Margaret Davis, C&P; worker, Towson residentA Mass...


Margaret Davis, C&P; worker, Towson resident

A Mass of Christian burial for Margaret S. Davis, a retired employee of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co., will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road.

The Towson resident died Monday of cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 72.

Mrs. Davis retired from C&P; in 1976. She worked off and on for the company for a total of 27 years, beginning in the late 1930s as an operator and later doing clerical work in several departments.

The former Margaret Stroble was born in Baltimore and grew up in Carney.

She was a 1936 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame.

Mrs. Davis was a member of the Maryland Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Her husband, Milton A. Davis, is a retired C&P; engineer. Her other survivors include two sons, Thomas Davis of Reisterstown and Richard Davis of Towson; a sister, Charlotte Ridenour of Towson; and two grandchildren.

John J. Callahan

Arsenal chemist

Services for John J. Callahan, a retired Edgewood Arsenal chemist, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Mr. Callahan, who lived on Cider Mill Road in Parkville, died Wednesday of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice. He was 66.

He ended a 34-year career at the arsenal in 1985 as civilian chief of the Chemical Corps' Physical Organic Branch. He was an expert on the physical and thermal properties of materials and their rates of chemical action. After his retirement at Edgewood and until last year, he worked for OptiMetrics Inc.

A native of Taylor, Pa., Mr. Callahan worked briefly at the Glenn L. Martin Co. after his graduation from high school and then trained as a pilot as a member of the Army Air Forces near the end of World War II.

After the war, he attended the University of Scranton. Returning to Baltimore, he completed work for a degree in chemistry at night at the Johns Hopkins University.

Before working at the arsenal, he was a chemist for a paint company and a distillery in Baltimore.

Mr. Callahan also was a gemologist who made jewelry for his wife, a gardener who built a greenhouse and raised orchids, a photographer and a frequent ballroom dancer.

In addition to his wife of 38 years, the former Gladys J. Spangler, his survivors include four sisters, Edith King and Ruth Skopyak, both of Somerset, N.J., Jean Boyd of Dallas, Pa., and Sarah Farrell of Highland Park, N.J.; three brothers, Joseph Callahan of North Brunswick, N.J., Leo Callahan of Scranton, Pa., and Walter Callahan of Taylor; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Baltimore Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, 28 Thornhill Road, Lutherville 21093.

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