Howard E. HernCSX railroad retireeA memorial service...


Howard E. Hern

CSX railroad retiree

A memorial service for Howard E. Hern, a retired employee of CSX Transportation, will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City.

Mr. Hern, a resident of North Rolling Road in Catonsville, died June 11 at a hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., after an apparent heart attack while visiting a daughters. He was 73.

He retired in 1979, having started to work for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad in Columbus, Ohio, 43 years earlier. He was transferred to Baltimore in 1966 and was assistant chief clerk in the CSX computer room at the time of his death.

Born in Columbus, he served in the Coast Guard during World War II.

He was a member of the Palestine Lodge of the Masons, Scottish Rite, Boumi Temple and its Legion of Honor.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mildred J. Klein; two daughters, Janet Major of Irvine, Calif., and Ellen Seikel of Huntsville, Ala.; a son, Larry A. Hern of Catonsville; two brothers, William and Paul Hern, both of Columbus; a sister, Ann Ray of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Shriners Crippled Children's Hospitals through the Legion of Honor at Boumi Temple.

Harry C. Anderson

Physics lab administrator

Services for Harry C. Anderson, who was director of personnel and education at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory for 30 years, will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 4711 Edmondson Ave.

Dr. Anderson, who was 75 and lived on Thackery Avenue, Catonsville, died Monday of cancer at Union Memorial Hospital.

He was personnel director from 1952 to 1982 and retired the following year as a senior fellow.

In 1949, he joined the laboratory staff as a researcher on rockets and their fuels. Between 1959 and 1969, he headed what became the Chemical Propulsion Information Agency at the laboratory.

A native of Charleston, S.C., he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the College of Charleston in 1938 and his doctorate at the Johns Hopkins University in 1942.

While studying at Hopkins, he worked as a physiological chemist at Union Memorial Hospital.

From 1943 to 1945, he was assistant director of a Johns Hopkins program that was part of the Manhattan Project developing the atomic bomb. He worked on lubricants that could be used in contact with uranium.

Afterward, he worked in Paulsboro, N.J., for what is now the Mobil Oil Co.

A resident of Catonsville for 36 years, he was long active at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church there. Later, he became a member of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, where he served as a vestryman.

He is survived by his wife, the former Magdalene Ross; and three brothers, Herbert W. Anderson of Montgomery, Ala., S. Jenkins Anderson of Charlotte, N.C., and Warren K. Anderson of Tallahassee, Fla.

William M. Thornton

Captain of merchant ships

Graveside services for William M. Thornton, a retired captain of merchant ships and a World War II Navy veteran, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Captain Thornton, who was 89, died Monday at his home in Bozman, Talbot County, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease..

He retired nearly 25 years ago from the Ore Steamship Co., a subsidiary of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. for which he had worked many years.

Although born in Muncie, Ind., he was raised in Crisfield, and he began his career as a seaman in 1919 aboard steamers on the Chesapeake Bay.

He had become a master of ore ships before World War II. He served in the Navy as an executive officer aboard troop transports during the war and later was a captain in the Naval Reserve.

Captain Thornton lived in Dundalk for many years. Bozman became his year-round home about two years ago.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Ellen McAleer; two daughters, Barbara Mugnolo of Rochester, N.Y., and Marguerite Helminiak of Bozman; a brother, Edward Thornton of Crisfield; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Nell K. Webb

Job classifier, volunteer

Services for Nell K. Webb, who retired in 1981 as a job classifier at the Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Washington.

Mrs. Webb, 71, died Tuesday of a respiratory illness at her home in Joppa.

She worked at Edgewood for 25 years. Earlier, she was a civilian employee of the Army in Washington for five years.

The former Nell Elaine Keating was born in Washington and attended the Minor Teachers College there.

She had been an adult leader of the Girl Scouts.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Lewis Webb; a daughter, Pamela J. Webb of Marietta, Ga.; two sisters, Doris A. Keating of Washington and Carole K. Johnson of College Park; a brother, Nelson O. Keating, also of College Park; and two grandchildren.

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