Jack L. HodgeJournalist, teacherJack L. Hodge, a...


Jack L. Hodge

Journalist, teacher

Jack L. Hodge, a longtime journalist and former news editor at the News American who later taught at Howard University, died Oct. 15 of cancer at Howard County General Hospital.

Services for Mr. Hodge, who was 62 and lived on Millbrook Row in Columbia, were held yesterday at the Douglas Memorial Community Church.

He retired from teaching journalism in August, and had worked at the News American for 25 years before it closed in 1986. Earlier, he was a copyreader at the Afro-American, having begun work there during summers while he was in college.

He also had worked a year at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant at Sparrows Point before graduating from West Virginia University in 1954.

A native of West Virginia, he also had attended West Virginia State College and what is now Bluefield State College.

Mr. Hodge was a member of the Men's Club, a former trustee of Douglas Memorial Community Church and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and other groups.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Moye; a son, Roger McDonald of Vincent, Ohio; a sister, Jessie Crosier of Baltimore; two brothers, Bruce Hodge of Palm Coast, Fla., and Joe Hodge of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

J. O. Knight Jr.

Retired fuel executive

A Mass of Christian burial for J. O. Knight Jr., a retired fuel company executive, will be offered today at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Mr. Knight, known to his family and friends as Jules, died Friday at his home in Towson of cancer. He was 76.

He attended Calvert Hall College and, in 1936, earned a bachelor of science degree at Loyola College, where he received a four-year academic scholarship and was selected to the first Maryland Intercollegiate Basketball Team.

During World War II, Mr. Knight served in the Army in the 175th Infantry and was a special agent in the Security Intelligence Division.

He began working in 1945 at Enterprise Fuel Co., which was sold to Steuart Petroleum Co. in 1980. He retired in 1982 as its vice president and general manager.

Mr. Knight was an active member of the Immaculate Conception parish and served a term as a grand knight in the Father O'Neill Council of the Knights of Columbus. He also was active with Catholic Charities and was a volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Matilda Kliem Knight; four children, Mary Catherine "Judy" Knight of Seattle, Pauline K. Morrison of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Brother Jules O. Knight III of Nairobi, Kenya, and J. Drexel Knight of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the De La Salle Novitiate Nairobi, Kenya, in care of Brother Jules O. Knight III, FSC, Christian Brothers Provincialate, Adamstown, Md. 21710. Services for Edward Carton Wilson, who owned a tavern and delicatessens, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Wilson, who was 81, died early Saturday at his home on Branford Circle in Lutherville.

He retired nearly 10 years ago after owning Wilson's Lauraville Tavern for many years. Earlier, he owned the Elmley Avenue Delicatessen and then the Moravia Delicatessen.

Mr. Wilson was a member of the board of the Bohemian American Federal Savings and Loan Association.

A native of Mississippi who came to Baltimore as a child with his family, he served in the Army during World War II.

Volunteer head of food service at the Towson Lodge of the Elks, he was twice named Elk of the Year by the lodge. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His wife, the former Gladys M. Cummins, died in 1964.

He is survived by a daughter, Regina A. Wilson of Columbia, and three sisters, Sallie A. Carter of Lutherville, Laura A. Altevogt of Towson, and Lillie E. Wilson of Lady Lake, Fla.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Maryland Food Committee. Services for Gary L. Smith, instructor in the agricultural engineering department at the College of Agriculture of the University of Maryland at College Park and an expert on farm machinery and safety, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Humbert Funeral Home in Confluence, Pa.

Mr. Smith, who was 40 and lived in Bowie, died Friday of leukemia at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington.

He was associated with the university's Cooperative Extension Service at the Maryland Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

He served as president of the National Institute for Farm Safety and, for many years, was secretary of the Maryland Agricultural Safety and Health Federation.

He also served as secretary of the old Maryland Electrification Council.

In the mid-1980s, he organized three annual workshops for farmers and their families to show how work on the farm and in the home could be done by the disabled with the help of the proper equipment or material.

He also worked with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the university on procedures for fighting silo fires and making rescues in farm accidents.

In the early 1980s, he devised decals to show the emergency shut off on various farm tractors, which were widely distributed to farmers and farm organizations.

A member of the state's Advisory Council for Controlled Hazardous Substances, he was quoted on the need for medical examinations before and after using pesticides in a 1980 cover story in the Family Practice News.

He wrote a letter to this summer's meeting of the National Institute for Farm Safety urging work for stronger chemical safety programs.

The letter noted that his own use of herbicides over 20 years ago, when protective gear was not commonly worn, may have caused the illness that led to his death.

Born in Confluence, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Penn State University before joining the UM faculty in 1975. He was working on a doctorate at UM.

He is survived by his wife, the former Glenda R. Tressler; a son, Patrick Smith of Bowie; his mother, Mildred N. Smith of Confluence; two brothers, E. Roger Smith of Confluence and K. Wayne Smith of Citrus Heights, Calif.; a sister, Audrey Hibler of Pittsburgh; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

The family suggested memorial contributions for pesticide safety to the National Institute for Farm Safety at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Thelma B. Fitch

Lived in Sykesville

Services for Thelma B. Fitch, a native of Baltimore who moved from Fairhaven in Sykesville to a retirement community in Hockessin, Del., two years ago, will be held at noon today in the chapel at the Lorraine Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, 5608 Dogwood Road.

Mrs. Fitch, who was 94, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at the Delaware retirement community.

The former Thelma Buffington was married to Edgar K. Fitch for 64 years before his death in 1981.

She had been a volunteer worker for the Red Cross during World War I and was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation.

She is survived by a grandson, Edward Louis Gill III of Wilmington, Del.; and a great-grandson.

Peggy Ann Ryan

Active in city groups

Peggy Ann Ryan, who had been active in many organizations in Baltimore, died Oct. 15 of cancer at a hospital in Ithaca, N.Y.

Miss Ryan, who was 58, returned to her native Trenton, N.J., in the early 1980s and worked as a real estate agent there for about four years before moving to Ithaca.

She came to Baltimore to attend the College of Notre Dame and later did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University and Loyola College. She also attended business, real estate and other schools in the Trenton and Philadelphia areas.

Active in volunteer work and organizations in Trenton, she had been, in Baltimore, a volunteer for the Mayor's Ball, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera Company. She was a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park and the Hellenic University Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Elisa Hamilos Ghinger of Ithaca; two sons, Christopher James Hamilos of Baltimore and Ryan James Christ Hamilos of Los Angeles; a sister, Babs DiMemmo of Hamilton Square, N.J., and a grandson.

Services for Miss Ryan were held Friday at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to Hospicare, 301 Harris B. Dates Drive, in Ithaca.

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