Mahlon B. Prettyman, 58, Realtor in Towson Mahlon B...

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March 05, 2001

Mahlon B. Prettyman, 58, Realtor in Towson

Mahlon B. Prettyman, a Realtor in Towson, died Friday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore from complications from Crohn's disease. He was 58.

Born in Morristown, N.J., he graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he majored in psychology, and enlisted in the Army. He served in Vietnam as an intelligence officer in 1968 and was awarded two Bronze Stars.

He married Thea Benzeleski in 1969 and the couple lived for several years in Ijamsville, Frederick County, where he completed a master's degree in management at then-Frostburg State College.

Mr. Prettyman held operations management positions in the Baltimore region. He was employed by American Bank Stationery, Lebow Clothiers and Sagner Clothing Co.

During the past two years, Mr. Prettyman worked as a Realtor for O'Conor, Piper & Flynn in the company's Towson office.

After the birth of his two children, Mr. Prettyman moved his family to Towson, where he became involved in community affairs.

He was a longtime member and former president of the Optimist Club of Cromwell Valley and former president of Hampton Pool Association. He was a member of the Towsontowne and Loch Raven recreation councils, where he coached basketball, lacrosse and softball.

Several years ago, Mr. Prettyman and his wife had a second home built in Lewes, Del., where they often entertained family and friends.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Army Capt. Brian D. Prettyman of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Kirsten Prettyman Adams of Alexandria, Va.; and two brothers, Harold Prettyman of Waynesboro, Va., and Palmer Prettyman of Milton, Del.

Lucile S. Miser, 92, city Headstart founder

Lucile S. Miser, a social worker who helped establish the Headstart program in Baltimore, died Saturday of cardiac failure at Montgomery General Hospital. She was 92.

Lucile Sudler was raised in Baltimore, attending Western High School and graduating from Girl's Latin High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.

In 1930, she married Robert S. Miser. They soon moved to Tulsa, Okla., where he was employed as a banker, but they returned two years later and spent the rest of their lives here. In Baltimore, he worked in insurance.

Mrs. Miser was employed by the Baltimore Department of Social Services from 1951 to 1968, where she helped to establish the Headstart program. From 1969 to 1979, she served as a consultant for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, specializing in the care of foster children.

In 1979, the couple moved to a Quaker retirement community in Sandy Springs. They spent summers in Aurora, W. Va., in a mountaintop log cabin.

Mrs. Miser was extremely knowledgeable about plants and trees and enjoyed cooking, especially Maryland delicacies. She was also skilled in sewing and pottery.

"She was always optimistic, never had a pessimistic statement," said a friend, Rosalyn Evans of Hamilton. "And she was a great champion of the underdog and less privileged."

Mr. Miser died in 1989.

Mrs. Miser is survived by two daughters, Ann Miser of Baltimore and Jean Sanky of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a son, Robert S. Miser Jr. of Annapolis; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at noon Wednesday at Lorraine Park Cemetery, 5608 Dogwood Road in Woodlawn.


James A. Rhodes, 91, former governor of Ohio whose decision to quell an anti-war protest by sending National Guard troops to Kent State University in 1970 led to four student deaths, died yesterday in Columbus.

The state's only four-term governor, he died at 2:45 p.m. at Ohio State University Medical Center of complications from an infection and heart failure, said David Crawford, a hospital spokesman.

The son of a coal miner, Mr. Rhodes rose from poverty to become Columbus' mayor when he was 33.

Mr. Rhodes was credited with bringing many industries to Ohio. During his administrations, the state built highways, expanded the university system and put an airport in almost every county.

A college dropout, he also was credited with making Ohio a leader in vocational education.

But the Kent State shootings cast an indelible shadow on his career.

On May 2, 1970, he decided to send the National Guard to Kent State, which, like campuses across the nation, was in turmoil over the U.S. incursion into Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Protesters had vandalized businesses in downtown Kent, and the campus ROTC building was burned.

On May 4, four students were killed and nine were wounded when troops opened fire. The reasons behind the shootings were never fully learned.

Those close to him said Mr. Rhodes was saddened by the tragedy but blamed the turbulence of the war era and believed that his action was necessary. Already that year, three riots had occurred on Ohio campuses.

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