John Graves Medicare systems analyst


John Graves, a retired systems analyst for Medicare, died Saturday of complications from intestinal disease at Sinai Hospital. He was 66.

He began his career with the Social Security Administration in 1954, transferred to Medicare in 1965, and retired in 1986.

Mr. Graves was born and reared in Lockport, N.Y., where he interrupted his high school education to enlist in the Navy in 1945. He served aboard aircraft carriers in the South Pacific as a radar specialist and was discharged from the Navy in 1948 with the rank of petty officer.

"He arrived in Hiroshima two weeks after the bombing in 1945," recalled his wife, the former Norma Gulledge, whom he married in 1952. "He spoke of the terrible devastation there and of the complete ignorance of the experts in protecting the men from being exposed to radiation. The same thing happened several years later when he was aboard a ship at Bikini Atoll and they asked the men to come topside and witness the atomic bomb test."

After leaving the service he completed his education, earned his bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University in 1953, and worked for a year as a reporter for the Union Sun and Journal newspaper in Lockport.

"He loved to read and was really an intellectual," said his wife. "He also enjoyed walking and traveling."

He was active in St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he taught Sunday school and had been treasurer.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Mark J. Graves and Scott G. Graves, both of Catonsville; a daughter, Suzanne L. Keller of Catonsville; a sister, Elaine Strassburg of Lockport, N.Y.; and three grandsons.

The family suggested donations to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund, 2001 Old Frederick Road, Catonsville 21228.

J. Ridgely Retzer

Headed insurance firm

J. Ridgely Retzer, retired presi- dent of the Grant Stockham Insurance Co., died Saturday at Sinai Hospital of congestive heart failure.

The 82-year-old Elkridge Estates resident retired about a decade ago after 50 years heading the insurance agency which had been started by his wife's grandfather.

A native of Minnesota, he came to Baltimore with his family as a child and was a graduate of Marston's School, the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore law school.

He was a member of the St. George's Society and of the old University Club. In 1953, he began the club's program of chartering buses to take members to Colts games.

Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at St. David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave., Baltimore.

Mr. Retzer is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Virginia Key Stockham; a daughter, Sally Key Fisher of Baltimore; and a son, Ridgely Warrington Retzer of Fairfield, Conn. Inez Scarborough Price, a nurse and homemaker, died Friday of cancer at her Harford County home. She was 87.

A lifelong resident of Darlington, she received her early education in Harford County schools and was a 1926 graduate of the Maryland General School of Nursing. She was a nurse for many years at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.

In 1929 she married David E. Price, who was employed by the Philadelphia Electric Co. at Conowingo Dam. He died in 1984.

She was fond of traveling and was an avid bridge player.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, on Route 161 in Darlington, where Mrs. Price had been a member all of her life.

She is survived by two sons, David E. Price of Darlington and Richard C. Price of New Carlisle, Ohio; four daughters, Sara E. Finley of Raleigh, N.C., Mary M. Boyd of Delta, Pa., Martha G. Lawrence of Columbia and Rachel E. Harry of Frederick; 20 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, c/o Mary Ella Kelly, 2224 Old Quaker Road, Darlington 21034; or the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, White Marsh 21236-0025.

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