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Dr. Gibson J. Wells


Dr. Gibson J. Wells, a retired pediatrician who also served on the religious staff of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, died Monday of cancer at his home in Ruxton. He was 82.

Dr. Wells retired from practice about five years ago. He had been active at St. Michael and All Angels for many years and was ordained a deacon in 1974.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1928 graduate of City College, a 1932 graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and a 1936 graduate of the University of Maryland medical school.

He served an internship and residency at the University of Maryland hospital and, in 1940, began a practice in Baltimore. He was a draft board examiner and a pediatric consultant to Provident Hospital.

He then was a medical officer and an acting chaplain aboard the U.S.S. Casa Grande, a landing ship dock, during the battles for the Philippines and Okinawa in World War II.

Retuning to private practice in Baltimore in 1946, he also became an associate professor in pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical School and chief of pediatrics at Maryland General Hospital and Lutheran Hospital. He also served on the staffs of University, Johns Hopkins, St. Joseph and Union Memorial hospitals and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

BTC He was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and had been chairman of the pediatric section of the Baltimore City Medical Society.

At St. Michael and All Angels, he had been registrar, historian and vestryman before his ordination. After he was ordained, he assisted at some services and performed others and visited the sick and others who could not go to church, taking them Holy Communion. He also was an associate chaplain at All Saints Convent in Catonsville.

His wife, the former Hazel Miller, who was a nurse and did church and volunteer work, died April 30 after a heart attack at their home.

Memorial services for Dr. Wells were planned for 10 a.m. today at St. Michael and All Angels Church, St. Paul and 20th streets, Baltimore.

Survivors include four nieces, Elizabeth Van Hart of Delta, Pa., Marlene Daley and Joan Hodous, both of Bel Air, and Harriett Crowl of Street; and two nephews, Jarrett Lee Wiley and Donald Lee Wiley, both of Madonna.

D. Graham McDonald

Entrepreneur, teacher

D. Graham McDonald, a retired teacher and owner of a hair care products company, died May 20 at his home in the Edmondson Village area. He was 79.

He retired in 1979 after 10 years as a middle school teacher in Washington.

About six months ago, he retired as owner of the Karena Products Co., a manufacturer of hair care products. He started the firm in 1954.

He had been a partner with a son in Nubian Naturals, Inc., a hair care products company in Baltimore.

He came to Baltimore in 1948 and managed the local branch of the Fuller Products Co., a firm that sold cosmetics door-to-door, before he started his firm.

Born in Clarksdale, Miss., he was reared in Chicago, where he graduated from Roosevelt University. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

He served in the Army In Italy during World War II.

His wife, the former Kathryn Lorraine Dorsey, died in 1972.

A memorial service was planned for noon today at St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church, Windsor Avenue and Hilton Street, Baltimore.

He is survived by two sons, David G. McDonald III of Baltimore and William McDonald of Upper Marlboro; three daughters, Karen McDonald of Sydney, Australia, Stephanie McDonald of Oak Park, Ill., and Diane Chavis of Peoria, Ill.; two sisters, Geneva Powell and Anna Jarman, both of Chicago; a brother, Arthur McDonald of Chicago; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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