Philip K. Eichelberger, 68, optical company...

April 18, 1999

Philip K. Eichelberger, 68, optical company president

Philip K. Eichelberger, sales manager for Walman Optical Co., died of cancer Wednesday at his Timonium home. He was 68.

Mr. Eichelberger began his optical career in 1952 as an apprentice benchman for Hilbert Optical Co. In 1974, he became president of the company, which was merged into Walman Optical in the 1980s.

Born and raised in York, Pa., he served in the Air Force after his 1948 graduation from high school and was discharged in 1951 with the rank of sergeant. He was a longtime member of Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church in Riderwood, where services were held yesterday.

Survivors include his wife, the former Joan M. Rowe, whom he married in 1950; two sons, David Eichelberger of Wrentham, Mass., and Drew Eichelberger of Parkton; three daughters, Jennifer Foard of York, Terry Tusing of Richmond, Va., and Kathy Barna of Columbia; a sister, Catherine Heidelbaugh of York; and 11 grandchildren.

Charles Ludwig Ill, 73, assistant secretary of Navy

Charles Ludwig Ill, 73, a former assistant secretary of the Navy and an avid sailor, died of cancer complications Thursday at Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown.

A Centreville resident for the past 24 years, he was an assistant secretary of the Navy for installations and logistics from 1971 to 1973 and a vice president of Comsat Corp. in the late 1970s. From 1953 to 1967, he worked for Page Communications, which builds radio towers.

Born in Newark, N.J., he graduated from Brown University in 1949 after serving in the Army in the Pacific theater during World War II.

He was a member of Philadelphia's Corinthian Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Club. In 1986, he was inducted into the College Sailing Hall of Fame. He frequently sailed in the Chesapeake Bay, off the coast of Maine and in the Bahamas.

In 1952, he married Polly Hessenbruch, who survives him.

Funeral services will be private.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Charles Ill of Paris and Peter Ill of Virginia Beach, Va.; two daughters, Jeannette Ill of London and Anna Ill of Centreville; and five grandchildren.

Ethyl Glassman, 85, homemaker and volunteer

Ethyl Glassman, a homemaker and former Northwest Baltimore resident, died of cancer Thursdayat a nursing home in Boston. She was 85.

Born in New York City, the former Ethyl Rosen moved to Baltimore in 1926 and was a graduate of Western High School. In 1933, she married Isador Glassman, a sales representative, who died in 1989.

Mrs. Glassman was a longtime volunteer with the Edith Rosen Strauss cancer organization. She moved to Beverly Hills, Calif., in 1984.

She is survived by two daughters, Abby Davis of Boston and Ellen Curtis of Encino, Calif.; a sister, Lucille Becker of Pikesville; and five grandchildren.

A private service was to be held today in Boston.

Ruth Shapiro Reinberg, 88, headed family society

Ruth Shapiro Reinberg, president of a family society that assisted in the emigration and resettlement of Lithuanian Jewish relatives in the United States and other countries, died of heart failure Friday at the Jewish Convalescent Home in Pikesville. She was 88.

Born in Baltimore on Pierce Street, where her parents operated a grocery store, she attended public schools and later helped her parents operate a dry goods store in the 500 block of N. Chester St. Before her 1969 marriage to Sol Reinberg, proprietor of a kosher bakery in Northwest Baltimore, she worked in the accounting office of the Davidson Transfer and Storage Co. After her husband died in 1976, she ran the bakery for more than a year.

Mrs. Reinberg was a longtime member of Suburban Orthodox Congregation, Beth Tfiloh Congregation and other Jewish organizations in Baltimore.

She was also an avid world traveler who enjoyed visiting fellow members of the B'nai Abraham and Yehuda Laib Family Society, an organization founded in 1901 by an uncle to assist in the emigration of relatives to the United States, South Africa, Palestine and South America. Mrs. Reinberg, who wrote a history of the society, was its president from 1950 to 1952 and co-president from 1987 until her death.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Mildred K. Shapiro of Baltimore; five nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

Marjorie E. Plitt, 75, community college librarian

Marjorie Elizabeth Plitt, a retired librarian at Catonsville Community College, died Friday from complications of emphysema at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. She was 75.

Born in Cincinnati, the former Marjorie Lentz attended public schools in New York and Florida and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William and Mary in 1944.

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