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Robert Joseph Dougherty, a practicing attorney for 43 years, died March 5 at St. Joseph Hospital of respiratory failure.

The 71-year-old Baldwin resident and Ebensburg, Pa., native graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in 1939 and earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola College in 1943. He graduated from the University of Maryland Law School in 1950.

Reared in Baltimore, he served as a merchant seaman for one summer while a student at Loyola and then served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War.

He did volunteer work with mentally retarded children.

A descendant of Martin Luther, he was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He also belonged to the American Legion, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and Loyal Order of the Moose.

He had been an unsuccessful candidate for Baltimore County state's attorney and for a seat on the Circuit Court bench.

He is survived by his wife, Paulena R. Peters; a daughter, Maureen M. Tipton; and two grandchildren.

Nona Faye Greulich of Severna Park died of cancer on March 10 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The 72-year-old Anaheim, Calif., native was reared in Southern California.

She moved with her family to Maryland in 1966, when her husband became associate director of the National Institute for Dental Research in Bethesda. After his 1978 appointment as director of the Gerontology Research Center in Baltimore, the couple lived in the Chartwell section of Severna Park.

A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, she also had a master's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She was a trained speech therapist and an active participant in speech testing and therapy programs operated in the 1970s by Project Head Start in Montgomery County. Recently, she had been involved in voluntary and private programs of family counseling, focusing on the traumas of children and adolescents.

Before her marriage, she pursued a career as a legal and medical secretary, then becoming involved in the movie industry as a secretary and production assistant. During World War II, she served as secretary to the commanding officer at the Army Air Force Training Base at Gardner Field in Bakersfield.

Mrs. Greulich was an active member of the Chartwell Golf and Country Club in Severna Park.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Richard Greulich; two children, Jeffery C. Greulich and Hilary S. Greulich, both of Gambrills; her parents, William and Betty Colleasure of Corona, Calif.; and a sister, Sherilyn White of Corona.

Frank M. Opitz

Electrical engineer

Frank M. Opitz of Johnson City, Tenn., died Feb. 26 at the Asbury Center, where he lived.

The 90-year-old German native came to the United States at age 3. He grew up in Connecticut, then moved to Baltimore with his family when he was a teen-ager.

While working for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. after high school graduation in 1922, he spend 15 years taking night classes, earning his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1937.

He served in the 9th Air Force and was a veteran of World War II. He then spent four years supervising the reconstruction of South Korea's electrical system.

Having been on leave from BG&E;, he resigned in 1950 to become a self-employed engineer in Colombia, South America. He retired to Johnson City in 1978.

He is survived by his wife, Sofia R. Opitz of Johnson City; his son, Armand M. Opitz of Richlands, Va.; a stepdaughter, Claudia R. Ashmore of Dayton, Nev., and four sisters, Eva Benson, Clara Marx, Mrs. Arthur Van Ruth and Hattie Ewing, all of Baltimore.

A funeral Mass was offered March 1 at the Woodall-Anderson Chapel in Tennessee.

Dolores Driscoll

Maryland National retiree

Dolores Driscoll, a retired Maryland National Bank employee, died Feb. 28 after an extended illness in Lutz, Fla.

The 69-year-old Homesville, W.Va., native was preceded in death by husband John Patrick Driscoll.

She had been a foster mother to more than 100 Baltimore children.

She is survived by a daughter, Janet Driscoll VanDyke, and grandsons Zachary and Samuel VanDyke of Arlington, Va.; and a sister, Gwen Winemiller of St. Louis.

Earl D. Johns

Coffee plant manager

Earl D. Johns, a World War II veteran who lived in Brooklyn Park for 48 years, died of cancer March 3 at the Harbor Hospital Center.

The 73-year-old Pennsylvania native managed the C. D. Kenny Coffee Plant on Eutaw Street in Baltimore for 15 years. Earlier, he served 4 1/2 years in the military, attaining the rank of captain with the Troop Carrier Command of the 314th Squadron, 349th Group in Europe.

Mr. Johns later began a second career as an employee of the Social Security Administration (SSA) in Woodlawn. Often traveling for the SSA, he worked as a supervisory personnel staffing specialist and received a commissioner's citation for his performance in recruiting employees.

Retiring in 1977, he continued to be an active member of the community, serving as chairman on various committees associated with schools, Scouts, the American Legion and Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church.

Mr. Johns also received the WJZ-TV Gold "13" pin for sharing his business acumen with the staff of Opportunity Builders Inc. in Hanover, a workplace for mentally and physically handicapped adults.

Mr. Johns is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Isabelle V. Sunstrom; two daughters, Mary Catherine Hodgson and Ruth Ann Johns; and a son, Edward R. Johns. All are from Pennsylvania.

Elisabeth C. Iolati

Certified banker

Elisabeth C. "Bettie" Iolati, a retired certified banker with Signet Bank, died March 11 of a stroke and complications from diabetes at the Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital.

The 62-year-old Elicott City resident retired after a 12-year stint with Signet bank, earning several banking awards.

Earlier, she had been affiliated with the YMCA in Baltimore and Howard County, as well as the School of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland.

Until her death, she was an active member of the West Baltimore United Methodist Church and the fellowship of United Methodist Musicians, volunteering much of her free time to the church and related activities. In her earlier years, she was an active member of the American Camping Association and was responsible for accrediting camps in the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia area, as well as frequent work with the Campfire Girls.

She is survived by her husband, Dominic A. Iolati of Elicott City; a daughter, Lisanne T. Day of Elicott City; two sisters, Marion M. Stockman of Eldersburg and Jeanne Costantini of Catonsville, and one brother, Richard Krisch of Harrisburg, Pa.

A memorial service was conducted March 17 at the West Baltimore United Methodist Church, where memorial contributions can be made.

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