Walter Samuel Brooks, 67, Baltimore CORE director...

July 28, 2000

Walter Samuel Brooks, 67, Baltimore CORE director

Walter Samuel Brooks, former director of the Congress of Racial Equality in Baltimore, died July 21 of cancer at his New Haven, Conn., home. He was 67.

In the middle 1960s, he was named director of CORE for Baltimore and worked here until the 1970s. He moved to Connecticut and served in its state legislature for five terms and chaired the Black and Hispanic Caucus. He was chairman of the New Haven Housing Authority at his death.

Born in Havre de Grace, he was a graduate of Ansonia High School in Ansonia, Conn., and attended New Hampshire College.

In 1981, he married Andrea Jackson Gant, who survives him.

Services were held Tuesday.

He is also survived by three sons, Walter Steven Brooks and George Brooks, both of Baltimore, and Jonathan Brooks of Washington; two daughters, Kathy Foust of Baltimore and Sandy Stewart of College Park, Ga.; two stepsons, Daniel Gant and Derrick Gant of New Haven; three brothers, Richard Brooks of Hamden, Conn., and Theodore L. Brooks and Charles Brooks, both of New Haven; four sisters, Mary Louise Harrell and Annie E. Bowers, both of Hamden, and Esther M. Brooks and Carol D. Oliver, both of New Haven; and nine grandchildren.

Gertrude Olivia Lewis, 102, homemaker

Gertrude Olivia Lewis, a homemaker and former Workshop for the Blind employee, died Sunday of undetermined causes at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 102 and had lived in East Baltimore.

She moved to Baltimore in 1925 and was employed as a housekeeper at the Jacob Winer Furrier Co. on North Chester Street. She also worked at the Workshop for the Blind and retired about 40 years ago.

The former Gertrude Olivia Kenney was born in Gushland County, Va. She attended Virginia public schools and the night school at Dunbar High School in Baltimore.

Mack McKinley Lewis, her husband of 75 years, died in 1992.

Mrs. Lewis was a member of the Senior Missionaries and the Sunday School department at Fountain Baptist Church, 1801 E. Preston St., where services were scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today. She had been a member of the church since 1934.

She is survived by two sons, Mack Benjamin Lewis and Irvin Russell Lewis of Glen Burnie; a daughter, Corrine Estelle Lewis Fleming of Baltimore; five grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

George J. Lengyel, 44, nuclear, electrical engineer

George J. Lengyel, a Baltimore native and nuclear and electrical engineer, died Saturday when the small plane he was flying crashed near York, Pa. He was 44 and lived in Chadds Ford, Pa.

For more than 13 years, Mr. Lengyel worked for the Philadelphia Electrical Co. He left in June to work as a private consultant on nuclear power.

A 1974 graduate of Parkville High School, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in nuclear and electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1980.

That year, he married Mary Ann Smith.

Mr. Lengyel wrestled and played football in high school. He enjoyed skiing, traveling, writing poetry and photography.

He had more than 20 years of experience as a pilot and recently opened his own company, Check 6, in Chadds Ford, where he gave instruction in flying ultralight glider planes.

Services were held Wednesday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Lengyel is survived by a son, George A. Lengyel, and two daughters, Virginia L. Lengyel and Christina Marie Lengyel, all of Chadds Ford; his parents, Daryl and George Lengyel of Parkville; a brother, Michael Lengyel of Alexandria, Va.; and two sisters, Beth Hewett of Bowie and Kathryn Weis of Baltimore.

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