John C. Gleason Sr.


A Mass of Christian burial for John C. Gleason Sr., who had administered health programs for both the young and the elderly and been active in neighborhood preservation and restoration, was being offered today at Mount Calvary Episcopal Church, Eutaw Street and Madison Avenue.

Mr. Gleason, who was 73, died Monday of heart failure at his

Charlesgate apartment in Towson.

Known as Jack, he retired in 1986 as director of health services at the Waxter Center, a post he held since the senior center opened in 1974. From 1967, when he first came to Baltimore until taking the Waxter post, he had served as administrator of the Community Pediatric Center at University Hospital.

From the mid-1950s until he came here, he had been administrative assistant to the managing director of what is now the American Lung Association.

A former president of the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill, Montgomery Street and Fells Point, he lived from 1968 until 1989 in a house he restored in Fells Point. He also chaired the society's committee that gained Fells Point designation as a National Historic District.

Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was a graduate of the University of Ohio in Athens and later did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin. During World War II, he commanded a tank unit in North Africa and Italy, and was discharged as a captain with decorations including the Silver Star and three Purple Heart awards.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas J. Gleason of Columbia and John C. Gleason Jr. of Loganville, Ga.; two daughters, Nancy Louise Benson of Thomasville, Ga., and Barbara Ann Mitchell of Atlanta; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph Richey Hospice Endowment Fund.

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