Doris L. Ware, 71, worked at UM School of Nursing Doris...

Deaths Elsewhere

October 12, 2001

Doris L. Ware, 71, worked at UM School of Nursing

Doris Lenora Ware, a retired medical laboratory assistant, died of cancer Oct. 5 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 71 and lived in Pimlico.

She retired in 1990 as a lab assistant at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She had earlier worked at the Point Breeze plant of Western Electric Co.

Born in Baltimore, she was raised on West Lexington Street and attended public schools.

Miss Ware enjoyed playing cards and holding family dinners, and was a member of Shiloh Christian Community Church.

Services were held Wednesday.

She is survived by her stepmother, Alma Ware; a brother, Raymond Randall; and two sisters, Eura Ware and Jean E. Merrick, all of Baltimore; a grandson and three great-grandchildren. A daughter, Alicia Anne Ware, died in 1995.

Sidney E. Willis Jr., 33, fencing installer

Sidney E. Willis Jr., a construction worker, died Sunday after being hit by an automobile near Oxon Hill. The Millersville resident was 33.

Mr. Willis was changing a tire when he was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said family members.

He had been employed as a fence installer with Spence Fence and Patio Co. in Crownsville. He was to be promoted to foreman, said his father, Sidney E. Willis Sr. of Millersville.

Mr. Willis was born in Baltimore, the son of a career Army officer, and graduated in 1986 from Waynesville High School in Missouri. He began his construction career in Missouri before returning to Baltimore in 1988.

He enjoyed playing basketball and working on cars.

Mr. Willis was a member of Simmons Memorial Baptist Church, 601 Cumberland St., Baltimore, where services will be held at noon today.

Mr. Willis also is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Willis of Waynesville and Tayla Willis of West Palm Beach, Fla.; his mother, Doris Willis of Millersville; three brothers, Tyrone Willis of Fort Hood, Texas, Jerome Willis of Newark, Del., and James Willis of Essex; a sister, Ebony Willis of Millersville; his maternal grandmother, Lucille Guy of Canton; and his fiancee, Cynthia Rowe of Washington.

William T. Helfrich Sr., 81, construction engineer

William Thomas Helfrich Sr., a retired engineer, died of pneumonia Sunday at Sinai Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 81.

A construction engineer for the Maryland Department of General Services, he retired about 10 years ago. He had earlier supervised projects for Jacobson Construction and E. Eyring & Sons Co.

Born in Baltimore and raised in West Baltimore, he attended Calvert Hall College High School and the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Helfrich, a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, solicited donations from area grocers and prepared and delivered food baskets to needy families.

During World War II, he served in the Navy in China.

He enjoyed playing golf at Diamond Ridge in Baltimore County and at Salt Pond in Bethany Beach, Del.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Pikesville, where he was a parishioner.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Catherine D. Kerr; a son, W. Thomas Helfrich Jr. of Heidelberg, Germany; four daughters, Jane Claire Gracie of Ellicott City, Patricia Anne Helfrich of Baltimore, M. Kathleen Lee of Lancaster, Pa., and Mary Louise Rogers of Annapolis; a brother, John O. Helfrich of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Elsewhere

Dagmar, 79, who parlayed her dumb-blond act into television fame in the early 1950s, died Tuesday in Ceredo, W.Va. She was born Virginia Ruth Egnor in Huntington, W.Va. She left in the 1940s to visit an aunt in New York, where she became a fashion model and drifted into show business.

Her big break came in 1950, on Broadway Open House, a late-night TV variety show on NBC. Dagmar developed a dumb-blond act that became so popular she received 2,000 fan letters a week. Later, Dagmar starred briefly on her own television show, Dagmar's Canteen, and appeared on Hollywood Squares.

Herbert Ross, 74, a choreographer and director who worked on films including Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand and Steel Magnolias with Julia Roberts, died Tuesday in New York. He began his career as a dancer and started choreographing Broadway shows in the early 1950s. He choreographed his first film, Carmen Jones, with Dorothy Dandridge, in 1954. In the 1970s, Mr. Ross directed Woody Allen's Play It Again, Sam and was a frequent collaborator with playwright Neil Simon. He directed five Simon scripts, including The Sunshine Boys in 1975, California Suite in 1978 and 1981's I Ought to Be in Pictures.

In 1977, Mr. Ross returned to his dancing roots with his acclaimed study of the ballet world, The Turning Point, with Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

In 1989, he married Lee Radziwill, the sister of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. They divorced in 1999.

Mr. Ross enjoyed critical and box-office success in the 1980s and '90s with Pennies From Heaven, Soapdish and Boys on the Side.

Mary Thompson, 119, who might have been recognized as the world's oldest person if her birth certificate hadn't been lost in a house fire, died Monday in Little Rock, Ark.

Ms. Thompson had lived since age 112 at Crestpark Nursing Home in DeWitt, Ark. Social Security records show that she was born Aug. 2, 1882, in Shelby, Miss. Her parents were former slaves. She lost her birth certificate in a fire about 50 years ago.

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