H. Normon Milburn, 89, management consultantH. Normon...

November 02, 1998

H. Normon Milburn, 89, management consultant

H. Normon Milburn, a former instructor at the University of Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins University who ran a personnel management consulting business, died Tuesday of injuries suffered in a car accident in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 89.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Milburn was a 1927 graduate of Forest Park High School and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Hopkins in 1931. He began working in the personnel offices of area companies. He served in the Navy during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander.

After the war, he was a personnel director during the day and taught management courses at night at the University of Baltimore and Hopkins.

From the 1960s until he retired in 1995, he operated Normon Milburn & Associates Personnel Management Co. offices in Baltimore and Daytona Beach, where since 1982 he spent half his time.

Services were held Saturday in Daytona Beach.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Jean Culotta; a son, H. Normon Milburn III of Cumberland, Maine; three daughters, Jeanne Milburn of Perry Hall, Susan Meffert of Ogunquit, Maine, and Elizabeth Stevens of Woburn, Mass.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Chere Coleman, 53, cook, antiques shop owner

Chere Coleman, known in Baltimore for her banana rum french toast and an eye for antiques that led her to open her own store, died Friday in Capitola, Calif., after a 16-year battle with breast cancer. She was 53.

A 1963 graduate of Parkville High School in Baltimore County, the former Cheryl Kathleen Burns loved the arts. She took courses at Towson State, Goucher College and the Peabody Conservatory of Music to develop skills in disciplines from music to clothing design.

From 1973 to 1976, she ran the Morning Glory Antiques shop in the 1000 block of S. Charles St.

She became best known for her cooking, working for Sascha's Catering, Regi's Bar & Restaurant and Sisson's Restaurant & Brewery from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s.

Ms. Coleman left Baltimore two years ago to live with a daughter, Kellie Cronin, in Capitola, Calif., and to seek treatment as her illness grew worse.

A memorial service will be held at 6: 30 p.m. Thursday at the Hull Street Blues Cafe, 1222 Hull St. in Baltimore.

She is survived by another daughter, Dr. Kimberly Cronin of Cottage Grove, Ore.; a sister, Sandy Lewis of Westminster; and her former husbands, Jack A. Cronin and Charley Coleman, both of the Baltimore area.

Marjorie Fair Burk, 78, mathematician, painter

Marjorie Fair Burk, whose varied life included stints as an award-winning government mathematician, a junior high school teacher in Pakistan, an abstract painter and a Howard County civic activist, died Thursday of colon cancer at her Columbia home. She was 78.

Born in Dallas, Mrs. Burk was an honors mathematics graduate of New York's Hunter College and came to Washington at the start of World War II to do statistical work for the government. fTC She won a Navy civilian award for her work in 1942, the year she married foreign service officer Monroe Burk.

Accompanying her husband to postings in Laos, Germany, Pakistan and Turkey, she ran a relief program and a nationwide census in Laos, painted murals on the walls of Turkish orphanages, and was the only woman to compete in solo sailboat races in Pakistan's Karachi Harbor. She frequently won, according to her husband, a retired professor who taught economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

After the couple returned to the United States in 1972, Mrs. Burk studied art at the Corcoran School and the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

She was a founding member of the Patuxent Fine Arts Group, and her colorful abstracts appeared in several one-woman shows at the group's Savage Mill gallery near Laurel. She was involved in the League of Women Voters in Washington and Howard County.

No services are planned.

Her husband is the only immediate survivor.

Pub Date: 11/02/98

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