Arthur Charles Flayhart, 86, NASA employee Arthur...

September 18, 2001

Arthur Charles Flayhart, 86, NASA employee

Arthur Charles Flayhart, who made test parts used in space exploration experiments, died Thursday of heart failure at his Ferndale home. He was 86.

A maker of metal models, he retired in 1973 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Center, where he had worked on the Apollo and Gemini projects.

In the 1940s, he assisted the Goddard center's namesake, rocketry pioneer Robert H. Goddard, on a project at the Naval Experimental Station in Annapolis.

Mr. Flayhart learned to be a machinist in the 1930s at the Tin Decorating Co. on Boston Street in Canton -- a waterfront building that now houses the Tindeco Wharf apartments.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Rutland Avenue, he attended the Maryland Institute's mechanical drawing division.

He was a direct descendant of Henry Lightner, one of the Baltimore patriots who defended the city during the British attack in 1814.

In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking. He made dollhouses for his granddaughters and toy forts for his grandsons.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home,1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Louise Davis; three daughters, Janice Ridgely of Chester, Joan Belcher of Ruckersville, Va., and Barbara Walters of Sugarland, Texas; a sister, Naomi Dickhoff of Ellicott City; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ralph S. Frankel, 60, National Guard veteran

Ralph S. Frankel, a 35-year veteran of the Maryland National Guard and lifelong resident of the Baltimore area, died Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium of complications from bladder cancer. He was 60 and a resident of Reisterstown.

Mr. Frankel attended city public schools before joining the Maryland National Guard, said lifelong friend Dean Kone.

He began as a cook and trained as a missile technician in the 1950s, then as a transportation engineer, said Mr. Kone. After he retired, he worked as a driver for a company that delivered mail for the U.S. Postal Service.

"He went to work every day," Mr. Kone said. "Even with the cancer, he wouldn't stop until his doctor ordered him to stop."

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown.

Mr. Frankel was married and divorced twice. He is survived by a son, David H. Frankel of Reisterstown; a daughter, Lisa Frankel of Baltimore; two sisters, Ann and Lois Frankel of Baltimore; and three brothers, Barry Frankel of Sykesville, Leonard Frankel of Houston and Paul Frankel of New Windsor.

Pearl Kayne, 86, owner of east-side kosher dairy

Pearl Kayne, a homemaker and a former owner of a kosher dairy, died Sunday of heart failure at Northwest Hospital Center. She was 86 and lived in Pikesville.

She was an owner of Harry Gottlieb's Dairy, founded by her parents, Harry and Ada Gottlieb, on Narroway Court in East Baltimore. Family members successfully petitioned the City Council about 30 years ago to change the street name to Yogurt Lane. She sold her interest in the dairy in 1979.

A member of the Northwest Senior Center, she participated in its classes in current events and opera. She also traveled with Elderhostel groups.

Born in Baltimore, Pearl Gottlieb was raised on East Baltimore Street. She was a graduate of Eastern High School and what is now Towson University, where she earned a degree in education.

"She knew things about old Baltimore that nobody else seemed to know," said her daughter, Michele Rosenberg of Dickeyville. "She could sing all the verses of "Baltimore, Our Baltimore."

In 1941 she married Alfred S. Kayne, who died in 1994.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

She is survived by two other daughters, Ilene B. Kayne of Baltimore and S. Suzanne Kayne of Glen Burnie; a brother, Irvin Gottlieb of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Wilma A. Davis, 92, homemaker, volunteer

Wilma A. Davis, a homemaker and church volunteer, died Thursday of heart failure at Maryland General Hospital. She was 92 and lived in Irvington.

Born in Clarendon County, S.C., Wilma Evans attended South Carolina public schools.

In 1938, she married Samuel Davis, and the couple moved to Baltimore in the 1950s. They lived for many years in the 2500 block of Hollins St., where Mrs. Davis often helped needy friends and neighborhood children with clothing, food and lodging. She also enjoyed baking and made cakes and pies, which she gave to her friends.

Her husband, a supervisor for Southern Galvanizing Co., died in 1981, and a son, Willie Davis, died in 1996.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Shiloh Christian Community Church, 2500 W. Lombard St., where she was a member of the Baynard Circle, the Gospel Choir and the Willing Workers.

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