Gladys P. Harris, 70, educator, homemaker Gladys P...

June 15, 2000

Gladys P. Harris, 70, educator, homemaker

Gladys P. Harris, a homemaker and former educator, died Saturday of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The longtime Ashburton resident was 70.

Mrs. Harris, an elementary school teacher, taught in Baltimore public schools until the early 1960s, when she left to raise her family.

The former Gladys Parham was born and raised in Sandtown-Winchester and graduated from Douglass High School in 1947.

An active member of the Ashburton Community Association, Mrs. Harris looked in on the elderly in her neighborhood, making sure they had a way to doctors' appointments or the grocery store, often driving them. She also had been a foster parent for many years.

Mrs. Harris enjoyed baking cakes from scratch and visiting Atlantic City, N.J.

Her marriage to William L. Chambers ended in divorce. In 1958, she married Rodman Harris, a career Army officer. He died in 1990.

She was a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave., where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today.

She is survived by three sons, Carroll, Wayne and Darryl Chambers, all of Baltimore; three daughters, Cynthia Chambers of Abingdon and Tabitha Harris and Tara Harris, both of Baltimore; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Robert Allen Roesner, 47, salesman and sports fan

Robert Allen Roesner, a salesman and sports fan, died Saturday of a heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 47 and lived in Parkville.

Mr. Roesner had been a salesman for two years at A&A Bolt and Screw Co. in Rosedale. Earlier, he had worked for D&S Pipe Supply Co. in Baltimore, where he had been in sales for 18 years.

Born and raised in Overlea, he was a 1970 graduate of Overlea High School, where he played basketball, football and baseball.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1974 from what now is Salisbury State University, where he was a member of the lacrosse, soccer, baseball and basketball teams.

An Orioles fan, he was a member of WCAO-AM radio's Good Guys Basketball team.

In 1974, he married his childhood sweetheart, Janet Matteo, who survives him.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered at 9 a.m. yesterday at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road in Parkville.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Roesner is survived by two daughters, Katie Roesner and Jackie Roesner, both of Parkville; his father, Robert Albert Roesner of Naples, Fla.; a brother, James Roesner of Baltimore; a sister, Christine Petrick of Glen Rock, Pa.; his stepmother, Carolyn Roesner of Naples; a nephew; and seven nieces.

Herman Prag, 94, chef at city hotels, Hopkins

Herman Prag, former chef at the Southern and Emerson hotels and executive chef at Johns Hopkins Hospital for more than 20 years, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Oak Crest Village, the Parkville retirement community where he had lived since April. He was 94.

The longtime Parkville resident was executive chef at Hopkins from 1947 until retiring in 1973.

Born in Yagstheim, Germany, Mr. Prag attended school there and served apprenticeships in Stuttgart and Kassell, Germany. He was an assistant chef at hotels in Cologne, Germany, and Luxembourg before he emigrated to Baltimore in 1926 and became assistant chef at the Southern Hotel on Light Street.

In 1927, he joined the kitchen staff at the Emerson Hotel, at Baltimore and Calvert streets. At the Emerson, he prepared the dinner at which Charles A. Lindbergh was honored after his flight to Paris. He also cooked a turkey dinner for actress Jean Harlow, who celebrated her 21st birthday at the hotel.

He was known for his crab imperial and enjoyed playing chess.

In 1929, he married Theresa Bauer, who survives him.

Services were held Monday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Eleanore Ripperger of Cub Hill; a sister, Bertha Sander of Parkville; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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