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Donald L. MeyersPathology technicianDonald L. Meyers, a...


Donald L. Meyers

Pathology technician

Donald L. Meyers, a retired technician in the pathology department at Johns Hopkins Hospital, died Sunday of heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. The Ferndale resident was 65.

Mr. Meyers retired in 1993 after 33 years as a histopathology technician, preparing tissue slides for microscopic study by pathologists.

In 1972, he became the first president of the Maryland Society for Histotechnology. He also was a board member of the national society.

The Catonsville native was a graduate of Glen Burnie High School.

Services were held yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former June D. Harman; three sons, Steve Meyers of Manchester, Dennis K. Meyers of Glen Burnie and Mark L. Meyers of Ferndale; a daughter, Nancy J. Tebo of Brooklyn Park; a brother, John H. Meyers of Glen Burnie; a sister, Lois Hicks of Anchorage, Alaska; and four grandchildren.

William I. Cooper

Retired BGE inspector

William I. Cooper, a retired inspector for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and a participant in the D-Day invasion, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Severn. He was 72.

The former Glen Burnie resident began his career in 1942 in the electrical department of BGE, and retired from the safety department in 1983.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, he was a 1939 graduate of Calvert Hall College. During World War II, he served in the Army for 3 1/2 years and was discharged in 1945.

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 40, the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer at the North County Emergency Outreach Network, which helps the disadvantaged.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Cooper was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave., Glen Burnie.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, the former Miriam Jaeger Murphy; a daughter, Beverly Smith of Asheville, N.C.; two stepsons, Edward J. Murphy of Linthicum and Robert A. Murphy of Pasadena; a stepdaughter, Joanne Sfekas of Baltimore; three sisters, Mary Cooper, Katherine Cooper and Anne Cooper, all of Baltimore; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.

Ella G. Josselyn

English teacher

Ella G. Josselyn, who taught English in Baltimore County high schools for many years, died Monday at Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville after heart and respiratory illnesses. She was 98.

A resident of North Baltimore for many years, Miss Josselyn retired in the early 1960s from Catonsville High School. She was a member of the school system's English Committee and, about 1930, developed a basic high school English curriculum that was used for many years.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an educational honorary society, and the Maryland Retired Teachers Association. She was a former president of the Retired Teachers Association of Baltimore County.

Born in Baltimore, she was a 1912 graduate of Eastern High School and a 1916 graduate of Goucher College. Later, she earned a master's degree from the University of Chicago.

A memorial service for Miss Josselyn was to be held at 11 a.m. today in the chapel at Fairhaven.

She is survived by a sister, Hazel Josselyn Krock, who also lives at Fairhaven; and many nieces and nephews.

Thomas C. Hill

Engineer, pilot

Thomas C. Hill, a retired engineer for Martin Marietta Corp., died Sunday of cancer at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 82.

The former Aberdeen resident lived in St. Croix in the Virgin Islands for many years before moving to Sarasota about six years ago.

Mr. Hill began working at what was then the Glenn L. Martin Co. in the late 1930s and retired after about 30 years.

He and his wife, the former Bettie Rokos, operated the Aberdeen Air Park in the 1950s and 1960s, and he commuted to work in Middle River by plane. He, his wife and son, T. Clayton Hill Jr., who died in 1961, won an air race from Philadelphia to Mexico City that was sponsored by the Jaycees.

Mr. Hill became interested in flying as a child in his native Fulton, N.Y. He won a model airplane building contest sponsored by American Boy magazine. Prizes included a trip to Europe and meetings with Orville Wright and other aviation pioneers.

He earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Michigan and was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Quiet Birdmen.

Graveside services were scheduled for 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Harford Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen followed by a 12:30 p.m. memorial service at Grace Episcopal Church in Darlington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a niece, Georgeanna Rokos of Cockeysville; and two nephews, Royce Rokos of Jarrettsville and the Rev. Michael Rokos of Baltimore.

Ernest A. Harris Sr.

Postman, musician, clown

Ernest A. Harris Sr., a retired letter carrier, amateur musician, clown and radio operator, died Wednesday of cancer at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville where he had lived for about five years. He was 75.

Mr. Harris retired in the early 1980s after 15 years as a mail carrier in the Ellicott City area. He had lived in Glenelg for many years and had been a farm worker before becoming a letter carrier.

The native of Huntington, Mass., came to the Howard County area in the late 1930s.

He used the call letters WA3ZCZ as an amateur radio operator who was a volunteer for the Howard County Civil Defense organization and the Military Affiliate Radio System, which provides free message service between military personnel and their families.

At Charlestown, he used a computer to produce birthday cards for residents and posters for various events.

A self-taught musician who played piano and guitar by ear, he played electric guitar and drums in the Charles-Tones band.

He and another Charlestown resident, Regina Service, did a clown act as Curly and Colette for residents and at hospitals and nursing homes.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown, 711 Maiden Choice Lane.

His wife of 47 years, the former Virginia Thompson, died in 1989.

He is survived by a son, Ernest A. Harris Jr. of Deale; a daughter, Linda A. Herd of Marysville, Ohio; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Perry Siegel

Grocery executive

Perry Siegel, retired vice president of a wholesale grocery company, died Wednesday of cancer at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 76 and had lived in Severna Park for 24 years.

He retired in 1978 as vice president for sales of M. Loeb Ltd., after working for 27 years for Loeb and other companies in the wholesale food industry in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Washington.

For five years after his retirement, he operated a National Executive Search franchise in Baltimore.

A native of Jersey City, N.J., he attended St. Peter's College there.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Betty Leslie Klein; a son, W. Andrew Siegel of Houston; and two daughters, Marine Corps Col. Jane L. Siegel of San Diego and Robin S. Isner of Owings Mills.

Private services were planned.

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