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Norman F. Steinberg

Norman F. Steinberg

June 6, 1939 - June 22, 2022

Norman F. Steinberg, the co-founder of the Mayer & Steinberg Inc. insurance company, died from Parkinson’s disease on June 22 at his Pikesville home. While he was largely known in the industry for specializing in insurance and hard work, Mr. Steinberg also cherished family, travel, and the little things in life. The former longtime Pikesville resident was 91.

Mr. Steinberg, son of Julia and Irvin Steinberg, grocery store owners, was born in Baltimore.

After graduating from Baltimore City Community College in 1948, Mr. Steinberg attended the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy for two years before realizing his calling to start an insurance agency; he co-founded Mayer & Steinberg Inc. with his partner Alex Mayer in 1959.

“To him, it wasn’t just a matter of selling something— it was about having that integrity and knowledge to be able to tell the people what services they actually needed,” said his daughter Joy Robinson.

Mr. Steinberg quickly became a leading expert in the industry, earning a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter credential for specializing in risk management and property-casualty insurance. He also helped kickstart a program that would help others become more knowledgeable about the in’s and out’s of the insurance industry.

In addition to having a driven work ethic and creating a name for himself in the world of insurance, Mr. Steinberg also valued traveling the world and spending time with his family.

He traveled to every continent in the world except Antarctica, according to Mrs. Robinson.

“It was really nice to see that he savored all the places that he traveled. He had no fear — he always wanted to try everything.”

Mr. Steinberg frequently bonded with others he came across during his travels around the globe, creating meaningful friendships with people from other states or countries that would last for decades. He would fully embrace cultural traditions and seek out authentic experiences in each country he visited.

Additionally, Mr. Steinberg enjoyed photography and capturing memories he would make on his different adventures.

“Every time he took trips out of the country, he would come back and have a slide presentation for people to see,” said his brother, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Melvin “Mickey” Steinberg.

Mrs. Robinson described her father as someone who constantly loved living and learning.

“He was very smart, very intelligent, and had a sense of figuring things out. He always would have life lessons to give us.”

He was an active, extroverted person who enjoyed a variety of activities, including dancing, golfing, playing tennis, attending shows, traveling and meeting new people. He was a good listener and someone people could count on for anything.

Mrs. Robinson recalls a time when she needed her father to pick her up from Ocean City when her car broke down and she was stranded with a friend. Her father was out dancing that night but dropped everything to pick up his daughter once she paged him saying she needed him.

“I knew that if I called him, he would come,” Robinson said. “That was the thing — we could always depend on him to be there and for all of us.”

Former Lt. Gov. Steinberg also attests to this by recalling his earlier childhood years with his older brother, with whom he shared a “close” and “special” relationship.

As a child, Mr. Steinberg’s younger brother would often get sick at school.

“We only lived a couple of blocks from the elementary school — and so, my brother would carry me home on his shoulders,” his brother said. “He always took care of me. He was my big brother.”

In addition to their closeness during childhood, they also fostered a caring relationship throughout former Lt. Gov. Steinberg’s election campaigns.

“He was always very proud of me. He was proud of my accomplishments and everything, and he was very active in my campaign. He really appreciated everything that I accomplished, as much as I did. There was no jealousy— he was always just proud of me for different things.”

A month or two after former Lt. Gov. Steinberg was officially out of office, it was only then that Mr. Steinberg filed for residency in Florida, signaling that he had wanted to stay close to his brother throughout his election campaigns and his time in office.

“I think he felt that he wanted to be able to vote and continue to support and contribute to my election. He was that type.”

Mr. Steinberg possessed a keen, special quality of being able to savor and appreciate all the simple things that life had to offer him— things that others may ignore or take for granted. Whether it was family trips to the beach, spending the night on a dance floor with his beloved wife, playing with his grandchildren or stumbling upon a generic Costco drink that tastes almost exactly like Grey Goose— Mr. Steinberg had a “joie de vivre,” according to his daughter— a zest for life.

“It’s interesting to see somebody so well-rounded and just have that appreciation for all these things. He believed that it wasn’t about the destination, it was the journey. And he really did savor all these moments and times with his children, his grandchildren, his friends, his colleagues,” said Mrs. Robinson.

He is survived by his children, Sharon Rose Yospe, Steven Steinberg and Joy Robinson; as well as his grandchildren and 10 great-grandsons.

He is also survived by his brother, former Lt. Gov. Melvin “Mickey” Steinberg, and his loving companion, Mary Grodnitzky.

Bettye Elaine Steinberg, his beloved wife of 62 years, died in October 2013.

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David Eugene Stone

David Eugene Stone

November 24, 1953 - June 21, 2022

David Eugene Stone was born in Kansas City, Missouri, November 24th, 1953 to Richard and Edith Stone. The Stone family relocated to Oklahoma City in August 1961. He attended Putnam City High School and graduated in 1973. David married his beloved wife Nicki in 1974 and they remained devoted to each other for the rest of his life. His children Carlee and Dylan were his pride and joy, his devotion to his family was never ending. He owned an air filtration business with his brother Bill for 30 years in Oklahoma City selling nationwide. In 2007 he and Nicki relocated to Arizona and then California. He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and OU football fan. David was known by all as a kind, gentle man who had an infectious laugh, great sense of humor, and a heart of gold.

David is survived by his wife Nicki, his daughter Carlee, his son Dylan, brothers Bill and Eric, and his sister Sarah. His loving parents, Richard and Edith, preceded him in death. David’s last act of kindness was his decision to leave his body to Research for Life, in hopes they can learn about his rare neurological disease, and can possibly help other people and families in the future.

“And I think to myself, what a wonderful world…”

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Mohammad-Ali Karimkhani

Mohammad-Ali Karimkhani

January 1, 1950 - June 20, 2022

Top Islamic eulogist Mohammad-Ali Karimkhani died at his home in Tehran on Monday after years of suffering from Parkinson’s disease. He was 72.

Karimkhani was best well-known for the ritual song “A Piece from the Heaven” or “I Came, O King, Shelter Me” that he sang for Imam Reza (AS), the eighth Imam of the Shia.

Born in Narjeh, a village near the city of Qazvin, he was interested in attending religious rituals from childhood. In his youth, he moved to Tehran to receive education on Islamic eulogy from numerous masters in this field.  

“Since childhood, I recited the Quran and was interested in Islamic eulogy,” he once said in an interview.

“During adolescence, I also continued my performances in religious events and received a lot of praise from people. My father and grandfather all enjoyed good voices, but they never performed in any official ceremonies; thus, I’m a born singer,” he added.

He recorded several albums and gave numerous fine performances during religious ceremonies, however, he shot to fame by singing “I Came, O King, Shelter Me”.   

With contributions from composer Aria Aziminejad, he performed the piece with a poem from Habibollah Chaichian, who, in this poem, refers to Imam Reza (AS) as king. The composition features a helpless person begging for help from the Imam at his shrine.    

Karimkhani had even performed the song at several of his relatives’ wedding ceremonies, due to popular demand.   

Vocalist Homayun Shajarian used the melody of the song to record “Man Koja, Baran Koja”, from his album “My Iran”. Accordingly, he dedicated the song to Karimkhani.

Karimkhani and Aziminejad also teamed up for “The Drunkard Cupbearer” about Imam Hussein (AS) and the epic of Ashura.

He was extremely meticulous in selecting a poem for singing and used all the capability of his voice to perform each song. 

His care for exploiting the most appropriate dastgah in traditional Persian music for his performances played a pivotal role to make his works popular.

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Dave Hebner

Dave Hebner

May 17, 1949 - June 17, 2022

Legendary former WWE referee Dave Hebner, who served for more than three decades as a referee and backstage official passed away at the age of 73. 

The twin brother of fellow referee Earl Hebner, Dave began working around their hometown of Richmond, Virginia in the 1970s before joining the then-WWF in the 1980s. He worked big matches during the company’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling era, including Ricky Steamboat & Randy Savage’s show-stealing affair at WrestleMania III. Both Hebners got a piece of the spotlight with 1988’s “evil twin” ref angle, which included Earl being paid off by Ted DiBiase to replace Dave and ensure Andre the Giant won the WWF Championship from Hulk Hogan on an edition of The Main Event.

After having knee replacement surgery, Dave stopped working in the ring and became a road agent. He continued in that role with WWE until 2005 when he was released, then did some work with TNA and on the indies.

Dave Hebner was 73. In recent years he suffered from a variety of ailments, including dementia & Parkinson’s disease. He was part of last decade’s ultimately dismissed class action lawsuit that brought against WWE over CTE and other neurological issues.

In the 2009 interview, Hebner praised his wife Rebecca, who he met as a teenager, and married on September 20, 1968. “We’ve been married for 40 years. We got married, she was 17 and I was 19. I stole her out the cradle,” he chuckled. “My wife has stood behind me 100% ever since I’ve been in the business. There’s no wife that can be any better than my wife.” They had two daughters, Christina and Becky.

Dave Hebner died around noon on June 17, 2022, at at his home in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

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Steve Harris

Steve Harris

January 1, 1949 - June 15, 2022

After iconic motorcycle engineer Steve Harris sold Harris Performance to Royal Enfield in 2015, the Royal Enfield Twins American Flat Track entry has remained the firm’s most high-profile project. However, before the acquisition, the Hertford, England-based company specialized in road racing worldwide.

The self-taught Harris first made a name for himself by fabricating racing chassis for privateer and factory outfits. The Brit even built one-off frames for the likes of two-time 500cc Grand Prix champion Barry Sheene. Aside from specializing in chassis construction, Harris assembled full bikes as well as designing and selling performance accessories.

“Steve was the instigator, and in many ways the driving force. He was gregarious, always looked at the big picture, and felt that anything was possible,” revealed Harris’ brother Lester. “At the time, motorcycle technology was quite basic. There were a lot of good engines, but chassis design wasn’t so good.”

Founded in 1972, Harris Performance quickly became synonymous with Magnum frame kits throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, but the brand always pushed the performance envelope in the Superbike World Championship (WSBK) and Grand Prix series. In 1991, Yamaha allowed the company to purchase YZR500 engines to install in Harris-designed-and-built frames for the 500cc Grand Prix World Championship category.

From 1992 to 1996, the celebrated engineer ran the Shell-sponsored Harris 500 GP team with Sean Emmett in the saddle. Harris frequently juggled several projects too, with Suzuki tapping him to develop the GSX-R750 WSBK race machine and distributed factory-style race kit components to Suzuki customers worldwide.

In 1999, Harris supported the Kawasaki Motors UK Superbike Team and formed the Harris Honda Britain Superbike team in 2000. In the following years, however, Harris took a step back from the race paddock and re-focused his attention on chassis development. He started relations with Royal Enfield in 2008 and eventually sold Harris Performance to Eicher Motors Ltd in 2015.

After living with Parkinson’s disease for years, Harris died on June 15, 2022. Despite his passing, Harris’ contributions to motorcycle racing will live on through Royal Enfield’s competitive flat track project.

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J. Joseph Grandmaison

J. Joseph Grandmaison

May 19, 1943 - June 11, 2022

J. Joseph Grandmaison, 79, of Portsmouth, NH, died June 11, 2022 from the effects of Parkinson’s disease.  Born May 19, 1943 as middle son of Oscar and Irene (Bouchard) Grandmaison, Joe served 2 years as Nashua’s Ward 7 Alderman and thereafter began a career in Democratic politics and government service including major roles in Sen. George McGovern for President 1972;  Michael Dukakis for Governor 1974;  Sen. John Glenn for President 1984;  and Gov. Bill Clinton for President 1992.

Joe was a proud member of Nashua High School’s Class of 1960, a graduate of Burdett College and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government-Institute of Politics.    He was his Party’s nominee for Congress in NH’s 2nd District in 1976 and for Governor in 1990.  Joe also served as Chairman of the NH Democratic Party and in the NH National Guard.  

In government service, Joe was named Federal Co-Chairman of the New England Regional Commission by President Carter; Director of the US Trade & Development Agency by President Clinton; and appointed twice to the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank by President George W. Bush.    

Joe was predeceased by his parents and brother Peter.    He is survived by his brother Philip and his wife Ann; nephew Adam and his fiancé Lena Nersesian and their daughter Parker Ann Grandmaison; and niece Sarah Manheim, her husband Josh and their sons Henry Joseph and Theodore Philip Manheim, all of California.

After residing in Washington, DC and Rye, NH for many years, Joe relocated to Wentworth Senior Living in Portsmouth in 2020.  Wentworth’s staff, Beacon Hospice’s staff and volunteers and care managers Anna Shultz and Carol  Sanderson provided him with comfort and love.    His career in public life enabled him to collect many friends who reached out to him in recent months to express their support and affection.

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In Memoriam
John F. Kerrigan, Ph.D.
In Memoriam

John F. Kerrigan, Ph.D.

January 1, 1952 - June 10, 2022

On June 10, 2022, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, John F. Kerrigan died peacefully, with his wife and daughters at his bedside.

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Paul Francis Spas

Paul Francis Spas

October 31, 1934 - June 10, 2022

Paul Francis Spas passed away on June 10th in Newport Beach, California. He was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island and obtained his bachelor's degree from Providence College. He moved to California after accepting an acoustical engineer position with McDonnell Douglas. He lived the bachelor's life in Malibu prior to meeting Margaret, a flight attendant, who would become his wife and devoted partner for over 50 years.

Paul worked for more than 40 years at McDonnell Douglas, then Boeing, where he worked on multiple classified projects, including the McDonnell Douglas DCX, a precursor to SpaceX rockets. After retiring he worked as an independent contractor for multiple companies, sought after for his expertise. He also had an entrepreneurial side and formed SKS Yachts (Spas, Kahre, Stewart) in the early 1960s to market and sell specialized boats from England. He also dabbled in real estate and was an avid stock market investor.

Paul loved to travel and enjoyed good food and drink, music, and the theater. His house was the center of many festivities, with the family always in attendance. He was a major sports enthusiast and followed all the local professional and college baseball and basketball teams as well as New England and Boston teams. Not content to sit on the sidelines, he also served as coach for his children's baseball and basketball teams.

He is survived by his four children: daughter Mary Ramirez (Jake), son James Spas (Yukiko), daughter Paula Boldyn (Mikhel) and daughter Sandra Victorino (Ken) and grandchildren: Colette, Natalie, Sebastian, Andrew, and Tara and his sister, Helene Pelosi.

After a valiant struggle with Parkinson's Disease, he is reunited now with Margaret, who passed away on December 12th, 2017.

"Dad, we raise a glass and toast you with one of your favorites - an ice-cold gin martini, always with two olives and two onions. Cheers to a good life!"

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Ingram Marshall

Ingram Marshall

May 10, 1942 - May 31, 2022

Composer and performer Ingram Marshall, whose honors include awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, has died at the age of 80 from complications of advanced Parkinson's disease. His death was confirmed by his wife, Veronica Tomasic.

Marshall forged unusual connections between minimalism and electronic music, relying on sophisticated yet understated techniques to render unexpected, expressive landscapes, ones that stand in opposition to the more abstract creative modes favored by his contemporaries. Marshall's friend, composer John Adams, called it music "of an almost painful intimacy."

"Its essence is deep and brooding," Adams wrote in the liner notes for the 1984 New Albion recording of Fog Tropes, Gradual Requiem and Gambuh I. "Although its generously layered surfaces are often painted with a rich, almost opiated luxuriance, the message is, never-the-less, always spiritual, one might even say religious, in content."

In addition to the legacy left by his music, Marshall fostered generations of younger composers. He held teaching posts at the California Institute of the Arts in the early 1970s, and Evergreen State College in the late 1980s, as well as visiting positions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College and Yale University. His former students include the distinguished composers, musicians and musicologists Timo Andres, Armando Bayolo, Christopher Cerrone, Tyondai Braxton, Jacob Cooper, Adrian Knight, Matt Sargent, and Stephen Gorbos, who wrote a dissertation analyzing Marshall's composition Dark Waters.

Ingram Marshall was born on May 10, 1942 in Mount Vernon, N.Y. just north of New York City. His formal education included an undergraduate degree at Lake Forest University in 1964 followed by graduate work at Columbia University, where he was affiliated with the groundbreaking Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center under Vladimir Ussachevsky. He also studied with Morton Subotnick, a pioneer who composed with early synthesizers, in a workshop at New York University and at the California Institute of the Arts. Marshall, who would long be associated with a West Coast aesthetic, earned his MFA there in 1971.

His real awakening at Cal Arts, however, was occasioned by a profound encounter with the school's Javanese gamelan ensemble, which happened to be led by one of the island's foremost modern composers, Kanjeng Pangeran Harjo Notoprojo. Marshall studied the music intently, wanting to do little else for some time, and ultimately spent four months in Indonesia.

"That really turned my thinking around," he said in an interview for Yale University's Oral History of American Music Collections. "I realized that the 'zip and zap, bleep and blap' kind of formally organized electronic music I had been trying to do simply wasn't my way and that I needed to find a slower, deeper way of approaching electronic music."

Unlike other composers who had fallen under the spell of shimmering bronze instruments from the East, Marshall wrote little for gamelan itself; gambuh, a Balinese bamboo flute he played in several pieces, was the exception. Instead, the music influenced how he structured time, no doubt a response to the expansive, suspended quality of ritual time that is such a significant part of Indonesia's pre-industrial cultural legacy. Those generously layered surfaces of Marshall's music would also seem to reflect the gamelan in its constant motion, an imitation of nature. In short, his experiences put him on a path to pursue what he called "the dark and the beautiful and the endless."

Marshall's earliest works are text-sound pieces for tape alone, like the raspy Cortez (1973). They progress to feature live voices and instruments with electronic processing – some of which Marshall performed himself – in conjunction with pre-recorded elements, as in the windswept The Fragility Cycles (1976).

Fog Tropes (1982), whose premiere Adams conducted, is Marshall's best-known composition (and the soundtrack for a seasick Leonardo DiCaprio in the opening of the film Shutter Island). Initially a tape collage of foghorn recordings Marshall made in San Francisco Bay, the composition expanded to include a live sextet with pairs of trumpets, trombones, and French horns. Using his keen intervallic awareness, Marshall fashions a texture in which the brass players make ideal companions to the foghorns with their penetrating wails. The careening soundscape immediately conjures a sense of place, paradoxically leaving the listener both enveloped and adrift. Similarly, Alacatraz (1984), a collaboration with photographer Jim Bengston, is defined by the vivid slam of a mighty steel gate.

Although Marshall defined his music on his own terms, he possessed a vast knowledge and appreciation for classical repertoire. His compositions often incorporate quotations, including Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata (Woodstone, 1982), Bach's Mass in B minor (Holy Ghosts, 1999), Stravinsky's Orphée (Orphic Memories, 2006), and several references to Sibelius (The Fragility Cycles, Orphée, Dark Waters), with whom Marshall felt a special affinity. But rather than using these fragments to center Western high art culture, Marshall placed them within broader conceptions of sound—and of the globe.

Many of his pieces are elegiac, as in 1997's Kingdom Come composed in reflection on Yugoslavian Wars, and September Canons, a piece to commemorate 9/11 written in 2003 for violinist Todd Reynolds. Remarkably, despite the violent nature of these historical events, the works feel emotionally grounded.

Reynolds credits Marshall with "quiet power—and quiet wisdom." Composer and pianist Timo Andres explains these works in the context of Marshall's spirituality, which may characterize his memory as well as his life.

"Many of his other pieces are about grieving, coming to terms with death, even finding a kind of ecstatic joy in the anticipation of it," Andres wrote in an email to NPR. "Listening to it is a kind of grieving ritual, connecting us to the larger pool of human grief. Yet there is nothing grandiloquent or overstated about it; he never tries to sum anything up, shake his fist at the heavens, condemn or comfort. Rather, one has the sense of an individual contemplating vastness, trying to understand while simultaneously knowing it's impossible to understand."

Ingram Marshall is survived by his wife Veronica Tomasic, son Clement Marshall, daughter-in-law Samantha and two granddaughters, his daughter Juliet Simon and two grandsons. A concert in Marshall's honor is being planned at Yale for the 2022-23 academic year.

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Dr. David Tayman

Dr. David Tayman

June 28, 2022 - May 28, 2022

Veterinarian, Dr. David Tayman passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2022, from complications of Parkinson's disease and COPD.

He was born on June 28, 1946 in Baltimore to parents, Oscar and Florence (Posner) Tayman, both of Baltimore. He is predeceased by his sister, Sharon Tayman Hackerman, and survived by his wife of 41 years, April, daughters, Elizabeth Shipe (Steven) and Jacqueline Wineke (A.J.), and four grandchildren, Penelope, Warner, Franklin, and Lena. David is also survived by his brother-in-law, Carl Hackerman, aunts, Beatrice Yoffe and Eva Tayman, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.

David attended City College High School in Baltimore, before heading to Michigan State University, where he obtained his undergraduate degree, and continued to receive his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1969. After working in several animal hospitals, he opened Columbia Animal Hospital in Columbia, Maryland in 1974. Thereafter, he opened several other animal hospitals in the area. David served as president of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association in 1986. He received several awards during his career, including Veterinarian of the Year in 2001.

In addition to his veterinary practice, David also served as a valued community leader, including membership on Howard County's Board of Health, Hospital Foundation, and Chamber of Commerce.

David was also involved in developing the PetSafe Program and the Mutt Mitt public health program, a system of stations around Howard County for pet waste disposal. Dr. Tayman followed a work philosophy of 'treat each pet as if it were your own,' a phrase imparted to him by a favorite professor.

David's favorite pastimes included wildlife photography, exercising at the Columbia Athletic Club, and spending time with his beloved family. He was loved and will be missed by many. 

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