John J. Branigan, 80, newspaper printer John Joseph...

January 30, 2000

John J. Branigan, 80, newspaper printer

John Joseph Branigan, who worked as a printer for several area newspapers, died Monday of cancer at his home in Annapolis. He was 80.

Mr. Branigan had worked as a printer for the Capital in Annapolis, The Sun and the Washington Post before retiring in the mid-1970s. Born in Philadelphia, he lived in Washington before settling in Annapolis about 40 years ago. During World War II, Mr. Branigan was a sergeant in the Army and served in the Battle of the Bulge and Italy.

In 1944, he married Teresa Connolly, who died in 1985.

A memorial service for Mr. Branigan was held yesterday.

He is survived by three sons, Robert Branigan of Annapolis, Michael Branigan of Alexandria, La., and Stephen Branigan of Bear, Del.; two daughters, Ann Frazier of Stevensville and Patti Hoker of Concord, N. C.; two sisters, Catherine Holden and Josie Joyce, both of Philadelphia; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Barbara Kelly Brandt, 67, liquor board inspector

Barbara Kelly Brandt, a former Baltimore City Liquor Board inspector and Homeland resident, died Thursday of complications from a stroke at Stella Maris Hospice. She was 67.

Mrs. Brandt, a liquor board inspector from 1979 until 1983, had been a resident of Genesis ElderCare-Cromwell since 1998. From 1983 until moving to the nursing facility, she had lived in Fenwick Island, Del.

For many years, she was a volunteer at St. Elizabeth School and Rehabilitation Center on Argonne Drive and had been a member of the Baltimore Academy of the Visitation Parents Club, St. Mary of the Assumption Parochial School's Mothers' Club and the Third District Democratic Club.

Born Barbara Joyce Mauldin in Washington, she was raised in Waverly and Tampa, Fla., where she graduated from high school. She attended the University of Georgia.

In the mid-1950s, Mrs. Brandt worked as a bookkeeper and accountant for several years at McCarthy & Hicks, a Baltimore liquor distributorship. In the late 1960s and early '70s, she was a substitute teacher at Govans Elementary School.

Her marriage in 1959 to Jerome G. Kelly Sr. ended in divorce. She was married in 1982 to Raymond J. Brandt, who worked in the circulation department of the News American.

In addition to collecting antique furniture, glassware and china, Mrs. Brandt enjoyed boating and crabbing.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road, Govans.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, James W. Kelly of Rodgers Forge; a daughter, Catherine M. Kelly of Towson; a sister, Dorothy Endres of Perry Hall; and several nieces and nephews.

George C. Harvin-Bey, 67, Project PLASE counselor

George C. Harvin-Bey, a former resident counselor at Project PLASE, died Tuesday of cancer at Crescent Cities Center in Riverdale. The former Baltimore resident was 67.

Known as "G. C.," Mr. Harvin-Bey was born in Sumter, S. C. The family moved to Washington in the late 1930s, and he attended school there. He later took courses at University of Baltimore.

Mr. Harvin-Bey served for more than seven years as a resident counselor at Project PLASE (People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment), which provides counseling and housing to homeless adults. He returned there after surgery but had to retire because of illness in 1998, said his brother, Augustus Harvin-Bey of Washington, with whom he went to live.

A memorial service will be held at 12: 30 p.m. tomorrow, beginning at the March Funeral Home at 928 E. North Ave. and ending with graveside services at Voshell Memorial Gardens. In addition to his brother, Mr. Harvin-Bey is survived by two sisters, Miriam Evans of Lanham and Juanita Harvin of Washington; his former wife Shirley Harvin; and many nieces and nephews.

Albert A. Koenig, 82, News American art director

Albert A. Koenig, retired advertising art director of the defunct News American, died Wednesday of organ failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 82 and lived in Carney.

Until he stepped down in 1980, he supervised a staff of several dozen commercial artists who drew and designed the newspaper's advertisements. He later continued preparing ads for Watson's Garden Center in Timonium.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College and the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He joined the old Baltimore News-Post in June 1938.

A Navy pilot, Mr. Koenig served in the Pacific beginning in 1940. He received two air medals with the gold star for bravery for rescuing wounded soldiers in the Philippines during World War II.

He was past commander of the American Legion Post 144.

A tenor, he sang in Essex Community College's theatrical productions as well as in choral groups.

He enjoyed gardening, cooking and studying foreign languages.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Vaeth, whom he married in 1944.

A Mass will be offered at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Stella Maris Chapel, Dulaney Valley Road.

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