George E. Luttrell Jr.Western Electric engineerGeorge E....

George E. Luttrell Jr.

Western Electric engineer


George E. Luttrell Jr., a retired PHOTOindustrial engineer for Western Electric Co., died Wednesday of respiratory failure at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson.

The 71-year-old Towson resident retired in 1983 after working for 42 years at 1978 Western Electric's Broening Highway plant.


He attended Baltimore City College and earned his bachelor's degree in 1960 from the McCoy College of the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served in the 4th Marine Division at Iwo Jima and Saipan in the Pacific.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Loch Raven United Methodist Church, 6622 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Ardith Hash of Towson; a son, Gary G. Luttrell of Baldwin; two daughters, Gail A. Habicht and Karen A. Luttrell, both of Carney; two sisters, Georgia L. Williams and Ruth E. Harvey, both of Towson; a brother, Neale A. Luttrell of Perry Hall; and six grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to Loch Raven United Methodist Church.

Helen Elizabeth Mercer, a resident of Round Bay since 1951 and member of the Severn River Garden Club, died Sept. 3 of congestive heart failure at the Meridian Nursing Center-Severna Park.

Mrs. Mercer, who was 84, was a flower gardener. She also sewed hooked rugs and made copies of antique mahogany furniture in doll house scale.

The former Helen Elizabeth Thomas was born and reared in Belhaven, N.C., and lived from 1932 until 1951 in Philadelphia.


Her husband, Ford N. Mercer, who died in 1974, was a marine surveyor who checked the condition of ships in Baltimore and earlier in Philadelphia.

A memorial service for Mrs. Mercer was to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 110 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena.

She is survived by a daughter, Jo-Ann Intlekofer of Severna Park; two sons, John Nicholas Mercer of Houston and Bruce Allen Mercer of Albuquerque, N.M.; and six grandsons.

Dora T. Hicks

Active in the church

Dora T. Hicks, an active church woman and for 30 years co-owner of a West Baltimore dry-cleaning business, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at Liberty Medical Center in Baltimore.


She and her husband, the late Rev. Leonard E. Hicks, owned and operated Kitty Kleaners, a dry-cleaning establishment they founded in 1944 and sold in 1974. Mr. Hicks was pastor of the Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore.

Mrs. Hicks was born in Long Beach, Miss., and was educated in public schools there. She came to Baltimore in 1931 and worked as a domestic. In 1936, she married Mr. Hicks, who died in 1990.

She was active in the affairs of Greater New Hope Baptist Church, where she was a missionary.

There will be a viewing at 2 p.m. today at the Albert P. Wylie Funeral Home, 638 N. Gilmor St., and at 2 p.m. tomorrowat the Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 2720 W. North Ave. A wake will be conducted at 6 p.m. followed by services.

She is survived by four nieces, Barbara J. Williams, Beverly A. Alston, M. Dora Stokes, all of Baltimore, and Laura Taylor, of Long Beach, Miss.; and three nephews, Otis Jackson, Ralph Jackson and Ronald Jackson, all of Baltimore.

A memorial service for Baltimore-born science teacher Anthony T. Toston was conducted Aug. 25 on the tennis courts of Summit High School in Frisco, Colo., where he died of a heart attack while playing tennis four days earlier. He was 56.


Mr. Toston had taught biology and advanced sciences at the school for more than 20 years before retiring in 1990.

Mr. Toston was reared in Overlea, where he received his early education at St. Michael's School. He later attended Hamilton Junior High School and was a 1955 graduate of City College.

He attended the University of Maryland on a wrestling scholarship and earned his degree in animal husbandry in 1959.

After graduating from college, he served in the United States in the Army until 1963. He enrolled at Colorado State University and in 1967,earned a master's in biology, specializing in fresh water marine life.

"His hobby was Mad magazine," recalled his sister, Betty Bond of Baltimore. "He loved reading and collecting them. However, his greatest love was tennis."

Mr. Toston also is survived by two brothers, William G. Toston of Apopka, Fla., and John R. Toston of Friendsville; and two other sisters, Mary Ann Harvey of Huntsville, Ala., and Tilby DeValk of Prescott, Ariz.


The family suggested memorial contributions to the Tony Toston Scholarship Fund, Summit High School, P.O. Box 7, Frisco, Colo. 80443.

Robert L. Mayall

Author, lecturer

Robert L. Mayall, who had been a PHOTOreporter for The Sun and later a New York business consultant and more recently an author and lecturer on history, died Aug. 26 after a heart attack at his Baltimore home.

The 67-year-1990 old North Calvert Street resident was born and reared in New York and worked for the Baltimore newspapers from 1952 until 1957.

Before returning to Baltimore nearly three years ago, he owned consulting businesses in New York City.


Recently, he had written and lectured on the history of the Jeffersonian era and also was a contributor to the weekly Civil War page of the Washington Times.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. today at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles at Saratoga streets, Baltimore.

His survivors include daughter Phanela Mayall and son Myles Mayall, both of London.

C. Gordon Reese Jr., 66, an optician and 33-year resident of Ellicott City, died Aug. 30 of Lou Gehrig's disease at his home.

In the late 1940s, Mr. Reese's father established Mount Vernon Opticians at 701 Cathedral St. After his father's death in 1977, Mr. Reese ran the Cathedral Street practice with his mother for five years under the name Reese and Reese.

He sold the family business in 1982 to Professional Vision Associates, where he continued to work.


Born and reared in Baltimore, Mr. Reese was a 1947 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He entered the Navy in 1944, serving as an electrician's mate aboard the USS Tripoli in the South Pacific.

Mr. Reese and the former Florence Gilson were married in 1946. Mrs. Reese died in 1991. The Reeses lived in Catonsville from 1948 until 1960, when they moved to Ellicott City.

Services were Sept. 2 at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Parkville.

He is survived by his mother, H. Marie Reese of Cockeysville; a daughter, Jonette V. Reese-Brotman of Reisterstown; a son, Michael G. Reese of Ellicott City; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

The family suggested donations may be made to the American Lung Association or the ALS-Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, 30 Padonia Road, Timonium, Md. 21093.

Joseph Meadowcroft


Gas station operator

P. Joseph Meadowcroft Sr., who operated a gas station in northern Baltimore County and was active for many years in the Boy Scouts, died of cancer Thursday at his home on Middletown Road in Freeland. He was 59.

He owned and operated Meadowcroft Motors, a Getty station, which he opened in 1962 after working for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a brakeman in the Enola, Pa., yards.

He and his wife, the former Patricia Ann Bosley, also were the proprietors of Meadowcroft Liquors, which they opened in Freeland in 1976.

In 1979, he began his work with the Boy Scouts as assistanscoutmaster of Parkton Troop 523. He was scoutmaster for 13 years, in which 12 of his Scouts, including three sons, achieved the top rank of Eagle.

In 1986, he was elected to Scouting's Order of the Arrow, and he completed brotherhood requirements in 1987. The Parkton American Legion honored him in 1987 for "Outstanding Service to Youth."


He was also active in the Baltimore County Licensed Beverage Association; Greater Washington, D.C., and Maryland Service Station and Automobile Repair Association; VFW Post 7012, New Freedom, Pa.; and American Legion Post 256, Parkton.

Mr. Meadowcroft was born in Dauphin County, Pa., and was educated in public schools there. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 and then served with the Maryland National Guard until 1962.

Viewings will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the J. J. Hartenstein Mortuary, 24 Second St., Freeland.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 18310 Middletown Road, Parkton.

Burial will be in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Besides his wife of 27 years, he is survived by four sons, Jon C. Meadowcroft, P. Joseph Meadowcroft Jr., William F. Meadowcroft and Donald Meadowcroft, all of Freeland; a daughter, Bobbi Lynn Lusby of Freeland; four brothers, Robert Meadowcroft of Freeland, David Meadowcroft and Patrick Meadowcroft, both of Parkton, and Peter Meadowcroft of Manchester; six sisters, Rita Rayner of Bel Air, Mary Ellen McDavid of Nashville, Tenn., Marie Bull of Parkton, Sister Anne Marie of New Oxford, Pa., Jo Ann Reider of Freeland and Sheila Meadowcroft of Parkton; and four grandsons.


The family suggested memorial contributions to Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church or ASC Memorial Fund, 3950 Columbia Ave., Columbia, Pa. 17512-9714.