Walter Harper Bryan, 88, builder and businessmanWalter...

November 19, 1999

Walter Harper Bryan, 88, builder and businessman

Walter Harper Bryan, a retired builder and businessman, died Sunday of cancer at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. He was 88.

Mr. Bryan, who retired in 1977, had been a resident of the retirement community since 1997. He had resided at the Charlestown retirement community from 1989 until 1997, and earlier had lived in Grasonville and Hamilton.

He purchased Montebello Hardware in the 4700 block of Harford Road in 1966, a business that was later operated by his daughters until it closed last year.

He established a contracting business in 1932 that later evolved into Bryan Plumbing, Heating and Waterproofing, a business that is owned and operated by another daughter.

Born and reared in Lauraville, he was a graduate of Lake Clifton High School. During World War II, he did defense work and installed air conditioning at the Pentagon.

He was an avid power boater and was the owner of Bry-ne, a 1939 Wheeler Sedan cruiser. He was a member of the Classic Yacht Club, Boumi Temple Yacht Club, Power Squadron, Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Kent Island Yacht Club. He was a past commodore of the Maryland Yacht Club.

He was also a member of Boumi Temple and the Lauraville Oldtimers' club.

Services were held yesterday.

He was married for many years to Kathleen Prine, who died in 1994.

He is survived by three daughters, Robin Bryan Culver of Cub Hill, Susan B. Walton of Baltimore and Helen B. Lawless of White Marsh; a brother, Roland T. Bryan of Oxford; and six grandchildren.

Gladys Vanlandingham, 83, homemaker, church member

Gladys Cecelia Vanlanding- ham, a homemaker who was active in New Bethel Christian Community Church, died Saturday of heart failure at Sinai Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 83.

During the 1950s, she was a machine operator at Maryland Cup Corp. She retired in 1959 because of an illness.

She was a member of the usher board and the Missionary Society at New Bethel Christian Community Church in Northwest Baltimore.

The former Gladys C. Harrell was born in Philadelphia and raised in South Baltimore. She was a graduate of Douglass Evening High School, where she studied dressmaking.

Her marriage to Jessie Reid ended in divorce. In 1959, she married William Vanlandingham, who died in 1993.

Mrs. Vanlandingham was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Forest Park Senior Center.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by a son, William Vanlandingham of Baltimore; three daughters, Denise Jones of Fayetteville, N.C., and Glenda Walker and Gloria Reid, both of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Marjorie Williams of Baltimore; 33 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Betty Jean Harvey, 71, restaurant owner, golfer

Betty Jean Harvey, a retired Aberdeen restaurant owner and golfer, died Friday of complications of kidney disease at University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 71 and lived in Bel Air.

Until she retired in 1988, she and her husband, Richard Harvey Jr., whom she married in 1949, ran the Colonel's Choice restaurant in Aberdeen.

A member of the Women's Golf Association of Baltimore, she won championships at Swan Creek Country Club in Aberdeen and the Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air. She also played in tournaments in Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore, she was raised in Morrell Park and graduated from Southern High School.

In 1946, she worked as a legal secretary at the old Baltimore Transit Co.'s Washington Boulevard headquarters. She left that job to help run the restaurant.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bel Air United Methodist Church, 21 Linwood Ave., Bel Air.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother, George A. Brown of Fairfax, Va.; a sister, Shirley V. Dilks of Glasgow, Del.; two nieces; and eight nephews.

Anne Pries, 58, homemaker, volunteer

Anne Pries, a homemaker and volunteer, died Monday in her sleep of a heart ailment at her Roland Park home. She was 58.

A volunteer at the Irvine Natural Science Center in Stevenson, she enjoyed travel and gardening.

Born in Baltimore, the former Anne Marston was a 1960 graduate of the Gunston School in Centreville.

In 1970, she married Richard Pries, who died in 1981.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., where she was a member.

She is survived by a son, Richard Harnish Pries of Baltimore; two daughters, Eleanor Hier of Reisterstown and Elizabeth Pries of Roanoke, Va.; and a brother, Bruce Marston of Port Townsend, Wash.


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