John Joseph Kohles Jr., 80, corporate tax adviserJohn...

May 04, 1999

John Joseph Kohles Jr., 80, corporate tax adviser

John Joseph Kohles Jr., a retired corporate tax adviser, died of heart complications Thursday at his Abingdon home. He was 80.

After graduating from Loyola College in 1941, he joined the Internal Revenue Service, where he was a tax adviser for large businesses, and retired in the early 1980s.

Mr. Kohles then worked about seven years as a tax adviser for the Maryland comptroller's office.

The Baltimore native served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

He was an active member of Parkville Post 183 of the American Legion and the Abingdon Council of the Knights of Columbus.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Kohles was offered yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Kellinger; three sons, Richard Kohles of Perry Hall, Stephen Kohles of Bowleys Quarters and David Kohles of Bel Air; three daughters, Eileen Baird of Bowleys Quarters, and Kathleen Kohles and Carol Sanders, both of Bel Air; two sisters, Madelyn Kohles and Dorothy Turnbull, both of Baltimore; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Robert B. Shipley Jr., 52, cabdriver, yoga instructor

Robert B. Shipley Jr., a taxi driver and yoga instructor, died Thursday of heart failure at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 52 and lived in Perry Hall.

Since 1993, Mr. Shipley had driven for Valley Cab Association in Pikesville. He also was a yoga instructor and, earlier, was a salesman for Hub Furniture Co.

During the 1960s, he played saxophone with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.

The Towson native was a graduate of Towson High School and the Living Word Christian Center in Baltimore. He was an ordained minister and a member of Unity Center of Christianity in Baltimore.

His marriage to Marcia Amsler ended in divorce.

Services were held Sunday.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, the former Joy Ferguson; a son, Ben Shipley of Towson; his mother, Margaret Bailey, and stepfather, Philip Bailey Sr., both of Wilmington, Del.; a sister, Karen Redfern of Chadds Ford, Pa.; three stepbrothers, Philip Bailey Jr. of Boston, and David Bailey and Charles Bailey, both of Wilmington; a stepsister, Chana Kaszemacher of Israel; a stepson, Rex Beasley of Pikesville; and a stepdaughter, Cher Beasley of Columbia.

Jon N. Harris, 61, Army colonel, hospital CEO

Retired Army Col. Jon N. Harris, former chief executive officer of Kernan Hospital, died April 27 of cardiac arrest at his Laurel home. He was 61.

Colonel Harris was CEO of the West Baltimore hospital from 1983 to 1991, when he retired.

He was born in Evansville, Ind., and later moved to Los Gatos, Calif. In 1959, he earned a bachelor's degree from San Jose State University, where he was a distinguished military graduate, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army's Medical Service Corps. He was awarded a master's degree in health care administration from Baylor University in 1968.

He served in administrative posts in Germany and Vietnam and at the Pentagon and Fort Meade. He retired in 1983.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 8603 Contee Road, Laurel.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Ann Callahan; three daughters, Julie A. Harris of Germantown, Laura L. Jackson of Mount Airy and Alison L. Hodges of O'Fallon, Mo.; two brothers, Don T. Harris of Jacksonville, N.C., and Jack Harris of Marietta, Ga.; a sister, Connie H. Armstrong of Camarillo, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

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