Myron S. WaldmanNewsday reporterMyron S. "Mike" Waldman,...


Myron S. Waldman

Newsday reporter

Myron S. "Mike" Waldman, a Newsday reporter who roved the halls of Congress for the last quarter-century building a reputation for tireless skills and light-hearted generosity, died Monday after a brief illness. He was 61 and lived in Kensington.

Mr. Waldman had entered Suburban Hospital in Bethesda on June 29, suffering from gall bladder problems. According to his wife, Jean, he subsequently developed pancreatitis. He died early Monday, apparently of heart failure.

Short and stocky, with a mirthful smile above his bow ties, he wrote a wide range of Washington political stories. He was perhaps proudest of a series of stories in 1985 when he was Newsday's White House correspondent.

At the time, President Reagan was planning a ceremonial visit to West Germany, a trip that included a stop at an obscure cemetery in Bitburg. By doggedly pursuing the story, Mr. Waldman helped to disclose that the cemetery included the graves of former SS soldiers and that the president's original plans did not include visiting a concentration camp to honor the victims of Nazi Germany.

Mr. Waldman, who grew up in the Bronx, majored in history at New York University and graduated in 1954. He earned a master's in journalism at the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he met his wife.

After Army service and brief stints at other papers, he joined Newsday in 1963.

Services for Mr. Waldman are to be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapels in Rockville.

In addition to his wife, the former Jean Miller, he is survived by three sons, Morris Waldman of Myersville, Daniel Benjamin Waldman of Gaithersburg and Lawrence Edward Waldman of Kensington; a sister, Elaine Waldman of New York City; and a grandson.

Oscar D. Gayle

Expert on packaging

Oscar D. Gayle, who wrote books, taught and lectured on packaging and preserving goods for shipment and storage at military posts, died Monday of heart failure at his home on Damascus Court in Baltimore.

Mr. Gayle, who was 81, retired in 1978 from the Joint Military Packaging Training Center at the Aberdeen Proving Ground. He joined the training center staff in 1959 in Toledo, Ohio, and had lived in Baltimore since the center was transferred to Aberdeen in 1963.

During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard as engineering officer on a destroyer escort in the North Atlantic. He joined the Coast Guard Reserve for a time after the war, reaching the rank of lieutenant.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., but reared in Cleveland, he was a 1932 graduate of Case Western Reserve University.

He was a member of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and its brotherhood. After he retired, he was a volunteer with the Service Corps of Retired Executives, and at Sinai Hospital and the Maryland Science Center.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road in Baltimore.

Mr. Gayle is survived by his wife, the former Esther E. Elman; three sons, David M. Gayle of Silver Spring, Arnold S. Gayle of Columbia and Steven B. Gayle of Gilbertsville, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.

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