Mattie H. Taylor, 80, school director, educator Mattie...

January 25, 2000

Mattie H. Taylor, 80, school director, educator

Mattie H. Taylor, a retired educator and former director of the lower school of Glenelg Country School, died Jan. 18 of cancer at her Ellicott City home. She was 80.

Mrs. Taylor, who retired in 1980, began teaching second grade at the Howard County private school in 1965, and in 1977 was appointed head of the lower school. Earlier, she taught at Savage Elementary School, St. John's Elementary School and All Saints Convent School in Catonsville.

Born Mattie Hanson on a family farm in Valley Springs, S.D., she earned her bachelor's degree in 1941 from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she began her teaching career.

As a former board member of the Howard County Association of Retarded Citizens, Mrs. Taylor helped establish one of the first group homes in Howard County and lobbied for legislation and funding on behalf of children with Down syndrome.

She was a member of the Howard County Garden Club.

She was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, where services were held Friday.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Frank Todd Taylor Sr.; two sons, Frank Todd Taylor Jr. of Ellicott City and Christopher Lloyd Taylor of Santa Monica, Calif.; a daughter, Elizabeth Taylor Friedemann of Ellicott City; a sister, Eleanor Hanson of Sioux Falls; and six grandchildren.

Jeannette C. Kolman, 86, bookkeeper, homemaker

Jeannette C. Kolman, a homemaker and bookkeeper, died Wednesday of kidney failure at Sinai Hospital. She was 86.

She had resided at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Community in Pikesville since last year.

Known as "Nettie," she was a bookkeeper for many years for her husband, Dr. Lester Norman Kolman, who for more than 40 years maintained a general medical practice in Northwest Baltimore. They were married in 1937, and he died in 1987.

The former Jeannette Carmel was born on East Lombard Street, where her father owned a grocery store. She was a 1931 Eastern High School graduate.

A lifetime member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, she was an active member of the Sisterhood and Hadassah.

Mrs. Kolman also was a member of the United Order of True Sisters.

Services were held Sunday.

She is survived by a son, Mark H. Kolman of Columbia; a daughter, Sheila Z. Kolman of Baltimore; a sister, Sibyl Raksin of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Don Abney, 76, pianist, jazz musician for 40 years

Don Abney, who had a 40-year career as a jazz and studio pianist, died Thursday of a heart attack at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 76 and lived in West Hollywood.

The Baltimore-born musician recorded and performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Benny Carter, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Eartha Kitt and Dinah Washington during his years in New York, Los Angeles and Yokohama, Japan.

Raised in Northwest Baltimore, Mr. Abney was a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. As a young man, he played the piano with the Bubby Johnson Band in Pennsylvania Avenue night clubs and theaters. He also played the French horn with the Army Band while stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

In 1947, Mr. Abney moved to New York and attended the Manhattan School of Music and joined the Terry Gibbs Trio at the Village Vanguard night club in Greenwich Village.

He appeared in two films, "Pete Kelly's Blues" and "Cinder Ella" with Ella Fitzgerald, whom he accompanied in the 1940s and 1950s. He accompanied her on many of her Verve recordings and at her appearance in 1957 at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Mr. Abney also toured with Miss Fitzgerald in Europe and in units of Norman Granz' Jazz at the Philharmonic.

He was hired by the National Broadcasting Company as a staff musician in the era when when African-Americans did not appear on the air.

Politically, Mr. Abney was a Democrat, but he was proud to appear with Pearl Bailey when she performed at the Nixon White House.

His 1947 marriage to the former Nina Francis ended in divorce in 1982.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Temple Emanuel, 300 N. Clark St., Beverly Hills.

He is survived by a son, Darcy Abney of Yokohama; four daughters, Gwendolyn Abney of Baltimore, Veronica Abney and Ruth Abney of Los Angeles and Erina Abney of Yokohama; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial service

Marjorie E. Peters, a retired bank teller and Timonium resident who died Dec. 31, will be honored at 1: 30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Lutherville.

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