George W. Alt Jr., 91, business manager, veteran George...

January 21, 2002

George W. Alt Jr., 91, business manager, veteran

George W. Alt Jr., former general manager of Sullivan Business Forms in Washington, died of pneumonia Jan. 14 at Sinai Hospital. He was 91.

Mr. Alt, who formerly had lived at Leisure World facilities in Gaithersburg and Bethesda, had resided since 1998 at Wesley Home Inc. in Mount Washington.

Mr. Alt retired in 1972 from Sullivan Business Forms, where he had been general manager for 12 years.

Born and raised in the Arlington section of Baltimore, he was a graduate of city public schools.

He began his business career in 1930 as a clerk for Baltimore Salesbook Co., later Baltimore Business Forms. After becoming manager of the order department, he was promoted in the late 1930s to manager of the company's New York office.

Drafted into the Army in 1943, he served as paymaster with the Transportation Corps in France. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant.

Mr. Alt returned to Baltimore Business Forms as vice president of sales, and was named president of Eastern Business Forms in 1948. He joined Sullivan Business Forms in 1960.

He was a member of the Masons' Sharon Lodge No. 182 and Belvidere Royal Arch Chapter No. 35. He also was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He enjoyed fishing and spending time at a second home on the Magothy River.

Services were held Thursday.

Mr. Alt is survived by two sisters, Doris Heaver of Lutherville and Leanora Sandmeyer of Youngstown, N.Y.

Hilda E. Wilkinson, 99, part of 1914 Human Flag

Hilda E. Wilkinson, a homemaker who as a child participated in the first Human Flag celebration at Fort McHenry, died Friday of heart failure at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Miss Wilkinson, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday next month, had lived at the Southwest Baltimore nursing facility since 1991.

Born and raised on Henry Street in southern Baltimore, Miss Wilkinson attended city public schools until the sixth grade, when she left to go to work.

One of the highlights of her life was appearing in the Human Flag in 1914, a centennial commemoration of the British bombardment of Fort McHenry and of the flag above the fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

She worked as a file clerk for many years at Mortgage Guarantee Co. in Baltimore. She then sold tickets and refreshments at the Towson movie theater on York Road until the mid-1950s.

Miss Wilkinson, who formerly lived in the Lochwood Apartments in Northeast Baltimore, also provided child care for family members.

She was a communicant of St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church and was a member of the church's Golden Age Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. today in the chapel at St. Elizabeth, 3320 Benson Ave.

Miss Wilkinson is survived by a nephew, two nieces, and many grandnephews and grandnieces.

Clifton J. Hunt, 86, founder, president of firm

Clifton J. Hunt, founder and former president of Hunt Reporting Co., died of pneumonia Jan. 14 at his Olney home. He was 86.

Mr. Hunt was a professional stenographer who had been an official reporter for the House of Representatives and congressional committees until leaving in the mid-1960s, when he bought Solomon Reporting Service in Baltimore.

In 1976, he established Hunt Reporting Co. He retired from the business, which was originally located in Severna Park, in 1995. His son, Geoffrey L. Hunt of Arnold, operates the business, now based in Glen Burnie.

Born in Voorheesville, N.Y., Mr. Hunt was raised in Schuylerville, N.Y., where he graduated from high school. He was a graduate of Albany Stenotype School.

During World War II, he served as an Army stenographer and was assigned to Gen. Mark W. Clark in the European theater. He later was sent to the U.S. mission in Argentina. He was discharged with the rank of warrant officer.

Mr. Hunt also owned La Boheme Restaurant in Falls Church, Va., and an aviation charter business.

His marriage to the former Marian C. Clark ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 4 in the chapel at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to his son, Mr. Hunt is survived by a daughter, Christine L. Hunt of Crownsville; and his companion, Patricia Sherwood of Olney.(More obituaries, Page 10b)

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