Mary R. Ludington, 83, homemaker and gardener Mary...

April 19, 2001

Mary R. Ludington, 83, homemaker and gardener

Mary Regina Ludington, a homemaker and gardener, died April 12 of dementia at Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville, where she had lived since last year. She was 83.

The former Silver Spring resident enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening.

Born Mary Regina Cremen in the city's Park Heights section, she was a graduate of St. Martin parochial school and lived in Catonsville before moving to Silver Spring.

She was a secretary at Westinghouse Electric Corp. before marrying George Ludington in 1943. He died in 1992.

She was a founding parishioner of St. Catherine Laboure Roman Catholic Church, Veirs Mill and Claridge roads in Wheaton, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

She is survived by four sons, George R. Ludington of Baltimore, Charles R. Ludington of Atlanta, David W. Ludington of Wheaton and Robert P. Ludington of Stafford, Va.; a daughter, Leslie J. Kelly of North Syracuse, N.Y.; a brother, Joseph Cremen of Naples, Fla.; a sister, Teresa Fine of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.

John J. Enders, 88, production manager

John J. Enders, a retired production manager for Carling Brewing Co., died Monday of a stroke at his Parkville home. He was 88.

Mr. Enders retired in 1977 from Carling Brewing Co. in Halethorpe, where he had worked as package production manager for many years. He began in Baltimore in 1949 as bottling superintendent with Gunther Brewing Co. and later worked for Hamm's Brewery, also in the city.

He began his career in the brewing business in 1934 at Wayne Brewing Co. in Erie, Pa. He later worked at Fort Pitt Brewery Co. in Pittsburgh and was package supervisor for Burger Brewing Co. in Cincinnati before moving to Baltimore.

Born in Erie, Pa., he graduated from Cathedral Preparatory School there in 1930 and from Wahl-Henius Institute in Chicago, where he studied brewing technology.

He was a co-founder and had served as president of the Brewers and Beverage Package Association, a trade organization.

In 1936, he married Wilma Eisweirth, who died last year.

He enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle and pitch, and would go to "Card Camp," weekend trips with family members who shared his enthusiasm for card games.

He was a communicant and cantor of St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road, Parkville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow .

Mr. Enders is survived by four daughters, Jacqueline Butschky of Forest Hill, Carolyn Bassford of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Virginia Tewey of Charlotte, N.C., and Kathryn Lang of Parkville; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. Two sons died: John E. Enders in 1987 and James C. Enders Sr. in 2000.


Glen Moyer, 105, a retired schoolteacher who was listed with his brother in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest twins in the world, died Monday in Greenville, Ohio.

His twin brother, Dale, lives in Alvordton, Ohio, where the twins were born June 20, 1895. Their parents named them after valleys - a glen and a dale.

"My brother stayed with the land and became a farmer, and I became a teacher," Glen Moyer said in 1995, when the two turned 100. "We went separate ways in life physically, but we have always been close spiritually."

Michael Ritchie, 62, who directed the Robert Redford movies "Downhill Racer" and "The Candidate" early in his career and went on to make several quirky comedies, died Monday in New York from complications of prostate cancer.

He made his Hollywood feature debut in 1969 with "Downhill Racer," the story of a self-centered skier played by Mr. Redford. In 1972, he directed "The Candidate," a highly acclaimed film that stars Mr. Redford as an idealistic young politician who eventually finds himself part of the corruption he despises.

Mr. Ritchie had his share of successes and failures. He directed films ranging from "The Bad News Bears" and "The Golden Child" to the HBO production "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom."

Gene Thompson, 76, a teen-age protege of Groucho Marx who became an eclectic and prolific writer of comedy, drama and mystery for radio, television and ultimately novels, died Saturday of cancer at his Los Angeles home.

Mr. Marx got him a job writing for "Duffy's Tavern," a radio comedy. Mr. Thompson also wrote advertising copy for a decade in New York and San Francisco.

By the mid-1960s, he settled permanently in Los Angeles, churning out television comedy scripts for series including "My Favorite Martian," "Gilligan's Island," "Bob Newhart," "The Lucy Show" and "The Beverly Hillbillies."

Dr. Norman Q. Brill, 89, who helped implement psychiatric care in the Army, died in Los Angeles April 8 after a long illness. He was the founder and director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1953 to 1967.

He served as chief of psychiatry at Fort Bragg, N.C., during World War II, then as chief of psychiatry with the Office of the Surgeon General. In the Army, he led the development of modern treatment for soldiers, including bringing psychiatric care to the front lines.

He worked at Georgetown University and the Baltimore Psychoanalytic Institute before joining UCLA.

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