Fay C. Kirchman, 79, physics teacher, engineer Fay C...

November 23, 2001

Fay C. Kirchman, 79, physics teacher, engineer

Fay C. Kirchman, a retired physics teacher and former aeronautical engineer, died Saturday of renal failure at her Dayton home. She was 79.

Until she retired more than 10 years ago, she taught a freshman physics lab course at Howard Community College and tutored students in calculus. In the 1940s, she taught mathematics at Manassas High School in Manassas, Va., and later was an aeronautical engineer at Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Brightwood, Va., Fay Carpenter received a degree in mathematics from the Westhampton College of University of Richmond and studied mechanical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Witzke Funeral Home, 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Edward J. Kirchman; three sons, Robert J. Kirchman of Staunton, Va., Paul G. Kirchman of Sunshine and Frank J. Kirchman of Dunkirk; two daughters, Mary K. Wharton of Alexandria, Va., and Ann K. Dubel of Dayton; and nine grandchildren.

Steven E. Huhta, 49, clinical psychologist

Steven E. Huhta, a clinical psychologist at Metro Maryland Counseling Center in Ellicott City, died Saturday of brain cancer at his Columbia home. He was 49.

Before joining the center, Dr. Huhta had worked for many years as a pastoral counselor at Valley Brook Community Church in Fulton.

Born in Milwaukee, Dr. Huhta was raised in Superior, Wis., where he graduated from high school. He earned two bachelor's degrees from University of Wisconsin, one in political science in 1973 and one in accounting in 1978. In 1994, he earned a master's degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Alexandria, Va., last year.

A tenor soloist, Dr. Huhta performed with the Paul Hill Chorale, Washington Opera, Friday Morning Music Club and Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Patricia J. Manion; two daughters, Carmen Lael Huhta and Charis Louise Huhta, both of Columbia; his parents, Clifford E. Huhta and Helen P. Huhta of Houston; a brother, James C. Huhta of Tampa; and a sister, Nancy Jean Comello of Madison, Wis.

W. Norris Weis, 83, Westminster High principal

W. Norris Weis, who was principal of Westminster High School and associate superintendent of Carroll County public schools, died Monday from complications of diabetes at Carroll Lutheran Village retirement community in Westminster. He was 83.

Mr. Weis, a longtime Westminster resident, was principal Westminster High from 1970 until he retired in 1977. During the 1980s, he was a Carroll County associate superintendent.

Born and raised in Hampden, he was a 1936 graduate of City College and earned his bachelor's degree in education from then-Towson State College. In 1948, he earned a master's degree in education from University of Maryland.

He began teaching in Montgomery County public schools in the 1940s. For several years in the mid-1940s, he was executive director for three YMCA camps before he returned to teaching in Baltimore public schools in 1953.

He was vice principal at Woodbourne Junior High School, William H. Lemmel Junior High School and Forest Park High School.

In the early 1950s, he was co-host of As the Twig Is Bent, a weekly show on WBAL-TV.

In 1962, Baltimore Mayor J. Harold Grady appointed him to head the Baltimore Youth Commission. He also was the author of A Guide for Youth and Parents.

Mr. Weis played piano and organ, and had been music director at Grace Hampden Methodist Church and director of Christian education at Waverly Presbyterian Church.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Myers Funeral Home, 91 Willis St. in Westminster.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Anna E. Robey; two daughters, Margaret A. Giardina of Catonsville and Susan N. Grooch of Cambridge; and five grandchildren.

Grace Marie Hunter, 85, owned floral business

Grace Marie Hunter, who owned an Annapolis floral business, died of cancer Sunday at Mariner Health of North Arundel in Glen Burnie, where she lived for the past two years. She was 85 and had lived in Annapolis for 70 years.

She retired 15 years ago from active operation of Academy Flower Shop on Prince George Street, a business her parents founded in the 1930s.

Born in Baltimore, Grace Marie Wayson was raised in Calvert County. She was an Annapolis High School graduate.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Eastport.

Her husband, Victor Hunter, died in the 1970s.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

She is survived by a nephew, Edward Owen Wayson Sr. of LaQuinta, Calif. A son, Clifton B. Wayson, died in 1998.

Margaret W. Senft, 71, antiques appraiser, artist

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