Lottie B. Mohr, 101, homemaker, volunteer Lottie B...

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January 02, 2002

Lottie B. Mohr, 101, homemaker, volunteer

Lottie B. Mohr, a homemaker and church volunteer, died of congestive heart failure Friday at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Catonsville. She was 101.

Lottie Knopp was born in Rocks in Harford County, the oldest of nine children. She left her family's farm in 1920 to marry John Mohr, who worked as dairyman on Hilton Farm.

Like other farm workers, the Mohrs lived on the farm, which is now the site of the Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus.

Mrs. Mohr was active in the Ladies Aid Society at Catonsville United Methodist Church. The society is now known as the Catonsville United Methodist Women.

A smart dresser who washed her own car and renewed her driver's license at age 96, Mrs. Mohr outlived her siblings and her husband, who died in the 1970s, said her niece Shirley K. Flinn of Ellicott City.

Mrs. Mohr lived independently in an apartment until four years ago, when she drove herself to St. Joseph's and said she'd like to move in.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at MacNabb Funeral Home, 301 Frederick Road, Catonsville.

She also is survived by another niece, Dorothy V. Maslin of Annapolis.

Thurston Graham Hawes, 79, 53-year MTA employee

Thurston Graham Hawes, who worked for the Mass Transit Administration for 53 years, died of kidney failure Monday at Carroll County General Hospital. The longtime Owings Mills resident was 79.

Mr. Hawes' long tenure at the MTA gave him a front-seat view of technological change. He was hired in 1946 to drive trackless trolleys and gearshift buses. By the time he retired in 1999, computers assisted his job as a Metro subway dispatcher.

"He loved his job. That's all he ever talked about," said his daughter, Bonnie F. Braun of Perry Hall. "Everybody at the MTA knew my father. ... One of the men said one time if anything ever happened to my father, they'd probably have to shut the MTA down. He was such a good man."

Born and raised in a village near Ellicott City then known as Alberton, Mr. Hawes attended the community's one-room schoolhouse. He served in the merchant marine during World War II.

After the war, he found an outlet for his outgoing personality as a bus and streetcar driver. He enjoyed going to work every day until poor health forced his retirement, his daughter said.

"They had a retirement dinner for him at Martin's West," she said. "There were over 1,000 people there. They gave him a standing ovation. They were all crying. They didn't want to see him leave."

Mr. Hawes was an avid baseball fan who kept busy playing with his grandchildren and taking care of the many flowering plants that hung from his carport.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Northwest Baptist Church, 300 Westminster Road in Reisterstown.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Hawes is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Mary Alice Provence; a son, Richard G. Hawes of Crownsville; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Elsewhere

Dr. Charles Kenneth McSherry, 70, a New York surgeon who pioneered a simpler way to remove gallstones and was a leading researcher into gallstone formation and colon cancer, died Dec. 13 at New York Hospital. The cause was kidney and heart disease, his family said.

Dr. McSherry led the way introducing laparoscopic surgery for removing gallstones about 20 years ago. The technique simplified an operation performed on about 500,000 Americans a year, which previously required major incisions in the abdomen to reach the gallbladder. Instead, a surgeon inserts a camera and specially designed surgical instruments into small holes in the abdomen.

Sam Solon, 70, a longtime Minnesota state senator and a son of Greek immigrants who worked for three decades to provide state projects and money to his hometown of Duluth, died of liver cancer Friday in St. Paul.

Mr. Solon apologized to the Senate in 1996 after he pleaded guilty to telecommunications fraud for letting his former wife make $2,430 in taxpayer-paid phone calls on his Senate line. That admission occurred after an incident three years earlier in which he let a lobbyist make $3,000 worth of such calls.

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