Constance D. Braswell, 66, dietitian, volunteer...

Deaths Elsewhere

October 29, 2001

Constance D. Braswell, 66, dietitian, volunteer

Constance D. Braswell, a retired dietitian, died Thursday of renal failure at Franklin Square Hospital Center. She was 66 and lived in Perry Hall.

Until poor health forced her retirement three years ago, she had been dietitian for the special education Ridge Ruxton School, off North Charles Street.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Charles Village, she was a 1953 graduate of Seton High School.

For many years she lived in Mount Washington and was a volunteer at Mount Washington Methodist Church, where she prepared lunches for prayer meetings and the congregation's shut-ins and sick members.

Her husband of 25 years, Reid Braswell, a former Baltimore City deputy sheriff, died in 1989.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Rodgers Forge.

She is survived by two sons, James Braswell of Parkville and Craig Braswell of Abingdon; a daughter, Sandra Farmer of Jessup; her mother, Dorothy Brittingham of Lutherville; three brothers, Paul Perrera of Catonsville, Martin Perrera of Cape Canaveral, Fla., and the Rev. Thomas J. Perrera of White Hall; two sisters, Nancy Hubble of Lutherville and Marie Narowanski of Taneytown; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Gregory Michael LeVanis, 59, interior designer

Gregory Michael LeVanis, owner of an interior design firm, died Thursday of an aneurysm at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 59 and moved to Butler last year after living in Roland Park for more than 30 years.

He owned LeVanis Associates, an interior decorating business he owned with his wife, the former Kalliopi Noi Kakanis. They were married in 1963, and she survives him.

They designed residential and commercial spaces throughout Baltimore and the mid-Atlantic region. Mr. LeVanis also designed restaurant interiors, including the Williamsburg Inn in White Marsh.

He appeared last year on a segment of Fantasy Home, a show on the House and Garden cable television network.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he studied design. As a young man, he worked at Ye Eat Shoppe in Hampden, a West 36th Street business owned by his parents, Michael and Irene LeVanis.

He kept horses on his Butler farm.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street, where he was a member.

He is also survived by two sons, Paul and Michael LeVanis; a brother, George LeVanis; and two granddaughters. All reside in Butler.

Dorothy Bernice Orrbright, 68, teacher, volunteer

Dorothy Bernice Orrbright, a teacher who worked with children having special needs, died Wednesday of lung cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 68.

A Baltimore native, she was educated in city public schools and earned an associate's degree in early childhood education in 1979 from Baltimore City Community College. She also studied at the University of Maryland and Coppin State College.

She was a longtime member of St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church. She worked in its parish school from 1966 to 1971 as a teacher and teaching assistant in primary grades. She also taught religion to eighth-graders.

From 1971 until 1991, she taught in the HeadStart program, mostly on the east side of Baltimore. During those years, she created teaching lessons on sub-Saharan African culture and economics.

In 1991, she began working with young special-needs children at the Chimes School in Baltimore. She retired about six years ago.

She lived in Northwest Baltimore most of her life, and became an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Ashburton in the 1980s, when she moved to that area. She was president of its St. Vincent DePaul Society, which helps the needy.

After Our Lady of Lourdes was closed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in the 1990s, she returned to St. Peter Claver at 1546 N. Fremont Ave., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Her husband, Leon Stewart, died about 15 years ago.

She is survived by a son, Wayne Everett Stewart, and a daughter, Robin Renee Stewart Willis, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Lenora Johnson of Ashburton and Lula McCray of Reisterstown; and a grandson.

Elsewhere

Marvin Harris, 74, an anthropologist who spent his career adding fuel to the fires of academic controversy, as when he theorized that the cannibalism of the Aztecs was motivated by protein deprivation, died Thursday in Gainesville, Fla., of complications from hip surgery.

Dr. Harris, called "one of the most controversial anthropologists alive" by Smithsonian magazine in 1986, believed that human social life was shaped in response to the practical problems of human existence. He argued that cultural differences did not matter much, a novel approach in a discipline dedicated to studying cultural differences.

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