William D. Umphreys, 51, Vietnam veteranWilliam Dallas...

January 15, 1998

William D. Umphreys, 51, Vietnam veteran

William Dallas Umphreys, a former Essex resident and a Vietnam veteran, died Saturday of undetermined causes in Youngstown, Ohio. He was 51.

A graduate of Kenwood High School, Mr. Umphreys, who was disabled and did not work, last lived in the Baltimore area during the 1970s, said a sister, Ann Durham of Essex.

Mr. Umphreys, who was divorced, was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War.

He is survived by a son, Andrew Umphreys of Youngstown; two daughters, Ann Marie Umphreys and Frieda Umphreys, both of Youngstown; his mother, Elizabeth Umphreys of Essex; a brother, Thomas Roger Umphreys of Essex; another sister, Marie Knopp of Essex; three nephews; and a niece.

Services were held yesterday in Youngstown.

Edmund F. Swoboda, 61, telephone engineer

Edmund Francis Swoboda, a retired Bell Atlantic engineer, died of cancer Jan. 7 at his Rodgers Forge home. He was 61.

He began his career with Koppers Co. and joined Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland, now Bell Atlantic, in 1966. He retired last year.

Born and raised in Pimlico, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1954 and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore in the late 1960s.

He had lived in Rodgers Forge since 1970 and served for many years as treasurer of the Rodgers Forge Community Association.

He was a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Edith O'Hara; two sons, Lawrence Swoboda of Federal Hill and Norman Swoboda of Rodgers Forge; a daughter, Kathleen Tisano of Ellicott City; three sisters, Helen Wroten, Ruby Bingel and Lillian Ostendorf, all of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Rayna Keyser, 51, elder program director

Rayna Keyser, director of the Hopkins Elder Plus program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, died Jan. 4 of a heart attack at Sinai Hospital. The West Baltimore resident was 51.

Ms. Keyser had directed the Elder Plus program since 1995.

RTC The Baltimore native graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1967 and earned a master's degree in nursing administration from UM in 1977.

She was a clinical nurse at University of Maryland Hospital from 1968 to 1970, when she was promoted to nurse chairman. She was director of nursing at Montebello Rehabilitation Hospital from 1977 to 1985, when she became director of nursing at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, where she was promoted to senior vice president for clinical services.

A memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Ms. Keyser is survived by two brothers, Derwin Keyser and Jonathan Keyser, both of Baltimore.

John H. Lawrence Jr., 66, head of contracting firm

John Heyer Lawrence Jr., former president of the Baltimore contracting firm J. H. Lawrence Co., died Jan. 7 of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 66 and lived in Guilford.

His father founded the company that he joined in 1957. When it was dissolved by Mr. Lawrence in 1991, the company had been the sole general and maintenance contractor at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

The Baltimore native was a 1949 graduate of Loyola High School and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1956.

Mr. Lawrence was a charter member of the Towson Golf and Country Club and was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Advocate Club, the Quarterback Club and the Regis Club.

He was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former McEllen "Mackie" Goldsmith; a son, Dr. John Heyer Lawrence III of Glyndon; four daughters, Patricia Lawrence Kane and Jennifer Lawrence Wright, both of Lutherville, Susan A. Lawrence of Timonium and Teresa Lawrence Riordan of Riderwood; two sisters, Sally A. Lawrence and Nancy Lawrence Moore, both of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/15/98

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