Rev. G. Michael Rice
Cleric, budget analyst
The Rev. G. Michael Rice, former pastor of the Fairview United Methodist Church and a retired budget analyst for the Maryland Port Authority, died Monday at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown of complications after surgery. He was 48.
Dr. Rice, who had lived in Mount Washington, served the church in Taylorsville from 1984 to 1986. More recently, he was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist congregation and preached at other churches.
He retired in 1986 from the Port Authority, having worked for it or the state Department of Human Resources since the late 1970s. Earlier, he was a fiscal analyst in Newark, N.J., for the state government.
Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Southern High School and Coppin State College.
Licensed at Fulton Baptist Church as a preacher in 1976, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in the Baltimore extension program of the Virginia Seminary in Lynchburg. In 1983, he received a master's degree at the Howard University School of Divinity and, in 1988, he earned a doctorate in theology from Yale University, where he headed the Black Seminarians Association.
He was a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and had been active in establishing a Big Brothers program for the YMCA in Baltimore.
Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today at the Fulton Baptist Church, 1630 W. North Ave.
Dr. Rice is survived by his wife, the former Janet Washington; his mother, Madge Rice Cannon of Baltimore; three brothers, Walter Rice of Baltimore, Forrest Cannon Jr. of Saugus, Calif., and John C. Cannon of Chicago; two sisters, Marlene and Bonnie Cannon, both of Baltimore; and a grandmother, Clara Rice of Baltimore.
The family suggested memorial contributions in his name to a scholarship fund at Coppin State College.
Carl W. Watchorn
Carl W. Watchorn, a retired electrical engineer and expert on the economics of power generating systems who had worked for a Pennsylvania utility headquartered in Baltimore, died June 8 at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. He was 93.
Mr. Watchorn had lived in the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville for about seven years.
He worked for the General Electric Co. and the New York Edison Co. before moving to the Baltimore area in the late 1920s to work for the Pennsylvania Water and Power Co.
In 1940, he became a registered professional engineer in Maryland.
He was living in the Sykesville area in 1955 when the company became part of Pennsylvania Power and Light Co. and he was transferred to Allentown, Pa.
Mr. Watchorn then made his home in Bethlehem, Pa., retiring in 1967 as a consultant to Pennsylvania Power and Light.
Born in Waltham, Mass., he was a graduate in electrical engineering of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He earned a master's degree in the field in 1962 at Lehigh University and held a law degree from the University of Maryland.
A memorial service for Mr. Watchorn was held Wednesday in the chapel at Fairhaven.
He is survived by his wife, the former Ethel Parker Winterson; and a brother, Donald R. Watchorn of Fairhaven.