Harriette D. Vera, noted expert in microbiologyA...


Harriette D. Vera, noted expert in microbiology

A memorial service for Harriette Dryden Vera, retired director of research and quality control for Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems and an expert on culture media for growing bacteria, will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Edenwald, 800 Southerly Road, Towson.

Dr. Vera, who was 83 and lived at the Towson retirement community, died of pneumonia March 14 at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

She retired 10 years ago after holding the same post since going to work for what was the Baltimore Biological Laboratory in the early 1940s.

Earlier, she taught in the Department of Physiology and Hygiene at Goucher College and lectured at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Hygiene and Public Health.

She was also a consultant to the Army laboratories at Fort Detrick.

At Becton Dickinson, she was especially active in work to check and ensure that the products and production processes were sterile.

Named woman of the year in 1967 by the Business and Professional Women's Club, she was also honored by groups including the American Society for Microbiology and its Maryland branch, the American Public Health Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

She also was honored by the American Society of Professional Biologists, the Conference of State and Provincial Laboratory Directors, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Parenteral Drug Association and the Society for Industrial Microbiology.

In 1985, a microbiology and genetics laboratory at Mount Holyoke College was named for her.

A native of Pennsylvania, she was reared in Fort Worth, Texas. She was a graduate of Mount Holyoke and taught there before earning her doctorate at Yale University in 1938.

There are no immediate survivors.

Roger Johnson

Crown Cork official

Services for Roger Johnson, quality control manager for the Crown Cork and Seal Co., will be held today in Malmo, Neb., and on Monday in Bel Air.

Mr. Johnson, who was 40 and lived in Bel Air, was killed Sunday in an automobile accident on Interstate 95 near Greenville, Va., while returning from a golfing trip.

His twin brother, Ronald Johnson of Des Moines, Iowa, was also killed in the accident.

Services for them will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Edensburg Lutheran Church in Malmo. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Bel Air.

Mr. Johnson had worked for Crown Cork and Seal since moving to Baltimore in 1978.

He was a native of Wahoo, Neb., and was educated at the University of Nebraska and at Loyola College in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Georgia Bey; three daughters, Kate, Chris and Jackie Johnson of Bel Air; his parents, Arnold and Arlette Johnson of Wahoo; two brothers, Daryl and Jerome Johnson, both of Wahoo; and a sister, Shelli Amend of Waterloo, Neb.

A college trust fund for his daughters has been established at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

Leroy Aquilla

Waverly Press worker

A Mass of Christian burial for Leroy Aquilla, a computer operator for Waverly Press, will be offered at noon today at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Caroline and Oliver streets.

Mr. Aquilla, who was 55 and lived on Roslyn Avenue, died Saturday after a heart attack while driving on U.S. 50 near Annapolis.

A native of Baltimore and a graduate of Dunbar High School, he had worked at Waverly Press for 36 years.

Mr. Aquilla was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, the former Patricia Young; a son, David Aquilla of Baltimore; his mother, Nellie Aquilla of Baltimore; four sisters, Pearl Simmons of Philadelphia and Pauline Gray, Joyce Taylor and Beverly Garland, all of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

Genevieve Welzant

Had lived in Dundalk

A Mass of Christian burial for Genevieve B. Welzant, a longtime resident of Dundalk, was offered yesterday at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, Chester and Bank streets.

Mrs. Welzant, the former Genevieve Bebnowski, was living in East Baltimore before her death Sunday at the age of 76. A sister, Mary Bochniak, said Mrs. Welzant had been suffering from ovarian cancer for 1 1/2 years.

She and her late husband, Roman G. Welzant, gained national attention after he shot and killed one teen-ager and injured another when they threw snowballs at the Welzants' Dundalk house in the 400 block of Overview Ave. in January 1980.

The shooting was the subject of a "60 Minutes" television show. The former shoe store manager, then 68, said at his Baltimore County Circuit Court trial that he and his wife had been the victims of 12 years of harassment by teen-agers in the neighborhood. He was acquitted of second-degree murder and attempted murder by a jury.

At the time of the trial, sympathizers sent the Welzants money and gifts. Mr. Welzant died in 1990.

Besides Mrs. Bochniak, survivors include two sons, Robert Welzant of Florida and Martin J. Welzant of Annapolis; two other sisters, Jean Sersen and Lillian Trovato; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grand- children.

Dorothy C. Carmine

Former area resident

Services for Dorothy C. Carmine, who lived in the Baltimore area for 30 years, will be held at noon tomorrow at the Fred Groff Funeral Home in Lancaster, Pa.

Mrs. Carmine, who was 74 and lived in Gordonville, Pa., died Sunday at a hospital in Dallas after a blood vessel burst. She was visiting her daughter.

The former Dorothy C. Deichler was a native of Lancaster who moved to Baltimore in her youth and returned to Pennsylvania 27 years ago.

She was interested in flower gardening, reading and travel. Her husband, Roland N. Carmine, died in 1962.

Mrs. Carmine is survived by her daughter, Carol Taylor of Dallas.

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