral Home, 13 E. Grove St., Delmar, Del.

Lewis McDaniel Ford, 47, musician, teacher, engineer

Lewis McDaniel "Mac" Ford, a musician who played with many local rock and jazz bands, died of pneumonia and a bacterial infection Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Lutherville resident was 47.

"We'll love him forever," said Bev Wardley, his employer at Beverly's Music Emporium in Bel Air, where Mr. Ford worked for the past eight years as a music teacher and recording engineer. "He could touch, inspire and motivate his students in a way that made them want to play."

A native of Baltimore, he graduated from Dulaney High in 1968. He attended what is now Towson University, where he studied with Ed Polanker, clarinetist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. But Mr. Ford's tastes leaned more to rock, folk and jazz, and he played with such area groups as The Spectors, Froggy and the Gremlins, Happy Daze and Dime Store Split. In the 1970s, he was a member of Iguana, a band that performed nightly in Ellicott City.

Colleagues called him "Utility Man" because of his ability to play so many instruments: saxophone, guitar, flute, drums, piano and clarinet. He also sang.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, the former Viki Melka, a professional musician, and his mother, Ruth A. Ford of Lutherville.

A memorial service is planned for 6 p.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Charles Adams Johnson Sr., 70, industrial designer, sailor

A memorial service was held yesterday for Charles Adams "Todd" Johnson Sr., a retired industrial designer whose multifaceted designs ranged from Pepsi Cola bottles in the 1950s to stores and electric razors.

Mr. Johnson died of heart failure Oct. 14 at his home in Millington, Kent County. He was 70.

Born and raised in Woodbury, N.J., he was a direct descendant of presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and Joshua Johnson of Maryland, who served as first U.S. consul to Great Britain in 1787.

After Marine Corps service during World War II, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and studied at New York's Pratt Institute.

During a career of nearly five decades in New York, where he directed his own firm, Mr. Johnson designed corporate logotypes, stores in airport terminals, Waring blenders, electric razors for Gillette and Remington, as well as Pepsi bottles.

A resident of Kent County since 1986, Mr. Johnson enjoyed racing his sailboat and was past commodore of the Chester River Yacht and Country Club. He was also a member of genealogical and historical societies and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The memorial service was held at Shrewsbury Parish Episcopal Church in Kennedyville, where he was a communicant.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, the former Vernie Theden Hill; a son, Charles Adams Johnson Jr. of Kirkland, Wash.; four daughters, Cynthia Johnson Dodd of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Susan Johnson Spoonts of Punta Gorda, Fla., Anne Johnson Simon of Hawthorne, N.Y., and Katherine Johnson of Bristol, R.I.; and 10 grandchildren.

Sister Mary Hildegard, 92, parochial school teacher

Sister Mary Hildegard Laforest, S.S.N.D., who taught at several parochial schools in the Baltimore area, died of pneumonia Thursday at Maria Health Center of Villa Assumpta, the order's motherhouse. She was 92.

Born Mary Blanche Laforest in St. Louis, she completed her high school education in Baltimore at the Institute of Notre Dame and worked several years as a stenographer.

She professed her vows in 1931. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Villanova University in 1947 and a master's in English there in 1959.

Her assignments locally included St. Ann School, where she taught business from 1963 to 1966, and Notre Dame Preparatory School, where she taught typing and was assistant librarian from 1972 to 1977. She retired in 1983.

"She received cards, letters and even visits from people as far away as New Jersey whom she'd taught," said Sister Bernice Feilinger, community representative at the health center.

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