Lillian B. Lansberry, 56, social work instructorLillian...

January 17, 1998

Lillian B. Lansberry, 56, social work instructor

Lillian Brooks Lansberry, an instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a longtime Baltimore social worker, died Dec. 15 of an aneurysm while attending a conference in Atlanta. The North Baltimore resident was 56.

Mrs. Lansberry was a social worker for the city from 1964 to 1984 and for the Maryland Department of Human Resources from 1982 to 1995.

While working for the state, she was coordinator of the Maryland Adoption Resource Exchange and the Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry. She also conducted state, regional and national workshops on adoption.

She was a former president of the Black Adoption Recruitment Network, vice president of the National Adoption Exchange Association and a member of the Child Welfare League of America's National Advisory Committee on Adoption.

She was listed in the 1997-1998 edition of Who's Who of American Women and was the author of numerous publications regarding multiethnic and special-needs adoptions.

She left her state job in 1995 and established LBL Associates, which provides training and consultation to agencies and community groups nationwide on adoption and child welfare issues.

A Baltimore native, the former Lillian Brooks graduated from Douglass High School in 1957 and Morgan State College in 1961. She received a master's of social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning in 1971.

She married Charles Lansberry in 1976.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Michael K. James of Clarksville, Tenn.; and her parents, Benjamin Cephas Brooks and Anna Brooks of Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Katherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church, 2001 Division St. in West Baltimore.

Beverly Cook Rich, a veteran of two wars and the former president of Worcester Wire Manufacturing Co., died Sunday of cancer at his Ruxton residence. He was 73.

Mr. Rich went to work for Worcester Wire Manufacturing Co. in 1953 and purchased the Timonium-based business in 1970 from his cousin. He sold it in 1989 but remained as a consultant until he retired in 1992.

Born and raised in Wilmington, Del., he graduated from St. James School in Hagerstown in 1943 and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was a radar expert in the Pacific Theater in World War II until 1945, when he was discharged as a captain.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1950 from the Johns Hopkins University.

In the early 1950s, he served with the Marines in Korea. He was awarded a Purple Heart before he was discharged in 1952.

Since 1972, he had served on the vestry, sung in the choir and taught Sunday school at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyce and Carrollton avenues.

ZTC He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Sallie L. Ross; two sons, John B. Rich of Fallen Leaf Lake, Calif., and Hunter R. Rich of Baltimore; a daughter, Sallie L. "Tia" Rich of Menlo Park, Calif.; three brothers, the Rev. E. Albert Rich of Silver Lake, N.H., Adrian W. Rich of Roland Park and John O. Rich of Winter Park, Fla.; three sisters, A. Hester Rich of Baltimore, Frances Tyrell of Sun City, Ariz., and Ernestine Tuton of Asheville, N.C.; and two grandsons.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care, 6601 N. Charles St., Towson 21204.

John Murray Wieman, 72, Evening Sun sports reporter

John Murray Wieman, a former Evening Sun sports reporter, died Jan. 9 of cancer at Walter Reed Army Hospital. The former Charles Village resident had lived at the Soldiers Home in Washington since 1994. He was 72.

Mr. Wieman was a sportswriter for The Evening Sun from 1950 to 1973.

He covered high school sports, the Orioles and University of Maryland football.

One of the highlights of his career came when he was a scout for the Detroit Tigers and brought Albert William Kaline, a Southern High School slugger and future Hall of Famer, to the attention of the club. The Tigers signed him in 1953.

After leaving the newspaper, Mr. Wieman was a broker for Bud Shenton Realty Inc. in Baltimore.

The Walbrook native was a Baltimore Polytechnic Institute graduate and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1949.

While serving in the Army in 1944, Mr. Wieman was wounded during the final week of infantry training in Texas and was granted a medical discharge.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic, 6405 Orchard Road in Linthicum.

He is survived by a son, Patrick Wieman of Los Angeles; a daughter, Terry Beth Wieman of Flagler, Fla.; two brothers, F. Joseph Wieman of Catonsville and V. Jerome Wieman of Sarasota, Fla.; two sisters, Mary E. Kreis of Woodlawn and Kathleen C. Wieman of Rodgers Forge; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 1/17/98

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