County news in the daily Washington Post, June 9-June 15


Pioneering Nutritionist Dies

Christine Shearer Wilson, 86, who died of a stroke at her brother's home in Annapolis, was an influential scholar in the development of nutritional anthropology, a scientific discipline that lends understanding to the reasons people eat what they eat as well as when, how and where they eat. She received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award from the Anne Arundel County Economic Opportunity Committee in 1996 for her work on nutrition issues regarding Head Start programs.


GOP Hopes for Defectors

The Maryland Republican Party recently began quietly trying to recruit key Democratic senators to cross party lines. Republicans from the administration and campaign of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. talked with Sens. John C. Astle and James E. DeGrange Sr., Anne Arundel Democrats, in hopes of persuading them to defect.

Astle said the effort to turn him was made by Ehrlich's Communications Director Paul E. Schurick, Deputy Chief of Staff Edward Miller and campaign money man Richard Hug over sandwiches at 49 West in Annapolis.


Naval Academy Icon, 93, Dies

Slade D. Cutter, 93, the U.S. Naval Academy athletic icon who later amassed one of the great World War II combat records as a submariner, died at Ginger Cove retirement community in Annapolis.

Cutter, who had Parkinson's disease, will be remembered for his sporting efforts as much as the far more dangerous work he completed during the war, exploits that earned him four awards of the Navy Cross and two awards of the Silver Star. At the academy, Cutter won the intercollegiate heavyweight boxing championship, became an all-American tackle and, in 1967, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.