Edward A. Dietrich Jr., 67, real estate salesman Edward...

May 02, 2001

Edward A. Dietrich Jr., 67, real estate salesman

Edward Alexander Dietrich Jr., a retired real estate salesman, died Monday of cancer at his Roland Park home. He was 67.

He sold homes for O'Conor Piper & Flynn from 1978 until his retirement last year. Earlier, he was public relations manager for Schaefer Brewing Co.; special projects director for Charles Center-Inner Harbor Management, Baltimore's downtown development agency in the early 1970s; and worked in public relations for the Baltimore Promotional Council and Kennecott Refining Corp.

"He was a true friend who would go that extra mile to help someone in need," said a friend, Richard E. Gatchell of Ruxton. "He always had something pleasant to say, and he always said it with a smile."

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Dietrich was a graduate of Cathedral School and Gilman School, where he was a member of the Class of 1951. He attended the Johns Hopkins University and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.

He was a member of the Real Estate Million-Dollar Association Limited and was elected its president in 1985. He also held offices in the Baltimore City Fair, the Baltimore Jaycees and the Baltimore Public Relations Council.,

He was active in fund raising for the Walters Art Museum and Gilman School.

He was a subscriber to the Bachelors Cotillon and a member of the Society of Colonial Wars of Maryland and the Friends of the American Wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art. He had formerly belonged to the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club.

He enjoyed ballroom dancing.

His marriage to Knight Breckenridge ended in divorce.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at Shrine of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 5800 Smith Ave., where he was a member and usher.

He is survived by cousins.

August `Gus' Saal, 89, worked at Bethlehem Steel

August "Gus" Saal, a former Highlandtown resident and retired steel worker, died Saturday of heart failure at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss. He was 89.

A resident of Long Beach, Miss., since 1989, he had been a longtime Highlandtown resident and communicant of Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. Saal began working at the Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant in 1929 and retired as head shipper in the tin mill in 1972.

He was born in Baltimore and educated in city public schools.

In 1937, he married Mildred Schmidt, who survives him.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

He also is survived by two daughters, Catherine A. Santoni of Fripp Island, S.C., and Joyce James Delinski of Long Beach; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Elsewhere

Babu Chhiri, 35, a Sherpa guide who made the quickest trip up Mount Everest and also stayed at the top the longest without using bottled oxygen, died Sunday from a fall into a crevasse of the world's highest peak. He was guiding a team of mountaineers when he slipped and fell 100 feet into a crevasse at Camp Two, situated at 20,400 feet.

Last year, Mr. Chhiri climbed up the 29,035-foot summit from the 17,160-foot base camp in 16 hours and 56 minutes. He shattered the record set by fellow Sherpa, Kaji, who climbed the mountain in 20 hours and 24 minutes in 1998. Everest is in the Himalayas on the border of Nepal and Tibet.

On May 6, 1999, Mr. Chhiri became the first man to remain on the summit without bottled oxygen for 21 hours.

Ken Hughes, 79, who wrote and directed dozens of films, including the British children's movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," died Saturday at a nursing home in Panorama City, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Hughes' films included 1970's "Cromwell," a lavish historical picture starring Richard Harris; 1960's "The Trials of Oscar Wilde," starring Peter Finch; "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," the 1968 fantasy based on Ian Fleming's children's story.

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