William J. Kinling, 78, teacher and administratorWilliam...

August 02, 1999

William J. Kinling, 78, teacher and administrator

William J. Kinling, a former Baltimore County public schools elementary teacher and administrator, died Tuesday from complications of pneumonia at Charlestown Care Center at Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 78.

Mr. Kinling, a 46-year Catonsville resident, retired in 1981 from the Baltimore County Board of Education's Central Office, where during a 20-year period he was a research, child accounting and architectural specialist.

He began his teaching career in Baltimore City public schools at Irvington Elementary in 1950 and later taught at Montebello Elementary. He also taught at Arbutus and Fullerton elementary schools before joining the county school system's central office in 1961.

Born and raised on North Avenue, he was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and worked at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. Middle River plant before joining the Army Air Forces in 1943. A pilot, he flew C-47s in Italy until being discharged in 1946 with the rank of captain.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1950, and a master's degree in education in 1952, both from the Johns Hopkins University, where he was captain of the soccer team and an All-American.

Shortly before his death, Mr. Kinling had been nominated for membership in the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was a member of Catonsville United Methodist Church, where he taught the young adult class for more than three decades. He also had been secretary of the Children's Home in Catonsville, formerly the German Children's Home, for 30 years.

He enjoyed golfing and fishing.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Catonsville United Methodist Church, 6 Melvin Ave., Catonsville.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Irene Opitz; three sons, Eric R. Kinling of Catonsville, Fred A. Kinling of Ocean City and Larry J. Kinling of Ellicott City; a daughter, Laura A. Krausz of St. Michaels; a brother, Charles E. Kinling of Parkville; and four grandsons.

Nicholas John Sfakianos, 75, H&S Bakery employee

Nicholas John Sfakianos, a Baltimore bakery employee for 45 years, died of prostate cancer Friday at home in Timonium. He was 75.

Born in New York City, he moved to Baltimore with his family at age 11. He graduated from Polytechnic Institute and entered the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He was a lieutenant junior grade on a munitions supply ship during World War II.

After the war, Mr. Sfakianos returned to Baltimore and worked at his father's diner, the Blue Plate, at Charles Street and North Avenue. After a few years, he joined H&S Bakery Inc. He was a member of Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Liberty Lodge of the Masons. He was a Shriner and avid bowler.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street.

Mr. Sfakianos is survived by his wife, the former Despo Paterakis, whom he married in 1947; two sons, John Sfakianos and Steven Sfakianos, both of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.


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Pub Date: 8/02/99

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