John James Svingos, 46, public school music teacherJohn...

November 25, 1999

John James Svingos, 46, public school music teacher

John James Svingos, who taught vocal music in Baltimore County public schools for more than two decades, died Monday at his Glen Arm home of pancreatic cancer. He was 46.

At the time of his death, Mr. Svingos was a faculty member of Harford Hills Elementary School, where he had taught vocal music since the early 1990s. Earlier, he had taught at Sandy Plains Elementary School.

Born and raised in Eastpoint, he was a 1971 graduate of Kenwood High School and earned his bachelor's degree in music education from Towson State University in 1977.

Mr. Svingos played guitar and was an avid golfer and fisherman.

He was married in 1981 to the former Hollyn Emerson.

He was a member and had served on the church council of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3911 Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, where a memorial service will be held at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Svingos is survived by two daughters, Christen J. Svingos and Cara J. Svingos, both of Glen Arm; his parents, James J. Svingos and Helen E. Svingos of Baltimore;and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to the Svingos Family College Fund, c/o Parkville Federal Savings, P.O. Box 5012, 12128 Long Green Pike, Glen Arm 21057.

Eleanor Barrett Brooks, 22, Towson University senior

Eleanor Barrett Brooks, a senior at Towson University who worked in the school's Athletic Maintenance, Events and Conference Services, died Tuesday of a cerebral hemorrhage at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Cross Keys resident was 22.

A bachelor's degree in sports management will be awarded posthumously to Miss Brooks in January. She had attended Elon College in North Carolina for two years.

Born in Boston and reared in Weston, Mass., she was a 1995 graduate of Garrison Forest School, where she played four varsity sports, including tennis and lacrosse.

At Garrison Forest, she was a member of The Sun's All-County All-Star softball team in 1993 and was captain of the varsity basketball team. She won an Unsung Hero Award from McCormick & Co. Inc. in 1995.

Since 1998, Miss Brooks had worked at Towson's Athletic Maintenance, Event and Conference Services. Last year, she was a sports management intern at the Hamlet Cup Tennis Tournament in Islip, N.Y.

This year, she was an intern at retired tennis star Pam Shriver's Chevy Chase Bank Tennis Challenge.

She was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by her father, John H. Brooks of Marshfield, Mass.; her mother, Kingsley Barrett Brooks of Baltimore; two sisters, Molly Brooks Sapienza of Chicago and Elizabeth Brooks Taylor of Atlanta; and her paternal grandmother, Susan White Humphreys of Vero Beach, Fla.

Anna deZeumar Lee, 100, seamstress, made Md. flags

Anna deZeumar Lee, a former seamstress whose specialty was Maryland flags, died Nov. 18 of pneumonia at a nursing home in Albuquerque, N. M. She was 100.

A former 40-year resident of Ashburton in West Baltimore, she had lived in Albuquerque since 1986.

The former Anna deZeumar Morrow was born in Baltimore and attended city public schools until the third grade. When she was 12, she began working as a seamstress in a Baltimore flag and pennant shop.

Because of her proficiency in sewing and needlework, the shop often called on her to sew Maryland flags.

"She was the only one who could make a silk Maryland flag with its complicated heraldic design by hand," said her daughter, Charlotte Williams of Albuquerque.

One of Mrs. Lee's flags hangs in the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, also known as the National Cathedral, in Washington.

In 1923, she married Hutson Lee, a Baltimore insurance broker. He died in 1979.

She had been a volunteer for the Red Cross and Maryland General Hospital, and, during World War II, for the United Service Organizations in Baltimore.

She was a communicant of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, where services were held Tuesday.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Woodlawn Cemetery, 2130 Woodlawn Drive.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a granddaughter and a great-grandson.

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