Vernon T. Liphart, 45, co-manager of 2 city bars Vernon...

July 01, 2000

Vernon T. Liphart, 45, co-manager of 2 city bars

Vernon Thomas Liphart, co-manager of Central Station, a Mount Vernon bar, died Tuesday of cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 45 and lived in Bolton Hill.

In 1986, he assisted in the opening of the Allegro nightclub at 1101 Cathedral St., also in Mount Vernon.

With Donald Davis, his life partner of 26 years, he opened a second nightspot, Central Station, at the northeast corner of Charles and Eager streets in 1991. He was a host and manager at both businesses.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Liphart was raised on Furrow Street in Southwest Baltimore. He attended Southern High School.

As a young man, he was a Koppers Co. machinist and rose to supervisory posts.

He worked for gay-related fund-raisers and community events, including AIDS Action Baltimore, Moveable Feast, Hero and Chase Brexton Clinic.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 29 at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, 2801 N. Charles St.

He also is survived by a brother, Jan Drabek of Baltimore; and three sisters, Virginia Miles of Arbutus, Joan Craver of Glen Burnie and Gloria Brooks of Plantation, Fla.

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