Margaret Denman-West,74, library science professorMargaret...

October 09, 1999

Margaret Denman-West,74, library science professor

Margaret Denman-West, a retired library science professor at Western Maryland College, died of a heart attack Monday at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Mo. She was 74 and lived in Rocheport, Mo.

Mrs. West joined the faculty at Western Maryland in 1977 as coordinator of the graduate program in media and library science. She retired in 1991.

In the mid-1980s she served as co-director of the college's Hoover Library. She was the author of "Children's Literature: A Guide to Information Sources," published in 1998.

Born in Oklahoma City, Okla., the former Margaret Woods, known as Maggie, was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Texas Woman's University, where she received her doctorate in library science.

She was past president of the Maryland Educational Media Organization and served on the Governor's Advisory Council on Libraries. A room at the Western Maryland College library has been dedicated as "The Maggie Lab" in her honor.

Her 1947 marriage to the late Douglas R. Denman ended in divorce. She married Robert Z. West, a Towson State University faculty member, in 1982. He died two years later.

Funeral services for Mrs. West were held Wednesday in Rocheport. A memorial service at Western Maryland College is pending.

Mrs. West is survived by her sons, David D. Denman of St. Joseph, Mo., Richard B. Denman of Lakewood, Ohio and Robert D. Denman of Rocheport, Mo.; two brothers, Richard Woods of Brownsville, Texas, and Robert A. Woods of Oklahoma City; and five grandchildren.

W. Gordon Yates, 78, McCormick executive

W. Gordon Yates, retired vice president of administration at McCormick & Co. Inc. and former Glen Arm resident, died Tuesday from complications of a stroke at Floryka's Villas in Bellevue, Wash. He was 78.

Mr. Yates, who had lived in Redmond, Wash., since 1986, served as vice president of administration for the Baltimore-based manufacturer of spices and flavoring extracts from 1972 until he retired in 1986.

He began his career at McCormick in 1958 as manager of human relations for the Shilling Division in San Francisco and two years later was named director of the department. From 1969 to 1971, he was vice president of Gilroy Foods Inc., McCormick's onion and dehydrating subsidiary in Gilroy, Calif.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, he graduated from high school in San Francisco. He was a 1943 graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor's degree. In 1949, he graduated from Stanford University with a degree in labor economics.

During World War II, Mr. Yates served with the Navy in the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Ocean before being discharged with the rank of lieutenant.

He was a former president of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and a vice president of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. In 1978, he was appointed to the Maryland Transportation Authority by then-acting-Gov. Blair Lee III.

He had been a member of the board of Equitable Trust Co. and Equitable Bancorp. and belonged to the Baltimore chapter of the Navy League of the United States.

Services were held yesterday in Redmond.

Mr. Yates is survived by his wife, the former Gloria Regina Schmit, whom he married in 1949; a son, William R. Yates of Redmond; a daughter, Barbara Gibbons of Gardnerville, Nev.; and nine grandchildren.

Rev. Edward Gartner, 82, director of Josephite office

The Rev. Edward J. Gartner, a Josephite priest for 51 years and retired director of his order's mission office in downtown Baltimore, died Monday of a heart attack at the home of his sister in Mechanicsburg, Pa. He was 82 and lived in North Baltimore at St. Joseph's Manor in Poplar Hill.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Father Gartner was a graduate of Xavier High School. He worked for the postal service and the Southern Railway before becoming a Josephite in Newburgh, N.Y., in 1941. He was ordained in 1949.

Father Gartner taught science at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans before moving to Baltimore in 1971. He retired after 26 years of ministry as director of the Josephite Mission Office headquartered on Calvert Street.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. Francis Xavier Church in East Baltimore.

He is survived by his sister, Geri Holly of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; a brother, the Rev. Joseph Gartner of Glenmary Mission Society, Cincinnati; and two cousins, Andrew J. Meara of Glen Rock, N.J., and Anne Meara, the New York comedian.

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