2 MONTROSE VOICE / DECEMBER 9, 1986
Montrose Funeral Home to
Appeal Mortician's Suspension
By Sheri Cohen Darbonne
Southwest Funeral Directors, 1218
Welch, will continue operating as usual
despite actions tajten last week by the
Texas Board of Morticians.
Joe Parks, Southwest's owner, and
Gary Pine, a director whose license was
suspended for one year hy the state
board Thursday, Dec. 4, said they are
filing an appeal against the board.
The board probated nine months of
Pines' sentence for "violating community standards," prompting a newspaper
reporter to speculate that Pine would be
out of job for three months. But Pine,
contending the two to three-week waiting period for the letter of suspension
will leave time for attorney Jerry Connor to appeal the ruling, said the story is
"Nothing will happen to me ... at
least not right now," Pine said. "While
our appeal is pending ... I will still be
The board's charge against Pine
stemmed from a DWI the director
received in April while traSnporting a
body. A Houston judge suspended
Pine's driver's license for one year after
he pleaded guilty to the drunk driving
Though Pine admitted he was holding a drink when the hearse he was driving was involved in a minor accident, he
insists he was not drunk. He said he
pleaded guilty because he could not
afford to fight the charge.
He claims the police were called to the
scene, not by either driver involved, but
CAIRO, Egypt (UPI)—A U.S. professor
at the American University was kicked
out of the country after a friend died of
AIDS and he was diagnosed as suffering from the deadly disease, a university spokesman said Sunday.
Spokesman Louis Grace said the victims, the first confirmed cases of AIDS
in Egypt, were a professor of Egyptology from the University of California
and his friend. Both men, who were not
identified, are American.
The professor was ordered immediately to return to the United States
and the body of his friend was flown
home, the spokesman said.
He said the professor had a medical
clearance certificate when he arrived in
Cairo at the beginning of the academic
year as part of an exchange program
with the university of California.
In October, the professor invited his
friend, who was in the United States, to
come to Cairo and stay with him.
Shortly afterwards, the professor
reported his friend was ill and a blood
test confirmed the man had AIDS.
The University and the Ministry
ordered the repatriation of the professor
and his friend, who died the day after
the order was signed. The professor
apparently did not know his friend suffered from AIDS.
A magazine report said students distributed leaflets warning others not to
touch anything that might have been
used by the professor. The magazine
said the professor's apartment in central Cairo was sealed by red wax.
by a television news crew amused that a
hearse was involved in an accident.
Pine and Parks also dispute a separate ruling by the state board, finding the
funeral home guilty of allowing an unlicensed employee to pick up remains.
Parks said that when he and Pine,
who was not licensed at the time, picked
of William Senn's body from a downtown Houston hotel, they were dispatched to transport the body to the
Harris County Medical Examiner's
office. They were not involved in mak-'
ing funeral arrangments forSennatthe
Section 1-C of the State Mortuary
Laws provides an exemption from the
licensed director requirement for transportation of remains to and from a
morgue when arrangements are not
Parks said they were dispatched by
the Participating Funeral Homes Association, which provides a direct-contact
line to the county for pick-up services.
The association dispatches units from
approximately 20 member homes on a
Parks called the practice of sending
out unlicensed personnel on the dispatch calls "common" and said it is in
keeping with current mortuary laws. He
suggested that the state board is biased
against the rotating transport system,
and is using Southwest Funeral Directors to set an example for all homes.
"If they can stick us with this
(charge), they figure they can go back
and require other funeral homes to send
out licensed directors on every call.
Most of these funeral homes (in the
association) are small, like us."
Parks said the county has been using
the association's dispatcher since the
early 1970's. He claims the services of
the funeral homes have saved the
county "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in salaries and vehicle expenses.
An investigator with the Medical
Examiner's office said the association's
dispatcher is contacted when the
deceased's next of kin cannot be located,
or when the next of kin has no preference of a home to make funeral arrangements.
The state panel took no action against
Pine or the funeral home regarding
Senn's funderal arrangements. Pine,
who was an apprentice at the time,
made the arrangements under the
authority of Alfonso Morales, a licensed
director previously associated with the
home, Parks said. Morales was dismissed from the home's employ in
August, he said.
Senn, who spent most of his life destitute and alone in the streets of Houston,
got lucky during his last days when he
cashed in $7000 in Veterans' Administration benefits
A friend, Barbara Woodmansee, to
whom the Medical Examiner released
Senn's remains, used most ofthe money
to provide an impressive funeral for the
Parks claims Senn's body stayed at
the morgue two or three weeks and at
the funeral home for almost a month
while unsuccessful attempts were made
by the home, Woodmansee, and the
M.E.'s office to contact Senn's family.
He said he found out later the examiners
had the name and address of Senn's
mother, but were unable to contact her
because of a technical error in their
Dr. Jospeh Jachimczyk, the county's
chief medical examiner, said he did not
know why his office was unable to contact Senn's relatives.
Woodmansee paid Southwest Funderal Directors approximately $4200 for
Senn's funeral expenses, and laid out an
additional $2400 to purchase a crypt at
Memorial Oaks Cemetery. Only Parks,
Pine, Woodmansee and the funeral
home's secretary attended Senn's funeral.
Members of Senn's family have since
protested the way the funeral arrangements were handled.
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