Helen F. Knipp, 93, aide to Sunpapers editor-in-chief...

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January 18, 2001

Helen F. Knipp, 93, aide to Sunpapers editor-in-chief

Helen F. Knipp, former administrative assistant to the editor-in-chief of The Sunpapers, died Jan. 11 at Edenwald retirement community in Towson of heart failure.

The former longtime resident of the Pinehurst community of North Baltimore was 93.

Mrs. Knipp began her career in 1963 as an editorial assistant to A. D. Emmart, associate editor of The Sun. After his retirement in 1971, she was administrative assistant to Price Day, who was editor-in-chief of The Sunpapers from 1960 to 1975.

"She was quiet, smiling and always pleasant," said James H. Bready, former editorial writer and book editor of The Evening Sun.

"She helped proof editorials, read galley proofs and edited the letters to the editor column," said Jean Hare, who retired in 1989 as secretary to the editor of The Evening Sun. "She was very sharp, intelligent and well-read."

After Mr. Emmart's death in 1973, Mrs. Knipp was one of the founders of the A. D. Emmart Award, which is presented annually for distinguished writing in the humanities in Maryland-based newspapers or magazines.

Before beginning her newspaper career, Mrs. Knipp helped produce the Goucher College Quarterly for many years.

At Goucher, she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature in 1929 and worked in the college's alumni office until 1937, when she married George Walter Knipp, a college professor. He died in 1989.

Mrs. Knipp was born in West Baltimore and graduated from Western High School in 1925.

She enjoyed reading and was an active member of the Friends of the Towson Library, the library committee at Edenwald and a founder of the Circolo Culturale Italiano.

Services were held Tuesday .

She is survived by a son, Charles Christopher Knipp of El Cerrito, Calif.; and a daughter, Anne Knipp Griffith of Charles Village.

The Rev. Edgar Hutton, 74, Northside Baptist founder

The Rev. Edgar Truett Hutton, a retired Baptist minister, died Friday of complications from hydrocephalus at Millennium Health and Rehabilitation Center in Edgewater. He was 74 and had lived in Northeast Baltimore before moving to Edgewater three years ago.

In 1954, Mr. Hutton founded Northside Baptist Church, then a mission of University Baptist Church. He remained at Northside Baptist in Northeast Baltimore until his retirement in 1992. He had earlier been an assistant pastor of Seventh Baptist Church at North Avenue and St. Paul Street.

He was remembered as a pastor who made daily visits to the sick in hospitals, residences and nursing homes. In 1987, the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution praising his "unselfish dedication and hard work for the community and its youth."

Born in Broadway, Va., Mr. Hutton was a 1946 graduate of the University of Richmond. He received a master's degree in theology from Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Ky., in 1949. He also studied theology at Oxford University in England.

He enjoyed gardening, playing golf and jogging.

In 1951, he married Sheila Robinson, who survives him.

A memorial service for Mr. Hutton will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northside Baptist Church, 1100 E. Northern Parkway.

He also is survived by two daughters, Joyce Mady of Ellicott City and Nina Pryor of Centreville, Va.; two brothers, the Rev. Scott Hutton Jr. of Waynesboro, Va., and the Rev. Malcolm Hutton of Chesapeake, Va.; a sister, Eleanor Sue Hutton of Newport News, Va.; and four granddaughters.

Mishel Seidel, 84, music shop owner, teacher

Mishel Seidel, a music shop owner, composer and teacher, died Jan. 11 of a heart attack at Sinai Hospital. He was 84 and lived in Mount Washington.

In the 1940s, Mr. Seidel opened Music Mart, selling records, televisions and sheet music, in Edmondson Village Shopping Center. He opened a second store in Northwood Shopping Center. He sold the business in 1983.

He composed religious music and taught piano.

In the 1930s, he was music director for Shakespeare productions at the Guild Theatre on West 23rd Street.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College. He received a bachelor of science degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1936. At Hopkins, he was an accompanist and soloist in the Johns Hopkins Musical Club.

In 1938, he earned a master's degree at Peabody Conservatory, where he studied piano, conducting and harmony.

He sang bass in the choirs of Chizuk Amuno and Beth Am congregations for 62 years.

In the 1940s, he was an interim music critic for The Sun.

During World War II, he was a Navy electronics technician.

In 1941, he married Betty Samuels, who survives him.

Funeral services were held Friday.

He also is survived by three sons, Ethan Seidel of Westminster, Arthur Seidel of Baltimore and David Seidel of Kingsville; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

John C. Alfano Jr., 48, lending firm vice president

John C. Alfano Jr., a vice president of CitiFinancial, died Friday from complications of scleroderma at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 48 and a Kent Island resident.

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