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James S. AndersonRetired customs inspectorJames Spencer Anderson,...

James S. Anderson

Retired customs inspector

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James Spencer Anderson, a retired U.S. customs inspector, died Oct. 9 of pneumonia at Hanover General Hospital in Hanover, Pa. He was 86.

The New York City native and former Baltimore resident retired in 1967 after more than two decades as a U.S. Treasury Department customs inspector.

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Mr. Anderson was a chief petty officer in the Navy in World War II and participated in the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach.

When the war ended, he returned to his job as a customs inspector, living in Baltimore until the mid-1960s when he and his wife moved to Shannondale near Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

"He loved to fish and hunt," said Thelma B. Anderson, his wife of 54 years. "He loved the mountains."

Mr. Anderson participated in the Central Pennsylvania Chief of Police Association, and was a lifetime member of the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Inc. and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1797.

He was a retired member of the U.S. Customs Inspectors Association, and a member of the Liberty Lodge 219 of Masonic Order and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Memorial services were scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Lohr's Methodist Church, 200 E. Middle St., Hanover.

Besides his wife, Mr. Anderson is survived by his three sons: Spencer Anderson of Florida, Kenneth Anderson of Clifton, Pa., and Roger Anderson of Brodbecks, Pa.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggested memorial contributions to Lohr's Methodist Church or Homewood at Plum Creek, 425 Westminster Ave., Hanover, Pa. 17331.

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Harry C. Short III

Langston Staley machinist

Harry "Hank" C. Short III, a former plumber who joined Langston Staley Corp. in Hunt Valley last year, died of lung cancer Wednesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 48.

Mr. Short moved to Baltimore from St. Croix, Virgin Islands, in October 1992 and joined Langston Staley Corp. as a machinist. A Wilmington, Del., native, he had owned a plumbing business there and in 1988 moved the business to St. Croix.

Mr. Short attended Sanford Preparatory School in Delaware and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo.

In the early 1970s, he served as a Marine Corps lieutenant in Vietnam.

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In 1976, he and the former Eleanor Danish were married.

Mr. Short was a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Lutherville.

Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Johnston Funeral Home, 8521 Loch Raven Blvd, Towson.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Short is survived by three daughters, Bella A. Short, Julie A. Short, Rebecca L. Short, all of Baltimore; a son, Harry C. Short IV of Hockessin, Del.; his mother, Ann S. Short of Wilmington; and a sister, Ann Daly Internicola of Lancaster, Pa.

Alexander P. Rusk

Active in his church

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Alexander P. Rusk, long active in church and community groups in Catonsville, died Thursday of emphysema at St. Agnes Hospital in Catonsville. He was 99.

For more than 40 years, the East Baltimore native worked as a hydroelectric engineer for the Pennsylvania Water and Power Co. and later with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He retired in the late 1960s.

Mr. Rusk attended Public School 77 and graduated from Baltimore City College in 1912.

He left his studies at the Johns Hopkins University to join the Navy in World War I. He was a radio operator on the USS Minnesota.

In 1927, he and his wife, Anna Sener Rusk, moved to Catonsville. They became members of Catonsville Presbyterian Church, where Mr. Rusk was a Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder.

Mr. Rusk taught Morse Code and signaling to members of a Boy Scout troop sponsored by the church. He was a member and former president of the Catonsville Improvement Association, which worked to enforce zoning laws.

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Always interested in his home, which he and his wife designed, Mr. Rusk spent his retirement tending his garden and woods on an acre of land in Catonsville.

His wife died in 1981.

Private services will be conducted tomorrow morning at Mr. Rusk's former Catonsville home in the Eden Terrace neighborhood.

Mr. Rusk is survived by his two daughters, Margaret S. Rusk of Syracuse, N.Y., and Carolyn S. Rusk of Catonsville; a grandson; two nephews; and five nieces.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Memorial Fund at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 21228 or to the World Rehabilitation Fund, Inc., 400 E. 34th St., New York, N.Y. 10016.

Donald M. Bricker

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Security officer

Donald Maxwell Bricker, a security officer with Westinghouse Corp.'s K-9 unit, died Thursday of heart failure at his home in Baltimore Highlands. He was 56.

Mr. Bricker joined Westinghouse in 1971 after a 20-year Navy career, which took him to Italy, Alaska and Japan. He was last stationed at the Naval Communications Station in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

Mr. Bricker, who also served on the USS Enterprise, retired from the Navy in 1971 as a communications technician. He served during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Mr. Bricker worked for Westinghouse units in Columbia and near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

A K-9 officer with the company's Plant Security Division, he patrolled warehouses and radar installations near BWI with Harvey, a mixed breed German shepherd-Rottweiler.

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When Anne Arundel County police needed a K-9 unit for searches or investigations, they often called on Mr. Bricker and Harvey, said Bernadine C. Bricker, Mr. Bricker's wife.

Each year, Mr. Bricker took Harvey to Family Day -- a day set aside for Westinghouse employees and their relatives -- where the dog would perform in shows.

Harvey, an attack dog who was fiercely protective of Mr. Bricker, was put to sleep about five years after Mr. Bricker went on disability after suffering a heart attack in 1981, his wife said. This was out of concern that the dog might not let a medical team treat Mr. Bricker should he need to call 911.

The Brickers raised Siberian huskies and Akitas. At one time, they had 10 Siberian huskies and three Akitas, which they entered in dog shows and won many awards.

A native of Cheyenne, Wyo., Mr. Bricker later moved to Apollo, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Bricker was a graduate of Vandergrift High School in Apollo and took college classes while in the Navy.

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He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Naval Fleet Reserve Club in Annapolis. He also was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Bricker was an avid golfer, and he enjoyed bowling and fishing.

Services will be conducted at noon tomorrow at the Singleton Funeral Home Chapel, 1 Second Ave., Glen Burnie.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, James H. Bricker Sr. of Glen Burnie; two daughters, Donna L. McDermott of Dundalk and Stacey A. Bricker of Baltimore; his mother, Martha L. Giles of Apollo; two brothers, Rosco A. Bricker and Daniel Giles, both of Union Lake, Mich.; and five sisters, Kathryn Galey, Susan Links, Margaret Culp, Debra Giles and Bella Renninger, all of Apollo.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.


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