Gertrude KingPittsburgh nativeGertrude King, who moved from...


Gertrude King

Pittsburgh native

Gertrude King, who moved from Pittsburgh to the Cockeysville area about 12 years ago, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at the home of a daughter in Mountville, Pa.

She was 83 and had moved six weeks ago to her daughter's home from St. Elizabeth Hall at the Cardinal Shehan Center on Dulaney Valley Road, where she had lived for about five years.

While residing in the Cockeysville area, she was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Texas and of senior citizens' groups there and at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity in Timonium.

The former Gertrude Newmeyer was a native of Pittsburgh.

Her husband, Norbert P. King Sr., died there in 1978.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. King is to be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church in Rohrersville, Pa.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Fantazier of Mountville and Linda Zareck of De Motte, Ind.; a son, N. Paul King Jr. of Cockeysville; a sister, Dale Scovoren of Pittsburgh; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

John R. Webster

Retired headmaster

John Rouse Webster, a former teacher at Baltimore's Calvert School and retired headmaster of Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, Conn., died Friday of an aneurysm of the heart at his home in Potomac. He was 89.

Mr. Webster was headmaster of the co-educational independent school in Greenwich between 1943 and 1969, when he retired. "The Handbook of Private Schools," an annual survey, noted the growth of the school under his leadership.

He headed the Allendale School in Rochester, N.Y., from 1937 to 1943 and taught at the Calvert School in Baltimore from 1924 to 1937.

His wife of 30 years, the former Betty Van Voorhees, died in 1975.

He is survived by his second wife, the former Mary Ragan Adams, whom he married in 1979; a daughter, Betty Webster Bullard of Sandwich, N.H.; three stepsons, Bruce Adams of Bethesda, Macgill Adams of Anchorage, Alaska, and Charles Kimball of Boca Raton, Fla.; three stepdaughters, Mary Ragan Adams of Fort Collins, Colo., Susie Sugar of Lincoln, Mass., and Louise Ames of New York City; and 15 grandchildren.

William F. McMullen


William F. McMullen, a retired electrician, died Friday of cancer at his home at Whitehall Beach near Annapolis. He was 87.

He retired in 1970 after working for contractors through the hiring hall of Local 28 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for many years.

The Baltimore native was a life member of the King David Masonic Lodge.

Services for Mr. McMullen were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, St. Margarets and Pleasant Plains roads in St. Margarets.

He is survived by his wife, the former Emma D. Pieper; a son, Bill McMullen of Whitehall Beach; and three grandchildren.

Sister DeChantal

Teacher, librarian

Sister Mary DeChantal Gaskins, O.S.P., a teacher and librarian for nearly 60 years, died Thursday of heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 90.

The member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence retired about 10 years ago after five years as librarian at St. Benedict the Moor School in Washington.

In Baltimore, she was librarian and teacher at St. Frances Academy from 1958 to 1961. She also taught there in the early 1940s and at St. Pius V School in the 1930s.

She was also librarian at the motherhouse of her order, Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent in Arbutus.

Her teaching career began in 1925 at a school in Charleston, S.C., where she also was the librarian in the 1960s.

She also had assignments in St. Louis and other cities.

The former Ellen Burgess Gaskins was a native of Newport, R.I., and a graduate of St. Francis deSales Institute in Rock Castle, Va. She entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1923.

She earned a bachelor's degree in education at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee and a master's degree in library science at Villanova University.

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister DeChantal is to be offered at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel of the motherhouse, 701 Gun Road in Arbutus.

She is survived by several cousins.

Julien J. Mason

Former CIA officer

Julien Jaquelin Mason, who retired in 1968 as a career officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, died April 2 of cancer at his home in the Elkridge Estates. He was 84.

A descendant of Chief Justice John Marshall and 18th-century American statesman George Mason, he was born at Yatton, his grandparents' farm in Orange, Va.

He was educated at the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.

During World War II, Mr. Mason served in the Army in the Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor of the CIA.

He is survived by his wife, the former Almeda Fullerton Burg; two sons, Julien Jaquelin Mason III of Culpeper, Va., and Thornton Marshall Mason of Orlando, Fla.; and a sister, Maud Mason Eakin of Washington.

Leonard Eckenrode

Salesman, ballplayer

Leonard C. Eckenrode, who retired nearly 20 years ago as a salesman with the Baltimore Stationery Co. and who played in the 1920s and 1930s on amateur and semi-professional baseball, basketball and football teams, died March 11 of cancer at his home in Catonsville. He was 80.

Among the baseball teams on which he played shortstop were the Greensboro (N.C.) Patriots, a St. Louis Cardinals farm team; the semi-professional Bloomingdale Athletic Club, the Blue Coal amateur team and the Lyndhurst team that won the 1928 American Legion championship.

He was a running back for the Baltimore Amateur League Ramsay Collegians football team and a quarterback for the Grover Cleveland Democratic Club team that won a Club League championship.

He played with the PALS basketball team of the Baltimore YMCA.

Born in Oklahoma City, he was reared in Baltimore and was a graduate of City College.

A former president of the Catonsville Lions Club, he was active at the Catonsville United Methodist Church, where he was president of the United Methodist Men, and he was scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 307.

Mr. Eckenrode is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Jane Cox; a son, Leonard Cox Eckenrode of Middletown; two daughters, Susan Jane Bender and Nancy Sharp Bender, both of Catonsville; a brother, John Walter Eckenrode of Eldersburg; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mr. Eckenrode was held March 21 at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home in Catonsville.

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