Maurice Freedlander, 85, real estate developer Maurice...

January 09, 2001

Maurice Freedlander, 85, real estate developer

Maurice P. Freedlander, a real estate developer and owner of a property management firm, died Friday of congestive heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 85.

At his death, Mr. Freedlander, who lived on St. George's Road in Roland Park and was a former resident of Mount Washington, was head of Maury P. Free Co., the development and management company he founded in 1970. He began working in the field with two cousins after moving to Baltimore from Pittsburgh in 1949.

"His work was his hobby," said his son, Col. Howard S. Freedlander, executive officer and legislative liaison for the Maryland National Guard, who lives in Easton.

Mr. Freedlander was born in Boston and raised in New Kensington, Pa., where he graduated from Arnold High School. He earned both his bachelor's degree in 1937, and his master's degree in psychology in 1938 from the University of Pittsburgh.

He was married in 1939 to Leah Stark, who died 1989.

Services are private.

He is survived by another son, Barrett W. Freedlander of Baltimore; five grandchildren; a great-grandson; and special friend Harriett Lazarus of Baltimore.

Thomas Williams Sr., 86, electrical engineer, veteran

Thomas John Chew Williams Sr., an electrical engineer, died Friday of a heart ailment at his home in Alexandria, Va. He was 86.

An engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration, he helped design the runway lights for Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va. Earlier, he had worked for Bethlehem Steel's Key Highway ship repair yard in Federal Hill and for Georgia Power Co.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Calvert Street in Charles Village, he was a graduate of Calvert School and Polytechnic Institute, where he played lacrosse and football and was manager of the basketball team. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University in 1934.

He was commissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers in 1941 and was stationed in England. In June 1944, he went ashore at Normandy, France. Captured by the Germans in Luxembourg and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland, he was liberated in 1945. He left military service with the rank of major.

Mr. Williams married Maude Brown Anderson in 1939. She survives.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Lappans Road in Boonsboro, Washington County.

He also is survived by a daughter, Maude Anderson Williams of Arlington, Va.; three sons, Thomas J. C. Williams Jr. of Springfield, Va., W. Alexander Williams of Leesburg, Va., and James Maddox Williams of Geneseo, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.


Charles Helou, 87, a former Lebanon president who tried to curb Palestinian guerrillas in the 1960s in Lebanon, died of a heart attack Sunday in Beirut. He was elected the country's fourth president in 1964. His six years in office were marked by strife among Lebanese factions and the guerrillas of the Palestinian refugee community - confrontations that culminated in the civil war of 1975-1990. Mr. Helou was credited with signing the so-called Cairo Agreement of November 1969 with Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization. The accord came after violent clashes with Palestinian guerrillas in the streets of Beirut.

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