Constandino Giorgilli, 73, equipment operator...

June 09, 2000

Constandino Giorgilli, 73, equipment operator

Constandino Giorgilli, a retired heavy-equipment operator and city highways worker, died Monday of cancer at Mercy Medical Center. He was 73 and lived in Little Italy.

Known as Gus, he retired as an operating engineer for heavy equipment about 10 years ago. He worked for C. J. Langenfelder Co. and operated equipment on the ore dock at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant.

In recent years, he worked in the city Department of Public Work's highways division and devised a net to scoop trash from the harbor.

Born in Little Italy, he was a graduate of St. Vincent de Paul parochial school.

He served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific aboard the USS. Fillmore.

He was a founder of the Sons of Italy Little Italy Lodge and a Narcotics Anonymous group.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. todayat St. Leo Roman Catholic Church, 227 S. Exeter St., where he was a member, past president of the parochial school's PTA and volunteer for church festivals and dinners.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Josephine Platerote; a son, Pasquale Giorgilli of Baltimore; a daughter, Jude Giorgilli of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Ernest Hall-Craggs, 73, physician and professor

Ernest Christopher Bernard Hall-Craggs, a British physician and medical professor who taught at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the 1970s and 1980s, died June 2 of heart failure at home in Somerton, England. He was 73.

Dr. Hall-Craggs joined UM's medical campus in Baltimore in 1975 and was the course director for the gross-anatomy division, teaching first-year students the structure and systems of the human body.

His British pronunciations of medical terms were a staple subject of the school's yearly Freshman Follies skit show. Colleagues said he took the lampooning with good humor.

Dr. Hall-Craggs was a recipient of the school's Golden Apple award, a teaching prize bestowed by students.

He wrote a well-regarded anatomy textbook, "Anatomy as a Basis for Clinical Medicine," which was published in 1985.

Dr. Hall-Craggs was born in Reading, England, and attended Cambridge University and St. Mary's Hospital School in London. He began as a surgeon at St. Mary's in 1949 and in subsequent years held numerous civilian and military medical positions, including eight years of work as a medical officer and lecturer in Uganda.

In 1971 and 1974, he was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

He retired from the University of Maryland in 1986 and two years later returned to Britain, where he taught at the University of Oxford until 1998.

During his stay in Baltimore, Dr. Hall-Craggs pursued his love of woodworking, crafting furniture at his residence in Homewood.

A funeral service will be held today in Banbury, England.

Dr. Hall-Craggs is survived by his wife, Mary Hall-Craggs, a retired UM professor of pathology whom he married in 1952.

He also is survived by five daughters, Susan Bailey of Berkhamsted, England, Helen Weaver of Warrington, England, and Margaret Hall-Craggs, Jane Kingdom and Sarah Hall-Craggs, all of London; a sister, Priscilla Price of Ramsbury, England; and 10 grandchildren.

Louis Charles Kraus, 77, director of engineering

Louis Charles Kraus, retired director of engineering for Western Electric Co., died Saturday of complications of Parkinson's disease at Givens Health Center in Asheville, N.C. He was 77 and lived in Asheville.

He retired in 1982 as Western Electric's director of engineering. having worked for the company, the manufacturing arm of AT&T, for 41 years. He began at the old Point Breeze plant on Broening Highway and worked in Allentown, Pa., Indianapolis, Newark, N.J. and Greensboro, N.C.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Edmondson Village, he was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and Cornell University.

In 1946, he married Shirley Husson, who survives him.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 5 at Lakeview Memorial Park, 2724 Liberty Road, Sykesville.

He also is survived by two sons, John Kraus of Underwood, Wash., and Paul Kraus of Commungny, Switzerland; a daughter, Catherine Kraus Bouabre of Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa two sisters, Regina Kraus Irvin of Catonsville and Carolyn Kraus Lang of Glen Arm; and two grandchildren.

Mary Regina Schmidt, 77, teacher at Catholic schools

Mary Regina Schmidt, a homemaker and retired elementary school teacher, died of congestive heart failure May 31 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 77.

Mrs. Schmidt, known to her family and friends as Jean, was a resident of Rodgers Forge for more than 50 years. Born Mary Seitz in Baltimore, she graduated from 14 Holy Martyrs Business School in 1938. She then worked as a secretary and held other office positions for several years.

She later studied elementary education and reading disabilities at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

In her 40s, after raising her children, Mrs. Schmidt began teaching in elementary schools operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. She taught for 20 years at St. Pius X, St. Mary's School, St. Matthew's and the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

She was a Cub Scout den leader for five years.

Services were held Saturday.

Mrs. Schmidt is survived by her husband of 55 years, Charles Schmidt; two daughters, Regi Goldberg of Lutherville and Marian MacDonald of Reisterstown; two sons, Timothy Schmidt of New Freedom, Pa., and Charles Schmidt Jr. of Annapolis; and six grandchildren.

Memorial service

Sidney S. Miller, a former Pride of Baltimore II captain, will be honored at a memorial service at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Weinberg Center at the Living Classrooms Foundation, 802 S. Caroline St.

Mr. Miller, 72, died May 21 at his home in Sarasota, Fla., of complications from gall bladder surgery.

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