Henry Ring, 96, executive for Pennsylvania Railroad...

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May 08, 2001

Henry Ring, 96, executive for Pennsylvania Railroad

Henry W. Ring, a veteran Pennsylvania Railroad executive, died Thursday of melanoma at the Hunt Valley home of a daughter. He was 96.

Mr. Ring, who had lived in Hunt Valley for the past 10 years and earlier in Baltimore, retired from Pennsylvania Railroad in 1966.

He began his 44-year railroad career as a messenger in 1921, working in the freight department of the Pennsy in Chicago.

He later joined the railroad's passenger department and worked in Detroit, Texas and Indianapolis before he was promoted to general passenger agent in Washington in 1959.

In 1961, he was named Baltimore general passenger manager and worked in the city's Pennsylvania Station. His final promotion was in 1963 as passenger agent for the railroad's Chesapeake Region. Based in Philadelphia, he spent the final three years of his career at Pennsylvania Railroad's 30th Street Station until he retired in 1966.

"He loved the Pennsylvania Railroad, and it was the only railroad he ever worked for," said his daughter, Susan Monaghan of Hunt Valley.

One of the highlights of his career, family members said, was arranging trains for Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro that conveyed them from Washington to New York in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

His professional memberships included the Traffic Club of Washington, Washington Passenger Association, Medinah Temple and Transportation Shrine Club of Chicago, the American Association of Passenger Traffic Officers and Philadelphia Passenger Association.

Mr. Ring enjoyed traveling by train and collecting railroad books.

He was born in Halmstad, Sweden, and immigrated with his family to New York, landing at Ellis Island in 1915. He was raised in Chicago, where he graduated from high school.

Mr. Ring, who lived in Fort Lauderdale for 26 years after his retirement, also was a member of the National Press Club and the Skal Club.

Services were held Sunday.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Glenna Carmack; two other daughters, Sandra Drabek of Adrian, Mich., and Ellen Holtje of Kensington; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Sheldon B. Seidel, 75, longtime Salisbury lawyer

Sheldon B. Seidel, who practiced law for nearly 50 years in Salisbury, died Friday of a heart attack at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was 75.

A lifelong Salisbury resident, Mr. Seidel retired last year from the practice of law. He served as Wicomico County's attorney from 1974 to 1989.

After graduation from Wicomico High School, he began his college education at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army and served with the 104th Infantry Division in Europe until being discharged with the rank of sergeant at war's end. His decorations included the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1947 and his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1950.

He was a member of the Maryland State and Wicomico County bar associations.

Mr. Seidel enjoyed fishing and the practice of law, said family members.

He was a member of Beth Israel Synagogue in Salisbury.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Charlotte Gordy; two daughters, Susan Seidel Tilghman and Sara F. Seidel, both of Salisbury; and four grandsons.

Helen T. Reid, 74, librarian at Rodgers Forge school

Helen T. Reid, former Baltimore County public school librarian and volunteer, died Friday of a heart attack at St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Rodgers Forge resident was 74.

For 21 years until retiring in the mid-1980s, Mrs. Reid had been librarian at Rodgers Forge Elementary School. She also volunteered for many years at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and National Aquarium in Baltimore.

She was born Helen Thomas in Johnstown, Pa., and graduated from high school there. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Reid liked collecting teddy bears, which she displayed in her Rodgers Forge home.

She was a former communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home Inc., 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Wallace Reid, retired Evening Sun copy editor; two sons, Michael C. Reid of Arcadia, Baltimore County and W. Bruce Reid of Vicksburg, Miss.; two daughters, Kerry Ann Reid of Eastham, Mass., and Julie Lynn Reid of Baltimore; a brother, Richard Thomas of Ocala, Fla.; and three grandchildren.


Wilson "Boozoo" Chavis, 70, a bandleader who was one of zydeco music's pioneers and most beloved characters, died Saturday in Austin, Texas, after a heart attack.

Mr. Chavis' 1955 single "Paper in My Shoe" is considered by many to be the first modern recording of zydeco, the rural south Louisiana music that is a close cousin of Cajun music.

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