William M. Linton, 72, minority leader in House William...

June 25, 2000

William M. Linton, 72, minority leader in House

William M. Linton, a Baltimore County Republican who served two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he had also been minority leader, died Monday of pulmonary fibrosis at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 72.

The Abingdon resident served in the House from 1971 to 1978, and served as minority leader from 1974 to 1978. He had also been deputy director of the Maryland Department of Agriculture and later deputy director of the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. He also had been general manager of the Maryland State Fair and Timonium Race Track and was a former executive director of the State Horse Racing Commission.

From 1985 until 1989, he was director of thoroughbred horse racing in Missouri, and was director of thoroughbred racing, dog racing and gambling in Arizona from 1989 until 1996, when he retired.

The Halethorpe native was a 1945 graduate of Arbutus High School. After serving in the Navy, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore. He later earned his law degree from the old Mount Vernon Law School, now part of the University of Baltimore.

He worked as a contract negotiator for defense contractor AAI Corp. in Cockeysville from 1954 until 1974.

He was married in 1950 to Irma M. Hanrahan, who survives him.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. John Lutheran Church, 8808 Harford Road, Parkville.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Linton is survived by a son, Thomas M. Linton Sr. of Bel Air; a daughter, Amy D. Smith of Joppa; and five grandchildren.

Nhung Thi Nguyen, 41, beautician and manicurist

Nhung Thi Nguyen, a beautician and manicurist, died Wednesday of a heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Towson resident was 41.

At her death, Miss Nguyen, who retained her maiden name, was working at Nail Experts in Middle River. Earlier, she had worked at Nail Trix in Perry Hall and Cali Nails in Parkville.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, where she graduated from high school, Miss Nguyen immigrated to Baltimore with her family after the collapse of South Vietnam in 1975. She was a graduate of Dudley Beauty Academy in Baltimore.

She was married in 1976 to Chau Tran, a computer specialist with the state of Maryland, who survives her.

She was active in the Vietnamese Roman Catholic community in Baltimore and was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Baynesville.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd., Baynesville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Chung Tran and Toan Tran, both of Towson; and a daughter, KimAnh Tran of Towson.

Raymond Hoerl, 74, police officer, firefighter

Raymond Hoerl, a longtime Anne Arundel County reserve police officer and volunteer firefighter, died of cancer Wednesday at his Glen Burnie home. He was 74.

A Catonsville native, Mr. Hoerl was a retired foreman at the Domino Sugar plant at Locust Point and an Army veteran of World War II.

He had been a reserve police officer since 1982 and worked primarily in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education office. He also directed traffic during parades and helped with clerical work. He earned a commendation and the Commander's Award for exemplary service.

"He was in the office every morning and he'd stay all day helping us. He was always there, when ice was on the ground, when he felt bad," Officer Carol Frye said. "He will be missed."

He also was a volunteer firefighter for 24 years with the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company.

Mr. Hoerl's wife of 18 years, Catherine J. Hoerl, died in 1992. He is survived by a son, Kenneth Grooms of Glen Burnie.

Services, with honor guards from the county police and fire departments, will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, with interment at Glen Haven Cemetery.

Betty Schochor, 93, owner of clothing stores

Betty Schochor, former owner of several apparel stores and la- ter a development company, died Tuesday of chronic leukemia at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 93.

Mrs. Schochor, a former New York resident who moved to Cockeysville in 1982, and her husband owned three clothing stores in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the early 1940s.

Married in 1931 to Abraham B. Schochor, the couple later established Birchwood Homes and constructed houses in Rockland County, N.Y. He died in 1977.

Betty Hechter was born and educated in the Ukraine. Because of persecution of Jews in Odessa, she immigrated to New York in 1923 with the assistance of the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society.

After settling in New York, she worked as a jewelry designer before her marriage.

A lifetime member of Hadassah, she served as a chapter president and was a New York state regional vice president of the Jewish women's organization.

Graveside services were held Thursday at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Cemetery.

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