Lillian Slatkin, 89, homemaker, volunteer Lillian...

January 22, 2000

Lillian Slatkin, 89, homemaker, volunteer

Lillian Slatkin, a homemaker who was active in religious and community organizations, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Sinai Hospital. She was 89.

A longtime Northwest Baltimore resident, she had been president of the local Hadassah chapter and Sisterhood at Shaarei Tfiloh Congregation, and also had been active in the Jewish Community Center Garden Club.

Born Lillian Selsky in Chicago, she moved to Baltimore as a child when her father, Abraham Selsky, became cantor at Shaarei Tfiloh Synagogue. She was a 1929 graduate of Western High School and graduated from Strayer's Business College.

In 1938, she married Murray Slatkin, now retired as chairman of Felmor Corp., a wholesale paint business. She often accompanied him on his business travels around the world.

She also shared his philanthropic interests. The couple supported more than 200 charities.

She enjoyed playing the piano and writing.

Graveside services for Mrs. Slatkin will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Har Sinai Congregation Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road in Owings Mills.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Robert Slatkin of Pikesville; a daughter, Joan Barton of Canton; and three grandsons.

Barbara B. Lee, 60, museum coordinator, teacher

Barbara B. Lee, a former science teacher and naturalist who taught in local schools before becoming coordinator of museum science programs in Nashville, Tenn., died Sunday of cancer at the home of friends in Nashville. The former Roland Park resident was 60.

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Mrs. Lee taught at Roland Park Country School and Towson High School before working at the Natural History Museum in Raleigh, N. C., where she was coordinator of natural science and wildlife programs.

She returned to Baltimore in the late 1970s to work at the Maryland Science Center, where she developed educational programs for children.

In the early 1980s, she became department head of life sciences at the Cumberland Museum in Nashville, where she oversaw the live animal educational and cultural history programs. She retired in 1989.

Born in Nashville, the former Barbara Butler lived briefly in Baltimore before moving to Chapel Hill, N. C., where she graduated from high school. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Goucher College in 1961 and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1962.

She was an avid bird-watcher, hiker, environmentalist and outdoorswoman. She was a member of the Audubon Society, the Ornithological Society and the Loggerhead Turtle Preservation Program at Pritchard's Island, S. C.

She was an active member of Edgehill United Methodist Church in Nashville.

Her marriages to Robert G. Rothgaber and David Lee ended in divorce.

Ms. Lee, who retained her former name, recently married Harvey Baker, her companion of 18 years.

Plans for a memorial service in Baltimore were incomplete yesterday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Dennis S. Rothgaber of Easley, S. C.; two daughters, Anne R. Arnold of Kingsville and Rebecca R. Barnes of Baltimore; a brother, Dr. Thomas C. Butler of Lubbock, Texas; a sister, Marian Butler of Edgewater; and three grandchildren.

Donna J. Routh, 43, Mercy Medical clerk

Donna J. Routh, who had been a ward clerk at Mercy Medical Center, died Jan. 15 of a brain hemorrhage at Franklin Woods Center-Genesis Eldercare in Rosedale. She was 43.

Mrs. Routh retired in 1989 with a medical disability.

Born and reared in Essex, the former Donna Johnson was a 1974 graduate of Overlea High School and earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from High Point College in North Carolina in 1978.

She was a member and sang in the choir of Middle River Baptist Church, 610 Middle River Road, where services will be held at 3 p.m. today.

She is survived by a daughter, Megan Lynne Routh of Essex; her mother, Edna Grumbine, and stepfather, the Rev. Robert Grumbine of Baltimore; a brother, Lee Johnson of Snow Hill; two sisters, Deborah Reithmuller of Hebron and Lisa Guyll of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

Richard L. Bunoski, 71, federal regulator

Richard Louis Bunoski, a retired federal regulator, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at Sinai Hospital. He was 71 and lived in Glen Burnie.

In 1955, he joined the federal government as an assistant to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. He worked with the Bureau of Veterinary Medicine and set standards for animal feeds.

He also worked for the Office of the Inspector General and won an award for his efforts to reduce fraudulent claims against the Social Security Administration.

Born in Pringle, Pa., he was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pa., and received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1953 from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where he was student body president.

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