Donald Ray Gosnell, 36, formerly worked as printerDonald...

December 06, 1998

Donald Ray Gosnell, 36, formerly worked as printer

Donald Ray Gosnell, who formerly worked as a printer, died Thursday at his home in the city's Hamilton section. He was 36.

An Alabama native, Mr. Gosnell moved to Baltimore with his family as a child. He attended city schools, and worked about 15 years for Form Service East Inc., now Vallis Form Service.

Mr. Gosnell took his life at his Northeast Baltimore home.

The family planned an informal service at 7 p.m. today at the Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Survivors include his wife of five years, the former Amy C. Schaefer; two daughters, Eden and Adrienne Gosnell; his parents, Teresa and William Gosnell of Baltimore; two brothers, Dennis and Daniel Gosnell, both of the Baltimore area; and three sisters, Joyce Burch and Jane Sauers, both of Aberdeen, and Janice Vasby of Wichita, Kan.

William Miller Jr., 87, classified advertising chief

William Miller Jr., former News American classified advertising manager and longtime volunteer firefighter, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his daughter's home in Delaware. He was 87 and lived for many years in Violetville before moving to Ellicott City.

Mr. Miller, a Baltimore native, left school in the eighth grade to help support his family and went to work at the News American in 1926. He rose from copy boy to head of the classified advertising department. He retired there in 1972, but worked another 20 years as a floor manager for Rite Aid in Arbutus.

"He used to chauffeur William Randolph Hearst around Baltimore whenever he came for a visit," said a son, G. Edward Miller of Ellicott City.

"One time, Mr. Hearst expressed an interest in eating a home-cooked meal, and Dad took him to his mother's house on Strickland Street. There he happily ate a bowl of soup and a bologna sandwich. Thereafter, whenever he visited Baltimore he'd say to my father, 'Let's eat at Mom's house.' "

L His wife of 46 years, the former Dorothy Roth, died in 1979.

He is survived by another son, William Miller III of Surfside Beach, S.C.; his daughter, Dorothea Thompson of Blades, Del.; a brother, Charles E. Miller of Ellicott City; a sister, Edythe Gregory of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were held yesterday.

William E. C. Swope, 90, insurance executive

William Ellis Coale Swope, a retired Baltimore insurance executive who was associated with the James Lawrence Kernan Hospital for more than 40 years, died Monday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 90.

A former longtime resident of the Hampton section of Baltimore County, he had lived at the Blakehurst Life Care Community in Towson since 1993.

At his 1982 retirement, Mr. Swope was president of Swope, Offutt, Kamtman & Pitts Inc., a Baltimore insurance company that he co-founded in 1969. In 1957, he was named to the board of James Lawrence Kernan Hospital and was president of the board of trustees from 1982 to 1986. He was a board member of the hospital's endowment fund.

Born and raised in Roland Park, he was a 1925 graduate of Boys' Latin School and earned his bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1929.

He joined the Maryland National Guard in 1934, serving in a submarine patrol unit that became part of the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He was a 60-year member of the Elkridge Club and a former member of the Wednesday Club and Bachelors Cotillon. He was also a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson.

Services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Margaret A. Dill; a daughter, Margaret S. Gans of Roland Park; a brother, Carey B. Swope of Towson; and three grandchildren.

Alma H. Strong, 94, worked as office manager

Alma H. Strong, retired office manager of her family's yacht brokerage and yard in Galesville, died Nov. 29 of congestive heart failure at her home there. She was 94.

The former Alma Hartge was born and raised in Shadyside and was a 1922 graduate of Annapolis High School. She was married in 1925 to Herbert R. Strong, who died in 1988.

Mrs. Strong was office manager from 1945 until 1960 at the Hartge Yacht Yard. She was also a member of Christ Episcopal Church in West River, and a past president of the Christ Church Guild and the South Arundel Club.

Services were held Thursday.

She is survived by three brothers, Laurence Hartge of Annapolis, Robert L. Hartge of Galesville and Henry "Bill" Hartge of Huntington Beach, Calif.; a sister, Elsie Hartge Wallis of Chalk Point; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Herman Ehudin, 79, owned ad agency

Herman Ehudin, founder and longtime owner of a Baltimore advertising agency, died of heart failure yesterday at his home in Columbia. He was 79.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Ehudin graduated from Forest Park High School in 1937 and the University of Maryland in 1941. He served with the Army Air Corps during World War II and, while stationed in Miami, Fla., met and married the former Betty Isaacs.

He began Herman Ehudin Advertising in 1947. Among his longtime clients were H. R. Nicholson Co., a beverage manufacturer, and the John S. Connor Co., a freight forwarder, which used Mr. Ehudin's agency until he retired in 1996.

Known for writing clever copy, he won numerous awards for excellence in advertising, including the 1961 Creative Fire award from the Baltimore Art Directors Club.

Mr. Ehudin and his wife were instrumental in founding Temple Emanuel in Baltimore County. They loved to travel and visited many countries throughout the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, off Thunder Hill Road in Columbia.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 54 years, are three daughters, Eileen Ehudin-Pagano and Roslyn Zinner, both of Columbia, and Lori Ehudin of Big Sur, Calif.; two brothers, Irving Ehudin and Morton Ehudin, both of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/06/98

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