Henry G. Bosz, an affable career bureaucrat who was Maryland's personnel secretary in charge of some 40,000 employees in the 1970s, died yesterday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center from complications of diabetes.
Mr. Bosz, 66, and his wife, his personal secretary, both ended their careers the day in 1978 that Gov. Harry R. Hughes fired him in a Cabinet overhaul.
An office romance led to his marriage in 1961 to the former Maria Messina. They met while he was a budget bureau analyst to the Department of Mental Hygiene and she was secretary to the department's commissioner.
A native of Baltimore, Mr. Bosz grew up in Highlandtown and was a 1943 graduate of City College. After a postwar stint in the Army, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and public administration at Washington College in Chestertown.
He worked in state government for 26 years and was the first secretary of the Department of Personnel, created in 1970 in a reorganization of the executive branch.
Mr. Bosz's only immediate survivor is his wife.
Visiting hours are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road. The funeral on Friday will be private.