George R. SipleCorps project managerGeorge Rodney Siple,...


George R. Siple

Corps project manager

George Rodney Siple, a retired project manager of the Army Corps of Engineers construction division in Baltimore and a World War II combat veteran, died of Parkinson's disease April 10 at the Summit Nursing Home in Catonsville. He was 81.

Born in Greenbank, W.Va., he attended Marlinton High School in Marlinton, W.Va., and the University of West Virginia at Morgantown, where he excelled in track, baseball, football and basketball. For a short time, he pitched in semipro baseball.

He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the California Sierras in the 1930s and joined the Army when World War II began, serving in Europe. Mr. Siple was given a medical discharge in 1944 after he was wounded in France.

In 1946, he began a 30-year career as a civilian employee of the Army Corps of Engineers in Baltimore as a marine surveyor.

Mr. Siple is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Emma Cromer; a son, Dr. Donald J. Siple, chief of radiology at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore; a sister, Nell Gay Collett of Sacramento, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Services were held April 13 in West Virginia.

The family suggested memorial donations to the Johns Hopkins Parkinson's Disease Center, Meyer 130, 600 S. Wolfe St., Baltimore, 21205. David Oliver Conrad, who as a member of the Washington County Historical Society helped plan the restoration of the one-room Beaver Creek School near Hagerstown, died Feb. 27 of heart failure at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington. He was 86.

Mr. Conrad was born in Hagerstown and attended the Blue Ridge Seminary in New Windsor.

For more than 30 years, he was employed as a plant manager by Eastern States Farmers Exchange, later Agway. At its Wilmington Marine Terminal plant he developed a granulating process for nitrate fertilizer. He also worked for the company in West Springfield, Mass., and in Baltimore. He lived in Towson before retiring and moving back to Hagerstown in the late 1960s.

Mr. Conrad was past president of the Wilmington Traffic Club affiliated with the Delaware Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilmington and of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown, where a memorial service was held March 14.

His wife, the former Grace Fahrney, died of Alzheimer's disease in 1990.

Mr. Conrad is survived by a daughter, Carol Conrad Berzon of Unionville, Pa.; a son, David Conrad of Ruther Glen, Va.; two brothers, Morgan Conrad and Bruce Conrad, both living in Florida; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders program of the Washington County Hospital, 322 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown 21740.

Charles Mowl

Ice cream plant manager

Services for Charles Mowl, retired ice cream plant manager for High's of Baltimore Inc., will be held at noon today at the Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main St. in Hampstead.

Mr. Mowl died Thursday of heart failure at his home on Osborne Road in Boring. He was 73.

He retired in 1984 after nearly 45 years with High's. It was his only employment except for a period during World War II when he worked at the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard at Fairfield and then served in the Navy.

The native of Rogersville, Tenn., moved to Baltimore after graduating from high school there.

He enjoyed hunting deer, waterfowl and small game and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Dorothy Brilhart; two daughters, Charlotte Meadows of Kensington and Martha Knight of Ellicott City; three sons, Thomas L. Mowl of Manchester, Ronald C. Mowl of Madonna and David L. Mowl of Baltimore; a sister, Christine Christian of Rogersville; six grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Boring Volunteer Fire Company or the Boring United Methodist Church.

Pierre Calegari

Executive, former priest

A memorial Mass for Pierre Calegari, personnel director at the Turf Valley Country Club who as a Roman Catholic priest had taught at Catonsville's St. Charles College, will be offered at 5 p.m. tomorrow in Our lady of the Angels Chapel at the Charlestown Retirement Community on the former St. Charles campus, 711 Maiden Choice Lane.

Mr. Calegari, 60, died Wednesday of cancer at his home on Cedarhill Road in Randallstown.

He had worked at Turf Valley for about five years and was employed in personnel work for other local businesses before that. He was a former president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Performance Improvement.

From 1964 to 1971, while a priest of the Sulpician order, he taught history, French and theology at St. Charles, which was then a seminary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

He was an informal counselor and mentor of students at the college during those years. He also assisted the priests at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.

Born in Montreal, he was raised in San Francisco.

He was a 1952 graduate of St. Patrick's College in Mountain View, Calif., and a 1958 graduate of St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif. He later taught at both institutions.

Ordained in 1958, he became a member of the Society of St. Sulpice in 1960. He earned a master's degree at the University of San Francisco in 1960 and did graduate work at the Sorbonne in Paris on a Fulbright fellowship.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jane Liebeck; his father and stepmother, Adolph and Muriel Calegari of San Francisco; and four brothers, Gregoire Calegari, Michel Calegari and the Rev. Leonard Calegari, all of San Francisco, and the Rev. Marc Calegari of Phoenix, Ariz.

Thomas J. Owen Jr.

Theater projectionist

Thomas J. Owen Jr., who had been a movie theater projectionist and a cameraman for Pimlico Race Course, died of heart failure at the Meridian Healthcare Center at Brightwood in Brooklandville on March 20. He was 61.

Mr. Owen was born in Baltimore and educated in its public schools. He graduated from City College in 1948.

He had been a projectionist at the Perring and the York Road cinemas. For the last six years, during the day, he drove for the Printing Corporation of America, a firm owned by his son-in-law, John Gowland. For five years in the late 1960s, he operated the cameras recording horse races from the tower booth at Pimlico.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Betty Canapp, and two daughters, Kathy D. Lingenfelder and Renee C. Gowland, all of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held March 23 at the Dulaney Home of Lemmon-Mitchell-Wiedefeld Inc. in Timonium.

Ronald Valentine

Sales manager

A Mass of Christian burial for Ronald D. Valentine, a Baltimore native who was a regional sales manager for an auto parts company in Marietta, Ga., will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Mr. Valentine, 32, had lived in Smyrna, Ga., for the past five years. He died Monday at a hospital there after a heart attack as a complication of a respiratory illness.

Earlier, he had been a sales manager in the Baltimore area for a chain of shoe stores.

He grew up in Baltimore and Sarasota, Fla., where he was a graduate of the Riverview High School.

Mr. Valentine is survived by his parents, Dennis R. and Joyce M. Valentine of Baltimore; and a brother, Bryan Richard Valentine of Forest Hill.

William B. Kempton

Baltimore lawyer

Services for William B. Kempton, a Baltimore lawyer and a decorated veteran of World War II, will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Henry W. Jenkins and Sons Co., 4905 York Road.

Mr. Kempton, who was 75, died Wednesday of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital. He lived on Charles Valley Court in Towson.

He had been a consultant on mortgages to Maryland National Bank since his retirement in 1986 as a lawyer for Commercial Credit Co.

He was associated with the law firm now known as Niles Barton and Wilmer when he began practicing after World War II. He joined Commercial Credit in 1967.

A native of Philadelphia who was raised in Baltimore, he was a 1934 graduate of the Boys' Latin School and a 1938 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of the lacrosse team.

In 1941, he graduated from the University of Maryland law schooland then entered the U.S. Army. He reached the rank of lieutenant colonel and was awarded a Bronze Star while serving in Europe.

His wife, the former Mary Jane Primm, died in 1990.

He is survived by a daughter, Victoria K. Fingles of Baltimore; a son, William B. Kempton Jr. of Westminster; a brother, James Murray Kempton, a New York City newspaper columnist and author; and three grandchildren.

Sister Mary Magdalen

Oblate vicar general

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Mary Magdalen Proctor, who had been an official of the Oblate Sisters of Providence as well as an elementary and high school teacher, will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent, 701 Gun Road in Catonsville.

Sister Mary Magdalen died Wednesday of heart failure in the infirmary of the convent, which is the motherhouse of the Oblate Sisters. She was 84.

From 1967 to 1973, she was the order's vicar general, its second highest post. Between 1961 and 1967, she was secretary general.

Before moving to the infirmary in 1988, Sister Mary Magdalen was for six years the secretary and bookkeeper of the Mount Providence Reading Center at the motherhouse.

From 1973 to 1982, she taught business courses at St. Frances Academy on East Chase Street. Born Marie Theresa Proctor in Oxon Hill, she was educated at St. Cyprian's School in Washington, St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Catholic University in Washington, Marywood College in Scranton, Pa., and Baltimore's College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

She entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1925. Her teaching assignments included a high school in Charleston, S.C., and five elementary schools, three of them in Baltimore: St. Barnabas, St. Pius V and St. Monica.

Her survivors include a sister, Helen Higdon of Washington; TC brother, Calvin Proctor of Forestville; and nieces and nephews.

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