Ronald G. BowersEngineering executiveRonald G. Bowers, an...

Ronald G. Bowers

Engineering executive


Ronald G. Bowers, an associate vice president of KCI Technologies, a consulting engineering firm, died Aug. 1 of cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Mr. Bowers, who was 59 and lived in Glen Arm, began his engineering career with George W. Stephens & Co. in Towson. He went to work for Matz, Childs & Associates, a predecessor of KCI, 33 years ago.


He was a member of the Maryland Homebuilders Association, the Engineering Society of Baltimore, the American Society of Military Engineers, the American Right of Way Association and the American Waterworks Association.

A former Lutherville resident, he had been secretary-treasurer of the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council and president of the Towsontowne Optimist Club.

The Baltimore native was a 1953 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and attended Baltimore Junior College, Texas Tech University and the Johns Hopkins University.

He also served in the 104th Medical Battalion of the Maryland Army National Guard.

He collected military memorabilia and worked with model trains.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Aug. 3 at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

Mr. Bowers is survived by his wife of 31 years, the former Thelma Eileen Southcomb; a daughter, Terri Elizabeth Smith of Lutherville; a son, Randall Garth Bowers of Glen Arm; and a sister, Patricia Underwood of Towson.

Jessie E. Martin


Mining firm president

Jessie Elease Martin, president of a local surface mining company, died of heart failure at her Glen Burnie home Saturday. She was 52.

Ms. Martin, president of J.J.H. Enterprises in Glen Burnie for seven years, was born in Tennessee and moved to Maryland with her family when she was a child. She graduated in 1958 from the Baltimore Bible College, where she completed high school and college studies.

Since 1988, she was an owner in The Dirt Express Co., a Glen Burnie-based excavating company. In 1981, she helped start another Glen Burnie firm, Holly Properties, a land development company.

"She was a sweet, loving, kind person," said Joseph Joy Jr., a business associate. "She was a very competent and compassionate person. That's the way everybody knows her."

She had been active in the Heritage Church of God in Severn, singing in the gospel choir for 21 years and participating in worship teams. She played handbells for the church's music department and participated in church cantatas.


Ms. Martin's marriage ended in divorce.

Services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church on 8146 Quarterfield Road.

Ms. Martin is survived by her mother, Juanita Sheffield McKinney; and a daughter, Terry Luttrell, both of Severn; two sisters, Norma Bowman of Arbutus and Drucilla Horne of Glen Burnie; and two grandchildren.

The family suggests donations to the Heritage Church of God music department, 8146 Quarterfield Road, Severn 21144.

George B. Elder

Decorated war veteran


George B. Elder, a decorated war veteran who lived in Parkville, died yesterday of cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 73.

Mr. Elder, a retired milkman for Sealtest and for the Green Spring Dairy, served with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a tail gunner and flight engineer during World War II. He completed 40 combat missions as a member of the 34th Squadron of the 17th Bomber Group. As a tail gunner on a B-26 Martin Marauder, he participated in raids over Tunisia and the islands of Pantelleria, Sardinia and Sicily.

For his heroism, he was awarded two Purple Hearts and received the air medal with Seven Oak Leaf Clusters for meritorious service.

He was an adjutant in the Gunning-Malone Memorial Post of the American Legion. He was a member of the Parkville Post 183 of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9083. He was one of the founding officers of the Towson Senior Rebels, where he was past president and a member of the board of directors.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Evelyn Blanchard Elder; his mother, Anna Zitzman Elder of Parkville; his two sons, G. Gary Elder of Monroeville, Pa., and William E. Elder of Perry Hall; a daughter, Beverly Elder Gyr, also of Perry Hall; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Rectory in Towson. The family suggests donations be made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, 8501 Loch Raven Boulevard, Towson, Md. 21286.


Sister C. Borromeo

Nun taught for 55 years

Sister Mary Charles Borromeo Hammann, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for more than 65 years, died Thursday of cancer at Villa Assumpta in Towson, where she had lived in retirement for the past year. She was 84.

After professing her vows in 1931, she taught in several Baltimore schools including St. Ambrose, Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Sacred Heart and St. Matthew.

In 1961, she began a nine-year assignment at St. John High School in Westminster as a teacher and later as principal.

She retired in 1986 from Our Lady of Fatima school in Baltimore but remained at the parish doing community service until last year.


Born Dolores E. Hammann in Baltimore, she attended the Institute of Notre Dame before entering the convent in 1927. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., and a master's from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

Survivors include her siblings, Sister Lauretta Hammann S.S.N.D., also of Villa Assumpta, and the Rev. Carl Hammann C.Ss.R., a retired Redemptorist priest of Baltimore.

Marion L. Rock

NSA manager

Marion Lamar Rock, a manager with the National Security Agency at Fort Meade for 35 years, died Friday of cancer at his home in Linthicum.


He was 60.

Mr. Rock served in the Army during the Korean War and went to work for the secret information-gathering agency afterward.

He enjoyed gardening and landscaping at his home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road, Linthicum where he was a longtime member.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, the former Norma Jean James; two daughters, Kathryn M. Rock of North Carolina and Victoria L. Stone of Annapolis; and his parents, Chester M. and Beulah M. Rock of Linthicum.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, North Arundel Unit, P.O. Box 1347, Glen Burnie 21060.