Phyllis R. Miller, 76, social work directorPhyllis R...

July 14, 1998

Phyllis R. Miller, 76, social work director

Phyllis R. Miller, a veteran social worker and director of programs for mental health and substance abuse, died Friday in Boston while under treatment for leukemia. She was 76 and a resident of Federal Hill.

For seven years, Dr. Miller served as social work director and senior social worker for child, adolescent and adult psychiatric units at Gundry/Glass Hospital Inc. The private hospital closed and filed for bankruptcy in February.

Born in Philadelphia, the former Phyllis Cohen earned her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She moved to Baltimore 50 years ago and earned her first master's degree at the University of Maryland school of social work.

During the 1960s, she earned a doctorate in education from the University of Maryland, then a second master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University a decade later.

Dr. Miller was a tenured professor at the University of Maryland school of social work from 1966 through 1987, after several years as an assistant there. She taught clinical practice, community service and research methods, as well as advising students and providing direct services to people in the community. She also taught undergraduates at the Hopkins' Columbia campus.

"Her teaching and her students meant so much to her," said a daughter, Marcy Engelbrecht of Baltimore.

Dr. Miller also headed the Volunteers in Service to America program, known as VISTA, in Baltimore during the 1960s.

She was married for 34 years to Dr. Stanley Miller, an internist who died 1979.

From 1983 to 1987, Dr. Miller was the Community Psychiatry Services director for North Charles Hospital and implemented substance-abuse and psychiatric services for families in Charles Village, Hampden and Wyman Park.

From 1987 to 1991, she was the social work director for Deaton Medical Center in Baltimore, where her responsibilities included individual and family therapy, program planning and management.

A memorial service was held yesterday.

She is also survived by a second daughter, Wendy Resnick of Millersville; a son, Dr. Lawrence Miller of Boston; a brother, Bert Rand of Arlington, Va.; a sister, June Miller of Bethesda; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the University of Pennsylvania Memorial Program, 3451 Walnut St., Philadelphia, 19104.

Addie Mae Wright, 71, seamstress and gardener

Addie Mae Wright, a seamstress and accomplished gardener, died of a heart ailment Wednesday at her home in Southwest Baltimore. She was 71.

A lifelong Baltimorean, the former Addie Bailey attended Baltimore public schools.

Mrs. Wright worked for many years as a seamstress, retiring in 1994 from Diplomat Tie Co. After her retirement, she became a volunteer for the Eating-Together Program.

She also enjoyed social events and was a gardener who spent many hours in the spring and summer in her yard, said her daughter, Barbara Hawkins of Baltimore.

The funeral will be held at 11: 30 a.m. today at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1354 N. Carey St.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her husband, Morris Wright, whom she married in 1971; another daughter, Margaret Bradley; a son, Charles Clowney; one brother, Joshua Bailey; her stepfather, Willie Hammond; her niece and companion, Karen Andrews; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and many other nieces and nephews, all of Baltimore. Leon Klein, a longtime variety store operator, died Friday in his sleep at his home in Ruxton Towers. He was 86.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Klein moved to Baltimore in 1944, when he married Sylvia Rechtman, who survives, and began managing her family's business, Worthmore Stores at Washington Boulevard and Scott Street in Pigtown. The Kleins operated the variety store until 1978.

Though partially retired after that, Mr. Klein worked with his youngest son, Joel Klein, in his businesses, A-Entertainment Express and JLK Enterprises. In the 1970s, they started Balloon-A-Gram, one of the first balloon delivery services in this area.

Mr. Klein began his retail career at age 13 at Gimbel's Department Store in Philadelphia, where he worked his way from stock boy to buyer, while completing his education at Temple University.

Mr. Klein was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and a life member of the Center Lodge of the Masons.

Services were held Sunday.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Klein is survived by another son, Marshall of Eldersburg; a daughter, Susan Lorch of Owings Mills; and four grandchildren.

Judith Gravely deBuys, 80, homemaker, Orioles fan

Judith Gravely deBuys, a homemaker and longtime Baltimore resident, died Friday of pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 80.

Raised in Wilmington, Del., the former Judith Gravely graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1939 and moved to Baltimore the same year. She married William Eno deBuys, a Baltimore real estate broker, in 1940 and the couple settled in Ruxton. Mr. deBuys died in 1989.

Mrs. deBuys enjoyed reading, gardening and was an avid Orioles fan. She was active in the Colonial Dames of America, the Hardy and Rosen Garden Clubs and the Elkridge Club.

She was a longtime member of Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrollton Ave. in Towson, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today.

She is survived by a son, William deBuys of Santa Fe, N.M.; three daughters, Virginia deBuys of Lawrenceville, N.J., Judith Makrauer of Newton, Mass., and Laura Hastings of Pelham, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

Pub Date: 7/14/98

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