The Rev. William Murray Correll III, executive director of the Westminster Rescue Mission and a retired engineer for Lever Brothers Co. Inc., died Friday of a heart attack at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 59.
For the past three years, Mr. Correll had been executive director of the mission, where he counseled recovering alcoholics and drug abusers. His wife also worked at the mission.
"He loved his work and was dedicated to it," she said. "He had such a deep feeling for the men. He was like a father figure to them. Some even call him Dad. "
The mission, on a 40-acre farm in Carroll County, operates a six-month drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that can accommodate 35 men. The mission also runs a 10-week halfway-house program for those who have found jobs but still need counseling.
Before being named director in 1990, Mr. Correll taught Bible study at the mission and was one of its directors.
Earlier, he volunteered at the Helping Up Mission and the Baltimore Rescue Mission.
Mr. Correll retired in 1989 from Lever Brothers, where he had been an engineer for about eight years. In 1990, he was ordained a minister through the Evangelical Church Alliance. Before he went to work for Lever Brothers, he was a safety director at Alcolac Inc. for about 15 years.
A 1952 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Correll attended Johns Hopkins University, where he studied engineering.
He was born in Baltimore, grew up in the Walbrook area and later lived in the city's Windsor Hills neighborhood.
He and Gladys Holland were married in 1955. They lived in Lochearn for about 15 years before moving to Eldersburg in 1976.
Mr. Correll was a longtime member of Gideons International and a past president of its Northeast Camp. He was president of the Mideast District of the International Union of Gospel Missions.
His hobbies included gardening and genealogy. He had traced his family back to Alsace-Lorraine. He also discovered that he and George Washington shared the same great-grandfather and that during the Civil War, both of his grandfathers were Confederate soldiers.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Liberty Reformed Presbyterian Church in Owings Mills.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Holly Stiltner of Catonsville and Valerie Graham of Abingdon; two sons, William Murray Correll IV of Abingdon and Gerald Reed Correll of Tucson, Ariz.; his mother, Pearl Walker Correll of Cockeysville; two sisters, Shirley Walker Alonso of Columbia and Claire Lynn Gill of Cockeysville; and 10 grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial donations to the Westminster Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 285, Westminster 21157.