Kenneth W. Blakeslee Sr., 92, Western Electric...

July 07, 1999

Kenneth W. Blakeslee Sr., 92, Western Electric manager

Kenneth Worthen Blakeslee Sr., a retired Western Electric Co. manager, died June 30 of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 92 and lived in Original Northwood.

He joined the benefits department at Western Electric's Point Breeze plant in 1929 and retired in 1971 as a section manager.

Born on 20th Street and raised in Homeland, Mr. Blakeslee was a 1925 graduate of the Friends School and received a bachelor's degree in political science from the Johns Hopkins University in 1929.

He was a longtime member and former deacon of Second Presbyterian Church in Guilford.

He was an avid woodworker and interested in the origins and etymology of the English language.

Services were Saturday.

Mr. Blakeslee is survived by his wife, the former Ethel Melcher, whom he married in 1937; a son, Kenneth W. Blakeslee Jr. of Rockville; three daughters, Katherine Blakeslee of Washington, Sara Loughridge of Bristol, Maine, and Lucinda Blakeslee of Montpelier, Vt.; a brother, George W. Blakeslee of Baltimore; a sister, Ruth Blakeslee Shaw of Raleigh, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

Dr. W. Earl Weeks, 83, pediatrician for 47 years

Dr. W. Earl Weeks, a Baltimore pediatrician for 47 years, died Friday of kidney failure at Mercy Medical Center. He was 83 and lived at Elkridge Estates Apartments.

Dr. Weeks opened his practice on York Road near Belvedere Avenue in 1940 and made house calls until 1987, when he retired.

"A number of his patients later brought their children to him for medical care," said his wife of 56 years, the former Muriel Jones.

Dr. Weeks, who was born in Elizabeth City, N.C., received a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest College and a medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1940. He interned at Mercy and completed his residency in pediatrics at UM.

During World War II, he served in the Army Medical Corps in Europe and the Pacific and was discharged as a captain in 1946.

He enjoyed cruising the bay aboard his 42-foot power boat and was a member of the Baltimore Yacht Club.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul Street.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, William E. Weeks Jr. of San Diego; three daughters, Elizabeth Haigh of Baltimore, Susan Weeks of Denver and Nancy Brusch of San Diego; and five grandchildren.

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