Elmer R. ZeichnerDefense engineerElmer Robert Zeichner, a...


Elmer R. Zeichner

Defense engineer

Elmer Robert Zeichner, a retired Defense Department engineer and combat veteran of World War II, died Tuesday at Sinai Hospital of complications from diabetes. He was 69 and had been a Columbia resident since 1971.

Mr. Zeichner was an industrial engineer for the Defense Department in Washington for about 20 years before retiring in 1985. From 1968 to 1971, he worked for the department in Germany.

The Baltimore native served in the Army during World War II and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star.

Mr. Zeichner graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

in 1942. He received a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1947 from Johns Hopkins University, where he was president of the Glee Club.

He enjoyed sailboat racing and was the captain of Aqua-Cat Fleet 35, a catamaran group that raced monthly in the Baltimore area. He and his family had visited more than 50 countries, and he had visited all 50 states.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Witzke Funeral Home, 5555 Twin Knolls Road in Columbia.

Mr. Zeichner is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Helen Rhinehart; two daughters, Julia Zeichner of Atlanta and Laura Embrey of Columbia; a son, Gary Zeichner of Columbia; and two brothers, Frank Zeichner of Baltimore and Christian Zeichner of York, Pa.

The family suggested donations to the American Diabetes Association of Maryland, 2 Reservoir Circle, Baltimore 21208.

W. S. Nuckols

Officer of glass firm

Walter Swindell Nuckols, a retired executive who began his career in 1932 at his grandfather's glass container factory in Baltimore, died of heart disease March 15 at the Glen Hill Convalescent Home in Danbury, Conn. He was 81.

The resident of Bethel, Conn., retired about 10 years ago as a vice president of the Risdon Co. in Danbury, which he had joined in 1969. He had been vice president of Swindell Brothers, the Baltimore glass company, in 1946 when it was purchased by Anchor Hocking Corp.

Mr. Nuckols was born in Menands, N.Y., and educated at Albany Academy, Union College and the New York University School of Commerce. During World War II, he served in the Pacific as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Air Transport Service.

He was a member of the Morris County Golf Club, the Redding Country Club, American 70 Ski Club and Children of the American Revolution.

Mr. Nuckols is survived by his wife, Dorothy Welstead Nuckols of Bethel, Conn.; a son, Samuel Nuckols of Killmainock, Va.; two daughters, Callie Welstead of New Hope, Pa., and Nancy Russell of Laurel, Mont.; two sisters, Margaret N. Barnhouse of Philadelphia and Sue N. Williamson of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service was held March 21 at the First Church of Christ Congregational in Redding Center, Conn.

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