Brison C. Tucker dies, was head of...


Brison C. Tucker dies, was head of savings bank

Services for Brison Cumming Tucker, retired president of the Eutaw Savings Bank, will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

Mr. Tucker died at his home on Edgevale Road Saturday -- the day after his 96th birthday -- of complications from strokes.

Before retiring 26 years ago, he was president and a member of the board of the bank where he had worked for 53 years. The bank became part of Maryland National Bank about 10 years later.

During his time at the bank, he served as president and director of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Banking and was named to the first board of a graduate school for savings banking at Brown University. For about 10 years after his retirement, he was a financial consultant to a manufacturing company, William T. Burnett & Co. Inc. His son, Richard B. C. Tucker of Ruxton, is chairman of the board of the company.

A founder of what is now the Baltimore Opera Company, he sang tenor roles in several operas and was a soloist at the Church of the Redeemer and choir director at several churches, including the Grace United Methodist Church and the Walbrook United Methodist Church.

He liked to ice skate, play tennis and played baseball with the Walbrook Athletic Club during his youth.

He had also served on several city commissions and was active in the Salvation Army and Community Fund, now the United Way.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of City College and attended the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

During World War I, he was commander of a Navy submarine chaser.

He was a member of the Maryland Club, the Society of the War of 1812, the Center Club and the Maryland Historical Society.

Besides his son, Mr. Tucker is survived by his wife of 70 years, the former Gladys Elizabeth Emrich; a daughter, Elizabeth Lee Ellinghaus of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

William Arnold Gifford, a retired U.S. Coast Guard captain, civilian employee of the Navy and real estate agent, died Aug. 1 at his home in Ocala, Fla., after a two-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 70.

The Baltimore native was a 1937 graduate of Catonsville High School.

After enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1939, he served aboard the sail training ship Danmark and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy.

Transferred to the Reserve after World War II, he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

In the 1960s, he commanded a Coast Guard Reserve unit at Fort McHenry and helped to start the Mariner Troop of the Girl Scouts. He retired from the Reserve as a captain.

He worked as a civilian inspector of material being furnished by contractors to the Navy, finally retiring from that job about 10 years ago.

He also operated a real estate business, Gifford Realty, in Baltimore and in Florida.

He is survived by his wife, the former Beatrice L. Ridenour; two daughters, Barbara E. Cantillo of Chesapeake, Va., and Nancy L. Walat of Baltimore; a stepson, Ronald W. Shehane of Pasadena; three sisters, Ellen E. Bregel of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Eleanora M. Tidlund of Seminole, Fla., and Evelyn C. Forbess of Tallahassee, Fla.; six grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Services were held Aug. 6 at Arlington National Cemetery.


Thomas F. Magee

Teamster official

Services for Thomas F. Magee, a retired official of two Teamsters Union locals, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the John C. Miller Funeral Home, 6415 Belair Road.

Mr. Magee, who was 72 and lived on Ellenwood Road in Rosedale, died Saturday of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital.

Before retiring 11 years ago, he was vice president and business agent of Local 937. Earlier he had served as president of Local 622, which was merged with Local 937.

During World War II, the native of Richmond, Va., worked for the Glenn L. Martin Co., now Martin Marietta Corp. After the war he became a Teamster while working as a Bond bread truck driver. His wife, the former Elizabeth Wiseman, died in 1984.

Surviving are three sons, Thomas L. and James L. Magee, both of Rosedale, and Michael F. Magee of Essex; a sister, Genevieve Purdy of McDonogh; a brother, John Magee of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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