Thomas W. Smith, 89, designed Hopkins buildingsThomas W...

September 05, 1998

Thomas W. Smith, 89, designed Hopkins buildings

Thomas W. Smith, a retired Baltimore architect who designed the president's residence and Shaffer Hall on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University, died of heart failure Wednesday at Keswick Multi-Care Center. The lifelong Stevenson resident was 89.

In 1940, Mr. Smith and architect Graham Veale established the firm of Smith & Veale, whose work included schools, churches, libraries and banks. It merged with the architectural firm of Myers and D'Aleo Inc. Mr. Smith retired in 1984.

Mr. Smith was a 1928 graduate of Gilman School and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia. During World War II, he served with the Navy and attained the rank of lieutenant.

He was a communicant and senior warden of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Garrison, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Elizabeth MacLeod Culver; a son, Francis W. Smith of Bel Air; two daughters, Margaret S. Green of Parkton and Virginia W. Smith of Stevenson; and five grandchildren.

John Dudley Sparks Jr., 64, educator, restaurateur

John Dudley Sparks Jr., a retired Queen Anne's County educator and former restaurant owner, died of cancer Aug. 29 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Chester resident was 64.

Mr. Sparks, a driver education and history teacher, began his career in 1956. He taught at Stevensville and Queen Anne's County high schools, retiring in 1987. From 1958 to 1968, he owned and operated a Tastee Freeze restaurant in Chester.

A Chester native, Mr. Sparks, who was known as Buddy, graduated in 1952 from Stevensville High and earned his bachelor's degree from Washington College in 1956.

He was a member of various civic groups and served two terms on the Queen Anne's County election board.

For more than 25 years, he organized an annual recognition dinner for the graduating class of Queen Anne's County High at Kent Island United Methodist Church in Chester, where he was an active member.

A memorial service will be held at the church at 1 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Jane Golt; a son, Dudley Golt Sparks of Queenstown; a daughter, Lauren Sparks Ball of Fredericksburg, Va.; a brother, Mervyn C. "Tink" Sparks of Annapolis; and three grandchildren.

Gladys Mitchell, 92, Baltimore school principal

Gladys Mitchell, a retired Baltimore principal whose career in education spanned more than 40 years, died of a stroke Aug. 27 at Church Home. She was 92.

Miss Mitchell, who began her teaching career in the late 1920s, taught the commercial course at Forest Park High School from 1935 to 1937. In the 1950s and 1960s, she was principal of Ben Franklin Elementary and Herring Run Junior High before being ++ named Northern High's first principal in 1965. She retired in 1970.

Born in Manchester, England, Miss Mitchell settled in Northeast Baltimore in 1914. She was an Eastern High School graduate and earned her teaching certificate in 1925 from what is now Towson University. In 1931, she earned a bachelor's degree and in 1943 her master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University.

Services were Aug. 29.

She is survived by a brother, Alfred Gleave Mitchell of Baltimore.

Diane S. Adams, a former Howard County public schools guidance counselor and partner in a Dewey Beach, Del., nightclub, died of cancer Aug. 29 at Howard County General Hospital. She was 39 and lived in Columbia.

Because of failing health, Mrs. Adams retired last year from Glenwood Middle School, where she had been a guidance counselor since 1991. Earlier, she had taught English at Harper's Choice Middle School for 10 years.

Since 1991, she and her husband, Joe Adams, whom she married in 1987, were partners in the Bottle and Cork in Dewey Beach.

The former Diane Shaner was born and raised in New Jersey and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Delaware.

Services were held Tuesday at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church in Clarksville, where she was a member.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her mother, Mary Ann Noble of Mount Laurel, N.J.; her father and stepmother, Arthur H. Shaner Jr. and Maria K. Shaner of Fort Myers, Fla.; and three sisters, Carol Palm, Karen Mumbower and Nancy Noble, all of Mount Laurel.

Dr. Marius P. Johnson Sr., 95, gynecologist

Dr. Marius Pitkin Johnson Sr., a noted Baltimore obstetrician and gynecologist, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 27 at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 95.

Dr. Johnson retired in 1975 from the staff of Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he had been director of the department of utilization and quality assurance since its founding in 1965.

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