Bryce W. Riley, 20, artist, Children's Center...

November 24, 1999

Bryce W. Riley, 20, artist, Children's Center supporter

Bryce W. Riley, an artist and longtime supporter of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, died Saturday after emergency brain surgery at Sinai Hospital for a head injury he suffered in a wheelchair football game earlier that day. He was 20 and a Perry Hall resident.

Mr. Riley was diagnosed with dermatomyositis, a rare muscle and tissue disease, when he was 6.

For more than a decade, Mr. Riley was an energetic spokesman and fund-raiser for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. He contributed artwork for the center's projects, including its holiday card series and newsletter.

In 1994, he was named the center's first "Radio Ambassador" during its annual Radiothon on WWMX-FM. Mr. Riley's parents, Bill and Gina Riley, have been coordinators of the event, which has raised more than $1 million, since 1990.

"A lot of patients with chronic illnesses grow into their adult years, and in doing so they become part of the Children Center's family. Bryce was one of those special people and he will be deeply missed," said Dr. George J. Dover, director of the Children's Center.

Mr. Riley was born in Paterson, N.J., and moved to Perry Hall as a child. He was a 1997 graduate of Perry Hall High School and was enrolled in Art Institute Schools, a correspondence school, where he maintained an A average.

He was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church in Parkville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday. In addition to his parents, Mr. Riley is survived by his paternal grandmother, Emily Riley of Inverness, Fla.; his maternal grandmother, Paula Thorry of Baltimore; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to the Child Life Program at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, 111 Market Place, Suite 901, Baltimore 21202.

J. Henry Ledden, 92, BGE employee for 47 years

J. Henry Ledden, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee, died of heart failure Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 92 and had lived in Towson.

Born in West Baltimore, he was a 1925 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

In 1933, he married Margaret L. Walsh, a former employee of O'Neill's department store, who died in 1995.

A long-time Govans resident, he retired after 47 years of service in 1972 as the utility's general supervisor in construction engineering. In retirement, he was a volunteer with the Red Cross bloodmobile and the Fire Museum of Maryland.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where he was a member. He is survived by three daughters, Sister Iris Ann Ledden of Lexington, Ky., Bernadette White of Towson and Jeanne Ledden Simkins of Hunt Valley; and three grandchildren.

Raymond C. Strine, 80, New Windsor postmaster

Raymond C. Strine, retired New Windsor postmaster, died Sunday of a massive stroke at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 80.

Mr. Strine had been postmaster of the Carroll County community from 1960 until he retired in 1980. He began his career with the U.S. Postal Service in New Windsor as a clerk in the 1950s, and was later appointed acting postmaster in 1958.

Earlier, he was a partner with his father, John C. Strine, and his brother, Calvin Strine, in J. C. Strine & Sons General Store on Church Street. The business was established by his father.

The New Windsor native was a 1936 graduate of New Windsor High School. During World War II, he served in Europe with the 8th Armored Division Headquarters Company and was discharged at war's end as a staff sergeant.

He was an active member of Edgewood Church of the Brethren, where he had been a deacon, church secretary, treasurer, board member and head usher.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8806 in Union Bridge, the 8th Armored Division Association and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He was a former board member of Pipe Creek Cemetery.

He was a volunteer driver with Meals-On-Wheels and volunteered with the Carroll County Cancer Society and the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor.

Services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. today at Edgewood Church of the Brethren, Route 31, New Windsor.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Mary Bare; three sons, Lee Strine of Westminster, Bruce Strine of Union Bridge and Drew Strine of New Windsor; two brothers, Calvin Strine and Donald Strine, both of Westminster; two sisters, Ruth Harchenhorn and Elizabeth Strine, both of New Windsor; and six grandchildren.

Correction

Rene Maurice Graham Jr.: A sister of Rene Maurice Graham Jr., a construction worker and Northwest Baltimore resident, was omitted from a list of survivors in yesterday's editions of The Sun. The sister is Auria Graham of Catonsville.

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