Louis Joseph Pfarr Sr., 77, highway survey team chief...

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March 01, 2002

Louis Joseph Pfarr Sr., 77, highway survey team chief

Louis Joseph Pfarr Sr., a former state highways survey team chief and founder of L&M Construction and Engineering Services in White Marsh, died Sunday of cardiac arrest at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 77 and lived in White Marsh.

The East Baltimore native was a 1941 graduate of City College, where he had played left tackle in football on a school team that went undefeated.

He briefly worked at Crown Cork & Seal before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater and was awarded decorations including the Purple Heart.

After operating a painting business for several years, he joined the former State Roads Commission in 1949 as a surveyor. He spent most of his 46-year career as a survey party chief assigned to District 5 in Anne Arundel County. He retired in 1995.

In addition to his work with the state, he established L&M Construction and Engineering Services, a surveying business he operated on weekends. He closed it at his retirement.

A gourmet cook, he enjoyed presiding over an annual pork roast party for family and friends at his home. He also was an avid horse racing and football fan.

Services were held Wednesday.

Mr. Pfarr is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Marie C. Morrocco; two sons, Louis J. Pfarr Jr. of White Marsh and Michael Pfarr of Finksburg; a daughter, Nancy Thompson of Forest Hill; and two grandchildren.

Lena Clayton, 100, active in church, domestic worker

Lena Clayton, a centenarian who did domestic work most of her life, died Tuesday at Bon Secours Hospital of circulatory disease.

For more than 82 years, she was a member of Fulton Baptist Church at 1630 W. North Ave., participating in its gospel choir, usher board, flower circle and other ministries. The Mondawmin resident was the church's oldest member. Her 100th birthday was in September.

One of 11 children, Miss Clayton was born in Lancaster County, Va., and attended grammar school in Nuttsville, Va. She followed several of her siblings to Baltimore in 1918 in hopes of finding employment. She joined the church shortly thereafter.

"We all grew up in that same church," said her niece, Mary E. Gaskins of Baltimore.

Miss Clayton took great pride in her work and did her own housekeeping and cooking until last year, her niece said. "She had a full life, and she really enjoyed that life and all the people in it," she said.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Fulton Baptist.

In addition to her niece, she is survived by a sister, Virginia Smith of Baltimore; six grandnieces; and many other relatives.

Bernard Lehder, 80, official at medical school

Bernard Lehder, a retired career Air Force officer and former director of human resources for the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, died of a heart attack Tuesday at his home in Chesapeake, Va. He was 80.

The former Randallstown resident, who had lived in Chesapeake since his retirement in 1988, was born and raised in the boroughs of New York.

His studies at City College in New York City were interrupted by World War II. Enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1942, he served in the Pacific as a navigator-bombardier aboard B-24s and attained the rank of sergeant.

Returning to his studies, he earned his bachelor's degree in labor relations from Syracuse University in 1947, then his master's degree in guidance counseling from Troy State University.

In 1950, he was recalled to active duty with the Air Force and served in intelligence during the Korean conflict. He later served in a similar capacity during the Vietnam War, and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1970.

Before joining Johns Hopkins in 1979, he was personnel and industrial relations manager for Ilco/Unican Security Systems in Selma, Ala., and later in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Foster Funeral Home in Portsmouth, Va.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, the former Blanche Kwiatkowski; a daughter, Mary Lehder Jackson of Isle of Palms, S.C.; a stepson, Robert Moore of Charlotte, N.C.; three stepdaughters, Charlene Knowles of Chesapeake, Virginia Walter of Manassas, Va., and Sharon Williams of Palatka, Fla.; and 13 grandchildren. His marriage to the former Helen Sommerfield ended in divorce.

Elsewhere

Gordon Matthews, 65, the inventor of voice mail, died Saturday in Austin, Texas, from complications of a stroke. Mr. Matthews, who held more than 35 patents, conceived the technology known as voice mail in the late 1970s and patented it in 1982. The success of his "Voice Message Exchange" gave birth to an industry.

Yun Tau Chee, 78, the first Miss Hawaii and first Asian contestant in the Miss America pageant, died of cancer Feb. 21 in Honolulu.

As Yun Tau Zane, she won the Miss Hawaii title in 1948. She and the representative from Puerto Rico were the first non-Caucasians to participate in the Miss America pageant.

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