George M. Kingsley Sr., 55, counsel to Army Corps...

June 19, 2000

George M. Kingsley Sr., 55, counsel to Army Corps

George M. Kingsley Sr., chief counsel for the Baltimore District of the Army Corps of Engineers, died June 12 of melanoma at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 55.

Mr. Kingsley had been chief counsel in Baltimore since 1995. He began his career with the corps in Wilmington, N.C., in 1974, and had held positions with the agency in Winchester, Va., and Saudi Arabia.

He began his legal career with the General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C., in the early 1970s and had briefly been in private practice.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Hicksville, N.Y., where he graduated from high school, Mr. Kingsley earned his bachelor's degree from Cornell University. He earned his law degree from the Duke University Law School.

He was married in 1979 to the former Sally Betts, who survives him.

An avid bicyclist, he participated in Cycle Across Maryland and Bike Virginia tours. He also enjoyed photography and fishing and was an Orioles fan.

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

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kingsley is survived by two sons, George M. Kingsley Jr. and Stephen D. Kinglsey, both of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Elizabeth B. Kinglsey of Ellicott City; his parents, George D. Kingsley and Constance R. Kingsley of Hicksville; and three brothers, Glenn Kingsley of Brooklyn, N.Y., Edward Kingsley of Boston and Christopher Kingsley of New Hamburg, N.Y.

Lawrence A. Wist, 58, CPA, business owner

Lawrence A. Wist, a certified public accountant and owner of a Reisterstown medical and accounting software company, died June 12 of cardiovascular disease at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. He was 58.

Since 1988, the Reisterstown resident had been the owner of Computer Solutions, a software company that he founded with a son.

Before that, he was chief financial officer for Commerce Electric Co. and Ezrine Tire Co. He was CEO and financial officer for the International Trading Co. in Towson from 1970 until 1978.

He also taught accounting and computer courses at what is now the Catonsville branch of the Community College of Baltimore County and the Community College of Baltimore.

Born and raised in Irvington, he was a 1959 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore. Active in recreation council sports, he coached the girls basketball team for 15 years at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Glyndon, and also basketball, football and baseball for the Reisterstown Optimist Club.

A Memorial Mass was offered Thursday at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Elkridge.

He is survived by his wife, the former Janet C. Zeller, whom he married in 1978; two sons, Brett Wist of Milford, Conn., and Brad Wist of Virginia; a daughter, Carri Wist of Reisterstown; three brothers, Paul Wist of Towson, George Wist of Columbia and Michael Wist of Pasadena; two sisters, Rose Kozejet of Timonium and Jeanne Gobel of Pasadena; two stepsons, William Jarboe of Westminster and Brooke Jarboe of Richmond Hill, Ga.; and six grandchildren.

Michael H. Sarkin, 53, activist, consultant

Michael H. Sarkin, a neighborhood activist and self-employed business and information analyst and consultant, died June 12 of cardiomyopathy at his Loch Raven Village home. He was 53.

Since 1993, Mr. Sarkin had headed his own company. Before that, he had worked for Greenspring Health Services and Columbia Free State Health System as a senior programmer and analyst.

Mr. Sarkin was the founder and first president of CAM Inc. (Communities Against Marketplace Inc.) that fought the construction of a multiplex movie theater on the site of the Towson Marketplace Shopping Center in Eudowood.

The grass-roots coalition which he forged united surrounding community groups and successfully stopped the proposed movie theaters. He also was a member of the Loch Raven Community Council, where he was co-chair of the zoning committee and a member of the community redevelopment committee. He also was vice president of the Association of Loch Raven Village.

Born in Massachusetts, Mr. Sarkin moved to Northwest Baltimore after being adopted. He was a 1965 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned his associate's degree in computer science from Essex Community College.

He served in the Army in the late 1960s and was an electronics instructor at Fort Monmouth Signal Center and School in New Jersey. He also served with the Armed Forces Vietnam Network at Pleiku. He was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. A former member of Mensa, he enjoyed reading, working with computers and visiting Cape May, N.J.

Services are private.

He is survived by his wife, the former Gretchen Tyler, whom he married in 1977; a son, Sean Sarkin of Williamstown, N.J.; three daughters, Kimberly Sarkin of San Diego, Barbara Sarkin of Odenton and Stacey Sarkin of Glassboro, N.J.; and eight grandchildren.

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