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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | November 11, 2004
On a grim, gray day fit for murder in the Rue Morgue, the ardent Sherlockian Philip Sherman lurks near the tomb of Edgar Allan Poe in the Westminster Burying Grounds. A devoted adherent to the deductive reasoning of Sherlock Holmes, the great consulting detective, Sherman believes he's solved the mystery of the "Poe Toaster," the mysterious midnight visitor who appears at the tomb on Poe's Jan. 19 birthday, toasts the poet with cognac, leaves the bottle and three roses, then disappears.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | November 13, 2008
Paul Gabriel Churchill, a retired Howard County educator and avid Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, died Friday of complications fromprostate cancer at his Eldersburg home. He was 63. Mr. Churchill was born in Washington and raised in Allanwood and Riverdale, where he graduated from Riverdale High School in 1963. He earned a bachelor's degree in Latin from the University of Maryland, College Park, with minors in Greek and history. In 1985, he earned a master's degree from what is now Towson University.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | November 13, 2008
Paul Gabriel Churchill, a retired Howard County educator and avid Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, died Friday of complications fromprostate cancer at his Eldersburg home. He was 63. Mr. Churchill was born in Washington and raised in Allanwood and Riverdale, where he graduated from Riverdale High School in 1963. He earned a bachelor's degree in Latin from the University of Maryland, College Park, with minors in Greek and history. In 1985, he earned a master's degree from what is now Towson University.
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By CASSANDRA A. FORTIN and CASSANDRA A. FORTIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 19, 2006
When Paul Churchill started reading Sherlock Holmes stories in the 1970s, he decided that he wanted to start a literary society, but his decision was put on hold for about a dozen years because his wife became ill. She died in 1989, and shortly thereafter he took a trip to London, where he met Jeremy Brett, an actor who portrayed Holmes on a PBS series, as well as Edward Hardwicke, who played Holmes' companion John H. Watson. He learned all sorts of things about the characters and left England with the idea of a group dancing in his head.
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By CASSANDRA A. FORTIN and CASSANDRA A. FORTIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 19, 2006
When Paul Churchill started reading Sherlock Holmes stories in the 1970s, he decided that he wanted to start a literary society, but his decision was put on hold for about a dozen years because his wife became ill. She died in 1989, and shortly thereafter he took a trip to London, where he met Jeremy Brett, an actor who portrayed Holmes on a PBS series, as well as Edward Hardwicke, who played Holmes' companion John H. Watson. He learned all sorts of things about the characters and left England with the idea of a group dancing in his head.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Evening Sun Staff | November 16, 1990
Marshall H. Pinnix, a soft-spoken, mild-mannered, patrician financial analyst, has spent the last couple of weeks researching the simple art of murder and other forms of curious death.He's not planning anything untoward. Pinnix is a Sherlockian. That means he's one of the fanatic speckled band who are devotees of Arthur Conan Doyle's consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, whom they have canonized.Pinnix has analyzed the Doyle Canon for the alleged 263 strange deaths and the reputed six burials in the Sherlock Holmes adventures.
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October 25, 2004
P. Stephen Clarkson Jr., a 30-year analyst for the Social Security Administration and Sherlock Holmes scholar, died Tuesday at Winchester Medical Center in Virginia of colon cancer. The Berkeley Springs, W.Va., resident was 65. Mr. Clarkson was born in Baltimore and earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. He lived in Randallstown and, for 16 years, in Ellicott City before moving to a mountaintop cabin in Berkeley Springs two years ago. After college he went to work for the Social Security Administration, where he remained until 1993, becoming a senior health and human services analyst.
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July 12, 1991
Services for John S. Burgan, who headed the Hartford, Conn., public library after serving as chief of the Central Enoch Pratt Free Library, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford.Mr. Burgan, who was 60 and lived in Hartford for the past seven years, died Tuesday at a hospital there after an illness of several months.Before taking the Hartford post in 1984, he had been chief of the central library here since that job was created in 1973.It involved supervision of the library at the Peabody Institute as well as the Cathedral Street library and its role as a state library resource center, lending research materials to other libraries in the state.
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December 17, 2007
Marshall H. Pinnix Sr., a retired insurance executive, volunteer and a Sherlock Holmes fan, died Dec. 8 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care of complications from brain surgery. The longtime Stoneleigh resident was 80. Mr. Pinnix was born and raised in Oxford, N.C. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in accounting, he moved to New York City when he took an accounting position with Texaco Oil Co. He lived in Puerto Rico and Dakar, Senegal, before leaving Texaco and moving to Baltimore in 1955, when he went to work as an assistant vice president for Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Co. In the early 1980s, he left the bank and became a group manager and senior financial analyst at Alexander and Alexander, now AON Corp.
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November 11, 2006
Unidentified man found fatally shot in Curtis Bay A man was shot and killed yesterday in Curtis Bay, city police said. His body was found in the 4500 block of Pennington Ave. about 5:39 a.m., said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Authorities did not release the man's identity or any other details of the incident last night. Annie Linskey Baltimore: Schools Board to meet at Digital Harbor The Baltimore school board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday at Digital Harbor High School, rather than at school system headquarters.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | November 11, 2004
On a grim, gray day fit for murder in the Rue Morgue, the ardent Sherlockian Philip Sherman lurks near the tomb of Edgar Allan Poe in the Westminster Burying Grounds. A devoted adherent to the deductive reasoning of Sherlock Holmes, the great consulting detective, Sherman believes he's solved the mystery of the "Poe Toaster," the mysterious midnight visitor who appears at the tomb on Poe's Jan. 19 birthday, toasts the poet with cognac, leaves the bottle and three roses, then disappears.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Evening Sun Staff | November 16, 1990
Marshall H. Pinnix, a soft-spoken, mild-mannered, patrician financial analyst, has spent the last couple of weeks researching the simple art of murder and other forms of curious death.He's not planning anything untoward. Pinnix is a Sherlockian. That means he's one of the fanatic speckled band who are devotees of Arthur Conan Doyle's consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, whom they have canonized.Pinnix has analyzed the Doyle Canon for the alleged 263 strange deaths and the reputed six burials in the Sherlock Holmes adventures.
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By James H. Bready | October 25, 1992
To a proper Eastern Shoreman, the book that really, truly understands his setting will of course be the work of someone with many unbroken ancestral generations of Shoremen. And John R. Wennersten? He has spent only a couple of decades there. So it is for an outlander to point out that his new book, "Maryland's Eastern Shore" (Tidewater, $23.95), is, by considerable, the best book yet published on that subject.Here it all is, from the Elk River to the Virginia line. The author, an American history professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has the Shore's past down cold.
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