Jeanne R. Ennis, 87, administrative assistant Jeanne R...

October 04, 2001

Jeanne R. Ennis, 87, administrative assistant

Jeanne R. Ennis, a retired administrative assistant who was active in the affairs of Loch Raven Village Association for more than 40 years, died of heart failure Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 87.

Mrs. Ennis was an original resident of Loch Raven Village at its opening in the late 1940s, and had served as corresponding secretary of the community association from the early 1950s until the 1990s.

Born and raised in the Gwynn Oak section of the city, Jeanne Reese was a 1932 graduate of Seton High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

In the late 1930s, she worked in the accounting department of Crown, Cork & Seal. From the 1950s until the early 1960s, she was a sales associate in women's apparel at Hutzler's department store in Towson.

In recent years, she worked at the Loch Raven Kiwanis swimming pool and in accounting at Orchard Tennis Club, from which she retired in 1994.

Her marriage to George S. Ennis ended in divorce.

Mrs. Ennis enjoyed crossword puzzles and knitting, making caps that were given to newborns in area hospitals.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., Baynesville, where a Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9 a.m. today.

Surviving are two sons, Michael R. Ennis of San Francisco and Stephen T. Ennis of Catonsville; two daughters, Patricia Groeninger of Towson and Kathryn Martin of Palmyra, Pa.; three brothers, John P. and George R. Reese, both of Cockeysville, and Richard C. Reese of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Janet Ostendorf of Cockeysville; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Corine Ray, 85, homemaker who enjoyed writing poetry

Corine Ray, a homemaker who enjoyed poetry, died Friday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 85.

Mrs. Ray, who in recent years had lived at Noble House Nursing Home in Charles Village, had been a resident of Wyman Towers.

Born to a farming family in Willison, S.C., Corine Isaac attended public schools. In 1939, she married George Ray Sr., a contractor, and moved to Baltimore in 1944. He died in 1962.

Mrs. Ray enjoyed reading and writing poetry.

She was a member of First Apostolic Faith Church on Caroline Street, where she was active in missionary work.

Services were held yesterday.

Mrs. Ray is survived by two sons, George Ray Jr. of Baltimore and the Rev. Willie Ray of Boston, chairman and founder here of Save Another Youth and Stop the Killing Foundation; a daughter, Betty Young of Baltimore; 20 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Deaths Elsewhere

Dr. John Cunningham Lilly, 86, who championed the study of interspecies communications and probed the mystery of human consciousness, died Sunday in Los Angeles.

An inventor, author and researcher, Dr. Lilly gained renown in the 1950s after developing the isolation tank. Dr. Lilly saw the tanks, in which users are isolated from almost all external stimuli, as a means to explore the nature of human consciousness. He later combined that work with his efforts to communicate with dolphins, as well as experiments with psychedelic drugs.

Dolphins figured large in the 19 books Dr. Lilly wrote, including Man and Dolphin and The Mind of the Dolphin. Dr. Lilly's work inspired two Hollywood movies, The Day of the Dolphin and Altered States.

Dr. William Akers, 75, who developed the sun protection factor rating used in sunscreens, died Sept. 25 in San Francisco.

From 1978 to 1992, he was the head of the Dermatology Research Institute for Syntex Pharmaceutical Corp. in Palo Alto, Calif. He worked on developing standards for the safe testing of new skin drugs. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Stanford Medical School, where he taught clinical dermatology.

Seymour Milstein, 81, head of a real estate and banking empire that includes Emigrant Savings Bank, died of pneumonia Tuesday in New York.

He and his brother Paul oversaw a multibillion-dollar real estate company with 3 million square feet of office space and 8,000 apartments. They also jointly ran Emigrant Savings, one of New York's oldest financial institutions. However, a rivalry between the two brothers escalated in later years, causing the family businesses to be broken up.

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