Mary Elizabeth Kamphaus, 89, office comptroller Mary...

March 02, 2001

Mary Elizabeth Kamphaus, 89, office comptroller

Mary Elizabeth Kamphaus, former office comptroller for a pharmaceutical company and an avid hiker, died Feb. 22 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being struck that day by an automobile in Towson. She was 89.

A longtime resident of the Dulaney Valley Apartments in Towson, Miss Kamphaus began her career in 1932 with Hynson, Wescott & Dunning, a Baltimore pharmaceutical company that was the first manufacturer of Mercurochrome. The company later was merged into Becton Dickinson & Co. She was office comptroller for many years and retired in 1977.

Miss Kamphaus, who had been president of the Mountain Club of Maryland, hiked the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maine. She also climbed Maine's Mount Katahdin, Old Rag Mountain in Virginia, Seneca Rocks in West Virginia and the Cotswolds in England.

She remained actively involved in hiking until her late 80s, when she narrowed her activity to day hikes in nearby parks.

Born in East Baltimore, she was a 1930 graduate of Eastern High School and earned her bachelor's degree in business management from the Johns Hopkins University in 1970.

Miss Kamphaus was a volunteer at the National Lutheran Home in Washington and collected antique dolls, especially Madame Alexander Dolls, which are made in England.

An opera buff, she often attended performances of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

She was a member of Holy Comforter Lutheran Church, 5513 York Road, where a memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow.

Miss Kamphaus is survived by two brothers, Charles H. Kamphaus of Bel Air and Donald W. Kamphaus of Baltimore; and many nephews and nieces.

Sigrid Dreyfuss-Manelis, 77, columnist, radio host

Sigrid Dreyfuss-Manelis, a Baltimore journalist and radio personality who wrote and lectured widely about holistic and alternative medicine, died Tuesday of heart failure at her home in the Hopkins House apartments in Homewood. She was 77.

She was a columnist for the Northwest Star and host of a 1980s WBAL radio program on which she discussed alternative medical remedies.

Mrs. Dreyfuss-Manelis was a member of the advisory board of Sheppard Pratt Health System and a board member of the Koinonia Foundation, a teaching center for alternative medicine, crafts and philosophy in Stevenson.

She also was co-chair of New Ventures, a support group for families of people with neurobiological illnesses.

Born Sigrid Mendel in Gumend, Germany, her family fled the Nazis and settled in Philadelphia. There, she graduated from the Fleischer School for the Arts and earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and communications from Temple University in 1947.

She moved to Baltimore after her marriage in 1951 to Albert Dreyfuss, who worked in the garment industry and died in 1981. In 1985, she married Kenneth Manelis, a WBAL-AM news anchorman. He died in 1998.

She was a member of Har Sinai Congregation.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson and Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

She is survived by a son, Gordon R. Dreyfuss of Baltimore; a brother, M. Mark Mendel of Radnor, Pa.; and several cousins.

Henry Armin Jaeger Jr., 85, meat company buyer

Henry Armin Jaeger Jr., a retired meat company buyer and champion pigeon breeder, died Tuesday of complications from Parkinson's disease at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 85 and lived in Towson.

Mr. Jaeger retired about 15 years ago as a buyer for Broadway Meat and Produce Co., a wholesale supplier for ships, hotels and restaurants.

As a young man, he worked alongside his father at the family's wholesale beef operation at 2124 Harford Road. The business, which supplied neighborhood grocery stores, closed in the 1930s, but the family opened a stall in Belair Market that Mr. Jaeger ran until 1964. He joined the Broadway company after the stall closed.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Clifton Park area, he was a 1932 graduate of City College.

Throughout his life, Mr. Jaeger was a pigeon fancier. During the 1980s, he was named a master breeder of tumblers and dragoons, types of pigeons whose lineage is traced to ancient English breeding stock. He kept his 100 birds at a Hamilton pigeon coop.

"He traveled all over the country to shows, and won trophies and medals," said William J. Schmidt, who owned the coop and lives in Ocean Pines. "He won more than his share of prizes."

Mr. Jaeger had been an officer in the United English Tumbler Club and the American Dragoon Club. He judged pigeon shows across the country.

He was a past master of the Mystic Circle Masonic Lodge No. 109. His marriage to B. Dale Graham ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by a son, Henry Armin Jaeger III of Annapolis; and a daughter, Bonnie D. Jaeger of Santa Barbara, Calif.

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