December 22, 2004
John E. "Gus" Deford Jr., a retired printing company owner, World War II veteran and former country club golf champion, died of asthmatic bronchitis Saturday at his longtime North Baltimore home. He was 88. Born in Baltimore, he lived in nine different homes and apartments in the area before he was 18 - among them Greenwood, a residence his father built on Charles Street that is now the headquarters of the Baltimore County Board of Education. "His childhood was a study in contrasts. His father liked to build new houses.
October 6, 2002
Sports writing may be what Frank Deford is most widely known for -- a Sports Illustrated editor's urgent appeal for a farewell garland came to him, in Connecticut, the night of John Unitas' death. But more than half of Deford's 14 books so far have been novels. And it is in fiction that his momentum and skill increase. An American Summer (Sourcebooks, 256 pages, $24) is about a 14-year-old boy from Indiana whose father, with a new job as factory manager, moves the family to Baltimore. This is northern-suburb, propertied, private-school Baltimore -- Deford himself started there.
November 16, 2003
Margaret W. Deford, an artist whose paintings were characterized by bright, fluid colors, died of cancer Tuesday at her North Baltimore home. She was 77. Born Margaret Warner in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park, she was the granddaughter of Dr. Howard A. Kelly, one of the four founding Johns Hopkins School of Medicine physicians. She visited his Harford County estate, Liriodendron, where family members said she grew familiar with the trees and flowers that she later incorporated into her paintings.
September 22, 1991
It's the kind of day God created for malls and old movies, a misty, gray Saturday where inertia seems the only reasonable response to the humidity.Unless, of course, your name is Rob Deford.In that case you've been up since 4 a.m. You drove to Western Maryland, returned with 10,000 pounds of grapes, unpacked half from the truck and now feed them into a crushing machine you call the Mechanical Human Foot.There's also much you ignore on this afternoon: threatening clouds, hovering bees and the flood in your office from the rain last night.
January 26, 2001
This time of year, the leafless vines at Boordy Vineyards look as if they've been permanently etched against the gray sky. Now, Anne M. Deford has found a way to ensure that those vines - which produce seyval blanc and chardonnay grapes - remain firmly rooted in the land. Deford, owner of 252-acre Long Green Farm - home to Boordy Vineyards - has joined a movement that is responsible for protecting one-third of the Long Green Valley National Historic District in northeastern Baltimore County.
August 26, 2003
Practice over, the high school basketball player headed home to his family's gray clapboard house in north Baltimore. There, Frank Deford went for the mail - and the magazine. Sports Illustrated had arrived. Half a century later, Deford can guess what was on the cover. A rainbow trout. The Matterhorn. A spaniel with a bird in its mouth. "I was very taken by much of the writing," he says of those early issues. But his typical response to the fledgling weekly was one of disappointment.