Chester A. Peck Jr.
Started EDP Inc.
Chester Alan Peck Jr., retired president of a computer installation firm, died Thursday of cancer at the Stella Maris Hospice. He was 77.
In 1958, Mr. Peck established EDP Inc., installers of computers and environmental control systems. The Baltimore company contracted with private firms and government agencies in Maryland and Washington, D.C. It was closed upon his retirement in 1989.
Raised in Hamilton, Mr. Peck was a 1934 graduate of Baltimore City College. After graduation, he joined the family firm of Toland and Son Inc. The Timonium company manufactured and sold industrial saws.
During World War II, Mr. Peck served as a commissioned officer in North Africa and Italy in the 110th Field Artillery. It was then that he met Franca Ottavi of La Spezia, Italy, whom he married in 1945. After the war the couple returned to Maryland and settled in Timonium.
He also served in the Army reserves and attained the rank of major before retiring in the mid-1950s. At that point he resumed working for Toland and Son Inc. until he founded EDP Inc.
Mr. Peck loved baseball and children and managed Little League teams from 1956 to 1976. After games, he was known to take his players and members of the opposing team out for ice cream.
He also served periodically as league commissioner at the Timonium Optimist Club.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Peck is survived by three sons, C. Alan Peck III of Mountain View, Calif., David Peck of Laurel and Marc Peck of Sparks; a daughter, Jennifer Peck of Sparks; and two granddaughters.
The family suggested memorial donations to Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, 21204.
Mary A. Traband
Mary A. Traband, who became Black and Decker's first female expediter, died Thursday of cancer at her home in Baynesville. She was 90.
She joined Black and Decker in 1918, earning a wage of 18 cents an hour. Not yet having reached age 16, she had to leave after only a month to obtain a work permit.
She returned to work in April 1919. She worked in the packing department until 1944, when she became a desk clerk. In 1945, Mrs. Traband became the company's first woman expediter, a job she acquired because of the lack of male workers during World War II.
She was promoted to full expediter in 1951, a position she held for 15 years. In 1966 she was transferred from the Towson office to new offices in Hampstead. Before her retirement in 1968, she had advanced to dispatcher.
Prior to joining Black and Decker, she supervised the cooking staff at the Penn Hotel in Towson.
In 1923 she married Edward Traband Sr., who was a streetcar conductor. Mr. Traband died in 1974.
She enjoyed gardening and had a flower and vegetable garden in her back yard.
A member of Arnolia United Methodist Church, the former Mary A. Emge was a graduate of Baynesville High School.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Arnolia United Methodist Church, 1776 E. Joppa Road.
She is survived by two sons, Edward Traband Jr. of Sykesville and Melvin Traband Sr. of Middle River; a sister, Catherine Gross of Parkville; three brothers, Herbert Emge of Glen Arm, Isaac Emge of Reisterstown and L. E. Emge of Baynesville; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.
The family suggests memorial donations to Arnolia United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.