Vern J. Munger, 85, District Court judge

July 29, 2001

Vern J. Munger, 85, District Court judge

Vern J. Munger, a retired District Court judge, died Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice of complications from a fall. He was 85 and had been a nine-month resident of the Masonic Home of Maryland in Cockeysville. He had previously lived in Towson.

Named an assistant city solicitor in 1959, he was appointed to the People's Court by Gov. J. Millard Tawes in 1967. He later served on the District Court of Maryland and retired about 20 years ago.

In 1970, he was featured in newspaper articles when he left the bench to inspect the home of a woman who was suing a home-improvement company for shoddy work. Judge Munger said the case "stirred me up so much that I had to come and look at it myself." He later ordered the firm to return $1,310 to the woman.

Born in Hancock, he attended the Johns Hopkins University and was a 1952 graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School.

Judge Munger enjoyed playing golf.

In 1940 he married Norma Mintiens, who died last year.

Private funeral services were held Thursday.

He is survived by two daughters, Donna Onken of Cincinnati and Deborah Jackson of Parkville; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Charles W. Gemmill Sr., 85, surveyor, construction chief

Charles W. Gemmill Sr., a retired surveyor, died July 21 of complications from a stroke and pneumonia at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 85 and lived in Sparks.

Until he retired 23 years ago, he was a surveyor and road construction chief for Matz Childs Associates, an engineering firm.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Baltimore County, he graduated from Towson High School in 1937.

A racing and hunting enthusiast, he rode to hounds as a young man and owned steeplechasers. More recently he owned thoroughbred horses.

In 1941, he married the former Catherine "Tinker" Horner, who survives him.

Private services were held July 22.

He also is survived by two sons, Charles W. Gemmill Jr. of Scarsdale, N.Y., and W. Patrick Gemmill of Sparks; four daughters, Michael J. Fisher of Bentley Springs, Gabrielle Gemmill of St. Johns, Antigua, Mary C. Gemmill of Atlanta and Eliza Gemmill Wierzbic of Manchester; a sister, Jeannette Lynch of Timonium; and six grandchildren.

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