Richard N. WoodsPurchasing managerRichard N. Woods, a...


Richard N. Woods

Purchasing manager

Richard N. Woods, a retired purchasing manager, died Friday at the Copper Ridge Nursing Home in Sykesville of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 74.

He retired in 1986 as purchasing manager for the Allied Signal Advanced Technology Center in Columbia and moved to Ocean Pines from Randallstown.

He had begun working in 1941 as a draftsman for the old Friez Instrument Division of the Bendix Aviation Corp., and also had worked for the Bendix Field Engineering Division before Bendix was merged into Allied Signal.

He was a former president of the Bendix Management Association and a member of the National Purchasing Management Association.

A scholarship established by the Salisbury chapter and an award given by the Baltimore chapter are named for him.

Mr. Woods also helped establish purchasing management programs at Catonsville Community College, where he taught evening courses, and at Salisbury State University.

Born and reared in Des Moines, Iowa, he attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, before going to work for Bendix here. He served in the Army during World War II.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 6950 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Jeanne Elaine Boettinger; a son, R. Charles Woods of Springfield, Va.; a daughter, Christine Woods Lindstrom of Randallstown; a sister, Irene Woods of Reisterstown; and four grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Neuropsychiatry and Memory Group at the John Hopkins Hospital; or to the Alzheimer's Association. Mazel P. Matthews, a retired clerical worker for federal and state agencies, died Friday at the Harbor Hospital Center after an apparent heart attack at her home in the Glen Burnie community of Morris Hill. She was 68.

She retired in 1985 from the state Mass Transit Administration. She had also worked for the state Motor Vehicle Administration after leaving the federal Social Security Administration, where she had worked from 1952 to 1967. She also had been a tailor.

OTO The former Mazel Partlow was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Douglass High School.

She studied tailoring at Carver Vocational-Technical High School and was a graduate of the Cortez Peters Business School.

She sang in the choir and played the piano at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 6922 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.

Services were to be held at 6:30 p.m. today at John Wesley United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Charles Earl Matthews; three sisters, Sadie L. Barnett of Turners Station, Gladys Middleton of Glen Burnie and Hazel Coleman of Towson; and many nieces and nephews. James J. Coale III, a mathematics teacher at Oldfields School in Glencoe for more than 20 years, died of an undetermined cause March 7 at Broadmead, a retirement community in Cockeysville. He was 79.

Mr. Coale started teaching at Oldfields, a boarding school for girls, in 1964 and retired as head of the mathematics department in 1987. He left his home on the campus and moved to Broadmead the same year.

Reared in Annapolis, he was a 1937 graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in foreign languages.

He graduated from Union College Seminary in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1940 and was ordained an Episcopal minister. He served at churches in New Jersey for a few years before returning to Maryland.

He and Marietta Norton were married in 1945. She died in 1974.

Mr. Coale joined the Navy in 1945 and was a liaison between the occupation forces of the Soviet Union and the United States in post-World War II Germany.

He was a member of Immanuel Episcopal Church in Glencoe, where he sang in the choir.

A memorial service was to be held at 11 a.m. today at Immanuel Episcopal Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Martha C. Coale of Toledo, Ohio, Mary C. Baldwin of Baltimore and Patience C. Renzulli of Elkton; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Immanuel Episcopal Church.

Preston E. Brannan

Retired upholsterer

Preston E. Brannan, a retired upholsterer, died Wednesday at Bon Secours Hospital of complications of cancer. The Southwest Baltimore resident was 73.

The Baltimore native, who retired about 10 years ago after working for several companies, served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War.

Graveside services were to be held at 1 p.m. today at the Baltimore National Cemetery, 5501 Frederick Ave.

His wife, the former Lorraine Williams, died in 1986. Survivors include a son, Patrick J. Brannan of Baltimore; and a sister, Marie Strictroth of Upland, Calif.

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