Stanley J. Kihn, 78, health agency inspectorStanley J...

June 06, 1999

Stanley J. Kihn, 78, health agency inspector

Stanley J. Kihn, a retired city Health Department inspector who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, died Sunday of pneumonia at Hamilton Nursing Center in Hamilton. He was 78.

He served with the 75th Infantry Division in Europe and was wounded Dec. 26, 1944, during the last great German offensive in the Ardennes. He was decorated with the Purple Heart and discharged at war's end with the rank of captain.

After the war, Mr. Kihn returned to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1947. He earned his law degree in the early 1950s from the Mount Vernon School of Law, now part of the University of Baltimore Law School, but he never practiced.

Mr. Kihn retired in 1981 from the Health Department after a 30-year career as an inspector. Earlier, he was briefly a teacher in city public schools.

Born in West Point, Va., he moved to North Calvert Street as a child and graduated from City College in 1938.

The longtime Guilford resident moved to Joppatowne in 1997 and was a member of Parkville American Legion Post No. 183. A world traveler, he collected jokes and bad puns, and enjoyed puzzles and quiz shows. He was a member of Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church in Joppatowne, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

Mr. Kihn is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Jane Gregorek; a son, Gregory Kihn of San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Laura Otremba of Bel Air; and five grandchildren.

Charles Costos Constantine, 77, accountant

Charles Costos Constantine, a retired accountant and active member of Baltimore's Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, died Monday at St. Joseph Medical Center of complications from heart surgery. He was 77 and lived in Timonium.

Mr. Constantine was a comptroller for the Mass Transit Ad- ministration from 1973 to 1981, and an auditor for Washington's transit authority for six years before retiring in 1987.

He was born in Astoria, N.Y., to Greek immigrant parents. After serving as a U.S. Army corporal during World War II, Mr. Constantine earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Pace University in New York in 1948.

In New York that year, he met Estelle Dezes of Baltimore. They married in 1950, and the next year moved to Baltimore.

Mr. Constantine began a 20-year career with the Maryland Public Service Commission in 1953, working as an accountant and executive secretary. He also attended night courses to earn his law degree at the old Mount Vernon School of Law. In 1962, he became a certified public accountant and passed the Maryland bar exam.

From the time he moved to the area, he was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, serving two terms as parish council president.

Services were held Friday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Elena Constantine Cliffe of Emmitsburg, Andrea D. Constantine and Maria Constantine, both of Timonium; and a sister, Christine Constantine of New York.

Rev. A. Gordon Fischer, 83, retired rector

The Rev. A. Gordon Fischer, a Baltimore native and retired Episcopal church rector, died Wednesday of esophageal cancer at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 83.

Mr. Fischer served as deacon, assistant to the rector and rector in area churches before becoming rector of All Hallows Chapel in Davidsonville in 1961, from which he retired after 20 years.

He moved to Annapolis and became a volunteer escort and librarian at Anne Arundel Medical Center. In 1990, he moved to the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville, where he was a volunteer priest until 1996.

Mr. Fischer was a 1935 graduate of City College. He graduated from Duke University in 1939 and attended the General Theological Seminary in New York. He was ordained as a deacon in 1942.

In his free time, he enjoyed reading, particularly religious materials, and listening to classical music.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at All Hallows Chapel, 809 W. Central Ave.

He is survived by three cousins, Jane Sterling of Annapolis, Donna Fischer of Burtonsville and Ann Koenig of South Carolina.

J. Martin Hackley Sr., 84, railroad engineer, editor

J. Martin Hackley Sr., a former railroad engineer and editor of the East Baltimore Guide, died last Sunday of respiratory failure at York General Hospital in York, Pa. He was 84.

Known as Marty, Mr. Hackley lived in Highlandtown for many years before moving to Glen Rock, Pa., after retiring from the community paper in 1981.

He began his career as advertising manager for the colorful East Baltimore weekly and later was promoted to editor.

Born and raised in East Baltimore and the son of a Pennsylvania Railroad engineer, Mr. Hackley was a graduate of Patterson Park High School and served in the Army during World War II.

He began his railroading career in the early 1930s as a fireman, firing western Maryland Railway locomotives. He later joined the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad as a fireman and was promoted to engineer on freight trains. He retired in the late 1950s as an engineer with the Canton Railroad.

Mr. Hackley enjoyed painting landscapes, still lifes and railroad scenes in oils. He also enjoyed woodworking.

He was a member of Holler American Legion Post No. 95 and the Austin L. Grove American Legion Post No. 403.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Loganville, Pa., where services were held Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Helen R. Liebno; a son, James M. Hackley Jr. of Parkville; a daughter, Carol Benny of Baltimore; a sister, Vivian Rinehart of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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