James E. AllenWestinghouse executiveJames E. Allen, a...


James E. Allen

Westinghouse executive

James E. Allen, a retired vice president of the Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s Defense and Electronics System Division, died Monday of cancer at his home in Severna Park.

Mr. Allen, 67, retired in 1987 from the plant at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. He started with Westinghouse in 1950 and had worked in Pittsburgh and Richmond, Va., as well as in this area. He was first here from 1955 until 1969, returning in 1975. He managed the program for the radar on Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) planes.

The Louisville, Ky., native served as an electronics technician in the Navy during World War II and earned an electrical engineering degree at the University of Louisville in 1950. He also did graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh.

An elder at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, he served as liaison between the congregation and the architect and builders of its new sanctuary and educational facilities.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Wanda F. Harrison; a son, James M. Allen of San Francisco; a daughter, Theresa L. Allen of Severna Park; a sister, Alyne Hay of Louisville; and a granddaughter.

Joseph L. Dunaway

Manager at drugstore

Joseph L. Dunaway, a retired Read's Drugstore manager, died Monday of heart failure at his home in Hanover, Anne Arundel County.

The 80-year-old Baltimore native retired in 1974 after 40 years with the drugstore chain. He started as a salesclerk, became a window dresser and finally a store manager who was sent to open new stores or take over troubled outlets.

He was a member of the Wesley Grove United Methodist Church, Glen Burnie Lodge of the Elks, Odenton Lodge of the Masons and the Annapolis Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

Services were set for 1 p.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Regina E. Donnelly; three sons, Ronald J. Dunaway of Baltimore, J. Wayne Dunaway of Millersville and Gary L. Dunaway of Glen Burnie; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Catherine Leitz

SSA claims clerk

Catherine Leitz, a retired claims clerk at Social Security Administration (SSA) headquarters, died Monday at the Washington Hospital Center of complications after surgery.

Mrs. Leitz, 67, lived in the Chelsea Beach area of Pasadena. She retired in 1978 after nine years at SSA. She earlier worked in Baltimore for B. Green & Co. wholesale grocers.

The former Catherine J. Fisher was a native of Arbutus and a graduate of Catonsville High School.

A member of the board of the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Department and a former treasurer of the Chelsea Beach Residents Association, she also belonged to the Women of the Moose in Glen Burnie.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at the Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

Her husband, Charles F. Leitz, is a retired electrician for the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Her other survivors include a son, Charles F. Leitz Jr. of Selbyville, Del.; a daughter, Catherine J. Lauf of Arbutus; a brother, Herbert Lee Fisher of Millersville; and five grandchildren.

Ralph W. Gowan

Ship engineer

Ralph W. Gowan, a retired deck engineer on ships owned by Bethlehem Steel Corp., died Monday of respiratory illness at North Arundel Hospital.

He was 75 and had lived in Pasadena for 35 years.

He retired in 1982 after working for the steelmaker for 30 years, first at the Sparrows Point shipyard and then as a deck engineer on the company's ships.

A native of Spartanburg, S.C., he began working at the shipyard when he came to Baltimore in 1942. He left for a time to become a butcher in Acme supermarkets.

He was a saltwater and freshwater fisherman and a deer and duck hunter who carved ornamental duck decoys and pictures on wooden plaques.

His wife of 34 years, the former Mildred T. Mershon, died in 1982.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W. in Glen Burnie.

He is survived by two daughters, Gloria H. Keirsey of Millersville and Barbara Schumann Johnson of Severna Park; two brothers, Walter Gowan of Spartanburg and James Floyd Gowan of Whispering Pines, N.C.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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