Asher Achinstein, 97, economist, adviserAsher Achinstein...

September 23, 1998

Asher Achinstein, 97, economist, adviser

Asher Achinstein, an economist and former member of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Council of Economic Advisers, died in his sleep Friday at home in Cross Keys. He was 97.

From 1951 to 1970, Mr. Achinstein worked in the Legislative Reference Service of the Library of Congress, producing research and speeches on economic issues for members of Congress.

In 1954, he was appointed to a two-year term on the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

The New York City native earned a bachelor's degree from City College of New York and a master's degree and doctorate in economics from Columbia University. He was the author of "Introduction to Business Cycles," published in 1950, a text widely used in universities.

In the early 1930s, he married Betty Comras, who died in 1964. The next year, he married Martha Levitsky, who died in 1982.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

He is survived by a son, Peter J. Achinstein of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert H. Parker, 86, college president, minister

Robert H. Parker, a retired Methodist minister and former college president, died Saturday of pulmonary fibrosis at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg. He was 86.

Mr. Parker was pastor of Northwood Appold United Methodist Church in Baltimore from 1944 to 1957, when he was named superintendent of the Baltimore South District of the United Methodist Church. In 1960, he was appointed president of Wesley College in Dover, Del. He retired from that post and as a minister in 1975.

The Cumberland native earned a bachelor's degree from American University in 1934 and a theology degree from Drew Theological Seminary in 1937. That year, he married Meredith Snowden, who died in 1982.

Graveside services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, the former Eloise B. Ensor; two daughters, Sylvia M. Bowles of Wilmington, N.C., and Sharon L. Mitchell of Warwick; a brother, Wilbur R. Parker of Gaithersburg; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Linda J. Johnson, 49, 26-year city teacher

Linda J. Johnson, a teacher in the Baltimore public school system, died Friday of undetermined causes at her Lochearn home. She was 49.

After earning a bachelor's degree in education from Morgan State College in 1972, Ms. Johnson spent her entire 26-year career teaching second-graders at Elmer A. Henderson Elementary School in East Baltimore. In 1978, she earned a master's in education from Coppin State College.

At Grace AME Church in her native Catonsville, she was a member of the steward board, vice president of the Voice of Grace Choir and vacation Bible school teacher.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. today at Grace AME Church, 67 1/2 Winters Lane.

She is survived by her mother, Hazel B. Johnson of Catonsville; two brothers, James Johnson of Baltimore and William Kevin Johnson of New York City; and six sisters, Barbara Corbin of Los Angeles, Bonnie King of Catonsville, and Donna Johnson, Michele Johnson, Gwen Johnson and Kimberly Johnson, all of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 9/23/98

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