J. A. Buchanan IV
James A. Buchanan IV, a major benefactor of Rotary International and a retired contractor, died Sunday of an aortic aneurysm at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla.
The 74-year-old Washington-area contractor had been a member Rotary International since 1952 and served as president of the Rockville chapter in 1969. In 1974 he served as Washington district governor.
In 1990 he became the largest contributor ever, making several multimillion-dollar contributions to the Rotary Foundation. A gift by Mr. Buchanan in 1985 allowed the World Health Organization to immunize millions of children throughout the world against polio.
A Washington, D.C. native, he was a graduate of the Hill School in 1938 and studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Miami and Tri-State College in Angola, Ind.
While he was a student, he wrote a paper on wing icing, gaining him entry into the Royal Air Force at the start of World War II. After a serious flying accident he left the RAF and became a flight instructor for the Royal Canadian Air Force in Ontario. When the U.S. declared war, he returned and joined the Navy.
After World War II he settled in the Rockville area, where he operated the Buchanan Construction Co.
"The most unique factor in his life was that he waforward-looking," said Robert G. Ketron, Rotary International president. "He never looked backward. He was devoted to developing leadership in people. It gave him great pleasure to help people."
He was an advisory board member of the American Automobile Club, former chairman of the board of the Military Pilots Association and was past president of the West Montgomery County Civic Association.
His hobbies included flying and sailing. He and his second wife, the former Fay Reuling, whom he married in 1960, operated a horse breeding farm, Inverness, a 1740s-era plantation in Dickerson.
Mr. Buchanan also claimed ancestry from U.S. President James Buchanan, the 15th president.
Graveside services are to be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, James Buchanan of Memphis, John Buchanan of Fredericksburg, Va., and Ian Buchanan of Lorton, Va.; two daughters, Donalda Ridge of Upperville, Va., and Kathleen Schultz of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a stepson, James "Flip" Evans of Gaithersburg; a step-daughter, Ann "Timmy" Krome of New Market; and 10 grandchildren.
The family suggested contributions to Potomac Rotary Charities the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Evanston, Ill. 60201.
Charles J. Schmidt
Charles J. Schmidt, 92, a retired pharmacist, died Wednesday of kidney failure at the Springmoor Retirement Center in Raleigh, N.C.
Known as Doc, he owned and operated the Riverside Pharmacy from 1925 until his retirement in 1959 after a heart attack. The store was in the 1600 block of S. Charles St.
Reared in South Baltimore, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1920 and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1924.
He and his wife of 65 years, the former Grace Moxley, who died in 1990, rented cottages for many years at a place they owned at Mago-Vista on the Magothy River. They moved to Raleigh in 1986.
"He loved to fish and boat on the Magothy," recalled his daughter, Jeanne S. Munson of Raleigh. "He always hated to leave the water."
Active in Masonic affairs, he was a member of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Maryland, Mystic Circle Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Baltimore, Belvidere R.A. chapter No. 39, Beauseant Commandery No. 8 Knights Templar, Masonic Veterans Association of Maryland, Baltimore Forest No. 45 T.C.L., Officers Past and Officers Association District No. 14 T.C.L. and the Boumi Temple Shrine.
Services were set for 11 a.m. today in the chapel of the Henry W. Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home, 4905 York Road, Baltimore. Interment will be in Loudon Park Cemetery.
In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to any Masonic group or the Asbury United Methodist Church, Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27613.
Dr. Charles Hassett
Dr. Charles C. Hassett, retired head of the Experimental Medicine Branch at the Edgewood Arsenal, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
The 88-year-old Towson resident retired in 1975 after 30 years as a research physiologist at Edgewood. He did work on insect physiology, toxicology and metabolism, much of it con
cerned with medical defenses against chemical warfare agents.
Author of many published research papers, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Society of Physiologists, the Entomological Society of America and Sigma Xi and the Scientific Research Society.
The New Haven, Conn., native was reared in Buffalo, N.Y., where he graduated from South Park High School in 1922. He also is a 1938 graduate of the University of Buffalo.
His education at the university was prolonged by periods when he worked in a rolling mill of the Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Lackawanna, N.Y., to support his mother and himself. In 1941, he was awarded a doctorate in physiology by the Johns Hopkins University.
He taught physiology at the Osteopathic Medical College in Kirksville, Mo., before returning to this area and working at Edgewood. After his retirement, he served as a consultant to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and other government agencies.
In 1962, he lived in the Netherlands on an exchange program, studying natural venoms at Netherlands Medical-Biological Laboratories at Rijswijk, near The Hague.
He was a member of the St. George's Society and of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry and was a member of the Churchmen's Club.
In 1939, he married Martha Ludlum; they spent the summer at Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole, Mass., where he studied.
Services were set for 11 a.m. today at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cathedral and Read streets, Baltimore.
He also is survived by two daughters, Mary H. Miles of Baltimore and Louise H. Lincoln of Minneapolis; and three granddaughters.
Geraldine G. Henderson, a retired benefits coordinator at Franklin Square Hospital, died Tuesday at her home on Northway Drive in Baltimore of a neurological disease.
Mrs. Henderson, 71, worked at Franklin Square for 13 years before her retirement six years ago.
Earlier, she held clerical and supervisory jobs with several companies after working for the Army at Fort Meade in World War II.
The former Geraldine Grafton was a native of Waverly and a 1940 graduate of Eastern High School who was known as Jerry.
At St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, the photographer and seamstress was a 1943 member of the Altar Guild and the Episcopal Church Women. She also was a member of the auxiliaries of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans and of the Women of the Moose in Edgemere.
A Requiem Eucharist was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, St. Paul and 20th streets, Baltimore.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, William J. Henderson Jr.; a son, William J. Henderson III of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mildred M. Lochenauer, a homemaker and volunteer, died Aug. 4 of Alzheimers disease at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. The former Catonsville resident who moved to Atlanta in 1986 was 94.
Born and reared in West Baltimore, she received her education in city schools. she participated in a human flag display at Fort McHenry in 1914, when 6,500 Baltimore schoolchildren dressed in red, white and blue to form the flag. The event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of North Point.
She worked for the Baltimore City Health Department from 1937 to 1947. A dedicated volunteer, she organized the Women's Auxiliary at Spring Grove Hospital and helped to establish other auxiliaries in state hospitals.
She married her first husband, Elmer Soper, an accountant, in 1928. He died in 1931. Her second husband, John Lochenauer, whom she married in 1942 and who died in 1971, was a tool and dye maker for the Westinghouse Electric Corp.
"She was fond of saying, 'I'm gonna live forever,' " recalled her daughter, Ann Burrows of Perry Hall, "and she gave it a good try."
Services were Aug. 6 at Lorraine Park Cemetery.
She is survived by another daughter, Dorothy Knighton of Atlanta; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The family suggested contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association of Central Maryland, 540 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore 21212.
Gloria B. Weihrich
Auditor for union
Gloria B. Weihrich,, an auditor for the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, died Wednesday of cancer at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center.
The 67-year-old Timonium resident worked for the union for 11 years. The former 1992 Gloria B. Garrison was a native of Fairfield, Conn., and a graduate of a Boston business school.
Her husband, W. Fred Weihrich, retired in 1972 as a captain in the Navy's Supply Corps. He also retired in 1985 as a quality control and computer consultant for the Control Data Corp.
2& Services were to be held at 7 p.m.
today at Harry H. Witzke Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City.
She also is survived by her daughter, Leslie D. Svoboda of Ellicott City; a brother, George L. Garrison of Fairfield; and a grandson.
R. Michael Tracey
R. Michael Tracey, a computer consultant, died Tuesday of cancer at the Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown.
The 46-year-old Sykesville resident was an independent consultant for about a year and earlier served as president of Kidde Systems Inc. in White Marsh. He also was associated with several other computer firms since 1975.
For a decade earlier, he served in the Navy as a sonar technician aboard submarines, reaching the rank of chief petty officer.
A native of Taneytown and a 1965 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Emmitsburg, he returned to this area in 1982.
Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Skiles Funeral Home in Taneytown.
He is survived by his wife, the former Linda Sue Tokarski; four sons, Brandon Tracey of Sykesville, Robert M. and Paul D. Tracey of Bremerton, Wash., and Robert S. Tracey of Westminster; two daughters, Tammy Zentz of Owings Mills and Tina Devers of Sykesville; his mother, Mary Louise Tracey of Taneytown, and five brothers, Gerald R. Tracey of Orlando, Fla., and James M. Tracey, Richard Howard Tracey, Randy Lee Tracey and Barry Francis Tracey of Taneytown.
Church charter member
Lenora Estes Workman, a charter member of the Glen Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, died Wednesday of pneumonia at the Maryland Manor Nursing Home in Marley.
Mrs. Workman, who was 90 and had lived in Glen Burnie for 41 years, was a member of the Women of Glen Lutheran Church and a life member of the Women's Missionary Federation of the American Lutheran Church.
The former Lenora Estes was a native of Richmond, Va., and worked as a telephone operator there before she married and moved to this area. Her husband, W. S. Burton Workman Sr., died in 1988.
Services were set for 10 a.m. today at the Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road, Glen Burnie.
She is survived by a son, Walter S. B. Workman Jr. of Ledyard, Conn.; four daughters, Catherine Bellinger of Solley, Evelyn Appell of Baldwin, Charlotte List of Linthicum and Mary F. Workman of Mesa, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Animal rights activist
Sheila Waters, a native of South Africa who had lived in Baltimore since 1967, died Oct. 3 of cancer at her home in the Thirty-nine Hundred North Charles Apartments.
She was active in animal rights campaigns and collected clothing for the homeless and disabled veterans.
The former Sheila Wilson was a native of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, who studied ballet, piano and theater as a young woman. She moved here after her marriage to Charles Waters, who died in 1972.
A memorial service was held yesterday at her apartment building at Charles and 39th streets, Baltimore.
Her survivors include a sister, Stephanie Wilson of Johannesburg, South Africa.