Benjamin H. West Sr., 94, Western Electric...

September 03, 1999

Benjamin H. West Sr., 94, Western Electric engineer

Benjamin Herndon West Sr., a retired Western Electric Corp. efficiency engineer who entertained senior citizens with travelogues and slide shows, died in his sleep Sunday at Edenwald, a retirement community in Towson. He was 94.

The former Stoneleigh resident had resided at Edenwald since 1987.

He retired in 1970 from Western Electric Corp.'s Point Breeze plant, where he had been an efficiency engineer for 37 years.

His travels with his wife to South America, Europe and Asia became the subjects of one-hour slide shows and travelogues that he took to area senior citizen centers and retirement communities.

"It was his hobby for over 25 years, and he worked [at it] six days a week, oftentimes giving two or three slide shows a day," said a son, Benjamin Herndon West Jr. of Columbia.

Mr. West was born in Richmond, Va., and earned an engineering degree from the University of Richmond in 1932.

In 1936, he married Grace Singleton, who died in 1986.

He was a communicant, former vestryman and senior warden at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 419 Cedarcroft Road, where services will be held at 9: 30 a.m. today.

He is also survived by another son, John S. West of Harrisburg, Pa.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Margaret Tabor, 89, homemaker, church activist

Margaret Tabor, a homemaker, died Monday of cardiopulmonary arrest at Ravenwood Lutheran Village Nursing Care Center in Hagerstown.

The former Guilford resident was 89.

She was active in the parish life of First English Lutheran Church at Charles and 39th streets in Guilford from 1954 to 1973, where her late husband, the Rev. Dr. L. Ralph Tabor, was pastor.

Born in Carlisle, Pa., the former Margaret Strine was a graduate of John Harris High School in Harrisburg, Pa., and attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where she studied piano.

In 1931, she married Mr. Tabor, who died in 1973.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Evangelical Lutheran Church Zion Cemetery in Middletown.

She is survived by two sons, Christopher A. Tabor of South Burlington, Vt., and R. Michael Tabor of Middletown; a daughter, Lois T. Wigton of Allison Park, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Karen Edith Shortall, 27, Virginia civil engineer

Karen Edith Shortall, a civil engineer, died of cancer Wednesday at Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown. She was 27 and lived in Millington.

Born in Baltimore, she worked in Chesterfield County, Va. She graduated in 1989 from Woodlawn Senior High and with honors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

She was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Volleyball Association.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 370 W. Cypress St., Millington.

She is survived by her mother, Bonnie Savage of Millington; her father, William E. Shortall of Queenstown; her stepfather, Donald F. Savage of Millington; a brother, Kevin Edward Shortall of Baltimore; and her grandparents, Lewis and Edith Shelton of Millington.

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