Francis McGlannan Chemical firm owner


A Mass of Christian burial for Francis M. McGlannan, retired owner of a janitorial chemicals distributing company, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Mr. McGlannan, who was 78 and lived in the Elkridge Estates, died Monday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center of respiratory and circulatory illness.

He retired 15 years ago as owner of Airkem Sales and Service of Maryland, which he started in the late 1940s.

Born in Catonsville, he was a graduate of Calvert Hall College. A member of the Maryland National Guard at the start of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in Bermuda and later the Philippines during the war, becoming an officer in the Transportation Corps.

A student of Baltimore architecture and history, he was a member of the Maryland Historical Society and, in the 1970s, participated in re-enactments of Civil War battles.

He also did volunteer work for the Travelers Aid Society at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

He is survived by two daughters, Molly McGlannan Lindner of Ann Arbor, Mich., and the Rev. Dorian McGlannan Cospito of Seattle; three sisters, Jane McGlannan Fisher of Essex, Martha McGlannan Henkel of Severna Park and Mary McGlannan Lynch of Lewes, Del.; a brother, Austin Joseph McGlannan of Easton tTC and Coral Gables, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the McGlannan Library at the Mercy Medical Center or to the Travelers Aid Society.

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