John Mussel Stewart, 81, college maintenance chiefJohn...

August 28, 1998

John Mussel Stewart, 81, college maintenance chief

John Mussel Stewart, former chief of maintenance for Towson State College, died of lung cancer Monday at his Towson residence. He was 81.

The native of Little Italy graduated from City College in 1936 and worked as a machinist at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant until 1945, when he joined the Baltimore Fire Department, where he retired as a machinist in 1972. Mr. Stewart was chief of Towson State's maintenance department from 1972 until 1982.

In 1940, he married Teresa Beresh. She died in 1995.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He is survived by three sons, John M. Stewart of Hunt Valley, Henry W. Stewart of Parkton and Thomas P. Stewart of Delray Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Louise DiPaula of Baldwin; a brother, Joseph Stewart of Hamilton; three sisters, Marie Dunatelli of Hamilton and Pauline Stewart and Rita Salbeck, both of Highlandtown; and seven grandchildren.

Sister Irene Kraus, 74, health system's founding CEO

Sister Irene Kraus, who was founding chief executive of the $3 billion Daughters of Charity National Health System, died Aug. 21 of cancer at St. Agnes Hospital.

She was 74 and lived in Emmitsburg, where she was administrator of the Daughters of Charity provincial headquarters.

Born in Philadelphia, Sister Irene graduated in 1941 from the Daughters of Charity's Elizabeth Seton High School in Baltimore and entered the order at age 17.

After teaching school for seven years, she earned a nursing degree from Catholic University in Washington in 1952 and became an operating room supervisor. Three years later, she was named administrator at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., the first of several hospitals she ran for the order.

When the five autonomous American provinces of the Daughters of Charity consolidated their hospital systems in 1986, Sister Irene was chosen to run the operation, which included 36 hospitals and 19 other facilities in 17 states with a combined annual budget of more than $3 billion.

Sister Irene later ran a hospital in Pensacola, Fla. She was vice chairwoman of the merged Baptist St. Vincent's Hospital system there at the time of her death.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg.

Sister Irene is survived by three sisters, Gertrude Hunter and Marguerite Williams of Bel Air and Dolores Freeman of Willards.

Conrad C. Bauer, 74, artist, designer

Conrad C. Bauer, a retired commercial artist and designer, died Monday of heart failure at Franklin Square Hospital. He was 74 and lived in Fullerton.

He operated Conrad Bauer Art Studio in Baltimore from 1974 to 1994. Earlier, he was senior art director for the Joseph Katz Advertising Agency and an aeronautical artist at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River during World War II.

The Baltimore native, who earned a bachelor's degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, enjoyed photography and painting.

Services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Zita Marchant; a son, Paul C. Bauer of Fullerton; and a daughter, Diane Hommerbocker of Abingdon.

! Pub date: 8/28/98

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