Walter A. Pilachowski, 72, Coast Guard employeeWalter A...

April 04, 1999

Walter A. Pilachowski, 72, Coast Guard employee

Walter A. "Scotty" Pilachowski, who spent more than three decades with the Coast Guard at Curtis Bay, with tours in two other branches of the military, died of lung cancer Wednesday at Franklin Square Hospital. He was 72.

Born in Baltimore and a lifelong resident of the Canton area, he served in the Navy in the latter years of World War II, including a stint in the South Pacific on the destroyer USS Nicholas. He was discharged in 1946 and went to work for the Coast Guard in Baltimore.

In 1949 he enlisted in the Army. He served as a sergeant in Fort Eustis, Va., for three years before returning to the Coast Guard at Curtis Bay, working as a pipefitter apprentice, pipefitter mechanic and material controller, ordering materials for shipbuilding and assigning the work. He retired in 1981.

He later spent about four years as a courier for Ramsay, Scarlett & Co. Inc.

He was a longtime member of St. Casimir Roman Catholic Church in Canton, regularly volunteering for cooking duty at chicken dinners and oyster roasts. For several years he was commander and treasurer of St. Casimir Catholic War Veterans.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Casimir, at Kenwood and O'Donnell streets.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Winifred E. Gorsky; a daughter, Nancy A. Watts of Cockeysville; a sister, Marlene Kobus of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth J. Mason, 87, Jewish community leader

Elizabeth J. "Libby" Mason, a longtime leader in the Baltimore Jewish community, died Tuesday at Our House, an assisted-living facility, after a lengthy illness. She was 87.

Born in Ukraine, she fled to Poland with her parents, Jacob and Riva Gruz, and an older brother, Lee, in 1922. The family joined other relatives in Baltimore in 1923.

She graduated from Eaton-Burnett Business College and worked for Montgomery Ward Co., where she became an executive in charge of the mail-order department.

She married Irvin H. Mason in 1932.

A lifetime member of Beth Jacob Congregation, she was president of its sisterhood and dedicated many of her activities to Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. She was a past president of the Baltimore chapter of Hadassah and a delegate to the Hadassah Conference in Jerusalem. She also was president of the Baltimore Zionist Federation and a member of the National President's Council of Hadassah.

Over the years, she received many citations for her work, including the American Jewish Congress Louise Waterman Wise Community Services Award in 1979, the Hadassah Love of a Lifetime Award in 1993 and the Hadassah Laurel Award.

Services are at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Her husband died in 1994, and her brother, Lee, died March 27.

Survivors include a son, Allan Mason of Venice, Calif.; a brother, Nathan I. Gruz of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

Olga Hazbrook Tilman, 74, administrative assistant

Olga Hazbrook Tilman, administrative assistant to several executive editors at the old Baltimore News American, died Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center of complications from cancer. She was 74.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., she married journalist William R. Tilman Jr. in 1949 and moved to Baltimore. Her husband became managing editor of the News-Post, which preceded the News American.

After Mr. Tilman's death in 1960, she went to work for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She accepted a job at the News American in 1971 and worked there until the paper closed in 1986. She subsequently worked for Maryland National Bank, later NationsBank, and retired in 1991.

A member of the Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary, she volunteered there on a weekly basis.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church at Loch Raven Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue.

She is survived by two daughters, Maryann Stewart of Eldersburg and Teresa Hirsch of White Marsh; a son, William R. Tilman III of Baltimore; a sister, Marjorie Juiliana of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

Patricia C. Jackson, 73, USDA plant physiologist

Patricia C. Jackson, retired branch chief of plant physiology and biochemistry with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, died of undetermined causes Tuesday at her Clarksville home. She was 73.

Mrs. Jackson held many national symposiums on biochemistry and was a founder of the American Society of Plant Physiologists. She worked for the Agriculture Department from the 1950s until retiring in the late 1980s.

Born in Philadelphia, the former Ada Patricia Custer was raised in Bedford, Va., and earned her bachelor's degree from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va. She later became a member of the college's board of trustees.

She was also a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and sang alto with the Laurel Oratorio Society, Columbia Choral Society and Mount Zion Church Choir.

Her husband of 44 years, Dr. Dudley P. Jackson, former head of the hematology department at Johns Hopkins Hospital and chief of internal medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, died in 1992.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Route 216 and Brown Bridge Road, Highland.

She is survived by her mother, Ada Lancaster of Farmville, Va; two brothers, Leitch Lancaster of Richmond, Va., and Bill Lancaster of Roanoke, Va.; and a cousin, Robert C. Woodside of Annapolis.

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