Bert S. Mazaroff, 79, state public defender Bert S...

November 15, 2001

Bert S. Mazaroff, 79, state public defender

Bert S. Mazaroff, an attorney and retired public defender, died Nov. 8 of a blood disorder at his home in Northwest Baltimore. He was 79.

A state public defender for 25 years, Mr. Mazaroff was a champion of the rights of the indigent.

"He always gave each of his clients a vigorous defense," said Jonathan Libber, his son-in-law, who also is an attorney. "He managed to earn the deep respect of the judges before whom he appeared."

Born in Baltimore and raised on South Broadway, he attended City College and earned an accounting degree from the University of Baltimore. As a young man he ran an insurance company on North Avenue.

Mr. Mazaroff earned is law degree in 1969 from the University of Baltimore.

He was a member of Congregation Ner Tamid for 36 years and was president of its school PTA.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Leila Josephs; a son, Jay Mazaroff of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two daughters, Belle Libber of Baltimore and Ferne Weinstein of Reisterstown; two sisters, Ruth Fine of Silver Spring and Carol Fineblum of Boston; and six grandchildren.

Services were held Friday.

Mary Carroll Abell, 79, descendant of Sun founder

Mary Carroll Abell, a retired teacher and great-great-granddaughter of the founder of The Sun, died Sunday of pneumonia at a nursing home in White River Junction, Vt. She was 79 and lived in Rumney, N.H.

In the 1940s and 1950s, she taught biology at private schools - Hannah More Academy in Reisterstown, Gunston School in Centreville and Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Del.

After moving to Rumney, she became an assistant to a zoology professor at Dartmouth College.

Born in Baltimore, Miss Abell, great-great-granddaughter of newspaper founder Arunah Shepherdson Abell, was raised at her family's country home, Mary's Meadows, near Butler and at downtown homes on Biddle and Cathedral streets.

She was a 1942 graduate of Eastern High School, where she played several sports. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Goucher College in 1946.

Services will be private.

Miss Abell is survived by a sister, Ishtar Abell of Swoope, Va.; nephews William P. Fulton of Baltimore and George A. Fulton of New Carrollton; and nieces Leasha Carroll Fulton of Swoope and Alexandra Mennig of Munnsville, N.Y.

David Hyatt, 84, founder of men's clothing store

David Hyatt, founder of a Baltimore-based men's clothing store chain, died Monday of heart disease at his Pikesville home. He was 84.

After working at the downtown Bond clothing store in the 1940s, he formed a partnership to open Hyatt and Pinson on West Baltimore Street. He later moved the store to Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place, under the name Hyatt's A Man's Shop, and opened another store at Mondawmin Mall.

Sons Harvey and Edward Hyatt joined the business about 30 years ago, at the time he retired. Now called Hyatt & Co., it operates in the Columbia, Security Square and Owings Mills malls.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Hyatt was raised above his parents' grocery store in the 3200 block of Barclay St. It was a short walk from old Oriole Park, where he was a bat-boy for the International League Orioles for several seasons.

Known as Reds - for his dark red hair - he played sports at City College, where he graduated in the mid-1930s. Mr. Hyatt received a basketball scholarship to the University of Baltimore, where he studied business.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the 29th Division.

His wife of 56 years, the former Melba L. Richmond, died in 1998.

In addition to his sons, he is survived by a brother, Dr. Irvin Hyatt of Pikesville; a sister, Rose Datnoff of Pikesville; and seven grandchildren.

Services were held yesterday.

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