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July 30, 1999

Gilbert Cummins, 91, founded plating company

Gilbert Cummins, the founder of a Baltimore gold and silver plating company who was active in Jewish community affairs, died Sunday of pneumonia at Sinai Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 91.

In 1930, he established Gilbert Cummins Co. on Water Street in downtown Baltimore. The company later moved to Frederick Avenue and Curtis Bay before Mr. Cummins retired and closed it in 1990.

Mr. Cummins was a member and former president of Beth Jacob Congregation in Northwest Baltimore and a member of Suburban Orthodox Congregation in Pikesville. At his death, he was executive secretary of B'Nai Israel Congregation on Lloyd Street in East Baltimore.

In the early 1950s, he was a founder of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of Baltimore and the local chapter of the National Council of Synagogue Youth. He was a past president of B'nai B'rith Menorah Lodge in Pikesville.

Mr. Cummins led the way in the early 1970s in establishment of kosher dining rooms at the Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College and Towson State University.

Born in East Baltimore and reared near Druid Hill Park, he attended City College.

A physical fitness advocate, he ran the Boston Marathon twice in the 1960s.

Services were held Monday .

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Brownie Harrison; two sons, Arnold Cummins of Dickeyville and Tzvi Cummins of Israel; a daughter, Frances Goldstein of Israel; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mildred E. Holmes, 69, foster parent of 110 children

Mildred E. Holmes, a foster care parent, died July 23 of complications of diabetes and heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 69 and lived in Southwest Baltimore.

From 1980 until 1998, she was foster mother to a total of 110 children placed in her care by the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.

Born in Lansdowne, the former Mildred Herold was a graduate of 14 Holy Martyrs parochial school in Southwest Baltimore.

She was a member of the Southwest Senior Citizens Club and Mary Avara's Democratic Club.

She was a member of St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, where a funeral Mass was offered Wednesday.

She is survived by her husband, William A. Holmes Sr., whom she married in 1946; eight sons, Raymond E. Holmes of Perry Hall, William A. Holmes Jr. of Glen Burnie, and William F. X. Holmes, Edgar E. Holmes, George Samuel Holmes, K. Michael Holmes, John F. Holmes and Anthony Fostek, all of Baltimore; two daughters, Patricia A. Brown of Halethorpe and Marymargaret Burnett of Taneytown; 25 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 7/30/99

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