Dr. Hugh McNally, obstetrician and professor, diesA...

Dr. Hugh McNally, obstetrician and professor, dies

A Mass of Christian burial for Dr. Hugh B. McNally, former chief of obstetrics at St. Joseph Hospital and other area hospitals, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Stella Maris Hospice Chapel, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.


Dr. McNally died yesterday at his home in the 2300 block of Killoran Road in Timonium, after battling cancer for several months. He was 83.

A Baltimore native, he was educated at Calvert Hall College and received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, followed by a degree from the School of Medicine in 1934. He served as chief resident in obstetrics at University Hospital.


Dr. McNally had a private practice from 1937 until 1967, when he became chief of field services and health promotion for the Montgomery County Health Department, where he served until 1971. Afterward, he became a consultant in obstetrics and gynecology for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 1971 until his death.

He was professor emeritus in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and also taught at the School of Pharmacy. He was emeritus chief of obstetrics at St. Joseph, St. Agnes and Bon Secours hospitals.

Dr. McNally was a past president of the staff at St. Agnes and Bon Secours, and of the Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Maryland. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, the Baltimore County Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, Rho Chi honorary pharmaceutical society and Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society. He was a founding fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

During World War II, he was Baltimore's chief of auxiliary ambulance services for civil defense. Dr. McNally served on the State Advisory Council for Hospital Licensure, and for five years was physician for the Catholic Diocese of Baltimore's Marriage Tribunal.

He was the author of several scientific papers, including the first study of women who had undergone more than four Caesarean sections.

His wife, the former Margaret Brady, died in 1975 after more than 30 years of marriage.

Dr. McNally is survived by three sons, Edward Brady McNally of Germantown, Hugh B. McNally Jr. of Timonium and Michael Kevin McNally of San Jose, Calif.; two daughters, Mary Ellen Hooper of Gibson Island and Mary McNally Rose of Bay Ridge; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

The family suggested memorial contributions to St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Inc., 7820 York Road, Towson 21204.


Elizabeth C. Watson

Watson's bookkeeper

A Mass of Christian burial for Elizabeth C. Watson, who helped to keep the books at her sons' garden center in Lutherville, will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where she was baptized and will be buried.

Mrs. Watson, a resident of Stella Maris hospice for the last several years, died early yesterday of a heart attack. She was 88.

Born in Texas, Md., in 1902, the former Elizabeth Cross was a 1920 graduate of Towson High School, where she was an early and enthusiastic girls' basketball player. In 1923, family members contributed to help her buy a Model T Ford she drove everywhere after she earned her driver's license. She was married in 1924 to Maurice M. Watson, an employee of the C&P; Telephone Co., who died several years ago.

Mrs. Watson used to help with the bookkeeping for Watson's Garden Center Inc., the Lutherville business started in 1955 by three of her four sons, opening in a two-car garage in Towson.


Mrs. Watson was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Sodality at Immaculate Conception, which she attended all of her life. She also was a loyal Orioles fan, who enjoyed the games most on the radio.

She is survived by four sons, Maurice L. Watson of Adelphi and Robert C. Watson, Joseph W. Watson and James S. Watson, all of the Lutherville-Towson area; a sister, Margaret Devilbiss of Towson; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Richard T. Butler

Electrical engineer

A Mass of Christian burial for Richard Thomas Butler, a retired engineer who worked on several missile systems, will be offered today at Blessed Sacrament Church in Burlington, N.C.

Mr. Butler, who moved to North Carolina from Baltimore about six years ago, died Wednesday of kidney failure at Alamance County Hospital after a brief illness. He was 55.


Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he came to Baltimore as a boy. He attended the Immaculate Conception Church in Towson and was graduated from Baltimore's Polytechnic Institute.

He attended Cornell University on a full scholarship, with advanced placement in electrical engineering.

Early in his career, Mr. Butler worked at the former Glenn L. Martin Co. in Baltimore on various projects, including an early version of the Patriot missile. He then began a long association with Western Electric Corp., working at its Hunt Valley and Greensboro-Burlington facilities on projects such as the Safeguard missile system. He retired in late 1989.

Mr. Butler took a lifelong interest in the Boy Scouts and had held several leadership positions with the organization in North Carolina.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Claudia Chew; two sons, Michael Butler of Raleigh, N.C., and Scott Butler of Burlington; a daughter, Kimberly, of Burlington; two brothers, James I. Butler Jr. of Joppa and Col. Leonard A. Butler of the Kirkland Air Force Base in New Mexico; and one grandson.

Elwood Wadsworth



Elwood L. Wadsworth, whose construction company built custom homes and office buildings in the Towson area, died Thursday at home in Miami after a long history of heart failure and cancer. He was 84.

Services for Mr. Wadsworth will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Stanfill Kendall Chapel in Miami, where he moved about six months ago.

The Baltimore native graduated from the University of Maryland and founded Wadsworth Brothers Construction Co. During its 50 years, the company built homes in Towson and Ruxton, and several office buildings, including the former Lamont Chemical Building.

Mr. Wadsworth retired and the company closed about 15 years ago.

During that time, he also served as vice president of the Hamilton Federal Savings and Loan Association in Towson.


For almost 60 years, Mr. Wadsworth attended Saters Baptist Church.

He also enjoyed fishing and hunting, and he was a member of the Loch Raven Trap and Skeet Club. He and his wife of more than 50 years, the former Gladys McCaslin, also bred beagles under the name Gladwood -- a combination of their names.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wadsworth is survived by his son,

Elwood L. Wadsworth Jr. of Miami; a sister, Gladys W. Host of Towson; and two grandsons.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Saters Baptist Church, Falls Road and Saters Lane, Brooklandville.

Wayne M. Kauffman


Former Sun driver

Services for Wayne Marcellus Kauffman Sr., a former driver for The Baltimore Sun, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Heffner Funeral Home-East York, 1205 Market St., York, Pa., with burial in Mount Rose Cemetery.

Mr. Kauffman, 53, of Seaford Avenue in Baltimore, died about 1:40 a.m. Thursday, minutes after being struck by a car as he was crossing York Road near Cranbrook Road in Cockeysville. He was using a walker, the result of a stroke that disabled him almost 20 years ago.

A native of York, he made early morning deliveries for about 17 years for The Sun, where he answered to the nickname "Fat Cat" for his 337 pounds. He also worked part time at other delivery jobs and drove for Jimmy's Cab Co. until his stroke.

Mr. Kauffman is survived by his wife, the former Edna Word; five sons, Robert M. Brown of Perry Hall, Joseph M. Brown of Glen Burnie, Gary Stern of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wayne M. Kauffman of Essex and Charles M. Kauffman of Towson; two daughters, Pamela M. Johnson and Deborah Perrera, both of Chambersburg, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Harold W. Meineke


Retired proofreader

A memorial service for Harold W. Meineke, a retired proofreader, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Towson Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake and Highland avenues.

Mr. Meineke, of Lutherville, died Monday of pneumonia at Fort Howard Veterans Hospital. He was 83.

Born in Baltimore, he dropped out of school in the sixth grade to take odd jobs to help support his large family.

From 1939 to 1957, he worked as a proofreader for American Bank Stationery Inc., then took a job with Monumental Printing Co., where he retired in 1974.

Reading was both his vocation and pastime, as he enjoyed many evening picking up a volume of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and leisurely browsing through articles at random.


During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in France, where he lost his right arm and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Mr. Meineke was a member of the Elderslie-St. Andrew's United Methodist Church and later a member of Towson Presbyterian Church.

He married the former Palmira Skeberdis on May 18, 1940, and the couple made their home for years in Mount Washington, before moving to Lutherville.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Barbara Strein of Bel Air, Diana Meineke of Lutherville and Janice Griffin of Baltimore; a sister, Effie Meineke of Washington; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.