Earl D. Spruill Museum security chief


A Mass of Christian burial for Earl D. Spruill, who was chief of security forces at the Maryland Historical Society and earlier for Walters Art Gallery, will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Pius V Roman Catholic Church, Edmondson Avenue and Schroeder Street.

Mr. Spruill, who was 76 and lived on Allenswood Road in Randallstown, died Friday at Maryland General Hospital of complications to a brain tumor.

He had worked for the historical society since his retirement about 10 years ago from the gallery, where he also worked for about 10 years.

Born in Cresswell, N.C., he came to Baltimore as a young man and served in the Army in the Philippines during World War II.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and of the Holy Name Society at St. Pius V Church, where he was also a volunteer in the Outreach Center.

His wife, the former Edith Bowser, died in 1982.

He is survived by a son, E. Michael Spruill of Pikesville; five sisters, Martha Harris of Philadelphia; Madeline Graves of Silas City, N.C., Frances Meadows of Greensboro, N.C., and Harriett Hill and Connie Owens, both of Fayetteville, N.C.; a brother, Roy Spruill of Baltimore; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

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