Paul J. Leisher, 30, engineering executivePaul J. Leisher...

January 03, 1998

Paul J. Leisher, 30, engineering executive

Paul J. Leisher, a civil engineer and a native of South Baltimore, died Sunday of cancer at the Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center.

He was 30 and lived in Charleston.

Born in the South Baltimore community of Locust Point, he was a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Mary Star of the Sea schools and Cardinal Gibbons High School.

He was executive vice president of Connect, a Charleston engineering firm. A 1992 engineering graduate of Drexel University, he was a past president of the National Geo-Technical Students' Group at that school. He also held a master's degree from Drexel.

He held memberships in the American Society of Civil Engineers, the North American Geosynthetic Society, the American Society of Testing and Materials, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the West Virginia Association of Consulting Engineers.

Mr. Leisher enjoyed outdoor sports, white-water rafting and rock and fossil collecting.

Services were held Friday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

Survivors include his fiancee, Lori Keaton of Charleston, and his grandmother, Laura Prihoda of Baltimore; an aunt, Diana Prihoda of Moatsville, W.Va.; and an uncle, Ronald Prihoda of Baltimore. Catherine M. Stevenson, a retired Greater Baltimore Medical Center nurse, died Monday of a heart ailment at the Towson home of a daughter.

Mrs. Stevenson was 79 and lived in Towson.

The former Catherine Mitchell was born in the Walbrook section of Baltimore and attended St. Cecilia's Parochial School. She was a graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School in Mount Washington.

Mrs. Stevenson, who went by the nickname Mitch, enjoyed dancing to the orchestras at the Hotel Belvedere and Alcazar Ballroom in the 1930s and 1940s.

When her brother and her future husband entered military service in World War II, she enrolled at Mercy Hospital's School of Nursing. After her training, she served at naval hospitals in San Francisco and in Queens, N.Y.

In 1947, she married Edward William Stevenson, an English professor at Georgetown University and Loyola College, who died in 1985.

"My mother loved people and parties. Her door was always open to friends and strangers. She had a gift for making people feel welcome," said her daughter Angela Geilfuss of Towson.

In 1970, when her children were grown, she resumed her nursing career and worked until 1985 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Ware Avenue, Towson. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, James Mitchell Stevenson of Towson; another daughter, Mary Katharine Groom of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/03/98

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