Chester Anthoine Tudbury, 86, electrical engineerChester...

April 11, 1999

Chester Anthoine Tudbury, 86, electrical engineer

Chester Anthoine Tudbury, a retired electrical engineer who wrote a textbook on induction heating and worked for peace in his spare time, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at St. Agnes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ellicott City. He was 86.

Mr. Tudbury grew up in Newton Highlands, Mass., and graduated in four years from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with both bachelor's and master's degrees in 1934.

He taught electrical engineering at Fenn College in Cleveland and later worked for companies in Detroit, Lakewood, Ohio, and Stamford, Conn., where he was chief engineer for Thermatool Corp. His textbook, "Basics of Induction Heating," was published in 1960. Mr. Tudbury and his wife, the former Ruthena Warren, retired to Columbia in 1979. He joined his wife, an ardent volunteer and activist, in the League of Women Voters of Howard County -- becoming its first male member.

The couple helped begin the Howard County Campaign for the Institute of Peace to promote a nationwide academy to urge peaceful resolutions to world conflicts. Their work helped lead to the establishment of the U.S. Institute of Peace in 1984.

Mrs. Tudbury died in 1997. Surviving are three daughters, Martha Hamill of Columbia, Mary Ann Bebko of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Frances Hunter of Bucksport, Maine; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Mr. Tudbury donated his body. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. May 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, 7246 Cradlerock Way.

Cynthia Wells-Jones, 44, window dresser, store owner

Cynthia Belinda Wells-Jones, who put her flair for fashion to work for designers and department stores, died Thursday of a respiratory infection and pneumonia at her Catonsville home. She was 44.

Born and raised in Baltimore, the former Cynthia Wells graduated from Eastern High School and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She worked for the past two years as a receptionist and clerk for the University of Maryland School of Medicine's psychiatry department in Baltimore.

Her real passion was fashion, which she pursued by dressing windows for department stores such as the old Hutzler's in Baltimore, and later in New York City, where she worked for designers such as Michael Kors in the 1970s, said her mother, Virginia A. Wells of Baltimore.

In the late 1980s, she married Rodney Jones. The couple ran clothing stores, called Rod Jones New Heritage, in Mondawmin Mall and New York. Mr. Jones died in 1991.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bernardine's Roman Catholic Church, at Edmondson Avenue and Mount Holly Street.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a brother, Ronald A. Wells, and a sister, Kimberly D. Matthews, both of Baltimore.

Marjorie E. Gisriel, 81, flower shop owner

Marjorie E. "Marge" Gisriel, a former floral shop owner and gardener whose yard in Towson once bloomed with magnolia trees and daffodils, died Thursday from complications of pneumonia at a nursing home in Fort Collins, Colo. She was 81.

Born and raised in Baltimore, the former Marjorie Douglas left high school to care for younger siblings, but later earned her equivalency diploma at night school.

She was married in 1940 to George Lewis Gisriel, a free-lance commercial artist, and together they tended a garden legendary for its rows of rosebushes, daffodils, tulips and flowering bushes.

She turned her interest in gardening into a business, opening Floral Concepts Flower and Gift Shop in Lutherville in 1981.

Mrs. Gisriel was a member of Towson Presbyterian Church and was active in the Spade and Trowel Garden Club. Her husband died in 1989, and she moved to Colorado from Towson in November.

Survivors include two daughters, Georgia Connell of Fort Collins and Charlotte Dorsey of Clear Spring in Washington County, and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Goes Funeral Care in Fort Collins.

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