Gloria M. Sweeny, 82, homemaker, volunteerGloria M...

August 21, 1999

Gloria M. Sweeny, 82, homemaker, volunteer

Gloria M. Sweeny, a homemaker who was active in community affairs, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del. She was 82.

In 1971, the longtime East Belvedere Avenue resident moved to Rehoboth Beach, Del., where she was active in Meals-on-Wheels and the affairs of All Saints Episcopal Church. She had also been a member of the church's vestry.

The former Gloria Mellier was born and reared in Bolton Hill and graduated from Bryn Mawr School. She studied ballet with Estelle Dennis in Baltimore and later taught in Baltimore for several years.

She was a former president of the Junior League of Baltimore and had been on the boards of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland and Pickersgill Retirement Community. She had also been president of Bryn Mawr School Association and Bryn Mawr Parents Association.

In 1940, she married Joseph Sarsfield Sweeny Sr., a Baltimore attorney. He died in 1982.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 in the chapel of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph S. Sweeny Jr. and Kevin O'Neill Sweeny, both of Baltimore; two daughters, Frances S. "Frankie" Helfrich of Roland Park and Anne Louise "Lucky" Sweeny of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Michael T. Kreis, 31, biomedical technician

Michael T. Kreis, who was a biomedical technician at Northwest Hospital Center, died Tuesday of juvenile diabetes at his Cockeysville home. He was 31.

At the time of his death, Mr. Kreis had been employed at the Randallstown hospital for a year. Earlier, he had worked at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson and for several years at Columbia Women's Hospital in Washington.

He was born and reared in Dunmore, Pa., where he graduated from high school. He was a graduate of Johnson Technical Institute in Dixon City, Pa., where he earned a biomedical technician degree. He also attended Pennsylvania State University.

He enjoyed playing basketball and was a member of several recreational basketball leagues.

He was a communicant of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today. He is survived by his parents, Robert A. and Marie Buckley Kreis of Dunmore; two brothers, Timothy P. Kreis and Joseph F. Kreis, both of Dunmore; two sisters, Jeannie Kreis of Dunmore and Kathleen E. Boyd of Whitehall, Pa.; and his maternal grandmother, Catherine Buckley of Scranton, Pa.

Roy Munsang Seoh, 75, professor of Asian history

Roy Munsang Seoh, a retired history professor, died of respiratory disease Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 75.

A Towson resident since 1995, Mr. Seoh taught East Asian intellectual history and was the dean of the college of foreign studies at Keimyung University in Taegu, Korea, for several years. He retired in the late 1980s.

After his retirement, he and his wife of 38 years, the former Kay Hegong Yeoh, moved to Honolulu, where they lived until her death in 1994. He lived briefly in Irvine, Calif., before moving to Towson in 1995 to be near his son's family.

Mr. Seoh was born in Sanchumpo, Korea. He attended Seoul National University and earned a doctorate in historiography from the University of Washington in Seattle. Mr. Seoh received a fellowship from the National University of Singapore to study East Asian Neo-Confucian philosophy.

The scholar was dedicated to education, and his apartment library contained more than 1,000 books dedicated to the study of East Asian history and philosophy.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

He is survived by a son, Thomas Chunon Seoh of Towson; and three grandchildren.

Adrian P. Reed, 68, Eastern Shore farmer

Adrian P. Reed, an Eastern Shore farmer who was active in land preservation, died Monday of cancer at his home, Lands End Farm in Centreville. He was 68.

Mr. Reed was an investment banker at White, Weld and Coe in New York City when he left the brokerage business in 1964 and moved to the Eastern Shore to raise Charolais cattle.

In recent years, Mr. Reed raised corn, soybeans, wheat and barley on the 450-acre farm, which dates to the late 1700s.

He was active in the land conservancy movement and was a dedicated conservationist, family members said.

Born and reared in Greenwich, Conn., and Hobe Sound, Fla., he was a graduate of Deerfield Academy and a 1953 graduate of the Military Academy at West Point. He served in the Army from 1953 until 1956.

He was a member of the board of Easton Memorial Hospital and Chesapeake College. He was also an active supporter of the Cancer Center of Easton and was a member of the Maryland Historical Society, Union Club of New York City and the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club. He was a past treasurer of the Jupiter Island Club in Hobe Sound.

Services are private.

Mr. Reed is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Nancy Jane Austin; two sons, Michael Reed of Andover, Mass., and Austin Reed of Kennett Square, Pa.; four daughters, Diana Carey of Columbia, Alixe Mattingly of Santa Barbara, Calif., Cynthia Klein of Andover and Margery Reed of Durango, Colo.; three brothers, Nathaniel P. Reed of Hobe Sound, Samuel P. Reed of New York City and Joseph B. Reed Jr. of Greenwich; and eight grandchildren.


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