H: John J. O'Connor, 85, law firm's founding partner John...

August 05, 1998

H: John J. O'Connor, 85, law firm's founding partner John J. O'Connor, a retired Baltimore attorney and former Roland Park resident, died Saturday of pneumonia at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 85 and lived in Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville.

Mr. O'Connor, who practiced admiralty and personal injury law for many years, was a founding partner of the Baltimore law firm O'Connor, Preston and Glenn. He retired in 1978.

He was a member of the Maryland and Baltimore City bar associations and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. O'Connor was born on Chase Street and graduated from St. Charles College, where he studied for the priesthood. He later decided to become a lawyer and worked his way through the University of Baltimore, earning a law degree in 1941.

"He was a self-made and honest man, who worked hard all of his life. His hobbies were his work and family," said his daughter, Corinne Bell of Towson.

Mr. O'Connor was a former communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Mount Washington. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Active in Catholic charities, he and his wife attended sales and auctions and purchased clothing that they donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday in the Oak Crest Village Chapel in Parkville.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Jane Hale; a son, Craig O'Connor of San Francisco; and three grandchildren. Carroll "Bud" Huber, a retired Diamond Press Inc. vice president and decorated World War II fighter pilot, died Saturday of pulmonary fibrosis at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 78 and lived in Parkville.

Mr. Huber was plant manager of Linen Thread Co., manufacturers of fishing netting, from the mid-1940s until the plant closed and moved to Alabama in 1955. In 1959, he joined Diamond Press, an offset printing firm, and retired in 1992.

During World War II, he was a P-38 Lightning fighter pilot with the famed Flying Tigers in the China-Burma-India theater. He was discharged in 1946.

His decorations included the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with three Battle Stars, Air Medal, World War II Victory Medal with three Overseas Service Bars and the American Theater Ribbon.

He was an active member of the 14th Air Force Association, which grew out of the Flying Tigers, and Arnolia United Methodist Church.

Born in Northeast Baltimore, he was a 1939 graduate of City College.

In 1946, he married Shirley Lynch, who died in 1986.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife of seven years, the former Virginia Ferrar; a son, John Carroll Huber of Hockessin, Del.; two daughters, Joyce Huber Reier of Timonium and Jan Huber Donlan of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, E. Russell Huber of Parkville; and six grandchildren. Gertrude H. Black, a homemaker and antiques collector, died Thursday of cancer at Broadmead, a Cockeysville retirement community. She was 87.

Before becoming one of the first residents of Broadmead in 1980, Mrs. Black was the second owner of the brick house on Bellona Avenue, in the Murray Hill section of Baltimore County, that was a replica of the house in the 1948 film "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House." The movie starred Cary Grant and Myrna Loy.

She shared in the collecting interests of her husband, who assembled a library of Maryland history books and maps. For many years, the couple annually spent a month in London exploring book shops, in search of items relating to Maryland.

Mrs. Black also collected decorative paintings and did needlework. Her original counted cross stitch designs were highly prized by friends and relatives.

The former Gertrude Henn, born in Elizabeth, N.J., earned a bachelor's degree from the old Maryland College for Women in Lutherville in 1932. The College Manor retirement home is now located there.

In 1930, she married Robert W. Black Sr. He died in 1988.

She was a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park and a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

Mrs. Black is survived by a son, Robert W. Black Jr. of Ruxton; two daughters, Anne B. Evans and Marilyn B. Nuttle, both of Murray Hill; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Joseph Paul Wiedorfer, 78, retired Gorn controller

Joseph Paul Wiedorfer, retired controller of the Gorn Management Co., died from complications of Alzheimer's disease Wednesday at Hamilton Genesis Nursing Center in Baltimore. The Gardenville resident was 78.

After graduating from Polytechnic High School in 1937, the Baltimore native worked at the Glenn L. Martin Co., aircraft manufacturer.

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