Grace A. NicholsDid volunteer workGrace A. Nichols,...


Grace A. Nichols

Did volunteer work

Grace A. Nichols, a homemaker and volunteer, died Monday of cancer at the Sarah Todd Home in Carlisle, Pa. She was 79.

She had lived in Towson for many years and moved to Carlisle in 1990 to be near her son, Brooks A. Nichols, a professor at Dickinson College.

She was director of volunteers for the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens from 1973 to 1977. During her tenure, she coordinated the annual Metropolitan Baltimore Bike-a-Thon.

Her other duties included arranging tours, scheduling speakers, placing volunteers and serving as staff liaison for BARC Associates, the group's auxiliary.

Jeanne Fagan, director of development and public affairs for BARC, said, "Gracie, as we fondly called her, was a delightful member of our family here, and she helped with our programs in so many ways."

From 1968 to 1973, Mrs. Nichols was a volunteer for United Way, where her husband, J. Brooks Nichols, was director of giving for the agency. Mr. Nichols, whom she married in 1942, died in 1968.

She was a librarian for the Alexandria, Va., public library from 1948 to 1951 and for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington from 1951 to 1953.

Mrs. Nichols was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St. in Baltimore, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel.

Other survivors include a sister, Julia Ashton-Sharp of Richmond, Va.; and four granddaughters.

Memorial donations may be made to the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens, 4800 York Road, Baltimore 21212.

Charles V. Wood

Mail carrier, veteran

Charles V. Wood, a retired mail carrier and a decorated World War II veteran, died Monday of complications of liver disease at his home in Southwest Baltimore. He was 70.

He retired in 1981 after more than 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service's Carroll Station near his home.

The Baltimore native was educated in public schools. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and remained in the reserves or on active duty until 1956.

During World War II, he served in the 3rd Tank Battalion of the 10th Armored Division and was awarded the Bronze Star for rescuing another soldier from a burning tank in France.

He was awarded a Purple Heart after he was thrown from his tank when it was blown up during the Battle of the Bulge. He was temporarily blinded in addition to suffering other injuries.

He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He attained the rank of master sergeant.

He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Dewey Lowman Post of the American Legion.

His marriage to the former I. Kathleen Stinson ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Wood of Belchertown, Mass., and Peggy McGauhey of Pittsburgh; a son, Charles V. Wood Jr. of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; a brother, David Wood; a sister, Ruth O'Neil, both of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Kenneth Bruland

Metallurgical engineer

Kenneth Bruland, a retired metallurgical engineer, died June 1 of pulmonary fibrosis at Howard County General Hospital. He was 77 and had lived in the Heartlands Retirement Community in Ellicott City since 1987.

He retired in 1980 as manager of an SCM Chemicals powdered metals plant in Hammond, Ind.

He began his career in Dover, N.J., at the Alan Wood Steel Co. iron mine, where he was chief chemist for 10 years before being transferred in the mid-1940s to Conshohocken, Pa., to manage a powdered iron plant at Alan Wood headquarters there. He was sent to Hammond in the mid-1960s after SCM bought the plant.

Born in Dover, he attended the Stevens Institute of Technology and the Newark College of Engineering.

After he retired, he and his wife returned to the East Coast, living for a short time in Wilmington, Del., before moving to Ellicott City.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel at Heartlands, 3004 N. Ridge Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rebecca Hansberger; a daughter, Barbara Nalbantyan of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Kenneth Bruland II of Chesterton, Ind.; a sister, Ethel Becker of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.; and three grandchildren.

LeRoy V. Biemiller

Shipyard bookkeeper

LeRoy V. Biemiller, a retired bookkeeper at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard, died Saturday of emphysema at his son's home in Lakeland, Fla. He was 91.

He retired in the early 1960s after many years at the shipyard.

The Baltimore native was a member of the Landmark Lodge of the Masons and the Baltimore Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

His wife, the former Lucy V. Hopkins, died in 1972. Two years later, he moved from Lombardee Beach in Anne Arundel County to Richmond, Va., where his son, Donald L. Biemiller, lived then. They later moved to Atlanta and then, about a year ago, to Florida.

Graveside services were planned for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Meadowridge Memorial Park, 7250 Washington Blvd., Dorsey.

Other survivors include two grandchildren.

Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad